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Monday, June 20, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Adrian Phoenix!!!

*Giveaway is now closed*

I introduce to you all again one of my favorite authors, Adrian Phoenix. Phoenix is the author of the popular The Maker's Song series and the Hoodoo series. Book 2 in the Hoodoo series, Black Heart Loa, comes out June 28th. Phoenix has been generous enough to giveaway not only Black Heart Loa, but also book 1, Black Dust Mambo as a set to one winner. And to another winner, a book of their choosing from The Maker's Song series. So two lucky winners will have the chance to win from either one of these amazing series. 

Please give a warm wlecome to Adrian Phoenix

OBVB: Welcome back to Offbeat Vagabond Ms. Phoenix!
     Adrian: Thanks you so much for having me. It’s a pleasure being here again. I always have such a good time here.

OBVB: For anyone that has not read Black Dust Mambo yet, can you give a little background on what the Hoodoo series is all about?

 Adrian: My pleasure. The Hoodoo series is about Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice in the Louisiana bayou, who gets caught up in mystery, murder, and the darkest of juju while attending a magical carnival in New Orleans. She also learns some very dark secrets about her family and herself. She’s accompanied by her best friend Belladonna Brown, a voodooienne with a mile of attitude. The series also involves root doctors, loas, loup garou, and nomads.

 OBVB: Now I love how different this series is to The Maker’s Song series. They are both great, but the tone to this isn’t as dark. Was that your intention when you first came up with the Hoodoo series? To have that contrast?

Adrian: I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying both series! It wasn’t so much my intention to have a contrast so much as when I came up with Kallie and her world, it was just lighter, more humorous. But I’m glad it worked out that way. It’s fun to switch between the two series

OBVB: How many books are you planning to do for the Hoodoo series?

Adrian: No end planned. Kallie and her friends could have endless adventures. So many stories to tell in that world.

OBVB: I love all the characters in Black Dust Mambo, each of them bring some many levels to the book. Do you have a favorite character? Anyone who is the most fun to write?

Adrian: They’re all fun to write, actually, since they are all so different, but I have a ton of fun with Belladonna and her pithy observations, and Augustine (I don’t want to spill too many details  in case a reader hasn’t picked up the book yet) —a ghostly gay male inhabiting the body of a sexy guy and having fun with it . . . 

OBVB: Speaking of favorite characters, is there any chance we will see more Augustine?

Adrian: Definitely. He’s in Black Heart Loa and I plan to have him in future adventures as well. He’s just too much fun to let go of.

OBVB: Where did the idea of the some of the spells come from in Black Dust Mambo? Or are those spells things you heard about while in New Orleans?

Adrian: Some of the spells I learned from various books on hoodoo and Voodoo, and some spells I made up, based on what I learned. I let my imagination grab the knowledge and run with it.

Layne's golden dreadlocks :)
OBVB: One of my favorite scenes in Black Dust Mambo was the wet boxers contest. Are we going to have any other special treats where the male characters are concerned?  

Adrian: One of my favorite scenes as well! In Black Heart Loa,      
the action doesn’t allow for an opportunity like that with the male characters (though there’s plenty of sexy scenes), but I have other things planned for the Hoodoo males in future adventures.

OBVB: I always have to ask this, but if this were made into a movie or tv show, are there any actors you can see playing your characters, especially Layne (yummy)?

Works for me. Yum!
Adrian: And I always have time picturing current actors in the roles. LOL. Just like with The Maker’s Song series, I think unknowns would have to play the parts. Except for Augustine. I totally see Rupert Everett playing him.

OBVB: Have you ever thought of giving any characters from either the Hoodoo series or The Maker’s Song series their own novel or series?                 

Adrian: I’ve thought about doing novels for Von and Lucien from The Maker’s Song series (and hope to do so one of these days). As for the Hoodoo series, I could see doing a novel about Layne and his clan.

OBVB: I read on your site that you would love to go on a paranormal investigation one day. What would your dream investigation be? What supernatural being would you love to find?

Adrian: You know, I’d be totally happy if I could experience a ghost. Just knowing that we existed beyond death would be monumental. I believe in my heart that we do, but like everyone, I have bleak moments when I question that. Of course, there’s also the question of what ghosts actually are.  My dream investigation would be any one which brought me into contact with a ghostly intelligence. 

OBVB: Can you tell us when your love of writing first originated?

Adrian: Ever since I fell in love with books and reading in elementary school. LOL. I started writing short stories and sharing them with my sisters and my friends. But it was in high school, my sophomore year, when my English teacher told me that he’d see me in print someday. He had absolutely no doubt. His words and his conviction made me realize that the flame burning in my heart, the fire that drove me to create characters and put them in situations and tell their stories, was the only flame I wanted to follow.

OBVB: Now I know you are a booklover, is there anyone new you just discovered you are keeping your eyes on? Who are you reading now?

Adrian: Well, this author is new to me—Rob Thurman. I love her books. She has three series out: The Cal Leandros novels, the Trickster books, and the Chimera books. Great writing in all three, but the Cal Leandros novels (six out currently) are amazing. I literally couldn’t put them down. Start with the first, Nightlife. You won’t be sorry.
Right now, I’m re-reading the fourth book in the series, Death Wish. I also love reading Jeri Smith-Ready, D.B. Reynolds, Jennifer Estep, J.F. Lewis, Jaye Wells, Jeaniene Frost, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, among many great authors.

OBVB: Can you give us a little taste on book 2 of the Hoodoo series, Black Heart Loa?

Adrian: You bet! Here’s a link to my site to give y’all a taste with the first two chapters

OBVB: Do you have any new projects in the works?

Adrian: As a matter of fact, I do. I’m working on a novel about two brothers, who aren’t quite human, raised by a clan of nomads to fight against an ancient evil. It’s Supernatural meets Sons of Anarchy meets Call of Cthulhu.
I also have book five of The Maker’s Song coming up: On Midnight Wings.

 OBVB: Thank you so much Adrian for revisiting OBVB. It has been amazing interviewing you again.

        Adrian: Again, it’s been my pleasure! I look forward to the next visit.

*Read my reviews for:
Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song #4)
Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1)

*Check out the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo
*You can also read the first chapter from the first of the Maker's Song series, A Rush of Wings

If you aren't stalking Phoenix online, what are you waiting for:


First Prize
One winner will win a signed Hoodoo series set. Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1) and Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo #2)

 Second Prize
Another winner will have the chance to win any one of the Maker's Song series books. Just choose whatever one you want.

*To enter all you have to do is leave a comment with your leave email address and tell me which prize you want (if prize two, specify book).

*Winner chosen randomly by
*Contest ends June 30th
*Open internationally


  1. Can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd Hoodoo!

  2. wow!!! nice interview..
    thanks for Giveaway and making it internationally..
    of course I want to win the first prize, but, if I win the 2nd prize I really want "In the Blood"

    florentine_frinda AT yahoo DOT com
    twitter: friendaflorentz

  3. Cool! I have the books from the Hoodoo series, so I want to try the Maker's Song series (2nd prize) - A Rush of Wings.


  4. I wish to take part!

    Email add is bubbleslynn(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. I am so grateful for the day I walked into the used book store and picked up an Adrian Phoenix book. Now I look forward to each and every one!! Can't wait for Black Heart Loa and On Midnight Wings.

  6. Thanks for introducing me to a new author! Some more books for my TBR pile. :)

  7. Yay! Wet boxers contest was so funny!:)Can't wait to read Black Heart Loa, and thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  8. Great interview! And I'd like to be entered for both prizes if possible because I dont have any of the Hoodoo series yet and I am missing some books in the Maker's Song series. Thank you!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  9. Got to love those boys in both the Hoodoo Series and the Maker Song Series. Don't worry Von you still have me wrapped around your little finger.
    Adrian another great interview as usual you are an amazing author and a great friend.
    Please do not enter me in the contest I already have all of Adrian's books.

  10. Would love to have the Hoodoo series!! Love both series!!

  11. I just added Black Dust Mambo to my wish list this morning before stopping by. I will have to add A Rush of Wings too.

    Jnmt3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  12. I'd love to win the first prize pack!! thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!!

    GFC follower - Taz
    twitter - @star_light91

    Tasnim x

  13. I love these books and can't wait for Black Heart Loa. btw the picture of Layne's dreadlocks was PERFECT!

    Don't enter me in the contest, I'm already a fan!

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  15. i lovee adrian! both series really rocks if i won prize one would be awesome if i won prize tww beneathe the skin or in the blood

  16. I would love to win Etched in Bone or Black Heart Loa :)

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  17. I love me some Adrian Phoenix! Thanks for featuring her on your site. I'd love a chance to win Prize Pack 2.


  18. I've read The Makers Song series up to current so would love the Hoodoo pack please


  19. Great interview. I'd love to win the Hoodoo series set, since I have the Maker's Song series (and what a fabulous series it is).

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  20. I always enjoy Adrian's interviews.
    I own all the books so don't include me in the gieaway.

  21. I would love to win either set of books, but on set 2 I would love Etched in Bone.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Adrian cant wait for black heart loa i reread black dust mambo this week to refresh just like with the makers songs, congrats on interview great as always...

  23. I love Adrian Phoenix's Makers Song series! I'd love to be entered for the Hoodoo series set!

    mleger0546 (At) rogers (dot) com

  24. I wish I could enter myself in this, but all I really need is Black Heart Loa. Will probably get on the Nook. Also super excited for the possibility of Lucien and Von getting their own novels. That is just too amazing. They are both so lovable and hot. Definitely hot LOL! Another question to Adrian: Will there be a possible love scene between Belladonna and Dallas?

  25. I've been dying to jump into the Hoodoo series. I'll take prize 1.


  26. I love AdrianPhoenix she is one of my favorite authors!!!! I would love to win the first prize of the Hoodoo books I can't. Wait until June 28.

  27. as always, learn something new with every interview! and layne's dreads look perfect and i can totally see rupert as augustine!

    and i already have copies, so i'm good *winks* ok, so i'm really bad, but still


  28. I would love either prize.But as to go by the rules i will choose prize 2 rush of wings.MY email is

  29. In response to who you would give thier own novel - Adrien, Von or Lucien it doesnt matter who you choose!! Id read BOTH those books - One Shots!?!? Do eet!

    OK - i need the new Hoodoo.

  30. awesome! I hope we could do something like this soon. It's always interesting to have an idea on what goes on in the minds of these amazing writers. Good job girl! woot! woot!

  31. Thanks so much for dropping by, everyone! I really appreciate it. Hugs to all the Hellions who posted comments too!

    I think a love scene between Belladonna and Dallas will definitely happen at some point, and not just in Dallas's fantasies.

    When I found the dreadlocks pic, that's what I thought too, D.B. - Perfect!

  32. I love love love Adrian Phoenix. The Makers Song series helped get me through some stressful times and after having not read a book in 7 years, that series was the one I grabbed off the shelf and hooked me back into my love of books. I love Black Dust Mambo and what a thrill it was. I'm so anxious for Black Heart Lola and can't wait to continue the series and dive back into Adrian's work. I would love the first prize. Thanks so much for the chance to win


  33. I adore Adrian, and would ADORE prize 1 please!!

    Kristin @ My Bookish Ways


  34. I love Adrian Phoenix ^_^
    I would love to win a signed Hoodoo series.

  35. I loved the interview and thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win prize package #1.

    gfc follower

    caity_mack at yhaoo dot com

  36. hoodoo series!
    and yes i stalk her on all of her sites :))) .

  37. awesome interview. love reading about kallie and layne and all the other character and about what you are writing next. i would love the first prize. my email is

  38. Great interview!
    I would loveto win a first book from The Maker's Song series "A Rush of Wings"

  39. Great giveaway. Please count me in for Prize #1. Actually, since Adrian is a new author for me, Prize #2 "A Rush of Wings" would be just as desirable.


  40. What a great giveaway - I would love to win Black Heart Loa - Black Dust mambo was a great read!


    bookd.out at gmail dot com

    Thanks for making it international!

  41. Great interview! Please enter me for the hoodoo series. thanks

  42. Thanks for the great giveaway... would love the 1st prize. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

    Michelle B.


  43. Ugh, I am so behind on reading my favorite blogs I almost missed Adrian's post! I love both of her series and am looking forward to finding time to read her latest release!

    thanks! mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  44. Toss my name in the hate for a copy of Black Heart LOA. LOVED the first book in the series :-)

    Stephanie G

  45. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I'd like to win Beneath the Skin - so the second prize :)


Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D