Interview and Giveaway with Jeaniene Frost!

Posted October 2, 2011 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Interviews / 79 Comments

Our Author of the Month for October 2011 is someone whose name is synonymous with these next two words: Chapter 32. Already you can guess who we are talking about because our guest today needs no introduction!


Thank you so much for stopping by today and spending time with us, we are so excited to have you as our Author of the Month and we know our readers will be too! Let’s get started!

Thanks so much for having me! I’m very flattered to be your author for October, and coincidentally, October is the month that’s featured most prominently in my newest release, One Grave at a Time.

Cat Crawfield is one of the most well-loved heroines in urban fantasy. She’s badass, but there’s a hint of vulnerability there. How do you think Cat has grown throughout the series?

Cat has grown tremendously compared to how she was when readers first met her in Halfway to the Grave. For starters, she’s realized that her humans = good, vampires = bad viewpoint was seriously off base. For another, she came to accept herself, and that’s miles from her self-destructive tendencies in the beginning of the series. And perhaps the most difficult thing Cat had learned over the course of the series was to ask for help when the chips were down instead of trying to solve everything herself.

Bones has a large reader fan base as well. That British accent and those vampy brown eyes are hard to resist. But who is YOUR favorite character that you’ve written?

I’m so glad that readers have embraced Bones. He’s been wonderful to write and it’s a thrill to see that readers connect with him. Plus, I’ve loved British accents since my teenage crush on Billy Idol, so yay for others who adore Brit speak! That said, I am a fickle, fickle author, lol. My favorite character is whoever I’m writing at the time. When I write a Night Huntress book, Bones and Cat are my favorite characters. When I write a spin-off book, it’s whoever the protagonists are in that. Right now I’m writing Once Burned, the first book in the upcoming Night Prince series, so Vlad and Leila are my favorite characters. Just call me a character tramp!

In First Drop of Crimson, you introduce a new species to your series – demons. Why did you choose demons over other supernatural species and is there another species you’d like to explore in your writing at a later time?

I choose demons because they fit in the mythology I’d already laid down for my paranormal world. From the first Night Huntress book, I traced my vampire origins to the Biblical story of Cain, with a twist of the “mark” of Cain being his transformation into a vampire – according to vampires, anyway. The ghouls in my books claim that Cain was one of them (who says humans are the only ones who can fight over which theology is correct? ;). So since I used a Biblical aberration for vampires and ghouls, it seemed logical that demons would exist in my paranormal world since Biblical stories are rife with demons.

Plus, of course, it gave me a fun new creature to play with. In addition to First Drop of Crimson, demons also feature prominently in my upcoming story in The Bite Before Christmas anthology, so look for more unholy mayhem with that!

Whose book will be next in your Night Huntress World series?

The next book isn’t a Night Huntress World series, but the start of a new recurring character series. The Night Huntress World books are stand-alones, and I do intend to write more of them, but when I got the idea for a Vlad book, I realized he had more than one novel’s worth of stories. Hence, the new Night Prince series that starts with Once Burned. Right now I’m only planning to write two Vlad and Leila novels, but if I find that I have more stories with them once I’m done with the second book, their adventures may continue. We’ll see.

When you set out to writing the Night Huntress novels, did you always know you were going to have the Night Huntress World books and were building up to it, or was that something that came up along the way?

Oh, I had no idea way back when that there would be spinoff books. In truth, when I first started writing Halfway to the Grave, I didn’t know it was the start of a series. I only intended to write one book with Cat and Bones. But, as I found out, Cat and Bones had far too much going on to contain their story within one book. While I was expanding their adventures, certain side characters really stuck out in my mind and began to developing their own stories, too. By the time I sold Halfway to the Grave back in 2006, I knew I wanted to write spinoff books featuring those other characters. This came as a surprise to my new editor, who gently told me that first we had to see how Cat and Bones’s book did before we talked about spin-off books on their series.

Needless to say, romance plays a large part of your books. How do you feel about being an author who is able to straddle the line between urban fantasy and urban fantasy romance/paranormal romance?

I never intentionally set out to straddle genre lines. In fact, I didn’t even think about what genre my book was until I had to write my first query letter and realized that it didn’t really fit into traditional classifications. To me, the relationship between Cat and Bones is the driving force of the series, which put the books in the romance camp. However, all of the paranormal action and darkness in the stories qualifies them for the urban fantasy camp, too. *shrug* It’s my job to write the stories as they need to be told, and sometimes that means having equal parts romance and urban fantasy. Luckily for me, readers have enjoyed the combination of the two.

What can you tell us about Vlad’s new series! We’re so excited!!

Thank you! As I mentioned before, Vlad’s books will be called The Night Prince series with the first novel, Once Burned, coming out next year. His heroine, Leila, is a human with extraordinary abilities that end up throwing her and Vlad together. Leila is a great character to write because she’s no stranger to the darkness in the world, but she balances that with a sense of humor and a strong survivor’s instinct. Vlad is, of course, at turns ruthless and sexy or funny and terrifying – or all of the above. An excerpt from Once Burned will go up on my website in the next few months, but if you want an advance sneak peek, you can find the longest chunk of it at the back of Magic Graves, an e-anthology I’m in with author Ilona Andrews. There are over two chapters from Once Burned in that.

One Grave At a Time is sixth book in the Night Huntress series! What can readers expect with this release?

One Grave at a Time pits Cat and Bones against the toughest villain they’ve ever faced – a ghost named Heinrich Kramer, a former witch hunter who can manifest flesh briefly whenever he wants, and for an entire evening on Halloween night. All of Cat and Bones’s fighting skills are useless against Kramer because how do you punch, kick, or stab someone who’s made of air, and even worse, how do you kill someone who’s already dead? On top of Kramer, they also have to deal with a new operations consultant, Jason Madigan, who’s shaking things up with Cat’s old team and who has a mysterious connection to her uncle Don.

Look for a lot of action in this book, plus some sexy and touching moments. I’ve already heard several amusing comments from readers about Cat and Bones giving new meaning to the term “mile high club” in One Grave at a Time, but you’ll have to pick it up to find out what they’re talking about, heh.

Let’s do some fun questions! If Cat could team up with any other kickass heroine from another series, who do you think she would choose and why?

Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’s series. Cat and Kate would have hilarious hijinks together, and they’re both tough as nails if the going gets tough. Plus, it amuses me to imagine Cat and Kate discussing the differences between the Night Huntress vampires and the ones in the Kate’s world, or the very different examples of magic.

Let’s say that Cat and Bones are hosting a dinner party. If given the chance to invite characters from other series, who would they invite?

Snort. Cat and Bones wouldn’t want to invite characters from other series over for dinner. They’d want a quiet evening at home with no one but the two of them – something they hardly ever get to have with me at the keyboard *wink*.

 
Jeaniene Frost is graciously giving away any book from her backlist, winner’s choice! IT’S SIGNED!  So if you want to win one of her books, all you have to do is:
1. Be a follower
2. Fill out the form below
This giveaway is international. 
Winner will be chosen via random.org
Good luck!

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Angela
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Angela

I am such a great fan of Bones and Vlad! Annnnd Cat too!
Cant wait to get to know Vlad more!

Great Interview UTC!

Angela
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Angela

Oh and happy 900!!!! Congrats!

Denise Z
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Denise Z

Thank you for sharing with us today and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity. I look forward to the Night Prince series sounds great. I have read the first three of the Night Huntress series and have loved them.

Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews
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Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

I can’t believe you already have 900! Well, congrats! YOu’ll be on your way to 1000 in no time! Great Interview! =DDDDD

Lexi
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Lexi

Ha, thinking of Cat and Kate hanging out together…they could certainly get into some trouble!
Love Cat and Bones, so much so I already own all of your books! Hope whoever wins gets as hooked as I am!
Fun interview, looking forward to Vlad’s story!

Beesha
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Beesha

Cat & Bones are one of my favorite couples! I love Jeaniene Frost! Thanks for the giveaway!

Book Crook Liza
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Book Crook Liza

I just bought the first book today! Can’t wait to start this series! πŸ™‚ Great interview!

Bona Fide Reflections
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Bona Fide Reflections

I am a HUGE fan of the Night Huntress and Night Huntress World series. I am really looking forward to experiencing Vlad’s stories in the Night Prince Series. I love reading more about what is coming down the pike for my favorite characters and author. Great interview!

Happy Reading,
Laurie
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PamM
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PamM

Cat and Bones are a a great couple. I can see them being a couple people will look back on in the future and still love.

Ren
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Ren

Happy 900 followers UTC ladies! And thanks to featured Jeaniene Frost as Author of This Month! She one of my favorite authors!

If I can ask to Ms Frost,can you make more chapter 32 in the next books ?? *puppy eyes*

Scorpio1974
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Scorpio1974

Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
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jfort357
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jfort357

Congrats on the 900 followers!!!! Thanks for showcasing Jeaniene Frost!!! Her Night Huntress series sounds intriguing!!! I added it to my wish list on my Nook!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! πŸ™‚

Cherry
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Cherry

I like it when I see the development of a maturity in a character in a series… It’s like seeing them change before your very eyes…

Congratulations Under The Covers for reaching a milestone with your blog!! πŸ™‚

Cherry Mischievous

janhvi
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janhvi

Thanks for the giveaway!
Cat and Bones are my all time favorite vampire couple<3

Janhvi

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Fab interview!
I agree, Cat has grown a lot since I first “met” her in Halfway to the Grave. She’s the perfect fit for Bones and his accent. Hmmmm. I must admit that he was the one that turned me into a Brit accent lover.
I’m SO glad to hear you’re starting a new series abt demons. My FAVORITE supernatural beings.
As for Cat and Kate – I haven’t read anything by Ilona Andrews. Why???? Will check her out now…
Sasse (_yay_)

Mary Abshire
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Mary Abshire

Great interview. Awesome series! Thanks for the giveaway.
Best Wishes to you, JF.

Mary Abshire

Lady Krishna
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Lady Krishna

wow..! you girls now have 900 followers! Congratulations! You girls, deserved those followers!

It was a great interview and I had fun reading it!!

Krishna

Charla85
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Charla85

Wow! 900 followers! That is awesome! Loved the interview and Yay you, getting such a great author! Thanks for the giveaway!

Ana Lucia
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Ana Lucia

Thanks for the international giveaway. Great interview…one of my favorite series, Jeaniene Frost is genious!

Allison
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Allison

GREAT interview, ladies! Jeaniene Frost was my first love in Urban Fantasy – Love NH & can’t wait for Vlad’s book!!!

bluesun1218
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bluesun1218

Love Jeaniene Frost! I’m so excited to read more of Vlad!
bluesun1218@dishmail.net

kissablysweet1/Melanie
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kissablysweet1/Melanie

Love the books!! Can’t wait to read more!

macladie25 at yahoo dot com

erin
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erin

Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I’ve just gotten the first book in this series and I can’t wait to start it! I know I’m a lil behind and now I’m more determined to start now that I read your spotlight!

Congrats on your milestone too!

efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

Victoria
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Victoria

Congratulations on 900+ followers. Thank you for the giveaway.
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

wade2121
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wade2121

Awesome interview! Excited to hear there are more books and a spin off!!!

wade2121(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie
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Julie

Wow! Congrats on 900 followers!!! That is an awesome milestone, and I am so glad I can be one of the 900 πŸ™‚
jwitt33 at live dot com

Blue Shedevil
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Blue Shedevil

Congrats on the milestone and well deserved. I love stopping by to see what you’re up to next. It’s always something good.

Jenn
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Jenn

Can’t wait to read the latest Night Huntress book! I love the audiobooks, too!

Jenn

ML
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ML

Huge fan! Thanks so much for the interview!

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

TinaBuriedUnderBooks
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TinaBuriedUnderBooks

Congratulations on your 900 followers! Yay! Ok, I am probably the only person on the planet who does not know Cat and Bones and The Night Huntress Series. Eek!

kamwh1207(at)att(dot)net

Anne R
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First congrats on the 900 followers! Love the interview, this series is the main reason I started reading again. I absolutely love it and have since discovered so many other great authors & books, but J.Frost is my favorite.

Areeths at new dot rr dot com

marybelle
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ONE GRAVE AT A TIME just hit my wish list, big time. Great interview.

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Jodie Riverina Romantics
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Jodie Riverina Romantics

Love the interview ladies. Jeaniene is one of my favourite authors….one of the lucky ladies I would stalk if I wasn’t stuck living down under.

Also love the new look blog ladies! IT ROCKS

Lupdilup
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Lupdilup

Great interview! it was nice to read about the writing process of one of my favorite authors.
The new look is fabulous!!

Megan@Riverina Romantics
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Megan@Riverina Romantics

900 already? That’s fabulous! Awesome interview! I loved learning more about Vlad.

Kseniya ~Sin~
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Kseniya ~Sin~

Wow! Great new look! and congrats on so many followers!
I’m so excited your author of the month is Jeaniene Frost!!! I’m in love with her Night Huntress books!

Danielle West
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Danielle West

Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats on 900 followers!

Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)
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Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)

Congratulations on having 900 followers guys, we all love you guys very much. Thank you for this interview, I am a HUGE Frost. I love that you didn’t really have an intention of the series being between PNR and UF, but it works so well. It is so true, Bones & Cat are the force of the series and we all love them so much. Still one of the greatest couples out there. I can’t wait to start Vlad’s series, he is one of my favorites, he is so irresistible. I have said that myself, if Kate and Cat were… Read more »

xander_316
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xander_316

Like everyone else i am seriously look forward to Vlad’s books πŸ™‚
xander_316(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jeaniene Frost
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Jeaniene Frost

Thanks so much to everyone for your comments, and thanks again to UTC for having me as their October author! πŸ™‚

moon_girl_p
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moon_girl_p

Huge congrats

jst_vishous
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jst_vishous

Jeaniene I love all your books. Can’t wait for Vlad’s books. So Excited!!!!!

Melly
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Melly

Jeaniene thanks for being the author of the month the books are great. I soo can’t wait to read Vlad’s books πŸ™‚ I have read the two chapters in Magic Graves it was great..

Scorpio1974
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Scorpio1974

I have been wanting to read any of Jeaniene’s books for a while now but just don’t seem to be able to get enough money saved up. Thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity!!! =) Good luck to everyone who enters!!

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
just.val.1974@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/just.val.1974

Jessie
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Jessie

I love, love, love all of Jeaniene’s books! I’ve hooked many of my friends and library patrons on Cat and Bones. =)

lexi_ella
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lexi_ella

Fangtastic interview & giveaway πŸ™‚ I cant wait to read about Vlad and Leila, and get swept away in their world
lexiella_(at)hotmail(dot)com

dpbussie
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dpbussie

I LOVE Cat and Bones. He’s my FAV guy! Can’t wait to read about Vlad. I have always found him very interesting. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway.

Twitter: okmom43
Okmom43@aol.com

SaNnn~~~
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SaNnn~~~

Love Cat and Bones a whole lot. What a great one from Jeaniene Frost!

sansich (at) gmail (dot) com

sienny
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sienny

wow.. i just realized that you’ll make a new series and dedicate them to vlad. can’t wait!!

sienny (zne2me@gmail.com)

kimberlybuggie
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kimberlybuggie

This is fantastic giveaway and interview. I love Cat & Bones. I just found this blog and I’ll be sure to follow it from now on!
Thanks!