Interview and Giveaway with Elisabeth Staab

Posted January 23, 2013 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Interviews / 59 Comments

Welcome Elisabeth! According to your bio on your website, you’ve always been a fan of books and paranormal romance in particular. What is it about this genre that makes you love it so much?

Thank you for having me!

You know, I think I’ve always been really into stuff that was a little mystical and otherworldly. I was the first person to want to pull out the Ouija Board or tell ghost stories at the slumber parties. It wasn’t until I discovered paranormal romance that I really fell in love with romance enough that I wanted to start writing. And when I started, it was definitely vampires in particular. I love the idea of two creatures bonding not just emotionally but physically. On a cellular level. They don’t just fall in love, they literally become part of each other through the exchange of a life-giving fluid. Something about that gives me the shivers. Not to mention, the forbidden, the hidden in plain sight urban fantasy aspect, the fangs, the supernatural strength and the big, sexy muscles that come along with the package. In general, I think my love of paranormal boils down to my enjoyment of the forbidden. What happens if an angel falls in love with a demon? Two members of opposing shifter tribes? The paranormal world opens up a whole world of additional new complications and excitement.

Your series, Chronicles of Yavn is a paranormal romance. So we’d like to know how much work went into creating a fantasy-filled world like you have. Did you do any research while creating this world?

I researched things people might not think about in paranormal worldbuilding. Everything from fighting techniques to car models to red wine to the phases of the moon to guns and ammo. In creating the physical world (as in the location), I didn’t research so much as “map out” because I created a fictional town. I set Ash Falls approximately in a rural but rich county in the Northern Virginia area that I’m fairly familiar with. The town itself though is totally fabricated so I had to figure out what was in the town and where those things existed. Weirdly though, in writing paranormal, it’s ultimately the real-world stuff you have to research, not the fantasy stuff. Like so many better/smarter authors have said before me, the demons/vampires/whatever kind of take care of themselves so long as you maintain consistent rules within your world.

Anton and Tyra’s story, PRINCE OF POWER is releasing this month. What can reader’s expect from book two?

I think Prince of Power is a different and much darker story than King of Darkness. While in King of Darkness I tried to put my own new twist on slightly more traditional type of vampire story, in Prince of Power I played a lot with role-reversal. We first met Anton, a wizard, in King of Darkness. Wizards steal vampires’ supernatural powers through blood sacrifice. He was about to be tortured by his father for failing to kidnap Tyra, the vampire king’s sister, because he’d fallen in love with her. So Prince of Power is about how they navigate falling in love when they’re supposed to be mortal enemies. The fun part, is the female in this book is the fighter. The male is the healer, the more emotionally available, but he’s also the enemy coming in from the outside. Lots of challenges.

Can you give us a little teaser of PRINCE OF POWER? Pretty please?

I took teaser literally, lol! This is kind of a spicy excerpt; it’s the lead-in to a love scene. I mentioned that in general Tyra is the fighter in this book, but that isn’t the case all the time. In this scene, Anton has been injured defending Tyra’s honor, and she gives him her blood to heal:

Strawberries.

It was a sad and crazy fact that Anton hadn’t tasted a fresh strawberry until the day before being released from the hospital. He’d stayed there after being left for dead by his own supposed family. By God, he had delighted in every sweet, tangy bite.

Dreaming of them now was so vibrant that the flavor filled his mouth, accompanied by something richer. Something delightfully bitter, like a dark chocolate. He’d had some of those in the hospital too, both thanks to a patient in the next bed sharing a gift basket with him. He moaned at the delicious combination of flavors.

There had been nightmares, too. Vivid images of his father and the torture he’d received at the man’s hands, and of Tyra being held captive. Tied down like all the other vampires had been, while his father approached with a sternal saw in hand and something unseen held Anton fast. Helpless.

No amount of fighting had been enough to get him to her in time. He could still hear her screams and smell her blood. The scent was still fresh in his nose…

Something clogged his throat. Anton sputtered and was forced to swallow. It had smelled remarkably like… like…

Anton forced his eyes open. Tyra’s gaze made contact with his for just a second before she brought her wrist up to her mouth. Then the warm, comforting weight of her other hand landed on his chest and the cock in his pants throbbed harder.

Good grief, he’d woken from sleep aroused plenty of times, but usually not from a nightmare. How odd. And that succulent flavor lingered in his mouth, even as he shook off sleep. A lick of his parched lips, and the flavor burst on his tongue all over again.

Suspicion dawned when Tyra ran her tongue across her wrist. A drop of blood lingered at the corner of her mouth, and he gave no thought to reaching up and sweeping it away with his thumb. Or to licking the residue. He just did it. For a few beats his eyes closed again. It was the same flavor.

He didn’t have words to thank her for the gift she had just given him…

When you do get a chance to read, which authors do you like to reach for?

Oh gosh, there are a ton of amazing authors I enjoy. My “pool” of faves include Suzanne Brockmann, J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Mary Calmes, Amy Lane, Damon Suede, Megan Hart, Tes Hilaire, Sara Humphreys, and Megan Hart

When stuck on a scene, what do you do to get out of that minor setback?

Depends on the situation. I may try to do something else entirely like play with my kids or go grocery shopping—sometimes when you stop banging away at a problem, that’s when the solution finally comes. Sometimes I meditate or do yoga. Exercise. Stress never helps. I may try a writing prompt—write for awhile about something else to jump-start my brain. If all else fails I do my best to just write through it. Even if I’m pretty sure the writing is awful, I try to just get something on the page. So many authors will tell you, when you have deadlines you can’t always afford to wait for inspiration to strike. Especially when you’re trying to write around preschool schedules and kid fights and refilling sippy cups. Drafts can be edited, but it’s hard to edit a blank page.

How would you describe your writing to readers?

Dark, gritty, humorous paranormal romance/urban fantasy. Sexy vampires, scary wizards, and the happily ever after.

Do you plan on venturing outside of the paranormal?

… Maybe? LOL! I think I would like to, but right now everything’s a question of time. Writing one novel a year that’s 90,000 to 100,000 words long with multiple story arcs and character points of view is plenty challenging when I’ve got two kids that are at a demanding age and onlyin school for a few hours a week. Maybe one of these days when things get easier. 🙂

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see the following words:

Vampire – Sexy, romance, night time

Shifter – alpha males, full moons, growling and howling

Tattoos – I love tattoos! I have a few of my own. Big fan, especially on vampires and shifters.

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us today Elisabeth!  Now I’m sure everyone wants to see what the CHRONICLES OF YAVN is all about!

kingofdarkness

KING OF DARKNESS

This first book in a hot, edgy, dark paranormal romance series from a debut author has all the right stuff: a deep urban fantasy feel, a take-no-crap tough heroine and a sexy, arrogant vampire king who gets his comeuppance.

Isabel Anthony has lived a carefree existence masquerading as human, but when this party-girl meets the king of vampires, her world turns deep, dark, and dangerous double-quick. Thad Morgan is looking for the prophesied mate who will unlock his powers. But when he finally finds Isabel in a seedy nightclub, he thinks fate must have gotten it wrong.

PRINCEOFPOWER

PRINCE OF POWER

This Fight Is Personal…

Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king’s beautiful sister, Tyra…and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes…

Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined…

As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that’s decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other…

About the Author

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel, King of Darkness, debuted in February of 2012. Her second novel, Prince of Power, is just out now. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and her newsletter.

 

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Zita R
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Zita R

This book sounds good, look forward to reading it!

Nicole Nobles
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Nicole Nobles

OMG! Awesome covers! The book sounds good and I can’t wait to read it.

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks for stopping by, guys! And thanks to Under the Covers for having me on their blog today!

TIna F
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TIna F

Great interview. Can’t wait to read.

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks, hope you enjoy Prince of Power!

Rebe
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Rebe

This sounds like so much fun! And I love the covers as well!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thank you, I love the covers as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Victoria Sloboda
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Victoria Sloboda

Thank you for the interview. Looking forward to another great read :).

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Happy reading!

Betty Hamilton
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Betty Hamilton

Great interview. The new book sounds great!!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy!

Susan H.
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Susan H.

The sexy cover aside, I love most anything with paranormal, vampires etc. Sounds really good!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks for stopping by to check out my vampires! I hope you have fun with King of Darkness and Prince of Power!

Joy F
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Joy F

I love books with humor. Great cover. Thanks.

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks, I think humor is necessary in urban fantasy. A little bit of light in the darkness. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Christy Perry
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Christy Perry

Thank you for the interview and introduction to the book, appears to be a great read and I look forward to having it. Thank you for the chance to win it before I buy it 🙂

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks for stopping by to check out the books and the interview!

Carol L
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Carol L

I can’t wait to read this book. I love the excerpts and blurbs I read already. Thanks for this chance.
Carol L.

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks Carol, I appreciate the interest! Happy reading!

erinf1
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erinf1

Congrats to Elizabeth on the new release! This series sounds fantastic and I want to get my hands on it!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks so much! I appreciate your interest in King of Darkness and Prince of Power. I hope my vampires entertain you!

Elizabeth P
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Elizabeth P

oooooo I love tats, too!…thanks for the giveaway and congrats!

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Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

*high five* Rock on! Thanks for stopping by!

Mirlou
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Mirlou

This book sounds good, look forward to reading it!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thank you, I hope you enjoy!

Tami Peterson
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Tami Peterson

You’re my new fav author!!! Loved King of Darkness!!!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Aww, thank you so much Tami, you’re the sweetest!! I’m so thrilled you loved King of Darkness and I hope you enjoy Prince of Power, too! *hugs*

Maria D.
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Maria D.

Thanks for the spotlight on this series – I’ve never read a book by Elisabeth Staab but these look great!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

I appreciate your interest, Maria, I do hope you enjoy. 🙂

Allison W
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Allison W

I loved the first book! I can’t wait to read this one!! I might have to do a reread of the first one too 🙂

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks Allison, I’m so glad you enjoyed King of Darkness! I loved writing Anton and Tyra’s story, I hope you have fun reading!

Barbara Elness
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Barbara Elness

Great interview, and I think the Chronicles of Yavn sounds like a wonderful series. I’m looking forward to checking it out. 😀

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks, Barbara, I hope you enjoy!

Krissy Holstein
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Krissy Holstein

Great interview and the book sounds awesome. I will have to add it to my TBR pile. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thank you for checking out the series! Happy reading!

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Great post thanks.

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

Thanks for stopping by!

Julianne
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Julianne

Hmmm, sexy! I really enjoy reading about sexy, alpha men with tattoos. Just something about that gets my blood going.
How many books are you planning for this series? Do you have any input on your covers?
The covers for the first two books are awesome.

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

I am working on book 3 right now! I am hoping there will maybe be a couple more, but we’ll have to wait and see.

For covers, I provide a synopsis of the entire book and a detailed character profile along with any inspirational photos and notes I may have so the cover artist can come up with her concept. The artist, Jodie Welter, always does an amazing job. I love both covers but I have to say she nailed Anton for Prince of Power dead one. LOVE those brooding eyes!

Zina Lynch
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Zina Lynch

Well, normally it’s werewolf’s against vampires, so you story is different. I like your titles and how they carry the same theme.
Z

gamistress66
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gamistress66

enjoyed the interview. king of darkness is in the tbr pile & prince of power sounds really good (the tease was definitely that) 🙂

RaonaidLuckwell
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RaonaidLuckwell

I have the first book in my toberead list. I need to bump it up and start… like stat!

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

I always like to see what other writers an author reads – I know some of these, made notes on others.

Kayla Prada
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Kayla Prada

The series sounds really good! Yet another book I am adding to my TBR list thanks to UTC! Oh and I love the cover for Prince of Power! Thank you for the giveaway!

Karen Roma
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Karen Roma

Love, love, love your books Elisabeth and thank you for joining UTC and the readers and providing such a fantastic interview.
Kepp doing what you do so well, you are an amazing author!

Elisabeth Staab
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Elisabeth Staab

You’re so sweet, Karen, thank yoU! *hugs*

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Elisabeth Staab

Wow, thank you so much! I am feeling so warm and fuzzy from all the great support and wonderful comments. You guys are awesome. Thank you to all of you for stopping by and for reading, and to UTC for hosting me. 🙂

Lori H
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Lori H

New author for me so can’t wait to get started. I will add to my TBR pile. Great interview!
Thanks,
lorih824@yahoo.com

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Kimberly B
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Kimberly B

Looks interesting, going on my to read list

Anne R
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Anne R

I like your choice of words for vampires and shifters. And I 100% on the tats!

Emilia S
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Emilia S

Great interview & thanks for the giveaway! I love vampires & tattoos too lol. This series sounds great! I’m adding to my TBR list. Thanks 🙂

Ann S.
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Ann S.

Vampires, wizards, and tattoos how can you go wrong? I really enjoyed Prince of Power and can’t wait for what’s next.

Megblod
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Megblod

I’ll have to add this seris to my TBR list.

laura
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laura

Looks like a good book. Aooing it to mybuy list.
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ryan snyder
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ryan snyder

haha. growling and howling. (: and you should totally read kresley cole!!!! <#

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

Interesting interview. I like your word associations.

Lisa Borbeck
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Lisa Borbeck

I love a good vamp story 🙂