Interview and Giveaway with Karen Marie Moning!

Posted January 21, 2015 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Interviews / 198 Comments

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Welcome to UTC, Karen! The Fever series is my favorite series so I am thrilled to get the chance to ask you some questions about the newest release, BURNED!

BURNED marks another change in the Fever series where Mac and Barrons are back with a vengeance. How will their presence set the pace for the rest of the series?

It definitely amps up the action and tension of subsequent books because you’re not only getting Dani’s (and insert name:)) journey but Mac & Barrons’ as well.  Combined, the two stories work so much better than they would have otherwise! That was a large part of the reason I reconsidered my original plan of writing three Dani-centered books followed by two Mac & Barrons books.  Running the storylines concurrently was not only necessary, but delivered a more exciting, fast-paced read.

Anyone who has read your books before will know that nothing is quite as it seems and you’re not afraid of taking risks with your writing. I think most readers will be interested to see what will come of Dani in this book. How do you think readers will react to the changes Dani experiences? Why are these changes necessary in Dani’s personal journey?

I hope they love it!  I absolutely adore writing Dani. I love her humor, her youthful exuberance and her determination to live, no matter what.   Not merely survive, but LIVE, out loud and in color. I planted clues in ICED about her pending fate, and I think some readers may already be anticipating it.  With Dani, I explore something that is perhaps more difficult to deal with than losing a sister.  There’s a quote I have taped to my computer that’s applicable: “What you have become is the price you paid for the things you thought you wanted.” Granted, some things were done to Dani without her consent, but there are many things she chose.  What you send out to the Universe, what you ask it for, is usually what you get, and generally not at all how you thought you’d get it. Nothing is free. Everything has a price.  The larger you live, the higher that price may be. But as Dani would say, “Go hard or go the feck home.

With so many other players in the game, such as the Unseelie Princes, Christian, Dancer, the MacKelter twins and even Kat and Sean, how do you keep track of events, characters, etc?

It’s a challenge!  It helped that I wrote a lengthy Fever compendium while I was working on BURNED, revisiting every character and rehashing their significant developments.  That being said, with each character’s POV, it’s like slipping into an old familiar skin. I begin writing, and suddenly I know everything they know, feel everything they feel and it all comes rushing back.

You’ve been sharing more details about the Nine. Apart from Barrons and Ryodan, who will we most likely see more of? Do you have a favorite?

In BURNED, you’ll see a lot more of Ryodan, Lor, Kasteo and Barrons and also learn another name.  In the glossary at the end, you’ll find an interesting rumor about the Nine.  As far as favorites go, there’s only one JZB but Ryodan utterly fascinates me.  I can’t control him anymore than I can control Barrons.  Lor is a blast to write because I get to be as raunchy as I like and indulge my dirty mind, LOL. Kasteo is an onion I can’t wait to peel. That rumor in the glossary has been tantalizing me for years!

What can you tell us about the next book in the series, FEVERBORN?

I’m finally getting to do things with Mac and Dani that I’ve been dying to do.  Mac and Dani are darker, edgier, sexier and more empowered than ever before.  You’ll find out more about the Nine (or should I say the Ten?) It’s coming out like a wild roller-coaster ride.  Everyone is getting into everyone else’s business, as you’d expect with so many Alphas on the page and the resultant chaos is a blast to write!

Thank so much for having us, Karen! Congratulations on the release of BURNED!

Thanks for having me!

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It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

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About Karen Marie Moning

“The only other calling I ever felt was an irrepressible desire to be Captain of my own Starship. I was born in the wrong century and it wasn’t possible, so I chose to explore the universe by writing fiction instead. Books are doors to endless adventure.” -KMM

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother.

An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels.
Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more novels in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series, and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch.

In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for potential franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in thirty-five countries and are performed on audio by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

 

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Karen is graciously giving away a SIGNED copy of BURNED to one lucky maiden! Open to US and Canada only.

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Helena Hunting
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Helena Hunting

What a fabulous interview and giveaway! I adore the Fever Series (and everything else by Karen) 😀

kyrene femiani
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kyrene femiani

Thanks for the chance

Nancy L.R.
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Nancy L.R.

I love KMM’s books, such a great interview too. I can’t wait to read Burned, it feels like I’ve waited forever and I’m super excited to see what happens! I also really hope I get to meet her soon.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Elizabeth H.
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Elizabeth H.

OMG!!! I can’t wait to get my eyes on BURNED! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!! I’m SO curious to find out who #10 is!!!

iyanna wright
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iyanna wright

I can’t wait to get my eyes and hands on this book

Zita R
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Zita R

A very interesting interview. Thanks for the give-away!

Mandy
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Mandy

Awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to read this one!

CassandraG
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CassandraG

Nice interview. Looks like a really good. thanks for the giveaway.

Alyssa M.
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Alyssa M.

I cannot wait to read BURNED, especially since it has more Mac & JZB. KMM is one of my top 3 all time favorite authors and I love reading the fabulous stories that she weaves 🙂

Becky
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Becky

Thanks for the giveaway!

Timitra
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Timitra

Great interview I haven’t even finished Burned yet but I’m so excited for FeverBorn and to learn more about the ten *squee*

Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side
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Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side

I’m so excited I snagged an audio copy of this book…I plan on starting it tonight. It’s been a while since I’ve had a Mac & Barrons fix! I like what KMM has planned for the next book, she always knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats 🙂

Jennifer O'Connell
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Jennifer O'Connell

What a great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa M
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Lisa M

thank you for the chance …
KMM was the second author I ever read … I thought I hated reading but it turned out I needed something special … I have devoured every KMM book out … I can’t wait to read this one!

Ash L.
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Ash L.

I’ve read her highlander series and loved it. I hate waiting for the next book. So, I waited years before I started this series and that was last year. I read the books in one week and I can’t wait until I get this.

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erinf1

thanks for the awesome post and giveaway!!! I’m finally getting read to read this series and I’m so excited to get caught up 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Trudy Dowling
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Trudy Dowling

I really enjoyed the interview. I can’t wait to read Burned.

Tammy V.
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Tammy V.

I wonder if her characters’ lives ever seep into her everyday life.

Paula N
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Paula N

Great interview! I devoured Burned yesterday! Loved it. Thanks for the giveaway:)

Anne
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Anne

I was surprised, but happy Mac’s back.

Kathleen Nichols
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Kathleen Nichols

I love everything that Ms. Moning writes. The characters and locations are so rich & vibrant. I love reading interviews with authors because it gives me insight into the author and makes them more real to me. Thx for the interview & this fantastic giveaway!!!

Tracey Mc
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Tracey Mc

I can’t wait to read this!

Lacey T
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Lacey T

I’ve JUST started Burned!! Thanks for sharing the interview!

biochemgirl
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biochemgirl

I am so excited to read Burned. I downloaded it yesterday, but can’t start reading until later today. The suspense is killing me!

Lori H
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Lori H

Awesome interview 🙂
I really enjoy Karen’s books. I’m looking forward to reading this book. I have enjoyed the other books in this series.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I’m not a fan of Dani but I can’t wait to catch up with everyone else!!!

Jen Schaper
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Jen Schaper

Great interview! I hope I win 🙂

Vanessa N.
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Vanessa N.

Great interview. Haven’t read the series yet but adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Nora S.
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Nora S.

Love the Fever series and can’t wait to read this one 😀

Tracey K.
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Tracey K.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for JZB, Mac, Dani, and the rest of the Nine…or Ten. 😉 Thanks for the giveaway, and a great interview!

Debbie
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Debbie

It’s been a long 2 year wait BUT I am so excited that BURNED is finally here. KMM’s Fever world is one of my favorite worlds to get lost in and KMM’s writing is top notch. Thank you for the giveaway and I loved the interview!

bn100
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bn100

interesting the covers don’t all look like part of the series

Jen B.
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Jen B.

I am 150 pages into Burned. I hate you, I love you, I want the next book already…..oh this series drives me nuts! There are 10 and not 9? Christian? I want more Dani and Mac. I’m going to stop fangirling now.

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

I’ve been wanting to get into this series!

Christi
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Christi

What an awesome interview, I can’t wait to read Burned!! So looking forward to it!!

Cheryl Sanders
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Cheryl Sanders

Great interview! Thank you for this fantastic giveaway 🙂 I can’t wait to read BURNED!!!

Sandy D.
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Sandy D.

I devoured Burned in a few hours….now what do I do? Great interview love Karen and the UTC gals!

lupdilup
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lupdilup

Awesome interview! That’s exactly why I love her books, and Burned wasn’t the exception, I just feel we have great things coming, and I can’t wait to see where everything is heading.
Great giveaway!

Casey
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Casey

I love love love love the Fever series!! I cannot wait to get my hands on Burned!!! <3

Laura D.
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Laura D.

Love your books! Can’t wait.

Faye
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Faye

This series was highly recommended to me, and I can’t wait to start it!

Maritza Robinson
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Maritza Robinson

Great interview. Great to know that Mac and Barrons will be back in this book. Love this series. Can’t wait to read burned and won’t be able to stand waiting for the following book. Thanks for this great giveaway!

Lisa Richards
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Lisa Richards

I’ve had this one on my wishlist for some time now

Kimi Court
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Kimi Court

I love all her books, and when I get extra book money. I am getting this book.

jenn
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jenn

I love all of her books. Can’t wait to read this one.

Whitney
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Whitney

I really love this series! I can not wait to read this book!! 🙂

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sally Gibbons
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Sally Gibbons

I have been reading Karen’s books for years! Love them all 🙂

Lee
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Lee

series has been on my TBR for sometime! 😀

Heather Fortman
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Heather Fortman

I normally don’t like 1st POV but I LOVE KMM’s books!

Nicole
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Nicole

Amazing series. Amazing author!

Susanne
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Susanne

Can’t wait to read this one! I have all of her other books!