Sunday, December 16, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Robyn Bachar

Do you write in different genres?

In addition to paranormal romance I also write space opera romance and fantasy romance. The first book in my space opera, Nightfall, is currently available from Samhain, and I’m working on the other two books in the trilogy. My writing always tends to have magic and swords in it, whether it’s set in Chicago or outer space.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

I can’t pick a favorite. I’d say my roots are in fantasy, because the first novel I wrote was fantasy. I started it in eighth grade, and it was awful. There were unicorns. My writing has come a long way since then, but I still enjoy having a dragon show up and cause chaos.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

It was a tie between Last Summoner Standing and Fire in the Blood. I was torn between the two titles, and even my beta readers were split down the middle. My editor finally decided on Fire in the Blood as the final title, and I think it was the right choice. It refers to the fact that Patience is descended from a fire faerie, and has a natural affinity for the element.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

The character Mac was inspired by my friend Scott. Our mutual friends who have read the series spot the similarities pretty quickly, and he gets a kick out of it. I will occasionally name characters after real people. I used to have the “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel” T-shirt, and that’s a fair warning, because I have turned people into villains in my series.

 What book are you reading now?

I recently tore through The Prince by Tiffany Reisz and Reflected in You by Sylvia Day. They were so good, and I’m dying for the next book in each of those series. I’m pretty active on Goodreads, so that’s a good place to see what I’m reading. I enjoying being able to share what I’ve read and why I loved it.

What books are in your to read pile?

I have an entire To Be Read bookcase. I try to read as much as I can, but I tend to fall behind when I’m working on a project. I’m able to squeeze in a few minutes on the bus on my way to and from work, and that helps. Right now I’m behind in the Dresden Files and the Women of the Otherworld.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I have a second Emily book, Poison in the Blood, releasing in late summer. Emily is a recurring character in the Bad Witch books, and The Importance of Being Emily is a sort of prequel set in Victorian England, telling the tale of how she met her husband Michael before he became a vampire. Poison in the Blood picks up a few years later and explains how she became a vampire as well, along with a bit of matchmaking and murder investigating.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I learn something new with each book, and I hope that my writing is improving along the way. I love fight scenes in theory, but I struggle with writing them—they almost always are added last. I tend to put things in brackets when I get stuck on something. Like [more fight scene here]. Or someone will be named [Evil McEvilson] until I find the right name.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

All my book covers, both for the Bad Witch books and my Cy’ren Rising series, have been designed by Kanaxa, and she does awesome work. I love her covers. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with her.

Fire in the Blood
Bad Witch Book 3
Robyn Bachar

Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61921-173-5 

Number of pages: 139
Word Count: 33,000

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

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Book Description:

It’s good to be bad…
Patience Roberts is the last summoner standing between magiciankind and certain demon invasion. After banishing two or three demons a day for too long, gods know she’d like nothing better than a little down time with her number one distraction—Faust.

But with vampires, hunters and assassins lined up to take her out, who has the time? Still, she has to admit her resistance to the amorous faerie is wearing thin. Not that she’ll ever let on—after all, faeries are notorious for their short romantic attention spans.

Faust, a Shadowspawn faerie, watched as his outcast clan dwindled to nothing. Determined to hold on to the woman he loves, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect Patience. And one day build a life with her.

When an old demon enemy punches through the barrier between the worlds, Patience must draw on every ounce of her reputation as a cast-iron bitch to temporarily banish him. To get rid of him for good, she’ll have to sacrifice one too many pieces of her soul to leave room for love…

Warning: Contains a hero and heroine so hot they’re literally on fire, naughty faerie sex, post-coital cuteness, angsty magician drama, and yet more gratuitous violence against vampires, demons, and innocent furniture.

About the Author:

Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in MMPORGs.

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Debby said...

Sounds like a great book. I wonder if I should get the first books before this one.
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Robyn Bachar said...

I always encourage everyone to buy all of my books. ;) But if you were looking to give the series a try, this is an easy place to start. There's even a key terms list to explain how the world building works. :)

Unknown said...

I would definitely have to start at the beginning. My OCD wouldn't allow me to begin anywhere else. I am pretty new to the Sci-Fi genre and this series is definitely going on the TBR list. Thanks so much for sharing and for the giveaway.

Best wishes,