Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interview + Giveaway with Alisha Paige, author of Circle City: Lord of the Wolfen

My dear readers, our today's guest writes books that will make you blush while reading them! She has a way of creating amazing and mesmerizing worlds, filled with love, passion and mystical creatures. Her books are one of those you could never put down once you start reading! 
Please welcome Alisha Paige, author of  a steaming hot novel, Lord of the Wolfen!

E: Evie
AP: Alisha Paige

E: Welcome to Bookish Alisha! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
AP: I was born and raised in Texas. I have a wonderful husband, two girls and a baby boy. My favorite things are books, red wine, dark chocolate, girls' night out and warm summer nights.
E: Who or what inspired you to write Lord of the Wolfen?
AP: I've always enjoyed reading dark paranormal romance. Years ago, before I was first published in 2007, I read a werewolf romance by Rebecca York. From then on I was hooked. It was the very first paranormal I read and in fact, back then, paranormals were not hugely popular as they are today. Ms. York's book was even categorized in the suspense section because book stores had no other place to place them. I wrote my first werewolf romance back in 2004. My debut novel, Canyon Wolf Bride was released in 2007 and ever since, I've loved diving into dark worlds with sexy werewolves.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write it?
AP:  I can write a book in about three months if I'm totally focused but Circle City took me about two years because I was very distracted by raising my children among other factors. It was a slow process but I was very happy when I finally completed it. So far, it has sold better than all my books. I've received very good feedback and reviews and for the first time, I hit a Best Seller's List at Amazon. Very exciting!
E: All your characters are very vivid and fascinating, especially the Wolfen! Why did you choose to write about Wolves? Why not Vampires or Fairies?    
AP: Wolves are my favorite but I have written about vampires and fairies before. Nocturnally Vexed is about a band of brothers called the Orgulocks, hybrid creatures born from the mixture of shapeshifter and vampire parentage. As for fairies, I have a middle grade novel soon to release about fairies.
E: The Lord of the Wolfen has a very sexy and eye-catching cover! I love the green color!  Did you have any input in the cover design?
AP: The green in the background is the aurora borealis as seen in the Alaskan skies where Circle City takes place, near the Yukon Flats. Circle City is a real town in Alaska. Yes, I had a ton of input in the cover. I chose the photograph for Axl that was used on the front cover. Actually, the man in the cover is a bodybuilder named Sam Bond. He is best known as the gladiator, Atlas on TV's Gladiators. He added my cover to his website at He's quite an inspiration. Don't you think? And a very classy guy with a sexy English accent.
E: What's next in line for you, are you working on a new book now? 
AP: Right now I'm doing final edits on my romantic suspense, Deadly R&R, to be released under the pen name, Ruby Vines. All my contemporary titles, which include romantic suspense and romantic comedy will be released under the Ruby Vines name. And I'm working on Circle City, Book II.
E: Which of the novels you wrote so far is your favorite one and why?
AP: That's hard to say. All of my novels are special in one way or another. I do think that my debut novel, Canyon Wolf Bride still remains a favorite among my readers. It was also nominated for book of the year at Long and Short Reviews and given Top Pick by Night Owl Romance and Recommended Read by My Book Cravings. Because it was my first book, the characters and story remain very special to me. My book, The Wooden Nickel, a vintage historical romance set in WWII and The Great Depression is also very special to me. I based it loosely on my grandparents' lives and still receive fan mail for this book from people who lived through this important time in world history.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
AP: Right now I'm enjoying H.P. Mallory's paranormal books. If you like a fun, sassy, paranormal read, you'll love her. I highly recommend Rebecca York's Killing Moon. That one book inspired me to write paranormals
E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing ritual?
AP:  I love to write on my sunny front porch, surrounded by my plants and flowers as my kids play in the yard. I don't have a special ritual. I'm super busy with three children so I write when I can.
E: What advice would you give to writers who are interested in writing Romantic Paranormal or Romantic Fantasy novels?
AP: The best advice I can give is to read, read, read!
The second best advice I can give is for new writers to learn how to show and not tell while writing.
The third best advice I can give is for new writers to be careful who you friend in the writing world. There are sharks out there who will take advantage of you and your work. Guard your work and your heart carefully. The internet is an ocean of predators of every design who will pretend to be your very best friend. Watch out for scams and be careful who you share your story ideas with online.  Keep a tight circle of true friends and share your work with a select few you can trust and meet in person. And NEVER EVER accept gifts from online friends you have never met. That's a sign someone is trying to get on your good side and do God knows what. Believe me, I've been there. Keep a professional appearance online and be very careful who you trust. 
E: What are your biggest pet peeves?   
AP:  In writing or life? In writing/reading, I have to say it is when an author does massive back story dumps and talks endlessly to the reader without showing the story through action and dialogue. Nothing will have me chunking the book across the room faster.
In life, judgemental people. True friends should be able to share their lives freely with one another without judgement. Unfortunately I've run across this in life with so-called online writing friends. Again, be wary of online friendships. Anyone can fake anything online.
E: Tell us five random facts about yourself.   
1. I have a lamp thing. I collect antique beaded lamps. Love them!
2. I love to garden. Right now my lillies are blooming and my grape vine is preparing to produce grapes for the first time!
3. My idea of a great day is lying on the beach with a great book and a cabana boy who continually delivers cute little frozen drinks garnished with fruit and adorable umbrellas.
4. The hero in my first novel, Canyon Wolf Bride is exactly like my husband in every way. ;)
5. I'm happiest spending time with my three children. Listening to their laughter is food for my soul.
Random Questions:

- white or dark chocolate? Definitely dark!
- coffee or tea? Coffee! Black and rich!
- favorite fictional character? Danny on Grease or maybe I'm just in love with John Travolta!
- favorite movie? Grease!
- favorite song?  You're the One That I Want from Grease, of course!
- favorite TV show? So many...old, nostalgic ones are Happy Days, Laverne and ones....True Blood, Six Feet Under, Californication
- Spring or Autumn? Autumn...smoke fires, football, chili on the stove, crisp leaves, Halloween!!
- printed copy or eBook?  ....Both..I love my ereader but I love print books too and who doesn't want to see their own book in print? But I have to say, I'm falling deeper and deeper in love with ebooks. Something pretty cool about carrying one thin device and holding thousands of books. Wow!

Alisha, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books!

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Alisha and her books, please visit her website: Author Alisha Paige or/and read my review of Circle City: Lord of the Wolfen.

If you're wondering where to get Lord of the Wolfen, here are the links:

And now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!
Alisha. generously provided us with an eBook copy of her wonderful book, Circle City: Lord of the Wolfen! It's a MUST READ for every Paranormal/Fantasy Romance fan!!!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 24th and is open to everyone!!!

All you have to do to Enter is  be a GFC follower of my blog and fill out the form below.

For extra entries:
+1 follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie
+1 be my friends on Goodreads
+5 follow Alisha's blog HERE
+5 be Alisha's fan on Goodreads
+5 leave a comment on this post

The winner will be picked with and emailed by Alisha

Thanks Alisha! And good luck everyone :)


Heather (booksavvybabe) said...

Loved the interview! True Blood is an awesome show, and way to pick Danny from Grease as favorite fictional character, I love him, buthe never would have come to my mind!

June M. said...

Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway. I love paranormals so this would great for me.
Thanks again!

D.D. Scott said...

Cheers to another dark chocolate luuuvvvin' writer chick!!!

Great interview!

Thank you, Evie and Alisha!!!

Krystal said...

I love the plot of this book! I'll add it to my to-reads list on Good Reads :)

Cherri Galbiati said...

Love the fact that you chose a "real" place in Alaska! How cool is that? Yep, your cover is exciting and sexy and the colors are great! Alisha, I really enjoyed this get-to-know-you blog post.
Evie--great questions!

Cherri Galbiati

PJ said...

Hi, Alisha! Congrats on your new release. I already downloaded it and plan to read it as soon as I can get my Kindle to work. Sigh! Your cover model is HOT! He kind of looks like Thor. FLABIO was wondering his secret to such a ripped body. So far, the donut and Twinkie diet isn't working out so well.

Alisha said...

Hi, Heather! Oh yeah, True Blood is so yummy and so is John Travolta! The man just gets better with age!!!

Hi, June! Thanks so much for stopping by! Paranormals are my absolute fave!

DD!!! So happy to see you here! I just discovered these dark chocolate covered espresso beans! Oh. my. God. I ate a few late last night and was about to go to bed. Uh...those things are strong! Kept me up until 3 am!! So delish! And good to eat when you're trying to write late into the night! Thanks for stopping by, my writer buddy!

Hi, Krystal! Thanks for your kind words. Is that a picture of your doggie? So cute!

Cherri! Another writer buddy of mine! So happy to see you here! I love writing about real places. Circle City was fascinating to research and the perfect place for the Wolfen to live undetected for 1500 years. Thank you for stopping by, my friend!

My good buddy, PJ!!! I Sam Bond hot or what? He does look like Thor! I really want to see that movie! Tell Flabio he needs to lay off the! Thanks for stopping by!

Lauren B said...

Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. The advice Alisha gave about being careful of scams and predators in the publishing world is particularly insightful. There can never be too many warnings!

Alisha said...

So happy you stopped by, Lauren! It is always best to be cautious, especially because so many new avenues for scam have opened up with the eBook Revolution. :)

Alisha said...

Just noticed in my interview that I said something backwards. Duh! My advice to writers should be: Learn how to SHOW,RATHER THEN TELL. Showing through action and dialogue are very important. When a writer acts only as the narrator, a story suffers and so does the reader, out of boredom. Propel your stories forward with action scenes and snappy dialogue. (I hope you all weren't going...uh..what?)My first manuscript was rejected for this very reason. Show, show, show!

Evie said...

Hi Alisha! :) I fixed the part about show and tell :) To be perfectly honest, we both didn't notice that something was wrong hahah!

Thank you for being so kind and replying to all the comments, you are so wonderful! :) It's a great pleasure to have you here and I hope we can do it again when the next book in your series is published :)


destinulgardianului said...

great interview :D

Alisha said...

Thanks again for having me, Evie. I'd love to come back! :)

Joanna said...

Wow! After reading this interview, I went to look up what the book was truely about. I figured it was a paranormal werewolf romance, which I love, but I had no clue about anything else. When I read the synopsis, I became hooked. I am now going to have to get my hands on this pretty soon. Do you know if this will be a series or just a stand alone?

Norman Roy said...

Congratulations to the author of this book!

Great Interview!


Paper Cut Reviewer said...

Fab interview! I love wolf shifters! My fav paranormal creatures;) I'm excited to get into another promising series. Some great advice for aspiring writers and I love the idea of a beach, book and cabana boy, lol!

Thanks ladies!

Janine said...

Werewolves are so awesome!

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