02 January 2014

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Cat Devon discusses her new book, Love Your Entity




Interview with Cat Devon, 
author of the bestselling ENTITY series


Bestselling author Cat Devon (CD) joins Fab Fantasy Fiction editor Emsy Van Wyck (EVW) for a Q-and-A over virtual coffee and cupcakes:

Cat, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to pay us a visit at Fab Fantasy Fiction this morning. Here are some questions about LOVE YOUR ENTITY and your ENTITY series. Let's chat!

EVW: Where is Vamptown in Chicago? Can we visit?  
CD: The residents of Vamptown like staying under the radar so I’m not allowed to give specifics as to their location.  In my holiday enovella, THE ENTITY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS, I had Simon and Pru visit some famous Chicago locations like Navy Pier and Millennium Park.  You can visit Vamptown by reading my books!

EVW: Are all the guys who live there hunks? If so, could you share who's your inspiration for your super Alpha vamps that we all love? (Celebrities? Real life heroes?)  
CD: Not all the guys are hunks but all the heroes in my books are.  Nick, the hero of SLEEPING WITH THE ENTITY, was inspired by actor Alex O'Laughlin.  Damon, the hero of THE ENTITY WITHIN, was inspired by actor Ian Somerhalder from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.  Ronan, the hero of my latest book LOVE YOUR ENTITY, was inspired by actor Joe Manganiello from TRUE BLOOD (and MAGIC MIKE!).



EVW: Each of your heroines has a quirky gift alongside a more traditional profession. How much of the reality of your background (former librarian / writer of paranormal best-sellers) do you share with Zoe and Sierra? And do you have a cupcake shop too?  
CD: I have a wonderful local cupcake shop called SUGAR MONKEY. The owner helped me with research and has the best red velvet cupcakes ever!!  Sierra, the heroine in my new book LOVE YOUR ENTITY, is an author and it was fun to include some of the things I have experienced as a writer, like including my real-life publicist Katie in the book as Sierra’s publicist!!  I also included references to starting a street team for Sierra to spread the word about her books.

EVW: Which of all of Daniella's cupcakes is your favorite?  
CD: The above mentioned red velvet! Yummm!
*Editor's Note: A recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes is posted below. Would you like to share your favorite cupcake recipe with us? Just post it in the comments!

Photo courtesy of Sugar Monkey Cupcakes
EVW: Do you know where we might best be able to find scents like Zoe offers? Was there a shop that inspired you? 
CD: I looked on etsy.com and found several wonderful soap makers there.  The pink grapefruit was one of my fave scents!

EVW: I love Sierra's street team (and her fan club prez - but I'm not sharing any spoilers!). I know that as an author your work doesn't stop once your manuscript is submitted and edited, but you're maintaining a constant presence in social media - and have your own street team. How can readers best connect with you and help support your work?  
CD: What a great question!! They can visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/catdevonauthor or follow me on Twitter @catdevonauthor as well as visiting #Vamptown on Twitter.  Then there’s my website at www.catdevon.com.  If they’ve enjoyed reading my books, they can post reviews on Amazon.com or Goodreads or their own FB pgs or all of those!

EVW: I know that when I'm reading your books, I'm laughing out loud. Do you have as much fun writing them? (And if so, do you giggle too?)  
CD: I do! The characters say things to each other that totally crack me up! I have no idea sometimes what they will do or say next and that makes it exciting for me as a writer. I have to keep writing to find out what is going to happen next!

EVW: Will there be new paranormal elements in future books? (I know, it's hard to say who's going to pop in.) Might we see some were-creatures visit? Some fae? Or will you continue to focus on vampires, witches, demons, druids, and ghosts (and I'm sure I missed someone in that list, so correct me please!)  
CD: Yes, there will be some new paranormal elements in future books, but I can’t go into details.  That’s top secret for now. The heroes will continue to be vampires, however.   Very hot and very sexy vampires.

EVW: If we were casting the Entity series, who would play whom?  
CD: The actors listed above would be wonderful for the vampire heroes!!  

EVW: What are some of your New Year's resolutions?  
CD: To write faster!  I’ll be doing three more vampire romances in the Entity series!!  The one I’m writing now is the fourth book in the series – and features a vampire you meet briefly in LOVE YOUR ENTITY. Yes, Alex, the hot Chicago cop who is a vampire, is getting his own book!


Enter the GIVEAWAY to win one paperback copy of Cat Devon's LOVE YOUR ENTITY. 
(Please note that the drawing closes at midnight on 2 January 2014 and that 
this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.)

CONGRATULATIONS to Raquel Perez, who's the winner of the paperback copy of Cat Devon's LOVE YOUR ENTITY. 


Read an excerpt from CHAPTER ONE of LOVE YOUR ENTITY by Cat Devon
Book Three in her ENTITY SERIES
available now on Amazon.com

      When Sierra Brennan opened the door to her new house in Chicago, she didn’t expect to find a naked man standing inside.  A very hot sexy well-built and well-hung man, looking like he was hung-over.  He made no attempt to cover up while she made every effort to keep her eyes on his face and not his privates.  

“Thank God you’re here,” a woman wearing a corset and little else said from right beside Sexy Naked Guy.  Sexy Naked Trespassing Guy.  “What took you so long?”

“What do you mean what took me so long?” Sierra said.

“Who are you talking to?” Sexy Naked Guy asked. His voice was low and rough.

“Your girlfriend,” Sierra said.

“I don’t have a girlfriend,” he said.

“Look, I don’t care what your relationship is with her, but you are both trespassing so you need to leave right now. As soon as you get dressed, I mean.”

“I’m the only one here,” he said.

“Clearly that’s not true as I am here as well.”  She punched 911 into her smart phone.

He moved closer and looked deep into her eyes.  He had chocolate brown eyes and thick lashes.  His chiseled cheekbones made his face as sexy as the rest of his chiseled body.  “You don’t want to do that.”

“You really don’t want to do that,” the corseted woman said. 

Sierra already knew what she didn’t want.  She didn’t want to screw up her chance to inherit this house.  Several others had tried and failed to fulfill the thirty consecutive days residency requirement.  She’d only met her great-uncle Saul Brennan once yet he’d listed her in his will.  Yeah, he’d listed two older cousins before her, but here she was anyway.  They hadn’t stayed in the house.  She would.  Because she had a huge advantage. 

Sierra was not afraid of snakes or spiders or things that went bump in the night.  Especially things that go bump in the night.  That was her specialty.
Sierra saw things most people didn’t.  Yes, maybe it was a cliché but she saw dead people.  Ghosts. Spirits who for one reason or another didn’t or couldn’t move on to the other side. 

Which was why she was able to write such good paranormal novels. Write what you know.  That’s what all the pros said and it was what Sierra did.  Her S.J. Brennan books featured a vigilante ghost hunter and the challenges she faced in finding justice and punishment where needed. 

  Yep, she saw ghosts and she was seeing them now as the corseted woman moved closer and shimmered with translucency.  She had short dark hair styled ala Great Gatsby, wide brown eyes and a curvy figure.  But she was definitely a ghost.  Which meant Sexy Naked Guy was a ghost too, right? She put out her hand to check.  Her fingertips rested on his bare chest.  His solid bare muscular chest. 

“Why aren’t you leaving?” he growled.

She yanked her hand away as if burned. “Because this is my house and you are the squatter.”

“The house is mine,” he said.

“In your dreams,” she said.   “Who do you think you are?” 

“I know who I am,” he said.  “I’m Ronan McCoy.  Who are you?”

“Sierra Brennan, the owner of this property.”

“Since when?” he said.

“Since yesterday.”

“Forget him.  I need your help,” the ghost said. “My name is Ruby, in case you were wondering.”

“One thing at a time,” Sierra told Ruby.  “Get dressed,” she told Sexy Naked Guy.  Wait, his name was Ronan. 

He looked deep into her eyes once more.  “Get out.” 

Sierra shook her head. “No way.”

She saw the confusion there before irritation took over.  “Leave!” he bellowed.
“You leave,” she bellowed back at him.  She’d driven her rental U-Haul van nine hours across three states and she was beyond exhausted.

“How long has he been here?” Sierra asked Ruby.


“Who are you talking to?” he demanded.


“He’s been here a few days,” Ruby said.  “I’ve been here for decades and decades.”


Sierra frowned.  If Ronan was a recent arrival, then he couldn’t be the reason Ruby hadn’t crossed over.   He obviously couldn’t see Ruby.  She should have realized that Ruby was a ghost faster than she had, but Sierra chalked that up to the fact that she was so tired.  Usually she could tell a ghost from a human, but nothing about this Saturday had been usual.


She’d done a book signing at nine this morning in Ohio.  There had been a good turnout, but a majority of the audience had wanted her to pass on a message to their departed love ones.  Sierra had to tell them that she wasn’t a clairvoyant, she was a writer.  Yes, her books revolved around ghosts, but that didn’t mean they were real.  That was her story and she always stuck to it.  The rest was between her and the ghosts she helped to the other side. She wasn’t about to reveal her ghost whisperer side to the general public.  She knew all too well the stigma that carried, the mocking laughter when she’d told friends as a child that she saw ghosts.  She’d been labeled weird and ostracized.  Ever since then, she’d been careful not to reveal her hidden talent.   Sierra would deal with Ruby the Ghost later.  First she needed to get rid of Naked Ronan.  “Look, I don’t know why you think you have a right to be here,” Sierra said. “But I’m telling you that the previous occupants did not fulfill the requirements of the will.” Ruby raised her hand and had a sheepish look in her translucent face.   “That may have been my fault.”

“I had a feeling,” Sierra muttered. Ronan frowned. “You had a feeling about what?  No, don’t answer because I don’t care.” What kind of man stood there so arrogantly while so naked?  An extremely ripped one.  Not in a bodybuilder weird kind of way but in a six-pack, shoulda-been-in-the-movie-Magic-Mike kinda way.  Sierra was finding it increasingly difficult to keep her gaze above his neck.   Okay, she’d sneaked a peek down to his navel once or twice.  And maybe she had mistakenly looked even lower. 

Right, who was she kidding?  She’d seen him in all his glory. His nudity rattled her. Keeping her own self-preservation in mind, she had her phone in one hand while her other hand was in her purse, her fingers curled around a can of pepper spray.  Because the bottom line here was that she was facing an angry naked guy and that was not a positive in the security department.

A knock at the front door startled her.  She yanked it open to find a man standing there, flashing a badge of some kind at her. 

“That was fast,” she said.  She must have pushed the 911 button without realizing it and they’d used the GPS on her phone to locate her.  “Come in.”

“I’m Damon Thornheart. Is there a problem?” he said.

“He’s the problem.” She turned back to Ronan to find that he’d donned a pair of jeans.  That was also fast, but it didn’t change the fact that he didn’t belong in her house.  “Get rid of him, please,” Sierra said.  “He’s trespassing in my house and I want him gone.”

Read the Fab Fantasy Fiction review of LOVE YOUR ENTITY.


About LOVE YOUR ENTITY
All Sierra Brennan has to do to inherit her great-uncle’s house is reside on the premises for thirty consecutive days.  A piece of cake, even with the rumors the house is haunted. After all, as a ghost whisperer Sierra is no stranger to ghostly presences. However, Sierra wasn’t prepared for vampire Ronan McCoy.
Ronan spent the past century as an indentured vampire, and now that his freedom has been achieved he’s returned to his family home to free his sister from the curse put on her by Ronan’s sire. When Sierra walks through the door and refuses to leave, Ronan finds himself stuck with an unexpected complication.

Both Sierra and Ronan are far from pleased about the prospect of sharing the house, until the ghosts haunting it turn out to be both more than Sierra bargained for and the key to freeing Ronan’s sister from her curse. Sierra needs Ronan’s protection from the ghosts. Ronan needs Sierra’s help to save his sister. And then there's the sexual attraction between Sierra and Ronan...

Can a ghost whisperer find happiness with a vampire, or will their worlds collide and destroy them both?

About CAT DEVON
Cat Devon is a pseudonym for Cathie Linz, an award-winning author. A former librarian and confessed bookaholic, she has a weakness for wickedly sexy vampires, imported dark chocolate and decadent cupcakes. She and her family live in the Chicago area. You can visit her website at: http://www.catdevon.com/.

With special thanks to Cathie Linz aka Cat Devon and Katie Bessel at St. Martin's Press for making the arrangements for this interview. You guys ROCK!

EXTRAS
Let's keep the conversation going, both here and on Facebook at the FFF's Cat Devon Love Your Entity Party page. 
  • Share your favorite cupcake recipes.
  • Discuss who is your favorite vamp in Vamptown and why.
  • Who would you like to see cast in the movie version of ENTITY? Do you agree with Cat's choices, or do you have someone else in mind?
Let's just have fun and celebrate this great new addition to Cat's Entity series!


RED VELVET CUPCAKES

Ingredients 

2 large eggs 


1C buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, substitute regular milk with a splash of lemon juice and let it set for about 15 minutes)


1 1/2C oil


1t cocoa powder 
1/2t salt 

1t baking soda 

1-1/2C sugar 

2-1/2C all-purpose flour 

2T red food coloring 

1t white vinegar

1t vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1lb softened cream cheese

2 sticks butter, softened 

1t vanilla extract 

4C sifted powdered sugar 


Directions
CUPCAKE MIXTURE:
This batter makes around 24 cupcakes, can do this in two batches depending on the size of your muffin tin(s)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Line muffin tins with cupcake papers 

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. 

In a larger bowl with an electric mixture combine oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins filling the each paper about 2/3 full. 
Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick. 
Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

FROSTING: 
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until it's totally combined. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. 

Then have fun icing the cupcakes and decorating to your hearts content. Have fruit? Add strawberries, raspberries, or even dried cranberries as toppers. Or dust with a little cocoa powder. Red sprinkles are fun too as are cinnamon hearts. 

Now, what's your favorite cupcake recipe or variation? Add it in the comments below or on the Facebook Party page.