Monday, October 20, 2014

Chatting with paranormal romance author J.C. McKenzie #TWRP #Giveaway #paranormal #romance

Today I have the talented and multi-published J.C. McKenzie visiting! She has a new paranormal romance out - THE SHUCKER'S BOUTIQUE is part of the new Lobster Cove series from The Wild Rose Press. And as much as I loved her last paranormal romance, SHIFT HAPPENS, this one is set on the coast and features a water sprite (which appeals to my mermaid-loving self! Gotta read!)

More about the book at the end of the post - first, let's chat with J.C.!

1.       Hi, J.C.! Take a minute to introduce yourself and tell us a little about the books you like to read and write.

Hi Katie! First of all, thank you very much for having me on your blog today. I’m thrilled to be here and meet your fans and friends.

I’m originally from a remote set of islands, called the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada. I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I love both these genres, both to read and to write because I like dark elements, a splash of romance and the ability to go down the “what if…” road. What if Werewolves existed? What if Vampires did? What if…

2.       With Halloween just around the corner, tell us your favorite part of this holiday season.

It used to be dressing up in some scantily clad outfit, loosely be defined as a “costume,” and go to clubs to party the night away with friends. Now, I can’t wait to take my two and a half year old son out with my husband. We chose a dinosaur outfit for him this year and he’s been practicing his roars and stomping for about three weeks now. Last year he was too young to get it and my husband was away for work. This year, we’ll get to go out as a family, and I can’t wait to watch our little man have a blast.

3.       Do you have a favorite Halloween costume or memory?

My favorite costume of my own would have to be the Little Bo Peep outfit I wore when I worked at a pub one Halloween night. I made a lot in tips that night! Enough to pay for one of my university courses!

4.       Trick or Treat?

Treat. I have an insatiable sweet tooth.

5.       If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you want to be and why?

This is a hard one. I think I’d like to be a Shifter of some sort. I wouldn’t have to drink any blood and I wouldn’t have to shift every full moon. I like the idea of transforming into an animal while retaining a piece of my humanity, to run through the dense West Coast forests as a wolf and weave around old-growth trunks to chase wild game with a pack, or scrambled up trees and stalk prey as a mountain lion, or soar the dark night skies as a hawk or falcon.

6.       What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring authors? Or what was the best advice someone gave you?

My best piece of advice is to surround yourself with supportive people and try to block out any negativity as much as possible. If you write romance or fiction with strong romantic elements, I can’t say enough good things about joining the RWA (Romance Writers of America). They have chapters in different countries and chapters for specific genres. All my interactions with the RWA have been supportive and constructive. I also suggest entering in some of their writing contests. Not only do wins give you something to beef up your query letter, but the feedback is usually very helpful as well.

7.       Where can readers find you and your books online?

About the Latest Book, THE SHUCKER'S BOUTIQUE: 
After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?
Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?
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  1. Thank you for hosting me! Sort about my heard/hard typo! Lol :-)

    1. Oops! Fixed it now ;-) You know, I saw that when I first read thru and then forgot to go back and correct...

      Thanks for visiting me on your blog tour! Looking forward to reading this latest book of yours!

    2. Lol! Thanks for fixing it! I'm glad you have my back ;-)

  2. Congrats on your latest release, J.C. I just bought The Shucker's Booktique and I can't wait to read it!

    1. Yay! Great news! Thanks Christy. I hope you enjoy it :-)

  3. Honestly - I'd buy that book just for the cover. The story sounds great too though. A male water sprite. How did you come up with that?

    1. LOL! I agree Sandra! When I saw the cover I started drooling. Debbie taylor from DCA Graphics did an outstanding job! The idea of a water sprite just popped in my head tbh. I heard the TWRP announcement of the project and BAM! The idea took root. I think I'm going to write a series about the sprites after I'm finished my Carus UF series. :-)

  4. Great post, J.C., Shucker's Boutique looks great, can't wait to get started. Best of luck!

    1. Thank you Ally! And thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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