I am pleased to welcome debut author Keri Stevens to Rabid Reads today! She’s the author of the new book, Stone Kissed, which actually comes out tomorrow (December 27, 2010). I recently read and reviewed this great book and gave it a 5/5 so it’s definitely worth checking out!
Keri was raised in southern Missouri and has lived in Germany, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky. Along the way she acquired degrees in writing and German, a romance hero of her very own, three sons, two miracle cats and a mutt who licks her when she speaks German.
Her husband gave her a Jade Lee novel–her very first romance. A few years and a couple thousand novels later, Keri took up her laptop and began writing her own love stories.
By day, she’s a mild-mannered yoga and Oriental dance instructor. By night she creates mayhem and magic in small-town paranormal romance novels like her award-winning debut, Stone Kissed.
About the Book
When Delia Forrest talks to statues, they talk back. She is, after all, the last of the Steward witches.
After an arsonist torches her ancestral home with her estranged father still inside, Delia is forced to sell the estate to pay his medical bills. Her childhood crush, Grant Wolverton, makes a handsome offer for Steward House, vowing to return it to its former glory. Delia agrees, as long as he’ll allow her to oversee the restoration.
Working so closely with Grant, Delia finds it difficult to hide her unique talent—especially when their growing passion fuels her abilities.
But someone else lusts after both her man and the raw power contained in the Steward land. Soon, Delia finds herself fighting not just for Grant’s love, but for both their lives…
KS: Honestly, I’ve never met a Delia! I really want her character to develop without preconceptions as I drafted, so I chose a name I had no associations with. It took me about as long to name these characters as it did to name my sons!
KS: I was exhausted and loopy in Manhattan, and did what they tell tourists not to do: I stared up at all of the big buildings with their carvings and looked like a total rube. But I didn’t care. I began to wonder what stories the faces carved above the doorways would tell–and some of them started telling me!
KS: Ignoring the rules I’ve set in STONE KISSED (talking statues must have carved faces) I’d love to speak with the Venus of Willendorf figurine. She’s had so much history and myth ascribed to her (often with very little to no evidence). I want to hear firsthand from her who made her and why.
KS: Oh, heavens. I’m afraid if I start answering this question I’ll never stop. I’d have to say, however, that for a period of time I thought the book was finished when it, in fact, had quite a bit of editing yet to go. But even more basic than being able to step back and ruthlessly assess my work, however, are my day-to-day challenges of getting my butt in the chair.
KS: The problem with falling in love with your own characters is that suddenly all of them have stories to tell you. It may take me years and many books to get out of Stewardsville!
KS: Only in the love scenes. (My husband made me say that.)
Seriously, though, I’ve seen plenty of so-called “flawed” marriages in my life–couples that, from the outside, appear to be headed for doom and gloom. And yet, they know each other better than we observers do. They make their lives together work for them. That’s what I want for Grant and Delia. I want them to negotiate their life together (even after The End is written) knowing that deep down, in a hidden core, they “get” each other–even if they leave others bewildered.
KS: Only very seldom do I enjoy a “director’s cut” of a movie more than the edited version that makes it to the big screen. For the same reason, I think it is good I can’t get my hands back on STONE KISSED. Every time I run across a new artwork or cemetery statue I wonder how it would fit in Stewardsville. If I could get away with it, I would double the length of the novel just in secondary characters alone. It would be a fun indulgence for me, but ultimately bad for the book.
|Keri Stevens’ Blog
Buy at Carina Press
My review of Stone Kissed
Last but not least, Keri was kind enough to offer up an advanced readers copy of Stone Kissed to you, my awesome readers! This book is currently only available in eBook format (even though I think it deserves to be in hard-copy!).
The winner will be chosen by random.org and the contest closes on January 7th, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is international. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or another name will be selected at that time.
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A big thank you to Keri Stevens for stopping by and good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway! Don’t forget to download your copy of Stone Kissed TOMORROW!
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