Please join me in welcoming Robyn Bachar to Rabid Reads today! Her debut novel Blood Smoke and Mirrors hit shelves on March 1st, 2011 and is also available in eBook format. It won First Place in the Paranormal Romance Category of the Tenth Annual Fire and Ice Contest. Not too shabby!
It was important to me to make it hard to become a vampire. I’ve never been a fan of “accidental” vampires, who were just walking to their car, got bit, and *poof* they’re undead! In my setting, to become a vampire a magician has to study necromancy, and then go through a ritual which doesn’t always work. All of my vampires worked hard for immortality…and they’re usually a bit snobby about that.
This was the first version, and it was love at first sight. I adore my cover. Kanaxa does gorgeous work, and I was fortunate to have her for my new release as well.
Of all time? That’s a tough choice. Right now I’d have to say Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, and Dragon Age. I also play World of Warcraft on a regular basis.
Cat has a lot of my sense of humor, but thankfully I have the good sense to keep my internal monologue to myself. Usually. I wanted to have a down-to-earth heroine who balances her supernatural abilities with an average, everyday life. She’s a witch, but she’s also a waitress. She has faerie blood, but she’s also trying to quit smoking and lose weight. Magic makes her life more difficult, and she struggles to deal with it.
Action, romance, magic, snark, and pancakes.
As the warning says, there’s explicit blood drinking and magician sex, but there’s far more fight scenes than love scenes in the book. Cat and Lex have a long way to go in the book to work out their problems, because she has major betrayal issues from their ugly breakup. I’m not sure what number I’d give it. Maybe a 7.
I’m not sure I’d define him as a secondary character, but Zachary Harrison is my favorite character to write. He’s ridiculously fun, because he’s a very bad boy. Though he would argue that he has sound, sensible motives, instead of evil villain ones. I think the bad boys always have more fun, because they’re not concerned about being good.
Writing. I’m not a fan of editing, and I’m still figuring out the whole promotion thing, but I’m always happiest when I’m writing. I love telling stories and creating new worlds for my characters to play in.
I’m pretty happy with the way that the book turned out, so I don’t think I would change anything. It’s still strange to me to see my book sitting on my coffee table, with my name on the cover, and to open it and read words that I wrote.
I hope so. I’ve been working on more stories in the setting, and my May release, The Importance of Being Emily, features three characters who appear in Blood, Smoke and Mirrors.
I have a few different stories in progress at the moment, and Emily’s story releases on May 24th. I’m very excited about her story, because I really enjoyed writing it. It’s a quick, fun read.
I’d probably want to be a vampire. My wardrobe’s already mostly black and I burn in the sunlight—bright red, not up in smoke.
Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.
Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.
Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.
Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.
Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe…and win her back. If they both survive.
Warning: This book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries.
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I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada