Holiday Foreplay with Gena Showalter + Giveaway

Posted December 12, 2012 by Joshua Burns in / 107 Comments

Holiday Foreplay

1. How soon do you get in the “holiday mood”? What does it take? A certain song, decoration, activity?

It doesn’t take much, that’s for sure. Once the leaves start changing color, I’m there. I love the weather and the food and the excitement of picking the right presents for my loved ones.

2. Do you let others know you’re in the “holiday mood” (outside of this interview of course)? How? Do you find it ever so slightly influencing your writing even if only in the back of your mind this time of year?

As much as I adore the holidays, I don’t do much decorating and never wear themed clothing, so letting others know I’m in a holiday mood usually boils down to me asking for specific food items and shopping lists.

3. Your forthcoming release, Last Kiss Goodnight, has a lot of seasonally appropriate red on its cover but that couldn’t be further from the story. Why are you drawn to subjects out of this world, paranormal, etc.?

I’m big, big, big on possibilities. Nothing is impossible!

4. Last Kiss Goodnight also stars a deaf girl. Were there any difficulties telling her story?

To be honest, there were all kinds of difficulties with this book. And, actually, the story you read is not the first one I wrote—with good reason. I turned it in and my editor and I agreed I’d missed the potential by miles. So, we plotted a new second half, and I was inspired on every level. I buckled down, and then boom, everything finally flowed.

5. You have an extensive back catalogue of popular novels, many in particular exhibit extensive world-building and intriguing images. Which would you like to see filmed? Any actors in mind? Actresses? Directors?

I’d love to see Last Kiss Goodnight filmed. The magic of the circus, the terrible treatment of the otherworlders locked in those cages, the glitz and glam of the acts in the big red tent, the blossoming love between Solo (the beast) and Vika (the deaf beauty)…yeah, a movie would make me shiver! I’d also love to see Alice in Zombieland filmed. The fight between zombies and slayers (in 3D!) could be amazing! Oh, oh, and Beauty Awakened could be super cool. Those warriors…those wings…yeah. I’m sold.

Gena Showalter
Author Bio

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter ignites a thrilling new paranormal series with this breathtaking tale of a warrior enslaved by desire, and the woman who frees his soul.


Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his.


Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different— he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him . . . and he’ll be put to a killer test.

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107 responses to “Holiday Foreplay with Gena Showalter + Giveaway

  1. Christmas lights. Not those white lights but fun colorful lights!

    Great interview, I haven’t read any of Gena’s books yet. I have a few on my TBR list.

  2. the snow and the christmas light under the snow ^^ all the decoration that makes y eyes shines

    thank you a lot for this giveaway

  3. I honestly never get into the “holiday mood.” I don’t celebrate any winter holidays, but I do excited to watch Rudolph every year!

  4. Snow is what gets me in the holiday mood. Beginning around Thanksgiving, I start watching for grey skies and white flurries. It’s not Christmas without shades of white all around!

  5. Christmas music and christmas lights always get me into the holiday mood. But not too early, only after Thanksgiving. If it is too early, it just irrates me. Buying presents and shopping gets me in the mood for the holidays also.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  6. I’d say what ignites my holiday spirit is putting up our decorations (Pretty much always on the weekend of Thanksgiving)!! I get such a joy from choosing which ornaments (out of the 100s and 100s we have) are going to go on my side of the tree! I usually pick the same ones too since they have become faves!!

    I also love making Christmas cookies! We make a variety, and we usually only bake these types for the Christmas holiday!

  7. Many things like the christmas decorations in town and definitely the snow 😀 Even though it’s freaking cold here LOL (-15°C)

  8. DJL

    Hearing Christmas carols on the radio and seeing the big Christmas tree on the ice rink at the huge city mall. 🙂

  9. thanks for the post and the giveaway! I think I should say the tree, we bought it today and I’m already in the mood. It’s always so nice, it smells so good.

  10. The darkness, the snow and all the commercials, and the feeling when you can sit down in your sofa and just relax when all is over, =) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!

  11. Looking at all the different Christmas decorations around the city has always put me in a holiday mood. I love taking a night drive just to look at all the pretty lights.

  12. I am with you Gena, as soon as the leaves start to turn I am getting amped up for fall-ing into Christmas. Baking Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas songs is a sure fire way to make me happy and enjoy a wintery Saturday.

  13. Awesome interview! 😀 And what gets me in the holiday mood is all the different holiday songs you hear everywhere you go (ex. the mall) and all the fun decorations everyone puts up on houses or where ever. It always cheers me up and gets me hyped for the holidays! 🙂

  14. Normally my fave Christmas movies do it for me. I always love watching Rudolph and Frosty from my childhood and can’t forget How The Grinch Stole Christmas. CLASSICS.

  15. Black Friday 🙂 I love saving money on great sales so I can buy more! This also lets me buy more donation gifts for Toys For Tots at my work. If I can pick up 4 gifts for the price of one normally priced gift, I feel wonderful!!! I dont have a lot of money, so Black Friday sales help me give more to my family, friends & charities 🙂

    -Selena Mc

  16. Love the cover…As soon as I see Christmas stuff going up I’m in the mood…we get out all our Christmas stuff put on music and have hot cocoa and get down to buisnes…its an all day thing. Once the house is decorated evryday is like christmas in our house 🙂 Love this time of year.

  17. Smells of cinnamon, hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas trees! Thanks for the contest. Looking forward to reading your newest book. I have really enjoyed all the others you have written. Merry Christmas!

  18. When we finally get our tree & start decorating the house. We’ll play music, fight over ornaments, tease one another. It’s really a great day.

  19. Decorating the house for Christmas always gets me in the holiday mood!

    Happy Holidays & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com