Today I’m thrilled to have Amanda Carlson on the blog! Not only does she write kickass werewolf books (a girl after my own heart!) but she’s also super down-to-earth so don’t be shy to chat her up on Twitter!
Introduce yourself to our readers:
[box]I’m Amanda Carlson, author of the Jessica McClain series. FULL BLOODED came out last September and HOT BLOODED releases next week! Look for it April, 23rd[/box]
Tell us a little about your books?
[box]Jessica McClain is the only female werewolf on earth. My supernatural world is big and there’s plenty of action and adventure, and of course, a little snark. What’s a heroine without a little pluck?[/box]
Is this your first RT convention?
[box]This will be my 3rd. I’m very excited. I love this con because of all the fun parties and get-togethers. There’s always something going on and people to see.[/box]
What are you most looking forward to at RT?
[box]Putting a face to a name. I love meeting people and getting a chance to socialize with people I’ve interacted with virtually. Nothing beats that.[/box]
If you’ve been to one before any tips for us newbies?
[box]Wear comfy shoes & come to have fun. No stress involved. It’s one big party![/box]
Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels, going to any parties, etc?
[box]I will be at many of the parties, no panels this year. I will be at Club RT, which is a causal meet-up spot, on Wed. from 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm. Come and find me there if you’d like a chance to chat or have your book signed. I’ll also be at the big book signing on Saturday. [/box]
Authors you’re most excited about meeting?
[box]I’m really exciting about seeing my pals, Julie Ann Walker, Kristen Painter, Jennifer Armentrout, Lea Nolan, Shawntelle Madison & Sandy Williams. I don’t get to see them very often, so that’s always a treat. I’m super excited to meet Kristen Callihan & crossing my fingers Darynda Jones decides to drop in. Those are the biggies for me.[/box]
If we see you at the bar what drink will be in your hand?
[box]It will either be a martini or a beer. I know, right? But sometimes I feel fancy, and you know…other times it’s just Miller Time.[/box]
Tell us a little about your newest book?
[box]HOT BLOODED is book two in the Jessica McClain series and Jessica is on the journey of her life. She’s out to rescue her man and along the way she’s in for some bumps and bruises as she tries to figure out her new power as a wolf. I introduce come fun secondary characters and it’s full of action and adventure. I love action, it’s my very favorite to write, so I do it a lot.[/box]
What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
[box]I fell in love with this genre as a reader years ago, but as a writer the world building is what pulled me in. It’s so fun to be able to create any rules you want. It also enables the heroine to be very kickass in a way she couldn’t if she were human. [/box]
How are you traveling to RT?
[box]I’m flying in from MN bright and early on Wed. morning. I think I arrive at 8:30 am. Yikes.[/box]
Who are you bunking with?
[box]Miss Julie Ann Walker. She’s a hoot and if you haven’t read her books, you definitely should! Engaging romantic suspense, ex-military men. The Black Knights are hot![/box]
Why do you attend conventions?
[box]To network and connect with fans, readers and bloggers. I think it’s essential. It’s a big world out there and it’s important to connect with your audience.[/box]
Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person?
[box]Oh, it’s fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants ALL THE WAY! Can’t wait to see you there! [/box]
[box]Thanks for hosting me today. So excited that HOT BLOODED is releasing next week! I hope everyone enjoys it.[/box]
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Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She enjoys playing Scrabble to an unhealthy degree, shopping trips to Ikea and has a great weakness for tropical beaches. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.
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Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can’t control her like he can the rest of his wolves.
When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there’s no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.[/tab] [tab]
It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain.
Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge — but Jessica is playing for keeps.
Because she’s the only female werewolf in town…it comes with its own set of rules…and powers.
Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.
All in a day’s work for a girl.
The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties…[/tab] [tab]
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.
On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.
Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]
Awesome!! Can’t wait to meet Amanda at RT pretty soon!! Be cool if Darynda does pop in! Didn’t see her name on the list but might have to make sure I have room for her books if she shows!
She’s not on the list, but I’m hoping to sway her, LOL. It’s not likely, we can just cross our fingers.
Thanks for the great interview! I wish you lots of fun at RT!
Great post!! I can wait to meet you at RT as well. ~Angela
Can’t wait to see you! It’s going to be so fun.
yay, RT is getting closer and closer! I can’t wait to meet all of these awesome authors- and Amanda, I’m a huge fan 🙂 Book Savvy Babe
Can’t wait to meet you! Come up and say hi.
Nice to meet you Amanda and I love world-building. Have a great time at RT
Thanks so much!
Nice to meet you too, LOL. Thanks and I will.
I am about little over halfway done with Jessica’s first story in Full Blooded and oh wow am I loving it, thanks for such a great start to a series I cannot wait to get the rest of now Amanda!
Yay! So glad you’re enjoying it. Not a long wait for HOT BLOODED, so that’s good. Hope you like them all.
Sounds like you will have a blast with your roomie! Every one of these posts makes me want to attend RT soooo bad.
Can’t wait for your next release Amanda!
Thank you! I adore my roomie, so I’m looking forward to it. Only 8 days left!
Full Blooded sounds great! The RT parties sound like a hoot!
They are! It’s the best people watching. I don’t do the costumes, so it’s fun to see everyone all dolled up. Hilarious.