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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul

Please welcome Virna DePaul to The Qwillery as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul

TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Virna:  I've been an avid romance reader since I was twelve years old. I've always loved words, so it made sense that I was an English major, and then a lawyer. Writing fiction, however, didn't seem "practical" or, to be honest, attainable. I always thought writers had to be creative geniuses with intelligence beyond anything I possessed. But then I discovered that lawyering wasn't for me. I wanted to try something creative that I could be passionate about. I tried a lot of things (painting, acting, singing) until finally writing was the only thing left. I told myself, "just write something you'd like to read," and once I did, I was hooked!

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Virna:  Trying to keep ego and pride out of it. I'm a perfectionist and I'm a people-pleaser to boot. So getting negative reviews or feedback can play havoc with my confidence. Then again, even good reviews create pressure to do that much better. And of course, what one reader loves another hates, so there's not even a definitive answer of what's "good" or "awesome." Ultimately, I always have to get back to the place where I started--writing because I love it.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Virna:  Writing for both Harlequin's category and single title line was always a big dream of mine. I grew up reading Linda Howard and Nora Roberts, and that was the path they followed. I'm proud to be taking a similar career path. I'm also really proud of two other things: 1) that I took a risk by writing paranormal, a genre I never thought I'd write, and ended up loving it; and 2) that my novella, Molly Wants A Hero, is included in Lori Foster's upcoming pet anthology, Love Bites. I know that's three, and there are many more--I couldn't pick just one! ;P

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Virna:  That I like to explore tough issues. That I think we're all a mix of perfect and imperfect, light and dark. That I believe in redemption and true love and empowerment, but only because someone's willing to dig deep and work hard for it.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Virna:  Most readers know me for my Para-Ops series, and book 3, Chosen By Sin (Dex Hunt's story) is now available on Amazon and www.chosenbysin.com. I'm also launching a new contemporary romantic suspense series that follows a team of agents with the California Department of Justice. Shades Of Desire, my debut single title with HQN, just launched May 22, 2012, with the first book in the Special Investigations Group series. In this story, a famous photographer who's just lost her vision is asked to help a sexy homicide detective solve an investigation. The next book in the series, Shades Of Temptation, releases in September. Finally, a deal is in the works to bring a slightly different paranormal romantic suspense series to readers. I'm super excited about it and look forward to sharing the details soon.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Virna:  Sally, thank you so much for interviewing me. It's always a pleasure to work with you and get in front of your readers.



Special Investigations Group

Shades of Desire
Special Investigations Group 1
HQN, May 22, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul
Natalie Jones is the lucky survivor of an elusive killer who preys on young women and then disappears from view. And since her harrowing ordeal, the once gutsy photojournalist has remained isolated in her home, paralyzed by fear and her failing vision.

Special Agent Liam "Mac" McKenzie has scars of his own. But despite his efforts to ignore the attraction that simmers between him and Natalie, he needs her help to catch a predator. Soon, they will forge a tentative alliance—charged with desire. Through a soft-focus lens, Natalie dares to envision a future with Mac beyond the investigation…never guessing that the clues hidden within her photographs are drawing them into an explosive confrontation with a madman.



Para-Ops

Chosen by Sin
Para-Ops 3
December 2011
Paperback and eBook, 256 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul
The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.
eBook Amazon : Paperback Amazon : www.chosenbysin.com


Chosen By Fate
Para-Ops 2
Berkley, October 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul
Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...


Chosen By Blood
Para-Ops 1
Berkley, May 3, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.



About Virna

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaul
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and now national bestselling author of the Para-Ops Novels (Chosen By Sin, Book 3 now available; see www.chosenbysin.com.)

Virna also writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (It Started That Night, May 2012) and HQN (Shades Of Desire, June 2012).

Finally, Virna is a national bestselling author of numerous indie published novels. Sign up for her mailing list for access to her monthly writing cheat sheets and reader contests.

www.virnadepaul.com

Virna's Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Facebook Books That Rock Fan Page

Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1

Please welcome Virna DePaul to The Qwillery as part of the Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour!

Welcome to stop #1 in my blog tour For Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops #3).

This tour focuses on my writing and my paranormal series, but also my Twelve Resolutions for 2012, as well as the resolutions of my hero in Chosen By Sin, werebeast Dex Hunt. Those of you who know Dex know he's a bit...difficult, so I'm curious to see what he comes up with. (Psst: Dex doesn't actually know it, but his “resolutions” are more like a Twelve-Step Program designed by me to get him to his HEA).

I'll be giving away a prize to one commenter from this blog stop, but I'm also giving away one grand prize to one blog tour follower. See the giveaway details below! :)

The Para-Ops Series: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills. (Chosen By Blood (Book 1), Chosen By Fate (Book 2))

So what's Resolution #1 for me? Get Healthy

Okay, okay. I know this isn't really original, but it still tops my list. I suffer from the dreaded yo-yo weight gain/weight loss, and have almost slipped into, “Isn't it worth being a little overweight to eat what I love?” mode. The problem is, I like to eat, but I like cute clothes and feeling good about myself, too. So instead of making my resolution to lose weight, I'm resolved to get healthy. To start moving more than my admittedly super-fast typing fingers. To eat tasty but healthy food. To stop cringing whenever I look at old photos and likewise, to stop saying, “Wow, I used to look really good.”

And what's Resolution #1 for Dex Hunt?

Here's a hint from Chosen By Sin. In this discussion, Lucy is encouraging Dex to pursue Jesmina, a female vampire, despite his promise to “help” Lucy with her feline sexual heat.

“It doesn’t matter what you promised, Dex. If there’s something between you and Jes… If she’s someone you can care about, even love…”

Yes, he’d definitely given her the wrong idea about him.

He covered the hand she still had on his shoulder with one of his, then gently lowered it to her side. “You don’t get it, Lucy,” he said, his voice serious. “I like you enough to help you. To sleep with you. It’s certainly no hardship for me. But I don’t do love. I don’t love anyone. I never have and I never will. As long as you understand that—as long as you don’t interfere with me and Jes again—we’ll be okay.”

Sooooooooo...since Dex is already hot and physically healthy (pffft), his resolution is to stop fighting the notion that his Para-Ops team members, including Lucy Talbot, the team's half-feline mage, are “friends” or that he could ever love anyone. Friends and love are scary words for Dex. When you have a friend, you risk not only being let down, but letting someone down. But without friendship, we can't truly love, and that's plain sad.



About the Para-Ops Series

Chosen by Sin
Para-Ops 3
December 2011

Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1
The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.
E-version ($4.99) Amazon : Barnes and Noble
Paperback ($7.99) Amazon


Chosen By Fate
Para-Ops 2
Berkley (October 2011)

Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1
Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...


Chosen By Blood
Para-Ops 1
Berkley (May 2011)

Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.



About Virna

Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1Virna DePaul is a former prosecutor and now national bestselling author of the Para-Ops Novels. She also writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (It Started That Night, May 2012) and HQN (Shades Of Desire, June 2012).

Virna's Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Facebook Books That Rock Fan Page









The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   Virna is gifting one book from Virna's backlist (prize winner's choice, see back list here) to one randomly selected commenter who either leaves a comment or a question for Virna to answer at The Qwillery

How:  Leave a comment or ask Virna a question. Please remember - if you don't leave a comment or ask Virna a question your entry will be not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


Virna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1



GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY*: What was Dex's "resolution" that Virna talked about today? Do you know the answer? Fantastic!! Because...

Virna is also gifting a $100 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected reader who leaves the answer to this question during the blog tour. Go to: http://chosenbysin.com. You can be entered to win the grand prize once each day by simply following the tour from January 9 - 20, and leaving your answer with each day's different resolution!!

Virna is also offering autographed copies of CHOSEN BY SIN for purchase during this blog tour. To purchase an autographed copy, please visit http://chosenbysin.com.


* The Qwillery is not affiliated with the GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please see the rules at the GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY site. You must go there to enter. Entries at The Qwillery for a book from Virna's backlist do not count toward the GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY.

Interview with Virna DePaul & Giveaway - October 6, 2011

Please welcome Virna DePaul to The Qwillery. Earlier this year I interviewed Virna as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. I'm thrilled to have her visit again. Chosen by Fate (Para-Ops 2) was published on October 4, 2011.


TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Virna:  I’m so happy to be back. Thank you for having me again!

TQ:  Please tell us about Chosen By Fate, the second novel in your Para-Ops series.

VirnaChosen By Fate is about the Para-Ops team’s “ghost” and human psychic shaman. Readers met Wraith and Caleb O’Flare in Chosen By Blood and there was an immediate attraction between them. This couple has to overcome many things to be together, however, including the fact Wraith is the walking dead (she has blue skin, white hair, hazy eyes, and feels pain whenever she’s touched) and Caleb is bound and determined not to hurt her. They are forced to deal with their feelings in Los Angeles, where the team is investigating a rash of crimes in the feline community.

TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in the Para-Ops series?

Virna:  I’m in the middle of writing Dex Hunt’s book, Chosen By Sin. As the tough loner werebeast of the team, he’s definitely got attitude and wounds, but he’s done a few things in Chosen By Fate and his own book that have been a little shocking to me. They tell me that he’s extremely complex and ultimately very honorable.

TQ:  If you worked for the FBI's Para-Ops team, what would you be doing?

Virna:  I think I’d be a strategist. I’m not particularly athletic or physically tough, but I love being able to “make things work.” If there was a mission to be done, I’d be a voice to challenge the plan to make sure all possibilities have been contemplated and the best one chosen.

TQ:  Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?

Virna:  I’m most like Lucy Talbot, the team’s feline mage. She’s the most quiet, even-tempered member of the team and she’s also a natural peacemaker. However, she has hidden layers and a toughness that most people don’t see at first glance. She’s trying to reconcile her past with who she is and who she wants to be, and that’s something I struggle with, too.

TQ:  You're a former prosecutor. Are there any similarities between prosecuting a case and writing a novel?

Virna:  What a cool question! I think there are similarities: 1) preparation and research is a key part of the work; 2) you have to keep your focus on the end goal while still navigating the obstacles constantly being thrown at you; and 3) you need to see past the negative and disheartening parts and ultimately believe that what you’re doing is meaningful.

TQ:  What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book came out that you know now?

Virna:  I’m really not sure. My first thought was: that there will be readers who really love the series. But some part of me already knew that. Otherwise, I don’t think I would have pursued publication so aggressively. I also knew there would be readers who didn’t love the book. That knowledge didn’t stop me from being disappointed with negative feedback, but at least I wasn’t blindsided. Knowledge-wise, I think I was pretty prepared for the entire process, but surprises, both good and are bad, are an inherent part of the journey.

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to paranormal and contemporary romantic suspense?

Virna:  I’ve written a couple of contemporary romances, which has been fun. I think it would be really challenging to write a historical, and I do like a challenge!

TQ:  What's next?

VirnaChosen By Sin, Dex Hunt’s book. I’m also going to be launching my debut romantic suspense series with HQN with the first book, Shades Of Desire, in the spring of 2012.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Virna:  Thank you again for having me! I appreciate the chance to tell your readers about me and my stories.


About the Para-Ops Series

Chosen By Fate
Para-Ops 2
(Berkley, October 4, 2011)
Interview with Virna DePaul & Giveaway - October 6, 2011
Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...


Chosen By Blood
Para-Ops 1
(Berkley, May 3, 2011)
Interview with Virna DePaul & Giveaway - October 6, 2011
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.


About Virna

Interview with Virna DePaul & Giveaway - October 6, 2011
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and now National Bestselling Author for Berkley (paranormal romantic suspense), HQN (single title romantic suspense) and HRS (category romantic suspense). Her upcoming release Chosen By Fate (Para-Ops Novel 2) comes out October 4, 2011. www.virnadepaul.com


Virna's Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Facebook Books That Rock Fan Page





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Chosen By Blood  (Para-Ops 1) from Virna! (US/Canada mailing addresses only)

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What would you be doing if you worked for the Para-Ops team?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011

Today on Facebook, Virna DePaul posted the cover for the 2nd book in her Para-Ops series, Chosen By Fate:

Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011

Chosen By Fate will be published in October 2011. You can read more about Chosen By Fate at Virna's Facebook photos here.

Virna's debut novel, Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel 1) will be released on May 3, 2011:

Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love how the title and shirts are the same color!  The Qwillery will have an interview with Virna in May 2011.
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Virna DePaulVirna DePaul - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour - Stop #1Interview with Virna DePaul & Giveaway - October 6, 2011Chosen By Fate by Virna DePaul - Cover - February 28, 2011

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