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Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012

Hannah Jayne writes The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles. Vlad LaShay not only works for the Agency, but also shares an apartment with Sophie Lawson and Nina LaShay. Vlad has a front row seat to many of the goings on.  Please welcome Vlad to The Qwillery.


TQ:  Hi, Vlad. Welcome to the Qwillery.

VLAD:  On behalf of myself and the entire Vampire Empowerment and Restoration Movement community, thank you.



TQ:  Some of my readers may not know who you are. I know, how wrong is that? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

VLAD:  And that is what the Vampire Empowerment movement is all about. Breathers -- er, humans, know Edward. They know Lestat. They know Angel. But when it comes to a true vampire such as myself, nothing. Perhaps because I don't moon, brood, or sparkle. I am currently the chief of operations at the Underworld Detection Agency and one of the founders of --
NINA:  SNORE! Vlad, no one wants to hear about that. They want the juicy stuff. Vlad -- or should I say Louis, because that's his real name -- was turned when he was sixteen. What was that, Lou --
VLAD:  I refuse to respond to my breather name.
NINA:  I'm totally dating myself but it was at least 115 years ago. I changed him. It was a beautiful story, really. The young, beautiful French ingenue tracked down by her still-human sister. She brought LOUIS to me when he was dying of Polio. I changed him. And then he changed his name to Vlad -- I know, real original, right? And started dressing like Count Chocula.
VLAD:  Get OUT, Nina!



TQ:  I understand that you are the head of the San Fransisco chapter of the Vampire Empowerment and Restoration Movement. What exactly do you do with VERM?

VLAD:  With all due respect, we don't shorten it. What we do is seek to return the vampire back to its true, celebrated yet terrifying, role in society. We are moody bastions of hell and are dangerously powerful overlords.
SOPHIE:  Seriously, Vlad, are you like, physically incapable of picking up your dirty socks? Oh! Are you doing an interview? Sorry. But seriously, pick up your socks. It's disgusting.
VLAD:  Can't you see I'm busy? I'll do it later! Geez!



TQ:  You've recently been promoted at the Underworld Detection Agency. Please tell us about your new job.

VLAD:  I have, thank you. My responsibilities haven't changed all that much. I manage a subset of demons --
NINA:  No one cares! He plays that stupid paper football game with a werevamp from the mail room at his new job.
SOPHIE:  And occasionally sneaks off into the supply closet with Kale when he thinks no one's looking!
VLAD:  You guuuuuuys! I am WORKING!



TQ:  What are some of your favorite things to do in San Francisco?

VLAD:  Sorry about that, Sally. Some people can have no decorum. San Francisco is truly a wonderful city both under and above ground. I spend a good deal of time in the Haight and love the Red Vic -- it's one of the coolest theaters ever. And I love all the clubs around Howard Street and the Queen Anne on Sutter -- everyone thinks its haunted! Cable cars are fun. I love China Town, but stay away from North Beach for obvious reasons.



TQ:  Tell us something about Nina LaShay (your Aunt) that she would not want us to know.

VLAD:  She is supremely annoying. She thinks the world revolves around her. And that dress she passes off as a Balenciaga? She got it at Target.
NINA:  Slander! Libel! I'm going to stake you SO BAD when Sally leaves.


TQ:  What do you think of Sophie Lawson?

SOPHIE:  Remember who pays your rent, Vlad.
VLAD:  Lovely woman. Truly. Mad as a hatter.
SOPHIE:  I'm getting the stake.



TQ:  What next for you and your chronicler, Hannah Jayne?

VLAD:  To be perfectly honest, I'm a little peeved with Hannah Jayne. First, she allows multiple people to call me Count Chocula which I am totally not. And then she went ahead and got my lame aunt Nina her own spin off series. HIGH STAKES comes out next May! Can you believe that? What the heck does Nina do that's so damn interesting? Who cares if she's going to New York! Not only that, Hannah Jayne is doing casting calls for live-action UDA webisodes. Fathom Productions is calling for Sophies and Ninas, but do you see a posting for Vlads anywhere? Neither do I. She's seriously going to have to grovel if she wants me in the next book. Seriously.



TQ:  Thank you for visiting with us at The Qwillery!

VLAD:  The pleasure was all mine. Thank you and thank you to our readers!



The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles

Under Suspicion
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 3
Kensington, May 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012
She’s the new head of the Underworld Detection Agency’s strangest division. What a nightmare…

Being a human immune to magic helped Sophie Lawson get promoted. It’s also made her a major, very reluctant player in a game that stretches beyond even the Underworld. Having handsome buttoned-down Englishman Will as her new guardian is one tempting blessing, especially since sexy fallen angel Alex is mysteriously MIA lately. But as a frightening number of demons start disappearing around the city, Sophie suspects that an Armageddon-level prophecy is about to become everyone’s nightmare. And her investigation is testing her bravery—and Will’s unexpected vulnerability—in ways neither could predict. Now Sophie and Will are fast running out of time as an unstoppable evil prepares to lay waste to demons and humans alike…


Under Attack
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2
Kensington, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012
She’s one of the Underworld Detection Agency’s best. But her job is really starting to bite …

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon…


Under Wraps
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
Kensington, March 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…


About Hannah

Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012
Hannah Jayne is the author of the Underworld Detection Agency series (Kensington Books) and is afraid of snakes. Would like to die in a cupcake explosion.


Hannah's Links

Website
Facebook









The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win her or his choice of one of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles - Under Wraps, Under Suspicion, OR Under Attack - from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite vampire? 

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. You MUST 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 Thursday, June 21, 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.*

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - November 4, 2011

Please welcome Hannah Jayne to The Qwillery for a second visit. Hannah previously visited as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Under Attack, the 2nd book in The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, was published by Kensington on November 1, 2011.


TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Hannah:  Thanks so much for having me back - I'm happy to be here!

TQ:  Please tell us about Under Attack, the second novel in your Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles.

Hannah:  Well, Alex Grace returns with a request for Sophie -- help him find the mystical Vessel of Souls so that he can be returned to grace. The task doesn't seem too hard until Sophie is faced with a team of seriously bad fallen angels hell-bent on taking her out. Throw in a mysterious stranger with a sexy British accent and an ankle-biting chihuahua named ChaCha, and the action never stops!

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

Hannah:  I think Vlad. Vlad always surprises me! He was supposed to make his appearance in book 2, only, but we all know that didn't happen. He's a typical teenager through and through -- if I ignore him and focus on the other characters, he ends up doing something ridiculous or jail-worthy. Typical... ;)

TQ:  If you worked at the Underworld Detection Agency, what would you be doing?

Hannah:  Hiding under my desk. Haha... Actually, I'd want to be in the Vampire or Fallen Angel Division. Both of those sport hot clients! Anything but the Hobgoblin or Zombie processing areas -- I think I'd have trouble with the slobber and falling body parts.

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

Hannah:  That's a tough question! Since Under Wraps was my first book, it was the first time a lot of my friends and family had read my writing. I constantly got "you are Sophie!" but I don't think so! Sure, we have some similarities, but overall, there is a little bit of me in each one of the characters. Except maybe Steve -- I hope! Sophie and I are probably the most similar, but I like to think I have a little bit of Nina's fashion sense, some of Vlad's dry humor, and maybe Alex's street smarts, too!

TQ:  If you weren't an author what would you like to do?

Hannah:  I would like to be a forensic pathologist, an FBI agent, or a kept woman. FYI: I'd be horrible at all of those. Bodies don't get to me but maggots do, I giggle every time I lie ("are you a spy?" "No..." giggle, giggle) and I'm ruthlessly independent and eternally restless. But a girl can dream, can't she?

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

Hannah:  Not to dwell on bad reviews. I don't have a problem if people don't like my work; it's not for everyone. But some reviewers can be downright hateful! Writers have to have thick skins right from the beginning, but we're people, too.

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to urban fantasy?

Hannah:  Yes! I was laid up for the last seven weeks with a post-op shoulder and I started writing a teen thriller that I'm really jazzed about, so fans should see that in a year or so. I love writing Young Adult and there are some traditional/cozy mysteries in the near future, too!

TQ:  What's next?

Hannah:  Well... book three will be out in March, 2012, and Sophie and Nina are faced with a slew of murders -- and a handsome new man with eyes for Nina.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Hannah:  Thanks so much for having me -- I always have a great time here!


About The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles

Under Attack
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2
Kensington, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - November 4, 2011
She’s one of the Underworld Detection Agency’s best. But her job is really starting to bite …

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon…


Under Wraps
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
Kensington, March 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - November 4, 2011
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…


About Hannah

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - November 4, 2011Hannah Schwartz is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco bay area. In addition to short fiction, Schwartz is the author of the romantic novel Rebound Guy and co-authored the self-help book Crisis Queens: Guide to Your Quarterlife. She shares an apartment with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats, and has created a little dance to go along with the thundering tick of her biological clock.

As an avid reader and writer of chick-lit, finding chicklit.org was a natural (and a godsend!), discovered by wiling one too many hours away on the company clock.

Hannah's Links

Website
Facebook




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a prize pack, including a signed copy of Under Attack, from Hannah!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What job would you do if you could do anything? 

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 mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 2011

Please welcome Hannah Jayne to The Qwillery as part as part of our 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Hannah:  I don’t think I have any real writing quirks – I pretty much hold tight to “butt in chair, hands on keys.” I will, however, not stop on any number 13. Not on page 13 or chapter 13 or – god forbid – word count 1313.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Hannah:  I love female Southern authors – Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Kaye Gibbons. I really think that they laid the foundation for the whole “Chick Lit” genre with stories filled with strong, hilarious women dealing with terrible situations – cheating husbands, bad boyfriends, big thighs… Jill McCorkle’s Crash Diet was probably the most influential collection I’ve read in terms of finding a writing voice. In the fantasy genre, Juliette Blackwell is a huge influence. Her characters are fun, use of magic is excellent, and she has some of the best-written prose I’ve ever read.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Hannah:  Under Wraps was a panster, but books 2 and 3 in the series are plotters. I’m not crazy about plotting/outlining in general, but for a writing career (complete with deadlines, synopses and expectations!), I’m finding plotting is a must!

TQ:  What inspired you to write Under Wraps?

Hannah:  I would love to say something awesome like “it came to me in a dream” or something equally dramatic but that’s so not the case. My agent was pitching my first novel, an as-yet unpublished romance called Rebound Guy, and though it was ultimately rejected, the editorial team came back with “we’re into paranormal. Can she do that?” To which I answered a resounding “no.” Then I called my agent back a day later and said, “Okay, this is what I’ve got.” Then UDA took on a life – and personality – all it’s own!

TQ: What sort of research did you do for Under Wraps?

Hannah:  Whether you believe in demons and spooks or not, it was really important to me to get the legendry right. This is serious business! I researched demons, demonology and “creatures” in fiction, mythology, film and legend, not to mention the myriad of cultural mentions of vampires, werewolves, etc. I’ve always been fascinated by the way something like the vampire myth spreads from culture to culture, how it is so remarkably similar throughout different countries. UDA gave me a great excuse to read every book and article on the subject!

TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Hannah:  I think my favorite scene has to be when Sophie decides to prove how very “normal” she is and decides to make a pot roast, and drink a bottle of wine while doing so. Nothing tickles me more than airborne meat. I'm also partial to scenes that include Steve, the love-struck troll.

TQ: How many books are planned for The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in the UDA world?

Hannah:  So far there are three novels – book 1, Under Wraps, which is out now, book 2 will be released 11-11-11, and book 3 will follow early in 2012. As for more books, short stories and novellas? Stay tuned!! Something tells me both Steve and Nina might like to have their moments in the literary sun…

TQ: What's next?

Hannah:  I’m just putting the finishing touches on UDA book 3 (yet untitled), and finishing up a cozy mystery set on the Monterey Peninsula called Deadly Ever After.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Hannah:  Thank you so much for having me! I hope everyone enjoys Under Wraps!


Hannah's Books

Under Wraps
Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
(March 1, 2011)
Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 2011
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around? 
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.
As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny… 

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power… 

Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2 will be released on 11-11-11, with a third book in early 2012.


About Hannah

Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 2011Hannah Schwartz is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco bay area. In addition to short fiction, Schwartz is the author of the romantic novel Rebound Guy and co-authored the self-help book Crisis Queens: Guide to Your Quarterlife. She shares an apartment with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats, and has created a little dance to go along with the thundering tick of her biological clock.

As an avid reader and writer of chick-lit, finding chicklit.org was a natural (and a godsend!), discovered by wiling one too many hours away on the company clock.

Hannah's Links
Website
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Under Wraps directly from Hannah.

How:  Leave a comment telling The Qwillery the name of your paranormal organization? Make something up. You can even tell The Qwillery what your paranormal organization does! 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 mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011

I'm happy to announce 3 more debut authors who will be interviewed for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge:

In alphabetical order by author -

Anita Clenney
Awaken the Highland Warrior
(Highland Warrior 1)
May 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011
Historian Bree Kirkland has always been in love with the past, but when she accidentally wakes an ancient Scottish warrior who’s spent the past 150 years sleeping in her backyard, her present is suddenly fraught with danger. Faelan has awakened from the time vault hungry and horny. He grieves for his lost family, wondering who sent the woman to wake him. If she’s a demon, Faelan will have to kill her. If she’s innocent, she’s unleashed the gates of hell in her backyard. Either way they must rely on each other to save their future.










Sable Grace
Ascension
(Dark Breed 1)
April 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . . .

 
Hannah Jane
Under Wraps
(Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1)
March 2011
2011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011
Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?

Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…
Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - November 4, 2011Interview with Hannah Jayne and Giveaway - March 3, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge: Now With More Interviews - February 15, 2011

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