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Interview with Jillian Stone and Giveaway - April 3, 2012

Please welcome Jillian Stone to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge interviews. The Seduction of Phaeton Black (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 1) was published on March 27, 2012.


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

Jillian:   I'd have to say it's my compulsive use of OED's historical thesaurus. I find some of the best words in there. I was looking up alternate words for condom the other day (first use 1706) and found these: rubber goods and rubber johnny. Aren't they brilliant? And they even have a British period feel.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers?

Jillian:   Who do you feel has influenced your writing? Here are just a few influencers: Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton, Bob Dylan, Guillermo del Toro, Debussy, the blues-ier stylings of Amy Winehouse, Johnny Depp, Alexandre Desplat. My writer influences are extremely eclectic, from Lewis Carroll to Diana Gabaldon to Ray Garton's sexy, edgy horror fiction. I am currently reading Allyson James and Rochelle Staab.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jillian:   I do quite a bit of plotting. I start with sticky notes on my computer desk top, then I write a five to eight page synopsis which I let percolate for awhile. I do a lot of tweaking to the synopsis adding plot twists, analyzing where the plot drags––maybe add some plot drivers. At some point I begin writing! But very importantly I leave room for the characters to bring something new to the story, and they always do!

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

Jillian:   Learning to write to a tight schedule continues to stress me out. There never seems to be enough time. I love to write, then let things percolate, then I go back in and enrich the character's dialogue, or add some world building. So many authors I know don't sweat the deadlines much. They can write with no sleep for a week. I get too goofy without sleep––even worse I write gibberish!

TQ:  Describe The Seduction of Phaeton Black in 140 characters or less.

Jillian:   Phaeton Black is dedicated libertine who lives in a flat below a brothel and uses absinthe and opium to dull the jabberwocky in his head. He consults with Scotland Yard on strange and unusual cases.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Seduction of Phaeton Black?

Jillian:   My original thought was to write a Sherlock Holmes hero who appears to be a debauched libertine and substance abuser, but as the story develops the reader comes to know and understand the real man.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Seduction of Phaeton Black?

Jillian:   Mostly historical research, from brothels in Covent Garden to opium dens in Limehouse.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Jillian:   Phaeton was harder than America Jones, because he has the biggest character arc. He needed to risk his heart and grow, but at the same time I wanted to hold onto his edgy lust for life––the thing that makes Phaeton, Phaeton. One of the easiest characters to write was Julian Ping, a hermaphrodite transexual crime solver with unusual abilities.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Seduction of Phaeton Black?

Jillian:   Phaeton gives America Jones a temporary job and roof over her head. Being a dedicated bachelor, it is fun to see how they work it out.

TQ:  What's next?

Jillian:   The Moonstone and Miss Jones is the second novel in the series. Phaeton is shanghaied in Shanghai and America chases him all the way back to London. They both become involved in struggle to save London from a number of beasts, terrors––and power grabbers.

I am giving away two copies of The Seduction of Phaeton Black to two commenters. Canada and International commenters welcome! My question to commenters: Do you have a favorite occult detective? Here are a few characters for you to consider: Hellboy, Agents Mulder and Scully from X-Files, Constantine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Angel in Angel Heart.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Jillian:   Thank you for having me, Sally!


About Phaeton Black

The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 1
Brava, March 27, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Jillian Stone and Giveaway - April 3, 2012
In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all…

He’s The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he’s asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he’s ever known…

She’s The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat—and demanding he make love to her—Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he’s been staking out—but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation…or ultimate sacrifice.


About Jillian

Interview with Jillian Stone and Giveaway - April 3, 2012
In 2010 Jillian Stone's Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the Golden Heart and sold to Pocket Books. Her sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on the next adventures for both series.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will win a copy of The Seduction of Phaeton Black from Jillian.

How:  Leave a comment answering Jillian's question:
Do you have a favorite occult detective?

Here are a few characters for you to consider: Hellboy, Agents Mulder and Scully from X-Files, Constantine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Angel in Angel Heart.
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 Tuesday, April 10, 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.*

Guest Blog by Jillian Stone - We call him sleuth, detective, private eye...

Please welcome Jillian Stone to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.


We call him sleuth, detective, private eye, spook,  
investigator, gumshoe, dick, and he just might 
be our favorite hero!

What is it about Detectives? Certainly they're wicked smart, and who doesn't find a brilliant mind sexy? Often these men have a dark past, and a tough exterior, but somewhere underneath that broad, hard chest is a soft heart. They are also Dudley do-righters, adventurous heroes who are just a bit...untamed. There are so many reasons to love them, and they are hands down my favorite heroes to write!

I'm blogging today about two of my favorite characters, because I wrote them! First, let me tell you about Zeno Kennedy, the man who puts the dash in the dashing Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series and the hero of AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY. (debut novel releases January 31). Here's a quickie-quick blurb: Beneath gaslit streets, anarchists with bombs plot a deadly attack on Victorian London. Scotland Yard detective Zeno 'Zak" Kennedy's investigation leads him into the arms of free-thinking impressionist painter Cassandra St. Cloud, whose connection to the terrorists catapults their passionate affair into perilous adventure.

My other favorite character is the hero of THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK. Phaeton's prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks straight into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known, the very capable cajun beauty, America Jones. This is a super steamy Steampunk mystery romance, set in late Victorian London (releases this April 3rd).

There have been so many wonderful detectives written over the years, from Rick Deckard, the replicant hunter/detective of Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, to David Addison the fast-talking, fun-loving private eye from Moonlighting. And who could forget Mike Logan, the short-fused Sergeant Detective of Law & Order? Remember Captain John Brook, the tough Philadelphia cop in the movie Witness? Or how about Thomas Magnum, Private Investigator?

Any list of detectives would not be complete without Sherlock Holmes. Which Holmes is your favorite? Basil Rathbone? Christopher Plummer? Robert Downey, Jr.? The modern day Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch? Perhaps the best Holmes of all will always be the original written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and pictured in the mind's eye! So the question for the day is: Which Sherlock is your favorite?

To inspire comments I have a giveaway: One commenter will receive their choice of a signed ARC of either AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY or THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK.


About the Novels

An Affair with Mr. Kennedy
The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard 1
Pocket Books, January 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Jillian Stone - We call him sleuth, detective, private eye...
London, 1887. Part stoic gentleman, part fearless Yard man, Zeno “Zak” Kennedy is an enigma of the first order. For years, the memory of a deadly bombing at King’s Cross has haunted the brilliant Scotland Yard detective. His investigation has zeroed in on a ring of aristocratic rebels whose bloody campaign for Irish revolution is terrorizing the city. When he discovers one of the treacherous lords is acquainted with his free-spirited new tenant, Cassandra St. Cloud, his inquiry pulls him unexpectedly close to the heart of the conspiracy—and into the arms of a most intriguing lady. Cassie is no Victorian prude. An impressionist painter with very modern ideas about life and love, she is eager for a romantic escapade that is daring and discreet. She sets her sights on her dour but handsome landlord, but after she learns their meeting was not purely accidental, she hardly has a chance to forgive her lover before their passionate affair catapults them both into a perilous adventure.


The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 1
Brava, April 3, 2012
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Jillian Stone - We call him sleuth, detective, private eye...
In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all…

He’s The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he’s asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he’s ever known…

She’s The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat—and demanding he make love to her—Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he’s been staking out—but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation…or ultimate sacrifice.



About Jillian

Guest Blog by Jillian Stone - We call him sleuth, detective, private eye...
In 2010 Jillian Stone's Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the Golden Heart and sold to Pocket Books. Her sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on the next adventures for both series.

Website
Twitter
Facebook





Jillian has a blog tour giveaway as well**:
Guest Blog by Jillian Stone - We call him sleuth, detective, private eye...
All commenters today will be entered in a special giveaway promotion: Jewelry inspired by the romantic notion of recapturing lost time as the French title ‘Le Temps Perdu’ A Steampunk watch necklace from the Time Travel Collection by Yolanda Pang. Cyber travel to Poetic Designs and see for yourself just how whimsical this watch necklace is Link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86157293/le-temps-perdu-ii-steampunk-watch. Each time you visit a different blog and leave a comment your name gets entered again! For a schedule of my interviews and blogs go to contact/press on my website. Good luck everyone!


The Qwillery Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win his/her choice of a signed ARC of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy or The Seduction of Phaeton Black.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which Sherlock is your favorite?

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, January 26, 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.*




** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Jillian's blog tour giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow Jillian's rules to enter to win the ‘Le Temps Perdu’ A Steampunk watch necklace.
Interview with Jillian Stone and Giveaway - April 3, 2012Guest Blog by Jillian Stone - We call him sleuth, detective, private eye...

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