Please welcome Lisa Renee Jones to The Qwillery. Lisa's most recent Zodius novel, The Storm That is Sterling, was published on November 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Lisa:  Thank you so much. I really appreciate you having me.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Zodius series?

Lisa:  A combination of things. I love Vegas which is the backdrop and I’ve always been fascinated by Area 51. My now deceased father-in-law was special forces as were his brothers. My ex was Army. Before my father-in-law passed he hinted at being at the rumored alien cleanup site. Actually he said he was there. He was sworn to secrecy and minus a few hints he took the truth to the grave. Even that, made me research the stories of people threatened and even mysteriously dying to keep secrets. It was easy for me to think that something like the Zodius project might be going on. And, of course, a hot Army hero is always fun to write about!

TQ:  Tell us about The Storm That is Sterling (Zodius 2)?

Lisa:  Sterling was a big part of The Legend of Michael so readers meet him in book one. He is a damaged hero with a lot of pain but he never gets bitter. He just lives a bit like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, on the edge, ready to die. And he has a wicked sense of humor he hides behind.

TQ:  How do you choose your characters' names?

Lisa:  Sterling was a waiter at Carrabas in Austin, Texas, one of my favorite restaurants, but in general I play with names and think about how the character I’m developing fits the name. For some reason, a name just attaches to that character and feels right. I already told a lady at my gym I have to use her name though in the future. It’s Xia and I think that is cool and unique like Sterling.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Storm that is Sterling?

Lisa:  That is really hard because there are so many. I think probably a scene in a bar near the end of the book is my favorite because of a revelation and the emotional content.

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

Lisa:  The love interest for Caleb. I planned something for him and then this other character stepped forward and claimed him. You’ll be able to figure that out in The Danger That is Damion. I don’t want to say a name and give it away.

TQ:  In the Zodius series who has been the easiest character to write and why?

Lisa:  Sterling was pretty easy to write because I just ‘got’ him from the minute I invented him. He was alive on the pages and I love his humor that just pops out of my head because it feels like him.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Zodius Series?

Lisa:  I have 6 outlined and I have ideas for more.

TQ:  What's next?

Lisa:  Well in late November – as in this month – I have HOT VAMPIRE TOUCH which is book 3 of my indie Vampire Wardens series. Then on December 13th WICKED WEREWOLF NIGHT which is a connected story to the Wardens and you will meet the hero in TOUCH. I have lots going on next year including The Danger that is Damion in May, a new Blaze trilogy, a Spice Brief, more indies, and some things I hope to announce soon!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Lisa:  Thank you so much for having me!

About The Zodius Series

The Storm That is Sterling
Zodius 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011
He may be invincible to everyone else. . .

Sterling Jeter has remarkable powers and has shown himself to be just about indestructible. But beautiful, brilliant Rebecca Burns knows that even a Super Soldier needs comfort, and so much more ...

But she can see that deep down, he’s just a man …

Sterling and Rebecca's teenage romance was interrupted, but years later the heat between them flares back to life. Even though it endangers everything they're fighting for, it's impossible to resist picking up right where they left off . . .

The Legend of Michael
Zodius 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca. May 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011
One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.

Cassandra holds the key to Michael’s power, and his pain. With loyalties divided and against insurmountable odds, Cassandra’s heart propels her to Michael’s side—but can her love do anything but destroy him…

No ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one thing is clear—the world will never be the same…

The cover for The Danger That Is Damion (Zodius 3), which will be published in May 2012:

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011
Pre-order: Barnes and Noble

The Vampire Wardens

Cover for Hot Vampire Touch (Vampire Warden 3), which will be published later this month:

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011

Vampire Wardens 1 and 2
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Hot Vampire KissAmazon : Barnes and Noble : Kobo : Smashwords
Hot Vampire SeductionAmazon : Barnes and Noble : Smashwords

The cover for Wicked Werewolf Nights, which will be published on December 13, 2011:

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011

The Vampire Wardens series and Wicked Werewolf Night are e-book only.

About Lisa

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011
Award winning author, Lisa Renee Jones, has published more than fifteen novels in several different languages, spanning multiple genres of romance – contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. In each book the hero is dark, dangerous, and sexy. She debuted for both, Nocturne and Blaze, on the Bookscan bestseller list. You can find Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog for regular updates. Lisa now has a Fan Page at Facebook.

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The Giveaway


What:  There are 2 prizes:

     Prize 1: A gift basket including 2 books, candies, Bath and Body Works goodies, and bookmarks. (US and Canadian mailing addresses only)

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011

     Prize 2: Hot Vampire Kiss (Vampire Wardens 1) and Hot Vampire Seduction (Vampire Wardens 2) e-books. (International).

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones and Giveaway - November 18, 2011

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you wrote a novel, short story, novella, etc. 
what would be the name of your Main Chararcter?

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. Let us know if you have a US/Canada mailing address by putting "US/Canada" in your comment so we may include you in the gift basket random drawing. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  Prize 2 "e-book copies of Hot Vampire's Kiss and Hot Vampire Touch" contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an e-mailing address. Prize 1 the "Gift Basket" contest is only open to humans with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contests end at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, November 25, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter. No purchase necessary.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

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