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Monday, August 13, 2012

Sheep Interview: Laura Kaye + give aways

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Today we have the lovable and apparently lusty (her words, not mine ;) Laura Kaye! She just released the second book in her Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want (and you will want). Stay with us till the end and enter to win an ecopy of West of Want or a West of Want t-shirt!

Sharon: So excited to have you here Laura! Have some moon pies and kool aid *hands Laura a glass shaped like a male torso* It is fun to lick the condensation off the abs <G>
Laura: LOL Thanks Sharon! *slurp* Mmm, tasty. Oh, and thanks for having me here!

Sharon: So I guess we should start with the basics…WTH is an Anemoi?<G> I am thinking not a creature that lives in the sea?
Laura: No! That’s an anemone! Totally different book…*winks* The Anemoi were wind gods the Greeks associated with the weather and seasons. There were four Cardinal Anemoi (north, west, south, east) and lots of ordinal Anemoi (i.e., northwest, southeast, etc.). And they have a great mythology full of power plays, fraternal feuds, lost loves and betrayals!
Katie: Sounds like my kind of story!
Laura: *goofy grins*

Katie: Have you ever written a romance scene that made even you have to stop and fan yourself?
Laura: Uh, yes. Definitely. The consummation scene in my vampire book In the Service of the King is DEFCON-5 hot! And I have a scene in an as-yet unpublished book that melts me! After all, they do say the mind is our largest sex organ… *winks*
Sharon: *innocent blink* What is she talking about Katie?
Katie: Oh my sweet, sweet Sharon.*pats Sharon's head* Don't you worry about it my dear.

Sharon: Got to know how you came up with such a clever idea for your series,using the N,S,W,E. Does this mean there will only be 4 books in this series?
Laura: I found the mythology of the Anemoi after I started writing the first book in the series, North of Need. I thought the hero in that story, Owen, was simply a snowman come to life. But when I tried to write it that way he would not cooperate! He insisted he was a snow god who simply manifested through the snow man, and then I went a-researchin’! Turns out many traditions have attributed the weather and seasons to supernatural entities, but the Greek mythology of the Anemoi captured my imagination in part because they were four brothers, and all of a sudden a series idea was born. Originally, there were only going to be four,but a new character emerged in West of Want, and he just might be demanding his own book!
Sharon: So what you are saying is there are all these sexy men gods running around in your head?...would you mind if we took a look? *sound of bone saw in background*
Laura: Meep! Step away from the bone saw! I die. They die!

Sharon: So be honest…which way does your compass prefer to point? This is a smarty pants way of asking which of the 4 do you like most.
Laura: I think I’m torn between the North and the South (Owen versus Chrysander) – can’t I have them both???
Sharon: how about you take N & S, cause you kind of created them…and Katie and I get E & W?
Katie: But I like the up and down parts!
Laura: Trust me, Zeph has up and down parts like you read about…

Katie: In the PNR world why do you think vamps are such a hit?
Laura: I think vamps are still so popular because they are the ultimate paranormal bad boy—they’re deadly, powerful, mysterious, immortal, and animalistic, and that triggers so many of the reasons people love reading paranormal romance. I also think it’s because their mythology is so flexible—people have offered so many variations on the classic vampire, and that means you can read story after story and not find exactly the same thing twice. Plus, you know, THEY’RE AWESOME!
Katie: Yes, yes I do know that. Le sigh. One day I'll finally capture one in my vampire net trap. I'll show you later how it works.
Laura: Oh, yay, toys!

Sharon: You mention in your bio a “bad dog”. Do tell… 
Laura: I totally have a bad dog, just a good thing he’s so cute! Jackson’s a German shepherd-collie mix we got from the animal shelter a little over 10 years ago. He’s the best dog evah! even when he’s being bad, which includes copious counter surfing, the ability to open and pilfer the pantry,and stealing stuffed animals, among other offenses. *winks*
I think she is telling stories about this cutie!

Sharon: Counter surfing? That is the first time I have heard it called that <G>. Our dog is a wastebasket raider…she is too short to reach counters and she likes to eat money! The paper kind…
Laura: Oh, Jack likes the trash cans, too. And do you know how hard coffee grounds are to clean up???

Sharon: What was the first paying job you ever had?
Laura: When I was 15, I got a job at a mall restaurant called the Orange Bowl, which served pizza, sandwiches, and desserts, but no oranges, interestingly… And I totally developed a crush on a mall security guard, too. LOL
Sharon: men in uniform…even at a young age, women can’t resist.
Laura: Even really tacky uniforms, le sigh…

Katie: If a book could become reality what fantasy world would you want to be sucked into?
Sharon: *makes sucking noises*
Laura: LOL! I’m not even hesitating here: the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. My absolute favorite paranormal series!
Sharon: *wipes drool from Katie’s chin*
Katie: No, the drool won’t stop! I want V and Z at the same time.Then John for dessert. Just saying.
Laura: Z is MY male! That is all.

Sharon: Your husband works for the White House, so can you tell us any secrets?
Katie: Yeah but she may have to kill us….
Sharon: But that would be bad PR: “author kills bloggers!”
Laura: *snickers* That might depend on the author or blogger involved! Every secret you need to know you can find in the National Treasure movies… *winks*
Sharon: I knew it!!!
Laura: Stick with me, Sharon, I’ll hook ya up every time.

Sharon: During the zombie apocalypse (cause we all know it is coming) which fictional character would you like to have at your back?
Laura: ROFL! I’ll go with the BDB’s Rhage, cause he could turn into his dragon and eat those mofos!
Sharon: Squee! He is my favorite brother!
Katie: Mmm Hollywood….
Laura: Mmmmmm, Rhage…oh, what? I’m sorry, what were we talking about? I think I was daydreaming for a moment there… *wipes drool away*
Sharon: *hands Laura bib* we go through a lot of these…

Sharon: If every time you entered a room a theme song/music would start playing, what would you want yours to be?
Laura: Bwahaha! Hmm…well, it wouldn’t beMadonna’s “Like a Virgin”… Ooh, I got one! Bruce Hornsby’s “The Show Goes On”
Sharon: *looks around uncomfortably* TMI, Laura, TMI…
Laura: If it’s TMI that this 40-something-year-old woman isn’t a virgin, I don’t know what kinds of women you hang out with!

Sharon: Of the 7 deadly sins, which was the last one you committed?
Laura: I was very lusty yesterday. Take that how you will…
Sharon: TMI LAURA!! <G>
Katie: Again, we shall talk more on this later Laura. Sharon and her virgin ears.
Laura: I am very suspect of these virgin ears… ‘Sall I’m sayin’.

Rapid Fire Round!

Sharon: Raindrops on Roses or Whiskers on kittens?
Laura: Whiskers on kittens! (I originally typedWhiskey on kittens—that too!)

Katie: Coke or Pepsi?
Laura: Coke!
Sharon: *sob!*
Katie: Baaahahahaha Don't hate. Coke is always the clear choice.
Laura: Damn tootin’.

Sharon: wall flower or social butterfly?
Laura: Sadly, wall flower.

Katie: Talking duck or talking monkey?
Laura: I’m going with the duck.
Sharon: AFLAC!
Laura: OMG, yes. AFLAC!!

Sharon: sweet nothings or dirty talk?
Laura: Dirty talk every day of the week and twice onSundays.
Sharon: O_o I’ll let Katie take this one ;)
Katie: lol
Laura: Katie, me doth think the lady protests too much…

Katie: War Hammer or Mace?
Laura: LOL I’ll go with the hammer.
Sharon: *thinking about Thor’s hammer*
Laura: *thinking about Chris Hemsworth* Thud.
Katie: *helps Laura up* Don’t worry, that happens here often…

Sharon: strong arms or strong legs?
Laura: Do I have to choose??? Oh, okay. Strong arms.

Katie: Glory of Love or On the wings of love?
Laura: I’ll go with the glory!

Sharon: school’s in or school’s out?
Laura: Schooool’s out for summer! Schooool’s out forevah!

Sharon: wedding in a castle or in a barn?
Laura: Aw, a castle would be lovely!
Katie: Aye! Aye!

One commenter who leaves their email will win anebook of West of Want! Open to international!
A second commenter wholeaves their email will win a West ofWant t-shirt (sizes L and XL available). U.S. only!

Don’t miss the West of Want in the Wild (thru 8/24) giveaway events, too!
"Laura Kaye's captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans." ~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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  1. Love all Laura's books Ive read to date !!! Cant wait to read West of Want ! Loved the interview what a hoot !


    1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much Katrina!

    2. thanks! It is always fun when the author plays along :)

  2. I have read one of Laura's books and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. AH! Her books are amazing :) so excited to read them! :)

    ClrHot5 at aol dot com

  4. Great interview lol Ive been dying to read West of Want. Ive heard so many amazing things about this series from my blogger friends.
    Thanks for this chance!

  5. Yes, Coke reigns supreme, ladies! None of this Pepsi business! And I'm really glad that MY dog would NEVER counter surf (she's a beagle - too short, LOL). Great interview!!!


    1. Woot! Yes, yes it does! Yes, the counter surfing is such a PITA. We have to keep everything off the counter or up high! LOL

    2. hey, watch it with the Pepsi slander!! would hate for your comment to go missing... (jk, I would never do that...much...) Thanks for stopping by and my dog is also to short, Cocker Spaniel.

  6. Great interview. I agree with you about the BDB. I really need to find the time to read this series. I have so many book in my to read pile I've had to promise my hubby not to purchase any more. So the only new ones I can get are the ones I
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  7. The consummation scene from In the Service of the King is totally HOT. Definitely like that twist on vampire lore. Zeph is already on my TBR list.


    1. Yay! Glad you think so! As I was writing it, I was like, this is CRAZY and HOT! lol Thanks Lisa!

    2. am I the only one that now has that stupid song in their head? "I just met you, this is crazy..." AAAHHHH!

  8. hahahahahahaha this interview is very fun to read ladies! great job

    smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

  9. You can't go wrong with a Laura Kaye book. Just saying...

  10. Really fun interview! Laura's a fav author of mine and can't wait to get into her Hearts of the Anemoi series!

  11. Counter surfing? That's just too cute! One of mine is a German Shepard/Husky mix that we got at a shelter 7 yrs ago. He doesn't get up on the couch, raid the pantry or dig up my yard. We have however had 3 answering machines go mysteriously missing. lol

    Haven't read West of Want... yet (yet being the operative word) but I'm sure Zeph will be as hot as Owen.

    1. LOL! The mysterious disappearing answering machines! :) Hope you do love Zeph!

      Thanks for all the comments everyone!

    2. BTW, is it just me, or are we missing a book listed above? I kind of have a soft spot for Just Gotta Say. It was the one of the first books by you I read. lol

  12. Fun interview and nice music.

    I follow the blog.


  13. That was really fun. I kind of lost all focus when Chris Hemsworth came up though - I LOVE THOR!

    Follower - Victoria Sloboda

  14. Great interview! yeah... Thor... *drowns in drool*...

  15. Great Interview, Thank you for the post..

  16. The rapid fire questions were great. The books sound awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Laura I think the SPCA may have something to say about whiskey on kittens LOL!! Love your stuff! Carin

  18. Loved NoN & can't wait to read WoW tho from the interview it sounds like South of Surrender will be most awesome too.

    Jackson looks like a sweetie!

    1. Yay! Thanks Linda! And Jackson *can* be a sweetie! :)

  19. What a fun interview. Whiskey on kittens, gotta love that. =^..^=
    I so want to read West of Want.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  20. Thanks for a fun interview! Just wanted to drop a line and squee a bit.. Laura! You! Are! Awesome!

  21. Great interview ladies - and it should be Coke allll the time :)

    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

  22. Another great Sheep interview, thank you all, ladies! And yes, the hammer of the mighty Thor is worth some drooling ...
    Looking forward to reading this series soon now!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  23. That has to be the best dang interview evva!

    Yay for Coke, btw! ;) And counter-surfing? All I'm thinking about is the dog hair because I get enough of it and cat hair on my counters without them surfing it! lol

    Now, I really want Zeph wrapped around me at night, Laura. Oh, oh, how about a shirt with Zeph on the front and Owen on the back? Then I could be in the middle of a Anemoi (not anemone lmao!) sandwich! ;) Yes?

    1. you so funny....Anemoi you could sell a lot of those ;)

    2. ROFL! Hmmm...I may have to look into those t-shirts, Crystal! xoxo

  24. nice interview. i have been meaning to read this series for a while now. and i don't know what the last sin i committed was. i don't think i consider any of the things i do that sinful....

  25. SIN? ME? NEVER! Unless you count reading this interview because NOTHING this good can be morally solid AHAHAHAHAto funny and boo on the coke!

  26. Best Interview ever! You ladies are so funny. Laura, your books rock and I can't wait to read West of Want. I hear you also have a sequel to Her Forbidden Hero in the works, to which I say, *YAY*! :-)
    celia (at)

    1. Aw, Celia, you're the best! Yes, I have finished te sequel to HFH **today**! Woohoo! :) Glad you enjoyed the interview!