Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Tour: Fire In The Blood by Robyn Bachar Interview & Giveaway

Fire in the Blood by Robyn Bachar

Bad Witch Book 3
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61921-173-5 
Number of pages: 139
Word Count: 33,000

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

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Book Description:

It’s good to be bad…
Patience Roberts is the last summoner standing between magiciankind and certain demon invasion. After banishing two or three demons a day for too long, gods know she’d like nothing better than a little down time with her number one distraction—Faust.

But with vampires, hunters and assassins lined up to take her out, who has the time? Still, she has to admit her resistance to the amorous faerie is wearing thin. Not that she’ll ever let on—after all, faeries are notorious for their short romantic attention spans.

Faust, a Shadowspawn faerie, watched as his outcast clan dwindled to nothing. Determined to hold on to the woman he loves, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect Patience. And one day build a life with her.

When an old demon enemy punches through the barrier between the worlds, Patience must draw on every ounce of her reputation as a cast-iron bitch to temporarily banish him. To get rid of him for good, she’ll have to sacrifice one too many pieces of her soul to leave room for love…

Warning: Contains a hero and heroine so hot they’re literally on fire, naughty faerie sex, post-coital cuteness, angsty magician drama, and yet more gratuitous violence against vampires, demons, and innocent furniture.


1.   Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I knew I wanted to write Fire in the Blood from the moment I first thought of the heroine, Patience Roberts. Patience was born out of a single line that came to me while in the shower (most of my random inspiration happens in the shower, apparently my muse enjoys washing her hair). It was a play on a line from the movie “Army of Darkness,” in which my heroine announced, “Good. Bad. I’m the girl with the demon.” And thus Patience Roberts was born, the newest addition to my Bad Witch books.

2.   Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
Yes. It was tied between Last Summoner Standing and Fire in the Blood. I asked my beta readers which one they preferred, and it was split down the middle. My editor decided on Fire in the Blood as the final title. It made the most sense, as “blood” is a recurring theme in the other Bad Witch books.

3.   Which came first, the title or the novel? 
The novel came first. Technically Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered came first, because Patience and her minion, Harvey, made their debut in that book. They were so much fun to write that I knew they had to have their own story.

4.   Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
I think the most amazing moment happened at the last Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together. My roommate and I were walking back to our room Friday night after having books signed by other authors (I love signed books)(I got to show Sherrilyn Kenyon my Dark-Hunter bow tattoo!). On the way to the elevators a reader recognized me in the hallway and mentioned that she loved my series. It was a quick moment, but I was stunned by it because that had never happened to me before. It made my day. Actually it pretty much made my year. It was a great feeling.

5.   What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I recently finished reading The Prince by Tiffany Reisz. It was amazing. The Original Sinners series is very addictive, and my best friend and I are official Tiffany Reisz stalkers on Twitter. In fact we bought each other 8th Circle T-shirts for Chrismukkah.

6.   What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
I started my first novel in eighth grade. It was a fantasy romance, and there were unicorns. It was really bad, but I still have the manuscript in my closet. Sometimes I’ll pull it out and wince at the adverbs.

7.   What is your writing process?
Either I have an idea and write about it start to finish, or I’ll force myself to make an outline, map the plot out, and then write. The process goes smoother when I have an outline, but I have more random moments of wacky inspiration when I’m writing blind. More fight scenes happen that way.

8.   Who are your favorite authors of all time?
To name a few, in no particular order (Goodreads is a better example of this, I’m pretty active there): Nora Roberts, Kelley Armstrong, Sylvia Day, Tiffany Reisz, Timothy Zahn, Keith Melton, Sheryl Nantus, Lilly Cain, Leah Braemel, Morgan Hawke, and Chandra Ryan.

9.   At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
First I panic and stare at the page for a bit. Then I usually write, “Never trust a billionaire vampire,” which is a reference to my billionaire bad boy Zachary Harrison. I’ll have to think up something new to write in my Cy’ren Rising books. Probably something like, “When in doubt, space them out an airlock.”

10. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
There’s really not much surprising about me, because I Tweet constantly about everything that’s going on my life. None of which is interesting, but the pictures of my cats are usually cute.

11. How do you react to a bad review?
I used to cry, have a cigarette and a beer. But I quit smoking and I don’t really drink anymore, so now I just take a deep breath, accept it and move on. I have a degree in English literature, so I used to write literary critiques on a regular basis and I know that you can’t please everybody with your writing. Some people won’t like my books, and that’s perfectly okay. I try to focus on saying thank you to those who say something positive about my books instead of dwelling on the negative.

12. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I did host a book release party at a local restaurant for Blood, Smoke and Mirrors. There was a lot of good pizza and I was able to hang out with many of my friends who I hadn’t seen in a while, so it was a lot of fun.


“You still haven’t eaten,” Harvey reminded after I hung up the phone.
“Drive through. Don’t let me forget.”
“You said that this morning.”
“I did?” I asked in surprise.
“Yes, you did.”
Damn it all to hell and back, my brain must really be fried, because I had zero memory of that. At least I’d been chugging black coffee all day, so there was something in my system, even if it was only caffeine. I couldn’t keep up this pace for much longer, but I didn’t have a choice. I was the only one left to handle the demon problem. I’d tried to call in extra help from the coasts, and everyone turned me down. They were too afraid of the hunters, and though I couldn’t blame them for that, it still pissed me off. I outsourced what work I could to the local guardians, but it wasn’t enough. They weren’t specialists like me.
I was trying to bail out the Titanic with a teaspoon. It was only a matter of time before we all drowned.
“Well, this time I mean it,” I said lamely.
“Of course, Mistress.”
I grabbed my black cashmere coat from the rack and donned it along with my scarf, then slung my messenger bag over my shoulder. This time I made it halfway across the room before I was stopped, but it wasn’t the phone that interrupted me. It was a faerie invasion, and I had only a moment to recognize Faust by the smoky lenses of his round, dark glasses before he pounced on me. He kissed me fiercely and nudged me back until I stumbled into the front of my desk.
“I dislike this overcoat. It’s much too bulky.” He reached for the buttons and I batted his hand away.
“I’ll be in the car, Mistress,” Harvey called out loudly before vanishing. He’s not a voyeur, and he disapproved of my relationship with Faust. I didn’t approve of my relationship with Faust either. Every summoner knows you shouldn’t get involved with a faerie, because it always ends badly.
“Cut it out. I’m on a call,” I warned.
Faust grinned, and my chest tightened with an emotion I fought not to show. Yes, this was headed toward disaster, but I couldn’t help myself. Faust was the most addictive temptation I’d ever met. He was just so damn pretty—tall for a faerie, which made him about my height, and dark haired with a pale complexion that spoke more of a vampire than a faerie. Faust had an angular face with high, sharp cheekbones that reminded me a bit of a runway model, a finely-drawn brow and a smile that could make a girl weak in the knees in 0.5 seconds.
“It can’t wait,” he insisted. “I’ve missed you.”
He tugged my scarf aside and kissed my neck, and it was suddenly much too warm to be wearing my coat. I didn’t fight him as he unbuttoned the garment and slid it off. I kissed him and indulged in the lovely diversion of letting his nimble hands roam for a few moments, because the past few days had been all business and no pleasure. But I had an appointment to keep, and I pushed him away with a disappointed sigh.
“I missed you too, babe, but I don’t have time for a break. I’m on call 24/7 now.”
“I know you are.” Faust’s expression sobered, and he caressed my cheek. “You’re a brave woman, Patience, and I admire that about you. But that’s also why I’m here.”
“You’re here because you admire me? Funny, seemed more like desire a second ago,” I teased. The corners of his mouth twitched, and I bit back the urge to kiss him. Experience had taught me that if I encouraged him I’d end up naked and bent over the desk.
“There’s a problem—” he began, and I cut him off.
“I don’t have time for more problems. We’re all full up here.”
“This is serious. Zachary has hired someone to kill you.”

About the Author:

Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in MMPORGs.

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  1. What a dark cover, nice. Patience is unfortunate with both a hard life and a strange name. Nice interview.