I read an early incarnation of this novel and I have to say that it’s my favorite of the guardian series thus far. I started out skeptical of the hero/heroine dynamic – I mean, on one hand we have a prissy ‘cougar’ (Alice the Guardian) who hangs around with spiders and likes to scare men. On the other hand, we have the hero (Mmmm, Jake!!) who is young, brash, and too cute for words. They don’t seem like a natural match at all…and yet Meljean brings them together beautifully. I LOVED it. This installment of the Guardians series also brings a few new twists to the forefront, and this is the first book in which we have some Guardian-on-Guardian action. LONG overdue, I tells ya.
Anyhow, I digress. I’ve been squeeing about this book for a long time, and since Meljean is promoting heavily on her blog, I thought I’d interview her for mine.
Me: I could ask you the normal schtick about ‘Where you get your ideas’ or ‘What would your character be if he was a flavor of ice cream’ but let’s try a little something different. How about we start with…
Tell me something about you or your novels that should make us instantly want to read them.
Meljean Brook: All of the answers to the universe are written within.
No? Okay, how about the fact that I’m an enormous dork, and it shines through every page?
No, again? Hmm ... how about unique characterizations, epic battles between demons and Guardians, and curl-your-toes sexxoring?
Me: I happen to be a big fan of dorks and curl-your-toes sexxoring. I squeed a little over DEMON BOUND earlier, but I think more needs to be said. How about describing your book in haiku form?
Whoops! Novice takes her to Hell
Now they are so fucked
Me: Now describe it in Lolcat?
Me: Mmmm, Jake. Oooo!!! I know. Let’s do word associations. I give you a word (or two) and you give me the first thing that comes to your mind.
Let’s start with…BOOK.
Meljean: Deadline (and GAHHH!)
Meljean: Dudes with big wings and bigger ... issues.
Me: (mmmm, big issues) MICHAEL…
Me: CONFERENCE (where I met Meljean earlier this year)
Meljean: OMG so many people
(At this note, I’d like to plug that Meljean Brook and Ilona Andrews – along with Nalini Singh and Charlaine Harris – will be in an anthology next year called MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS. Pre-order! Pre-order!!!)
Meljean: I heart my editor
Me: (coughsuckupcough) How about…MISSY?
Me: I was thinking more along the lines of the titles of your books, but I bet that one never gets past marketing. How about…JILL?
Meljean: sekrit girlfriend
Me: Woot!!! Here’s a good one for you… WONDER WOMAN.
Meljean: I wish I could wear star spangled panties in public.
Me: Don’t we all. BATMAN…
Meljean: Smells, Robin laid an egg (oh, and *swoon*)
Meljean: *curls up in the corner and sobs* Why? Why?
Me: (and if you didn’t get that one, you’re not reading Meljean’s twitter) VOTE…
Meljean: or DIE
Me: Does that pertain to your contest you’re running on your blog as well? ;) Anyhow! That’s a great lead in for my next word…CONTEST…
Meljean: Free books!
Exactly! Which leads me to how YOU can win a copy of Meljean Brook’s new release (out November 4th), DEMON BOUND. Meljean has graciously agreed to judge a mini-contest I’m going to hold here on my blog over the weekend. There will be one grand-prize winner and a runner-up (Continental US only please!). The prizes are copies of DEMON BOUND (of course!). The grand-prize winner’s copy will be signed by Meljean herself.
Interested yet? Here’s what you have to do. I can haz a peekture heer uf Meljean at RWA:
Now what you need to do is LOLcat Meljean for me and post it here in the comments (or a link to it in the comments). Please be funny or you will make baby kittens crai. Also, please keep in mind that Meljean is my friend and if you Lolcat her in an excessively crude way, I will remove it. FAIR WARNING. I would like for her to continue to talk to me by the end of the contest. *g*
Here’s a sample of what we’re looking for:
Got it? Post your LOLjean here before midnight on NOVEMBER 3rd and you will be entered into the contest.
Not great with teh artz? Lacking in the lolzskillz? Here’s an alternate way to win.
If you post a link to this contest and a copy of Meljean’s cover to your blog or a message-board or whatever that will get the word out, post the URL to your linkback here in the comments.
I will enter you into a second drawing for another copy of DEMON BOUND, and I’ll toss in a goody or two to make it interesting.
So there are two books to give away (one signed!) for the best Loljean photo. One copy to give away for spreading the word. Do it by Monday night at Midnight!!!
May the best LOL win!