Q&A with Paige Cuccaro & Giveaway

Heaven and Hellsbane (Hellsbane #2)

  • By Paige Cuccaro
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published/Expected publication: here
  • Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
  • Someone’s killing angels and turning the half human, half angel illorum warriors against their angelic supporters. If the supernatural baddy behind the attacks isn’t stopped soon, Heaven itself could fall victim. The Council of Seven has called in the best they’ve got to find the killers, and no one’s more surprised than Emma Jane Hellsbane when it’s her phone that rings.
    But when her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is targeted, Emma takes it personally. With Emma hot on the trail of the growing army of assassins, though, hackles start to raise around her. Everyone wants to know if she’s in it to protect all angels or just one in particular. The Council has their suspicions…and so does Emma’s boyfriend.
    Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim, and Fallen angels, but she’s defending her honor as well. The problem is even Emma Jane isn’t sure of her motives. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants.
    It’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.
    ~ Bewitching BT

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    If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?


    What would you say inspired you to write it?

    I read a book. It was called, Interview with a Vampire. It changed everything for me. I’d always been a good reader, not crazy reading everything I could get my hands on, but I’d read more than what they assigned in high school. And then I discovered Anne Rice’s book. The characters, the sexy and horrific paranormal world, the way she brought everything to life with her words…I wanted to do that. I wanted to pull a reader into a world I created and make them feel the story as though it was happening right in front of them. I was hooked.

    What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?

    There wasn’t really a source. I wanted a heroine who felt real. I wanted her to have fears and insecurities, but who was also willing to step up if someone needed her. She wouldn’t going to go running into a burning building on the off chance someone was in there. But if she heard someone yelling for help, she’s suck it up and do what she could.
    The antagonist had to be someone bad enough to motivate the heroine into action. He had to be threatening in a way that would give her no choice but to act, to set aside her fear and help/protect people who couldn’t fight for themselves.

    Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?

    Not really. I’ve had projects where I hit a wall and don’t feel like writing more, or can’t think how to get the story where I want it. It feels like a struggle to pull the words from my brain. Usually that means I’ve taken it in the wrong direction somewhere. I’ve forced the story instead of letting it evolve realistically. I think writer’s block happens when you’re trying to do something you shouldn’t. Trying to write a story you don’t want to write. Trying to make a character do something they wouldn’t normally do. I find, that if I just back up and try something different with character, or start writing something else the writing starts to flow again. For me writer’s block is like my personal crap guard. It kicks in when I’m trying to do something that will probably suck in the end. Otherwise it wouldn’t be such a struggle.

    Your all time favorite book?

    Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice

    What made you pick that one above all others?

    The writing, unlike anyone I’ve ever read before or since. And the subject, romantic vampires. For me she was the first. She gave birth to the notion.

    What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?

    It depends on what you mean by “time spent working.” If by working you mean actual writing? 9 months. If you mean writing, editing, submitting, editing, proof reading…bringing a project from conception to the printer? Then a year and a half.

    Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?

    A little. I mean, every new milestone in a person’s life changes them. At least their perspective. In my case that’s how it changed me. I have a different perspective on the industry and what’s important to me.

    Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?

    Sure there was. I was lucky that I found a home pretty quickly for my HELLSBANE series, but before I submitted to editors I was still trying to land an agent. It’s rough getting rejections, but I loved the story too much, loved the characters. I did give up on the agents and took a chance at submitting to a publisher directly. It was a good decision.

    What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?

    Well, I’m a home owner, so there are always projects around the house that need done. I’m also a wife and mother, so those duties are a daily part of my life. I love going to the movies, love going on motorcycle rides with my husband. I love just spending time with my family.

    How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?

    I allow myself to feel sad for a few minutes and then I go read every good review I can find. I remind myself that their remarks have nothing to do with me personally. They don’t know me, don’t even know if I’ll ever see their review. And since I don’t comment on reviews (especially bad ones) they’ll never know if I saw it. No one loves every book they read. I read a bad review once (maybe) and then never again. Good reviews I read and reread again and again. My advice would be that, remember you can’t please everyone. And everyone is entitled to their opinion. You wrote a book. A whole book! You already have plenty to be proud of. Go find someone who loves your writing and read what they have to say.

    Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?

    Yes, HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE is the second book in my HELLSBANE series. The next book, HELLSBANE HEREAFTER will be out in 2014. In it, Emma Jane has some very big decisions to make. Things are changing for her in a way that will affect everything and test her moral compass as well as her loyalties. In the end, nothing is the same and that normal life she longs for seems more like an impossible dream.

    What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?

    Right now I’m working on a romantic paranormal for Entangled’s Covet line. It’s exactly what the line is quickly becoming known for, a beloved romantic trope with a magical paranormal twist. I don’t want to say a lot more than that. It’s still in the delicate developing stage, but let’s just say this one’s really going to have some claws.

    Fun facts:

    If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?

    Financial security.

    If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?

    How to Survive on a Deserted Island, by Tim O’Shei.

    Name your favorite fruit.


    Coffee or tea?


    Favorite season?


    How about fav time of 24 hours?

    Early evening (6 to 8 pm)

    Were you a boyscout/girlscout?

    Girl scout. I made it to First Class (senior) back when they called it that. I think they call it something else now.
    Favorite food for breakfast?

    Latest book you’ve bought and read?

    Kim Harrison’s Ever After

    Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?

    I used to collect cows (statues, stuffed animals, fridge magnets) but now I just collect refrigerator magnets. (The cow collection was getting out of hand. It had to stop.)

    Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!


    Drama or comedy?


    Have a fav quote or personal motto?

    Never give up. Never surrender.

    Cats or dogs?

    Dog…singular, small.

    Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?

    Dinner by candlelight


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    About the Author & Links:

    Writing was never a foregone conclusion for me. I once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then I met my husband and my world came into focus. Being wife and mother are my highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through my mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.

    Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, and three daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.

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