Q&A with Jane Kindred & Giveaway

Prince of Tricks (Demons of Elysium #1)

  • By Jane Kindred
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: January 7th 2014 by Samhain Publishing
  • Genre: Adult M/M Paranormal / Erotic Romance
  • When desire rises, angels will fall. One, by one, by one…
    Over the past century, Belphagor has made a name for himself in Heaven’s Demon District as a cardsharp, thief, and charming rogue.
    Though the airspirit is content with his own company, he enjoys applying the sweet sting of discipline to a willing backside. Angel, demon, even the occasional human. He’s not particular. Until a hotheaded young firespirit steals his purse—and his heart. Now he’s not sure who owns whom.
    A former rent boy and cutpurse from the streets of Raqia, Vasily has never felt safer than in the arms—and at the feet—of the Prince of Tricks. He’s just not sure if Belphagor returns those feelings. There’s only one way to find out, but using a handsome, angelic duke to stir Belphagor’s jealousy backfires on them both.
    When the duke frames Vasily for an attempted assassination as part of a revolutionary conspiracy, Belphagor will do whatever it takes to clear his boy’s name and expose the real traitor. Because for the first time in his life, the Prince of Tricks has something to lose.
    ~ Bewitching BT

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    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
    Hot. It’s cliché, but it’s true. If I were allowed two words, I’d preface that with “smoking.” 😉

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
    I’ve always liked “bad boys” and underdogs. I thought it would be interesting to have demons as protagonists. The Imperial Russian influence in the book is the result of my fascination with the Romanov family.

    3. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
    Yes, although I called it “depression.” The only way to escape it is by writing, which is sort of a Catch 22. But when I don’t feel like I have any words to write, I write some anyway, even if they’re horrible. You can always edit horrible, but you can’t edit a blank page.

    4. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
    My first book took me eight years to write, while the second took only three months, but I’ve rewritten that one several times over the last sixteen years. (And have finally sold it!)

    5. 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?
    It was my first (and only) attempt at NaNoWriMo, and writing that fast was really stressful for me. I thought every word was crap. I often feel like giving up on various things, but I’m extremely stubborn, so giving up isn’t an option.

    6. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
    I work at home for a global consulting firm, doing graphic design for the Web. Writing takes most of the rest of my time, although I try to make time for reading and I’m hooked on a number of SF/F TV shows. I also like to bake, but rarely get around to it except on the holidays.

    7. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
    Bad reviews are part of the business. Not everyone is going to like my work, so while a bad review is disappointing and probably sticks with me much longer than it should, I don’t generally take them to heart. There are books I’ve hated that others loved. It takes all kinds. A lot of authors say they refuse to read reviews. Personally, I want to know if I’m connecting with anyone, so I read them all. I’d say, do what makes you comfortable. If you can’t handle reading a bad review, don’t read any. And whatever you do, don’t respond. Can you imagine Hollywood actors responding to every criticism on IMdb? Why do authors think it’s their job to refute reviews? We have enough work to do. Let it go.

    8. 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, this is the first book in the Demons of Elysium series. There are two more in the series, coming in April and August 2014: King of Thieves and Master of the Game. You can expect more of my demon Belphagor’s elaborate schemes and antics, and lots of insanely hot m/m (and lots more m) BDSM.

    9. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
    The book I mentioned above that I’ve been working on for many years is part of a separate series that was recently sold. I can’t give you details yet, but should be able to share them on my website in the next few weeks.

    Fun facts:

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
    That no one would ever get cancer again.

    2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
    The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

    3. Name your favorite fruit.
    Is chocolate a fruit? All right, blackberries, but they have to be perfectly ripe.

    4. Coffee or tea?
    Tea, preferably from a samovar, with a lump of sugar.

    5. Favorite season?
    Winter, but I’m sure I’d change my mind if I lived anywhere other than San Francisco.

    6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
    Midnight. I’m most productive around the witching hour.

    7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
    No, I wasn’t allowed, because my fundamentalist Christian parents thought it was Satanic. (My older sisters had been Girl Scouts, and they’d apparently done a séance once on an overnight for the troop.)

    8. Favorite food for breakfast?
    Crumpets. With tea.

    9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
    Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
    I collect monkeys. I blame the Barenaked Ladies.

    11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
    Purple. I’m a little obsessed with it.

    12. Drama or comedy?
    Comedy, if I could only have one. Life has enough drama.

    13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
    Expectation is the root of all heartache. – William Shakespeare

    14. Cats or dogs?
    Cats. Dogs are good, too, but I can’t live without cats.

    15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
    Dinner by candlelight. Clubbing is my nightmare. Crowds, noise, drunk people. Ugh.


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    About the Author & Links:

    Jane Kindred is the author of The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, the Demons of Elysium series, and The Devil’s Garden. Born in Billings, Montana, she spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.

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