Q&A with Karen Greco & Steele City Blues Giveaway

Steele City Blues (Hell’s Belle #3)

  • By Karen Greco
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: January 3rd 2017
  • Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy / Romance
  • Blood Ops leader Dr. O is chained in the bowels of Steele City, the state’s maximum security prison, and the clock is ticking for Nina and Frankie to bust him out.
    Now that supernatural creatures are out of the closet, Providence is descending into an Apocalyptic wasteland. With the abrupt shut down Blood Ops, Nina and Frankie are on their own to save Dr. O and the other supernatural prisoners from certain death. Not knowing where Demon Mayor Bertrand’s loyalties lie, they are forced to rely on some questionable allies to battle Leila, a powerful vampire/witch hybrid hell bent on creating an indestructible supernatural army. She also happens to be Nina’s mom.
    Alliances are tested and relationships fractured as Nina and her band of supernatural crime fighting misfits are pushed to the breaking point.

    ~ Bewitching BT



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

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ? This particularly book was really about my protagonist, Nina, coming into her own. She lived a marginally sheltered life in a top secret government program that was not unlike the military (i.e living together in barracks). It was only at the start of this series that she moved out and lived on her own, in the “real world” and this book, she really comes into her own.

    3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ? Nina is an amalgamation of loads of people in my life. Same with the antagonist.

    4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ? Oh writer’s block. It’s usually the world’s way of telling me that the book is off track and I need to go back and fix something.

    5. Your all time favorite book? ? Wuthering Heights

    6. What made you pick that one above all others? ? Impossible love chokes me up. I think loving someone but not being able to be with that person is the most tragic and romantic thing in the world. It’s great drama.

    7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ? I think it was Steele City Blues. Two years! It wasn’t the fault of the project, I was contracted to release three other books.

    8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ? It’s made me busier, that’s for sure!

    9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ? No. I definitely get frustrated, but I never want to give up.

    10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ? I have a “day job” doing entertainment publicity. And I have a husband and kid and two dogs. They keep me busy.

    11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ? I try not to take it to heart. Before I read my very first review, my friend David Johnston (who is a brilliant play and screenwriter – I highly recommend his play-turned-into-a-film Mothra Is Waiting) said that if it was bad, I was allowed to be upset for 24 hours and then I had to stop, any more than that was wallowing. It’s hard to hear criticism, always, but I value feedback that is constructive, and definitely thing about it while I am writing my next work.

    12. 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? ? This is the third book in the Hell’s Belle series. In the forth, we’re going on a road trip!

    13. 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 am working on a contemporary romance. It’s a follow up to a book I did under my pen name Jillian Sterling, about two rock bands. And for the past year or so I’ve been working off and on on a book about a reluctant demon hunter. I am not a terribly fast writer, so this stuff takes me time. If I didn’t have my day job, I could get them all done!

    14. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? ? My mom has frontal temporal dementia and it was early onset. It’s genetic – I have a 50/50 shot of getting it. When I turned 40, knowing this, I asked myself what would I regret not doing. Making a go of my writing was the one thing that stood out. I wanted to write when I was in high school and college, but working in PR in theater/film and TV kind of scared me off of doing it professional. And to be honest, it was because of the critics! Esp. the theater critics! At the time I started out, they had a lot of control over the trajectory of someone’s career, and that I found so frightening. I’ve always had an entreprenureal streak, and am one of those oddballs who doesn’t fit well in corporate structures, so I figured, I’d give it a shot. And the reception to Hell’s Belle was amazing, so I kept going.

    15. What would you say was the toughest part? ? Time. I wish I had more time. I outsource a lot, but it’s still a massive amount of work. And it takes time away from my writing time.

    16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting? ? I have two editors – one does line edits and works with me developmentally. The other is a copy writer and he keeps me in line and catches my inconsistencies. I also work with a cover designer. I format myself.

    17. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros? ? I find people based on referrals. Because of my career, I have access to a great network of people who can introduce me to freelancers. My editors came out of the Big 5 New York publishing houses.

    18. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’? ? Production takes time. Editing is probably 6 – 8 months of it. And I don’t want to edit and send out, I also have to time it properly, gear up marketing, etc.

    19. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with? ? I’ve been exclusive with Amazon, but now that I have my third book I plan on going wide, into B&N, iBooks, Kobo, etc.

    20. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change? ? I don’t know that I’d change much. Get Steele City Blues out faster. It’s been two years. Way way too long.

    21. If you were to recommend one article, blog, post, or book to someone hoping to self-pub, what would it be? ? Mark Dawson’s website. He’s smart, and he knows what he’s doing! I highly recommend his podcast, loads of great tips on there.

    22. In retrospect, what was the toughest part of self-pubbing? Was it the part that you thought would be toughest before embarking on this adventure? ? Time time time. I wish I had a second book done when I published my first. But I wasn’t sure if it would take off at the time, so… Hindsight and all that.

    23. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? ? Entrepreneurial.

    Fun facts: :

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ? To be able to write full time.

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

    3. Name your favorite fruit. ? Raspberries

    4. Coffee or tea? ? Coffee

    5. Favorite season? ? Summer

    6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ? Midnight or sunrise

    7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ? no

    8. Favorite food for breakfast? ? Greek yogurt with Grapenuts

    9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ? Lee Child’s first book, I cannot remember the name off hand. I want to start reading thrillers.

    10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ? I don’t collect anything.

    11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ? Black.

    12. Drama or comedy? ? Dramedy!

    13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ? “Just keep swimming…”

    14. Cats or dogs? ? Both

    15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ? candlelight dinner

    16. What song have you listened to most recently? ? Denmark + Winter’s version of Don’t Feel the Reaper

    17. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ? Ha! First through was world peace.

    Full Disclosure:

    1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ? Not so secret but I love daytime soaps, esp. General Hospital. I interviewed a writer from General Hospital for my podcast Atomic Words (I interview genre writers – you can find past episodes on my website) and it was so exciting!

    2. Your oldest memory is… ? I don’t really have clear memories from my childhood. But my grandfather is usually in them.

    3. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ? going to the gym

    4. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ? going to the gym

    5. Your favorite part of a date is… ? The goodnight kiss

    6. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ? Sandman Slim. How awesome would THAT be?

    7. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ? Goose Island IPA beer, Game of Thrones (book and TV), anything that has to do with The Warrens

    8. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ? Is my husband.

    9. The one thing you could/can never get over is… ? The death of my grandfather.

    10. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ? To change minds.

    11. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ? My kid giving me a hug. (She’s a teen now, so that’s rare!)

    12. The most awkward moment in your life happened when… ? I can’t say for sure, but it probably happened in Vegas.

    13. The awesomest thing in your life is… ? My husband. Seriously, his patience with me is nothing short of astounding. I don’t think I could live with me. I have no idea how he does it, and still loves me to boot.


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    About the Author & Links:

    Karen Greco is originally from Rhode Island and loves hot wieners from New York System, but can’t stand coffee milk. She studied playwriting in college (and won an award or two). After not writing plays for a long time, a life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she decapitates characters with impunity. Steele City Blues is the third book in the Hell’s Belle series, after Hell’s Belle (the first) and Tainted Blood (number two). She writes contemporary romance for a small press under the pen-name Jillian Sterling, and has a day job in entertainment publicity.

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    4 thoughts on “Q&A with Karen Greco & Steele City Blues Giveaway

    1. Keane Darren Storm

      I have read the first two books in the Hell’s Belle series, and I was excited when I accidentally stumbled across the third one on NetGalley. In this book, Leila is still holding Dr. O, and it is up to Nina and Frankie to rescue him.
      Must read #3!


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