Interview with Paige Cuccaro- author of Heaven and Hellsbane
I’m excited to present to you all an interview with author Paige Cuccaro, who has just released the second novel in her Hellsbane urban fantasy series. Be sure to check it out, as well as the details on her latest novel. You can also expect a review from me for her book soon as part of her blog tour. As a bonus, Paige has also been awesome enough to offer a tour-wide giveaway of the following items:
Second prize- a print copy of each of the first two books and a Hellsbane Ouija board. (see photo below)
Third prize- electronic copy of the first two books and the prequel
Be sure to click on the Rafflectopter link for your chance to win!
HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE
by Paige Cuccaro
*Note- my responses to Paige’s answers are in italics.
Tell us something dark about yourself.
My hair. It’s dark brown. The blonde is from a box. Probably not what you meant? How’s this… I like cemeteries. Not the sprawling fields of ground level markers kind, but the kind with huge mausoleums and statue headstones. And I love headstones with pictures on them of the person buried there. I like noting the birth and death year to figure out how old they were and then imagining what the world was like when they last saw it. Is that weird?
No, it’s not weird. I like looking at those sort of things too, and as all my followers can testify, I’m perfectly normal 🙂
You are on a deserted island and can only choose one beverage to have besides water. What would it be?
Pepsi. Yes, I’m addicted. I’m not hurting anyone…okay maybe I shouldn’t have drank so much of it when I was pregnant but…I NEED it!
I understand. I’m the same way about coffee!
If you had to choose between a bullwhip, cat o’ nine tails, or a crop, which would you pick?
Oh, the crop for sure. I mean the bullwhip makes that cool snapping sound, but that’s not easy to do and the cat o’nine tails…well that’s just not my cup of tea. Does too much damage. The crop is easy…and effective!
It’s all in how you work it, lol, but I get what you mean 🙂
What mythical creature would you be and why?
A Jinn. All powerful immortal, exotic good looks, plus those magical flying carpets are gorgeous!
Good answer. I’ve wanted a flying carpet ever since I played World of Warcraft and saw the mages with them. Totally cool!
What first inspired you to write your book?
The Book of Enoch. I’ve always been fascinated by the biblical stories about angels taking human wives and producing these giant children. There’re only vague mentions of them in the accepted bible, and despite being a trusted biblical figure most of Enoch’s writings about angels and fallen angels were excluded. No worries though, he totally went there in his own book. According to him it was the philandering fallen angels and their half breed children (nephilim) that really brought about the epic flood. Anyway, after reading it I thought how cool would be if these angels were still doing it, but over the eons had figured out a way to make their children seem just as normal as any human. Then these children, these nephilim, would be living among us, not even realizing themselves the true supernatural power they possessed. The entire Hellsbane series grew out of that premise. Depending on your beliefs it could all be very possible…and I love that!
Definitely a great idea to work with!
How long did it take to research/write it?
I’ve been researching fallen angels and nephilim for years, long before I started writing about them. Once I decided on the story line it took about 9 months to write the first draft.
Give one unique fact about your novel that makes it different from the others in its genre.
There’s a lot of biblically historical fact (or accepted fact) in the book. The current trend seems to drift more toward a kind of vampire-angel-highbred. I didn’t see the need to tie my angels to the popular vampire crazy. They’re cool enough on their own.
What other books do you plan to publish in the future?
There will be a third book to the series coming out in 2014, HELLSBANE HEREAFTER, and you won’t believe how things twist for Emma Jane! But 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.
Thanks to Paige for being here today and for participating in this interview. She had some intriguing answers to my questions! For everyone else, please check out all the information on her and her latest book below. Feel free to ask your own questions if you have any.
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.
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.
Print ISBN 978-1-62266-888-5
Cover Artist: Karen Phillips
I used to think feeling others’ emotions was some sort of freakish gift. I’d even turned it into a pretty successful moneymaker as an Intuitive Consciousness Explorer—otherwise known as a psychic. I knew now it was just one of the many quirky side effects of being the bastard offspring of an angel. Yay me.
Dan turned his gaze back to Eli. He couldn’t let it go. “This is a date, man. Private time. But you knew that, didn’t you? You knew we’d been planning this for the past week. You knew the last time we tried this, too. And the time before that.”
“Emma forfeited her private time when she picked up that sword,” Eli said. “She’s a warrior for our Father now. She’s never off duty.”
“Bullshit,” Dan said, then glanced around and lowered his voice. “She’d have private time—time alone with me—if you’d stay away long enough for her to take a breath.”
I followed Dan’s gaze, scanning the faces at the nearby tables, worried we were drawing attention. No one looked our way. No one had even noticed Eli’s sudden arrival. But humans weren’t meant to notice the comings and goings of angels. As beautiful as they were, angels were like extras in a movie, part of the background and easily overlooked.
“C’mon, Dan,” I said. “You know Eli’s not doing it on purpose.”
Dan glowered at me, frustration still tight across his face. “You sure about that?”
“Yes,” I said, but I couldn’t blame him for doubting it. Eli had been a near constant presence in my life since the moment I met him a year ago. He’d been the magister of a dear friend, an illorum like me, Tommy Saint James. It was Tommy who’d brought me to him, introduced us. But even Tommy had been concerned about Eli and me working together.
And with good reason.
Eli was everything angels were supposed to be: tall, broad shouldered, with a strong, athletic build. He had the looks that could steal a woman’s breath, keep her speechless for seconds. His silky black hair hung in soft waves over his forehead, enhancing his startlingly pale cloud-blue eyes.
But I’d gotten used to his looks a long time ago. It was the man inside the pretty wrapping that played havoc with my good sense. He was my friend and so much more. I trusted him with my life. But there was nothing romantic between us.
There couldn’t be.
I reached across the table to touch Dan’s arm. “This is my life. It sucks. Believe me, I know. But I don’t have a choice, and neither does Eli. If it were up to me, nothing would get in the way of spending time with you. You believe that, right?”
Dan’s warm maple-brown eyes met mine, his anger softening at the corners. “Yeah. Of course I believe you. But him…?”
~ by Suzie on September 11, 2013.