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Saturday, September 24, 2011

BLOG TOUR: "Damned" Author Interview + Giveaway!

Hiya readers!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today is DAY 2 of the Damned Blog Tour highlighting this great new release in the world of Young Adult literature and do I have a treat for you.  Yep, I surely do.  Don't believe me?  Oh yee of little faith.

Yesterday, we took a look at the book from a readers, but somewhat the usual fair found here.  Today...we approach the story and characters from the inside out with an AUTHOR INTERVIEW featuring both creative minds behind this curious series.  Ready to read all about it?  Here goes.  Please join me in welcoming author's Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie!  Take it away ladies....


Author Interview:
Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

The Crusade series is a co-authored work, meaning shared the creative endeavor with another writer. Do you find the process of working with a co-author on a title easier, harder (or somewhere in between) than working on a novel on your own? What unique challenges exist within that working relationship?

Debbie Viguie

Debbie: Easier in some ways. Her strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. Plus there is no such thing as writer’s block when you’ve got two heads working out problems!

Nancy: It’s great when you can call the other guy and say, “I’m stuck. Help!” Or “This is so COOL! Read it!” and she’s right there. A lot of people ask us how we write long-distance. Email and phone calls. And we also work at Disney theme parks together when we can.

What was your favorite scene written into the Damned story? Any scenes that didn't make the final edition you sorta miss?

Debbie: My favorite scene is the final fight scene of the book which is incredibly intense and personal. I can’t say more about it than that.

Nancy: We cut a creepy scene starring Noah that will be in Book 3, which is titled VANQUISHED.

Though as a writer, I'm certain you love all your creations dearly, if you HAD to choose a favorite from this series though...who would it be (and why)?

Debbie: Holgar!! He makes me laugh and he’s incredibly strong and compassionate.

Nancy:  I can’t decid between Antonio and Holgar. Antonio is so passionate and caring. He would give his life for you in an instant. But Debbie’s right about the H-wolf. He’s so warm and funny. And brave.

Words can mean so much even when they are few. Is there any particular line in the book that just stuck with you? Something that just captured the mood or action of the moment?

Debbie: “Let’s go.” It’s in that final fight scene.

Cover art can make or break a title for some readers, and the cover change between Crusade in HB and Crusade in PB was pretty big. Couldn't help but notice Damned fell right in line with the new cover choice. Is it all you hoped it'd be?

Debbie: I loved the HB version of Crusade but I am thrilled with the cover of Damned.

Nancy: We think “Antonio” is so hot. The cover model is named Sterling and I know he was out in L.A. last year for pilot season. Go, Sterling! We’re rooting for you!

The question on everyone's mind...will there be another installment in the series?

Debbie: Yes! Vanquished is coming in a year.

Nancy:  Debbie and I are working on VANQUISHED right now.  As usual, we get to listen to “The Magic of the Wizard’s Dream” by our favorite group, Rhapsody of Fire.  It’s on our playlists.  We have sworn to see them live in concert!

Anything ideas for it that you've been rolling around in your creative minds that you can share?

Debbie: Nancy and I have plenty of tricks up our sleeves.

Nancy Holder

Nancy: Debbie and I came up with the idea for an adult horror series while on book tour. We started saying things to each other, took one look at each other, and starting squeeing. Our poor media escort nearly ran off the road. That might not have been a bad thing, though--we were very near a Cheese Castle and we were dying to go in. Wisconsin is so awesome--castles to cheese. Go, Wisconsin! I love you, Mequon and Milwaukee.

I've heard from your illustrious assistant Erin (~waves~) that you were on tour for this particular title. How exciting! What was your most memorable stop (and why)?

Debbie: It’s all been great! I have to say, though, that i love the architecture of St. Louis!

Nancy:  Isn’t Erin awesome?! It was a fantastic tour.. One of the most memorable parts of the tour was staying at the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis. We had no idea St. Louis was so cool! And we saw a building on St. Louis University campus where there was supposed to have been an exorcism. Part of the same building was used in the movie!
And we found the house we’re going to buy together someday--the mansion that used for the exteriors in both Addams Family movies--it’s on Star Island in Miami. I loved visiting some wonderful independent bookstores: Pudd’nhead in Webster Groves; Books and Books in Miami; and Next Chapter Books in Mequon. They are fantastic, wonderful bookstores--like theme parks with books instead of rides.

Quid pro quo....

Favorite book at the moment...

Debbie: ...of all time - The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey
Nancy: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson

The thing I'm most looking forward to...

Debbie -Some day getting to visit Prague which is the setting for Kiss of Night, my new Christian vampire novel.
Nancy: Near future: A nice, fun day at Disneyland with my daughter, just hangin’ out and chillaxin on some rides. Long term: Getting our yard redone and our garden put in. My daughter has asked for some space for an aviary for a falcon or an owl. She wants to get her falconry license. I love being a mom.

One question I've always hoped to be asked but it just hasn't come up yet....

Debbie: Favorite food? (Salami and cheese sandwich)
Nancy:  Favorite drink? Cream soda!

Parting thoughts for all the readers out there...

Debbie: Keep reading! You’re the reason we write!

Nancy: Thank you so much for all your support. We couldn’t do it without you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ didn't I tell you this was an interview not to be missed?
Thank you SO MUCH ladies for taking the time to indulge this reader's curiosity.  It definitely sounds like you had a great time creating this series and a blast on the tour...can't wait to see what the final book in the series has to offer, especially with the cliffhanger-esque ending in book 2!
Now, fair readers...time for even MORE fun, if that was even possible.  ^_^  Time to get you entered to win your very own copy of this exciting novel and thanks to an invite from a fellow blogger, I was going to make it easy-peasy on you with the new Rafflecopter entry format, but couldn't get it to work. *-*.  Oh well, the old fashioned way it is.  I've given you multiple ways to gain entry into this fab contest, so please feel free to take advantage of them one and/or all!
  Prize: (1) copy of DAMNED (Crusade, book 2) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Open for entries from Saturday, September 24th, 2011 through Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 midnight CST. Open to one and all!


How to enter....


Leave your name and valid email address in the comments below. PLEASE NOTE: If chosen as the winner, you'll have 48 hrs to respond to my email with your full name and address for prize send out....if not received, a new winner will be chosen.

Just leave your +1's with required links, user names, etc in the comments below.

+1 - Leave a comment on this post. What did you find most interesting about the interview? Any questions for the authors? You never know when they might swing by....

+1 - Tweet about the giveaway! Just copy and paste the following for an easy-peasey entry...

I just read @GRgenius's interview w/@nancyholder & @debbieviguie and entered to win a copy of DAMNED! UR turn-->

+1 - Follow author @nancyholder on Twitter

+1 - Follow author @debbieviguie on Twitter

+1 - Follow me (@GRgenius) on Twitter

+1 - Follow my site on GFC....just click on JOIN in the left hand sidebar


For more information on the book featured as well as the blog tour, please visit the official website.  For more information on the author's behind the series, check out their sites (1 or 2), Facebook pages (1 or 2) and follow along on Twitter (1 or 2)!

Good luck to everyone...and happy reading!


Dovile said...

Thanks for the chance!


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Dovile said...

GFC follower (Dovile)

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Nancy said...

Good luck to all! THanks for having us at the blog!

Nancy Holder

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for this great giveaway !
+1Following your blog via GFC : Ifrah
Followed the three accounts on Twitter : Username : @Twinklesmile023

Total :5


Vivien said...

Thanks again! I'm really loving this series so far. I'm so excited that Nancy and Debbie are working together again. I also really loved The Haunting of Hill House.
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Myra C said...

I loved the first book and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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elaing8 said...

Great interview.I'd love to win this.

+1 tweet!/elaing8/status/117722168380502016

+1 follow @GRgenius on twitter

+1 GFC follower


Ella said...

I agree with Nancy on the favorite character question. I am torn between Holgar n Antonio, and I can't wait for the third book

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Melanie said...

I just LOVE the cover!

Great interview ladies! It sounds like you had a great time in St.Louis! :)

+1 Tweet!/Melanie_Vautour/status/117959214042841088

+1 I follow Nancy

+1 I follow Debbie

+1 I follow you

+1 I follow on GFC

Thanks for the giveaway!


sablelexi said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
+1 tweeted here:!/sablelexi/status/118054922255208448
+1 follow Nancy Holder on twitter as @sablelexi
+1 follow Debbie Viguie on twitter as @sablelexi
+1 follow you on twitter as @sablelexi
follow you on GFC as sablelexi

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LoriStrongin said...

Thanks for the giveaway op. This looks like a fun read!

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thank you for the awesome contest!!

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+1 follow debbie on twitter

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Sniffly Kitty said...

Thanks for the giveaway

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xander_316 said...

Awesome interview & review - I love how you guys are able to bounch ideas of each other, cant wait to hear more about your adult horror series *g*

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lexi_ella said...

wow you guys get together at Disneyland, talk about getting inspiration by those around you, thank you for the giveaway
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Cherry said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway
I follow both authers on Twitter @v97_
Vivian M

Breezy1323 said...

I follow @NancyHolder at @Tru_Breezy. And I tweeted for 2pts

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this giveaway ! :)
Following Nancy at @Twinklesmile023.



ferretvamp14 said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway and interview. I met them at Dragon*Con, and they were super nice!
Ash L

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+1-Follow @debbieviguie-ferretvamp14
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