Monday, December 23, 2013

Interview and Giveaway: The Vampire SEAL Novels by S. B. Alexander

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

When I wrote the first book in the series, On the Edge of Humanity, I had the story already written. I actually struggled for a title. Then I was stopped at a red light one day, and the title hit me like a freight train. Now, though I come up with the titles once I have a loose premise of the book.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

I’m finding as I write that I expand on events in my own life or stories I hear from people I meet. For example, growing up I spent my early childhood in foster care. So I drew off that experience when I started writing On the Edge of Humanity.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Terri Valentine has been my mentor from day one. She is a best selling author and a fantastic editor. 

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects? 

On the Edge of Destiny is halfway complete. This is the third book in the Vampire SEAL series. I plan on having six in total.

I’m also working on a new adult romance series. I have five books planned in that series.
And, I have a spin off of the Vampire SEAL series planned on each of the Navy SEALs in the book.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m excited for On the Edge of Destiny to come out (targeting summer 2014). In this book readers will continue to watch Jo grow into a beautiful and strong woman, but will also see how she breaks out of her shyness when she finds her first love. Of course, life as a vampire isn’t easy for her, so she’ll still have obstacles and challenges as her enemy throws up roadblocks along the way.  

A sneak excerpt from On the Edge of Destiny (Book 3):

“You’re gorgeous, Jo.” He tangled his hands in my hair again. “You were as a human, and even more beautiful now that you’re a vampire.” He slid his hands to the nape of my neck, holding me in his grasp. “My heart beats faster every time I hear your voice. My stomach does somersaults when I lay eyes on you. And the one thing that gets my whole body humming is your lavender scent.” He framed my face and brought his lips to mine, sucking in my bottom lip. “I’ve never been in a relationship.” He kissed the edge of my mouth. “So this is new for me.”

His eyes swirled with fear and excitement, and my stomach followed suit. My brain hadn’t caught up to everything he’d said, but the goose bumps and butterflies sure had.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Streetlight Graphics has done an awesome job with my covers. I can’t wait to launch the 3rd book in the series. The cover is even better than the first two.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The one thing that has helped me along the way is the advice I glean off a blog or news article about writing, and that is, keep writing. Write every day, even if its five hundred words. Once you get into the habit, it becomes addicting. If I don’t write something in one given day, I have withdrawals. 

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

The Vampire SEAL series soundtrack:
Beautiful by Faith Hill
Believe by Safety Suit
Exit Wounds by The Script
The Crow & the Butterfly by Shinedown
Heaven (Little by Little) by Theory of a Deadman
Hate My Life by Theory of a Deadman
When I’m Gone by 3 Doors Down
Right Where I Belong by 3 Doors Down
When You’re Young by 3 Doors Down
Pages by 3 Doors Down
Landing in London by 3 Doors Down

On the Edge of Humanity
A Vampire Seal Novel
Book One
S. B. Alexander

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: S. B. Alexander

Date of Publication:  12/27/2012

ISBN: 9780988776203

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 120,000

Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics

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Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Jo Mason is lost in a world where traipsing from one foster home to another is normal. She hates her life, she hates school and on most days, she hates living. If it weren’t for her twin brother Sam, she might already be dead.

Her normal world shifts one hundred and eighty degrees when she discovers her own blood tastes like candy and her eyes change colors like a mood ring. On top of that, her eyesight seems to be failing when she spies an otherworldly man, sporting bloodstained canines, who is trying to strangle a cop. The developments are shrouded when Sam goes missing between Anger Management class and History class.

She’s called to the principal’s office to meet Lieutenant Webb London, a Navy SEAL who is part of a secret team of natural-born vampires. His mission is to protect the twins from an evil cartel, but he’s too late. With Jo now under his protection, his team searches for Sam.

However, finding and rescuing Sam from the evil cartel may be the easy part. Jo learns she carries a dormant vampire gene that, if activated, could save him. As her normal world fades even more, pushing her closer to the edge of humanity, Jo must decide if her human life is more important than her twin brother.

With time as her enemy, she struggles to make a life-changing decision for both her and Sam.

On the Edge of Eternity
A Vampire SEAL Novel
Book Two
S. B. Alexander

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: S. B. Alexander

Date of Publication:  10/7/2013

ISBN: 9780988776227

Number of pages: 460
Word Count: 142,000

Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics

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Book Description:

New vampire Jo Mason had never imagined life with fangs, or drinking blood as her main meal. She has, however, dreamed of her first kiss, her first date and her first high school dance—but for a new vampire, none of those firsts come easy. Humans now tempt her appetite for blood and the Plutariums, a rogue team of vampires, want revenge against her family.

When her human friend Ben Jackson asks her to the May dance, Jo struggles to abide by vampire law. She isn’t sure if she wants to kiss him or taste his blood. She’s even more confused by the mixed messages coming from Vampire SEAL Webb London. The way he looks at her makes her want to jump off the nearest cliff and into his arms at the same time. Her guy problems, however, become the least of her worries when the deadly ones take center stage.

The Plutariums abduct and drug her. She wakes alone with Ben, stranded on an abandoned yacht in the middle of a storm-tossed ocean. Worse, she struggles to keep her bloodlust sated and it will be a battle to see who survives.

About the Author:

For those of you who know me, you know the ‘S’ stands for Susan in S. B. Alexander. I chose to use my initials since there were a few Susan Alexander authors out there.

The one thing I like about reading a book other than the story is reading about the author. Who is he or she? And, how did they become a writer?

For me, it’s always been a passion to write a book. I love to transport myself into other worlds—ones where vampires and the fantastical exist. Where life is the playground for the impossible.

I created fantasy worlds at a young age as a way to deal with life. Yep, I had imaginary friends and talked to myself a lot. I was always creating, thinking, drawing and writing. I believe words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that tell a great story.

My life has had a colorful journey. After high school I decided to forgo college. I enrolled in a business program and graduated in ten months with a certificate that allowed me access to Cooperate America. But, somehow the idea to enter into an unknown world at nineteen-years-old was daunting. Instead, I decided if the world was my playground why not join the military, and so I joined the Navy. The four years in the military was a great foreground to learn about life and the world around me. But, as the cliché says, Life goes on.

I traded the military for college. I became a High School Math Teacher and loved it before deciding to revisit the one thing I was frightened of—Cooperate America. I’ve held many roles in the cooperate arena from sales representative to sales manager, but I never lost my passion to write.

When I’m not working my full time job, and plotting my next novel, I love to play golf with my husband, and spend time with my two dogs.


Twitter:           @sbalex_author

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