Thursday, April 3, 2014

Interview and Giveaway Dead Awakenings by Rebekah R. Ganiere

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My debut novel Dead Awakenings is an Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance about a college student named Evaine, who enters and unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay some bills and wakes up with no memory, changed to a hospital bed to find out she's become a Deader. Thrust into a new underground world Evaine must figure out who she is and learn to stand on her own two feet, because she may have escaped those who experimented on her, but they want her back and even the gorgeous Luca may not be able to keep her safe from them.

Are you a mom ?

I am a mom! To four wonderful kids. Three daughters, 14, 11, 8 and a 5 year old charming little boy. They are the lights of my life.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes and No. I Homeschool my kids, which I actually think makes it easier. But there are days when it's hard. We do schoolwork, classes, extra curricular activities, my kids are in the Entertainment industry so there are auditions as well. Then there are the mom things I have to do. Luckily my kids help out around the house. It's part of the privilege of being homeschooled J

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I like themes of couples finding strength and being better for having found each other. Strong women who learn to stand on their own two feet. Men who learn to let someone in.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you? 

I am a geek and have been since before it was cool. I've loved Vampires since I was a kid, which was a long time ago. I am a comic book fanatic. I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons. I'm addicted to Warcraft and Diablo III. I love video games, and would rather see a sci-fi or fantasy movie than anything else. Did I mention that I watch all three LOTR movies in their extended form back to back J

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I hang out with my kids, we love video games and play together. I read to them and act out all the voices, they think it's funny. And we go to the movies a lot or to the YMCA to work out and swim. I sew and used to have a kids clothing line. I like to bake but hate to cook. I read, and sip Teavana.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written? 

Black Dagger Brotherhood. J.R. Ward is amazing!

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Dead Awakenings is currently slated to have one more book. I've tossed around the idea of having three books or a series, but right now I have an idea for a second book. The relationship between my love triangle leaves readers wanting to hear the story of the one who doesn't get picked, so that's the book I have slated to do next. There are also those who still need to be brought to justice, so that needs to be tackled as well.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Yes, my novel Red the Were Hunter, which is the first in a series of Fantasy Romances, Fairytale Retellings, is slated to be released in April. It came in 2nd place in the Hook, Line and Sinker contest and I am excited for it to be released. The second book in the series, Snow the Vampire Slayer is slated for Summer 2014 and there will also be a book in the series out in time for Thanksgiving and possibly New Years.

What book are you reading now?

Right now I have so many critique partners I am helping that I don't have time to read. But when I get a few minutes I'm going to read Divergent, Enders Game, Maze Runner and I am Number Four, which I've had for a year.

Rebekah R. Ganiere - Books with a Bite
Dead Awakenings Now Available on Amazon & BN

Dead Awakenings         
Rebekah R. Ganiere

Genre: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Etopia Press

Date of Publication: 1/3/2014

ISBN: 978-1-940223-74-2

Number of pages: 269
Word Count: 96K

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Book Description:

Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills.  She awakens in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there.  A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety.

Once at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family. Like them, she has become A Deader, a reanimated Undead.

Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have the desire to deal with the feelings she's awakening within him.

Despite their best efforts, Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancĂ©, Tristan; who is still looking for her. 

Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. When a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments.

Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?

About the Author:

Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people's made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people's characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.

Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters.  When she isn't spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.

Twitter: @VampWereZombie

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