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Monday, December 1, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Angela Roquet Author of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.Series





Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I always feel like it’s the first day of class when I get asked to share something about myself, and I’m suddenly the awkward shy kid, who’s all, “I like to read and stuff.” So I’ll just insert my official bio here:

Urban fantasy author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. Her obsessions include the Wizard of Oz, over-sweetened coffee, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

Urban fantasy is only genre I’ve published so far, but I might try my hand at others in the future. As to pen names, Roquet is my maiden name, and it’s the only one I currently write under.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Psychopomp is my most recent release. It’s the fourth installment of my Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. This book is a real turning point for the overall series arc. Things get darker in Limbo City. Grim’s mysterious origins come to light. Sacrifices are made, and the rebel forces start to really concern the Afterlife Council with the allies they acquire.

Are you a mom ?

I am! I have an awesome three-year-old son named Xavier. I’m so lucky that my job allows me to stay home with him.

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

I breastfed for the first two years, so I learned pretty quickly how to type one-handed. lol. Now that Xav is in the toddler years, things have gotten even more interesting. He is very smart and curious, constantly getting into things. He’s also very mechanical and can take things apart very quickly. I find that I have to consolidate most of my writing hours to when he’s napping or after he’s gone to bed for the evening. It’s taken sleep deprivation to a whole new level, but I suspect that things will get easier once he starts school. I’m trying not to wish his baby years away right now. I can catch up on sleep later. Plus, my husband is really great about taking over parenting duties on weekends so I can catch up on writing.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I have Spider-Man reflexes. Seriously. It freaks my husband out. Last week, we were coming home from Jefferson City. It was late evening, and the highway was dark. A giant buck tried to cross the road in front of us, but we didn’t see him until the last second. I whipped the car around and just caught the tips of his antlers. There were a few scratches down the side of my car, but no blood. I’m pretty sure Bambi got away with nothing more than whiplash.

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

I have an art degree, and I love to draw and paint. Lately, I work more in photoshop with digital art. I also enjoy singing karaoke and swimming. And I love to read, of course.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I think I’d really like to try writing non-fiction at some point. I’m pretty good with research, and I enjoy traveling. Mary Roach is my favorite when it comes to non-fiction. It doesn’t matter what she writes about. Her humorous style makes even the darkest of subjects fascinating and enticing (like all the ways your body can be put to use after death in Stiff).

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

Psychopomp is book 4. Book 5, Death Wish, will be out next fall. The story will continue to get a bit darker. The Second War of Eternity is becoming more of a reality for everyone involved, and there are some very grim character developments as a result of the ending of Psychopomp. I can’t reveal too much without spoiling book 4 for readers who haven’t made it that far in the series yet.

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

Right now I’m working on a short story set in the Lanaverse. It will be part of the anthology collection Badass and the Beast, due out in May of 2015. The collection is about kickass heroines and their beastly companions. My story will focus on Lana and her two hellhounds. After that, I’ll be finishing the first book in a new series, also set for release in the spring. 

Then it’s on to Death Wish.

Thanks for inviting me to your blog! : )


Psychopomp
Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.
Book Four
Angela Roquet

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: October 14, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1502721488
ISBN-10: 1502721481
ASIN: B00NQDQB0Q

Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 63,000

Cover Artist: Angela Roquet

Book Description:

In war, everyone loses...

Reaper Lana Harvey is finding out the hard way. When Grim's new second in command, Jenni Fang, recruits her for a special mission, the biggest victory over the rebels is tainted by a crushing and immediate reprisal. The rebels have a new general working in the shadows of Limbo City, luring gods, reapers, demons, and souls to the dark side.

The Afterlife Council’s orders to locate the new rebel base are overshadowed by a desperate and mysterious plea from Grim to find the  abducted Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. Where Lana and Jenni find one, they hope to find the other. But some discoveries have a way of bringing one to their knees.




Available at Amazon   BN   Smashwords

Excerpt:


Caim’s ship hadn’t changed much, except for the addition of a few dozen hell spawn scaling the masts and railings of the black boat. The main deck was an overflowing mass of leathery flesh and barbed tails. A herd of satyrs paraded around the quarterdeck, puffing into wooden panpipes, while sirens and succubi danced to the haunting tune, spinning frenzied circles around splintered mast poles. The wind ripped at their hair and grazed their naked bodies, leaving chapped patches along their thighs and breasts.
Caim lounged along the edge of the stern deck. His pale skin looked sickly and transparent. Despite the heat and the abundant nudity, he wore a thick, dark robe. His black wings were oily, almost sparkling in the broad daylight. Where his chin and jawline ended, the flesh peeled away, leaving the length of his neck raw and tarry. The sight of him made me cringe. I couldn’t imagine what it did to Jenni.
Caim reached out to fondle a siren as she spun by, clawing at her flesh with his blackened fingertips and leaving deep cuts that quickly welled with purple blood. He cackled, flashing sharp teeth and black gums. The siren hardly spared him a gasp before falling under the spell of satyr pipes once again. She swayed and rubbed against a succubus, smearing the forgotten blood until they were both coated. A leathery winged demon dipped down to steal a taste with his forked tongue.
Gabriel’s grip under my arms tightened. “This is a terrible idea.” He grunted under the weight of me and my axe. The paint on his wings probably wasn’t helping either. One slid up my arm and I hissed from the roughness of it.
“I agree, but it’s a little late to turn back now.” My heart accelerated in my chest as I scanned the ship, desperately searching for an opening. It was looking more and more like a crash landing would be our only option.
A few seconds later, Maalik rounded the stern with Jenni in tow. It had been a smart move putting me with Gabriel. Maalik would have never dropped me on Caim’s ship, and the plan would have been shot all to hell. He glanced across the chaos to find Gabriel and me, and I could tell that I was still getting top billing on his worry list. I could live with that today I decided, taking in the scene unfolding beneath us.
Gabriel sucked in a tight breath. “Show time.” Then he dropped me on a pile of napping hellcats on the forecastle deck.


About the Author:

Urban fantasy author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. Her obsessions include the Wizard of Oz, over-sweetened coffee, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows. GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela's Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, & Smashwords.

You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

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