Thursday, April 9, 2015

Interview and Giveaway A Time Apart by Rebecca N. Caudill

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

I live in Oakland, CA, with my husband of 13 years, and our Himalayan cat Dakota. I met my husband when I was just 18 – days into the second semester of my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh – and we’ve been together ever since. I’m a native of Southern California, prefer Northern California, but my heart is in the British Isles.
After graduating from Pitt with a degree in Journalism, I embarked on a career in copywriting, which sounds much more glamorous than it actually was. From there I found myself working in technology public relations, despite the fact that I couldn't program my own VCR. By the time I moved on from the world of fast-paced agency life, I knew more about computer security than I ever thought possible. That expertise made me the perfect fit to lead the internal communications program for the R&D organization of a Fortune 500 company that specializes in cyber security. And that brings me to today. After more than a decade of writing words ascribed to other people, in December 2014 I quit my job to pursue writing full time.
When it came time to publish my book, I was faced with quite the conundrum. Most of my friends and family call me Becky, but Becky Caudill is the name of a woman in Kentucky with quite the criminal history, and Rebecca Caudill is the name of a famous and most beloved children’s author. Of the two, I thought I’d stick with the one that was better for my reputation. Now I know just how Vivica Fox felt when she was forced to add the A to her name. J 
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

A Time Apart: Book One of the Macauley Series is my debut novel. While it falls squarely in the world of the paranormal (after all, the hero is a vampire), it is first and foremost a romance, and at its core it’s the story of two souls who defy the confines of time, life, or death to be together.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Not overtly, or too directly. I pull snippets from my life to help inform the characters. Like Olivia, I had a rough relationship with my father, albeit in much different ways (most importantly, we weren’t rich – quite the opposite, in fact). People who are close to me will recognize some of the names in A Time Apart. Donnelly is a family name, and Heather is the name of my best friend. We joke that book Heather is much saner than real Heather. J

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

I think at the end of the day, we all want to be loved, and A Time Apart is really the story of two people whose love cannot be contained. Also, I think it’s fair to say that when people are desperately in love (or even in lust) that they make decisions that defy logic or reason. Many times those decisions are foolish, but sometimes, for the lucky ones, those decisions can bring true and lasting happiness.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not sure that there’s anything really too surprising about me. Maybe that I met my husband playing beer pong? That was 19 years ago and we’ve been together ever since.

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

When not writing I am watching TV, planning our next vacation, or trying out new recipes. Like most of America, I am obsessed with House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and Outlander, and I just love Nashville on ABC. Oh, and I am an absolute sucker for House Hunters International even though many couples drive me nuts (“I really wanted an American size refrigerator” seems to be a favorite saying of couples moving to Europe.)
What else? A few of my favorite things are good sushi; crispy, salty french fries; Islay scotch; and cold, rainy days. My favorite places in the world are Tofino, British Columbia; Hanelei, Kauai; New Orleans; and just about anywhere in Ireland or Scotland. In fact, we plan to live in Ireland in the not-too-distant future.

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

Without a doubt, Outlander. Diana Gabaldon will vehemently deny that it is a romance, but I’m absolutely positive that millions of women across the world aren’t fans of it for the historical aspect alone; they – we – love Claire and Jamie and their love story.

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

Outside of paranormal romance, my other favorite genre is Regency Romance. In fact, I’ve probably read more regencies than paranormal novels. I’m actually working on a book in that genre right now. I don’t want to give too much away about it because it’s still in the early stages, but there’s a paranormal angle there as well and I’m really excited to mix the genres.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

At this point, I don’t have a large stable to choose from, but I am just in love with William! While I more closely identify with Olivia, if I were ever to fall for a vampire, he’d certainly be the one. While I love my husband beyond reason, when I drop into the world of fantasy, I gravitate toward men like him. William, for all of his confidence and argument to the contrary, is very conflicted about who and what he is and I find that dichotomy intriguing. And of course he’s sexy and commanding – men want to be him, and women want to be with him – you can’t have a book in the genre without that trope.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share? What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

As the name implies – A Time Apart: Book One of the Macauley Series – it is part of a series. You can catch a sneak peek of Blood of My Blood: Book Two of the Macauley Series at the end of A Time Apart. It picks up exactly where Book One leaves off, but in it we learn more about William’s life after he became a vampire, and we see how Olivia is settling into her new, preternatural life. All’s not sunshine and rainbows for our hero and heroine, so we see how they tackle the challenges from the outside world.

What book are you reading now? What is in your to read pile?

I’m currently reading three books but that changes on a daily basis since I go through them pretty quickly. I just downloaded about twenty more books onto my Kindle this past week. 

A Time Apart
Macauley Series
Book One
Rebecca N. Caudill

Genre: Paranormal Romance , Vampire

Date of Publication: February 8, 2015

ISBN: 978-1508482666

Number of pages: 211 (estimated)
Word Count: 71,020

Cover Artist: Rebecca N. Caudill

Book Description:

A love story that traverses the confines of time, life, and death, uniting two passionate souls from different worlds and ages …

Olivia Donnelly has spent her whole life obsessing about how she will die. When tragedy strikes, reality comes crashing down and she’s forced to confront her fears head on. Hoping that a move across the globe will help her to cope with a devastating loss, she arrives in Ireland a broken down shell of a woman looking for a second chance at life.

Almost immediately Olivia is drawn to places she’s never been, and to a man that she’s never met. When she crosses paths with the mysterious and frustratingly private William Macauley, her life is thrown into turmoil unlike any she has ever known. The two couldn’t be more different – she’s human, he’s a vampire – but Olivia can’t get him out of her mind. Having acknowledged her overwhelming desire for William, now she must come to terms with how her feelings for him will greatly alter her future.

Olivia’s understanding of life – and death – take on new meaning as she examines the truth of the person she once was, the woman she was born to be, and how William is the key to her everlasting happiness.

Available at Amazon
Excerpt from Chapter 6

“Olivia,” he whispered, and then he too went silent, that one word all he was going to give her. 
Except it wasn’t all.
The way he had said her name did things to Olivia that she couldn’t adequately explain. To her ears, he had said it the way a man says a woman’s name as he’s about to make love to her for the first time, full of longing and desire. 
It felt like several minutes had passed since he had spoken her name, but in reality it had been less than 15 seconds. Olivia wasn’t worried about him hanging up the phone because she knew he could hear her breathing in response to his voice. Given how furiously she felt her heart beating, she thought he could probably hear it too as it was so terrifyingly loud. She certainly heard the thump, thump, thump of it echoing in her own ears.
“William,” she eventually responded, trying to keep her voice cold and emotionless, hoping that her desire for him wasn’t evident in that one single word. She wouldn’t say more, not yet. 
Olivia wanted to make him tell her why he was calling. She wouldn’t ask. She wouldn’t show how much she actually cared what he thought of her; unfortunately her hitched breathing gave her away. If he hadn’t known it before, William certainly knew that his voice – his words – had power over her.
“I had to call you. I don’t know why, I just felt compelled to. I didn’t want to continue conversing with you in one to two sentence fragments over email. While convenient, I find it so impersonal,” he said. 
Impersonal? So he was looking for some sort of personal connection with her? No, she wouldn’t read too much into his words.
When he realized that she wasn’t going to say anything back, he went on. “I know you don’t care one way or the other, but you are absolutely intriguing to me. A conundrum really. You see, for as much research as you’ve obviously done on me, I’ve probably done more on you. After all, you’re rather easy to find online.” 
Olivia hadn’t seen that one coming. 
Go on, she wanted to say, curious to know exactly what he found so intriguing about her, but her voice wouldn’t work.
When she failed to speak for several more seconds, he finally broke the silence, the tone of his voice going from interested to terse and ... rejected? 
“I can see you’re not going to speak to me. Perhaps I’m wasting my time. I’m sorry to have disturbed you.”
Before he could hang up and Olivia would lose the moment with him forever, she took a deep breath and found both her voice and her courage.
“I’m sorry, I’m just a bit shocked that you’ve called is all. I’m trying to figure out what you’re about,” she told him as matter-of-factly as she could. “We’ve hardly been what I would call cordial to one another since we spoke earlier tonight so I’m wondering why you want a more … personal … mode of communication. Hell, I’m wondering why you want any more communication, period.  You made it pretty clear that you aren’t interested in what I have to say, so I’m not sure what else there is to say.” 
Olivia could hear the hurt in her voice, and in addition to feeling embarrassed over her uncanny physical reaction to him, she also felt ashamed. Unfortunately, he seemed to pick up on both emotions.
“My apologies if I have … hurt … you.  It was ridiculous of me to have been so rude. Perhaps if you would allow me to explain myself, you might begin to understand why my initial reaction to you was so discourteous,” he said. 
Okay, Olivia thought, start explaining
She couldn’t have prepared herself for what he said next. 
“I know it’s late, but can I see you?  I’d like to speak to you in person.” 
Oh shit. Oh shit.
Oh ... SHIT.
“It is late,” she replied, leaving the statement hanging between them for him to interpret. 
She didn’t want him to think that she wasn’t interested in meeting him, but at the same time she also didn’t want him thinking he could call her up at midnight and that she’d be at his beck and call. While Olivia had had her fair share of romantic entanglements throughout the years, she’d never been someone’s booty call.
But damn if her curiosity wasn’t getting the best of her. Olivia internally calculated what it would take to make herself look presentable before meeting him – wherever he was. She figured that she didn’t have time to redo her make-up but she could easily throw her sweater and jeans back on, pull her hair up into a bun, and be in a cab on her way in just under 15 minutes.
And then, as if she couldn’t be any more shocked than she already was, his next words stopped her in her tracks.
“I’m in your hotel lobby, if that changes anything.”

It changed a lot of things. 

About the Author:

Rebecca Caudill read her first novel when she was just four years old and has been hooked on books ever since. When she wasn't writing her own stories, she was sneaking copies of her mom's paperbacks to read late into the night.

Fast forward several years later and Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in English Lit, which gave her new insight into the written word. Following college, Rebecca embarked on a career in tech PR in the famed Silicon Valley, which eventually led to her leading Global R&D communications for a Fortune 500 company that everyone knows by name. Finally, after more than a decade of writing words ascribed to other people, in December 2014 she quit her job to pursue writing full time.

Today Rebecca lives with her husband and beautiful-but-neurotic cat in Oakland, California. When not creating fictional worlds inhabited by strong women, rakes, rogues, and dashing heroes, she is planning her next vacation, trying out new recipes, or drinking Islay scotch.

Twitter - @rebecca_caudill

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