Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paranormal Guest Author: Ronnie Massey + Evening With A Vampire Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Ronnie Massey!  Ronnie is the author of Crimson Dawn (Darklife Saga) and the upcoming release Unbound (The Nephillim Chronicles).

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  I began writing short stories in high school. I was picked on relentlessly and wasn't one for fighting so I had to come up with a way to refocus peoples attention.

I began writing steamy short stories and giving them to my friends. Once they began passing the stories around, it was only a matter of time before people began coming to me requesting stories. I went from the girl to pick on, to the girl to get hot stories from.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I have collected comics since my father gave me my first X-Men comic when I was eight or nine. I made the jump from comics to paranormal themed novels when my mother gave me Hot Touch by Deborah Smith.

When it comes to writing, I write what I read. I like getting lost in worlds where anything is possible. I enjoy creating characters with the powers and abilities to do almost anything they want and then finding ways to make them human and relatable.

The paranormal genre is only limited by the imagination of the writer and I love that.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

  That is such a hard question. Part of me wants to say vampire because aside from the immortality, you get enhances senses, strength and the power to manipulate minds.

The comic book lover in me has always wanted the powers of X-Men's Storm. She can fly and control the elements. If I had her abilities every day in summer would be a nice sixty five degrees. My daughters would always have a white Christmas and I would never have to stand out in the heat and water my garden again. I'd just conjure up a quick ten minute shower and be done with it.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

I think that any new author that decides to enter into the paranormal genre with a vampire novel, is taking a chance on being compared to you know who. For that reason I didn't want to start off with a YA title.

Crimson Dawn rides the line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I tried to come up with a novel that has a solid storyline and memorable characters that readers can get invested in.

Based on the feedback that I have been getting from readers, I accomplished what I set out to do. People have fallen in love with Valeria. She's smart mouthed, cocky and stubborn to fault but she's also fiercely loyal and doesn't hesitate to do what's right even if it's the hardest option. Readers get to watch Val grow a lot during the course of the novel.  I've been told that C.D. has just the right amount of passion and action.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

  For Valeria I would cast Jurnee Smollett. She is a superb dramatic actress and I think she would pull together Val's toughness and vulnerability perfectly. Plus I would love to see Jurnee in an action role for a change.

For Irulan I think Lyndsy Fonseca because she is awesome as Alex on Nikita. Irulan is this powerful Sidhe living in the human realm so she has to keep her abilities under wraps. Alex is the ultimate assassin that tries to live a normal life until she's needed; struggling to keep the two lives separate. Lyndsy is the perfect Irulan.

For Priest I see Alex Pettyfer because he proved he could act the role of a jerk in Beastly and do action in I Am Number Four. Priest is a jerk at times but also a hero.

For Tristan Meriwether I see Bryton James who had a small stint on The Vampire Diaries as the witch Luka. Bryton has already played a paranormal being once so making the jump to a psycho vampire shouldn't be that hard. His experience from Young and the Restless should help him also because soap acting is overly dramatic and Tristan is over;y dramatic and then some.

As for the supporting characters (now that my mind is on the subject I couldn't stop casting), here is a quick run through:

Peter Facinelli as werewolf Marcus Daniels, Val's Commanding Officer.
Wentworth Miller as Val's father Hadrian Trumaine.
Zoe Saldana as Val's mother Anya.
Jesse Smollett as Val's twin Valerian.
Columbus Short as older brother Tamerlane.
Mechad Brooks as the eldest Trumaine sibling Constantine.
Logan Lerman as David.
Oded Fehr as the djin Descantes.
Kellan Lutz as Fazion, Irulan's cousin and king of the Tuatha De Danann

Crimson Dawn (Darklife Saga, #1) by Ronnie Massey.

When vampire Valeria Trumaine comes home one morning to find her father waiting for her, she knows she's about to get trouble in spades. But she never imagined it would come in the form of her ex-fiancé. Now she must confront old demons and face new possibilities as she struggles to bring the rouge vampire to justice.

After she left him, Valeria avoided Tristan like the plague, but now that he's gone rogue, she's going to have to utilize every thing she's learned as a sentinel to find him.

Finding Tristan proves to be more dangerous than anyone realized. He's changed in ways that go against nature, and has become more powerful than anyone ever imagined. Refusing to let her face the abomination that Tristan has become alone, Val's best friend and powerful Sidhe princess, Irulan joins the hunt. Valeria will find that Irulan's motives for keeping her safe aren't what she thinks. And soon she's faced with an undeniable attraction that makes her question everything she knew about herself.

Can she accomplish her task and prevent more innocent lives from being destroyed? Can she do it and not loose herself to his madness? In the middle of all the madness, can she embrace the unexpected love that fate has thrown her way?

Thank you Ronnie for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Ronnie Massey and her books, please visit her website.

**Evening With A Vampire Giveaway**

We are giving away an Evening With A Vampire prize pack to one lucky winner!  Prize pack includes a signed copy of Crimson Dawn by Ronnie Massey plus a vampire movie and matching poster.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email (so we may contact you if you win).  You do not have to be a follower to enter (though I always appreciate a follow!).  This giveaway is to US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends August 6th midnight EST.


  1. Im number 1...which is usually bad in drwings:) Oh well! It sounds awesome..I looooove vampires! Great interview!

  2. I am a follower and email subscriber. I love reading vampire books and watching them on television or at the movies. Please enter me in contest.

  3. I think the thought of a summer at a steady 65 degrees sound just wonderful! lol I think that is the perfect temp and my family thinks I'm crazy for this - those loons think 90 is fun...the fools LOL.

    heightened senses would be fun also - except for the whole nose thing...there are some smells better left non-heightened, if you know what I mean. :)

    Congrats on you debut book

  4. This sounds great. I'm glad you started with an adult novel and not YA =) Please count me in. Thanks. I do gfc follow as Tanyaw1224 and email subscriber because E.J. is so cool. The maker of Cal ;)

  5. This sounds like a great read :D

  6. Thank you all for stopping by!

    @Nikki: has actually picked number 1 most often for our giveaways. Strange but true. Good luck!

    @Tanya: LOL! ...Cal is pretty amazing. ;)

    Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
    From the Shadows

  7. Thanks everyone for stopping by and checking out the interview. E.J. thank you so much for having me.

  8. Your book really looks good!! I also enjoyed your post. I love finding new authors!!


  9. Thanks for the giveaway!
    It's so fascinating to see the vamp story kept fresh.
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  10. thanks for a great giveaway i am a follower i would love to read this book

  11. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win!


  12. Nice interview. The book sounds great.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Great Interview! I love paranormal books and I'm excited to read your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Hi Ronney,
    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for having the contest/giveaway (especially as a print book).

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  15. Sounds very intriguing.
    GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  16. Sounds like a great story! Great interview. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Following GFC ~ and have been ~ Mary

    mary_reiss @

    @nightowl Print books are always the best. Everything seems to be going to EReaders now.....

  17. Wonderful interview, ladies. The book blurb has peaked my interest. Sounds like a great new paranormal series. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Lisapottswriter at gmail dot com

  18. Great interview, book sounds great

  19. Great interview! I love what Ronnie said about the paranormal genre only being limited by the imagination of the author! That's why I love to read paranormal books so much - because they can go anywhere the imagination takes you:)
    I am a follower, too!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  20. This sounds really good,Thank you for the giveaway:)
    I loved the interview

  21. wow the book sounds awsome :)

  22. i cant wait to see who wins :)the interview was great.

  23. What an awesome giveaway! I've been a fan of vampires since I was just a little shaver!

    katy.sozaeva (at)

  24. Thanks for the great interview. I am very interested to read your book.

  25. Great interview! Thanks for the opportunity.

  26. I am a follower & subscribe to your email E.J. The interview was great. I love reading about vampires and this sounds interesting. Thanks for the contest, please enter me. :)


  27. I'm a follower and just loved the interview! This book sounds really good! Thanks for the contest.

  28. the book cover will know someone out it stand out and looks great keep up the good work

  29. Wow this sounds like an amazing novel, thanks for hosting this contest!!!


  30. Thank you for the giveaway and the interview; the book looks interesting.

    And, Nikki, the only book I've ever won on a blog was when mine was the first comment!


  31. What a great giveaway! thanks!


  32. Storm was my favorite character in the Xmen too, I just love her abilities.

    thanks for the giveaway


  33. Hi E.J. and Ronnie. Great Interview. I hope to win this contest as I love vampires.

    Forbidden Passions Reviews

  34. Cool giveaway! Follower and email subscriber

  35. Cool giveaway! Follower and email subscriber

  36. I just found the blog today. I signed up for email because the follow option didn't populate. That happens sometimes with GFC. I love this site. I look forward to future posts. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. @Jen B: So glad you found us. Best of luck with the giveaway!

    Reminder: This giveaway ends today at midnight EST.

    Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
    From the Shadows

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