Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paranormal Guest Author: Virna DePaul (Para-Ops) + Chosen by Fate Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Virna DePaul.  Virna is the author of the Para-Ops series, which includes Chosen by Blood and Chosen by Fate.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  I began writing fiction towards the end of 2006.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I started writing contemporary romantic suspense, my first love, and continued to write for about three years before I realized two things: 1) the market was very hot for paranormals, much more so than for straight romantic suspense; and 2) I'd begun reading paranormal romances and loved the genre almost more than romantic suspense--I just never thought I could write it. I decided to try my hand at a BIG series that would combine elements of both the genres that I loved. When I thought of the Para-Ops series, I envisioned X-Men meets Romancing The Stone.

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

  I would love to be able to heal others. There's so much unnecessary pain in the world. Some pain is necessary to grow and evolve, but so much pain and suffering isn't. I'd love to bring peace and second chances to others.

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

  My Para-Ops series is an action-packed and sensual combination of paranormal and special ops thrills. I like to call it "special ops with fangs." Book 1, Chosen By Blood (Berkley) has a strong thriller plot, yet has been complimented for its complex world-building and emotional, compelling characters. Book 2, Chosen By Fate, which comes out in October, focuses more on the main romance and secondary relationships but also has a lot of action!

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

  For Knox Devereaux, the Para-Ops team's half-human, half-vampire leader, I think I'd choose Eric Bana. He can play someone both elegant and old world, but also sexy and kick ass. That's the combination that is uniquely Knox. For Dex Hunt, the team's werebeast, maybe Sam Worthington--I think he can match Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in toughness and sexiness. And for Wraith, the team's ghost? Maybe Angelina Jolie (though she'd have to tinge her skin blue and cut her hair and dye it white) because she can portray that blend of angsty bitch and vulnerable female all at once.

Chosen by Fate (Para-Ops #2) by Virna DePaul

Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O'Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith-a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...

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

To learn more about Virna DePaul and her books, please visit her website.

**Chosen by Fate International Giveaway**

We are giving away one copy of Chosen by Fate signed by the author, Virna DePaul, with trading cards!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email address (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 INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends October 14th midnight EST.


  1. I haven't read any of the series as yet but it sounds interesting and I am always prepared to give an author new to me a try so please enter me in the giveaway.

    Thanks for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    I Follow via GFC - buddyt

  2. This sounds like a fantastic series! I am so in!!! Please enter me - I am an old gfc follower (Beverly)

  3. Not familiar with the series but would love to try it. Thanks for the giveaway and I follow already :)


  4. This books sound so amazing and I love the covers.Thanks for making this giveaway international.I'm a new follower :).Great blog

  5. Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

  6. My God, I haven't seen the cover of Chosen by Fate yet, but it's even more amazing than the cover of the first book was! And many thanks for the chance to win - you rock! :)

  7. I like the idea of Wolverine meets Romancing The Stone. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I haven't read this series yet but would love to!Please count me in:)

    I'm an old GFC follower-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  9. I'm up for some Para-ops action =) I think the books look and sound great. Please count me in this contest. Thanks E.J. for the post and chance to win.

  10. I haven't read this series but I love the sound of it. Throw my name in.
    lvs2dv at gmail dot com

    GFC follower

  11. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  12. These books sound good so please enter me in the giveaway, I would love to read Chosen by Fate.


  13. Thank you! Im a gfc follower

    chelle2006 @


  14. This is anew author for me. I'm always excited to find a new series to get lost in.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  15. they sound great good luck to all

  16. this sounds so good!

  17. This sound like a very good series.


  18. This story with this cast, I think would be a great movie! Thank you for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  19. Great post.I have book one sitting on my TBR pile.I can't wait to start this series.I've read awesome reviews for it.Thanks for the chance to win Chosen by Fate.

  20. awesome giveaway ^^ thank you for hosting it. the books seem to be really good.

    witchvela at web dot de

  21. Count me in!! I haven't read this author yet but I would love to :)
    GFC follower
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  22. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway!
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  23. These sound fantastic. Thank you for hosting the interview and giveaway. It is nice to see the author pick Aussie males for her characters!

    katie dot turner at y7mail dot com

  24. Hi EJ and Virna
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway
    this series sounda very interesting and I've love a chance to win.

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  25. Thanks for giveaway and interview!
    GFC Follower

  26. Thanks for giveaway!

  27. So glad that the series sounds interesting to people. Good luck everyone and thanks to EJ for having me!

  28. Hi Virna -
    Sounds like an interesting series. Thanks for the contest/giveaway!

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  29. I haven't been able to start this series - thanks for the chance. I'm a big fan of romantic suspense and believe it blends with paranormal very nicely.


  30. This series sound awesome! I'd love to read it!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  31. Can't wait for Dex's story!

  32. I have the first book in the series and would love to win this one!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


  33. Thanks for the giveaway, signed books are so awesome! I haven't read any in this series yet but it sounds really good.

  34. Thanks for the giveaway. These books sound great. I'll have to add them to my TBR list.

    thebooknympho AT gmail DOT com

  35. Another awesome giveaway. Great interview..


  36. I loved the first book. Looking forward to the new one. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  37. thanks for the chance to win!

    courtnut1990 at yahoo dot com

  38. This series sounds awesome! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I will definitely have to add it to my TBR list.

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  39. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  40. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  41. This book has all my fav elements for a good read, hope I win one!

  42. I was sure that I had commented here. I really want to read this book. Winning it would make it so much better because it's a signed copy! Total psycholigical issue! Thanks for the giveaway. I loved book 1 and I am so excited about book 2.

  43. Mmmmm, Sam Worthington, good choice.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  44. Okay, I'm TOTALLY psyched Chosen by Fate is here!!! I LOVED Chosen by Blood. It has a special place on my keeper bookshelf...with room for a friend! =D

    Congratulations and what a beautiful cover!


  45. The series sounds interesting...and great cover btw :)
    I'd love to read it! ^_^


  46. Great interview!! I have read Chosen By Blood and loved it!! I especially loves Wraith!! She is my Fave and can't wait how her HEA is going to work out!! Thanx so much for the giveaway!!!


  47. I've never heard of this series before now, but it sounds great.

  48. I love this author and would love to have a chance to read this book! Thanks so much=)
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  49. Hi, well i will try but i never win anything in...well any competitions.

    I am a full time student with a job trying to get by and my choo choo train that keeps me running are fiction novels. I can't afford to indulge myself so i can rarely buy them anymore.

    This would mean so much to me Virna, because I love the stoic hard shelled heroine who needs a hero. Wraith reminds of myself except she will get her happy ending

    Please consider me


    Karen, the Nerdy Girl

    P.S Live Long, and Prosper

  50. my email is at

    karen stone

  51. Great interview with Virna. I have been looking at this series for a while now. This series is so on my to be read pile. I would so love to win this book.

    I am an old GFC follower (skyla11377).