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?
Virna: I began writing fiction towards the end of 2006.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Virna: 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?
Virna: 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.
Virna: 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?
Virna: 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.
Labels: book giveaway, chosen by fate, ghosts, paranormal guest author, Paranormal Romance, para-ops, urban fantasy, virna depaul, wraith
E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.