Mar 21, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Abigail Barnette plus giveaway

For my twelfth Authors After Dark Spotlight, I introduce Abigail Barnette!  (don’t tell anyone but this is the name Jennifer Armintrout uses when writing her smexy stuff.  *g*)

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

I am a proud AAD veteran have attended Authors After Dark since the very first year!

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

I’m always excited to do my “dead hooker under-bed check” in a hotel room in a new city.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

I think I already know most of them. But I’m super excited to see my friends from past years, Stella, of course, Kris Norris, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Cassidy, I want to see everyone. I bet I named at least four people who aren’t going to be there.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

I told the editor who called me and offered me the contract on my Blood Ties books to shut up. Hand of God. She said, “We want to offer you a three book contract,” and I said, “Shut up, you do not.”

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

That’s like asking me to pick my favourite child. Which is super easy. It’s In The Blood.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Oh, absolutely. The pearls scene in Glass Slipper. The detachable faucet in Long Relief.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

In the Blood Ties books, which I wrote as Jennifer Armintrout, I always felt like I knew Carrie Ames so well, and I really thought of her as everything I found myself lacking. I really enjoyed writing her for those reasons.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I think the heroine I’ve identified with most is Bridget Jones. Even now that I’m a wife and mother, I can still go back and read those books and go, “Oh, Bridget. That would only happen to you. And me, ten years ago.”

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I was incredibly surprised, when I wrote Blood Ties Book Four: All Souls Night, that readers were angry about the brief m/m scene in the book. I thought that was kind of telling, that they could read three books with explicit heterosexual sex and the explicit rape of a man by another man, but when I showed two men having sex in a positive context it was suddenly not okay. I was definitely surprised, and disappointed by the people who were the most vocal in their dislike of the scene.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

No, I really love books. Even the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books. I just have to switch them up. Read something serious, read two really fun books, read something non-fiction, read something fiction, that kind of thing. I’ll give anything a try, once. Sometimes, I find really awesome stuff. If I’d never ventured into the Christian section of the bookstore, I wouldn’t have found out how much I like Amish romance.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I read her (then) entire backlist when I was in high school, but The Witching Hour consumed me. That book, and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. When I was a junior, I wrote an adapted screenplay for As I Lay Dying, and I think I even still have it somewhere.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

The Quiet Man, with John Wayne. It’s the perfect romance. I watch it every year on St. Patrick’s day. My favorite part is when Sean first sees Mary Kate and says, “Is that real?” Swoon, who wouldn’t want a man to say that about them?

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Rocky Road. I like to have a lot of things going on in my ice cream.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl. I really have to try to rein myself in so I can get up in the mornings.

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

I am obsessed with different methods of execution. I know it sounds horrible and disgusting, but I’ve been fascinated by the subject since I was a little girl. I’ll spend whole days reading eye-witness accounts or scouring the internet looking for pictures of guillotines.

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
You have a new series starting about baseball players.  The first book in your Hard Ball series, Long Relief, comes out today!  *pops open a bottle of champagne and hands over a glass* Tell us about the book and your new series.

I am so excited about this series. It’s truly geared toward romance readers who love baseball. It’s a three book “season” for the Hard Ball series, with a release just before opening day, just before the all-star break, and one in the post (in case your team doesn’t make it to the post, you’ll be able to root for the Grand Rapids Bengals, the team the Hard Ball series is set around). The first book, Long Relief, is about a relief pitcher facing the end of his career, and the new team owner who has had a crush on him since she was a teenager. Of course, it’s a tricky relationship, but that’s the fun of contemporary romance. Hot sex and lots of real world problems.

Your book Beast was released in January of this year.  It’s the third installment in your Naughtily Ever After series.  With this series, you offer up twists on some typical fairy tale stories.  Tell us about the twists you wove into Beast

One of the things I aimed to do in the Naughtily Ever After series was create a fairytale that has no magic. The power of love is the magic that brings the happily ever after. So, in Beast there isn’t an enchantment that transforms anyone. The “beast”, on first examination, is the heroine, who was horribly disfigured in a fire. But the hero is pretty beastly, in terms of how he has treated the heroine in the past. The magical transformation comes through them falling in love—which of course they do, because it’s a fairtytale. The fun part is how.

Thank you very much Abigail for answering my questions today.

Thanks for having me!

Abigail is offering a copy of Long Relief to a lucky winner.  Just leave a comment below and presto, you’re entered!  Giveaway open internationally.  Comment must be left by Sunday, March 25th 11:59EST.  Good luck to all and super thank you to Abigail for the giveaway!

Here’s where you can find Abigail –
Website
Blog
Twitter (as Jennifer)
Goodreads (as Jennifer)

  1. Great interview! I had not heard of this author before but now I’ve got several of her books on my goodreads TBR list. Please enter me for the Long Relief giveaway…sounds like a great new contemporary romance!

    Wendy Lohr
    leyla413 AT gmail DOT com

  2. Jennifer Armintrout, oh how I love thee! 🙂 Looking forward to reading the Abigail books as I’ve only read the Jennifer stuff as of yet.

    But wait… Amish Romance? Really? That’s a genre? LOL Wow!

  3. Yes, Amish romance is definitely a thing! I can’t help myself, I love those types of books so much. More often than not, they’re in series following the trope of, “family of hot, single brothers”.

  4. Oh, I’ve so enjoyed the Naughtily Ever After series. I hope there’s plenty more to come.

  5. Congrats on your new release! This looks like a GREAT book/series…I’m already lovin’ that cover! I have a feeling I’m going to be buying this whole series!! Thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! 🙂

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  6. Northwoman says:

    Another amazing interview & giveaway. Another author I’m dying to read. My to-read list keeps getting longer and longer!

  7. Thanks for the interview ladies, I enjoyed reading it. And I wish you all lots of joy and fun at AAD!

  8. I have always hated sports but I love the new trend at including sports in novels. Thanks for the giveaway! (I did not know that you are two different writers. Thanks for sharing that info.) jepebATverizonDOTnet

  9. I enjoyed the interview. Your books sound very good.

  10. I heard really good things about this author but haven’t read anything by her, yet.
    I love the “dead hooker under-bed check” LOL
    Thank you for the giveaway! And see you in NOLA! 🙂

  11. This is a new author for me, but the books look wonderful. I’ll definitely be checking these out. Congrats on the release!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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