Interview and Giveaway with Amanda Carlson!
Welcome back, Amanda! Since your last visit here you’ve released BLOODED, FULL BLOODED and HOT BLOODED releases TODAY! What can you tell us about this new release?
HOT BLOODED is full of action and adventure. Jessica is on the journey of her life. She’s trying to get her man back and figure out what she’s capable of as a newly turned wolf. I had a blast writing it. There are twists and as well as some fun new secondary characters (and some unique beasties). Buckle your seatbelt, because the ride is intense.
How would you say Jessica McClain has grown over the series?
Jessica is just beginning her growth, but it’s happening fast. She went from zero to one hundred in FULL BLOODED, becoming the only female werewolf on the planet, and now in HOT BLOODED she’s trying to figure out what to do with that one hundred, LOL. She’ll get there, but it will take time. She’s still thinking like a human, which irritates her supernatural alter ego (and makes for some fun interactions).
What do you think it is about Rourke that makes him desirable to readers and Jessica?
I think Rourke radiates strength and has a quiet kindness you wouldn’t expect, even though he’s supposed to be badass. I think that’s what got Jessica and allowed her to fall for him quickly—that and he’s 6’6” of rockin’ alpha male body, clear eyes and some kickin’ tattoos. Plus he smells really, really good.
We are big fans of Danny and Tyler! Have you ever considered writing a spin off series for a side characters?
Yes! These boys have wound their way into my heart and I can’t imagine not being able to tell their stories. But I have no idea when/if that will come to fruition. I’ll keep you posted.
While writing, do you picture anyone specific as Jessica or Rourke?
No. They are uniquely themselves. It would be too hard for me to pick just one actor or actress to play their roles. I kind of like that they aren’t specific, because that allows the reader to make them whoever they want in their minds.
What would you say is the biggest challenge when writing an Urban Fantasy book and/or series?
How much to reveal and at what point. It’s a constant balancing act to keep the reader interested, but not give too much away too soon.
What is the last awesome book you’ve read?
I actually just read a great biography on Georgette Heyer. I know, that’s fairly boring to someone who loves to read action, but she’s one of my favorite authors of all time. It was so interesting to be able to get a glimpse into her life and learn how she became the Regency Queen. I thoroughly enjoyed it! On my nightstand are Amanda Bonilla, Kristen Callihan and Darynda Jones. Can’t wait to jump in! I may just have to read LOVER AT LAST to see what JR Ward has been up to.
If we were to visit you, where would you take us and what would we do?
Well, you’d have to visit in the spring or summer, because in MN that’s the best time. The first thing I’d do is take you on a walk around one of our beautiful city lakes, we’d lunch at a cute foodie restaurant in a trendy part of town, and then I’d take you to one of our art museums, winding down the night at the Stone Arch Bridge with Minneapolis lit up as a backdrop to a very fun day. Did I entice you to visit? Minneapolis is beautiful.
You’ll be attending RT this year, yay! So we have to ask, what’s your drink of choice?
Most of the time it’s just a beer, but once in a while I go for a martini. If I order one, you know things are about to get interesting.
HAPPY RELEASE DAY and thanks so much for coming back to UTC!
Thanks for having me on the blog today! I had a blast as usual. Today is RELEASE DAY for HOT BLOODED and I’m SO excited. Hope everyone who decides to jump into the series enjoys it.
It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain.
Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge — but Jessica is playing for keeps.
Because she’s the only female werewolf in town…it comes with its own set of rules…and powers.
Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.
All in a day’s work for a girl.
The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties…
About the Author
Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.
Amanda Carlson is graciously giving away a SIGNED copy of HOT BLOODED hot off the press! This giveaway is international!
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Nice interview!! 😀
Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂
love the interview…book sounds so good!
I love Georgette Heyer – she was one of the first romance authors I read!
I cant wait to read your books…You are on my to read list!!
SO glad to hear about the spinoff series – I love when characters that are so well liked get their own chance to shine.
Great interview!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!
I cant wait to read this one!!! Added to my wishlist!
Thanks for the great interview! I just bought the first book in the series based on the reviews I’ve read. Can’t wait to try it.
Lovely interview! Thank you for the giveaway.
Ohmahgosh, it was such a wild ride reading this one *phew* I had the good fortune to find the book on Netgalley so I´ve already read it. Oh boy, it was awesome!!
Can´t wait for more from this world, =) love it!
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Release day!!
I love this series! Congrats to Amanda on the new release and I can’t wait to get ahold of it 😉
I loved this interview and the book cover, awesome!!
Amanda Carlson is a new author to me. Thank you for the into the books sound good.
This sounds like a great series! I hope you write a spinoff series for Danny and Tyler. I’m from Minneapolis and I agree about the best time to visit although they got 3.5 inches of snow last night!
Congrats to the new release!! and i just learned a few days ago that you were translated too ^^ i’m still reading the series in its original edition though so thank you a lot for this giveaway!
Haven’t read this series yet, but it sounds awesome! I love books full of action! Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!
Nice interview. Book sounds good. Thanks for the give-away!
Great interview! Thanks so much for the giveaway. This is a new author for me.
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What an interesting Interview! Amanda Carlson is a new author for me and I’m very excited to check out her series! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
Great interview. Amanda Carlson is a new author for me as well and I am looking forward to reading her work. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
oh wonderful interview 🙂 I been keeping my eye on these books for a while! This series sounds amazing.
Great interview! I can’t wait to read Hot Blooded!
Thanks Rhonda D
I cant wait to read your books…You are on my to read list!!
Thank you for the giveaway.
I just found out about this series…can’t wait to get started!
Sounds like an awesome book thank you for giveaway.
Thank you so much for the chance!
Good interview! I need to start this series
I enjoyed the interview and I realize I really need to start this series. It sounds like a great one.
Thanks for the interview and international giveaway! Congrats to the new release!
Great interview! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book!
I have not read this series and will definitely check out. Thank you for a great interview!
Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.
I am really looking forward to read this! Thanks for the interview!
Thanks for the interview and giveaway.
Thanks for the great giveway…very excited to read Hot Blooded!
Great interview! I can’t wait to read Hot Blooded!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Cant wait for Hot Blooded. Great series!!
Great interview! Heyer is one of my favorite authors, too.
I enjoyed the interview. I am really looking forward to read Hot Blooded!!
I have always wanted to read this author. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com
I enjoyed the interview. Georgette Heyer was my favorite author when I was a teenager (actually, for a long time after that, as well).
nice to meetcha!!!
I saw this — somewhere — peaked my interest!!