Hi Maidens! We’ve got a great author here at Under the Covers for you today! If you haven’t read Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, then be sure to put her on your to-be-read list. The series has really taken off and many people (including us!) are enjoying it. For more information about Thea and her books, please visit her website here. Now please help us welcome Thea Harrison to Under the Covers! Let’s show her how maidens do it!

Welcome to Under the Covers, Thea!

Hi, thanks so much for having me on your blog today! I’m excited to be here!

What plans do you have for the Elder Races? Who will be our next hero and how many more books can we expect?

At this moment, I am contracted for six books with Berkley/Penguin. Who knows what will happen after that? But be sure that I will tweet on Twitter and post on Facebook any news as it happens!

March has a lot of wonderful stuff going on. In book four out on March 6th, Oracle’s Moon, there is the human Grace and the Djinn Khalil, who people met in book three. Also I have a second Elder Races e-novella out on March 20th with Samhain, and that is entitled “Natural Evil.” The novella focuses on two totally new characters, the human heroine Claudia and a Wyr named Luis.

Book five, Lord’s Fall, follows Dragos and Pia again. As for book six, I’m currently awaiting confirmation before moving ahead. There are a couple of strong choices, and I’ll be delighted to write any of them.

A lot of your readers are waiting for Aryal to have her own book! Any hints for us on who she will be with?!

Sorry, no hints on this one! But I can assure you, both Aryal and her hero are going to have many WTF moments. Of course anyone with Aryal would live their lives as a constant WTF, so I’m not sure that’s actually saying anything.

In Oracle’s Moon, it sounds like Rune and Carling are starting a new empire in Florida. Do they have any solid plans?

Rune and Carling do actually have plans that have, for them, solidified over time. They are building a life, and since they are extraordinary people, I fully expect that they will continue to live extraordinary and not entirely comfortable lives.

Will Dragos and Rune make up!?

Dragos and Rune have a lot of movement in their relationship. 🙂

We know your daughter is expecting a baby soon. CONGRATULATIONS!!! If you were to have a baby shower for her and can invite any character(s) who would it be and why? (The characters can be from your books or any other books you can think of!)

Thank you! And what a fabulous, creative question! I think I would enjoy inviting Pia and Tricks/Niniane. I can see those two women throwing themselves enthusiastically into making the shower a wonderful experience.

Out of all the heroes you’ve written, who do you want to keep for yourself?

See, the thing is, they live in my head so I get to keep all of them.

Out of all the heroines you have written, who is the closest to you in personality?

Wow, I don’t know. It’s another great question. I have a serious, contemplative side like Carling and Alice (Serpent’s Kiss and True Colors), a cranky side like Grace (Oracle’s Moon), a snarky side like Pia (Dragon Bound and Lord’s Fall), and a silly feminine side like Tricks (Storm’s Heart). And I sure wish I could kick butt like Claudia can (Natural Evil).

Is your writing space cluttered or clean? Do you have a special place where you go to write? Any visual would be nice.

I write in an office environment. Right now I have a computer work station, an office chair, and a bookshelf—and a nice comfy dog bed for my writing partners Phoebe and Charlie. Fairly soon I’m going to add a treadmill desk to the arrangement, because I simply cannot continue to sit as much as I presently do. Usually my office space is fairly neat, but when I’m meeting a deadline it can get pretty cluttered. Then I clear it all out and start all over again.

If you could shift into anything, what would it be and why?

This answer changes for me according to my mood. Today, I’m influenced by the cold weather, and I definitely would choose to be a bear, with lots of warm fur and a den to sleep in for as long as I like.

What’s next for Thea Harrison?

Fun question! I am inching closer to nibbling at a contemporary story, to switch things up a bit, and last week I just received word that the first book in the two-book contract I have with Berkley (outside of the Elder Races series) is currently slated for a publication date of April 2013. I’m quite excited about that! As soon as we have settled on a title, I’ll be sure to tweet and post more about this.

Thanks again for having me today! It’s always a pleasure to visit with you!

I have a question for readers: which hero from a romance or movie would you pick to be yours, and why? (This doesn’t have to be anyone in my series—please pick other heroes from other writers!)

Thea Harrison is graciously giving one lucky Maiden (US/CAN)  their choice of one copy of DRAGON BOUND, STORM’S HEART or SERPENT ’S KISS.

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2. Answer Thea’s question in the comments, be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! If I had to pick a hero from a book, it would probably be Eric Northman. Yes, he may be a vampire and a killer, but I am so jealous the love he gives that twit, Sookie! As for a movie hero, I would choose Riddick. No idea, but I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately. {{drools}}

    GFC KaylaBeck
    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. I think it would have to be Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb’s Roarke! Looks, money, fierce loyalty, incandescent passion, ruthlessness, etc., what more could you ask for!

    (sorry, never remember to post the e-address)
    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  3. This is tough! I love reading about the alpha males but I would never be able to put up with that in real life. I think I’ll have to go with Kev Merripen.

    andreagrendahl AT gmail DOT com

  4. Wow great question. I agree with Andrea, but if I had to pick, I’d go with Acheron from Dark-Hunters!

    GFC: Ning
    yohinachan2000 at gmail dot com

  5. My current Book Boyfriend is Bones from the Night Huntress series. I just love how bad he has it for Cat.

    I’ve only read Dragon Bound so far, and I loved it. I highly recommend it to any and all!

    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  6. That’s a tough ?? I am in the middle of Oracle’s Moon so I am loving Khalil right now LOL and maybe Jericho Barrons 🙂

  7. My hero from a book is definitely Crispin (Bones) from the Night Huntress series. He is just strong, loving and funny as heck!

    GFC Chinyere


  8. Thank you for the excellent interview. I love how you leave us kind of hanging here with Rune and Dragos. I really hope they get their relationship back since Dragos had referred to Rune as his best friend in Dragon Bound.

    GFC Victoria Sloboda

  9. Well almost any Scottish Highlander… LOL Actually I am quite in love with Jaimie Fraser from the Outlander Series. But, if Rhage were to drop Mary, I’d take him in a heartbeat! Then there is Dragos… Yum, a dragon…
    Oh dear me… It seems I am a bit of a slut….LOL
    sooz at boodlerbeads dot come

  10. I have always had a soft spot for injured war vet Cameron McKay from Lorlei James’ Shoulda been a cowboy. He is slightly dominant as well 🙂

  11. I want first and foremost Curran from Ilona Andrew’s Magic books. Because he is gorgeous and alpha but not a time capsule jerk like many alpha heroes.
    Also, Gideon from Gena Showalters Lords of the Underworld books
    I am a follower

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  12. Fun interview and I enjoyed learning more about Thea.

    I would have to say Adam Hauptman from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series or Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
    GFC: Sophia Rose
    [email protected]

  13. well, usually it is whoever I am reading at the moment . Right now I would love to have Alistair from Patricia Briggs’ Fair Game. Love me some Fae 😉

    thanks, sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  14. Oh wow! My book boyfriends always change. The latest one that I have yet to replace is Teague from Joan Swan’s FEVER. He was a firefighter/EMT and he has something akin to a superpower – need I say more?

    Thanks so much for the fun post. I have been wanting to break into Ms. Harrison’s books, but haven’t had a chance to yet.

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  15. I would probably choose Adrian Vogel from J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angel series. He’s an alpha through and through. But there is also a touching vulnerability that makes me want to hug his hurts away. He’d die for his buddies and kill to keep this world safe from evil. But…he needs someone to love HIM. For all the good and bad inside him. Show him he’s not as lost and alone as he thinks he is. Thx for the give away op! 🙂

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  16. Thanks for the great interview. I have a few but I have to go with Zsadist from BDB. He has overcome so much to be what he is now. He would do anything for those he cares about. Thanks for the giveway.

  17. Haha, there are too many to choose from, but it does tend to be the latest I’m involved with, and having caught up on the last 3 In Death books last week, I’ll go with Roarke, yum….still have the new one to look forward to.
    Love your books thea

    maryjooller at yahoo dot com

  18. I’d pick Indiana Jones because he’s got it all, brains, wit, courage and the ability to think fast on his feet. Oh, and he’s not bad looking either. 😀

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower – Barbara E.

  19. I’m not real big on the book boyfriend thing. I mean, while I’m reading a book I either love or hate the hero, but they don’t generally stick with me when I move on. Same with movies. So I’m finding this to be a hard question to answer.

    But as it must be answered, I keep coming back to Legolas from Lord of the Rings…. the Orlando Bloom version. Yummmy is about all I can say. 😉

    admin.bookblog AT gmail.com

  20. It would be very hard to choose but I’d pick Marc Hunter from Pamela Clare’s UNLAWFUL CONTACT because he is just the perfect bad boy hero. Or Zsadist from BDB because I can’t resist a wounded soul & they don’t get more wounded than Zs. Or Niol from Cynthia Eden’s Midnight Trilogy because he is just the ultimate Level 10 demon badass. Or Lord St. Vincent from Lisa Kleypas’s DEVIL IN WINTER because he is another tortured soul that I can’t help but fall in love with. I have more but I’ll stop here. Thea is a new to me author & the books sound great. I added them to my wish list!

    tgentry90 at gmail dot com

  21. I would pick is Bones from the Night Huntress series. He believes in love and more after is willing to go to the moon and back for his love. He doesn’t let setbacks bring him down but keeps fighting to prove why he’s worthy of her love.

    GFC: Na

  22. Oh that would be Jacob from the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill.
    He’s definitely all alpha male, but he is also very protective. It’s his confidence that makes me melt.
    He’s not over bearing, but a little cocky, just enough to be fun.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  23. Hi Thea,
    we can only pick 1? well if i only get one then i have to say Hugh Jackman. i’ll take him 1st from Van Helsing mainly because ,who wouldn’t?, then from the X-MEN , then from Australia and so on and so forth. i mean the man is just one big hunk of hero isn’t he? “sigh” wish i had a Hugh in my life too. LOL!

    thank you for the great giveaway and i hope you enjoy your weekend.

    Tammy Ramey
    [email protected]

  24. Curran from the Kate Daniels series followed by Roarke from Eve Dallas series because they’re both sexy and protective, but allow their women to do what they need to do.


  25. I think I’d pick Barrons from KM Moning’s Fever series. There’s just something so primal, loyal, and uncompromising about him that I love!

    GFC: ML
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  26. I am also going to have to go with Jerricho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. That whole series enthralled me, especially Barrons *sigh*


  27. I’d pick Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series, because he’s a Scottish hunk with a brogue who wears a kilt! And he’s Jamie freakin’ Fraser!! Nuff said 😀

    GFC: Julie Witt
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  28. Oh that would have to be Legolas from the Lord of the Rings movies. I’m really attracted to the long blond hair, his incredible hearing and his aim with that bow. I just think he’d be the best ever..
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  29. I have started the Chroncles of Nick. I really like Kyrian. I have not read any books from this author but they sound good.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  30. Oh wow, not an easy question to answer! If I had to choose I would go for Clay Danvers from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series. He is definitely alpha male but is not controlling even though he is very protective.

    I follow via GFC. Thanks for the giveaway!

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  31. Hi! Thanks for this giveaway!
    My favourite hero would be Barrons from KMM Fever series! And I really enjoy Highlanders Heroes too!



  32. Draos of course! I’m not just saying that either. He’s the epitome of an alpha male. He has all those qualities that make him an alpha, but he can change and soften out the rough edges for the woman he loves. I have all the books already. I love the Elder Series. Thanks!