Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Interview and giveaway with author Adrian Phoenix

Today it's an honor to have the amazing author Adrian Phoenix stopping by for an interview.
It’s my very first interview and I’m very excited.
It's so great to have you here today!

Book four in her Maker's Song series "Etched in Bone" was released on February 22, 2011
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win one of Adrian's books winners’ choice.
Details are listed at the end of the post.

Mysteriousbooks: Where is your favorite spot to read?

Adrian: Right now, I only have time to read when I go to bed, but normally I like to curl up in a corner of the sofa with my cats snoozing beside me. But I’ll read anywhere I can. I love books.

Mysteriousbooks: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Adrian: Still writing, of course, but hopefully a familiar name on the bestseller lists. LOL. Writing, traveling, connecting with friends and fans. I’d love to visit Denmark.

Mysteriousbooks: What do you like best writing in the morning or in the evening?

Adrian: Both times work well for me, actually. I love writing in the mornings when fading dream images still feel my mind and my subconscious is more in control. In the afternoons, I can mull over what I’ve written and see if any unexpected twists or sudden insights ignite—which I then promptly go back and add.

Mysteriousbooks: What is your favorite part of a book to write?

Adrian: That would be the entire first draft, when the story is pouring out in a white-hot rush through your fingertips and onto the screen/page brimming with life and passion and excitement.

Mysteriousbooks: If you meet a zombie what's the first thing you will do?

Adrian: Ah, great question! And since I don’t carry a gun with me, there’s only one action I would take: Run. Flee. Of course, that works only if they are slow-moving, shuffling zombies, it they are sprinters, I might be in trouble. Hmmm. I wonder if a person can get a concealed weapon license for a handgun/shotgun in case of zombie attack?

Mysteriousbooks: Why do you think that urban fantasy has become so popular in books and movies?

Adrian: I think people love the paranormal and the supernatural, the idea that other things exist beyond ourselves. I know I do. I also think it’s a chance to imagine what you would do in a world where vampires, fallen angels, were-creatures, ghosts, and other preternatural beings are a part of the norm (some good, some not so much), a chance even to see ourselves through the eyes of those who aren’t.

Mysteriousbooks: Can you describe The Maker's Song series in 1-3 sentences?

Adrian: No. LOL. Okay, okay, I’ll be a sport and try. Dante and Heather’s story—a complex tapestry of betrayal, violence, government conspiracies, love and loss, redemption and sacrifice, a fast-paced, breath-stealing tale of vampires, mortals, and fallen angels and unstoppable destiny. Wow. Okay. One long sentence, but . . .

Mysteriousbooks: Mention three words about Etched In Bone?

Adrian: Dante’s destiny unfolds . . .

Mysteriousbooks: If you had to choose one thing you like the most from the cover of Etched In Bone, what would it be?

Adrian: Even though it’s nice to have Dante on the cover, my favorite part is Heather’s active stance with the gun lifted in both hands. Lover and protector.

Mysteriousbooks: What is your favorite thing when you have a new book released?

Adrian: Having a copy of the finished book in my hand. I love that. Plus, knowing that readers will soon be holding copies in their hands (book or e-reader) and plunging once more into a world with characters I hope they enjoy and love.

Thanks so much for having me on Mysteriousbooks, Mette! It’s been a pleasure meeting you and your readers.

You can read a chapter from the book that started it all. Here’s a link to a sample chapter of A Rush of Wings.

With Book Four, Etched in Bone, Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and swallows him. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer.

Here’s a link to the first two chapters of Etched in Bone.

Etched in Bone is also a featured read for March on’s Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Book Club – which I’m very excited about.

I’ve also included a link to the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo, the first book in my Hoodoo series which takes place in the Louisiana bayous. The second book, Black Heart Loa will be out July 2011.

Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a blast. You can also find me at:
My blog
Facebook Fan Page
Dante's Club Hell Forum
Dante's Club Hell Yahoo Group
Pocket After Dark


Thank you so much Adrian for stopping by!
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a signed copy of one of Adrian's books, winner's choice between:

A Rush of Wings (The Maker’s song book 1)
In the Blood (The Maker’s song book 2)
Beneath the Skin (The Maker’s song book 3)
Etched in Bone (The Maker’s song book 4)
Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo series book 1)

To enter, just leave a comment or question for Adrian and include the book you would like to win (remember you email address so I can contact you if you win).

Extra entries:
+1 entry for becoming a follower of this blog or if you’re already a follower just tell me in your comment.
+2 entries for tweeting about this contest, sharing it on facebook, linking via your sidebar etc…(links please).
+3 entries for making a blog post about this contest. (links please).

  • Giveaway is open internationally.
  • Giveaway ends Thursday, March 31st at 11:59 PM EST.
  • The winner will be picked with the help of
  • I will sent an email to the winner and the winner will have 72 hours to get back to me or I will have to choose another winner.


Sakura Sandra said...

Thanks for following my blog, I just followed you back. :)

Sandra @

Adrian said...

Thanks so much for dropping by, Sandra!

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

Love your series! It's amazing and so well written.

I would want a copy of the first novel, A Rush of Wings, because I don't have that one.

+1 Follower
+2 Tweet @takingitonebook


Christina said...

I'm so excited for Etched in Bone!!
I'd very much like to win that if possible.

My email is:

Extra Entries:
+1 I'm a follower of your blog.

+2 Shared on Facebook:

+3 Blog post:

Thanks very much!!

NoraA said...

I'm totally enjoying the series and hope it moves up from mid-list into the Sunday Times Book Review top list.

Shared on FB
Became a follower

Adrian said...

Thanks so much, Jessica! Glad you've enjoyed the series!

Adrian said...

Thanks for your support, Christina!

Adrian said...

Wow, Nora, thank you! I really appreciate that!

afstone3 said...

Do guns work on Zombies lol.....

That was a great question and a very good interview. Nice job Mysteriousrose and Adrian you rock as usual.

Denmark too looks like I need to really limber up to fit in that suitcase of yours :)

As always sending you hugs and love!!

Please do not enter me in the contest as I have my copies of Adrian's books.

Anonymous said...

If the makers series was ever turned into a movie who could you see playing Heather, Dante, Lucien and of course my favorite Von?

Adrian said...

Hey Annette!
Guns work if you aim for the head, of course. Otherwise . . . RUN!!!

Yes, we'll tuck you into the suitcase for Denmark too.

Love and hugs!

Adrian said...

Hi Anonymous,
Honestly, I think unknowns would have to play the parts of Dante, Heather, Lucien, and Von. I can't think of anyone who quite fits the bill, but I'm open to suggestions!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kulsuma said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
+1 follower

Adrian said...

Hi Kulsuma,
Thanks for dropping by!

Beth said...

I am on book 3 and so if I win I'd love Etched in Bone. Just found this series, and I'm really enjoying it. I read a couple of blah books, so I wanted something to get me excited. I've torn through books 1 and 2 and am so enjoying having something I WANT to read! And I like NiN, too! :) Thanks, Adrian, for this great series!
mb32 (AT) comcast (DOT) net

Adrian said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying the series! And, yay! Another NIN fan. ;)

Thanks for joining us!

emmad said...

Hi I'm in the middle of In the Blood and still enjoying it :)

I'm reading it on a Kindle and so started to wonder if you have an ereading device and if you think they've made a difference in how people read. I know for me personally I purchase a lot more books than I used too.

Oh book I would like would be Black Dust Mamob
emmad at xtra dot co dot nz

LilFrig said...

Love the interview as usual! Have you finalized the release date yet for this fall/winter? I can't wait!!!

If I win I would love In the Blood! Thanks again for all you do.

Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale said...

The covers are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for this amazing giveaway and an introduction to the series!! Thank you! A new author added to my wishlist :)

Adrian said...

Hi Emma,
I'm so glad you're enjoying In the Blood!

I don't have an e-reader at this point in time, but it's not to say that I won't some day.

E-book sales keep rising, that's all I really know. I don't know if people are switching from physical books to e-readers or if they are enjoying both.

Thanks so much for your comment!

Adrian said...

Hi Tracy!
Always a pleasure to hear from you! And let's see if we can keep your winning streak going. ;)

Nope, I don't have a pub date yet for On Midnight Wings, but Club Hell members will the first to know as soon as I hear.


Adrian said...

Thanks so much, Kristen!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I ended up reading #4 and there was so much in it. It has also made me want to start at the beginning and find out what has been going on and how it got there. The world you have created is so interesting! If I win I'd like to have A Rush of Wings (The Maker’s song book 1).

I'm an old gfc follower
books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com

Adrian said...

Hi Melissa,
So you started with No #4? I'm glad you enjoyed the Maker's Song world and the story enough to want to go to the beginning (you'll love how the story begins and proceeds).

Thanks so much!

LadyVampire2u said...

This is an awesome series and I would love to win Etched in Bone.
My question is: Does anyone else in your family write?

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

+1 I am a follower
+2 I Tweeted

RachyBee said...

Great Interview--you now have me eager to read this series!

+1 I'm a follower
+2 I tweeted:!/RachyBee/status/48223265973477376
+3 I posted it on my blog:

donnas said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing!!

+1 Im a follower
+2 tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/48232943482707968
+3 blog -

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Adrian said...

Thanks so much! I appreciate your support!

My father (now deceased) used to write super funny stories that me and my sister just loved. Other than that, no, no one else in my family writes.

Adrian said...

Awesome! I hope you give the books a try. Thanks for dropping by!

Adrian said...

Thanks so much, Donnas! Glad you enjoyed the interview! Great seeing you again!

Madalina's Books said...

I love your books.You're an amazing writer.Can't wait to read Etched in Bone.
I would like the first novel,A Rush of Wings:)
+1 Follower(Madalina)

Julie S said...

New Follower.
I would like to be entered to win A Rush of Wings (The Maker’s song book 1)


Aik said...

Great interview! I love Adrian's insight on why urban fantasy has become so popular nowadays. I'd love to win Black Dust Mambo.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Adrian said...

Thanks so much, Madalina! I appreciate it!

Adrian said...

Glad you enjoyed the interview, Aik! (Great seeing you on Patricia's Vampire Notes too.) ;)

wade2121 said...

I've so many awesome reviews. I would love read this series.

How many books are planned at the moment?

Will we hear more about Silver and other nightkind?

wade 2121

Cathy D. said...

Would love to win book 4!
After I read book 1 and was waiting for book 2 my daughter read book one. I barely got book 2 read when my daughter took book 2 out of my hands. I didn't get to read book 3 until after her. She has moved out, but left a message that said "waiting for you to get Etched in the Bone. Left me know as soon you get it!"

Anonymous said...

Adrian I love your books,I have read all of them except Etched In Bone which I would love to win a copy of and thank you for this contest. Wishing you all the best so glad you are writing full time and you have been given the go ahead for books 5 and 6 in the Makers Series.


Anonymous said...

Oops I forgot to put my email address in my comment above it is

Thank You,

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway,

Adrian said...

Hi Wade,
Thanks for you comment! My publisher has picked up books five and six so far. I don't have an end in mind for this series. I'd love to continue with it as long as possible. :)

Adrian said...

Hi Cathy,
What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing it. I think it's awesome that you turned your daughter on to the series! As a thank you, she should buy YOU a copy of Etched in Bone. LOL!


Adrian said...

Thanks so much! I truly appreciate your support!

Big hugs,

Julie S said...

I've heard great things about Adrian Phoenix's books and I'd love to read them. Black Dust Mambo series is sounding really good so I'd like to win that one.

GFC follower.


Tore said...

I am a follower. I would want a copy of your first book A Rush of Wings. Please enter me in contest. Your books sound very good.

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway! I'd ove to be entered.

I'd like to read A Rush of Wings.

Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Anonymous said...

Very cool interview and giveaway! :) I'd love to get a copy of A Rush of Wings.

+1 - GFC follower (A. Librarian)

Thank you!

- April

Dinda said...

Great interview !!!
Your book sounds really good, I would love to read it.

+1 I'm a GFC follower (Dinda Lestarini)
+2 I tweeted about this :!/dien_da/status/50841373989011456


latishajean said...

I really liked your interview and can't wait to read Etched in Bone.
Great giveaway thank you so much!
+1 GFCfollower/latishajean
+2 Tweeted too!/latishajean/status/51341241933250561

bat_lady said...

I have mixed emotions about Adrian right now.... ;)=
On the one hand I am REALLY happy that she is busy writing, BUT
on the other I really miss her in the forum!!! :)= :(=
Big hugs for you, Adrian.
Kerstin ^o^

Tyraa said...

Great interview & thanks for the giveaway!
I'd love to win:A Rush of Wings (The Maker’s song book 1)

Am a follower :)

Karla Vollkopf said...

The excerpt of Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo series book 1) really spiked my interest! I really wanna read it. I'm already familiar with the Maker's song. Loved the interview. :)

buddyt said...

The Makers Song series is on my wishlist and I hope to start getting them soon but if I could win Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo series book 1)
I could get into that series sooner.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

A Rush of Wings looks interesting.
Great interview and generous giveaway!

Alex said...

Sounds super fun! I've been looking for a new cool series to read so I'd like to try A Rush of Wings. amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com
and I now follow you with GCF!

Lisa said...

This is the first of heard of these, thanks and I would like to win the 1st one. lisapeters at yahoo dot com and I am a follower of gcf Thank you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Not read of of Adrian's books before. Would love to win so i can.

Naj said...

Awesome Interview. It kept me reading. :D Thanks so much for the giveaway as well.

+1 I already follow. :D

bex said...

I want to enter! And I'm already following you. :)

bex said...
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Anne said...

Hi, Are we goping to see more of Heather's sister in Etched in Bone?

Would like Etched iN bone

Oops reread above, this may answer my question: "But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy."

Time4Mommy said...

I haven't read any of her books before but they look very good.

Time4Mommy said...

I'm a new follower :)

Mysteriousrose said...

This contest is now closed. Thank you so much Adrian Phoenix for this interview and contest and to everyone who stopped by.
I will post the winner on sunday.
Have a great weekend.

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