Today, I have a very special Guest Blogger: USA Today best selling author Maureen Child. Maureen has published over 100 books and novellas, is a six time nominee for the prestigious Rita award from Romance Writers of America, and one of her novels, A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE, was made into a CBS-TV movie called The Soul Collector,starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Greenwood and Ossie Davis. Maureen is also a voracious reader, and loves the paranormal genre, which clearly means she has excellent taste! Maureen is here to tell us about her latest book BEDEVILED, and pay attention because she’s giving away a free copy! Welcome Maureen!
Hey Jen, thanks for inviting me to drop in on your brand new site! Very nice and can’t wait to get my copy of BLOOD MAGIC!
I’m actually here today to talk about my new release from NAL. It’s called BEDEVILED and that’s the cover below. Is that gorgeous or what? And, speaking as the writer, I’m going to say the story’s really good, too. BEDEVILED got a starred review from Booklist, too, so I’m not the only one who thinks so! (okay, that’s enough for brag mode)
I absolutely love the paranormal. Dark. Light. Scary. Funny. But when I’m writing them, I’ve got to have some humor in there. And I think BEDEVILED really comes through in that department.
Maggie Donovan is a perfectly ordinary woman. Until the day she sees her ex-boyfriend being eaten. (Not in a sexual way, either)! Anyway, in the incredibly clumsy fight for her life, Maggie ends up inhaling what she finds out later, is Faery dust. And that dust is changing her whole world. Suddenly, she’s super strong and has a tendency to float when she’s not holding onto something. But that’s just the beginning of weird.
Culhane, a centuries old Fenian Warrior for the Fae arrives to tell Maggie that she is the Destined Queen of the Fae. The only trick is, she has to defeat evil Queen Mab to claim the throne. No problem, except that Maggie doesn’t know how to fight, doesn’t have time to fight and hey, has zero interest in being the Queen of a world she never even knew existed until like five minutes ago.
Plus, Maggie and Culhane have a much deeper connection than she knows. But then, Culhane has this pesky connection to Mab, too…
I hope you give BEDEVILED a try and if you do, hope you love it! I’m going to give away a copy of BEDEVILED to one of the posters here today, so tell me…
How do you like your paranormals? Light? Dark? Funny? (Come on, vote for funny!)
Every comment will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of BEDEVILED! The winner will be announced this weekend.
January 22nd, 2009 at 9:52 am · Link
First? Wow…It’s not that early.
She asks me why
I’m just a para gal
I’m para noon and night
Paranormal that’s a fright
I’m paranormal high and low
Don’t ask me why
*breaks out into the chorus of HAiR*
I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!
Yes, please. I love paranormals. I love humor. I love snarky and sarcastic and in-jokes. I love dark and sinister. Fae and Fenian Warriors? Yes please. (I have a few of those sprinkled in my own books.) I also want Bedeviled. Now. Please? It’s on the Buy Next list even if I don’t win!
Jen, thanks for inviting Maureen, and Maureen? Thanks for writing what I’m sure is going to a rollicking adventure!
January 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 am · Link
Hi Jen and Maureen! Okay, I can’t possibly top Silver’s fabulous lyrics this early in the morning! But I totally agree that humorous snarky paranormals are the best, so I can’t wait to read Maureen’s BEDEVILED. And since I’ve got it right here in my happy little hands, I don’t need to win it…I just need to read it! I get to start it tonight and I can’t wait!
Yum, I do love that cover!
And Jen, I can’t wait to get my hands on BLOOD MAGIC. It sounds sooooo HOTT!!!
January 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 am · Link
Great cover, Maureen! I can’t wait to read BEDEVILED . Paranormal rocks, both dark and light/funny – and Maureen, you’re an amazing writer so I know I won’t be able to put it down…
So, what actors were you thinking of when you wrote this book? For both Maggie and Culhane?
January 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 am · Link
Wow, that’s an impressive bio that Jen wrote. Congrats on your starred review!
I’m really looking forward to reading BEDEVILED as I’m reading a lot of paranormal and horror books now.
I enjoy my paranormals in all those ways. Funny, light, dark…BRING IT ON!
LOL! I love the song, HAIR.
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:15 pm · Link
Congrats on the new release. I like all paranormals. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a dark story and at others I want to read a light and funny paranormal.
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:16 pm · Link
Silver, LOL….that was great! Color me impressed!
If you love snarky, you’ll love BEDEVILED, I promise! Snarky is my favorite thing, since sarcasm is sort of a way of life in my family!!
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:18 pm · Link
Gotta let me know what you think of BEDEVILED once you finish it!
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm · Link
I don’t actually do the ‘put a face on the character’ thing. They’re in my head, so I know just what they look like and gotta say, the cover guy looks COMPLETELY how I’d pictured Culhane, so that’s a little eerie!
Do you do the actor’s face for a character when you’re writing? Does it help? Just curious…=)
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm · Link
Mel, Thanks! The starred review was VERY cool!
And I’m so glad that so many of you like funny paranormals, too! There’s a great quote from Katie MacAlister on this book, which makes me really proud, since I love her books!
And now, thanks to Silver, LOL, I’ve got the song HAIR running through my head!!
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:24 pm · Link
Thanks for stopping by, Jane! I’m glad to hear you like funny paranormals too!
I’m a huge SUPERNATURAL fan (the TV show) and it generally creeps me out big time. But it’s also funny and I think that’s part of its charm.
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:42 pm · Link
Silver, what a great poem! Thanks so much for sharing it here If you love snark, you must read BEDEVILED!
Kate, that is a fab cover, isn’t it? I finished BEDEVILED last week–it’s hilarious! Now, I’m tapping my foot waiting for you book HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER to come out.
Laura, I’m with you–paranomal rocks! You always ask great questions too.
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:45 pm · Link
Mel K, thanks, but it’s not hard to write a bio for Maureen–she’s a terrific author!
Jane, good thing that there are paranormals out there to fit our every mood! Maureen’s is perfect for when you want light and humorous!
January 22nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm · Link
Maureen, it’s fantastic to have you here today! You know I have a mega crush on Culhane
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:05 pm · Link
Hi, Jen & Maureen!
Huge congratulations on the starred review!! I’m sure it is richly deserved. I haven’t read a paranormal in a few years, since reading everything Anne Rice ever wrote. BEDEVILED seems like a great place to jump back in! I won’t vote on my favorite type, though, because I’ve only read dark. I’d love to try one that’s light & funny!
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm · Link
Can’t wait to read Bedeviled!! I’m traveling in a week and it’s my plane book. I save the best for plane reading as they not only have to entertain, but keep me from worrying about spiraling to my death!
All your books are fabulous, Miss Maureen, but there is something really special about the paranormals. The combination of humor, emotion and other-worldly is just perfect!
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link
Hi Maureen, congrats on you new release. I have been hearing so much about this book and have been looking forward to reading it. I like to read about any paranormal but it depends on what mood I am in. If I am down I like something a little funny but other then that I read about everything.
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm · Link
Hey Jen and Maureen!
You know I love, love, love the cover. And as for whether I prefer dark or funny paranormal novels? You Rock at both, Maureen, and I’m addicted.
Jen, can’t WAIT for BLOOD MAGIC to hit the shelves!!
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm · Link
Oooh, the starred review was great! VERY cool!
And I would be honored to be your first step into the world of funny paranormal!
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm · Link
Aw, Susan, thanks!! =) And right back atcha on books that are emotional and warm and funny… I’m delighted to be your plane book! I guarantee BEDEVILED will keep you too busy to worry about the spiraling thing….
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm · Link
Oooh, it makes me happy to know you’re hearing a lot about BEDEVILED!! I know I’m prejudiced about it and all, but I really do think it’s a fun read.
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:39 pm · Link
Jen……you are SUCH a sweetie!
Thanks for having me over today….Love the look of the new site and that chick with the sword? Excellent!
January 22nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm · Link
Thanks for coming over! I’m sooo happy you’re addicted! In a fun way, of course! LOL…. isn’t that cover gorgeous???
January 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm · Link
Hey DeAnna so great to see you here! And yeah, Maureen so deserved that starred review! You know, I haven’t read Anne Rice in years…but I sure used to read her.
Susan, thanks for stopping by! And boy, do I know what you mean about a plane book. It’s twice as hard to concentrate when we’re squeezed into a seat (okay maybe that’s just me) with people we don’t know, and FLYING!
Quilt Lady, I’m the same way when I’m having one of those days. Light and funny lets me escape the dreary days!
January 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm · Link
Michele, thanks! Reading Maureen is addictive…hmm maybe that should be her tag line
Maureen, thanks on the site. But what about the guy? Just wondering cuz I’m needy like that, LOL!
January 22nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm · Link
I guess the reason why I like to read romance is because I like to be carried away in the characters romances and imagine that its me. Paranormal romance is fun, reality with fantasy mixed in.
January 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm · Link
Congratulations Maureen! Your book looks enticing and amazing. Dark is what I appreciate with a dose of humor thrown in.
January 22nd, 2009 at 3:54 pm · Link
Thank you, Ruth!
It IS enticing. And wicked. And funny. And even a little dark in places!
January 22nd, 2009 at 3:55 pm · Link
Jenn………Oh, now. That GUY looks incredible. Bounce a quarter off those abs. Heck, you could probably bounce a dollar bill off of them!
Or anything else interesting.
January 22nd, 2009 at 4:46 pm · Link
*wanders through humming “Age of Aquarius”* Jen, I wish I could take credit for my lyrical reply but I filked the lyrics to HAiR. Speaking of the site, yeah. I’d like that 8-pack to go, please.
Maureen, I must get Bedeviled. I have a B&N gift card from Christmas. A trip to the bookstore is definitely in order this weekend!
January 22nd, 2009 at 6:59 pm · Link
Woo hoo for me! Thanks for spending some of your gift card on BEDEVILED!! Let me know what you think, okay?
January 22nd, 2009 at 7:32 pm · Link
Ruth, I like dark with humor too. They go together well when done right.
LOL, Maureen, what are you bouncing a quarter or dollar off of???? Hmmm??? And thank you so much for properly admiring him
January 22nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm · Link
Silver, I have to smack myself! I am such a doofus! But on the upside I do recognize the song “Age of Aquarius.” Uh oh, not THAT song stuck in my head!
January 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm · Link
Thanks so much for letting me come in and play today!
I had a great time!!
January 22nd, 2009 at 9:34 pm · Link
Congratulation on the release! I love paranormal romance stories with humor. It sounds really good.
January 22nd, 2009 at 9:36 pm · Link
Maureen, it was a pleasure to have you here today! Thank you! Even though we’re friends, I still find myself awed by your talent. I love BEDEVILED (I also loved MORE THAN FIENDS!)
Okay, guys, come back this weekend to see who wins the free copy of BEDEVILED!
January 22nd, 2009 at 9:39 pm · Link
Kammie, BEDEVILED fits the bill of paranormal romance with humor! So glad you stopped by!
January 22nd, 2009 at 9:48 pm · Link
Give it a try……hope you love it!
January 23rd, 2009 at 2:38 am · Link
Okay first off Silver’s opening comment cracked me up, I just saw Barry McGuire Sunday afternoon in concert. And you think Barry McGuire? Hair? Yep! Barry did the lead in the Broadway production of Hair and gave us not one, but two renditions at the Winter Folk Festival.
Your book sounds intriguing. The cover is fabulous. And I enhoyed the Soul Collector (it made me cry several times.) Tomorrow it is off to find a copy of Bedeviled.
January 23rd, 2009 at 2:38 am · Link
Oh, drats, now I humming hair.
January 23rd, 2009 at 11:54 am · Link
LOLOL Cele! Humming Hair? I choked on my coffee!
January 23rd, 2009 at 2:23 pm · Link
So nice to know the Soul Collector made you cry!! =)
And thanks for buying a copy of Bedeviled. Hope you like it!
As for HAIR, singing it all day yesterday and now, today too…….