AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jeaniene Frost

Night Huntress fans, hold onto your seats. Once Burned is out this week and I can promise you, it does not disappoint.  The amazing Jeaniene Frost is here to chat with me today. Please help me welcome her to the blog.

Jen: What can you tell us about Once Burned?

Jeaniene: Once Burned is the first book in the Night Prince series featuring Vlad as the hero and a new character named Leila as the heroine. Vlad’s ability to manifest and control fire makes him one of the most powerful vampires in existence. Leila is human, but she has some unusual abilities as well; her whole body gives off electricity and she can pick up psychic impressions through touch. Right now, two books are contracted for this series, with the possibility for more in the future.

A little backstory: When I first started writing about vampires, I swore to myself that I would never touch the Dracula legend because that had been done countless times. Then while I was writing the third book in the Night Huntress series, Vlad popped onto the page. The first thing I knew about him was that he hated the Dracula legend. The second thing I knew was that he and my hero, Bones, were not friendly. I kept trying to take Vlad out of the scene because, again, I was not going to write about Dracula! However, I kept thinking about his character. It was as if he refused to go away. He ended up being a regular side character in the Night Huntress series, yet that still wasn’t enough. The more I thought about Vlad, the more pieces of his story came together in my mind. Finally, I gave him not only his own book, but his own series.S o much for saying “never,” right?

Jen: Vlad is my favorite secondary character in the Night Huntress world. What was behind the decision to give him multiple books, instead of just one, like Charles or Mencheres?

Jeaniene: First, thank you! Second, some stories are best told in only one book, like a movie. Some stories are too big for that and they end up taking place over multiple books, like a TV series. The reason behind the decision to give Vlad a series versus one book was simple: The story I had my head about him and Leila was too big to fit in only one book. That’s only happened before with Cat and Bones, so I pressed hard to give Vlad a series and happily, my publisher agreed.

Jen: I know a lot of fans have made noise about a book for Ian. Do you think that will ever happen? Are there any other secondary characters you’d like to develop?

Jeaniene: I get a LOT of requests for an Ian book. One reader even sent me plot ideas because she wanted the book so badly and thought the issue was that I couldn’t come up with a storyline on my own, heh. First, Ian isn’t ready to be shoved into the hero role yet, and I don’t want to write about him unless he can be a hero. Second, if he ever gets ready, I know exactly who I’d pair him with and I already know the main plot that story would revolve around. So, the issue isn’t a lack of ideas. It’s Ian. If he can grow up a little in the future, I’d love to give him a story. If he insists on remaining a slut, he doesn’t get one since I refuse to write about a hero who cheats on the heroine. I do have hope for him, though. Cross your fingers for him, Ian fans!

As for other characters, yes, I’d love to write about several of them. I’m tied up for the next two years finishing Cat and Bones’s storyline, plus finishing Vlad and Leila’s, so any new character stories would have to wait. By the time my schedule clears, it depends on which character is making the most noise in my head, metaphorically speaking (no, I don’t actually hear voices, so put down the white jacket with the really long sleeves! ;)). The character I can’t stop thinking about usually wins in the new story department.

Jen: Cat and Bones finally seem like they’ve gotten to the point where they are unshakably solid. Does it change your approach to writing their stories now that their relationship is a given? (Does that make sense?) Is it a challenge to keep them fresh?

Jeaniene: It alters things in some ways. Neither Cat nor Bones is going to abruptly change their minds about their feelings for one another, plus they’re past the “does he/she really love me?” stage. However, because their storyline is wrapping up and I have a LOT of things to pack into their final books, I don’t think it will be challenge to keep things fresh. It’s crunch time now and all the little breadcrumbs I’ve been dropping along the way in previous books are about to blow up. I can’t wait to share the final outcome with readers!

Jen: I can’t remember where, but I read something you wrote once about writing married love and your faith. I wish I could put my finger on it now, because I thought it was really interesting when I read it…

Jeaniene: Hmm. It might have been on Twitter when I said I wished that love scenes were not taboo in inspirational fiction.

Jen: That was it!!

Jeaniene: Married couples have sex. They can even have really hot sex (shocker, I know! *wink*). Sometimes I want to read an inspirational novel because it explores my faith in a way that many secular books do not. However, I’m a greedy reader, so I don’t want to give up on a hot love story, too. The two aren’t opposites in real life, but in most inspirational fiction (that I’m aware of, please correct me if I’m wrong!) they seem to be.

Granted, some readers prefer the bedroom door firmly closed no matter what the genre is, and some of the “hottest” books on the market don’t contain sex scenes. I’m not advocating for inspirational fiction or another other genre to always contain sex scenes. I am, however, a fan of variety, and therefore I don’t think secular novels should be the only ones allowed to showcase great sex in fiction. But I could be alone in this opinion. Reading tastes vary, as everyone knows.

Jen: Talk to me a little about writing love scenes. Does it come easily? Would you rather write a steamy sex scene or an action/fight scene and why?

Jeaniene: I’d rather write neither, actually (bet you didn’t see THAT coming!). Sex scenes and fight scenes are difficult and time consuming to write. There’s a delicate balance of emotional/physical/action/reaction in every single sentence. One wrong turn of phrase – or even one wrong word – can ruin the intensity for readers. Dialogue, on the other hand, is fun to write. I can hear what the characters are saying in my head, so it’s almost like taking dictation when I write dialogue.

If you gripe about it, then why do you write sex/action scenes? someone might ask. Well, because I write romance, sex is an important part of the emotional journey for my characters. Just because sex scenes are harder for me to write – or make me blush, as has happened often – it wouldn’t seem fair to readers to shy away from it. Fight scenes equally necessary because my characters live in a dark, violent world. Life and death struggles are going to happen, and again, if I shy away from showing those, I cheat the reader in my eyes.

Jen: Bones is one of the most beloved PNR heroes out there. What is it about him that makes him so incredibly popular?

Jeaniene: I’ve had many readers tell me that they love Bones’s honesty, his openness about his feelings, and his sense of humor. *grin* Descriptions of his body probably don’t hurt, either. But in all honesty, I don’t know why he’s so popular. I’m delighted by it, of course, but there are plenty of other amazing PNR heroes. All I can say to Bones’s popularity is, Thank you, readers!

Jen: Are you working on anything outside of the Cat & Bones world? What’s ahead for you?

Jeaniene: Right now I’m focused solely on novels set in my vampire world, whether it’s Cat and Bones or Vlad and Leila. After that, I’d like to write something entirely new, but then again, I’d also like to write more about side characters in my vampire world. We’ll see which idea/world demands the most attention once I’m finished with my current commitments.

Jen: What are you most looking forward to from AAD in NOLA this summer?

Jeaniene:My grown-up, professional answer? Meeting readers and other authors while talking about the genre I love. However, the inner 8-year-old in me is squealing, “Beignets and haunted tours and ancient cemeteries, yay!”

A big thanks to Jeaniene for taking the time to chat with me.  In honor of the release of Once Burned, I am giving away a copy! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This one is US/CAN only. In the meantime, be sure to visit Jeaniene’s website and the special page devoted to Once Burned. You can also follow her on Twitter.

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  1. I can’t wait to read this book. I loved Vlad’s character.

  2. I was recently introduced to the Night Huntress World and I’m hooked for life! I adore Bones, Cat and Vlad. I can’t wait to read Once Burned. I’m excited to learn more about Vlad’s story.

  3. I really enjoy your books. I can’t wait to read this one.

  4. Oh, I do love Jeaniene Frost stories so I really enjoyed the interview talking about the characters and development of future books.
    I have been so eager for Vlad’s book.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. I cannot wait for this book!!! Love Vlad!! Great interview!! Thanks for the chance to win!! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on this all new release!! Its sounds fabulous. 🙂

  7. I have heard and read great things about this series. Thanks for the chance to win one of her books! I enjoyed the interview, just a small taste of what I have been missing!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win and I am looking forward to reading the series!

  9. I’m a huge fan of this series, I can’t wait to read Vlad’s book! Thanks for the giveway!

  10. Thanks for the great interview. This series sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

  11. I CANNOT wait for this book and the chance to see Jeaniene at AAD. Somebody better pack some smelling salts because I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up fangirling myself into a dead faint.

  12. Thanks for the giveway. Gale

  13. Hi

    Great interview – I am so excited for this book. Love the whole world you have created.

    Thanks for the chance.

  14. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! I’m so behind, I just got he Night Huntress series and I’m getting ready to dive in 🙂

  15. I read the first 20% or whatever that’s up online & am now dying to read the rest. Vlad has always been one of my faves & I think Leila will give him a run for his money. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. I love Jeaniene. Have been following her since the begining of Night Huntress. Can’t wait to read about Vlad.


  17. I love jeaniene frosts books and I can not wait to read Vlads story! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! wendynjason04@gmail.com

  18. Thanks for the interesting interview and the chance to win a copy of Vlad’s book! I have been waiting for his story! Love all of Jeanienes books.

  19. I think I’m kinda a Jeaniene Frost stalker — I need need need this book. Vlad is amazing, it’s hard to pick and choose between who I like better in the series, him or Bones. This was an awesome Q&A Jen, you did well. I would have been so nervous writing questions for Jeaniene. You of course rocked it… 😉 Now I want to read the series so much more.

  20. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve never read one of her books! Crossing fingers! <3

  21. I’m dying to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  22. I am so excited that Vlad gets a book and a series 🙂 Thanks so much for the interview, and I have to say that if I was able to go to AAD this year, I would secretly be excited about beignets and ghosts too… Anyhow, can’t wait to get my greedy reader hands on this book, thanks for the contest! Book Savvy Babe

  23. I’m so excited about this book! Vlad’s been a mysterious character for a while, so I can’t wait to read his story!

  24. I’m looking forward to this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. That was a fabulous interview. I love Vlad, and am so tickled that he gets to branch out to his own series. Once Burned is on my top pick list for the week.

  26. Love the Cat & Bones series! Can’t wait to read Vlad’s books.

  27. I love love love <3 Vlad! I can't wait until this book is out and available for me to read!!

  28. Very nice interview. The book sounds good.

  29. Great interview! I can’t wait for Vlad to download onto m Nook!!!!

  30. I am so looking forward to this book!

    I would be a blubbering mess if I was able to attend AAD…I’d probable just stutter the whole time.

  31. I Cant Wait For This Book What An Interview I Loved it.

  32. I love Jeaniene’s view on love and sex. Thanks for the fun interview!

  33. LOVE the world this book is from! HUGE Bones fan but have always had a soft spot for Vlad and so very glad to see that he is going to get something that goes his way 😉


  34. Vlad sounds quite imposing!
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  35. Can’t wait to read Vlad’s book!

    One of these days I must try a beignet!

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  36. So excited!!! I love Cat and Bones. Can’t wait for this new spinoff book!!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  37. I can’t wait to read Vlad’s book and I’m glad he hasn’t softened up too much. I love his attitude and the fact that he and Bones don’t really get along.

  38. This looks great! Can’t wait to read it.

  39. Great interview! I can’t wait to read Vald’s book!

  40. Hi! I never read any Jeannine Frost books yet but I want to try Once Burned, it sounds so good! I read a lot of great things/reviews about Vlad! Thanks for this chance!!!

  41. I’m such a HUGE fan of Jeaniene Frost! So excited to read Vlad’s book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy, loved the interview!

  42. I have actually never read anything by Ms. Frost yet, but have them on my list to be read. I love paranormal (UF) books and have heard some great things about this series.
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  43. Thanks for the kind comments, everyone, and to Red Hot Books for having me on their site! 🙂

  44. FANTASTIC interview! Jeaniene, that is such an interesting point of view on sex in inspirational books because I totally agree. I’d love something that explores faith’s role in a woman’s life along with the sexual impulses we women tend to have when we are attracted to a man – it’s natural! I feel like so many people think romance is “slutty” because of the sex scenes, but how is that any different from a cable TV show that shows everything but the money shot?! While some fade to black scenes can still keep a story sizzling, I prefer the metaphorical bedroom door open so get the whole story from our characters.

    Thanks for such amazing books & thanks for coming on the blog! 🙂

  45. What a wonderfully intriguing interview that I greatly enjoyed. I’ve heard tremendously wonderful things about Jeaniene Frost and her books, especially this series. Thank you, so much for sharing this with us and for giving me even more insight into her world.

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  46. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  47. I’ve been trying to order this book. I have read the 20% excerpt and I was dying to get more.
    I love Jeaniene Frost’s novels and I have almost every book from her.
    Amazing interview!
    Thank you for the giveaway!


  48. Great interview 🙂

  49. I left an incredibly literate comment and blogger ate it LOL I will try again, but it wont be near as good 😉 Thank you for taking the time to share with us today. I love the series and cannot wait for Once Burned to continue the journey. I would also like to apply for stowaway rights to someone’s luggage and go to AAD in NOLA. I am so with you on the tours and Beignets and my mouth is watering just thinking about all the awesome places to visit. Of course I promise to be cool and not let my inner fangirl get out of control, at least not much! Really! I promise!

  50. I have loved every Cat and Bones book. But I really like that you let the married couple keep the fire going, the sex is hot! It doesn’t have to get boring once the vows are said. So thanks for making that point!

  51. Wren B. says:

    This book sounds awesome.

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