Sunday, November 27, 2011

Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft - Interview, Review & Giveaway: Bewitching Tour Stop




Title: Deadly Pursuit (Blood Hunter, #2)
Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance/Vamps/Shifters
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-88-6
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-89-3

BLOOD HUNTER SERIES - Book Two by Nina Croft


Book Description:

Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.




GIVEAWAY
Enter HERE and comment on this post for a chance to win a digital copy of Deadly Pursuit. Ends December 10th 11:59PM CST.



MY REVIEW

4 Stars
Action-packed, this story is brimming with an odd assortment of characters.  This is the second book Nina Croft’s Blood Hunter series; and in this episode, the crew of the El Cazador get fleshed-out a bit more.  While each of them still have their own demons and mysterious pasts, the author does dole out some juicy morsels which serves to keep interest on high alert while satisfying that basic desire to discover more about the unique characters I have come to care about.

Chased by two wealthy and highly motivated factions, the ship plays hide and seek in space, barely escaping several close encounters before the final nail-biting showdown. Jon, a lone wolf assassin finally begins to question some of his strongly-held beliefs, and to hope that maybe this time he will be able to prevent the pending catastrophe.  However, fate and one pint-sized, curvy priestess may be his complete undoing.  Determined to make up for lost time, Alexia, knows that the brooding, over-protective werewolf is worth all the effort she has expended, and then some.

When you are crew, you belong.  Jon begins to accept his new, unexpected circumstances and learns first-hand what it means to be crew. A quick death beats a slow, lingering demise in the Meridian mines, afterall.  This engaging story is another winner.  If you have read the first book, Breakout, then this will be another treat for you to read. However, this book does stand alone quite nicely, so do not be afraid to pick it up right now and jump into the adrenalin-charged adventure.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

*The review copy was provided to me from Net Galley via Entangled Publishing, the author, and Bewitching Tours. The thoughts presented in the review are my own. I am under no obligation to write favorably about any book I choose to read.

INTERVIEW

How did you start your writing career?

Back in my twenties—a good long time ago—I spent a few years doing voluntary work, with my husband, in Africa. We lived in a village on the banks of Lake Kariba, a manmade lake in Zambia formed by damning the Zambezi River a little way down from Victoria Falls. The place was stunningly beautiful, but had no electricity, no internet (nowhere did then!), and hardly any books. I’ve always been a voracious reader, so this was hard for me, and I started writing as a means to overcome my withdrawal symptoms.

When we left Africa, writing was put aside for a while, but the book I started back then eventually became my first rejection.


Tell us about your current release.

My current release is Deadly Pursuit, which is the second book in my Blood Hunter series.

The series is a mixture of science fiction, paranormal and romance and is set in a future where man has fled to the stars and there discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Extremely rare and exorbitantly expensive, Meridian is available only to a select few, and a new class has evolved—the Collective. Super-rich and immortal, they rule the universe.

The books follow adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, El Cazador de la Sangre, which is Spanish for The Blood Hunter.

Does your significant other read your stuff?

Although my husband is really supportive of my writing, and never moans when I spend all day glued to my laptop, so far, he hasn’t actually read my stuff (he tries occasionally over my shoulder—it makes me really twitchy). But now he’s threatening to. I’m off to the UK next week to visit my sisters (I have three) and he says he’s going to read them all while I’m gone. I might come back to find the locks changed. I mean, I’ve told him I write romance. I haven’t told him I write hot romance. I’m really hoping he’s not going to be too shocked.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have a fabulous critique group called Passionate Critters. We’re all romance writers, and we write across the genres. It’s a great place to not only get crits and beta reads but also to share industry information, interesting articles, recipes… anything really. I strongly recommend it.


How do you describe your writing style?

Hmm… maybe dark with touches of humor


Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I’m a plotter. I’ve tried pantsing it, but I invariably get stuck in the middle or sidetracked along the way, and I end up doing loads of rewriting.  So now, I plot, and really quite detailed, down to a scene by scene breakdown.  I like to think of it as doing my pantsing while I’m plotting as that’s when I allow my imagination to run free. At that point, anything can happen.

But I also think plotting gives you time to get to know the characters before you start the actual writing.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I don’t use formulas when I start out. I usually begin with a situation or a character that just pops up in my mind and I spend a while playing ‘what if’. I’ll come up with other characters and plot strands, but I’ll eventually get stuck and then I’ll turn to the formulas. My favorite is the Hero’s Journey, but I have a load of how to write books and I’ll pick one depending on my mood. And then play about with my plot, fitting it in to the formula, until eventually something clicks and I’ll be able to move on. It’s not so much using a formula to plot as using it to stimulate my brain into working again.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An assassin. I did, honest. I think it was because I was allowed to read unsuitable material at an early age (actually, I used to pinch books from my older sisters and hide behind the sofa to read them. My mother did her best to keep them from me but I was tenacious.)

What are your favorite TV show?

24 – I love 24! I’m a total Jack Bauer fan.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Related Posts:
Read my Breakout (book 1) Tour Post Here.
Read my Review of Breakout Here.



THANKS FOR LOOKING!


19 comments:

Çråz¥ K¥ said...

thanks for the giveaway! sounds like an interesting read :)

Christy (Love of Books) said...

I'm going to have to read this series.. it sounds really good.

loveofbooks [at] yahoo [dot] com

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I've read the first book and really liked it, so I'm very much looking forward to the next one. Please enter me in! Great interview! An assassin! That made me giggle. The books I was reading in my teenage years I also wanted to be an assassin or a spy.
impy80 at hotmail dot com

IreneRJ said...

This really sounds like a good read, I love to find an interesting new series.
irgl7(at)bonzo15(dot)plus(dot)com

mnjcarter said...

I really want to read this book!! Yummy werewolf, how can I pass that up. Great interview!

mnjcarter@charter.net

Rachel Firasek said...

Bahahah, I'd suggest lots of sleep while you are at your sister's. You may come home to a...well...you know. lol. Great Post! Can't wait to read this book. The first was so great!

Rachel Harris said...

Great interview!!! Love how you use the formulas to stimulate your brain . . . that's what I do, too. And I have to say, now I'm dying to find out if your husband reads your books, and what he thinks!

Tracy March said...

Oh, Nina--I can't wait to hear how your husband reacts to reading your incredible stories! I'm a plotter too--I'm almost paralyzed unless I've created a "road map" for myself when writing a novel. There are still plenty of creative things that can happen along the way!

Congratulations on the release of Deadly Pursuit!

Laurie said...

So cool!! Great comments for so early in the morning! I appreciate everyone stopping by. I think I've finally got the pesky formatting gremlins appeased. Every time I fixed one mis-placed block of text another section would jump to the end. LOL, I'm sure it's all operator error. I also just added my review. Loved this book and I am super pleased to be allowed to host Ms. Croft, once again.

Nina Croft said...

Hi Laurie - huge thanks for having me here today!

And thanks for the comments everybody! I must admit I'm getting a bit worried about my other half reading...

kateerobert said...

I love that you wanted to be an assassin!


Great interview and great review! Congrats on the release!

Nina Croft said...

Lol - Katee - I don't actually think I'd have been a very good one!

Lisa Kessler said...

Oh I love 24 too!!! Can't wait for the 24 movie!!! :)

Great interview Nina and congrats on the awesome review! I can't wait to read this one...

Lisa :)

Nina Croft said...

oh - wow - is there a 24 movie??????

Hi Lisa - thanks for dropping by!

Laurie said...

24 is also a favorite show....Thanks Lisa for the headsup on the movie......That is just too cool...can't wait!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Great interview. Thanks for putting this series on my radar. It sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

I really need to get the first book! This series sounds great.

Christine
ceeenndee at gmail dot com

Maegan Morin said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

megnate at telus dot net

BlackWolf said...

great interview.. i like the cover and the book sounds amazing.. thanks