Saturday, September 1, 2012

Soul Catcher by Vivi Dumas: Charcter Interview and Excerpt : Bewitching Tour Stop




Soul Catcher
Dueling with the Devil,
Book 1
By Vivi Dumas
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: VPG Publishing
ISBN:  978-0615662237
ASIN:  B008GX44RI
Number of pages:  377
Word Count: 98,000

 One of the top supermodels in the world, Angel, lives the life of the rich and fabulous, until a heinous car accident mars her face. After thirteen surgeries and losing everything she deemed important, she seeks out the dark forces to salvage her life. Angel decides to conjure the Devil for help, making a deal to recover her beauty. In exchange for his help, Lucifer forces her to hunt supernatural renegades, which have eluded the pits of Hell. In her quest to find beauty and get out of her contract with Lucifer, Angel stumbles upon love in the arms of a demon. 
 
 

The growls and snarls inched closer. Angel’s feet pounded the dirt, kicking up red dust all around her. The barren trees provided little sanctuary. Her heart and mind raced as she tried to think of her next move. The skies darkened above, thunder rumbled through the thick clouds, and the air smelled of dampness.
How long had she been running? It seemed hours. Other than Noel, the other cadets were long gone ahead of her. Being human sucked when it came to supernatural warfare, but she refused to give up. Every day the class waited, watched, wondering when she was going to quit. Two of the others had already dropped out, and they were demons.
Noel passed Angel on the left, ducking through the low branches of the charred trees, cackling as he passed. Angel picked up her speed, her calves cramping and an ache developing in her side. She wanted to stop. Stopping meant quitting. Quitting was not an option. The hellish howls closed in on her.
Angel glanced over her shoulder and caught sight of one of the ugly beasts. Its long, rounded snout protruded from an enlarged head. Red eyes peered through the burnt trees, scanning the landscape. A ridge of ivory spikes ran down the monster’s back extending from each vertebra. The dog-like fiend pounded through the forest on powerful, muscular legs, which carried its compact body. Outrunning them wasn’t going to work. She had to come up with another plan. Surveying the terrain in front of her, the only place to go was up. The trees disappeared into the grey clouds. If she could climb high enough, maybe she could wait them out. Or maybe they would go find another victim.
She lunged for the closest branch, leveraged her foot on the tree trunk, and boosted herself off the ground. It took all her strength to hoist her weight into the tree. As she reached for the second branch, three hounds pounced on the trunk, clawing at her dangling foot. The dark-haired one’s razor sharp teeth nipped Angel’s ankle. Stretching for the next limb, she stared down just in time to see the dagger like claws of the reddish colored beast rip into her calf.
Scurrying up the tree, she climbed higher until she was out of reach of the animals. Angel perched on one of the higher limbs, praying it could hold her weight. She clung to the trunk and observed the creatures clawing the burnt bark off the tree. Slowly, deliberately, a hound dug its sharp claws into the wood, using them like spikes, and began to maneuver its way to her.
Tremors quivered through Angel’s body, almost causing her to lose her grip and fall. Thunder clapped and lightning flashed. Ominous clouds gathered overhead, growing darker as the hound drew nearer. The animal swiped at Angel’s bleeding leg, barely missing as she jerked it onto the branch she sat on. Electricity hummed in the air. Angel felt the energy gathering about her, a strange, eerie sensation floating on top of her skin.
The hound’s red eyes glowed as it stretched toward Angel, drooling from its mouth and snarling. Angel stood on the limb, grabbing for the one above her. As she pulled on the branch, it snapped in her hand. She wrapped her arms around the trunk to keep from falling. The beast snagged her ankle, jerking its head, trying to yank her from her perch. Lightning flashed through the sky, hitting its target—Angel.
Angel closed her eyes as the pain she expected never came. Her body absorbed the energy and channeled it to the beast attached to her ankle. The smell of burning fur wafted to Angel’s nostrils. The hound fell to the ground with a thud. The two other monsters sniffed its cohort and growled up at her. Angel redirected the remaining energy to the creatures below with deadly accuracy.



Want to say thank you to Laurie for having me today!

Tell us about your current release.

My current release is about Angel Dias, who’s a supermodel. She gets in a car accident and her face is hideously disfigured. Angel loses everything she knows and thinks she loves in the world. In desperation, she reaches out to the dark forces and makes a deal with the Devil to get her beauty back. Like any deal with Satan, it’s not quite what she expects.

Angel falls for a hot demon. Jacque is a commander in the Legion of Hades. He has ex-girlfriend and family drama. Due to being an empathy, Jacque can’t stand to be around humans, especially females. He never expects to fall head over heels with his new charge. He gives up everything to help save Angel from Lucifer.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

The funny thing is my favorite characters were not the hero and heroine. My favorite characters were Isabella (Bell) and Xavier. Bell is Jacque’s ex. She’s badass and cutthroat. Xavier is Jacque half-brother. He’s one of the bad guys. He takes the contract to kill Jacque and Angel. X is the ultimate bad boy.


Tell us about your next release.

My next release in this series is called Sweet Revenge. I hope to have it out by the end of October. Remember how Bell and X were my favorite characters? Well, I had to give them their own story.

I also have a short story coming out shortly from Breathless Press, called Her Black Knight. Here is a blurb from that story.

Gwendolyn Braxton was born in the wrong century. She submerges her life into the study of the Renaissance Era. She is the resident expert on all things Arthurian in the DC Metro area, maybe even the U.S. Unfortunately, none of her knowledge helps her to find her own Knight in Shining Armor. Actually, as a Black woman in Washington D.C., it runs men off like the plague. To make things worse, her mother has stepped in to fix her before she plunged into spinsterhood. 

Morien Knight is far from home in search of an artifact lost in history, a history he longs to emerge himself back into. His small sabbatical from his mission to participate in the Kentland Castle Resort Renaissance Faire might lead him to exactly where he belongs. Morien learns when dealing with the poetic lessons of his old friend, Merlin, things may not always exist as you expect.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Absolutely. I have great critique partners. I would be lost without them. They provide that objective view you need when you’re too close to see things clearly.


Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

Yes. I have a pen name. Vivi is close to my real name so I’ll remember to answer when people call me. Dumas is from Alexander Dumas the author of Count of Monte Cristo, which is one of my favorite stories.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Terry McMillian’s Finding Happiness the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.


If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I’m writing a few series right now. I have the Dueling with the Devil series. I’m writing the Chasing the Grail series, which Her Black Knight is a part of. I’m also working on a series called Gods of the Nile. This will be a series about ancient Egyptian gods released from their enchanted slumber. They takeover or share the bodies of Army Special Forces soldiers to find the gods and goddess who imprisoned them in the tombs.

So as you can see I’m all over the place.

What are your favorite TV shows?

My very favorite show is Big Bang Theory. I’m a nerd at heart and love me some Sheldon Cooper. 
 
 

 

Vivi Dumas submerges herself in the dark underworld of the supernatural. To balance the analytical and logical confines of her day job, she unleashes the fiery passions of her imagination in her writing. Although she grew up an Army brat, she calls Louisiana home, but has endured the hot summers and cold winters of Maryland for the last 16 years.
Website  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Facebook (Dueling with the Devil series)
 
Tourwide Giveaway enter to win a Print Copy of Soul Catcher (2 winners)
or 10 bookmarks (10 winners)
Ends Septemger 17th
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See the entire schedule on the Author's Tour Page
 

September 1 Interview
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

 

September 2 Guest blog
Ramblings From This Chick

 

September 3 Guest blog
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind -
 
 
 
Bewitching Tours
 
 


 
 

10 comments:

Charlene A. Wilson said...

Wonderful giveaway! Look forward to reading Soul Catcher!

Charlene

Lizzy said...

I can't tell you have much I adore this cover. Thank you for not white-washing the characters

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

Note to Vivi:

Working on three series at the same time?! How do you keep everything straight? You must have a special talent to keep the wrong characters from making appearances in the wrong series!

Vivi Dumas said...

Thanks Charlene! I hope you like it.

Lizzy - Just between us, this wasn't the first cover when it was with a publisher. This is the new cover when I re-release this book in June. I write diverse character and I want people to know it. There is a sneak peek at the cover for the next book on my FB page. Stop by and check it out!

PuttPutt - They are so different that it is difficult to overlapp. DWD is demons, vamps and weres. Gods of the Nile is Army special ops with ancient Egyptian gods. Chasing the Grail is a take on the Camelot's Knights of the Rouble Table. All the characters are very, very different.

Thanks fo rthe comment. Sorry took so long to respond. I had a book signing today.

Karielle Stephanie said...

Will follow this tour from now on! Can't wait to read Soul Catcher!!!

Vivi Dumas said...

Hi Karielle! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy Soul Catcher. There's also a sneak peek into Sweet Revenge on my blog.

NatashaMay said...

Fantastic interview! I love finding out stuff about the authors. :)

katsrus said...

Awesome cover. Would love a chance to read your book. Sounds wonderful. Different that other books out there. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B

shona said...

hi looking forward to reading it

Vivi Dumas said...

Thanks Natasha, Sue and Shona!