Monday, July 2, 2012

Soul Sisters by Janiera Eldridge: Interview & Excerpt

Urban Fantasy

Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power.

However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen. Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world.

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Rebecca Thomas dipped her lip-gloss brush into a small pot and dabbed the brush softly on her lips. Today had been a long day at the Lola department store, the two rich old bitties that were usually bothering her at the makeup counter had been there earlier. God they were getting under her skin! She checked her watch for a brief second and noticed there was only 45 minutes until the store closed down for the night. Rebecca turned from the mirror in the bathroom and rolled her eyes when she noticed the door to the ladies room creak open and a beautiful cocoa colored brunette briskly walked through the door.  All she wanted was a few minutes of silence but another woman in the bathroom always spelled noise. Damn those pesky ladies room discussions.

The bathroom was painted in soft brown with gold trimming around the counters and stalls. There was a small loveseat in the resting area. Rebecca never understood why there was a loveseat in the restroom. No one ever really wanted to rest in the restroom anyways! This restroom was however, a little place of peace where Rebecca could take a few minutes to exhale.  Rebecca couldn’t help but turn her head all the way around at such a natural beauty. She whipped her head back around at the mirror when she noticed the young woman was peering straight into her eyes with a raised eyebrow. She briskly swiped the lip gloss across her lips once more as she was startled by the woman’s soft but deep voice. Deep like hot chocolate but soothing none-the-less. She felt no choice but to listen up.

“You shouldn’t try so hard to be perfect, it isn’t becoming of anyone,” the woman said tousling her hair and looking into the mirror. She seemed to be trying to loosen the curls around her face buy gently extending them with her finger. Rebecca looked into her deep green eyes. The amount of rudeness she was showing to a stranger was pretty shocking. “Well, if you feel that way then why are you looking in the mirror?” Rebecca rolled her eyes and slipped the lip-gloss brush and pot filled with red strawberry  tasting liquid back in her purse and headed for the door.

“I’m not trying to be perfect,” the woman said staring at the back of Rebecca head as she stood frozen in one place.  “My beauty comes naturally.  Your need to be perfect despite the fact that you are not, is imposing on other people’s ability to be comfortable with themselves and I find it very, very rude.”The woman’s face looked like stone but there was a small smirk that formed at the corner of her mouth.

Rebecca wrinkled her nose at the woman’s strange remark. Freak, she muttered in her head.  The woman’s nostrils flared, and in the second it took Rebecca to take another step towards the door the woman was standing right in front of her.

“I really despise rudeness,“ the woman said tilting her head a little bit to the right. “Well, you won’t be a waste.  I was starving anyways.

In the blink of an eye the woman grabbed Rebecca by the neck and sunk her teeth into a juicy vein laying right on the neck’s surface. At the moment her teeth punctured the flesh she could feel Rebecca’s butter soft neck break with ease under the skin. Her blood was remarkably sweet and clean, the woman knew that the girl must have been taking very good care of her body. No drugs or cigarettes, very little alcohol.   She slowly released her grip on Rebecca’s neck when she felt Rebecca’s pulse slowly die in the rock hard palm of her hands.  Rebecca collapsed on the floor like a heap of dirty laundry. She had no time to scream or ask for help and the woman felt lucky. She could enjoy her meal in peace. The only sound anyone would remember hearing was the clicking of her heels against the tile as she walked out of the bathroom door, glide gracefully through the store and disappear into the hot night air.

Hello Janiera.  It's great having you visit today.  Thanks for taking time out to talk with me a bit.  First off, tell us about your current release.

Soul Sister is truly the urban Fantasy book I’ve always wanted to write. It has romance, action and fashion. What more could a girl want? I’ve always wanted to write about vampires who sort of aristocratic but lived a normal life. I think people can really relate to the main characters Ani and Dana while still be infatuated with them.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I really wanted to make sure that every character had a different personality and a different voice. The hardest part of writing Soul Sisters was really thinking about what I wanted to say and how I should say it that would make that character stand out. Otherwise, the storyline and flow of events were very easy to come up with.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

I’m a really strange bird so for me it’s not music but background TV noise. I guess I can chalk this to growing up in the public school system where there was always noise! lol If I’m stuck on any part of my book I’ll turn on a show and let it play in background. Usually it feeds me some inspiration and it actually isn’t as distraction as people would think.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I am a serious original Twilight Zone fan and Rod Serling is one of my favorite writers, he was just brilliant. Current shows I love are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Once Upon a time. They’re all written so well the tension and anticipation is just amazing! All of them have influenced my writing in some way or another.

What are you passionate about these days?

I had to stop going to college because of a illness and it was hard finding a writing job but now I write an entertainment writer for and I’m working on my second book. My passion is to become a professional author and make a living out of doing so. I didn’t think it was possible but it is now looking better every day!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That I have two completely different personalities lol. I’m more shy and calm like Dana, it takes a while for me to warm up to someone. However, I’m very up front and want what I want like Ani. It was fun to play with both of these personalities  in the book.

Janiera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she is not writing. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry. Soul Sisters is her debut novel.

One digital copy of Soul Sisters
Ends July 21, 2012


PuttPutt1198Eve said...

It sounds weird but I, too, work better with the background noise of tv. I can't listen to music because that's exactly what I do, listen, not work. Guess it must be the fact that I grew up with that kind of noise in the background!

Janiera said...

Yay! I'm so glad I'm not alone with the TV noise lol.

Thank you Laurie for having me today!

Darlene said...

No, you're not alone, Janiera! I keep the tv tuned to the Weather Channel! LOL! I also like "white noise", like the fan running.

Thanks for the giveaway!

angeljenn said...

thanks for the giveaway!

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Lori said...

Very different and intriguing premise to distinguish this book from other Vampire novels!

wwe11 said...

sounds really good.

wni said...

Thanks. The cover creep me out