Friday, March 29, 2013

Redemption: The Seven Signs, Book 2 by Erica Hayes: Interview and Excerpt


Thanks for hosting me today. It's great to be here!

What was your first sale as an author?

I sold my first novel Shadowfae in 2008. Way back in the olden days, when things like advances and paperbacks and multi-book contracts were still cool! I'll always be in love with that first book. It's not perfect, but it'll be special forever to me. And the paperback is so beautiful! I have a few digital-only releases now, and I love them, but I do feel a teensy bit sorry for authors who'll never have a dead tree book. There's something nice about stroking that preeeetty cover… my precioussss…

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I like to write at the start of my work day, if I can. That's when my creative mojo works best! Sometimes I write only a scene, or part of a scene. Other times I write pages and pages.

If I'm plotting – and I do a lot of plotting before I start the book – I can sit there for many hours. Or sometimes I only work on a few points, and then let them stew for the day. So yeah. My writing 'routine' isn't really a routine, unless you count showing up, every single day, no matter what.

How do you describe your writing style?

I'd like to think it's fresh, lyrical, colorful and rhythmic. Other people might not agree :)

What do you think makes a good story?

For me, as a reader? Characters with problems I care about. Generally, first-world problems aren't that interesting... {ducks for cover} I like to read for escapism, so the heroine's dating woe or bad hair day or whatever isn't that fascinating to me, at least not on its own! I like fantasy and paranormal, so a bit of saving the world or mass destruction are always good! And I like to get sucked into the fantasy world with details, colors, smells, things like that. If you get really stuck, add zombies. 

Oh, and something has to happen. Outside the character's head. Preferably in the first chapter. On the first page would be nice… but hey, maybe I'm just picky like that :)

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

Not usually. I prefer silence, or just ambient noise. Music with lyrics distracts me too much! I end up listening to it, instead of concentrating on the story. 

But I do find music evocative of mood. A lot of music that's extremely emotive is also very simple -- take an artist like Two Steps From Hell, for example, who create some amazing sounds with basic harmonic structures. Or the movie scores of composers like Hans Zimmer. 

It's a lot like writing a novel: you decide on your themes, and you expound upon them, repeat them, add embellishments and irony and dramatic effects… okay, I'll get off my music-theory-geek soapbox now :)

What group did you hang out with in high school?

The uncool people. I was *desperately* uncool. Not even cool enough to be in the geek crowd. Me and my friends were the invisible people. Then, when I went away to college/uni, I moved on to the let's-make-a-point-of-being-misfits group… I don't think I ever really graduated from that one :)

What makes you happy? 

Not being bored. And chocolate ice cream. Most of the world's problems could be solved with copious helpings of chocolate ice cream for everyone.


Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer.

She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes with dark secrets.

She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she's terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.
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The Seven Signs, Book 2

Erica Hayes
Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0425258385
Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 100K
Cover Artist: Kris Keller
Paperback:  Amazon    BN    Book Depository
Ebook:  Amazon    BN   iTunes


Book Description:
Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. But meeting her face-to-face might disarm his warrior spirit—and spark an unquenchable passion with apocalyptic consequences. 

As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. But Japheth is after one vampire in particular—the one they call the Angel Slayer.

Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. Feeling abandoned by God, she stalks the West Village taking revenge on his angels—until she meets her match.

When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy—the Prince of Thirst himself—they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.

“Looking for someone, angel?”
That honey-blood voice quivered Japheth’s feathers taut.
She grinned, mocking. Leaning against the redbrick wall beneath a rusted fire escape, steeped in magical shadow and hot vampire stink.
He stared, dumb. Tall for a girl, only a head shorter than he. Long legs, encased in blue jeans and black army boots. Her short black t-shirt stretched over full breasts, flashing that tempting skin above a silver belt buckle. Her bare arms shone, muscular but womanly. Sexy dimples in her cheeks, perfectly shaped for cupping in his palms.
The bloody feathers of slain angels, gold and white and red, stuck through the thick dark braid she tossed over her shoulder. A few wisps escaped to play around her face in the summer-night breeze. He wanted to trace their path with his fingertips, cheekbone to chin to cherry-ripe lips . . .
“Matter of fact, I am,” he said tightly. “Your sniveling master. Fluvium, is it? Prince of Thirst? Tell me where he is and I might kill you quickly.”
She laughed, fangs glinting. Sharp, lethal like a tigress’s. “You’ve come to kill Fluvium? Good luck with that.” She lolled on one foot, eyeing him speculatively, sizing up her prey. “Japheth, right? Of the Tainted Host? Cute name, for a hamster.”
Sweet lord, his name in her mouth sounded . . . dirty. He swallowed, rough. “How’d you know that?”
“I know my enemy.” She licked ripe lips.
“Yeah?” he said coldly. “Well, I don’t want to know you, whore. I don’t care what your name is—”
“Rose Harley,” she cut in swiftly, with a wicked grin. “Whoops. Too late. Sorry about that. You like it anonymous, don’t you? So you can pretend they’re not people when you damn them to eternal torment?”
His grip spasmed around his sword. Sweet heaven, he wanted to stab her. Fill her with burning steel. Twist it, thrust it deeper, make her moan . . . “You don’t need me to damn you. You made your choice. Tell me where Fluvium’s hiding, and I’ll put you out of your misery.”
She laughed again, and strolled towards him, hands in pockets. “You sure could learn a thing or two from demons about making deals. Like, I dunno. Offering me something I actually want?”
Her knife still lay sheathed, in her thigh holster. Unafraid, was she? Grudging admiration tingled under his skin, and he crackled it off. Nothing admirable about a demon minion’s attitude. “So you do know where he’s hiding, then.”
“And what if I do?” She draped her sultry gaze over his silver-clad chest, his bare arms, his glowing blue sword . . . Her scrutiny flushed treacherous heat right to the top of his head. He could smell her, blood and corruption, yes, but underneath, the hot salty musk of female flesh . . .
Surely, she was his nemesis. Sent to tempt him into falling. Well, he wouldn’t give in. Not when he was so close to redemption.

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Book Attict said...

Fantastic excerpt! Redemption sounds like a great read!

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Mary @SweepingMe said...

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Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


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Amanda Ray said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win~ sounds like a great book!

Erica Hayes said...

Hi everyone, and thanks for visiting! Glad you could stop by :)

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Katha Panda said...

Very nice excerpt!
and an awesome giveaway :) thank you

Sarah Lieurance said...

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::Holly:: said...

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Galina Voy said...

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richied.becky said...

Perfect!! Thank you also the the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize!


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Zed K said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I like the name Japheth...

Bessamy said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance!

Megan Myers said...

Wow, yummy cover! Oh, the story sounds good too, though :)