"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Father James Keller

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Katie: It’s not so much a genre thing for me it’s a creature thing. I am addicted to vampires, be they horror icons, or lust-worthy bad boys. There is just something about those creatures of the night that attract me. And the fact that they are so chameleonic makes them all that much more interesting. I can read a romance, horror, urban fantasy, and erotic novel all with vampires as their main character. I love it!

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Katie: Some of my favorites include:
Anne Rice
Charlaine Harris
Laurel K. Hamilton
Christine Feehan
Lara Adrian

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Katie: I’ve got a soft spot for the books that got me started in my love of Vampires. I still occasionally dust off and read my old copy of Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. That book is my all-time favorite because of the history and detail she put into it and her characters.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Katie: I didn’t get the chance to read too many books last month, Christmas prep and all, but I did recently read a great sequel novel by another indie like myself. Denise Verrico’s  Twilight of the Gods.

You’ll find a lot of great novels from Indie’s so yes, I’d definitely recommend it.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Katie: My reading habits vary so much from day to day. It’s all about finding the time to read. I sneak in 5-10 minutes here and there while I’m waiting to get my daughter after school. If she’s got a dance class that’s a whole glorious 45 minutes of quiet reading time. Some weeks are better than others. As far as how I like to read, I’m definitely a series girl. I love to collect the whole series and read books back to back to back. Sometimes I’ll wait until a series already has a few books for me to read because I just hate waiting for books. Right now I’m attempting to finish off the Charlaine Harris ( Sookie Stackhouse) novels.

Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?

Katie: Oh that’s just not fair. It’s like trying to pick from your kids. I guess though, if you put a gun to my head I’d probably say the current one I’m working on. I put so much into the books I write while I am writing them, that I feel I’m there with my characters, in the story. I have sleepless nights while I am working through plots and character conflicts. Right now I am working on a vampire romance called Karma & Melodies. It’s a fun little romance novella I’d like to have out for Valentine’s day.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Katie: Everything inspires. It’s just a matter of working with it. The novella, Karma & Melodies was inspired by a concert I desperately wanted to go to. I couldn’t make it but was able to catch scenes from it on YouTube.  Hunters & Prey was inspired by a question I asked in my first book Immortalis Carpe Noctem, “could vampire’s and humans really ever be friends?” You can find inspiration everywhere!

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Katie: I’m good with beginnings. I feel I can start a story pretty well. Of course, that is up to you the reader to really decide though. I took to heart the teachings of some very good critiquing buddies, “start in medias res.” Start in the moment that will hook the readers. Give them the goods up front and then filter in the backstory and less exciting details.

Katie Salidas
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotica… Vampires!!!
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BLURB For Immortalis Hunters & Prey (Book 2 )

Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She’s still learning to cope when a surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the friend she’s missed more than anything.
Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan.
Worse yet, her revelation entangles Fallon in the struggle between vampires and hunters and The Acta Sanctorum is ready to attack again, with a new army of hybrid creations: the Frenzy Soldiers.
If Alyssa hopes to survive and keep her mortal friend safe, she’ll have to be willing to make a deal with the enemy, and regain her clan’s support. It will take everyone working together in a precarious truce to fight against the Acta Sanctorum’s new threat.

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Katie is giving you, the readers, your choice of which book you'd like to win.  Simply leave your choice of one of her four books (listed below) in a comment. A random drawing will select the winner who will be given a coupon code via email to use at Smashwords. (Coupon code will only be valid to 1/31/11)

Immortalis Hunters & Prey (Book 2 Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)
After being forced to reveal her true nature to Fallon her human best friend, Alyssa finds she done more than just broken vampire law, she's created a new pawn in the Acta Sanctorum's game of vampire extermination. If Alyssa hopes to keep her friend alive and her clan safe, she'll have to call in all the support she can, even if that means making a deal with the enemy. 

Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Book 1 Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)
Bleeding to death after brutal mugging , twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by an unlikely hero. The cold and aloof vampire, Lysander. By saving Alyssa, he unwittingly thrust her into a dark world filled with blood lust and thousand-year old vendettas. Now, she must find the strength to accept her terrifying new reality or die by the hands of Lysander's enemies. 

Halloween Fantasies (paranormal erotica)
Touted as the sexiest party of the year, the annual Halloween Fantasy Ball is the one place a girl can let loose and succumb to her wildest fantasies. Disguised as a sexy vampire huntress, Sasha captures the attention of Dante, a real life creature of the night. And this sexy vampire has a few fantasies to share. 

House of Immortal Pleasures -(paranormal romance)
Sometimes the only way to mend a broken heart is to get back in the saddle. At least that is how Daphne’s friends see it. And since Daphne isn’t showing any signs of letting that happen, they take it into their own hands. With a few shots of liquid courage, a pat on the ass, and a donated gold card, Daphne is unwillingly sent into a fantasy room to meet her creature of the night, Connor. 

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  1. Kiki, thanks so much for having me here today! I can't wait to chat with your readers.

  2. :) cant wait to read Katie "s book .. Thanks for the review sounds great !!! please count me in Id love to read
    Immortalis Hunters & Prey (Book 2 )

    ;) kat
    via facebook

  3. Oh yea.. I love Anne Rice's Vamp series too! Any other books that have you liking other types of paranormal creatures?

    I'd love Immortalis #1 if I win!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. @Melissa - I'm also hooked on Patricia Briggs werewolf books. Both the Alpha Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series are pure gold! She's got a new one coming out this year too. I can't wait.

    @Katrina @ Melissa thanks for stopping by today and checking me out.

  5. Great interview!!!

    Sign me up for Hunters & Prey.


  6. I have been following Katie for a bit now and have always loved the way her book have sounded and yet have not gotten around to buying one...I know bad me!

    Anyone who says they love Anne Rice is a winner with me, and I would love to be in the House of Immortal Pleasures.

    How decadent does that sound.
    Thank you for sharing the interview ladies, it was a brilliant read.

    *bites n kisses*
    Vampirique Dezire

  7. @Vampirique Dezire
    Bites and Kisses back! Yes it would be decadent to be in the House of Immortal Pleasures. I've been working off and on with the sequel to that one. Mmmmmm =)

    @heatwave16 thanks for stopping in!!

    Good luck!

  8. Thank you again for having me here Kiki!

    Everyone who participated and left a comment was sent an email with their coupon code. Thank you all for participating and taking an interest in my work!


In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, Kiki Howell of An Author's Musings, would like to advise that in addition to purchasing my own books to review, I also receive books, and/or promotional materials, free of charge in return for an honest review, as do any guest reviewers.