28 February 2013

Blog Tour: Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil #2) by Patricia Eimer (Guest Post + Giveaway)

I'm so excited to have Patricia Eimer visit the blog today! Her latest book, Devil May Care, the second novel in the Speak of the Devil series was just released by Entangled Select!

Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil #2) by Patricia Eimer.
Audience/Genre: Adult/Paranormal.
Publication: February 26th 2013.

Who knew the heavenly could be devilish?

After planning not one, but two, demonic weddings, all Faith Bettincourt—the youngest Crown Princess of Hell—wants is to spend some quality time with her angelic boyfriend, Matt. But when a girl from Matt’s past walks through Faith’s apartment door, her preoccupation with the weddings from Hell is all that’s keeping her from turning his ex, in all her devious angelic glory, into a down throw pillow.

Which is about when Matt’s zealous mother declares war on Faith’s family. But not all’s fair in love and war, and Matt’s having a hard time choosing sides.

Alone or not, Faith must rescue one of the grooms and go up against an army of so-called do-gooders, so everything can go back to normal. Or as normal as it can be where the Devil's spawn is concerned. And with any luck, she might just be able to resuscitate her love life while she's at it.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you first get into writing?

Oh I’m really not all that interesting, that’s why I became a writer—I had to come up with something exciting even if it was just writing fiction.

As far as how I became a writer, I’ve always wanted to be a writer off and on but I never actually thought it was possible. So since I couldn’t do that I decided to do other—more responsible and potentially lucrative—things and it was the world’s biggest mistake. I was in a corporate job and about ready to have a nervous breakdown and that’s when one of my friends said “hey you should do Nanowrimo (National Novel Writer’s Month) because it’ll help your stress level.” So I decided what the heck and tried it. Then the next thing I knew I had a working mss for Luck of the Devil and so I thought it would be a good “learning” novel. Then I joined Editpalooza on SavvyAuthors and thought it was a good way to learn how to edit. That’s when I got lucky and Liz Pelletier offered to publish it as part of their launch. And I haven’t looked back since. Like I said—not really that interesting of a story.

What inspired the story for your series - Speak of the Devil?

I was looking for an idea to write for Nanowrimo as part of the whole “not having a nervous breakdown” thing and so I ended up at Wal-Mart, in the frozen food section, and there was this woman on her cellphone arguing with someone about why they had invited people into their house and it all just sort of clicked. The next thing I knew I had Faith in my head, telling me all about her crappy family, and she refused to stop talking until I started writing. And then she still hasn’t stopped.

Are any of your characters' personality based on someone you know in real life?

Malachi is actually based on my best male friend. He was absolutely great about it too. I called him and said, hey can I use you as a demonic smart aleck and he went yep, sure as long as I get to be hot for at least five pages. He was sort of upset when I actually set him on fire in one of the sequels. Then again—he didn’t specify how he was going to get hot.

How does your writing process usually work? Do you plan it out before you start writing or come up with the story as you write?

I’m a planner. When I first started I just sort of had a Point A and a Point B and a sort of hazy idea of how to get there. Then each book since has been a learning experience and my plotting for each story has grown. Now it’s gotten pretty much out of hand and I’ve got a plot template that’s 50 pages that I fill out before I even start and before you know it there’s 100 pages of notes and I’ve got maps and pictures and it’s just not really healthy. So don’t be like me kids. Don’t fall prey to the addictive lure of plotting.

Could you tell us what your favourite books are?

This is Where I Leave You and Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
Lamb and You Suck by Christopher Moore
Anything by MaryJanice Davidson, Katie Macalister, or Darynda Jones.

Share your favourite quote from a book with us!

We tell ourselves stories in order to live -- The White Album by Joan Didion.
(I live by this quote)

Can you tell us about some of your future projects? Do you have any other books planned?

I have so many things planned it’s just sad. I’ve got a short story called Clockwork Bride the Riveting Affair Anthology coming soon from Entangled Publishing. Then I’ve got a YA/MG series (Everlast, Evanescent, and Infinity) coming out in September, October and November under the penname Andria Buchanan from Entangled Teen. Then after that it’s the 3rd book of the Speak of the Devil series—Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead—that’s set to come out next February.

Now that all of that is set up I’m actually trying to work on a contemporary romance involving superheroes who are looking for love and not doing so well at it. Then after that I want to try to write something a bit hotter and then I’m going to take a crack at writing historical romance. Like I said—so many things planned and not enough time to get it all done.

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I'm a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made me a bratty child but fated me to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in my twenties I earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but my passion has always been a good book. I currently lives in Pittsburgh with my two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give me more time to write. When I'm not writing I can be found fencing and arguing with my dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. I'm in a distant third.

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