Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Giveaway & Guest Post by Andrea Speed for Riptide Publishing


Let's welcome Andrea Speed to the Lair...

What draws you to romance? Is it pretentious to just say I'm drawn to writing, and I really don't think much about genre? I'm pretentious then. I write with little regard to genre.

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to? 
Oh yes, I'm happy to write in any and all genres. But I love writing horror for some reason, and action adventure is quite fun too. I will take any excuse to write a horror story, though. 

What’s the sexiest feature on a man to you? And on a woman? Why? Man? Chest. Woman? Eyes. But I could give the boring answer a sense of humor in both cases as well.

What’s your own sexiest feature? My sense of humor. 
By night you’re a caped crusader, romance writer. What do you do by day? I'm a home health care worker. 

What was the very first romance you ever read?  I bet absolutely no one counts The Left Hand of Darkness as a romance. But I do, and I'd say that was it. 

Who are your latest crushes (celebrity, book character, or otherwise)? Do fictional characters count? Michael from La Femme Nikita (the '90's TV series) is awesome beyond the telling of it. And Nikita was pretty hot too.

Do you ever keep those people in your mind when writing your own works? Not really, although if I can ever figure out how to sneak him into a story, I will.

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be? Hmm. Shirtless Hugh Jackman? Fine. Especially if he's in Wolverine mode.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing? I can't say writing? What about reading? No? Well, I like creating music mixes, and doing basic home projects. Painting can also be very relaxing. 

What would constitute your own personal happily ever after? Alone in a really super plush cave in an isolated place in Tibet. With computer access, of course. (I need to get my crazed loner thing on from time to time.)

Do you own an e-reader? No, not yet.

Why? I'm still kind of attached to my teetering mountain of books. I know I'll have to give in someday, but right now I'm not ready to give up my dead tree remnants. 

Are you a book hoarder?  YES! I will die under an avalanche of books. 

What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?  “They still have those?” I'd just think it was funny. 

How do you answer it? “Kinda.” 

If you were doomed to spend the rest of your life on an island with only one book, one person, one food (coconuts and fish aside), and one object from the modern world (computer, deodorant, vibrator, etc.), what would they be? One food? Damn, that's tough. I suppose pizza, and certainly a computer. As for a person, they'd have to be a devoted henchman who will do whatever I order whenever I order. 

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written? Probably Roan.

Why is he your favorite? Well, I can identify with him on a few levels, but who couldn't? He's the ultimate outsider. He belongs to several different groups, but they really don't want him, and he doesn't want them. He has no idea where he fits in the world and why he keeps on going, but he does, and he keeps trying very hard to save people even though he knows full well they probably wouldn't return the favor. Also, he has a fantastic sense of humor for a self-pitying bastard.

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Here's the blurb from my Riptide short, Pretty Monsters:
    Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.
    Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.
    Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.
You can read an excerpt and purchase Pretty Monsters at Riptide Publishing.
The second installment, Peek-a-Boo is available for preorder. Buy it and it qualifies you for Riptide's Free Books for a Year promotion.

Where are your favorite online hangouts? What are your daily must-stop blogs and websites?  I suppose I'd best out myself as a Twitter addict. Damn it, I don't know why, but I enjoy the crap out of it. I also like visiting Afterelton.com and the Onion AV Club to keep up on pop culture stuff. 
Speaking of online hangouts, where are yours? Where can your readers find you? I do have my own website, www.andreaspeed.com , and I post the occasional review over at www.cxpulp.com , and atwww.joebobbriggs.com . Also I have a character in the online prose m/m soap opera Redemption Reef: http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/ 

Okay... Your favorite time.... Giveaway Time!!!!

This will be the rule for all Giveaways this week...
All Giveaways will end Saturday, December 24th at Midnight....
The winners will all be picked and announced....
Tuesday, December 27th!

Now time for the Giveaway!
The giveaway is  ~ Backlist (latest release excluded)... 

What do I want from you.....
Well, you have to leave your email address ~ A MUST.
You have to be a Google Friend Connect Follower of this blog ~ A MUST (I am checking!)
You must leave a comment or question ~ A MUST!

Good Luck!

Oh and don't forget.........
The Giveaway for Riptide: 
From October 1 to December 31, Riptde authors and editors will set sail on a massive
Grand Opening blog tour! 

We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

Go check it out!!!
And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy! 
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  1. nice interview on andrea speed!!

    cant wait for her next release of pretty monster

    merry christmas~!


  2. Book Hoarder? Lol. Me too


    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  3. I really enjoyed reading A Little Death, Infected is in my TBR pile (along with ALOT of other books, yes I too am something of a hoarder!) thanks for the interview & giveaway, heather

    sassycyclist at bak dot rr dot com

  4. I'm holding out with reading Pretty Monster until the sequel is out, so I'm looking forward to that!

    Happy Holidays!


  5. Great interview as usual! And I totally agree with you, Michael from Nikita and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine are super hot!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  6. I enjoyed the interview; it was a great read.

    I look forward in reading more your books.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  7. Great interview.Pretty Monster was a good,quick read.I'm looking forward to book 2.

    GFC follower

  8. I enjoyed the interview. My hubby & I loved the old La Femme Nikita series. The new iteration is not nearly as good!


  9. Hey there everyone! Thanks for coming over and peeking in to see Adrea and what's going on with her! Hugs to everyone and good luck!

  10. LOL! Loved your response to being a book hoarder :-) I really liked Pretty Monster and can't wait for the next installment.

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  11. I'm not entering the contest because I already own all of Andrea's books. (xD) but I loved the interview~
    Ahh!! La Femme Nikita! Man I used to LOVE that show! I remember staying up at night just to watch it... and then I was sad when they took it off my cable channel right when Michael asked Nikita to marry him. v.v sadness... lol...
    anyways, looking forward to the Peek-a-Boo!

  12. Great interview! Andrea, I love Roan, too. (And Michael from La Femme Nikita - ooh,la,la!)

  13. I would love to read Andrea's horror stories! Haven't tackled that genre yet. :)
    Thanks for the interview!

    japoki at inbox dot lv


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