Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Of Blood and Sorrow

Author Christine Rains has stopped by to answer a few questions about her most recent release, OF BLOOD AND SORROW!

Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese comes to Erin for help, she learns the truth behind the legends and hides him from his sire and the vampire hunters who seek him. But when the Putzkammers begin to die one by one, Erin is caught between her act of kindness and the need to save her adopted family. Only by facing her own personal demons can she stop the slaughter and still rescue Nicolas from his dark fate.

1. What was your first thought when you saw your cover?

I was blown away. I had no idea what I wanted for my cover when I hired my cover artist, Erin Dameron-Hill. I only knew what I didn't want. I answered a detailed questionnaire and chatted a little with her, and then she came up with the concept. She knew what I needed even when I didn't. I'm still in awe whenever I look at the cover.

2. Why a funeral home setting (which is super intriguing!)?

Thank you! I wanted the story to take place somewhere different, but yet a place that was present in our every day world. I had the idea for my protagonist first, and since she's a sorrow phage, I wanted her to be where she could survive in a modern day setting without attracting attention to herself.

3. Did you know Erin's name right away, or did it take some searching?

I didn't know Erin's name right away. In fact, I went for a while without a name for her. Sometimes characters come to me with names, but Erin didn't want to draw attention to herself. That meant finding the right name for her a difficult task. Her full name is Erinys Driscol, but I shortened it to Erin as I didn't want a name that sounded too fantasy-like in a modern day tale.

About the author:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. The Dice & Debauchery series is her first contemporary erotic romance.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


Jonathan Schramm said...

Thanks for stopping by Across the Board, Christine! Best of luck on of Blood and Sorrow. Sounds like a great story (w/ a great cover).

Unknown said...

congrats Christine!! sounds wonderful :)

Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

I love that cover! Congrats on your book.

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much for having me here today! :)

Christine Rains said...

Thank you, Kimberly!

Christine Rains said...

Thanks, Beth!

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much, Jonathan!

Heather R. Holden said...

Love that cover. So breathtaking! The funeral home setting sounds fun, so I can't wait to see it in play once I have the chance to read this book!

Carrie Beckort said...

Awesome cover, and congrats!

Christine Rains said...

Thanks, Carrie!

Christine Rains said...

Thank you, Heather! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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