Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rapture's Edge Blog Tour ~ Interview and Giveaway With J.T. Geissinger

SHADOW'S EDGE 
Night Prowler, #1

Available atAmazon

Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…

EDGE OF OBLIVION 
Night Prowler, #2

Available atAmazon

There exists a world beyond our own. It is a world of ancient magic and well-guarded secrets, a world of strict laws and harsh punishments for those who betray them, a world inhabited by the Ikati, a race of gifted people who are so much more than they first appear. Brought together by fate in this world of danger and beauty, two people with dark pasts will meet.

Morgan is beautiful, smart, sexy…and about to die. Convicted of treason against her shape-shifting kin, she is given one last chance at redemption; discover the hidden lair of the enemy intent on destroying every one of her kind, or forfeit her life.

Xander is ruthless, heartless, cold-blooded…and assigned to kill her if she fails in her task. Expecting to feel nothing but contempt for the traitor under his watch, the assassin accompanies Morgan on her search, but as the two race through the heart of Italy while the clock winds down to zero hour, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of desire as powerful as it is forbidden. Their passion will test everything they believe in, and endanger the future of the tribe itself.

RAPTURE'S EDGE

Night Prowler, #3



Available June 18 atAmazon



SECRETS…In the hidden world that exists beside our own, a mirror world of ancient magic and elegant deceptions, a world of people who are so much more than they first appear, a war is brewing. Most of these Gifted people—the Ikati, a savage, sensual race of lethal predators—are content to hide behind human smiles, disguising their splendor in order to survive. But others are discontent. And they will hide no longer.



BETRAYALSEliana lives for two things only: vengeance on the man who killed her father, and seeing his dream of living in the open with humans come to pass. But that dream is far too dangerous for The Hunt, a group of elite Ikati assassins with one objective: eliminate her before she can expose their secrets to the world.



SEDUCTION…Demetrius is haunted by the memory of the woman he once loved. He will risk everything to save her from the killers on her tail…and convince her, before the ancient walls between two worlds crumble, that only together can they defeat their real enemy, a brilliant, cunning traitor far more deadly than either of them can guess.




******** INTERVIEW ********
United By Books is pleased to have J.T. Geissenger on the blog today so we can learn more about her amazing books........



1 ~ Can you please share with us a little about yourself?



I’m a native of Los Angeles and live there with my husband and four rescue cats. My husband and I own a flower shop, and when I’m not working there I’m working on my next book! I’m addicted to Game of Thrones, Dexter, buying books on my Kindle, vanilla lattes and Red Bull, I’m a terrible driver, I hate exercise of any kind, and I’m a magnet for stray animals. (I think I was a stray cat in a past life.)



2 ~  Please tell us a little about your newest release ?



Rapture’s Edge is book three in the Night Prowler series. It’s set in Paris, and our heroine Eliana is an art thief and competitor in the underground fighting circuit of the city. It’s been three years since she last saw her former lover, Demetrius—standing over her dead father’s body with a gun. In the meantime, she’s been in hiding, planning revenge. She’s caught by the police trying to steal a painting from the Louvre, and Demetrius—who is desperate to explain himself, and still madly in love with Eliana—comes to her rescue. Only she’s not having any of his explanations—she just wants to kill him! Making matters worse, an elite band of assassins have been dispatched by the leaders of the other Ikati colonies to kill Eliana because she could expose their secrets to the human world.



3~  Would you like to share an excerpt with us today?



This is a scene in which D and Eliana, who haven’t seen each other in three years, reunite in one of the weekly underground fighting matches in Paris that Eliana participates in as a way to earn money. (She’s much stronger than the humans she typically spars with.) When D shows up, all bets are off!



She twisted out of his grasp, using all her strength to tear free. But he had her again in an instant and pinned her arms behind her back. Heady and warm and masculine, the scent of his skin flamed hot in her nose as he leaned down and whispered into her ear, “You’re not trying very hard. You need to give the crowd their money’s worth. Butterfly.” She felt the fleet brush of his lips across the flesh of her shoulder, and then he released her and sprang away.

She whirled around with a savage snarl. He was on the other side of the space cleared by the circle of bodies, hands on his hips, staring at her with a heated expression somewhere between amusement and anticipation. He stretched a hand out and crooked two fingers at her, a silent command.

Come.

Oh no. Oh no he didn’t.

Fury blinded her, and she went on pure instinct, striking out, hitting, kicking. The next few moments were a blur. There was the sensation flying, of falling, of gravity spinning away. Her hands were around his throat, his hands came around her waist, and suddenly she was flat on her back in the center of the fighting ring with Demetrius straddling her body, his hands pinning her wrists to the ground above her head.

The roar of the crowd was deafening.

He grinned down at her, victorious, and then, before she could scream the curse that was on the tip of her tongue, his mouth was on hers.

Ache and salt and softness, the ground cold and hard against her back, Demetrius warm and hard against her chest, pulling greedily at her lips, drinking deep…the sharp edges of her fury began, awfully, to melt.

He pulled away first, panting, flipped her over, and in one horrifying, fluid movement, flung her over his bent knee so she was staring in shock at the dusty, scuffed ground.

And then—horror of all horrors—he spanked her.

In front of everyone.

Three times.

Hard.

The crowd went absolutely insane.

“That’s for every year you were gone,” D growled, bending near her ear. She kicked and screamed, fighting him, but he held her fast, immovable and ironfisted, trapping both her hands in one of his, leaning his weight onto her back with his forearm.

Then he spanked her another three times. Her scream of outrage was drowned by the delighted, uproarious cheers of the spectators.

“That’s for calling me a liar, a murderer, and a traitor.”

Her cheeks burned molten hot. She couldn’t get away, she was at his complete mercy

He spanked her again, three more hard, humiliating times, then lifted her up, took her in his arms, and said, “And that’s for the next three things you’re going to do that will annoy the hell out of me.”

Then he pulled her against him and kissed her again, in full view of everyone, his hands in her hair and his mouth hot on hers and a low purr of pleasure rumbling deep in his chest.



4~ What's in store next for your readers?



I’ve just completed book for in the series, Edge of Darkness, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Set in Barcelona, it’s the story of Christian and Ember, a shifter and a human, who fall in love. Unfortunately, Christian is on a very dangerous mission to kill the leader of a rebel shifter group, and falling in love with a human is strictly prohibited by shifter law. They’ve got everything going against them, and when Ember is targeted by the leader of the rebel group, things go from bad to worse. It’s fantastic.



5~ What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?



Trawling the internet for location data and character names is about it, I’m afraid. When you’re making up your entire world, much of it is done inside your head.



6~ What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?



I like to read stories that don’t have a traditional happy ending. I like it when main characters are killed off, or I’m surprised in a big way. Most of my favorite books (Me Before You by JoJoMoyesThe Road by Cormac McCarthy, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr.) are very bleak, beautifully written accounts of all the ways love ruins us, and saves us at the same time.



7~ What is something people would be surprised to know about you?



I’m very sensitive and soft-hearted, which I hate about myself. I do my best to pretend I’m not, because it’s excruciating for me to have people think I’m girly or emotional. Most people would describe me as tough and self-confident, which only goes to prove how good I am at faking it. If I had my way, I’d be like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada – okay, maybe not that bad. But it’s all an act; I’m a marshmallow. Don’t tell anyone, though!!



8~  Do you sing and dance around the house while picking up?



That question assumes I pick up around the house. I’m an unapologetic slob. My housekeeper absolutely hates me. My husband isn’t too thrilled about it, either. *shrugs*



9~ Describe yourself in three words?



Passionate. Goofy. Smart.



10~ What is the most embarrassing thing you got caught doing?



Climbing out my bedroom window on tied-together sheets from my two-story house when I was sixteen years old. My father heard me rappelling down the side of the house (it was ten o’clock on a school night) and came outside to find me dangling there, twisting in the wind. I had a date with this guy named Tony who was going to teach me how to drive his Mustang. Seriously, it was only a driving lesson. I swear!



11~ How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?



I was in shock when my book sold. There is a fog surrounding that day when my agent called to tell me she had a deal; I think there was screaming involved, and later a lot of champagne. I’m just guessing though. For all I know, I might have stood there drooling for four hours, I seriously cannot remember.



12~ What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?



The stuff that is in between all the action scenes or emotional scenes. The stuff that gets you from here to there – the transitions. I hate those.



13~ Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?



Yes – THANK YOU. Without you, there is no me. I mean there is a me, but not a writer me. (You know what I mean.) I am profoundly grateful that readers take the time to buy and read my books, and I know exactly how lucky I am that I’ve been published and have loyal fans. I don’t take any of that for granted and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.

J.T. Geissinger’s debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was published in 2012 and was a #1 Amazon US and UK bestseller in fantasy romance and romance series. She has been nominated for the prestigious RITA® award from the Romance Writers of America for best paranormal romance for her second book in the Night Prowler series, Edge of Oblivion.

A life-long lover of reading and a self-professed “book addict,” she didn’t realize her dream of writing a novel until a milestone birthday forced her to take stock of her goals in life. Always believing the right time to commit to putting pen to paper would magically announce itself, it took waking up one cold January morning with a shiny new zero as the second number in her age to kick start her determination.

Starting on that very day, she wrote what would become Shadow’s Edge in a little over four months and submitted it to several literary agents. Nothing happened. Thinking that was the end of that but by no means willing to give up on her dreams of being published, she began work on a second manuscript.

Then, during a trip to Italy in honor of their 10th wedding anniversary and the honeymoon she and her husband never took, she received an email that would change her life. It was from an agent, Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary, and it contained the three words every aspiring author longs to hear: “I loved it.”

Marlene sold the manuscript to Montlake Romance who published it six months later. Hitting the #1 Amazon bestseller lists within weeks of publication, Shadow’s Edge was book one of the Night Prowler novels. Book two, Edge of Oblivion, was published in October 2012 and will be followed by Rapture’s Edge in June 2013, and Edge of Darkness in fall 2013. There are six books total planned for the series.



Connect with J.T.:



JT Geissinger's RAPTURE'S EDGE Tour Schedule:  June 17 - July 7

6/17- Under the Covers


6/18- Kristina's Books & More

6/18- Sassy Book Lovers

6/19- A Date With A Book

6/19- The Next Chapter

6/20- Brynna Curry's In Shadows Blog

6/20- United by Books

6/21- Book Pages & Dripping Ink

6/22- Mad Hatter Reads

6/23- You Gotta Read Reviews

6/24- Froggarita's Bookcase

6/25- Cocktails and Books

6/26- Confessions of the Paranormal

6/26- Curse of the Bibliophile


6/27- Wicked Readings by Tawania

6/27- Feeling Fictional

6/28- Deal Sharing Aunt

6/28- Close Encounters with the Night Kind


6/29- Paranormal Book Club

6/29- Riverina Romantics

6/30- Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews


7/01- The Reading Cafe 

7/02 - Book Monster Reviews

7/02 - Literal Addiction

7/03- Buffy's Ramblings

7/03-  Penny For Them
  
7/04- Book Lovin' Mamas

7/04- Night Owl Reviews

7/05- Spiced Latte Reads

7/05- Toot's Book Reviews


7/06-Paranormal Fan For Life

7/07- Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My!

******** GIVEAWAY ********
J.T. is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour:



GRAND PRIZE: (US ONLY)

Kindle Fire HD



RUNNER-UP: (OPEN INTERNATIONALLY)

Signed copies of all 3 books in the series

a Rafflecopter giveaway

4 comments:

mk said...

I love The Road by Conor McCormac too. Chilling, but the story has totally stayed with me!

JT Geissinger said...

I loved the language and the imagery. Bleak, but very beautiful.

June M. said...

These books look great. I can just imagine getting caught repelling down from my bedroom (I never tried it because I am deathly afraid of heights and with my luck I would get dizzy and fall, LOL).

bn100 said...

Very nice interview