Guest Blog & Giveaway with Virna DePaul

A few weeks ago, I attended a bridal shower for a friend of mine.  In the usual tradition, we played games, offered standard advice like “never go to bed angry,” and made the bride-to-be wear one of those ridiculous hats made out of ribbons, bows, and a paper plate.  The maid-of-honor even distributed a list of Good Housekeeping guidelines, originally published in the early 1950s, for being a “good wife.”
“Make sure your children are clean and quiet when their father gets home. They are his little treasures and you want him to see them as such.”
“Don’t ask questions if your husband is out late or even all night.  Remember he is the master of his domain.”
            Seriously, we had a great laugh over those little gems.
            As a modern woman and romance writer, it’s hard to imagine anyone ever coming up with that advice let alone believing it.  In half a century, things have certainly changed; in my opinion, definitely for the better.  Yet, beliefs and customs are different all over the world, within the United States, and even within neighborhoods.  I’m sure there are people who even today would sing the praises of the same guidelines I laugh at.  I would find it difficult to relate to such people, but I hope I’d be tolerant and open-minded enough to listen to their opinions while still keeping true to my own.
           In Chosen By Blood, Book 1 in the Para-Ops series, I deal with themes such as cultural differences, opposing beliefs, tolerance, and change.  The series opens in a post-war world and centers around a team comprised of different races that are trying to understand and accept one another.  Of course, these races have different beliefs, customs, religions, etc, but they must unite in order to help the nation heal as a whole.
            In my series, Otherborn are sick of hiding or taking second place.  As FBI Director Kyle Mahone recognizes:
“The times had changed.  The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness no longer applied just to humans.  Wraiths had the right to vote.  A court had just ruled that a mage’s right to practice magic was akin to one’s right to worship. And vamps, both full vampires and dharmires alike, couldn’t be denied health coverage based on ‘malnourishment’ being a preexisting condition. The Others were demanding their due and making their presence known.”
In the midst of this complicated world, Book 1 opens with a controversial hero. In the world of this series, vampires are NOT monogamous and the males are duty bound to marry and procreate with vampires. Yet even though the hero, Knox Devereaux, feels genuine affection for his married-for-convenience wife, Knox loves a human, Special Agent Felicia Locke.  Because of her strong human morals, she tries her best to stay away from Knox, and he lets her, until that is, they both join the FBI’s first Para-Ops team.  At that time (which is Chapter 1 of the book), he’s widowed, but he still has plans to marry another vamp.  Felicia’s bound and determined not to be his mistress on the side, however.  So what will they do?  The issue is really about how soul mates fight hard to do the right thing despite a powerful and constant pull to be with one another.
  I didn’t set out to make Knox controversial; he simply developed that way.  The difficult decision was whether to keep him true to character or change him (or his marital status) in order to play it safe.  I kept him how he was.  First, because I don’t want to be known as a writer who plays it safe.  And second, because I like pushing boundaries, and exploring humanity and the complicated issues we face.  I don’t want to be controversial for its own sake, but in order to challenge myself and others to think about what they really believe.  Part of the reason I love writing is to create and explore worlds, characters, and issues that push the envelope.  All I can hope is that readers will be interested enough to take the ride with me!
Author Bio:
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and now National Bestselling Author for Berkley (paranormal romantic suspense), HQN (single title romantic suspense) and HRS (category romantic suspense). Her recent and upcoming releases are Dangerous To Her (HRS, August 23, 2011) and Chosen By Fate (Para-Ops Novel 2, October 4, 2011).

United by fate. Bound by desire.
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.
Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.
Giveaway Time: 
Virna is offering up a copy of Chosen by Blood (paperback) to one of my lucky followers. 
To Enter: 
Please leave a comment or questions for Virna. 
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Being a follower of my blog will get you an extra entry.
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Giveaway will end on Oct 1
Winner will be announced Oct 3rd. 

22 Responses to Guest Blog & Giveaway with Virna DePaul

  1. marybelle September 26, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    A glimpse into the beliefs and customs of others is absolutely fascinating. Throughout time, geographically, supernaturally – you name it.

    This is why I love the background to the writing. I see the books in a whole new light. Thank you. CHOSEN BY BLOOD is on my reading list now.

    I follow.


  2. katsrus September 26, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Love your book cover. Your book sounds so good. How long were you a criminal prosecutor? And is some of what you did from that job put into your books? Thank you for the giveaway.
    Sue B

  3. Amanda W. September 26, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I would hate to fall for someone and be duty bound to marry another! Thankfully I married the one I was drawn too. Love the basis for you book and can't wait to read it!

  4. Jary September 26, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Love the book cover! The book seems real interesting.

    I am a follower.

    flaca798 at hotmail dot com

  5. Charla85 September 26, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I look forward to reading this book! It sounds like it'll be a great read!

    I am a follower and I have tweeted, blogged and facebooked this post so that other can hear about this great new book!!


  6. maria September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    When you sit down to write, do you have the outline of the story alread in your head or do the characters speak to you as you go along?
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    I follow your blog & you on Fb …I shared! :)

  7. Virna DePaul September 26, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    marybelle – Sounds like you totally understand my obsession with diverse learning and tolerance. Thanks for stopping by and putting CBB on your TBR!

    katsrus – Thank you – I was so lucky with this cover. I was a prosecutor for 10 years. I think what I know about the legal system naturally comes out in bits and pieces and in my world view. :)

    Amanda W. – Congrats on being lucky enough to find "the one!" Thanks for stopping by.

    Jary – Thank you! Good luck with the giveaway.

    Charla85 – Thanks for sharing! I appreciate it! :)

    maria – In the beginning, I wrote the whole story without an outline. Once you're contracted, you sell future books on synopsis, which is the broad outline of the story. So I have a loose road map of the story, but I can deviate from it if I need to. Thanks for commenting!

  8. Scorpio1974 September 26, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Great post and giveaway!!!!!

    I also shared this on FB and am a blog follower. =)

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

  9. Sheree September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I was watching a TV show on marriages in other countries (they covered polygamy and child marriages) and thought about how cultural norms are different. And that's just among regular humans, let alone vampires. :)

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  10. _yay_ September 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Great giveaway! Is it international?
    If so – count me in:
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!
    GFC follower: _yay_
    I find cultural differences really interesting and even took a seminar a while back at uni. I forgot where it's the case but there are places where the little guest present to show your appreciation for a…let's say dinner invitation gets ignored by the recipient. Why? Because they find it rude to pay more attention to a gift than the visitor/friend. They will put it away (out of sight even) until after dinner / the guests have left.
    The book sounds like just my cup of tea. A little bit of everything: romance, suspense, pnr…

  11. msmjb65 September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    This book (and series) looks great. I love Virna's books!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  12. xander_316 September 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Virna DePaul if you could vote out one character out from your books (like the tv show survivor) who would it be and why??
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  13. KainsHottie September 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    This sounds very interesting! Reminds me a bit of another series (Riley Jensen).

    I am a GFC follower as KainsHottie

  14. Na September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Knox does seem to be a complex character. As special or otherworldly as he is I can't settle for being a mistress. Felicia will just have to convince him of this :) Great giveaway.

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  15. Barbara E. September 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    The Para-Ops series sounds fantastic and I'm looking forward to getting started on it. I love the idea of humans and paranormals working together as a team, it sounds great.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower

  16. Sebrina September 29, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    The book cover is perfect! And the book sounds intriguing, excited to read and putting it on my list.
    Thank you for the chance to win, appreciate it.
    @sebrinac23 Twitter

  17. Virna DePaul September 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Scorpio1974 Thanks for sharing and commenting!

    Sheree – I love watching shows about other cultures, too!

    _yay_ Thanks for stopping by! I love what you shared about hostess gifts.

    msmjb65 – Yay! Thank you!

    xander_316 — What an interesting and difficult question! Vote one character out of my books? It would have to be a villain. I could always create another villain, but I get attached to my main characters. :)

    KainsHottie – Thanks! I haven't read that series but will have to check it out! :)

    Na – Yes, Felicia does a really good job convincing Knox to change his ways! Thanks!

    Barbara E. Thanks for commenting! Glad you like the sound of the series. :)

    Sebrina – Thank you! Good luck on the give away!

  18. alainala September 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    this book looks awesome! thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    i am a follower!

  19. Heather October 1, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Added this book to my to-read list. i would love to get a chance to read this.


    Blog follower. Post contest on my blog

  20. Keisha Talley October 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    This book sounds great I have read great reviews

  21. kayla October 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    This sounds great. Hoping to win it so i can read it.

    blog follower: Kayla27

  22. heather October 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    I so want to read this. Sounds so good. Kelly you know I will follow you anywhere *grins* I posted on goodreads

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