Monday, January 25, 2010

Gentlemen Prefer Succubi: Interview & Contest

Gentlemen Prefer Succubi
Author: Jill Myles
Publisher: Pocket Star
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages

Summary: Jackie Brighton woke up in a Dumpster this morning, and her day has only gotten weirder. Her familiar B-cups have somehow become double Ds, her sex drive is insatiable, and apparently she had her first one-night stand ever...with a fallen angel.

The UPS man brought me Gentlemen Prefer Succubi from the publisher, and I have to confess I went around the house repeating the title over and over because it was just so much fun to say. Try saying "Succubi Succubus" ten times really fast. It's not possible to keep a straight face. I'm so glad I signed up for this blog tour because I've been giggling since I started the book. Author Jill Myles has the best sense of humor, and uses it to it's fullest in her writing. When I start a book I always read the acknowledgements. I know many people either skip them or read them afterwards, but I love getting a little glimpse into the author's personality by reading their thank you notes. Jill, and I think she's so cool she wouldn't mind me calling her by her first name, is a hoot. Her enthusiasm in the acknowledgements had me smiling, especially her comment to the cover art team:

The bellybutton sweat on the model nearly did me in.

I flipped to the cover, looked at the guy's belly, sighed, and quickly read through the rest of the acknowledgement so I could start the dang book. I was not disappointed. Jackie, the main character, is a normal gal looking for normal things in life like a good job, a boyfriend and a happy life. So far she hasn't scored too high on the happiness meter, then she takes one night to drown her sorrows in booze and wakes up a succubus. Go figure. The reader goes along for the ride as Jackie's body does it's own thing, and "The Itch" does it's best to control her actions as she tries to figure out what happened to her, who did it, and what it means. Her new friends may or may not be on her side, and a world she didn't know existed is revealed detail by detail.

Gentlemen Prefer Succubi is a fast paced, action filled, witty read. The sex scenes are steamy, but the "almost sex scenes" are just as hot. Forget Team Edward and Team Jacob. Choose between Team Noah and Team Zane! (Note to self: have a Team Zane t-shirt made soon.) This book is a riot of paranormal fun. The author makes us cheer for the unlikely heroine from the first paragraph. The book has mystery, historical intrigue, plot twists and romance.

Fans of paranormal romance such as Chloe Neill, Yasmine Galehorn, Karen Chance and Gena Showalter will love Gentlemen Prefer Succubi.

Jill Myles graciously answered a few deep and compelling questions I had for her:

Any tips on how you learned to write those scorching love scenes? I'm wondering if you had trial love scenes that you wrote and they just didn't do it for you?

I wish I was that organized! It's more like the twelve-year-old girl inside me is shouting out ideas. "MAKE THEM DO IT IN THE CONFESSIONAL! TEE HEE!" Of course, I have no choice but to comply. :) As for writing tips, I think it's important to show how things make the characters feel. It might be as simple as touching a ticklish spot, but if it gets her engine revving, the reader will enjoy it if we realize that the heroine is, if that makes sense.

I have to say that I'm on Team Zane, do you have a preference?

I'm on Team Zane until I write a Noah scene, and then I plot ways to kill him off so Noah and Jackie can be together forever! And then I write a Zane scene and plot ways to kill off Noah so Zane and Jackie can be together forever! And then...well, you get the picture. I lean whichever way the hero drags me. :)

I love your take on vampires, succubi and Serim. Did you know right away that this is how you wanted to portray them or did you make changes along the way?

I knew that I wanted angels and vampires to be flip sides of the same coin, but I wasn't sure how to go about it, so I just started writing. More details came about as I wrote, and when I got to the end, I sat back, regarded it, and thought...people are going to think I'm nuts. No one is going to want to read about angels and VAMPIRES. Come on. But I'm happy to be proven wrong!

Succubi Like It Hot, the second book in The Succubus Diaries came out last week! I love the trailer Jill has for Gentlemen Prefer Succubi:


I'm going with simple again for this blog tour contest. The publisher has graciously allowed me to give away one copy of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi. Leave a comment for me answering this question:

Do you like paranormal romance? Do you like humor mixed in with the romance?

If don't have a blog make sure you leave me an email so I can contact you. The contest will end February 7th, and I'll announce the winner on Monday, February 8th, 2010.