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.



Lola said...

A lot of people are reading these books lately! I am very much looking forward to reading them myself! :) Thanks for the great review! We'll have to compare notes after I've read them!

btw...this isn't an entry for the contest.

Scorpio M. said...

I absolutely love humor in my romances! Victoria Dahl (she has me LOL on the subway, folks must think me nuts), Jillian Hunter and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are great at mixing humor and love. I am not as well read in paranormal romances but I find the ones I do enjoy have a good dose of levity in it like the Charlaine Harris Sookie series.


Tonya H said...

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

paranormal romance is my favorite genre. I do like humor in the book , but only if the writer can pull it off. I have read some books where the writer tried their best to inject humor and it was horrible! So it depends on the writer!

Melinda said...

I find it wonderfully refreshing to read these stories!
Lots of fun.


throuthehaze said...

Paranormal Romance is one of my favorite genres. I definitely like humor mixed in with the romance.


Anonymous said...

Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres and definitely think humor makes the romance more exciting.

Persephone said...

I love paranormal romance! I am addicted to it right now, and I am only enthusiastic about PR and UF and won't read anything else. And yes I love when humor is mixed in, it makes the book stand out more if it is funny (i.e. any book by Ilona Andrews!).

justpeachy36 said...

I love paranormal romance, my favorite author in the genre is Linnea Sinclair. Humor is always a plus..

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

I love paranormal romance and laughter makes it just that much better.

Melissa aka Equidae said...

love both type of books but prefer the paranormal more :)

Ro said...

I like paranormal romance, even though I think I'm more of an Urban Fantasy kind of person - the element of romance is almost essential for me, but not necessarily as the the main plot (Hope it makes sense :D)
And I absolutely adore when the humor is mixed in! I admire authors who are able to make people laugh - it's sometimes difficult to have one stranger share your sense of humor, how much harder does it have to be to write a book that makes many different readers laugh?!


IsabeLeeta said...

Wow, what great premise! I love the idea of fallen angels being the other side of the coin of vampiric lore! What an ingenious concept! Sounds like the book is going to be humorous, adventure filled and steamy... My kind of book, I tell ya. Thank you for this contest! I'm a newbie when it comes to paranormal romance, but what I've read so far has been great. It started with my finding out that True Blood was based on a book, and now I am a proud paranormal romance reader! LOL.

Just in case my email link is not accessible..... nunahboop(at)

Chrissie said...

I am fairly new to the genre of paranormal romance but I have really enjoyed the ones that I have read so far. I am hearing about new books in this genre every day that I would love to read. I think a bit of humour makes the romance a bit more realistic and believable.

cfisher1504 said...

I love paranormal!!! Humor and romance are the spice of life!!! cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

booklover0226 said...

I love humor with my paranormal romances. I am currently reading a dragon series and have laughed ALOUD several times.

My poor coworkers... HAHA

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail dot com

Anne said...

I like paranormal romance, and I much prefer when it is humorous too. That's one of the reasons I'm not a big twilight fan, the books are too serious for me.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Jamie said...

Humor and romance make the world go around.

Anonymous said...

I love paranormal romance! Twilight got me started and The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost was amazing!! Definitely like humor mixed in. Nothing's better than LOLing and reading hot steamy PNR ;)

thebookvixen at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE paranormal romance. Having humor added is a great perk. I like Dakota Cassidy and Maryjanice Davidson's series mainly because of how they blend dark humor with their stories. It makes the characters more memorable.

I would really enjoy reading Gentlemen Prefer Succubi. The title just grabs my attention and I like reading about different characters than vampires and weres (though those are still some of my faves.)

Please enter me in the contest.

Lauren D.

calypso58 at hotmail dot com