THE JAMES GANG
March James Gang Interview
Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of “James” in their names or in their books. My March James Gang interviewee is multi-published author, Tracy Cooper-Posey, who has a book featuring a “St. James” hero perfect for the James Gang!
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why did you pick Santiago, aka St. James, as the name of your protagonist in Romani Armada?
Actually, I’ve had a thing for the name “Santiago” ever since I read a SF (science fiction) book called, simply, Santiago, by Mike Resnick . It was a fun book to read, very cowboys-in-outer-space, very similar in feel to the SF series Firefly, which came along much later.
When it came to writing Romani Armada,] the third book in the Beloved Bloody Time series, I was casting about for inspiration for the second hero in the book and stuck a pin in the world map – Spain. Which made me think of the name Santiago (Spanish for St. James) – I researched it and discovered that many of the Spanish Romani from the period I was interested in are called Santiago and viola, the story was rolling. The Santiago character also inspired the title.
2. Tell us about Romani Armada.
As I’ve mentioned, Romani Armada is the third book in the Beloved Blood Time series, which is a Vampire M/M/F ménage time-travel futuristic paranormal romance. And yeah, I genre-mash a lot. Readers seem to really like it though – mixing up sub-genres tends to result in a really different story and lots of heart-wrenching conflicts and sexy situations.
What goes around, comes around, including love.
Justin Edward Kelly, vampire and Chronologic Touring Agency member, hates time-traveling and prefers to pretend he’s human. Deonne Rinaldi is human and arm-twisted the Agency into the deal of a life-time: They make her a vampire if she pulls off the PR campaign of her career and make humans like vampires. Everyone was stunned when the mismatched pair became lovers, including Deonne and Justin, and neither of them will admit even to themselves how well the relationship works.
While Deonne is tucked away in history to protect her from Gabriel’s psi-file army ravages, Justin gets a time-delayed letter from her telling him their affair is over. She is in love with Adán Xavier Santiago, a Romani vampire from ancient Spain who will turn her.
Despite the massive dangers screwing with time this way can cause, Justin travels back to China to confront Deonne, but when he arrives there is no Adán and Deonne knows nothing about the letter. Justin, not used to time-traveling, figures he’s averted a personal disaster until Deonne meets a sexy Spaniard who introduces himself as Adán….
WARNING: This book contains two hot, sexy alpha heroes, frequent, explicit and frank sex scenes and sexual language. It includes heart-stopping sexual scenes between the aforementioned sexy heroes, ménage scenes, and anal sex. Do not proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you. No vampires were harmed in the making of this novel.
Romani Armada is Book 3 of the Beloved Bloody Time series:
Book 1: Bannockburn Binding
Book 2: Byzantine Heartbreak
Book 3: Romani Armada
(With more to come!)
3. Tell us about your upcoming or recent release(s).
My most recent release was Broken Promise , a Blood Drops story from the Blood Stone series, a vampire M/M/F ménage urban fantasy series. Broken Promise is actually a fairly sweet, short M/M romance.
While Nial, Winter and Sebastian are on their honeymoon, Nial relates the story of how he once lied and broke his promise. In his own words, Nial describes the horrors of war, and the tangled ideals of loyalty, while revealing the conflict he feels over the long existence of a vampire and the much shorter but sweeter life of humans – especially one of his most favourite humans, Sebastian.
A short story filled with anger, remorse...and love.
WARNING: This romance contains two hot, sexy alpha heroes. There is explicit and frank sexual language. It includes a single heart-stopping sexual scene between the aforementioned sexy heroes. Don't proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you. No vampires were harmed in the making of this story.
This is a Blood Drops book. Blood Drops are short- and novella-length stories featuring the characters and situations in the Blood Stone series. Droplet sized morsels for your reading pleasure.
The Blood Stone series:
Blood Stone 1: Blood Knot (#1 Amazon Best Seller, Fantasy Romance)
Blood Drops 1.1: Southampton Swindle
Blood Drops 1.2: Broken Promise
Blood Stone 2: Blood Stone
Blood Stone 3: Blood Unleashed
Blood Stone 3.5: Blood Drive – Blood Stone Boxed Set 1
Blood Stone 4: Blood Revealed (Upcoming)
These are continuing characters and storylines. Reading the series in order is strongly recommended. Click here for series information.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
I’ve always written strong romances, heavy with emotions and also very heavy on story – romantic suspense that is super-high on the suspense, paranormal stories that feature world-shattering stakes. I also really like (and so do my readers) M/M/F romances mixed up with my paranormals. I wouldn’t define myself as an erotic romance writer, but a writer of damned good stories that also happen to be explosively hot.
As for a theme: I really like time-travel stories and series and themes that ask a lot of questions about life and humanity. Long-lived vampires mixing with humans tends to open up those topics quite naturally.
5. Do you have a favorite character in your books and why?
Tough question! I have a lot of characters – especially the heroes – whose lives I just love shaking up to see how they react.
But if I had to pick, it would be Brody and Veris, the two heroes of the Kiss Across Time series [http://tracycooperposey.com/books/kiss-across-time-series/]. Why? I’m not entirely sure, except that these two seemed to land upon the page completely formed, when I first started writing them, and now they’re so well established I sometimes wish I could meet them in person. They have a great rapport, the two of them, and when you add Taylor, their lover and wife, into the equation, it makes for some very intense, highly emotional situations. I’m not sick of writing them yet, even though they’ve starred in three books so far.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
I love the writing process. I particularly love the plotting stage, where I’m building the story concept, and can plan all the emotional angst and upheavals I’m going to put the reader through. The best reader emails I get are the ones that tell me I made them cry or laugh or get angry.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
Umm...quite a few, actually. So rather than look like an egomaniac, I’ll simply refer you to my awards page: http://tracycooperposey.com/abou/awards-nominations/
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
Hmmm....the short answer is that I don’t promote – not in the traditional sense. My main focus in any PR type activity I might do is to help readers discover my books and get hooked. The best way I’ve found to do that is to offer my books for free – either permanently, in the case of Kiss Across Time, or in short promotions, which I do for the first book in every series (and I have a few series going).
My brand IS my books; I’m told by readers and reviewers that I write very different romances – big, sprawling, epic tales with convoluted plots, a cast of hundreds, and featuring heart-stopping romances. I try to live up to that brand with every new book I put out.
9. What is your next project?
I just wrote “the end” on the first draft of my latest book: Wait, a Time Twist Tale from the Beloved Bloody Time series. I don’t even have a page up on the site for it yet (but it might be there by the time you read this – check the series page for a link).
As soon as I’ve put this to bed to freeze, I’ll be rolling right over into the Beloved Bloody Time IV, of which I have the sketchiest outline so far.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?
My favourite quote is actually two quotes put together. I have no idea who said this first, but it’s been a guiding philosophy for me for a very long time.
“You haven’t failed until you quit.”
“You never know what’s around the corner.”
They both play on time, and the future. I guess that’s why I like ‘em.
Thank you, Tracy! My April James Gang interviewee will be thriller author, Joey Jameson!
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