Interview and Giveaway With Juliana Stone

I’m excited to have author Juliana Stone, author of His Darkest Hunger, here at FictionVixen.com today. 

FV: Tell us about Juliana Stone

JS: According to the Avon/Harpercollins website I’m a mother, rock-star  and I live in Canada with my family. I can confirm, YES, to the mother….and wife, as for the rock-star bit, well, back in the day I did perform with an all female rock band. We toured and that’s how I met my husband. It was an experience, let me tell you! But these days we play for fun. Music has been and always will be a huge part of my life. I’ve always felt the need to express myself and am so blessed to be able to share the world that exists in my head!

FV: In your debut novel, His Darkest Hunger, you write about sexy jaguar shifters. Why did you choose to write the big cats?

JS: When I decided to really take a stab at this whole writing thing, my first instinct was to write about vampires. They were my first love in the paranormal world. But I wanted to do something different. I had the opening scene for this book in my mind. My hero, Jaxon is somewhat of a predator…big cats just kind of seemed logical to me. Sexy and strong, highly efficient hunters…they were perfect shifters for the world I had in mind.

FV: Jaxon and Libby’s relationship is complicated. There are times when Jaxon is not very nice to Libby, even though he is still attracted to her. Do you think it was risky creating a hero/heroine relationship such a huge range of emotions?

JS: When I started writing this book I didn’t think about risk, or anything like that. To me the compelling thing about their relationship is the thin line between love and hate. I’m a sucker for the whole betrayal angle and love when in the end, love truly conquers all. Makes for a much more satisfying HEA if they really have to work for it. And when you have a character who has flaws…that just makes them more real to me.

FV: Do you have any plans to write a full length PNR novel or series featuring something other than shifters?

JS: Right now I’m contracted to write 4 books in this series, which is what I’d originally envisioned. Of course I have all sorts of possibilities for it to continue with a different story arc and I hope to be able to do that. However I do have a YA with my agent right now that we’re hoping to pitch in the next little while and I also have an Urban Fantasy that I’d love to write. I just need more time!

FV: In your short story Black Legacy your write about an infamous rock god Dekkar James, living three hundred years in the past, and a warrior woman who shifts backward or forward through time. I find this intriguing. Can you tell me a little about that?

JS: I love, love, LOVE time travel. When I was younger, like 25 years younger I had a major infatuation with first, The Doors, then Elvis Presley, The Beatles (even then it was all about the music!) I used to fantasize about being able to go back in time and hang with Jim Morrison….man, that would have been a blast! So now, in this world I created, to be able to take it to the next level…to be able to shift forward or backward, to travel to different galaxies, that just opens up so much!

So, the idea was born and I can write about all the Black sisters and their efforts to foil the nefarious plotting from The New Order. They are warrior women who’ve always had the ability to travel through time and space. Their mission is to protect the universe from rogue jumpers, people who would use time travel as a way to further their own agenda…always for evil!

FV: Who was your inspiration for the character Dekkar James?

JS: Dekkar James was inspired by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. Plain and Simple. I’d just finished reading The Heroin Diaries and knew I wanted this first hero to look like him, and have his experiences. Plus, I’m a  huge fan girl of The Crue and love Nikki. No apologies and well, the picture I use for inspiration is freaking yummy! Dark, dirty, tattooed….sigh….he is a ROCK GOD!

FV: You’ve said that you’re inspired by Christine Feehan and Keri Arthur and Lynsay Sands. What is it about these authors works that moved you to begin creating your own paranormal series.

JS: I love all of these ladies. Keri Arthur was a new to me writer a few years ago. I gobbled up her Riley Jensen series. But, Christine is the queen. I picked up a copy of Dark Prince about five years ago and my world changed. I love her Carpathian series with the alpha males and the women who can save them. They are dark reads full of passion and imagination. One day I hope to grow up and be as good as she!

FV: What do you like to read when you’re not writing?

JS: I love all kinds of books. Paranormal of course. I love YA and just recently rediscovered my love of a great Historical. On my TBR pile right now, are The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. First Drop of Crimson, Jeaniene Frost, Dark Curse by Christine Feehan and Beautiful Creatures a YA that I’m really enjoying.

FV: Who is your favorite paranormal/urban fantasy fictional character? (not including your own)

JS: Riley Jensen. I love her to pieces. Arthur has done an amazing job of creating a woman who lives by her own rules, loves passionately and gives no apologies for the things that she does. She rocks big time.

FV: I understand you are a big fan of the 80’s. (me too!) Tell me, who is your favorite band from the 80’s?

JS: U2, Bon Jovi, Guns and Roses. (can’t pick one)

FV: Pick a line from your favorite song by U2, Guns and Roses or Bon Jovi, and tell me what it means to you.

“As you close your eyes know I’ll be thinking about you. While my mistress she calls to dance in her spotlight again. You know I won’t be alone, but you know that don’t mean I’m not lonely.”

JS: Love these words from Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi. Totally captures the isolation you feel on the road and what it means to miss the people that you love. This song incidentally was the first dance for hubby and I and man, it’s freaking long!

FV: Thank you for being my guest today Juliana, it was lovely talking with you and getting to know a little about you.

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Giveaway

 

Juliana has generously offered a signed copy of her debut Paranormal Romance, His Darkest Hunger to one lucky FictionVixen.com reader. 

For entry, leave a comment here telling Juliana why you’d like to read His Darkest Hunger.  

Giveaway is open until March 27 9:00 pm PST.  Open to all.  Winner announced the following day. 

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Comments

  1. says

    Great interview ladies!
    Okay, can I just say that first I want to win so I can sit and stare at that cover ~ hawt!!!
    Second.. are you kidding me ~ the story is hawter than the cover!! Enugh said.. and if that was her inspiration… OH delicious on bad boys!!!! Give it to me!
    Thanks for the chance ladies!
    Good luck to all!

  2. says

    Why do I want to read? Let's see — FV's review, the cover, the premise…heck, the entire package! It sounds excellent.

    Wishing you many sells and much success!!

    Jaime

  3. says

    I can't wait to read this book – I love a good alpha male!! Also, the release date is my birthday which kind of makes me feel that I have to get it LOL :o)

    On a completely different topic – I LOVE Bon Jovi :o) We've got tickets to see them in June & I can't wait!!!

  4. says

    The book sounds great. I love reading new authors and their perspectives of the paranormal.

    GO 80'S!!!!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  5. says

    Just want to point out that Nikki Sixx is the inspiration for Dekkar James in Juliana's short story Black Legacy. I'm not sure who her inspiration was for Jaxon in His Darkest Hunger.

  6. says

    (don't enter me please) I wanted to stop by and say hi *waves*. I love that Juliana Stone inspiration is Christine Feehan since I owe it to that author for getting me hooked on PNR.

    Great interview.

  7. says

    I'd love to win this book because I've had my eye on it for what seems like forever and I love shifter books. I can't wait to read it.

    Stephanie G
    sgradel(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. says

    Fantastic Review Ladies!

    I especially loved the bit about Juliana having once toured with an all girl rock band. That's a very different career path from writing. *wink*

    I love me some Riley Jensen too, however I'm shamefully behind in the series at the moment. :(

    Fiction Vixen sold me on HIS DARKEST HUNGER yesterday with her review and I'd love a chance to read it. Big cat paranormals are some of my favorites. Hello Nalini Singh!

    Congrats on the debut Juliana!

    :) VampFanGirl

  9. says

    Juliana you picked my favorite Predator to cast as your hero Jaxon, a Big Cat. Cats are my all time love in the animal world and to think of a sexy, sleek Jaguar who can then turn into a Sexy, Sleek Alpha Male Human just makes me all mushy. Maybe TMI, but like you I am a huge fan of Feehan and the Jaguar series for me triumphs the Carpathians…. I too am a child of the 80's and when you picked Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses" lyrics you sent chills down my spine because even though I cannot sing it well that is my favorite song to Karaoke and sing along with on my radio and CD!!!

    Thanks to both of you FV and Juliana for the great interview and giveaway and I am in with both fingers and toes crossed in hope!

    jackie b central texas

  10. says

    Great interview and thanks Juliana for your fun and honest answers :-)

    I would like to read His Darkest Hunger because I want to read more about a jaguar shifter hero! I agree, big cats are capticvating: they move so gracefully, it is enthralling, and they ooze power and strength! Can't wait to see this combination with an alpha male, sounds yummy :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  11. says

    Hi Juliana! I have your book on my "wish list", I normally don't like to read stories where the hero & heroine have had a previous relationship, but I like the way your story is set with her having memory loss…

    And on your list of favorite bands from the 80's, you forgot to list Duran Duran…kidding…

  12. says

    Great interview. I'd love to read this book,I've read some great reviews,that cover is awesome and the story sounds fantastic.
    elaing8(At)netscape(dot)net

  13. says

    Great interview. Juliana sounds like a very cool mom!! Music has also been a huge part of my life, even though I unfortunately don't play in a band.

    I would LOVE to read His Darkest Hunger because I have a huge passion for cats and I love everything about them. I would like to see how Jaxon (cool name, by the way) acts and relates to people when he is a jaguar shifter.

    Thanks for the interview and contest!
    Kelsey
    krae991@yahoo.com
    http://www.thedoortowonderland.blogspot.com

  14. says

    Jaguar shifters! I've only read one other cat shifter novel, and loved it…this seems like it would be hot and intense. Can't wait to read it. :-)

    Wonderful interview…

  15. says

    Hi Juliana and Fiction Vixen. Very nice interview, ladies.

    For one, I've read amazing shifter stories and I am so intrigued by jaguar and wolves. The heroes are Alpha, strong, protective. And what's so sexy is they are dedicated to their mate.

    Congratulations, Juliana, on your debut novel. What better way for me to start on a new jaguar story and look forward to other books in the series. And oh, that cover is smokin' hot!

  16. says

    Congrats on the release. It sounds like a great book. I love cat shifters and am looking foward to the intro to your jaguars.

  17. says

    Loved the interview and the overall rock 'n roll inspirations – maybe that's why I love tattooed covers so much because I love tattooed rockers ;) I'd love to read the book – cat shifters are my some of my fav shifter characters!

  18. says

    I'd love to read more about shifters–the dual perspective a character gets by experiencing two bodies attracts me to this corner of the paranormal world. What a great cover, and best wishes for the release!

  19. says

    I want to read His Darkest Hunger because sometimes I need a break from vampires. Don't get me wrong, I love me some vampires (Eric, John Matthew, Bones) but I'm liking the shifter world too. Them cats are hot!

  20. says

    I absolutely love shifters and especially the big cats!! I've been waiting on this release ever since I saw the cover months ago!!! Whoo hooo – congrats on the release!!

  21. says

    Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'd like to read HDH because, well, Juliana had me at Nikki Six…sigh.

    Jen
    iiiioneloveiiii(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  22. says

    Great interview. I want to read His Darkest Hunger because I love books with shapeshifters especially cat shifters.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

  23. says

    I'm a huge fan of feline shifters, and there aren't many around in the print world. I look forward to reading The Darkest Hunger. It sounds like my kind of book. Wonderful interview, Juliana.

  24. says

    Don't enter me – but I first want to say – I love stories where the line between love and hate is thin…I don't know..something about that hate and anger that turns into love and lust..rawr!

    And I have been eying your short story forever and I am going to have to read it!

  25. says

    There are alot of reasons why I'd like to read this. From the gorgeous cover to the unique spin on our beloved paranormal genre. I'm impressed by all the great reviews and I love discovering new authors. So yes, gimme gimme pretty please!

  26. says

    I enjoyed the interview and the chance to learn more about Julianna and her book. I'd love to win a copy of His Darkest Hunger because I've been hearing about his book for a while now, and I enjoy stories featuring cat shifters.

  27. says

    Wow, so many kind words. I want to thank Fiction Vixen for having me, this has been pretty cool!

    And yes, Nikki Sixx totally rocks, love him to pieces.

    I've had a close encounter with Jon Bon Jovi in To (and Sebastian Bach anyone remember him?) teehee, way back in the day! Def Leppard is another fave!

    My inspiration for Jaxon is the actor Steven Strait. He's young, so I pictured him older…bonus points to anyone who can find him on my website and post what he's wearing!

  28. says

    Excellent interview! I've been waiting forever to read His Darkest Hunger…based on your review, FV, it's going to be just as good as I suspected! :)

  29. says

    An all-girl rock band! That is so cool!
    Kudos for doing something other than vampires! I mean, I like them but I think it's time to tshare the spotlight :P
    Why I want to read it? Big, sexy Jaguar Shifters? Sounds too good to resist ;)

    Oh! Steven Stait *day dream* … Failed, couldn't find him :S

  30. says

    Fabulous interview! The book sounds awesome, and FV's review was mighty fab, too ;)

    I hope you enjoy The Duke and I, Juliana – it was one of my first Regency romances and made me fall in love with the time period. Total keeper-shelf book.

  31. says

    Hi Juliana!
    you are a new author to me and I always like to explore new books, therefore I would love to read yours :)
    thanks for a great interview!
    Ina

  32. says

    WOOWEE! Look at that cover…thats probably my strongest reason for wanting this book! lol Not to mention I love alpha males! YUMMY!!! Great review ladies! ;o)

  33. says

    I'd really like to read His Darkest Hunger just because it sounds like it'd be an awesome read! And as a lover of shifters be they cat or wolf I'd probably enjoy it anyway even if it didn't have shifters in it.

    Great cover by the way, Ms. Stone is also a-new-to-me author. I still can't believe your a new author!

  34. says

    Hi! Thank you for the interview and giveaway! This is just my kind of book!
    Why would I like to read His Darkest Hunger? Because, If I would be a writer, this is one of the book I would've loved to write!

    Giada M

    fabgiada @ gmail.com

  35. says

    well ive been wantingto read this book since its been being poisted everywhere i see i see theblurb and once ive read an excerpt i was hooked andnow i want to read it so bad expecially since its deff my type of read Juliana's work rocks!

  36. says

    I would love to read this because I love paranormal romances. And that cover is something else!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  37. says

    Wow. Hot cover and Hot story. I would love to get lost in this book for awhile…why? Cause I'm a women.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  38. says

    Juliana, I think it is awesome that you said Dekkar James was inspired by Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. I have listen to alot of Motley Crue. I know I will love reading this book.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and pls include me.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  39. says

    I just love the cover of this book, everytime I see it around I swoon just a little =] Definitely one of the main reasons why I want this book – can't help being a cover junkie…

    Christine Feehan is the author that got me into my love for this genre so that's awesome that you enjoy her as well. I have yet to start anything by Arthur or Sands but they are definitely on my list – and bumped up thanks to you!

    Thanks so much,

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  40. says

    I would like to read this one because I love stories about shapeshifters, especially if they are cats!

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com