The Woman in the Skull Dress: SFF & Paranormal Round Up From WRW Lunch
by Madeline Iva
THE WOMAN IN THE SKULL DRESS:
I went to the Washington Romance Writers blogger & reader’s lunch and all I got was THIS FABULOUS BAG OF GOODIES!!! The turquoise skull bracelet was the show stopper. Let’s chat with the woman in the skull dress who gave me this cool bag — Urban Fantasy author, JT Bock.
MADELINE IVA: Jennifer it was a pleasure to sit next to you at the luncheon yesterday. Your goodie bag *rocked*.
I joined for a moment in a conversation you were having with a reader named Sarah about the righteousness of Buffy. Tell me more about that convo:
JT BOCK: Regarding Joss Whedon, we both agreed how Buffy was one of the first female characters to lead a TV series that was focused on action and being a hero. She was the savior, not a prop of a male savior who is constantly needing help or a footnote in the inciting incident that sets the male hero on his journey.
Although she did deal with teenage issues of dating and choosing the wrong boys 😉 she was her own agent. Her identity wasn’t tied to whom she was dating or the approval of the opposite sex. She called the shots. We also agreed that the dialogue was so different. It was quotable because they spoke like our generation does with references to pulp culture and making up words to describe their lives and experiences (http://www.buffyworld.com/slanguage/slang.htm). Here was a woman who fought vampires and made mistakes and had these incredible friendships and awkward encounters at school. He made her relatable.
She felt that she liked Angel with Buffy. Although I did agree that he was better suited for her, I did prefer Spike overall as a character. (I have an affection for sarcastic British-accented men.)
MADELINE IVA: Meeee too! I agree that they maybe weren’t right for each other, but I liked him best. I liked that line “I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it.” (me: groan of joy)
JT BOCK: I enjoyed his overall arc, especially the final scene where he sacrifices himself to save the world. Buffy tells him that she loves him. He replies, “No, you don’t. But thanks for saying it.” A powerful moment that’s lightened with a bit of sarcastic humor showing how much he’s grown to become a man Buffy could love.
MADELINE IVA: Here’s a short blurb from you first book–love it!
UltraAgent Surefire’s plan is simple: Capture the transhuman thief Raven. Win back the respect of her father. Get a raise.
SEX AND THE SINGLE VAMP
ROBIN COVINGTON: A highlight for me was bonding over the love of reading. I had an amazing conversation with Sara Mallion about our love of male/male romance. We had a blast squeeing over books we both loved and then we introduced new ones to each other. It made the time fly by so quickly.
MADLINE IVA: My friend said your good bag rocked, btw. I’m gawping at this cover–let’s share a blurb:
Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still-beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.
HOT CONVICT SEX ON A STRANGE PLANET
ALISON AIMES: I LOVE your blog. Just read the first couple blogs and laughed my ass off.
MADELINE IVA: Thanks Alison. 🙂 What was your take away from the lunch?
ALISON AIMES: It was so much fun to actually have time to hang with readers, rather then a quick hello and a sign of the book. One woman I spoke with came from as far away as Colorado. Another from Tennessee. Amazing! We dished about hot men and sex in your 40s, and the bliss of reading romance. Oh, and the need for more diversity in romance book covers and subject matter. It was like chatting with a bunch of girlfriends I known forever. LOL.
MADELINE IVA: I have to say–the cover and blurb of your latest series is smokin’.
His Planet. His Rules.
When Bella West crash lands on prison planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge….
AND THUS…A BLOG HOP WAS BORN
It was so much fun connecting with other authors — I sat at the same table with Alexa Egan who does historical paranormal. Here’s a blurb from her book WARRIOR’S CURSE:
Will their desire conquer evil ’s wrath?
Major Gray de Coursy, Earl of Halvossa and exiled heir to the five clans of the Imnada shapechangers, must regain his throne in order to save his people from a deadly war with the Feybloods.
I think historical fantasy is going to be a really big trend in the coming years, but at the lunch I suffered the curse of being seated all the way across the table from Alexa, and we didn’t get to chat much. And isn’t that the way it always is? The other bloggers and I left the lunch hungry for more, so we decided to form a blog hop where we could talk with authors more about their books.
Here’s a list of the other bloggers in the blog hop. Check our Lady Smut social media (Twitter and FB page) where we’ll post links to the other blog hop posts. Here’s the first one with Kimberly Kincaid, Harper Kincaid, MK Meredith, and Robin Covington (again!).
Meanwhile, seeing all these authors and bloggers got me mighty amped for my own first book coming out — and I’m having a give away to celebrate. Stay tuned!