Q&A with Paige Cuccaro and G*veaway

Happy Friday at last!  Today, please help me welcome author Paige Cuccaro to Preternatura.  Paige is here today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Heaven and Hellsbane (Hellsbane #2), which was published on August 27 by Entangled Select Publishing.

Writing was never a foregone conclusion for Paige. She once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then she met her husband and her world came into focus. Being wife and mother are her highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through her mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.  Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, and three daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.

You can learn more about Paige by visiting her website, on Facebook, on her blog, or by following her on twitter. 

ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE:  Someone’s killing angels and turning the half human, half angel illorum warriors against their angelic supporters. If the supernatural baddy behind the attacks isn’t stopped soon, Heaven itself could fall victim. The Council of Seven has called in the best they’ve got to find the killers, and no one’s more surprised than Emma Jane Hellsbane when it’s her phone that rings. But when her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is targeted, Emma takes it personally. With Emma hot on the trail of the growing army of assassins, though, hackles start to raise around her. Everyone wants to know if she’s in it to protect all angels or just one in particular. The Council has their suspicions…and so does Emma’s boyfriend. Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim, and Fallen angels, but she’s defending her honor as well. The problem is even Emma Jane isn’t sure of her motives. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants. It’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter. 

And now, let’s hear from Paige…

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Someone’s killing angels and Heaven’s put Emma Jane on the case. Problem is her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is at risk too, and even Emma Jane isn’t sure if she’s protecting all angels or just one in particular. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants. 
What is your favorite scene in the book? 
It’s hard to say without giving too much away. But there’s an epic battle scene that totally rocks.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
There’s a scene in the first book, where Eli and Emma Jane use their angelic power to travel all around the world in the span of a few hours. It was hard keeping all the time zones straight and figuring out what they’d see when they got there.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Laruell K. Hamilton’s Affliction.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Where the wild things Are by Maurice Sendak
Your five favorite authors:
Anne Rice will always hold a special place in my heart. Her vampire series is what made me want to write in the first place. But auto-buys for me are writers like, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, Christopher Moore, actually there are a lot of them.
Book you’ve faked reading:
The Great Gatsby. It was high school and the book just didn’t appeal to me.
Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Twilight
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
V.C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic
Book that changed your life:
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. It changed everything for me. I’d always been a good reader, not crazy reading everything I could get my hands on, but I’d read more than what they assigned in high school. And then I discovered Anne Rice’s book. The characters, the sexy and horrific paranormal world, the way she brought everything to life with her words…I wanted to do that. I wanted to pull a reader into a world I created and make them feel the story as though it was happening right in front of them. I was hooked.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Favorite book about books or writing:
Steven King, On Writing. It was entertaining, insightful and educational. I highly recommend it.
Question you WISHED someone would ask you (and the answer):
Do you believe in Angels? Answer: Yes. I do. But I think they may be something completely different than what we expect.
What’s next?
Right now I’m working on a romantic paranormal for Entangled’s Covet line. It’s exactly what the line is quickly becoming known for, a beloved romantic trope with a magical paranormal twist. I don’t want to say a lot more than that. It’s still in the delicate developing stage, but let’s just say this one’s really going to have some claws.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! It was so much fun. I love talking about books and writing. I’m happy to answer questions anyone else might have in the comments. 

Thank you, Paige, it was a pleasure having you here today.  Now, you heard the lady, she’s willing to answer questions if you leave a comment.  And look below for your chance to enter the tour wide giveaway.  Grand prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a print copy of the first two books in this series and an electronic copy of the prequel, Commencement.  Second prize is a print copy of the first two books and a Hellsbane Ouija Board (see picture).

  Third prize is an electronic copy of the first two books as well as the prequel.  But you have to enter to win.  Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

13 thoughts on “Q&A with Paige Cuccaro and G*veaway

  1. i still need to discover Jim butcher series^^. I’m quite curious about your books Paige but the giveaway is open to US only so it will be a little time before i get the opportunity to read them

    • Hi Sandy! Hellsbane is the last name of the main character. So the name kind of carries through each title in the series (except the prequel). I came up with Hellsbane because when that’s what I wanted her to be–Hell’s Bane. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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