Q&A with Marina Myles and G*veaway

Please help me extend a warm Preternatura welcome to author Marina Myles today.  Marina is stopping by as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her most recent book, Snow White and the Vampire, which was released on December 19 by Kensington.  Snow White and the Vampire is the second book in Marina’s The Cursed Princes series.
Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and eventually led to degrees in English Literature and Communications. Now, with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife and a mother, but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.  You can learn more about Marina by visiting her website, on facebook or by following her on twitter. 
ABOUT SNOW WHITE AND THE VAMPIRE:  Fog and FascinationAlba Spencer thought her past in Romania and the dark magic that haunted it was behind her forever. She is one of the first female barristers now, safe in London. But London has its dark side, too. A man called the Ripper stalks the midnight streets. There are rumors that her hated stepmother has found her again, suggestions that the nightmares of her childhood are returning. And with them appears the cursed Gypsy boy she once loved, grown into a man more seductive and more terrifying than she ever could have dreamed…  Dimitri Grigorescu has become a surgeon, a gentleman—and a vampire. The lusts that drive his body are scarcely under control, and even he does not truly know what he is capable of. To fight evil and confusion, Alba must rely only on her wits—and a desire that overwhelms her doubts…
And now, let’s hear from Marina…
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Alba Spencer’s childhood sweetheart is trying to convince her to fall back into his arms. But could he be responsible for London’s Jack the Ripper murders?
What is your favorite scene in the book?
When the heroine is at her boldest. Following a traumatic event, Alba decides Dimitri Grigorescu may never attempt to kiss her again. She literally flings herself at him as they’re riding in his hansom late at night.
Here’s a fun tidbit:
     “I could never hate you, Alba. In fact, nothing in the world could ever deter me from you.”
     Dimitri held her so tightly she thought she’d been captured by chains. She was a fiercely independent woman and she swore she’d never let anyone clasp her so possessively, but strangely, she reveled in it.
     Turning her face up, she looked into Dimitri’s golden-brown eyes. Heat spiraled to every inch of her body. “That’s just it,” she said. “You know everything about my past, Dimitri. You’re the only one who can protect me.”
     “Letting you go was the biggest mistake I ever made.” He looked as if he were about to kiss her, but then he seemed to change his mind.
     Alba’s heart began to thump so fast it nearly flew out of her chest. She hadn’t been very responsive to his last kiss so he may be hesitant now.
     Perhaps, she thought with morbidity, he will never try and kiss me again.
     In a moment of insanity, she dove forward and pressed her lips to his. She sensed Dimitri’s surprise, but he didn’t draw back. Instead, he groaned against her mouth and clutched her urgently. His lips were velvety soft and warm but best of all they were familiar. Clinging to him as if her life depended on it, Alba began to cry all over again—for the kiss transported her back to a time when he was everything she wanted. And the deeper he kissed her back she realized he was all she wanted again.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
Actually, it was the entire first chapter of BEAUTY AND THE WOLF (The Cursed Princes #1). I think I re-wrote it a hundred times. Once I was convinced I had it down, my editor suggested I show Draven and Isabella getting married. He is amazing and I think it works!!
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James. It’s a whimsical re-telling of Rapunzel. Can you tell I’m obsessed with fairy tales?
Favorite book when you were a child:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Even today I wish I could creep to the back of my closet and escape to Narnia.
Your five favorite authors:
Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Kate Morton, Eloisa James, and Jennifer Ashley. I’d buy any book these authors put out. Well, Jane Austen and Agatha Christie aren’t writing anymore, but you know what I mean…
Book you’ve faked reading:
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I was supposed to read it in eighth grade, but I couldn’t get through another drawn out chapter of Pip acting like a jerk. So I ended up getting the Cliff Notes.
Book you’re an evangelist for:
The Great Gatsby
Book that changed your life:
I don’t know that The DaVinci Code changed my life, but it changed my writing. You may not consider Dan Brown a talented writer, but his blockbuster showed the degree to which a single book can spawn unlimited interest and discussion. The book had it all: action, suspense, twists, controversy, and intrigue.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Jane Eyre
Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
When the albino monk tortures himself and makes himself bleed in The DaVinci Code. Ugh!!
[Suzanne: I SO agree with this–ugh!]

Favorite book about books or writing:
Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon and The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
What’s next?
The next Cursed Princes romance – Sleeping Beauty and the Demon – comes out August 2014. It features a Houdini-like hero who hypnotizes “Sleeping Beauty” and commands her to do very naughty things!
This has been so much fun. Thank you for having me! 
Thanks, Marina!!
As part of Marina’s virtual book tour, she is giving away twenty free downloads of Snow White and the Vampire.  For your chance to win one of the copies, leave a comment and then enter below. What was your favorite fairy tale, and have you seen it “naughtied up”? 

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15 thoughts on “Q&A with Marina Myles and G*veaway

  1. i haven’t tried a lot of retelling until now i don’t know why but fairy tales stay the one i heard little for now but… now that you had vampirte and that’s is not a 100% retelling i quite tempted^^

    do your books works as stand alone or the series must be read in order to fully comprehend it?

    thank you for visiting us here at preternatura^^

  2. Hi Miki,

    Thank you so much for your question. My books definitely work as stand alones, but if you have the chance to read them in order, you will see that a cursed amulet serves as a common thread.

    If you pick up SNOW WHITE AND THE VAMPIRE I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Ahh.. you’re in luck, Sandy! The first book in my series is BEAUTY AND THE WOLF! It’s a darkly intriguing re-telling of the classic fairy tale – with a twist! Available at all major ebook outlets 🙂

  4. Snow White and the Vampire sounds fascinating. Your book is the first fairy tale I have heard of that has a vampire in its re-telling. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. It has been re-told many times and different cultures have their own versions.

  5. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast. I haven’t seen this story naughty up. Cinderella and Snow White seem to be the common two stories that have been told from almost every point of views.

  6. Thanks everyone!! Writing new twists on fairy tales is so much fun for me — and readers seem to enjoy them, too. To Booklady: since Cinderella is your favorite fairy tale, I wanted to let you know that I am writing CINDERELLA & THE GHOST right now. It releases in August 2014. And to Kai: you might want to check out BEAUTY AND THE WOLF, my first Cursed Princes novel.