Q & A with Vicki Crum and #Giveaway

Wait, you say, where is the weekly Readers’ Choice Giveaway? Look for it this time tomorrow!

Today, please join me in extending a warm welcome to fellow author, Vicki Crum. Vicki is dropping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Once in a Blue Moon. Once in a Blue Moon was published on May 15.

Vicki Crum writes both contemporary and paranormal romance. She lives with her husband of 40 years in a small, enchanted seaside community in Southern California. She has two grown daughters and two adorable grandchildren, Bella and Jackson, whom she loves to distraction. Vicki loves to talk to her readers. You can learn more about Vicki by visiting her website and on Facebook.

once in a blue moonABOUT ONCE IN A BLUE MOON: Casey Montgomery’s lifelong addiction to bad boys has brought her nothing but heartache. Just as she swears off alpha males forever, a brief, torrid encounter with one of the hottest, Harley-riding, leather-jacketed hunks she’s ever seen leaves her reeling – and worse, jeopardizes her carefully laid plans to meet and fall in love with a nice, dependable nerd. Jake Benedict has been around the block enough times to recognize his mate when he meets her, a gorgeous werewolf with a case of latent genes who doesn’t have a clue about her true identity. Jake is just the were to teach Casey about her ancient heritage and coax her feral side into revealing itself. While Casey can’t resist the intense physical attraction she feels for Jake, she’s determined to freeze him out emotionally. Can Jake break through Casey’s defenses and prove to her once and for all that he’s one bad boy who’s playing for keeps?

If you would like to purchase a copy of Once in a Blue Moon, click on one of the following links:
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And now, let’s hear from Vicki…

Q & A with Vicki Crum

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Once in a Blue Moon is a sassy, sexy romp about a very reluctant werewolf with an unhealthy addiction to “bad boys”.

What is your favorite scene in the book? vicki_crum
Hmm…I have a couple of favorites, but if I had to pick one I’d say a scene near the end of the book, after Casey has gone through her first werewolf transition, finally learning the truth about her family’s surprising heritage from her aunt. She and Jake are in a hotel room in Virginia, making love for the first time with all their secrets out in the open. It’s an honest and tender encounter, where they can let the love they feel for one another flow freely and naturally, holding nothing back.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
I’d have to say it was in my last book, Loving Luc, in the big, exciting finale. I had to write a futuristic, sort of sci-fi battle scene where my villain is killed off, my hero and heroine are reunited, and two brothers have only moments in which to atone for past sins.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Against the Sky by Kat Martin and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Favorite book when you were a child:
I absolutely loved the Little House on the Prairie series. I just devoured them over and over again!

Your five favorite authors:
Nora Roberts, Amanda Ashley, Linda Howard, Kat Martin, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Book you’ve faked reading:
None, really. I don’t have enough time to read as it is, so if a story is just not working for me, I put it aside. I used to try to finish every book I started, but not anymore. Time is just too valuable!

Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”
I’d definitely have to say Twilight. It was a fun series of books and what a juggernaut!! It really paved the way for YA to come into its own.

Book you’ve bought for the cover:
I picked up a book in my local independent bookstore a few months ago called Gravity by L.D. Cedergreen, a self-pubbed Indie author I had never heard of before. The cover grabbed me right away and drew me in. It’s the silhouette of a woman, her skirt and hair blowing in the breeze, looking as if she’s suspended in air over the still waters of a lake at sunset. The calm beauty of the sunset and the overall simplicity of the image really struck me. And it turned out to be a pretty good book, too!

Book that changed your life:

I’ll never forget reading The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss for the very first time. That book was the catalyst for the romance genre as we know it today. I was immediately hooked, and gobbled up every romance novel I could get my hands on from that moment on. And after years of reading so many great romantic adventures, I just had to try writing some of my own. Then I got hooked on writing romance and…here I am.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Honest Illusions. It’s a Nora Roberts book from the early 90s, one of the first of hers I ever read. I was enchanted with that book. I can’t tell you how many times I reread that book. It was definitely dog-eared. There are so many books that have touched me in some way, made me cry, made me angry, made me nervous, made me laugh. It would be almost impossible to name my favorite. But I still remember how much I loved Honest Illusions. It ran the whole gambit of emotions, and just when you thought it had hit all the highs and lows, it would start the cycle all over again.

Favorite book about books or writing:
There are so many great writing books out there. My problem is that I start them, read only so far, then put it down to write and don’t end up going back. The last writing book I bought is The Plot Whisperer. I tend to mostly buy books on plotting, because that’s the hardest part of the process for me. I’m much more character-driven.

What’s next?
I’m working on a follow-up book to Once in a Blue Moon, giving Casey’s big brother, Reed, his own special love story. I’m also working on a short story for Fall, possibly a Halloween theme—my first foray into creating a vampire hero.

Once in a Blue Moon Banner 851 x 315Thanks for stopping by today, Vicki. Congrats on the release of Once in a Blue Moon!

Now, it’s time for me to put a dent in my TBR pile.  If you would like to be entered for your chance to win a random title (or two, or maybe three!) from my TBR pile, leave a comment telling us what you’re reading now, and perhaps good ol’ ramdom.org will select you.  Good luck!


22 thoughts on “Q & A with Vicki Crum and #Giveaway

  1. i’m reading the guardians of stone by anita clenney
    thank you and i will be adding once in a blue moon on my wishlist

  2. I am reading Blood Sisters, Vampire stories by women, an anthology. 25 wonderful short stories.

  3. Thank you, Miki. I hope you will give Once in a Blue Moon a try–and I hope you enjoy it!! It was lots of fun to write!

  4. Once in a Blue Moon looks like fun. Currently reading Gideon by Cherry Adair.Just finished Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow which I enjoyed very much.

  5. People talk about vampire books being on the way out. Does anyone here agree with that assumption? I’m plotting a short story for fall with a vampire hero, who own the local bookstore in town!

  6. I’m reading Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake. I love a good vampire story! I’ll be adding Once in a blue moon on my wishlist. Thank you!

  7. Congratulations on your new book! Once in a Blue Moon sounds exciting and I have added it to my TBR list. Currently I am reading Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love her Dark Hunter series.

  8. Congrats on the new book 🙂
    I’m reading Hardwired by Meredith Wild,so far is good.
    Thanks for the great interview 🙂

  9. I’m reading PENHALLOW by Georgette Heyer. It’s fabulous. Talk about a dysfunctional family.

  10. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. There’s a lot of great reading going on out there! I’m finishing up Moonlight by Lisa Kessler–almost done. It’s lots of fun.

  11. Congrats on the new book release! I’m reading Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh and Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff sort of concurrently haha. 🙂

  12. i’m into ya contem right now and i’m reading boy like you by juliane stone

  13. I’m reading Ann Aguirre’s Havoc as well as Elizabeth Hoyt’s Darling Beast.
    Yes, I still love vampire stories, especially if the author puts their own spin on the mythology.