Q&A with Celia Breslin and W*n a Book

Today, please help me welcome author Celia Breslin to Preternatura. Celia’s most recent release is The Vampire Code, which was released yesterday, October 7, by Champagne Books.  The Vampire Code is a prequel to Celia’s Haven series. (Celia is also one of the brains behind the Paranormal Unbound blog!)
She lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.  You can learn more about Celia by visiting her website, on Facebook, or by following her on twitter. 
ABOUT THE VAMPIRE CODE:  Clothed in darkness and power, Jonas watches Carina from the periphery of her life. With all that he is, he secretly protects his young charge from harm. Only three months remain in the twelve-year prohibition forbidding contact with his little warrior when he fails. Abducted from her dance club, Carina suffers a vicious attack by a newly-turned vampire. Jonas’s retribution for the lowly spawn’s code violation is swift and brutal, and merely the beginning of his vengeance. Fineas, the uninitiated newling’s maker, has committed the greater offense. And Jonas intends to make him suffer. I am The Executioner, the slayer, the ruthless hand of justice. Code Breakers beware.
And now, let’s hear from Celia…
Thanks for having me over for a visit during Halloween month, the perfect time to chat about vampires, though I’m also happy to answer the non-vampire questions, too. 🙂

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?

Hurrah, vampire question number one!  My latest work, Vampire Code, released yesterday.

The pitch:
When a naughty newbie vampire injures Carina, her mentor and protector Jonas The Executioner must punish the offender and his maker. Code Breakers beware.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

Vampire Code is short story prequel to Haven, the first book in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series.

I enjoyed writing about Jonas on his vengeful rampage, yet one of my favorite scenes is this rare moment of reflection from our stoic and fierce warrior:

* * *Excerpt***

His mind flashed to her as a little girl. He almost cracked a rare smile at the memory of her dark ringlets bouncing around her snow-white face as she bounded up to greet him every night with the same request.

“Let’s fly, Jonas! C’mon!” she’d insist, beguiling him with her dark eyes, arms uplifted in excited anticipation.

And he had acquiesced every time. I could deny her nothing.

He, the most feared vampire of the Tranquilli cosca, her father’s left hand and third in command of the fiercest vampires in existence, Jonas the Executioner….brought to his knees by a child.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

Instinct, an urban fantasy by J. A. Garland.

Your five favorite authors:
Oh, so many awesome authors in the world!  And in so many genres… Let’s do paranormal romance: Laura Kaye, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole, J. R. Ward, and Amber Belldene.

Books that made you say, “I wish I’d thought of that!”

I love the find-love-while-stuck-in-elevator premise in Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness, the demon hospital in Ione’s Demonica series, and the Valkyrie sisterhood in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series.

Book that changed your life:

The Shining by Stephen King. I read it when I was a kid. I was already writing short stories at the time, mostly light fantasy. I ventured into the world of horror shorts after reading The Shining.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Ha. All of the novels in my “wish I’d thought of that” list above.

Question you WISHED someone would ask you (and the answer):

LOL, what fun, Suzanne. Okay, I’ll play.


If you were given the opportunity to meet/have lunch with/pick the brain of one writer in the world, who would it be? (In other words, who makes your Fan Girl brain go *SQUEEE!!!*)

Joss Whedon!

What’s next?

In my vampire universe, the second book in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series is in the works. Dixon, that naughty vampire, resurfaces to torment Carina. She knows it’s going to be a bad day when her archenemy has a box of blood delivered to her house…

Thanks for the chat, Suzanne! Happy Halloween, everyone!
Thanks, Celia!! Hm…a box of blood. Probably not a good gift. 
Leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win a copy of The Vampire Code or Haven, if you prefer. What’s are you reading right now? I’m in heavy writing mode these days, so my current read is a nonfiction title, Dark Descent: Diving and the Deadly Allure of the Empress of Ireland, by Kevin McMurray. (Yeah, fascinating, right? LOL.)

25 thoughts on “Q&A with Celia Breslin and W*n a Book

  1. i’m reading the second book of charley davindos by darynda jones

    i haven’t read any of the favourite author cited but i do have one larissa ione i think so i will remedy to teh situation^^

  2. Holy cow! I’m HONORED to be on someone’s top five anything list, but favorite authors makes my week! Thanks for the shout out, Celia!

    I’m beta reading a fun steampunk for a fellow writer and I’m reading a geeky, funny literary time-travel called TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG.

    • Hi Amber,
      Well, as you know I love your vampires. And the feisty witches in your WiP, too. 🙂
      That literary time-travel sounds fun. Onto the TBR it goes…

  3. I am currently reading Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her Dark Hunter series is one of my favorites. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. I’m reading Thankless in Death right at the moment. But I feel like I’m in a reading slump 🙁 . This book/series sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Celia on the new release!