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Guest Blogger: Fallon Plaisance

Hey y’all, I’m so, so excited to have a very special guest today. *blush* I’ll admit, I’ve been in love with this man since the first time he appeared in Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. *fans herself* Today we have Sin Den Master (leader of incubi), Fallon Plaisance! *squees!*

*flutters her eyelashes* Fallon?

Merci, Danica! Thank you for the warm welcome. Hello, everyone. Comment ce va? Danica tells me she has been teaching you Cajun French. *smiles* I’m so glad. The Cajun French language and heritage is very close to my heart.

I’m not actually a native of south Louisiana. I’m originally from Ireland, but I moved here oh…well, it was so long ago, I can barely remember. I do remember though that I fell in love with south Louisiana. The food, the people, the weather, it’s all perfect! I set up an incubi den here and we’ve been um…entertaining women ever since. *wink*

So imagine how horrified I was when I was asked to check on my friend, Izzy, in Wyoming of all places. Wyoming! *mutters in French* Did you know it is cold there? Bitterly cold and of course that’s when ma fouine, decided she had to be exiled from her tribe. *mutters more* Snow! There was snow all over the place and a very angry taureauthere. I think he might have wanted to kill me. And why? Because I’m an incubus and much better looking than he is.

Um, Fallon? You do know Izzy and Grant will read this, right?

Mais, yeah, cher! I count on it. I love to rile them up. Taureau is so gone on ma fouine, he can barely see passed his septum ring. *laughs* Ah, it makes me happy to see Izzy shaken up. She is such a wild one, always doing outrageous things that she will not let others very close to her. She thinks I do not notice, but I do. She is a good girl, a sweet woman, but she’s also tête dur. Mais, sometimes I think she is asking for trouble and this time she got it.

That taureau is going to catch her, mark my words. He is just as tête dur as she is, maybe more because he is a bull, yes? Or am I mixing him up with a jackass? *laugh*

Fallon!

*laugh* Danica, she is the peacemaker, always trying to keep us out of trouble. Pauvre bête! She does not realize that characters in books will behave the way they want to and not the way the author thinks they should. *laughs and blows a kiss at Danica* I must go and check on Izzy to see if she has murdered Grant yet.

*sigh* I do love that incubus…Oh, sorry y’all! LOL Um, Fallon is quite the charmer *blush* So um, did you happen to catch the Cajun French in his post? I’ve been holding onto a signed copy of Ascension by Sable Grace since June and I’ll give a copy to the person who can correctly translate all (or most of) the French used in the post today.

Tomorrow we’ll have the lady of the hour, Isola “Izzy” Malone on the blog for Fantasy Man Friday. Let me tell ya, that woman knows her fantasy men! *fans herself*

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Cajun French: Maman

I know. You were all bummed because there was no Cajun French lesson last week. I apologize! I’ll make it up to you, I promise.

In fact, this word is one that dawned on me to use last week. I was speaking with the awesome Sable Grace duo about Cajun French, heritage, and geography at Nationals. I was asked how we address our mothers and grandmothers here in south Louisiana. We mostly use mom and mama for mothers and ma-maw (ma-mawn) for grandmother.

However, there is one word that I use without even realizing it but I don’t use it in reference to my mom or any of my grandmothers. I think they’d probably hit me if I did. The word is maman pronounced “muh-mahn”. The ending is a nasally sound with barely any inflection on the n. Maman is a grandmotherly lady, or an old lady. Yeah, the women in my family do not like to be called old. (Although my mom has been trying to convince us for the last five years that she’s a sweet, little old lady. *snort*)

Anyway, when I use the word maman, it’s not in a good way. Take for example shopping with my mom when I was a teenager. The styles then were all grunge. I wanted baggy T-shirts, baggy jeans, and Chucks. She wanted me to wear blouses with *shudders* flowers on them. I’d try them on for her because she insisted, but I’d always come out of the dressing room saying the same thing:

I look like an old maman!

I even said it at Nationals without trying to insult anyone. I know the styles for today’s dresses are lots of flower maxi’s or Empire waists, but there are some dresses out there that take that cute, innocent thing too far and venture into “old maman” land. I was glad to see there weren’t any women there wearing them, but I had to be careful because someone might have a dress like that at home. At least on the interwebz, I’m safe from slippers, flip-flops, sandals, and purses flying at my head.

The usage isn’t even limited to clothing and fashion. It could be an attitude. Let’s say you know someone who goes to bed at 7 p.m. every night, never has any fun, never goes anywhere, complains about the neighbors’ dogs barking…oh no, this is starting to sound like me! *cough* ;) Anyway, a young woman who acts much older than their age could be said they “act like an old maman“.

So that’s this week’s lesson. Do you think you’ll be able to use this word? Or, you can confess to Tante Danica…when you’re home, you act like an old maman, don’t you? It’s okay. I do too. I like being in my house and in bed for 9 at night *cough, cough*

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Winners and Other Stuff

It’s Monday again *boo, hiss* I was a bad girl this weekend, but before I get to that, I’d like to announce the winners from Friday’s interview with the wonderful Sable Grace. LaTessa, Lynn Rush, and Sharon S, you’re the lucky winners of cover flats. The winner of the Net Galley is Ciara Knight! Y’all drop me an e-mail at danica(dot)avet(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll hook y’all up with Sable :) Thank you so much for stopping by. The ladies who make up Sable Grace are amazing and I hope you got a chance to know them better.

Now to the weekend. I meant to write. I really did. I even sort of made a promise to myself to sit at the computer for a while. However, when I sat down with my coffee on Saturday morning, I realized I needed something to read. (I have to have something to read while I’m drinking my coffee.) So I hopped on my Kindle and found a new author to try out. I’ve been in a sci-fi/futuristic romance mood lately and I discovered Laurann Dohner. It was like crack. I read her entire Cyborg and Zorn series. *blush* I couldn’t put them down! So guess what? I didn’t get anything written.

I did workout however. And I hurt now, but it’s for a good cause. Right? Right?? *sniff*

Anyway, this week kicks off the start of my 3rd blog tour. I know y’all are probably bored to death already, but I promise it’s the last one for a little while. I finally finished book 4 of the Veil Series on Friday and sent it off. Hopefully Siren will want it. *crosses her fingers* In the meantime, here’s what’s going on:

Today I’m over at Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers blog talking about the moral of the story. I know, me talking about morals, but I am giving away a prize, so stop by!

Wednesday I’m here and at my group blog talking about my newest release, Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous. I’ll be giving away a prize on this blog, but if you’d like to learn more about my heroine, Noelani, aka Shade aka Lani, give it a peek.

Friday I’m over at Marsha A. Moore’s blog talking about Cajun inspiration for my stories. Yup, you guessed it, I’m giving away a prize :)

The masks on the left (silver) are the ones going out for Lani’s book. They’re all different and quite pretty, if I do say so myself, LOL. I have more blog tour dates coming soon, so you’ll have plenty of chances to win.

Hope to see y’all there!

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Special Fantasy Man Friday

I have a very, very special Fantasy Man Friday for y’all. It wasn’t easy to grab these two vunderbar people, but I managed it. You guessed it. Today we have Gerard Butler and Johnny Depp on the blog!

You didn’t believe me, huh? Well, neither did I. Trust me, if I had a direct line to those two, you’d never hear from me again. Nope, today I have the undoubtably coolest writing duo known as Sable Grace! I met these ladies at Nationals in Orlando (at the super not-so-secret smoker’s guild). They were all that was gracious and funny and they were sweet enough to agree to let me interview them. They also gave us some drool-worthy pictures for Fantasy Man Friday!

And here we are!

Bio:

Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters & Laura Barone, long time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit together quite nicely during an experiment of “I’ll write the first sentence, you write the next.” It was meant to be nothing more than a warm up exercise for each of them to get started on their own projects, but soon, the story became far more interesting than what they were supposed to be working on and Sable Grace was born.

Sable GraceBoth Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married, and are, well, complete opposites. (Think the Odd Couple on crack here.) Still, there’s enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.

Where did you get the idea for Ascension? It seems like a very complex, dangerous world. Okay, so I’m a little bit jealous that I didn’t come up with this idea but I’ll get over it. Eventually ;) The idea for Ascension started with a scene where the gates of hell were breached. Add in a bleeding woman, hiding in a trash bin to avoid whatever creatures killed her family, and you have the germ that created the Dark Breed novels. The woman hiding in the trash bin turned out not to be the heroine, but rather the Half Breed who rescued her that won that title.

How many books do you plan in the series? In our heads, we see ten. We’ll do as many as the readers and our editor wants J

Will the series follow Kyana, or will each book be about different characters? The first three books are Kyana, then the focus will shift to a new heroine, but throughout all the books, Kyana will visible to some extent. At the moment, we’re considering it a series of trilogies, but that will really depend on our editor and the readers.

And when can we expect book 2? We don’t have a firm release date for Dark Breed Book #2 yet, but it looks like January 2012. Soon as we have a firm title/release date, we’ll pass it on.

What’s your writing day like? Do you throw on your super-writer cape and wrestle your laptop with your lasso of creativity? More like wrestling the kiddos with the lasso and letting the creativity take care of itself. Really though, one of use typically writes one day and the other the next giving us time to work on other projects or tend to family needs that arise during the week. We’ve tried several different methods and this one seems to work well for us at the moment.

Your hero is a demigod…love, love, love demigods. Tell us more about him. Is he tough, sexy, and ready for love? Does he have a younger brother who’d like to meet a southern paranormal romance writer? *cough* Demgod’s are mega-hot, aren’t they! And Ryker is no exception. He’s not only tough, sexy, and ready for love—should the right woman decide she’s ready to take the risk—but he’s tall, sun-kissed, and smells like the ocean. And to just make him perfect, he doesn’t mind a woman telling him what to do . . .well, not all the time anyway. J

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Tell us a bit more about Kyana. She’s half Vampire, half Lychen. Does this give her special powers? Can she go out in sunlight? That seems to be a bone of some concern among vampire readers. Kyana is a badass who craves power from the word go. She loves it when people whisper her name in awe—and it doesn’t matter that it’s usually out of fear and not respect. As a Vampyre, Kyana is bound by the rules of the breed. Which means no sunlight or she becomes toast. However, as a Lychen, she can shift to wolf form and sunlight’s no longer the enemy, but this has its own limitations, which cause more than a few problems for Kyana along the way.

If you had to live in the world you created, what race would you choose to be and why? Unless you already live there and you just hid your fangs from me at Nationals. Oh, we so hid our fangs J We’re both in agreement that Vampyre wins over Lychen hands down. Okay, and it’s not for the reasons many will think. It’s a simple one actually. We believe we’d look a whole lot better in leather than we ever would in a collar, and if you were to try and leash either one of us, you’d most likely draw back a nub. – Just a note here: Heather prefers to be a goddess, and if that failed, a Witch. But if she had to choose between Vampyre and Lychen, she’d choose Vampyre just so she wouldn’t have to lick her own a**.

What’s the hardest part of writing as a team? What’s the best part? The hardest part would have to be waiting. There are days you get this awesome idea for where the scene you just finished should go, but it’s not your day to write. Then, when you get the pages back, and the scene didn’t go where you planned but you like it anyway, you have to figure out how to use that get idea you had somewhere else. Depending on another person to meet your deadline is scary, too. Especially when one of the duo is anal and the other one….isn’t.

The best part: Every writer has written themselves in a corner and has no idea how the hell they’re going to get the characters out of the mess you got them into. As a team, that isn’t a problem ‘cause when you realize you hit a brick wall or find the floor coated with wet paint and no windows for them to crawl out of, there’s no hair pulling. You simply save the pages and pass it on because usually when this happens you find you’ve hit your page quota for the day and can giggle as you hit the send button.

Who are your favorite authors? Wow, this is a tough one. There are so many out there. All time favorites would be J.K. Rowling, Julie Garwood and Stephen King.

What inspired you to become a writer? Or were you abducted by aliens and implanted with a microchip that dictates your stories to you? *looks suspicious* Damn, knew we were missing something by not following those lights and strange noises in the night. Writing is something we were drawn to do from young ages. Poetry, lyrics, short stories, and novels, I think we’ve tried it all. I think you’re born with the bug and you either do it willingly or the voices in your head will drive you insane until you stop fighting and just put their stories down on the page.

Thank you, ladies!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the interview and that you’ll check out Sable Grace’s book, Ascension, out April 26, 2011! The ladies will be giving away three signed cover flats and one NetGalley (expiration date 4/25/11), so be sure to comment!

Ascension

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed — vampyre, demons, shape shifters — and mankind fight their last battle for survival.
Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen… And the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission — to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity — Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort… Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both…

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