Monday, August 20, 2012

PSC: Interview & Giveaway with Jamie Quaid

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Jamie Quaid, a.k.a. Patricia Rice has hit the bestselling charts with her contemporary and historical romance novels and she’s now debuting her urban fantasy career under her new pen name. I’m really excited for Boyfriend From Hell (pre-ordered my copy months ago!) so I was super excited when she accepted to join us!

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1. Justine Clancy, your main character, is one of Saturn's daughters. What does it mean and where did the inspiration come from?

While brainstorming my idea for this story, one of my buddies told me that the planet Saturn takes roughly 28-29 earth years to circle the sun. She pointed out the astrological implications, which suited my character perfectly. I’ll leave it to your readers to Google “Saturn transit” to grasp the effects on Justine as she inches toward her 27th year. Saturn is also one of the great Roman gods connected with strength, time, and justice. Justine hasn’t quite learned what it means to be a daughter of Saturn, but she’s catching onto the justice schtick pretty quickly. But inheriting this faulty DNA or whatever it’s called affects different characters in different ways, as she’ll soon discover.

2. Boyfriend From Hell is set in "Baltimore’s radioactive Zone" what happened to make it radioactive and would you consider your novel a mix of Urban Fantasy and Dystopian?

The Zone was established when a chemical plant that made nerve gas and shampoo goo flooded the streets and harbors in an industrial accident. Most of the events grow out of that—quite literally.
I try not to think too hard about stuffing my insanity into categories, but let’s see what fits. Wikipedia says dystopian fiction explores social and political structures and often gives humanity the choice of two different futures. That’s a pretty broad palette and could even apply to love stories if stretched far enough, so my environmentally hazardous zone could qualify as dystopian with the possibility of an apocalyptic outcome. Urban Fantasy often includes werewolves, vampires, and the fey. I have a chimp shapeshifter and a snake charmer, so I’m coming up a little short there. <G> The demons tend to be human in form and action, but yeah, they’re evil. And hell exists in some dimension. Probably purgatory, too. If I must be categorized, Dystopian Urban Fantasy could work. Can I create a new genre called Non-Vampiric Dystopian Urban Fantasy?

3. Justine seems to have quite an eclectic group of friends, which one is your favorite and why?

Unfair! They all have their good and bad sides, as well as their human and non-human sides in some cases. Murderous Sarah is kind of fun, but I wouldn’t want her for a friend. Cora and Jane are both the kind of friends I’d like to have, although Cora’s snakes might be a little offputting, and Jane’s reporter life is a little dull. Scwhartz is steadfast and sexy, and Bill is a big, but dangerous, teddy bear. Will I be smacked if I go for Andre, who has so many levels that it’s impossible to plumb his depths?

4. The cover of your novel is simply stunning, did you have any say in it?

I was asked for a description of the character and any important scenes, weapons, etc. I think I laughed. I told them my heroine was a crippled Middle-eastern shrimp with buck teeth and stringy hair. But I grudgingly admitted she improved with time, except the only weapons she ever wielded were law books and a tire iron. I don’t make it easy on cover artists, so they retaliated by making her sexy as…well, hell with a tire iron. And they added a touch of the Zone’s blue neon and naturally, her Harley. So they took what I gave them and ran with it. It really is a spectacular cover.


Now onto some Summer Camp questions

5. Did you ever go to summer camp when you were younger? If so, what's your fondest memory?

This is one of the reasons I couldn’t play your camp game. The closest I ever came to a summer camp was one summer when I attended Girl Scout camp. It got rained out the first night, so I didn’t even have a chance to cook s’mores. Now if camping with my family counts, ask me about the trip in the Great Kahuna!

6. What your favorite camping meal?

Hamburgers with bacon and cheese smoked to perfection over a wood fire. Gotta have that protein when hiking and swimming! (The vegetarians in the family will kill me, so don’t tell them I said so. Mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes are pretty good as grilled cheese sandwiches but there are limits!)

Thank you so much Jamie for joining us :)

And thank you for asking me to stop by. Go with Saturn!

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More about Boyfriend From Hell:

Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn's Daughter, #1)

They say justice is blind. But Justine isn’t.

Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up.

Much to her own surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her newfound friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?

Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository

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giveaway

Jamie is offering two (2) copies of Boyfriend from Hell to two lucky winners!

To enter the giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Open Internationally (where BD ships)

Ends Wednesday, August 5th, 2012
(like all of our Paranormal Summer Camp giveaways)

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“Jamie Quaid is a pseudonym for best-selling romance author Patricia Rice. This is her first novel under the name Jamie Quaid.

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina, she currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.” (source)

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41 People left their mark' :

  1. I'm always interested in finding more Canadian authors in my favourite genre!

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  2. The summary is great ^^ and i also always happy to discover more author

    thank you a lot for the international giveaway

    all teh best

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  3. This is such an original premise - damning your boyfriend to hell!! Sounds like lots of fun to me!

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  4. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I've had this book on my radar for a bit... I loved the premise and the cover is awesome :)

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  5. A modern day daughter of Saturn sounds pretty cool...it sounds really good and I agree that the cover is awesome.

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  6. I love a book with a kick-butt woman! I've found some fun urban fantasy books and this looks like another good one. Thanks for the offer!

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  7. I'm not sure what attracted me, but I'd like to give this book a try. Maybe it was the shape-shifting kitten?

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  8. The blurb is great, especially the shape shifting kitten!

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  9. Wow! This book sounds fantastic and I love the cover! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  10. Looks interesting, thanks!

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  11. I had no idea Jamie Quaid was Patricia Rice's pseudonym. I want to read Boyfriend from Hell because not only does it sound fantastic, but I'm eager to see how Patricia Rice does with urban fantasy.

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  12. I am interesting in reading Boyfriend From Hell because it sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. The cover is soo pretty and the blurb interested me.>:D

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  14. thanks for the giveaway, I confess I read this book but I would love to have a real copy. thanks!

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  15. Sounds like an interesting story line with fun twists and I am always looking to read new authors. And this sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  17. It sounds like a pretty good book. Always looking for new stories and authors.

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  18. BOYFRIEND FROM HELL looks amazing. I'm going to love Justine.

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  19. Thanks for the interview! I am very curious about the Saturn references, and I really want to read the book. A nice change that the heroine is not some perfect supermodel type.

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  20. The book souds great! I love the cover and the synopsis!

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  21. "Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters", "she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up"
    who wouldn't want to read it? :)
    thank you for the international giveaway!

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  22. Boyfriend from Hell sounds so different and fun! I am constantly amazed and thrilled that authors are able to come up with fresh ideas to keep us entertained!

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  23. Sounds like a real interesting read. I love anything paranormal. :)

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  24. The characters sound intriguing.

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  25. To be honest, I saw the book for the first time here, but it sounds really interesting and I like the idea :)

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  26. What a fantastic giveaway! And why would I read this book? Because it is on my to read list forever!! No that's not really true, but when I first read about this book I really posted it immediately on my to read list.

    Mariska

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  27. I would like to read this book because it sounds so good, and I haven't read any books by this author. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  28. I'd like to read Boyfriend from Hell because the premise sounds interesting and with that cast of characters it seems like there would be more humor and action than romance (which is what some UFs seem to focus on).

    Can't say I love the cover, I mean, it's eye-catching but seriously, if she tried to run her hair would get in her eyes, she'd break a heel on those boots, trip and knock herself unconscious (and probably lose a couple of teeth), I'm pretty sure she'd have a wardrobe malfunction and she'd most likely end up dead.

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    1. Shes a nerd to the core, the cover actually make sense when you read the story :)

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  29. I think this sounds like a great read. I really enjoy a strong woman. Thanks for the chance.

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  30. I love the synopsis and the cover because they both show that even though Justine is sexy as... hell (lol) she can still kick butt and hopefully study enough for final :P Thank so much for the giveaway, can't wait to read it :D

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  31. Shape shifting kitten shape shifts into...what exactly?

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  32. Love the cover and that sinopsis... who don't damn her boyfriend to hell? XD

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  33. Love the blurb and want to find out about Baltimore after the nerve gas / shampoo incident.

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  34. I love urban fantasy, and I love the fact that the heroine is going to save the day! Love kick-ass females!!

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  35. Ooh, this book looks awesome! I haven't heard of it before but that summary's definitely got me hooked. I've been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately, and this is right up my alley. Plus, a lady MC who looks like she kicks all sorts of butt? Yes please!

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  36. Judging from the synopsis, this sounds like a book that I will really enjoy and I've heard nothing but good things about the author.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. You had me at the name Boyfriend from Hell. Love it.

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