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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Interview & Giveaway with Mari Mancusi

My dear Readers! I have the pleasure to introduce you to the lovely Mari Mancusi!
The 4th book in the Blood Coven series, Bad Blood, will release on January 5th, make sure to check it out!

How would you describe Blood Coven series to someone who haven't heard of it yet?

The Blood Coven series stars two twins who are identical on the outside, but very different on the inside. Rayne wants to be a vampire more than anything. She’s networked, been on waiting lists, taken a certification course—everything! But on the night she’s meant to be transformed, the vampire who is supposed to bite her accidentally bites her twin, Sunny, instead. Now Sunny, who had no idea the vampire world even existed up until now, has a week to reverse the transformation—or become a creature of the night, forever!

They are so many vampire stories out there, how does your series stands out?

While mine still has its share of romance and angst, it also keeps a sense of humor. It’s lighter in tone than some of the darker stories out there. Kind of like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

The first 3 books were released in 2006-2007, and the fourth one will release in 2010, was it originally suppose to be a trilogy?

I always wanted to continue the series, but the publisher had stopped publishing YA fiction for a while. So the fourth book was put on the back burner until early 2009 when they decided to go back into publishing YA. Now I’m hoping to be able to continue the series past book #4. This is already happening in Germany. They’ve already published Book #4, Bad Blood, over there and are publishing Book #5 next summer.

Can we expect more books to come after Bad Blood?

As I mentioned above, I’m writing Book #5, tentatively titled Night School right now for the German market. We’re hoping to get it published in the US as well. For contract reasons, we won’t know for sure until January or February.

I LOVE the new covers, why did the publisher (I'm assuming it was the publisher's decision) decided to release reprints with new covers? Are you happy about that?

The old covers were cool, but kind of dated looking. When the publisher decided to re-release them, they wanted to give them an updated feel. I was more than happy about that, especially when I got my first peek at the covers. They’re gorgeous!

You are also working as a television producer, how do you manage to juggle with both careers simultaneously?

I never sleep! Haha, just kidding. I actually wake up in the morning to write two hours before work. Then I go to the “day job” and write more during my lunch hour. It’s not easy, but I’m lucky to love both my careers so that makes it bearable!

What's your favorite aspect of both careers?

My day job as a TV producer is fun cause I get to learn a little bit about everything. I get to meet lots of celebs, learn about the latest fashion trends, see beauty treatments first hand, etc. etc. It’s like living in the world of a woman’s magazine!
But I would say writing is the nearest and dearest to my heart. I love to tell stories. Plus I love interacting with readers who love my series and characters as much as I do.

I read you love video games, what's your favorite?

I was totally addicted to World of Warcraft, but had to give it up cause it was such a time-suck. Right now I’m playing a game called Dragon Age Origins. I love RPG games like that. I guess my favorite videogame franchise of all time would have to be Final Fantasy.

WOW I was also totally addicted to World of Warcaft, I played for 5 years but stopped earlier this week.

What's your all time favorite vampire book?

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. A classic.

A bit morbid, but if you had to choose, what would be written on your grave mark?

Good question. I’d like a really gothic, romantic looking tombstone. Maybe with just my name on it and nothing else. I’m all about the beauty of simplicity.

What's the last movie you saw on the big screen?

Paranormal Activity, which I did not care for at all. I much preferred the movie I saw before that – Zombieland. Was hilarious! And I’m probably going to see New Moon as soon as the crowds die down a bit!


Marianne generously offered a price for a lucky reader!

This is your chance to win a SIGNED COPY of ANY of Mari's books!
Yes, yes you heard me right!
You can pick any books you want written by the lovely Mari Mancusi!

Like it wasn't enough, you will also receive a Vampire in Training Kit!

-Open to followers only (click on the right to start following ^^)
- Open to Canada and US only.
-You Must Fill the form below =)
Contest ends December 10th!

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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13 People left their mark' :

  1. i really like to win of Mari's books ! Since She's A new Author for me. but then *hiks* Only US and Canada, no chance for me.

  2. great interview. I have had this series on my list for a long time,I'd love to win the first book.

  3. I loved Zombieland! I refused to see Paranormal Activity with my friends lol. Great interview and contest!

  4. Mari is a new author to me but I will definitely be checking these books out! I couldn't decide from her comment if these are YA or not?

    Loved the tombstone ques!!

  5. Good Question Patti, Amazon classify them as Young Adult (Grade 10 and up).

  6. Nice interview! Haha, I considered getting addicted to World of Warcraft, but never did buy it. And I love the new covers too! Thanks for the awesome giveaway as well. :)

  7. Great interview, it's always good to get to know more about authors. I have Boys That Bite on my shelf.

  8. Great Interview! I love the covers!:)


  9. Great interview. I've seen the books around but wasn't sure what they were about so I just learned more about them.

  10. Tynga,
    Awesome contest. Wonderful interview, she rocks...
    I am a member of Mari's Blood Coven and just got some book marks and magnet and membership card today in the mail... Now to win a signed book would be the icing on the cake. I have tried finding the books and since Trade Paperbacks have held out so far on buying them....

    You got my entry today so hoping.....

    Jackie B Central Texas

  11. Jackie I've been trying to get my hands on them to, they only have the old covers on bookdeposiotry.com =(

  12. I Love When Author's Give A Glimpse Into Their Lives And Or Books. Thanks For A Great Interview.

  13. Great contest and interview, Tynga! I added your contest to my sidebar! Thanks!