Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway with Laura Kaye

One of my favorite authors, Laura Kaye, stops by the Nest! She was also my guinea pig as I've never interviewed an author before, particularly one of my favorites, which was a little intimidating. So I channeled my inner James Lipton, and asked her a few questions. 
(Just picture me pensively stroking a fake beard and trying to look serious;) 
Please leave a comment on this post to enter to win an E-copy of Laura's latest, In The Service of The KingBook 1 in the Vampire Warrior Kings Series.
(Don't forget to read my review of it here)

1. What is your favorite word? 


2. What is your least favorite word? 


3. What turns you on? 

Passion and positivity

4. What turns you off? 

Dishonesty and selfishness

5. What sound or noise do you love? 


6. What sound or noise do you hate? 

Whining and complaining

7. What is your favorite curse word? 


8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

Marine biologist

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Bill collector

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? 

“I never had any doubt.”

11. Describe Kael and Shayla, in 5 words (each).

Kael: Leader, Commanding, Loyal, Passionate, Powerful
Shayla: Smart, Determined, Fearless, Devoted, Inquisitive

12. Where did you get the idea for this story?

This story came to me out of the blue. I was driving home from an urgent care center late one night, feeling crappy with bronchitis, but in the lull of driving, the story started coming to me. By the time I got home, it was so alive in my mind I had to start writing, and when I went to bed at 3 a.m. that night, I had about 20 pages written.

13. What is your favorite character, or type of character, to write?

My favorite type of character to write is the tortured, tormented hero. Yum-my. I most enjoy writing heroes in general…

14. What music inspired you or do you feel fits in with In the Service of the King?

This story came out so fast, I didn’t have time to put together my normal inspirational playlist. However, I did put together a few songs that really captured the feel of this story, and probably THE best one for that is The Fray’s Say When.

15. Where do you find inspiration for the supernatural in the everyday, “natural” world?

I grew up in a family that believed in the supernatural. A number of my family members’ houses were haunted, and it was just accepted. So I’ve always been open to the idea that things beyond what we can see are at work in the world around us. I’ve also always been really influenced by the idea that humans only use about 10% of our brain, which makes me wonder what we might be capable of doing—or perceiving—with the other 90%.

16. What’s your favorite bird? 

The male cardinal.

Thanks for hosting me here today! I had fun with these questions!


To celebrate her new release, Laura is giving away one e-copy of In the Service of the King at each stop on her New Release Tour, 1/30 – 2/15! In addition, all commenters from across the tour will be entered to win a prize bag filled with swag and various vampire items, perfect for the vampire lover! RULES: Must leave e-mail address & if from U.S. in comment. Ebook prizes open to international; prize bag to U.S. only.

About In the Service of the King
Book 1 in the Vampire Warrior Kings Series
Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire--even if it means risking Shayla's life?

About Laura Kaye
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


  1. I wish I had known about this blog tour earlier. But atleast I get a chance to be here now. Congrats on this new release. it looks and sounds so awesome. Definitely one for my wishlist here. :)
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  2. I've had a great time following your blog tour. I'm sad to see it end. Great interview. Love your five words to describe Kael and Shayla. Can't wait to read In The Service Of The King. Congrats on the release. Continued success.

    Joanne B (US)

  3. Marine biologist, huh? So when are you going to start writing about mer-people?

    1. I do have one mermaid story rolling around in my head, but they're not my favorite creature to write about... ;)

  4. Thank you so much Laura! You graciously handle my dorkiness every time. =D

  5. Love the interview! Must read this!!

  6. I love the quick answer interview. You can really learn a lot about a person in very few words. I cannot stand whining either. It's one of the things I wouldn't tolerate from my son as they were growing up. Thanks for the fun HOP :)


  7. I'm happy to handle your dorkiness any time, Michelle! ;P Thanks for having me here!

  8. I'm with you on the least favorite occupation. Fun interview! Look forward to reading the story!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    US Resident

  9. Love the cover and great interview. Thanks for the chance.

  10. I am sorry to see this tour end. I have loved following it at many stops. It is definitely on my must read list.
    June in the US
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. Thanks for all the great comments everyone! Glad you guys enjoyed our fun Q&A! :)

  12. Great interview. Now I must read it!

    Queenjane0 AT sbcglobal DOT net

  13. What a fun and great interview! The book sounds very good.


  14. This was a cute interview. Very different so is was very fun to read.

    US Resident

  15. I have to say, I am a marine biologist wishing I were a writer ... does that mean I'm the yin to your yang? lol :)

  16. Oops, I forgot - my email is rinib2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. LOL...FUCK is my favorite word also. I also WAS a bill collector take it from me it SUCKED!!! Then I spent like 10+ years in the phone/help desk industry. Talk about a people person. I am/was. I want to actually go back to school to be a nurse. That is what I always wanted to do.

    Me and my sister talked about what I felt I was good at. And my answer for YEARS has been NOTHING. Well we got to asking this and I am good at two things. Reading (LOVE IT) and helping people....

    I don't know why I wrote all this just felt like getting it out I guess!
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway Laura!!

    mary_reiss @

    1. Love this comment, Mary, thanks for sharing!

  18. You gave a lot of the same answers I would have given...imagine that! :) Hope you're having fun on your tour! Thx for the giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @


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