Monday, March 25, 2013

B. R. Kingsolver

B. R. Kingsolver

I would like to thank BR Kingsolver for spending time with Cloey's Book Reviews and Other stuff today. I am sure that all of you are as interested as I am in hearing about The Telepathic Clans Sage and BR's writing process.

Cloey: When did you become interested in writing?

BR: I think I’ve always been fascinated by authors. I just never thought I could do it well. It wasn’t until self publishing came along that I had the courage to try. I had a story in my head and told a friend about it. She encouraged me to write it and see what happened.

Cloey: What inspired you to write Succubus Rising?

BR: As I said, I had this story in my head. I was working a contract job and they didn’t have anything for me to do. I sat around for hours every day waiting for my employers to give me something to do. I entertained myself by making up a story, and at night I went home and wrote it down.

Cloey: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

BR: Women are men’s equals. I know that’s rather clich├ęd, but even in the 21st century, they aren’t. Especially in the area of sex. Men who play around are studs. Women who act the same way are sluts. A quarter of women who enter college will be raped before they graduate. 40% of women soldiers are raped. Women and girls are trafficked as slaves in a business that makes 40 billion dollars a year. In my books, the women are powerful and kick ass. They don’t take crap from anyone. But they are still feminine, sexual, and like men. I think that’s the way it should be.

Cloey: Who was your favorite character and who was your least favorite character to develop and why?

BR: I’m divided as to whether I like Brenna or Rebecca the most. I relate to both of them a lot. I don’t know which was least. There were characters I developed that didn’t appear in the final book.

Cloey: What did you enjoy most about writing Succubus Rising?

BR: I think I learned a lot about writing. It was my most difficult book. I wrote it in about two months, before the first two books were published. But it took six months to edit and revise. I learned so much turning it into something worth reading.

Cloey: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing the story to life?

BR: I had a lot of scenes I’d worked out in my head, but I didn’t have a coherent story, a coherent plot line. I didn’t realize it, of course. But my beta readers did. It’s wrenching to realize that you’ve written something that’s unreadable. People who loved my first two books hated it. Revising it, turning it into something far different while keeping the good parts. That is a challenge.

Cloey: What are you working on now?

BR: I’m writing a paranormal mystery set in the same world. It’s different as it’s written in first person, whereas the first three were written in third person. It’s much faster paced. I have about 10 chapters written, about a third of the book.

Cloey: What do you like to read in your free time?

BR: I read all sorts of things. Science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, politics, history, biographies. I have always been a voracious reader.

Cloey: Share with us something about yourself that we wouldn't see in your bio or on any other blogs (this can be anything from the type of music you like, your favorite color, or even your favorite meal - share whatever you want your fans to know about you)

BR: I enjoy live opera. I hate to listen to opera music. But the live productions are fabulous. The costumes and staging are incredible. If you’ve never been to a live opera, I strongly encourage you to go.

Cloey: I too love live shows and music. Thank yo so much for sharing with us today. I am looking forward to reading Succubus Rising.

Succubus Rising 
Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga
BR Kingsolver

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)

Book Description:

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

Succubus Unleashed 
Book 2 of the Telepathic Clans Saga 
BR Kingsolver 

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)

ISBN: 9780985763800

Cover Artist: Mia Darien


Also available on Apple iTunes book store

Book Description:

It's not easy being a succubus.

After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. Rival Clans still hunt succubi, and discovering their dark motives is paramount.

The social season is also around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.

The Succubus Gift, 

Book 1 of the Telepathic Clans Saga

BR Kingsolver

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)

ISBN: 9781476406077


Cover Artist: Rebecca Sinz



INDIGO.CA Also available on Apple iTunes book store

Book Description:

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

About the author:

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.



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March 26 - book two - review and interview
Beverly @ The Wormhole –

March 27 Guest blog
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March 28 review
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March 29 Spotlight and review
Once Upon A Book

March 30 - book three - review and promo
Beverly @ The Wormhole –

March 30 guest blog
Offbeat Vagabond

March 30 Guest blog and review
The Book Maven


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