It’s our great pleasure in welcoming Jeanine Frost to The Book Nympho today!
Thank you so much for having me, and happy holidays to you and to everyone reading this!
How do you prefer to do your Holiday shopping, in stores with all the crazy people or online?
Online. I used to brave the malls on Black Friday, but in recent years, things have gotten a little hairy. I want to get a good deal as much as the next person, but I don’t want it enough to physically fight for it, which seems to be the new requirement if you’re shopping the day (or weekend) after Thanksgiving.
A lot of people pick one or more New Year’s Resolutions, do you have any that you set for yourself? And even more important do you stick with it (them)? Because I know I pick the usual lose weight and by January 5th I’m passed out from all the chocolate I’ve eaten.
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions anymore. Like you mentioned, I’d only end up breaking them before the second week of January, and then I’d be disappointed in myself and feel guilty. So a few years ago, I resolved not to make resolutions anymore, and to give myself a break instead. Now that’s a non-resolution resolution that I can feel good about!
Have any of your favorite ( or not favorite LOL) holiday memories influenced any of your writing? Perhaps, your Night Huntress novella, Home for the Holidays?
Ha! No, Home For The Holidays wasn’t based on any personal holiday memories (though sometimes, certain family members can act a little demon-possessed…*wink*). I think the closest, actual real-life influence in my writing is the most basic one: the importance of spending time with family, which inevitably results in trying to work through any issues that might – and usually do – pop up. Everyone can relate to family stresses during the holidays, no matter how close you are or how much you love each other, so all I’m doing is taking that cornerstone and then adding supernatural elements to it.
Vlad is one of the most delicious characters out there. How fun is he to write? What’s your most favorite aspect about him?
Thank you! Vlad is as fun to write as he can be frustrating. That sounds a little schizophrenic, I know, but it’s because he’s such a complex character. He can do something totally appalling, but his reasoning for it can be almost sweet, which makes me want to smack him even while I’m mentally high-fiving him. It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about Vlad. I love his biting sense of humor (i.e. “premature inflammulation”) and I love his deep sense of loyalty. I also love his honesty. He and Bones have that in common, but Vlad is honest for different reasons. Bones does it because he feels it’s right. Vlad can’t be bothered to waste his time with lies because he doesn’t see most people as worth the effort. When he does value someone, however, he’s all in with that relationship, be it toward his people, his few friends, or now toward his wife, Leila. Vlad surprised me a few times with how much he opened up to Leila in Bound By Flames, yet he did it while still being the arrogant, infuriating, irresistible person that he is, which means that the honeymoon is in for a rocky ride.
Speaking of Vlad, how do you think he and Lelia would ring in the New Year?
After what I put them through in BBF, they’d love to do it quietly at home while sipping wine. That’s not what I have in store for them now that I extended the Night Prince series to four books instead of three, however. I’ll have them ringing in the New Year with fire, electricity and lots of supernatural danger. Oh, and fireworks, both passionate and pyrokinetic.
A few quickies:
Your Favorite Holiday Movie:
I can’t pick just one. It’s A Wonderful Life, The Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Story and The Ref are as much as I can narrow it down.
Your Favorite Holiday Song:
O Holy Night (O Night Divine.)
Your Favorite Holiday Food/Drink:
Drink: Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice eggnog.
Food: Turkey with stuffing and gravy. Yum! I can’t wait.
Bound By Flames
by Jeaniene Frost
Book Three in the Night Prince series
January 27th, 2015
Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
Three winners will get first two books in the Night Prince series, ebook (if they’re in the US) or print (International)