Category: Author Interview

Debut Author Chelsea Mueller Stops By

Posted April 20, 2017 by Jennifer in Author Interview | | 2 Comments

 

Welcome Chelsea Mueller blogger turned debut author of Borrowed Souls!

 

For those who may not know you what would you like to share with our readers that they can’t read in your bio?

I am an unabashed urban fantasy fangirl. I wrote Borrowed Souls because it’s the kind of book I’d want to read. Plenty of people know me from Vampire Book Club, but straight-up, I love a wickedly gritty urban fantasy with a hot dude on the side. #SorryNotSorry If you ever need an urban fantasy book rec, I’m 100 percent your woman.

 

If you had to tweet (140 characters) a hook to “sell” new readers on Callie and her adventures what would it be? (Invokes movie narrator voice “In a world….”)

I would tweet twice, because I’m addicted to Twitter.

The serious tweet: Callie does not want to rent a soul from the Soul Charmer. She doesn’t want to repossess them for him either. But she will for her brother.

The fun tweet: BORROWED SOULS = Magic, mayhem, and a hot guy on a motorcycle.

 

Callie has a to work as a soul collector in order to help her brother, Why souls?

Superficially, it just sounds badass right? People pawning souls, the ability to obfuscate the rules to get away with anything—amoral or illegal—with this one step. However, there’s another element in the book. Callie, the heroine, wants nothing more than to be normal, to be good. She wants to live the straight-and-narrow, but her unyielding loyalty to her family pulls her back down. The soul element lets us explore what it means to be “good” and what it means to be “loyal” and how those two can be found in a lot of grey.

Whoa, got kind of heavy there. It’s actually a super fun book. There’s belly dancing. There are jokes. There are sexytimes. But if you want to read deeper, I’ve got you.

 

If you were to compare your world in Soul Charmer series to another Urban Fantasy series what would it be? 

If you love Patricia Briggs, Lilith Saintcrow, Stacia Kane or Ilona Andrews, this is for you. Strong heroine with big problems handling them like an adult. And like all of those authors, I can promise you’ll get a HFN ending.

 

Since the series is an Urban Fantasy series can we presume it will follow the main character, Callie through the course of the series? Any teasers you can give us on what’s to come for Callie?

I don’t want to spoil the ending of Borrowed Souls, which will make it very clear what’s on deck for Callie. I will say though you can expect her to get further entrenched in the world of soul magic, and that mobster Ford is not done with her either. (Expect people to start stealing souls in book two!)

 

Thanks again for stopping by today, is there anything you are working out that you would like to share before leaving? Next Soul Charmer novel? New projects? Book signings/appearances?

Thank you for having me, Jennifer. I’ve loved this blog for ages! I have lots of exciting stuff on deck.

I’ll be at RT Convention May 2-6 in Atlanta, and signing at the big book fair on May 6 (open to the public). I have book signings in Dallas and Houston on deck in May, too, with more cities being added. All the details of all booked events are up-to-date on my website.

As for what I’m working on, I’m about to hand a new novel—think Stranger Things meets A Darker Shade of Magic—over to my agent, and then it’s back into the second Soul Charmer novel, which I’m ridiculously pumped for.

One more thing! A heads up that if you pre-order Borrowed Souls and fill out the “Pre-Order Prizes” form on my site, I have great goodies to send your way including a custom “Soul Magic” candle and a signed bookplate.

 

Debut Author Chelsea Mueller Stops ByBorrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller
Series: Soul Charmer #1
Published by Talos on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 312 pages
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Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

 

About Chelsea Mueller

Chelsea Mueller writes gritty contemporary fantasy. She founded speculative fiction website Vampire Book Club, blogs about TV and romance novels for Heroes & Heartbreakers, and is co-chair of SF/F charity Geeky Giving. She loves bad cover songs, dramatic movies, and TV vampires. She lives in Texas, and has been known to say y’all. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @ChelseaVBC.


My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

Posted December 22, 2015 by Anne in Author Interview, Book Review | 1 Comment

  These small town, big family romances are some of my favorites and Jill Shalvis is definitely My Kind of Wonderful. This book continues my love affair with Jill.   Hud is from a big, messy family with a tough upbringing.  He is a guy who feels guilty, works hard and tries to take care of everyone.  I think he feels he doesn’t really deserve anyone in his life and that he doesn’t have time for a relationship with all his current, huge responsibilities, anyway. He’s a heart-stopping, amazing ball of angst. Bailey is bursting with a renewed lease on life and wants to do it all. She wants to try everything, go out and do new things.  She hasn’t had things easy, but she […]


Sustained by Emma Chase + Interview

Sustained by Emma Chase + Interview

Posted September 11, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Interview, Book Review | 1 Comment

       Confession, I had an egalley via Netgalley to read but I got behind on my reading and when I saw Sebastian York was the narrator I bought the audio of Sustained.   I. Had. To. While I enjoyed the first book in the series, I wasn’t wow’d by Overruled.  But with Sustained, The Legal Briefs series has hit the sweet spot with the second installment. Fans of Drew Evans in Chase’s Tangled series are going to LOVE Jake. Much like Drew, Jack throws women away like used tissues. He doesn’t do repeats or relationships. He’s always honest and up front with them. “I’m going for a run. There’s coffee in the pot and cab money on the front table. You don’t need to be here […]


Review Crucible Zero by Devon Monk + Interview

Review Crucible Zero by Devon Monk + Interview

Posted September 3, 2015 by Anne in Author Interview, Book Review | 2 Comments

  I love Devon Monk’s books and always read them.  I wouldn’t even have considered not reading Crucible Zero and definitely wanted to review it.   The last two books in the House Immortal series were 5 stars for me.  I really have enjoyed this series, the sci-fi aspects, the mystery, and the romance in the background. The characters are awesome and I care about them. I want to see Matilda and her family and friends win.  I want them to thrive as well as survive; they try so hard to improve the world.   I felt confused by the first half of Crucible Zero.  It was right after the time travel and none of the characters were quite themselves.  I didn’t feel like I knew them or […]


Interview & Review  | Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Interview & Review | Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Posted April 22, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Interview, Book Review | 7 Comments

Welcome back to The Book Nympho. We are glad to have you here today to talk about your new Young Adult series. I love that you are not afraid to write heroines that seems to be unlikeable or should be unlikeable and then turn them into reluctant heroes. This time around instead of an assassin we have a thief. What made you go this route with Lila Merriweather?   While COLD BURN OF MAGIC is Young Adult it has a bit of a grittier feel to it than your Mythos Academy series. Was this something you set out to do or did it just happen as you were writing? While your heroines are always fun to read, sometimes the secondary characters can take center stage. […]


Interview with Patricia Briggs

Interview with Patricia Briggs

Posted March 2, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Interview | 6 Comments

Welcome to The Book Nympho, Patricia! I’m a huge fan of yours and it’s great to have you here today. Thank you so much for inviting me to stop by. In the world of social media, if you had to pitch the Alpha and Omega series to new readers with only 140 characters what would you say? In a world where the monsters are real, werewolves Charles and Anna Cornick are troubleshooters tasked with keeping the peace between the humans and the werewolves. Which of the books has been your favorite to write so far?  I am always happiest with my last book because (I hope) my storytelling skills get better as I go along.  But Dead Heat was especially fun.  While I enjoy exploring vampires and […]


Anne Sits Down with Faith Hunter

Anne Sits Down with Faith Hunter

Posted February 12, 2015 by Anne in Author Interview | 12 Comments

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Chatting with Jeaniene Frost about Vlad and the Holidays

Chatting with Jeaniene Frost about Vlad and the Holidays

Posted December 11, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Interview | 36 Comments

    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 […]