16 September 2009

Interview & Giveaway; Timeraiders series - P.C. Cast

When scouring the WWW I often stumble on to great info about new books. About six weeks ago I stumbled upon a cover from the TIME RAIDER series and from there on I went on a hunt for more info. What I found intrigued me immensely, strong women throughout history seem to be at the foundation of this series and I could not control myself and poke at the authors for some info. Despite very busy schedules and deadlines two of them had a bit of time and graciously answered my questions.

I find that Harlequin often has series that captivate my attention and the TIME RAIDERS are just the latest in my love for the Paranormal series.

The Book:---------------------The Place:----------------- The Inspiration:
The Seeker (Book #1) ----- Rome ----------------55 AD – Servillia –– mistress of Julius Caesar.
The Slayer (Book #2) ------Persia ---------------5th Century BC – Artemisia ruler of Halicarnassus (near today's Bodrum, Turkey).
The Avenger (Book #3) ----Great Britain --------61 AD – Queen Boudica, Iceni fought against Rome.
The Protector (Book #4)---China --------------- 680 AD – Empress Wu Jao, the only female to rule China in her own right.

What is the TIME RAIDER series about? Read it ~here~

Read about the previous entries in this series; The Seduction - The Seeker & The Slayer ~here~

The authors of The TIME RAIDERS series have various contests, check them out ~here~

PC Cast – The Person:

What was the highlight of your week?
Finding my daughter’s missing dog this morning.
Last movie you watched?
Grey Gardens
If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
A massage
What is your favorite store?
Columbia Liquor
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Grand Cayman Island

PC Cast – author of The Avenger

Q 1 Leontine: What was the first thing that intrigued you in participating in the Time Raider series?

A PC Cast: I loved the idea of being involved with a series written exclusively by women who have served in the military. And time travel has always intrigued me, so that was an added bonus.

Q 2 Leontine: What are the pros and cons of writing a series with multiple authors?

A PC Cast: Pros – there is a lot of creativity flying around and it’s great for brainstorming and feeding off each other. I’ve worked with Mary Janice Davidson, Gena Showalter, and Susan Grant on two anthologies Gena and I created the bible for, and learned then that it can be great fun playing in each other’s sandbox. Cons – authors are used to being in control of what they write and that sometimes translates into inflexibility, which doesn’t work well when you have to weave your story with other people’s versions of the same world/characters.

Q 4 Leontine: What is THE AVENGER about and who are the main protagonists?

A PC Cast: THE AVENGER is the third book in the Time Raiders series launch. Here’s the cover copy:

For Alexandra Patton, the Time Raiders project sends the reluctant psychic back to 60 AD Briton—a world where she can barely understand the accents, let alone its culture of brutality and superstition. Armed only with her “freakish” ability to talk to the dead, Alex must use all her gifts to entice Caradoc, a savagely sexy Druid warrior, into helping her succeed in her mission.

What they discover along the way is pure passion. Now, torn between duty and the man of her dreams, should Alex return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything to begin anew in this strange and mystical land?

Q 5 Leontine: The Time Raider series is at the foundation about exploring time periods and inspirational female characters throughout history. Which historical figure inspired your novel in this series?

A PC Cast: The main secondary character in THE AVENGER is the ancient warrior queen, Boudicca. I’d already researched her life while I was writing one of the first HOUSE OF NIGHT books (the YA series I co-author with my daughter, Kristin), so when I saw that she was one of my choices to revisit via time travel, I was excited and eager to head back to 60 AD and the Iceni tribe.

Q 6 Leontine: Can you give a small enticing excerpt from THE AVENGER?

It was spectacularly beautiful in Alex’s dream. The land around her was lush and so green it almost made her eyes ache. She’d never known there were so many variations of the color green! And the trees! Alex had never imagined trees they could be so big and thick and dense. Sure, her dream self had found a path through the incredible woods, but damn! It was like she’d conjured up a version of the Lord of the Rings movie set and plopped herself down in the middle of Rivendell. She recognized chestnuts and oaks and even something one of her professors would call a witches’ beech. They were all massive and had a look of untamed health – like a contractor would never even consider cutting them down to build a highway or, worse, a development of suburban double-income-all-basically-the-same houses.
Yeah, she’d definitely dreamed up her version of Rivendell. Now all she needed was to conjure Aragorn and she’d be all set. So while she waited for Aragorn to show up, Alex strolled through the lush woods.
Obviously, it was early morning – just barely dawn. The soft young daylight complimented the deep and varied green of the woods, making everything around Alex magical. She was following a small, winding path. On either side of the path the forest floor was spongy, carpeted with thick moss that looked so soft she started to have thoughts about pulling the tardy dream version of Aragorn off the path and having a roll in the moss with him. Or at least she’d do that when he finally showed up.
It was then that she heard the voice for the first time. At first it was just a faint sound coming from somewhere in front of her. Alex paused, listening hard and, sure enough, the sound came again. This time it was recognizable as a voice, a deep, strong, male voice.
Alex practically skipped down the path in glee. Back in the waking world she might be working on a raging hangover, but here in this gorgeous dreamland she was going to play Arwen to a handsome Aragorn. And in this world she was actually going to have sex. With someone besides herself.
“Come back…”
The words finally became understandable, and they jolted Alex to a halt.
“Come back?” she said aloud, more to herself than to a randy, but invisible Aragorn. “But I haven’t found you yet.” The voice still came from somewhere in front of her, so Alex kept walking.
“Come back to me…”
Again, the compelling voice pulled her forward.
“I haven’t gone anywhere!” Alex shouted, annoyed at her dream self. She got more annoyed as mist started to pour in from the woods, creeping over the moss and washing across the deer path like unsubstantial fingers.
Alex usually liked fog. It had a romantic, mystical sense to it that appealed to her. Plus, it wasn’t like she was scared of any boogie men it might be hiding. She was way too familiar with ghosts to be freaked by them.
But there was something weird about this mist. It moved oddly, swirling around her body with tendrils of gray licking against her skin. It was almost liquid in its touch.
“Come back to me! I need you!”
He sounded like he was standing right in front of her, but by this time the fog was so dense that she couldn’t see through it.
“Where are you?” she called.
“I’m waiting for you! Come back to me…”
“I’m trying to find you! Where the hell–” Alex bumbled off the path and fell, face first, into the mossy ground.

Nothing of this excerpt may be used without the written consent of the author, P.C. Cast!!

The Giveaway:

P.C. Cast has offered up for grabs a copy of her book: The Avenger. So leave a comment, a way for me to get in touch of you and tell me, which strong historical female figure do you still remember to this day?

Next month there will be an interview with the author of November's release: Merline Lovelace with THE PROTECTOR

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  1. Great series you discovered there. Sounds really fascinating. I find it intriguing to read a series by different authors. I definitely have to try it.
    Thanks for the contest!
    You know how to contact me ;-)

  2. Cool I have not heard about this series but you got my attention now.
    There are so many great strong females out there but I have always been fascinated with queen Emma of England ever since I read a book about her. She was twice queen of England in the 11th century

    My addy if you don't know how to reach me :)
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  3. I'd have to say the first Queen Elizabeth - an amazing life in a very violent, terrifying time. This series sounds great. I'd heard of it before but hadn't run across the books or looked for them yet. I guess I'll have to now, you've caught my interest now :o)

  4. I just heard about this series the other day on another blog talking about great time travel books/series. Would love to take one for a test drive!

  5. Girl what are you doing to me, another new series that sounds so interesting, and I find Queen Boudica so interesting, that I sure want to try this one! Well you know how to get in touch with me!

  6. This series sounds great. Joan of Arc is the strong woman from history that I remember the most.

  7. This series sounds amazing and thanks for the awesome and informative interview, Leontine!

    I love strong heroines both in romance and in real life. A strong woman from history who really defined what it meant to be a modern celebrity and an international icon was Princess Diana.

    ;) VFG

  8. I will never forget Princess Diana.

  9. Hey there! This series sounds fantastic! I love and study ancient history, so the strong women featured in this series have a great appeal for me. My two favorite strong historical women are both rulers of Egypt: Cleopatra VII and Hatshepsut!

  10. This series sounds great - yet another set of books I need to go out & buy (not that I'm complaining lol!).

    Princess Diana is a fantastic modern day strong female figure but I also admire women like Florence Nightingale & Emmeline Pankhurst

  11. Oh, I heard about this series awhile ago and had wanted to check it out. Very interesting.

    I have threethat I remember... Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, and Cleopatra. All very strong and independent women.


  12. Hi :)
    Thank you for sharing PC Cast.
    It is terrific you found your daughter's missing dog. You & she must be so relieved!
    Thanks for the great excerpt from THE AVENGER.
    All the best,
    twitter: @RKCharron
    PS - My favorite strong historical female figure is Queen Elizabeth (the first).

  13. I've also been eyeing this series. It sounds interesting and exciting! Hopefully I'll be able to read some of it soon (wink, wink).

    And for a historical figure I'm fascinated by Anne Boleyn. I always felt she was the formidable "woman behind the man" and really pushed her agendas.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  14. *scribbling the series in the tbb*


  15. I think of Cleopatra as a strong woman in history
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  16. Amelia Earhart! Wow, to fly in that era! And to have done so as a woman in that era ... Cool!

    Also Elizabeth I -- another woman who went it alone in a big way when that was not east.

    Thanks for the giveaway Leontine!

  17. I rememeber Anne Bolyne. Sad story.

    I would love to win this book.

    I'm a follower through google reader. Thanks.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  18. I think Cleopatra was pretty strong overall.


  19. Definitely a series I want to dive into so saying "I" for entering the contest ;-)

  20. I'm thinking Marie-Antoinette, i think that's because we talked so much about her when i was in school....you know we're so proud we beheaded her lol ;)
    I've also been very obsessed by Ann Boleyn's life, see another one that lost her head. I'm begining to see a pattern here ;)

  21. I know she is only a NEW historical figure but I'll never forget Princess Diana!
    I would love to be entered in your draw.

  22. Hey there Sweetie!

    Enter me into the drawing if I'm not too late...you know where to find me but I'll give it anyway

    The historical women I most remember is the Queen of England - Victoria and Elizabeth. I cannot say - it is with fond memories - As an Irish girl, both of these woman had quite an impact on my family line in history.


  23. Princess Diana...

    I have the first 2 in this series..I would love to win this one!! Please enter me!

    A Blog with Bite!

  24. @HAWK - No your not to late!! It runs until the end of this week, forgot to post end date *headdesk* And the Irish, yeah they dealt with a lot but what a rich history and culture they have. Loved my time in Ireland!

    @Froggy - Welcome here :) And I've dropped your name in the hat!

  25. This sounds like an awesome series! I've not heard of it before. My favorite female from history is Lizzie Borden (I think she got a bad wrap in the history books!) My email is in my profile.

  26. I'd like to be included and for me it would be Princess Diana! tWarner419@aol.com

  27. @Nicola - Will drop your name in the hat :)

    @Tetewa - Princess Di is indeed one of those people you remember!

  28. Interesting that P.C. is planning to do something featuring Boudica.

    Manda Scott wrote a very interesting trilogy on her and also has followed up by starting a group about dreaming.

    Suggest you check it out.

    Must be my age but talk about famous women and I go all historical. Three that immediatly spring to mind are Cleopatra, Joan of Arc and Juliet (even if she is only a Shakespeare character).


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