11-21-2011: Never to be forgotten! Today is the day that Ian Somerhalder responded to me on facebook! Hey, that may not be a big deal for you, but for me.. HUGE. *swoon*
Conversation copied from FB:
ME: Finally! After an hour of searching facebook, I find the REAL you. Hi Ian!
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you.Nice to meet you
ME: My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to notice. :)
Ian Somerhalder: you're welcome
Ian Somerhalder: I try not to disappoint my fans!
ME: Well, you're doing a wonderful job. :) It's nice (and a bit scary) to talk to someone like you!
ME: lol... (I'm secretly freaking out cuz I got to talk to Ian! *sigh*)
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you Theresa!
ME: lol... you're welcome! Just do me a favor and don't knock when you invade my dreams tonight. The husband probably wouldn't like that. hehe!
Ian Somerhalder: well I will not:)
ME: Perfect! Thanks. LOL
Round Table Discussion: Characters from BLOOD SINGER series by Cat Adams
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The Eldritch Conspiracy
by Cat Adams
Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.
Not every bride needs a bridesmaid who can double as a bodyguard. But Celia’s cousin Adriana is no ordinary bride: she’s a Siren princess, and she’s marrying the king of a small but politically important European country. She’s getting death threats from fanatics who want to see the whole Siren race wiped out—including Celia herself, who is half Siren.
Luckily, Celia is on duty when a trip to a bridal salon is interrupted by an assassination attempt, so everyone survives. When Adriana returns to the Siren homeland to try to prevent a coup, Celia is free to hunt for the terrorists and the vile mage who is helping them (while keeping her eyes open for the perfect maid-of-honor dress).
Assuming the bride and groom both live to see their wedding day, this will be one royal wedding no one will ever forget.
―This series just keeps getting better, maintaining a delicate balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. The emotional components are just as strong as the action sequences, set against an increasingly interesting world.‖—Publishers Weekly on Demon Song
*A warmly involving, action-packed yarn whose heroine is engagingly tough, vulnerable, principled and passionate in equal measure.—Kirkus Reviews on Demon Song
*Adams is not making life easy for her heroine in the second installment of the hard-edged Blood Singer series. By making Celia an abomination in the eyes of most of the world, Adams forces her heroine into survival mode, which reveals much about her character. Entertainment ignited!—RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick! on Siren Song
*Adams deftly juggles the various story threads, maintaining a good balance of action, character development, mystery, and magic.—Publishers Weekly on Siren Song
*UF (urban fantasy) gets a noteworthy talent boost as Adams… launches a vibrant new series, The Blood Singer, featuring an indomitable and likable heroine… Witty dialogue and introspection keep the story flowing. Grab some snacks and settle in for a wild ride!—RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick! on Blood Song
*Celia is a heroine to root for: edgy but willing to admit to her weaknesses and show her vulnerable side… Adams hammers home a page-turner.—Booklist on Blood Song
What it’s like to live in the heads of the authors:
MODERATOR: Hello Ladies and Gentlemen. We have as our guests today for a round table discussion representatives from THE BLOOD SINGER series. Allow me to introduce, starting at my left, John Creede, Kevin Landingham, Emma Landingham, Dawna Long, Bruno DeLuca, and of course Celia Graves. Again, welcome, and thank you for coming.
CELIA: Thank you for having us. We appreciate it.
MODERATOR: (flips through a set of index cards) So, Molly from Detroit asks – “What is it like to live inside an author’s head?”
CREEDE: Strange . . . very, very strange.
(Nods around the room. Kevin snorts with amusement).
MODERATOR: Someone care to explain?
CREEDE: It would be bad enough with just one. But Cie and Cathy are co-authors. They think VERY differently. It makes things very confusing.
MODERATOR: How so?
BRUNO: Well, for one thing, they have very different taste in men, so they see us very differently, and put us in different situations that play up our strengths or weaknesses depending on who’s doing the writing or editing of that particular scene. In the race to win Celia’s heart they each have a favorite guy—and it’s not the same one. The editor has a favorite too. I don’t think even the three of them know how it’s going to turn out.
MODERATOR: How do you feel about that?
BRUNO: I’m actually okay with it. I wasn’t originally slated to be the love interest anyway. It was supposed to be Kevin. But he wasn’t.
MODERATOR: Wasn’t . . .?
BRUNO: So I stepped up. Volunteered. (He grins over at Celia and winks.) Glad I did, too.
MODERATOR: (To Kevin) You weren’t interested?
KEVIN: She was too young too . . . not innocent exactly, but inexperienced. She hadn’t seen enough of the dark side of life.
DAWNA: Only you could say that – after the childhood she had, and everything that had happened to her . . .
KEVIN: That’s just it. It had happened TO her. She hadn’t actually done anything much yet, hadn’t had to make life-and-death decisions knowing that if she made a mistake people would die, maybe a lot of people. I liked her back then, but she just wasn’t that interesting to me.
EMMA: But back to the point. What I find most interesting is how inspiration strikes Cie. It could be a song she hears, or something she sees. But WHAM there’s this lightning flash, and whatever it is appears here in our reality, and with it comes all this backstory, and how it’s going to work in the plot—frequently of a book that hasn’t even been CONCEIVED yet, and that hadn’t really even HAD a plot at that point. Frankly, I always make sure to read every bit of those story hints. I like to know what’s coming up in our world so I can prepare myself.
CELIA: Our whole world appeared that way you know. Cie and Cathy were at a Science Fiction convention, in the dealer’s room, and Cie saw this picture of me . . .
KEVIN: With a black daisy in your teeth. What in the hell was that all about?
CELIA: Just joking around. One of those things. I don’t even know who snapped the picture . . .
EMMA AND DAWNA SIMULTANEOUSLY: Vicki.
CELIA: Anyway, Cie gets this brainstorm, the lightning flashes, and there we all are, complete with world, attitudes, monsters, government, she even heard radio commercials for One Shot and PharMart in her head. Out there in her world I hear Cathy saying. “GO UPSTAIRS. WRITE IT ALL DOWN BEFORE YOU FORGET IT.” And Cie goes, “I’ve got to buy the picture.” Cathy answers. “I’ve got it. GO. NOW.” And our world was born.
DAWNA: (A little waspishly.) Not all of us.
CELIA: No. You came a little later. They wanted me to have a group of friends, not be some kind of a loner who had to do everything myself—particularly after Vicki died. I’m so glad you did, too. It wouldn’t be the same without you. (Everyone nods and Dawna looks pleased.)
MODERATOR: Next question – Lucy from Albuquerque asks, “Who’s Celia going to end up with? Which man will she choose?” Celia?
CELIA: No clue. Really. It could be any of them. It could be someone completely new. It’s going to be a long series, so it could be someone new and then back to one of these guys once I forgive them for doing whatever stupid thing they’ve done this time.
CREEDE: (ROLLS HIS EYES)
MODERATOR: Jennifer from Denver “You’ve had major characters die in the series. Can we expect more deaths? Will any primary characters die?”
KEVIN: We battle monsters, terrorists, demons, and the kind of people who think calling them up is a good time. It’s risky work. There are no guarantees that any of us will survive any given situation. We know it, too. So every one of us does what we can to stay sharp, be ready for anything. Even Dawna, who started out working as an office receptionist has been training, working out, learning how to swing a stake.
MODERATOR: Does it frighten you?
DAWNA: Are you nuts? Of COURSE. It’s scary as hell. But it’s important. Somebody has to step up, protect people, save the world.
EMMA: But there’s a price. One mistake can change everything.
BRUNO: And does.
CELIA: (Nods in agreement) And does.
MODERATOR: So, if we have another round table like this two, three, books down the road, some of you could be gone?
CELIA: It’s possible. People die. In our world. In yours. It’s a fact. It’s also what makes life precious. There’s only so much time given to any of us, and we don’t know how much. We need to make the most of it. In the craziness of the moment people forget that.
MODERATOR: You’ve had some serious losses in life, both before and in the course of the series.
CELIA: I lost my baby sister. I lost my best friend Vicki. It’s shown me just how precious life is, and how we can’t, and shouldn’t, take it for granted.
MODERATOR: Well, we’re just about out of time. Is there anything else anyone would like to say?
BRUNO: (Grinning, he turns pointing his finger at the audience.) READ THE BOOKS!
CAT ADAMS is the author of the much-lauded Blood Singer series: Blood Song, Siren Song, Demon Song, and The Isis Collar. Adams is the joint pen name of C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp, who live deep in the heart of Texas. They are USA Today bestselling authors with their Sazi and Thrall series.