[Archive] Spotlight, Interview, CMCon16 Promo & Giveaway with Mari Mancusi_9.1.15
FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT
Spotlight, Interview, Coastal Magic Convention Promo and Giveaway
*Formatted “pretty” post over on the Author Interviews page of the website!!
LITERAL ADDICTION is thrilled to welcome the wonderful Mari Mancusi to the site today.
Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.
When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys
Mari is the proud creator of the BLOOD COVEN VAMPIRES, FIRST KISS CLUB, TWISTED TIME, APOCOLYPSE LATER and SCORCHED novels. She is also now writing as Mari Madison and will be bringing us her EXCLUSIVE ROMANCE series very soon.
For those of you new to Mari’s work, let me give you a peek into the first book in each of her available series to get you caught up…
Boys That Bite
BLOOD COVEN VAMPIRES Book #1
Two sisters—as different as the sun and the rain. For one, getting into the Blood Coven is to die for. But for the other, getting out could be lethal…
When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn’t expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real—and deadly.
Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she’s going to end up as the perpetually
SCORCHED Book #1
Don’t leave me here… It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise—her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it…
He’s come from a future scorched by
He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates:
Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head—a dragon that won’t be tamed.
APOCALYPSE LATER Book #1
Can true love survive the zombie apocalypse?
Nineteen-year-old Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. Now four years later, as she steps out from the fallout shelter and into a zombie-infested world, he’s the only thing on her mind.
Thanks to her
Yet all the weapons in the world can’t protect her heart when she runs into Chris again. The once sweet boy of her childhood has now grown into a tortured man–still furious at her for breaking his heart and never telling him why.
A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court
TWISTED TIME Book #1
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When a modern fashion editor stumbles back into Camelot and falls in love with Lancelot, how
Once upon a time there lived an outspoken fashion editor named Kat, who certainly was not your typical damsel in distress. But when a gypsy curse sent her back in time to the days of King Arthur, she found she’d need every ounce of her 21st century wits (and pop culture references) to navigate the legend. After all, surviving a magical plot, an evil prince, and a case of mistaken identity - all without changing history or scuffing your Manolos - takes some doing!
Luckily, she’s got her very own knight in shining armor, Lancelot du Lac, on her side. The honorable-to-a-fault and devastatingly handsome champion insists on helping her out, even though she’s not quite sure she wants him to. After all, shouldn’t he be off romancing Queen Guenevere or something? Will Kat manage to stay out of trouble long enough to get back to her beloved lattes, cosmopolitans and cashmere? And what will Lancelot’s forbidden love mean for the kingdom of Camelot?
Just This Night
EXCLUSIVE ROMANCE Book #1
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First in a sexy series set in a TV newsroom—from a multi Emmy Award-winning TV producer.
Betrayed and abandoned by his wife and left to raise their young daughter on his own, TV news photographer Jake “Mac” MacDonald has moved to San Diego for a fresh start. He’s sworn off women forever and devoted his life to his little girl. But when his brother-in-law drags him out to a night club, Mac can’t help but be drawn to the cute blonde who asks him to dance. Maybe he can make an exception
A hot fling is exactly what
Sound great, right!? Make sure to check them out. For now, let’s see what Mari had to say when I sat down to chat with her…
Chelle – LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi, Mari! I’m so excited to have you on LITERAL ADDICTION for an interview, and even more excited to see you again in February.
Mari: Thanks for having me! I am thrilled to get to go back to the Coastal Magic Convention as well! It was so much fun when I went a couple years ago.
Chelle – LITERAL ADDICTION: I generally always start with learning some things about our
#1: Can you tell us 3 things—no matter how random—about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
1) I once hugged a chair made of stuffed pandas that cost $25,000.
2) I once made sushi out of marshmallow peeps. (Best. Sushi. Ever.)
3) My step-grandmother played Kim Hughes on the soap “As the World Turns” for thirty-something years. She also guest starred on the original Star Trek as the Empath. (
#2: If you could spend the day with anyone—alive, dead, fictional—who would it be, and what would you want to do?
Mari: I’d go to Walt Disney World with Walt Disney himself. I’d love to see what he thought of all that has been done to the place since his death. I would also have him make the employees give us an underground tour of the tunnels and a sneak peek into the Cinderella castle hotel room. And let us skip the lines at Tower of Terror!
#3: Can you walk us through a typical writing day for you? Anything you absolutely have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing?
Mari: I wake up at 6am every day to start writing. This stems from when I had a day job and was forced to write before work. I trained myself so well that now I still do my best writing at that part of the day. As for what I have to have—COFFEE, of course. And
#4: Since we’re going to the beach in February, which of your characters do you think we’d be most likely to find on the beach and what do you think they’d be doing?
Mari: My new romance series that launches in March is set in San Diego so my characters get to the beach a lot. In fact, my heroine, Beth lives in a little cottage off of Ocean Beach when the first book, JUST THIS NIGHT, begins and she and the hero have a little one-night stand there. (So we know what THEY are doing—wink, wink!) In the second book in the series, BREAK OF DAY, the hero is a surfer and he’d probably be trying to teach my heroine (who is afraid of water after a childhood tragedy) how to swim.
#5: If we were to hop in your car or steal your phone, what do you think we’d be most likely to hear playing in your Music app?
Mari: Eighties new wave. The Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order…
#6: See, I knew there were multiple reasons I liked you!! :) Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the SCORCHED series?
Mari: I wanted to do a dragon book that wasn’t set in some far away fantasy kingdom. I wanted to imagine what it’d be like if dragons were introduced to our present day world. (They would so end up on YouTube, right?) I’d seen a cool movie called Reign of Fire which takes place in a dragon apocalyptic future and thought—what if people from that future could come back in time (like they did in Terminator) to try to stop the dragon apocalypse? Thus the seed for Scorched was born.
#7: What about your BLOOD COVEN and APOCALYPSE LATER novels?
Mari: The Blood Coven Vampire series was definitely inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At the time I wrote it, Twilight hadn’t yet become a
As for Apocalypse Later’s Tomorrow Land and Alternity, both those books were originally published as part of the SHOMI line that the now-defunct Dorchester had introduced. (Original titles were Razor Girl and Moongazer.) They were meant to be kind of “new adult” before the term was coined—having cool manga-inspired covers and younger characters to try to bridge the gap between young adult and adult romance. They were so much fun to write and there were a lot of dedicated fans of the SHOMI line. So when Dorchester went out of business and I got the rights back, I decided to republish them myself. Razor Girl was inspired by my love of zombie movies and is kind of Walking Dead meets Disney World. And Alternity is inspired by my love for
#8: I know that the series have wrapped up for the most part, but rumor has it, you have another YOU out there bringing us some goodness. Can you tell us a little bit more about Mari Madison and what she has to offer your fans?
Mari: As I hinted above (and as you spotlighted), I have a new series coming out from Berkley/
#9: Anything else you’d like to be sure and let our readers know about while I have you here—signings, anthologies, etc?
Mari: In addition to the adult romance, I also have something coming out for younger readers –my first official middle grade novel called GOLDEN GIRL which is about a girl training to be an Olympic snowboarder. It was a lot of fun to write—especially since I don’t get to snowboard much anymore, now that I live in Texas.
#10: Anything you would like to say to our readers while we have you here today?
Mari: Can’t wait for Coastal Magic!! It’s such a great convention and the beachfront hotel is amazing. I’m just hoping it doesn’t rain this year—like it did the year I went. Still, even if it does, the authors and readers are so much fun—it’s bound to be a blast.
O.K, rapid-fire… Go.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
DC or Marvel? DC
Angels or Demons? Angels
PC or Mac? Mac
Bond, Bourne, or Hunt? Bond
Call or Text? Text
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Morning or Nighttime? Nighttime
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Chelle – LITERAL ADDICTION: Mari, thank you so much for having some fun with us today and I am so, SO excited to see you again in a handful of months. :)
Mari: Yay! See you soon!
Do you want to meet Mari in person? You can! You can! You can meet tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 4-7 2016, as well.
Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and other romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of activities. The charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 4-7, 2016. Registration opened 7/1/15, so get your ticket HERE.
I’m offering up winner’s choice of eBook from those spotlighted today (with the exception of the one coming in 2016). To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget over on the Author Interviews page of the website 9/1 - 10/14, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!!