Friday Fascination

St. Patrick’s Day Blog Guest – Author Celia Breslin

Why should you never iron a four leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck. Bawahahaha! Okay, that’s my Irish joke for the year.

Photo courtesy of Maren Kristensen
Photo courtesy of Maren Kristensen

Today, I’m all atingle to have the marvelous Celia Breslin as my guest. I ran her through the author ringer (the penalty for being on my blog), and this is what she had to say:

Hi, Everyone! C.J., thanks for having me over for a visit today. I’m ready to rock some answers for you. Fire away…

How many books are planned in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series? Five main books were originally planned for Carina, plus some short story and novellas for secondary characters. I reserve the right to adjust as the story and my Muse dictate. 🙂  I’m also stewing on a spin-off, paranormal romance werewolf series. Yes, you read that correctly — I have werewolves in my vampires, lol.

vampirecodeecoverWho is your favorite character from Haven and why? In truth, all my Haven characters hold a piece of my heart. But I have to confess Carina’s mentor Jonas is my favorite. An ancient vampire originally from England, Jonas embodies extreme violence in a pretty package.  He’s a man of few words, dark and moody, fiercely loyal and violently protective of those few people he loves (such as Carina). I adore Jonas so much I gave him his own story, a short prequel to Haven entitled “Vampire Code.” It released October 2013 from Champagne Books.

C.J.: I have a particular fondness for Jonas too. He’s violently protective – gotta love it.

Do you prefer to write fight scenes or love scenes? It’s a full-on tie right there. Both are oodles of fun.

What’s your current WIP? Oh geez, are the vampires watching? ::casts furtive glances, dons sunglasses:: … Vampire series book 2 is in the works, but I’m also working on a Fae paranormal romance. *Sh*… don’t tell my vamps. They’re quite territorial. 😉

C.J.:  Ooh, can’t wait to read your Fae story!

If you could have any super power, which would you choose and why? Hm, so many good powers out there. Carina’s ability to burn dead things is fun, but I think I’d like to fly. Or, have super strength. And telepathy. Aw, c’mon, C. J., let me have more than one!

What are you currently reading? I just recently tore through Eliza Knight’s erotic romance, Highland Bound trilogy–Behind the Plaid, Bared to the Laird, and Dark Side of the Laird. Two fantastic characters, gripping plot, a touch of the paranormal, and one compelling and sexy-as-hell love story.

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day and I know you’ve got some Irish blood going on, anything special you’re doing to celebrate and/or any tips to avoid bad fey?

Corned beef and cabbage is going in the slow cooker. Soda bread and ale and/or whiskey for the grown-ups, sparkling apple cider for the kiddos.  Sweet treats will be had by all, including any Fey visitors — everyone loves sweets!

If you were stuck on an island and could choose three things (or people) to be magically flashed to you, what or who would they be? My family without question, along with a genie in a bottle so we could have unlimited access to food and shelter and entertainment.

C.J.: A genie? Really? That’s totally cheating!

Favorites Flash Round

Ice cream: actually, gelato or sorbet

Movie:  currently, The Cabin in the Woods. Joss Whedon RULES.

Book Boyfriend: Can I have more than one? Well, in my stories… I’d say my man Jonas, but he prefers the company of men. And Carina will kill me if I say her fated mate, Alexander. He’s so hot with those smoky baby blues, lips to die for, and that scruffy hair I want to slip my finger into–oops. *ahem* nope, don’t want Carina to rip my head off, so… ::whispers:: Ravi. My merman. And Marcas, my earth Fae. Did the vamps hear that? Eep. 😉

CJ: Oh, yeah. Ravi…sigh. And Alexander. When do we get to meet this Marcas you speak of? Not nice to tease.

Season: Fall

TV show: currently enjoying Dracula, Vampire Diaries, and the Originals (vampires, vampires, and more vampires, please)

C.J.:  Yep, yep, and yep.

Drink: sake, soy thai iced tea, Peets Mayan soy mocha

Shoes: yes, I wear shoes… doesn’t everyone?

C.J.:  FAVORITE shoes, Celia, FAVORITE!

Artist: Amy Sol

Sports team: does Cirque du Soleil count?

Guilty pleasure: dark chocolate, especially Poco Dolce.

What a fun interview, C.J.! Happy St. Patrick’s day to one and all! ::waves::

C.J.:  Thanks so much for being my guest today – love Haven and Vampire Code!!

Haven By Celia Breslin – Book 1, Tranquilli Bloodline Series – Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Haven_500x750San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.

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Celia Breslin writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She lives in California with her family and two feisty cats. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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  1. Celia & Colleen, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Intriguing storyline for Haven…putting it on my TBR list.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Hi, Joanne – happy St. Paddy’s Day…and I just now realized I forgot to wear green today. Yipes! Haven is an awesome read!

    2. Hi Joanne,
      Yay! Hope you enjoy Carina and the vampires. Gee, doesn’t that sound like the name of an ’80s band? 🙂

  2. Hi CJ!
    Okay, I’ll answer your extra questions up there, lol… favorite shoes. Currently I love this brand: Fly London. Cute and super comfy shoes. I have a pair of shiny red platform Mary Janes and I swear it feels like I’m walking in cushioned slippers. I’m also a fan of Tsubo. Again, stylish and comfy.
    You also asked about Marcas. He made an appearance in Ravi’s story (aka Swim for Shore), you may recall. After that, he informed me (read: demanded. Such an alpha!) I had to tell his tale next.
    Thanks again for having me over for a visit! xo

    1. CJ Burright says:

      You could have just said tennies or stilettos, Celia… 🙂 Oh, THAT Marcas! I’ll be looking forward to reading his tale! And thanks for enduring the interrogation!

  3. You do know how to conduct a fun interview, Coleen. I enjoyed the questions as much as the answers.

    And whatever do you mean wishing for a genie is cheating. If I had 3 wishes, my first wish for we for more wishes. I’m not stupid.

    Sounds like an interesting book series. I’m not into the vampires or paranormal but I think the characters sound interesting. (Sorry, no cats or paranormal, but we’ve still got the Disney thing going for us.)

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Isn’t there some genie rule that if you wish for more wishes you end in a grisly puff of smoke or something? I’m pretty sure I saw that on Aladdin. I’m going to write a cat-vampire story someday and dedicate it to you, Patricia. You’ve been warned. 🙂

      1. Well now, dedicating something to me would put that “thing” into a new perspective. I just might become a fan. 🙂


        1. CJ Burright says:

          So, that’s all I have to do to lure Patricia to the dark side, huh? I could probably whip up some dinosaur erotica and dedicate it all to you in big, neon letters…kidding!

    2. Hi Patricia,
      Glad you enjoyed the interview. I had a blast hanging out with CJ. 🙂

  4. I’d like to have flying as a super power too. It would be so much easier than dealing with planes and airports! 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s day!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Yeah, or clogged streets! This is YOUR day, Coleen (I’m sure you’re a saint too)!!

    2. Hi Coleen,
      Being able to teleport would be fun, too. 🙂

      1. CJ Burright says:

        One super-power only, please. It wouldn’t be fair to the other supernatural beings if you had ALL the powers!

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