Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Liza O'Connor/Peep Rep Nicely Interviews Gina Danna on Her Eternal Rogue

Today, I'm behaving and interviewing Gina Danna, and she specifically asked me not to let Foxlike Breaking News Interrupt our interview. 

Since she's new to my blog, I reluctantly agreed.

Peep Rep: I still get to show up, don't I? I'm nice to authors and your using MY couch.

Liza: Well, it looked friendlier than my normal set up for an interview:

Peep Rep: Oh yeah! So can I stay?

Liza: Yes. I'm holding you responsible for making me behave. Good luck.

Peep Rep: What? Oh gosh! I just recalled I have lunch with President Obama.

Liza: Fat chance. Gina, welcome to my comfy couch. Have a seat.

Butler from Saving Casey: Tea, madam?

Gina: Thank you. *takes seat* Oh, this is comfy.

Liza: So let's get to it. What is your favorite part of writing?

Gina: The creativity. And the use of my education – I’m a historian by degrees so, unlike college where you have a designated (& sometimes dry) research topic, now I can write about any time I like & have the skills to research it so I can make it real to the reader.

Liza: *shuffles* Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?

Gina: Editing – so painstaking…

Liza: *raps fingers* What part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?

Gina: Writing my first sex scene. Felt so awkward putting into words what you feel but got over it quickly. LOL

Liza: *Picks at lint* What part of your book was the hardest to write?

Gina: The beginning. Always hard to find the right way to open it that brings the reader in, making them want to continue reading, mainly because it's new to me too.

Liza: * rubs nose*

Peep Rep: Liza, you are being very rude!

Liza: I'm trying to behave, but I never realized how boring my questions are if taken literally.

Peep Rep: Maybe I should take over. 

Liza: But what will I do?

Peep Rep: Brush this kitten. It's in dire need of grooming.

Liza: Okay.

Peep Rep: Give me moment to change the banner...

Peep Rep: That's better. Now, how'd you come up with this story?

Gina: I was having a fascination with pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean plus I loved True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc. The story intermingled the two when my writing group said your story needs a hook. Hence, the vampire pirate!

Peep Rep: Very inventive, I must say. So describe your hero in five words.

Gina:  tall, dark, handsome, ripped & stunning ice-blue eyes <sigh>

Liza: *mutters* That doesn't even make sense...

Peep Rep: *glares at Liza* Quiet. This is my interview now. You're the cat groomer.
*turns to Gina and smiles* So who's your favorite character in the book & why?

Gina:  Alexander. I seem to understand & like my heros the most.

Peep Rep: Okay...You describe your character as sexy, Ian, Damon and then call him Alexanders.  I'm a wee bit confused, but I'm sure it will all make sense when we read the blurb and synopsis. So what your favorite line in the story?

Gina: Probably my fave line is when Alexander finds his lady love safe in London – and married to his brother. His love demands he reclaim her – the woman who made him feel alive again so he appears in her bed and states boldly - “I came back for you.”
Peep Rep: So is the brother named Ian or Damon?

Gina: Actually, his brother is named Nicholas

Peep Rep: Okay, still confused. No matter. What event occurred in your life that has influenced your novels?

Gina: ah, falling in love. He’s a writer too so I can talked to him about my work without feeling odd. He’s a big help & my biggest supporter.

Peep Rep. That's sweet. How would you describe your relationship with your muse? 

Gina: I’ve had my muse ever since I can remember, though she only spoke at me periodically (or maybe when I allowed myself to listen). But the last 3 years, we’ve been intense, except when the real world interrupted me. When I wanted to write, my muse was mad & wouldn’t talk. Took lots of coaxing… J

 Peep Rep: *shakes head and looks at Liza* How's the cat...Oh my!

Peep Rep: Seems the kitten has declared war on Liza.  *returns to Gina*  So let's check out your book.

Alexander Barrington flees his tyrannical uncle for the open seas where he becomes a ruthless pirate who turns vampire.

Captured and sentenced to hang, a fate he must avoid to keep his vampire self hidden, a reprieve comes if he rescues Lady Lavinia Sinclair from the French pirates and returns her to her fiance in England.

Alexander falls for the woman who makes him feel human and alive, but can he really have her without exposing what he is - a thief, the undead? The damned? Refusing to taint her innocence any further, he erases her memory of him and vanishes into the night but can he really exist without her?

Gina: Here's an excerpt:
Her Eternal Rogue (excerpt) -

“Lavinia Sinclair?” he asked. Fear stole her voice. A tall man stood before her, but it was too dark to see him clearly. All she could tell was that he had broad shoulders, and he dressed in black with black hair. Her imagination conjured the devil. A demanding demon. Her eyes fixed on his, which glowed, even in the darkness, and his voice dripped like poison. She trembled.

“Answer me,” he demanded angrily.

Lavinia’s mouth went dry. She swallowed hard. “Yes.”

Two bulky men suddenly appeared at her side. They were massive, their arms and chests built solid like stone. She was caged between them, with a bed behind her and their leader before her. Her stomach rolled, and she felt faint.

Ma chère,” he stated flatly, pulling her closer. “I’d love to play with you.” His silver gaze, glowing in the dimmed room, wandered down to her breasts. She shivered. Deep inside, desire licked for his attention. “But this is not the time.” Those eerie eyes held her. He was too close.

“How long do we have, Johnny?” he queried over his shoulder, his gaze never leaving hers.

The boy behind him came closer, revealing himself as the boy who’d talked to Jean Baptiste.

“Capt’n, maybe minutes. Prob’lay not much more.”

“Sir, takin’ from the Frenchie, is nae guid,” a man on the other side of the room muttered.

The captain gave a sharp laugh. “Then we’ve gotta get out of here,” he said with a lopsided grin. Like his eyes, the glimpse at his white teeth seemed unusual because they too shined in the darkness, and she frowned at the oddity, despite the situation “Jean Baptiste will want my neck.”

“Aye, aye, Capt’n,” came the reply as the window squeaked opened.

Where was he taking her? Her fear escalated. She struggled against his grip, trying to stay put as he dragged her to the window.

“We really don’t have time for this, milady.”

He snaked his arm around her waist, pulling her closer. When she opened her mouth to scream, he covered it with his own.

The sudden crush of his lips shocked her into submission. His chest and abdomen pressed against her, and his mouth engulfed hers. Once he touched her, his actions turned soft and gentle as he caressed her lips with his. He traced her lips with his tongue, gently probing for access. Surprised by his intimate kiss, she abandoned her inhibitions, and he invaded her mouth, seductively teasing her tongue with his. Suddenly, he stopped and pulled his head back. He looked into her eyes, surprised.
The pounding at the door snapped them back to the moment.

“Capt’n! We’ve got tae go!” the Scotsman pushed.

The devil holding her grinned wickedly and spun toward the open window, he lifted her easily under his arm. She gasped as his iron grip around her middle, and had no time to think as he leaped over the sill and down to the roof’s edge within seconds. Frantic that he would lose his grip, plunging her to her death, she sucked in air to scream. She opened her mouth but he clamped his hand over her lips, stifling her.

“Not a sound.”

He handed her over to the Scotsman and leaped off the roof. The Scotsman carried her to the edge and dropped her. She fell through the air to her certain death, but he caught her deftly mid-fall. He set her down, grabbed her wrist and ran to the docks.

“We waur beginnin’ to wonder, Capt’n,” a voice echoed from a small boat in the water ahead of them.

“We were…delayed,” he replied. He turned toward the boat and unceremoniously dropped Lavinia into it, knocking the wind out of her.

She opened her mouth to protest but, without air in her lungs, no sound came. Clenching her fists to pummel anyone near her, she was knocked over as the boat tipped leeward with the men pushing it off the dock. All she saw was the ocean. She frantically tried to stand to flee but the boat wobbled on the water and the men jumped in, surrounding her on all sides, preventing her escape. The man who had dragged her here grabbed her wrists, his odd eyes on hers.

“Doc, s’il vous plait,” he said over her shoulder.

From behind her, a hand covered her nose and mouth with a damp rag. She inhaled a putrid smell and the rugged pirate in front of her blurred. Her last vision was of his steel blue eyes and their odd glow as her world turned black. 

Peep Rep: That sounds fabulous! Give me the buy links!

Peep Rep: Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this 5 star book with us. While Liza's fighting with the cat, I'm going to buy the book. 

Liza: There, cat is groomed. I had no idea trauma could change eye color.

Peep Rep: Oh the inhumanity!

Liza: So Gina, how'd Peep Rep do?

Gina: Peep Rep did great and your cat grooming…well, should you stick to writing novels?

Liza: Oh look, you're book is on my iPad. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for coming by. Sorry Peep Rep had to intervene, but behaving isn't easy for me. I see you've left no stalking links. If you hadn't written such a fabulous book I'd be wondering if you were an author at all. Generally speaking, we love to be stalked.

Leave a comment because Gina probably needs assurance that she's glad she came here today.


  1. Good interview! For Liza, pretty tame!

    1. Yeah, she had to be - I was a wimp. Thanks for coming D'Ann

  2. LOL. Poor cat. Great excerpt Gina.

    1. Yeah, poor kitty is going to have issues - yikes! Karen, thank you for saying so about the excerpt :)

    2. I wouldn't recommend adopting that cat. She's insane now.

  3. Funny interview, even with Peep Rep trying to keep everything on an even keel (like my ship reference?). Your book sounds delicious, Gina. It's on my TBR list. Tweeted and Facebooked

  4. Liza - Thank you for having me :)

    1. I'm going to pretend today didn't happen. You get 2 more days.

  5. LOL, love your interviews!
    And may I say, hot damn on the cover!!!

    1. Thanks Brenda. They're much better when I give people the correct link

  6. Loved the interview and I just got the book!

  7. Loved the interview!!! Poor kitty, though! Tweeted and shared on FB.

  8. Fun interview! :-) Book is in my TBR pile....A vampire pirate soounds intriguing.


    1. I thought so too. It's in my ipad waiting for me to have time to read.

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    1. Glad to give you your voice little owl. Thanks for tweeting.

  10. Great interview. Although I wouldn't let that woman near a cat again.

  11. Your blog: the best way to come home and relax after a long day. Very inventive. Gobs of luck on your lovely vampire and his muse :)

    1. Thank you Barbara. You are so nice for a person coming home from work. I used to be terribly cranky, but that was no doubt due to driving in NJ. The book is very inventive. I love the mix of a pirate and vampire. Arggg I'll bite yer neck, I will. soon as I cross dis plank.

      Don't worry, I am quite certain Dana's hero does not talk like that.

    2. Nah, he didn't announce it, he just did it! LOL Bad vampire....

  12. Highly creative interview! So much fun to read -- even more fun to visualize the scene in the excerpt. My heart goes out to the poor, naked kitty, however. Perhaps in the next posting it will get some clothes.

    1. What an interesting idea. However, it's so mad at me, I don't think he'll let me near him ever again.

      I agree with you, the excerpt is really good. Got me to buy the book.

    2. I'll send the kitty some catnip...

      Elf - thank you!

  13. Fun interview, ladies! Can't wait to read this story!

    1. Thank you, Lana. Me either. I, well Peep Rep bought it, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I only get an hour a night to read at most. (During exercise hour)


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