*Guest Post & Giveaway* with Stephanie Chong

WHERE DEMONS FEAR TO TREAD by Stephanie Chong

Publisher: Harlequin/MIRA
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Series: Company of Angels Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
368 Pages

Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…

After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.

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Hi Everyone! Please join me in welcoming debut paranormal romance author Stephanie Chong to Lovin' Me Some Romance!

About the Author: (From Author's Website) Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist. Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University. When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.

Guest Post:

Why the sudden clamor for angel-themed paranormals in today's market?

As for the angel trend in paranormal these days, I don’t think anybody can say for sure what drives any trend. My best guess is that there are a lot of writers who want to expand the paranormal genre, who are looking for something other than vampires. There are so many amazing, spectacularly outstanding vampire stories out there.

There’s another element to why I think this trend is catching on.

We live in difficult times.

The world has been sunk in a recession for several years. As I write this, the UK is reeling in the aftermath of mass riots. Drought-stricken East Africa is struggling with a famine. The environment seems to be falling apart. With the incredibly wide range of the Internet, mass tragedies hit with a harder impact than ever before. These days, I believe global events affect us all on a far more personal level than they did in the past.

Ultimately, I think the interest in the angel trend stems from people’s need to escape from the overwhelming nature of modern life, even if only for a little while. And our desire to explore the idea that there really is a reason for everything that happens.

Stories about angels and demons give us a chance to think about big concepts like redemption and forgiveness. And about resistance in the face of the greatest adversity possible: pure evil.

Was this market need taken into consideration when writing WDFTT?

No way. The conventional advice is this: do not write to catch a trend, because trends are impossible to catch.

I started writing Where Demons Fear to Tread in January 2009. At that time, there was such thing as an angel trend. There were a few angel books out there, but nothing you could identify as “a market need.”

What I did take into consideration was, as I mentioned above, the state of the world and what I want to contribute to it. Above all, I wanted to write a story that celebrates the power of love.

By the time I met my editor in October 2009, there were whisperings of an angel trend. I was extremely lucky that everything fell into place for this book. And now, here we are nearly two years later, in the middle of what you call a “clamor.” :)

Giveaway Details:

Thanks to Planned TV Arts, I have one copy of WHERE DEMONS FEAR TO TREAD to give away! Here's how to enter:

*Comment with a Valid Email Address (Entrants that do not leave an email address will be disqualified)*

**Contest Open to USA and Canada ONLY**

***Contest Closes Thursday, September 15th at Midnight U.S. Pacific Standard Time and the Winner will be Chosen by Sue Moorcroft and Announced Friday, September 16th***

26 comments:

YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

Wow! This sounds likes a really great read! Thanks so much for the hot tip!

Kudos to you , Stephanie for being in the right place at the right time!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Kate
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AsianCocoa said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway. The blurb sounds great.

~ Monique @ AsianCocoa's Secret Garden

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Natasha said...

I reallyyy want to read this! Great giveaway!

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Pamk said...

love the cover and it sounds like a great story.
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donnas said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance!!

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jfort357 said...

Stephanie's work is new to me. This book sounds very intriguing!!! Love paranormal romances!!! Thanks, Vampfangirl, for sharing & the chance to win!!! :-)

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Mary said...

This sounds like a great book, I can't wait to read this one.

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elaing8 said...

I've wanted this book since I first read about it.It sounds awesome.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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Na said...

Demons and angel stories are still new to me and I would love to read about them. They sound esepcially great in this book.

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Barb P said...

I have this book on my TBB list. It sounds fantastic.I agree, I think that there is a very good reason for how well the angel themed books are doing right now. Good or bad they are a symbol that people are looking for right now. I want to say Congrats to Stephanie on her release. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

Martha Lawson said...

I'd love to be entered to win this one. It's on my to buy list.

old gfc follower

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Alcott said...

This sounds like a great read - and such a beautiful cover!!

Thank you for the contest!

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Barbara E. said...

This book is on my wish list, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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InkedDreams said...

I want to read this so bad. It would be such a lovely change from the children's book I read my daughter.

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Emily Tardy said...

Congrats on the release Stephanie!
I can't wait to read this book, thank you for the chance to win!

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Maureen said...

I would love to win it!
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debbie h said...

I'm not here for the contest, I already own a copy and read and reviewed it for Mira, but I wanted to tell all of you who haven't read it. It's great.
And I really agree with what Stephanie said about the attraction to these kind of novels, escape from our complicated lives and the uncertain world we live in now is a big reason that I love paranormal and Urban Fantasy romance.
thanks for the great read Stephanie and thanks for the wonderful interview Vampfangirl.
Deb

Juana said...

My favorite book genre. This book sounds like a keeper. I added it to my book wish list.

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msmjb65 said...

This book looks great. Pleae throw my name into the proverbial hat.
MJB
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Marlene said...

This sounds like a great series definitely going on my tbr list. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Sara M said...

This book sounds really great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sara M
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erin said...

Love the cover! It also sounds like such an original premise! Added to my wishlist! Thanks for the great interview, review and giveaway!

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wade2121 said...

This sounds like an awesome book!

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Margay said...

This sounds like a fantastic book! I'd love to win it.


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CarlyP said...

This seems great!
Thanks for the giveaway!
carly.propper@hotmail.com

Carly Propper

Alicia0605 said...

There have been so many great reviews for this one! I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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