Sunday, 6 February 2011

Creation of the Perfect Heroine ... for Me by HP Mallory + Giveaway

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My Sunday guest is none other than H.P. Mallory, urban fantasy author whose novels (Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, Toil and Trouble and To Kill a Warlock) are not like any other UF books you have read so far.

If you want to know why - besides the adorable cute covers instead of the usual gloomy dark UF covers - you have to read on and see for yourself (and a giveaway will also await you at the end).


Creation of the Perfect Heroine ... for Me
by H.P. Mallory

When I sat down and decided to write a paranormal romance, I had to ask myself what would my heroine be like? I've long been an avid reader of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, some of my favorite series being the early Anita Blake series, Sookie and the earlier Black Dagger Brotherhood books.

As I thought about the various heroines such as Anita and Sookie, what struck me was the fact that they were so strong, capable and independent. They sort of represented the ideal of the super woman--that woman who doesn't need anyone--she can slay anything or anyone in her path.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was nothing like Anita or Sookie and never would be. And that was what really allowed my heroine, Jolie Wilkins, to be realized. I wanted to write a story about an amazing woman who doesn't realize she's amazing--she has to learn along the way what it means to be a witch and have incredible powers. She has to learn to love herself and realize her own importance. I really wanted to write a story for all the women out there who can't relate to the super heroine. Ultimately, I wanted my heroine to be and stand for every woman.

A photo of Jaime King the way HP pictures Jolie to look like
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and Toil and Trouble, the first and second books of the Jolie Wilkins series, are both really about Jolie learning to love herself and realizing what an amazing person she truly is.

My interests are varied but aside from writing, I'm most excited about traveling. Uncovering new places and learning about different cultures is pretty incredible. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to live abroad--what an amazing experience!

As far as favorite authors, I'm a definite Jane Austen fan. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and the BBC miniseries is my favorite movie. As far as urban fantasy books are concerned, my new favorite paranormal romance series is the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.

You can reach H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: The Jolie Wilkins Series, Book 1A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.


HP generously offered an e-book copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble to one lucky commentator.

All you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. tell us about your favourite heroine! Do you prefer to read about superwoman, independent, larger-than-life heroines or ordinary, girl-next-door, could-be-you ones?

Giveaway is open worlwide and ends on Friday 4 March 2011.

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