Friday, 20 July 2012

Character interview with Jillian Stone & Phaeton Black and America Jones + Giveaway

It is my great pleasure to welcome Jillian Stone author of the much beloved An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and The Seduction of Phaeton Black to Ex Libris! And Jillian has a special treat for us: she brought along Phaeton and America to give you an exclusive interview, yay! So please give it up for them and don't leave before entering the fantastic giveaway!

Jillian Stone Interviews Phaeton Black and America Jones: hero and heroine of The Seduction of Phaeton Black

(All photo illustrations are from Jillian Stone's Pinterest board)

Jillian: “I’m going to start with you Phaeton, because a good deal of controversy surrounds you at the moment. Critics, readers, editors alike can’t decide if you’re a hero or an antihero. Why do you think you are such a misunderstood character? Or are you?”

Phaeton: “You wrote me in the fine tradition of the Byronic hero. To quote Lord Macaulay, he is a ‘man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection.’ If readers skip over the story to get to the erotic parts, I’m afraid they won’t get to know me.”

Jillian: (laughing): “Is that how you see yourself? ‘That man of loneliness and mystery,
scarce seen to smile, and seldom heard to laugh...’

Phaeton: “Is that how you see me, Jillian? (he winks) If one looks at a character like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights––he can be cruel, malicious, detestable, hardly a cuddly character, and yet critics and readers alike are constantly apologizing for him.”

Jillian: “Perhaps, I didn’t punish you enough for your sins––you just have too much fun in The Seduction of Phaeton Black.”

America: “Oh, I don’t know––that awful Egyptian Goddess Qadesh nearly drained Phaeton of blood. And he was barely recovered before he was beaten and keel hauled by pirates. That’s quite a lot of abuse, if you ask me.”

Jillian: “Glad you’re jumping in America. Of all the scenes in the book, the scene where you and Phaeton first meet, in the alley behind Savoy Row seems to cause the most controversy. Why do you think readers react to it so viscerally?”

America: “Because the sex is a bit raw, as well as coercive––on both our parts. I have a knife to his neck and he has a ready sword (so to speak). Also, Phaeton is sexually dominant in this first sexual encounter. I suppose the impression can be a bit overwhelming but the fact that Phaeton saves my life seems to get lost on some of the readers.”

Jillian: “Phaeton was right, this is not the kind of book you can read and skip the pages.”

America: (nods) “Phaeton has so many small moments of kindness as well as his larger heroic scenes.”

Jillian: “And what about you, America. You find such interesting ways to interact with Phaeton throughout the book. As much as you have to put up with his attitude and ill temperament (you need a roof over your head) you still find ways to tease and frustrate him.”

America: “He pretends it annoys him, but really, I get under his skin quite early in the game. Just watching Phaeton deal with the inconvenience of living with a female was a lot of fun for me––and hopefully it is fun for the reader, as well.”

Phaeton: “What was I supposed to do? The pirates had stolen her merchant ships, burned her warehouse to the ground––I had never roomed with a woman before. I pictured it to be a misery, but I was mistaken about that. America turned out to be quite an astonishing friend, lover and she bakes the most heavenly buns.”

Jillian: At the end of The Seduction of Phaeton Black, I didn’t give you a HEA (happily ever after) ending, but more of an HFN (happy for now). What’s in store for readers in the next episode?

America: “Readers will meet a whole new cast of characters in The Moonstone and Miss Jones. An assortment of horrifying and amusing creatures from 1887 London and an extra dimensional, contemporary London. Not to worry, all your favorites are back, as well. Doctor Exeter, Mr. Ping (Jinn), Edvar the gargoyle.”

Phaeton: “Without giving anything away, at the start of the book two, I get shanghaied in Shanghai, and shipped back to London––I end up rooming at Mrs. Parker’s brothel again. Honestly––where else would I go?”

America: (grins) “And what was I to think? That he abandoned me in the Orient, of course. I end up chasing him half way around the world. Book two opens just as I am about to catch up to Phaeton. But from the moment I arrive in London, we are tossed into a horrific battle to save 1887 London from unraveling––or disintegrating. Or...whatever you want to call it.” (America winks.) “I’m not giving anything more away.”

Jillian: For those readers who’d like to see a visual storyboard of The Moonstone and Miss Jones please visit my Pinterest board

America: Or the website. There is a free read of chapter one on the Storyville page. Here’s the link.

Jillian: I invite you all to join Phaeton and America on this sexy supernatural romp––and by the way, Phaeton has a question for commenters:

Phaeton: Besides the bedchamber, name a favorite trysting spot (either in fiction or in real life).

Jillian Stone’s Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the 2010 RWA Golden Heart and is the first novel in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series for Pocket Books. Her sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on the next adventure for both series.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone

Hold onto your knickers ladies, Phaeton Black has arrived!

He's the man with the magic touch. A master of deduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known.

She's the devilish Miss Jones. Pressing a knife to his throat and demanding he make love to her––Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing after her. As dangerous as she is with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampire killer Phaeton is stalking––but she may be just what he needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possess uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only his salvation...or ultimate sacrifice.


You can win "The Key to Phaeton's Heart" necklace (see it on the photo below) and 10 paperback copies of The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone!

Steampunk necklace designed by Ula Kapala
Just leave a comment answering Phaeton's question (Besides the bedchamber, name a favorite trysting spot (either in fiction or in real life).) and fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered:

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The giveaway is open worldwide (but the necklace will only be shipped within the US) and ends on 23 July 2012!

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