Saturday, June 15, 2013

Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway with J.L. McCoy, author of Legacy of Blood

 Today, join me as I welcome J.L. McCoy and her new release,
 Legacy of Blood 
Interview, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

Title: Legacy of BloodAuthor: J.L. McCoySeries: Skye Morrison Vampire Series (#4)Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal RomancePublisher: Self PublishedRelease Date: Feb 16 2013Edition/Formats Available In: E~Book & PrintSynopsis:

"Skye Morrison begged for death.  Fortunately, someone didn't listen.
Skye awakens to discover she has been irrevocably changed and the unprecedented circumstances of her rebirth have now created a new threat to her very existence. Sired by both the monster Amun and the vampire Archer Rhys, Skye must prove to the army of An Dilis (The Faithful) whose essence is most dominant within her and that she is not a danger to them or society.  The Faithful soon discover that she is unlike any vampire ever created before as she struggles to adjust to her new life and the changes that come with it.
Her recent brush with death has made Skye realize that life is precious and she wastes no time telling the one she loves how she feels about him.
But, Amun finds out that someone interfered with Skye's transformation and the intrusion makes him livid.  He gives Skye 7 days to come to him or he threatens to begin killing the ones she loves most. 

Will Skye be able to survive long enough to enjoy her new life now that Amun is hunting her and everyone she loves?

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About J.L. McCoy 

J. L. McCoy resides in the beautifully weird city of Austin, Texas with her opinionated Pekiweenie Isabel and handsome husband Kenny.  She has always been a passionate reader and enjoys watching movies, traveling, listening to heavy metal/classic rock/80s music, getting mani/pedis with her girls, and singing karaoke.  She loves body art and is hopelessly addicted to Sonic’s ice and Route 44 un-sweet raspberry iced tea. 

The Interview

Hi, J.L. I’m so glad you could join me today. I know your fans are eager to learn a little bit about you. For starters, can you share with us what the J and the L stand for?

            Thank you so much for having me!  I’m really excited to be here.  The J and L are the initials of my first and middle name.  Everyone just calls me Jenn.

1. How did you decide what genre you wanted to write?

            Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy was just a natural choice for me.  It’s my favorite genre to read so I knew I’d enjoy writing it.

2.  Is there anything unique about the setting for your new book?

            Well, the story takes place in Austin, Texas and anyone who has been to Austin knows it’s a pretty unique city (not to mention the Live Music Capital of the world).  We pride ourselves on our weirdness.

3. Speaking of weirdness, and many people who don’t write sometimes think we are weird about this but do your characters seem real to you? Can you relate to their story in any way that you would like to share with your fans?

            My characters are very real to me.  Skye Morrison is a part of me and I think that’s why her story is so easy to write.  I think the thing I relate most with is Skye’s constant struggle to please everyone in her life.  Skye tries her hardest to be the person each of her friends need and sometimes it just leads to disappointment.  We are perfectly imperfect creatures.

4. Do your characters remind you of any one in particular?

            I can’t say that they do.  My characters are unique to themselves. 

5. Does you heroine have any of yourself in her? If so, what features are those?

            There is quite a bit of my personality in Skye’s character.  We are both fiercely loyal and protective of those we love, sassy, and we have the mouth of a sailor when we are angry.

6. I’ll try to remember not to make you mad. J Do your characters change throughout the course of the story?

            Yes.  My main character Skye grows and evolves as her story continues.  She learns a lot about herself and how to deal with the issues she’s struggled with for most of her human life.

7.  Was any part of the book difficult to write or make you feel uncomfortable?

            I am not great at writing sex scenes.  I blush every time.

8.  Understandable. Was there any particular song or song track that inspired Legacy of Blood?

            There were a few songs that were instrumental in Legacy of Blood’s creation.  (Never Gonna Give You Up and These Days by The Black Keys, Fade Into You by Mazzy Star, plus many more)  I discuss it in the back of the book and also provide a full track list.

9. Legacy of Blood has a gorgeous cover. Can you share your designer with us and how you chose the picture?

            Thank you!  I’m totally in love with the cover myself and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  The photo was quite easy to pick.  Of all the shots we took of the model in that position, that one was the best.  The look on her face really says it all.  The cover was designed by Omar Rodriguez V. Digital Art.  Omar does phenomenal work and has done covers 2-4 of the SMVS.  Facebook Page:

10.  When you write, are you a plotter or a panster?

            I’m a bit of both actually.  I plot the big events of a book but let the story flow naturally in between.

11.  How long did it take you to write Legacy of Blood?

            About 2 months.

12.  What’s in store for the future? Any other books in the works?

            I’m currently working on the 5th book in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series and I also have a side book I’m working on.  It’s a contemporary romance novel.

13.  Can you describe your writing workspace?

            Colorful and a bit cluttered.  ;)

Fun Stuff

White or Red Wine?

            Totally depends on my mood, but mostly white or blushes.

Favorite Ice Cream?

            Cherry Garcia

Favorite Food?


Favorite place to read?

            Curled up in bed

Thank you, Jenn, for sharing about your book and sharing some of your secrets with us today. It was a pleasure to have you here today.

            It was fun!  Thanks again!

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Other Books in the Skye Morrison Series

Praise for Legacy of Blood

"[Legacy of Blood] left me breathless and wanting more."  -NarlyNut's Book Lovers and Reviews
"J.L. McCoy takes us on a continued ride of intense, enthralling, page turning fascination."(praise for The Original Sin) -NarlyNut's Book Lovers and Reviews
"And I can't wait to sink my fangs into the next book, to see what the hell is going on with Skye. Once again I give this book Five GOTHIC stars!!!" (praise for The Original Sin) -CYNTHIA SHEPP BOOK REVIEWS & EDITING
"This series floored me! I was sucked in (pun intended) from the very beginning." -Bex 'N' Books

For your pleasure, an Excerpt of Legacy of Blood

As soon as my head hit my pillow, and I fully relaxed, my eyes began to grow heavy.   All of the excitement I had been through today had taken its toll on me mentally.  I desperately needed to sleep and recharge.  Before I knew it, I was out cold.
Images flashed behind my eyes, interrupting hours of deep, sound sleep as I softly heard someone whispering my name.  Something was pulling at my psyche, demanding entrance, and I finally gave in to the request. 
Amun was standing by large body of water with his back to me.  As soon as I took a step toward him, he whirled around looking surprised but relieved.
“What took you so long?” he demanded, his black eyes taking on anger.  “I’ve been reaching out to you all day.  I could feel you but I didn’t have access to you…I couldn’t access your mind.  Something is interfering.  HOW are you keeping me out?”
“Ha!” I laughed and sneered at the small victory.  “You mean to tell me you can’t just come into my dreams whenever you want to?”
He flashed to me and grabbed me by my throat.  “You drank their blood?!” he raged in my face as he glared back and forth between my now colorless eyes.  “But you are mine!”
“I am no one’s!” I yelled back as I ripped his hand from my neck and pushed him away from me; the action utterly shocking Amun.  “No one owns me!  No one will EVER own me!”
“A piece of my very soul is inside of you,” he growled, quickly recovering.  “You are mine and you will do as I say.  You will come to me this night!  I DEMAND IT!”
I put my hands on my hips and smirked at him.  “Demand away, Amun.  I don’t know what you’re expecting, but I’m not going to just come crawling to whatever hole you’re off hiding in.  You have no control over me.  Get used to it!”
“Oh, I have plenty of control over you,” he sneered evilly as he took another step toward me.  “All those disgusting feelings of love and desire you felt for that Day Walker…Archer?  I put them there.  I made you dream of him, want him, make love to him…  I made you want to stay with him when you were so set on leaving.  I couldn’t very well allow you to leave and ruin all my plans!  But in the end, you betrayed me, Damu.  There will be a heavy price to pay for that.  You were supposed to stay, complete your change and then kill him and all his children.  Instead you drink his blood and pollute yourself?!  You could have been something great, something beautifully fierce and exquisitely savage, but now you are just another common, pathetic Day Walker!”
I felt my eyes flicker black as anger consumed me.  “I’m not your fucking toy, Amun!  If you think you can force me to feel things and do things for you, you have another thing coming.  I’m going to kill you for what you’ve done to me!  As God is my witness, you will DIE by MY hand!”
Amun chuckled as he looked me up and down and then tsked.  “Oh, my sweet Nisiqtu…you are still so headstrong.  I believe I was wrong about you.  You carry my mark in your eyes.  We are not so different after all, you and I.  You may be a Day Walker now, but the potential for greatness is still there.  The possibilities are endless now.  There is so much we can do to them now that you are one of them.  They will never suspect-”
“Fuck you!” I spat as I turned and walked away.  I didn’t have to listen to his bullshit.  He may have pulled me into this dream but, come hell or high water, I was going to walk out of it.
“You have one week to come to me, Skye,” Amun yelled at my back.  “If you do not obey me, I will start killing your friends and family one by one and I’ll start with that fiery girl who shares your home.  I believe I’ll sew her colorful skin into a new hat.”
I whirled around, my eyes wide and fearful.  “You lay one finger on her and I’ll-”
“Silence!” Amun roared angrily, his voice echoing loudly all around me.  “Seven days, Skye.  And you had better be wearing the presents I left for you when you come to me.”

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