Word-Slingers – Guest JoAnne Kenrick

Today’s guest is JoAnne Kenrick, paranormal author extraordinaire! Let’s give her a nice warm welcome!


1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since 2008, and fiction since the beginning of 2010. My first book, When A Mullo Loves A Woman, was accepted later that year by Decadent Publishing.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Not too many compared to what I see other writers having to contend with. But my plate is full. Family, keep clean house, and all that comes with being an author; writing, tweeting, yahoo group posting, book blog reading… the list is as endless as you want it to be. Oh, and don’t forget procrastination. That takes up a lot of my time. And we’re still painting our way through the house and fixing things up.

3) What can you tell us about your erotic horror paranormal release Strange & Beautiful.

Like the title says, it really is quite strange and beautiful… all wrapped up in a warped tale as told by Lucy Rot herself. Usually, Estella tells the stories but as this one is about Lucy, she takes over. This is Book One for the Tales from the Coffin series. Book two just released, and book three and four are ‘coming soon’. Five and six are on my to-write list. And book seven will be the finale as it stands now. But we’ll see where Estella and Lucy take me. Writing this series has been rather unpredictable with those two characters leading the way.

4) What is it about this genre that you like so much?

I love HEAs. I’m a romance girl at heart. Always will be. But twisted tales and vampires have always been a favorite of mine. A total Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and a Crypt Keeper fan for as long as I can remember. And I have always wanted to write something similar. When Decadent Publishing started The Edge series, I thought ‘here’s my chance’ and went with it. No HEA required? Awesome! Don’t get me wrong…if you read the series in order, you will most certainly get a romance in the traditional sense. But each book is a story within a story. One Estella, Dracula’s rejected bride, usually tells. These ladies are snarky, scary and sexy. I sure wouldn’t want to stumble into Estella’s basement for an erotic tale…and dinner time. Heck no! Although these ladies are monsters, in the literal sense, my hope is that I’ve also humanized them and given them heart so when they go through lives trials and loves ups and downs, you feel for them and strive for their HEA. FYI, the books should be read in order if you want to follow Estella and Lucy’s story. But they can be read as stand alones, also.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

To be honest, I never thought I’d write anything other than paranormal romances like Dracula’s Kiss being the vamp fan girl I am, so it’s surprising to me that I’ve written horror (Tales from the Coffin) and straight up contemporary romances (Irish Kisses). Even more so that they work and people readers love them. It’s a blast to mix things up. I’ve a women’s fiction story in mind that may get written one day. But knowing me, once the lead male is written into the story, it will inevitably turn into a romance.

6) Sweet or sour?
Sour. Or at least that’s what my daughter says about me! Oh, you mean to eat? Sorry! Sweet.

However, had the question been sweet or savory I’d have picked the latter. I’m a total chip/crisp junkie.

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Are we talking ice cream here? If so, vanilla. I’m in love with fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt at the moment. If, however, you mean swoon-worthy romance hero, then I’m not fussy.

 FAN INFORMATION
JoAnne Kenrick grew up in a small sea-side town in North Wales. Having experienced life in several different countries, she now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children and a lazy cat. When they aren’t demanding her attention, she can most likely be found watching a vampire movie, reading, or baking up a British feast in her kitchen. And if she isn’t in one of those spots, she is probably hiding in her writer’s cave.

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BOOKS
Series Overview:
Estella, Vampire Queen of the Rejected, royally invites you to join herself and her zombie lover for a fix of dark erotic tales sure to tickle your fancy and give you the shivers. But mind your manners and fingers, because she bites.

Character Profiles: Bone Cruncher / Estella / Lucy Rot


Out Now

Estella, Vampire Queen of the Rejected, is sick of men. Or so she would have you think. Ditched at the altar by Dracula himself, she’d rather spend her days with what she now believes to be the more faithful gender. Plagued by a Haversham complex, she gets her kicks by luring prey into her decrepit house with promises of erotic tales…but mind your manners, and fingers, because she bites.

Lucy Rotterdayne—a zombie better known as Lucy Rot—is Estella’s sometimes-faithful subject and lover. Although why she hangs around to be ridiculed and taunted by a bitter vampire, she has no idea. Perhaps the answer is rooted the story of how she was zombified by a doctor who is simply masterful with his hands?

WARNING. This is erotic horror. Happy ever afters are not guaranteed. For adult audiences only.


Excerpt
“Fancy bursting into my boudoir and expecting me to entertain on demand. The cheek of it. You people have no manners.” Estella puffed her raspberry-red hair into something that resembled an up-do and readjusted her breasts, shoving her plump flesh back into her once-upon-a-time-white corset. “I know. The word is out. I give great story. I do understand. You’re excited, who wouldn’t be? I am rather marvelous, if I do say so myself.

“In my day, though, the men held doors open for ladies, and the ladies tilted their necks to offer supper. Oh, no need to wrap that sweater farther up your jugular, dear, I’ve already eaten, so I’m not hungry…at the moment.” Estella stretched her arms out, licked her canines, and hoisted her moth-hole-ridden skirt to expose her alabaster thighs decorated with stockings laddered at the knees and splattered with fresh blood. “I can’t vouch for Lucy, though. She’s always hungry, aren’t you my little Deady Bear.”

Lucy groaned, burped, and stretched her neck out—to the right. Crack. To the left. Crunch—and dragged toward her mistress.

“Quit being disgusting and help me out of this coffin, would you?”

“Yes, boss.” Lucy, her mostly-faithful servant, shuffled across the neglected basement in their decaying house in the outskirts of York—the supernatural center of England—to her mistress while cursing her gammy leg and zombie disabilities. Minutes later, she parked her behind on the edge of Estella’s coffin and snaked her hand up her leg, smearing the blood as she went. “Finger- licking good,” she crooned before trailing her tongue over the torn material decorating Estella’s skin. She paused and held her hand up. “Shame I’m missing two of them. Wonder where I lost them? You’d think I’d feel them snapping off, wouldn’t you? Have you seen them?”

Tsking, Estella kicked her off and turned her nose up. Not because she needed to dominate Lucy—she had already put her in her place—but because she knew where those fingers were. And she didn’t want the poor dear to read the truth in her eyes. “I ordered you to help me out of my coffin, not suck my joint. My goodness, your hunger for flesh is insatiable. What was I thinking taking in a zombie? Blonde and curvy you may be, but you’re always trying to gobble me up.”


Out Now

Estella, Vampire Queen of the Rejected, is sick of men. Or so she would have you think. Ditched at the altar by Dracula himself, she’d rather spend her days with what she now believes to be the more faithful gender. Plagued by a Haversham complex, she gets her kicks by luring prey into her decrepit house with promises of erotic tales…but mind your manners, and fingers, because she bites.

 Lucy Rotterdayne—a zombie better known as Lucy Rot—is Estella’s sometimes-faithful subject and lover. Although why she hangs around to be ridiculed and taunted by a bitter vampire, she has no idea. Perhaps the answer is rooted the story of how she was zombified by a doctor who is simply masterful with his hands?


COMING IN AUTUMN


Thanks for coming by! Please leave lots of comments so that Ms. Kenrick feels loved and appreciated! There’s also a tour-wide giveaway you can enter by clicking HERE.


I’ll be doing a spotlight on author KT Grant and her book Alana’s Surrender on Thursday (7/12). Hope you’ll come back for that.

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the interview, Tory! Loved your question selection and had a lot of fun answering them xx*waves hi to everyone*I just announced the winner on my blog if you wanna pop over to see if you won.Also, there's a kindle fire contest going on there right now! Come on over and check out what the score it ;)http://britauthor.blogspot.com

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