Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Accidental Human Christmas Giveaway and Author Interview!

Happy Holidays everyone! I am happy to welcome the the well known author Dakota Cassidy, writer of the Accidental Friends and Hell Series! Dakota has been nice enough to do an interview for all you Shadow Kisses readers and I'm excited to offer one free copy of The Accidental Human to a lucky winner! Keep reading for an interview with the fabulous and quirky Dakota Cassidy and chance to enter in this awesome Holiday Giveaway!

About Dakota
Dakota Cassidy lives for a good laugh in life and in her writing. In fact, she almost loves a good giggle as much as she loves hair products and that's saying something.

Her goals in life are simple, (like really simple): banish the color yellow forever, create world peace via hot rollers and Aqua Net; and finally, nab every tiara in the land by competing in the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss World pageants, then sweeping them in a stunning trifecta of much duct tape and Vaseline usage, all in just under one week. Oh, and write really fun books!

Dakota lives in Texas with her two sons, her mother, more cats and dogs than the local animal shelter and has a husband who puts the heroes in her books to shame.

1. Thank you for stopping by Shadow Kisses Book Blog! First off, how has your week been?
 My week—my month—my life has been crazy. LOL! Crazy, but good! Hope you’re well, too, and thanks for having me :)

2. Tell us about some of your most recent work?
Recently, I've just finished up the 6th and 7th in my Accidental series. Accidentally Dead Again, and The Accidental Genie. Followed closely by an erotic novella I’m working on for Ellora’s Cave.

3. Where do the ideas for your stories come from?
Mostly they come from some suppressed, dark insane place in my head, I’m sure. But I tell everyone they come from reality TV and life in general :)

4. Have you ever had any paranormal experiences of your own?
Um, nope, and I’d like to keep it that way, TYVM. I love to watch other people be haunted/turned into shapeshifters etc :)

5. What's the best part of being a published author?
Putting the crazy that’s in my head on paper and then forcing people to read it. LOLLOL!

6. What's the worst?
Oh, hands down it’s waiting to get your paychecks. We get paid in chunks every few months, royalties/advances/delivery of an MS, and it’s really tough to make ends meet while you wait.

7. What's a mistake you made that you wish you hadn't, but are glad you were able to learn from?
Not going to college and getting married instead, cus when I was suddenly not married after 20 years, and I had no education beyond HS, it sucked. A. Lot.

8. What would you include in a recipe for a great paranormal romance?
Laughter, laughter, laughter. Oh, and a hot hunk and a chick who likes hot hunks :)

9. If you were “accidentally” turned into a being of the night, which would it be?
I’ll pass on the night-beings (no chicken wings? Bah!), but I can tell you this, I’d definitely choose genie. After writing The Accidental Genie and creating all these cool nuances to being one, but still being able to eat chicken wings and have a cup of coffee—my choice was made :)

10. Do you have any musical muses while writing your books?
I don’t really so much believe in muses as I do believe in just sitting down and doing it because it’s what I’m paid to do. But I always listen to music that has no lyrics or I’m doomed to mouth the words and not get anything done. I listen to a lot of Rachmaninoff, Bach, Kenny G. and Zamfir (don’t judge-LOL), all instrumental stuff. Love movie soundtracks, too!

11. Many people are closed minded and feel the paranormal world is a bad influence for others to read about. Do you ever get judged for writing in the paranormal genre?
I’m judged about all sorts of stuff in my writing, and it’s mostly the humor—a very subjective issue for people. The paranormal aspect gets some cracks here and there. My favorite is, “Vampires/werewolves/demons etc, don’t do that.” To which I always respond, “Dude, you know paranormal creatures that can prove me wrong? If so—I want in!” I don’t really write much that’s controversial, and my take on the genre is very humorous—but it’s fiction, so anyone who disputes what I write—nitpicks words, or says I’m a bad influence or whatever has the right to their opinion, and I’m totally okay with it. As long as you don’t force your opinion down my throat, you won’t hear a peep from me :)

12. What message from your books do you want to convey to your readers?
To laugh—there’s always a reason to laugh. Always.

13. What is an interesting quirk you have?
Um, hmmmm. Oh, I know—I change my underwear twice a day and I use two different sponges to clean my bathroom sinks and toilets because it grosses me out to think the sponge in the sink was used on the toilet. Is that quirky?

14. Who are your literary heroes?
Stephen King, Nina Bangs, and as of late, Darynda Jones. Huge fangirl crush on her writing!

15. If you were stranded on an island and could only have three things with you, what would they be?
Smokes, lighter, Chapstick.

16. In most novels the characters fall in love right away. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in major attraction at first sight. I believe in mega-chemistry. To truly love someone is to accept who they are in full. I don’t know that you can do that when you can’t possibly know them fully if you’ve just met them. Learning their good and bad always takes time, if you ask me. Love is getting to the nitty-gritty and sticking it out at all costs. But you don’t always see the nitty-gritty up front because we’re all on our best behavior when we first find we’re attracted to someone, right? So I think it’s like I said, I believe in uber-chemistry and all the right elements in place to fall in love.

17. What is your next project?
Next up is a short I’m working on for Ellora’s Cave titled Stray’s Anatomy. It’s about a guy who’s a sort of wolf-whisperer and he’s hired to help rehabilitate a pack of werewolves that have been held hostage for a long period of time and can’t shift back to their human forms. I’m also working on more Accidental proposals and a proposal for another potential in my ex-trophy wives series.

18. Is there anything else you would like to let the readers know?
That I so adore them! They’re all so supportive and interactive with me, and it’s so appreciated :) I love chatting and hanging out with them on the various social sites. Oh, and that they’re all just a lil’ bit crazy. They have to be because they seem to understand me. LOL! Love all of my readers bunches and bunches!

The Accidental Human
Wanda Schwartz is raking in the dough selling Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics-and she's a pro at recruiting new saleswomen. So, she's shocked when a man comes to one of her in-home parties-a very hot man. Heath Jefferson is sure to put some extra spin into a lot of women's color wheels.

When Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it doesn't have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn't. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former bloodlust has turned into an old-fashioned lust-for Wanda. And he's already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.

Fill out the raffle for your chance to win one free copy of The Accidental Human! It is not required that you follow my blog but as always, it is very appreciated :) Giveaway is US only, sorry to my international friends. Hope everyone has a very marry Christmas and Happy Holiday :)

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Sherie said...

Loved the interview and your books Dakota!

Hales said...

Great interview OMG I love the if you know any paranormal.... crack. I love your Accidental series :P

Colleen Conover said...

Great interview Dakota! Love all of your books and looking forward to even more of them!
-Colleen Conover :)

Dan Corbett said...

We are not loyal and devoted readers!! She just pays us well. Wait, what do you mean being paid in doggie treats and colored string isn't really getting paid? But...but...but I LIKE doggie treats and colored string!!
So, there!!

Sheryl said...

I love your sense of humour, m'dear. Let's face it, you have to laugh at most iffy life situations, or you'd probably bawl your eyes out (bad for the bags). OK, maybe you laugh after the event, but there is always something to laugh about, if you think about it. We're human, after all. If people don't like your quirky SOH, tough. They can be miserable alone. OK, I'm in the UK (still get the humour!)so no prize for me... Sniffle ...but couldn't resist commenting. Great interview!

Johanna R Jochum said...

Love Dakota! Thanks for the interview! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!


Jessica Coulter Smith said...

Can't wait to read the new books in the series! The Genie book sounds particularly interesting. :-)

Dakota Cassidy said...

Thanks, guys--you're all awesome--and thanks to Cassie for having me!

Barbara E. said...

Loved the interview Dakota, you're so funny and I love your books.

druidgirl said...

Loved the interview Dakota. Thanks for the giveaway.


Diane said...

Wow, Dakota! You are everywhere this week!! Love reading your interviews and of course the books. Keep up the great work. :)

LIFE IS . . . FICTION said...

Personally, I think Dakota is Facebooks spokeswoman for Mac products, hair, and shoes! Oh, and VW Bugs! Now I just need to sample her writing~(シ)

Stacey Siferd said...

As always, I love hearing from our beautiful Dakota <3 If only we could all be paid in string...it would help me make alot more blankets :0) As for your books...you knowif someone beat me with a can of aqua net-- I'd still still praise you. Right after I went all Nina on em ;0)

Stacey Siferd


Maria Barrios said...

Great interview :)

Maria B


Chrystal said...

I don't live in the US so can't enter, but wanted to say what a great interview and I'm adding this series to my wishlist! :)