I’ve been giggling like a loon while I post this interview. Jillian Stone is completely awesomesauce! She wrote me a short zombie story! lol And she brought me candy. I am so thrilled to get to know this author whose books caught my attention at the end of the summer…. Like I told her… *head/desk* They are on my TBR mountain. But now they are at the top 🙂
Sit back and we’ll share our virtual snacks and you can check out Jillian’s gorgeous book covers and stories and leave us a comment for a chance to win her brand new novella! And you can see the reading order for The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series and catch up before the release of A Private Duel with Agent Gunn on November 27th.
Me: Hi Jillian! It’s so lovely to meet you 🙂 Come in, come in. Take a seat on my comfy virtual couch and relax. Can I get you anything? Coffee? Tea? Something stronger perhaps? <g> Absinthe? Lol It’s such a pretty color…. *sigh* lime green is absolutely, positively my fav color. 🙂
Jillian: Phaeton Black, my steamy steampunk paranormal investigator, would be delighted to louche you a glass of abinsthe. The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, on the other hand, drink single malt whiskey, but I’m thinking coffee, black for me––a dark French roast, if you have it!
Me: *hands Jillian a cup of java*
(Jill inhales coffee aroma) M-mmm perfect, thank you!
Me: Soooo, *embarrassed blush* Ummm I have to tell you something…. I actually own two of your books… in print! But they are on my to be read stack. I love, love, love! Your covers (I’m a bit of a cover whore and yours got to me) and then the synopsis. So, I own The Seduction of Phaeton Black and A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis. I know that’s the second book in your Gentleman of Scotland Yard series and I will be making additions to fix my set! <g>
Jillian: I think I should probably sort out the two different series for readers:
Me: *nods nead* yes please 😉
Jillian: The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard Titles (Pocket Books)
Click on the covers for more info dear readers <g>
Put James Bond in a time machine and transport him to late Victorian London, add a good bit of Sherlock Holmes, a splash of Lord Byron and you get pretty close to The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. Although the detectives are reality-based characters, the plot lines, sleuthing methods and gadgetry edge on steampunk.
The Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series has got elements of erotic romance, paranormal thriller, Sherlock Holmes pastiche, and steampunk adventure. Do you think I write across a few subgenres? Does it sound like a wild ride? I hope so!
Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator (Kensington Brava)
The Miss Education of Doctor Exeter (Summer 2013)
The first book in this series, is an RT Book Reviews Top Pick. This is what RT wrote about The Seduction of Phaeton Black:
This book almost defies categorization, combining elements of steampunk, erotica, paranormal romance, and mystery. The atmospheric Victorian London setting has a dark gothic feel with ancient gods on the loose. The writing is witty, the characters delightful, the descriptions vivid and the sex earthy and erotic.
Me: *googly eyed* Wow! See? That’s exactly what made me pick up a few of your books. Sounds Delicious!
How in the world you were able to get 4 stories released in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, plus the 2 in your Paranormal Investigator world, in 2012?! *wide eyed gaze* You must write like a fiend! Lol
Jillian: Two of the books were written when I signed contracts with the publishers. An Affair with Mr. Kennedy was originally titled The Yard Man, and won the 2010 Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense, and sold to Pocket Books. That same summer, The Seduction of Phaeton Black won the Romance Through the Ages Erotica category and was offered a contract by Kensington Brava. Both offers were three book contracts, so I have spent the last year and a half writing the four full length books, plus a novella. Needless to say, I don’t get out much.
Me: <g> Well, your sacrifice is our gain 😛 I adore when books in a series come out promptly (isn’t that a fun word? 🙂 ) and as readers we can continue on the journey that the author is taking us on. What can we look forward to from you next year?
Jillian: The Miss Education of Doctor Exeter will be out in the Summer of 2013, there will also be more Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. I am also working on a dystopian erotica, which will be released in 2013.
Me: Dystopian Erotica? oooohhh!
Ok, *grabs a handful of m&ms* wann *swallows* Want some? *slides bowl nearer to Jillian* here at The Book Tart, I like to torture errr, tease an author with silly questions! Here goes…
Jillian: No thanks. I happen to have some Aussie pineapple licorice, on me––care for a stick or two?
Me: O_0 yes please! *moan* 🙂
I just made up a word Zygonnedoid please create a definition and use the word in a sentence. 😛
Jillian: Zygonnedoid: The mentally challenged cousin of Zaphod Beeblebrox, former president of the universe and a Douglas Adams character from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A commonly used noun used to describe members of a celebrity’s entourage.
Used in a sentence: “That useless Zygonnedoid?”
Me: *manic laughter* That’s epic! I adore The Hitchhiker’s Guide!
*snicker* don’t be a zygonnedoid
What is the 22nd line on the 100 page of your first novel?
Jillian: and I witnessed the body slide out of their grasp and down
Tell me a story please… zombie hoard and discord…
JUST BREAKING YAHOO NEWS: A zombie hoard caused all sorts of discord at the press conference in the Rose Garden, today. Secret Service sharpshooters on the roof the White House took out most of the hoard with the exception of one rabid zombie who managed to bite a Drudge Report newsman. Both zombie and reporter were shot through the head outside the oval office.
Me: Bwahahaha! *gasps for breath* haha 🙂
How *chuckle* How… could you compare your writing process to a detectives’ investigation?
Jillian: I do a lot of research, which is a kind of discovery. I sometimes search for hours or days for just the right research, which helps me world build, so the story comes alive for the reader. I have gleaned some wonderful details and subplot ideas for characters as well. Once I begin to write a character, they gradually reveal things to me which is a mysterious process, as well.
Me: Summarize your upcoming novel A Private Duel with Agent Gunn … Go!
Jillian: Phineas Gunn is an undercover operative for two of Britain’s most sensitive intelligence organizations. The cunning agent is asked to take on an unusual burglary case. What intrigues Finn most is a woman from his past. Is she a ballerina, a jewel thief or spy?
Now it’s time for The Book Tart Quickie
- Last TV show you watched?: The Walking Dead
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Dark Chocolate
- What are you wearing right now?: Pajamas
- Dream vacation destination? Back to London for more research, visit with friends.
- Favorite snack food?: Snacks change from salty to sweet. This afternoon I had a biscotti and coffee.
- Night owl or morning person?: Both. I like to write in the morning, but I love to stay up late.
- Ebook or print? I adore my Kindle Fire and prefer to read that way. I still love print books, though
- Fictional character you’d like to meet? Striker, Jamie Fraser, Jack Sparrow, just to name a few.
- Go To karaoke song? Abba’s Dancing Queen. Hahahaha!
- Fictional villain you’d like to meet? Lestat de Lioncourt, Louis or Armand from Interview with a Vampire, the novel not the film, except for Antonio Banderas.
Thank you so much Jillian for playing with me here at The Book Tart! I am excited to see what you do next. Your books have definitely moved to the top of my TBR pile 🙂
The Queen of Tarts
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Jillian Stone was born a storyteller. A skill that got her into considerable trouble as a youth until she solved the problem by becoming an advertising creative. And the career did seem to suit her as she won many national ad awards including the Clio and the New York Art Director’s Club Gold. What more could she ask for? Create her own worlds? Become goddess of her own universe? Yes! So, she began to write fiction. Her Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the 2010 Golden Heart and sold to 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.
Stalk Follow Jillian
Jillian is giving 1 lucky commentor her new e-novella
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce!
Contest is open now till Nov. 15th
The winner will be contacted on Nov, 16th and have
72 hours to reply before another winner is chosen.
To Enter please leave us a comment telling us your go-to karaoke song…
or the song you’re most likely to sing along with on the radio 😛