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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Contest & Interview: Chloe Neill - author of Chicagoland Vampires Series

Today Peace Love & Pat Book Reviews is thrilled to have Chicagoland Vampires Series and the upcoming Dark Elite Series author, Chloe Neill!

A "must-read-series" click the links below for my review.

Some Girls Bite
Friday Night Bites

I also have a contest for you guys. After reading the interview enter for a chance to win a copy of Chicagoland Vampires Book 1 & 2.

I was born and raised in the South, but now make my home in the Midwest, just close enough to Cadogan House to keep an eye on the vampires. When not transcribing Merit’s adventures, I bake, watch entirely too much television, root for my favorite college football team (Go Big Red!), play with my dog, Baxter, and spend time with a pretty great--and very handsome--guy (who I'm pretty sure isn't a vampire).  (visit:

PL&P: Welcome Chloe :) For those who are not familiar with the series can you please share a little something about the Chicagoland Vampires.

Chicagoland Vampires is an urban fantasy series set in—you guessed it—Chicago. Our heroine is Merit, a 27 year-old graduate student who’s thrown into the world of very glamorous vampires, who’ve recently announced their existence to the world. Merit becomes a member of Cadogan House, one of Chicago’s three Houses, and must learn to live under the auspices of a very particular Master vampire, Ethan Sullivan.

PL&P: How many books can we expect from this series?

There are currently four books under contract, but the story arc is about eight books long.

PL&P: There are so many books about vampires / supernatural out there, I myself have read a ton of them. Did you have a hard time getting your first book published? What was your biggest challenge?

Actually, I was very fortunate. I spent a good amount of time editing and polishing the books, but the first publisher to whom I sent it (Penguin) ultimately purchased the series.

PL&P: How did you celebrate the release of your first book?

I went immediately to the bookstore to see if I could find a copy. There was one, lone book. Kind of anticlimactic.

PL&P: The idea of having Houses for Vampires is wicked. How did you come up with the names?

Thanks! The names were geographically based. I knew Cadogan House had been started in Wales and Navarre House in France, so I researched names with origins in those countries. Grey House got its name because Grey was Scott’s last name.

PL&P: Is Merit, Ethan, Morgan, Mallory or Catcher inspired by anybody you know?

Nope! The people I know I already know, so I write about people I don’t.

PL&P: I absolutely love Merit. I love heroines that can kick butt. Her main weapon is the Katana and I saw a documentary about it on History Channel and I saw how they can slice and dice. Is there any specific reason why you choose it?

Thanks! I wanted a weapon with great historic tradition, and I didn’t want to use guns. Catcher gives a speech in SOME GIRLS BITE about why vampires use katanas, and it’s pretty true to my own thinking. It’s just the kind of weapon these vampires would use.

PL&P: Can you give us a few hints on what we should expect on Twice Bitten?

In TWICE BITTEN, Chicagoland Vampires Book Three, we get a deeper glimpse into the lives of America’s four shifter Packs when they convene in Chicago to discuss their future.

PL&P: Can you please share the current book that you are reading?

There are a few. Number one on my current list is KINDRED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb. The “In Death” books are probably in my top five favorite series. Eve Dallas is probably my all-time favorite heroine. Such a great, strong character.

PL&P: Do you have a book that you read recently and feel that it hasn't been noticed enough?

I love quirky nonfiction, and I’m about to start reading A.J. Jacob’s THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES. I absolutely adored his first book, KNOW IT ALL. If you’re unfamiliar, AJ set out to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from cover to cover. The book chronicles his study with a lot of humor and some very sweet moments.

PL&P: Is there any author that influenced your writing?

I didn’t try to model my writing after any particular writer; in fact, I started writing because—after reading all the urban fantasy series I could find—I ran out of things to read. So I decided to start writing the novel I wanted to read.

PL&P: FIRESPELL is your first book on your second series the Dark Elite, can you please tell us something about it.

Absolutely. In FIRESPELL, we meet 16 year-old Lily Parker, who’s been informed by her parents that they’re heading to Germany for a mysterious, two-year sabbatical, and that they’re sending her to boarding school in Chicago in the meantime. When she arrives at St. Sophia’s, she makes a new best friend, but also discovers that things really do go bump in the night...and that an underground group of Chicago teens is keeping the city safe from demons, vampires, and soul-sucking sophomores.

PL&P: Would you like to invite our readers on your upcoming book tours and other events?

I only have one booksigning currently scheduled, and that will take place at the Barnes & Noble stores in Greenfields, WI and Racine, WI on January 23, 2010. Readers in the Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha or Chicago areas should come on down! Readers can also find a current list of booksignings and guest blogs on my web site:

Thanks for having me today!

PL&P: Thank you for stopping by Chloe.

And now... for those who haven't read this series yet. here is your chance to start.
 Let me do the honor of giving you a copy.
 The winner will get Chicagoland Vampires Book 1 & 2.

Here's how to win:

+ 2 new/old followers
+ 2 Twit this contest. Spread the love.
+ 3 if you comment on at least two of my reviews.
+ 3 tell me what you learned about my interview with Chloe Neill

Contest starts today thru 12/09/09 {3pm PST}

You must provide a working email when you leave a comment so that I can notify you should you win.

Contest is open to Blogger and Non-Blogger and must be US and Canada residents only.

Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours (two days) to respond with a mailing address. If the winning contestant does not respond after 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.
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