May 24, 2010

Guestpost and Giveaway with Author Stephanie Draven

I'm so happy to have a new to me author here at The Geeky Bookworm today. Stephanie Draven is here to talk about how she tries to come up with new ideas. She needs your help so tell her what you think. Please give her a warm welcome!

Hi everybody! My name is Stephanie Draven, and I write paranormal romance for Harlequin's Nocturne line. I'm here today to celebrate the Geeky Book Worm's blogoversary and I thought I'd do it by talking a little bit about the creative process, asking for your help with my latest project, and running a little contest for a free ARC of one of my novellas.

When Harlequin made an offer for MYTHICA, my Greek myth-inspired paranormal romance series, I was ecstatic. Over the moon. I'm pretty sure I still haven't come back down. My first full-length novel, POISONED KISSES releases in October and I think I've announced this to everyone in my neighborhood, including the mailman. It's about a dark nymph of the underworld who goes hunting a modern day hydra, only to find out that he's not the monster she thought he was, and that the one man that can kill her, is also the only man she's ever loved. So, if you've ever wondered what kind of Daddy issues a daughter of Ares might have, my book is for you! Think Percy Jackson, for grown-up girls.

Anyway, in spite of all this mad excitement, after writing four back-to-back romances about modern day gorgons, chimeras, hydras, dryads, and minotaurs, I'm starting to realize that my creative process is a bit like one of those slow cookers. You know the kind--you set the timer, leave for the day and when you come back you've got a rich, delicious stew. In short, I need time for ideas to take shape, so now's the time to start thinking about where I go next.

I have a few ideas. I'll give you these very rough pitches:
- A sexy ghost huntress sets out to battle the 18th century lord of the manor whose been haunting her town she discovers a man who will fight for her heart.

- When an rock-n-roll diva is accused of luring midshipmen to their deaths, she learns the truth about her dark past, and falls in love with the one man who is immune to her siren song.

- An ambitious young witch has trained all her life to take the place of the Spring Sorceress, but when a powerful mage kidnaps her before she can take her vows to Mother Nature, the season of love may never be the same.

- To earn his way into heaven, a fallen angel sets out to tame a stripper and self-professed wild child, but what if she can offer him something better than redemption?


So what do you think? Got a favorite?
While you're thinking about it, I'd like to offer you the chance to enter a contest to win a free ARC of my novella, MIDNIGHT MEDUSA.

All you have to do to enter is sign up for my newsletter at then post that you've done so in a comment on this thread.
If you'd like to follow me on twitter or Facebook, I'll give you an extra chance at winning, and if you Tweet, Facebook, or Blog about this contest, I'll be happy to give you a third shot at the prize!

Giveaway ends Sunday 30th May!


A Buckeye Girl Reads May 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

I love the cover of Midnight Medusa. A series about Greek Mythology? I am so there! Happy Blogoversary! I had no idea we started our blogs around the same time.

pattepoilue May 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

Welcome Stephanie!
I love the idea of revisiting Greek Myths! I love Greek myths!!

The Siren idea for a book sounds really interesting. =)

tetewa May 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

Enjoyed the post today, sounds like my kind of series!

Stephanie Draven May 24, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

Buckeye Girl--I was really nervous about the cover at first! My second cover with Nocturne, for my Dryad book was just gorgeous. So I'm lucky!

PattePoilue -- Thanks for the warm welcome, and I'll take that as one vote for the siren song!

Tetewa -- thanks! Do you have an idea about my pitches?

SusiSunshine May 24, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

I really love the siren story but I have to say I'm so curious about the fallen angel/stripper idea. I so want to read that one.

Thanks again for coming over Stephanie!

pattepoilue May 24, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

Ok I have to admit that I'm also curious about the stripper/fallen Angel one...can I vote for both? lol The Siren and the fallen angel both ;)

katsrus May 25, 2010 at 1:56 AM  

Hi Stephanie. I really like this one:- A sexy ghost huntress sets out to battle the 18th century lord of the manor whose been haunting her town she discovers a man who will fight for her heart.

Thanks for being here. Enjoy your post.

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Stella (Ex Libris) May 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

Hi Stephanie! Please enter me too, this sounds exciting!

- I have sunscribed to your newsletter
- follow you on Twitter (@Stella_ExLibris)
- follow you on Facebook (Stella Ex Libris)
- tweeted:
- spread the word on Facebook:

Thank you! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Stephanie Dray May 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

Woo, thanks ladies! You know how to work that social networking thang!

skyla11377 May 26, 2010 at 4:16 AM  

I Have Always Loved Greek Mythology So Anything Having To Do With That Vein Is Something I Am Interested In. Your Idea About The Ambitious Young Witch Sounds Like A Story I Would Want To Read Also The The About The Fallen Angel And The Stripper. I Signed Up For Your Newsletter/Yahoo Group.

I Am Following You On Twitter (@skyla11377).

I Am Following You On Facebook (Raquel Vega-Grieder).

I Tweeted About This Giveaway On Twitter (@skyla11377).

I Posted This Giveaway On My Facebook Page (Raquel Vega-Grieder).


mbreakfield May 27, 2010 at 5:51 AM  

The book sounds great. I love myths.
I'm already a member of your group.
I'm a new twitter follower.

Stephanie Draven May 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

Oh, I'm keeping tally of the votes here! It looks like the angel and siren stories are in the lead.

Alexia Reed May 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

I vote for the ghost one! Sounds awesome!

Andrea I May 27, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

I like the Fallen Angel. I signed up for your newsletter and am now following on Twitter.

Bratty May 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

I didn't subscribe to your newsletter, 'cause I rarely read them, but I am now following you on Twitter!


angie May 31, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

I signed up for the newsletter
I follow on twitter @bangersis
I follow on facebook Angie Dubisher

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