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Day #20 Birthday Bash with Ms Missy Jane

Jun 6, 2010

Welcome to Day # 20 of JoJo's 30 Day Birthday Bash with Author Ms Missy Jane. Missy is here with us today Also celebrating her birthday! YAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISSY! So today JoJosBookCorner is also doubling as a birthday blog tour stop for Missy! And Missy is here today interviewing one of her characters Alexia Williams! Help me give Missy and Alexia a warm welcome! *clap clap clap*

They Call Me Death
By: Missy Jane

Alexia Williams was a young mother and wife before the war started. She baked bread, planted flowers in her garden and kept her household running smoothly day-to-day. Her transformation into a soldier for the Combined Human States (CHS) wasn’t a subtle thing. In a matter of hours from the shape shifters making themselves known to the humans who’d been blind to their existence for centuries, Alexia’s neighbors and closest friends turned her world upside down. Disbelief and defensiveness clashed until an argument ensued. It escalated quickly and in the aftermath Alexia’s husband and baby boy were killed. Her pain kept her alive and before long she made her place in the human military, fighting to keep shifters on their side of the wall.

MJ: Hello, Alexia. The readers have been very curious about your background. It isn’t everyday a “Suzy Homemaker” goes from that persona to a gun-toting soldier. Care to tell us about your transformation and which personality you feel is more you?
AW: Hello, Missy. I appreciate you taking the time for this interview so I can set the record straight on a few things. I know shifters and humans alike have a few preconceived notions about me. I don’t appreciate it from complete strangers.
MJ: Understandable. What misconception would you like to address first?
AW: Honestly, this idea about me being a gun-toting, ass-kicking, wonder woman is ridiculous. Sure, I’m a very different person from the Alexia people knew before the war. Hell, who isn’t? The civil war was too many decades ago to know any of those people, but I’ll bet war in their front yards changed them too.

MJ: Well, the shifters do call you “Death”.
AW: Did. They did call me “Death”. Since the Alpha has accepted me into his lands that’s no longer the case. But I would like to point out that his reasons for calling me that were beyond my control. It was never a conscious decision to be the best killer or kill the most shifters for CHS. I was just surviving and doing my duty. It also helped that I manned a part of the wall notorious for shifter migrations. The shifter city of Circe has long had a problem keeping their citizens in check. That’s why the human city on the other side, Georgetown, has such a heavily manned wall.

MJ: That makes sense. It’s odd though that shifters would congregate there when the wall stretches from coast to coast. Surely there’s a weaker crossing point.
AW: Not really. From what I’ve been told the Circe/Georgetown section is one of the lowest points. The ground beneath the ten-foot wall has sunk in some spots. That’s why the guard towers were built to keep an eye on it. Most of the less populated areas have robots and cameras, as well as sensors to keep anyone from crossing. I’ve heard one stretch of wall uses an ultra-sonic system with a pitch that deters any type of animal from wanting to get within miles. Ear plugs are great for human ears, but not so much for many animals. Plus, Circe is one of the largest shifter cities in the Federal Nation of Therianthropes.

MJ: Interesting. You seem to know a lot about the wall. Do you miss guarding it?
AW: (grins) Sometimes. My life has changed quite a bit since meeting Andor Olavson, but I’m still a soldier at heart. Before the war I never would’ve guessed I’d enjoy time on a shooting range or training with a sword. I still do both and keep in shape just in case. My loyalties might have altered a bit but I’m still human. I still have human friends and count them among the people I trust. I was surprised by how many people stuck by me when I left.

MJ: So, you haven’t reverted back to “Suzy Homemaker” then?
AW: (laughs) Not quite. Every now and then I’ll make a gourmet meal just to keep in practice, but I don’t have time for scrapbooking anymore.

MJ: So, if the shifters’ misconception is that you’re “Death”, what is the most common human misconception?
AW: That being shifter-friendly is the same as hating humans. How in the hell can I hate humans? I am one. It’s ridiculous but you’d be surprised by the crap I hear walking down the streets of Georgetown. Few will say anything to my face, but hate for anyone to think my feelings for Andor affect my being a “good human”. The intolerance is what led to the war and our precarious peace is still in danger because of it.

MJ: Intolerance and prejudice are as old as time. Do you think humans and shifters will ever be able to live together peacefully without the wall?
AW: I sure as hell hope so. I once watched a recording of the Berlin Wall being torn down. People were using their bare hands to pull the bricks apart. There were tears of joy and mourning for the many people affected by that damn thing. It broke my heart to watch it even as it gave me hope. History has a habit of repeating itself. Maybe we’ll one day show our children or grandchildren a recording of the CHS/FNT wall coming down. I know North America isn’t the only continent with one, but it has to start somewhere.

MJ: Very true. Time will tell, I guess. Well, that’s all the time we have for this interview, but hopefully you’ll join us again for part two?
AW: (smiles) You can count on it.

MJ: Readers, you can learn more about Alexia, Andor and what they’ve been through by reading They Call Me Death, available in print and e-book from Samhain Publishing here:

Learn more about the world of shape-shifters vs. humans
and here:

Thank you so much Missy for being here today
and for helping me Celebrate my upcoming 30th Birthday!!!

But wait don't go away! Missy is stopping by
throughout the day to chat with
her lovely fans AND Missy is also in the process of celebating her
Birthday too. So Missy is offering you awesome commentors, the chance to
win a secret prize!!!!! YAY!!!

** Must answer one of the Questions:
~Have you read They Call Me Death ? What did you think about it?
~ What did you think of the character interview?
***please include an e-mail address so the winner can be contacted

*Open World Wide / Ends June 18th*

39 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

buddyt June 6, 2010 at 2:13 AM  

I haven't read They Call Me Death so I can't comment on that but I liked the interview as it really explained a lot about the books and what they were all about.

It has led to me adding the book to my wishlist !

Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

strange_candy_reviews June 6, 2010 at 3:22 AM  

I haven't read the book yet either. But I really liked the Character Interview. It gave me a great inside into the story and characters without actually giving too much away.
I am going to add this book to my wishlist too!


tetewa June 6, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

This is a new author for me, I enjoyed te interview sounds like my kind of read!

joder June 6, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

I haven't read this book, but it's been on my wishlist for quite some time. I like the interview and how kick butt the heroine is, yet very likable.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Colleen,  June 6, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

Have not had the pleasure of reading They Call Me Death... but I loved the character interview... always get to see more of about a character's personality with interviews.
Once again Happy B-day Missy! :)

greenshamrock AT go DOT com

Pamk June 6, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

I've read this book and loved. The main characters arefantastic. Would love to read more by this author.

Barbara E. June 6, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

I haven't read this book, but it sounds fantastic. You really caught my interest with the interview and description.
Happy Birthday to Missy and JoJo.


Robin K June 6, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

I too have not read the book yet. Sounds fantastic. I love character interviews. Like reading mini books :)

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Anonymous,  June 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

Got to say I loved the character interview - I love hearing it from them! Happy Birthday to Missy! My birthday is next week too! Lots of June birthdays out there. I would love to read this book, it sounds like a lot of fun.

Cathy M June 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

Well, I've been lucky enough to have read this book, and it was one of my top favorites from last year.

The world building is fascinating, great combo of paranormal, romance and suspense, and I loved Alexia's strength. Hope we get to return to this world soon.

Happy Birthday Missy!

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

s7anna June 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

Happy Birthday Missy!

I loved the character was nice to hear about Alexia's views about being a part of both shifter/human's a difficult role she has to lead since there are so many misconceptions on both parts.


flchen1 June 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

Hi, Missy! A happy birthday to you AND JoJo!

I haven't read They Call Me Death yet, but it's on the TBR! I definitely enjoyed the character interview--I think they're a fun way to get to know the story and characters even before I dive into the book itself.

Happy weekend!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Missy Jane June 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

I'm finally here! Hope I didn't miss out on cake? Happy Birthday JoJo!!!! Thank you so much for including me in your celebration. I'm thrilled that everyone liked Alexia's interview. There will definitely be more from her and others in this world...soon ;-)

throuthehaze June 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

I have not read They Call Me Death but I loved the interview! Character interviews are so fun and interesting :)
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Martha Lawson June 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

Happy Birthday to both of you ladies!! I have not read any of the books. Missy is a new author to me - I loved the character interviews.

I follow on gfc

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Suzette June 7, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

I have not had the opportunity to read this book but I felt the interwiew gave us a good view of the female protaganist.

Victoria June 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Have not read this but I loved the character interview.

A Simple Love of Reading June 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

I haven't read this yet, but thanks to that awesome interview I am really interested in finding myself a copy now! Thank you that was so fun to read!


Missy Jane June 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

Thank you everyone! I'm so glad ya'll enjoyed the interview with Alexia. If you'd like to read an interview with Sandulf, the Alpha of FNT, check out his blog
Now time to pick a winner...
Congratulations Lily of Darkness!!! Email your snail mail address to You'll receive a prize pack and you're entered to win the grand prize at the end of the month :-)

Andrea I June 7, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

I haven't read the book. I enjoyed the character interview and would love to read the book.

van_pham June 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

I have not yet read 'they called me death' but it sounds great...will definitely be adding it to my TBL.


Jenn June 8, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

I haven't read the book yet. The interview was interesting, a little insight into what Alexis thinks
malleybean at gmail

Anonymous,  June 9, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

Sorry I have been limited since Dec. of '09 to library books, books I have won or online stories since I was unemployed & disabled. But your outline of your stories sound VERY interesting. Hope you are enjoying this Bash!

dyockman June 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

I have not read it, but I like character interviews. Makes me curious about a book. ;)

dyromance at gmail dot com

Elizabeth June 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

I think shes bad A. Any body who could do what she does and have kids then yeah shes bad A

diana June 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

Its so sad what happen to her family. But I was wondering if all shifters are bad

Lady_Graeye June 11, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

Hey Missy! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to me! Today is my birthday too. What a great day for a birthday!! You are fairly new to me, I can't wait to read your book. Do you have anything you do to preparwe to write? Do you listen to any certain musicwhile you write?


booklover0226 June 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

Happy Belated Birthday, Missy.

I enjoyed reading the interview and look forard in reaind more about Alexia when I read They Call Me Death.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Missy Jane June 12, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

Susan, I completely understand. My hubby was laid off last summer and it was rough. Good luck with that and your disability. Keep an eye on my site. I may be giving a copy away next month.

Diana, no not all shifters are "bad" just as not all humans are "good". This is something Alexia also learns over the course of the book.

Lady_Graeye, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sorry I missed your post and your birthday. Mine is actually not until Tuesday, the 15th, but at my age I decided I can celebrate all month long ;-)

booklover0226, thank you! Feel free to let me know what you think, even if you don't love it, via the contact form on my site.

Carol L. June 15, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

This was exciting to hear from the Heroine herself. I have not read They Call Me Death as yet but it's on my TRL .
Thanks for sharing.
Carol L.

Anne June 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

I haven't read the book yet, but I love the cover and title. I think I'd have gotten more out of the character interview if I had read the book.

Julie June 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

I haven't read the book, but now I want to. The character interview was really neat. I've seen interviews with authors, but this is a neat idea.


Darcie K. June 17, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

I thought the interview was awesome! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous,  June 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

I haven't read it. I always enjoy character interviews because it allows me to get to know characters just a little bit more

JoAnna June 17, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

I haven't read the book. The character interview makes me want to read it.

Stella (Ex Libris) June 18, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

I ahven't read They Call me Death yet, but have had my eye on it for quite some time. It sounds intriguing and unique. Interesting that Missy has a totally different shifter as her hero, good to see something else than wolves and panthers :-)

Can't wait to read They Call Me Death, it sounds exciting!

Please enter me too.

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

jellybelly82158 June 18, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

I haven't read They Call Me Death but it sounds great.
The interview was great

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

Spav June 18, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

I haven't read her book, but it sounds really interesting.


Leilani @Leilani Loves Books June 18, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

I havnt read any but my friend has and she recommends them so I want them!!!


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