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Book Tour: By: Alayna Williams + Giveaway

Mar 11, 2011

Alayna Williams 

About you:JJBC ~ Do you have any hobbies?
My husband and I are amateur astronomers. I also belly dance a bit...but not in public. Nobody needs to see that, trust me! ;-)

JJBC ~ What do you like to read?
I like to read all flavors of fantasy and sci-fi. My favorites are books that challenge me with endings I can't predict. When I pick up a book, I really want to explore something new to me that keeps me guessing.

JJBC ~ Can you tell us some of your favorite books you've read?
My all-time favorite is Robin McKinley's HERO AND THE CROWN. I read it when I was a pre-teen, and fell in love with fantasy ever after. It was the first book I'd read that had a female protagonist who slew her own dragons. I was hooked.

JJBC ~ What are your favorite types of Heroes & / or heroines?
My favorite heroes and heroines are ones that force me to think. I tend to like antiheroes and flawed characters - I think they're more realistic and I can relate to them more.

JJBC ~ Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My background's in criminology and library science. I've worked in and around criminal justice for the last ten years, and recently made the switch to libraryland. It's wonderful to spend time petting other people's books - it's heavenly. I discover so much just by wandering the stacks.
My husband and I live in the Midwestern U.S., where we're owned be four mostly-reformed feral cats. We're suckers for anything with fur that turns up on the doorstep with a paw out.

JJBC ~ Fav color

JJBC ~ Fav Scent
I really love Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs' Cobra Lily.

JJBC ~ Fav Flavor
Chocolate (of course!)

JJBC ~ Fav shampoo
Whatever's in the discount bin at the grocery store. I'm not picky.

JJBC ~ Fav movies
How to Train Your Dragon - I'm a sucker for dragons. Ladyhawke is one of my perennial favorites. And I loved Inception.

Your Writing:
JJBC ~ How did you first get into writing? Has it always been your dream?
I've always been scribbling, ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. It has always been a dream of mine, and I'm very fortunate to have the chance to share my writing with others.

JJBC ~ What genre do you write?
Urban fantasy, with a sci-fi bent. I love mixing magic and science, watching the interplay between intuition and rationality. Some of my favorite television shows are the X-Files and Fringe, and I love that sense of weirdness that extreme science and the supernatural can bring to a story.

JJBC ~ Do you have any must haves when you sit down to write?
I've never managed to be able to write with noise or distractions, so I never learned to write in coffee shops. I just squirrel myself away in the corner of the house and start plinking away. Usually, there's a cat on my lap within five minutes of settling down to write. I guess that would be a mandatory accessory at my house.

JJBC ~ Can you tell us how a typical writing day for you is?
I get most of my writing done in the wee hours of the morning, when I'm not at work and everything is quiet.

JJBC ~ What is one thing you think sets you apart from other authors?
I like to play with ideas that are a bit unconventional, and try to offer up things I haven't seen before in the market. I'm a big fan of market diversity for the reader.

JJBC ~ Whats the best thing about being an author?
Building worlds. When I start, the page is blank. When I'm finished, it feels as if I've conjured something from nothing, a real world with characters and moving parts. It's really exhilarating to watch it take shape.

JJBC ~ Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Stick with it. Persistence is important: persistence in keeping the butt in the chair, finishing manuscripts, revising,'s all about determination. It's easy to get disillusioned, but the key thing is to keep working through it.
I also recommend that writers try National Novel Writing Month at least once. It really helped me integrate writing into my daily life and improved my productivity. And the sense of community is unbeatable.

Pizza or burger  ~ Burger
Dress or jeans  ~ Jeans
Highlander or vampire  ~ Highlander
Fire or water  ~ Fire
Up or down  ~ Up
Black or white  ~ White
Half full or half empty  ~ Half-empty
Day or night  ~ Day
Star trek or star wars  ~ Both!
Sword or gun  ~ Depends on the target. ;-)
Eyes or mouth  ~ Eyes
Strawberry or cherry  ~ Strawberry
Old or new  ~ New
High or low  ~ High
Shower or bath  ~ Bath
Paperback or hardback  ~ Paperback
Desktop or laptop ~ Laptop
Coke or pepsi  ~ Coke
Winter or summer ~ Summer
Dog or cat  ~ Both! I love all furry friends. :-)

Alayna Williams has an MA in sociology-criminology (research interests: fear of crime and victimology) and a BA in criminology. She has worked in and around criminal justice since 1997. Although she does read Tarot cards, she's never used them in criminal profiling or to locate lost scientists. She recently took up astronomy, but for the most part her primary role in studying constellations and dark matter is to follow her amateur astronomer-husband around central Ohio toting the telescope tripod and various lenses. Like the Pythia in Dark Oracle, she's been known to belly dance. Unlike the Pythia she'd never consider herself a professional

Writing as Laura Bickle, she's the author of EMBERS and SPARKS for Pocket - Juno Books. Writing as Alayna Williams, she's the author of DARK ORACLE and ROGUE ORACLE.

More info on her urban fantasy and general nerdiness is here:
Laura/ Alayna’s blogs  :

She’s a proud member of Word Whores.

She’s at Facebook, and Fangs, Fur, and Fey.

And Twitter...@Laura_Bickle

Sparky the fire salamander from EMBERS and SPARKS has his own Twitter account, @SparkySalamandr

Delphic Oracle #2

The more you know about the future, the more there may be to fear.

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around - and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards - and Tara's increasingly ominous dreams - suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi's Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

Check out a Chapter 1

Delphic Oracle #2
Pocket Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99
ISBN 978-1439182819
Feb. 22, 2011

Alayna Williams writes with power and poetry, combining old mythos with complete ass-kickery. You don’t want to miss this series.”
                 -National bestselling author Ann Aguirre

ROGUE ORACLE is available at and Barnes & Noble.


Alayna is stopping by to chat with you all today!

is giving away
print copy of Rogue Oracle

And she is opening it up

*~*World Wide*~*


- Must ask Alayna a question &/or leave a meaningful comment

- Must leave a valid e-mail (please do not add your complete e-mail. we do not want it picked up by spammers. for Exp: leave DOT instead of .  or AT instead of @ )

**Giveaway ends Fri night ( 3-18 ) at Midnight, winners will be chosen and named here in this comments section

22 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

lushbookreviews March 11, 2011 at 5:04 AM  

Woo hoo another book to add to my read list and it sounds interesting. Win! Very good interview :-)

LittleMsBookish March 11, 2011 at 6:14 AM  

"Whats the best thing about being an author?
Building worlds. When I start, the page is blank. When I'm finished, it feels as if I've conjured something from nothing, a real world with characters and moving parts. It's really exhilarating to watch it take shape."

Very well said. It makes me wanna be an author although I'm really not that good in building worlds from scratch. But your answer's so inspirational. The process of writing seems unbelievable and extraordinary. :D

Stella (Ex Libris) March 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM  

Hey Alayna and JoJo! *waves*

Thank you for the fantastic interview!! Great questions JoJo, I loved discovering new tidbits about Laura/Alayna and loved your answers Laura!

I also love Inception, talking of which, I really should rewatch it, love how complex and layered it is.

Congrats on your new release Alayna, it sure sounds exciting! Wishing you lots of luck and many more books to come (well that is a selfish wish, I'd like to read many more of your novels ;-p)!!

Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I already have my copy, thank you Laura! :-)

(ps. are you starting to feel schizophrenic with my mixing up your two names, or is it just me? lol ;-p)

Alayna Williams March 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

Hi, lushbookreviews! Thanks so much for adding me to your TBR list!

Little MsBookish, it just takes practice. I promise that it's not a dark, mysterious art. The key thing, for me, is thinking about what the elements are in a UF landscape that are just a bit differen than our everday ones. And then asking myself..."What if? What are the ripple effects of those changes in this world?"

Hi, Stella! *waves* Nope, not feeling schizophrenic. "Alayna" is actually my middle name IRL, so I think I know who I am at all times. :-)

Thank you so much for all the good wishes! *hugs*

Inception was fabulous. I do want to watch it again for things I missed...and I rarely want to watch movies twice.

Bethany C. March 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM  

With backgrounds in criminology and library science, I wonder how long you considered yourself a student?


Victoria March 11, 2011 at 10:15 AM  

Hi Alayna,
In books I've read with Oracles they are generally minor characters. It's interesting that you've gone main character here. How did you decide to to this and have you found that you're a pioneer?
I'm adding you to my TBR list.


LindsayWrites March 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM  


so excited to read this book. Never read any of your work before and i'm looking forward to becoming a new fan!

Reading mind March 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM  

Hi Alayna,
I really liked the interview. I bet your background in criminoly helped you write the book and I must admit, it criminolgy sounds really interesting! I love reading about profilers and crimes and your book also has a plus, a little bit of magic!
A good new read to add to my TBR pile.

PS. The cover is amazing!

aliasgirl at libero dot it

SandyG265 March 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM  


How do you keep your different series straight?

sgiden at

Melanie (Books for all eternity) March 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

oh my, I didn't know that Sparky has his own twitter account - I've to check it out ASAP!!!
thanks for a great post and congrats on your newest release!
greetings, Melanie

booksforalleternity at gmail dot com

Alayna Williams March 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

Hi, Bethany C.! While I loved school, I was usually doing other things at the same time. I was a teaching/research assistant while pursuing criminology, and working in criminal justice while getting the library science degree. I think that I'm done with school for awhile, though. ;-)

Thanks so much for adding me to your TBR list, Victoria! I was wondering what would happen if the Delphic Oracle's priestesses survived into the modern day. In ancient Greece, the Oracle of Delphi was very powerful...and I wondered how that might work in the modern world with our healthy skepticism of all things that go bump in the night. I decided that they'd have to operate in secret...which opened the door for a whole new hidden world to build.

I think that a lot of people are curious about intuitive things in our society, so I don't think it's really pioneering as much as fanning the curiosity that many of us have. :-)

Hi, LindsayWrites! I'm so pleased to meet you, and hope you enjoy! :-)

Reading mind, thanks for adding me to your TBR pile! I love stories about crime and profilers, too...there's something very satisfying about watching characters solve a mystery.

SandyG265, I keep separate notebooks for the different books. I only work on one project at a time, so I get a chance to immerse myself in that world. Then I go away to the other world...and come back again. It's a lot of fun, and keeps things from getting boring.

Thanks so much for all the good wishes, Melanie! And, yes, Sparky was badgering me for his own Twitter account. Sigh. He's a very bad salamander. Rotten. Just rotten. He will probably regale you with stories about his dancing prowess, his time with Van Helsing, and that little incident with the Hindenberg.

BLHmistress March 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

Hi Alayna, IF you could have the opportunity to write with anyone who would it be and what genre would you like to write if you had the chance?


Robin K March 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM  

I have book one and cannot wait to get book two and read them together.

Alayna you are awesome!!!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Alayna Williams March 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM  

BLHMistress, oh my gosh. There are so many authors I admire and would be thrilled just to have a footnote included in their projects: Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Ann Aguirre. I love fantasy...any flavor.

Robin K, thank you so much! *HUGS* You are very awesome, yourself!

Pamk March 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

books sounds fantastic. Just curious what kind of jobs did you have in the criminal justice field. I've always been interested in what type of jobs you can do in that field.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

mariska March 11, 2011 at 11:47 PM  

Hi Alayna, following you around the blogs :)

want want want to read this book !

uniquas at ymail dot com

Mikki-Manó March 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

To be honest, I haven't read any book from you, Alayna, yet, but I've been planning to for a long time. I find books in my mailbox and feel the urge to read them instantly, so I don't really have to for other books.
But I read the first chapter of Rogue Oracle and I was suprised who it got my attention. I definately WANT to read it now, and I think I will order Dark Oracle soon, too :)

Alayna Williams March 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

Pamk, criminal justice is as close as possible to being a recession-proof industry. I've done proposed legislation analysis, communications, and IT. Most of that was in corrections, but some for state and feds. The tough thing about it is burnout. I wound up eventually moving over to library science.

Hi, mariska! *waves* Thanks so much for coming by! :-)

Thanks so much for giving my books a try, Mikki-Mano. I know that there are a lot of books out there under the UF umbrella, and I'm always thrilled when someone picks mine. :-)

winnie March 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

Hi Alayna,

lol, I feel a bit stalker-ish following you around in your blog tour, but I have to say again that I am very excited to be adding your books onto my TBR list! I love reading Urban Fantasy and your books with that added bit of a Sci-Fi twist really grabbed my attention! :)

I also enjoy watching Fringe! It's filmed in my city too and recently, they even went on location at my university campus - very exciting!


Alayna Williams March 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM  

Winnie, I'm happy to have you onboard for the blog tour! No need to feel stalkerish - I'm happy to "see" you! :-)

Wow- I would love to get a chance to watch Fringe being filmed. It's my favorite show on air now. Walter is my favorite, followed by Nina. Nina is the most awesome maternal character with a robot arm EVER. Who's your favorite?

Kasumi March 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

I'm just read the first chapter of Rogue Oracle and really enjoyed! The bad guy is... I never see something like that before.

I haven't read any of your books (no one is traslated to Spanish and I choose a very few in English) but I really like what I read so I'll put yours in my TBR list :D

Thanks for the chance with this international giveaway.


Alayna Williams March 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

Thank you so much, Kasumi! I really appreciate it. :-D

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