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Day #2 Birthday Bash with Author Stephanie Julian

May 19, 2010

Hi My wonderful followers! Today is Day #2 in JoJo's 30 Day Birthday Bash, and i have brought with me  the wonderful Author of  KISS OF MOONLIGHT , MOONLIGHT MENAGE , and EDGE OF MOONLIGHT

Stephanie Julian

~How do you think romance has changed in the last 30 years?

I first started reading romance when I was in grade school. Literally. I discovered Harlequin Presents and oh, baby, I was hooked. From there I moved on to historical romance, Kathleen Woodiwiss, in particular. The women were barely women, the men were little more than cavemen but there was something about two people falling in love that drew me in. Over the years, romance has become a story of equals. Before, the men were always the dominant factor in the relationship, sweeping the woman off her feet. Today, the women can sweep back and I love that.

~What type of romance do you prefer to read?
Paranormal romance. I love world-building and magic and werewolves and vampires and those are the kinds of stories I like to read. And if they have hot, hot sex, all the better.

~What are your favorite types of Heroes &/or heroines?
I love wounded heroes. There's just something about a guy in pain who's healed by the love of a good woman. Or vice versa. I also love those old Presents stories where the arrogant male gets cut off at the knees and has to grovel for his woman. What? I LOVE those. Julie Porter always did those so well.

~Fav color
Depends on the day. Today, it's red, the color of the walls of my office. It's very creative.

~Fav Scent?
Okay, I love the smell of lilacs blooming in the garden, but when I catch a whiff of bus fumes (yeah, yeah, just stick with me a minute), I'm transported back to the three tours I took to Italy in high school. Amazing trips and I loved Italy.

~Fav Flavor?
Chocolate and mint. And rum and mint. And orange and peach.
~Fav movies
Big, huge, blow 'em up, super hero, fantasy love stories. Yes, Avatar would apply, but so does The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And Armageddon does as well. Don't judge me.

~Can you tell us about your favorite / strangest fan experience?
Just happened at RT. A woman ran up to my table, told me how much she loved my books and took off before I even really had a chance to get her name or say thank you more than a few times.

~What are some of your favorite Hero / Heroine names?
Gabriel for a male. I'm hoping you all get to meet my Gabriel someday. I love him.

~What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
Paranormal romance, the hotter the better. I'm a huge fan of JR Ward and Lora Leigh. But I also love Samantha Kane's Brother's In Arms series, which is historical and m/m/f, and Shana Abe's Drakon series, also historical.

~What are you reading at the moment?
I just started Jim Butcher's Small Favor. I love Harry. Love him, love him, love him.

~Is there a Genre you have always wanted to write in but for reasons you have not been able to?
Nope, I love writing paranormal erotic romance. There's too much "stuff" that goes along with writing historicals that I just never wanted to write them.

~Do you have a new release, or a new release coming out soon? Can you tell us about it?
My latest release, EDGE OF MOONLIGHT, was released in May and features John Simmons and wolf shifter Kaine Giliati.

Etruscan wolf shifter Kaine Giliati has longed for John Simmons since he willingly agreed to wipe all memory of her from his mind. The pain in her heart is only magnified by terror-the ability to call her wolf appears to have deserted her, as well.

For months after he and his sister escaped a crazed kidnapper, John has been dreaming about a beautiful woman he's never met but who seems so familiar. A woman he's shocked to find in a dark bar one night. A woman who agrees to come back to his apartment for raw, passionate sex.

One erotic, stolen night reopens old wounds, uncovers buried memories and sets Kaine and John on a path filled with danger, magic and potential heartbreak.

~What are 3 things that are must haves for you when you sit down to write?
I can only think of two: My glasses and my Junior Mints. Well, my computer but that's a given.

~Do you have a website or blog that your readers can keep up with you and your books?
I have both:

~How do you come up with character names?
I actually can't begin to write unless I have the right name for the character and if I try to write with the wrong name, the character doesn't sound true. My Etruscans almost always have variations on ancient Etruscan or Roman names. My eteri, those who have no magical blood, I try to pick names that you'd recognize, like they could live across the street from you. I always figure out background first, what their parents were like, where they come from and then I search for the name that would fit what their parents would think would be a good name.

~How did you come up with the idea for this series? From a dream, from watching tv, while reading another book?
Before I started the Magical Seduction series, I knew I wanted to write a book about magic but I wanted to draw on my Italian heritage. There's a lot of Celtic lore out there, but not a lot on Italian folk magic. Then I discovered Raven Grimaldi, a contemporary magic user who has written a series of books based on old Italian folk magic, and I discovered the 1800s book Etruscan Roman Remains by Charles G. Leland, from which I drew a lot of the folklore. And then I let my imagination have free rein.

~Did you have to do any type of research before writing this book?
I love to do research. I love to haunt Amazon for books like ETRUSCAN CIVILIZATION: A CULTURAL HISTORY, ETRUSCAN ITALY, DAILY LIFE OF THE ETRUSCANS, ETRUSCAN LIFE AND AFTERLIFE. If the book has 1000 pages and at least a hundred of them are footnotes and endnotes, I'm so there.

Pizza or burger?

Dress or jeans?
Jeans, short or long.

Highlander or vampire?
Vampire. Make him a Highlander vampire... ooh.

Fire or water?
I'd rather be hot than cold, so I'll take the fire.

Up or down?
Feet on the ground, please.

Black & white or color?
Color, unless it's "Casablanca." Don't mess with perfection.

Half full or half empty?
Oh, I'm a half empty girl, as my critique partner likes to tell me, but I do think it keeps me grounded.

Day or night?
Day. Sunny, bright, warm.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
I'm a long-time Trekker.

Sword or gun?
Sword with a big strong man attached to it.

Eyes or mouth?
Ooh, hard one. Hmm, have to think about that...

Strawberry or cherry?
Cherry limeades from Sonic. Yum!

Paperback or hardback?
Paperback. Easier to hold.

Coke or pepsi?

Winter or summer?
Summer. Bring on the heat.

Dog or cat?
Dogs are half-wits. Cats are way smarter.

Movie theatre or movies at home?
Movie theatres. The bigger the screen, the better.

Author Info:
Stephanie Julian

Author Website



My Review of Kiss of Moonlight HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by today Stephanie!
Its always a pleasure to have you on JoJos Book Corner

But dont go away yet, Stephanie is going to be dropping by
through out the day to chat with everyone.

Stephanie is also generously giving away 1 copy of one of her books (e-book)
(winners choice)
to one lucky commentor.

So Go ahead, start chatting away!!!

Only Rules:
Must leave a comment, and please include
an e-mail address so the winner can be contacted)

*Open World Wide / Ends June 18th*

52 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Tawania May 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

Great interview! You are a new author to me, but I'm very excited about reading Kiss of Midnight. I love shifter stories, and yours is intriguing. I'm wishing you much success.


A Buckeye Girl Reads May 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

This was a wonderful interview! I'm glad I'm not the only one who changes their favorite color depending on the day. :) And a Highlander Vampire sounds like a very good idea!
buckeyegirlreads at gmail dot com

Pamk May 19, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

great interview. sounds like we have the same taste in books. Your book cover is fantastic and I'd love to read it or the first one in the series. Love books about magic users

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

Hi Tawania, thanks for stopping by to say hi.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

Hey Buckeye Girl, thanks for saying hi. Colors are definitely mood enhanced for me. Some days it's green for the trees on my run. Some days yellow for the finches outside my window.
I'll have to give that Highlander vamp idea more thought...

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

Pamk, Hi.
Magic is great to write about, there's just so much freedom there.

JoJosBookCorner May 19, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

Hi Stephanie! *waves* Thank you again for being here today, and for the wonderful interview!

Tawania,A Buckeye Girl Reads,Pamk Thanks for stopping by to help celebrate and visit stephanie!

Victoria May 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

Hi Stephanie - I've never read your works but I think I'd love you. This interview was wonderful and gave me some insight into you. You really do love Chocolate mint (junior mints;)) don't you!
Your quick answers are similar to what mine would be except I'm a cold weather girl.

How about that Highlander Vampire? I'd love to read all about him. Torture him really bad - love how the tortured hero comes around.

Thanks JoJo - So far you're two for two in peaking my interest.

Musings by Mimmi May 19, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

Oooh, Edge of Moonlight sounds awesome!! How have I missed this one up 'til now?

Fedora May 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Hi, Stephanie! Thanks for the lovely interview--I've heard mention of your books before but haven't had the pleasure of reading them yet! Sounds like some pretty gorgeous world-building you've done--looking forward to reading about your Etruscans!

CrystalGB May 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

Great interview. Your books sound good. :)

Anonymous,  May 19, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

Great interview. This is a new author for me and I'd love a chance to win one of her books.

Stephanie G

Sweet Vernal Zephyr May 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

Sweet Interview! Cecile has been blogging about your books and I would love a chance to jump in.

Thanks ~ Miranda

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Victoria, I'm a Junior Mint addict, if you want to know the truth.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

Melissa thanks so much and nice to meet you.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

flchen1, I love my Etruscans. they're very real to me, especially since I draw a lot from my own Italian heritage.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Fredamans and CrystalGB, thanks for stopping by to say hi

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

I hope you get the chance to read me, Paranormal Haven, thanks for stopping.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
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Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

Miranda, JoJo is a wonderful book pusher. Thanks for stopping.

The Scarf Princess May 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

Ooooh, great interview! And by the number of questions we agree on, we could be twins. And I agree with you about cats, they're the far superior animal.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Brenda Hyde May 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

Vampire highlander *snicker* we have much in common. I love the big blow 'em up movies too:) Give me a Scottish accent and I'm so there, book or movie...LOL Did you like Braveheart?

s7anna May 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

I enjoyed reading the interview... I've got these books on my TBB list...
They look fantabulous.


Tori [Book Faery] May 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

Oooh awesome interview. Thanks!

I absolutely love the cover of Edge of Moonlight. Want!


Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

joder, glad you stopped by. I have two furry girls and my Bleu baby is my writing companion. She sleeps on the chair in my office all day, occasionally dropping by to sit on my lap.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

thanks s7anna, hope you get a chance to read the series.

SallyS May 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

That was an awesome interview!! It was really fun to read. Are your books on CD yet?? I love to have audio books in my car!! It is really hard to commute in my car and hold my books. The cops really frown on that. I constantly have at aleast 2 books going at one time. I haven't read your books yet, but I'll get there!!!

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

joder, my furry girls are my writing buddies. there's always one in my office while I'm working. Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

s7anna, thanks for saying hi and I hope you get to read the stories.

Stephanie Julian May 19, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

Hi Sally, sorry, none of my books are on CD. Yes, I've heard the police are tough on people who read and drive, lol.

Fiona May 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

Great interview! I haven't read any of Stephanie's books, but I'm definitely intrigued!


Unknown May 19, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Great interview. EDGE OF MOONLIGHT sounds awesome. Shifter stories are my favorites.

Stephanie Julian May 20, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

Thanks for stopping by Fiona

Stephanie Julian May 20, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

Shifters are my favorite too Marlene, thanks for stopping to say hi

Emmagan May 20, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

I love the interview and i so agree with you that Cats are way smarter! plus to me they are cuter too Xd.

And i love Chocolate and mint together it's the best.
I hate big screens it hurts my eyes, but my dad loves them if he could have a tv as big as the wall in in living room he would lol,

Stephanie Julian May 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

Emmagan, kitties are absolutely cuter than dogs. especially when they're looking down their noses at you, lol. thanks so saying hi

Unknown May 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

I love the cover!

Book of Secrets May 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

I enjoyed the interview! A Highland Vampire would be my favorite too, especially if he had a box of Junior Mints in hand! I just got my first eReader (Nook), so I'd love the chance to win one of Stephanie's eBooks...I need to start filling it up!


Stephanie Julian May 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

Manna, I know, It's gorgeous, isn't it. The cover artist is Syneca and she did the cover for my print book, Shadow Magic, as well. Thanks for stopping.

Stephanie Julian May 21, 2010 at 7:42 AM  

Diana, I got a Sony Touch for Christmas and I love it, though I still have so many print books to get through and my pile doesn't seem to be getting any smaller. thanks so saying hi.

Lucy Beugeling-Ramos May 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

Please sign me up!

Unknown May 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

sounds like a great book!

Anonymous,  June 2, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

I adore wounded heros too! There is nothing better than seeing a man build himself up especially with the help of a the person he loves. My faves are Aeron and Lucian from Lords of the Underworld and Zsadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Thank you for the interview and contest!
Yesenia, Silly Little Game

Amy June 4, 2010 at 8:19 AM  

That was a great interview!


Andrea I June 7, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

I enjoyed the interview and would love to read any of your books.

booklover0226 June 8, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

I enjoyed the post but I missed the chatting.. again!

Better luck tomorrow!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

JoAnna June 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

Would love to be entered in the contest. I will definitely add Stephanie Julian to my must buy list.

Anne June 17, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

Hi, Stephanie-

You're a new to me author. I love shifter stories so I'll be sure to add your Moonlight books to my TBR pile.

Anonymous,  June 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown June 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

That was fun! :-)

I'm also a huge fan of shifter stories, thanks Jojo for making me discover Stephanie, added her books to my wishlist, her Moonlight books sound exciting! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Cathy M June 18, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

Syneca really creates some amazing covers. Love shifter stories, Stephanie, and can't wait to start this series.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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