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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chaos and Moonlight by A.D. Marrow: Interview & Giveaway

Chaos and Moonlight
Order of the Nines, Book 1
A.D. Marrow

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital

Date of Publication: May 6th, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-63370-053-6 (epub)
ISBN: 978-1-63370-054-3 (mobi)

Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 91,993

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Media

Book Description:

The Nines, an elite group of vampires, was established to stand as protection for their race. Fractured by centuries of betrayal and loss, the group is now little more than myth, its remaining members scarred and shattered.

Taris, the oldest living vampire, is no stranger to loss and heartbreak. He is all that holds the Nines together as they struggle to save themselves from total extinction.
Enter the beautiful and brilliant Dr. Sarah Bridgeman, whose medical research has resulted in a breakthrough for both humans and vampires. Her work may be the salvation this weary band of guardians has been looking for.

Taris needs to reach Sarah and enlist her help—before those aligned against him can act. Can a vampire king convince a stunning young scientist to save a species that isn’t even supposed to exist?

For now, only one thing is certain: no science can explain the explosive chemistry between them.

Chaos and Moonlight is the first installment in the Order of the Nines series, and is A. D. Marrow’s debut novel.

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"It was several minutes before Sarah realized she wasn’t dreaming. The tall guy in her room, the creepy guy on the stairs, all of it had been real. After about five miles of telling herself to wake up, then looking at the tall guy who was driving, then pinching herself, then telling herself to wake up again, then looking at the tall guy some more, reality and the promise of a full-fledged panic attack set in.
    “I swear, if you let me go, I won’t tell anyone, okay?” Sarah finally found her voice. She had a moment where she thought that maybe this was a dream again, judging by the way the driver of the car looked. He was dark and mysterious, chiseled from head to toe—she should know, she all but crawled into him when they were running away from that other guy. She couldn’t make out much in the dark of the truck’s cab, but even in the faint light of the street lamps, something about this guy made her feel different. Maybe it was his voice—that deep, gravelly, slightly British voice. Maybe it was the smell that came off him, that man-mixed-with-leather-and-aftershave smell.
    “Who are you?” Her damned voice box rebelled against her and her question came out in a whisper.
    He was focused on the road, his eyes never leaving it as he maneuvered the giant diesel truck in and out of the one a.m. traffic. “I’ll explain everything when we get to where we are going. In the meantime, just sit back and try to relax, okay?”
    “Relax? Okay, yeah. I was taken out of my bed in the middle of the night by some guy I don’t even know, and then I was chased up the stairwell by a Sherman tank of a drag queen, and you tell me to relax? Yeah right, pal! Listen, seriously, whatever ransom you’re asking for, I can pay it. Just bring me to an ATM, and you can have whatever you want, okay? Just let me go.”
    “It’s not that simple, Dr. Bridgeman.”
    “The hell it’s not. Look, just let me out, and anything you want, it’s yours. Cross my heart, I won’t tell a soul you took me.” She made a little crisscross motion over her heart.
    “Like I said, Dr. Bridgeman, it’s not that simple. I don’t need your money. I need you to do a job for me. That Sherman tank drag queen apparently wants you to do the same job. I think, circumstances being what they are, you might want to consider working for me.”
    “Work, my ass.” Sarah mumbled to herself. “Who the hell are you, anyway? And what job could I possibly do for you? I’m a medical researcher, you dickhead.”
    He didn’t bother looking at her. He took in a deep breath and let out a long sigh.
    “My name is Taris. I’m an eight-hundred-year-old vampire, and I need you to use your medical research to help me stop the slow yet brutal extinction of a race of people who really do exist but are made into horror movie villains and romance novel heroes.”
When he was met with silence, he glanced over to see her passed out cold in the seat.
    “I knew it wouldn’t work.”

Author Bio

A.D. Marrow is a registered Sapiophile, a proud geek since before geek was chic, and believes that everyone deserves a happily ever after.

She lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her ridiculously hot and amazingly supportive husband, three kids that rock so hard there should be a national holiday for their awesomeness, two really stupid dogs and a plethora of Post-it notes with book ideas to last her until she’s 90.

Her childhood dream is realized in the fact that YOU have cause to read her bio. She hopes that one day, it lends her enough credibility to live out her second dream, which is to write an episode of Doctor Who.

Her personal mantra echoes that of Morticia Addams: “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

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Please welcome Chaos and Moonlight author A.D. Marrow to Diane’s Book Blog. 

How long did it take you to write Chaos and Moonlight?

Chaos and Moonlight was a book fifteen years in the making. Fifteen! That’s older than my kids. I worked on it in bits and pieces for a good bit, jotting down scenes in notebooks that I stashed away at work. I eventually put everything into a Word document and once it was finished, screwed up the intestinal fortitude to send it to a publisher. The rest is history.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

This is actually a crazy hard question! My first inclination would be to say Taris, but he’s already helped me weather a pretty big storm so I might give him a pass on that one. My second choice would be Achan because I would always be entertained, but if I’m completely honest, I would want Bane there with me. He has survivor running through his DNA.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite author of all time is William Shakespeare. I know that sounds incredibly lofty but I promise, it’s a genuine love. I read Hamlet for the first time when I was fourteen and I knew he was something special, even if I couldn’t quite understand everything that he was saying yet. As far as the romance genre, I will always and forever be a Jude Deveraux fan-girl. I read A Knight in Shining Armor not long after I discovered Shakespeare and I fell head-over-heels. I think Deveraux was and is always so honest with her characters and their emotions. I’ve never read a book of hers after which I wasn’t smiling.

What is your typical day like?               

Insane. Is that too simple, haha? I wake up fairly early. I’m usually out of bed by 5. I make coffee, make sure my super sexy Neanderthal husband is ready for work, fix lunches, and get everyone out of the door. Once I’m alone in the house, I will check my email, then work out and shower. After that, I go with the muse. I desperately wish sometimes that I was a meticulous plotter but I’m a hopeless member of the Pants camp. I do have a notebook with scene ideas that I refer to but as to what happens when, it’s all in the moment.

Which I do not recommend anyone else do, by the way. I’m a slacker.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am currently working on book 2 in The Order of The Nines series, called Mayhem Sonata. I can’t really say too much about the book, as it hinges on a MAJOR plot twist in book one, but I will say that it’s been one hell of a ride to write.  

What book are you reading now?

I am currently re-reading Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione because she is, to me, the reigning Queen of PNR. One of the things that boosted my confidence and gave me the greenlight that it was okay to have violence mix with romance was her Demonica series. I fangirl so very hard over her.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks? 

All of the above. I don’t agree that print is dead, nor do I agree that e-books are overrated. I believe that the important thing is THAT people read, not HOW they read it. Does that make sense?

Although, I’ve systematically replaced my Deveraux print collection multiple times.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

To say thank you would be far too simple. I tend to worry a good bit. I’m one of those authors that agonize over every word. Even now that the book is out, I still feel like I could have done better. My readers are my friends. They are my family. I have received some of the most amazing message and emails since this journey began and it’s just getting started. That people are willing to ride on this train with me continues to astound and amaze me and I can honestly say, I would not have the courage to write were it not for the love of readers. When I get messages, saying that my work makes a former domestic violence victim want to not only survive, but thrive? That gives me all the success I could ever hope for. I love my readers, truly. That they seem to love me back is just icing on an already amazingly decadent cake. 


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  1. I absolutely loved this book! I can't wait for the next book.

  2. Also, great interview. It was great getting to hear more about her:)


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