MFT Interview and Giveaway with Sable Grace

Today on the blog I’ve got the powerhouse writing team of Heather Waters and Laura Berone, better known as Sable Grace. Their sizzling novel, Ascension, just hit the shelves and I’m happy to say that we’ve got one copy up for grabs to one lucky winner!

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 Your bio says that you were critique partners that discovered an affinity for combining your individual talents. It’s pretty awesome how that came about and must have been an exciting discovery! How long have you been friends?

A writer defines themselves by their voice. To learn that you can take two distinct voices and merge them well enough that a new person with a voice completely her own is born was beyond belief. We’ve been friends ten years now. No wait, make that about seven years. When we first met, we didn’t really like each other much. Thankfully, we moved beyond those differences and a lasting friendship developed.

Ascension is the first novel in your brand new urban fantasy series. I find it fascinating when authors collaborate, and always wonder if it’s a process that takes longer then if an author writes alone. How long did Ascension take to complete?

Since we’re both fast writers—okay, so Heather’s faster, but Laura’s able to hold her own most days—the first draft of Ascension was completed in eighty-two days. Yes, we can give you the exact date because Heather has a secret love for spreadsheets and Laura has this incredible desire to watch the little pie chart fill up. It’s odd, we know, but it works well for us. The process can take longer than working solo if one of us is having a bad day, week, month. There’s delays in writing because you can’t move forward until you’ve spoken to your partner. But it can also be faster due to the same circumstances. If one of us is having a bad day, week or month, then the other can pick up the slack. So it kinda evens out.

Did you know when you started Ascension that it would be part of a series, or did that come about later?

We knew from the beginning that Ascension was part of a series. How many parts? Well, we have a number in our heads, but the actual count depends on our editor and the readers, but we sure hope to see the Dark Breed Novels continue for a long time.

The cover art for Ascension is pretty awesome! Did you both have a say in what the cover would look like?

The cover is hot, isn’t it! We fell in love with it when we saw an emailed black and white version. The original apparently had pretty bad 80’s hair, but our editor nipped that in the bud, thank goodness, and now Kyana looks pretty kick ass!

Kyana is half Vampire, half Lychen, so of course that brings to mind Kate Beckinsale in Underworld. What actress would you choose to play Kyana if Ascension were made into a movie?

Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra from the movie Serenity (and the TV show Firefly) is our image of Kyana. The looks and the way she carried herself on the shows fits Kyana perfectly. If we’re ever blessed to see Ascension hit the big screen, it would totally rock if Baccarin was offered the role.

When the two of you aren’t writing about kick-ass heroines, what do you like to do for fun?

Top of the list would be spending time with our families. For the most part, they’re pretty understanding when it comes to our writing time—well, Heather’s is anyway. Laura’s are still a little too young to understand what “I’m working” means—and deserve the attention when we’re not writing. After them would be reading, watching all the Tivo’ed shows we’ve missed, and working on our individual projects. We’re also avid gamers making us both pretty old geeks.

Can you give us the scoop on upcoming projects? Maybe a teaser from the next Dark Breed novel?

Well, Dark Breed Novel Book 2, will be released in January 2012. We just turned in Book 3 and will be starting Book 4 in the series soon. Readers will get to see a lot more of the ancient gods and will get to stray (not too far) from St. Augustine to see other parts of Florida… or whatever’s left of them after the destruction… as well as more of the other worlds we’ve created. As for a teaser, hmm, we don’t want to give away the ending of Ascension, so how about, “If Kyana thought finding the key to Hell was going to be her toughest challenge ever, her next assignment for the Order of Ancients will make her question not only who she is, but who her loyalties belong to.”

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS
*Giveaway is for one copy of Ascension to one winner!
*To enter: Please leave a comment on this post with a way to get in touch with you!
*Open to US/Canada only
*Must be at least 13 yrs old to enter
*Giveaway Ends July 5th, 2011
*Giveaway book generously provided by Harper Collins

About the book:

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . .

40 Comments:

  1. this cover ir great. You lucked out with the cover fairy. Sounds like a great and I'd love to read it.

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  2. Sounds fascinating! And I love that it was created by two separate women, very intriguing.

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  3. I enjoyed the interview and since I've been hearing such great things about Ascension, I'm very interested to read it.

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  5. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  9. I can't wait to read this book. I've had it on my wishlist for sometime now and it looks awesome.

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  10. It is a beautiful cover. The book sounds really great. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. Tore923@aol.com

  11. Great interview, and a series that I can't wait to start reading.

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  13. Offbeat Vagabond

    I too love the cover. I am happy you guys didn't get the original 80s version, that would have been a nightmare *ahhhh* LOL! I can really see Morena Baccarin as Kyana for sure. I loved her on Firefly and love her as Anna the crazy alien on V, she can do badass very well. Good choice. I really loved this book, one of my favorites so far this year. I got it through Netgalley. I can't wait for more. Would love to actually own it. Thank you all for this great giveaway and interview 🙂

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  14. I'd love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway

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  18. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    I loved this book

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  19. I love Inara Serra from Firefly! I would love to read this book.
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  24. I adore Morena as Anna on V!

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  25. I have not read this series and I thank you for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  26. A new author to me, great story line. Count me in, thanks!

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  28. This sounds fantastic! The cover is a real eyecatcher as well. Can't wait to get the chance to get to this.

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  31. Linda: By the Book

    It's a new author, or rather authors for me. Interesting how they put Sable Grace as the author. Ascension sounds really great.

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  34. Working together does seem to help a book along faster–I'm sure it was fun to share opinions and give each other's ideas feedback as you progressed too!

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  36. Sounds like a really great read!

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  37. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

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  38. Great interview. The book sounds great. Cant wait to read it.

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  39. Please count me in to win this great book 🙂

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  40. Great interview and thank you for the giveaway! Count me in!

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