Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway with Katrina Cooper!

Please welcome Karina Cooper to the blog! She’s here today courtesy of Goddessfish Tours, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops as well! Also, Karina and HarperCollins are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one random commenter, so make sure you post those questions and comments for Katrina to enter!

Blood of the Wicked and the Lure of the Wicked look absolutely sizzling! Can you tell us a bit about the Dark Mission series?

  Thank you! I think they’ll definitely deliver the heat, if I can say that myself. Can I? The Dark Mission series is sort of the lovechild of a sick day in front of the Discovery channel and a latent fascination with anthropology. I’m always watching people, looking back on history and forward to potential futures, trying to pick apart the psyches of everyone around me. Why do they do what they do? What makes them choose as they do? In this series, I explore the Salem witch craze phenomenon on a greater scale. Certainly, there’s no logical reason why the greater society turns on witches, blaming them for the cataclysms that rock the world.
But if you think about it, there was no real reason why a majority of the Salem population jumped on the witch trial bandwagon, either, was there? Sure, a few people had political or economic reasons to get rid of a few people, brand them as witches and let them hang, but that doesn’t explain why others let themselves go along with it. We’re a strange breed, humans. We can get swept away in a craze, eager to blame something – anything – rather than go through our lives never really knowing.
In the Dark Mission, I explore what happens when a frightened world lets itself be led by a strong voice. No matter what that voice has to say. And, of course, when you have high-intensity people in adrenaline-ridden situations, there’s always going to be some chemistry. Good, bad, explosive; all the ingredients for a love story set in a gritty, unforgiving city.

Speaking of sizzling, the covers are super hot! What books have you bought for the covers alone?

  You know, I have to admit, I’ve never bought a book strictly for its cover. I always read the back or the front flap, because I actually believe that judging a book by its cover (literally, a book and book cover) can lead to very unhappy awakenings, to say nothing of wasted money. That said, there are books whose covers I simply adore.
Lauren Dane’s MESMERIZED comes to mind, as well as Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play series. Mrrrowr.

For folks just starting to read books in the paranormal romance genre (like me), do you have any suggestions (aside from your series, of course)?

  I strongly recommend Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series for beginners – although hers is extremely paranormal, there’s so much emotion, intensity and raw sensation that it really sweeps the reader into the emotional side of things more so than the full on paranormal.
I think for people transitioning from urban fantasy to romance should read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series – this series of books had me glued to the pages from book one, page one, and I couldn’t put it down. Full of action, heat and danger, I ate it all up.
I’d also suggest Merrie Destefano’s AFTERLIFE. It’s not a typical romance at all, and as someone once described it, it’s quite “chewy”. I found myself drawn in by the premise, fascinated by the events, and being quietly satisfied by the romance at the end – but also very thoughtful about it. It’s not at all a typical anything, really, and even months after I’ve read it, I still dwell on the story.

What’s one of your favorite lines from a book?

  As I often repeat to people for no reason at all, “The significant owl hoots in the night.” I don’t know what I find so freaking hilarious about this quote – taken from Sir Terry Pratchett’s “Guards! Guards!” – but I do even have an email address based off of it.
What do you suppose it means?

What is your most unusual writing quirk?

  I have to have a hot drink of something at hand at all times. If I don’t have it, I fuss until I do. There’s something about having a ready hot drink – tea, coffee, hot chocolate – that makes me comfortable and helps me focus. I don’t even know what.
Otherwise, I’m pretty standard! I type one letter at a time – except sometimes I can manage two, and then I get really confused.

When you’re not writing, how do you like to spend your free time?

  Oh, dear. Free time? That’s… that’s when you’re not actually, say, sitting in front of one’s computer and putting words to page, right? I remember that time…And I kid! Of course I have free time. When I’m not writing, I definitely like to read a lot. I’m the Great Book Devourer, so I tend to read anything I can get my hands on. I also am a Steampunker – I dress up in neo-Victorian outfits that I repurpose and cobble together myself and go out and about in public with goggles on my head and stories of airships and whimsical science to tell.
Once a week, I also go to a Live Action Roleplay game set to White Wolf’s Changeling: the Lost setting. That’s been going on for years, now, and it’s quite fun!

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share?

  Happily, come February 2012, the third book in the Dark Mission series will be released. Titled ALL THINGS WICKED, I think people will be either very eager or really confused by the characters involved. I can’t wait. Afterwards, I’ll have at least two more books set in the same world! There’s going to be a lot of questions that need answers, but it’s going to take more than a handful of people to figure it out.

  I also have some other projects in the works, but to hear about them as I announce them, you’ll want to follow me on Twitter (@karinacooper) or watch my website at Straight from the horse’s mouth!Er, not that I’m a horse… 
  Really.I hope that answers all your questions! If not? Leave some comments and ask away, I’ll be visiting in between things while I’m at RWA. If you’re really sweet, I’ll even tip some insider information from the heart of the Romance Writers of America. 😉

My review of Before the Witches (Novella)
My review of Blood of the Wicked (Dark Mission 1)
My review of Lure of the Wicked (Dark Mission 2)

This book tour was courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions!

Please check out the other stops on the tour!
June 27: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews 
June 28: Book of Secrets 
June 29: Black Velvet Seductions Reader’s Blog 
July 1: My Bookish Ways


  1. I have been following this tour around and these books look delicious. Thank you for sharing the lovely interview and giveaway opportunity today.


  2. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Really like the sound of your books, kind of an edge to the stories. Look forward to reading them all. Thanks for the fun blog tour.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  4. Well I just I found my next book series to read!!! thank you so much for the interview!

    annawlewis at gmail dot com

  5. All these books and you have two more coming out later. No wonder you don't have any free time. The books are delightful and I really enjoy your humor.

  6. These books sound great! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.


  7. I really enjoyed all the interviews and reviews for Lure of the Wicked. I wish it much success. I think the heores will definitely deliver some heat and their heroines will be a perfect match for them. Can't wait to delve into their world.

    ~ Na

  8. Chelsea Rafferty

    Ohhh so your series is paranormal right? whoohooo! I'm always looking for more paranormal authors and I enjoyed your interview 😀 I also agree that K.M.M is AMAZING XD Adore her stuff 😀 just stopping in to say hi.. I'm totally adding you to my TBR list 😀 oh yes lol 😉

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

  9. Ohh yes! blood of the wicked was great I cannot wait for book 2!

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  10. Great post! This series sounds really great and I've added it to my list to read. I wish Karina lots of luck with her series!


  11. I really would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. The books sounds really great.

  12. krystal-larson

    I would love to read these books 🙂 They sound great and I love the synopsis! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  13. The Dark Mission Series looks amazing. Love the look of "Blood of the Wicked" and the "Lure of the Wicked".


  14. Hi Karina,

    Thanks for sharing your new series. I like how you got the ideal for the storyline but I do have a couple of questions.

    1. What made you choose the paranormal genre to write about? Have you always wanted to be a paranormal romance genre writer?

    2. Are you a plotter or a panster?

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

  15. Witches Cool have not read very meany Witch Stories!

  16. These covers are definitely sizzling! Hot, hot, hot! I would love to read this book! Thanks for the great interview and great giveaway 🙂

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  17. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I've become more curious about this series. Oh do enter me.
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. night owl in IL

    Hi Karina,
    Thanks for the blog tour stop and having your contest/giveaway!

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  19. Thanks for an interesting post!

  20. I am so sorry for the delay on my replies, as I've been away from home at RWA Nationals until just yesterday. That was CRAZY!

    But I wanted to thank you all for your comments and tell you how much it's so awesome that you're all eager to read. 🙂

    @Theresa K: To sum up! 1. I've ALWAYS been a paranormal writer — there's something about the genre and series that I just love so much. Witches is a new twist for me, too, and you'll have to read it to see how "witch" applies to my series, but it's great fun.

    2. I'm a plotter — a born-again plotter, really. I used to be a pantser, but now I plot every book, even my novellas!

  21. Hello Karina! Congrats on your new release! I enjoyed all of your RWA tweets. It seems like everyone had a blast. I'm kicking myself that I didn't go. That book signing looked out of this world. Maybe next year. 🙂

    User1123 AT comcast DOT net

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