Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blog Tour - "Pure and Sinful" by Killian McRae

Pure and Sinful
Pure Souls Book One
Killian Mcrae

Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press

ISBN-13: 9780983979784

Book Description:

When it turns out your ex was actually a sexy demon sent by the devil to seduce you to evil, you'd think the next guy, no matter what he's like, couldn't be a worse decision. Enter Father Marc Angeletti, a smooth talking piece of forbidden fruit with onyx eyes and a razor wit, and Riona Dade may as well start packing her luggage for damnation now. But come Hell or... well, Hell, Marc, Riona, and demigod Dee Zitka have a mission: serve as a Pure Soul and vanquish Lucifer's minion scum from the face of the Earth to protect humanity from evil.

Oh, and don't get seduced into sin yourself, because a fallen Pure Soul is one of Lucifer's biggest thrills. As long as Riona and Marc can keep things professional and north of the sheets, no problem, right?

Yeah, that worked out great in the Thornbirds, too...

About the Author:

Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead.

She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

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A little excerpt from the book

The donuts weren’t the only things with holes. Though invisible to the naked eye, Riona and Marc had a matching pair in their heads.
“What the Jim Dandy f- were you thinking?”
Dee struggled with his volume amid the gaggle of middle-of-the-night patrons at Donuts DeJour. Not that he thought any of them gave a damn about anything he was saying. And frankly, a handful of them were suspicious, dark world wash-ups anyways. Failed demons really enjoyed a midnight crueller, from what he heard.
Riona’s expression wore “f-you” like it was the latest thing off the Paris runway. “It was the charm, Dee. You honestly believe someone as green as I could stand up to something Asmodeus himself was dishing out? The demon has been heating things up since the Ice Age.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” Dee said sweetly. “I didn’t realize you only signed up to fight middle-management evil.” With a blink, the scowl returned to his face. He focused his attention on Marc. “And you, Father Feely. I thought we had this all sorted out with our little powwow the other night? Do you not truly grasp that you were within six inches of damning yourself to Hell and becoming a demon?”
Marc remained nonplussed. Without looking so much as concerned, he pulled a white mug of caffeine sludge to his lips, and rattled off, “About nine inches, actually,” before drawing a sip.
The coffee never reached his mouth. It became a Jackson Pollack-inspired masterpiece on the wall adjacent the table at which they sat.
Dee leapt to his feet, his chair demonstrating the principle of Newton’s first law of motion as he lunged forward and plunged his fist down on the tiled tabletop, cracking it straight down the middle.
“Is this all a joke to you?” he bellowed, drawing Marc and Riona’s gazes back from the mug’s final resting place. “What part of ‘damned for all eternity and serving the dark side as its demon minion’ don’t you get? Yes, someone like Asmodeus is about as hard as they come. You still kicked his ass back to Hell, Riona. Barely. If you’d been ‘distracted’ a minute more, who knows though? You both have got to get a hold of yourselves before things go too far. I refuse to stand by and watch another person I care for get killed for something as silly as love.”
Now it was Riona’s turn to spring. “Jesus H. Christ, I am not in love with the priest here. I don’t know where the hell you and Ramiel get these ideas.”
“Ramiel?” Marc blinked violently several times. “You’re talking to Ramiel about us?”
Dee didn’t miss that dangerous two-lettered word. “Us?”
The witch slashed her hand through the air like a ninja using flies for target practice. “No, there is no us. Marc and I are not a thing. It only came up because Ramiel kept hinting that I have some destined love that’s supposed to shake the cosmos, or start an apocalypse, or melt the polar ice caps, or something. I think he was warning me not to be distracted,” she whipped in Marc’s direction, “by screwing you.”
“Why do I feel like you’re trying to make this my fault?” the priest shot back. “I backed off. I tried to stop. You’re the one who decided to act like a kitty that wanted to climb my tree.”
The witch blanched. “How dare you?”
By this time, even the transient who’d been having a three-way conversation with himself had paused and was watching the trio with utter confusion. Dee, noticing their audience, leaned in over the remaining half of the table and pushed the red-faced Riona back into her seat. Her attempt to resist stood no chance against Dee’s demigod strength.
Narrowing his gaze on the reticent couple, he yelled through a whisper, “It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. You’re both on the hook if something happens; Marc for obvious reasons, and you because you would never subject someone to Hell, if given the choice. That’s it, I don’t see another solution. You two are not allowed to be alone anymore.”
“Seriously?” Riona barked.
“Chaperoned visits only from now on, preferably with Ramiel or me,” Dee confirmed. “It’s as much for your own good, as well as for our mission. I know I’m pretty damned talented, but I can’t fight evil on my own.”
“You’re right.” Brow furrowed, Marc nodded solemnly. “You’re right, indeed.”
But Riona didn’t like the looks of that bandwagon. “Oh. My. God. I am an adult and perfectly capable of putting a kibosh on my own behavior. I do not need to be chaperoned like this is some goddamn reenactment of Victorian courtship.”
Marc turned to Riona, taking her hands in his. The witch dashed a look at him in confusion, trying to figure out from his expression why he would do something so traitorous to their claims. It was when the saccharine words began to fall from his lips that she understood.
“My child, we all fall prey to Satan’s snares from time to time, and acquiesce our better judgment to the darkness. There is no sin in being human, the only sin is failing to strive for purity when we realize the error of our ways.”
She ripped her hand away as if Marc’s palms were a hot stovetop. “Don’t pull the compassionate clergy routine on me, Father. I am not one of your parishioners, and if I recall correctly, your error was about to make a beeline straight for my purity.”

Before you get to my review I have a little one on one with Killian!

1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? 

Yes. i.e. Both. I was "writing" my first book before my age even merited double digits. However, for a time I did think I was going to be an opera singer, then a teacher, then a Librarian. 

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?

Firstly, let's assume we're only talking about the books I actually finish. I have at least a handful of unfinished manuscripts of various lengths on my hard drive. The quickest I've ever finished a book was my first published work, 12.12.12,  for which the first draft was wrapped up in less than a month. I'm not a full time writer, so I have to work writing in to the nooks and crannies of my day. Thus, my average time for writing a book is 3-6 months.

3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?

I've always been a fan of religion. I don't practice any particular faith, but systems of faith and the way they determine what is good and evil, wholesome or sin has always fascinated me. I've been debating with the whole "Is morality relative or definitive" question all my life.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?

I do have a full time job and a part time job, as well as two at-home kids. Therefore, I fit in writing time where ever I can find it. I do try to be disciplined enough to make space for it for 1-2 hours a day at a minimum, however. 

5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?

6. What elements do you think make a great story line?

I'm not a literary writer. I don't believe in stagnate plots were all the conflict is solely in the protagonist's mind. I like actio, tension, and some measure of a character's self-serving or short-sighted flaws. 

7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?

8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?

Published books, I have written five, included my latest release in September 2013. I have two more books written in their entirety tat will likely never see the light of an ereader screen, and a dozen more partially written books. Pure & Sinful is definitely my most fun book, but I believe A Love by Any Measure is more of a writer's book. 

9. Do you have a favorite character?

Without a doubt, Molly Dade (Riona Dade's mother who appears in Once You Go Demon) is my favorite to date. Her spunk is modeled off my own grandmother. (Though Molly's cruelty is unique only to the woman in the book.)
10. Where do you write?

On my computer. Yeah, nuk-nuk. I write where ever I can based on when I  can dig out time. My favorite spots to write are sitting in a nearby cafe that's on a small, man-made lake or in my home cloffice. (Not a typo. "Cloffice" is a term my daughters coined to describe my home office, which is a converted laundry closet.)
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?

My goal is not to make the New York Times Bestseller's list or become a literary darling. Self-publishing lets me put out the books I want to, regardless of what Manhattan thinks is profitable, with risk only to myself. I like that kind of control and campus for experimentation.

12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?

Other than a few kinds words from one cousin and my grandmother, no. I do not come from a family of readers in general.

13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?

I'm a huge music fanatic and love especially world fusion. I'm not crazy into fitness, but I thoroughly enjoy hiking and biking as well.

14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?

Decide early in whose hands you will place your soul, and be certain you can live with that decision.

16. What is your favorite book? Favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?

I know it's cliche, but I really feel Shakespeare and F. Scott Fitzgerald are the best writers ever. I also draw great inspiration from writers who can push plot without sacrificing prose.

17. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 

I do ask a handful of people to read my manuscripts before they hit the shelves. Every one can benefit from some friendly-fire, constructive criticism. 

18. Are you working on anything now?

I'm finished up edits for September 2013 release, Have Gown/Will Wed. It's a contemporary romance/chick lit novel in which a young San Francisco CEO decides to find a husband using an employment agency. I'm also charting the outline for book three in the Pure Souls series.

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