Sunday, April 14, 2013

Giveaway and Interview: Jezebel's Ladder by Scott Rhine

Jezebel's Ladder
Jezebel's Ladder by Scott Rhine
A Vegas magician’s assistant with a drinking problem, Jezebel is being chased by the men who murdered her fiancé. After she reads an odd, golden page, she wakes with the ability to sense other actives within thirty feet. Benny, the handsome former actor, is the only one she thinks that she can rely on, but even he has secrets. Each page stretches the mind beyond what our civilization has discovered, sometimes too far. Each could give you the next Nobel Prize or a ticket to the psych ward. Strong-willed, smart, and sexy, Jez acquires pages faster than anyone. She uses her new paranormal talents to climb the corporate ladder. Now, companies and governments are killing people to find and keep the secrets that will guarantee supremacy for the next century. Jezebel needs to adapt fast if she's going to survive success.


interview with Blkosiner's Book Blog
--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Ideas from an alien document almost destroy earth. Agents divide between those wanting to stop disaster and those covering up.
--How did you get the idea for the story?
One day, I asked myself “What if we could come up with a nuke-proof force field?” How would that happen and what could possibly go wrong?
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I’d least like to have dinner with Sedna—self-named goddess of the underworld and KGB trained assassin. She’s as unstable as twenty-year-old dynamite.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
“Clean and Floss”, my first comedy/horror should be out by April 1. The first line is “It all started when the body dump went south.” These are the people who have to clean up from an X-Files episode. Chapter titles include “We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.”
I’m now writing “Sanctuary,” book 3 in the Jezebel series.
--What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar set-up or style)
Beggars of Spain – lots of geniuses with wild personalities and new mental abilities, but just a step from today.
--What are some of your favorite books?
Anything Zelazny, Voice of the Whirlwind by Walter Jon Williams, Snowcrash byNeal Stephenson, and Princess Bride by William Goldman.
-- Do you still have much time to read?
Yes, although I spend that time writing now unless I’m waiting someplace public.

--If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Imager by LE Modesitt – creating items by thinking about them is hard to resist.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)?
Solitude works best, but ideas don’t stop coming. When I’m designing a world for 4-8 weeks, I read like crazy and listen to my iPod. I have over 4000 songs. Brainstorming is instrumental. Fight scenes are hard rock. Pictures help sometimes: exotic landscapes and famous churches for fantasy worlds and for “Redemption of Mata Hari” I looked at a picture of Audry Hepburn before each scene with Judith.
-- Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
“Blackbird” by the Beatles was Jez’s them later in the novel. “Ship of Fools” by Robert Plant was Benny’s. “Cause I’m a Blonde” was Nena’s.
“Shine” by Collective Soul was Mira’s theme song in the sequel.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’ve been most effective with shape shifting in tournaments for a number of RPGs, but when I was 17, I dreamed of teleporting.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Raise children, work puzzles, learn about everything, and keep the cats from beating up the dog.
--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
Express feelings, not sarcasm.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
After the birth of my children and the death of my brother at 18, the most emotional moment of my life was when “Doors to Eternity” unexpectedly hit #16 on Amazon’s fantasy list, right under “Game of Thrones”. After the shock wore off, I cried. None of my friends or family liked Doors and several publishers told me it would never sell. As I’ve had 15 years to improve my writing practice since the first draft, I’d come to think of Doors as my worst novel—but people liked it. If Doors succeeded, that meant people liked my stories and I was officially a writer. That moment gave me the strength to retire from engineering to pursue my favorite hobby.

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  1. This book is new for me. I haven't read many alien books as it is so this one might be interesting. Great interview :)

  2. for alien books, the funniest was the Gina Koch series. For military: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, or William C. Dietz Legion of the Damned series. For science, Earth or the StarTide Rising series by David Brin

  3. I haven't read Imager but making things appear just by thinking of them sounds really cool. Also, who wouldn't want teleporting to be possible, it would make things easier.


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