Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Guest: Ju Dimello

 I'd like to welcome debut Ellora's Cave author Ju Dimello to my blog! And Ju, that cover is *amazing!*

Thanks so much, Mel, for hosting me! Before I go on, I need to give a fangirl squee for Mel! I adore her books and I’m so so awed and honored that I am at her blog celebrating my debut!!

I love building houses. Before you imagine me sitting on top of a roof like a monkey holding a hammer, erase that thought right away! Let me clarify… I love to browse through houses on google, take bits and pieces of exterior and interior and build them mentally, for my characters to live in! And with them being paranormals—from shifters to witches and everything that my crazy brain can come up with, they just cannot roam around wherever they please or live in an apartment (like I do!), especially when humans have no idea of the night-prowlers amidst them ;) So, that gives me, the writer, a lot more responsibility to give them the “perfect” place to live!

I am honestly intrigued on how writers did their research before the internet era. I just can’t imagine not having the “search bar” on my IE or Firefox while I am buried into my story. I need to find stuffs about deck chairs or beach umbrellas, I need to research. If I need to imagine the kitchen inside the private beach house in Florida that my heroine lives in, I need all the images my browser can throw at me. It’s not like I’ll use all the details, but those details ground me while writing my story!

So, what’s your favorite “kind” of house? A ranch style bungalow or a loft apartment or something else? Let me know in the comments.

I have one copy of Fiery Icicle to giveaway during the blog tour and every comment during this week will count towards it. I’ll pick a winner around the 15th of April and contact them! Don’t forget to leave your email id.

Blurb and Excerpt:
I thought I’d share a short version of the blurb and excerpt here, while a longer one can be enjoyed at :

This story contains a half-fae intent on claiming his woman, a half-demon bent on resisting her and a passion that's hot enough to melt the alpine snow


She blushed, having let him in on the intimate secret she’d hugged to herself. Hers could surely be classified as lust at first sight. “Hard to miss when you were the only testosterone packed muscle near the ladies’ dressing rooms.”
“Touché. You haven’t commented on one thing yet. How did you become the expert talker here?”
“Not that I want to inflate your ego any more, but maybe your charms have rubbed off on me?”
“Hmm. Not only that. Something else is also doing the same.”
For emphasis, he dry humped her side and they both rolled out of bed, laughing.
“Enough. Please,” she gasped. “My stomach is tied up in stitches.”
“I can guarantee that some kissing might alleviate your discomfort,” he offered in his best salesman tone.
“Oh, you bad boy. Let’s see if you can catch up with me.”
With the words thrown casually over her shoulder, she took off on a sprint through the bedroom door, into the spacious hallway and onto the verandah where the majestic ocean welcomed her with an extra big wave.

In case you want to read more enticing excerpts, do check where was during my release week:

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Anonymous said...

Hi, Ju,

Congratulations on your new book. Best of luck with it. I'm glad you put in the effort for your characters to have nice places to live. :) Pre-internet, I imagine writers' library cards got a good workout, not to mention being on a first-name basis with the librarians. :)

'Fraid I don't have a favourite kind of house. All I need is my husband and my dog. Incurable romantic, that's me.

Mel Teshco said...

Hi Ju!
I'm with Sandy, I could only imagine all the encyclopedias read on different subjects - including houses!

Log houses on mountain tops do it for me - think it's the romantic setting and the imagery of a fire place with views to die for.

Ju Dimello said...

Hi Sandy,

That's so sweet of you :) I guess I'm like that when it comes to my own house preferences too! But there's something definitely satisfying about researching houses, decorating a little neutral, if not rather feminine manner :)

Yeah, the librarians would have helped or rather personal experience too!

Ju Dimello said...

Mel!!! Log cabins on mountain tops... ooh! That sounds incredibly smexy....

And I shudder to think of how many encyclopedias I'd have to browse to get to a perfectly detailed setting.

Cathy M said...

Great post, Ju. Before the internet, you would have been pouring through magazine's for inspiration, definitely cutting into your writing time.

A favorite house for me would be a bungalow within walking distance of a cute downtown, and the beach.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Ju Dimello said...

Of course..Magazines!!! I still have the Ike stickers (like small post it's) I use to stick on books to note something nice!

A bungalow is fantastic.. I'm currently "building" one for my vampire story!

Thanks for your support, Cathy!

Anonymous said...

LOL, Ju, I have a 'stickies' app on my iMac - very 21st century! :)

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