An interview, some explanations and a contest

Today, I have author Zoe Archer here and I am grilling talking to her about WARRIOR, the first in her four book Blades of The Rose series. As it happens, I have read the first three in the series and at this point would kill to get my hands on the fourth.

Catullus Graves, a recurring character is the first three and the hero of book four goes on my list of Romance Heroes I Would Marry.

This is just an AMAZING series. It’s fun and swashbuckling and if you haven’t bought these books yet, you should. Go do that, then come back. Buy page for Warrior

Here is a paragraph stolen from the middle of Zoe’s complete bio: Although she was born in New York and lived there until she was six months old, Zoe had no recollection of living anywhere but in California. So everyone was surprised, including her, when she moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Much long underwear was worn. Two years and several snowstorms later, she was the proud owner of a shiny new MFA from the Writers’ Workshop. As soon as the degree was in her hot little hand, she promptly moved back to Los Angeles, her home town.

Before I start the interview, you should know there is a contest involved. Further info at the bottom of the post.

About Warrior

Tell us about your book! It’s the first of a 4 book series so can you also tell us a little about the world it’s set in?

Cover of Warrior by Zoe Archer

Gabriel Huntley, Smoking Hot Hero

is the first book in my four book BLADES OF THE ROSE paranormal historical adventure romance series. (There are a lot of modifiers there–but I’m kind of creating a new sub-genre, so modifiers are definitely necessary.) The Blades of the Rose are a secret organization of men and women that protect the world’s magic from ruthless exploitation. Each of the BLADES books features a new hero and heroine in an exotic location, with plenty of adventure, action, magic…and hot, hot sensuality. Here’s the back cover blurb for WARRIOR:

To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for the Blades of the Rose, it’s quite real, and in danger of being misused by a powerful enemy.

The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond – where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn’t be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress – just what he needs.

Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley’s assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn’t easy to deceive…

The Interview

Q: I loved loved loved the hero of Warrior, Gabriel. Is there some characteristic of his that is your favorite? I’d tell you mine, but I don’t want you to copy me. Also, can you surprise and delight us with something about him that didn’t make it into the book? Feel free to make something up.

My favorite thing about Gabriel (aside from his rock-hard abs) is his sense of humor. He may be a tough soldier, but he can be very funny–dry and self-deprecating. I love a man who can make me laugh. Hmm…something about him that didn’t make it into the book? He rescues spiders when they’re trapped inside.

CJ: I totally believe that about Gabriel saving spiders. FYI, I too, appreciated his rock hard abs, but also how he knows his way around an oasis.

Q: Same as above only for your heroine, Thalia.

I really like Thalia’s confidence. She knows she isn’t the model of delicate English femininity, and she’s fine with that. She is, in fact, happy with herself. And I think it’s that confidence that is one of the reasons why Gabriel is so attracted to her. A little known fact about her is that, in the winter, she boils treacle and then drizzles it on fresh snow. When the treacle cools, she chews on it. She has strong teeth.

CJ: You do NOT mess with Thalia. Ever.

Q: You hear that Carolyn Jewel is in town and shopping for a new outfit to wear to a televised gala affair where she is presenting you with a prestigious writing award. Last you heard she was muttering something about harem pants and strapless pants suits. You are locked in a room with nothing but a fork, a bar of your favorite chocolate and a cardboard box that says DO NOT OPEN!!! what would you do and why?

I’d eat the chocolate immediately. I would shake the box to determine its contents. If it groaned in pain, I would then open the box. If it kept silent, I might prod it with the fork. Then I would stand on the box to reach the air vent, crawl out the air vent, get outside and run to Carolyn Jewel’s hotel room with some lovely, dressy separates for her. I’m thinking maybe a tailored, feminine take on the tuxedo with a sparkly, cleavage-enhancing top underneath. If she balked at wearing the cleavage-enhancing top, I would remind her that there is a high degree of likelihood that Alexander Skarsgard will be watching the televised gala affair.

CJ: One cleavage enhancing top coming up. . .

Q: What were you like as a kid?

Let’s just say I was…awkward. I was skinny, short and had a panda painted in the corner of my pink-tinted glasses. I think that says it all.

CJ: Pandas rock.

Q: As you know, the other day, Warrior was out and about in Northern California and even visited the Apple Store in Santa Rosa CA. Please explain.

Everyone knows that warriors need to stay mobile and current with technology. Blades of the Rose, especially, need to use technology since a central tenet of the Blades is to not use any magic that isn’t theirs by gift or right. So, when it comes time to fight the bad guys like the Heirs of Albion, they need all the technological help they can get. Does Apple make an iRifle?

CJ: Actually, there’s an app for that: Here and here. And also here.

Q: Anything else you want to add?

There’s a new BLADES OF THE ROSE book out every month through December! This means that WARRIOR is available now, SCOUNDREL comes out October 5, REBEL is on shelves November 2, and STRANGER is available on December 7. A complete set of BLADES books makes an awesome Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gift. Treat yourself, while you’re at it.

The Trailer

The Contest

Zoe is giving away a signed copy of Warrior. To get yourself in the running, answer the following question in the comments. You have until midnight Pacific Wednesday, September 22. Void where prohibited.

Kilts, in or out, and why?



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16 Responses to “An interview, some explanations and a contest”

  1. Jami Gold says:

    Kilts are in – as long as the legs justify it. 🙂 If the guy has skinny little stick-legs, no. But if he has powerful muscled legs, then that’s a big yes. *clears a spot next to me* In fact, he can sit right here.

    I have all these books on my list to read. They sound fabulous!

  2. Ann says:

    Kilts always–they demonstrate a willingness to ignore image and fads.

    I’m midway through Warrior and dearly hoping my kids will line up more activities they need me to schlep them to and then wait there until they’re done!

  3. Cybercliper says:

    Hi Carolyn – eee gads – kilts, for me, are always in!! I can’t help it, there’s something about a kilt that just speaks to me. It might have something to do with my Scot/Irish heritage, or it could just be all those naughty fantasies that a kilt seems to invoke 🙂

    Congrats on the new series Zoe! I’ve had this one on my wait list for a while now and am really looking forward to reading it.

  4. Kilts are SO in, and I’ll tell you why. Legs. Scottish Men’s muscular legs. I think that says it all:)

    Congrats on Warrior, Zoe. I love when the books are released fairly close together:)

  5. SonomaLass says:

    In my house, it’s sports kilts that are in. Three of us have them; the others have their reasons.

    I love this whole series. I’m totally with you on Catullus as a hot hero; sexy and smart is a combination I can’t resist.

    (No contest for me, of course.)

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    Kilts are definitely in. There’s nothing sexier than a man who has no problem with his masculinity. And I admire a man who’s not worried about who sees what he wears (or doesn’t wear) under the kilt.
    I’m really looking forward to reading this series, I can’t wait to get my hands on Warrior.

  7. Natascha says:

    Kilts are in! Looking forward to Warrior!

  8. Kilts are in! I love them!

    Always enjoy your interviews, Zoe, and look forward to reading all of your books!

    Kelly L Stone

  9. Since everyone has said IN I am gonna go with out…’cause that’s how I roll…..

    Michele Powell

  10. Jolene A. says:

    yummers, I would say in! Only if they have hot muscular tanned legs and a nice torso to go with it. Ok, let’s be honest and say I want a nice looking face too 🙂 Then I’m thinking of being ravished by a highland warrior and can you say easy access, no zipping down pants. Time to get the mind out of the gutter 🙂

  11. citymom2 says:

    Kilts are it. Lordy I love me some highlanders! Especially the beefy ones 🙂
    PS – Ditto on Jolene A.

  12. Judi S says:

    That’s a trick question right? 😀 As far as I’m concerned, Kilts are in if you’re manly enough to wear them (IE: muscular, tall, good looking, etc.)

  13. @wndxlori says:

    Kilts are IN! But only if done properly. Underwear NOT allowed. 😉

  14. Timothea says:

    In today’s society, kilts out because you just look like a loony (unless you’re in an appropriate location, in which case…).

  15. Ruth T. says:

    Kilts in or out depends on the settings of the character, time and place. 😉 A little leg never hurts.

  16. Susan/DC says:

    Of course, everyone is assuming the question refers to kilts on men, but anyone who has gone to Catholic school (or had friends who went) knows that kilts are definitely in for girls.

    However, the question of kilts for men is more of an open one. As several people have pointed out, kilts are far less forgiving of anatomical flaws (i.e., chicken legs) than trousers. So in for brave, braw men and out for lesser mortals.

    As for the series, it sounds great. My understanding is that the first book takes place in Mongolia. Recently saw a totally off topic documentary called “Babies”, and one of the four babies is Mongolian. The film definitely carries an overload of adorable for 90 minutes, but it also has some lovely shots of the Mongolian countryside (yurts! goats! sky!).

    And last but not least, I have a cat named Catullus. I have no romantic feelings toward him whatsoever, but it’s a great name for a romantic hero.