Friday, October 25, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Honor Among Vampires by Elizabeth Guizzetti @E_Guizzetti @RABTBookTours

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Gothic Horror/Vampire
novella in Paper Flower Consortium Universe.

Agata was first seen in Immortal House and Norma’s Cleaning Service Mysteries

Publisher: ZB Publications
Date Published: September 6, 2019

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Principality of Moldovia, 1509

While her beloved husband is away at war, Agata manages their estate and dairy. One night, she is called to assist a first-year heifer. She does not know a vampire lurks in the darkness. Agata wakes in the birthing barn disoriented, wounded, bitten, and defiled. Her son is injured, but alive. The herdsman is discovered with his throat gnawed open. Several cows are missing.

Plunged into a strange existence of monstrous cravings, she moves to secure her children’s futures before the details of the attack is known. News spreads quickly in her village. With the conviction she might regain her honor by defeating the vampire, Agata leaves her parish. Unaided, she crosses the mountains to an ancient crumbling Roman fort where it is said the vampire resides. However, the vampire doesn’t live alone. 

Interview with Elizabeth Guizzetti

Thank you for having me on the Avid Reader!

Your welcome! Thank you for stopping by to chat with us today!

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot?
Poodle. I love poodles.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
8+, but that also counts the hours I put into the business side of authoring.

Do you read your book reviews?
As an author, I need to read my editorial reviews so I can add things to my website or book pages. As for reader reviews, I read them for the first few days after a book is released. I used to read all of them, but it still hurts when someone doesn’t like my books. It’s better for me to not focus on that too much.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Honor Among Vampires?
Honor Among Vampires is the origin story of Lady Agata of the Paper Flower Consortium. She is a character in Norma’s Cleaning Service Mysteries, but was first seen in Immortal House.

My goal was for Agata to feel like a historical version of a noblewoman in Moldavia, 1509, rather than a fantastical one. (Moldavia is current day Romania.) This means Agata is fairly educated in the Bible, some Roman legends, Latin, and household management. Like many marriages in the Middle Ages, her marriage was arranged and to modern readers might feel strange, but Agata and Jakub found mutual respect and even love with each other. She is a mother of five children (four survived infancy). With her husband’s permission, she was able to continue her midwifery practice and runs a dairy. Her husband is away a war and she writes to him every week with news of their children, manor, or the on goings of their town.

She is not only educated, but she is brave. After she is attacked by a vampire, she uses her wits and her knowledge in midwifery and running a home to discover a way to regain her honor.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
I don’t have the title for the next book in the origin stories of the Elders of the Paper Flower Consortium, but I have plans for books of all six elder vampires. I wrote basic information about them in Immortal House, not realizing I was about to start a universe. Then I wrote more detailed outlines for these characters when writing the Norma’s Cleaning Service Mysteries, because Norma was interacting with them.

Like Honor Among Vampires, these books will be Gothic-style horror set in specific time periods and countries. I even know what the covers look like. The border design on the Honor Among Vampires cover is traditional Moldavian/Romanian pattern I would change the pattern to the patterns and emblems of that time period and country.

I also have at least two more books planned in the Norma’s Cleaning Service Mysteries. There are three so far: Death Pulls a Stake Out, Death Hears a Siren and Death Sticks a Pixie. The next two will come out in 2020.  I might do more. Writing cozy mysteries is fun.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
I keep business hours for me that ends up 10 – 6 or so. How much I write varies on any given day. I keep a daily check list.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?  
I do about 2000 – 3000, but I am not strict on that.  I tend to write in scenes. I write at least one scene a day, most often two or three. A lot of writing is rewriting and editing, so I don’t get down on myself about word count.

What inspires you to write?
Almost everything. I tend to get ideas from the city in which I live and people I interact with. I often get ideas when I am swimming in the morning.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?

Read series or stand-alone?  
Stand Alone

Read Science fiction or horror? 

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz 
Stephen King. I am currently reading The Institute.

Read the book or watch the movie?  
I almost always do both and enjoy both as their own artform.

Read an ebook or paperback?  

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only? 
No computer.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?
Blog tour. I do local events around the Greater Seattle Area, but I’m getting a puppy this year so I need to be close to home.

About the author:

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Elizabeth Guizzetti is an illustrator and author best known for her demon-poodle based comedy, Out for Souls & Cookies. She is also the creator of Faminelands and Lure and collaborated with authors on several projects including A is for Apex and The Prince of Artemis V

To explore a different aspect of her creativity, she writes science fiction, fantasy and horror novels. Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for excellence in Interstellar Fiction. Her short work has appeared in anthologies such as Wee Folk and The Wise and Beyond the Hedge.

She has had a lifelong love of vampires. Honor Among Vampires is her fourth vampire novella in the Paper Flower Consortium Universe.
Guizzetti lives in Seattle with her husband. When not writing or illustrating, she loves hiking, swimming, and birdwatching.

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