Interview & Giveaway: Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times Best Selling author, whose latest book in the exciting Night Huntress series hit the number #7 spot. The Night Huntress series consists of:

Halfway To The Grave (2007)
One Foot In The Grave (2008)
At Graves End (2009)
Destined For An Early Grave (2009)

Jeaniene has also started the Night Huntress World books – spin off books from The Night Huntress series that feature characters we have seen from Cat’s and Bones’ books. Jeaniene’s début book in the Night Huntress World is First Drop of Crimson, which is released tomorrow. Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the second spin off book, and features Mencheres as the hero. That will be released in July this year. Here is the blurb from Jeaniene’s official website for Eternal Kiss of Darkness:

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking.  But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn.  Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master Vampire who thought he’d seen it all.  Then Kira appears—this fearless, beautiful…human who braved death to rescue him.  Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life, yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose between the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.

First Drop of Crimson is released tomorrow – whoo hoo – and Jeaniene kindly agreed to do an interview. Here it be:

The Book Pushers: Jeaniene, thank you kindly for agreeing for this interview and welcome to The Book Pushers!

Jeaniene: Thanks! It’s great to be here and I’m flattered that you took the time out to interview me.

The Book Pushers: First Drop of Crimson is the first book in the spin off series: Night Huntress World. Could you tell us what we can expect in this book, and are there any surprises in store?

Jeaniene: Based on some of the early responses which went along the lines of “Wow, I didn’t expect ______ to happen!” I’ll say yes, there are surprises in First Drop. Readers can expect a far deeper look into the vampire world than they’ve previously seen, for starters.

Half of FDOC is written from the point of view of a Master vampire, whereas the Night Huntress series is only written from Cat’s narrative, and Cat starts out with only guesses about the undead world. So Spade has centuries of experience with things that Cat might not have even discovered yet.

First Drop is also the first full-length novel where demons are introduced. Demonic possession was previously glimpsed in a short story called “Devil to Pay” in the Four Dukes and a Devil anthology, but FDOC offers a much bigger look into demons. Raum, one of the villains in First Drop, is a demon who’s ancient, cunning, and can traverse through realms as well as shapeshift into any person or thing. So he’s unlike any former adversary in the Night Huntress books, and the consequences of the demon’s brands on Denise are something even Spade could never anticipate.

The Book Pushers: Denise has had to endure a lot of heartbreak previously. Do we see Denise in a new, stronger light with her relationship with Spade, or will it be a slowly budding romance that unfolds over time?

Jeaniene: First Drop is not the start of a new series featuring Denise and Spade. It’s a stand-alone novel, so the romance unfolds in its entirety within the course of this book. While writing FDOC, I discovered many layers to Denise. In my mind, she’s just as strong as Cat, but in a different way.

As you mentioned, Denise has been through the worst sort of heartache, but that’s just the beginning of her problems when First Drop opens. Yet no matter how many horrible, twisted things are thrown at her, Denise doesn’t break. She finds herself inner heroine instead. Gotta love that about her.

And of course, Spade is an equally complex, strong character. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Spade when I began this novel, but he still managed to surprise me. I may have developed a serious crush while writing him, but as an author, I take that as a good sign.

The Book Pushers: While writing First Drop of Crimson, what did you do to re-charge your brain between writing sessions?

Jeaniene Frost: First Drop WAS a recharge for my brain. Prior to, I’d written five straight Cat and Bones novels (Five? Then why are there only four out now?? readers might question. Well, my original third C&B novel ended up getting scrapped completely, but I did write it, even though it will never see the light of day). So switching characters – and switching POV’s from first person to third person multiple – was like taking a literary vacation. I love Cat and Bones, but after five books in a row, I needed a break from them. And hey, they needed a break from me with all the torture I constantly put them through, right? *wink*.

The Book Pushers: Will we see any familiar characters in First Drop of Crimson, or perhaps some new characters that will feature in future books?

Jeaniene: There are both new and familiar faces in First Drop of Crimson. Readers will see Mencheres, Ian, Cat, Bones, and Fabian pop up as side characters. New characters are also introduced in FDOC, but if I tell you who might make appearances in future books…well *evil grin*, then readers will know in advance who lives and who doesn’t, which would spoil the fun of finding out.

The Book Pushers: What made you decide to make the Ghouls intelligent, and not just raving beasts?

Jeaniene: Much like the original idea for the Night Huntress series, ghouls just showed up in my dreams one night with their supernatural tendencies in place. So from that, I knew they were just similar to vampires in strength, speed, appearance, intelligence, and control. The only difference was their diet. I still would like to write a novel featuring a ghoul hero, even though I can practically hear my editor screaming in horror at the idea. Ghouls are not her favorite creature.

We had this huge conversation when she first read ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE about exactly how much, um, other sustenance a ghoul could eat before readers would get disgusted. I didn’t see the difference between ghouls eating the occasional person versus werewolves eating the occasional person (and I STILL stand by that opinion ;). But my editor’s point was that readers could more readily swallow – ha! – werewolves eating people while still considering them sexy because werewolves ate while in another form, whereas my ghouls never altered from their human appearance.

Here’s a snapshot into that conversation (if you’re squeamish, you may want to skip this part):

Me: But my ghouls are MUCH more civilized than werewolves. They don’t eat people while they’re still alive and screaming like some werewolves do. Ghouls wait until a person’s dead and then cook up some parts with seasoning and sauces. Really, it’s just like what people do with beef or pork, and once you filet, season, and sauté something along with veggies or potatoes, I doubt it looks much different than –

Editor: STOP! *gagging noises* Are you trying to make me a vegetarian??!

So after this long conversation, we came up with the formula of ghouls indulging in the occasional Homosapien consumption along with frequent helpings of raw animal meat. And at the end of that chat, my editor told me she was skipping dinner. For the next several days.

*grin* Was it wrong of me to be amused by that??

The Book Pushers:  What’s your favourite creature in the Night Huntress world – the being you have the most fun writing about?

Jeaniene: I write the most about vampires and they’ve been my favorite creature since I was a kid, so I’ll have to give the Fanged Ones a nod. There’s so much flexibility in vampire mythology that it leaves a lot of room for imagination.

I will say that I’ve had fun adding ghosts and ghouls to the usual vampire equation, too. And as I mentioned, in recent stories I’ve added demons into the mix. That opened up a new realm of possibilities that was very exciting for me. Squaring a vampire off against a demon opened up a ton of new things in terms of conflict, powers, and peril – all fun stuff when you’re writing.

The Book Pushers:  Do you have a Pre-Release Disorder? We have heard of some – like a certain nameless author you know well *hint, hint* –  going into hiding. Are there any oddities that occur when a new release of yours is imminent?

Jeaniene: Me, suffer from pre-release anxiety that results in odd behavior? Never! Just pay no attention to the tin foil wrapped around my head. Or the mindless rocking back and forth while screaming.

Seriously, during the time leading up to release, I’m a bundle of excitement mixed with nerves. With every new book, I can tell readers unequivocally that I loved the story. What I can’t guarantee is how many other people will love it. As authors, we know not everyone will like our books. That’s called variety of opinion and it’s a good thing. But it’s also never the goal to disappoint readers, even though tastes vary and it’s a statistical impossibility for one book to make everyone happy. So the combination of knowing some readers will share my love for the story is exciting, but the knowledge that, inevitably, some readers will not is a bit of a bummer. That’s why, pre-release, I’m giddy…but I also have the urge to throw up. Sounds a little like pregnancy, doesn’t it?

The Book Pushers: What type of scene is the most challenging for you to write: Love scenes, fighting scenes…?

Jeaniene: Both of those are equally challenging, because they involve incorporating every aspect of the character’s feelings amidst a series of specific movements. No, I’m not being cute by saying that. Whether writing a sex scene or a fight scene, there’s action involved that has to have a smooth flow from the cause to the effect, all while balancing the character’s physical and emotional responses.

Example 1: Spade vaulted forward on his belly, slicing into every bit of flesh he made contact with as he made his way into the freezer. Hard forms landed on him in a pile. Spade kept an unyielding grip on the knives in his hands, ignoring the pain from the stabs where his vest didn’t cover him, and slashed out with relentless purpose.

Example 2: His mouth covered hers, swallowing her gasp as he pulled her to him. Spade’s tongue probed past her lips in sensual demand, making heat scorch up her spine. She opened her mouth, groaning at the sensual flicks of his tongue combined with the hard feel of his body pressed along hers.

Both scene segments have high emotions, physical stimuli, and another person’s actions causing additional physical and emotional reactions. Only difference is one scene is a fight to the death and the other is the start of a love scene, but all those elements still have to be present for both to be realistic. When writing dialogue or other interactions, I don’t have to concentrate so much on every move the character makes, or the cause-and-effect physical response of the other character like I do in fight/love scenes.

The Book Pushers: Since you know Spade so well, we thought you’d be privy to this sort of information. 😉 Does Spade do Briefs, Boxers or Commando?

Jeaniene: Spade would wear boxers. High-end fabric, too, like silk. He’s probably the most refined out of my characters, though he’s far from a dandy. Because of his background – titled lord turned convict turned Master vampire – Spade was an interesting character to write. He had such extremes in his circumstances and in his personality. Put Spade in any fancy restaurant and he’d know the best wine to order…but he also wouldn’t hesitate to break that pricey bottle and cut someone up with it, if he had to.

The Book Pushers: What combination of characters – and if you could bring in other characters from other books – would wreck the most havoc upon the world? 😀

Jeaniene: I don’t think the Night Huntress world could handle additions from characters or species that exist in other fictional realms, lol. There would be untold mayhem if Melissa Marr’s faeries existed alongside my vampires, ghosts, ghouls, and demons. Or if Ilona Andrews various shapeshifters, necromancers, gods, wizards, and magic came to visit. What’s great about reading in the paranormal genre is its diversity; you can choose from demons, faeries, angels, vampires, werewolves, succubae, dragons, gargoyles, witches, ghosts, druids, elves, mermaids, trolls, sirens, and more, all set up in whatever particular world an author showcases them.

And what’s great about being an author in the paranormal genre is getting to mix and match creatures according to what you want to exist together, under the rules you create for them. It’s a blast (and if only I had half as much control in real life…)

The Book Pushers: Will readers need to be current on your Night Huntress series before they read First Drop of Crimson?

Jeaniene: Not in my opinion. While current readers of my series will probably get some deeper context in First Drop because they’re already familiar with the world and characters, it was written for first-time readers to be able to pick it up without difficulty. I actually think it’s more “first time” friendly than my Night Huntress series because readers aren’t missing important chunks of Cat and Bones’s relationship by starting at, say, book three versus book one. This is the first time Denise and Spade take center stage and the first time sparks really fly between them, so new readers aren’t missing anything crucial from events in the past Cat and Bones books.

The Book Pushers: We saved this for last: Will there be a chapter 32 in First Drop of Crimson? *grins*

Ha ha, you had to ask, didn’t you? Okay, I’ll never exactly duplicate the events in the infamous Chapter 32 because then readers would scratch their heads and think, “Haven’t I already read this before?” But, Chap 32 lovers, fear not: First Drop of Crimson is a sexy book. I might have even blushed a few times while writing certain scenes. Does that answer your question?

For anyone interested watching the book trailer for First Drop of Crimson, you can go here to check it out:

And you can read the first 20% of First Drop online at HarperCollins here:

Thanks again so much to everyone at The Book Pushers for having me!


And that concludes the interview. Big thanks again to Jeaniene Frost who totally rocked it!

And yes, once again giveaway time. 😀

I’m going to be giveaway three copies of First Drop of Crimson, and it’s open internationally – to where ever The Book Depository ships – which is nearly everywhere.

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments below: If you could combine a kick ass fighting team, that consists of other characters from other books, who would they be?

Giveaway will close next Monday night, GMT time.

Good luck!


44 thoughts on “Interview & Giveaway: Jeaniene Frost”

  1. Twimom227 (Jen K)

    I admit: I have not read these books yet! The series was recently recommendly (highly recommended) and I intend to purchase the 4 Night Huntress series books soon! I was curious to know, can I pick up the spin-off books w/out having read the originals? Would that be too much of a spoiler?

  2. Great interview guys!

    Hmm….My team would have to include the following:

    Cat and Bones(of course!) from the Night Huntress Series,
    Rose and Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series by Richellle Mead
    Mercy Thompson from Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
    Quinn from the Sookie Stackhouse books!

    Awesome idea for a giveaway. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  3. That’s a tough question! Caleb and Jacquline for sure from Storm of Visions, Gregori and Lucian from Dark Magic and Dark Legend, and Dexter might not be considered a ‘fighter’ but he sure is good at killing people and collecting information. Oh! Mustn’t forget Rhage and Tohrment! From the Black Dagger Brotherhood series!

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  5. Thanks for the fun interview!
    You got me confused with the chapter 32 thing though, is this some kind of Inside i’m missing? lol

    I’d like to see Rose Hathaway and Fayther Sanders reunited because even though there are 10 years (or so) apart, they both have this big mouth and ass kicking attitude, I beat it would be pretty interesting!

    Thanks for the giveaway ^^ I haven’t put my hands on the book yet!

  6. If you could combine a kick ass fighting team, that consists of other characters from other books, who would they be?

    I would have to combine Cat and Bones, Kate Daniels and Curran, Harry Dresden, Mercedes Thompson and (I think) Bran the Marrok. Although it feels kind of unfair for anyone going up against them.

  7. Of course Cat and Bones is the ultimate kick ass fighting team. I would add Riley and Quinn from Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen Series, Rose and Dimitri from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and Mac and Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series to the list.

    Only a few more hours to wait for FDOC.

  8. My kick ass team would include Cat (obviously) Kate Daniels, Rose Dayton (cause she is just too cool), Morgan Kingsley, Rachel Morgan and who could forget Anita Blake and Merry Gentry. I could go on and on.

  9. Ooh! I’d combine Vishous from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Kate and Curran from the Magic Bites series, Clay and Elena from Bitten, Marc from the Shifters series, and Cat from Cat&Bones, of course. 🙂 These BAMFs will destroy anybody in their way!

  10. My kick ass team would consist of the black dagger brotherhood characters written by j.r ward- and the dark carpathian characters written by christine feehan, as I would love to read a book were Vishous from BDB meets Gregori from DC, I think that book would be very entertaining, I think also the diffrences in vampires would be cool too, I think that also in the team I might add Ash, Apollomi, Simi and Savatar from the Dark Hunter novels written by sherrilyn Kenyon. I think that with all those characters added with Cat, Bones, Drac, Spade and the rest of the Nighr Huntress characters, the team would be interesting (funny as hell!). At the top where I have wriiten about the BDB characters and DC characters I meant all of them not just Vishous and Gregori, I mean can you imagine Wrath the king in BDB and Mikhail the prince in DC, getting together in a team, hillarious!

  11. awesome interview!! you know, i’ve never read any of ms. frost’s books though i’ve heard so many good things about them especially bones so i’d love to give this series a try.

    hmmm… my kick-ass fighting team would be eidolon from larissa ione’s demonica series (he’s the level-headed type), zadist from jr ward’s lover awakened (the scared, dangerous one), and lucas from nalini singh’s slave to sensation (he’s the shape-shifter). oh and you gotta have the comedic relief so i’ll add wraith from larissa ione’s demonica series as well.

  12. Great interview. Jeaniene i love your books. I read them all the time and they are still as good as the first time.

    My team would have Sam Merlott from the Sookie Stackhouse series because he can shape shift into any animal. Zarek from the Dark-Hunters series well because he is a phyco bad ass, need i say more? Acheron from the Dark-Hunters series, sexy and a ton of power to boot. Vlad from Night Huntrss series, he can shoot fire from his hands. Patrick and Lorcan from the Broken Heart series, vampires and magical. Ian from the Night Huntress series and Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series. They are my bad boys and I like my eye candy.

  13. Oh a kick-ass dream team? Decisions, decisions… I would have to go Cat and Bones for sure, maybe add some Kate and Curran (Ilona Andrews Series). I bet Mercy and Riley (Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling Series) could also do some serious ass kicking… Oh the list could go on and on

  14. Great interview and series. I am looking forward to First Drop of Crimson.

    My team would consist of Eve Dallas and Roarke from the In Death books, Cat and Bones, Harry Dresden, Anna Strong, Mac and Barrons, and Quinn from the Sookie series.

  15. I’d love for Cat to Meet Faythe from Rachel Vincent’s Shifter Series. I could see them sitting down for a nice quiet drink together and then all hell breaking loose!

  16. The perfect crime-fighting team?

    Cat and Bones with Riley and Quinn (from Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen Guardian series). I’d pay to see that one.

    Great interview, BTW, Jeaniene. I can’t wait to read First Drop of Crimson.

  17. My kick ass fighting team would include:
    Cat & Bones (Jeanine Frost series, obviously)
    Barrons & Mac (Karen Moning’s FEVER series)
    Rose & Dimitri (Richelle Mead’s VAMPIRE ACADEMY series)
    Lady Tarabotti & her parasol (Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS)

  18. I’m really looking forward to First Drop of Crimson, I can’t wait to read it.
    My team would consist of Cat and Bones, Spade, and Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson, Quinn and her brother Rhoan.

  19. I’m really bad at this but mu kick ass fighting team would include (besides Cat and Bones) Kelley Armstrong’s Clay and Elena, Karen Chance’s Pritkin and Dorina, and Kim Harrison’s Jenks (because who can resist a pixie??). Awesome interview and thanks for the giveaway!!

  20. Oh a kick-ass fighting team 😀
    Ok Elena and Clay from Kelley Armstrongs books, Mercy Thompson from Patrica Briggs books, Z from JR Wards books (cos he is such a hottie) and Rose from Ilona Andrews books.

  21. Great interview!

    My kick-ass fighting team would be big and include: Cat and Bones (of course), Rose and Dmitri (from Vamp Academy), the Dark Hunters from Kenyon’s series (well, I guess one at a time, since they wouldn’t be much good all together), Rhevenge from BDB (because he could screw with people’s heads), and Shade (from my friend’s book that not yet published) because he’s got the really bad temper-kill-people-senseless thing going on. 😀

  22. first: thanks to bookpushers and Jeaniene for the awesome interview. Jeaniene BLUSHING while writing? oha…. 🙂

    my kick-ass team would have cat, bones, kate, curran, jim, andrea, rose, declan and william(from ilona’s books) and pritkin (from karen chance)…. hmmm, but nalini’s changelings would be a cool addition, too. there are too many 😀

  23. Excellent interview! I’m looking forward to reading First Drop of Crimson! 🙂 My team would include:
    Cat, Bones, & Vlad (Night Huntress) &
    Jace (Mortal Instruments) & Katsa (Graceling) 🙂

  24. Wonderful interview, lets hear it for the Ghouls!!!
    Let me see my fighting team would have to be:
    Cat and Bones (a given)
    Kate and Curran (Ilona Andrews’, Magic series)
    Mac and Barrons (Karen Marie Moning’s, Fever series)
    Quinn (Charlaine Harris’, Sookie Stackhouse series)
    Acheron (Sherrilyn Kenyon’s, Dark Hunter Series)

    Hmmm . . that is a lot of testostron, things could get interesting!

  25. I am so looking forward to reading your works.
    My team would have to have Elena and Clay from Kelley Armstrong, Maddox from Larissa Ione, Viper from Alexandra Ivy and Belle from Gena Showalter.

  26. Great interview! I cant wait to read FDOC!

    My kick-ass team would include Rose&Dimitri from The Vampire Academy series-love them soo much!
    And Cat&Bones! I’d love to see Cat and Rose work together because they are very alike..funny,feisty and sassy..and they can kick some serious butt:D


  27. My team would consist on: Harry Dresden, Kate Daniels, Curran, Clayton Danvers, Elena Michaels, Bran, Benedict (World of the Lupi) and Jane Yellowrock.

  28. Great interview.
    I’d choose Rachel Morgan and Harry Dresden,Cat and Bones,Clay Danvers and Elena Michaels,Riley Jensen and Quinn.

  29. Awesome interview!

    My kick ass team would consist of Cat&Bones, Riley Jenson, Quinn (Riley Jenson series by Keri Arhtur), Anita Blake, Jean-Claude (Anita Blake series by L. K. Hamilton), Dorina Basarab, Louis-Cesare (Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance), Mircea Basarab, and Pritkin (from the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance)!

  30. love the interview and for my kickass team I’d pick Charles and Anna from Patrick Briggs books, Zarak, Ash, Tory, Kat from SKenyon’s book and for a shapeshifter I pick Cullen, Vane(he’s magical too), and sarah and Zach from Pack challenge. And for vamps I pick Cat and Bones
    With those I don’t think i’d need any more help do you lol.

  31. Hi all, those combinations in your comments sound like amazingly bad-ass teams!

    Twimom asked if First Drop of Crimson could be read without reading the other Night Huntress books. Yes. It’s a stand-alone, so there’s enough background information for news readers to pick it up even if they’ve never read anything of mine before.

    Tunga, the “chap 32” mention refers to a certain, ah, rather sexy chapter in my second book, ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE. I’ve gotten a lot of prods from readers to write another chapter like it, lol.

    Thanks again for having me on your blog and for asking such fun questions, Lou!

  32. Zsadist, Rhage, and John Matthew from the Black Dagger Brotherhood; Anita Blake and Asher from the Anita Blake series, Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels series; Hawke, and Judd from the Psy-Changeling series; and Dog from the Breeds.

  33. I’m having such fun reading your entries everyone, and I’m recognising a lot of character names. Very awesome! 😀

    @Shiloh I’m so excited about Mencheres’ book. I’m a sucker for sad and tortured heroes.

    @Jeaniene And thank you for giving such fabulous and fun answers! And thanks for stopping by. 😀
    I think I may have to put up that special LOLpic Has made for Chapter 32 that she did a while back. *grins*

  34. Awesome interview! I read FIRST DROP today & it is awesome! I couldnt put it down so i kept getting yelled at while i was @ work!

    Anyways…My kick ass team would include Cat & Bones (night huntress), Rose & Demetri (vampire academy), Eric Bill & Alcide (sookie stackhouse series), The Cullens including bella since her new vamp power is phenominal (twilight series obviously, even though alot of people lost faith in them for some reason),& Anita Blake!!! (anita blake series; would love for her & cat to meet!)

    there ya have it ;p

  35. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Night Huntress series, and First Drop of Crimson was no different. Even without a “chapter 32” it was every bit as exciting and emotional as the rest of the books. 🙂

    My kick-ass team (so hard to narrow down) would be Cat & Bones (duh), Elena & Clay (Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld), Rose & Dimitri (Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy), Camille & Morio (Yasmine Galenorn’s Sisters of the Moon), Xhex and Rhage (J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood… and no, they’re not a couple, but DAMN, can you imagine THAT fighting duo?).

    There are so many really great heroes and heroines in this genre, but I tried to create a team, not an army, lol.

  36. My ultimate team would consist of Cat and Bones, Zsadist and Quinn from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Gena Showalter’s Lucian from Lords of the Underworld, and Christine Feehan’s Saber Wynter and House of Night’s Zoe. It’s not huge but you cover the basic elements- dead sexy and scary as hell!

  37. If you could combine a kick ass fighting team, that consists of other characters from other books, who would they be?

    I would pair up Cat & Bones, Mercy Thompson & Stefan (from Patricia Briggs), Rhage & Vishous (from JR Ward) and Kaderin & Sebastian (from Kresley Cole).

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