Friday, December 16, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Rhi Etzweiler

Guess what, guess what! Rhi is visiting my Place today!!! Yaaaaaay! 

heehee, I like hangin' with Rhi. *big grin* It's fun.

Amara:  Hi Rhi! Welcome back to the Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.  Let’s start with the obvious. Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

Rhi:  I’m having difficulty with this question. Is “I have a crooked nose” an acceptable answer?

Amara:  *laughs* Um… noooo…

Rhi:  Oh, fine. *waves to readers* Hi, I’m Rhi. I like cheesecake. And Bull’s Blood. And I write genderfuck, when I’m not writing military speculative fiction gay romance thrillers.
*whispers* Why does this feel like a Dating Service or something?

Amara:  Because I’m trying to hook you up. *rolls eyes* Duh. *winks*  Kidding, don’t look at me like that. *sticks tongue out at Rhi*

Now let’s talk books. Tell me about your current book.

Rhi:  *whispers some more* Which one? The only one out on the market? The one scheduled for release in December? Or the one I’m working on? This question always confuses me. What’s “current?” I mean, I know what currant is. It’s the best preserves ever. Great on banana bread, too.

Amara:  *laughs* Ok, ok, let’s start with the one out on the market. Tell me about that one.

Rhi:  “Dark Edge of Honor” is a military science fiction romance thriller. Say that five times real fast, right? Anyways, it’s about two soldiers who fall for each other. Reminiscent of that old 80’s science fiction romance movie, “Enemy Mine,” after a fashion. Love that movie. Imagine my surprise when my co-author mentioned it was his favorite romance? *laughs* Yeah, not so surprising, is it. Aleks and I wrote DEoH together in the summer of 2010, over the course of about six weeks. It only took that long for Carina Press to snatch it up.

Amara:  Of course they did, that book friggin’ ROCKS! *smiles* I heart that one.

Rhi:  *laughs* Can’t blame you, so do I.

Amara:  Ok, now tell me about your upcoming release. Ya know, the Riptide one with the fantabulous cover!

Rhi:  Oh yes, the Riptide release with the genius for a cover artist. “Blacker Than Black” is a mildly dystopian futuristic urban fantasy murder mystery. Black is the narrator throughout the course of the story, and it starts out with a chi-sale gone bad and a very irate energy vampire of a john.

Amara:  *whispers* Your energy vampire rocks too. *smiles* Alright, please tell us, in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Rhi:  Can I use a grammatically torturous run-on sentence?

Amara:  Um… no.

Rhi:  Oh, alright. No need to give me a hairy eyeball, it’s common knowledge that I suck at following directions.

*clears throat and inhales deeply*

Since I’ve every intention of making “Blacker Than Black” the “shot heard round the world” – make sure you read it, so you know why the hell everyone’s in an uproar.

Amara:  Ha! Uproar W00T! Go Rhi, Go Rhi!  Um, sorry, I’ll try to save the claymores for after the interview. *winks*

So, how has it been working with Riptide?

Rhi:  Prepping for their launch has been an interesting experience for me. It’s difficult to acclimate to the idea that people want to talk to me, or hear from me – I’ve answered more interview questions and written more guest blog posts in the past couple months than a politician getting ready for a presidential campaign. *laughs*

My full-length novel, “Blacker Than Black,” doesn’t release until late in the launch cycle so things have been relatively low-key thus far. We’re bouncing around promotional ideas for it, and optimal review venues.

Amara:  Sweet. Have any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

Rhi:  “Frailty” – the aliensmut gunporn military science fiction story – has been contracted with Riptide, although I don’t have a specific release date for it yet. I’m still working on the first installment of the epic military fantasy series as well. The Riptide editors are making hairy eyeballs and groping in a molesting fashion whenever I mention that one, as well, so I expect I’ll be writing something else to send off to Carina in the near future.

Amara:  Awesome. *grins* I like the epic military fantasy. Ok, lets talk fun stuff. I wanna did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

Rhi:  I celebrated by framing the cover letter from the contract, when Carina sent back the countersigned copy.  I showed it to everyone who’d stand still long enough to look at it. Hey, it was my first—but I’m certain I’ll have that same level of response with each one I sell. Because each will be a momentous feat, in its own way. Getting that acceptance email had a strange effect on me. I think I may have acquired a bottle of white merlot wine and drank the entire thing. Not sure. That day is a little blurry, actually.

Amara:  Do you listen to music when your write?

Rhi:  Absolutely. It’s become a ritual magic, of sorts. Trance music lacks lyrics to interfere with the muse conversations, for the most part, and creates a “space” that blocks out distractions, noise from the neighbors, etc. I have specific playlists of trance mixes that create the type of ambiance I want in the prose I write, and I play them while transcribing or writing. Art influencing and inspiring art, after a fashion. I firmly believe it translates over from one medium to the other, that the music a writer listens to while writing influences the cadence of prose and word selection in a given sentence or scene. When I’m just doing blogposts or website updates, I listen to more lyric-centric music, like Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Aerosmith, P!nk, or whatever strikes my mood at the time.

Amara:  You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

Rhi:  A million isn’t enough to buy all of Liechtenstein, so… I guess I’d have to settle for a deserted island in the South Pacific. With coconut trees and swarms of big, happy fish in the shallows. Wanna come visit? I cook a mean coconut-battered Mahi-Mahi.

Amara:  Ha! Visit? Sorry, I’m coming to live. Deal with it.

If you came with a warning label, what would it be?

Rhi:  Warning: (Contains) Nuts.

Amara:  *laughs* Yeah you do.  

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Rhi:  Vin Diesel’s Riddick character from “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick” is a very fascinating execution of the anti-hero concept. And he’s just … so damned hot. And he has a brain. Amazing. I think they “shined” his character’s eyes so he wouldn’t seem like he was running around eye-fucking everyone, but… Total fail, there. It just makes the eyes a greater focal point. The reason I love the character so much, though, is because he’s a marriage of primal mind and intellect. Riddick is the quintessential survivor, with the brawn and wit both. It’s an amazing combination when executed properly, and in my mind it was successfully executed. I aspire to create a character of that magnitude in one of my stories.

Amara:  Mmmmmm, Vin Diesel. He’s yummy. *smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for coming over and chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.

Rhi:  Thanks for having me again, Amara. It was fun, actually—and I promise, we’ll do it again soon! *puts on Kevlar and ducks inside the up-armored Humvee, yells in muffled voice* Okay, you can throw the hand grenades around now!

Amara:  Hand grendades W00T!!!!!!!!!!!!! *shouts* In coming!!!!

Hee hee. :D


This week’s giveaway… Any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).

The fine details...
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  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
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  1. Amara... dont worry... there's always readers who loved to read about you and your interviews are so witty... =D 

    it seems cool that you have a ritual magic to help u to write all these wonderful books... =D i wonder Blacker than Black was inspired by which music and Dark Edge of Honor as well... 


  2. ...Wait, so you're NOT trying to hook Rhi up? *hides flowers* Um, great interview! ;)

    But seriously, fun interview! Kudos to you both. (no need to count me among the booked winners)

  3. There's actually a playlist for DEoH over on my web page. I haven't checked the video links, but they should all be working still, it's only been since August. I expect Black will have a playlist up as well, eventually.

    I think all writers have their own little rituals and magic -- whether or not they call it that is another thing entirely. 

  4. Aww, Alex, that's so cute... =D
    Asset to cut flowers--they're already dead, so I don't feel guilty when they start to droop and dry out....I have a brown thumb.Cookies are much better. Preferably dark chocolate with white chocolate chunks....

  5. *pushes brim of helmet up* Is it safe to come out now? Damn, that last frag was really close...

    *waves like mad* HI AMARA!!! =D

    *buries writer-nose back in edits*

  6. Brenda Cothern BooksDecember 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Abso loved Dark Edge! I only have 2-3 more to pick up from Riptide's current list ans Blacker is on my 'to-buy' short list! Can't wait!
    Add me as always,

  7. "aliensmut gunporn military science fiction"

    .. Your whole reason for living is to torture me to death, isn't it?

  8. ...*blinks* Well, but of course. There was doubt? *tsk*

  9. Show me the cookies!

    (And if you get that movie reference, I'll be very impressed.)

  10. I enjoyed the interview; it was a great read.  I love the cover for Blacker than Black; it has a haunting beauty quality to it.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  11. Great interview as usual Rhi!  Both of these books sound amazing as well as having atmospheric covers.  I too LOVE cheesecake and can always be bribed by a piece of it.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  12. Amara, you're hilarious! (re:in coming!) LOL. Oh, and I definitely want to know more about “Frailty”! Love military.
    Thanks for the great interview. :)

  13. What a fun post!  I was bummed that BtB's release was pushed back but I'm sure it will be worth the wait :-)

  14. Loved the post!
    Eeek! I am so excited for Black to get here!! December move faster~ lol...


  15. First, loved the interview. It was tons of fun to read. I like Rhi's sense of humor.
    Second, LOVE Riddick!! God, those movies are so awesome! <-- Can't sing as well as Amara.


  16. Coconut battered mahi mahi on a South Pacific island? Sounds heavenly.
    Enjoyed the interview.

  17. *laughs* I plead the fifth... ;)

    Glad you liked the interview darlin'. Rhi is just too fun. :D

  18. *waves madly* HI RHI!!!!

    It's safe...for now... ;-p

  19. I love DEoH sooooooo hard. Did you catch all the extra goodies Rhi shared? There were several extras on Mike and a deleted "ohshitwowHOT" scene too ;)

  20. Hi Tracey. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks :)

  21. LOL. I like throwing mah grenades at Rhi. Iz fun :D :D

    Thanks for coming by darlin'

  22. Thanks Judi, thanks for coming by :))

  23. Thanks Adara. Glad you enjoyed it. Rhi's a lot of fun to play blog with!

    *whispers* all singing is fantabulous here at mah Place ;)

  24. *whispers* It's gonna be so great too

  25. Great interview and good luck with the books!

  26. My brain weighs eight pounds? 

    What about Pumpkin Pie-spiced Rice Krispy Treats? I have them..

  27. Oooh, I have a weakness for pumpkin pie spice blends.
    Of everything.

    My favorite line: 'Well, I'm sorry, but please remove your dick from my ass.'

  28. It's been forever since I've seen it.

    Also, really easy recipe. Just add 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the marshmallow goo before adding the krispies. Nom. I'd mail them to you, but the mailman might eat them all ;)



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