Monday, August 13, 2012

Interview & Giveaway ~ Abigail Roux Stars & Stripes Tour



Welcome to the Stars & Stripes virtual book tour! Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of the 6th book in the Cut & Run series. I’ll be giving away tons of prizes. For every stop I have a digital copy of the first book, Cut & Run, a personalized autograph, and either a Team Ty/Team Zane T-shirts or an autographed trinket! To enter to win one of the prizes, just leave a comment here at the lovely Amara’s Place, and make sure you include your e-mail address! To win the grand prize, one complete electronic set of the first 5 books, you’ll need to finish a treasure hunt, which you’ll find on my blog on the last day of the tour! Many thanks to Amara for hosting my very first Riptide Publishing virtual book tour!
                                    
Hi Abigail! Welcome to my 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.

Thank you for having me! I look forward to being grilled.

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name’s Abigail. People call me Abi, amongst less savory nicknames, I’m sure. I’m a newly minted single mother who just turned 30. I have horrible luck and have probably experienced every oddball injury there is. Growing up, the love of my life wasn’t writing or reading, but volleyball. I played in the Junior Olympics for 6 years, traveled to Europe to play one summer, and was forced to quit when I was too injured to continue. For about 7 years I coached volleyball and softball, and finally had to retire from that this past season as well. I started writing when my body wouldn’t allow me to do anything else, and never stopped.

Tell me about your current book.

Stars & Stripes is the 6th book in the Cut & Run series. The main characters, Ty and Zane have become the center of a sort of huge following. It’s actually turned into quite a wild ride for me. In this one readers finally meet Zane’s family, which is something they’ve been demanding for a few years now. It’s also probably the funniest book I’ve ever written.

How has it been working with Riptide?

It’s been awesome. I can’t even begin to explain the experience. I’ve had so much fun with the people I’m working with, and I feel like this is the most stellar, polished product I’ve ever released. I love it here.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Because it’s Ty and Zane!

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

Oh yes. I have a ghost story coming out in October, just in time for Halloween, and there were some really creepy things going on when I was writing that one. I firmly believe it’s cursed and I’m almost hesitant to put it out there! I’ve also got 3 more of the Cut & Run series, and then a whole folder full of ideas and half-written novels that I can’t wait to get started on.

Do you have any special writing rituals, or special writing place? 

I do. Sort of. When I feel like I’m getting in kind of a rut, I’ll drive a few hours from home and lock myself in a hotel room for a couple days. I order room service, put on a blueberry face mask, and write until I have to check out. I don’t even know why the mask works, but sometimes it helps just to have a change of scenery. I’ve finished entire novels like that.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?

I wish more people knew that it hurts me to get out of bed. And I mean that in the very literal sense of the word. Every time I move, it hurts. My shoulders are both wrecked, my knee is falling apart and the doctors don’t seem to know why, my back occasionally will seize up and render me immobile for days on end. And on and on. Most of the injuries stem from being over-dedicated when I played volleyball, but the end result is the same. Most people get the impression that I’m lively and fun and friendly, and that’s good! But every day I have to convince myself that today won’t hurt when I roll out of bed. And I’m not alone in that. Everyone is fighting a battle, whether it’s a visible one or not. People are stronger than they give themselves credit for, and I wish that was something each of us knew about each other and about ourselves.

Do you have any hobbies?

I collect guns and knives. I shoot them too, when my shoulders will tolerate the recoil, but this is something I share with my dad. Every birthday and Christmas he gives me an antique gun, a modern gun, and a knife. I have an armory, it’s kind of ridiculous. My favorite is an engraved Darling Pepperbox, because it’s so pretty and useless. They were the forerunners of the revolver, so not many were made. Mainly because they didn’t work very well! I also have a knife made out of a railroad spike that’s quite beautiful.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?

I think I would go back to the past. I’m the type of person who likes to know what’s going on, or at least to think I do, so going into the future and not knowing the progression of how we got there or how to work new technology, ect, would really stress me out. I was also a History major, and I’ve had a lifelong love of history, so going back to see and experience pieces of it would be something I’d very much love to do. And I would totally try to witness things I know are about to happen and break every time-traveling moral there is.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

I actually create playlists for every book, so I have tons of songs! I usually listen to music that reminds me of the book or the characters or the feel of the story, and a few months before the release, I put the playlist on my website. I think a lot of writers and readers experience books along with music, so it’s something extra I try to include. If I had to pick one song for Stars & Stripes, it would be Wild West Show by Big & Rich. And the song that screams Ty and Zane to me is Adele’s One And Only. So beautiful.

*smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.

I look forward to many more chats!


Stars & Stripes

Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have managed the impossible: a few months of peace and quiet. After nearly a year of personal and professional turmoil, they're living together conflict-free, work is going smoothly, and they're both happy, healthy, and home every night before dark. But anyone who knows them knows that can’t possibly last.
When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out.
From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears—and their families—to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.
You can read the first chapter and purchase Stars & Stripes here.

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head. You can stalk Abi in various places, including her website, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook.

59 comments:

  1. Loving this blog tour. Interested in the ghost story coming out. Right up my alley :D
    I think that it is great that you and your dad share that collection of weaponry.
    And love One and Only by Adele for Ty and Zane. Listing to it right now :D
    Thank you again! And keep fighting! ♥♥

    Kunicorngirl@yahoo.com

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  2. Love this series, and can't wait to start reading the book! And haha definitely agree that everyone should read it because of the two boys! <3

    rylangrantz@yahoo.com

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  3. I just read Stars & Stripes and it was amazing! Thank you for the giveaway!

    ursa.bracun@gmail.com

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  4. Love reading the interviews - adored Ty & Zane in book 6. I agree that one and only is so reflective of T&Z - both learning to leave the past and move on together. I also loved 'Why Don't we just dance' on the playlist b'cos the two of them dancing together is one of my fourite things to imagine. *Crossing my fingers for luck!*

    madhavikutti@yahoo.com

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  5. loved the book, thank you Abi! :-)
    Keep on writing! And you're right - everyone faces a battle.

    -Daisy
    aeryn_00@yahoo.com

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  6. "Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book."

    "Because it’s Ty and Zane!"

    Perfect answer is perfect, Abi. :D

    Loved this book soo much! And I'm going to be stalking every stop on this book tour and commenting, in hopes that I'll get lucky on one of them, lol. It is all Ty and Zane's fault for being so wonderful and Abi's fault for writing such terrific books...I can't help that I'm obsessed.

    hedwig2213@yahoo.com

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  7. That was a great Interview. Loved to read it. Love Ty and zane. Go on!

    moni@midnight-fairytales.de

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  8. Stalking all stops on the blog tour, it's great =)
    Loved the new book and waiting for the next one patiently - that's a battle in itself too....
    Thank you for writing so wonderful books and please know that we fans would all stand by your bed every morning cheering for you if it wouldn't be creepy and stalkerish =)
    Big hug from Hungary

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  9. I am going to have to check out this series. I have seen some great reviews of the various books in it, and saw many recommendations for it. I will have to check it and Ty & Zane out. Thanks so much for the blog tour & giveaways.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I'm just getting to know Ty and Zane. I'm in the middle of reading Sticks & Stones right now and loving it.

    andreagrendahl AT gmail DOT com

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  11. Great interview! I love this series, and this one didn't disappoint!

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  12. Ty & Zane & Abi, what more could a gal want?

    melora.derryth(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I'd read a damn cereal box if Ty and Zane were on it, that's how much I love them! Great work, Ms. Roux!

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  14. Stars & Stripes was such an amazing addition to the series! If you haven't started this series then you're missing out!!

    Rachel_ann94@yahoo.com

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  15. Really looking forward to reading this one - just waiting for a migraine to fully clear so I can enjoy the book properly :)

    And I'll be pre-ordering the ghost story soon...fingers crossed it doesn't jinx anything for me!

    pointycat@hotmail.co.uk

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  16. another great interview! and can i say, and im sure im not the only one saying this, but dont stop at book 9 for ty and zane. i promise, we will never grow tired of those two. what can i say, they are simply the best. :)
    ragga_eg@hotmail.com

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  17. I finally finished Stars & Stripes last night after a busy weekend and it was awesome. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book!
    maggie9418@aol.com

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  18. Loving the blog tour. Finished Stars and Stripes for the second time yesterday. Thanks for getting out of bed everyday and giving us these wonderful characters.

    tjbedard@dejazzd.com

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  19. I am so glad you are doing this tour :) I just FINISHED S&S and I am so excited about it :)

    maruska.marusakova@gmail.com

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  20. Really great interview! I can't wait to get my paperback of Stars and Stripes :-)

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  21. I loved the interesting questions on this interview! I think the response "Because it's Ty and Zane" is just perfect!! I'm going to love every minute of this book tour!

    Melissa,
    melissasieben@gmail.com

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  22. Finished the book last night and loved it!
    ashhhamanda@Gmail.com

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  23. I've read such good things about this series, but have not started it yet. Thanks so much for your contest and would love to win a book etc.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

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  24. Dropping in to say thanks to Amara for hosting me today, and to all the commenters for dropping by! Love you guys!

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    1. My pleasure Abigail. :) Congrats on the new book!

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    2. Thank you very much! It broke the internet, but I have to admit I kind of enjoyed that *g*

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  25. Great interview! Stars & Stripes was such a fun read. Can't wait for book 7!

    roberta_austin@live.com

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  26. GAAAAHHHHH! Adele's One and Only is MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE SONG EVER!!! Now that I know it's Ty and Zane's I'll probes cry listening to it.

    Awesome interview Abi. And thanks so much for giving us Ty and Zane!!!

    monica_vidal78@yahoo.com.br

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  27. I'm with everyone else, because it's Ty and Zane cracks me up! Just perfect.

    cojazzchick AT yahoo DOT com

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  28. Loved Stars and Stripes and the rest of the series. Insightful interview. :)

    cheryl.nitely at gmail dot com

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  29. I just finished Stars and Stripes. I was reading parts of it while I was getting my car serviced. I was laughing, crying, and just had to ignore the looks from other customers. I loved the book and I've enjoyed learning more about Abi!

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  30. I downloaded Stars & Stripes Saturday morning and Sunday night I was done. I can't put these books down when I get started reading one of them! :D I'm so in love with Ty and Zane. Their relationship just gets better and better! I hope it will continue that way. I was getting really tired of reading angst filled love stories.

    I enjoyed getting to know you a little in this interview Abi!
    Best wishes from Anne Mejlhede.

    annemejlhede AT gmail DOT com

    I don't know if I'm allowed to enter the giveaway since I live in Denmark, but I wanted to participate in this thread anyway!

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  31. Love reading about favourite authors and what makes them tick.
    I too would choose to go back, though I'm sure it'd be much smellier than i even imagine!

    Suze
    Littlesuze at hotmail dot com

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  32. I'm sitting here reading this interview with my partner and she turns to me and says "You sure you and Abi aren't evil mind twins or something" I have no idea what she's talking about.

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  33. Great interview and I've already read the book twice. Thanks, Abi. Samati75 at gmail.com

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  34. Why read it? Because it's Ty & Zane is the best reason! Great book, can't wait to go read it a second time!

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  35. LOVED the book and making myself wait to read it a 2nd time. I just Love Me Some Ty & Zane!!! They are soooo Punny! LOL

    ekgluv-special@yahoo.com

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  36. LOVE Ty and Zane! Great interview! Looking so forward to reading more of my favorite m/m couple!

    llogan24@gmail.com

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  37. Great interview...i seem to learn something new each time i read one...Ty and Zane were the second M/M couple i read about (met) so I have a good feeling with them... Please count me in, Thank you.
    chellebee66 at gmail dot com

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  39. I love blog hops! You get introduced to so many new blog writers.

    Great interview!

    j.l.obrien912 (at) gmail.com

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  40. Sounds fantastic...great interview, too!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. Great interview! I love Ty and Zane. I can't wait to read this book.
    books2read69(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. thanks for the interview!and i can't wait for the next book:)
    mkneji@gmail.com

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  43. I can't wait to read Stars and Stripes. Thanks for the tour!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. Thanks so much for coming by everyone! :D

    And Tina Adamski., I got your email and will make sure your entered as well :)

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  45. I enjoyed reading this interview and omg! Adele's One and Only is the perfect song for Ty and Zane!

    Annie
    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

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  46. Thanks for another interview ^^ !!

    ba.carvalho.p(at)gmail.com

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  47. Another fantastic interview! That is very cool that Abi collects guns and knives -- I'm trying to learn more about weaponry myself. It makes me sad that she is in constant pain; she truly is a remarkable woman. I don't know how well I'd cope with that. Abi, you have given us all such joy with this series --- thank you!

    scarletrose9(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. Great interview! I recently started this series and read through book 3. The rest are burning a hole in my reader! I can't wait to see what else is in store for these guys!

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  49. Very nice interview.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. love the interview! all the little extra infos we learn make me so happy *sigh*

    Please count me in for the giveaways!
    Codename_Sherry[@]hotmail.com

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  51. Another great interview! I'm so sorry to hear about your pain issues - if the combined good wishes of all your minions could make you better, you'd be bouncing out of bed everyday. :o)

    buttononthetop at gmail dot com

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  52. The interview is great. Can't wait to read Stars and Stripes.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. Thanks for the wonderful interview. I have not read this series yet, I'm so looking forward to starting it and getting to know the characters myself.
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

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  54. Thank you for the great interview. Always interested in all your little facts around this series. Love Ty & Zane!

    rory@wolke7.net

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  55. sounds really good halliday.sally@yahoo.co.uk

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