Thursday, December 29, 2011

Welcome the Divine Virna DePaul

Thank you for having me here, Shauni and Kim. You guys are so much fun and I always love a good party!!

Cats or Dogs? ( Hey what about Birds and lizards? )
I love both, but right now I just have a dog, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Sprite who follows me wherever I go. She's adorable but a little on the needy side.

Salty or Sweet (This of course means when you’re “playing” because this isn’t an adult Goddess site for nothin’)? Chocolate?
I definitely have a need for both, so chocolate covered pretzels are amazing!

Vampires or Werewolves (Of course you can choose “other” but you have to elaborate *snickering*)?
Vampires are elegant and primal and have unquenched thirst. What can be hotter?

Fireman or Cowboy?
Fireman. I'm a sucker for a guy in uniform but western attire hasn't really hit the same note for me. I think I like a man with a dangerous side. If he has a drawl, that's only a plus.

Hairy or Smooth (Body hair)?
Somewhere in between, please, but if we were going to extremes, I'd prefer smooth over hairy.

Clean Shaven or Stubble?
A little stubble can transform a guy from pleasant to smoking!

Diet or Regular soda (Or....if you’re like me, Kimberly, you’re stuck on Powerade Zero)?
Caffeine free, which I know isn't the same as diet, but for some reason I can fool myself most of the time.

Fruit or Veggies (Or Chocolate)?
Chocolate covered strawberries!!!

Coffee or tea (Or Chocolate)?
Hands down chocolate.

The song that is most annoying when it sticks in your head -- sorry had to do it.

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Apple or Microsoft?
I'm an Apple convert all the way. Love, love, love my apple products. They put such a pretty sheen on Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol.

Drama or Comedy or anything with Gerard Butler -- What Shauni? He’s Hawt! What Kim?*wiping drool* I love Gerard but what about Jason Momoa ooooohhh Or Charlie Hunnan? OOH Shauni! Charlie!!! We Loves Us some Jax! SOA! All the way baby! I guess we should let the guest answer the question though, huh? (tv, movies)?
Drama, most of the time. And Sam Worthington is my Gerard, with Daniel Craig a close second. Can't see either one of them in a comedy, so that's the tie breaker right there.

Spring or Fall (Fall -- cuz I can beat him to the floor! *snickering*)?
Both seasons are faves of mine!! Spring because of the weather, Fall because of Halloween and pumpkin bread.

Sedan or Sports Car (Hey! I live in Texas! Where’s the truck suggestion???)?
I drive a van, so a sports car would be a nice change! I still love that light blue Lexus from the Bond movies a few years back.

Tattoos or no Tattoos?
I change my mind from day to day (almost hour to hour) so nothing permanent, please.

Favorite splurge food -- Tacos, Pizza, Cheeseburger (Or Chocolate peanut butter swirl FUDGE)????
Crusty bread and yummy cheese, but failing that, pizza.

What dish do you make perfect?
Chicken Picatta.

What dish have you messed up completely by burning or over cooking it?
Sugar Cookies

Can you give us your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? If not the recipe, your favorite cookie, we’ll find the recipe.

I love English Toffee. Is there a cookie equivalent? I'd love a recipe for that!! OH LOOK! SHAUNI JUST HAPPENED TO FIND ONE!!!

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. soft shortening
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
6-8 Heath candy bars, broken
Cream together sugars and shortening. Add eggs and beat. Combine flour, soda and salt and add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Blend in candy bar bits. Drop by teaspoon of dough onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Book One in the Para-Ops Series

Book Two in the Para-Ops Series

Now is the part where we let you do some shameless self promotion of your books, artwork or jewelry (this sentence will be centered directly towards you and your work when the interview comes up). Please tell the readers something about what you’re currently writing or what has just been released. We’re shameless when it comes to pimpin’ new stuff! Aw thank you!

My newest release is Chosen By Sin, Book 3 in the Para-Ops Novels.
Here's the blurb:

The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.

Barnes and Noble:

As for the cover...... Note the stubble please. And a slight resemblance to Sam Worthington, maybe?

Thank you so much for having me here! Love your newly designed website and you ladies are always wonderful to hang out with! Happy New Year! Virna

To find Virna

Ok Goddesses!  Virna is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an e-copy of her paranormal novella, A Vampire's Salvation, which is use a peek into what her Para-Ops novels will be like.  This is the novella that got me hooked on Virna!

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*yadkny* said...

Thanks for the English Toffee Cookie recipe... going to have to try that one for the New Year's party:) Can't wait to start reading your Para-Ops Novels! I've heard so many raving reviews... I don't know why I waited so long:) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy (almost) New Year!!!

June M. said...

Yummy! Those English Toffee Cookies sound great. Unfortunately, I always burn cookies, lol. Maybe I can get my niece to make them or at least bake them after I make the cookie dough. The Para-Ops Novels are already on my TBR list. Thank you for the great giveaway and have a safe & Happy New Year! :)
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

The Bakin_Goddesses said...

You ladies must keep the same hours I do! Virna is amazing! She's talented and on top of all that talent, she's SWEET! I just love talking with her. She really has become one of my favorite authors, personally! I've been lucky to have been able to get to call a few friends and I hope she doesn't mind me calling her my friend! She's just an amazing lady!

Thanks for supporting our blog party ladies! Keep coming back! We're not quite finished!!!

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Sarah said...

I'm so glad I found this blog. Thanks for introducing us to so many talented authors! Looking forward to diving into these.

Virna DePaul said...

yadkny and June, I can't wait to make the cookies, as well. Sounds so yummy! Thank you for your interest in the Para-Ops series and for stopping by today. Happy 2012!!!

Kimberly, I'm honored to call you a friend! You've been so supportive of my writing and that means the world to me. But more importantly, a kind person with a baking obsession?? You're a gem!! ;)

Sarah, I agree, the blog is great! Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. I will save it for later in the year. I have over indulged in the sweets department already this month. LOL

I adore the covers for this series Virna. I think they are unique and gorgeous. I am a cover snob, I admit it. If a cover doesn't grab me I usually walk on by. Yours are striking.

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

shiderly77 said...

I love the Para Ops series. I have cried my way through two of them... lol. As for cookies- Love those too! Chocolate chip is my fav, but the English toffee does not sound too bad...


Sebrina said...

Thank you for the recipe and also for the chance at the giveaway. :)
Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

Joanne said...

That English Toffee Cookie recipe sounds so yummy. I've got to try it this weekend. Can't wait to start reading the Para-Ops novels. I've heard only good things about them. Thanks for the giveaway.


Jolene and Family said...

YUMMMM, thanks for the recipe :) Would love to win this, crossing fingers


sheryl said...

I have already read the first 2 books in this series and I love it. I am hooked, please keep them coming. Thanks for the cookie receipe, I love toffee.


Anonymous said...

Great interview !!

Denise Z said...
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Denise Z said...

The Para Ops series has been on my radar for a while. Thank you for sharing this fun interview today, just might have to try the cookie recipe:)


Anonymous said...

Oh yum!!! The cookie recipe looks delicious and I can't wait to try it.

chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

Shelley B said...

I love this blog. You have introduced me to so many writers I would not have otherwise known. Thanks for the giveaway.
srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

JoAnna said...

Recipe sounds pretty easy, may have to try it.
Thanks for the giveaway!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Tiffany K said...

I haven't had those cookies in years. So glad to have a recipe now that sounds delicious, and easy to make. Your books sound amazing, and have gorgeous covers to go along with them.

tiffanykrepps @ gmail . com

Virna DePaul said...

Stacie, I'm so glad you love the covers!

geishasmom73, Wow, what a compliment! Thank you!!

Sebrina, Thanks for stopping by!

Joanne, Glad you've heard good things! Thanks for stopping by! V

sheryl, Thank you for loving the series! That means so much to me!

REGINA ROSS, Thank you!

Denise Z, Hope the cookies come out great! Take care, V

ChiChai Hana--Did you make them? HOpe they were good! :)

Shelley B - It's a great blog! Thanks for stopping by, V

JoAnna- Good luck!

Tiffany K-Thank you for your interest in the books! Take care

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