Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hard Bitten Blog Stop and GIVEAWAY!


Today, Booking It With Hayley G is the blog stop on the Hard Bitten Blog Tour this is my first time participating in a blog tour, so I would like to give a HUGE thank you to Chloe Neill for the opportunity!

O and please take note: 2 DAYS TIL HARD BITTEN IS RELEASED (proceed to squeal now haha)

Everyone please join me in welcoming Chloe to the blog today!

How long did it take you to get Some Girls Bite published? Was it hard? Easy?
I was very lucky in that finding a publisher for SGB was very easy. I finished the manuscript, spent about 6 months
editing, and sent it to one editor--Penguin. They eventually called me up! But I can't stress the "6 months editing" bit
enough. Especially if you don't write professionally or haven't had your work critiqued by a professional before, the
editing is crucial.

What inspired your story and the character Merit?
I was really interested in writing a vampire story from a girl's perspective--with a female vampire in the lead. Once I had
a sense of who Ethan was, I knew who I wanted Merit to be, because she's his foil in a number of ways.

Ethan is completely drool worthy- do you have a favourite hero from another author's series that you consider so
sinfully bad, that he must be good?
Adam Black from Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series is one of my favorite bad boy characters. He is so deliciously
bad. :)  Algiarept from Kim Harrison's Hollows series is another favorite bad boy (who might be a hero?).

How far do you plan to take the Chicago Vampire series?
There are currently 7 books under contract, but I'll keep writing them as long as people keep reading them.

Do you have any favourite authors you like to read or, perhaps, have inspired your writing?
Kim Harrison is a favorite, as is Diana Gabaldon. I read a lot of nonfiction right now, especially travel books. I love
learning about new places.

How different is it to write YA fiction as oppose to adult? Is it harder? More exciting?
YA fiction is harder because more rules apply. The kids have to be in school, they're too young to drive (mine are,
anyway), and I can't swear as much. :)

If you were a Chicago vampire, which master's house would you choose to pledge allegiance to?
Definitely Cadogan, although I definitely have respect for Scott Grey, as well. Morgan, not so much. Maybe when he's
older. ;)

Do you have any advice for young writers trying to make it in the industry?
Keep reading. Keep writing. Don't try to "be published." Try to write a great story.

Thanks for your time Chloe and keep on writing so I can continue reading! Haha
Thanks for having me!

Book summary from Goodreads:
Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals--and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are ... tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society--a world full of vampires who seem too ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands..

*Note Hard Bitten is the fourth instalment in the Chicago Vampires series the first three are available in paperback and e-book format

The fun doesn't end here folks! Chloe has generously donated a fun Hard Bitten gift pack that will go to one lucky winner on this blog!

In order to enter you must be a follower and leave a comment on this post. If you want to earn extra points feel free to tweet about the contest (but be sure to @chloeneill and @HayleyAG)

This contest will run until Wednesday, May 4th midnight- I'll announce the winner Thursday May 5th after 12pm.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for your prize to be delivered to you. This contest is open to US/Canada followers. Good luck everyone!

And big thanks to Chloe again!

Happy Reading all!


  1. I really enjoyed the interview I love her book and can't wait to read Hard Bitten! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Can't wait to read Hard Bitten! CV is one of my very favorite series. So happy that two CV books will be released this year.


  3. i loved the chicagoland series! can't wait to read Hard Bitten!

  4. I've heard great things about this book! Would love to win it.

  5. Release Day is awesome!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  6. Great interview. I'm looking foward to reading Hard Bitten.

    sgiden at

  7. Great interview! I love this series and I can't wait to read Hard Bitten!

  8. Can't wait to read this book. Would love to be entered for the giveaway.

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  10. thanks for the chance to win! I absolutely love merit and the gang! :D

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  11. I love this series! I would love the chance to win! Merit is one of my all-time favorite characters.

  12. I love how we're both doing our first blog tour stop the same week! *L0L*