Romance Promo Central is happy to welcome Gail Koger to the blog. She is the author of I Hear Voices and is here to answer some of our questions and to share some information about her book. If this sound like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links at the bottom of the post and pick up a copy!
RPC – Tell me a little about yourself.
Gail – I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea of what a real emergency is. Take this for an example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am, but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.
RPC – Do you listen to music while writing?
Gail – Music stimulates my creative juices. Of course when you have three dogs sometimes the music isn’t enough. Last week I was sitting at my computer working on my hot, melt your panties sex scene and suddenly I hear. Cheep. Cheep. Cheep. What the…?
I looked down and there sat Sam, my demon dog, with a mouth full of feathers. So, silly me I asked him, “What’s in your mouth?” Sam barked, “Nuthin.”
Right. Does he think I’m stupid? The poor bird cheeped desperately. In my best mean mother voice I commanded, “Spit!” Sam does and the chicken, wings flapping madly and squawking pathetically took off like the Devil himself was after it.
I saved the poor chicken, cleaned up the mess, ate a box of chocolate and went back to work.
RPC – Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
Gail – Never, ever give up. I’ve got stacks and stacks of rejection letters. I think every writer has a drawer full. Don’t let them stop you. Persistence is the name of the game. Write what you love and you will be published. Once you’re published you have to market, market, market your work.
RPC – Who is your favorite character in your new release?
Gail – The ghostly Granny Annabel, an Italian Betty White, who refused to pass over until her niece, Zelda accepts her destiny as a demon slayer and finds a strong man to protect her. Granny gets her shits and giggles by taking demonic forms and scaring the beejeezus out of people.
RPC – How did you come up with your premise for your books?
Gail – People ask me this all the time. Okay, here’s the thing. I’m slightly nuts and have a really bizarre imagination. Try working 9-1-1 for thirty-one years and see how sane you are. The stories and critters come to me in dreams. Yeah, you heard me. Dreams. Once I start writing my characters kinda take over and off we go.
RPC – Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Gail – I just read In A Fix by Linda Grimes. Imagine a shape shifting Stephanie Plum mixed with Burn Notice and you have a fast paced, sexy romp. The shitstorm is a riot.
RPC – Where can your fans find you?
Gail – My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13517188-i-hear-voices or my publisher: www.whispershome.com or my website: www.gailkoger.com
RPC – Do you ever run into someone who says, “You write WHAT?”
Gail – Yes! I write paranormal and science fiction romance but some think it’s porn! It’s not porn, it’s romance with some hot sex scenes. Porn is what my neighbor and his current girlfriend do in their pool. Their screams get every dog in the neighbor howling. Just kill me now. Okay, I do pick up some pointers from their unusual sexual positions. Who knew the body could twist that way?
RPC – What project are you currently working on right now?
Gail – My current project is Vexing Voss, a science fiction romance with a sense of humor. The premise is: What would you give up to find your mother’s killer? Your freedom? Your humanity? Would you ally yourself with a sexy alien predator? Here’s a peek:
In 2015 something nasty found our world. They call themselves the Tai-Kok. They are malevolent, depraved ghouls who live to eat. The image of these tall, hairless, skeletal humanoids with a mouth full of sharp metal teeth is forever burned into the minds of every man, woman and child left on Earth. Completing the nightmare are their three blood-red eyes that glare out of skin so transparent you can watch as your loved ones are being digested.
No one knows how they found our world or why they consider us good eating. The few peace delegates that tried to communicate with them got butchered. After that, everyone was too busy running for their lives to find out why.
The Tai-Kok ate their way across Europe and the Middle East until they had the bad luck to capture a suicide bomber and take him aboard their ship for snack time. He blew himself up over the Pacific. Luckily, the ship crashed outside of Tucson, Arizona. We salvaged their technology and have been using it against them ever since.
Four years ago my cousin, Kaylee Jones, mated with a Coletti Warlord which proved to be a mixed blessing. The Coletti and their allies now protect Earth from Tai-Kok and Rodan raiders but this protection came with a price. They demanded we turn over all psychic women to them. Seems they need us as breeding stock.
Why you ask? Six hundred years ago the Coletti race had almost been wiped out in the Great War. Unfortunately for the females of the universe, chemicals used in the war created a genetic anomaly and only one female baby was born for every one thousand males. The Coletti women were going the way of the Dodo bird.
Facing extinction, the Coletti Warlords started raiding other planets and species for their women. It didn’t matter one bit if the woman protested. They took her anyway. Once Zarek, the Overlord of the Coletti clans, discovered the Jones family’s unique psychic powers and our blood’s ability to heal cellular damage, he promptly seized control of Earth. Any woman who displayed psychic capability was immediately taken to their home world to be converted. Didn’t that sound like fun?
My name is Zoey Jones and there is no way in hell I’ll let them turn me into a brood mare. Am I psychic? You bet your ass I am. My shields are impenetrable and their friggin’ mind control doesn’t work on me.
Any Warlord stupid enough to try and convert me is going to get his snake penis thingy whacked off. No, I’m not suicidal or crazy. I’m pissed. This is the United fucking States and slavery was outlawed over a hundred years ago. Women have rights, too. It’s time someone stood up to them and said no. They want a fight? They’ve got one.
Blurb for I Hear Voices:
After being laid off from her psychic gig, Zelda Dragos decides finding Montezuma’s lost treasure has to be easier than prying a check out of the state’s unemployment office. The fly in the ointment is the tenacious Derek Sloan, an Indiana Jones type, who wants the gold for himself.
The first clue in the treasure hunt is an Aztec amulet on display at the Phoenix Art Museum. All Zelda needs to do is “borrow” it for a bit. Unfortunately, Derek has the identical plan. With the help of a holographic diversion featuring the Rock as Montezuma, Zelda zaps him with a stun gun and walks off with the Amulet.
Zelda uses all of her tricks to discourage Derek’s relentless pursuit; a smoke bomb, mace, a hive of angry bees and getting him arrested. Out of options, Zelda finds herself stuck with a partner who thinks she needs a keeper and he’s just the man for the job.
To find the treasure all they have to deal with is an angry Apache Thunder God, Asmoday, the demon king of the Ninth Hell, eight thousand vengeful Aztec spirits and a mummified Aztec warrior. Adding to the mess is Zelda’s evil Aunt Sophie and Uncle Dante who wants the treasure for themselves. Dante’s lethal goons are hot on their trail. Derek and Zelda soon discover love blooms in the weirdest places.
Bio : I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers I took up writing. My first book was The Ghost Wore Polyester, a murder mystery/comedy set in Sedona, Arizona. Just My Luck is #1 best rated new Sci-fi/romance on Goodreads. The Warlord’s Comeuppance, science fiction with a sense of humor is the second book in the Warlords series. The Nasty Vamp was released June 2011. My new book is I Hear Voices,a paranormal romance in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone. I’m currently working on Vexing Voss the third book in the Coletti Warlord series. For more information go to www.gailkoger.com or www.whispershome.com
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