Thursday, August 6, 2009

Erin Quinn--debut novel and giveaway

Months ago, I was given the pleasure of reading Erin's new release, Haunting Beauty, from Berkley Publishing, so I could blurb it. I thoroughly enjoyed the complex and intriguing tale of Danni and Sean. I decided it would be great to interview Erin on The Chatelaines. And here she is! We'll be giving away a copy of one of the books Erin wrote several years ago for Berkley, Echoes or Whispers (paranormal romances), winner's choice. Leave a comment to say hi and to win a copy!

JA: Welcome to the Chatelaines, Erin!

EQ: Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here.

JA: Please tell us a little about Haunting Beauty.

EQ: HAUNTING BEAUTY is the story of Danni Jones, a woman whose entire past is a mystery. Life has been hard on Danni, but she’s not the kind of woman who rolls over and takes it. She’s forged ahead and, with her little dog, Bean, has found contentment, if not happiness. She has resigned herself to never knowing who she is, why she was abandoned as a child, or if she has family out there, somewhere. But when Sean Ballagh appears at her door offering everything she ever wished for—the answers to the questions of her past and the ticket to find her family—Danni must follow him to Ireland, a land steeped with mystery and lore.

Sean delivers the goods—he reunites her with her people—but how could Danni have guessed that she would be meeting herself as a child? Reliving those fateful hours before her whole world was shattered? Learning the secrets that determined her fate? Who is this Sean Ballagh with his beautiful eyes that are as relentless and deep as the sea? And what does he want from Danni? He is more than a messenger, but even Sean doesn’t know the truth about himself.

JA: I loved the time travel element in this story, which is a little bit different from most time travels (which often involves the heroine going to the distant past, where she is a stranger). What made you decide to take the woman back to watch her own past?

EQ: Exactly the reason you said. I love, love, love time travel but I wanted to tell a story that is different from other time travel stories. I wanted to give Danni and Sean a very specific reason for traveling through time at all, and a big reason for going to that particular hour of that particular day in that specific month and year. I wanted it to be more than just chance.

JA: I thought you cycled past and present together masterfully. The book kept me hooked!

EQ: Thank you!

JA: I also enjoyed the Irish setting. What made you choose to set the story here?

EQ: You know, I think it chose me. I mean, my name is Erin which means Ireland and though technically I’m a “mutt”—a mixture of so many cultures even I don’t know what they are—Irish is the heritage we claim. Once I started my research, I was so completely captivated by the history that I knew I wanted to write several books set there.

JA: The paranormal elements (the book/witchcraft) were quite intriguing. Did you tie them to/borrow them from a particular mythology?

EQ: The Book of Fennore itself was not part of mythology, but I did weave in other elements of mythology and history into it. On one had, the Book is a bit like the genie in the bottle. It can give you anything you ask for, but you must be very careful how you ask and you must be willing to pay the price for what you get. :-)

JA: Will there be future books connected to this one? What’s next for you?

EQ: Next up is HAUNTING WARRIOR, which is book two of the HAUNTING Series. HAUNTING WARRIOR tells Rory’s story. (Rory is the brother of HAUNTING BEAUTY’S heroine). I’m currently working on the third book, as of yet untitled. I’m guessing there will be a HAUNTING somewhere in there though, ha ha.

Jennifer, thank you so much for having me on your site. You asked some great questions. I was so honored when you gave me a quote for HAUNTING BEAUTY. You know I’m a big fan. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie was one of the best books I’ve ever read.

JA: Why, thank you!! And thanks for being here.

I hope everyone has the chance to enjoy Haunting Beauty. It's a different kind of paranormal romance. I confess I'm not a big time-travel fan, but I really liked this one. Post a comment for the drawing from one of Erin's previous Berkley releases Echoes or Whispers.


Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner August 6, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

Congrats on your new release, Erin!

CrystalGB August 6, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

Great interview. Congratulations on the release of Haunting Beauty. Sounds good. Love the cover.

Amy C August 6, 2009 at 6:34 AM  

Great interview! I plan on taking a trip to Borders today to see if there is a copy of this book. I seen it the other day on another blog and it sounds wonderful! This is my kind of paranormal :).

EmilyBryan August 6, 2009 at 6:37 AM  

I personally love time travel stories, but I've never read one where the characters go back to their own past! Very inventive.

Erin Quinn (aka Erin Grady) August 6, 2009 at 7:40 AM  

Hello and thanks everyone. Jennifer asked some great questions so it was a fun interview to do! If you give Haunting Beauty a read, I hope you'll let me know what you think. :-)

Anonymous August 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM  

Great interview and congrats on your new release, Erin!

I love the cover for "Haunting Beauty" and I love reading time travel books.

Terri W.

Gram August 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

Great Book, Erin. I have been reading excerpts. Can;t wait to read the whole book.

Erin Quinn (aka Erin Grady) August 6, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

Thanks, Gram. I hope the excerpts pique your interest. :)

Anon, I'm a time travel fan too and I loved the cover from the first moment I saw it. :)

bridget3420 August 6, 2009 at 1:33 PM  


RachieG August 6, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

Hi Erin!! Happy to see you here at the Chatelaines. :) Great interview today and Congratulations on the new book. A time travel book...done right..can knock your socks off :) Can't wait to read yours!

Gerri Russell August 6, 2009 at 5:18 PM  


I love time-travel romances! I can't wait to read yours. Congratulations on a fabulous book, and wishing you all the best with the release!

Erin Quinn (aka Erin Grady) August 6, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

Thanks everyone for making me feel so welcome. :) I hope you'll enjoy my little ol' time travel. :)

Lyoness2009 August 6, 2009 at 7:53 PM  

Congratulations on your new release!! Looks DIVINE!

lyoness2009 AT hot mail *dot* com

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner August 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

I'm thrilled Erin could pop by today. We won't pull a winner until tomorrow, so there's still time to comment. :-)

Teddyree August 7, 2009 at 1:20 AM  

Great interview but it was the cover of Haunting Beauty that caught my eye (absolutely stunning) & when I read 'time travel' ooh ooh that really got my attention. Sounds like one I'd love!

Maija P. August 7, 2009 at 2:18 AM  

I really like paranormal and also time travel romance. Your books sound nice!

julie August 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

I started reading Haunting Beauty yesterday, and I am really enjoying it. Thanks for the interview.

etirv August 7, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

Congratulations, Erin! I love anything Irish and I like time travel novels so looking forward to reading Haunting Beauty!

Pam P August 7, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

Congrats on the new release Erin. I'm a time travel fan and definitely looking forward to this series. Just read an excerpt that pulls me right in. Very nice cover.

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner August 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

OK we have a WINNER! CrystalGB, will you contact me and I'll put you in touch w/Erin to get a copy of one of her books. :-)

Contact info: jenniferashley @ (no spaces)

Thanks ya'll. Sorry it took us a bit to get back to this--it's a frenzied job being a writer.

Please be sure to come back tomorrow for my interview with EMMA HOLLY!!

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