Guest--Angela Campbell & Book Giveaway

I’m pleased to introduce Angela Campbell, a fellow Carina Press author. Her debut novel Cry Wolf comes out on Halloween. What an awesome release date, huh?

Thanks for stopping by Angela! Tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks for having me here today! In a nutshell, I’m just your typical lifelong reader who always wanted to cross that bridge and become an author herself. For my day job, I’m a newspaper journalist, but I’ve been writing fiction in my spare time for as long as I can remember. No husband. No kids. Just me and one very spoiled cat who surely thinks I’m crazy because I’m always pitching my story ideas to her for practice.

*I have two very spoiled cats and two kids. My cats interrupt me more from my writing than my kids can. My kids don’t sit on top of my laptop for attention. LOL.*

Now give us the dets on Cry Wolf. (I, for one, have been waiting for this one to come out. I love the concept! Can’t wait to read it!)

Thanks! “Cry Wolf” is a contemporary romance that has some suspense and paranormal elements to the story. It’s about a tabloid journalist, Andrea Lockhart, who gets assigned to investigate a series of “werewolf” sightings in a small South Carolina town. Unfortunately, the town’s newspaper editor, Sean Hunter, is her former college nemesis, which irritates her to no end. Sparks fly when they reluctantly team up to report on the sightings. He’s open to the idea folks are seeing something, but she’s convinced it’s all nothing more than a hoax. These two can’t seem to agree on anything – except for the fact they can barely keep their hands off each other.

*I’m going to say it again. I can’t wait for this to come out! And what a perfect read for Halloween!*

What/who inspired the story?

A real urban legend in Wisconsin called the Beast of Bray Road gave me the basic idea for the story, and of course, the fact that I was a huge fan of “The X-Files” at the time probably contributed something to it as well. I really wanted to do something different with the werewolf romance genre, and well, hopefully I succeeded.

*Oh!!! I’m going to have to look up that urban legend. I’ve never heard of it.*

What are a few favorite lines from the book?

I think the opening line is my favorite because it pretty much sums up my heroine’s state of mind throughout the first half of the book: “How in the hell do I get myself into situations like this?"

*LOL. Great line and says so much!*

Tell us about the day you got the call from Angela James.

I was actually on vacation in New York City (my first ever visit there). My niece and I were rushing through Times Square to make it to our tour time at the NBC Studio when I realized I had a missed call. I listened to Angela’s message and practically bounced the rest of the way to Rockefeller Center. I was a basketcase until I was able to check my e-mail and verify that Carina Press really did want to publish my story. Getting that call in NYC made an already exciting trip even more memorable. Nothing could bring me down after that.

*What an awesome call story!*

So whatchaya working on next?

I’ll soon start the second book in a planned trilogy. It’s a paranormal romance about – I just couldn’t seem to help myself – werewolves. And I’m getting a little crazy with my own worldbuilding.

*I feel you on that. Can’t wait for those to come out!*

Let’s get to know Angela the person

Favorite TV show?

At the moment, it’s a toss up between “Castle” and “Supernatural”

*Never seen Supernatural, but Castle? Ohmygod! Don’t you just want to take Castle home and do dirty things with him? I love that man.*

Favorite Vampire? (I have a hard time answering this question, lol)

I’m a HUGE fan of vampires, but I’m going to have to go with a classic, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, simply because I’m such a huge fan of the horror films from the 30s and 40s and that poor guy never gets his due. He started it all, after all.

*And paved the way to so many more wonderful vampire stories.*

Favorite book?

Ack! Just one? There’s no way….

*Tee-hee. Yeah tough question*

Dream hotty?

Jensen Ackles. I’ve lusted after him since he was on “Days of Our Lives.” I’m a bit peeved he’s become so popular on “Supernatural” because it means I have to share him with millions of other fangirls now.

*I’ve never heard of this guy, but *eyes bulge* um…yum.*


I love movies and dabble in filmmaking on the side. I’ve worked as a production assistant on such shows as “Bridezillas” and a few short films. I’m also a major comic book geek.

*Holy crap! Really?!?! Bridezillas is one of my train-wreck weaknesses that I love to watch. Those women are awful!*

Day job?

Newspaper reporter, but please don’t hold it against me!

*LOL. No grudge held.*

Thanks so much for stopping by, Angela! It was great having you here.

Thank you!

One lucky commenter will win a copy of Cry Wolf. So start commenting!



Maggie Van Well said...

Your book sounds intriguing, Angela!
Is your story edgy or spooky...maybe funny?

And congrats on the awesome release date!

Chrisbails said...

The book looks great and would love to win and read it. You are a new author for me and always looking for new authors to check out.
I have to agree, because I am also in love with Jensen, but also Jared. Oh, both together would be fun. LOL. I do love the show Supernatural and that is where I first saw him, so many years ago. I did not know that he was on Days.
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Sherry said...

This sounds like it will be a very good book. I love reading paranormal and I like to see how each author puts their own twist to them.

sstrode at scrtc dot com

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) said...

Great interview. I love romance and even better when it has some paranormal accepts added to it.


Tina Beckett said...

Ooh Angela, I love that cover! And I've had a crush on a Days of Our Lives hottie as well: Drake Hogestyne. Okay, well he's a bit older than your example (who, by the way is pretty steamy too).

Anyway...your book sounds wonderful. Can't wait to read it!

Tina Beckett said...

Oops. Spelled Drake's last name wrong in my last post. No final "e" in Hogestyn. Yikes! Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love the sound of your book! Looking forward to the release on Halloween.
And good call on Jensen...

Pamela Hearon said...

As one of Angela's critique partners, I can verify that this book is a must-read! And, did I mention that her hero is HHHOOOTTT?
Congrats on the release! Been waiting a while for my own copy of Cry Wolf!

Pamela Hearon

Shawna Thomas said...

I love everything I've read about Cry Wolf. I can't wait to read it! Do you have any stories about your time on Bridzillas to share?

Congratulations, Angela!

Barbara Longley said...

I'm looking forward to reading your book! Great interview.

Veronica Scott said...

Awesome release date! The world needs newspaper reporters to help it stay honest.....and yes, poor Bela Lugosi never did get his proper credit for setting the baseline standard in vampire portrayal on the silver screen. Best wishes on the book!

Eva's Flowers said...

Awesome interview, glad to find a new author to add to my TBR list. Love paranormal romances too :)


marybelle said...

A great interview. CRY WOLF looks like a wonderful read. I wish you every success.


Esmerelda Bishop said...

Guys thanks so much for stopping by.
Veronica Scott, you won the drawing for the free copy of Cry Wolf, if you would post your email address, I'll make sure that you get your copy asap!

Angela Campbell said...

Yes, thank you so much to everyone for commenting (and apologies for not stopping by sooner...been dealing with Internet problems all week!). And thank you again, Esmerelda, for hosting me on Fierce Romance!

Angela Campbell said...

@Shawna - As for Bridezillas, it was quite the experience! I was surprised to discover that the producers DO NOT ask the brides to misbehave. In fact, they go out of their way not to tell anyone how to act. It's totally unscripted on that show!