Hello and Welcome All!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lana Pecherczyk author of Soul Thing.
Hi Lana, thank you for agreeing to this interview. For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me here, Angela. I’m a mother, artist and writer from sunny Perth, Western Australia. I’m a fan of ‘pro-caffeinating’ and write in the Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and always add a dash of humor in the darkness. Basically if it’s got sexy heroes, thrilling action, and kick-ass heroines, you know I’ll write it because I love reading it.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I love to draw and read. I’ve recently discovered the Procreate app on my Ipad and create character pictures from my books. You can find these popping up on my instagram feed from time to time. (@lansi)
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The genre chose me! I’ve been reading in the Paranormal genres since forever. I loved to escape from the trials and tribulations of my teenage years with Anne Rice and then when I picked up my first Kate Daniels book a few years ago, I was forever in love with Urban Fantasy.
Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.?
I write in two places. A cafe with a group of other writers, or from my home office so I can get as many words down while the kids are at school. But my little art reference figurines often distract me from actually doing any work!
What have you written?
I’m fairly new to the writing game. I’ve written the first in this series, and the next three books which are being edited. I’ve also written a Robin Hood modern day, gender bending retelling. (Robin is a girl and an ex street urchin). I’ve also randomly put out a coloring book.
What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
Action scenes are what I love. You never know what’s going to happen, who’s going to win the fight, or what the character’s hyped up emotions are going to cause. I’m a bit of a wimp in real life so get my adrenaline kick from my stories.
What are some books you have enjoyed recently?
I’m currently picking up where I left off on all my favorite Urban Fantasy series. So that includes the new Charley Davidson, the new Mercy Thompson, and the new Nalini Singh Archangel books. Of course, I might start at the beginning of these series so I can catch up and double my UF experience. I’m giving away some of these first in the series books in my giveaway at http://lanapecherczyk.com/giveaways/soulthing/
What is your favorite quote?
Life is 90% what happens, and 10% attitude. I can’t remember who said that, but it’s stuck in my head my whole life. Bad stuff happens, but you have the power to dwell on it, or move on with your life.
Give us insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Roo is a girl who’s got the powers of the dreaded enemy (witches). She has to keep these powers secret because she might get burned at the stake. She’s not sure where her own abilities come from, but when a devilishly handsome hunter comes to town with disaster in his wake, Roo learns there are darker things that go bump in the night, and she might be one of them. Roo would rather run from her responsibilities and live a normal life. She’s a little quirky, facetious and has trouble making her own decisions, but when her loved ones are at risk, she’ll do anything to protect them
How did you come up with the title?
Soul Thing is actually something Roo says towards the end of the book. She’s been struggling with her identity the entire novel, and finally when she realizes she’s good at something… she says ‘It’s a soul thing … and that’s my thing.”
What is the most important thing you want readers to take away from the book?
I hope they are entertained for starters! That’s all I really want to do is to whisk the reader away from whatever is going on in their life and to give them a few hours of immersive reading. Plus, if they get the feeling that no matter what the world thinks of them, they’ve got something to offer. Maybe fall in love a little with my characters, too.
Last, what is next for you?
Next I’ve got the rest of the Game of Gods series coming out by May this year. That’s the follow on short novel The Devil Inside (side book told from the POV of the two main heroes in Soul Thing), Playing God, and Game Over. After that, I’ll be releasing a paranormal romance based around a disgraced vigilante family who each have the power to sense deadly levels of sin before a crime is about to be committed. This series is titled The Deadly Seven, and book one will be Envy.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Thanks for having me! I love meeting readers and bloggers as interested in the Urban Fantasy and Paranormal genre as I am.
All the best,
The Game of Gods
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Prism Press
Date of Publication: 20th February 2018
Number of pages: 379
Word Count: 101,989
Cover Artist: Lana Pecherczyk
Tagline: Evolution is the Game, Witches are the Glitch
After a decade long war, witches have been obliterated, or so the world thinks. A precarious peace settles and, for the small town of Margaret River, life returns to normal, but for Roo, the hard work is just beginning.
Roo works at the local bar, is a little facetious and can’t wait to high-tail it out of there to keep her powers secret. She’s not certain where they came from but the last thing she wants is to be burned at the stake. Hiding in plain sight seems to work until Cash, a darkly handsome hunter, arrives with disaster in his wake. Witches aren’t defeated, only hidden, and there’s one gunning for Roo and her family. The recent war only touched the surface of the preternatural world and with Cash’s help, Roo learns there are worse things that go bump in the night… and she might be one of them.
Soon she must make a choice—risk exposure to save her loved ones, or remain hidden and safe. But sometimes safe isn’t an option. Sometimes safe is a never-ending game.
I surveyed the bar to see if I had time to get away and speak to my friend. The customers were happy, the kitchen crew had either gone home or were enjoying themselves on the dance floor, and Alvin swept up a broken bottle under a restaurant table. The back room would be empty. I pushed past the swinging doors to join Kitty, but almost smacked into her. Her full ice bucket connected with my shin. Ouch!
I opened my mouth to curse, but stopped when I noticed her face. She stared at something past my shoulder and momentarily lost her careful composure and seductress persona. “Hubba hubba. I think I need to go to confession,” she said.
“Why?” I tried to turn around, but she held me back.
“Don’t look,” she squeaked, then coughed delicately and lowered her voice to a raspy husk. “Because I’m having sinful thoughts about melting this ice over that devilishly hot body. He’s certainly not from around here.” She shoved the bucket into my hands and pushed me backwards so she had room to stumble past. Recovering with a sashay and a saunter, she made her way to the counter where a tall, tanned man stood.
I wouldn’t exactly call him devilish. He was blonde—are devils blonde? His short hair was impeccably groomed and styled at the top, the kind of way that took hours to make it look like it took minutes. His stubble was perfectly trimmed—a designer five o’clock shadow. The only devilish thing about him was the full arm tattoo peeking out from under his crisp, white shirt sleeve on one side. It also showed slightly higher up over his collared neck. Everything about him screamed money, control and influence. Except the ink. That screamed something else.
His lips twitched at the corner, and I narrowed my eyes. What was he smiling at? Had he heard Kitty’s words through the haze of sound?
“Oh, give me a break,” I mumbled and went cross-eyed. Kitty had found another conquest, and that left me lugging the heavy load. She was a predator, that woman, I swear. I stumbled over to the ice trough, dropped half the ice on the floor and almost slipped to land on my butt. “Seriously?” I hissed to the ice.
I glanced over my shoulder and spotted Kitty heading back in my direction. Her face was contorted into an expression I could only describe as horrified or mortified, or maybe constipated. I smirked, then caught myself, breathed in deeply and tried again. I gave her my best sincere smile.
“He called me Ma’am,” she said, and took the empty bucket from my hands. “How dare he? I am not a Ma’am. I’m a sexy, young, successful, independent woman who—” She stopped mid-sentence and looked at me, green eyes blazing. “Well, he asked for you, didn’t he?”
“What? I don’t know him.” I snatched the bucket back.
“He asked for you by name. Don’t be shy, your rudeness is keeping the customer waiting.” She pushed me in the direction of the blue-eyed stranger, making an embarrassing show of my reluctance. “I have to perform soon anyway,” she said as if she had better things to do. “Just keep an eye on the bar while I put my game face on.”
She gave me one last shove and sauntered out back.
Her push sent me flying, and I tripped over my feet to land in front of the stranger with a humph. To make matters worse, the music paused between songs and I yelled, “Can I help you?”
Heat rose to my cheeks in the silence and I imagined my whole face painted red. The music started, and I looked down at my feet, took a deep breath and started again. When I caught his eyes, words fled. They were different—one as clear as the deep blue ocean, the other also blue, but spliced with muddy clouds in the turbulent water. It was as though each eye belonged to a different person. I almost sighed like a school girl. They were amazing. Simply amazing and his dark lashes were full and framed the masterpiece within perfectly. Hang on. I squinted, they looked vaguely familiar.
“La Roux?” He pronounced my name correctly. Maybe he was French, like my name.
I cleared my throat. “Yes, do I know you?”
“No, but you know my brother, Tommy. He told me to look you up when I arrived.” His voice was smooth and hypnotic—a dangerous combination with those eyes.
Wowsers, this was Cash? His neat and trim exterior wasn’t at all what I expected for a beach bum, although his well-toned physique was. I stared like a loser for a minute. Something didn’t add up, and it wasn’t the fact he wore fancy leather loafers in country Western Australia. No, it was because he used my full name. Nobody did that. I’d worked hard for people to forget who I’d been in the city—the girl feared and hated for almost being a witch. My hand fluttered to my collar in a nervous reaction and his gaze flicked down too.
“How did you know my full name?” I asked. The mild panic must have crept into my eyes because he took a step backwards. “Everyone here calls me Roo.”
He scrubbed the back of his neck and then scanned the room like he had somewhere welled to be. “Tommy told me. Look, can I get a drink? Whisky, if it’s not too much to ask?”
Jeez, I was just asking, no need to get grumpy. I glared at him while I pulled a glass from the drying rack and placed it on the counter. He was full of inconsistencies—his accent, for one. It was almost non-existent and, apart from saying my name like he was French, his language was without a pattern or distinguishing lilt that pointed to his origin. He could’ve hailed from anywhere.
6 Chapter Excerpt Available from Instafreebie until March 3rd 2018
Lana Pecherczyk is a freckle-faced writer from Perth, Western Australia. She’s a fan of ‘pro-caffeinating’ and writes in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Basically if it’s got sexy heroes, thrilling action and a kick-ass heroine, you know she’ll write it because she loves reading it.
When she’s not writing the next great novel, or wrangling the rug rats, or rescuing GI Joe from the jaws of her Kelpie, she fights evil by moonlight, wins love by daylight and never runs from a real fight.
You can find her books on Amazon and other good online retailers.
Fall in Love with Urban Fantasy Print Book Giveaway
To celebrate the relaunch of Soul Thing, the first book in the Game of Gods series, I’m hosting a giveaway!
I want you to fall in love with Urban Fantasy as much as I have, so I’m giving away the first in a series from my favorite UF authors – in old school print!
One lucky person will win:
• A total of 11 real (touch them and faun over them on insta) books in total. The joy of starting a new amazing series is priceless!
• A signed copy of Soul Thing by Lana Pecherczyk (me!).
• Ten of my favorite Urban Fantasy first in a series, print books all with a mythological, gods, or evil spirits theme. These ten books are: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane, First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, Witches of the East by Melissa de la Cruz, MoonCalled by Patricia Briggs, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, Grave Witch by Kalayna Price, Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh, and Touch the Dark by Karen Chance.
Choose all the bonus options to gain yourself extra entries! Good luck.