Category Archives: Eve Kenin

[REVIEW] Driven – Eve Kenin

Eve Kenin
Driven (Northern Waste, Book 1)
Dorchester Love Spell SHOMI (US: 29th August 2007)
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I love the world-building of this futuristic so much. I love the dystopia, the science, the technology, the mystique, and the true grit. And when you love certain aspects of a story, the things you DON’T love tend to be really bloody annoying.

-Raina Bowen thinks she has a love rival. Wrong – that woman is his sister.
-Raina’s naked and chained up in a cell. But her ticket to freedom is a pin stashed in the mucous membrane of the roof of her mouth.
-Raina once buried clothes and first-aid in the snow, and her belongings are still conveniently there.

In other words, when the story is smart, I want to shout its praises. But the not-so-smart parts keep me silent. Still, I wish the author would write more futuristics, but unfortunately she’s busy writing paranormals under her Eve Silver name. More’s the pity.

My Top 10 Books Published in 2008

Weekly Geeks is doing a thing where everyone compiles their own list of the best books they’ve read that were published in 2008. Admittedly, my list kind of skews to the ones I’ve read more recently, because I remember them better. So hard to pick just 10. But here there are:

Michelle Maddox
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 29th July 2008)

THREE. Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die. TWO. The man she’s been partnered with – her only ally in this nightmare – is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him? ONE. No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the COUNTDOWN.

Mary E. Pearson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
US: Henry Holt & Co. BYR (29th April 2008); AU: Allen & Unwin Children’s (February 2009)

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

Stephenie Meyer
The Host
Hachette (US, UK, AU: 6th May 2008)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Rachel Cohn
You Know Where to Find Me
Simon & Schuster (US: 4th March 2008)

First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one – smart, beautiful, rich, and popular – while Miles considered herself the unwanted one – an unattractive, underachieving outcast. Laura’s suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral. But in the strength Miles finds in herself and in those she didn’t believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in unexpected ways.

Jes Battis
Night Child (OSI, Book 1)
Penguin Ace (US: 27th May 2008)

Tess Corday soon realises that there is not going to be anything ordinary about this case. Not the lab results on the cause of death. Not Mia Polanski, the teenage girl living at the address found in the vamp’s pocket, who may well be in thrall to a demon. And certainly not Lucian Agrado, the necromancer who is liaison to the vampire community. Agrado is supposed to be part of the solution, but Tess suspects he might be part of the problem. Under pressure from her boss, Tess is trying to go by the book on this one. But when Mia reaches out to her, she risks her career to help the girl. And finds herself in the middle of a paranormal conspiracy that will change her life forever. Or possibly end it…

Kristopher Reisz
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US: 19th February 2008; AU: 17th April 2008)

Daniel Morning seems perfect – handsome, charismatic, intelligent. But living up to everyone’s expectations has cost him the right to make his own decisions. The urge to shatter those expectations is beginning to gnaw at his insides. Then Daniel meets Misty. She’s smoky, rebellious, tender…and much more. She decides to let him into her pack of outcasts – and in on their little secret: She and her friends have learned to shape-shift, and have been prowling the night as wolves. Daniel soon falls in love with the primal sensation of shifting, just as he’s falling in love with Misty. The freedom to follow his most basic instincts is like nothing he’s ever felt. But Daniel will slowly come to realise that such freedom comes at a price…

Jeri Smith-Ready
Wicked Game (WVMP Radio, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US: 13th May 2008)

Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, ’60s psychedelia, ’80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers just how the DJs maintain their cred: they’re vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned. Ciara’s first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WVMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station – and the link it provides to their original Life Times – the vampires would “fade,” becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover is a matter of life and un-death. To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands the station as “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around – next to Ciara’s complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the “gimmick” enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren’t so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher – and the perils graver – than any con game Ciara’s ever played…

Eve Kenin
Hidden (Northern Waste, Book 2)
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 1st July 2008)

Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one bad-ass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too – including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Michele Lang
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 26th February 2008)

THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN…And her name is Talia Fortune. Her mission: capture the cyber outlaw, Kovner, a man who knows she is more than just a sheriff – Talia is also a woman, with a woman’s desires. Scion of the Fortune family and primary shareholder of the mega-conglomerate FortuneCorp, she is the Hand of Fate…or at least of the Home Office. With the power to punish, she’s been sent to Fresh Havens – a corporate off-world colony run by her uncle. But the colony is full of hidden danger. Sabotage, deception, destruction…it will take every ounce of Talia’s strength and courage, fighting skills honed in the Amphitheatre and knowledge learned at the Academy, just to survive. Her ability to love and trust will be sorely tested, especially in the clutches of her quarry, the Outlaw of Fresh Havens, her cyber-lover and now her enemy. He and the answers lie in the Gray Forest, in a reality beyond the bubbledome, the Grid, and everything she’s ever known. Her future lies in…NETHERWOOD.

Marta Acosta
The Bride of Casa Dracula
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US: 16th September 2008; AU: 1st October 2008)

Milagro De Los Santos is having serious problems planning her wedding to fabulous Oswald Grant, M.D. Her future in-laws loathe her, her dog just died, and Oswald’s family has a genetic anomaly that makes them crave blood. Then her extravagant best friend hijacks the role of wedding coordinator, and the secretive Vampire Council assigns conniving Cornelia Ducharme to guide the couple through the ancient vampire marriage rituals. To top it all off, Milagro’s career is on the skids. She’s reduced to ghost-writing the memoirs of a loony little man who claims to be a shape-shifter. And why does Cornelia’s decadent, way too attractive brother, Ian, always show up whenever Milagro is away from Oswald? When a series of accidents interferes with wedding plans, Oswald worries that Milagro is cracking under the pressure. Is she just paranoid, or is a hidden enemy trying to make sure Milagro doesn’t wed the un-dead?

Random Stats
Books published by Dorchester SHOMI:
Books published by Simon & Schuster: 4
YA fiction: 3
Futuristic: 5

Borders in Oz

Went to Borders and spotted some of your books. Keep in mind that Borders specialises in imports, so it has a lot of stuff that shops like Dymocks and Angus & Robertson don’t. Of course, if you’ve sold UK (and therefore Australian) rights, you’re much more likely to have your books in any store. Like Richelle Mead and Jeff Somers. Pretty much – if you’re published by HarperCollins or Hachette, you’ve got a good chance of getting here. Because Hachette UK publishes a lot of stuff that Hachette US doesn’t do – Kelley Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton, etc.

Good little me only bought one book – the Weddings from Hell anthology – but here’s some other stuff I saw that wasn’t expected (because of the no UK/Australian rights thing):

Jennifer Armintrout (though unfortunately not All Souls’ Night)
Anya Bast
Colby Hodge
Eve Kenin
Marianne Mancusi
Liz Maverick
Rachel Vincent

If you’re on the list, you can poke my brain to see if I remember which of your titles I saw. As for the rest of you…better luck next time. Meanwhile, hopefully your agents and publishers are working on selling UK/Commonwealth rights. Because non-US royalties are still royalties πŸ˜‰

[COVER ART] Seraphs – Faith Hunter; The Rebels of Romance Team Up with Eve Kenin wouldn’t work for me properly last night, but did. Thus I found the cover art for the mass market re-issue of Faith Hunter’s Seraphs. Pre-order.

Liz Maverick and Marianne Mancusi (along with Eve Kenin) are in professional mode discussing how their SHOMI books came about, and why the Rebels of Romance brand was created: here. (Scroll down – I tried embed the videos, but their server doesn’t work with WordPress.)

July 2008 Releases

In case you missed them, check June 2008 Releases. I accidentally forgot to list some titles, unless they were on the May page. Anyway, those extra books are below, as well as the July 2008 Releases. For titles even further in the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Jeaniene Frost, Terri Garey, Maggie Shayne & Kathryn Smith
Weddings from Hell
HarperCollins (US: 1st June 2008)

Some marriages are made in heaven… Some are not. What happens when “the happiest day of your life” turns into a nightmare? Forget the drunken best man or the bridesmaid dresses from the ’80s…none of these wedding day disasters can compare to a cursed bride determined to make it down the aisle, or a vampire who is about to disrupt your wedding. Join New York Times bestselling authors Maggie Shayne and Jeaniene Frost, USA Today bestseller Kathryn Smith, as well as Terri Garey in four unforgettable tales of unholy matrimony…where the grooms are dark, dangerous, and mostly dead, and to love and cherish till death takes on a whole new meaning.

Vicki Pettersson
The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac, Book 3)
HarperCollins (UK: 2nd June 2008)

Joanna Archer has won the trust of the Light Zodiac, and issued a challenge to the Shadows, but in doing so has made herself and those she loves a target. The shadows are stalking her human lover who believes Joanna to be dead. She is powerless to help him, for in doing so she will have to reveal her identity and put the entire city in peril.

Stephenie Meyer
New Moon (Twilight, Book 2)
Hachette (UK: 4th June 2008)

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning…

Lilith Saintcrow
Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Book 1)
Hachette (US: 24th June 2008; UK: 3rd July 2008)

Jill Kismet is a dealer in dark things and demon slayer, and it’s her job to patrol the nightside. In the cold pre-dawn, Jill is called in to assess the aftermath of a particularly savage cop-killing. Under the haunted eyes of the forensic techs, Jill picks up the stench of hellbreed and something else – something dangerous and tainted. But this makes no sense as hellbreed always work alone, distrusted even by their own kind. Jill’s a Hunter, trained by the best, but she’s in over her head. Welcome to the night shift…

Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning (The Darkest Powers, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US: 1st July 2008); Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Eve Kenin
Hidden (Northern Waste, Book 2)
Dorchester (US: 1st July 2008)

Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too – including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)

Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
Walker (UK: 7th July 2008)

With her mother in a coma and her father hell-bent on destroying the world, Clary is dragged deeper into New York’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning, now Clary must save the world from her own father the rogue Shadowhunter Valentine. With two of the Mortal Instruments at his command, Valentine is assembling an army of demons to wage war on the council of Shadowhunters and destroy them once and for all. As the battle begins, Clary must face her darkest fears and come to terms with her feelings for a boy she wishes wasn’t her brother.

Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Running Press (US: 8th July 2008); Robinson (UK: 28th July 2008)

Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shape-shifters, and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favorite centuries-old bloodsucker-the vampire. Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business show you the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual, and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! In a quickly expanding genre, here are 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions.

Michelle Maddox
Dorchester (US: 29th July 2008)

THREE. Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die. TWO. The man she’s been partnered with – her only ally in this nightmare – is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him? ONE. No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the COUNTDOWN.

Cat with Books

(Images from here.) Manny with various books, including:

Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly & Savor Me Slowly
Liz Maverick’s The Shadow Runners & Wired
Eve Kenin’s Driven & Hidden
Kay Austin’s Time Transit
Michelle Maddox’s Countdown
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight & The Host
Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues, Vampire Academy & Succubus on Top

Jodi Picoult in Melbourne

I don’t know which of Allen & Unwin (publisher) and Angus & Robertson (bookseller) is to blame. Arrived in line at Angus & Robertson in Melbourne (360 Bourke St) an hour early. Was informed that Ms Picoult would only be signing the new book, Change of Heart. None of us in queue was told this on the phone when we called, and we’d brought about two books each from home (we weren’t going to bring out the whole backlist; just our most favourites). So of course we all had to fork out for the newy (many thanks to my sister who bought it for me).

We were told to write our name on a Post-It to stick on the title page, so Ms Jodi would know how to spell our names. She even asked me what mine is short for. Bless our Aussie way of shortening names to as small amount of syllables as possible because we’re so lazy… πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we soon were told that we could line up again with any other books we’d brought and another photo. Which we did, because the line moved along really fast: no stopping to discuss her novels with her. But we’ve read her books, we swear! So theoretically we needn’t have bought the newy after all as she was cool enough to sign her backlist. Maybe Allen & Unwin or Angus & Robertson had overestimated the crowd numbers.

Nevertheless, the photo at the beginning of this entry is my photographic evidence. Ms Jodi has a better hairstyle than me, but mine’s a better colour (have never coloured it and don’t intend to in the near future) πŸ˜‰ We’re both leaning to the left, though I was probably supposed to lean inward…but we all know that I’m wonky/lopsided/imbalanced/unbalanced πŸ˜‰

So tell me about your book signing experiences. Is it normal that you have to buy the new book if you want something signed? Or is this just some weirdo Australian thing because rarely does an international author sign in Melbourne? Or was this just a one-off?

And now onto the rest of my day. I didn’t buy any more books, but I did photograph some so you have proof that your books are on Australian shelves. If yours isn’t in my photos, I most likely didn’t see it. I normally crop out as much of the background as I can, but this time I left some bits so you can see your shelf neighbours:

Angus & Robertson (Melbourne)
Gwen Hunter’s Shadow Valley

Borders (Melbourne Central)
Mario Acevedo’s The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and X-Rated Bloodsuckers and Jennifer Armintrout’s Possession
Jeanne C. Stein’s Blood Drive
Eve Kenin’s Driven
Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave
Marianne Mancusi’s Moongazer
Liz Maverick’s Wired
Jennifer Armintrout’s Ashes to Ashes
Anya Bast’s Witch Fire

Feel free to share the photos with the authors; I couldn’t be bothered emailing the links. (It’s been a long day.)

Host of CBS’s Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson’s American on Purpose, about living the American dream as he journeys from a small town in Scotland to the entertainment capital of the world, stumbling long the way through several attempts to make his mark, written “in the hope that it will inspire other alcoholic punk rock drummers from Scotland to find their true place in US late night television,” to Michael Morrison at Harper, with David Hirshey editing, for publication in fall 2009, by Richard Abate at Endeavor (world English).

If you’re a Scottish musician, you move to Australia (Jimmy Barnes, part of AC/DC, that Colin guy from Men at Work, etc). And Scottish comedian Billy Connolly did marry an Aussie… Come on, Scots – you know you belong in Oz; not the US… πŸ˜‰


Meet Eve Kenin, author of futuristic novels Driven and Hidden (Dorchester: 14th August 2007 and 1st July 2008 respectively). Let’s learn…

Raina Bowen knows she can handle herself just fine against anything the harsh Northern Waste throws at her. Until it throws her an enigmatic stranger called Wizard. First, she has to haul him out of a brawl he can’t hope to win. And next, her libido is shooting into overdrive at the feel of his hard body pressed against hers on the back of her snowscooter. But there’s something not quite right about this guy. Before she can strip bare Wizard’s secrets, they’re lured into a race for their lives, battling rival truckers, ice pirates…and a merciless maniac with a very personal vendetta.

Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too – including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Tez Miller: Your world-building is fab, and I’ve love to read how life in the Equatorial Band, Africa and the Southern Hemisphere compares to that in the Northern Waste. Any chance you’ll write about these other places? (Not that I have anything about the Northern Waste, but I read Hidden during the coldish autumn down here.)
Eve Kenin: Thanks Tez πŸ™‚ I’d love to write more stories with related characters and have the chance to visit the Equatorial Band, Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, each of which is as lawless and wild as the Northern Waste, fraught with danger and uncertainty. I’m actually working on my next historical Gothic right now, but I always have a ton of ideas percolating.

Yay, I have hope πŸ™‚ There’s a Maori Talisman from the Southern Hemisphere in the Northern Waste. What’s the story behind that?
The story behind that has to do with the breakdown of the polar ice caps and subsequent formation of temporary ice bridges, all set off by global warming and the weapons of the First and Second Noble Wars. The apocalyptic changes led to tectonic shifts, horrific weather disruption and rapid migration of people desperate to survive. Those people took parts of their culture with them, and left behind tangible markers of their fight for survival. Think of it as if the world “turned upside down”.

Spooky. Is there really an arboretum in New…er…contemporary Edmonton?
There are botanical gardens, conservatories and arboretums in current day Alberta, including contemporary Edmonton. For more info you can check out

Are Gladow Station and Liskeard real places (sorry, my world geography knowledge doesn’t extend that far)?
To the best of my knowledge, there is no Gladow Station except in the strange terrain of my imagination. Liskeard is found in Cornwall, UK, and there is a New Liskeard in Ontario. But neither of those is in the correct geographic location to fit the
Liskeard described in my Northern Waste stories.

Tatiana has synth-skin that covers her tattoo. Do you have any tattoos you wish you could hide?
I have no tattoos.

You hold two post-secondary degrees, and are an instructor of human anatomy and microbiology, so bringing science into your stories must be easy. (And one of the best things about Hidden, might I say.) Does that mean you can claim the cost of your education as a work expense? πŸ˜‰
LOL! I doubt it, but I suppose I ought to contact the tax bureau and find out.

Actually, bringing science into my stories is a challenge. I want to run on and on about the scientific details, but I suspect that some readers might nod off if I did. I have to rein myself in and include only what needs to be there to lend
authenticity to the story.

But I want to hear more scientific details! Then again, I’m a minority πŸ˜‰ What kind of research did writing the Northern Waste novels entail?
Tons! I had to research geography, temperature, climate, ice floes, animal populations. Then I was driven (pun intended) to make certain that my science made sense, so I had to investigate hydrogen as a power source, different types of lasers and their functions. To authentically represent the barren emotional state of both Wizard and Tatiana, I researched feral children (those raised in the wild by animals in complete isolation from human contact). I researched current strides in gene therapy research, anti-aging as related to telomeres of DNA…and…well, you get the picture.

It’s fascinating stuff. Hidden will be released in July, during your summer (my winter). Does writing/reading about icy terrains help cool you down?
Actually, release dates for books aren’t necessarily an indication of when they were written or turned in. As it happens, I wrote most of both Driven and Hidden in the cold winter months.

As I’ve never experienced snow first-hand, what are the must-have clothing and accessories to wear whilst outside?
Snow on a nice, sunny, warm day is amazing. I’ve been known to step outside in jeans and a T-shirt on days like that. But that’s a rarity. Mostly, I’m bundled up in layers of sweaters, thermal socks, waterproof boots rated for minus forty degrees Fahrenheit (although in the Northern Waste they’d probably want something rated minus 100), a warm, waterproof coat, mitts with thinsulate, a balaclava…Sigh…honestly, I hate winter, LOL!

That better be a rarity – wouldn’t want you sacrificing yourself to frostbite on a regular basis πŸ˜‰ Tatiana has a nifty snow scooter. What do you ride/drive?
A little yellow car. Very yellow. Very bright.

I loved the mentions of centimetres and metres in Hidden – yay for Canadians, you speak my language πŸ™‚ Has it ever been suggested that you Americanise (or, in this case, Americanize) your writing, or are your neighbours to the south cool with the differences between your English and theirs? And I imagine yuales are a unit of measurement, but I’d never heard of them before.
I try to keep my stories true to time period and location. I research these points and incorporate them into the story. The Northern Waste stories are set in the futuristic remnants of Siberia and Canada, so the metric system was appropriate. My historical Gothics are set in the United Kingdom in the early 1800s, so I use Imperial units. And my contemporary paranormals refer to U.S. customary units. For me, it’s all about creating the most authentic read possible.

Ah, metric, my old friend… You also write under the name Eve Silver. What are the pros and cons of your separate writing identities?
Because I write for three publishers, scheduling book release dates without overlap could have turned into a nightmare. Writing under two different names helps preempt any problems. There really are no cons that I have encountered, other than the fact that once or twice I’ve signed a book with the wrong pseudonym, LOL! There was also a small blip when I tried to decide how to create my web presence. Two sites? One site? In the end, I decided to have my site have a page dedicated to This solution offered clear definition between the two names while allowing readers interested in all my work convenient access to information about both names.

Ah, not-so-subliminal promo for your site/s there; well done πŸ˜‰ You recently won two awards at the recent Romantic Times convention (yay!). Is it a required rule to be modest, or did you get the urge to shout out, “Ha, I got two! Suck on that, y’all – I can has multiple wins!”?
I am honoured and thrilled by the kind recognition and accolades. I don’t know if it is a required rule to be modest, but I honestly feel humbled. All the finalist books were amazing reads, and I view each of them as a winner. I’m definitely not the “Suck on that, y’all” type, LOL! I’m more the “thank you…I’m overjoyed at this honour” type.

Bugger, now people know what my personality’s really like… How did your enormous rabbit become enormous – nature or nurture?

More rabbit to cuddle πŸ˜‰ Do you write in silence, or do you need some kind of sound, whether it’s music, TV or otherwise?
When I started writing, I quickly learned to work wherever and whenever I could steal a few moments. At the kids’ martial arts lessons. At younger son’s football practice. At the kitchen table while the kids had a dozen friends over, all screaming at the tops of their lungs. If I wanted to write, I couldn’t afford to be picky or to wait for the perfect situation, the perfect moment. I’ve even written in the darkest hours of the night, sitting by a family member’s bedside in the hospital. So while I might prefer a quiet, calm atmosphere, I will write with whatever accompanying noise happens to be about.

Damn, that’s enviable. Are you an outliner or seat-of-the-pants writer?
Seat of the pants all the way. I’ve only ever written one short piece to outline. Everything else is just butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard-type-whatever-pops-into-my-head.

Ah, so your publishers don’t require synopses ahead of time – score! What published works of yours (particularly Eve Kenin’s) can we look forward to in the future (near and/or far)?
My next Eve Kenin book, Hidden, hits shelves in July 2008. Then I have three Eve Silver releases in 2008: His Wicked Sins, a historical Gothic, in August; Kiss of the Vampire in the anthology Nature of the Beast in September; and Demon’s Hunger, a contemporary paranormal, in December.

In which foreign countries/languages would you most like to be published?
I don’t have a particular preference. Foreign editions of my work are always a welcome and wonderful treat. So far, my work has been/is being translated into five languages, and I find that incredibly cool.

Multilingual publication, yay πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚
Thanks for the interview, Tez πŸ™‚

Relevant Links

You can purchase Driven online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

You can purchase Hidden online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

The 7 Books I Read in April

Ilona Andrews: Magic Bites: I’ll have to re-read this at some stage because I don’t remember a lot of the first half. While I was reading, I liked it fine, but my concentration was atrocious, and I was never in a hurry to get back to it. I had a lot of personal stuff going on, which probably affected my reading.

Kate Daniels might be what’s known as a “man with boobs” – basically a female with personality traits more commonly associated with men. She’s sharp-shootin’ and straight-talkin’, never without her trusty saber named Slayer (compensating for something?). Because this alternate reality Atlanta involves a lot of magic, it left me confused. What kind of magical abilities does Kate have? Without her weapon, would she survive? Am I supposed to want her to get together with Curran? (I don’t.) Because there’s a lot I don’t remember/don’t understand, I can’t give much of a review. Sorry, readers, maybe next time.

Ilona Andrews: Magic Burns

Anya Bast, Jodi Lynn Copeland, Lauren Dane & Kit Tunstall: What Happens in Vegas…: This anthology contains four novellas set in the infamous Las Vegas. I was expecting an erotica collection, so I was somewhat disappointed to read that they were more like erotic romances – but to each your own. Not a fan of romances, this obviously clouded my perception of these stories:

Jodi Lynn Copeland: Hot for You: Too much focus on the romance, and the author needs to find a synonym for cream. Otherwise fine.

Lauren Dane: Stripped: Characters pissed me off (so he’s rich and she’s not – get over it already!), and far too much romance – the most romancey story in the collection. Don’t think I’ll be reading more.

Kit Tunstall: Red-Handed: Ah, now this was a lot better, definitely in the top two.

Anya Bast: The Deal: Also in the top two. And it actually mentioned a Vegas wedding, complete with Elvis impersonator/Justice of the Peace.

I think what really pissed me off was that none of the characters were flawed; everyone was beautiful and kind-hearted… I need characters I can believe and relate to, and thus flaws are a must. Do I believe that romance novels give women unrealistic ideas of love? Unfortunately, I do. More erotica, less romance – it’ll make for better fiction in my opinion.

Patrice Michelle: Insurrection

Stephenie Meyer: The Host (no longer under embargo, so you can read my review now)

Taryn Blackthorne: Even for Me

Eve Kenin: Hidden

[REVIEW] Hidden – Eve Kenin

Eve Kenin
Hidden (Northern Waste, Book 2)
Dorchester Pub (1st July 2008)

In 2037 there will be an outbreak (a plague, maybe) that kills a whole lot of people. Don’t say I never warned you.

Excluding the prologue, this novel takes place in 2093. The world is now divided into four parts: the Northern Waste, the Equatorial Band, Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. Born in a laboratory in the icy Northern Waste, Tatiana is now free. But there’s something seriously screwed with her genes, clearly evident when she slices off a bloke’s hand with no weapons other than her own hands.

Once imprisoned, Tatiana seems headed into containment when she’s exposed to a plague – one she may have helped create.

There’s no doubt that the world-building and science are the novel’s best features, and makes me wonder if Liskeard and Gladow Station actually exist. (Forgive my lack of knowledge; I live in the Southern Hemisphere, not the Northern Waste.) But despite all the nanotechnology, Tatiana wishes for the simple things, like again visiting the orange tree in the New Edmonton arboretum.

Unfortunately, I haven’t read the previous Northern Waste novel Driven, which focuses on Raina Bowen, and Tatiana’s brother, Wizard, so I don’t know enough about Duncan Bane and Gavin Ward. I also read chunks of Hidden in front of the TV, thus my concentration wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been. Still, I’d love to read more of this future, and am particularly keen on learning how life in the Equatorial Band, Africa and the Southern Hemisphere differs from that in the Northern Waste. Will we find out? Stay tuned.