Friday, June 15, 2012

Gabrielle Evans Give Away

Hi! Welcome to the Topaz Promos blog

What inspired the Gods of Chaos series?
The first book, Devil Did Grin, has often been compared to Beauty and the Beast. I guess I can kind of see it, but not until someone pointed it out to me.
I was sitting on the couch one day, staring blankly at the television, and I hear something about, “reign of chaos.” Then I went off into this internal tangent about chaos and karma. Wouldn’t it be funny if people really did get a dose of their own medicine or were somehow punished accordingly depending on their sins?
From there, I started picturing Karma as a physical being. Oh, but wouldn’t it be great if Karma was actually a cute, mischievous, gay man? But, wait, wait! What if there was more than one? And they each had jurisdiction over specific infractions? Yes! And what if they had infinite power to cause all kinds of hilarious mayhem? Double yes! “That would be brilliant, poppet,” my muse says to me.
And, thus, the Gods of Chaos were born.

Are there a lot of paranormal ties in this series?
Not really so far, other than the fact that the Gods of Chaos really are gods. In The Devil Makes Three, Tucker Ford is a vampire, but he’s the first paranormal I’ve had in the series so far. There may be some werewolves later on in the series, but mostly it’s just average, everyday working men.

How many books do you plan for this series?
Right now, I have 18 books planned. 9 for my sinners and 9 for my meddlesome gods.

Since your characters suffer from one of the seven deadly sins, which deadly sin would you say you have?
Actually, there are 9 different sins in this series: Pride, Lust, Idleness (Sloth), Greed, Wrath, Envy, Gluttony, Deception, and Cruelty.
Hmmm, wow… let’s see. I think everyone is guilty of envy, even in small doses, at some point. I don’t consider myself overly prideful, lustful, greedy, or cruel. I do have a temper, but I’m not sure it qualifies for wrath. I do tend to overindulge when it comes to Famous Dave’s BBQ, however.
So, yes, I’ll go with Envy and Gluttony.

Which sin will be featured next?
Benson Stone will be next, and he suffers from an acute case of envy. He was first introduced in the second book, Dance with the Devil and is the owner of the Silverstone cattle ranch.

Do you plot your books out or write at the seat of your pants?
Usually, I just sit down, put my fingers on the keyboard, and see what happens. It’s more fun for me that way, because it’s almost like I’m living the story. If I run into a roadblock, write myself into a circle or a corner, or have a particularly difficult problem to solve, I might plot a solution, but I’m still not exactly sure how I’ll get there.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
That I get to wake up every day and know that I’m doing a job I love. There are so many things I like about being a writer. Mostly, for that time while I’m sitting at my computer and lost in my stories, I get to be someone totally new. I get to visit places that I’ve never been. I get to let my imagination run wild with the possibilities of “what if?” It’s a truly amazing thing.

What is an average day like for you?
My schedule changes from day to day. On an easy day, I wake up, check my Facebook, email, and whatnot. Then I write, with interruptions only for things like laundry, cooking, or helping the kids with homework.
Other days, it could be a million and one things. Tutoring for my youngest. Soccer practice for my oldest. A run to the post office, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, and cooking. There are edits to do, cover requests to complete, blurbs to write, website and blog to update, and emails to answer. Then I can finally start writing and will usually be up half the night with my muse yammering away inside my head.

What books are on your keeper shelf?
Too many to name! I have over 700 paperback/hardback books on my shelves and probably near 3000 on my kindle/computer. And each one of them is precious to me.  Right now, however, I’m rereading the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost for the umpteenth time, so I’d have to say that those are definitely keepers!

What was your inspiration to become a published author?
I’ve always loved to write. I published a book of poetry when I was 15, wrote for the school newspaper, and won 3 different awards and the ESA scholarship in high school for essays I wrote. I’d always wanted to write a novel, but between lack of time and my own insecurities, it just never happened.
I also love to read, and I devour books at an alarming rate. The more I read, the more my imagination churned with ideas of my own, until finally one day, I just made myself sit down and write. It took me almost six months to finish my first book, but it was well worth it.

If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things could you not live without?
Coffee. A good book. And lipgloss—hey, gotta look good when I’m rescued!

Where can we find you on the web?
Twitter: @gevans983


Thanks for having me at Topaz!! I love hearing from readers and being able to interact with them.
So, ask me questions you’re dying to know or leave me a comment below for a chance to win the first four ebooks from the Gods of Chaos series!
Be naughty. It’s better than bored!
-- Gabrielle Evans


  1. Well Ms Evans you don't have to enter me to win since I already own all the books, but I just had to leave a comment. I ADORE these books and I can't wait for the next one. I think I have read everything you have released. Just wanted to say how much I liked the books and give a shameless nudge for a new one, LOL. Thank you for your stories.

  2. Gabrielle, I adore all your books and have most of them already!!!! Yeah for me.
    I'd like to know what made you decide to use the deadly sins when writing the series?

  3. Thank you, Jackie!! I'm working on the next Moonlight Breed Right now. Then Haven, Fatefully Yours, and Howl at the Moon. That's the plan anyway. Once I have those complete, I'll be working on the next Gods of Chaos. :)

  4. Thank you kindly, Miss Yvette. :) I don't really remember what exactly was going on in my life at the time, but it was just one of those days where it felt like the whole world was out to get me. And I wished there was some way to give all those people a little "punishment." We're all guilty of something, right? That's kind of where my thought process was at the time.

  5. oohh I like the sound of this series.

    ok, if we asked your muse to describe you in three words, what do you think they would say?

  6. I butt heads with my muse all the time. He'd probably call me, bitchy, stubborn, and pushy. He thinks one thing should happen. I think something else should happen. Usually we just let the characters decide, but we still have plenty to say to each other over it.

  7. OMG, I love your books Gabrielle, especially this series I had the first one on my Nook, but something happened so I would love to have the first 4 of this series. I would like to know what made you what to write MM romance?

  8. After the Righteous Perverts chat on Wednesday I went and put the rest of your books on my wishlist and can't wait to start reading them. I love the sound of Gods of Chaos and will start with them now that I have finished two of your other series.

  9. Thanks Whitney. :) Well, I've been reading everything in the m/m genre that I can get my greedy little hands on for years. However, when I bega writing my first novella, Leap of Faith, I didn't really make the decision that it would be m/m. I started writing and Braxton just jumped out at me, screaming, "Pick me! Pick me!"

  10. Righteous Perverts was a blast! Thanks, Celtie. I hope you're enjoying the books.

  11. okay, seeing how i love your books, i just had to comment to this one as you. you truly are indeed one of my favorite authors. though, i am rather amused that you enjoy reading so many books in a small amount of time. i'm the same way. it's just far to hard to put something so good down. like your books!

    my questions for you..

    if you could change places with anyone within any of your books, who would you pick. and why?

    what's the most amount of books you've read within the small amount of time?

  12. I just wanted to say I love your books but I only read the moonlight breed & haven series so far! & your books where one of the first m/m romance I started to read. Heres my queation for you: How do you pick the names for your characters? & the names for your books?

    Deborah H

  13. Denise, wow, what a question. Hmmm... I think I'd probably pick Moira from Blood Rights. She's not had the easiest life, and things hardly ever go as planned. I think that only makes her stronger, though. She's headstrong and stubborn, but she won't back down from a challenge, especially if it's threatening the people she loves. Plus, she has two extremely gorgeous men at her beck and call. Who wouldn't love that? LOL!

    Hmm... well, if we're talking m/m ebooks, which tend to be a little shorter than most mainstream novels, I think the most I've read in a day was 11. Full length novels... I finished the first two Sookie Stackhouse books in the same day.

    1. I stayed up for 36 hours reading the Sookie series, I know it sounds crazy, but I just couldn't stop. Those are some great books. I think I ended up reading 4 books before I realized I hadn't slept, lol.

    2. whom are your favorite m/m authors?

    3. I have a lot of favorites. My autobuy list includes Carol Lynne, J.L. Langley, K.A. Mitchell, Rowan McBride, and T.A. Chase, just to name a few, but there are so many more.

    4. great list! i'm a HUGE fan of JL Langley myself, can't wait to see if/when she's going to come out with another book.

      if your feeling up to it, another question? if not, that's cool, you've already answered a lot for me.

      if there anyone, people you've read or haven't, that you've wanted to write a book with? and if so, what kind of book would the two of you produce?

    5. I'm not sure if I'd like to co-author a book with another author. Possibly another series like Midnight Matings with Joyee Flynn and Stormy Glenn. I'm very protective and possessive of my ideas and characters, so it would be hard to share them with someone else. I never say never, but right now, I haven't really thought about writing with anyone else.

  14. Hey Deb! I hope you're enjoying the Moonlight Breed. It's pretty special to me since it was my first series. :)

    How do I pick names? Honestly, some of the names I've just made up. Sometimes I look through baby name books. I find online forums for elven or fairy names. The main place I get my names from though are the end credits of a movie. I'm probably the only person who sits through the entire credit list with a pad and pen in her hand. LMAO!

    As for titles, I am extremely picky when it comes to titles. I will obsess over the title of a book or the title of a series for days on end. Sometimes I can't evne write until I know the title. Most of the time, there is a particular scene in a book that stands out the most to me, and the title of the book usually comes from there. Other times, it's an overall theme. It really just depends.

  15. I love your books so far. I have a tendency to stick with series so I get to read about the continuing characters and still stay close to my budget. I haven't been able to start this series yet. :-)

    1. Thanks, Chris! I'm glad you're enjoying the books!

  16. What I love is the fact that there is a hidden moral in the story, but there is also so much love! Sometimes we get so busy with our lives, that we forget whats important - the people we love, and who love us! This series reminds us to never take those people for granted. I love your books, and so does my son.

    this is from Pat she could not post so I am for her

  17. I'm a big fan of your books. I just wanted to know if at any stage while writing m/m books do you ever miss the feminine aspect? I mean the physical side at least. Thanks.

    1. Thank you. :)

      Well, I have written m/m/f and even a m/f before. I don't ever set out to write a certain pairing. It just depends on how the characters come to me. If one is a girl, then I'll write her story.

  18. This series sounds wonderful and I'd love to win the giveaway...but if I don't...well, I'll just buy the books!
    Great interview too.
    Hugs xx

  19. Hi! I've already read them and they were great! Just wanted you to know. ;) Keep up the great work.


  20. Gabrielle I love your books! Keep writing, I cannot wait to read more!

    Thank you!
    Tabatha Hansen