Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Breathless Reads Interview Week: Fiona Paul, author of VENOM

Welcome to the Breathless Reads Interview Week! Each day this week, I'm posting a new interview from one of the five Fall 2012 Breathless Reads Authors. Comment on each interview, and you can win an ARC. Comment on all five interviews, and you're entered to win a box set of all the books! Keep reading for more details on the contest and more ways to win!


Today, we're celebrating Fiona Paul, author of VENOM! VENOM is a historical paranormal (the best kind of historical there is!). It takes place in Venice (awesome), has ghosts (awesome), and also a mystery (awesome) and there's kissing (awesome).

Cyberstalk Fiona!
Now for the Interview! Because there's five books in the 2012 Breathless Reads line-up, I've got five questions for the authors.


1. Please describe your book in five words:
Dark, sultry, mysterious, glamorous, unpredictable 


2. Please describe your main character in five words:
Impetuous, curious, emotional, conflicted, yearning

3. Now the tough one! Describe yourself in five words: 
Adventurous, enthusiastic, emotional, obsessive, resilient

4. Can you give us a hint about what makes your book “breathless”? 
Scary mutilated corpses, a seductive artist who may or may not be a killer, and a forbidden romance that burns up the pages.

5. What are five other books that have left you breathless? 
Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

You by Charles Benoit

Holes by Louis Sachar

And now for the contest!!

To enter, just comment on this interview and let Fiona know how much you want to read her book. Please also fill out this Rafflecopter so I can better keep track of entries. You'll be entered for a chance to win a copy of VENOM (in ARC form). Stick around all week and comment on all the interviews, and you'll be entered to win a box set of all five Breathless Reads books!

Want to read a sneak peek of all the books? Download the Breathless Reads sample! BN | FB | Amazon



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92 comments:

Lena said...

Another mystery book :D yeah!!! I cannot wait to read it :D

Kayley said...

It'll definitely be refreshing to read a book described as "unpredictable"! Predictable books are often boring. Venom should be a good read. :)

mckaykelly said...

Loving the cover of this book!

KM said...

OMG I'm SO excited to read this book! It's one of my most anticipated reads of this year :)

Nicole Mainardi said...

I totally agree with the books you like! I also love the time period this takes place in. Can't wait to read this book!! :)

Shauna said...

Oh, this one sounds deliciously exciting! I just added it to my read list. Can't wait to read it! =)

Corbinge said...

I'd love to read this one

Scarlet A. said...

Sounds cool!! (a little creepy with the mutilated corpses) but definetly my favorite book cover so far :)

Valerie said...

This sounds REALLY good. I love the cover to bits and the adjectives she picked to describe it make me swoon. :D Also, yay for Louis Sachar!

Desiree said...

Venom... YES! I am so freakin excited about this book! I wanna win, I wanna win, I wanna win!

miki said...

i haven't read any historical paranormal i think or perhaps one. I would be happy to discover this book though

thank you a lot

Jen R. said...

WOW- Scary mutilated corpses in Venice? I AM SO IN!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the cover and that this is a historical paranormal. I love the combination.

dragongirl said...

Ah! I want to read this so bad!! I love historical paranormal!

Jamie Krakover said...

Can't wait to read Venom! St. Louis authors rock!

Sana said...

I love me some sultriness and unpredictability in books! Can't wait to read Venom! =D

So glad to know that What's Left of Me is a breathless read.

Erica N said...

I can't wait to read this one. It sounds intriguing. :)

Carina Olsen said...

Ohh, adore the interview :) I want to read this book because the author sounds so sweet, and the book cover is GORGEOUS :D Plus, the summary is great. <3 Would love to win a copy of it :D *Fingers crossed.*
Love, Carina

Kayla said...

I've been so excited about this book for quite a while. It sounds amazing!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait! I love mystery and Venom looks awesome!! :D

alicia marie said...

I've been hearing awesome things about this book for a long time! I can't wait to read it!!

Angie said...

I love books that take place in Italy during the Renaissance. The setting is always so vivid and mysterious.

So excited for this!

Lena Reve said...

So excited for this book :)
I love Sarah Dessen too

Lili said...

Ah! Venom has been on my TBR list for a while. I can't even explain how badly I want to read it! I like how one of the books that has left the author breathless is Holes. That's the only book on her list that I've read, though What's Left of Me is on my TBR, and it left me breathless too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Daisy Richeson said...

Yet another book I can't wait to read!

Kay McGriff said...

Ghosts, mystery and kissing. I can't wait to read it! Taking place in Venice is even better!

Rebecca Harwell said...

I love historical paranormals. Yet another book added to my TBR list.

aparajita said...

Dark and sultry and a mystery too...
but a Venetian mask adorned cover and a killer blurb.....i totally am reading this book...

great interview

Briana said...

Venom sounds intriguing, can't wait to get my hands on it and start reading!!

Jordan said...

I've wanted to read it since I saw the gorgeous cover!! The fact that it's paranormal just made me want it more! :)

Hannah said...

Do I WANT to read this book?! I'm ACHING for this book! I've waited all year and it seems so close and yet...so far. I even have a pre-order, but I still need it so bad! Haha! What a cool interview! I totally can't wait for the Tour! Hope it comes to Cali! Thanks so much Beth! Rock on!

Katja said...

I love historical fiction, and making it paranormal makes it all the better! :D

Riv Re said...

"A seductive artist who may or may not be a killer"? Count me in!

~Riv Re
Riv Reads

Becca said...

Mysteries and ghosts make me happy.

Vivien said...

The description and cover immediately drew me into this one. Sounds like an exciting read.

Alyssa Susanna said...

Venom is the book of the slipcase that I SO want to read. I can't wait! It seems awesome! And Fiona is super sweet! She did that cool contest (Where's Venom) a while back which was really fun (even if I didn't win any of the ARCs, I enjoyed it). Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenny said...

If i was excited for this book before, it was nothing compared to my excitement now. Historical mystery? So much fun!

Wren B. said...

What a cool cover. I just love masqurade masks.

Olivia Booknerd said...

This book sounds very cool. Definitely going to get this one when it comes out.

Emily @ Falling For YA said...

I am so excited for this book! It was already on my TBR list just because of that lovely cover but knowing that there is murder and a steamy love interest that is just icing on the cake!

Jaguar Hero! said...

Ooh. I like the cover. It makes the book look so interesting!

Jacklin updegraft said...

I love a good mystery and a good love story! Can't wait to read your book! sounds awesome!

FireStarBooks said...

I can't wait for this book! Fiona is so nice too~

Fiona Paul said...

XOXO You guys are all awesome. For some reason it totally makes me *squee* that people out there were moved to breathlessness by some of the same books as me. Like maybe we're connected by the stories that reached inside us and changed the way we look at life and love and stuff. Man, so many amazing books out there! I could have made a much longer list. *rambles on*

Also, just wanted to thank Beth for sponsoring this Breathless week and for the giveaways :) I feel honored to be following in her Breathless footsteps.

Fall Into Books said...

I want to read Venom so bad! Been looking forward to it for awhile. Great interview!

Anna Wood-Gaines said...

Sounds like a great book!!

Susan Light said...

Oh man! Dark, sultry, mysterious, glamorous, unpredictable. Sounds like this is definitely going onto my TBR pile!

Katie said...

Artists. Are. Hot. I don't like Leo DiCaprio, but I loved him in Titanic. *EXCITED!!!*

Marie O. said...

I want this book so bad!Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Alida said...

Sounds very exciting!! Can't wait to read! :)

ansindt said...

I love "forbidden romances"! This one sounds amazing!

Thanks for the giveaway=)

~Courtney said...

Sounds intriguing. Must put it on my to read pile.

Anonymous said...

I want to read Venom first because of the cover...I just love it.

But Beth wrote it out perfectly, ghosts, Venice, kissing...
yup sign me up PLEASE

-K8
http://froze8.blogspot.com/

Nicole Settle said...

Is it awful that "Scary mutilated corpses" hooked me? I don't even care. Can't wait to read!

Gaby Pendragon said...

Sultry, dark, wow that sounds pretty much like my kind of book! Definitely added to my tbr list!

Myra White said...

Historical paranormal fiction? Count me in! Gosh this book sounds good!

Katharyn Vela said...

Sounds so cool! Love the cover with the detail!

M.A.D. said...

Fiona, heck YES I want to read Venom!! Ghosts, Venice, and smooching sounds about perfect <3

And again, here's another book with an outstanding cover! :D

Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

Linda La said...

Wow what a beautiful description of what we can expect from Venom! I'm am very excited for this book and have marked it on my calendar for when it releases!

Daphne said...

Love historical paranormal and mystery books. This will be great!

Danielle Nguyen said...

Scary mutilated corpses & a forbidden romance? Sounds awesome!

Sam said...

Love, love, LOVE the cover for this book! I love mysterious and unpredictable books, I will be buying this book.

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

Oooo this one sounds like a great read! I love books set in the Renaissance era, and this one sounds like a perfect fit.

Jessy said...

The five words you used to describe Venom really make me want to read it!

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

The trailer for this one looks really interesting. can't wait to check it out. =]

Marthapao said...

I love that Fiona describes herself as obsessive because that is exactly how I feel about books! I can't wait to read her book!!

Sara R Stegosaurus said...

I cant WAIT for this one.I absolutely love the cover art for this book. So dark and enthralling, it just pulls you to the book!

Laura @ The Traveling Owl said...

I always love getting book recommendations from authors. Always so interesting.

Anonymous said...

I adore your cover. I can only hope that their will be a masquerade!!!

Hwa Sun Kang said...

I've been wanting to read Venom ever since I first heard about it.

starryeyedjen said...

Jen M. at Some Like It Paranormal was going on and on about this one and I want to see why! :P Plus, this book sounds full of the awesome!

JennH said...

Love the whole mask look on the front cover! This book sounds like a great read!

thanks for the giveaway!

Kayla Beck said...

Fiona had me at "scary mutilated corpses" - I'm totally on board for Venom now. :-D

Silverlight said...

VENOM LOOKS SO GOOD, I REALLY NEVER KNEW WHAT THIS BOOK WAS ABOUT UNTIL THIS INTERVIEW, NOW IT LOOKS LIKE I ADDED ANOTHER BOOK TO MY TBR PILE1 THANKS!

alli said...

The cover is so pretty. But the book is a lil spooky. I like-y. :)

roro said...

this book has been on my wishlist since jan thiss year . fingrs crossed

Lea said...

I'm currently writing a paper on the Renaissance, would this book count as a secondary source? ;)

Ashley G. said...

Love the cover for Venom! So pretty!

Kimmie said...

Any book with mutilated corpses has to be good....right?

Jasmine Rose said...

Mutilated corpses do sound interesting!

Hnossi Valkyrie said...

Never been a fan of corpses, but this sounds intriguing!

Eileen said...

Being Nikki's friend, who's absolutely IN LOVE with Venom, I am really pumped to hopefully get the chance to read this soon! :) Ooh and I got to meat Charles Benoit the other day at this book signing :) He told me to ask everybody what the fastest land animal was lol. Anyways, awesome interview! :)

Ileana A. said...

You had me at historical!! I love historical books! But I have never read one historical book with a twist of paranormal in it! Sounds really good!

Anonymous said...

Another amazing book cover...

I watched the book trailer for Venom a few days ago and WOW, that was definitely one scary corpse. *shudders* And a paranormal-historical duo? Who could resist?

I can't wait to read Vemom! Thanks for the giveaway.

Cordelia Fitzgerald said...

Scary corpses and mysterious artists? I'm in!

Nicki said...

Such a pretty cover! Can't wait!

Antonia Calina said...

The cover is fantastic! The interview was great and I can't wait to read Venom. I'm sure I will like this book.

Hannah said...

This book sounds so amazing! I absolutely love the cover too. I can't wait to read it!

Gabbie said...

Everytime I see the cover of Venom I get a thrill of excitement! I can't wait to get lost in Fiona's Venice!

Aku /// J. T. said...

Paranormal historical? Venice? Ghosts? Mystery? and maybe a little danger/intrigue? And a -beautiful- cover?! These are exactly some of the things that really get my curiosity going!!! I'd really, really like to read this now-- No -- scratch that--I am DEFINITELY READING THIS now! *puts it on my to-read list, one way or another* :))

Jared Mifsud said...

This sounds like a fun, exciting read. A bit of mystery is always good.

Tabitha Michelle said...

I cannot wait to read this book! The cover is gorgeous!