Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Author

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10 Questions: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’m interrupting the normal Thursday blog content since I got tagged by Stephanie Burke to do a blog hop post for The Next Big Thing.

Here’s my contribution…

1. What is the title of your latest book?

Wet: Overflow by Zenobia Renquist coming out 23 November (GMT) to Changeling Press.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s a direct sequel to Wet: Undercurrent by Zenobia Renquist. Undercurrent came from two things:

#1 – I wanted to write for the Changeling Press multi-author series Wet, which dictated one main character must inhabit water. And there was a preference towards not using mermaids.

#2 – I wanted to do a male ageman — Japanese woman who brings good luck to those she touches. I first saw the concept in Living For Tomorrow by Taishi Zaou (manga) and thought it would be cool to write my own.

So instead of doing a character who inhabits water, I did a character made of water. The rest fell into place as I wrote.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Both titles are Erotic Paranormal Interracial Romance, though Overflow is also a MFM menage.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Movie rendition, huh? That’s a little tough. I would go for Naomie Harris for the Lulu, the heroine, since I loved her in Ninja Assassin and recently James Bond: Skyfall.

For the role of Hotsuma (and Masato since they look exactly alike), I would choose Rick Yune. I love his look and he’s a good actor. I loved him as Zen Yi (X-Blade) in Man With the Iron Fists and as Takeshi in Ninja Assassin.

5. What is the book blurb for your book?
Wet: Undercurrent
Lulu was sent to spy on the competition so she could find out the secret of their success. Her search turns up Hotsuma, a man bound to water so he can use his power to bring good luck to those who imprisoned him.

Working to set him free ignites a passion in Lulu only Hotsuma can quench, but they can’t afford to let sex, no matter how good, distract them. Hotsuma’s captors aren’t about to let Lulu leave with their property, and they’re willing to use deadly force to stop her. They’ll need more than luck for their new love to survive.

Wet: Overflow
Lulu and Hotsuma should be enjoying a happy married life but trouble continues to follow them. Masato is back and his reappearance puts Hotsuma in danger again. In exchange for his silence about his return, Masato makes an indecent proposal Lulu cannot help but accept. To make matters worse, someone else has found out about Hotsuma’s powers and is willing to end those powers, and possibly Hotsuma with them, if Lulu doesn’t meet his demands. She’s in over her head and the water is steadily rising. Luck and love won’t solve the problem this time, but maybe help from an unlikely option will.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Good question. I did a huge writing binge in July, which is when I finished both of titles. Undercurrent (at 22,500 words / 74 pages) took me 33.2 hours (1992 minutes), and Overflow (at 25,700 words) took me 28.5 hours (1719 minutes), according to the timer in the MSWord files. 😀

Obviously I didn’t spend that much time straight through, but that’s how long I spent in each file.

7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I haven’t read another book that incorporates a water spirit. As for overall premise — caught spying and fall in love with your target, I would say Inferno by Bianca D’Arc. I highly recommend this title and all the others in this series.

8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Pretty much answered that in Q2.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Did I mention Hotsuma, the hero, is made of water? He has no body. He shapes the water to form his body and he can manipulate water to do many, many fun things Lulu, the heroine, really enjoyed.

And now I choose these five authors to carry the torch (no striking the selector, I love you all so that’s why I chose you):

* Ashlynn Monroe

* Missy Martine

* Sam Cheever

* Cheryl Dragon

* Marteeka Karland

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Blog Talk Interview (18 June)

Did you miss my interview with the ladies at Beautiful Trouble Publishing Slumber Party? Well then you can still hear it, even if you can’t interact.

Stop by and listen

Fantastic Forty – Zenobia Renquist

I’m over at Jane Wakely’s blog doing a Fantastic Forty interview. Far from the normal interview, find out 40 fast facts about me:

Interviewed by Kathy Kulig

Stop by Kathy Kulig’s blog to see an interview of my alterego — Zenobia Renquist. Find out fun tidbits that haven’t appeared in other interviews before.

Romancing the Book: Zenobia Renquist

Jen, the lovely host of Romancing the Book, has interviewed me. Stop by, give it a read, and leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook from my Zenobia Renquist back list. Contest ends 21 December.

Friday First: Zenobia Renquist

Rebecca J. Clark is hosting me on her Friday First blog as Zenobia Renquist this time. It’s a whole new set of questions and answers. Come find out my first love and the first thing I do when starting a new story.

Friday First: D. Renee Bagby

Rebecca J. Clark is hosting me on her Friday First blog as D. Renee Bagby. Come find out the first thing I would buy if I won the lottery or what in my life I would change if I could go back in time.

Savannah Chase Blog: Zenobia Renquist

I’m visiting with Savannah Chase today. Stop by her blog to read an interview that asks some interesting questions. As well, you get to read an excerpt from my coming soon title White Hot Christmas: Stripping Christmas.

Dawn’s Reading Nook: Zenobia Renquist

Catch me over at Dawn’s Reading Nook today as I talk about my alter ego Zenobia Renquist and dish about my books:

MtAM – Zenobia Renquist

Join me over at Ella Jade’s Meet the Author Monday for an interview with yours truly (as Zenobia Renquist) about my current and upcoming releases.

Halloween Bash Interview

I’m a little late getting this out there but check out my interview with Amy Ramsey of Ramsey’s Book Reviews. This isn’t your normal interview either. This is a Halloween interview about all the things that go bump in the night and whether I bump them back. 😛

It’s not too late to leave a comment. You can also check out the other Halloween Bash authors.

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Spotlighting Me

Join me over at ‘Write Life of Andrea & Corrina: Chicks of Characterization‘ for a week long spotlight of me and my books to date.

21 Feb – Spotlight on Eris by D. Renee Bagby
22 Feb – Getting to Know Author D. Renee Bagby
23 Feb – Find Out What Critics Are Saying About Author D. Renee Bagby
24 Feb – Excerpt from Eris (Adult)
25 Feb – And Introducing… Harley on the Rocks by Zenobia Renquist

Check back to this post for updates and links for the rest of the spotlight week.

Interview at Becca Dale’s Place

Check me out. I did an interview at Becca Dale’s blog — Becca’s Retreat.

The questions aren’t ones you would find in a typical interview. Stop by and take a look. You might learn something new about me. 😀

Fire Pages Interview

The second part of the contest to win a $25 gift certificate and an e-copy of ERIS is posted.

Stop by and leave a comment:

SLC Examiner Interview!

Fran Lee of the Salt Lake City Romance Novels Examiner interviewed me.

Check it out and leave a comment.

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