Guest Post: Gracen Miller Interviews Madeline Wescott + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Gracen Miller , Guest Post , The Danger Lover Posted on September 29, 2011 @ 8:00 am 17 comments

Please join us in welcoming Gracen Miller to Book Lovers Inc. today! Gracen is here to celebrate the publication of her latest story Pandora’s Box, which received rave reviews when released from Decadent Publishing on August 18, 2011. Gracen describes herself as a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society and notes many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs.

Gracen has two previously published books to her credit including Elfin Blood, available from Nobel Romance Publishing and Fairy Casanova, published by Decadent Publishing. Gracen has a fun interview with Madeline Wescott, the heroine of Pandora’s Box and she is offering a generous Giveaway opportunity!

Take it away Gracen!

*last minute touch-ups on hair as the producer counts down with his fingers…three…two…one…is cued to begin with a red light on the camera*


BL: *sitting straight with legs crossed at the ankles*
“Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Today’s guest is a very interesting individual. Madison Wescott comes from a small town in Alabama and is the heroine of Pandora’s Box.” *turns to Madison*
“I’m glad you could join us.”

MADISON: *resisting the urge to blink in the glare of bright lights*
“Thanks for having me, BL. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be here.”
BL: “I understand you *finger quote* helped *end finger quote* my secretary with a delicate situation?”
BL: “She sings your praises nonstop. Could you tell the good American folks, what it was you did to help her.”
MADISON: “Well…” *squints at the camera* “She had a Plague Demon toying with her and her family.”
BL: “Mmmhmm…I admit I’m skeptical about the paranormal world, Madison. But since receiving your aid, my assistant has begun to research for what she says is the coming Armageddon. I figured anyone that inspired that type of reaction from such a laid-back woman, should take the spotlight here.”
MADISON: “I once felt the same way as you, BL, skeptical and disbelieving of God and monsters. Unfortunately, I learned how incorrect I was.”
BL: “How did you discover this alternate world?”
MADISON: “My son, Amos, went homicidal at the age of five. He started by killing the family pets before moving on to the neighborhood animals. Amos even came after me a couple of times, tried to kill me with a knife. I needed answers and help. Oh, I got answers, but the resolution will be a little slower coming. That monster you had in your closet as a child—”
BL: *blanches* “How do you know about that?



MADISON: Amos is a psychic. He wanted to validate our genuineness so you would believe. That monster in your closet was very real, it has a name…but that’s not important. Your Momma never scared it away with her lullabies and hymns. You pretended it did to make your Momma feel better, but it didn’t stop tormenting you until you moved from the home.
*several long seconds of silence and the producer goes crazy waving his arms from behind the cameraman*
BL: *glances about nervously* “Where is your son today?”
MADISON: “With a friend.”
BL: *relaxes* “Where do you dream of traveling to and why?”


BL: *blinks* “Did I hear you right? Did you say Hell?”
MADISON: *nods* “The why is so I can kill the demon at the root of all our problems.”
BL: “Moving right along…” *shuffles through a stack of papers* “Has someone been instrumental in inspiring your career?”
MADISON: “I guess you could say Amos inspired my career. The only options we had were to face our problems head-on or death. Without Nix’s support, I would’ve never survived the lonely life on the road chasing demons.”
BL: “And Nix is?”
MADISON: “My best friend and much too often my solid rock of support.”
BL: “How do you educate your son traveling as much as you do?”
MADISON: “He’s home-schooled.”
BL: *sips on a glass of water and clears her throat* “Has someone helped or mentored you in your career?”

MADISON: “Yes. Zen. He’s taught me many things. He’s immortal, comes from a time unknown to modern man, and not someone you want as an enemy.”
BL: “Is he the one with you today?”

BL: “He’s kind of cute. Enigmatic and unsettling too, but I can’t explain why.”
MADISON: “He has that effect on people.”
BL: “Do your demon hunts require research?”
MADISON: *laughs* “Textbooks on demon hunting aren’t exactly on the bestseller list. Research is called life experience. Nothing is as golden as experience.”
BL: “What does your family think of your…ah…unique career?”
MADISON: “Other than my son, the rest of my family is dead or complicated.”
BL: “I’m sorry to hear that.”
MADISON: *shrugs* “They weren’t good parents.”


*awkward silence*


BL: “What was the scariest moment of your life?”
MADISON: “When my son started acting out. It didn’t help that the doctors had no clue what was wrong with him, but when we discovered a demon was to blame…*shakes head* Words cannot describe the terror and helplessness I felt.”
BL: “Being a mother, I can sympathize. What artists are most played on your Ipod?”
MADISON: “Anything heavy metal. Those lyrics touch a chord deep inside me. Other things you’ll find on my Ipod are various Gregorian exorcisms.”
BL: “What’s a Gregorian exorcism?”
MADISON: “Kind of like the words to a Catholic exorcism, but much more effective at exorcising a demon from a human host.”
BL: “Surely, you realize all this sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, right? A little hard to believe?”
MADISON: *shrugs* “No one really believes in the supernatural until it’s thrust into their face. My one wish would be that no one ever learns the truth of demons. But the reality is anyone could be possessed with a demon. Your spouse, your lover, your best friend…anyone.”
BL: *glances at her producer and makeup crew *
*whispers to self* “That’s not scary at all.”
MADISON: “Scary, yes, but I’ve not even scratched the surface of how much scarier it all can get.”
BL: “Ahem…What do you do to unwind and relax?”
MADISON: “Kill demons.”


*tense silence*


BL: “Do you have any suggestions for new…ah…what do you call them? Demon killers?” *nervous laugh*
MADISON: “Doesn’t matter what they’re called because they’ll be called “dead” soon. My best suggestion, pick a new career.”
BL: “What would we find under your pillow?”
MADISON: “I wish I could say sheets and a bed, but I keep a blade there for whenever a demon gets brave enough to come after us.”
BL: “I wouldn’t want to startle you awake.”
MADISON: “I would caution against it.”
*producer makes a wrap-up motion with his hand and displays three fingers*
BL: “Well, that’s all the time we have. I hope you enjoyed this segment. Madison, do you have anything specific you want to say to anyone watching today? A warning or piece of advice, maybe?”
MADISON: “There are scarier things than the boogeyman. To the demons…Hell hath no fury like a mother protecting her child. *smiles at BL* Thanks so much for having me with you. If you or anyone ever needs my assistance, please contact me through my Facebook or Twitter I.D., MamaHellhound.
Find out more about Madison, Phoenix and Amos, and everything that really happened in Pandora’s Box, Book One of the Road to Hell series. Pandora’s Box is available now at the following sites:

Decadent Publishing:
Barnes & Noble


Pandora’s Box Blurb:

Where does the road to Hell begin?
What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn’t believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn’t know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.
With good intentions? Or by demonic design?
Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix’s aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?
In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind’s liberty has begun…
Pandora’s Box Excerpt:
“May I?” He held up the medical supplies.
She nodded and watched as he doused gauze with antiseptic. “Dr. Nix at your service,” he said with a grin, two adorable dimples charming her where words failed.
Madison rolled her eyes, and tipped her head to the side to give him better access. He brushed her hair off her neck, back behind her shoulder. Such a simple gesture, yet it felt terribly personal. The air grew thick and sticky with her awareness of him. She shifted in her seat and crossed her legs.
Madison stared into his eyes. Green, she thought, his eyes were green, gorgeous and intense, with ridiculously long eyelashes women would fantasize about. If they didn’t, they should. A flicker of compassion, concern, and something else she couldn’t identify flashed in his eyes.
“Ready?” he asked.
The husky tenor of his voice forced her gaze to shift to his mouth. Nice, sexy lips, designed for kissing. She gave a mental shake but couldn’t resist wondering how his mouth would feel on hers.
“Madison?” Humor deepened his voice, a touch of a smile tilted the edges of the lips she’d been fantasizing about, and she realized she still stared at them. “You ready?” he asked again, and her eyes widened in embarrassment over her foolish stupor.
She swallowed hard. “Yeah.” She whispered past the lump in her throat and forced her vision to lock on the wall over his shoulder. Good God, what was wrong with her? Her pulse throbbed like crazy, and she felt woozy. Loss of blood! Must be why she reacted that way. No other explanation made sense.
Even though the antiseptic stung like hell, the gentle touch coming from such a gruff man surprised her. “It’s not bad,” he said, dabbing the blood away. “Just a nick.”
Well, she could nix the blood loss theory. Exhaustion and stress were the only other excuses she could come up with. “I’ve suffered worse.” Her voice sounded off, kind of hoarse. She tried to clear her throat delicately, but he must have noticed her unease, because his perceptive eyes met hers. Again, she thought she caught the edge of concern reflected in their green depths.
“This isn’t the first time he’s attacked you?”
“No. It’s the first time he’s tried to seriously kill me, though.” She sighed as she closed her eyes, ready to give up fighting, the sudden tears threatening to fall. Okay, woozy and acting strange because of strain…not because of him. Seriously, as far as first impressions went, she wasn’t impressed.

Where to find Gracen:

Road to Hell Series FB Fan Page





Gracen has offered 3 generous prizes:

First place winner: E-book of Pandora’s Box (paranormal/gothic romance) and a skull cameo pendant/pin (it’s interchangeable)

Second place winner: Choice of one of my e-books, either Fairy Casanova (short erotic romance) OR Elfin Blood (erotic romance)

Third place winner: PDF copy of Elfin Blood

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about Gracen’s Blog post or a question for her!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 8, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!



About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Vanessa N. September 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I love character interviews, they're so much fun. This book sounds cool. Thanks for the chance.

  • Victoria September 29, 2011 at 11:02 am

    You are a new author to me but after that interview I'm intrigued. I love character interviews, they really give true insight into the character. Thank you.

  • terri_dion September 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

    this post was a fun read and i really liked reading Madison's life lessons. my question to you is when might we expect Pandora's box for purchase in print form? lol i know i've asked this before (in fact i just asked you on FB) but i really want this book in my bookshelf.

  • BellaBunnell September 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    What a great interview!
    My question for Gracen, how much of you is part of Madison?
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Gracen Miller September 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Victoria and Vanessa, I love doing character interviews. They're so much fun to write!

    Terri…LOL I told my publisher I had folks asking for print, but it's not gotten me into print any faster. lol Hopefully, I'll know something around November or December if it'll go to print, but how long it'll take after that to go to print (if it does), I have no idea.

    Bella, good question! I like to think of myself as a fighter and I'm very stubborn. Quitting or giving up isn't in my dictionary, but being faced with a supernatural problem of Madison's magnitude, I don't know how I would handle it. I'm also pretty laid back and that attitude tends to let people walk all over me. But when it comes to my children–as Madison said–Hell hath no fury like a mother protecting her child. THAT is definitely me. My husband is the protector in the family, but when someone messes with our kids, he sits back and watches me go into action. In that regard, I can totally relate to Madison and my feelings for my kids is why she reacts the way she does to Amos in the book.


  • Liz September 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    great job Gracen as usual. you are very very talented. I'm honored to be a colleague. at least at the 1ns level!


  • Hales September 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I loved the interview. I can't wait to read this fantastic book! I want to know how much of you is in Madison too! Thanks for answering above! I saw a lot of glimpses of your personality in her 😛

  • Yto September 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    the interview was quite funny. i love the heroine. she's pretty cool. but it must be really uncomfortable to sleep with a knife under your sheets 🙂 and i am really sorry for whoever startles that woman awake.
    oh, and her kid seems pretty scary. i hate it when kids play a role in horror movies – i am scared shitless of them xD they are the most scariest, because kids are normally so innocent.

    witchvela at web dot de

  • Robin September 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    What a fun interview! Your story sounds great!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Mindy fangedmom September 30, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Not entering the contest…

    I have to say thought that WOW this was a fun interview with Madison. I was not sure what to expect! I LOVE MADISON and developed a girl crush on her reading Pandora's Box. EXCELLENT BOOK by the way!!! I highly suggest you read it now!! It is a page turner for real!!

    Happy Reading!

  • LadyVampire2u September 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Great interview! Loved it! This is a new series to me but I would enjoy a chance to read this book. My question for you is: How come you picked demons? Just curious. Thanks.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  • Julie September 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Hi Gracen! I've heard such good things about Pandora's Box, but your other books are news to me and now I am really looking forward to reading them, as well!! Thanks for an awesome interview (and the picture of the guy with no shirt, of course!!), and the amazing giveaway! I would consider myself lucky to win any one of your books 🙂
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  • Tore September 30, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I loved the interview too. I have never read any books by you but I would like to. This series sounds really good. Please enter me in contest.

  • Gracen Miller September 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Julie, I had a dream that something demonic or ghostly was after my children. After waking from it, I started thinking all sorts of "what ifs". That's how the story got its start. I'm a daughter of a preacher, also, so it seemed natural to focus on demons and an apocalyptic scenario, rather than anything ghostly. Plus, while this story does have demons, the antagonist isn't a true "demon", but a fallen angel.


  • burbanette September 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Gracen, Can not wait to read Pandora's Box. I have heard such great reviews from numerous blog sites. Hope I am one of the lucky winners from this entry!

  • Na October 1, 2011 at 12:53 am

    A fun post! I do think it would be handy to have a guide on hunting demons but I guess it's one of those things that falls under the life experience category. Nicely said.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Georgia October 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I loved reading your character interview. I love reading these, you get more of an insight into the character. I am excited about reading your books. I can't wait..


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