Monday, October 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Pure and Sinful by Killian McRae

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Killian McRae and her book
Pure and Sinful

About the Author:
Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead. She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

Killian has joined us for an interview:
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I remember trying to write stories as early as third and fourth grade. I guess you could say that as soon as I had a grasp on basic sentence structure, I was hacking away at it.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
Define “job.” J  I still have a nine-to-five, as well as second part-time job. Living in the Bay Area is pricey.

? How long does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from several months to several years. I don’t work on one book exclusively from start to finish. I have several works-in-progress at any time that I’ll braid in and out of my schedule depending on my mood and what’s catching me.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
As a tribute to the events and period in my life that resparked my ability to write, I include the tag “hopeful wager” in all of my novels. It’s usually stuck in inconspicuously, but those who know its significance always mention finding it.

? What books have most influenced your life?
In terms of how I cope with existence, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” In terms of my writing, “Les Miserables.”

? What are you reading right now?
This question? (I know, I know. I’m a smart ass.) I usually try to have one non-fiction and one fiction going at a time. At the moment, my non-fiction selection is “Ghost Wave: The Discovery of the Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth” by Chris Dixon, and my fiction selection is “Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2)” by Gail Carriger.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Sleep, yet it is so infrequent when I’m able to partake of that.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Biscuits and gravy. This simple dish is harder to come by now that I live in a halal household, but the white gravy isn’t sooo terrible.

? What do you think makes a good story?
PLOT. I detest self-important character studies or books in which very little happens. I want adventure, high-stakes decisions, passionate love, or explosions.

? Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote like he was making love to the dictionary while having as scandalous affair with a Picasso painting. He evokes despair and romance with equal finesse of bitter and sweet.

Fun random questions: 
  • dogs or cats?  dogs
  • Coffee or tea? coffee
  • Dark or milk chocolate? dark
  • Rocks or flowers? I’m confused. Both are … No, I’m confused. What does one with rocks?
  • Night or day? day
  • Favorite color? Dark green
  • Crayons or markers? crayons
  • Pens or pencils? Pens. In bright-colored ink.

Book Description:
Statistician Riona Dade knows all about probabilities. Still, even she'd tell you the chances of discovering you’re a witch, being appointed to the demon-slaying trio known as the Pure Souls, and finding yourself sinfully attracted to a catholic priest who uses amen and other four-lettered words with equal enthusiasm are pretty slim. Also learning your ex was once Hell’s first-round draft pick, and realizing you're a prize catch for Satan’s soul-damning quota leaves a girl feeling like she just won the lottery while being struck by lightning while riding a unicorn across Atlantis. 

Trying to keep her mind off role playing the Thornbirds with Father Angeletti, Riona leads the Pure Souls against a maniacal menagerie of Mephistopheles’s minions plaguing greater Boston. Giving in to lust is a direct flight to damnation for both her and the priest, leading Riona to distract herself by striking up a romance with her new, foxy neighbor, Lucy. But she can't shake her attraction to Marcello, and as the tension between them grows thicker than a lumberjack’s beard, temptation may become too difficult to resist. 

How long can they deny the pull growing between them, knowing there will be Hell to pay?