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Blog Tour Interview: Bianca D’Arc

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off


Once Bitten, Twice Dead

Once Bitten, Twice Dead–sexy bad boys, strong women and zombies, oh my!

Award-winning paranormal romance author Bianca D’Arc and I share several firsts. She was the first author bought by Jessica Bimberg, my first editor at Samhain. Hers was the first novel I copyedited at Samhain, and now we share her first blog tour—her first tour, my first time as a destination.

Today marks the release of her first mass market paperback from Kensington Brava, Once Bitten, Twice Dead, a sizzling hot romance with zombies. No, really. You don’t have to take my word for it. At the end of this post you’ll find proof in the form of the jacket copy and excerpt, plus information about a sweet contest Bianca’s running to promote the book. Better yet, I have the words of the lady herself, because I couldn’t let the occasion pass without asking her a few questions.

What’s the one thing you’d like readers to know about Once Bitten, Twice Dead?

That it’s not horror. It’s really an action packed romance. Okay, there are zombies in it, but they’re the bad guys. The hero is a military bad boy and the heroine is a strong, modern woman who’s right there with him, working with him as a team to keep the world safe for the rest of us.

Why zombies?

To be brutally honest, because that’s what my editor asked for. She knew me for my paranormal work and wanted something with zombies in it. I was surprised by the request, but happy to give it a whirl. I figured I could go the traditional voodoo zombie route or give it a twist with the science experiment run amok angle. Because of my science background, I chose the latter. It’s been a fun world to play in!

How’d you get started writing?

I’ve pretty much always written for my own amusement. I used to think of it as a cheap form of therapy. I was first published in 2006 with a fledgling publishing company called Samhain Publishing. I was lucky enough to be one of the first authors signed to the new company and the rest, as they say, is history.

What would you say was the biggest turning point in your writing career so far?

Getting my first NY contract last June was a big step in my career. While I continue to write several series for Samhain, I’m trying something new, on a bigger stage, as it were. With any luck, it will lead to more books for bigger publishers and I hope to at some point have my books come out in mass market paperbacks rather than trade paperbacks, so I always have something to work toward.

Your e-pubbed and small press fiction has won many awards.  Do you think that helped your transition from small press to mass market?

I’m really not sure. It certainly has helped with credibility, but I think more than anything, submitting books and being willing to write fast and under an editor’s direction has been most helpful.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about publishing before you started writing?

That writing the book is the easy part! All the marketing and promotion that goes along with making your book a success is exhausting. I didn’t realize how much work there was behind the scenes when I decided to write full time.

What are you reading now?

I don’t have a lot of time to read lately because I’ve been on deadline and trying to recover from the loss of my beloved Mom just before Christmas. But when I do read, I tend to look for either old favorites like Suzanne Brockman, Christine Feehan, Diana Palmer, Rachel Lee, etc, or I browse the ebook sites for anything that looks good. I like to find new writers and support small press as much as possible.

Any hints about your next project?

I’m writing zombies now until I meet all my contractual obligations for those books. There will be five stories in all – two novellas and three novels. After that, I have plans to work on a new Were story for Samhain. I also need to write a new dragon book and the last in my Resonance Mates series. I have a lot to choose from, so I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be working on after the zombies are done. It’s good to have choices. ;-)

Anything you’d like to add?

I just want to thank JeanMarie for having me here today and also to thank the readers for their support. The past few months have been the hardest of my life since losing my Mom. Without my readers and the friends I’ve made through my writing, I don’t know how I would have survived. I love you all.


Once Bitten, Twice Dead

March 2010 – Kensington Brava

ISBN: 978-0-7582-4729-2

When police officer Sarah Petit investigates a disturbance in an abandoned building, she expects to find a few underage drinkers. Instead, she’s attacked by creatures straight out of a horror movie. Waking a week later in a hospital, Sarah is visited by Special Forces soldier Captain Xavier Beauvoir. The zombies who attacked Sarah are the result of military research gone terrifyingly wrong, and Sarah’s immunity to the virus makes her the perfect person to help Xavier eradicate them. But his smooth Cajun accent, whiskey-colored eyes, and dizzying kiss are risky to her in a very different way.

Sarah attracts danger like a magnet—and the smart, fearless cop attracts Xavier too, instilling a bone-deep need that’s undermining his steady façade. Enlisting her aid is a necessary gamble, but vicious undead creatures are not the only enemy they face. And the only way to keep each other safe is to trust in an instant connection that could be their greatest strength–or the perfect way to destroy them both…

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As a special thank you to readers, Bianca is giving away a prize pack of SWAG and romance books. (For details on the prize, check out her blog contest page.) All you have to do to enter is send an email with OBTD Blog Contest in the subject line to BIANCADARC at gmail dot com, with your mailing address, before March 31st, 2010.  The drawing will be held April 1st and the winner will be announced on her blog at

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Blogging for a friend

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Bianca D’Arc was one of the first Samhain writers I met live–and one of the nicest. Her paranormal romances, usually featuring m/f/m menage, have won numerous awards, and in January her first m/f/m zombie romance will be released from Kensington. This is all great professional news for her.

What’s not great is what’s happening in her personal life. Her mom is very, very ill. As a result, she’s not even thinking about promoting her latest Samhain release, Dragon Storm. So the rest of us at Beyond the Veil are trying to help out. BtV’s fearless leader, Carolan, has posted the publisher’s blurb and a link to an excerpt. If paranormal menage–with dragons–is your thing, you won’t be disappointed.

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Bianca D’Arc at Fantasy and Enchantment Blog

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Another quickie.  Eppie Award-winning fantasy author Bianca D’Arc talks about her dragon shapeshifters at the Fantasy and Enchantment Blog today.  If dragons are your thing, you won’t want to give it a miss.
Cheers and best Tuesday wishes,
Jean Marie
*disappearing down the plot hole, chasing bunnies, none of them named Joshua, alas*

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April Foolin’

Saturday, April 7th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

That pic of the Japanese maple on our deck wasn’t taken last fall.  It was taken twenty minutes ago.  If you squint hard enough you can even see the budding azalea budding behind the fence at the far right.
Told Greg it was his fault for getting all emotional about Karl Muck’s version of Parsifal last night.  Some things are just wrong.  Like snow in April in northern Virginia.  Or like a left-leaning Valentinian gnostic loving Wagner.  (Have I mentioned his cartoons lately?)  He still didn’t get it.  LOL
Not too much else to report.  Been burrowing in what one of my fellow Samhellions calls “the writing cave” all week.  I’m going to finish Highway from Hell by next Saturday if I have to write non-stop.  Well, starting Monday.  Still have to survive Mom’s Easter plans first.  ;-)
Also joined the Fantasy and Enchantment blog with a great group of Samhain fantasy writers: Jennie Andrus, Bianca D’Arc, Dayna Hart, Carolan Ivey, Melissa Lopez and most especially Gia Dawn–who will kill me for that when she finds out I wrote that.  Heh heh.  The group blog is just getting started, but we plan lots of great things, including a regular Thursday Thirteen and a newsletter.
And not a minute too soon!  The prospect of filling a regular mailing all by myself was giving me chills.  My life’s boring.  That’s why I became a writer, after all.
Wishing you lots of chocolate and the best of the season, however you celebrate it.  Cheers!

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Buttons & Happy Dances

Saturday, March 10th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Isn’t it pretty?  It’s all pink and shiny and it’s mine, Mine, MINE!
Well, actually, it’s Teri’s and mine–for this year, at any rate.  With Nine You Get Vanyr scored an Honorable Mention (#2) in the sf/fantasy book category of Love Romances Ebook Cafe’s 2006 reader’s poll.  I’ve been grinning ever since I heard.
Samhain did well too.  The Cafe’s readers rated it as the year’s best publisher, and Samhain author Bianca D’Arc scored two top prizes: Best ShapeShifter Book and Best Paranormal Author of 2006.  WTG, Bianca!
I will now return you to your regularly scheduled Saturday programming.  I need to go pet my precious.  While I’m at it, I should probably pet my Preditor and Editor button before it starts feeling neglected.  With Nine You Get Vanyr placed second in the sf/fantasy category there too.  I guess the novel has become the Avis of 2006.
Well, I do plan on trying harder.  ;-)

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