Monday, February 8, 2010

Dead. Undead, or Something In Between Tour/ Q&A with author!

Book Blurb:

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now. The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

Q&A with author J. A. Saare

So can you start off telling us a little bit about yourself?

First and foremost, I’m a mom. I have four beautiful children that keep me sharp and on my toes. There is never a dull moment in our household, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When they allow me “personal” time, I love to read, listen to music, watch movies, and spend time with my husband. It’s not the most luxurious life, but it’s mine, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What is your usual writing routine? (are you a quite that need music...snacks)
Once upon a time, I spent every spare minute I was given writing. From the moment I crawled out of the bed I was checking emails while I juggled cereal and got my oldest two children ready for school as the younger two yanked on my legs, demanding my attention.
After reevaluating things, I decided to write primarily at night and on the weekends. So far, it means I write much slower, but my children will only be young once, and I want to enjoy the time I have with them before I am no longer “cool”. I figure I can store ideas away and use them in the future – a win, win if you know what I mean. *smile*

Can you tell us a little bit about your book and your inspiration for it?

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between is an urban fantasy situated in New York. The heroine, Rhiannon, has just been ousted from the necromancer closet by a couple of vampires who need her assistance in locating their missing brethren across the city. She’s not pleased by the turn in events, but after the choice to cooperate is no longer hers to make, begins putting her nose in places it doesn’t belong.

The inspiration for Dead arose from writing a heroine so very different from Rhiannon (Emma from my paranormal romance, Crimson Moon) and the desire to delve into darker themes. I knew I wanted to take a trip in which anything could happen and no character was safe. In fact, the ending of Dead is totally different from the one I originally conceived.
Who is your favorite character from the story? Any of them that you relate to?

Rhiannon, hands down. She was (and is) a joy to write and I can honestly say I had a blast creating the story because of her. It was the first time I could let my muse go wild and didn’t inhibit the process by worrying what the reader would think or being conscious of who might be offended. The freedom of crafting something without restraint was mind-blowing.
Rhiannon is easy to relate to because like so many, she’s flawed, and hides behind a wall that keeps her detached from the world around her. Because of this, she’s outspoken and brash, often so politically incorrect you don’t know if you want to chuckle or cringe. But even with those guards in place and her sharp tongue and snarky wit, she still wants to believe in the good in others.

Last but not least can you tell us where to find out more about you and your work?
Sure! You can always visit my website, I post a monthly update, along with a coming soon page so you can see what I’m currently working on. I also blog daily at, and chat on Twitter @jasaare and Facebook

Thanks for having me on your blog!
Happy Reading!
Jaime AKA J.A. Saare
Thanks for being here today Jaime!


  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today, Kris!

  2. Great interview, Jaime! And I just love the photo of you. Dead does sound fab. Can't wait to read more about your character, Rhiannon. Love her name!

  3. Hi Kris & J.A. :)
    Thank you for the interview & for J.A. taking the time to share here. I'm looking forward to getting her new release (Available here:
    Did it take J.A. a long time to create the cover? (What an amazing job - the cover is gorgeous!)
    All the best,

  4. Hey Kaye and RK! ;)

    The cover was actually different in the beginning. The girl was the same, but I was told there wasn't enough "oomph". Unfortunately, finding a pair of captivating blue eyes for the back ground was next to impossible. Everyone had already used the eyes I wanted, and I was left in a pickle.

    Ultimately, I found this incredible shot of a guy with only one eye visible, cropped it, flipped it, and created my own pair from scratch.

    Then I just doctored it up (florescent light, the round speckles of light to indicate a disco ball) and slapped on the font.

    You can see the "original" cover here. I like the new one better, but I do miss the darker red color scheme.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. OH! And Kaye ~ My husband snapped that shot a couple of years ago while we were celebrating our anniversary in Tennessee. *smile*

  6. I can't wait to read this one myself...oh and we are leaving to go to Tennessee Thursday!

  7. Hey Debbie ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!


  8. Loved hearing a bit more about Dead, Jaime...and I LOVE Rhiannon. She's such an honest, kick ass chick...can't wait to read more about her in future books. ;D

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Cari!! ;)

  10. I always like finding a new author and this book looks interesting. I thought I was the only one to have four children; mine are all adults now though the two youngest still live at home.

  11. I enjoyed both the interview and the book blurb. I'll add this to my TBR list.

    Tracey D

  12. Hey Andrea and Booklover!

    Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

    Andrea ~ I don't want to imagine mine older...but they grow so fast, it's impossible not to. ;-)

    Tracey D~ Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you liked the blurb and interview. I hope you enjoy Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between.