September 10, 2012

Interview and Giveaway for Vampire Fans

Happy Monday!

Today I have Rick Veal, author of The Master of Whitehall, stopping by with an interview and a giveaway.  I reviewed his debut novel a couple of weeks ago, and for those of you looking for a pleasant vampire romance read, you have to pick this up.  Rick has so gracioulsy offered a signed paperback (US/Canada) and ebook copy (INT) of his be sure to enter the giveaway below!

Without further ado...let's meet Rick!

1.       Tell us about The Master of Whitehall in 140 characters or less.
It is ultimately a love story between James and Katelyn … he just happens to be a vampire.

2.       Who should read your book?
Everybody! But, seriously, “The Master of Whitehall” is meant for anyone who enjoys a good romance story. Although Master is a PNR, it isn’t overly dark. My intention has been to open a window into the lives of two very different people, making a way for the reader to follow them as they meet and blend together. Of course they both have obstacles to overcome as the two of them become one. I think that if someone likes Sookie Stackhouse, Claire from “The Morganville Vampires”, or Bella Swan, they will likely enjoy Master.

3.       What was the most challenging part of writing a female protagonist?
I think the most challenging part of writing through a woman’s eyes is having to stop and think about what, how, and where she would say something. Sometimes just getting Katelyn’s perspective correct, not only as a woman, but as a young woman with limited life experiences, was extremely thought provoking. I have spent a lot of my life around women so it was a little less difficult. There are the special times when I had to stop and think and ask myself would/should she really do this or say that? Fortunately, I have a lot of female friends of all ages that I was able to call on for advice and answers.

4.       Who did your cover art?  What was that process like?
The cover was done by Rae Monet of Rae Monet, Inc. and the layout was done by Karen Duvall of Duvall Design. It was a relatively easy and fun experience. Rae provided me with a spec sheet and questions about the characters and setting. I filled it out, she did one draft, one change and it was ready to go. I have received many glowing compliments on her artwork.

5.       What goes through your mind when reading reviews (positive or negative) of The Master of Whitehall?
First, I am glad that someone took their time to read my book and comment on it. I realized from the beginning that some will love it, some will hate it, and some will fall right in the middle. As long as a review is constructive, positive or negative, I try to learn from it and grow. But, in the end, whether someone loves it or hates it, it is their opinion and I respect that.

 6.       Are any of your characters based on someone you know?
Only one, the nurse Billie Jo, who makes a cameo appearance toward the beginning of the story. She has been a friend for over half of her life, and many times she has been there for me when I needed a friend. She helped me with some medical information for the story, so when I needed a nurse, I used her.

7.       Who is your favorite character in the book and how would you spend a day together?
I feel like I know all of my characters and love all of them, so it’s difficult to choose just one. But if I had to, I think I would like to spend a day with Charlotte Ann. I am a historian by trade and she is over 400 years old so she has to have a wealth of information. Although she was born and raised in the early 1600’s she has grown, changed and adapted her life to the times she lives in so she seems to be perfectly comfortable wherever she is. Besides, she’s pretty hot, too … although I might be a little skeptical should she invite me to dinner!

8.       What superpower would you like to have and why?
That’s a hard one … but I think I would like to be able to know the feelings of those around me … I believe it’s called an Empath. I don’t like to see anyone hurting and I would use the ability to speak a kind word where needed, to maybe bring a smile and try to help someone just feel better.

9.       Finish this sentence: I wish I had written….
… more stories, more often. There is most likely more time behind me now than in front of me, I would have like to have left more stories behind as a legacy.

 10.   What’s up next?
The most exciting thing is that “The Master of Whitehall” is now in the hands of a movie producer. Having to be patient and wait on that is difficult, but I hope that it moves along successfully.

I am actually working on two other projects. The first is an illustrated, signed and numbered limited edition of “The Master of Whitehall” that I hope to have out in time for the Christmas shopping season. It will contain the Character Series prints and a specially designed dustjacket by Debbie Taylor at DCA Graphics. In addition all of the interior decorative art – chapter head and tail pieces, text separators, header and end piece designs are all taken from a mid-19th century book. This edition will be limited to only 100 copies and available directly from me.

The second project is of course the next book. I am currently working on some notes, outlines and different story lines, to see just which way it goes. There is also a new character that wants to be introduced, so we’ll have to see.

Thank you so much, Amber for having me stop by and spend a little time with you and your wonderful readers. I hope that everyone has a great day!

That is so exciting! I'm waiting for the day I can get a producer to look at The Syrenka Series. Hee hee!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  And here is some more awesome information for fans:

If any of your readers would like to keep up with James, Katelyn and the rest of the family, I’d like to invite them to drop by Facebook at or my Deviant Art page at to see all the artwork and read detailed backgrounds and bios for each of the characters. “The Master of Whitehall” is available in Kindle format at Amazon or a signed/inscribed print edition (trade size, 396 pages) directly from me. I can be contacted at for further information. If your reader’s mention this interview, they will receive a 10% discount and free shipping, approximately a $5.00 value.

Author Bio:
I was born in and have spent the majority of my life in the Upstate of South Carolina. I joined the Navy immediately out of high school where I had the pleasure of visiting some eighteen different countries during a six year span. After returning home I attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. I completed my education at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in History. I have worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry. I currently live alone with my one daughter, a three year old Tuxedo cat, who graciously allows me to think I actually own the house. My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Rachal Caine, L.J. Smith, Charlene Harris and Clive Cussler. I enjoy reading and writing paranormal romance. I have heard that if you want to write, you should write the book you want to read, then others will want to read it too. That is exactly what I have tried to do with The Master of Whitehall, my debut novel.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! awesome review!

  2. Great interview! Love the blurb about your book it sounds like it is right up my alley! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway

  3. Great review! Thank you for the giveaway

  4. Great Interview! I hope everything goes well with creating a movie!

  5. Congrats. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Glad the contest is available in Canada, too! thanks


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