Thursday, October 6, 2011

Virna DePaul's Para-Ops Character Interview and Giveaway

I'm so excited to have the Para-Ops team hanging out here. I gotta admit it's been kinda crazy and I think its gonna get even crazier. So sit back and enjoy.

“Let’s get started.  And sorry, but I picked up some strays on my way here.”  [Dex jerks his thumb over his shoulder, where a colorful group of individuals has gathered.  It’s his teammates from the Para-Ops team.]

What song best depicts your life? What’s your very own theme song?

“Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf.”

Caleb O’Flare nudges Wraith.  “Surprise, surprise.”

Wraith snorts.  “Yeah, real original, Hunt.”

“It’s a great song.  Perfect for him,” Lucy protests.  She sings the opening lyrics.

Get your motor running
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way

Its 5:00 Friday, you’ve just been told that the Para-Ops team does not have any pending missions and Mahone has just told the entire team to enjoy the next 3 days off. Where you going and what are you going to do when you get there?

“This is an eighteen and over blog, right?  Look, with three days off, I’m going to ride my bike someplace new, and drink, smoke and fuck.  But only after I get some intel to further my main goal—revenge.”

[He glares at his team from over his shoulder.]  “What?  No comment?”

Felicia shrugs.  “All true.”

What are three things that you must take with you into the field when you are on a mission with Para-Ops?

“My hunting knife, a pack of smokes, and my balls.  Wait, that’s four…”  [Hunt grins here.]

Knox and Caleb laugh, Felicia and Lucy groan, and Wraith rolls her eyes. 

How do you feel about working with a team that consists of such a diverse group of Otherborn?

“It’s kept things interesting.  And we haven’t killed each other…yet.”

“Only because I took it easy on you that first day,” Knox piped up. 

[Dex shakes his head.]  “Ignore him.  He’s delusional.  Just like when he thought Felicia would babysit his kids at the Dome and be waiting in bed for him when he came home from a mission.”

“It was a good plan,” Knox begins and actually takes a step forward.

Felicia pats his shoulder.  “He’s right.”

Knox stops, takes her hand and kisses it.

What do you feel is the best skill that you bring to the Para-Ops team?

“Some freaking sense.  Knox and O’Flare are distracted by their attraction to Felicia and Wraith.  A guy can’t be at his best when he’s weighed down by thoughts of a woman.” 

(Note by author: Famous last words, Hunt.)

Felicia nods.  “I’m so looking forward to his story.”

“Me, too,” Wraith says.




[Dex frowns and looks slightly worried.]

When you shift is it a smooth transition or is it painful?

“You tell me.  Wraith said she never wanted to see it again and she’s no delicate flower.”

Wraith shudders and Caleb puts his arms around her.

You’re known as one of the best marksmen in the nation. How did you acquire this skill?

“You make it sound like it was choice.  I do what I need to survive.  I learned to shoot when I was still at the were orphanage that my dear-old-grandpa stuck me in.  Bottom line, two people and a gun?  You better get hold of it and know how to use it.”

The team makes sounds of agreement.

You’re also very skilled in Karakai, how old were you when you started learning this unique form of martial arts?

“I’ve always been able to move.” 

Caleb bursts out laughing.   Lucy blushes when Wraith nudges her with an elbow.

Did you fight in the 2nd Civil War? If so was it with a branch of the military and what role did you have?

“I fought.  I wasn’t in the military.  My motorcycle gang, the Ferals, found plenty of action to keep me busy.”

“Yeah, but we’re way more fun, aren’t we,” Felicia asks silkily.

[Hunt just smiles, though he keeps his face averted so she can’t see.]

What are five things in your fridge?

[Hunt opens his mouth, but before he can answer, his team pipes up.]

Knox: “Bud.”

Wraith: “Corona.”

Felicia: “Heineken.”

Caleb: “Coors.”

Lucy: “Michelob.”

[Dex shrugs.]  “Next?”

What are three of your guilty pleasures?

“Guilt is a pointless emotion.  I like my life free of complications and free of guilt.   I do what I want, when I want. 

This usually includes baiting Red (Felicia), pissing off Mahone, and fucking (I have a particular weakness for vamps).” 

(Note by author: I know all your weaknesses, Hunt, and I’ve got the perfect girl in mind for you!)

Who is your hero, book or movie, fictitious or real?

“Next question.”

“Ah, I was sure he was going to say me,” Knox states.

“Are you kidding, I’m his hero,” Caleb drawls.  “He’s just too embarrassed to admit it.”

Hunt flips them the bird.

What is one quality you look for in a female?

There is a tense moment of silence, then Felicia says, “Wait for it…”

“Bangability – she has to be hot, biddable, and uncomplicated.” 

(Note by author: Like I said, the perfect girl, Hunt.)

Hunt stands.  “I’ll get these bozos out of your hair now.  But thanks for having me, Nessa.  And by the way, you’ve got great taste in cars.”

I get to share a sneak peak at Dex's book cover. Look at all that awesomeness! A release date has not been set, but I know we're all hoping SOON! 



Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and now National Bestselling Author for Berkley (paranormal romantic suspense), HQN (single title romantic suspense) and HRS (category romantic suspense). Her upcoming release Chosen By Fate (Para-Ops Novel 2) comes out October 4, 2011.

Blurb of Chosen By Fate:

There's a fine line between life and death, pleasure and pain....

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, one who cannot experience touch without pain.

No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so Wraith’s time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity and experience one night with Caleb. Willing to risk any amount of pain, Wraith propositions him. But when a sign of impending death appears on his chest, Wraith sacrifices her own needs on the chance that sex with her could kill him.

Caleb doesn’t understand Wraith’s change of heart but refuses to let her push him away. As the team travels to Los Angeles to investigate a series of crimes in the feline community, Caleb sets out to prove to Wraith that pleasure and love are worth any risk, including death.

Virna is giving away one paperback copy of Book #1 in her Para-Ops series, Chosen by Blood. Giveaway is open to US/Canada residents. To enter just comment below with your email address. I will announce the winner Saturday October 15.

Many, many thanks to Virna and the Para-Ops team.

If you haven't read this series yet... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Get to it peeps.


  1. I love the cover for book 3!

    Great character interview Vanessa! Have a good day ladies. I put this on my twitter for you, so I hope you get one traffic.

  2. Thanks so much for having me and Dex here today!! :) He's open to taking questions from readers if anyone has them (shh, he doesn't know yet but I have my ways...) :D

  3. Yay, Laurie, so glad you love Dex's cover!

  4. Dex is my favorite character! I love the cover for his book :) He is such a fun character!

  5. Great character building! Thanks for the gievaway.

  6. I love the character interview! Sounds like a great series and one that I need to add to my TBR list ♥

    Thanks Vanessa & Virna for the great post & giveaway!


    Alyssa @ Hesperia Loves Books

  7. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book and series. It sounds really good.

  8. Dex has tons of attitude! Wonderful interview. I'll check out your books...they sound fantastic. :)

  9. Whoa--loved that interview! It's so fun to have the chance to "meet" characters this way! Thanks!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  10. Warning: Sex with a Wraith could Kill You.

    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    Twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  11. I love it! HaHa. I cannot wait to get my hands on Chosen by Fate and I love the cover of Chosen by Sin. Maybe that is because I love the color green you chose. I do like how you match the title color with the t-shirt. :o) I am not entering but I just had to comment on this post because I found it very entertaining.
    - Book Sniffers Anonymous

  12. I loved that interview! This sounds like a fantastic series. I will definitely have to check it out.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  13. The character interview was fun and I like how 'team' knows Dex so well. LOL I haven't read this series yet, but I just added it to my TBR pile. this sounds like a great series!

    Thank you for sharing.


  14. I have been wanting to try this series for a while. Would love to get the first one! Thanks, that was a fun post :) my kind of guys ;)

  15. Wow I love all the covers,but Dex's is the best yet. I have have Chosen by Fate on my wishlist for a while now and I have crossed even more fingers now that the gods of random will smile on me LOL Thank you for sharing this wonderful character interview with us today, I know just how dicey it is to get these agents to go on record:) I also appreciate your sharing this wonderful giveaway opportunity. Now I am going out to get on my bike and . . .


  16. I liked the sounds of those characters...would love to try out this new series. Please count me in, thanks.

  17. I haven't read this series yet, and I really do need to "get going"!! Thanks for the chance to win what looks like an awesome giveaway :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  18. This sounds like a very interesting series!

    Dorothy - Squeak
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  19. Felicia the Geeky Blogger - Thank you for loving Dex and his cover!!

    Julie S - Thank you for commenting. Good luck with the give away!

    Alyssa and Tore - Thanks for stopping by! Glad the series sounds intriguing!

    Nora Weston - Thanks for giving the books a try. Yes, Dex has attitude to spare. He's fun to work with. :)

    flchen1 - Glad you liked Dex. Thank you!

    Steph - so true!

    Kristin - I love the green, too, so I'm glad you like the cover! Thanks for commenting.

    Krysta - Thank you! Good luck with the give away.

    Gail - The team dynamics has been really fun to write. Take care.

    Sharon - Hope you enjoy it. THanks!

    Denise Z - YAY! So glad you like Dex's cover.

    Tanya1224 and Julie - THanks for giving the series a try!

  20. Been meaning to start this series, now I'll have to get to it sooner!

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  21. OMG that was hysterical. I need to move book 1 up in the TBR pile. I'm obviously missing out on some good stuff.

    Thanks for stopping by!!

  22. Danni and Jen D. - If hope you guys enjoy the series. Thanks for commenting!

  23. Lolz! Okay, now I gotta read this series. Virna is a "new to me" author and I am wondering where you have been. Well, I am glad to me you now. Thank you for the creative post and the opportunity to win a great book.

    Happy Reading, Writing, and Blogging,
    Bona Fide Reflections

  24. Great character interview. I have to save, I have not heard of this series but now I want to read it. Thanks!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  25. Laurielu and Anne R - Thanks! Glad you liked the interview and I hope you'll give the series a try! Take care, V

  26. Eeek I have book 1 but have not read it yet. Okay okay I am running to my Kindle now and pusing select. Will start it...umm...soon... promise. BTW loved the interview.


  27. Thanks Tina. Fingers crossed you enjoy CBB!!

  28. I absolutely loved the characters humorous attitudes and personalities - LOL I definitely need to add this series to my wish list

    sorry the post is so late, I'm on mini-vacations and finally got some quiet time from grandkids - LOL

  29. I love the Para-Ops team. I was introduced to this series last month when I read and reviewed Chosen By Fate. I can't wait to read Chosen By Blood, the one that started it all. I would love to win it. And I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    Don't forget - A free prequel novella to the first book in the series, Chosen By Blood: Wraith's Awakening an be found at

    WildAboutBones {at} gmail {dot} com

  30. This was a very fun interview!! Thanks for posting it. I'd love to read the new book.

    Hollybwright at comcastdotnet

  31. Ronda - So glad you enjoyed!

    WildAboutBones - Thanks for stopping by! I so appreciated your review of CBF. :)

    holls - TY! Good luck with the give away!

  32. I love the cover for the 3rd book! I haven't read this series yet but Its on my tbr list! loved the interview too

  33. I haven't read this series yet but I have heard so many great things about it.. time to pick it up and check it out for myself.

    katie_tp@yahoo dot come

  34. This series looks awesome! It's on my Wishlist.

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com