Monday, February 11, 2013

Day 11: Celebrate Amore with Sabrina Devonshire

 Sabrina Devonshire

Cate: Yay, Sabrina Devonshire is here to help us Celebrate Amore. Sabrina, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Sabrina: Thank you for the interview opportunity, Cate. I live in Tucson, Arizona with my husband, my two children, and our fluffy dog, Sugar. I’m an avid swimmer and water lover so I can often be found near or immersed in a body of water. When not seeking an endorphin rush in a pool, lake or ocean, I help people achieve fitness goals and write books and magazine articles. I love traveling to off-the-beaten-path places where phones and electronic devices tend not to work well. Peru and Belize are two of my favorites.

Cate: Sounds like heaven. What do you love most about Valentine’s Day?

Sabrina: To be honest, I grew up loathing Valentine’s Day. In elementary school, I was the oddball misfit who hung around with other “unusuals” who enjoyed writing stories and spending afternoons wading in the river getting caked in mud catching frogs. On Valentine’s Day, I would always get cards from boys with “You’re cute” and “I love you” and “Be Mine” crossed out.

Cate: Kids can be so cruel! How awful. Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

Sabrina: Every Valentine’s Day has been wonderful since I met my husband. We often travel to exotic places in January or February, so one year we spent Valentine’s Day in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, hiking through the jungle and listening to the birds and the frogs.

Cate: Sounds wonderful. Do you have any romantic Valentine’s Day traditions?

Sabrina: My husband always places my Valentine’s Day card on my pillow and I do the same for him. I usually leave him a few chocolates as well.

Cate: Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.

Sabrina: My latest release is an erotic and humorous sci-fi, Message from Viola Mari. Meteorite scientist Marissa Jones is a rescuer by nature. Her best-friend Jane, an aspiring writer, coerces her into taking a writing class since she’s insecure about going it alone. Marissa, a science geek awkward around men, is instantly attracted to writing teacher, Justin. Writing her real-life story as fiction, she gains a fresh perspective on craters she’s recently discovered off the La Jolla Coast. This book is funny, sizzling hot and full of surprises until the very end.

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?

Sabrina: World-renowned oceanographer and meteorite specialist, Marissa Jones, uncovers evidence that a comet cloud will soon destroy Earth. When aspiring writer and best friend, Jennifer begs her to take a Saturday morning sci-fi writing class, Marissa reluctantly agrees. Writing her real-life story as fiction gives her an astonishing new perspective on the anomalous set of craters she discovered off of the La Jolla coast. But this favor for her friend stirs up more than scientific results… Writing teacher, Justin Lincoln, goads her constantly and taunts her with his irresistible curly blond locks and a steely physique he knows only too well make women drool. Marissa teeters on the edge of anger and raging attraction for this irritating man. But it’s a terrible time to let lust call the shots when the world's about to end and Marissa's the only one who can save everyone.

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?

Sabrina: I joined a Tucson writing critique group with four people, including famous meteorite hunter, Geoffrey Notkin. Notkin’s submissions ignited my interest in meteorites and catastrophic asteroid and comet events, which contributed to some of my plot ideas.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?

Sabrina: All of my books are exotic adventures. Expect to be transported to places you’ve never been before or would like to revisit. In MESSAGE, I’ll take you to La Jolla, CA to start and later to Prague, Czech Republic, Belize and another planet. My descriptions are very vivid—a reader recently told me she really felt like I took her back to Prague all over again, even though it’s been 20 years since her last visit.

Cate: Woot! Sabrina has a Valentine's treat for you.

Sabrina: I will do a random giveaway of MESSAGE (e-book format of any type from Extasy Books web site) to one person who registers for my blog and leaves a comment within a week of this post. Contestants should include an email address with the comment so I can forward the book.

Cate:  Thanks for being part of the fun, Sabrina. Happy Valentine's Day!


Cate Masters said...

Welcome Sabrina! Sorry about the weird spacing - Blogger's being a bugger and won't let me fix it. :(

Sabrina Devonshire said...

Please don't worry about it - I think the post looks great :) Thank you for having me!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is very timely with that asteroid due to pass by us so close later this week. Sounds great, Sabrina.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Sounds great, Sabrina! (That was my first UNPUBLISHED Regency heroine's name.) Best wishes for Message!

Sabrina Devonshire said...

Susan, I was reading about the details about that asteroid that's going to pass close by this weekend. I just took what's completely possible and made it into an adventure story full of surprising twists!

Sabrina Devonshire said...

Hi Taryn, Sabrina's not my real name, but I thought it personified sexy so I dove on it for a pen name.

Ellen Cross said...

I love your blog posts, Sabrina. I am always learning more and seeing more fascinating, different sides to what makes up YOU! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome interview, and to you as well, Cate for hosting her for such a great theme :)