Her latest novel, DEAD ON DELIVERY, continuing her fabulous and popular Messenger series from last year's DON'T KILL THE MESSENGER, was released on March 1, 2011. And if you missed the first one, believe me, you need to read this series. Coolest variation of vampires I've ever seen. And it's not just me. RT gave DEAD ON DELIVERY a Top Pick!!
In addition to the Messenger series, National Bestselling Author Eileen Rendahl is the award-winning author of four Chick Lit novels. Her alter ego, Eileen Carr, released her first romantic suspense, HOLD BACK THE DARK, in 2009. Both Eileens will be releasing books in 2011 and live in Davis, California.
(Note from Maureen. I'm hoping we can coax Eileen Carr to come visit us when her next book is released, too. )
ABOUT THE BOOK
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GET TO KNOW EILEEN RENDAHL
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite holiday?
EILEEN: I’ve become quite partial to the Fourth of July. The town that I live in has this great celebration with bands and skydivers and fireworks. There’s lot of eating and laughing and no present-giving. Plus I secretly get all choked up when they play the Star Spangled Banner.
MAUREEN: Where do you most like to read and how often?
EILEEN: I have to read – HAVE TO – to fall asleep. Every night. Even if it’s just a page or two. I can no longer share a room with one of my sisters who HAS to have the television on to fall asleep and can’t stand the reading lamp that I need. Plus she claims the last time we shared a hotel room, I tried to spoon her, but I think she’s just making that up to get familial sympathy.
MAUREEN: What’s the first book you remember reading?
EILEEN: My mother and I used to read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books together. It was a big deal when I could read well enough that I could read to her. We still share books now although we don’t read to each other anymore. It’s kind of like an informal book club. If we both really like something, we pass it on to my sister.
MAUREEN: Hiking boots or high heels?
EILEEN: I’d like to think that I could go back and forth between both. I want to be that woman who is equally sure of her self on a dance floor or a mountain top. The truth is, I’m probably a little uncomfortable in both. My boyfriend gave me these hysterical little beaded things to wear on my feet called Nyoo Shoes. It makes it look like you’re wearing sandals when you’re going bare foot.
MAUREEN: I'd like to think I can do both, too, when truth is, I can't comfortably go higher than mid heels anymore and fear my best hiking days are behind me. :( I need to see your fake sandals. What’s your favorite cartoon character?
EILEEN: I don’t know about my favorite, but I despise Tigger. I think he’s a narcissist. Maybe even a sociopath. He’s always doing terrible things (especially to poor Eeyore) and then just expecting everyone to forgive him. I don’t think he really even feels bad about it. He just pretends so everyone will be nice to him again. And he never changes. I have to stop talking about this. It just makes my blood boil.
MAUREEN: You crack me up. Venom for Tigger. I have one of those bouncing ones if you need to take out your rage sometime. My niece and nephews will never miss it. :) Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
EILEEN: Yep. I listen to Mozart. Years ago, I went to a workshop by Chris Marie Green and she mentioned the Mozart Effect. I don’t think it actually makes me smarter, but it is great music to write by. Plus it drowns out the sounds of my household in the background and helps me focus. I can’t listen to anything with lyrics and still write.
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite kind of cheese?
EILEEN: I’m a sucker for Cambozola. It’s soft and creamy and just a sconchy bit stinky.
MAUREEN: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
EILEEN: Clean my house because I probably haven’t done it in two months while I finish the book. Then I make coffee dates with all the friends I haven’t seen in the last two months while I finish the book. Then I make dinner for my family for the first time in, oh, maybe two months.
MAUREEN: What scares you?
EILEEN: I am the biggest Fraidy Cat on the planet. Everything scares me. If it’s not scary, I manage to spin some sort of theory about it to make it scary. I ended up hiding in a corner of my living room by the sliding glass doors with a poker one time because I was convinced there was someone out in the bushes in my yard, waiting to break in. I could smell the person’s cigarette smoke. Turns out the neighbor’s had had a little fire in their new fire pit.
MAUREEN: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
EILEEN: Coffee. I’m a latte girl. We have a Rancilio on the counter because we burned through at least three espresso machines in as many years. No sugar, though. I like it strong and bitter.
MAUREEN: That's the way I take it, too. What’s your favorite kid joke?
EILEEN: I don’t know if this counts as a kid joke, but here it is:
Q: Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?
A: For drizzle.
MAUREEN: Ha! I snorted my coffee reading that one. Hilarious.
GOTTA ASK -- GOTTA ANSWER ☺
MAUREEN: If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you do?
EILEEN: I’d love to be a psychologist. I’m fascinated by people’s stories and their underlying motivations for doing what they do.
A QUESTION FOR YOUR FANS
EILEEN ASKS: When you read a series, do you like to see the characters’ relationships progress or pretty much stay the same? For instance, would you want to see them get married and have kids? Or would you like them to just keep on dating?
Eileen is offering a copy of DEAD ON DELIVERY to one lucky commenter.
Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
Stop by tomorrow when Cat hosts Paranormal author Tamara Hogan. And next Monday, I'm hosting another of the Drunk Writers, Stephanie Doyle.