Thursday, June 14, 2012

Interview with Vlad LaShay and Giveaway - June 14, 2012

Hannah Jayne writes The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles. Vlad LaShay not only works for the Agency, but also shares an apartment with Sophie Lawson and Nina LaShay. Vlad has a front row seat to many of the goings on.  Please welcome Vlad to The Qwillery.

TQ:  Hi, Vlad. Welcome to the Qwillery.

VLAD:  On behalf of myself and the entire Vampire Empowerment and Restoration Movement community, thank you.

TQ:  Some of my readers may not know who you are. I know, how wrong is that? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

VLAD:  And that is what the Vampire Empowerment movement is all about. Breathers -- er, humans, know Edward. They know Lestat. They know Angel. But when it comes to a true vampire such as myself, nothing. Perhaps because I don't moon, brood, or sparkle. I am currently the chief of operations at the Underworld Detection Agency and one of the founders of --
NINA:  SNORE! Vlad, no one wants to hear about that. They want the juicy stuff. Vlad -- or should I say Louis, because that's his real name -- was turned when he was sixteen. What was that, Lou --
VLAD:  I refuse to respond to my breather name.
NINA:  I'm totally dating myself but it was at least 115 years ago. I changed him. It was a beautiful story, really. The young, beautiful French ingenue tracked down by her still-human sister. She brought LOUIS to me when he was dying of Polio. I changed him. And then he changed his name to Vlad -- I know, real original, right? And started dressing like Count Chocula.
VLAD:  Get OUT, Nina!

TQ:  I understand that you are the head of the San Fransisco chapter of the Vampire Empowerment and Restoration Movement. What exactly do you do with VERM?

VLAD:  With all due respect, we don't shorten it. What we do is seek to return the vampire back to its true, celebrated yet terrifying, role in society. We are moody bastions of hell and are dangerously powerful overlords.
SOPHIE:  Seriously, Vlad, are you like, physically incapable of picking up your dirty socks? Oh! Are you doing an interview? Sorry. But seriously, pick up your socks. It's disgusting.
VLAD:  Can't you see I'm busy? I'll do it later! Geez!

TQ:  You've recently been promoted at the Underworld Detection Agency. Please tell us about your new job.

VLAD:  I have, thank you. My responsibilities haven't changed all that much. I manage a subset of demons --
NINA:  No one cares! He plays that stupid paper football game with a werevamp from the mail room at his new job.
SOPHIE:  And occasionally sneaks off into the supply closet with Kale when he thinks no one's looking!
VLAD:  You guuuuuuys! I am WORKING!

TQ:  What are some of your favorite things to do in San Francisco?

VLAD:  Sorry about that, Sally. Some people can have no decorum. San Francisco is truly a wonderful city both under and above ground. I spend a good deal of time in the Haight and love the Red Vic -- it's one of the coolest theaters ever. And I love all the clubs around Howard Street and the Queen Anne on Sutter -- everyone thinks its haunted! Cable cars are fun. I love China Town, but stay away from North Beach for obvious reasons.

TQ:  Tell us something about Nina LaShay (your Aunt) that she would not want us to know.

VLAD:  She is supremely annoying. She thinks the world revolves around her. And that dress she passes off as a Balenciaga? She got it at Target.
NINA:  Slander! Libel! I'm going to stake you SO BAD when Sally leaves.

TQ:  What do you think of Sophie Lawson?

SOPHIE:  Remember who pays your rent, Vlad.
VLAD:  Lovely woman. Truly. Mad as a hatter.
SOPHIE:  I'm getting the stake.

TQ:  What next for you and your chronicler, Hannah Jayne?

VLAD:  To be perfectly honest, I'm a little peeved with Hannah Jayne. First, she allows multiple people to call me Count Chocula which I am totally not. And then she went ahead and got my lame aunt Nina her own spin off series. HIGH STAKES comes out next May! Can you believe that? What the heck does Nina do that's so damn interesting? Who cares if she's going to New York! Not only that, Hannah Jayne is doing casting calls for live-action UDA webisodes. Fathom Productions is calling for Sophies and Ninas, but do you see a posting for Vlads anywhere? Neither do I. She's seriously going to have to grovel if she wants me in the next book. Seriously.

TQ:  Thank you for visiting with us at The Qwillery!

VLAD:  The pleasure was all mine. Thank you and thank you to our readers!

The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles

Under Suspicion
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 3
Kensington, May 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

She’s the new head of the Underworld Detection Agency’s strangest division. What a nightmare…

Being a human immune to magic helped Sophie Lawson get promoted. It’s also made her a major, very reluctant player in a game that stretches beyond even the Underworld. Having handsome buttoned-down Englishman Will as her new guardian is one tempting blessing, especially since sexy fallen angel Alex is mysteriously MIA lately. But as a frightening number of demons start disappearing around the city, Sophie suspects that an Armageddon-level prophecy is about to become everyone’s nightmare. And her investigation is testing her bravery—and Will’s unexpected vulnerability—in ways neither could predict. Now Sophie and Will are fast running out of time as an unstoppable evil prepares to lay waste to demons and humans alike…

Under Attack
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2
Kensington, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

She’s one of the Underworld Detection Agency’s best. But her job is really starting to bite …

Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco’s demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn’t about to trust Alex’s all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie’s past, and a malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon…

Under Wraps
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 1
Kensington, March 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Sick of wrongful-death lawsuits every time a full moon comes around?
Call the Underworld Detection Agency.

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny…

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in…and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power…

About Hannah

Hannah Jayne is the author of the Underworld Detection Agency series (Kensington Books) and is afraid of snakes. Would like to die in a cupcake explosion.

Hannah's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win her or his choice of one of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles - Under Wraps, Under Suspicion, OR Under Attack - from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite vampire? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. My favourite vamp is Kim Harrison's Kisten. He has the fangs and the cool, but is still likeable enough as well.

    Thank you for the interview and giveaway!
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  2. My favourite vampire is still Lestat - my first vampire crush! He's sympathic but still evil...

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  3. My favourite vampire is pearl from drink slay love
    shes awesome

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  4. My favorite vampire is Bones form the Night Huntress Series.

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  5. My favorite vampire is Ian from the Night Huntress series.

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  6. OMG, Vlad is freakin' hilarious!!!! I love that he dresses like Count Chocula! I think Stefan from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series is my favorite vamp.

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  7. I'm kind of mad about having to pick a favorite vampire because I really don't know any that I *like*. I'm sort of put off by the whole *dead* thing. Bill from the Sookie series was okay at first, but he kind of wimped out...gosh. I don't like the vamps in Ilona Andrews...or the Briggs...dang it. Sheesh. Fine. You have forced me to pick the vamp, Patrick, in Under Witch Moon. But I don't really like him either.

  8. I love Edward from Twilight. I think he so hot. I also love Carlisle. I think he is pretty amazing. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  9. Stefan from Patricia Briggs series is probably one of the nicest and most honorable, but I totally picture Bones looking like James Marsters from Buffy/Angel. And, that is mighty fine.

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  10. Awesome interview! Thanks for bring Vlad to the spotlight! I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read this series yet. I have book 1, it just got buried in the TBR pile :)

    My fav vampire so far has to be Angel from Buffy. He was my "first" and I was a teenager so I luuuved him.

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  11. Lothaire's my favorite.

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  12. Oh a difficult question, I think I would say Malik in the series. He is so myterious and I really love him!

    thanks for the giveawaus and the interview.
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  13. I really like Bones from the Night Huntress series. He has so many traits I like: sense of humor, is loyal and protective and loving. Other vampires I like are the BDB warriors.

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  14. I'll go with Constantine from Robin McKinley's Sunshine. He's cool. Mostly I'm with Maria in that being dead seems like a relationship deal-breaker to me. But, if I had to choose a vampire to have as a friend, Constantine would do.

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  15. (+1) Q - Who is your favorite vampire?

    A - My favourites tends to change from time to time. Right now though my favourite is master vampire Marcea of the Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance :)

    Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  16. My favorite vampire is Ash Redfern (my first vampire crush) from L.J. Smith's Night World.

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  17. Thanks you a lot for this giveaway! i love this series.

    my favorite vampire is Bones from the Night huntress series by jeaniene Frost

    all the best

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  18. My favorite vampire is Bones. He's a new favorite b/c I just discovered the Night Huntress series. I can't believe I'd been missing out this whole time.

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  19. Have to admit I've not read many vampire books so the one & only that I HAVE read wins by default! Nikolai Vasilyev from Laura Kaye's Seduced by the Vampire King.

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  20. HArd to say who is my favorite. I guess Carlyle from Twilight.
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  21. My favorite vampire (right now, at least) is Sabina Kane. So sad that series is ending!
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  22. My favourite vampire, just one! Gosh. Well I will have to go with Tohrment from the BDB. Though I do love all the brothers of course hehe

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  23. Lestat from Anne Rice's novels.

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  24. I would have to say that my favorite vampire is Barnabas Collins! I'm a Dark Shadows fan from way back. I also thought that Johnny Depp's interpretation of Barnabas was a hoot! Thanks for the awesome giveaway +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  25. My favorite vampire is Jeaniene Frost's Bones, and from television it's Buffy's Spike. I love those bad boys.

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  26. I have a thing for Anne Rice's Lestat. Wicked!!

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  27. At the moment I like Adrian from Richelle Mead's YA series. I can just relate to him.
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  28. My favourite vampire is still Viper from Guardian Of Eternity series br Alexandra Ivy.

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  29. i love BONES from Jeaniene Frost...totally hot !!! :D
    thx u for the giveaway...

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  30. My favorite vampire is Tegan from the Midnight Breed series. That doesna mean I have not found many others who are very close to being #2 in my book! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. Unfortunately, I have a couple of favorites...Wrath and Zsadist from J.R. Ward's BDB series and Damian and Xavier from D.N. Simmons KOTDC series.

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  32. Spike from Buffy I love that bad boy vampire.Thank you for this chance to win .Have a great weekend .
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  33. Bones from the Night Huntress series. Sexy, with humor, dark, resourceful, with a mean streak and a soft one!

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  34. Tough call. Its a cross between Bones and Eric. Both are strong willed characters but have such a range to them.

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