Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Interview + Giveaway: Shattered Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #6) by Linda Robertson

Title: Shattered Circle
Series: Persephone Alcmedi
Author: Linda Robertson
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books


It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either.

Still, Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?

Art and music seem to be a large part of your life. How do they influence your writing?

I have to be able to really see the scene in that cinema in my mind. Usually I listen to movie scores that convey the mood I am trying to create. When that doesn’t seem to be helping, I may sketch out the setting, make a blueprint of the room or building, or I’ve even scored a scene myself on my keyboard (built in 16 track recording and an orchestra at your fingertips…sigh. It’s very cool). 

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, and/or let them influence your writing?

Oh I read ‘em. How much credit I give them depends on the tone of the person writing the review. If they clearly hated the book and are simply writing nasty mean-spiritedness, I’ll disregard it completely. Not every book will please every reader and sometimes you get a bad match up. Having had six books published by a major NYC publishing house should thicken one’s skin a bit, so I can shrug off a bad review by a bad reviewer. However, if the reviewer comes across as smart, genre-savvy, and has a legitimate issue with this or that about my books and conveys it in a thoughtful, professional manner, I’ll definitely give some serious thought to their opinion. 

I don’t generally comment on reviews other than a quick thank you, if even that. I think it is bad form for an author to try to engage/explain to the reviewer that their work was great and the review obviously just didn’t “get” what the author was going for. It’s unprofessional. You shouldn’t have to explain it to someone who read it. No matter who the author is, if a story got the notice of editors and publishers and was deemed good enough to see print, then it can expect a few bad reviews. Period. It comes with the territory. Figure out which ones to learn something from and move on.

What are your current writing projects now?

I’m working on a non-related UF stand-alone title about angels and demons in San Francisco, as well as a secret and sneaky collaboration project with a Sci-Fi/Fantasy author with 30+ titles under their belt. VERY excited about both, and looking forward to getting back to Persephone afterward.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us?

Just to shout out a thank you to all the fans. Life is busy; that you’ve taken the time to read my series truly means a lot to me.

About the Author :

Linda Robertson is the mother of four wonderful boys, owns three electric guitars, and is followed around by a big dog named after Bela Lugosi. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art, when time permits. Linda currently writes and rocks in northeast Ohio. Visit her at and @authorLinda

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  1. looking forward to read this, thanks :)


  2. Want to say thanks for the chance to interview you! Heather

  3. WOW - 10 copies - thanks for the giveaway!

  4. sounds like a fun one!

  5. I LOVE this series!!!!! :D

    Thanks do much for the giveaway!!!!!!!

  6. This sounds really good. Adding to my "to read" list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

  7. like the cover and intro! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  8. Congratulations on your new book, Shattered Circle! Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.