Monday, March 10, 2014

Mutt or Meow Monday + Giveaway: Meet Sparrow & Bourdas, Sotia Lazu's Mutts

Welcome to Mutt or Meow Monday!

Mutt or Meow Monday is where we interview the author’s animal friends instead of interviewing the author. Let’s see what the animals have to say!

It’s great to have you here today.

Sparrow: Thank you for having us. We just can’t stay long, because we don’t want to miss lunch.

Bourdas: Ignore the big guy. He has a sensitive stomach. Great to be here, Jocelyn!

Please introduce yourself.

Sparrow: My name is Sparrow and, according to my humans, I’m part Great Dane, part goat. I like lying around and playing with my bro, and my special skill is turning myself into a ball small enough to fit under the bed when I hear sudden noises.

Bourdas: I’m Bourdas (which means Poppycock) and I’m a German Shepherd/ox/tractor combo. I’m a lean, mean, licking machine, and I spend my days giving my humans slobbery kisses when they least expect it, and my nights making sure everyone under my roof is safe.

What’s your favorite book by Sotia and why?

Sparrow: I like Magic at Work the best, because if she hadn’t written it, she wouldn’t have met her male and they wouldn’t have adopted me.

Bourdas: She’s still writing my favorite. It involves a dog who looks somewhat like me, only that one turns human once a year. Or was human to begin with. I got distracted halfway through her explanation. Ohhh…the mini human is running around. Be right back; need to clean chocolate off his cheek.

Do you ever interrupt Sotia for attention when she’s trying to write? Does she stop and give you attention, brush you off, or bribe you with treats?

Sparrow: Define interrupting. I like putting my head on her keyboard sometimes, and won’t leave unless she scratches me behind the ears.

Bourdas: Pfft, you’re such a pushover! I lie on the laptop’s charger cord, and she has to get up and scratch my chest for at least a couple of minutes, or I don’t move an inch.

Does Sotia ever read her writing to you? Do you like it?

Sparrow: Not to us, but she reads bits to her male some times and we just sit there and listen. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I’ve come to the conclusion that human relationships are really complicated. With dogs, it’s so much easier. You sniff her butt, she sniffs yours, you jump her.

Bourdas: Unless you’re neutered, like us. (Sighs) The times I’ve licked a ghost appendix…

Has Sotia ever based one of her characters on you? Which one?

Sparrow: I like to believe every tall, dark, and handsome hero she writes has a little bit of me in him.

Bourdas (sotto voce): She’s told me the dog-persona of Prince, the shifter she’s writing about, is based on me, but I’m not supposed to tell big, tall, and stupid.

What does Sotia do to celebrate when she finishes writing a book?

Sparrow: I’m not sure. We’re not allowed inside the room on those days.
Bourdas: I don’t want to talk about it.

What do you wish Sotia would do with her writing time instead of writing?

Sparrow: Keep the little one from pulling my ears. He can be really annoying.
Bourdas: Belly scratching. She can never do enough belly scratching!

What’s the best part about living with an author?

Sparrow: Late evenings by the fireplace. Both Sotia and her male are writing, and we’re just enjoying their company.
Bourdas: Sometimes she’s so focused on her writing, she doesn’t notice her male has fed us, and she feeds us again. She’s starting to catch on to that, though.

What’s the worst part about living with an author?

Sparrow: The long family walks are few and far between.
Bourdas: Sometimes we need to remind her we exist. But the guilt trip that follows is usually to our benefit.

Chicken, bacon or cheese?

Sparrow: All together. All the time. Screw the diet and my achy joints!
Bourdas: Cheese. All kinds. Cheese cheese cheese cheese. (jumps around and starts chasing his tail)

Butt sniffin’, leg humpin’, fluffy toys?

Sparrow: Some butt sniffing, but mostly chewy toys. Fluffy ones spook me. I keep expecting them to fight back.

Bourdas: What am I, an animal? I go for kissing people all over their face. I can stand on my hind legs for a very long time, so nobody manages to escape my super-tongue!

Final thoughts:

Sparrow: Humans aren’t easy to train, but they’re worth the effort. Took me two years to teach them to let me sleep in their bedroom, but now they consider it a given.

Bourdas: To all dogs out there: never go to sleep until all your humans are snug under the covers. If it’s only one of your humans that can’t sleep, follow them around. If it’s more, find the spot in the house that allows you to watch all of them and stay alert. The day’s for sleeping, after all!

Cherry Stem
Sotia Lazu
Paranormal Romance/Erotic Urban Fantasy

Back cover blurb:
Turned at the cusp of a promising career in the adult movie industry, Cherry Stem has to rely on her mesmerizing vampire gaze for her meals and money. With the rent deadline approaching, settling for pocket change isn’t an option, so she reluctantly decides to let tall, dark, and handsome Detective Alex Marsden take her home for the night and fulfill her needs.

Only she gets more than she bargained for.

When Cherry meets Alex, she expects him to be nothing more than another “girl meets boy, girl feeds from boy, girl erases boy’s memories” hook-up. Once missing young women, the vampire council, and her irresistible ex are thrown into the mix though, she realizes nothing is as simple or random as she thought it was.

And Alex is either the biggest gift or the biggest mistake of her un-life.

Author Bio:
Sotia cries at sappy movies and wishes she could take in all the stray dogs in the world. She lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband—whom she met through writing—their son, and their two rescue dogs, one of which might be part-pony.

Her genres of choice are romances with a twist and urban fantasy novels, always with vivid erotic elements. Her characters aren't exactly hero-material at first glance; she likes making them fight for their happiness. Still, the romantic in her can’t resist happy endings.     

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  1. Thank you for having me, my boys, and my book, Jocelyn! :D

    1. Thanks so much for being here! Fun interview. :-)

  2. I like that these interviews include butt sniffing. LOL. Cherry Stem cover is cool. Thanks for the giveaway

    1. LOL! They wanted to keep it real :D Glad you like the cover; made it myself (she said, beaming with pride. Heh)

  3. Cute interview and pic

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