MFT Guest: Interview with Ellen Connor and Giveaway of Nightfall (2 winners & open INT!) ENDED

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Today I have Ellen Connor on for My Favorite Things. Ellen Connor is actually comprised of two people, Carrie Lofty and Ann Aguirre. They have a brand new book out called NIGHTFALL and in this interview you’ll learn a bit more about the book!

Their instincts will save them.Their passion will transform them.Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.
The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.
When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

Hmmm, this sounds like a must read to me!  I live in the Pacific NW, so that’s a bonus!

Thanks for joining us for My Favorite Things Ellen! To stick with the My Favorite Things theme can you tell us three of your favorite things that are included in NIGHTFALL?
Hunky guy would have to be at the top of the list, because not much else about the apocalypse is particularly fabulous. But with the hunky guy comes two other favorite things: survival and hot sex! I guess the hot sex takes it to a little notch above survival, because there’s barely eeking by and then there’s doing it with a studly, angsty, skilled lover by your side!

Who was your favorite character to write in NIGHTFALL?
Mason. I wrote him, while Ann wrote our heroine. But we also split secondary characters who will get their own books (Chris in MIDNIGHT this September, and Tru in DAYBREAK this December). Their contributions to NIGHTFALL were as much a sneak peek for us as writers as it will be for readers–just a taste of the men they would become. But for now, in this story, it was all Mason for me. He’s such a good guy underneath all the pain! He deserved happiness after such a rough life.


Where (or what from) do you draw your inspiration?
I think I can speak for Ann on this as well, that although we’re both inspired by many things–from music to poetry–our inspiration for the “Dark Age Dawning” trilogy came from films. We share a love for Pitch Black, 28 Days Later,”Doctor Who,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and of course the sources of our namesakes: Aliens and The Terminator. All of these movies or television shows have strong heroines and a serious romantic thread. We need both in our vision of an apocalyptic future!

What keeps you going when you’re having a hard time writing?
Deadlines. Whether official or self-imposed, there’s no getting around them when working with a writing partner. And frankly, I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t chomp at the bit to write new words everyday. The stories need to come out!

What are your top 3 places to visit?
That I have visited, or that I’d to visit? For “visited,” I’d suggest the Riviera Maya in Mexico, Le Marche in Italy, and the inside of Windsor Castle. I got to stay overnight there once because the mother of a friend of ours worked for the Queen! As for “want to visit,” I’d love to see Salzburg, the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa, and Las Vegas–a revisit, since I was thirteen the last time I was there!

When your naming your favorite authors or book titles what are the top 5 you mention?
I’ll just stick with authors, then you all can discuss favorite individual titles! I adore Loretta Chase, Laura Kinsale, Penelope Williamson, Candace Proctor (CS Harris), and Megan Chance. They’re all on my classics list. Newer authors include Victoria Dahl, Courtney Milan, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, and Megan Hart.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
MIDNIGHT in September and DAYBREAK in December will round out the “Dark Age Dawning” trilogy. Then we’ll have to see where fate takes Ellen Connor next!

We’d like to give away two copies of NIGHTFALL. Just let us know your favorite version of an apocalyptic future. Movie? Book? Share with us, please!

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Two paperback copies of NIGHTFALL to two lucky people!
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Ends July 5th, 2011
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This is just one giveaway of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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  1. Fav version? Uhm, as much as I love the genre I’m not sure I’d want it in real life too 😉 though now that I think about it, I could well imagine a future as in the series “Dark Angel”.

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. This book is on my wishlist. What a stunning cover :) My favourite version of an apocalyptic future is The Matrix. To be fair, I haven’t encountered many versions but the movie was appealing in a scary sort of way.


  3. I really, really want to read this book! My favorite apocalyptic future so far has been Enclave by Ann Aguirre. That book scared the bejeezus out of me!


  4. I think my favorite version of an apocalyptic future would be the one depicted in I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. It’s definitely worth a read, as it is so much different from the movie with Will Smith.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  5. My favorite version of the apocalyptic future would the Stand by Stephen King. I also liked I am Legend. Please enter me in contest. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good.

  6. To tell the truth, it scares me. A good author or movie makes it seem so real it creeps me right now. The scariest is for me The Day After Tomorrow, because it feels like it could happen anytime, and also Guillermo Del Toro/Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy which is fascinating and terrifying.

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  7. My favorite version of the apocalyptic future would be: Wither by Lauren DeStefano…so long as I didn’t get caught. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  8. My favorite apocalyptic (slash zombie) future would be The Dead-Tossed Waves. I love Carrie Ryan’s series, couldn’t put them down! I couldn’t imagine running from the consecrated/mudo, terrifying!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I have only seen movies or TV and look forward to reading about this issue in fiction, especially since the books tend to have so much more to be said than can be said during a movie. For movies / TV – you gotta love the Stand. Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway opportunity, I would love to read this book.


  10. Ooooh, great question. Let’s see, I love the one set in Feed by Mira Grant. 20 years after the zombie apocalypse, but everyone is still coping. Very interesting.

    I love where you get your inspiration from. Love all those movies/shows especially Doctor Who. He is the ultimate!

    Great interview and giveaway guys, thanks so much :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. hmmm…i guess it would be from the movie i am legend.though i really hope nothing like that really would totally suck!

    thanks for the giveaway!!
    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  12. There are so many of them !

    Guess I would go with The Matrix as far as movies go and I Am Legend for books.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  13. I haven’t read the books yet, so I’ll go with fave post-apocalyptic movie: Drumroll, please!! 28 Days Later!! I love this movie SO much! I can’t wait to read this book, so thanks for the great giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  14. My favorite version is like that one in the movie I Am Legend, only without the zombie thing. I like the idea of a world without people, where nature vanishes all traces of human culture.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m really torn about which is my favorite…I loved the TV show “Jericho” with Skeet Ulrich but also loved the movie “2012” with John Cusack and Amanda Peet….


  16. I don’t really know that many post-apocalyptic books/movies/tv but I guess for a favourite I’d have to go with The Matrix (though only counting the first movie because the other two were slightly crap). The Matrix creates a really interesting world, and atleast some of us could stay blissfully unaware that the world was fake and being controlled by robots. Thanks for the giveaway!


  17. I agree that most post-apocalyptic worlds aren’t something I would wish upon us, but I do third the Dark Angel suggestion – it was a really fascinating world (and I liked the outfits, what…)

  18. The Day After Tomorrow is a scary, but probably the closest to reality, that I’ve seen. I’d hate to have to go through an ice age after spending so much time in Florida.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  19. I’ve not read alot in this genre… movies… Road Warrior/Mad Max, Waterworld, Demolition Man/Judge Dread (Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow and The Stand are some of the more scary ones). I was lucky to just finish Devyn Quinn’s ARC of her new series coming out – Darkness Rising and really enjoyed it.

    pams00 @

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