Spotlight & Giveaway: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

Posted September 15th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 61 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome back New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter to HJ!

Hi Gena, welcome back to HJ!

Gena, If you gave your characters an opportunity to speak, what would they say about you?

Gena SGS: They would say: “She sucks.”
Sometimes I put my characters through the wringer, and I’m not sorry. As a result, they aren’t my biggest fans.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013?

Black and Blue (an October 22nd release), but there’s also Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, a Sept 24, 2013 release). Here’s a little about it—

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they’ve got mine…

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.

She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole’s secret and learn to fight the darkness.

But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they’re all doomed.

About Black and Blue


Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent . . . and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue.


Evangeline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breached her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he’d rather die than live without her. . . .

Please introduce your character Corbin Blue & Evangeline Black from your novel Black and Blue to HJ readers


Corbin Blue: “Blue” to his friends. He is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is really a black ops agent…and there is no better killer.

Evangeline Black: “Evie” to her friends. She is smart, beautiful, and rich, with a rapier wit and volatile temper. One of the best and brightest surgeons in New Chicago, she is the daughter Blue’s boss and completely off limits. And she would rather bathe in acid than sleep with Blue…at least for a little while.

How would you describe these characters in one sentence?

GS: I’ll do this Singles Ad style.

Blue: Freakishly gorgeous contract killer w/warped sense of humor seeks challenge in bed and out—smart mouth required.

Evie: Beautiful former agent turned surgeon w/smart mouth & hidden vulnerabilities seeks more office hours—because relationships suck!

What do you like best about your characters?

GS: There’s so much I love about these two! Blue is powerful, sexy, and full of snark. He will give his lovers physical satisfaction but hold a part of himself back. Emotions and entanglements are off limits…until Evie. The man is obsessed with her, and he’ll do anything to have her.

And Evie, well, I have a special fondness for her. She is brutally honest. “Do I look fat in these jeans?” I ask her. “As a rhino,” she replies. But my darling Evie won’t leave me hanging like that. She’ll find me a new pair of pants. Another thing I adore about her—she creates poisons, and she knows how to use them. When people dare to rile her wicked temper, they usually end up with raging diarrhea.

What do your characters do for a living?

Blue: He makes his money two ways. As a black ops agent, he kills bad guys. And, okay, sometimes good. When a hit goes out, he does his job and does it well. As a cover, he is the quarterback for the #1 National Otherworlder Football League, the Invaders.

Evie: She is a surgeon for St. Anthony hospital in New Chicago. But she was born into money. Her father is mega rich, and owns half the world. Sometimes, she nightlights as a black ops agent.

Are your characters ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

Blue: Logic. Except when it comes to Evie. With her, he’s total emotion. He craves her more than air to breathe.

Evie: Emotion. Except when it comes to Blue. With him, she tries to shut down and check out. (She fails.)

Was it love at first sight for your characters? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

It was lust at first sight, followed by hate at first conversation. But after Blue is ambushed in an explosion, he is injured and has nowhere to turn, no one he trusts…except Evie, his boss’s daughter. They are forced together, and the lust comes back with a vengeance. It won’t be denied.

What are your character most proud of about in his / her life?

Blue: At the start of the book, I would say Blue is most proud of…the life he’s made for himself. He came from the streets. What little he loved, he lost. Now, he’s built an empire.

Evie: At the start of the book, I would say Evie is most proud of…saving lives at the hospital. She honestly cares for her patients and wants them to have what she has been denied: a happily ever after.

How do your characters feel about life right now? What, if anything, would he/she like to change?

They are unsatisfied and searching for something they can never seem to find…because they don’t know what it is they are missing.

How did your characters spend the week just before the story starts?

Blue: Banging his fiancée.

Evie: Working way too many hours at the hospital. She’s married to her job, and through it, trying to right a terrible wrong in her past, and forget. Just forget.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

GS: Sometimes (cough most times cough) I’m on deadline, and it’s just not possible for me to answer the bulk of my email. So, the best way to reach me is through my amazing and beautiful assistant Marie at my main website. ( ) She keeps track of everything and follows up with me, even when I’ve stopped showering, stopped sleeping, and my family has started pushing food under my office door and running for their lives.


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About Gena:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult novels from a multitude of publishers. She has appeared in Cosmo and Seventeen magazines, on MTV, and has also been featured on many regional and national news programs.

61 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter”

  1. Sandy Xiong

    Well for my H/H, they had better have brains! I don’t like dumb H/H. I want them to at least be able to handle situation and not get scared easily.

  2. Barbara Elness

    I love a sense of humor, especially snarky humor where two characters can play off each other. Intelligence and dedication/loyalty to those they love is good too.

  3. MichelleW (MsRomanticReads)

    I was so happy to see Black & Blue on your blog today! I loved the first book in the series which ties in nicely with your question. I like strong characters, but coupled with that, I also like to see their vulnerable sides as well. It makes them seem more relatable. I also like fictional characters who are able to communicate with each other. I’m not a fan of characters who create more obstacles for themselves by simply not talking. And a good sense of humor never hurt anyone 🙂 So, fortitude, communicative and humor. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Jenn McElroy

    I like strong heroines and a sense of humor on both sides. I have a hard time connecting with wishy-washy women :-(. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  5. Jesica F

    Intelligence is at the top because it goes for both males and females. I’ve read so many books where the author has had the main character be dumb as bricks so everything gets spelled out for the reader and it’s so irritating

  6. elizabeth gray

    For the hero, he has to be strong, protective (but not overprotective), and ready to give his life for the woman he loves. For the herione, she has to be strong, can survive on her own, but knows when to ask for help from the hero.

  7. Kimberly Mayberry

    Strong mind, body, soul, ethics and moral standards. Fiercely loyal, loving, and compassionate when the situation calls for it, and characters that will fight for what the want, need, and love.

  8. blondieblack

    Oh… and BTW, I love Gena’s Lords of the Underworld series! AND I loved Alice in Zombieland… I’m sure I’m going to get hooked on this series too…

  9. Heather W

    Loyal to friends and family because loyalty is a quality that creates great scenes when that loyalty is tested

  10. Anita H.

    Smart, loyal, honest with a great sense of humor would be great character traits. I would definitely root for characters with these traits!

  11. Stephanie F.

    I like them to be intelligent, loyal, have a sense of humor and I don’t mind a little snark and wit. A well balance of realness is necessary.


    Strong alpha males, loyal, strong, do-gooder with a little bit of bad. Females, loyal, feisty, good hearted. Makes for such a fun mix …. thank you for sharing. 🙂

  13. Kim Perry

    I like a sense of humor. Loyal, strong, feisty, a willingness to go after what you want, and the ability to trust are some of the traits I look for in characters. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Ada

    I love characters who are trustworthy, intelligent, protective of their loved ones because those are the types of people I’d want to be friends with.

  15. Kai W.

    My heroes would be loyal, smart, brave, with a sense of humor, and quite protection about the people they care about.

  16. Amy Hart

    What personality traits are your favorite for fictional characters? Why? Depends on the book for the girl, but for the guys I love alpha types. Strong, rugged, funny, confident, cocky.

  17. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    I like the strong man who isn’t afraid to be in tune with his femine side, who is also a loyal, man
    with a good personality & a great sense of humor

  18. Tawnya Bentley

    I like the heroine to be a strong character, not weak and taking everything dished out to her. And as much as I complain about them, I do like Alpha males, just as long as they don’t feel women aren’t their property.

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