Friday, December 30, 2011

I HAVE THE WONDERFUL MIKE ARSUAGA IN THE HOUSE TODAY!!!


Yeah, that's right, I have my darlin' hubby in the crib today. The third book in his Subspecies World Series is officially released from MuseItHotPublishing today! He'll share an excerpt and cover art later. But, first I've got him in the hot seat to answer a few questions. And I promise to be gentle. NOT!



CYNTHIA:  Okay, Mike, I'll keep everything simple at first. If the world were to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list?

MIKE:  Travel to Mars, meet Queen Elizabeth, and be with my loved ones at the end.

CYNTHIA:  Ahhh, I love you too. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

MIKE:  A cross between Douglas McArthur and Captain Video.

CYNTHIA:  A military player. Hmm, I can see that even today. Now, something writing related. Are there any authors who have influenced your work?

MIKE:  Yes. HG Wells, George Orwell, and Harold Robbins

CYNTHIA: Yep, they're some of my favorites too. Guess that's why we get along. Same interests and all. Okay, I digressed there. If one of your books became a movie, which celebrities would you like to star as your main characters?

MIKE:  In the Subspecies series Jim and Sam would have to be Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five O) and Amy Adams (Enchanted).

CYNTHIA:  I can definitely see that and agree.  If you came with a warning label, what would it say? Oh, I know this one. LOL

MIKE:  Subject to rapid evaporation in hostile environment.

CYNTHIA:  Um, where did that come from? Really? Fooled me.  Here's another one.  If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

MIKE:  H.G. Wells I’d ask him for the back story behind classics like The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.

CYNTHIA:  I could go with entertaining him too. Did I digress again? Sorry. Back to your writing.  What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters?

MIKE:  Storyline is always first. Characters derive from that.

CYNTHIA:  Me too.  What main genre do you write in? And oh I definitely know the answer to this one, but go ahead, tell everyone.

MIKE:  Erotic paranormal romances so far. I’m looking hard at steampunk and science fiction.

CYNTHIA:  See I told you I knew the answer. I can't wait to read the steampunk story. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

MIKE:  Not really. All the changes and associated angst come during editing. Having said that, there are changes I’d make to my first book Subspecies.

CYNTHIA:  I wouldn't change anything about them. What inspired your latest release?

MIKE:  Children of Subspecies is the third installment of the series. This one grew out of the first two as a natural extension.

CYNTHIA:  Getting close, hang in there.  What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us?

MIKE:  With the five book Subspecies series “completed” I’m working on an anthology of short stories and novellas to fill in the character’s back stories.

CYNTHIA:  I think that is great. I hope you'll sell it and readers will be able to get a little more detail on the series.  Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?

MIKE:  I’m a beginning writer myself. The only advice I feel safe giving is to follow submission instructions TO THE LETTER.

CYNTHIA:  Always great advice and I agree wholeheartedly. Well, this is the last question, Mike. What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

MIKE:  The Tenth Legion and Lagrange Point the last two installments release in February and May of 2012. Before the Dynasty-like saga ends, The Subspecies (lycans and vampires) explore space, colonize Mars, travel in time and learn their part in Creation’s plan.

CYNTHIA: The last two are my personal favorites. Can't wait to see how the edits go on those. I think they are some of your best writing, not that the others aren't, but I like the story-line on them.
Okay, you're not off the hook yet. I have some quick answer choices next. You ready? Let's go.

Leather or lace?
Leather

Long or short hair?
You ask a career military guy this? Short of course for men midback long for women.

Fruity drink or strong liquor?
Strong liquor although I’m actually a chardonnay guy.

Jeans or skirt?
Skirts don’t flatter my butt, so it has to be jeans.
(Good answer, although you do have nice legs.)

Coffee or tea?
Coffee

Glamorous girl or girl next door?
Neither. The girl I’m living with, if you please.

Picky eater or adventurous?
Adventurous

Glamorous makeup or au naturale?
A blend in between.

Sexy bed-head or sophisticated coif?
Sexy bed-head

Yes or no: Does size matter?
Depends what you’re talking about, but if I correctly interpreted the thrust of the question, size doesn’t matter if you know how to use what you have correctly.

That's it, Mike. You did good and I didn't make it too rough, I hope. I want to thank you for stopping by and being such a good sport and supporting your "bestest" girl by honoring me by guesting on my blog. 

Now for the part everyone would like to see, an excerpt from Children of Subspecies. Take it away, the crib is yours.
Thanks Cynthia. I did enjoy my time here. Here's a short blurb of my latest, followed by an excerpt.

Children of Subspecies Book 3 in The Subspecies Series