Saturday, December 17, 2011

Twelve Books for Christmas: Book Six

Twelve Books for Christmas


Please welcome Annetta Ribken, author of Athen's Promise.
Annetta has been writing since words were carved on stone tablets with chisels. Not only does she write her own words, Annetta is also an accomplished editor. She lives just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena. 

After reading the awesome interview,  read on about Athen's Promise and how you can win a copy! 

Konstanz: Describe your ideal date with Steve Rogers (a.k.a Captain America).

Annetta: I'm not sure Captain America is really my type. Like many women, I have this attraction for the bad boy. I'm much more likely to run off with Wolverine. Actually, I haven't dated in so long I'm not sure what an ideal date is, exactly. Given my hermit ways, the ideal date for me would be cuddled up on the couch in front of a fire and planning world domination. Heh.

Konstanz: SciFi or Fantasy?

Annetta: I enjoy reading both, but I write fantasy. I don't have a scientific, linear mind. Some of my favorite authors are Robert Heinlein, Jack Chalker, and Arthur C. Clarke, but if a book starts becoming too technical as far as the science fiction, my eyes will glaze over. The thing about the three authors I mentioned is they are amazing storytellers. I might not understand the science involved, but their stories are so compelling it doesn't matter.
In fantasy, anything is possible although there are parameters. Even in fantasy, when you suspend disbelief you have to do it in a logical way. The two genres have a lot in common.

Konstanz: Do you write fanfiction?

Annetta: I did write a story set in Joshua Guess' universe of Living With the Dead, but that's as close as I've gotten. Writing with someone else's characters would be to me like wearing their underwear. However, visiting a universe with different characters is a lot of fun and I may do it again.

Konstanz: If you couldn't be a writer, what's your ideal career?

Annetta: Honestly, this is it for me. I can't see me doing anything else. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point, and I love it. I've worked in a wide variety of fields – medical, big business, food service, hospitality (and one memorable summer as a dancing hamburger)—but being a writer is all I have ever wanted to be.

Konstanz: What's your greatest inspiration as a writer?

Annetta: Books have been the foundation of my entire life. I learned to read when I was three years old and in the hospital; once I started, I never stopped. Since becoming a full-time writer, my friends and my kids are the inspiration that keeps me going. But the bedrock is composed of every book I've ever read which had a profound impact on me. I want to have that effect on other people.

Konstanz: If you had to write a Christmas book, what would it be about?

Annetta: Since I am not a fan of the Christmas season in its present incarnation, I would probably write a book involving this time of year as it was originally celebrated, without all the barbaric behavior over a $2.84 waffle iron. Then I'd have to throw in some fantastical element with an incident involving the ripping of entrails and redemption of the hero. Because that's how I roll.

The Book:

As the front desk manager of a hotel on the edge of Zombietown, Pallas is used to dealing with angry centaurs, surly trolls, and zombie housekeepers. The trouble really starts when one of her guests ends up dead. But that's not her only problem.

A cop with an attitude – can he be trusted to be more than just a pain in her ass or does he have a more sinister agenda? 

A new Guest Services Manager, out for her job and ready to sacrifice anyone in his way – what does he really want?

The attractive maintenance guy, endangering the promise she made out of necessity to the Goddess Athena – does he know more than he's telling?

A mermaid diva, whose show at the Sparkling Butterfly must go on – or else. 

Pallas needs to find the killer, and fast, or she'll lose her job, her home, and the ragtag family she's adopted out of her crew of "critters". 

In the course of the investigation Pallas uncovers connections to a nasty Oddities dealer deep in the heart of Zombietown, forcing her to expose a trauma from her past which could threaten her future. With everyone and everything she loves in danger, the promise made to the Goddess Athena may well damn her if she breaks it, but she is bound and determined to save her friends, her home, and everything she's built.

No matter what it takes.

I am so glad I got a copy. . . can't wait to read it!  So I know you really want your own copy and here is how you can win one! 

How to win: 
1. Be a follower of this blog
2. Follow Annetta's blog
3.  Leave a comment on this blog telling me if you had to write a Christmas story, what would it be about?
(Don't forget to leave your e-mail in the comments so I can contact you if you win)

It's as easy as that! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for a chance to win another book and read another awesome interview!

And here is where you can find Annetta:

And now hop along to the participating blogs


  1. Hey Konstanz! Wanted to say welcome to the A to Z Challenge team.

  2. Following you on Google Friends Connect as Celebrate Woman

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  3. Like Annetta's blog on Facebook as Laura Gonchar (there was no GFC widget on her blog)

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  4. If I were to write a Christmas story it would be about our lives through the eyes of a cat! I love cats.

    discovery4 at mac dot com

  5. A large family, torn apart for years by infighting, comes together at Christmas due to a series of unrelated chance(?)events.

    Happy Holidays & thanks for the giveaway!
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  6. My Christmas story would probably be about vampires.
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    Annetta's blog via Google reader
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  7. Thanks everyone, for the support. And thank you to Konstanz for hosting me! I really appreciate it. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the New Year.

    Thanks again!