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Monday, September 13, 2010

When I’m not writing… with Ann Aguirre & Giveaway



To celebrate the release for the fourth book in the Jax Series, Killbox, Ann Aguirre stopped by to share with us a bit of her private life =) National bestselling author, she has many great series under her belt and I’m very honored to have her on the blog today!



Honestly, this isn't often. With a schedule like mine and deadlines to meet, I seem always to be drafting a book, revising or editing one. However, I do my best to safeguard weekends off, so I can enjoy some leisure time, and that's what I'll focus on for the purposes of this post, those two glorious days a week when I'm not working fourteen hours or obsessing over my career. Yes, I do that. A lot. In myriad, neurotic ways.

So. Weekends. I don't have a universal routine. Sometimes I get up and make pancakes. Sometimes we go out for brunch, but not too often, as I have the family on a healthy eating kick, and I can best manage what goes into our food if I make it myself.

Occasionally we have guests... this past Saturday, a cousin who lives in Paris spent the day with us, and that was delightful. We talked all day and then cooked supper together in the evening. Sylvia is great company. I also signed books for her, which is not something I ordinarily get to do in Mexico but she is accomplished and speaks four languages. I was sad to see her leave, and our conversation was funny because we were all slipping between English and Spanish, and she would sometimes lapse into French as well. It was a lovely day.

Most often, I fall into a video game, usually one I've played before, so I don't have to do any hardcore thinking. I shoot zombies or slay dragons, and I'm familiar with the story / characters, so it's like hanging out with a familiar friend. My brain dearly needs this fallow time where I am not using it for much of anything or I could never keep up with my work schedule.

theatre Sundays tend to be movie days (if there's anything we want to see out), so we'll all head over to Gallerias Atizapan . We use the VIP salons shown on the left, and that's pretty awesome. You pay a bit more for the ticket but you watch the film in a leather recliner, and there are waiters who come to serve your drinks and snacks. I'm a bit spoiled to that at this point.

Sometimes there are parties to attend on the weekends, and sometimes the kids have social functions that we have to take them to. In truth, Andres and I are happy to stay home and be reclusive. In my ideal weekend, I would have endless time to read and play video games. Movies, music, games, and books comprise my chief interests, I must confess. I'm a geek at heart, and always will be.


Thank you very much Ann for taking the time to share with us =) It’s greatly appreciated! Mervi, one of my readers, will be particularly pleased as she is a big fan of yours =)

Here’s a bit more about Ann’s Books!

Corinne Solomon Series

Cover Coming SoonHell Fire

Upcoming YA Book: Razorland


Jax series

Grimspace Wanderlust cover

Cover Coming Soon


Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.

And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.

Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers—out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace…

If you want to find more about Ann, and her other books under different pen name, Please visit her website!

Ann generously offered a copy of Killbox for 1 lucky reader!

Giveaways is open to EVERYONE! (thank you Ann!)

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Ends September 27th, 2010.


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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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43 People left their mark' :

  1. I'm in Anne's web and she has a wonderful imagination! Why nobody translate her books to Spanish? I hope I have luck in this giveaway.
    Thank you!

  2. I liked this new feature :)
    I am looking forward to more.

    And yay Aguirre, I am reading book 2 at the moment

  3. I have just discover Ann Agguire through Blue Diablo - and randomly Hell Fire arrived in the post today! I didn't realise there was a SF series to enjoy as well...time to investiage on Amazon I think... :-)

  4. Awesome guest post! Books added to my wish list!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    All best,


  5. i have been following this blog for some time now, good job by the way

  6. I'm looking foward to Killbox. I've read the other books in this series and enjoyed them.

  7. I have just bought Grimspace and I'm going to read it very soon. And I can't wait to get my hands on Razorland. I LOVE the cover art! Thank you for the interesting post and for making the contest international! :D

    Giada M.

  8. Ann is a new author for me! I really enjoyed learning about her!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  9. awesome guest post I havent read any in this particular series but now that i know youhave another one im going to have to get it great post!

  10. I love Blue Diablo. I am going to start with the Jax series.

  11. Great giveaway and awesome interview! I read Blue Diablo earlier this year and it was amazing! Haven't gotten around to buying Hell Fire yet, but will do so soon!

  12. This is a great new feature, that I am going to look forward to. I love Ann's books and can't wait to read Killbox.

  13. I enjoy this feature because I love getting a look into the life of a writer. I really liked that Ann tries to take the weekends off. I couldn't possibly imagine how crazy it could get writing and revising day in and day out without a break.

    I'm really looking forward to Razorland!

  14. ohh those relaxing weekends sound lovely.
    I tend to watch the races (horse races) on a saturday with the laptop on my knee lol. then sunday is spent baking and house cleaning sigh.
    Do love your books though.

    A quick question. Do you have some sort of ereader? if so what influenced your choice of reader?

  15. You've written awesome books, I'm especially looking forward to Razorland!:D

  16. I've really enjoyed the Corinne Solomon and Sirantha Jax series and I'm looking forward to picking up anything else Ann writes. I'm especially looking forward to Killbox because I love Sirantha Jax, and the series so far as been just awesome.


  17. Considering how many books you are writing/have written I am amazed you have time to anything but sleep when you aren't writing!

    Thanks for sharing, Ann!

    (btw, love the feature!)

  18. Killbox is the only one of the Sirantha Jax books I do not have as not released yet, it is on my wishing to buy list as soon as available... Of course so is the 3rd Corrine Solomon book and the next Skin Book and Razorland will be the hardest to wait for!!!

    jackie ^_^

  19. I have been hearing a lot about these books, I will definitely have to read them. The blurb on Killbox is very interesting.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  20. Great interview - I've seen Ann mention before what crazy hours she works so it's good to see that she trys to make the most of her weekends off. I really like Ann's Corinne Solomon series & have been wanting to read the Jax series for ages now :o)

  21. Thank you so much for the guestpost and the contest! Its always fascinating knowing more about authors.

  22. I totally get staying how and relaxing. We love nothing more than a good movie or video game. The pause button reigns supreme.

  23. I have heard such great things abou this series and especially about Killbox. I can't wait to read it!

  24. I love the BlueDiablo series and just bought the first books in the Sirantha Jax series.

    BTW - I'm sooo jealous of your VIP movie theatre, that sounds wonderful!!!

  25. Great post! Really like this feature and hope to see it often :)!

    I really love Ann's work and have been looking forward to Killbox. Ty for the chance Ann and Tynga to win it :)!

  26. Hi Ann! I just got my copy of Doubleblind and can't wait to start reading it! Sirantha Jax series is awesome! I can't wait to check out your other books!

  27. I really like the new slant on the book covers as opposed to books 1 & 2.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  28. Gosh this sounds awesome!!
    Someone explain to me why only a handful of these books ever gets translated into Greek?

    I buy them all in English but it would have been awesome if this genre became HUGE in my country as well! Everyone should know the awesomeness!!! XDD

    Thanks for this! I appreciate it. :)

  29. I'm so jealous. Ann's able to write such brilliant books and an awesome character to boot. I love Sirantha! And I truly enjoyed the series so far, I can't wait to find out what happens. I could've thought up every possible scenario and still be left stunned, especially if it's something I never thought of. Too many theories to count, really :P
    Loved the interview! Hoping for more!

    Thank you for the chance :)


  30. I've just finished Hell Fire and I really liked it! I love the Sirantha Jax series, Doubleblind had me in tears!

  31. Sounds like a good book to read.

  32. I have a Kindle. I decided on it because I like the Whispernet, and they are very friendly to international buyers. Now I don't have to wait for the books I want. Plus, I love the experimental features, which allow me to check email for free.

  33. This is a great post. I love the idea of having authors let us know what they are up to when they aren't writing.

    The Jax series is new to me, but looks very interesting. Gonna have to give it a try.

  34. I have the Corinne Solomon Series on my TBR pile but everyone is new to me. I'm definitely adding the rest to my Wish List!

  35. Hi Ann,

    I am a huge fan of this series, and currently reading book 3.

    Your weekend routine sounds lovely, sounds like you've found a wonderful balance between family and work.

  36. Great post, thank you very much! :D

    I've just read Killbox. It was wonderful, as expected.

  37. Oh wow, what a coincidence! I just started reading the first book from the jax series. Apparently, my aunt decided to send me the first three books in the jax series... lol.

  38. Just started reading the Jax series..good stuff..you've just moved up to my 3rd favorite author..

  39. I love the idea of VIP cinema: comfy chairs and waiter service. Ohh fun!


  40. I haven't had the pleasure of reading this series yet. I do have the first one in my tbr pile. But I love your corrine soloman books. They are fantastic.

  41. Ann is still a new for me author. i've been trying so very hard to win of her books. thanks for making this international :)

  42. Great guest post!
    I've seen your books everywhere lately. I have to pick them up, they sounds great!