Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Telepathic Clans Saga by BR Kingsolver

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have BR Kingsolver here with a character interview of Rebecca from The Telepathic Clans Saga. Welcome, and happy reading!


Rebecca Healy is with us today.

Buffy: What is the name of the book where we'll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?

Rebecca: (Smiling, with a flip of her hair) I’m in all of BR Kingsolver’s books, The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, and Succubus Rising. I’m very popular. I’m the sidekick to Brenna O’Donnell, the richest, most beautiful telepath/succubus in the world. I’m her bodyguard and best friend.

The Succubus Gift is about a young woman’s (Brenna) coming of age and discovering her telepathic powers. She’s looking for love but also trying to deal with people who want to kill her. Succubus Unleashed is a continuation of the story. As Brenna becomes comfortable with being a succubus and integrates into the Clan, her adventures and loves make up the story. In the third book, Succubus Rising, she fully embraces being a succubus and moves to Washington to play with the politicians. Things take a turn, however, when the O’Donnell Clan is asked to support a South American Clan against our main enemy Clans in Europe. The result is a war among telepaths.

There’s a silver lining, though. I meet a really dreamy South American general.

Buffy: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

Rebecca: Well, as I said, I’m Brenna’s bodyguard, friend and confidant. I’m 24 in the first book, turn 25 in the second, and 26 in the third. I’m a powerful telepath in my own right, with 15 telepathic Gifts. I’m tall and slender with brown hair and amber eyes. I have a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in library science. I’m also trained as a Protector. That’s the O’Donnell Clan’s military/security force. I’m the one who keeps Brenna’s head on straight and keeps her from getting too full of herself. She has a tendency to pay too much attention to people who tell her she’s wonderful.

Buffy: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won't tell.

Rebecca: You’re trying to get me in trouble, aren’t you? Let me just say that BR has an incredibly detailed imagination. A little dull in real life, though. Not the sort of person to be the life of the party. But if I ever retire and open a bookstore, that’s who I’d want for a business partner.

Buffy: How do you feel about the story you're in?

Rebecca: I think it’s a pretty good story. It’s not a standard run-of-the-mill paranormal fantasy. It has a lot of unique ideas and BR lets the characters develop. I think the series originally was meant to be rather light-hearted, but it’s taken on a darker side. I think it has most of what you’d want in a story – humor, romance, danger, and the good guys win. It’s not Anna Karenina, but it’s better than being in something where all the women are doormats.

Buffy: Do you like being a character in the book?

Rebecca: After being imprisoned in BR’s mind for months, it’s great to get out and meet the world. (Smiles) I do get to do a lot of exciting things, and I get to have a lot of sex, which is kind of nice. I wish people would stop trying to kill me and Brenna, though. What happened to romances where the heroine’s greatest fear was having a hair out of place?

Buffy: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.

Rebecca: As I said earlier, I’m going to be in a number of books. I’ve always hoped to find someone to love me. Other than Brenna, I mean. I love her to death, but I don’t really swing that way. Tall, dark and handsome in my bed every night would be nice. It’s a bit difficult when every man in the world is looking at your best friend, but maybe I can pick one of her rejects.

One of these days, I’d like to be the star in a book. Isn’t that every character’s dream? Right now, BR seems fixated on succubi, and I’m not a succubus. But if I keep getting mentioned in reviews, maybe I’ll get a shot.

Buffy: What do you know about your author's plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?

Rebecca: I have a much larger role in the third book in the Telepathic Clans Saga, and a minor role in a paranormal mystery/thriller yet to be named. BR says the 4th book about Brenna will come out in 2013, but I haven’t seen the outline for that one. I assume it will tie up all the loose ends from the first three books, and since it’s about Brenna, I’ll be there. We can’t let the girl out by herself. Who knows what she’d do?

Buffy: Let's say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?

Rebecca: Wow, that’s a hard one. I’m not the busty Hollywood type with perfect hair. It would have to be someone athletic. Someone like Jennifer Garner, but she’s way too old, now. There’s a young British actress who’s done mostly stage work named Annie Hemingway. She’s not very well known, but I saw her in a play in New York and she was wonderful.


About the Author
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.

Find the author:

The Succubus Gift - Book 1

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

Succubus Unleashed - Book 2

It's not easy being a succubus.

After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. Rival Clans still hunt succubi, and discovering their dark motives is paramount.

The social season is also around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.

Succubus Rising - Book 3

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

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