Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Tales: Cera duBois

Hi! Thanks so much for coming today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me today, Carrie Ann!

I think the one thing that surprises people is that I was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until I was in the fourth grade. In fact, I didn’t even read a book on my own until I was eighth grade. I spent two months laboring through the novelization of the TV miniseries The Blue and The Gray. Right after that though, I read more books set during and about the Civil War and soon began coming up with my own story. I eventually wrote that book in eleventh grade for a journaling assignment for my academic English class. After that, all I wanted to do was become an author, but knew that was a hard dream to make come true. I have a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, but when I couldn’t find a full-time teaching job, I went back to school and became a medical assistant and currently work for the Army as a medical secretary. I’m married and have a teenage son and pre-teen daughter. I live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, actually not far from Gettysburg. If I’m not writing, I’m in the English garden surrounding my house. Despite my earlier difficulty, I love to read and am interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal. I also write contemporary Westerns under my real name, Sara Walter Ellwood.

Tell us a bit about your book.

I’d love to… I like to think of it as The Black Dagger Brotherhood meets CSI (although, I just recently read the BDB. I was amazed by some of the unintentional similarities in themes between my Hunter’s Dagger Series and Ms. Ward’s BDB).
Here’s the blurb:
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

Is this part of a series?

Yes, book 2—A Hunter’s Blade will hopefully be released by The Wild Rose Press this fall or winter. I’m currently working on Book 3, A Hunter’s Wings.

What was your favorite part?

I loved writing about Grace finding the Irish history book with Ian’s mortal picture in (it was painted in 1600), and the hilarity of when she tells her best friend and lieutenant Ben Anders that Ian is a vampire.

Why did you choose to write romance?

I admit I’m a sucker for the happily-ever-after ending, which is so often not obtainable in real life.

Do you ever have any conversations in your head with your characters? If so, can you give us a hint of what you might talk about?

Doesn’t every writer?  LOL… But my characters usually don’t talk to me—as in having a conversation. They play out in snapshots of scenes that usually become the turning points in my stories.

Rate your story in terms of steaminess (Make up your own fun scale here)

Oh, it’s definitely spicy.

What are you reading right now?

His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley and Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

I know this is like asking who is your favorite child, who is your favorite romance author (s)?

I’d have to say Rachel Gibson is one of my favorites. Second would be Linda Lael Miller’s contemporary Westerns. Oh, and I recently became a fan of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. And I love Amanda Ashley’s paranormals.
Opps… that’s more than just one.

What is your favorite romance book or series?

Oh, man, I have no idea how to answer this. I usually fall in love with whatever I’m reading.

Who is your favorite romance character? If you could go on a date with that person, what would you do? Details please! *wink*

Wow, another really hard question. I’d have to say it would probably be Garrett McKettrick from Linda Lael Miller’s McKettricks of Texas series. He’s rich, handsome and funny. And besides being completely confident in the saddle or the boardroom, he’s a pilot and knows a good bottle of wine. Our date would definitely include him flying me somewhere and getting lost on the range.

Boxers or Briefs?

Umm… neither?  LOL  Most of my heroes go commando.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate. Hands down.

Do you have a special piece of clothing you wear when you write?

Not really.

What is next for you?
Well, I have two contemporary Westerns (Gambling on a Secret and Heartstrings) coming out this winter under my real name, Sara Walter Ellwood. I also have book 2 (A Hunter’s Blade) of the Hunter’s Daggers coming out. I’m working on book 3 (A Hunter’s Wing) and editing/revising book 2 (Gambling on a Heart) of my contemporary Western series, The Colton Gamblers, getting it ready for submission. And if that’s not enough, I’m now publishing a paranormal fantasy novella (Fangs and Faerie Wings) that hopefully will be out sometime in August at the latest.

What were your first impressions of each other?

Grace: Since I’m assuming you don’t mean the first time we worked together, I’ll say I despised him when he showed up on my turf again. But damn, those erotic dreams I’d have of him kept driving me crazy.
Ian: All I could think about is how much I wanted to A) drink her blood and B) screw her brains out.  Not necessarily in that order.  

What are your favorite parts about each other?

Grace: I can only pick one? Damn, that’s a hard call. Emm…I’d have to say his eyes. They are so blue they almost hurt to look at them, but you can’t stop staring.
Ian: Oh, that’s easy. Her bravery. Does that count? I love her fearlessness, which also scares the hell out of me.

What’s next for you?

They say together:  Our happily-ever-after, of course!

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Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams…
Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class. Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War.  Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary. A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal. She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.


“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.

His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”

“But you were once.”

He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”

His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”

Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”

She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take...some of it.”

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”

Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.

“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”

His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.



  1. You had me interested when you said BDB meets CSI. Two of my favorite things!


  2. I enjoyed the excerpt.