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Interview and Giveaway: A Chat with Elena Deveraux, heroine of Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

After reading Angels’ Blood and falling in love with the book and with Elena, its fabulous heroine (Ana wants to have her babies), we did everything in our power (there may have been some begging involved, we are not admitting to anything yet) to track her down and get an interview. And she said yes! We were incredulous! Awestruck! Grateful! And freaking out slightly because we never thought we were actually going to get the interview so what do ask? We had to sign a contract with the Guild that we would not divulge any secret information (read:spoilers) so we wanted to ask questions that would give you an insight into this heroine’s psyche as much as we could without going too far into the plot…and we think we did it! So please give the floor to Elena Deveraux, protagonist of Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh:


The Book Smugglers: Hi Elena, thank you very much for taking the time to chat with us. We know that you are very busy right now with your recent contract with the Archangel of New York- how is the job going by the way, any progress so far? Any scoop that you can give us?

Elena: Well, I’m not dead…yet. I’m hoping to keep it that way, but it might be a little bit tough given that I’m hunting someone who can tear me into tiny little pieces with one hand. Oh, and then there’s Raphael – you’ve seen what he is, what he can do – tell me, would you want to be standing face to face with him on the Tower roof with the earth hundreds of feet below?

The Book Smugglers: You are a Hunter for the Guild and a Hunter-Born – basically you hunt vampires for the Angels. But what does exactly being a Hunter-Born mean?

Elena: It literally means I was born what I am – I have the ability to track vampires by scent. All hunters get the same basic training through Guild Academy, but my inborn ability gives me an edge over my fellow hunters who have to rely on their tracking skills alone.

The Book Smugglers: We heard that by being a Hunter-Born you are particularly… ahem… susceptible to a vampire’s seductive smell. Did you ever feel inclined to give in to temptation?

Elena: I’m human, vampires are pretty. But that’s as far as it goes. They’re almost-immortals after all. They might play with a human, but once they tire of us, they’ll walk away without a backward look. I’m not going to be a toy for anyone, mortal or immortal.

The Book Smugglers: You are considered to be the very best at what you do – do you look at it as a profession? Or is it more like a calling?

Elena: A calling because it speaks to something inside me. But it’s also a profession – I take my work seriously, and I deliver what I promise. Angels talk to each other – a hunter who gets the job done is more likely to get work.

The Book Smugglers: Let’s talk training: you seem to be at the top of your form. Do you have to exercise a lot? Would you say your fighting skills and strength are your trumps or do you prefer to rely on your weapons?

Elena: I keep myself in good physical shape – vampires can move, and move fast. If I can’t move faster, I’ll be dead. My weapons are an extension of my body. Thinking of them that way helps me move fluidly in combat.

The Book Smugglers: Do you have a weapon of choice?

Elena: I like knives. My friend, Sara, says I should go with a crossbow, but I’m not sold. That’s not to say I won’t use any weapon if it’s useful, but my first love will always be the blade.

The Book Smugglers: You have recently appeared in a world inhabited with kick-ass heroines such as Anita Blake, Wonder-Woman and Rachel Morgan: Do you see yourself as a heroine? Do you have any role models?

Elena: Me? A heroine? I think you must be thinking of someone else. I’m just trying to stay alive and not get caught in a turf war between archangels. Did I tell you about Michaela, the archangel who’s put out a hit out on me for fun? Yeah, exactly. Wonder Woman is welcome to come take over.

The Book Smugglers: You recently met the Archangel of New York – first impressions you care to share? (Are his eyes really that blue?)

Elena: He is…an archangel.Power, cruelty, beauty, it’s all in him. And his eyes–that color exists nowhere else on this earth.

The Book Smugglers: Now, on to more private questions:
Are you in a relationship at the moment?

Elena: No. Hunting doesn’t leave much time for relationships.

The Book Smugglers: We heard it through the grapevine that you like to indulge when it comes to…toiletries and bath articles. Any beauty tips for our readers?

Elena: Always moisturize. Your skin will heal so much faster if a vampire decides to try to rip your face off.

The Book Smugglers: We expect you don’t have much time to read, but we ask that to all of our interviewees: do you have a favourite book or a favourite author?

Elena: Lately, it’s all I can do to read the Guild newsletter. They have some good articles in there – last week, there was one about a group that thinks it can cure vampirism through group therapy. It was in the Humor section.

The Book Smugglers: How would you describe your relationship with Nalini Singh?

Elena: We’re tight. But my best bud is Sara. Being Guild Director hasn’t changed her at all–she’s still a toughass, and she’s still the first person I’d turn to if I needed help.

The Book Smugglers: Now for the last question: can you hook us up with Raphael? We would so love to interview him next!

Elena: That sound you hear is hysterical laughter. Trust me on this–you do not want to be anywhere near the Archangel of New York if you can avoid it. He’s letting me live because he needs me. After he doesn’t any more…

The Book Smugglers: Well, we hope everything goes well for you! Good luck and fingers crossed you will make it alive! Thank you for agreeing to the interview!

Ana: And good luck with Raphael too. You are very beautiful, I really like you hair, is it natural, hey how many weapons do you carry exac..ouch WHAT THEA?

Thea: Ana, SHUT UP. *whispers* You are embrarrasing us, she is leaving already.
Bye Elena, thank you so much for taking the time and chatting with us. It was great. Say hello to Nalini Singh from us

Elena: Bye!


We have one copy of Angels’ Blood to giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post – easy peasy. The contest is open to ALL and will run until Saturday March 7th at Noon PST. Good luck!


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  • I heart book gossip
    March 3, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Hello Elena, Welcome!! My question is, if you were not a hunter what would like to be?

    Please count me in for the contest. 😀

  • katiebabs
    March 3, 2009 at 5:45 am

    You forgot to ask which is better, taking showers or baths.

  • Karen Mahoney
    March 3, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Such a great interview. One of your best… 😉

    *jumps up and down* I want the book! Me, me!!

    *makes complicated gang sign*


  • Teresa W.
    March 3, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this and enjoyed the interview!

  • Ana
    March 3, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Counting you in, I Heart Book Gossip and Karen.

    Katie, OMG how could I forget? I guess I was so excited about meeting Elena details escaped me.

    This was hands down one of the coolest interviews we have ever done. We were taken in private jets to a secret location – I have no idea where we were though. I have my suspicions. But I am not at liberty to say. *ninja*

  • katiebabs
    March 3, 2009 at 6:23 am

    How was Elena recovering?

  • Ana
    March 3, 2009 at 6:25 am

    KatieBabs, 😮 ssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh I can not answer that question. It qualifies as a spoiler. *ninja*

  • Kel
    March 3, 2009 at 7:38 am

    LOL. Great interview! I love kick-ass heroines who have a brain. (The second part is very important.) Enter me for the contest, please!!!

  • Sarai
    March 3, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Wow that was awesome I love getting to know the heroines/heroes better through interviews what a great idea!!! And of course what a great interview. Interest is peaked! 😀

  • Elaine C.
    March 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

    THANK YOU Ana & Thea! I *heart* Elena! Awesome interview – it was so nice of Nalini to get Elena to come out and play a little. She needed a break from all the stuff going down in the big Apple. I’m glad to see her funny side is still intact… Wonder Woman can take over indeed *snort* . . . not if Raphael has anything to say about it Elena my dear. You are his go-to girl. Period.

  • KMont
    March 3, 2009 at 8:26 am

    This was an absolute stitch and a great insight into Elena’s character. Great work, everyone!

    Please no contest entry for me. It was lovely just to get to read the interview. 🙂

  • Pam P
    March 3, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Cool to learn a little about Elena, thanks for convincing her to make time for us Nalini.

  • Zee
    March 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I’m so looking forward to this book – please enter me in the contest. I need a Nalini Singh fix before the next Psy-Changeling book in July. Thanks for the interview and the review yesterday!

  • Donna S
    March 3, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What a great interview. I really want to read your book now. Please enter me for the contest.

  • Natasha A.
    March 3, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I need to get to my bookstore and buy this NOW! I can’t wait for this!!
    Hmm..can I manage this without hubby seeing 😀 LOL

  • Peta
    March 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Cor – looks fabulous. Count me in! Me! Me!

  • Tiah
    March 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    That was awesome!

  • CrystalGB
    March 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Great interview. I really want to read this book. 🙂

  • Angie
    March 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

    You guys are hilarious. What a fun interview! Count me in!

  • yaya
    March 3, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I love the interview. 😀 Can’t wait to buy the book.

  • Pimp to the Smugglers « Lurv à la Mode
    March 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    […] Hop on over to The Book Smugglers, where Ana and Thea landed a great interview with the book’s heroine, Elena. Leave a comment and you could win a copy! The contest is open to everyone and ends March 7 at noon. See their post for full deets. […]

  • orannia
    March 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    That was one fantastic interview! Thank you!

    Always moisturize. Your skin will heal so much faster if a vampire decides to try to rip your face off.

    Very….ummmm…wise advice. I love Elena’s sense of humour…or was she being serious:)

    Now, what’s this about showers versus baths? Inquiring minds want to know 😉

  • Mollie
    March 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Really looking forward to this one!!!!!

  • Ashley Madden
    March 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I really want this book! It looks so awesome!

  • Aymless
    March 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Elena! Can I have your autograph? (I figure it’ll be worth tons if you… uh… don’t make it, not that I don’t think your great and all!) Say “hi” to Illium for me, okay?

    psst… smugglers… I don’t need book unless autographed! *g*

  • Tasha
    March 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I love this interview! It’s always interesting to get to know a character out of the confines of the story. I can’t wait to read this book!

  • Melissa
    March 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Ooh, this one’s on my wish list. I’d love to win it. Thanks for hosting this!

  • edifanob
    March 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Great interview. Need to forward the link to my wife.

  • Danielle
    March 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    *drools greedily* MINE!

    I’d like to be submitted…

  • Karin
    March 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I love the interview! Elena sounds fantastic. Her answers were great. Of course, the end of the interview left me chuckling – in a good way. 😉

  • VampFanGirl
    March 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wonderful interview ladies!

    Elena, it was nice to meet you and I wish you luck with your assignment.

  • Dance Chica
    March 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Ran to Borders after work to buy this but they didn’t have it. 🙁

    Can’t wait to get my hands on it though.

  • Rashmi @ A Book Blogger's Diary
    March 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Nalini’s books always have something unique to offer. This one seems set to follow that rule. Count me in.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!
    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  • Silverstein
    March 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Oi, Elena you’re so lucky, getting to be around angels! D: I’m totally jealous. (Well… a little. I dunno if I’d want to do the whole angel-hunting part.)

    *Makes grabby hands for the book.* Want this book so baaaaad! D:

  • bridget3420
    March 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’d love to win!!

  • Kammie
    March 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Neat character interview! Go! Elena Go! I love strong heroines in the books I read.

  • Marg
    March 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Every time I read something more about this book I want it more and more.

  • Virginia Hendricks
    March 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I think this is another book I need to add to my wishlist! (if I don’t win it of course 😉

    March 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    i would love to win one of her books 😀

  • Fantasy Dreamer
    March 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    This book is all over the place in reviews – good ones. It’s a definite on my TBR List. Count me in. ❗

  • Janicu
    March 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Cute interview. Interesting about the ability to track via scent. Hmm. Anyway, put my name down for the contest! 🙂

  • Jessica Kennedy
    March 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Great interview! Great blog!

  • Lindsey Ekland
    March 4, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Have never visited before but the interview was enlightening. Will be back for another look.

  • Margay
    March 4, 2009 at 3:34 am

    This looks like it was made to be on my tbr pile!

  • Wendy
    March 4, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Hi, Elena! I LOVE your hair. If only I could pull it off, I’d so dye it that color. Fo’ real.

  • Sandy (Strlady)
    March 4, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I keep hearing great things about this one. Love Love Love Singh’s Phy/Changeling world and I trust this book will be just as successful.

  • Ruth
    March 4, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I would love to win a book from Nalini Singh. Isn’t it great to see the sense of humor…especially in this economy.

  • Lori Patterson
    March 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for the interview. I so want to read Angels’ Blood! I keep hearing how awesome it is.

  • Stacie V
    March 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Please count me in.

  • Lisa N.
    March 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Great interview! I’m looking forward more and more to reading this book. Count me in on the giveaway!

  • Mishel
    March 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Awesome interview. I so want to be Elena’s bff!

    And Karen’s comment made me giggle *hugs*

    I’d love a chance to win (=

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  • Lisa F.
    March 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Loved the interview! I really can’t wait to read this book.

  • Nicole D
    March 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Great interview!

    Sign me up for the contest!

  • Anita Yancey
    March 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Great interview. The book sounds wonderful, and I’d love to read it. Please count me in. Thanks!


  • Chris
    March 6, 2009 at 5:26 am

    I want to be Elena when I grow up. Please count me in for the contest!

  • Tanya
    March 6, 2009 at 7:04 am

    😆 great interview …please submit me for this great giveaway..

  • Paula
    March 7, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Always moisturize. Your skin will heal so much faster if a vampire decides to try to rip your face off.

    This is the most convincing reason for moisturizing that I’ve seen so far. 😆

  • shon
    November 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    this is great! interview Michaela next! ican’t wait to read next book.

  • Megan
    January 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Great interview. Can’t wait for the follow up one on Archangel’s Kiss.

  • Jayne Richards
    February 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Elena is the best heroine since…ever! She’s exciting, beautiful, and courageous. Raphael is going to have his hands full, but something tells me he’s going to enjoy it. 😉

  • nareen akhtar
    May 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Is it possible that Jeffery’s rejecting you because he doesn’t want to face his guilt in not believing the warnings you gave,and not having acted in time to ave his family

  • Sharon
    February 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Elena, I have a question. How does one start to woo an archangel?

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    July 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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  • Raquel
    January 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    great interview, can we try for Rafael next…if you can get him

  • Zuzana
    May 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Great idea with that interview 🙂

  • Gretty
    May 17, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Hi. I loved this post, and I want to ask a permission to translate into Hungarian and publish it.
    Of course, I’ll mark this post as the source.
    Is it ok for you?

  • shelly
    October 26, 2013 at 3:50 am

    id like to see more of these.

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