Friday, June 01, 2012

Dark Kiss Blog Tour: Character Interview & Giveaways!

Hi, everyone! Last month, I was extremely lucky to be able to read and ARC of Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen, and I absolutely L-O-V-E-D loved it I can't even begin to tell you how much! Except, you know, if you went to read my review here. ;)

And I'm even luckier to be a part of the awesome blog tour hosted by the amazing Kismet Book Tours for Dark Kiss! Today, I have two of my new favourite book boys here to chat: Bishop (an angel) and Kraven (a demon). I don't want to spoil anything big but... Oh gosh, if I love these guys anymore than I already do, it wouldn't exactly be healthy!

*Please note that there may be minor spoilers in this interview.*


Meet The Boys

Hi, guys! Thank you so much for doing this interview. For all of those very, very unlucky people who haven't met you yet, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves? ;)

KRAVEN: Well, sweetness, thanks for asking. I’m tall, built, and gorgeous. Women love me because, really, who can resist a bad boy?
BISHOP: (rolls eyes)
KRAVEN: I’m sorry, did I just get an eye roll?
BISHOP: Yeah. I don’t think anyone could love you more than you love yourself. Just a random observation.
KRAVEN: And let me introduce the insipidly named Bishop, here. He’s an angel who’s currently going insane because he hit his wittle head weally hard when he landed here in the city. And he’s supposed to be our leader in this ridiculous team-up of angels and demons to kick the butt of soulless things that threaten the existence of Heaven and Hell. And yes, I said “team up of angels and demons.” Because someone, somewhere thought that was a brilliant idea. Ha. Suuure.
BISHOP: And Kraven here is a demon who covers up his unhappiness and misery with enough snark to drown a whale. We can all see through your games, demon. You’re not fooling anyone.
KRAVEN: Bite me.
BISHOP: I’ll do worse than bite you if you keep pushing me.
KRAVEN: I’m just waiting for you to lose your brain power completely. Do you think they’ll cart you off to a rubber room when that happens?
BISHOP: (glares) Back off. I’m fine.
KRAVEN: Oh, hooray. I’m so glad to hear it.
MIMI: Is it hot in here or is that just me? (fans self)

What's the deal with being an angel and a demon? Besides the tattoos on your backs, you don't seem that different!

BISHOP: Oh, we’re different. Don’t worry about that.
KRAVEN: Way different. Like, stratospherically different.
(They exchange an unfriendly look)
BISHOP: Angels are essentially good and work for Heaven, demons are essentially bad and work for Hell. Simple.
KRAVEN: That’s right. I’m bad—as in badass. Bishop here’s a saint, all priestly and pure of heart. Aren’t you?
BISHOP: Was that sarcasm?
KRAVEN: Yes. Yes, it was.

Is there anything specific you look for in a girl?

BISHOP: I’m not looking for a girl right now—I’m supposed to be focused on my mission and I have enough difficulties associated with it already. The fate of the entire world is in my hands. Girls, especially a certain one I recently met, are...distracting.
KRAVEN: Dude, lighten up. It’s just a fun interview. My kind of girl? Is she breathing? Sign me up.

What was your first impression when you met Samantha?

BISHOP: Beautiful girl...the kind who doesn’t realize she’s beautiful. Aggravating as hell, challenging, likes to push my buttons, asks a ton of questions I can’t answer. She’s big trouble for me, that’s for sure.
KRAVEN: My first impression? Does “wanting to kill her” sound bad?

Bishop, Samantha's touch is the only thing that can clear your mind. Do you think that's why you're attracted to her?

BISHOP: I wish I knew. My head, it’s all messed up from leaving Heaven and entering this city—didn’t expect that. Also didn’t expect that Samantha’s touch would somehow be able to clear my thoughts and help me do my job, even if it’s only for a little while. My connection to’s hard to explain...
KRAVEN: So spare us the details. I’m feeling gaggy here.
BISHOP: (glares) I know somebody like you wouldn’t understand.
KRAVEN: Don’t want to. Don’t need to. Next question, please.

Kraven, you're kind of jerkish to Samantha in Dark Kiss. (Not to say that it isn't charming, but still...) Why? And do you ever think that will change?

KRAVEN: Jerkish? I’ll take that as a compliment, sweetness. Bottom line, gray girl’s something we’re supposed to be fighting against, not swooning over. I mean, there’s nothing all that special about her that I can see. Will it change? You mean, me falling over backwards to be nice to someone the angel is all over? Unlikely. I am who I am. Deal with it.
BISHOP: What if we don’t want to deal with it?
KRAVEN: Deal with it anyway.

If you could say one thing to each other, what would it be?

BISHOP: Probably that if he focuses on his job, and not being an ass all the time, things would go way smoother.
KRAVEN: Bite me. That’s what I’d say. Bite Me.

From a bookworm to two supernatural(ly hot!) guys, do you like to read at all? Or listen to music? If yes, what?

KRAVEN & BISHOP: Rolling Stones.
(They glare at each other)
BISHOP: That’s my favorite band. Always has been.
KRAVEN: Yeah, well, forget it then. It’s not mine. I’m a huge, uh...Led Zeppelin fan. Yeah. That’s real music. And books? I don’t have time for books. Bleh.
BISHOP: I make time for books. Between missions I read fiction, nonfiction, whatever I can get my hands on.
KRAVEN: Well, aren’t you *&$% special?

Let's say... hypothetically... there was an author writing your every move. *cough cough* Is there anything you'd want to say to her?

BISHOP: I’d ask the author to get rid of demons who give me a hard time and make the mission more difficult for everyone involved.
KRAVEN: Dream on, angel. I’d say—hey, author lady, thanks for making me so awesome and good looking.
MIMI: It's like you read my mind, Kraven! I really want to thank Michelle... I mean, this hypothetical author... for that too! ;)

And just because I was wondering... Do you think I could make it as an angel or a demon? x) 

KRAVEN: Sweetness, you have the words ‘delicious demon chick’ written all over you. I’d be happy to personally give you the tour if we ever finish this lame mission.
BISHOP: Ignore him. You’re definitely angel material—dedicated, devoted, and can kick butt for the greater good.
MIMI: Hahahahahahahaha, I seriously love you both!


Chocolate or vanilla?
BISHOP: Chocolate.
KRAVEN: Chocolate and vanilla.

Boxers or briefs?
BISHOP: Boxers.
KRAVEN: Commando.

Blondes or brunettes?
BISHOP: Brunettes.
KRAVEN: Don’t know. What color is your hair?
MIMI: Eeeeeeee! I'm a brunette (Well, hi there, Bishop!) but I'd gladly dye my hair rainbow for you, Kraven!

Angels or demons? :P
BISHOP: Hilarious.
KRAVEN: She’s funny, isn’t she?
MIMI: (blushes) Thanks, I think...? Haha :')

Okay, well I better let you guys get back to your mission to eliminate some grays! Thanks so much for taking time out of our busy schedules to chat with me. I really look forward to meeting you guys again in Wicked Kiss!

I said it before and I'll say it again and I'll continue to say it until I've convinced you, but I absolutely LOVE these boys! Even though there's no love triangle in this book, trust me when I say that this is one where you actually want one! (Yes, I totally just quoted my own review.) Didn't Kraven's snarky badboyness make you blush like crazy? And Bishop's sweet broodiness? I'm as red as a tomato! x)



There are two giveaways for today! The first giveaway is a daily one for the chance to win a copy of Dark Kiss. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below. It's open to US/Canadian residents only. (Sorry, international followers!) You can see the full contest rules here

Grand Prize:

The second giveaway is for a grand prize pack: HarlequinTEEN Goodie Bag!  All entries into the daily giveaway count toward the grand prize as well as all daily entries for all the other stops too, so you might want to plan on following the tour if you haven't already!

Inside the HarlequinTEEN Goodie Bag are:

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (Harlequin TEEN) | Harlequin 60th anniversary bag | Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (Harlequin TEEN) | Inside by Maria V. Snyder (Harlequin TEEN) | Crave by Melissa Darnell (Harlequin TEEN) | 1 pair of black Harlequin socks | Large ‘Barnaby Moon’ notebook | Small ‘The Dark Page’ notebook



About Dark Kiss - Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

I don't do dangerous.

Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me... something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing and I don't know if I can get it back. 

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me...

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

About Michelle Rowen - Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Michelle Rowen knows a book she’s working on is going well when the characters start talking to her when she’s not writing. She likes to believe this is a sign of a creative mind…and not something to be worried about. While she loves to read, spend time with family and friends, and travel, she also watches way too much reality TV for her own good. A prolific author of novels for both young and not-so-young adults, Michelle lives in Southern Ontario in a sky-high condo with two delightful cat familiars.

You can follow the rest of the tour below or on the Kismet Book Touring Website:

Monday, May 28th - Alice Marvels 
Tuesday, May 29th - Harlequin Paranormal Blog 
Wednesday, May 30th - Good Choice Reading 
Friday, June 1st - Mimi Valentine (YOU ARE HERE )
Monday,June 4st - Mundie Mom's 
Tuesday, June 5th - Unabridged Andra  
Wednesday,June 6th - Endlessly Bookish 
Friday,June 8th - The Unread Reader


That's all the awesomeness we can handle for today, everyone! Michelle officially made my list of Authors I Want to Meet with this (on top of the fact that she's an awesome Canadian girl like me)! I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the rest of the tour. And while you're at it, why don't you pick up a copy of Dark Kiss too? ;)



  1. Oooooh, Bishop and Kraven sound so delightful! Haha. I love the dynamics between them. I haven't read this yet but I would love love love to! Better reserve at the local book store. Hihi.

    Wonderful interview, Mimi :D

  2. AHAHAHA. LOL. Love that interview. What is it about badass boys, though .... (scratches head).

    Happy Friday.

  3. This is such a great interview! I think I've fallen in love with both of them already! Dark Kiss is definetly going on my wishlist right now! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D

    Rachel from Booktastic Reviews ☺

  4. Such a hilarious and fun character interview Mimi! I especially loved it when Kravin mention kicking souless things butts! You made me want to read more of these two characters banter! :)

  5. Oh my goodness I was blushing and giggling the whole time!!! I haven't read Dark Kiss, but now I really REALLY want to Mimi! <3 And OMG hi there Kraven!! I'm a brunette too, ya know?? *wink, wink* They both seems awesome, like seriously I am going to go pick this book up right now!! Michelle is a genius!!!

  6. *gasps* *fans self* I am just now meeting the Merrick brothers at yur insistence, lovely, and right after that, and I do mean RIGHT after that, I'll have some alone time with Bishop and Kraven. Because, really, KRaven goes around commando? Just kill me now. when he asked 'Is that sarcasm?' I totally snorted because it reminded me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, only KRaven is waaaay hotter, I suspect.

  7. Hahahaha! Oh my goodness. I LOVE this interview!!!

    You need business cards that read "Mimi: Delicious Demon Chick" or at least a t'shirt :P

    I love that Bishop makes time to read all kinds of books, but I think I like Kraven's response even better hehehe. Oh man. If I was even a smidgen unsure about this book before (which I wasn't, thanks to your review) then I am 100% absolutely in desperate NEED of reading this now! I NEED TO MEET KRAVEN. He is so, so my kind of guy. Please be sure to pass those words along to him ;)

    Thank you for SUCH a fun post and for making me even more eager for this!!

  8. Oh my gosh this is the best blog tour ever, I thought I knew everything about these guys from your review, but this interview just gives us a whole another side which I totally love! Thanks so much Mimi for this fabolous post! I bet you were blushing throughout! :)

  9. Ha this is awesome! I was gonna read this but then I was a bit fed up with angel books in general so I decided to put it off. It sounds to have really fun characters though I think I would like it. Kraven's responses are epic!! "Is she breathing?" Bahaha. Thanks for the laughs this morning Mimi!! :D

  10. I really like your final question for the guys: "Angels or Demons?" Hahaha. And of course their responses are so appropriate! Great interview Mimi-this was a lovely teaser for what's inside of the book.

  11. Excellent interview Mimi! Both guys are definitely swoon worthy - Kraven sounds spectacular, I'm in LOVE! I am so reading my copy of this one VERY soon! And a super thank you for the Giveaways! :)

    Have a great weekend Mimi! <3<3<3

  12. "KRAVEN: Dude, lighten up. It’s just a fun interview. My kind of girl? Is she breathing? Sign me up"

    HI KRAVEN!!! I don't mean to brag or anything, but I fit that requirement to a "T". Just putting that out there ;-) This interview was hilarious, I'm a little in love with them both at the moment, and I think I definitely need to read more to get all the facts so I can make an educated love decision. AWESOME MIMI!

  13. He he, I loved reading the interactions between Kraven and Bishop. It's kind of hard to decide who I like more but since Bishop has Samantha, I'm taking Kraven :)

  14. Oh my, Mimi! The interview is so funny! I think I'm in love with Kraven! Hahaha! But Bishop definitely sounds hot too. I can't wait to read this book! Awesome post, Mimi! And thanks for the giveaway. :))

    1. Ouch, it though the giveaway's international. :( Just going to wait for the book to come out. But still, I had fun with the interview. :)

  15. Hi Mimi! just checking in for a winner announcement for the May Release Giveaway ! it's not on the Giveaway copter..
    I need to post it at my blog as i've promo'd it all month for you ~ Thanks !

  16. What an absolutely wonderful interview. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share with us and making me smile this morning :)

  17. Oh no, I'm falling for Kraven. He's just too funny!! That interview was hilarious. Normally I'm not into interviews with the characters as much, but this one was awesome and it really made me want to read the book. Gah, gotta get this one!!

    Love your little notes throughout too, Mimi. ;-) Too funny!


  18. AWESOME interview, Mimi! They sound like awesome characters!

  19. This sounds so good! Shame I'm in the UK! Will be getting mycopy from Amazon :)

  20. Oh my GOSH!! I love this interview with a passion!! Seriously, so freaking cool!! LOL "Commando" - best answer in the entire interview. Wow Mimi, this is great! Thanks for sharing!


  21. These two sounds like such a good time. I love the glaring differences between the two. They definitely have their own distinct personalities. And thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  22. Mimi, this was so fun! My favorite part was the quesition about the underwear. I'll take the commando guy and the hair color...rainbow hair, too cute. I am reading this very soon. I have a copy. Looking forward to meeting the boys especially after this interview! Have a great weekend, Mimi!

  23. This was so much fun to read! I'm a big Kraven fan (though Bishop is great too), so this was just double awesome to read. Kraven wants a girl who breathes? Yay, I'm in the running! :D Loved the underwear question too! Commando - LOL. God, I don't know how I'm supposed to wait a year for Wicked Kiss to hear more from these guys!

  24. Aaaaaah, such an awesome character interview! *swoon* I'm so glad I read the book, now I'm fangirling all over Bishop and Kraven again. Honestly, Mimi, it was hilarious, just what I needed to take a break from studying! <3

    Oh, how I love Kraven. I liked that "is she breathing?" LOL All of the boys' answers were so characteristic of each other! I really can't get enough.
    PS: Sorry if I'm not able to read or comment your posts, but I'm in that panicking phase when I realize finals are just next week and I can't find enough hours in a day LOL. I hope school finishes early for you, and you can enjoy the summer vacations, Mimi ♥

  25. OMG I love them both! Such a great character interview. Some of my favorites... Kraven likes to go commando! LMAO! Kraven on liking any girl that's breathing and also "hey, author lady, thanks for making me so awesome and good looking." Bishop is very sweet though "Beautiful girl...the kind who doesn’t realize she’s beautiful. Aggravating as hell, challenging, likes to push my buttons, asks a ton of questions I can’t answer. She’s big trouble for me, that’s for sure."

  26. I love them just based on this, so I definitely don't doubt you do after reading it! I'm so regretting passing this one up earlier. o: It seriously sounds great! And the boys, OH the boys... o: Need!!

  27. Oh my goodness, Mimi!!! This was such an awesome post!! I LOVED it! I loved the way Kraven was calling you sweetness throughout!! Yummy!! Commando?!! *heart skips way too many beats*

    I still am a Bishop girl even after all of this! But that's okay because you seem to have dibs on Kraven. Even though I had some minor issues with this book I'm still totally looking forward to the next one! Amazing post, my lovely Mimi!! Thanks for the giveaway. ;)

  28. This is one of my favourite character interviews to date! Lucky you Mimi getting to chat to both Kraven and Bishop. ;) I have to say, Kraven sure is hilarious. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him... Will have to bump this book up the list! :P

  29. OMG Mimi that interview was awesome!! I love them both and cannot even pick a favorite. LOL Can't wait to read about these two! :)

  30. Wow. The tension in this room is so thick I can cut it with a chain saw. LOL

    Still, I can feel a hint of brotherly love between these two. And I'm sorry Bishop, I know I shouldn't but I'm totally swooning over the bad boy, especially after the commando confession. LOL

  31. I haven't read everything, because I'm afraid of reading spoilers :p But from what I read, I love them, haha. Thanks for sharing :D

  32. Such a fun character interview, Mimi, Bishop and Kraven ;-) Haha those boys were hilarious! I want to meet them so badly! I'm definitely reading Dark Kiss soon. I laughed out loud as the "Angel or Devil?" question! That was so CUTE!! Thanks so much for the amazing interview :)

  33. OH MY GOSH. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE the interview! This interview makes want to reread Dark Kiss again! Hehe, now I see why girls are flocking around Kraven! He's just... *faint <3* But Bishop is simply adorable, right? He's sooo sweet! I really love his dark side LOL! x) Oooh, Mimi, I feel so jealous every time Kraven calls you Sweetness! I ADORE pet name!! <3

    Lovely interview, Mimi and Michelle! Thank you, Michelle, for bringing the most amazing demon and angel to my life! <3 Aww, Samantha is sooo lucky! <3 xD

  34. I'm not entering this giveaway but aw, cute interview! I'm usually not a fan of character interviews but I laughed at this response My first impression? Does “wanting to kill her” sound bad? Also love your last question, Mimi!! Of course you're an angel. :)

  35. AMAZING interview! The boys had me laughing throughout the entire thing. I suddenly want to read this book EVEN MORE. Thanks for the chance to win, Mimi!

  36. OMG this interview is hilarious!! :D :D LOVE IT! Completely Mimi! :) :) And the comment about coloring your hair in rainbow, awwww, this is the sweetest thing ever Mimi!! :) :) XD Great post!! It totally rocks! ;) :)

  37. I love this interview! :) New follower :)

    Cierra @ Books Ahoy & Blogovation Design

  38. Ahahaha! SUCH a fun interview, Mimi! Thank you for hosting! ♥

  39. I was so excited to get my hands on Dark Kiss. This is the first book I've read by Michelle Rowen, and I found it to be an enjoyable read!

    After a kiss with her long-time crush, Samantha's life is completely changed forever. The kiss turned her into something that she didn't even know existed. Now it's up to Samantha to work with Bishop and Kraven, who are both angel and demon sent from above, to stop the terrible destruction of earth by people just like her.

    The characters in the story were very interesting, and each for their own reason. Samantha definitely seemed to be determined young lady. I love that she had a snarky quality to her when she was nervous, and I found it easy to relate to her because of this. Bishop was quite a mystery to me, and kept me guessing throughout the book. Kraven was also a snarky character, and I really enjoyed the chemistry between him and Samantha. The secondary characters were interesting as well, and I really wanted to know more about them.

  40. Oh my lanta *fans self* huge amounts a swoon! I'm a brunette too!! *waggles eyebrows* Tehe XD Awesome interview!!! I couldn't stop laughing and swooning :P

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!

  41. haha! I love this post! Is it wrong for me to love Kraven instead of Bishop?

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