C.J. ELLISSON and her Vampire Vacation Inn series!!!

Good morning, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!


CJ: Thanks for having me here today! It’s a pleasure to meet your readers and please thank Jeanne for the lovely reviews she did on my books.

MBA&M: Please give our readers insight into C.J. Ellisson.


CJ: Hmm… I never know exactly what people want to know. I’m a happily married mother of two battling multiple autoimmune diseases and several severe bacterial infections.

I had to leave my last job a few years ago because of my health and began writing to save my sanity. I never expected people would want to read my take on sexy vampires—and am continually surprised and humbled by the response the books are receiving.

MBA&M: What is the allure of “vampires” to readers?


CJ: That’s a tricky one! I think for every reader it’s unique. Some may like the deadly, mysterious aspects or the angst-riddled characters Anne Rice produced decades ago, while others may be drawn to the more modern dream-lover in today’s paranormal romance books. I tend to enjoy books that are a mixture of the two—a monster with a mysterious sexual allure.

MBA&M: How many books are in the “V V Inn” series and what order should they be read in, if any?


CJ: There are three books right now, and two free reads containing half of the first two books.

My idea was simple: Give half the book away to make sure the reader truly liked the story and style before buying it. I’d rather do that than risk annoying buyers with the overt eroticism inherent in the first book, and the unique story-telling style in the second one (which is very different than the first book).

Titles in the V V Inn series:

Free Short Story and half of Book One: Just One Taste

Book One: Vampire Vacation (Oct 2010)

Free Read containing half of Book Two: Another Sip

Book Two: The Hunt (June 2011)

Book Three: Big Game (April 2012)

Book Four: The Seduction of Death (due out December 2012)

MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in the “V V Inn” series?


Oooo… so hard to choose… I really love Vivian and Rafe, but some of the secondary characters have grown on me, too. It’s hard not to love a werewolf with a self-deprecating sense of humor who oozes sensuality. Or an ex-military vampire recently turned during a tour in Afghanistan. (It helps that the last character is based on one of my nephews. No, he is not a vampire) 😉

MBA&M: Where did the idea come from for the “V V Inn” series, and how did you decide who would be the hero/heroine and who would be the villain(s)?

CJ: I’d been reading the genre for a very long time. Whether it was called fantasy, horror, romance, or the newest moniker urban fantasy—I read it. I loved the strong heroines and noticed there was a distinct trend – they were the ones who invariably became romantically involved with the powerful, supernatural hero in the story.

I decided if I ever wrote a book it would be with a supernatural female lead and she would be stronger than her mate. The story started to coalesce in my mind little by little, but was still a disjointed dream most of the time.

After a book club meeting one night, a friend asked about my idea—boy, did she got an earful! I’d had my opening line in my head for a while and the overall storyline spilled out as we chatted in my driveway. Turns out she was also a professional editor and loved my concept. She encouraged me to try my hand at writing and helped guide me on the basics.

I knew nothing about plotting a book and just wrote. This friend helped me understand I needed to know where the story was going so I could write toward a goal. Within a few weeks I had my villain mapped out, his motivation, and a meaty story to keep readers involved.

When asked, I tell people the book is not mystery, because that angle of the story is more of a subplot. Nor is it a romance, despite the frequent and detailed sex scenes. If pressed, I try to explain it’s a mix of genres and sits in the fantasy section.

MBA&M:  What is your next project(s)?


CJ: The third full-length novel in the series, Big Game, will release the end of April. After that I’m going to do some shorter novellas for the readers who want to know Jonathan’s story. I plan on completing at least two novellas this year while working on book four, The Seduction of Death, which is slotted to release in December 2012.

I’ve also got a middle-grade book I’m working on for my children under another pen name.

MBA&M: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

CJ: I’m fortunate that one of my dream destinations will happen this summer. My books are based in Alaska and I’m going there on a vampire themed cruise called Vamps at Sea as a guest speaker. It will be so cool to finally see the land I’m writing about in the series.

Aside from my immediate trip, I’d love to travel Asia extensively. I’ve always been fascinated with the rich culture and history of the people. Truth be told, if I had the money, I’d love to visit every continent and see many countries.


MBA&M: What is some of your comfort foods?

CJ: I was diagnosed with Celiac’s a few years ago, so a lot of my favorite comfort foods had to change. I’ve found some decent pasta, which saved me in some regard. I can’t resist a spicy meat sauce at least one night a week!

Side dish favorites would have to include mashed potatoes. And with the addition of Bob Evan’s pre-made mashed potatoes in the grocery store, we have them more often now than is good for my waistline.

MBA&M: What are some of your writing rituals?

CJ: Depends on the day of the week and how I’m feeling. Some days I have memory issues due to the bacterial infections I’m fighting and need to re-read a few recent chapters and my outline before I can begin writing. I like a relatively quiet work place and have been known to chase my husband back down to his office when he’s on a call (He has a booming voice on the phone and we both work from home). Occasionally I’ll put on music or get up and exercise when I feel like I need a rejuvenating push of energy.

Other days the writing flows smoothly and I have a clear grasp on what to write. It’s hit or miss; I take it as it comes.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where the “V V Inn” series is available?

CJ: I’m all over the Internet. I’ll keep it to a few and hopefully they will come by and say hello.

My website, where they can read half of my books for free:

Facebook, where I interact daily with readers on the Page:

My books are available at many online retailers, including Amazon, Apple, B&N, Powell’s, Diesel, Bookdepository and many more.

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Book 1


Paperback:312 pages

Publisher:Red Hot Publishing (October 10, 2010)



ISBN-13: 978-1927116241

Book Description:(from Amazon)

 Meet Vivian.

She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot — a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.

 Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

*Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers over 18 only.*



Book 2


Paperback:312 pages

Publisher:Red Hot Publishing (June 30, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-1927116258

Book Description:(from Amazon)

Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations… but what if she can’t?

Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.

The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of twelve years in silver chains, she’ll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic–it holds death.

Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all the new seethe members.

*Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.*



Book 3


(from Ascot Media Group)

Third in the series, Big Game promises two fast-paced adventures, one involving the shooting of a werewolf at the Alaskan resort and another as we follow our loving couple through the challenges of tracking exactly who suspects Vivian’s most well-guarded secret.

*Warning: This book series contains very explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers over 18 only.*


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Good morning, Leslie and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Leslie Hall Pinder?

LESLIE: I grew up in Canada’s prairies.  From an early age (about eleven) I started to write poems and short stories, and I found my passion.  After my undergraduate degree, intending to pursue a writing career, I needed a job. I started working for the police department, thinking that I would be exposed to gritty and interesting material. That did happen, but what also occurred was I became fascinated with the legal process: the astonishingly dramatic dynamics of the courtroom, the way that the law seeks to establish the “truth”. I went to law school.  In my first job at a large, prestigious firm I was told that because I was a woman, I had to enter the firm’s exclusive men’s club by way of the servants’ entrance. I went through the front door. My employment ended.

Eventually I set up my own firm with two other women and for over twenty-five years we worked for Canada’s indigenous peoples in their fight for recognition of their rights. When you come to know what happened to the native people, and the governments’ attempt to extinguish them, you want to make amends as soon as possible, using all the tools you have. But it was a difficult, and sometimes bloody struggle. We persevered case-by-case.

I was able to publish two novels while practising law. I am now writing full time. In retrospect, I realize that the law is a character in all of my books. Some protagonists in the novels seek the truth, others want to bury it. As one of them says, “The law will never be able to establish the truth but it is guaranteed to root out and expose the lies—guaranteed.”

MBA&M: Why did  you decide to write “Bring Me One Of Everything”?

LESLIE: I had been told by a native man about twin stone masks which were used in ritual performances in northern British Columbia, around the turn of the 20th century. One of the masks was “sighted” with eyes that would never close, and one was “blind” with eyes that would never open. I began researching these fascinating artifacts, and learned that the twins had been “collected” (ie. bought and sold) and had ended up in two different museums, the museum of civilization in Ottawa, Canada, and the Musee de l’homme in Paris. The masks were separated, and still are to this day.

I also knew knew about an expedition in 1957 which went to a remote island off the coast of Canada to remove the largest stand of totem poles in the world; they were barged about 540 miles to be housed in a museum.

After many literary adventures, I decided to write a novel about an anthropologist who, like the one who led the real expedition in 1957, cuts down the totems and brings the twin masks together. He commits suicide. I created a character, Alicia Purcell, who is obsessed with finding out why.

MBA&M: Why write suspense/inrtrigue/anthropologist?

In my legal career, anthropologists have functioned as the cultural translators between the indigenous world and the courtroom of the western world. They act as a kind of Hermes, moving between the past and the present, bringing the two together. They are the psychiatrists, not of individuals but of communities. My fascination with the work of anthropologists is summed up in Bring Me One of Everything:  “To choose to enter another culture, you have to leave part of yourself behind. To do it in good faith, you end up with people’s souls.” I wanted to develop a character, Austin Hart, who took the ethical obligations of anthropology seriously — and he’s also someone who makes the esoteric and spiritual realms of indigenous peoples and their cultures understandable. Then Hart does something which sends him morally and physically “over the edge”.

Having an anthropologist at the center of the novel served an important theme. We all have a deep tendency to be collectors: of objects, memories, lost loves. The things we keep, also keep us. The collecting impulse is really a desire for the immutable—in effect, the longing for permanence and immortality.

In many ways, I’ve created Austin Hart as the standard bearer for our age: an age of acquisitiveness and greed.

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing not only a suspense, thriller but also anthropologist?

LESLIE: Because Austin Hart killed himself many years before the main action of the novel, I needed to find a vehicle to make Austin Hart’s journey urgent, compelling (and understandable) to the reader. Rather than flashbacks, I used contemporaneous journals written by Hart. Alicia Purcell discovers Hart’s secret diaries and is led onto the same path as he, directly experiencing what he discovered about native spirituality as manifested in their art. I also use the mechanism of having other characters in the novel (who knew Austin Hart) teach Alicia the many things she needs to know about native customs.

 MBA&M: How much research is required in writing a story with anthropologist?

A great deal. I read all the historical and anthropological evidence I could locate — some of it dating back to the 1850’s — to find out about these strange twin masks, and what had happened to them. I travelled to Ottawa and to Paris so that I could see these masks first hand. In Ottawa I was able to actually wear the unsighted mask for a few minutes.

I also spoke to native elders from many native nations about their communities’ experiences when the potlatch and the spirit dances were outlawed by the government.

Finally, I had one native man who became almost like a guide for me in writing the novel. His contribution was invaluable.

MBA&M: Can you tell our readers a few tidbits about you next project(s)?

LESLIE: I am working on another novel called Indulgence—Indulto—in which I go back to the courtroom in a case involving a well known actress who is charged with child abduction. The scaffolding of the novel is the bullfight as reflected in the arena of the court. For each character there is something which corresponds to the cape for the bull: distracting, the place they shouldn’t go, the thing they shouldn’t be enticed into, but they are. It delivers them into real danger.

The judge on the case is one of the main characters. He is very likable, and he gives us the access to the really difficult and troubling parts of the case. It’s quite like another mystery. It will be completed soon. After that, I’m going to join the throng of writers who are writing their memoirs—mine mainly centered on the legal work I did. The provisional title is Every Lawyer Should be Sued.

MBA&M: What does a day of writing involve for you?

LESLIE: I wake up fairly early. The day (or night) before I try not to have completed the implementation of an idea, so that in the morning I have some clue as to what I’m doing. Otherwise I face the dreaded blank screen. I have a habit of sitting at my desk and immediately getting up and going to lie down. My best ideas come when I’m prone on the couch.

I have tried every approach I can think of to the task of writing. In the first book, I had a single premise which kick-started the work. I began with the first sentence and a year later finished the last sentence. In the next one I worked from character, two of whom were massively antagonistic towards one another, and the plot unfolded from there. In the third I set out the plot on large charts, made pages and pages of notes on the characters and scene development—and scrapped it all. I haven’t a clue what works.

MBA&M: How do you decide who will be the hero/villian and who the heroine will be?

LESLIE: In this book, more than the others, I’ve learned that I must trust the process of writing—trust it blindly. If I don’t force it, the story I really want to tell will emerge. It requires a great deal of integrity (which I sometimes lack).

In every book I’ve written, I began with a firm conviction of who was the hero (heroine) and who was the bad guy. However, as the writing progressed, surprising things happen. In the first draft of Bring Me One of Everything Alicia’s mother wasn’t even mentioned in the work. A writer friend of mine read the draft and said she didn’t understand why Alicia did things. I thought: that’s easy to fix. The reader will meet her nasty mother. I wrote her in. Gradually she became one of the central characters who’s transformation in the novel is definitely from evil to good mother.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Bring Me One Of Everything” is available?

At the moment, the book is available at and The publisher intends to bring out an ebook version.

We’ve produced a trailer for the novel which (along with interviews and a reading from the novel) can be found at

I’m on Twitter (@lesliepinder) and Facebook.



Paperback:348 pages

Publisher:Grey Swan Press; 1st edition (February 6, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0983490012

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: February 6, 2012
Bring Me One of Everything is a novel which weaves real-life facts and fiction into an eloquent tale of suspense and intrigue. The title of the book is based on what the management of the Smithsonian is said to have demanded when sending ethnographers to native villages to gather artifacts for its collection: “Bring me one of everything.” The novel is several layered stories centered around a troubled writer, Alicia Purcell, who has been commissioned to create the libretto for an opera about an anthropologist named Austin Hart. He earned fame in the 1950s for cutting down and bringing back to museums the largest remaining stand of totem poles in the world. They belonged to the Haida tribes who inhabit the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. Hart’s subsequent suicide creates the mystery Alicia attempts to solve as she consults present-day tribe members, Hart’s friends and family, and his personal journals. Added to the complications of her search are Alicia’s imperious though ailing mother, a cast-off lover, a narcissistic composer, and her own demons of disaffection. But an overarching question dogs her and the reader: why she is so obsessed with Austin Hart and this quest?



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