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    ~If your question isn't answered in this Q and A, please feel free to post below~

                                  Most asked non-writing related questions:

Q: How can I schedule an interview with you/get you to speak at my event?

A: Please contact the publisher (Harlequin) or my assistant Marie with your request, and they'll let you know if something can be worked out. Most often I'm not even sure what day it is--sometimes I even lose track of months--so I'm the worst person to ask about scheduling something like that.      

Q: How can I get a cover quote from you for my upcoming book?

A: I can't promise I'll have time to take a look, but feel free to have your editor or agent contact my agent, Deidre Knight. Do not send unsolicited material to them, or to Marie.  Deidre's website (where her contact info can be found) is:

Q: Do you read unpublished works by other authors?

A: I don't, no. Please know that any work submitted to me or to Marie is automatically deleted without being read. I’m truly sorry for this, but it’s for your protection as much as mine.

Q: Where can I get t-shirts, mugs and other things that represent your books?

A: We now have an online store!  Go here.  We add new items all the time, and we do take requests.  If what you want isn't there, just leave us a message below and let us know.

Q: How can I get a bookmark or signed bookplate from you?

A: Send a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) to PO Box 890811, Oklahoma City, OK 73189.

 Without SASE, we cannot send you the desired items. And please note that we no longer accept books sent in to be signed. Too many people mailed the books without return postage, and that added up. 


                                        Most asked writing/reading related questions:

Q: I've never read your books. Where do you recommend I start?

A: I write in a variety of sub genres, so it depends on your particular tastes. Feel free to post on the bottom of this page with your interests and we'll be sure to send you suggestions.

Q: Are you done with the Lords of the Underworld series?

A:  Nope, not even close. I'll post about the hero/heroine of the next book as soon as it's made official.

Q: Will you be writing more for the Angels of the Dark? Alien Huntress? Otherworld Assassins?
 Tales of an Extraordinary Girl? Atlantis? Imperia? Intertwined?

A: Time for an update :)  

Angels of the Dark -- yes!  Next book will most likely release in 2016.  

And for those wondering, there will be at least one Lords of the Underworld book in 2016.  Could be two, I'm just not sure yet. 

Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin -- I wrote both series for a publisher I'm no longer writing for (but I still love them).  So, to publish books for these series, I will have to write and self-publish them, something I know nothing about.  I'm totally willing to learn -- and want to -- I just have to find time between books I already owe to the publisher I'm with.

Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Atlantis, Imperia and Intertwined..I'm sorry, guys, but it's not likely and I sincerely apologize to fans of the series. 

Q: Why are the first two Alien Huntress books written in 1st person and the rest in 3rd?

A: With the 3rd, Savor Me Slowly, I wanted to take the entire series in a new direction, and focus more heavily on romance.  

Q: What is the reading order for your books?

A: I tried to make each a standalone, but I understand the need to read in order. You can find the list here

Q: Why won't you answer specific questions about characters and plots?

A: A lot of people hate spoilers, so I try never to spill. Plus, I often change my mind about certain directions in the middle of a story, and I never want to tell you I'm planning something and then not do it--although I reserve the right to do so.

Q: Are there any plans to make your books into movies?

A: Having my books made into movies and/or TV shows is a dream of mine.  You can help by post-post-posting that you'd like this to happen.  On Facebook, Twitter, your blog, anywhere, everywhere.  Post about the actors you'd like to star in it.  Post about how cool you think it'd be. Use hashtags. In this industry, words can be like fires.  The more people are talking about it, the hotter the fire burns and the more Hollywood wants the project :)

Q: Where can I find graphic editions of your books?

A:  Many of my books are available in graphic format now, though they are only offered as e-books. Visit your favorite online retailer.

                                   Most asked industry related questions:

Q: When is your next tour?

A: Check the events page.  

Q: Who is your agent?

A: Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency.  I love her!

 Q: Can I post copies of your books online? Can I sell your ebooks online? What about reading torrents of your books from a "share" site?

A: No, no and no. All of the above constitutes book piracy, which is the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted work and considered theft. Rather than list the reasons and ramifications here (and there are many), I'll direct you to a wonderful article by the amazing Jeaniene Frost. Go here.

 Q: Can I write stories based on your characters?

A:  Nope.  That would be a violation of my copyright.  

Q: I'm a writer.  Got any advice for me?

A: I've learned a lot about this business over the years, and one of the most important is that writing is just that, a business.  Buckle down and write.  Some days you won't feel like it, but it's important to train yourself to meet deadlines.  And sometimes those deadlines demand you work when there seems to be no inspiration.  

On a writing process note, don't be afraid to write the bones first.  Every word doesn't have to be perfect in the beginning, so it might help if you write like no one else will ever read it.  Get the bones and then you can go back and add the muscle.    

Q: Here at the site, you have a testimonial page.  Do you think your writing has changed in the past couple of years because of what you went through, and how your faith has grown?

A: Yes, I think so.  And I understand why.  The Gena that crawled into that sickbed isn't the one that jumped out healthy.  I'm a new person, and I'm learning my way.  I'm learning what works for me, and what doesn't, strengths and weaknesses, and I'm having fun along the way!


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Comment by Alison Lee yesterday
I meant to put the darkest whisper in place of one of the pleasure
Comment by Alison Lee yesterday
I have looked at your reading list in order for Lord's of the underworld. I have read the darkest night, kiss, pleasure and pleasure. Did I need to go back and read the darkest prison and the darkest angel?
Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) yesterday

Dee - I sent you a message on this site

Joanne - Should have gotten it already, I sent you a message as well.

Jennifer - That book does not have an official date yet.

Comment by Jennifer James on Tuesday

Marie when will John No Last Name story be told? From the Otherworld Assassin Novels.

Comment by Joanne Taylor on Tuesday

I pre ordered The Hotter You Burn through Amazon and followed the link to receive the download for The Darkest Day. When will this be getting sent. Thanks

Comment by Dee Bouchard on Tuesday

I pre-ordered The Hotter You Burn back on June 14, 2015 from Amazon but recently received an email on July 16th about an offer to pre-order and receive a digital copy of The Darkest Day.  Will I still be eligible to receive the digital copy emailed to me even though I ordered before July 16th?

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on July 13, 2015 at 9:09am

Joann - I have not read them back to back like you, so I may have missed that since I read them so spread out.  It is possible she would address it in the next book too.

Comment by Joann on July 10, 2015 at 6:26pm
Yes. I read all the Lords (and Angels), in order. :). Just wondering how Galen got imprisioned at some point between the battle (and Sienna's Cloak visit) and The Darkest Touch. As I said I read 9 of the books in a month, so it could've just been info overload and I missed something on how a dead guy imprisioned someone later. But I don't recall anything, or much, about Galen or Cronus in Kane's book. :/
Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on July 9, 2015 at 11:40pm

Joann - Did you read the Darkest Craving that came before Darkest Touch....hmmm, maybe I need to re read

Caroline - let me check into what might be going on with the app

Taylor - I haven't heard of any signings for A Mad Zombie Party yet, but that doesn't mean there won't be one

Comment by Taylor Pedersen on July 8, 2015 at 2:10pm
Will there be signed copy's of mad zombie party at all. I wanted to get one for the last book but I could not get a visa to work on my account and now that we have Amazon gift cards in Canada I want to get one.
Comment by Caroline on July 6, 2015 at 5:03pm

I downloaded the Gena Showalter app to my cellphone over a year ago. There's NEVER anything new on it. Have you not had time to keep it updated, or should I uninstall and install it again? The "newest" thing on my app is about the cover of "The Darkest touch". 

Comment by Joann on July 2, 2015 at 9:00pm

Hi. I have a book question but wasn't sure where to go (because I didn't want to put it on Gena's FB page and risk **SPOILING** for others).  But recently I played catch up on some of her books (9 within a month - 6 Lords and the 3 Angels) And I had a question about Galen. (timeline/continuity).  In The Darkest Seduction, Cronus finally dies.  Galen is there at the battle.  And later in the book Sienna visits Galen at his house.  But then in The Darkest Touch, Galen and Torin are at a bar/club and Galen is growing back his wings - thanks to Cronus - and recently freed from being imprisoned by Cronus for some time.  How was that possible if Cronus died in front of Galen, and Galen was obviously not in a prison if Sienna visited him after the fact?  Am I missing something? (Which is completely possible with 9 books of info in my brain) Or will this be something explained/resolved later? (No explanation if thats the case, I know Gena does not give detailed info about the future)  Please help.  Thanks.

Comment by amanda treadaway on July 2, 2015 at 8:23pm


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Thank you so much!


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