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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Q: Do you read unpublished works by other authors?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 -- These characters will most likely be absorbed into the Lords of the Underworld series.  Xerxes and Bjorn show up in Baden's book, The Darkest Torment. Axel and the others will be making appearances in the upcoming books and threads for their stories will appear.

And for those wondering, there will be a Lords of the Underworld book in 2016.  The Darkest Torment mentioned above.

Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin -- Dallas's book will come out in 2016 (no title as of yet).  It will be part of a three author anthology.  As for other books in the 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 owe to my publisher.

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 Marie (Gena's Assistant) 15 hours ago

Mary - They should go out from the publisher this week

Comment by Mary Kennedy yesterday
I pre ordered The Harder You Fall and I was wondering if there was still the piece of the new lords of the underworld book being offered. I've been watching my email but never received anything.
Comment by Shannon yesterday
Oh okay thank you:)
Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) yesterday

Shannon - the publisher hasn't sent that yet, I think this week they will

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) yesterday

Gail - wait, maybe you ordered the right book and you were talking about the excerpt from the Darkest Torment, you get that with The Harder You Fall pre-oder.  The publisher hasn't sent that out yet but I think it will go out this week to everyone who preordered 

Comment by Shannon yesterday
Hi I just want to say I love all of Genas books and I have one question. I pre ordered the harder you fall and was wondering if anyone else received the lotu expert you were meant to receive when you preorder the harder you fall.I am not talking about the darkest day as I already received that when I pre ordered the hotter you burn:)
Comment by Sierra stoner on Saturday

Thanks Marissa. I will Look into that

Comment by Gail Treble on Saturday

Hi Marie, thank you for the reply I must have ordered the wrong book ( seniors moment LOL ).I will go back and order the correct e-book from Amazon. I will let you know how I go. Regards Gail.

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on Friday

Annita - Yes, I believe so

Marissa - thank you!  I thought of you when she asked that question.

Comment by Annita Reuben on Friday
Hi, you may have already answered this question but will The Darkest Torment be released in paperback as well as hardcover?
Comment by marissa taylor on Friday

hey sierra stoner i have gotten almost all of the series in book club hardback from amazon or ebay the only one that wasnt released in book club hardcover is the darkest touch and i was so upset that it wasnt but maybe they will so we can have the whole set in hardcover :)

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on Friday

Sierra - some of the books were not released in hardback, that doesn't mean they won't be in the future, I just don't have that information right now

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on Friday

Gail - There was a promotion for the pre-order of The Hotter You Burn where you got the short story The Darkest Day.  Is this what you are talking about?  If so the publisher had a page where you were able to register your pre-order info to receive The Darkest Day.  If there is still some confusion, message me at

Comment by Sierra stoner on Friday

I preordered Darkest Torment through Amazon in hardback. Are any of the older books going to be released in hardback? I would love to get the whole series in hardback. They last much better than the paperbacks.

Comment by Gail Treble on November 17, 2015 at 9:52pm

Hi everyone absolutely love all your books and I'm looking forward to the next new releases.Just have a question to ask if I may, preordered The Harder You Fall in August on my android tablet, but did not receive Badens short story.I was wondering why?. Please keep on writing as the world needs you and so do all those people living in your head with stories still to be told.Take care, regards Gail.

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 17, 2015 at 10:40am

Lisa - Gena said this in her Q&A....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.

Comment by Lisa L Taylor on November 16, 2015 at 11:27pm
I really wish you would write a book about Dallas from the Alien Huntress series. When will you finish the Otherworld Assassins series?
Comment by Nicole Richardson on November 14, 2015 at 4:03pm
Also a fan of Kresley Cole and Sherilyn Kenyon, all have similar styles.

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If you enjoyed one of my books, I would be beyond grateful if you would take a moment to post a review somewhere online to help other readers discover it.  The review can be as long or as short as you want.  Honesty is what matters most.

Thank you so much!


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