07 January 2014

AUTHOR INTERVIEW, BOOK PREVIEW, & GIVEAWAY: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff discusses Accidentally...Cimil?

Fab Fantasy Fiction welcomes author 
on the occasion of the launch of her new book,

Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (MJP) sits down with Fab Fantasy Fiction editor Emsy Van Wyck (EVW) and some lattes to chat about Cimil, Accidentally Yours, and what's next...

Welcome Mimi, I'm so happy you're able to join us this morning to discuss Cimil ... um, Mimi, will she be dropping by too? 
I don't know if I have another latte ... ummmm
Anyway folks, Mimi Jean is here to discuss our favorite bad girl gone wild in her Accidentally Yours series. Let's chat!
(EVW) Cimil is so bad she's good. I'm guessing she might be one of your favorite characters to write about. Am I close? If not her, who?
(MJP) Oh yeah, she’s my fave.

Cimil is that voice in our heads who says all of those snarky, weird, and inappropriate things. Sometimes she’s that voice who tells us to do wild, crazy things we’re afraid of. And, sometimes, Cimil is a symbol of the success that comes from failure. But, mostly, she just likes to mess with everyone because it makes her happy.

(EVW) And what's with the unicorns and Cimil, Mimi? And the clowns? Please discuss!

(MJP) LOL. Okay.

I’ll start with clowns. Those of you who were around for the movie Poltergeist as children, probably remember the life-sized clown under the bed. Well, since that movie, I’ve always been afraid of those evil-looking, smiling demons. It feels unnatural to be so happy. So, yes, I admit that I severely dislike clowns, but I recognize the comedy in that. It’s funny and irrational. It’s so Cimil.

As for unicorns, I really needed Cimil to have something that clued the readers into who she really is. Unicorns are just so over the top magical, corny, and good that they fit the bill. I just can’t imagine her having a different pet. Cat? Dog? Chipmunk? Nah. Unicorn, yes

(EVW) I know that there is only one book left in the series (Accidentally ... Over?) following Accidentally ... Cimil?, so what's going to be next for you?

(MJP) I never speak much of my “human” life, but I have 15 years of experience working for some of the world’s biggest companies, managing millions of dollars. And I recently quit. (I’m doing the wave!) So, the answer is I’m going to write! (No duh. Right?)

However, I really haven’t decided which project to dive into next. I have an Urban Fantasy (a trilogy) I must write or it will drive me bonkers. I also want to do a follow-up to Fate Book and write a new Contemporary Romance set near Napa. I also have a secret project, but cannot say what it is until after August. 

(EVW) Now, as a reader I know it's what is inside the book that counts, but those covers of yours are HOT! Do you help choose the models? Hang out with them? (I know you're not Cimil, but...)

(MJP) I admit, the best part about being a writer is shopping for hotties! Yes, I pick every guy. I do not compromise until I find one that looks like the man in my head. If needed, I will torture myself and view hundreds of abs if I must. It’s tedious work! (Wink.)

I’ve never met one. My husband would not approve, anyway. It’s bad enough he has to share me with pretend people. So see my drooling in real life? Nuh-uh.

(EVW) Now to Mimi, what's your favorite thing (group/individual) to listen to while you’re writing? Do your pets keep you company while you type? This inquiring reader would love to know.

(MJP) 99% of the time, I listen to this really cool Ambient Music for Yoga on Rhapsody. I have listened to it for years. I cannot explain why it works, but it blocks out any distracting noise while shutting out all chatter from my brain. I’ve written steamy sex scenes while on BART (our San Francisco subway), I’ve written fight scenes while in the car with screaming children—I’m not driving, obviously. This music puts me in a hypnotic state, instantly.

The dog is generally banned from my office while I write. She’s way too crazy! (A year old rat terrier, named DJ Princess Snowflake. My kids named her. They’re banned, too.)

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Mimi, I think we have a visitor here … 
Yes, here she is folks, CIMIL is in the house and 
Mimi's chatting with her now…

Cimil Q &A By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (1/3/14)

1. Cimil, rumor has it that you are trying to end the world.  How do you respond to these allegations?
- Well, that’s just crazy-talk! (And absolutely true.) I would never try to harm my precious people pets (a HUGE lie), because I am a deity. I am incapable of doing harm to anyone. (Another HUGE lie.)  That said, everything I touch does have a way of blowing up. (All true.) But it’s not my fault. I swear! (Sad, but true.) Once you read my story, you will understand. (Not likely, but hey… One can dream.)

2. Why, exactly, do you hate clowns?
- Really now. Why does anyone hate clowns? They smile all the time. It’s just creepy. And wholly unnatural. Nuff said.

3. How did Minky become your pet?  Where did you find her?
- Ah! Now there’s an exciting story.  It was about 10,000 B.C., and I was hunting packs of randy little Leprechauns (to play a prank on Fate; their tiny little hands freak her out).  Anywhoodles, I came across Minky trying to steal their pot of gold (it’s invisible, just like Minky). We’ve been best buds ever since.
Cimil, did you just make up that entire story?
- Yes. Absolutely. Dangit! I’m such a bad liar!  The truth is we met at a knitting circle.
You’re not going to tell us the truth, are you?
- No.

4. Now that your darkest secrets have been revealed in your novella, Accidentally Cimil, how do you feel? And do you still plan to smite the writer? 
- My secret is such a humdinger, how can I not be relieved?  My only concern is that my brethren will reject me when they find out. But it’s really not my fault. And yes, Mimi Jean shall be smote! 
So is your dark secret the reason you lied to your brethren about being clairvoyant when your true gift is speaking to the dead?
- No. Being clairvoyant just sounded cooler.  Don’t get me wrong, talking to dead people, seeing the world’s future and past through their eyes certainly has its perks, but half the time they just sit around complaining about being dead. Or losing at poker. (The dead play lots of poker.)

5. Can you give us a hint about how the series will end?
- I could tell you, but you’d never believe me. It’s BIG! It would even shock a Leprechaun and nothing shocks those little bastards.  I will tell you this, however; it involves very hungry hippopotami.  

See you in August!
Hugs and many naughty thoughts,
CIMIL (Just…Cimil)

by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

He closed the gap between us and grabbed me by the shoulders. I was about to release a surge of light into his hands simply for the sheer joy of watching him shoot across the room and slam into the wall, but then I remembered the stupid collar. I was dead in the water.

“I came to tell you something,” he said.

“You may speak.”

I could have sworn I saw actual sparks shoot from his eyes. Probably no one had ever told him anything other than, “Yes, my king” or “No, my king” and “Your wish is my command, my king.” 

Well, soon he’d be just another soul wondering why he had wasted his life on silly things like wealth and power.

And why the hell he’d messed with me!

He closed his eyes and took a breath, clamping down whatever bull crap he had the urge to say. When his dark eyes opened again, he tilted his head and placed his hand on my cheek. There was flicker of something almost… endearing within them.

“I came to tell you that I am sorry.” His jaw muscles ticked as he ground his teeth. “I am sorry for treating you so rudely.”

Wow. Looks like that hurt! “Are you okay? Should I make you a pot of soothing chamomile tea or call for a healer?”

His eyes shifted a bit. “I am very well. Why do you ask?”

Because you look like you just dropped an egg and have the worst PMS ever. “I’m guessing that apologizing, especially to a lowly female, bruised that giant ego of yours. But I’m glad to see you survived. Good stuff. Now, let me go. I have a planet to rescue.”

His face turned bright red. “I will not release you until you take the vow.”

I rolled my eyes. “Back to square one, are we?”

He didn’t respond.

Ugh! “A square is one of those shapes that has four—”

“I know what a square is,” he interrupted. “But I do not understand your expression.”

“Square one is the place where you started—Oh! Never mind, Chucky,” I said. “What I meant was that you are infuriating! You thought you could come in here, make an apology—wow! Such a huge sacrifice—and win me over with that? Really, big boy? You’ve taken me prisoner. You put this collar around my neck like I’m some sort of pet, and you’ve neutralized my powers. Do you really think an apology is going to—”

He bent his head and kissed me hard.

My entire body lit up like a bonfire, and the heat from his bare chest enveloped me in a steamy wave of lust. My knees buckled, and he immediately wrapped me in his large arms, pulling me close to prevent me from sliding down to the floor where I conjectured I might end up a squishy little puddle of fluttering nerves and unflattering spasms of joy.

And for a moment, I swore our bodies melted together. I’d never felt anything so potent. That dark, empty space inside my chest began to glow like a warm ember, and the only thing I could think of was stripping away my tiny little top and skirt. I wanted to feel his heavy body slip and slide over mine as his hands and mouth roamed every inch of my—

I pushed away and slapped him. Hard.

Rage flickered in his eyes. “What in the gods’ name was that?”

In my name? In my name? I huffed and then poked him. “No! You tell me what that was!”

“That was called a kiss.”


ACCIDENTALLY…CIMIL? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
January 7, 2014; Forever E-Novella; $1.99; 978-1-4555-4703-6

Meet Cimil. Yeah, she's the Goddess of the Underworld, harbinger of all things evil and deadly, yadda, yadda . . . but she's also crazy fun! While minding her own business in Giza, Egypt, around 3000 BC (give or take a few centuries), she spots the hottest mortal her immortal eyes have ever seen. And he's not just any guy-he's the strong, powerful pharaoh who's fallen madly in love with her. But when he kills her pet unicorn, Cimil vows revenge, even if takes thousands of years to get even.

When Roberto meets Cimil, the king knows she's his soul mate. It isn't just her beautiful eyes or gorgeous body, but the godly power he feels simmering just beneath her fun-loving surface. They were the perfect couple . . . until the dead unicorn thing. Now after four thousand years, Roberto crosses paths with Cimil again, and his love for her is stronger than ever. But can he prove that he can once again be trusted with her heart?

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About the author

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is The New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of Paranormal Romance. Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she's not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life...or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

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Accidentally In Love With...A God? (Accidentally Yours Book 1)
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Trapped for decades, a powerful god seeks freedom . . . and revenge. But the only thing that can save him is the passion of a woman's touch . . .

Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body-his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he'll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough?

Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? (Accidentally Yours Book 2)
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"If you love her, set her free. If she comes back, she's yours. If she doesn't...Christ! Stubborn woman! Hunt her down, and bring her the hell back; she's still yours according to vampire law."
- Niccolo DiConti, General of the Vampire Queen's Army.

After a three-century "time out," legendary vampire Niccolo DiConti vows to fulfill an ancient prophecy and, along the way, defeat the demented queen of the damned. All he has to do is find his human mate, seduce her into agreeing to become a vampire, and bond her to him forever. Luckily, he's handsome, charming, and mind-blowing in bed. How hard could this be?

On vacation in sultry Mexico, biologist Helena Strauss makes the discovery of a lifetime when she meets Niccolo-and finds herself caught in a world of supernatural secrets and dangerous delights. Even more shocking is that he seems to know everything about her and claims her as his true immortal companion. Sure, she can't take her eyes-or mouth-off this gorgeous, perfect being. But can a hot-blooded gal like her really settle down with a cold-hearted vampire?

Sun God Seeks...Surrogate? (Accidentally Yours Book 3)
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A Deal from Heaven
Living in New York City, Penelope Trudeau has seen a lot of weird stuff-but nothing like the insane redhead who accosts her with a wild proposition. Penelope will get a million dollars if she has a baby with the strange woman's brother. With her mother dying from a mysterious disease, Penelope can use the money. Yet the terrified waitress is adamant that her womb and eggs are not for sale . . . until she meets her intended mate. He's impressively built, gorgeous, and red-hot, literally. He's a freaking immortal Sun God.

For thousands of years, Kinich (Nick to his friends) didn't believe in fraternizing with humans, so procreating with them is definitely a no-no. But after one sizzling encounter with the beautiful, passionate Penelope, Nick begins to think he was wrong . . . until he realizes meeting Penelope was just another one of his crazy sister's schemes at manipulation. But now that he has Penelope in his life, he can't let her go. Especially because doing so means throwing her into the hands of his dangerous enemies.

Accidentally...Evil? (Accidentally Yours Novella, Book 3.5)
The God of Male Virility Has Never Had a Date . . . Until Now
"Make no mistake, I am not the sort of god who enjoys playing games. When I return, you will tell me everything-who and what you are-then we shall spend the evening making love."

When Maggie O'Hare hears those words she thinks she's lost her mind. One minute she was traipsing around the Mayan jungle looking for her father's excavation site; the next she's accused of being immortal by a guy who swears he's a god. And as for the making love part . . . well, the fact that it sounds like a very good idea is a sure sign she's gone mad. But this guy who calls himself the God of Virility-he's superhot. And every time he touches her, something crazy happens.

Backlum Chaam has waited seventy thousand years to meet the woman Fate has chosen for him, and now that she's here, he can't believe his luck. Maggie is brilliant and gorgeous and everything he could have dreamed of . . . except that she insists she's human. But Chaam knows that's impossible-a god could never love a human. And if he seduces one, their passion could have the power to destroy mankind . . .

Vampires Need Not...Apply? (Accidentally Yours Book 4)
Meet Dr. Antonio Acero. Heir to Spain's wealthiest family, world-renowned physicist, and dedicated bachelor. While on vacation in southern Mexico, Antonio discovers an ancient Mayan tablet. Local legends say it contains magical properties, properties that could put his stalling research on the map.

But is this really his lucky break?

When Antonio attempts to put the tablet to use, he'll discover that Fate has other plans. Her name is Ixtab, and she's quite possibly the deadliest deity who ever lived.

Accidentally...Cimil? (Accidentally Yours Novella, Book 4.5)

A Crazy Kind of Love
Meet Cimil. Yeah, she's the Goddess of the Underworld, harbinger of all things evil and deadly, yadda, yadda . . . but she's also crazy fun! While minding her own business in Giza, Egypt, around 3000 BC (give or take a few centuries), she spots the hottest mortal her immortal eyes have ever seen. And he's not just any guy-he's the strong, powerful pharaoh who's fallen madly in love with her. But when he kills her pet unicorn, Cimil vows revenge, even if takes thousands of years to get even.

When Roberto meets Cimil, the king knows she's his soul mate. It isn't just her beautiful eyes or gorgeous body, but the godly power he feels simmering just beneath her fun-loving surface. They were the perfect couple . . . until the dead unicorn thing. Now after four thousand years, Roberto crosses paths with Cimil again, and his love for her is stronger than ever. But can he prove that he can once again be trusted with her heart?

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Accidentally...Over? (Accidentally Yours Book 5)
Publication date: 26 August 2014
When it comes to Máax, the God of Truth who refuses to follow the rules, there's more to him than meets the eye. Literally. Because Maáx is invisible! Which is probably why, after seventy-thousand years, he's still unable to find a mate.

Ashli Rosewood was never meant to die. In fact, her death might be the very reason the gods are now faced with stopping that pesky doomsday right around the corner. If only there was a way to undo the past.

Cue Máax. Seven feet of divine masculinity and the unruly god charged with saving Ashli. With a little help from an ancient Mayan tablet, Máax will travel back in time and set things right.

Easy, right?


Because Máax has one teensy challenge. He's invisible. And every time this impatient, powerful deity gets anywhere near Ashli, he spooks her right into harm's way. Meaning...she dies, and he has to start all over again.

Cliff, banana peel, runaway storage container filled with Belgian chocolates, bee sting, the list goes on and on. Does the Universe have it out for this girl? Sure seems that way. But why? And what will Máax do when he begins to suspect that not only is Ashli the key to stopping the apocalypse, but she may be "the one" he's been waiting seventy-thousand years for.

How will he save the one woman the Universe insists on killing and who wants nothing to do with him?