Today is a big day: the official release of BLOOD OF THE DEMON, Book One in the Demons of infernum series!! I’ve lived and breathed this book for the past year, so to say I’m excited would be a huge understatement!
I’m celebrating today’s release with a guest post at Louisa Bacio‘s site. Please drop in and say hi!!
Also, the lovely Suzanne Johnson over at Preternatura has reviewed Blood of the Demon, and is holding a contest giving it away! Stop in to enter!
Last but not least, the fabulous Thea Harrison is on my blog and giving away a copy of DRAGON BOUND. Don’t forget to enter to win this fantastic book!
Update: The winner of DRAGON BOUND is… wendydbooks! Congrats! I’ll contact you privately to set up delivery.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today I’m delighted to host a very special guest, Thea Harrison. She’s the author of DRAGON BOUND and STORM’S HEART. If you haven’t read her yet, DO IT! Her work is AMAZING!! Without further ado, here’s Thea:
The Dark Fae are some of the longest lived creatures in the Elder Races universe, with several kingdoms throughout the world. One of the most famous of the Dark Fae kingdoms is the Unseelie Court, based in an Other land with crossover passageways to Ireland. The Dark Fae Unseelie Court is often at odds with the Light Fae Seelie Court, which is also based in the same Other land off of Ireland. The two Fae’s famous battles are almost always why the Dark Fae and the Light Fae are discussed hand-in-hand.
Both races are Fae, which is to say they share certain characteristics in common—they are magical and long-lived, and they have long elegantly pointed ears and a certain similarity in bone structure.
But the Dark and Light Fae have not only distinct geographical and political differences; they have other strong differences as well. The Dark Fae are black-haired, with pale skin and gray eyes, and they often have a gift for metallurgy. The Light Fae are a blond, charismatic race, with either blue or green eyes, and they have an aversion to iron.
In the Continental United States, the Dark Fae’s demesne is based in the Other land Adriyel just outside of Chicago, while the Light Fae is based some distance away in Los Angeles.
The Adriyel Dark Fae is an old demesne, established well before European humankind came to the Chicago area. The demesne is ruled by a monarchy which has seen some intense upheaval over the last two-hundred years. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Rhian Lorelle, King of the Dark Fae, took a moderate view of the human settlers from Europe and embraced a theory of change. His brother, Urien Lorelle, was not so open-minded. Urien worked with several key members of Dark Fae nobility to stage a coup. Urien and his faction killed most of the Lorelle family, including King Rhian, his Queen Shaylee, and their twin sons, Rafe and Dwyer. Their daughter Niniane Lorelle escaped and vanished.
Closed borders, monopolized trade, and a community kept in segregation were the key characteristics of Urien’s two-hundred year reign. Without a robust free trade system, the Adriyel Dark Fae economy weakened while a select few in the nobility, Urien’s allies, took advantage of their elite status. Urien granted them special trade dispensations, and as a result they grew immensely wealthy.
In the meantime, Niniane Lorelle managed to reach the Wyr demesne in New York. She petitioned the Lord of the Wyr, Dragos Cuelebre, for asylum. Dragos had been allies with Rhian Lorelle, and he granted Niniane’s petition. Niniane changed her name to Thistle Periwinkle and made a place for herself in Wyr society. No one but Urien realized that she had survived the massacre. Over the next two centuries, relations between the Dark Fae and the Wyr remained strained as Urien made several unsuccessful attempts on Niniane’s life, and Urien and Dragos engaged in a deadly cold war filled with political conflict, military tension, and economic competition.
The Adriyel Dark Fae face many challenges when the Elder Races series begins.
Want to learn more about the Dark Fae? Read STORM’S HEART by Thea Harrison!
GREAT NEWS, everyone! Ms. Harrison has graciously agreed to give away a copy of DRAGON BOUND to one random commenter (U.S. or Canada only)! This book has one of the sexiest heroes I’ve ever read. I drool every time I think about him!
Hi everyone. The past couple of months have been so crazy-busy I could barely even breathe. I just realized it’s been 2 1/2 months since I released my first self-published novella, so I’d like to give an update on sales.
In my first month of sales (I’m counting mid-May to mid-June), I sold about 120 books. The next month I doubled that figure. And so far for this month? On track to double last month’s figure. Now, overall my sales are relatively modest, so I didn’t put the pattern together until I decided to do another update for you folks.
The result? I’m pretty freaking excited. If the sales numbers are doubling every month, within a few months I’ll have a pretty nice income for one little story that took me less than a month to write and publish. And what will happen when I put up a second book for sale? A third? I can see how sales figures will grow exponentially, and that makes me want to dance around the room.
In other industry thoughts, there are times when you make a decision and you are truly conflicted over whether you’ve made the right one. You could go one of two ways and you seriously don’t know which way would be better.
This is how I felt back in March when I received an offer of publication from Entangled Publishing. I was querying my manuscript and several agents had the full. My request rate for queries was pretty decent: about 1 out of 10. I finally decided to go with Entangled because I loved their vision and truly believed they understood where the industry was headed. Also, frankly, I’m very impatient. I didn’t want to wait to find an agent, wait to (hopefully) sell, then wait another 1-2 years to be published. The thought of that killed me.
Now, several months later, I’m so glad I made the choice I did. So much has changed in the industry even in just these four months. Ebooks are taking over far more rapidly than I think anyone could have expected. Part of that is the ease of these reading devices. Earlier this year I told anyone who’d listen that I would never switch over to an ereader. Now? I’m addicted. I still like my paper books, but for traveling nothing beats an ereader, and I can see how I will likely phase my paper books out as time goes by (especially now that my fave bookstore, Borders, is out of business). And the best thing about my new publisher is that, for those who refuse to make the leap to ebooks, they will also release in print (via POD and possibly through sales to retailers like Walmart and Target).
To sum up, there are a lot of great things happening in the publishing industry right now, and they’re happening on the ebook front. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
Everyone, I have a special guest on the blog today. Julia Rachel Barrett is here to talk about her new release, Incorporeal:
Why I wrote a ghost story.
The answer is so simple – because I was told it can’t be done. Three publishers informed me that ghost stories do not, EVER, sell. I was told there is no market for a ghost romance, that there are no readers for a ghost romance. I asked myself, is this really true? I love a good ghost story, always have…always will.
I have this problem. If you tell me not to do something, I immediately do it. My mom told me not to stick my tongue on a freezing lampost. As soon as I got outside, I stuck my tongue on a lampost. She told me I couldn’t fly so I spent years jumping out of trees and off garage roofs to prove I could. Three broken ankles later, I finally decided retreat was the better part of valor, but I still believe I can fly. Oops! Guess it’s true. I don’t always act in my own best interest!
You know, here’s the thing, writing Incorporeal was fun. In fact, it was a blast! I decided to tone down the erotica that I more typically write and instead tell a story. I threw two characters together, both of whom were confused by their paranormal circumstances, but despite the big challenges they face – the biggest is that he’s dead while she’s alive – Sara Wise and Natan de Manua fall in love. Natan comes alive in Sara’s arms. Both characters came vividly alive in my imagination and I knew I would publish their story on my own, advice to the contrary be damned!
Another character came alive during the writing of Incorporeal and he gets his own story in my next installment, In the Flesh, when Sara and Nathan’s Guardian gets another chance at life and love.
Thanks for having me, Rosalie.
Blurb for Incorporeal:
Sara Wise is sick of ghosts. They’ve haunted her since she was a child, destroying her family, endangering her life. When an incorporeal being appears in her shower, she curses him soundly and orders him out, but this ghost is sticky. Not only does he invade her shower, he moves into her home, invading her dreams, sharing her bed. The reluctant Sara finds herself falling in love with a dead man.
Despite Sara’s objections, Natan de Manua isn’t permitted to leave. Protecting the woman is both his penance and his means to redemption. She’s not easy to protect, she fights him nearly every step of the way, except in her bed. Nathan may have come to regain his soul, but instead he risks losing his heart.
You can learn more about Julia here: http://juliarachelbarrett.net
Thanks so much for telling us more about your story, Julia! For all you out there, I’d love to know if you enjoy a good old ghost romance. I know I do! Anyone remember that old Steve Guttenberg movie, High Spirits?
Hi everyone! Today I have a special guest on the site: Kinley Baker, talking about her upcoming release, Ruined.
ME: We’re here today to talk about your debut release, Ruined, set to be released by the Crescent Moon Press. Huge congratulations on your sale! When is your official release date?
KINLEY: Thank you, Rosalie! Ruined will be released at the end of this month.
ME: Can you tell us a little bit about your story?
KINLEY: The story focuses on the hero and heroine, Vale and Jessa. Jessa is a Healer who places her gift above all else. Vale is a Warrior thrust into unexpected power because of the death of his older brother. Not a fate he expects, but one he’ll reluctantly embrace. He battles his new position and his hidden attraction to Jessa. (Author intrusion: I’ve always had a love of scandal and the Shadow Shifter Court is full of it. Oh, and another side note: The people in the Realm of Shadows shift through the shadows of their Ancestor gods.) Vale is human in his grief. But he’s a strong man with a good heart. And he falls in love with Jessa, despite the Court’s decree against the union.
ME: What inspired you to write a fantasy romance?
KINLEY: I wanted to create a realm where magic ruled. A place where shadows thrived and the Ancestors of the past were honored. The Shadow Shifters were formed with the ability to shift through shadows. The Ancestor gods also blessed their people with four spiritual gifts that travel through bloodlines: Warrior, Healer, Seer and Sensitive. I love the world of fantasy, but romance drove my need to write from the very beginning. Once Vale and Jessa appeared in my head, it became clear I could write a love story in a world full of the elements I’d choose to value if given the choice of living in an alternate reality.
ME: What do you think your readers will like most about Ruined?
KINLEY: Ruined is a little funny, a little dark and full of heart. The villains took on a life of their own from the beginning and Verity and Andre are two twisted people who want the same goal but have very different motivations. The Court inspires scandal. Deception thrives in the castle. But the fun part is that even noble Vale and innocent Jessa are willing to dance on the side of wicked.
I hope everyone gives Ruined a chance because the real reason why I write is to sweep readers away. If I do that, ever, for even one person, everything that led to here is worth it.
ME: What’s next for you? Do you plan on writing a sequel?
KINLEY: Ruined is a trilogy. Book 2 is Caleb’s story. And Book 3 stars Ari. I’ll have more exciting news to share about this very soon! Stay tuned.
ME: Can you tell us about how you decided to become a published writer? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do, or did you (like me) get hit by the bug a little later in life?
KINLEY: Great question! I love the romance genre. In my teens, I fell in love with Ty from Nora Robert’s The Villa. Every hero I’ve read since has opened my eyes to what makes a worthy male in the world of fiction.
I started writing a year out of college and knew it would be romance. What makes people fall in love? Every journey is different. I find the stories worth writing. I’m not sure when I decided to submit to publishers, but somewhere along the line I tripped over courage. And from then on everything about this journey has felt like this is exactly what I should be doing.
ME: When you aren’t writing, who are your favorite authors to read?
KINLEY: I go fan girl on my favorite authors. Lol. Larissa Ione, Virginia Kantra, JR Ward, Nalini Singh, Nora Roberts. These authors taught me that a book can be magical and inspired me to attempt to create the same feeling in readers.
I had a professor in college who told me happy endings weren’t original. It took me a year after graduating to decide she didn’t know what she was talking about. Each happy ending and the journey to get there is unique. Happy endings might not be for her, and that’s fine. I’m liberal with my reading prescriptions: Read what you love. I love romance. And that’s what I’ll write. Unless life has other plans. But I really hope it doesn’t.
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Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.
Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land——and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.
But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.
Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but little do they know, the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.
I got special permission to post a sneak preview of my excerpt J
“You.” Fury burned hot under Jessa’s skin as she glared at Vale. “Who do you think you are, demanding I come live in this castle? You can’t just order your guards to enter a woman’s home and pack up her things.”
“Well, I did.” Vale came around the desk and propped one hip against it, more of a threatening than casual movement. “Someone tried to kill me. It makes sense that I have my Healer close by.”
She released a pent-up breath. “Why couldn’t you have explained that instead of mandating?” Silly. Her imagination had run away with her. The king needed his Healer. But the realization he didn’t want her made her angrier.
“Because I didn’t want to give you the option of saying no.”
She most definitely would have said no.
“If you would have explained your reasoning, I would have complied. Your safety and health come first, even if I—”
“Even if you what?”
“Loathe you.” She bunched her fingers into two fists, seriously tempted to hit him. For all the nonexistent pain it would inflict upon him.
“Do you?” His tone deadened with calm. “Because I can’t stop thinking about you.”
“That’s normal.” She brushed off the claim. “I saved your life.”
He moved in a blur. A true Shadow Shifter. One second he stood near his desk, the next he had her in his arms, one locked around her waist and one hand tangled in her hair. Their lips almost brushed.
“I can’t stop thinking about you.” His murmur played down her spine, leaving a tingling trail. His scent invaded her. His voice embraced her like bare skin against satin sheets.
Her heart beat fast, her pulse jumped.
She disliked him, but didn’t want him to let her go.
“Have you been thinking about me?” His soft tone feathered over her flesh.
“Only how much I dislike you.” Lust pulsed in her belly.
He pulled her head back gently by her hair, so they looked straight into each other’s eyes. Their bodies pressed tightly together. “Liar.”
Learn more about Ruined here!: http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Ruined.html
So what’s your favorite part of reading fantasy combined with romance?
Hi all. I’m eyeballs deep in writing Book 3 of my DEMONS OF INFERNUM series, but I wanted to share a review I got for Blood of the Demon, Book 1 of the series. The reviewer compares this story to The Mummy! Heck ya!!
Also, I’m being interviewed by Julianne Draper of the Tampa Books Examiner. Please stop by and check it out:
For those of you who missed Friday’s post, Minette Meador dropped in to talk about her new release, A Ghost of a Chance. As part of her blog tour, she’s giving away a KINDLE and a $100 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE, so if you haven’t already done so, be sure to leave a comment at http://rosalielario.com/2011/07/08/the-process-by-minnette-meador-plus-win-a-kindle-or-100-amazon-gift-certificate/. You can also follow her blog tour for more chances to win.
I got a great new review of For Love of an Angel over at Kick Back and Review!! If you have a chance, please stop in and check it out at http://kickbackandreview.blogspot.com/2011/07/for-love-of-angel-fallen-warrior-series.html.