Nov 21, 2012

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Interview with Larissa Ione plus giveaway

I credit the author visiting today with a few things.  She introduced me to non-vampire paranormal romance books.  No, scratch that.  She introduced me to kick-ass-incredible non-vampire paranormal romance books.  She also introduced me to one of the most incredible worlds in paranormal lit.  I think this author is not only incredibly talented but also one of the sweetest people out there.  And who is this amazing incredible super duper author?  Why Larissa Ione of course!

Welcome to Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks Larissa!

Thank you so much for having me!

Your latest project is your Lords of Deliverance series.  Tell us about it.

The LOD series is a very closely-related spinoff of the Demonica series about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The three brothers and one sister spent 5,000 years trying to keep their Seals from breaking and kicking off the Apocalypse. As the series starts (with Eternal Rider,) one Seal has broken, and the siblings must struggle to save the world from doom.

The fourth book in your series, Rogue Rider, released November 20th!  Tell readers about your latest installment.

Rogue Rider is all about the first Horseman, Reseph’s, redemption. It was his Seal that broke in Eternal Rider (well, really it broke in Sin Undone, the fifth book of the Demonica series,) and turned him into Pestilence, the most evil being to walk the earth…ever. In Lethal Rider (LOD book 3), Pestilence was “destroyed,” and now Reseph must come to grips with what he did when he was evil.

In many scriptures, Pestilence is actually called Conquest.  What made you decide to refer to him as Pestilence?  Was Conquest not sexy enough for you 😉

Conquest was too similar to War, who is Ares’s character. Also, some interpretations call him Pestilence instead of Conquest, so I made Conquest his horse. 🙂

Your four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have names other then Pestilence, Death, Famine and War.  How did you come up with the “human names” that you chose for your characters?

I researched various ancient gods who share names that mean famine, death, war, and pestilence. I took Ares, Limos, Thanatos, and Reseph from the gods I found.

Another aspect about the Horsemen that you tweaked is that you made one of them a woman?  Did you know from the early planning stages for your series that you would have a female Horseman or did Limos surprise you one day and just started telling you were writing Famine all wrong?

I knew all along. I wanted to do something a little different. What I didn’t know was which one would be female. It was really a tie between Pestilence and Famine, but ultimately, Famine just sounded more feminine. Also, the name Limos was a Greek goddess of starvation, so…yeah, it just fit!

Lords of Deliverance isn’t the only series that you have written.  You are also the author of the Demonica books – some of my favorites!  There aren’t many paranormal creatures that you don’t tackle in that series.  Vampires, weres, angels…name it.  But what you are most known for are your demons.  Your sexy-sexy demons and your…er…not so sexy demons.  When you decide to write non-sexy, boy do you ever succeed!  Your nasty demons are just…ew!  They could easily conjure nightmares for life!  Do you actually visualize your demons before you write them or do they just come to you as you write?

Aw, thank you! I’ve always had a very vivid imagination, and with my background in reading and writing horror long before I wrote romance, I have had ugly, nasty creatures in my head for a long, long time. 🙂 So yep, I visualize them before I write them.

What made you write a series about demons to begin with instead of just vampires for example?

At the time I came up with the concept, demons were different. By the time the first book came out, demons were everywhere! I was a bit behind the curve…

Your world building is exceptional.  Your Demonica/Lords world is absolutely one of the best I have ever read.  Honestly, I didn’t know worlds so intricate existed in paranormal literature until I read your series.  You’ve written two series set in that world so far.  Do you plan on continuing to write in that same world for a while yet or are you feeling an itch to write a story set somewhere else?

You totally made me blush! 🙂 Thank you so much! I’m glad all my visualization and love of description has been successful for you. And yes, I do plan to continue writing in the Demonica/LOD world. I love it and there are so many more dark corners to explore. Yes, I am writing a new vampire series set in a brand new world, but I’m not going to stop writing in the Demonica world!

Let’s talk about Reaver.  Oh Reaver…how I love him!  He first appeared in your Demonica books, where he started off sort of in the background but ended up playing a pretty significant role in the third book.  You also have him play a very important role in your Lords of Deliverance books.  And now he is up next to get his own book!  Did you know from the moment you created him that he would play such an impressive part in so many of your books?

I didn’t know until Desire Unchained. And then I was wanted more for him, but wasn’t sure how long the series was going to go, so I created a couple of scenarios for him…which included a HEA in Passion Unleashed. Sure, it was an unconventional HEA in that he didn’t have a romance, but he did get what he’d always wanted, which was redemption. I left things open for him in case the LOD series was a go.

Since readers have followed him for so long, people have a strong connection to Reaver.  Are you nervous writing his book knowing that expectations are a little higher this time around?  And where will his book ‘live’?  Is it a Demonica book or a Lords of Deliverance book? 

I’m a little nervous. Not about writing it, exactly, because I’ve had his story in my head for a long time, and I know the characters so well. But yes, I know there’s going to be a lot of high expectations, and that always kind of freaks me out. I hate, hate, HATE to disappoint readers. I would rather read a review of my books that is full of vile hatred and insults about me (and there have been many!) than read a review from a reader who has loved many of my books but is left disappointed by one. Oh, and Reaver’s book will be considered a Demonica book.

Can you give us any information about Reaver’s book?  Possible release date, title suggestion, his heroine, plot hints…anything?  (You did such an amazing job setting his book up in Rogue Rider, I’m dying to learn any little tidbit that you are willing to share!)

Sadly, I can’t share much, because almost anything I say will be a spoiler for those who haven’t read Rogue Rider. What I can say is that a lot of the book will be set in Sheoul and Underworld General, and that all of the questions about Reaver’s past will be answered.

I’ve heard that you know what you are going to be writing after Reaver’s book but that you are keeping hush about them.  But can you tell us if you have started working on your top secret project or is it all still in the ‘thinking about’ phase?

The project, I’m happy to say, is in the works. As I mentioned above, I’m working on a new series set in an alternate reality where vampires are struggling to survive in a world where they’ve been enslaved by humans. The free vampires try to remain free, while those unfortunate enough to be enslaved simply try to survive. The series will revolve around a clan of free vampires living in the wilderness surrounding Seattle, and it’ll follow their relationships with other, rival clans, as well as their battle with human hunters and poachers. I’m really excited about it. The first book, which is temporarily titled Bound By Night, is scheduled to release next summer.

Okay, Flash Four time
Flash Four questions about books and writing ~

How long, from start to end, did it take you to write “Rogue Rider”?

About five months. Then more months of revisions and edits.

Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?

There was never any doubt. 🙂

In what room of your house do you write from?

I have an office, but I usually write in the living room, to my husband’s annoyance that I don’t use the room we had specially built just for me!

Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?

I come up with a working title before I start, but the final title usually comes after I turn in the book to my editor. Because I suck at titles.

Flash four questions about random things ~

Sweet or salty snacks?

Salty, but I do enjoy sweet/salty together, like salted caramel popcorn.

What color is your toothbrush?

Right now it’s gray.

Your high school experience:  good or bad?

Both. But I wouldn’t do it again.

What do you like on your pizza?

I love Greek pizzas. Feta cheese for the win!

Larissa, thank you SO much for answering my questions today.  I wish you mega-über success with your upcoming releases.

Okay, I want to make sure that those who want to try or who want to continue reading Larissa’s Lords of Deliverance series has the opportunity to so I’m giving you guys a chance to win any of the books from the series.  To enter, leave a comment below and tell me which book you would be interested in reading.  Book one, Eternal Rider?  Book two, Immortal Rider?  Book three, Lethal Rider?  Or book four, Rogue RiderWP is not my friend at the moment and my comments don’t seem to be working.  So instead of leaving a comment please fill out the Raffelcopter below.  And if you’ve already left a comment to enter, WP ate it so please enter again using the ballot.  So sorry for the pain in your arses.  I will pick TWO winners.  Open to everywhere The Book Depository ships and you must leave your comment by Sunday November 25th 2012 11:59pm est.  Good Luck!!

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  1. I would love to read Eternal Rider. I have this series on my “got to read” list but still have not started it. Larissa Ione’s writing style and story lines always sweeps me deep into the supernatural world!

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