Please join me in welcoming best-selling author and personal fave Larissa Ione! She’s here visiting today and telling us about her most recent AND her upcoming books (stop salivating on the keyboard Demonica fans). She’s generously giving away a copy of Passion Unleashed to one lucky commenter here today!
BLURB FOR PASSION UNLEASHED:
Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter—and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she’s been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn’t all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she’s finally met the one man she cannot resist.
Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe—her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions, and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: he’s falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.
“The third book in Ione’s supercharged Demonica series ignites on the first page and never looks back. Extreme bad boy Wraith is front and center and, man, is his life screwed up. It takes a special heroine to deal with this antihero, and Ione has created one! with all the previous players back for this apocalyptic adventure, action and danger leap off every page. The best of the series to date!”
““Romantic Times BookClub Magazine, 4 1/2 stars!
Link to purchase Passion Unleashed
BK: Thanks so much for stopping by Larissa!
What future projects are you especially excited about?
LI: Thanks for having me, Beth! It’s always awesome to chat with you! ïŠ As for future projects…well, I’m currently working on Demonica book 5, and I LOVE it. Love. It. The heroine is savvy, dangerous, and damaged, and the hero is confident, hot, and a vampire. Yeah, I’m having so much fun with it! I’m also working on a secret (shh!) project I’m hoping to be able to talk more about later in the year, but I can tell you that the seeds for it are planted in the fifth Demonica novel.
BK: Book 5 sounds really hot, and oh…I love secrets that are soon to be unveiled!
Every writer has moments they cringe when they read past stuff, and moments when they think…yeah, that’s good. Would you please share with us a paragraph or two of a sample of your writing of which you are particularly proud and say why you like it? Ack! I’m so bad at this kind of thing! I really have a hard time looking at my work and thinking it’s good. I’m more of the, Wow, this really sucks, type!
But here’s a bit from the fourth Demonica novel, Ecstasy Unveiled, which releases at the end of January:
Their gazes locked. Tension bloomed like a Sheoulin rose, dark, beautiful and, potentially, poisonous. Lore’s chest tightened, squeezing his lungs into deflated little balloons that had him gasping for air. If Idess didn’t kiss him, he thought he’d die of oxygen depravation. And then, with agonizing slowness, she leaned forward and braced herself on his shoulders. All over, she trembled, but her mouth lowered tentatively. The first, fleeting contact of her lips against his sent a buzz of lust through him. The second contact was bolder, lingering, and the buzz grew strong enough to send reverberations all the way to his toes.
She might not know what she was doing, but it didn’t matter, because what she was doing was enough. More than enough. He lifted his face to meet hers, to intensify the kiss that was already building steam. When her tongue flicked timidly across his bottom lip, he jerked like he’d been goosed and damned near forgot why he’d asked her to kiss him in the first place.
Steeling himself, he carefully eased his wrist out of the cuff. Flexed his fingers. Wished he could touch her, could run with this kiss and see where it would lead.
Instead, he struck.
BK: Oh, wow, I love when a male is just freakin’ overwhelmed by a woman. And you picked a kissing scene, another one of my faves. Nicely done indeed, Larissa. Whew.
Okay, you just got to show off a bit (and thank you for that, by the way!). Now can you tell us about a “˜blush moment,’ an especially humorous or mortifying moment in your writing career?
LI: Wow. There are a lot of those! LOL…okay, I guess I’ll go with the story of how I met Barry Eisler at the Romantic Times Convention last year.
See, I had a migraine the entire time, so I was taking a LOT of meds (yes, I’m blaming this on the drugs.) And at one point in the conference, I had something in my eye (I’m also blaming it on my fuzzy vision,) so I went to the bathroom. While I was in there, a man walks in, sees me, and looks pretty confused. I was pretty surprised, myself.
Him: Uh…are you in the wrong bathroom, or am I?
Me: I hope to God it’s you.
Him (backing up to look at the door): Nope. That would be you.
Me: *turning my name badge over* I’m Stephanie Tyler. Nice to meet you, Barry. Bye!
Omg, that was humiliating. I still groan when I think about it! (And the part about me saying I was my Sydney Croft writing partner, Stephanie Tyler, might or might not be true… *g*)
BK: Snort. And a mystery along with the humiliation story. Only Larissa could pull that off!
What are you working on right now, and when can readers look forward to seeing it?
LI: I’m working on Demonica book 5 (which I mentioned above) and book 6. Both should be available in the latter part of 2010!
BK: You just won the dream vacation of your choice. Where would you go? Why? Who would go with you? What book would you bring with you? What would you make SURE you left behind?
LI: My dream vacation takes me to Europe! England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Germany…yeah, you get the picture! *g* I love, love, love Europe, and I’d live there if I could. I lived in England while I was in the Air Force, and I miss it!
Who would go with me? I’d actually like to take my husband. I’ve been back to Europe twice since moving away, both times with friends, and it’s probably time I actually went with the man I’ve been married to for 15 years! : )
Book? I’d take something I’ve been saving for exactly something like a long plane trip (I hate to fly, so I like to make sure I have a treat to fly with!) I’ve held on to the latest Sharon Kay Penman novel for forever, so I might take that, or maybe the upcoming Robert Jordan.
What would I leave behind? Work! Absolutely NO work on a dream vacation!
BK: I didn’t know Robert Jordan had another coming out! From the Wheel of Time Series? Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by Larissa. You are a delight to readers.
LI: Thanks again for having me, Beth! And congrats on Paradise Rules’s release!