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Larissa Ione is here!!
Friday, October 2nd, 2009

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!

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BLURB FOR PASSION UNLEASHED:

Forbidden Temptations…

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.

Fatal Desires…

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

Larissa’s Interview

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!  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:

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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!

30 comments to “Larissa Ione is here!!”

  1. Jeanette Juan
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 am · Link

    The book sounds like an awesome read and awesome interview!



  2. Heather D
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 9:17 am · Link

    Hey y’all!

    I have to say you have some of the hottest covers out on the shelves!! This series has been on my wishlist for a while now. I actually purchased one for my mother’s birthday and am kicking myself for not keeping it for myself!

    Great Interview!



  3. Mary G
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 9:25 am · Link

    Hi Larissa & Beth
    Larissa, I loved Snowbound & marvel that you wrote a sexy book about a not so sexy medical problem. When I met Lea she was raving about your demonica books & I said Larissa wrote Snowbound right? Lea convinced me to buy the demonica series and they are in my TBR pile waiting for me to be in a “demonic” mood. :evil: They sound amazing & I’m so happy I can read them all at once. Best wishes.



  4. Kathryn S
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 9:58 am · Link

    I can’t wait for Larissa’s latest release. And after reading that little teaser… well, now I REALLY can’t wait! lol

    Near as I can tell, this is my first time checking out Kery’s blog, so I’m gonna look around a bit. I already like what I see. :)



  5. Melissa
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 9:59 am · Link

    Awesome interview, Beth and Larissa. You both made me laugh. ~~snort~~ on the Stephanie Tyler I.D., Larissa.
    Don’t enter me, Beth~~I’m a slavering Wraith fan, lol.
    And OMG on the secret!! You gotts spill, girl!! :mrgreen:



  6. Bonnie H
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 10:01 am · Link

    Hi Larissa and Beth! *waves* What an awesome interview, thank you for sharing. That excerpt was totally sexy, and I SO want to go out and get that book RIGHT NOW! And I’m still laughing over your bathroom incident – omg something like that happened to my hubby once, but he was in the girls room and it was his first day of high school as a freshman LOL
    Anyway, thanks again ladies! :grin:



  7. Tricia Lee
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 10:02 am · Link

    Nice book!!! I’ll find all means to get the book even though it’s difficult.
    Great interview!



  8. Cynthia N
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 am · Link

    Hi Ladies!

    Fantastic excerpt from Ecstasy Unveiled – just what I needed on this dreary Friday afternoon. Cannot wait till this one hits the shelves.

    Beth, I’ll have to take a look around. My interest in defiantly piqued!

    :mrgreen:



  9. Lillie A.
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 11:01 am · Link

    We get 3 Demonica books next year?! 3?! Squeeeeee!

    Please don’t enter me in the contest :)



  10. Teresa Warner
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 11:26 am · Link

    I’m looking forward to the latest release, I enjoy this series!



  11. Willa
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 11:43 am · Link

    Hi Larissa *waving*

    Interesting and funny interview!

    And fab excerpt – can’t wait for Lore’s tale – but wait – 3 Demonica books next year??

    Woo – Hoo! :razz:



  12. Larissa
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 11:44 am · Link

    Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by!!! And thanks again, Beth, for having me!!!!

    And oops, wanted to clear up something — I made a typo when I was discussing what I’m working on! I’m working on Demonica book 5 and ACRO book 6, not Demonica book 6! Sorry about that, Lillie! BUT…stuff will be happening in book 5 that will lead to more things going on in the world developed in the Demonica books! :mad:



  13. Viki
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm · Link

    I just can’t wait for #5. I love your books.



  14. Karin
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Fantastic interview! I really love the Demonica series and look forward to the fourth book. Please don’t count me in the contest as I already have Passion Unleashed.



  15. Kayla
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Ohmygoodness! I cannot wait to get my hands on my own copy of Lore’s story. I fell in love with Lore anyways in just his tiny appearence he made in the previous book, so I really can’t wait to read his own story!!!



  16. Minna
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Great Interview!



  17. Jane
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 1:26 pm · Link

    I really need to catch up on my reading. I’ve only read the first book in the Demonica series.



  18. Blanche
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa!!! :mrgreen:

    This is an amazing series……..can’t wait for all the new books!!!!



  19. J. Hunter
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa!

    Great interview and this series rocks! Can’t wait for the next installments.

    :mrgreen:



  20. Bella
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 2:30 pm · Link

    That is SO funny that you said stop salivating, because that’s EXACTLY what I was doing!

    Great to see you ladies! Hope you have a most excellent weekend!

    ~bella



  21. Beverly G
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm · Link

    butt butt beth do i have to her books are awesome just like yours are awesome cant wiat to read them thank you for the interview



  22. lorettaC
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Great interview. You must be a barrel of fun. love your books.

    loretta canton,
    lbcanton@verizon.net



  23. Lea
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 3:37 pm · Link

    *Waving* at Larissa and Beth!!

    Awesome snippet from Lore’s book Larissa and I have to say Passion Unleashed nearly edged out Pleasure Unbound as my favorite Demonica Book!! LOVED IT!!

    Please don’t enter me in the contest, beause I have all the Demonica books.

    Great interview ladies!!

    Thanks for sharing.. :)

    L



  24. Tracey D
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Great interview.

    I look forward in reading more of your books.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D



  25. RKCharron
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Hi :)
    Thank you for the great interview with Larissa and thanks Larissa for sharing,
    I’m glad there are so many commentors here today.
    Larissa Ione is a great writer!
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo



  26. Fedora
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Lovely interview, Larissa! Hope you and DH get your dream vacation soon! :)



  27. Stephine
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      · October 2nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Awesome interview as always. The wait for Lore’s book is killing me!!!



  28. blodeuedd
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      · October 3rd, 2009 at 1:04 am · Link

    I have book 1 on my shelf and I am sure gonna get to it soon :) I hears such great things.

    Sounds like a great vacation to take, and I say yes on the RJ book. I have been waiting for it for years



  29. Paula
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      · October 3rd, 2009 at 3:01 am · Link

    What a funny story from RT, although bummer about the migraine. I hope you’ll get your dream vacation soon.



  30. wanda flanagan
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      · October 6th, 2009 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Larissa your books are awesome cant wait to read more of your work.



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