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Larissa Ione!
Friday, May 8th, 2009

Mega-talented USA Today and NY Times bestselling author Larissa Ione is here today! What a perfect author to help us wind-down the Daring Time Contest with a touch of class. She’s talking about her latest Passion Unleashed (among other things…like tatoos) and doing a giveaway of Passion Unleashed
And a demon duckie!
Now this particular give away is going to be for US residents only, as Larissa is in the midst of a move and it’s difficult for her to get to the post office at this time. (Yep, authors get smacked by stress as much as anybody.)

So let’s show Larissa some love. ๐Ÿ™‚


Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunterโ€”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 universeโ€”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.

****A USA Today and New York Times bestseller!
Order Passion Unleashed here.

Larissa’s Interview

BK: Wow, that last line on the blurb gives me shivers. Thank you for joining us, Larissa!

LI: Thank you for having me!

BK: What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

LI: TV. Definitely the TV. I have to turn the thing off and keep it off, or my writing really suffers. Also, my husband is a HUGE distraction! He likes to turn on the TV, sit beside me, and flip through the channels. Constantly. I love the guy, but sometimes I wish HE had a remote control! *g*

BK: LOL. How interesting that your downfall (besides hubby, of course) is good, old-fashioned TV. What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?

LI: I’m currently working on the fourth book in the Demonica series, Ecstasy Unveiled. It is scheduled for release in Feb 2010, and I can’t wait! The hero, Lore, was introduced in Passion Unleashed, the third book…and he’s a big, bad assassin who suddenly has an angel on his shoulder and no idea how to deal with it. *g*

As far as upcoming releases, I have an entry in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2, which comes out at the end of September. The story in it is very loosely tied to the Demonica world, and features a demon slayer heroine who is faced with having to slay the man she loves.

For more information on these two books (including an excerpt of Ecstasy Unveiled,) click here.

I’m also working on revisions for the 5th Sydney Croft (my pen name with author Stephanie Tyler called Tempting The Fire. We’re looking at a summer 2010 release date for this erotic sci-fi adventure!

LI: What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book? The best compliment has to be when people send me pictures of their Demonica tattoos! I mean, how cool is it that people love the books and the caduceus (medical symbol on the front covers) enough to have the symbol permanently inked on their bodies? I got the tattoo myself, I have to admit!

BK: All right, that just might be one of the most amazing compliments I’ve heard during the Daring Time contest. Extremely cool. If you could time travel to any time or placeโ€”the past or futureโ€”where and when would you go to, and why?

BK: I would visit medieval England “โ€œ not to live, but to observe. I’ve been fascinated with the medieval world for years, and I’d really, really like to see it. Though I’d love to visit the future too. If I had to pick…I honestly don’t know which I’d choose! Medieval days, or maybe 100 years into the future. Tough choice!

Thank you so much for having me, Beth! You’re awesome!

BK: You rock, Larissa!

Learn more about Larissa here.
Learn more about Sydney Croft here.

36 comments to “Larissa Ione!”

  1. Lea
      · May 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am · Link

    ***Waving Madly At Larissa***

    Excerpt of “Ecstasy Unveiled”? Yikes!! How did I miss that one??? You gotta know where I’m headed right after I finish this comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beth – I’ve already read and reviewed “Passion Unleashed”, so please don’t enter me, plus there is the whole living in Canada thing! lol

    Larissa, so delighted to see you here celebrating with Beth and it is wonderful you were able to set time aside to be here for the finale of her wonderful contest.

    All I can say is “Demonica” is awesome and “Passion Unleashed” Rocks and I cannot wait for February 2010!

    I hope your move goes well Larissa. ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. Jody F.
      · May 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am · Link

    I so want to read this series! I hear such great things about it. If only there were more hours in the day for reading.

  3. danni
      · May 8th, 2009 at 9:41 am · Link

    I actually just finished reading Pleasure Unbound. I absolutely loved it!! It was really good. I love the stories about demons. I can’t wait to read Wraith’s story, he was my favorite.

  4. CrystalGB
      · May 8th, 2009 at 9:56 am · Link

    Great interview. I love this series.

  5. Stacy ~
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am · Link

    Hey Larissa, your series has sure generated some buzz! I haven’t read all the books yet, but I’m getting there. How exciting to hear you’re working on book #4.

    I like the tattoo idea. I’ve been looking for awhile for something small but meaningful, and I might have to add this one to my choices. Now I just gotta get past the whole pain angle…

  6. Fedora
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am · Link

    Hi, Larissa! Thanks for the terrific interview! I’m glad that you’ve got an awesome husband, and distracting as he is, you manage to write anyway–yay for us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    How many Demonica books do you have planned?

  7. Lea
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:15 am · Link


    Stacy sounds like me…. :blush:


  8. Barbara Smallwood-Tran
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:16 am · Link

    Fantastic blurb, excerpt, and interview. I love blogs because they introduce me to so many new (to me) great authors. This is on my wish list for sure! Thanks for guesting today, and to Beth for the great contest and authors this past month! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Beverly G
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:17 am · Link

    wonderful interview and blurb i cant waitto read this every author so far has been added to my to be read list your no different could be cool to win and good luck with the move i just got finished moving my self and i can say i hate it lol congrats on the books and ty Beth for holding the contest

  10. Cybercliper
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:34 am · Link

    Hi Larissa… great interview! No need to enter me…I already have all your books and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!! Can hardly wait for your next book.

  11. Cecile
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:45 am · Link

    Oh wow!!!! Thanks Beth for having Larissa!! Please do not enter me in the contest.. for I already own this book. I am trying to get my hands on the first couple few books!!! But it is wonderful to learn about the person behind the books!!

  12. Ashley Madden
      · May 8th, 2009 at 11:17 am · Link

    Hi Larissa!

    I read and absolutely LOVED Pleasure Unbound. I haven’t got around to reading Desire Unchained or Passion Unleashed, but I know I’ll love both books as much as the first!

  13. Teresa Warner
      · May 8th, 2009 at 11:25 am · Link

    I’m enjoying this series and can’t wait to read this one!

  14. Jeanette Juan
      · May 8th, 2009 at 11:30 am · Link

    Wow now I really want to read this series!

  15. Booklover1335
      · May 8th, 2009 at 11:44 am · Link

    Hi Larissa,
    I just started reading this series, and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I am also glad that I am a little late in discovering them so that I can read them all at once, instead of having to wait for the next one, which will be the case for Ectsasy Unveiled.
    Anyways just wanted to let you know how much I love your work, and would love to win this new one in the series. Good luck with your move.

  16. WendyK
      · May 8th, 2009 at 11:54 am · Link

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Hi Larissa and Beth!!! What a cool interview, really enjoyed reading it.


  17. Jane
      · May 8th, 2009 at 12:00 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa,
    I really enjoyed “Pleasure Unbound” and can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

  18. Lillie A.
      · May 8th, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Feb?! What will I do for my demon fix until then? I feel rereads coming on ๐Ÿ˜€

    Don’t enter me in the contest please. I already have a copy.

  19. Yvonne
      · May 8th, 2009 at 1:25 pm · Link

    Wonderful interview. Good luck with the rest of your move.

    And – who could resist the book (which sounds great) and a bonus demon duckie!

  20. Estella
      · May 8th, 2009 at 1:49 pm · Link

    I enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to reading your books.

  21. limecello
      · May 8th, 2009 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Terrific post! Thanks for visiting today, Larissa – I’ve started reading your first in this series, and I’ve heard so much about Passion Unleashed. All good – and I can’t wait to read it ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Susan C
      · May 8th, 2009 at 2:43 pm · Link

    I love this series! I’m ready to read ‘Passion Unleashed’ so please enter me! ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Eshani
      · May 8th, 2009 at 2:59 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa,
    I’ve heard such great things about this series, and I can’t wait to get started..
    Love the blurb, and the gorgeous cover..I’m off to read that excerpt now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Sandy M
      · May 8th, 2009 at 4:35 pm · Link

    I have some of your books in the TBR pile, Larissa! Now I just need to get my act together and start reading! Love the interview and the excerpt. I’m looking forward to reading the Demonica series.

  25. Blanche
      · May 8th, 2009 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa!!!

    Great interview!! Please don’t enter me either…….I have all of Larissa’s books, can’t wait for all the new stuff coming out!!! :mrgreen:

  26. Hockeyvampiress
      · May 8th, 2009 at 6:01 pm · Link

    This series rocks@@@!!!!!!! I love it and would love to add this one to my collection!!! Larissa is an amazing writer…!!!

  27. Larissa Ione
      · May 8th, 2009 at 6:05 pm · Link

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

    Fedora, I’ve got 5 books planned in the series, plus a loosely based Demonica world story in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 in Sept. There may be more books, but right now, just five are planned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Mahlet
      · May 8th, 2009 at 6:32 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa & Beth! You are both so talented – I’m a big fan! I’m nearly finished with Daring Time *fantastic* and I’m looking forward to jumping back into the Demonica series. “Lirsha” – demonica talk for “lover”. Larissa, that was such a sexy word – can we get “lirsha” into Websters? ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear we have a 2010 release to look forward to. -much love, Mahlet

  29. Alix
      · May 8th, 2009 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Oh my this blurb made me want to search for the whole series. I cannot wait, I am so searching for them at the book store tomorrow. THANK YOU

  30. Caffey
      · May 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm · Link

    Larissa, just wanted to say that I so love this series! I do have this book ready to read soon! Thanks for all you do and have a great mom’s day!

  31. Sue A.
      · May 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I’ve got the first two books already! I’m happy to hear about the fourth book, yay!

  32. Hilda
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Rawrrr I want to speed up time to get to february alreadyyy

    You rock Larissa =)

  33. Karin
      · May 8th, 2009 at 10:36 pm · Link

    Larissa, I love your Demonica series and am happy to hear you’re working on the next book in the series. Not that I don’t love your other work as well. lol

  34. Melissa
      · May 9th, 2009 at 1:31 am · Link

    Hi, Larissa!!
    I can’t WAIT for Ecstasy Unveiled~~YEAH, more Demons!!

    LOL, you have to get back to writing!! Ha, I have PU, but I want a DEMON duckie!!!

    They’re just too cool!!

  35. blodeuedd
      · May 9th, 2009 at 11:21 am · Link

    Your demonica series sure sounds yummy ๐Ÿ˜€
    They are so cool, gotta read them

  36. chey
      · May 9th, 2009 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Great interview and blurb! I think I just found another series to read!

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