Series: Princes of the Underground 1
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance, RED HOTS!
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
In his battle to resist, he found the impossible. His soul.
Christina Astor’s telepathic ability is an asset in her job as a psychiatric social worker. What’s driving her crazy, though, is her elusive, gorgeous landlord. She senses that Saint Sevliss wants her with an all-consuming hunger that’s somehow…different. Just how different becomes all too clear when his dangerous world collides with hers.
For centuries, Saint’s kind have been called vampire and werewolf. Even soulless. But their true nature remains a mystery. Bound by a magical mandate to control his bloodthirsty clone, Teslar, at all costs, Saint will do anything to keep Christina away. She infuses his gray universe with life and color, but his world—and his need—would destroy her.
When an attack reveals the true power of Christina’s gift, one thing is certain—Teslar won’t rest in his underground labyrinth until he possesses her, body and soul…
As many of you know, I share a yahoo group, Total Exposure, with authors Fiona Jayde, Lacey Savage and Juliana Stone. We have a tradition where we interview each other on release day, and here is Lacey’s interview of me, in celebration of the release of Velvet Cataclysm.
Congratulations once again on your new release, Beth! Inquiring minds want to know…
Hey, Lacey! Thanks for the questions. Okay, let’s see here….
1. How would you describe VELVET CATACLYSM to someone who’s never read one of your novels?
VELVET CATACLYSM is about a love so powerful that it has the ability to birth a soul, but a love that’s forbidden, as well. I’m a sucker for the theme of thwarted longing. It makes the eventual crash together so blindingly hot.
Velvet Cataclysm is sort of hard for me to describe, actually. Fumbling here. It’s about a man, who is a paranormal creature of unknown origins (which are explained in the book) that we would call vampire or werewolf. He is utterly desolate in the knowledge that he’s a parasite off the human race. It’s a story about him reaching for salvation in his love for a woman and coming to terms with his demons and his hunger. It seems strange to say it, because there’s lots of adventure, and fight scenes, and tons of kinky sex, of course, but all of it resolves into a story of a man building enough internal pressure inside his being that he wins what he considered to be an impossibility: a soul.
2. How does VELVET CATACLYSM compare to your contemporary novels… say, to WICKED BURN? Are there are major similarities between them that would entice a reader familiar with WB to pick up VC?
Hmmm, good question. The romance aspect is always similar in my books, meaning a compelling, unstoppable attraction and love between the hero and heroine. Velvet Cataclysm is different, because these paranormal beings are introduced and the world where they live (which is mostly in the undergrounds of cities or places deep in the Earth). Vic and Niall’s story (Wicked Burn) took place very much in a world we know. Oddly enough, Saint and Christina’s world is the same–Chicago, but it couldn’t be more different, as it is overlaid with different layers of mystery and magic. But a solid romance is a constant in both books. It’s the pillar on which everything else hangs, so Velvet Cataclysm and Wicked Burn are similar in that way.
3. I know you did quite a bit of research on the Chicago underground for this story. What was the most fascinating part of what you uncovered? Was there a particularly interesting tidbit that you didn’t include in the book?
It used to be that all the businesses and houses in the loop area had tunnels beneath them, where they’d bring coal and other supplies on freight cars. It was amazingly efficient. There are several ‘layers’ of tunnels in Chicago, and in most cities. This particular layer of tunneling that delivered coal was the same tunnel that a Chicago worker accidentally pierced in the 1990’s, causing the Chicago flood.
The tunnel featured mostly in Velvet Cataclysm is Chicago Deep Tunnel, which is the deepest and largest system to date.
4. VELVET CATACLYSM is marked as the first book in the Princes of the Underground series. When you do you expect future books to be released, and what can you tell us about what you have planned?
Most of you know I love to travel, so I placed my ‘princes’ in different cities across the globe: New York, London, Paris, Rome and either Dublin or Athens, I haven’t decided for the last. Each will feature that city’s underground. (The reason the princes and their clones spend so much time underground is that they can absorb the energy of the earth–the earth itself has its own soul). The next one is set in London–my favorite city. I’d like to call it Silken Rapture, or something like that, to echo VC. Hmmm…maybe should be Silken Inferno, don’t know. It’s supposed to represent an explosion of need contained within the soft embrace of love, so if you guys have any ideas… Lacey?
Silken Inferno/Rapture/Whatever will come out in 2011.
5. VELVET CATACLYSM is your first vampire novel. I know you enjoy the genre, so why did you wait so long to write a vampire book?
Oh, you know…I didn’t think I had anything original to offer. It’s a genre that’s been done so much, and I’ve liked it since I was young. My sister and I are huge vampire-lovers. We like to de-contextualize the legend and talk about it or the books we’ve read for hours. LOL. So…I guess it’s intimidating to write in a genre you love so much. You feel your own smallness in comparison to the body of work.
6. How is the process of writing a short story or novella different for you than that of writing a full-length novel?
I’m starting to find it to be harder to write a novella. I want to expand characters beyond the scope of the short. It’s hard to carve out that perfect short. I’ve said it before, that I admire how well you do it. It’s quite an art. I think for the past two shorts I tried, one became a novel (Paradise Rules) and one became a short novel (Holiday Bound). So…I think I need work in that department. I’m actually writing a novella at the moment for the anthology with Lauren Dane, Megan Hart and Emma Holly and I’m freaking out, because I just finished the first scene and I’m 20% done with the whole story. Oi.
7. And lastly… if you could have the real Saint Sevliss in the flesh and all to yourself for one night, what would you do with him?
He’d be so obsessed about getting back to Christina, probably not much. *grin* Actually, in the novel there’s a scene with Saint and the man who created him, Kavya, and he accuses Kavya of being a sadist for making him suffer so greatly. If I came face to face with Saint, I’d probably be wishing he wouldn’t accuse me of the same thing. LOL.
I did give him a happily ever after, though, so hopefully he’d forgive me.
Thanks so much, Lacey. Excellent questions, as always.
Thanks so much, Beth!
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