By Larissa Ione
I began writing the way so many writers do—the moment I learned to wield a pencil. But even as a child, I didn't write "kid" stories. I preferred something more dramatic. Something that didn't include Dick, Jane, and a dog named Spot. I wanted my characters to be named Dracula and my dogs to have names like White Fang or Cujo. I'll always have my parents to thank for that. They never censored my reading material (though I suspect that if they had truly known what was between the covers of some of the books, they'd have been a little more careful,) so when other girls my age were reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume, I was immersing myself in Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Later, after I'd joined the Air Force and was in dire need of something to read between shifts at the weather station, I continued to read horror, but I'd branched out into fantasy, and then, finally, romance (though I admit I went kicking and screaming to the latter.)
Turned out that I loved romance! So I started writing it, but again, my style and voice leaned toward the dark, paranormal side. Fortunately for me, paranormal romance, as a sub-genre, was booming. I let my imagination fly, and soon I'd sold a series of dark, sexy paranormal romances to Grand Central Publishing.
I still read a lot of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and in fact, one of my all time favorite books about writing is On Writing, by my favorite childhood horror author, Stephen King. If you're an author or a reader, I highly recommend this book for an insight into an author's mind—which can sometimes be a very scary place.
Go ahead; Seduce your dark side.
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ANY BOOKS IN THIS SERIES - THIS IS A SPOILER ALERT!!
The first four books in the series are Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, Passion Unleashed and Ecstasy Unveiled. In the first four books, each of three full blood Seminus Demons and one half-blood brother are followed as they struggle to put what their heads are telling together with what their body are insisting on. Be forewarned - these books are STEAMY to say the least! But there is a beauty to Ione's words that creates vivid visions of what is written.
Here's What I have to Say:
I was chopping at the bit to get to the next book in this series when I finished Ecstasy Unveiled (read my review here). It ended in such a cliffhanger that I just needed to read the next one - Sin Undone. It arrived on a Monday and I was done by Tuesday evening - SERIOUSLY - and yes I know I have a reading problem. But Ione creates such a vivid and fast paced world in the Demonica Series that you are instantly engulfed by the lives of this family and their mates. Sometimes when you are really into a series you build it up a lot and then when the newest one comes out it is sort of a let down. Not only in Sin Undone not a let down - I might just go nuts (I mean actually crazy) waiting for the next in the series!!! It is interesting to me that each book has the same basic structure - One of the siblings has a major life changing event and in the process finds their mate. You would think you can only write that so many times - but Ione is very talented and although it is the same basic concept she makes it interesting and exciting. I was a little bit unsure how things would pan out since the first four had men as the main character and this one has Sin (short for Sinead), a female anomaly of the species, in the driver's seat. She has a lot on her shoulders between her job, her demon needs and her uncertainty about the family - and if she even belongs. Hers is probably the most intricate tale so far and she is taken through the whole gamut of emotions in this book.
Since this is a special 48 hour only event as part of the GOT BOOK? Blog event, I have worked out a very special and exciting giveaway for you all - Anna at Hachette Book Group has arranged to give one very lucky winner....wait for it....THE ENTIRE DEMONICA SERIES THUS FAR!!!!!!!! That's all five titles, including Sin Undone, which does not release until September 2010!!! Can you even believe it?!!?!?
To find some other great giveaways going on as part of this event visit the Got Books? Event Blog for a full list!
Ecstasy Unveiled: A Demon Enslaved…
Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master’s assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister’s life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he’ll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.
An Angel Tempted…
Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again—hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.
NOW ENTER TO WIN THE ENTIRE COLLECTION OF FIVE BOOKS!!!!
Here's How It Works:
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All entries must be in by July 24th at 11:59pm PST. I will pick a winner using a Random Number Generator and announce the winner on by Noon!