Monday, November 22, 2010

Guest: Alexandra Ivy


Please welcome Alexandra Ivy to the guest spot today!  Her latest, DEVOURED BY DARKNESS is now available in bookstores.  It is book #7 in the Guardians of Eternity series.  Please check out her website for more info on all her novels!  Also check this cool page at her site for bonus wallpapers for your computer screen. Alexandra will give away a copy of DEVOURED BY DARKNESS to one lucky commenter, so chat with her in the comments and answer her question below. [winner announced on Wednesday]
I don’t think anyone who knew me was surprised when I decided to start writing books that were filled vampires and Weres and tiny gargoyles!!  Although I began my publishing career writing traditional historicals where the expectations were fairly rigid, I enjoyed dabbling with stories that were out of the box.  At the time I never thought about trying to publish my strange, unconventional stories, then I picked up my first paranormal romance. 
Suddenly there was a mixture of romance and horror and adventure.  I didn’t have to follow a well-worn path, because there was no path.  And so when I sat down to seriously write my first paranormal I deliberately threw the rules out of the window.  This was genre without the genre.  I could mix romance and magic and a kick-ass heroine with a hint of mystery and a whole plethora of sexy monsters.  I could world-build to my heart’s content and never worry about those pesky “expectations”.    
Not that the path to creating the Guardians of Eternity series wasn’t without its share of problems.  Even without the supposed ‘rules’ there were plenty of people telling me that the readers wanted dark, angst-ridden stories, and that my preference for including a large helping of humor would be a turn-off.  And others were certain that I needed one female lead to anchor the series rather than making each book about different couples.  Sigh.  Thankfully my publisher was willing to take a chance and my fantasy of a Chicago clan of vampires has now reached book number seven J 
My greatest happiness, however, is the loyal readers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy who refuse to be pigeon-holed and demand a wide, always changing variety of books.  It’s because of you  that genre has remained fresh and fun and ALIVE J 
Tell me what made you pick up your first paranormal book and where you think the genre is headed for the future!!
Alex
Blurb:
Tane is a Charon, sworn to hunt and kill rogue vampires. His new assignment seems like a waste of his talents…until he catches up with the Jinn he's been sent to capture. Half human, half demon, Laylah has a vulnerable streak that strikes right through to Tane's cold heart. He should be furious when she uses her powers to bind them together, preventing him from dragging her before the Commission. Instead he welcomes any reason to stay close enough to touch, to taste, to seduce…
Laylah doesn't know why she was chosen to protect a child who may be the catalyst in a war between good and evil. But the mysteries of her past pale compared to the dangers approaching. Tane is devastatingly strong, breathtakingly sensual. And Laylah will have to trust in every ounce of that strength, because her enemies are drawing near, eager to destroy them both…



28 comments:

Kristin said...

Ugh, I new I forgot something! [slaps self in forehead] This book has been in my "can't wait for release"'pile for a while now, and I completely forgot about it. I just love Alexandra Ivy's writing, she's one of my fave's!! Off to the bookstore I go!!! I'll be sure to spread the word about the giveaway though!!

Kristin
(at)NocturnalBites

SandyG265 said...

I've never heard of Alexandra Ivy. I'll have to check out her books.

sgiden at verizon.net

Blodeuedd said...

My first was ..wait.. Night Pleasures by Sherilyn Kenyon and I blushed like crazy, awww the good ol' days ;)

Dunno where it all is heading though

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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BLHmistress said...

My first paranormal was The Dark Hunter series- Fantasy Lover- by Sherrilyn Kenyon. My niece insisted I read it , I was hesitant because I usually just read Historical Romance but she was right and I have been addicted ever since. I am hoping Paranormal stays as popular as it is right now.

My question for Alexandra is who's book is next after Tane? Loved the whole series spent a very sleepless week reading them all My favorite is Dante and Abby - because its what got me liking this series.

vampiremistress2010@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I don't remember my first paranormal book...but I've always LVOED famtasy and the paranormal stuff.

And I think the genre will keep going and going and going and going!!!!

Valerie
in Germany

donnas said...

Im pretty sure my first paranormal type book was A Christmas Carol. I always loved a good ghost story. Then late on I read Dracula and it was great. I probably wasnt completely hooked until I was in Borders one day and discovered paranormal comedy and romantic suspense. I picked them up on a whim and never went back.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Barbara E. said...

Even as a child I loved stories about witches and ghosts, etc. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorites. As I got older, besides the traditional historical romances I loved, I sought out stories featuring those same elements, ghosts, time travel, witches, whatever beings an author could come up with, I'd be happy to read about. I love a dose of humor mixed in with the dark stories, it always helps to lighten the mood before more dire happenings commence. I think the genre is headed towards even more fantastical beings and lots more wonderful stories.

Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

jjfisher23 said...

My first paranormal romance was the Twilight series followed up by The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I hope the genre continues going and going. What would I do without a good paranormal romance haha!?!
I love this series and can not wait for Devoured by Darkness!

JeepDiva said...

This is an AWESOME series. Looking forward to Tane's book.
Would Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles fall into PNR? Those got me hooked on vamp books. I guess in April 2009 I picked up Dark Lover by JR Ward (definitely PNR) and became addicted to the PNR genre. The possibilities of where this genre is headed... they are endless. Authors have the privilege of creating unique & interesting worlds & characters.

Shelly Estes said...

A good friend loaned me your first book, and I was hooked! I love the genre, and look for "recommended reads" on web sites, and such.

Alice Edwards said...

Laurell Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures was given to me by a friend and after reading it I was addicted. For the past three years all I have read are paranormal/romance series books including your series which is one of my top favorites.

KrystineM said...

The first paranormal book I read was Twilight. A friend of mine gave it to me and told me to give it a try. I have to say at the time I thought paranormal was not something I would like. Now I am hooked! I have since tried other authors, but I think Alexandra Ivy is one of my favs.

Tamstarqueen said...

My first paranormal book was Christine Feehan's Dark Prince. It was given to me by my aunt. At one point in life all i would read was historical romances and she wanted to break me out of the habit. So she introduced me to the Paranormal world now i can't stop. This genre is going to head far in the future. So far all you're seeing on tv now is Paranormal shows, so i think there are big plans for the vampires of the future!!!!!Hopefully we don't start seeing them wearing space suits.

mick_bel said...

I first stumbled across one of your books in the local library, and LOVED IT! I immediately set out to find everything else you had written and loved each one more and more. Now I cant wait to devour your latest book, and am hoping there are many nore to come. I hope you keep along the same discriptive track as I just love the new world and the characters you have created.
"guardians of Eternity" for ever!

Evangeline said...

it's been years since i started reading paranormal so i'm not totally sure what my first one was but i think it was something by sherrilyn Kenyon.
as for were it's heading, it's going to go many places some good , some bad , some weird.

Candy G said...

My first paranormal book was in grade 7, The Root Cellar, my first paranormal romance was Amanda Ashley's Shades of Gray. I'm not sure where this genre will end up but I'm hoping it will stick around for along time. P.S. Love your books!!!

Danielle Gorman said...

First let me just say that I LOVE paranormals. I believe I was in
5th grade when I read my first paranormal. My friend lent me a copy of The Thrill Club by R.L. Stine. I loved it and I've been hooked ever since. I think what I like the most about paranormals is that the author weaves this amazing world where anything can happen. There are no rules when it comes to paranormals. I also like that most of the men in paranormals are alpha males. I think only in paranormals do they come out right and don't seem so dominating.

As for where paranormals are heading, I'm not entirely sure. I do know that they are only getting better and more accessible. Years ago it was so hard to find them but now they are everywhere and I like that.

Thanks for the giveaway. I love this series and I can't wait to read the newest book. Tane looks to be awesome.

iqb99@yahoo.com

Alexandra Ivy said...

Thanks everyone!! It's so wonderful to hear where it all started for people :) BLH, the next book will be Ariyal's...you'll meet him in Devoured and eventually I intend for Caine and Cassie to have their own story :)

Sara C said...

I'm sure there were others before it but the first one that comes to mind is Twilight. A friend gave it to me to take on a Trip to Hawaii and I devoured it. Things just ballooned from there and I have a heard time reading anything else. I love seeing all the twists that authors put on mythology and creatures that go bump in the night. I love this series and cannot wait to read Tane's story!!

sararcummins AT gmail DOT com

JulieW said...

I have to admit, I came into paranormals through Twilight, too. I resisted for a long time, but finally gave in and really enjoyed it, but wanted the adult version. That's how I found JR Wards BDB, and the rest is history!

Barb P said...

I actually cut my teeth on Dark Shadows ( TV Show, books etc )when I was young, that's what really started me out. I am thrilled to see how the genre has expanded over the years and I think that it will continue to grow. Alexandra, I really love your books and I can't wait to read Tane's story!

mariska said...

books from R.L. Stine hooked me more than 12 years ago. and since then i'm always hungry for more paranormal books :)

to be honest, i haven't heard about you and your books before, really looking forward to get my chance to read them ! *wink*

uniquas at ymail dot com

Stephanie G said...

Hi Alex!! *waves as if you could actually see me*

First paranormal book I picked up was one of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books and I read it because I needed to do a book report. Easily one of my favorite homework assignments ever.

I'm not sure where paranormals are heading but it looks like shifters eyeing the vampires title of king of the genre.


Stephanie G
sgradel(at)gmail(dot)com

Paranormal Haven

CatsMeow said...

Hi Alex, I have always loved to read anything not the "norm". It started in grade school (many years ago) reading anything mythology in the encyclopedia. It progressed from there through the years to Steven King, Dean Koontz, etc. Finally, my daughter had been reading romance books for some time and when I asked what they were about and she told me vampires and werewolves, I was sold and haven't looked back since. I prefer series, the kind like yours that have recurring characters, and a different couple every book. I think this kind can never get boring, so I think the genre can keep going forever, as far as I'm concerned.

mandy said...

Of all your books, Darkness Everlasting is my fav. Styx is one of my all time fav paranormal heroes - he's sensitive yet strong. Such a sweetie, and never condescending - which some alpha type heroes can tend toward.

Lil said...

This is a new to me author but I loved this comment:

I don’t think anyone who knew me was surprised when I decided to start writing books that were filled vampires and Weres and tiny gargoyles!!

How could I not be intrigued by that?