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!!
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…