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Spotlight on Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series

My friend Selene Grace Silver recommended this series to me about a year ago, and after reading the first one, I was hooked. Although I do enjoy paranormal romance on occasion, it’s far from my favorite—and these books are quite a bit more violent than I am accustomed to—but somehow, it all seems just right here. Perhaps because I can’t seem to stop laughing at the sassy quips to take the blood and gore seriously?

As I mentioned in a previous post, I LOVE the Valkyrie. They’re gorgeous and smart and immortal and pretty much think romantic relationships are a nuisance. They’ll go off on dangerous missions to save the world, but are superficial enough to be dazzled by sparkling objects, addicted to video games, and shopaholics (although they are rich enough that even Suze Orman would not object).

Their mates have to be really, really determined to win them. And yeah, that’s part of the charm of the series too. Who doesn’t love a sexy guy who recognizes you as the ONE PERSON who can make his immortal life worthwhile?

And I love the vampires and witches and demons and ghosts of the IAD world too! And that sometimes their mates are humans like me!

Untitled-1If you haven’t discovered the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series, you have a treat in store for you!

  1. “THE WARLORD WANTS FOREVER”: Myst and Nikolai (a $1.99 novella)
  2. A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER: Emmeline and Lachlain
  3. NO REST FOR THE WICKED: Sebastian and Kaderin
  4. WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER’S NIGHT: Bowen and Mariketa
  5. DARK NEEDS AT NIGHT’S EDGE: Neomi and Conrad
  6. DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK: Cadeon and Holly
  7. KISS OF A DEMON KING: Rydstrom and Sabrina
  8. “Untouchable” a novel in DEEP KISS OF WINTER (a duology with Gena Showalter): Murdoch and Danii
  9. PLEASURE OF A DARK PRINCE: Lucia and Garreth
  10. DEMON FROM THE DARK: Carrow and Malkom
  11. DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR: Regin and Aidan
  12. LOTHAIRE: Lothaire and Ellie
  13. SHADOW’S CLAIM: Trehan and Bettina

When asked how many more IAD books are planned, Cole responds: “After 2012, there will be at least five more full-length novels. There really is no end in sight for the series. I have another dozen plotted out, so I’m ready for more if you are!

kresleycoleAbout the Author

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, as well as five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Far North Queensland area of Australia (where, by the way, she would not recommend swimming outside of the stinger nets–at night).

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are best exemplified in her Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures–ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie–that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

Her IAD books have been translated into seventeen foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water. You can learn more about her and her work at www.kresleycole.com.

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Guest Author Constance Phillips: What Is It About Paranormal?

My guest today is Constance Phillips, a fellow member of the Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America chapter, and author of Fairyproof and Resurrecting Harry, both published by Crescent Moon Press.

Thank you, Susana, for having me on your blog today! It’s such a pleasure to talk about why I love paranormal.

I think the most common piece of advice a new author receives from a mentor is to “write what you know.” In the case of fiction, it’s “write what you read.” It seems logical, and is the path I’ve chosen to follow, but sometimes it feels like the inevitable evolution of my craft, instead of a path to follow.

I started reading romances as a teenager.  While I always enjoyed sci-fi television shows and movies and loved darker, paranormal writings outside of the romance genre, it wasn’t until a friend introduced me to Laurel K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake and Merry Gentry characters that I developed a hunger for paranormal romance.

Hamilton was a gateway author. I devoured her early books, flying through the first eight or nine books of the Vampire Hunter series in a few short months. I then moved on to authors like Sherriyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward, to name only a couple.

The more I read, the more my writing changed. I tried to introduce some darker paranormal elements into a contemporary piece I’d been working on. Later, I crafted my first paranormal manuscript —a vampire story. Like most other “first manuscripts” it still lives in pieces on my hard drive, not quite ready for an audience yet.

It wasn’t that I wanted to recreate their stories, but more that I’d become such a fan of the paranormal element. In my mind it takes the concept of forbidden love to a higher level, and gives new meaning to the words tall and dark.

I do still write contemporary manuscripts, just as I still read contemporary romance, but was honored to have Crescent Moon Press publish my first book Fairyproof, a paranormal/urban fantasy this past September. They will also be releasing Resurrecting Harry on March 1.

Are you drawn to paranormal books? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Fairyproof

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When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.

Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who’s immune to both.

A year ago, Daniel’s fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He’s ready to move forward with his life, but his mother’s obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.

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A Sneak Peak: Resurrecting Harry

Devastated by Harry Houdini’s unexpected death, his widow, Bess, clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave.  She’s determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, just like she assisted him on the stage, even if that means befriending her husband’s sworn enemy.

In order to save the only woman he’s ever loved from self-destruction, Harry puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper, who gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch. Even with Harry’s soul and memories, Erich feels out-of-place and disconnected from everything he once called his own.

Will Erich be able to help Bess recover from her loss and will any good come from resurrecting Harry?

Author Bio:

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she’s not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she’s working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.

Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).

Constance blogs regularly at http://www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.