Posted by Cassondra Murray Oct 23 2014, 11:45 pm
Take three best Friends–
Evalle has been an outcast since day one because she’s an Alterant—half Belador, half unknown. From the beginning of BLOOD TRINITY, Book 1 of the Belador series, Evalle has been fighting to save the world, to save the people she loves, and to earn the right to hold her head up and have a normal life. Oh yeah, and the right to NOT be caged as a dangerous beast. All of that depends on uncovering the origins of her mixed blood.
Quinn climbed out of a Russian gutter to become one of the most powerful Beladors, both as a warrior and as a financial guru. He’s lived his life without ties because protecting his family and close friends is hard enough. Or so he thought until he fell in love with his enemy.
Maistir of the North American Belador warriors, he’s as deadly as he is attractive, and rules a force of Alphas. His loyalty to the Beladors and those he loves—in particular the Belador warrior queen– knows no boundaries. If life were simple, he’d be with the woman he loves, but nothing comes easy to those who lead.
Toss in one sexy, mysterious Skinwalker–
Half Ashaninka Spiritwalker, half Navajo Skinwalker, Storm came to Atlanta hunting a dark force. He’s found it.
Unfortunately, it may be too late, because the dark force is following the woman Storm loves—the one he’ll face death to protect. Evalle Kincaid.
Stir them all together–
Then let a New York Times bestselling author mind the stove
What does she do?
Dianna Love turns up the heat of course!
Cassondra: Most of you all have met my guest when she’s visited the lair in the past. Today I’m especially excited to bring her back, because I want to share the evolution of a series, and how it was born, nearly disappeared, only to be saved when two generous authors worked together for sake of their readers.
I think it’s an interesting look inside publishing, and Dianna has some awesome news.
But I’ll let her tell you about that. Dianna, thank you so much for joining us in the lair today!
Dianna: I’m thrilled to be here. I always love visiting the Bandits!
Cassondra: Tell us about the origins of the Belador series.
Dianna: I created the Beladors nine years ago, and when my agent took it to two major publishing houses, both senior editors wanted it. The snag we ran into was the weekly editorial and marketing meeting, when both sales groups said they had no idea how to market this series. I was told if I made it a vampire story, they’d buy it, because – they knew how to market vampires, a hot genre at the time. I declined, because that was not the way I saw this series.
But I did ask one of the editors whether I should change anything else about the story and she said, “No. The story is great, but I think you may be ahead of the curve.”
…Was Evalle even still alive?
Of course she was alive.
His heart continued to beat, didn’t it?
Cassondra: So how did the Beladors get their day in the sun?
Dianna: That editor ended up being right. I put the Beladors aside, then five years ago as I was about to take it out again, the house where Sherrilyn and I were publishing a romantic thriller series asked us for something paranormal. Since Sherri had invited me to co-write her BAD Agency series, I offered for her to become co-writer on the Beladors. We gave the editors the same pitch from years before and once again, they loved it, but this time, everybody was on board. Funny, huh?
Cassondra: *raises eyebrow*
Dianna: Urban fantasy had ‘grown up’ during that five-year period so the readers were ready for something different and new. I was thrilled when readers embraced this series.
Cassondra: Last fall saw the release of RISE OF THE GRYPHON, Book 4 of the series, and fans immediately began clamoring for the next book. But for a while it looked like the Beladors might not get more stories, and Evalle and Storm might be left Will you talk to the readers about how that can happen, even with a popular series?
Dianna: Publishing is a strange business. Back when we were first asked to switch gears and write this urban fantasy series, the romantic thriller series we were writing had just hit #7 on the New York Times list (and four other major lists), but the publisher wanted paranormal. Sadly, we had to stop writing the romantic thrillers.
So fast forward four years and the Beladors almost didn’t continue, but this time it was because my and Sherri’s schedules had gotten so loaded, especially with her awesome movie and television deals, that it was difficult to find the time in both of our schedules for us to continue collaborating.
I couldn’t be happier for Sherri’s amazing success, but this series put more on her already crammed plate. She’s got terrible back issues and any writer will tell you that is a critical health problem when trying to type all day and night.
Cassondra: But you have good news for the readers, right?
Dianna: I do! When it became obvious that something had to give or the Beladors would no longer be published, we did what we always do – decided what was best for readers. That’s why I’m moving ahead, writing the series on my own. It was a natural progression since I created the series and always knew where it was going. I can’t say enough about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s generous spirit when it comes to helping other authors and watching out for her readers. We have always agreed to put our readers first.
Cassondra: This fall was originally slated for the release of Book 6 in your Slye Temp series, which is high-octane romantic suspense. But you postponed that until late winter. Tell us why.
Dianna: It’s very hard for me to put off a book release. I’m not just type A. I’m type AAA, and the idea of missing a deadline gives me a rash, but the minute we decided that I should continue the Beladors on my own, I made the decision to stop working on the next Slye Temp (STOLEN VENGEANCE – now scheduled for Feb 2015) and write DEMON STORM. I’ve wanted to give this story to the readers since releasing RISE OF THE GRYPHON last year, and I was so flattered by the enthusiastic response this summer when I announced that DEMON STORM would be next.
“Storm has come for me every time I’ve been in a jam. Every. Time.
Don’t ever think I won’t turn this world upside down for him.”
Cassondra: Readers have been forming virtual picket lines, demanding to read DEMON STORM. I think because Evalle and Storm have been through so much together, everybody was rooting for them. I’m not giving spoilers, but I’ve loved this series since book 1, and this might just be my favorite book yet. I promise the readers, they won’t be disappointed.
And the fantastic news is…it’s here! DEMON STORM released two days ago, October 21.
Dianna, will you give us a teaser?
Dianna: Absolutely. Here’s the back cover copy
We all have demons… some are more real than others.
With Treoir Island in shambles after a Medb attack that left the survival of the missing Belador warrior queen in question and Belador powers compromised, there is one hope for her return and their future – Evalle Kincaid, whose recent transformation has turned her into an even more formidable warrior. First she has to locate Storm, the Skinwalker she’s bonded with who she believes can find the Belador queen, but Storm stalks the witch doctor who’s threatening Evalle’s life. When he finally corners the witch doctor, she throws Storm a curve that may cost him everything, including Evalle. The hunter becomes the hunted, and Evalle must face her greatest nightmare to save Storm and the Beladors or watch the future of mankind fall to deadly preternatural predators.
Dianna: And you can always read the first chapter excerpt on my website. The link is here.
Cassondra: Can you give us a hint about what’s coming next for Evalle, Tzader, Quinn and Storm?
Dianna: Okay, that’s tough without giving spoilers. If you didn’t read RISE OF THE GRYPHON, you won’t get some of this, but I don’t want to ruin it for new readers, so those who know the story will have to read between the lines.Quinn is still reeling from losing someone very important to him, and finding out he has a family member he never knew about. When he comes back in WITCHLOCK, the next Belador book (June 2015), we’ll begin to see him deal with this and face finding his lost family, which isn’t an easy task considering the only person who knew where they’re hidden is now dead. Quinn’s a tortured hero who has a lot ahead of him.
Tzader has his own set of problems, but I can’t go into that. Let’s just say we’ll see more of him and how he’s handling his tormented love life. I can’t tell you much about Evalle without giving away major spoilers from DEMON STORM (these stories are all tightly connected), but I will say that in WITCHLOCK, you’ll see more of all your favorite characters, including Feenix, Evalle’s two-foot tall pet gargoyle!
Cassondra: Woooot! I love Feenix! But you’re involved with a very special project this fall. Tell us about that.
Dianna: Some of you may know that books are now published both by New York houses and by authors publishing independently (aka Indie authors). Because of this new opportunity, authors have the ability to partner up with one another and do things that are just not workable for the bigger, slower mechanisms of traditional publishing. With Indie publishing, multi-author boxed sets are not only possible, they’re common. This fall, eleven authors came together to create a box set called LAST HERO STANDING, and ALL the proceeds go to Pamela Clare, an author who is battling breast cancer with little support. It’s hard enough to battle a disease like that and pay medical bills not covered by insurance, but writing comes to a standstill and that translates to no income.
The incredible thing about being able to do this is that we made the decision in August and had it ready to go before October 1st, when the box set went live for preorders. (Last Hero Standing is available for download October 28th). Even if we could have all gotten permission from our publishers (if those books had been released through NY), this box set would not have been released until later in 2015 at the earliest.
Pamela needs money NOW, not a year from now.
This is a battle for her life.
I so appreciate the other four NYT bestsellers, four USA Today bestsellers and the two award-winning authors who have donated their books and their time to this set. The cover and formatting was donated. I’m handling the publishing, so I can tell you EVERY penny is going to Pamela, and nothing is getting diverted to overhead, which is just awesome.
Please consider buying this set and/or surprising someone by giving it as a gift – for only 99 cents.
Dianna will give away a signed print copy of DEMON STORM to one reader from the Continental US, AND she’ll gift an e-copy (Amazon or B&N account required) and a set of Belador Keeper Kase© Cards to one international reader .
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Dianna wants to know…
What do you love most about series?
Have you read series with continuing characters?
If so, what makes you want to keep coming back for more of those characters?
Have you read urban fantasy before?
In romance, do you enjoy couples from previous books making appearances in later books in the series?
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