Dianna Love and Demon Storm

 Take three best Friends–

Demon Storm Characters EvalleEvalle Kincaid

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.

Demon Storm Characters Quinn

Vladimir Quinn
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.

Demon Storm Characters TzaderTzader Burke

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–

StormDemon Storm characters Storm

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 headshot 282 X 323 pixels floppedDianna 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?

~~Storm

 

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 without their HEA.  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.Love--Demon Storm Low Res

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.”

~~Evalle Kincaid

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: SomBox Set--Last Hero Standinge 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.breast cancer ribbon

 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 .

Find more on Dianna at her website

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She’s on twitter too–@DiannaLove

 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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85 Comments

  • flchen1 says:

    Awesome, Dianna! Thanks for visiting! And thanks for the reminder about the Last Hero Standing box set! Do you know whether that will be available on ARe?

    As for your questions, I love getting to know a world created by the author, and with a series, it’s a treat to get to revisit that universe and its characters. It’s like visiting with friends 🙂 I have enjoyed series where the main characters remain the same, although in general, I prefer each story to focus on different main characters within a universe. It IS like making friends with them and then wanting to spend more time with them.

    I have read some urban fantasy and enjoyed it. And yes, I love it when previous characters make appearances in later stories–it’s like getting to catch up with them 🙂

    • Dianna Love says:

      Good morning flchen1! We don’t have the box set on ARE but it is available for preorder everywhere else and will be downloading on Tues, Oct 28th! 🙂 Thanks for helping us support Pamela’s battle.

      As for the Belador’s continuing world, I really like staying in it and creating new situations for Evalle, Quinn and Tzader. I’m glad you enjoy UF. I find I’m more partial to UF with a strong romance in it. 🙂 Thanks for visiting today!

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hey Fedora! The rooster is yours for the day!

      What are you going to do with him?

  • Shannon says:

    I love series. Of course, I have a “limit.” I get frustrated when series run much beyond five books. That’s because I glom on to the first books and binge read them. And then I’m left “throwing” the book across the room because I want to know how it “really” ends.

    Another reason I love series is that a strong hero can at different times be tough, gentle, angry, happy, and clever. Of course, I’ve seen some kick-ass heroines in steam-punk that have a great arc as well.

    The other thing I like is that most series avoid are epilogues that are just too over the top. It’s nice to see that characters move on, grow up, and live happily (except for a few more challenges).

    I’m afraid I haven’t yet branched out to urban fantasy from historical romance. I now and then dabble in contemporary and steam punk.

    • Dianna Love says:

      I like Steampunk, too, Shannon. I’ve always been a major historical reader (but no interest in writing them :->). I enjoy being in a world where I can allow characters to develop at a more natural speed than we sometimes can do in romance. But I need my romance in it too. 🙂 We’ll be seeing more romances flushed out in the Belador series, in fact. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Shannon, I have an entire STACK of steampunk in my tbr pile, and haven’t gotten to them yet. Just so little time to read. I’ll have to hit you up for titles when I’m ready to start on those. A kick-butt heroine is one of the most important things for me in a story.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Dianna

    Huge congrats on the release this series is on my list of books I need to get now if only I had more time 🙂
    I have the boxed set on order and am looking forward to it 🙂

    And I love books in a series getting to know/all the characters and meeting up with them in other books is like catching up with family and yes I live urban fantasy love the world building

    I still have so many fond memories of your visit to Australia in 2009 for AARC 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Dianna Love says:

      HI Helen – I miss seeing all of you. I have such fond memories of my visit to Oz and keep telling my husband I’m going back with him one day. I hope to figure that out sooner than later. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the Beladors when you get a chance to read them. I really loved watching Evalle develop and her relationship with Storm build over time. He’s one of my all time favorite heroes to write. Thanks for getting the box set. We hope this goes really well so we can help Pamela. 🙂 Nice to chat with you. 🙂

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Helen, you’re such a voracious reader, I predict when you get the Beladors you will burn through the series without stopping. I fell so hard for these characters in book 1.

      Thank you for getting the box set, too!

  • Mary Preston says:

    Hi,

    loving your character names.

    I will read across most genres – thanks to recommendations from my daughter.

    I do love series, but tend to prefer having them all in hand for a back to back read.

    • Dianna Love says:

      I don’t know what I did to put my reply to you in a new post, but it’s down at #6. Me and the internet mix about as good as oil and water. 🙂

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        Haha! Dianna I do that sometimes. Sometimes it’s my fault, but sometimes it’s just a glitch in teh blog. No worries.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Mary, and welcome!

      I have to admit that I didn’t read urban fantasy until Dianna started writing this series. So much of it was so depressing, and nobody ever got their HEA. But I knew I could trust Dianna to give me all of that.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I’ve read lots of urban fantasy series. If I like a character I want to keep reading more about them.

    • Dianna Love says:

      That’s me Sandy. If I get hooked into a character, I want to be a part of that world as the character changes and grows. It’s as fascinating to me as watching friends of ours for many years who went from single to married to kids to different jobs and so on. Everyone has their own story. I’m always curious. Thanks for visiting today. 🙂

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Sandyg!

      I’m that way too in that when a story is over, I don’t want to give those characters up. I want to “keep” them. I hadn’t read urban fantasy until this series, but I love that I get to see all the characters in an ongoing world, but each of them will still get “their” story.

  • Dianna Love says:

    I hear ya, Mary, on wanting to be able to binge read a whole series. We (me and the hubby) do that with tv shows on Hulu. I do have series that I like to read as they come out. It’s a treat to spend time in someone else’s world on occasion. One thing I do in my ongoing series is to have “series arcs.” This is where I tie up a lot of major issues/threads at some point and turn the series in a new direction. It’s necessary to keep the stories fresh for me. I always say I have to be entertained first. *g*. Thanks for stopping by the blog today. 🙂

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      I do this too! Steve recently borrowed the Firefly series and watched teh whole thing. Now he wants me to watch that, but every time I try to do that, I get stopped and busy in the middle, then never get back to it. That’s worse than not watching at all. *hangs head*

      • Dianna Love says:

        We do love watching a whole series, but you will not be happy when you find out they did not end that series. To this date, we’re all screaming to finish Firefly. argh 🙂

  • Dianna Love says:

    Cassondra – You are SO amazing at putting together a blog like this. Thanks bunches – love it!!! 🙂 I’m thrilled to be back in the lair. I’ll be stopping by all day.

  • Candace Fox says:

    Hi Dianna,
    Congrats on the new release of Demon Storm. I sent a copy to my baby sister on release day. Hope your birthday was great!!! I do so love series. I love to revisit the characters in previous book. I am not a YA reader but I buy all your books for my sister who loves you… Thank you again for letting us share your world… Candi

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Candi!

      So glad you’re here!

      Everybody, Candi is the official “door greeter, welcome person, and hug-giver-outer” over at Dianna’s street team! (Actually Candi, I want you at my house, so every time I come home I get a warm welcome that does not include “Hiiiiiii! Now feed all of us pronto!”

      • Candace Fox says:

        HAHA… I am not sure the people at my house would say the same….I am always happy to greet the new peeps on The Love Boat!!!!

    • Dianna Love says:

      Thank you so much for always supporting my books any way you can, Candi. And thanks for being the first to greet someone on our STreet Team. For anyone who would like to join, just click join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/456015887852513/

      You meet wonderful people like Candi and get in on special things I do just for my street team. 🙂 Thanks for visiting the blog today and for reading my books (give your sister a hug for me). 🙂

      • Candace Fox says:

        I will Dianna, thank you. She ran off an got married yesterday!!!! So I told her Demon Storm was a wedding present…hehe

  • Suzette Henderson says:

    I love the Belador series, I was heartbroken when I thought the series wasn’t going to continue, Evalle and Storm are two of my favorite characters, but I love them all, I am reading Demon Storm now, can’t wait until June for the next book, I think the trio is awesome they make a family for Evalle that she never really had, I love reading most any paranormal series, I love the way the authors have you sitting on the edge of your seat for the next book, those with continuing characters are my favorite, to me it makes the story more personal, you get to know the characters better with each book, you become part of the family, you are happy when they are, and cry when they cry, you could kill the villain along with them, I will be looking forward to many more books from this series, I will be pre-ordering the box set, I am always in the market for buying new series and I wish a happy ending for Pamela, to get well quick.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Suzette, and welcome!

      I have to say that I had not, previously, enjoyed continuing characters–at least not very often. But I have so loved getting to watch all of these characters arc and grow. I admit that I don’t like series where the characters remain flat–they don’t change over time and experiences.
      I love Evalle and Storm too! And Feenix!

    • Dianna Love says:

      Thanks, Suzette!!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this series. I’ve been anxious to get this book – DEMON STORM – out to the Belador readers so that they’d find out just what happened with Evalle and Storm. I’m buzzing on the next book – WITCHLOCK – now, just as anxious to finish that one. 🙂 I love finding out things along the way too. Thank you for preording Last Hero Standing. We so appreciate everyone’s efforts to help Pamela and we’re determined to see that she gets her HEA, too. Thanks for visiting today.

  • Marla Corniels says:

    Loved Demon Storm! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it! I love series, because even though the book may end, the story doesn’t, and you can come back later and see what’s going on with your favorite characters. I was thrilled when I found out that the Beladors would be continuing, even without Sherrilyn’s help. And I’d be hard pressed to believe that anyone who’s read all the books could see any difference in it with just one author writing it, versus the two of you. That’s how seamless your collaboration was! Thank you both for always thinking of your readers and fans first. That’s why we love Love! 😉

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Marla!

      I thought the same thing when I read DEMON STORM. Seamless. And I’m so glad, because I love this series. Can’t wait to see where the characters go from here.

      • Marla Corniels says:

        Me too! I feel like this book wrapped up one big arc. I’m interested to see what happens with Tristan, too. He kind of squirmed his way into my heart. But Feenix… oh I want one of my very own! I love that little guy!

    • Dianna Love says:

      Marla, you are so adorable with “that’s why we love Love!!” And I love ya right back. So glad you enjoyed Demon Storm. It’s so nice to hand it to so many wonderful readers who have asked about it for a year now. Sherri is just that wonderful to always think of the readers first. That was the first that hit me that we had in common. I knew then we could do anything together. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to visit today!

      • Marla Corniels says:

        Even better we only have to wait 9 months for the next one, instead of a whole year! I don’t know how you do it, but I’m so glad you do!

  • Erin says:

    This was so great to read and cannot wait to devour the next book! Gotta get more from Quinn. Something about him just tugs at my heart.

    I still have my shirt and I even found a couple of the tats just the other day! So hope to see you again! That was fun!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful words with us!

    • Dianna Love says:

      HI Erin – waving at ya!! Quinn definitely has more story coming (which you’ll get a glance at during DEMON STORM). He’s truly a tortured hero, but he’ll eventually have his day. That’s all I’m saying right now, because nothing wonderful comes without hard work and earning it. *g* I’m tickled you’re still wearing your shirt. I had mine on yesterday. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Erin, aren’t those tattoos fun?

      I feel the same way about Quinn. Waiting to find out more about Phoedra (trying to not give spoilers but it’s hard, darnit!)

  • Donna A says:

    My local bookstores didn’t have it so I’ve ordered it. I always get paper versions of the books I know I’ll be re-reading. I am a huge fan of Evalle and am so looking forward to reading this book.

    • Dianna Love says:

      Hi Donna and thanks for ordering the paper version. I did a lot of extra work to make sure the paper version would be available from as many places as I could. Thanks for following the Beladors, too!! There’s more coming in 2015. 🙂 Have fun and so nice to see you here today!

  • Miss Betty says:

    Diana! My sweet, sweet Diana! Thank you for continuing the series! Lovr, love, love the Beladors. So love the Storm/Evelle (and our lil Evl1 with the leathery wings.) So thrilled to hear there’s a next one, after Demon Storm, in the mix. Looking forward to seeing Evelle does to that witch doctoress!!!

    Ok, now for the peanut gallery…. you know who you are. You’re the ones that HAVEN’T started these yet. I only jave two questions for ya:

    Why? and When are going to? You don’t KNOW what you’re missing! Go. Go, grt them now… we’ll wait……….

    You got them now???

    Diana (and SK), thanks for thess and keep uo the awesomeness!

    ~ Miss B

    • Dianna Love says:

      You have me laughing, Miss Betty. Thanks for all that encouragement and we (me and Sherri) were thrilled to make sure this series continued. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Beladors and … just wait until you see what Evalle does. *g* You so rock!!! Thanks for visiting today, too.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      LOL! Miss Betty I feel the same way about these books!

      Those who haven’t read them don’t understand what they’re missing!

  • Kim says:

    I always enjoy reading a series, because we can see a re-appearance by past characters. It’s a bridge between finding out what happened to a past here/heroine when their story ends and an introduction to a new plot.

    • Dianna Love says:

      I hear ya, Kim. I love returning to a world and jumping in to find out “what’s going on now?” I’m constantly seeing things in my mind that are going to happen with the Beladors down the road then I can’t wait to jump on writing each story. 🙂 Thanks for coming by to visit today.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Kim–

      It’s interesting how addicted I get to a series. Every series has to end at some point (or I think they eventually get old) but it’s so hard to give one up when I want to still live in that story world.

      So glad there will be more Beladors.

  • MichelleMB says:

    Absolutely loved Demon Storm, maybe my favorite in the series (might have to reread them all to be sure LOL).

    I’ve loved urban fantasy since I first discovered the genre and it became my favorite. Have always read romance and sci-fi/fantasy. Urban fantasy combines it all in one for me – it has everything. Why I love it I’m not sure – I guess in a part of my mind I want to believe magic and “other” exists, and romance – well love is all in the end.

    I read many series and love them. I get invested in the world and characters the author has created and I just want to know more about it. It’s why I love a BIG book (Styxx & Acheron size are perfect to me) as you’re able to get into more of the backstory and characters before it’s over. The only thing I don’t like about a series is buying a book in the middle – I then have to go and get the whole series. 😛 I do like how characters from previous books in a series can be shown to find out what’s happened in their lives since their story. In non-series books, I can build on what’s written for what I think will happen in their futures. It’s nice to see the actual author’s vision for it as well.

    Yay for more Feenix in the next book. He’s a quirky, loveable guy. I always think there’s a little more hidden in him than we’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to see how a relationship between Feenix & Storm will play out LOL

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Michelle-

      I also like bigger books. Not every story can support that of course, and I love it when an author knows just how to build the book. But I’ve always liked more story. I get frustrated sometimes with novellas because of this, but I read those and get hooked too.

      I think I’m just a sucker for story.

    • Dianna Love says:

      Hi Michelle!! Thanks for reading all the Beladors and – yes – there is more to Feenix. *g* That’s all I’m saying. I love big stories too and I love staying in a world, watching it expand and grow. I’m thrilled so many are enjoying the Belador world and coming along with me on the journey. 🙂 So nice of you to stop by here today!!

      • MichelleMB says:

        Oh my – a tease and hint. Makes me salivate for more and hop up and down repeating “I knew it!” However, a cruel tease it is {sigh} as I still have to wait for the next book to read more. Hmmm did that guilt you into revealing any more? LMAO

  • donnas says:

    Congrats on the release.

    I love when old characters make an appearance. Its nice to see they are still around.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      I agree, Donna. Even in romance with once couple per book, I like seeing them reappear in later books–to know how they’re doing.

      Isn’t it funny how we get attached to those people and want to keep them in our lives?

    • Dianna Love says:

      Exactly, Donna – Once i”m invested in characters, I want to know more about their life. When writing those characters, I want to show you more of their life in a way that keeps you turning pages. 🙂 Thanks for visiting today.

  • catslady says:

    I think the advantage to series is that you get to really feel like you know the characters. I love having old characters show up again. And I’ve not read urban fantasy as yet but I do want to try it out!

    • Dianna Love says:

      HI Catslady – I hope you do give the Beladors a read. I’ve really enjoyed being able to explore more with these characters continuing in the series. It’s nice to have the space and time to really deepen the characters and unfold secrets/surprises when you least expect it. 🙂 Thanks for coming out to chat today.

    • Cassondra says:

      Catslady, I think you’ll love these characters, and you’re such a lover of good books, I’m anxious to know what you think of the Belador world. :0)

  • mare says:

    I’m super excited for Demon Storm. I don’t have it yet (budget issues. As soon as I can I’ll buy it) I can’t wait to know what happens!

    What do I love most about series?

    I must confess that after reading Blood Trinity, I wasn’t the biggest fan of all. IMHO it was ok, but not great. I did see potential on it, so I didn’t drop the series. Thank God!! With each book the story got better and better. When The curse went out I was totally hooked by then. I love it.

    Have you read series with continuing characters? If so, what makes you want to keep coming back for more of those characters?

    Yes, several. I love to see what happens after the HEA. Or in the case of series like Belador, I like to see the evolution of the characters in a more believable way. Sometimes when you read books that are stand-alones, the relationships between characters seems a little rushed. More than love at first sight, I believe in attraction to first sight. True love needs time and work.

    Have you read urban fantasy before?

    Yes! It’s my favorite genre 🙂

    In romance, do you enjoy couples from previous books making appearances in later books in the series.

    As I said above, yes, I do. I got all excited every time it happens

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Mare, I feel exactly the same way about the rushed relationships. It’s the nature of the beast in romance, I’m afraid, especially in suspense that happens over a short period. I can always suspend disbelief if the characters are ones I love and believe in.
      But one of the things I have enjoyed so much about the Beladors is watching Evalle go from “don’t touch me, period and that goes for everybody” to the point where she is now–that’s some serious growth brought about by her situation–and by Storm of course. *grin*
      Can’t wait for you to get your hands on this book, and see what happens!

    • Dianna Love says:

      You are so right, Mare – this was the only way to write Evalle’s story for one thing. There was no way to arc her personal growth from the abuse she’d suffered while locked away from the world (so she lacked any experience with men) to the point that she and Storm are a hot pair. I really loved the development of these two characters and knew where they would be by book 4 & 5. So I was anxious as anyone to have Demon Storm released. *g* Thanks for following the series and for stopping by today!

  • bn100 says:

    like series if there are different characters in every book and no cliffhangers; haven’t read UF

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Thanks for stopping by, bn100!

    • Dianna Love says:

      HI bn100 – I love series and I enjoyed UF a long time ago, but I like it SO much more now that it’s morphed into a broader genre with the strong romantic threads. But the, I love romance. 🙂 Thanks for visiting today!

  • Becke says:

    It’s always interesting to hear the whacky stories about the business. Thanks for sharing.

    What do you love most about series?
    A world that totally captures my imagination, compelling characters, and original plot twists.

    Have you read series with continuing characters?
    Only one.

    If so, what makes you want to keep coming back for more of those characters?
    Character evolution/change

    Have you read urban fantasy before?
    yes

    In romance, do you enjoy couples from previous books making appearances in later books in the series?
    Not usually. It’s hard to hold my attention. If the plot starts the soap opera thing, I’m done. I have that problem even with TV. It takes a very compelling character to keep me coming back.
    b

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Becke, we are in complete agreement about the soaps on tv. And I haven’t seen a lot of that kind of back and forth drama in book series, but I haven’t read as many with recurring characters. Seems like there are more these days. I doubt I would like it in books any more than I do on tv. Those soaps make me roll my eyes.

      Particularly the “back from the dead” trope they have used forever.

    • Dianna Love says:

      Ah, the soaps do go on and on and on with the drama, Becke. I like an ongoing series if it has “series arcs.” In other words, if a set of threads gets tied up and those characters do not regress into a place they were to begin with, they need to always be moving forward and changing. Since UF is not a straight romance, relationships develop over a period of time, just like in real life. I do enjoy that about UF, as long as I get my romance fix too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today.

  • Dianna, welcome back and congrats on your latest release! I already have my copy.

    As for the questions, here we go:

    What do you love most about series?

    I like seeing the familiar world and characters and the fact that there’s often a big story arc.

    Have you read series with continuing characters?

    Only all the time. *g*

    If so, what makes you want to keep coming back for more of those characters?

    If I liked them well enough to pick up another book, then I want to see what happens with them and how they tackle the series problem.

    Have you read urban fantasy before?

    Bunches. 🙂

    In romance, do you enjoy couples from previous books making appearances in later books in the series?

    Absolutely, and I like having a scene or two in their points of view. It’s like catching up with buddies. But I want them to be doing something, not just be faces or names in the background.

    • Dianna Love says:

      I totally agree, Nancy – I like characters returning if they have a real role to play and are not just walking on stage to wave at the audience. 🙂 I love the big story arcs, which is what drew me to UF. I love the unusual worlds too. I know you do too with your Light Mages series! Woot on releasing Warrior. 🙂 thanks for coming out to visit with me today.

    • Cassondra says:

      Nancy, you’re one who has given me some “continuing characters” novels to read, so I already would have guessed your answer.

      Really glad you’re liking the Belador series, too. The world is so different, and I think that’s one of the things that makes me love it.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I do enjoy series, I just love getting to know the characters.

    • Dianna Love says:

      HI Dianna (always a great name – lol). I think that’s the magic of series – getting to spend more time with characters you love. Thanks for jumping in to say hello today!

    • Cassondra says:

      Hey Dianna!

      Glad to see you today. AS one of our long-term lair buddies, I’m always happy when you get to visit with us. I agree totally on the characters. I’ve gotten so attached to series that I seldom read standalones now. That’s not on purpose. I just have the next in a series to read and I’m always sort of “waiting” to return to those worlds.

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Oh I’m so late today! Better late than never right? I’m on my way to Boo at the Zoo in Cleveland with spotty cell service on turnpike. Hopefully this gets through…

    I really like how this series is constantly moving and evolving, and I can never ever predict how it is going to go. Love that! The characters are wonderful!

    I like to read a series with continuing characters because it is as close as I can get to a story never ending. If that makes any sense. I am definitely more partial to series for that reason. I like seeing old characters make appearances and having those little reading reunions. The characters are like friends you know.

    Oh I just remembered another reason I love the Belador books. They are all connected extremely well. I really admire a writer that can weave those little details together in each and every book.

    Great post ladies! You two make a marvelous team! 🙂

    *disclaimer- I blame any typos on the fact I’m riding in the back of a bumpy van down a bumpy road.*

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Heather!

      You are always welcome in the Lair, no matter the time of day!

      You said: I like to read a series with continuing characters because it is as close as I can get to a story never ending. If that makes any sense.

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard it said better. This is EXACTLY why I read. And I have to say that I admire writers who can keep me interested in a world, so each story doesn’t feel like it’s the same as the last.

    • Dianna Love says:

      LOL, Heather – hope it was a great day at Boo at the Zoo!!! Thanks for snatching a moment to stop by. You nailed it with “the never ending story.” I think when we find one we like, we want it to go n and on. I”m flattered that feel this way about the Beladors and appreciate the compliment. Thanks so much for reading this series and coming by to visit. 🙂

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    OMGosh! *waves madly* Hey Dianna! Welcome back to the Lair!! WOOT!! I’m so excited that this story is OUT!! I have it on my Kindle! Yay!!!

    I love series, mostly because I love revisiting the people, families, scenarios/towns where the stories take place. I love the sense of the familiar but the new wonderful story anchored in a familiar setting. Grins. ADORE the cover for this book! So dramatic.

    I’ve read a lot of series, both urban fantasy and fantasy, as well as romance. I continue to follow JD Robb’s In Death series, as well as a number of straight urban fantasy like the Lackey/Mallory series beginning with The Outstreched Shadow. :> Also The Retriever series by Laura Gilman. Then there’s Jack REacher and Harry Dresden….Grins.

    Like Heather, I’ll have to confess to loving the “neverending story” aspect of series!! :>

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Jeanne, I think that’s the magic…the never-ending story. The question is always….”can it happen without getting boring and every story being the same?” I think, apparently, it can, but that takes some serious skill on the part of the author.
      I have wondered for a long time…does EVERY series have to come to an end?

      I think probably every series has a life span, but I sure do hate to see my favorites end. Then there are others where I’m like, “this should have ended six books ago.” I don’t know what makes the “please keep going!” magic happen. I would love to know the secret.

    • Dianna Love says:

      Hi Jeanne *waves madly back at ya* 🙂 – I have favorite series that I don’t want to see end as long as the stories continue to feel fresh and exciting. I think that’s the key to knowing when to end a series. As long as I have so many plans for the characters and world building, I’ll stick with a series. I always know where my story arc is going so I’ll know when it’s time to wrap it up and I wouldn’t want a series ‘dragging’ on when it should have been ended. It’s disappointing to read a series that feels “over.” I want to be in the middle of one that has that “magic” that Cassondra mentioned. 🙂 Great to visit with you J!

    • Dianna Love says:

      Cassondra and the Bandits – Thank you so much for having me back in the lair. Really enjoyed visiting with everyone!!! Have a super weekend. 🙂

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        Thank you, Dianna, for being our guest. It’s always a good day when you’re in the Bandit Lair.

  • debbie says:

    i love this series. evalle and storm is a geat read, i am looking forward to reading this next book. I have all the books and i like to go back and start with book 1 and still get excited. you are a great writer.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Hi Debbie!

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Belador series. I love it, and I want everybody to try it. *grin* Hope you enjoy DEMON STORM. I think it’s my favorite book so far.

  • pam howell says:

    HELLLLO Love-ey
    Belador??? sounds familiar
    my 1st kindle named
    Pam’s Belador Kindle
    maybe ’cause I won fron YOU?!

  • pam howell says:

    and I ordered Last Hero 😉