Tuesday, 30 April 2013

LUCIUS: The Fallen - Author Interview

LUCIUS: The Fallen

Today I have the HUGE pleasure of interviewing Tara S. Wood on the release of her novel LUCIUS: The Fallen, which she penned with Lorecia Goings.  

I am also participating in the Blog Tour for Lucius: The Fallen - so click here to see all the details and to enter the giveaway!!

Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your novel Lucius.  It’s a fantastic concept.  
Where did the idea come from?  What inspired you to write it?

I honestly don’t remember. The first line of the book popped into my head, and it sort of evolved from there.

How did you both go about writing this together?  And was it difficult to co-author a book?

I approached Lori and got her opinion on the overall concept. She loved it and had some great ideas, so it was only natural to absorb her into the project. As for being difficult - not at all. It was far too easy. We’ve known each other for almost twenty years, so there was no apprehension, no pressure. We work extremely well together.

How long did it take to write?

The first draft took around 8-9 months.

What was your work schedule like when you were writing?  

We broke it down scene by scene and divided it up to write when we could. There were lots of Friday nights at Denny’s. No talking, just furious scribbling. It’s a method. LOL.

Do either of you have any writing quirks?  Things that you have to do/have before and while writing?

Neither of us can write in order. I need a loose plan or outline. She hates to outline. We had to figure out how to keep each other and the story on track. We were able to rock out a method that works for both of us. Let’s hope future projects go as smoothly.

Tell us about the research that went into this book.

A little into angel lore and ancient religions. We tried to keep things under a basic Judeo-Christian umbrella that we felt people would be familiar with. From there, we used some creative licence to expand upon the parameters. I think we’ve created something interesting.

Tell us about Lucius – what do you like most about him and what do you dislike about him?

What I love about him is also what I dislike about him. I love that he’s trying so hard to make sense of things and keep going, but I hate that he’s so hard on himself at the same time. Poor guy needs to give himself a break. He could use a hug. Maybe a kitten.

Tell us about Persephone –  what do you like most about her and what do you dislike about her?

I love that her heart is so open and she’s so genuine. She’s far too trusting, and that gets her into trouble. Girlfriend needs to slow down and stop and think sometimes.

I notice that  Lucius is part of a series.  Can you tell us more about your plans for or thoughts on that series?

We’re planning on a book for each of the angels. *whispers* Possibly one for Lucifer. *shifty look around* Don’t tell him. At this point, I don’t think it would go over well.

What is or who are The Fallen?

The Fallen are a group of fallen angels charged by God to slay demons on Earth. They are: Lucius, Jude, Elijah, Mordecai, and Domniel.

Of The Fallen which is your favourite and why?

You really can’t expect me to answer that, can you? *lowers voice* They’ll hear. And then all the explaining! Do you know what Jude’s frown can do? And Domniel? UGH. Okay....but if asked directly, I will deny everything. *squeezes eyes shut* Jude. Jude’s my favorite. He’s so damaged, so broken. I just want to squeeze him and shout, “MY LOVE WILL FIX YOU!” *sigh* But I know it doesn’t work that way. There are plans for Jude. There are plans for all our boys.

If you could describe the book in 5 words, which would they be?

Inventive. Engaging. Hot. Sexy. Awesome.

If a film was made of the series, which actors would you chose to play the characters?

Oh, this is a TERRIBLE question. Invariably, Lori and I will disagree, I’m sure. And people who read the book may sit back and say, “That’s not who I pictured at all.” But here goes....if I had to cast this, I would choose Daniel Craig for Lucius. *pauses* I may need a moment. *long pause* Okay. I’m good. Jude’s a hard one. In my head, the closest I can come up with would be Chris Hemsworth. I would definitely want Matthew Gray Gubler for Elijah and Cillian Murphy for Mordecai. Domniel took some thinking, but I’m going with Oded Fehr. And I’m going to throw in Lucifer because thinking about all these guys has put me in a good headspace right now. Lucifer. *long, deep breath* Paul Bettany. *nods head* You’re welcome.

With Oded Fehr you got me hooked ;-) lol

How long have you both been writing and what was the first thing you can remember writing?

I’ve been writing for what seems like forever. I started with poetry in middle school, and gradually worked my way into fiction.

Where do you see yourselves as writers in 5 years?

Hopefully with a really long backlist and a giant grin on my face.

Is there anyone who inspires your work?

I’m heavily inspired by my author friends and their creativity. I love hearing about their projects and where their minds are going. It helps to get my brain working as well. To name a few: Lorecia Goings, of course. Trish M. Dawson, Caroline F. Levy, Lindsay Avalon, K.S. Haigwood, and Miranda Stork. 

What projects are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on the second book in my In Blood paranormal romance series, and an action-oriented dystopian novel. I’m also getting ready to start tackling the next Fallen book with Lori. Busy, busy. 

And finally back to Lucius, in two sentences sell us the book. 

A group of fallen angels are slaying demons in order to reclaim their places in Heaven. One of them falls in love along the way and discovers that he’s exactly where he needs to be.

Lucius: The Fallen - Blog Tour!

Welcome to the release tour of Lucius; The Fallen! The first in a hotly-anticipated series, it follows the leader of a band of hard-living, hard-drinking angels after their fall to earth. The series will span six books, each one more enticing than the last! Keep reading to find out more, and check out our giveaway at the end……AND a special surprise if you’ve ever wanted to ask the authors a question!

Lucius: The Fallen is such a hot, compelling read, I know you will love it!

“Relish this moment in My favor. It is your last.”
Six angels once sat at the right hand of The Almighty, but an ill-fated decision cast them out of Heaven. Now they serve Him on Earth, slaying demons for their redemption. They are…The Fallen.
Lucius, once revered at the side of God, fell to Earth with his brothers to pay penance and atone for his lapse in leadership. Wingless and forsaken, they have all paid a price for their complicity. Lucius’ hubris is now a curse, and he cannot rest until they carry out the last of The Almighty’s orders...and stop a war that has been millennia in the making.
Persephone Roberts is always in the right place at the right time, the serendipity allowing her to help people on her travels. When it leads her to cross paths with the band of hard-living fallen angels, she sets her sights on their leader, and is determined to restore Lucius’ faith in their quest. And in himself.
But the ancient evil the angels strive to fight has put Persephone in its crosshairs. It will be up to Lucius and his brothers to save her and destroy the minions of the dark. Can the amber-eyed beauty with her accepting heart heal wounds that cut soul deep, and force him to reclaim a glory he once tossed aside? Is he strong enough to realize the path back to Heaven begins with her, or will he be forever...fallen?

Check out the trailer!

Here we have an excerpt  - Please bear in mind that it is 18+

The subtle whoosh of air from the doorway ahead made all five angels turn as one.
“Is there another one?” Lucius muttered. Turning to Domniel, he said, “Can you smell another one?”
Domniel lifted his head and walked toward the doorway. “Hard to tell. That smell's everywhere. I'll follow it and see what I find.”
“Good. Elijah, go with him,” Lucius said as he bent toward the pool of goo to begin purifying the remains. From the corner of his eye, Lucius watched Elijah nod and jog off to catch up with Domniel.
Task finished, he placed the vial of holy water in his pocket, and called after the blind angel. “Dom?”
“Yeah, man, out here.” 
He motioned to Jude and Mordecai, and they ran across the street to another parking lot. He paused as he realized Domniel and Elijah weren’t alone. 
A woman stared at them from across the lot. She looked calm. A dark halo of thick curls was pulled back tight, emphasizing an oval face and high cheekbones. The assassin-chic ensemble she sported could not detract from the feminine perfection she represented.
She laid smoldering eyes on them and growled, her voice smoky and rich, “Figures I would find pigeons here. It is the gutter, after all.”
Domniel’s head tilted and Lucius knew he was trying to locate her. He caught a whiff of sand and something exotic and ancient. He knew the blind angel had found her when he turned, putting his shades on her.
“Where the fuck did you come from?” Domniel snarled.
She laughed, the sultry sound designed to stir men’s loins. “A higher plane of existence, you useless bird.”
His dark sunglasses looked her up and down. “No shit, you a Jersey girl? That explains a lot.”
She glared at him before bringing her arm forward to reveal a flaming scimitar. “You pigeons always have to crap on somebody else's sidewalk, don’t you?”
Lucius stepped forward and laid a hand on Domniel's shoulder, urging him to stand down. Apprehension collided with recognition like a shot to his gut, and he gave the deposed goddess a slow, tight smile, hoping that this encounter would leave them with all their limbs.
“Hello, Khemrhy.”
“Do you have any idea what you just screwed up?” Khemrhy laid the scimitar across her back, the fire dying and sword disappearing before she leaned against an old Chevy pickup, one foot planted squarely on the front bumper.
Before anyone could slap a hand over his mouth, Domniel spouted, “Could it be your hot date for this century?”
Khemrhy smiled and stood back up. “No, you fool. You messed with my hunt. He was leading me back to something important. Not that you could ever understand that.”
Always cautious in his dealings with Khemrhy, Lucius put a hand over Domniel's mouth and said, “We think there's a second one. Did you see anything?”
“Of course. The other one went that way,” she said, jerking a thumb over her shoulder to indicate the alley behind her. Something about it seemed too simple, but a gust of wind brought the stench of brimstone strong enough that they could all smell it.
As Lucius, Jude, and Mordecai began to head past Khemrhy, they instinctively gave her a wide berth. From behind them, Domniel said, “I'll stay here and keep an eye on her. I still don't trust the bitch.”
“Little hard to keep an eye on someone when you're blind, pigeon,” she quipped. “Maybe you should get a dog.”
Lucius heard Domniel mouthing off in the distance and rolled his eyes, hoping she didn't remove any limbs. This time.
“A dog, huh? You’ll do. Let me see if I can find a leash and a muzzle,” Domniel snapped back. “Though you might be a little front end heavy to be running around on hands and knees, fetching shit for me.”
As the wind picked up, Lucius could see Domniel’s head swivel as he struggled to locate Khemrhy’s dissipating scent. Elijah signed to him in a panic, the fluttering of his fingers reaching through to the blind angel.
“Shit! Shit! Shit! I lost her! Where is she? I don't speak finger-fuck!”
Lucius whirled in a circle, hoping that even he could get a quick scent to target the goddess.
Ten feet in front of his sightless brother, Khemrhy growled, “I’ve got a front end for you.” And then the truck came crashing down on Domniel.
From his viewpoint behind Domniel, Lucius watched as Khemrhy planted her boot on the truck's bumper and pushed down hard to lever it upward. When she started pushing down with her foot, Elijah began frantically signing the word, “Chevy” to no avail. As the truck stood on end, she reached down, grabbed the bumper, and swung the entire vehicle over her head.
The pickup came down in a barrage of creaking steel, slamming Domniel hard into the pavement. He gave a loud, anguished grunt as Elijah ran to his side. Twisted metal groaned as Elijah tried to maneuver chunks of the vehicle up off him.
“Get…off me… fucking bitch!” he gurgled. Khemrhy laughed as she made her way to a Triumph motorbike parked beneath one of the street lights.
Lucius and Jude ran to assist. “What the fuck happened? Dom?”
“Chevy half-ton pickup,” Elijah signed to Lucius.
Lucius winced, reaching for parts of the vehicle. “Ouch.” 
The sound of the Triumph's throttle rumbling got their attention and they turned. Khemrhy smiled back, flipping them her middle finger before roaring off down the street.
Domniel lay on his back, his chest caved in, laboring for enough breath to groan.
Lucius shook his head. “You know better than to piss her off. She could've killed you, dumbass.”
Domniel wheezed, turned his head and spat out two bloody teeth. “Get 'Magic Fingers' over here - good to go.”
Elijah tapped Lucius on the shoulder and gestured to Domniel.
“Yeah,” Lucius nodded. “Do your thing. And get him to walk. I'm not fucking carrying his wiseass back.”
They came forward and closed ranks, making a circle around him. Elijah knelt down next to the blind angel, stretched out his hands and cracked his knuckles.
“Just fucking get to it, mute. My balls are wedged up in my ribcage.” Domniel's eyes fluttered closed in between gasps.
Jude snorted. “Why can't you be the mute?”
Lucius held a hand up, silencing them.
Elijah rubbed his hands together and closed his eyes. The silent angel’s hands trembled for a moment and then glowed with a soft, white light. He placed both of them, palms down, on what was left of Domniel's chest and took a deep breath.
Domniel lit up, his chest echoing the glow from Elijah’s hands, and he let out a deep, relaxing sigh. “Fuck, yeah. I bet the chicks love that shit.”
“Shut up,” Lucius warned.
Domniel sighed again and gave into the healing.

Author Bios

Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series.

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Lorecia is a native Houstonian who did not escape in her adulthood. So she camps out in NW Houston concocting her own special variety of chaos but rarely finishes it without the continual prodding of best friend Tara. She loves to laugh, bead, write, eat and hug kitties. She also loves to have fun and can usually be found on any given Friday night off chatting her head off at Denny’s with her bestie.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Cover release!

I am so excited to be able to bring you the new cover ahead of the launch on 3rd May!
Yes, you heard it here first!  My new book is to be published on 3rd May - finger's crossed!

So, without further ado, here is the long-awaited cover ...



Pride and Prejudice Continues

Book 2

Trapped and cloistered in her own home.
Anne de Bourgh, wealthy heiress daughter of the inimitable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, yearns to be set free from her luxurious prison, Rosings Park.
Her life stretches out before her, ordered and planned, but it is a life she does not want.  She wants more.  She wants to be free.  She wants to do everything that has been forbidden her, and she wants more than anything to fall in love with whom she chooses.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh has other plans for Anne.

Will Lady Catherine have her own way as always?
Will Anne succeed?
Can she break through the barriers of wealth, rank and duty?

From the award-winning author of Charlotte ~ Pride & Prejudice Continues and Relative Deceit comes


Pride & Prejudice Continues Book Two!

  "Lady Catherine is back!" - Karen Aminadra

Friday, 5 April 2013

Work in Progress: Update!

Hello all!

It's great to see the sun shining again, isn't it?

I have an update for you all.

As I near the end of draft one, I have engaged a cover artist from MoonRoseCoverDesigns! :-D  I am so excited.
We've chatted a lot about what I would like and about the book, and she said she would come up with some draft images for me to peruse asap!
So, I should get those about the same time that I am beginning the first run through of the finished MS - fingers crossed, eh?!

I've included a link to MoonRoseCoverDesign's website HERE - however, I know that some of the covers they've done aren't on there!  Maybe I've seen things I shouldn't have! :-O  haha

Anyway, happy Spring to you all!
Karen xxx