Featured Author: Cornelia Amiri

Cornelia Amiri draws on her love of history and seventeen years of research on the ancient Celts, to write tales of long swords, hot
heroes, and warrior women. Ms. Amiri is the author of five Celtic/Romance novels with Awe-Struck e-books: Druid Quest, The Fox Prince, The Vixen Princess, Danger Is Sweet, and One Heart One Way, A Celtic/Paranormal/Comedy/Romance with Eternal Press. A Fine Cauldron of Fish. And a short story, “Dead End Job”, in the A Death In Texas
Anthology and the short story, “Vampire Dancer”, in Sleeping With The
Undead
both published by L & L Dreampsell. She lives in Houston,
Texas with her wonderful son.

Druid Quest
Druid Quest:
Relive the magic, myth, and adventure of ancient Britannia as two druids fight for their lives, their faith, and their love.

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A Fine Cauldron of Fish:
It’s summer on the Isle of Man and Andrew is looking for hot girls and good times. So when he meets the dreamy and seductive
Margaid, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. There are only a couple of minor problems: Margaid lives in a cave under the sea, is invisible,
and thinks that only Andrew’s blood can save her from turning into a kelpie! But hey, whoever said love was perfect!?

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The Vixen Princess:
Nesta, a fiery, middle-aged widow, takes her dead husband’s sword in hand, and joins the 15 year-old War Leader, Arthur, to fight Saxons. There she meets his champion, the dark warrior, Mabon. Than her deceased husband appears as a matchmaking ghost to bring the two together. But this match making ghost as his work cut out for him because Mabon and Nesta care more about war than love .

DE: What was the spark of inspiration for DRUID QUEST?

CA: The spark was Boudica, who is my favorite all time historical
character. It was the Celtic Warrior Queen who led me to begin my writing career. I love history and in reading a book about the dark
ages I came across Boudica. I was so impressed by her, I started jotting down notes, but they were fiction (it must have happened like this type). Before I knew it, I had written a rough draft for a novel. I thought, gosh I can really do this. So after accidentally writing
that novel, I wrote one on purpose, The Fox Prince, which was my first published book. But in that original rough draft, that I thought was
just notes about the rebel queen, was a druidess who escaped from Ynys Mon and rode to Boudica’s camp to tell everyone about the massacre of the druids at the sacred learning center. I knew one day I would write
a novel with that druidess as a main character. There was a day when I was in a weird day dream state, when I’m some one else and someplace else, I was in the water escaping from some awful trauma. And when I
came out of the day dream I knew it was that druidess escaping form the massacre at Ynys Mon, that’s when I began to write Druid Quest. And that day dream is the beginning of my first chapter.

DE: Can you tell us a bit about your adventures in the research of this book?

CA: This book is set against the back drop of the Boudica revolt, my love of history led me to the rebel queen about 17 years ago and I’ve been researching her and that time period ever since. That research led me to purchase some things, a first century Celtic costume, a replica of
a torque, and replica 1st century Celtic sword. I’ve had some real adventures with these. I came garbed in my first century attire to the
Austin Celtic festival where I set up a pop up tent for my booksigning at a scenic spot near a lake. A cool, pleasant breeze across the blue
lake soon turned to a blustery gale. I looked on stunned as my tent flew into the air and hit the wire fence behind me. Fellow vendors,
the UTILAKILT guys ran out, grabbed my tent, pulled it back to the ground, and re-staked it. I have my own theory of why that happened to me. Dressed in Bronze Age attire, torque and all, I think the goddess of the lake for whom two millenniums seems little more than a day, what is time to a goddess, saw me in my ancient garb and assumed a devotee had returned. When I didn’t go down to greet the lake and throw in my offering, she sought vengeance by taking my tent. But by
the next day, Sunday, the goddess of the lake was appeased and had quieted down. And when I was writing the final battle scene for Druid Quest, my kitten got involved in that adventure. I had just gotten him, Severus, a few days before. I brought my first century sword downstairs to the computer and when I unsheathed it I glanced at him. A look of horror filled his little face and he ran off to the corner. Poor thing thought I was going to use that on him. Poor baby. I told him it’s ok, it’s ok, mommy’s writing. And he inched closer again and cocked his head to one side in a curious, what-is-she-doing expression
as I sparred with the air, writing the battle scene.

DE: Is there a piece of particularly fascinating research that you did for the book which you wound up not using? Can you share it with us, or are you keeping it back for another book?

CA: I included the new findings that when Boudica ravaged Londinium she didn’t halt at the Thames but came across to the other side. Previously it was thought that she destroyed the city only and no one
knew anything was even built on the other side of Thames. But new research by Archaeologists excavating a site just south of London Bridge found evidence that Boudica’s army attacked south London. The site near London Bridge turned out to be next to a major Roman road. So in Druid Quest I included that and had her cross the ancient version of London Bridge and set fire to Roman buildings on that side as well.

DE: What do you think is the biggest misconception we hold about Druids?

CA: Several that they built Stonehenge, that they are evil, that they were barbaric. When the Celts arrived they found Stonehenge and the many other
magnificent and sacred henges and megaliths there waiting for them. The druids saw the spiritual and scientific nature of the structures
and used them per their own religious beliefs and ceremonies. As far as barbaric or evil, it took 20 years of training to become a druid
all those lessons were verbal, memorized. So a Druid had more education than a modern day PHD. They served the roles, of doctors,
lawyers, advisers to the chiefs, judges, teachers, musicians, historians, story tellers, and spiritual leaders. So terms such as
barbaric and evil just don’t fit.

DE: What new paths did writing this book open to you?

CA: As my fifth Celtic/Romance book, it has gained me more exposure and increased my following. Gotten my name and my unique voice out there a
little bit more.

For more information on Cornelia’s work, visit her sites:
http://www.CelitcRomanceQueen.com
http:myspace.com/CelticRomanceQueen

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Featured Author: Ava James

Ava James is an avid writer and reader of everything romance. She lives near the ‘Gateway to the West’ with her husband, their englsih bulldog, and their two cats. Marrying her highschool sweetheart in a castle, she is a hopeless romantic -Can’t you tell already?

She’s got a release TODAY from Freya’s Bower, in the ONE TOUCH, ONE GLANCE anthology, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for a visit!

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The Eagle at Midnight
For Deryn Philips life has hit a record low. After losing her parents in a car crash, she follows their last request, and takes a trip to Wales. But this is no ordinary trip, and there is more to her new mysterious male friend than she can believe. Then again, if you are in a medieval castle in a foreign country, what’s wrong with meeting a knight in shinning Armani?

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Waking Up
In Iraq, Jaysen Blake has nursed several wounded soldiers back to health, but none have touched her like Sgt. Demetri Tiberius. Will she touch his heart back?

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A Crone’s Query by Ava James.
A tale of two Tristans with everything to lose and even more to gain.

When young Tristan wanders off into the woods, he is met with a vicious Bean Nighe who has a proposition for him- answer her query correctly or lose his head.

Tristan Gippeswich is dying, betrayed by his king. He meets the most beguiling woman, but can he hold onto her?

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DE: Did you have the chance to visit Wales to research THE EAGLE AT MIDNIGHT? (Every time I visit Wales, it makes me believe in magic all over again). What drew you to Wales, rather than Ireland, Scotland, or other places in the UK?

AJ: I wish I could have gone there! Really, Scotland is my next big trip. If possible, I’d like to do a few weeks in the UK and try to get to Wales as well. I started reading some Celtic mythology and was drawn to the Welsh lore. In my research, I was captured by the pictures of the coast line. It grabbed me and the words started to flow.

DE: In “Waking Up”, your character nurses wounded vets who served in Iraq. What was the creation/research process for that story?

AJ: I have several enlisted friends and one dear friend, Danie, who did a semester abroad, working as an aid worker. When she came back with her pictures and I was immediately inspired. My friend, Sgt. Kyle Rashe gave me the idea of the truck. He was involved in an accident much like my hero. So, I have to give great thanks to my friends for this one.

DE: I love the premise of A CRONE’S QUERY, with interwoven stories of two characters named Tristan. What was the spark for that?

AJ: I wanted to write something dark. Not necessarily evil, but I wanted to have some fun with a villainous character. My decrepit old crone was perfect. She’s unpredictable, wry, and sly. The spark came from a picture, imagine that–I am very visual.

My husband and I decided that when we got married we would have a destination wedding. Naturally, I wanted to get married in a castle. (Yes, I am just a hopeless romantic.) In researching locations, I came across Castle Lachlan. Then I found this great picture, taken from the ruins of the original Castle Lachlan, that looked out over the misty loch from a dark stone portal.. It wasn’t until I started writing that I came up with the idea of the two Tristans.

DE: Are your dog and cats helpful in your writing? How?

AJ: LOL, helpful? I have three furry children. Two feline, one canine. My male black cat, is my big strong man. He is my magical conspirator, aloof and mysterious. My female tortoise shell cat, likes to remind me when it’s dinner time and warm my lap. As for my dog, she is my humorous distraction. She’s an English bully, so what more can I ask for?

DE: How do you believe the romance genre enhances our lives?

AJ: I think it gives hope and instills a sense of warmth, a compassion that we sometimes don’t see in our everyday lives. It reminds us of what is good in life, and allows us to escape into a world of magic, mystery, and brilliance.

Thanks for having me Devon!

For more information on Ava and her books, visit these sites:
http://avajames.weebly.com
www.avajamesromance.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/castleintheskyflightoffantasy/

Featured Author: Brenna Lyons

Welcome, everyone! Today we start a series of posts featuring authors from the Infinite Worlds of Fantasy group. Enjoy!

Brenna Lyons makes me (and most people) look like a slacker. She gets more done in one day than I get done in a month!

Brenna Lyons wears many hats, sometimes all on the same day: former president of EPIC, author of more than 65 published works, teacher, wife, mother… She’s a member of ERWA, WRW, TELL, MWW, IWOFA, WPM, and Broad Universe. In her first five years published in novel-length, she’s finaled for 6 EPPIES (in five different categories), 3 PEARLS (including one HM, second to Angela Knight), and a Dream Realm Award. She’s also taken Spinetingler’s Book of the Year for 2007. Brenna writes milieu-heavy dark fiction (in 19 established worlds plus stand-alones), poetry, articles and essays. She teaches classes in everything from POV studies to advanced editing, networking to marketing. Brenna loves talking to readers and can be reached via her site at http://www.brennalyons.com.

Meet this prolific, creativity, witty writer through the books listed below and the following interview questions.

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TYGERS (Renegades series book one): Meet Katheryn O’Hanlon, a reclusive
writer with a mysterious past. The “official account” is that her
grandfather (Tiberius Monroe Matthews, Ty for short) had a mental breakdown and tried to kill her when she was five. Katheryn has no clue if the “official account” is true, since she has no memories of the night it
happened or anything before. But, she has to remember fast. Her
brother-in-law has been brutally murdered, and her nephew, Kyle, claims that his toy tigers have done the deed, led by the Siberian tiger…Ty. Bonded by a psychic link, either Katheryn has to find and destroy a homicidal ghost…or she has to save Kyle from the horrorscope inside her mind. But,
what’s real…and what’s not?

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IN HER LADYSHIP’S SERVICE (Kegin book 2.5): Jelise Jackson didn’t know what
she was getting into when she came through the gateway with Jace. Now she’s stuck on Kegin and considered a child by their laws. She’s got two months to learn how to circumvent her imposed “guardianship” and claim the man she’s come to love.

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FAIRY DREAMS (dan Aidan Fairies book one): Mollie came to the family estate to escape corporate life, but she didn’t count on Cadal. She knows him all too well, as well she should; Mollie has been dreaming about him for half her life. Cadal just wants to fulfill the promise to teach Mollie so he can resume the search for his soulmate, but strange things are happening around Mollie…things that indicate she is not at all the human woman she seems to be.

Now, for the interview:

DE: Your website is amazing, with all the different series you juggle, the writing, the advice, the blog, truly wonderful and inspiring. You mention in your FAQs that you work on multiple projects, how does it all work out? In other words, please share some of your time management tips! I think
that’s the hardest thing many people who are early in their careers face –
learning how to manage their time well.

BL: I manage it well? Grinning… Some days, it feels like I have to do a million things and have time for a dozen, but most days I manage well enough.

The trick is to try to balance everything. Sometimes you have to let things slide to get to others, and it’s okay to let some things slide. If you don’t get to updating your website on a particular day, because you’re knee deep in an edit, it’s okay. Even if something major happens (new release or contest win or something similar), you can send out a note to lists about it and update the site tomorrow. If you’re on a deadline, it’s okay to disappear from lists for a week to accomplish it. In fact, it’s probably better that you do, because e-mail is a GREAT tool of the procrastinator. Others are TV and video games. I’m not saying not to spend time with the family. It’s a recharger and keeps the family life in balance, but don’t try to do work with those distractions.

DE: How do you track the details of the different series?

BL: Each character and series is different for me. I don’t tend to confuse them.
If I need to check a fact, like what date something happened in a previous book, I tend to pull the older book out and check the date directly.

I do make glossaries and religious texts and legends for different worlds, place them in the books and on the web site… For Kegin, since the calendar isn’t a human calendar, and since I have to track things like when the gateway will reopen and alignment of the moon, I have a list of dates of birth and celestial events I use to help organize. I also have lines of succession to the throne and family trees (though I fully admit to an error on the family trees that I will NOT correct, because it’s a spoiler for book six…mean, I know).

DE: Do any of your characters make guest appearances or have walk-ons from
series to series?

BL: Grinning… That is fun, isn’t it? Well, the Kegin, Kielan, and Wolkin are all connected via the Council of Worlds, so they will start making frequent jaunts back and forth. Other than that? I tend to slip in mentions, from time to time.

In MAX SEC (Renegades series), Alex wears a Jorg for President t-shirt. Jorg is from my Night Warriors world, and at the time I was writing MAX SEC, I had a spoof page on my site that included Jorg’s political platform for president of the US. You can guess what the joke was, considering the fact that it was 2004, and Jorg is a vampire.

In several of my series, I have space-traveling worlds enjoying imports from
some of my other worlds. The Kielan excel at spisilk and wines. The Keen
excel at furs, glass work, bath oils, and soaps. The Wolkin excel at
perfumes. And so on.

DE: What is your favorite part about interaction with your readers?

BL: My favorite part of it now is actually something that frustrated the fool out of me, early on. I love when readers spark an idea for who they’d like
to see stories about next. Back in the early days, I hated that. I’d write a stand-alone and someone (often my sister or brother-in-law) would say, “But, what happens next? There’s obviously more there about X.” I would argue that there wasn’t, but there was, and the next thing I knew, the stand-alone would be a series. That’s how I ended up with 19 series worlds, in the first place.

The truth is, readers often see where I’ve left that opening to continue
that even I don’t…until someone points me to it. Then I start asking
questions, and sure enough…there’s another story there.

DE:. Is there anything about your writing life you’d like to change? If so, what

BL: Overall? Not really. I like my writing style. But, since it’s a character-driven process, a stubborn character can really throw a wrench in the works. I wish there was a way to niggle inside the head of a reluctant character faster.

DE: Thanks so much for stopping by!

BL: Thanks for having me!

For more information on Brenna Lyons and her books, visit these links:
http://www.brennalyons.com
http://www.myspace.com/brennalyons
http://brennalyonsden.blogspot.com/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ebookChatters/ (reader list…all reasonable
promos welcome)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BrennaLyons (announcement list for my books)

Interview with Yasmine Galenorn

Yesterday, I reviewed Darkling, Yasmine Galenorn’s latest book in her Otherworld (Sisters of the Moon) series. Today, she’s generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions.

DE: The books are all written in first person, the “first” being whichever sister is the focus of that book. Because of your intense schedule, where you’re usually writing one and in edits or galleys for another, do you ever find that sometimes the voice of one “bleeds” (no pun intended) into one of the other stories? Or does one of the sisters sometimes jump into a different sister’s book and want to say something from her perspective? How do you handle that?

YG: Actually, I’m very good at narrowing my focus and multi-tasking, so this hasn’t been the problem I thought it would be. The only time it was a problem was when I started Changeling, because I hadn’t realized my publisher wanted me to write the books from different POVs—I had planned that it would all be from Camille’s perspective. I tossed 200 pages when I figured out that I was writing Delilah the way Camille saw her, not the way she saw herself. Once it dawned on me that each sister sees herself differently than her other sisters see her, I was able to make the leap. I like the round robin approach because we get to see how Camille, Delilah, and Menolly view each other—and then how they view themselves, and the differing perspectives don’t always match up.

When I start a new book, it’s like I “jump out” of one skin, into the next, and settle in. Sometimes I find myself thinking, “Camille wouldn’t do it this way” or “Oh man, Menolly would react a totally different way” but I don’t think bleed-through ever presents a serious obstacle for me.

DE: Each of the sisters is involved in at least a triangulated relationship, if not a more complex web. The relationships show genuine love and growing trust in a way that is unique. That a protagonist can successfully have more than one lover is fairly new ground in traditional publishing. Laurell K. Hamilton deals with this in her books, but, in my opinion, it’s a means to a different end. Even many of the erotica publishers insist that once the protagonist and her “hero” have sex, neither character can have sex/make love with anyone else. Did you meet any initial or do you meet any ongoing resistance to that from your editor or publisher? Was that a discussion that happened early in the series, or have they simply trusted you enough to follow your vision?

YG: My editor(s) seem quite happy with the direction in which I’ve taken my sisters. I started out with a different editor for Witchling and Changeling. Christine Zika was also with me through all my mysteries—let me take this new series where I needed to take it. Then she was hired by a different house and I started working with Kate Seaver, my current editor, who is as wonderful—and innovative—as Christine was.

At first, the publishers weren’t even sure what the series was—and to be honest—neither was I. The story arc has evolved as I’ve written the books. And the sisters and their relationships have evolved organically through the writing. I think what helps it work in my Alterverse is that I haven’t tried to foist anything on the characters from the outside. Multiple pairings seem to be their natural bent, so the situations ‘feel’ natural in the writing.

The same with the bisexual and gay characters—I don’t have any agenda with regards to the sexual bent of my characters. They are who they are. My current editor did discuss the same-sex scene with me—the one Menolly has in Darkling. In no way did she ask me to remove it, but she gently reminded me, some readers might be uncomfortable with a F/F sex scene. I thought about it, but it had to stay. Menolly is bisexual, and with the background she has—with what Dredge did to her—she is leery of men. I refuse to tiptoe around the issue. She will—on occasion—have women lovers. Actually, all the sisters have the possibility, but for Menolly it seems to play out more. If it pushes a few buttons, well, then it will have to push a few buttons. The worlds I create aren’t sanitized—they aren’t nice and pat and tied up with a pretty bow.

For one thing, I’m openly bisexual (although I resist labels—I happened to fall in love with a man; it could have been a woman depending on who I met). Actually, when you look at human nature, monogamy is a social construct, for the most part. Now, I’m monogamous in practice, but I can understand the natural instincts to gravitate toward different partners. It can cause a lot of havoc, but it also opens up whole new avenues for plot and character development.

I also think that since I’m writing urban fantasy instead of romance (regardless of what you see on the spine of the book), there’s less resistance to the multiple pairings. I’m not focused on relationships or sex, they just happen to be part of the story—they aren’t the whole plot.

DE: Have you made any changes in your own spiritual practice as you explore the worlds and the practices of the sisters more deeply?

YG: No. The Otherworld Series—and the Chintz ‘n China Series, for that matter—while they have a background in folklore, and while actual magical practices can’t help but creep in, they’re both fantasy. Fiction.

My spiritual/magical practice is grounded in…what…at this point…28 years of magical practice I have as an eclectic shamanic witch. I do work with dragon energy and I’ve always worked with Faerie magic, but I consider my spirituality and my writing two separate parts of my life. I am a witch. I am a writer. I’m not writing metaphysical nonfiction wrapped up in the guise of fiction—I already wrote nonfiction books on the subject. While my spirituality guides the way I approach life, and being a writer guides the way I perceive life, they don’t necessarily overlap all the time.

DE: Have you created an overview for the whole series, with a specific ending in site, or does that shift from book to book? Is the series growing organically, or do you make sure to hit certain touchstones in each book?

YG: No—no specific ending. There will be an end to the spirit seal story arc eventually, but another story arc is opening up in Dragon Wytch (book 4, which will be out July 1st 2008) and there will be others. The series is evolving organically. Although, I have to say, by this point—I’m about to start book six—I have an extensive research notebook detailing story threads, subplots, characters, aspects of Earthside/Otherworld, etc.

DE: One of the things I love about the series is the strength of the love and the sense of hope between the sisters and those close to them, even when things are at their darkest. They’re active, and they use love as a catalyst rather than a reason to hide or not act out of fear of loss. It seems that so many decisions nowadays are made out of fear instead of out of love, hope, or integrity. Is that something rooted in your own belief?

YG: No, actually. I’m not an optimist by nature, and I don’t hold much hope for humanity’s future with the way things are going. But we can’t give up. In my opinion, we simply have no other option but to continue the fight, to do what we can, and cross our fingers that maybe, just maybe, it’s enough.

I make my decisions by looking at what needs to be done. What is my part in the scheme of life? I try to act out of a sense of honor. I’d defend my loved ones to the death, because nobody hurts those I protect/call family. I suppose, for me, a sense of honor with heart is a strong motivator. I do recognize, though, that some people confuse honor and pride—and that brings tragedy.

The sisters were raised to be the daughters of a Guardsman, they were raised to be courageous, to stand up for those in need, to follow through on promises made. However, each sister is a little different in the way she approaches danger and action.

As I said, Camille feels a strong sense of duty/honor to her family, to her father, to those she’s bound to by oath or by heart. Camille is the one who would go rushing willy-nilly into battle, screaming, “Do you want to live forever?”

Delilah, well Delilah’s trying to find her courage. She’s trying to grow past her fear. You’ll see—in Death Maiden—how she is evolving out of the ‘Scaredy Cat” into a courageous young woman/feline, ready to stand her ground.

And Menolly, oh yes, for Menolly it’s all about the underdog. She does what she needs to, even when it’s uncomfortable or ugly, because she’s unwilling to let the sadists and the perverts of the world win. She’s been to hell and back, and she’s determined to prevent others from falling to the same fate.

All in all, the Otherworld series is really about the underdogs of the world. The heroes who get thrust into the journey rather than the ones who go looking for it—the people who are scared out of their minds but they know they have to fight and so they somehow find the courage to face their demons. Really, my Alterverse is all about the misfits who band together to save what they can, to help where they can, and to have one hell of a party doing it. And by gods, if they’re going to fall to the enemy—they’re determined to take the bad guys with them! ~grins~

(And no, do not read anything into that—I’m not killing off the Sisters. Or Maggie. I promise you this: Maggie may be in danger at times, but Maggie the Gargoyle will never be tortured or killed).

DE: Thank you, Yasmine!

Bio:
USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes the bestselling urban fantasy Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series for Berkley (Witchling, Changeling, Darkling, etc.). She also wrote the paranormal Chintz ‘n China Mystery Series, and the Bath & Beauty Mystery Series (the latter written as India Ink) and eight nonfiction metaphysical books. She’s been in the Craft for over 25 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Bellevue WA with her husband Samwise and their four cats. Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com and via MySpace: www.myspace.com/yasminegalenorn.

Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn

Darkling
Yasmine Galenorn. New York: Berkley Books. 2008. Paperback. $7.99

Darkling is the third book in Yasmine Galenorn’s riveting Otherworld (Sisters of the Moon) series. Camille, Delilah, and Menolly D’Artigo are half-human, half-fae, sisters and members of the now-crumbling Otherworld Intelligence Agency. As war and political intrigue escalate in Otherworld, they are increasingly cut off from their home and family, and left to face an ever-growing assortment of dangers on Earth as more and more preternaturals enter the plane through portals with their own agendas for the future of both human and fae.

Each book is told in the first person from the point of view of one of the sisters. Darkling is told through Menolly’s eyes. During an OIA mission gone wrong, Menolly was captured by the Elwing Blood Clan, tortured and turned into a vampire by a sadist named Dredge. She and her family have learned to live with her needs and functions, but it’s a daily struggle for her to balance her hungers, her desires, and her inability to trust anyone outside of her immediate family.

A series of brash and brutal murders hits Seattle, with some of the murdered turning up as newly-turned, vicious vampires, put both human and vampire communities at risk. Menolly and her sisters suspect the Elwing Blood Clan, and, specifically, Dredge, are behind it. When the psychopathic floraed, Wisteria, escapes from her prison and joins them, the sisters know it’s only going to get worse. Queen Asteria sends the incubus turned bounty hunter Rozuriel in for added muscle and skill. Roz has his own axe to grind with Dredge, who destroyed Roz’s family. Menolly must risk her life to return to the Otherworld in search of the seer Jareth, who can break Dredge’s bonds, but at a cost. In addition to facing down Dredge one last time, Menolly must also make a gut-wrenching choice that will change her life and the life of a friend forever.

As usual, Galenorn spins an intriguing, fast-paced, breath-taking tale of magic, power, mystery, love, lust, family, betrayal, and the need to fight for one’s family (and the greater family) in the face of incredible odds. She creates complex, fascinating characters who can’t get away with making the easy choices. Their emotions, and the sometimes surprising ways they connect and interconnect with each other, trying to balance love, lust, duty, and their places in the bigger picture make all of the Otherworld books both a treat and an addiction.

The earlier books in the Otherworld (Sisters of the Moon) series are Witchling (from Camille’s point of view) and Changeling (from Delilah’s point of view. Darkling is available now, and Dragon Wytch, again through Camille’s eyes, will be available in July of 2008.

Come back tomorrow to read an interview with Yasmine Galenorn!

Bio:
USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes the bestselling urban fantasy Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series for Berkley (Witchling, Changeling, Darkling, etc.). She also wrote the paranormal Chintz ‘n China Mystery Series, and the Bath & Beauty Mystery Series (the latter written as India Ink) and eight nonfiction metaphysical books. She’s been in the Craft for over 25 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Bellevue WA with her husband Samwise and their four cats. Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com and via MySpace: www.myspace.com/yasminegalenorn.

February Author Schedule

The wonderful February authors hosted are Yasmine Galenorn and Sandra Worth!

February 8 — Review of DARKLING by Yasmine Galenorn
February 9 — Interview with Yasmine Galenorn

February 24 — Review of LADY OF THE ROSES by Sandra Worth
February 25 — interview with Sandra Worth.

Please come by and check them out!

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