Saturday, March 17, 2012

Author Ambush and Contest with Alexandra Ivy


Happy St. Patrick's Day
Monsters and Addicts! 

Today the lovely and AMAZING Alexandra Ivy is taking over Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION and she's telling us how the IMMORTAL ROUGES came to life.  So show Alex some love, leave her some great comments and have an awesome weekend!!


Guest Post by Alexandra Ivy:

I’ve never been a big believer in the creative ‘muse’.  Writing is like most careers.  Success comes from hard-work, determination, and sometimes the elusive stroke of luck.  Or as Thomas Edison so eloquently put it “one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”.    And, to be honest, if I had to depend on some fickle muse fairy I’d spend a lot of time staring at a blank page.
But on very rare occasions my muse does actually pay a fleeting visit and leaves behind a germ of an idea that plants itself in my brain and refuses to go away.
That’s what happened to me several years ago.  I was happily writing traditional regencies when I was struck by the wonderful atmosphere created by London nights in the early eighteen hundreds.   What could be creepier than to walk the cobbled streets that were shrouded in a chilled darkness, with the sounds of the city muffled by a thick, silvery fog?   Who knew what--or who-- might be lurking among the elegant homes of Mayfair, or the seedy alleys of the stews.
From that brief flare of inspiration I knew I had the perfect setting for vampires.  The dark, elegant, and silently lethal predators could glide through the ballrooms with the same ease they could hunt among the gin houses.  Unlike most monsters they’re capable of blending into human society and even living among the natives unnoticed.  You could have one as a next door neighbor and never know it. 
And to make matters even more interesting, I decided to pit vampire against vampire since it would hardly be fair to have poor humans trying to fight the immortal creatures.    Good vs. Evil.  Light against dark.  With the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Oh, and there had to be a passionate romance to add spice to the story. 
And that’s how the Immortal Rogues were born.   Gideon, Lucien, and Sebastian.  Three powerful vampires who arrive in London from their home beyond the Veil to battle their evil brothers who are determined to put an end to the separation between the worlds of vampires and mortals.
Of course, once the muse made its fleeting appearance it was time to get down to the hard part of writing.  When I started the books the paranormal phenomenon hadn’t yet hit so it was a delicate balancing act.  I wanted to capture the feel of ‘Dracula’, but without offending most regency readers.   That meant the violence and bloodlust and sensual danger had to be threaded through the story with a far more subtle touch than the stories I write today.  And while I love the current trend of gritty books that can cross all boundaries, there was something special in creating the tension and simmering passion with elusive hints rather than an in-your-face style.
I hope that my readers enjoy the Immortal Rogues as much as I enjoyed writing them.  They’re a glimpse into a past that combines the elegance of the regency with the dark allure of the supernatural.

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My Lord Vampire

IMMORTAL ROGUES Series, Book 1

Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Re-Release Date:  February 28, 2012
Original Publication Date:  2003
Publisher:  Zebra


BUY NOW:

* Please note this is a reprint from the 2003 Historical
Vampire Series written as Deborah Raleigh *



In the first of a mesmerizing trilogy, Alexandra Ivy,
author of the Guardians of Eternity series, introduces the Immortal Rogues—three vampires duty-bound to protect their own kind even as they fall prey to mortal desires.
Centuries have passed since Gideon Ravel dwelled among humans. Now he must infiltrate the cream of London society to earn the trust of one woman. Simone, Lady Gilbert, possesses an amulet of unimaginable power, and no concept of the threat that surrounds her. The ton's gossip prepared him for her beauty and wit. But he is blindsided by her barely disguised sensuality and his growing need to possess her. None of the idle aristocrats who vie for Simone's attentions know about her past. To them, she is the sophisticated, worldly widow known as the "Wicked Temptress." The truth would ruin her, and she has never been tempted to reveal it until now. Yet beneath Gideon's bold, black-eyed stare is a hunger that demands satisfaction and complete surrender…and a secret far more dangerous than her own.

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About Alexandra:

I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books.  Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me.  I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.

Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries?  Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few.  I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays.  In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on. 
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy.
For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander.  Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams.  They are truly my heroes.
Be sure to visit Alex's WEBSITE to check out all of her incredible books, including the upcoming  ETERNAL GUARDIANS book "Fear The Darkness".

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CONTEST:
Alex is giving away a copy of MY LORD VAMPIRE to a winner from Book Monster and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION website.
TO ENTER:

Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!

50 comments:

Lorraine said...

talslyn@yahoo.com
Awesome and you ROck!!

Amy said...

I can always use another vampire paranormal series! Would love to read Alexandra's reprint book.

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Sheree said...

Paul Marron with glowing eyes? I'm there!

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GFC follower

Kara Lee Lovell said...

Can't wait to read them. I've downloaded The Guardians of Eternity series but haven't read these. They sound really great!

Thanks for the inspiration and the hard work.

kll@surfacezero.net

miki said...

i have never enough vampire romance^^

thanks you a lot for this opportunity to win
gfc: miki

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy St Patrick'sday

Lovebites said...

Have this on my TBR list!

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Amiee Snow said...

I looooooove Alexandra Ivy , great interview! And thanks for the contest :) Love the books
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! :) and a Happy Paddy's Day to everyone else from Ireland! :)

amiee.ryan@yahoo.com

andieleah said...

I so love Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series can't wait to read the Immortal Rogues series!!!!

www.goddess197829c@AOL.com

Kelly Lynn Benson said...

I am on the second book in the Guardians Series right now. Carla told me to read the series and I LOVE IT!! I think Alaxandra is an amazing writer that I will always look for books that he writes.

kellybenson@neo.rr.com

traci16 said...

Love Alexandra Ivy...definitely on of my faves!!!! Great interview and excerpt!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
iluvmik16@gmail.com

Barbara B. said...

Love your books, Alexandra! Getting ready to start My Lord Vampire today! The Guardians of Eternity are awesome. Love Styx! Thanks for being such an intriguing author!

xsheilax said...

Just go to show that when a author writes a great story it doesn't matter what name is attached the story remains great.
A lot of people buy because of the name attached.
Alexandra obviously recognised as a fab author without being already known.

Dark Fantasy said...

Your book "When Darkness Comes" was a book I grabbed on a whim. I'm completely and utterly addicted to the Paranormal Romance books now!! I have all your books and recommend them to all my friends. I find myself delving into new authors all the time as I'm an avid reader & can't wait for new books to be released. Thank you, thank you, thank you for delving into this new arena so long ago!!! cewylie71@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I am always looking for another great author to read
jenniferlkeck(@)gmail.com

Kassandra said...

I LOVE Alexandra Ivy's world and character building! Hope to be able to get my hands on this one soon!

sionedkla@gmail.com

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

Alexandra is FABULOUS! I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Jess @ Taking It One Book

takingitonebookatatime(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lou Ann W said...

I absolutely love these types of books. I can not get enough of them. louann_warren@yahoo.com

kali said...

Would love to win Alexandra's book I'm a big fan!! Thanks for the contest and its great to get to know Alexandra better :) Happy Paddy's Day by the way :)

karyn.navan@gmail.com

Unknown said...

The way I want this book reminds me of how I used to beg my parents for the one and only thing I wanted for Christmas - or like I am begging my husband now for a Kindle Fire, LOL! It's an obsession!!

Thanks so much for the giveaway chance :D

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Barbara said...

I LOVE Alexandra's books! Can't wait to read her reprint of My Lord Vampire...I LOVE the new cover too, btw! Thx for the giveaway op! :)

barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

Laurie said...

The Guardians series has been on my TBR list and I'm looking forward to reading them! Heard alot of great things about Ms. Ivy's books. Looking forward to this new series too. Thanks for the giveway.
lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

Melissa said...

I can't wait to read this!! Anytime I have a chance to read about vampires makes me vary happy!!

melissalamb(at)musfiber(dot)com

Gail Nichols said...
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Gail Nichols said...

Ms.Ivy is a new author for me. Ican't wait to try her books. nicholsgail(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Mirela said...

nice giveaway
gfc: mirela_8923
e-mail: lulu_mirela90@yahoo.com

Karina said...

I ♥ the Guardian of Eternity series. My fav is still Viper but Levet is hilarious. I can't wait to read your new book. :)

Karurena79@gmail.com

kristiana said...

i'm currently reading beyond the darkness, so far i like it. but, i have had love this series so much! ^^

i'm now interesting with this Immortal series. I wish i could read this book.

thank you for a chance to win on this giveaway ^^

Kristiana S
gfc : Kristiana (lizfreya.kris@gmail.com)
email : kris.lilis@yahoo.com

Blanche said...

I'm a new fan and can't wait to read this one!!
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faerymom said...

I can't wait to read this one... going to have to download it to my kindle...

Phyllis M said...

Mmmm...let me say that Gideon is mesmerizing and Simone his perfect match! Just finished this book and wanted to tell you all that this is a really wonderful timepiece by Alexandra. I am a diehard fan of her Darkness series (love,love,love them), and was pleasantly surprised by how much I truly enjoyed this story! Looking forward to the next one! Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and thank you both for the Interview.

I will leave my e-mail even though I already have the book! :)

brandypm@optonline.net

Barbara E. said...

I love the mix of historical and paranormal, so I'm looking forward to reading My Lord Vampire. It sounds like a fantastic story.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

AD said...

There's so many Alexandra Ivy books on my TBR list. I'd love to have a copy!

amberdaulton86@gmail.com

RAERAE said...

I love Alexandra Ivy's books!!!
rajoehnk@gmail.com

mandy saial said...

Love your books Alex.Your charactors and storylines are always to die for.
My lord Vampire is in my TBR pile .
Thanks for the giveaway .

mandy saial
msaial@yahoo.com

Gisele Alv said...

Oh my GOD! I swear I saw a review in other blog and I was like D: What? I never ever thought someone could mix historical romance with paranormal in a novel! I LOVE IT!! My two favorite genres! ~swooooon~ this is so freaking cool!! Pleaseee count me in!! Thank YOU for this giveaway!! Fingers crossed!! I'm GFC follower!
ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

sienny said...

wow, i don't think i read this series yet, but i've read guardians of eternity and they're good. congratz for re-print!!!

smile_1773@yahoo.com

molly.frenzel said...

Love your books!

molly.frenzel@gmail.com

gypsylcm said...

This is a book that I want to read!

gypsylcm@yahoo.co.nz

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Passionate romances are what rocks my socks! Hahaha, thanks for this giveaway!

CYP
cypsays_hi[@]hotmail.com

SusieB said...

I sooooo want this book!!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

susiebranum at ymail.com

Eli Yanti said...

i always love reading alexandra ivy's book. cant wait to read this one ;)

eli_y83@yahoo.com

Chrisbails said...

Would love to win and read this book. Love Alexandra's books and this one just looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Linda said...
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Linda said...

That's a pretty spooky book cover but having said that I'd love to win a copy. Am I contradictory or what? :)

thanks for the opportunity to win
thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love vampire novels and I love historical novels. I can't wait to read this book!
gailsmail.925@gmail.com

SdyLion said...

I just love the Guardians of Eternity serieas and think you are one of the greatest authors. Your characters have such strength and depth. I cannot wait to read the Immortal Rogues series and meet a new type of vampire that you have created. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

xsheilax said...

I absolutely love Alexandra Ivy, her books at spectacular and if to haven't read them you are missing out.
I bet even if you read version of this book you would enjoy just as much the second time around with this new version.
Pus bonus times have changed so hunker man on front cover ;-)

Sheila said...

Wiould love a chance to win this book please, pretty please with bells on.
Love Alexandra's books.
Would love to show off signature by one of my fave authors.

xsheilax said...

Don't know how many times I can enter, but please enter me for a chance to win this signed book.
Thankyou.
Sheila

Merisha28 said...

I am fainting with excitement about this book!!! I want want want to read it very badly!!! PLEASE!! lol! I haven't read your books but they sound so good and I would love to be bit by the man on the cover of My Lord Vampire! HEE HEE!

MerishaAbbott@gmail.com