Thursday, March 1, 2012

She's baaack - The Fabu Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter Interview Intro:

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are incredibly honored to have the beautiful and talented Gena Showalter back with us today, and we are VERY excited to help her celebrate and promote her latest release —“The Darkest Seduction”, the latest LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD book.

Gena is a New York Times and national bestselling author of more than thirty novels in a wide range of genres that started writing at the age of 27. Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines as well as on MTV, and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choice Award.

She has always believed in love… An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own, and is now the author of a multitude of white-hot paranormal romances, sexy contemporary novels, and thrilling young adult titles.

Gena’s wildly sensual page-turners have a mix of humor, danger, and wickedly hot sex – a combination that is sure to enthrall! After all, she is universally known to be “made of awesome” and “a star on the rise” and we couldn’t agree more! 

Gena’s library of literary excellence consists of an amazing array of titles and series.  We highly suggest you check out her ENTIRE backlist HERE.

For the sake of this Event, we’ll be talking about Gena’s newest LORDS OF THE UNDERWOLD installment, as well as her new, upcoming series - ANGELS OF THE DARK - which we hope to have her back to promote properly in June.

Gena’s LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD consists of these titles:

”The Darkest Fire”
“The Darkest Night”
“The Darkest Kiss”
“The Darkest Pleasure”
“The Darkest Prison”
“The Darkest Whisper”
“The Darkest Passion”
“The Darkest Lie”
“The Darkest Secret”
“The Darkest Surrender”
“The Darkest Seduction” [just released 2/28/12]

Her ANGELS OF THE DARK series, which is coming on June 26, 2012, is a dark, seductive read featuring angels poised at the brink of destruction.

For those of you new to Gena’s work, we really do suggest that you bump her titles to the top of your TBR lists ASAP and go do some synopses reading now to find the best order for you to indulge.  For today though, we’ll give you the synopses for “The Darkest Seduction” and “Wicked Nights” to peak your interests a bit…


“The Darkest Seduction”


Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive-but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.

Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris’s arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.

Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally-or tear them apart?

“Wicked Nights”
 ANGELS OF THE DARK series, #1:

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed too dangerous, too ruthless, and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred . . . until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never before known.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?

It bears mentioning that Gena also has a NEW Young Adult series in the works called ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND. The first book in the series is due out in September of 2012 and looks to be an amazing read. It’s about a teenage girl who loses her family in a crash, and wakes up to a world of zombies and zombie slaying, as well as a bad boy who could save or destroy her.

We know…  It’s too much!  It’s not enough!  So, how about we just get to the Interview and talk to Gena about “The Darkest Seduction” and find out how she’s feeling about her new series as well shall we!?

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Gena!  We’re so happy to have you back today to help celebrate and promote Paris’s book!  Thank you so much once again for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend some time with us and our readers.

GENA: Thank you so much for having me.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We’ve had you on a few times already and have asked most of our good ice breaker questions so we’ll stick mostly to questions directly related to the new releases if that’s O.K with you.

Q1): This one isn’t release related, but we have to ask…  You said you would choose Lothaire over anyone for a free pass date (as you told us back in September).  So…  1) Have you read the book yet and what did you think?  And  2) Did Kresley take any ‘behind-the-scenes’ pics of Paul as Lothaire for you while they were on the road (she kind of hinted she might have at the Tampa FL signing)? 

GENA: I think Kresley Cole is one of the most talented, dedicated, brilliant, witty, gorgeous--and did I mention talented? and gorgeous?--writers I’ve ever come across.  She puts the reader inside the book as the characters and world come to life. And I did indeed get behind-the-scene Lothaire pics . . . but I’ll never share (or I’ll never get behind-the-scene pics again and momma want more)  

Q2):  How are you feeling now that Paris’s book is finally ready for consumption?

GENA:  I’ve noticed many differences in my writing lately, and I can see the beginning seeds of those changes in Paris’s book.  Part of me is beyond excited for the book to hit stores and to hear from readers, but I’m also highly aware readers have been waiting for Paris’s book and that they have certain expectations.  Wait.  What am I doing? Talking myself into worrying?  No way.  I’m excited.  All of me is excited <g>

Q3):  What were some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing “The Darkest Seduction” to life?

GENA: The biggest challenges were of my own making.  Paris played such a big role in the other Lords of the Underworld books, and so much had happened in his life—after losing the only woman capable of breaking his curse, he went from the life of the party to a drug addicted Debbie Downer (just sayin’)—but I had to stay the course, even though that meant wringing myself out emotionally to portray him honestly. Because yeah, all that darkness had to be dealt with and I was the one who had to do it. What I learned?  Most men need a woman’s help--even fictional men.    

Q4):  Did you encounter any surprises while writing/editing/releasing “The Darkest Seduction”?
GENA:  Many surprises.  In fact, the book you will read is not the book I originally envisioned writing—and not the book I began to write.  I wrote the first hundred pages, but could go no further and trashed them.  I wrote another hundred pages, could go no further and trashed them again—I repeated this process four times, using different heroines and situations. Finally, I let Paris take over. That’s the book you will read. It’s not the one I wanted for him, but it’s the one he wanted for himself.

Q5):  We know it’s never totally clear who will step up and demand that their story be told next, but do you have a better idea now whom might be next? ;-)

GENA: Actually . . . no. I’m sorry!  I’m trying not to think about it right now.  I think I’ll be writing the second book in the Angels of the Dark series next, and I’m working on Last Kiss Goodnight right now, the first book in the Alien Huntress spin-off, as well as a novella I’m writing with PC Cast (After Moonrise), so I’m trying to focus on those characters and those situations.

Q6): Last time we had you for a solo Event, you weren’t able to spill any details about the LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD spin-off.  Can you tell us about it now?

GENA:  Zacharel will be leading an army of warriors who have broken all the rules and are in danger of being kicked from the heavens.  And when they mess up, Zacharel is the one who’s punished.  There’s a stint in an insane asylum, lots of danger, action, sizzle, battles between good and evil (Go Team Good!), and world travel—in the arms of a winged warrior.  

Q7):  The cover of “The Darkest Seduction” is absolutely gorgeous!  Who did the art, and how much input did you have?

GENA:  I had very little input on the cover (or for any of my covers, for that matter.) Well, except for prayer <g>  I can accomplish a lot that way (just wait till you see the Alice in Zombieland cover!)  But I think the female on the cover of Wicked Nights is one of the most stunning women I’ve ever seen (and she kind of reminds me of the gorgeous Marjorie Liu.)

Q8):  Are you getting excited to unleash ANGELS OF THE DARK onto the world?

GENA:  I am.  Some of Zacharel’s warriors make the Lords of the Underworld look like sticks of cotton candy <--true story.  But that’s good right?  Cotton candy is tasty!  

Q9):  What about ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND?  We know Cole is kind of your crush… are you excited to see how he’s received by readers?

GENA: I am SO excited to release this series. I just saw the cover concepts for books 1 and 2 and, oh, I am beyond amazed!  I think these are my favorite covers ever. And if readers like a bad boy that you aren’t quite sure where he falls on the good or bad scale—is he or isn’t he—and if readers like the idea of a young William, well, they will enjoy Cole

Q10): Is there anything else that you want to make sure and let us and our readers know about while we have you here today?

GENA: Lots of secrets are revealed in the upcoming books—The Darkest Seduction and Wicked Nights--and lots of new things ahead with the release of Alice in Zombieland September 25th and a duology with the amazing PC Cast in November and. . . oh, oh, the Otherworld Assassin series!  Like I said, this is a spin-off from the Alien Huntress books, and debuts this December with Last Kiss Goodnight.  I originally meant to write Dallas’s story, but it fizzled out, I had no one else standing up demanding a story, and boom, the idea for LKG appeared. I am BEYOND excited for this book!  It features a new black ops section of the Alien Investigation and Removal, with grittier situations, richer emotions, and, I’m just gonna say it, sexier heroes. Plus, I am so in love with the heroine. 

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Gena, thank you so much again for spending time with us.  It’s always such a pleasure!  We’re really excited to talk to you later tonight in the Live chat and we would absolutely love to have you back in June to promote “Wicked Nights” if you’d be interested.

GENA:  Thank you so much for having me!  We’ll definitely have to do something for Wicked Nights! 

If you want to keep up with GENA, you can find her in these places online:



GENA is graciously offering up a signed copy of “The Darkest Seduction” to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION Website.


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Raonaid Luckwell said...

Definitely got to get my hands on these books. Loved Paris! Looks like I am going to get chewed out by the hubby for my book demands. LOL!

Raonaid at gmail dot com

Erin said...

Love Gena - always have - wonderful author!! And so good to her fans!
Much love and thanks!


Suester said...

I absolutely love Gena's 'novel' ideas. So far, I have chosen The Darkest Lie as my favorite of the 'Lords' novels, but I think that I am quickly amending that to Darkest Seduction. I have been forever awaiting Paris' book and finally, finally-Here It Is!!! Poor Paris. I love that demon!

Sue Sattler said...

Oh I do love the way you write! Guess I need to get more bookshelves for my Gena books! I have a Nook and Kindle but I have to have the real books for my favorite authors!

slappylilly said...

I love Gena's work. I am trying to gather all of the series before I start the series. I am almost there.

Laurie said...

I've just recently started reading LOTU and I love them, the humor, the action and the hot guys! The other series coming sound great too. More to add to my TBR pile.
Thanks for the interview and giveway!

Nicole said...

I am reading Paris book it!!! I love the LOTU guys..they are such hunks. I have collected your series and would like to have one signed one day.

Melissa said...

Sad she is pausing on LOTU but super excited for the angels spinn off and Alice in zombieland!
Thanks for the contest!!

Gisele Alv said...

OMG! OMG! I love love Gena Showalter's books! The characters are so gorgeous! I would love the chance to read The Darkest Seduction! Yummy! haha! Thanks for the chance!


Carrie Butler said...

I'm not entering, because I save and buy Gena's LOTU books as soon as they come out. (I can't help it!) *grins*

Great interview! :)

Tina B said...

I am SUPER excited for the new upcoming series! And a young William?? Oohh! Can't wait for that one! Great interview. No need to enter me into the contest as I already have The Darkest Seduction! Thank you.

trb917 (at) hotmail (dot)com

Eli Yanti said...

how i really want to read this book

thanks for the giveaway

miki said...

i still have to discover her book but i would be delighted to win

thanks you for this great opportunity

all the best

gfc: miki


Andrea said...

I love this series and I've been not so patiently waiting for Paris.

I'm excited to see more details of the angels series too :)

Kelly Lynn Benson said...

Ok.... It's Official..... Gena Showalter is going to the top of my TBR pile. I have been collecting her series form awhile, because I like to read a series in order. I have always been putting off starting this series and I don't know why... I am going to finish reading my current book... And then start. This was a great interview and I can't wait to start reading this series.

Wendy H said...

Gena Gena....need I say more...Love all her books!!! She is my Favorite author and such a great person!

Thanks for the contest

deanna said...

Love Gena. I can't wait to read Paris's book!

Deanna P

jbon said...

One of my favorite authors, I have read all of her books!! Cannot wait to read about Paris!!

rkwygirl said...

Have 60 pages left and all I can say it. READ this book ASAP. Her best one yet!!!! *sigh* Paris.


Amiee Snow said...

I LOOOOOOOOVE PARIS!!! I finished "The Darkest Seduction" a few days ago and I loved it!:) Gena you are a fantastic author Paris and Sienna's book in taking pride of place on my bookshelf! :) Great interview! :D

Under the Covers said...

That first Q&A got me cracking up already!! Love you girls!

alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

Proserpine said...

Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! I can't wait to read Paris's story! Sounds hot!!! And looking forward to read Alice in Zombieland in next September!!! YAY!


Victoria said...

I love Gena! Everything she writes is SO good. Her characters are always nicely tortured - always a good thing :).


Evan Blanc said...

Wonderful interview! I can't wait to read Paris's story!!

Amy said...

I love the LOTU series and this release is the most awaited! I'd love to see how Paris can work out a relationship besides just sex.


whitewolfreads said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview and giveaway! I'm a big fan of Gena and I can't wait to get started on The Darkest Seduction!

whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

mistrywomyn said...

Gena, I'm loving your books. Thanks for letting Paris choose his own story - I loved it! And I can't wait to read Zacharel's story.

astralbull (at) gmail (dot) com

kandj7299 said...

I love this series. I am almost finished reading Paris's story and it is fabulous. I can't wait for Wicked Nights and the next Lords book. Thanks for having this giveaway!!

kandj7299 at verizon dot net

Barb P said...

Hi Gena!!! I am a long time fan of both the Alien Huntress series and The Lords series! I am also pretty excited about your upcoming Angels of the Dark series. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and the new release.

BeaJohnson said...

OMG this is amazing I can not wait for the interview I'm so excited you're Gena maximum .. I love the lords of the underworld, I can't wait to read the book of paris's story (:

DebbieB said...

I love this series! I am now on page 151 and I am loving Paris (although Stryder is my Fav!)!! Great interview and I can't wait for Wicked Nights.

Allie said...

This series looks amazing. I am def. putting it on the top of my books I "need" to get.

Autumn said...

I have heard a lot of talk about this Paris. That I feel left out lol. I do believe I need to get on the ball and start reading this series. Love the interview! Hopefully I can find your books @ the store on online @ barnes and noble.

Asher said...

LOVE Gena's books! Haven't read one yet, that I didn't like! I haven't gotten the newest one yet, but its on my TBR list for sure!!

Wendy N said...
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Wendy N said...

Love, love LOTU! William is my fav! And I'm falling for Zach! Love me some angels!

wennbella at

andieleah said...

I loved loved loved the Darkest Seduction!!! I didn't think I could love Paris more than I already did....but I do!!! Lol! The suprises were awesome!!! So worth the wait! thanks for the awesome giveaway...good luck everyone:)

lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said...

Love Gena!!! awesome interview. Cant wait to read this book. Thanks so much for a great giveaway.


donnas said...

I just discovered this series. And I cant wait to read them all.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

k2sgal said...

Love your books thanks for the opportunity

sienny said...

wow!!!! gena!!!!!! i haven't done much on reading her books, but i'll catch up :)

June M. said...

I really have to get caught up on this series. I have only been reading romances/PNR's for a couple of years so I so many series that I want to read. Thank you so much for the giveaway.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

June M. said...

I really have to get caught up on this series. I have only been reading romances/PNR's for a couple of years so I so many series that I want to read. Thank you so much for the giveaway.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Merisha28 said...

YEAH!! I love Your books Gena!!! Can't wait to read this one!!

Kathy said...

I absolutely love all of Gena's books! Anxiously looking forward to Zach's story and the AIR spinoff! Thank you so much Gena for these interviews. Also wanna thank Chelle and Carla for all the work they do so we can enjoy these interviews!!

Kathy Meyers

Liesa Manis said...

Love her books!!

SdyLion said...

Can I just say you are one of my favorite authors! I have, to date, everything you have published since it is just so good. I love the humor you add to your books and the depths and dimensions of your characters. I basically have been an avid fan of all of your series and really look forward to all the new projects on the horizon. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

GLORIA said...

I am so in love with your books!! Can't wait for more :) Great interview!!!

CassandraMyers said...

LOVE your books! Can't wait to read Paris' story!

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Kayla said...

Love Gena's writing style and its so good for Paris to find some love after all this time. Great Reads!!

AD said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!! I've been dying for Paris's story. I sooo love Sienna. She seems like a tough-ass chick!
Can't wait for more LOTU!

cindy vinzant said...

I love all her books Cant wait for the next one .Great interview and Thanks for the giveaway