Larissa Ione Interview Intro:
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very proud to welcome the incredible Larissa Ione to our sites today!
A veteran of the Air Force, Larissa traded in her career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of champagne chilling the fridge… just in case.
She currently lives in
Wisconsin with her
Guard husband, teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound,
a King Shepherd named Hexe. U.S Coast
Larissa is the proud creator of the DEMONICA and LORDS OF DELIVERANCE series, and is one half of Sydney Croft (the other ½ being Stephanie Tyler), the creator of the ACRO novels. She also has some amazing single titles available. You can find her entire backlist HERE.
DEMONICA is a complete series with 5 titles and several related novellas. The reading order is: “Pleasure Unbound”, “Desire Unchained”, “Passion Unleashed”, “Eternity Embraced” (#3.5), “Ecstasy Unveiled”, “Sin Undone”, “Demonica: Overkill” (#5.4) and the “Supernatural” Anthology (#5.5).
LORDS OF DELIVERANCE has 3 installments currently – “Eternal Rider”, “Immortal Rider”, and “Lethal Rider” which was just released on 5/22/12. “Rogue Rider”, book #4, is due out on 11/22/12.
For those of you not yet familiar with Larissa’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopses for the available full-length books in those 2 series to get you up to speed.
“Pleasure Unbound” Book #1:
In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .
She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.
Two lovers will dare to risk all.
Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .
“Desire Unchained” Book #2:
Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn't resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.
A Seminus Demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he'd seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever.
As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts-or succumb to a madman's evil plans.
“Passion Unleashed” Book #3:
Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.
Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He's falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.
“Ecstasy Unveiled” Book #4:
A DEMON ENSLAVED
Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master's assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister's life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.
AN ANGEL TEMPTED
Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side, sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She's determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary-even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.
Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again-one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.
“Sin Undone” Book #5:
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.
HIS HUNGER CAN'T BE DENIED
Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.
LORDS OF DELIVERANCE Series
“Eternal Rider” Book #1:
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.
Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.
“Immortal Rider” Book #2:
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army's paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he's spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.
Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn't your average girl. She's immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé's wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart.
“Lethal Rider” Book #3:
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Matthews never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.
They sound as amazing as they are, trust us! If you haven’t read Larissa’s books yet, you really need to bump them up to the top of your TBR list ASAP and find them from your favorite bookseller immediately. For now though, let’s find out some more about this fabulous author and her work.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi Larissa! We’re so happy to have you here today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and chat with us, we really appreciate it.
LARISSA: Thanks so much! It's great to be here!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We always start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
LARISSA: Well, I can't wear watches with batteries because my body has some sort of weird electrical/magnetic thing that burns out the batteries within a couple of days. I need to order a solar-powered watch one of these days. I also only shave one leg at a time...as in, one leg per shower. I know, strange, but I just don't have the patience to do both at the same time! My third thing is really bizarre -- I have this condition that makes me get really irritated/enraged when people cough. Not like, a cough or two, but constant coughing. It's an actual rare medical condition, but I can't remember the name of it. Anyway, my husband lives in fear when he has a cold...
Q2): What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?
LARISSA: Baby animals always make me smile. Also, snow. I love snow. What pisses me off? Cruelty to animals enrages me. So do taxes. Oh, don't get me started on taxes!
Q3): What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
LARISSA: I love video games -- RPGs in the style of Dungeons and Dragons are my favorite. I also love movies, reading, and taking my dog to the lake.
Q4): What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies?
LARISSA: I love science fiction and fantasy movies like anything Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. Such fun! My favorite TV shows are True Blood, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Drop Dead Diva, Master Chef, Food Network Star, Dexter, Gray's Anatomy, and Supernatural.
Q5): If you could spend the day with any of your characters, with whom would you want to spend it, and what would you like to do?
LARISSA: Eidolon. I'd want him to show me around Underworld General. I'm fascinated by emergency medicine, so I'd love to watch him work! I could hang out with Shade or Con on ambulance runs, too!
Q6): What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a routine that you follow? Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing? Do you have any interesting writing quirks, etc?
LARISSA: I really have no typical writing day. I used to...until I got a dog. Now my schedule revolves around her hyperness. She's a 100 lb King Shepherd with a TON of energy, so I can't get any work done until she's worn out. But basically, I sit down on my couch with my laptop and just try to work as I'm able. I work from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. I always have the TV on too...I need background noise, and music won't work because I end up singing instead of writing.
Q7): Are there any authors and/or titles that you feel inspired you to become the writer you are today?
LARISSA: Stephen King. He really gave me the courage to take risks and go balls-to-the-wall with my writing. I don't hold back, and sometimes that gets me in trouble.
Q8): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the LORDS OF DELIVERANCE series?
LARISSA: Not really. I just always wanted to write about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and as I was working on Ecstasy Unveiled, I found the perfect spot for them!
Q9): Will “Rogue Rider” be the conclusion of the series or do you have others planned after (maybe a spin off)?
LARISSA: Rogue Rider will kick off Reaver's book, which I believe will be called a Demonica novel. The two series are so intertwined that really, the LOD series is simply a continuation of the Demonica series. I think readers who are waiting for another Demonica book without having read the Lords of Deliverance series will be a little lost (and will be missing a HUGE chunk of important information) if they go straight from Sin Undone to Reaver's book. I consider the LOD series to be Demonica books #6, #7, #8,& #9. Reaver's book will be #10.
Q10): What were some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing the LORDS OF DELIVERANCE series to life?
LARISSA: I think the biggest challenge has been that all four books are so connected that they're basically one big book, where the Demonica books were more stand-alone. The LOD series goes much deeper into the Demonica/LOD world and much deeper into mythology, so keeping everything straight was an issue.
Q11): Do you miss the DEMONICA series, or has it been enough to keep them alive by mentioning them in the LORDS OF DELIVERANCE books and your Anthology contributions?
LARISSA: Well, again, the two series are so intertwined that I was kind of always still with the Demonica series. Yes, the focus has been on the Horsemen, but all the characters have always been there. Now, people ask why I shifted to the LOD series instead of continuing on with Demonica, and the reason is really that I kind of needed a break from the hospital setting. I couldn't think of where else to go, and the choice came down to getting stale and forcing a story, or shifting gears and going with something new. I went with new, but I wanted to stay in the same world. Now that I've done that, my mind is refreshed and I have more UGH stories in my head.
Q12): Your series have really become instant favorites with the readers. Is there anything in particular that you’re especially proud of with regards to what you’ve done to date?
LARISSA: You know, I'm proud of the fact that for the most part, readers trust me. They trust me to take characters they hate and redeem them. Oh, I've pissed off a few readers and lost a few others with some of the things I've written (the Regan/Thanatos plot in Immortal Rider, most notably), but for the most part, readers tell me they trust me to make sense of the plots and characters even if they aren't sure how I'll do it. I keep telling people -- in the Demonica/LOD world, things are not EVER as they seem. Be patient -- all will be revealed. :)
Q13): Do you have anything else in the works that you can share with your readers and fans?
LARISSA: Stay tuned -- lots of fun stuff coming up, including (hopefully soon) a revised cover for Rogue Rider!
Q14): Is there a question you thought it would be great to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
LARISSA: I can't think of anything. Interviewers have been pretty thorough!
Q15): Would you like to say anything special to your readers while we have you here today?
LARISSA: Just...thanks for all your awesome support and reviews. Word of mouth is what sells books more than anything, and without that, I wouldn't be able to keep writing in this incredible world. As long as readers are reading, I'll keep writing!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Thank you so much again for being with us today. We’re honored to have you and can’t wait to chat with you a little bit more in the Live Chat later on. We’d absolutely love to have you back to promote & celebrate the release of Reseph’s book in December!
LARISSA: Thanks so much! I'd love to come back!
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