What better way to start off the month of August than with one of UTC’s favorite authors! She needs no introduction so please help us welcome Gena Showalter back to Under the Covers!
Welcome Gena, we are excited to have you with us today! THE DARKEST CRAVING is book 10 in the Lords of the Underworld series! Did you ever expect the success you’ve gained from this paranormal series?
It shocked me, to be honest. I’ve never written a book and thought, “I don’t care if everyone hates it, because I love it, so there.” I’ve always wanted readers to be pleased. So, knowing they welcomed these immortal warriors into their lives was—and is!—beyond thrilling.
Are you planning to continue on in this world with the possibility of more books?
I want to tell the story of every original Lord, as well as their closest friends. (Such as William. Love me some Big Willy. And the Harpies. And the Phoenix. And the Fae, and the Sent Ones, and the Sirens. And, okay, even Galen. And…and…and…LOL) I want everyone (sexy) in my books to experience a happily ever after.
Readers are familiar with Kane and the disasters that follow him. Care to tell us a bit more about Kane and his book?
He’s never had it easy, and because of the demon of Disaster, things have only gotten worse for him throughout the series. Knowing the demon would hurt—and perhaps kill—a love interest, he hasn’t allowed himself to date in centuries. He’s had to rely on one night stands to get him by. But that isn’t going to be enough with Josephina, the heroine of The Darkest Craving. He can’t get her out of his mind. He wants more. Craves more. But a problem that might prove bigger than the demon? Kane has been ordered to marry her sister. <– A never before shared fact.
If you had to describe Kane as an ice cream flavor, what would it be and why?
S’more. He’s crunchy on the outside, but a big ole marshmallow on the inside. And he’s delicious. (according to mind-cooler gossip)
What can you tell us about Josephina Aisling, the heroine of THE DARKEST CRAVING?
I very much enjoyed writing her. She grew up in the world of the Fae, where the Lords of the Underworld are like rock stars. In the beginning, she has a hard time not asking Kane for an autograph (though she’s a bigger fan of Paris and Torin, much to Kane’s chagrin). She’s an intriguing mix of sassy modern and old world charm, but like Kane, she knows the horrors of disaster. There was no one more perfect for him.
What’s your favorite thing about Kane?
He will do anything—and I mean anything—to protect Josephina. Throw another woman out of a moving vehicle? Done. Return to hell, even though he would rather be hacked into tiny pieces while still alive? Fine. When he gives his heart, he gives it all. There’s nothing left.
Are we any closer to getting William’s story? What about Torin? He needs some love too!
Breaking news: Torin is now officially in the line up. He’s after Kane. Then either Cameo or William will follow Torin. So, very happy to say – YES lol
*thud* *faints* *fan girl squeeeeeing* Ehem, lets go to the Angels for a second…We know that BURNING DAWN will be Thane’s story. I’m not sure how you can top Koldo because he was just sexy! What are you most looking forward to showing readers about Thane?
Thank you so much! I’m in the middle of Thane’s story right now, and I think it’s going to be one of my sexier books. He has certain…expectations when it comes to sex. He is all about control. And pain. There, I said it. But what he wants isn’t really what he needs, and I’m loving his blooming relationship with the heroine—and the new things he is trying. It’s one of my more smoldering relationships.
But enough about the people that live in your head. I’ve always been curious, do you have a writing routine or ritual? You can be honest and tell us your quirky needs.
When the words are flowing, I like to drink chamomile tea, and listen to music.
When words are not flowing, I like to take a notebook and nest in bed. I close my eyes and imagine the characters smack in the middle of a scene (this can also be called “napping.”)
Sometimes, a drive will help. Sometimes, a shower. <– very weird, but what can I say, it works.
Once, getting on the treadmill helped <– GAG!
What do you think your characters would say about you behind your back?
I think I’d get mixed reviews.
Some would say, “She rocks!”
Some would say, “Kill her—with rocks.”
Thanks so much for once again sharing with us! Hope that everyone picks up THE DARKEST CRAVING because it’s A.MA.ZING! And we love having you here, Gena!
THE LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD
Long ago, twelve immortals warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all.
LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Series Reading Order:
Click on the links to read our reviews
The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)
The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
Heart of Darkness Anthology (Includes: Lords of the Underworld, #4.5)
The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5)
The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6)
HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRETTY NEW COVERS?
The Darkest Night
LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Book #1
His powers – Inhuman…
His passion – Beyond immortal…
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…
Don’t miss this incredible new paranormal series from Gena Showalter!
The Darkest Kiss
LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Book #2
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.
But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining.…
The Darkest Pleasure
LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Book #3
Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods.
Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her fami ly have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear.…
The Darkest Whisper
LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Book #4
Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers.
So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern… until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.
Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love.
Just Released July 30, 2013
The Darkest Craving
LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD Book #10
Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.
Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, their love might just tear them apart…
Gena Showalter THE DARKEST CRAVING Blog Tour –
July 26 – August 9:
7/26 – GraveTells
7/26 – Froggarita’s Bookcase
7/27 – Reading Between The Wines
7/27 – The Jeep Diva
7/28 – Book Lovin’ Mamas
7/28 – Ramblings From This Chick
7/29 -Close Encounters With The Night Kind
7/29 – The Reading Café
7/30 – Book Monster Reviews
7/30- LITERAL ADDICTION
7/30 – Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies, Oh My!
7/31 – Reader Girls
7/31 – Head Stuck In A Book
8/1 – Under the Covers
8/1 – Riverina Romantics
8/2 – Cocktails and Books
8/2 – Salacious Reads
8/3 – I Smell Sheep
8/4 – Romance Junkies
8/4 – Paranormal Book Club
8/5 – Deal Sharing Aunt
8/5 – Red Hot Books
8/6 – Paranormal Haven
8/6 – Books A’ La Mode
8/7 – Over The Edge
8/8 – Books-N-Kisses
8/8 – Romancing the Book
8/9 – Night Owl Reviews
8/9 – Jocelyn Dex’s Blog
Have you joined the Sexy Showalter Reading Challenge?
There’s still time in 2013!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.
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Gena is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour:
GRAND PRIZE: $100.00 gift card to Amazon
RUNNERS-UP: Two (2) runners-up will receive a paperback of THE DARKEST CRAVING