There are no words to explain the excitement about the yearly release in THE HOLLOWS series!  It’s finally here!  You all get to read it!  First of all, let’s just put this out there already.  It’s THE BEST book in the series!  Really!  You have to read it!  Today, we’d like to thank Harper Voyager for allowing UTC to feature Ms. Harrison today…and there’s a sweet giveaway at the end!

Q: First off, the book title is Ever After, but that’s somewhat misleading…hence why you keep telling readers, “Don’t Panic!” Rachel’s not riding off into the sunset…not before she deals with her personal demons, right?

A: I have been assuring readers for months now that EVER AFTER is not the last book in the series despite the fairytale ending sound to it. We’ve got two more after this one before I reach the ending I’ve been working for and Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and perhaps even Al get their happy ending. But yes, there are a few unexpected issues that have cropped up in these last two books as I delve deeper into the source of magic.

Like most of the books in the series, EVER AFTER is a play on a Clint Eastwood move, in this case, HEREAFTER. I think it’s especially fitting since much of the story line revolves around the possible destruction of the ever-after, a secondary reality in the mythology of the series.

Q: Rachel’s romance.  It’s the question you play hardest-to-get on, but the aspect of the books that readers ask you most about.  Will Rachel get her own happily-ever-after?

A: Will Rachel find her happy ever-after? Oh yes, very much so, but I always caution readers that it might not be the traditional happily ever after they expect with the white-picket fence, two kids, and a ring on her finger. Rachel is the girl next door, but she is anything but traditional, and her happy-ever-after will reflect that. My idea of a happy-ever-after has always been when the protagonist comes to understand her flaws and has learned how to work with them, becoming happy with who she and learning what she needs to go confidently forward. In a way, Rachel has had this for a long time. She simply had to recognize it and accept that she is deserving of happiness.

Q: With Trent?

A: Oh, that would be telling! I have a lot of readers who are angry at me for exploring the chance that Rachel might find her happy ending with Ivy and then seemingly abandon that for Trent, but I’ve been having too much fun with Trent, seeing him grow and change, using him as a foil for Rachel to grow and change as well.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Ivy and Rachel story line that dominated the early and middle section of the Hollows story arc. Ivy grew. Her choices became smarter, and I could not ruin the growth she underwent simply to throw more obstacles at Rachel. I don’t want to say who Rachel ends up with because I have a tendency to change things up to the copy edit, but I will say I’ve seen Ivy’s ending. It is beautiful, sensitive, and feels really, really good to me.

Q: You’ve said, in book 13, every character will experience a happy ending, if not a happily-ever-after.  You’re getting closer and closer…and EVER AFTER did take some dark twists.  Everyone still going to be okay when the end draws near?

A: I’ve long told readers that my goal is a happy ending for everyone. I probably should have said my goal is a happy ending for everyone who survives. EVER AFTER ups the stakes for the last couple of books. No one is safe. But then again, there are a few characters I would celebrate if they met their end.

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EVER AFTER
The Hollows # 11
by Kim Harrison

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan…

Review coming on Release Day!

About the Author:

Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times best selling A Perfect Blood, was born and raised in the upper Midwest.  After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow.  She’s currently developing what comes after the Hollows between working on the Hollows books and a Hollows-based graphic novel. Kim is a member of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  When not at her desk, she’s most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home.

I’ve had to limit my email correspondence due to “overload” but I’m still responding (almost daily) to posts at FB and at the Drama Box/Blog.

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  1. Sounds like a great series. I will have to add it to my TBR pile. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    kandj7299 at verizon dot net

  2. OH OH!!!!!!!!! I love this series and this interview was *awesome*. I’ve been addicted ever since I picked up the first book from my library on a lark and I love the journey that Rachel’s been on. I’ve wanted to shake her sometimes but this series is *exactly* what a good series should be… good self contained stories that move along the series arc with CHARACTER GROWTH. And in a way, a planned ending is great. IMHO, I think series are richer for that b/c I feel like the author invests more in creating their worlds and in their characters b/c there is a limited time/space to do that. I’m *dyiing* to get this latest book and I’ve had it preordered ever since it first appeared on Amazon 🙂

  3. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the ways in which the characters of this series have developed. I usually grow weary of a series after 5-6 books but the world and character building in The Hollows series has kept my keen interest. Well done!

    Kassandra
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  4. Oh My Gosh.I love the Hollows and this series although I am behind in reading it!

    thank you for a great giveaway!

  5. Fabulous interview! I’m a huge Rachel Morgan fan. I’ve been so excited to read Ever After. I can’t wait to pick it up to see what kind of shenanigans Rachel and my favorite demon, Al, get up to.

  6. I absolutely LOVE this series!!!! It has been one of my favorites since I discovered based on an Amazon recommendation when there were only three books in the series. I’ll be so sad when it comes to an end, but at the same time I’d rather it end now and have an entire series of amazing books!

  7. I am going to have to add this to my tbr list. Wonderful interview. Thanks for the giveaway chance and I am going to check this series out soon!

    jeepforme1923(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. I love you and I love everything that goes on in your wonderful, little head! I am sad that The Hallows is ending, but I also can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  9. Thanks for the interview and glance into your work, I am new to you and I can’t wait to read these books, I’ve added them all to my TBR and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  10. Great Interview. I’m a little worried about which characters are going to survive this series. I get extremely nervous each time another book is released. All I’m thinking is please don’t kill off my favorite characters.
    I’m glad that there are two more books, though waiting for them is going to slowly kill me.

  11. I kinda just scanned through the interview I didn’t want to read any spoilers because I haven’t started this series yet. I looked up the first book and it’s now on my TBR list! Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Glad to read there’s 2 more books. I had read elsewhere that this might be the last one or only 1 more. I have a lot of favorite series which are ending and I’m so sad.

  13. Do I have to do more than SQUEEEEEE!? I’m just a drooling fangirl, Kim. I was so lucky to get a chance to review the ARC of Ever After, and it is DEFINITELY the best entry by far!

    Now I just have to get a physical one for my collection! Don’t worry, even if I won this one, I’d still buy a hardcover to stay boxed to preserve forever (in case I ever get a chance to meet Kim), AND the paperback.

    I’m a geek like that. 😉
    Heather

  14. Well, it sounds like I need to get on board and add this author and all 11 books to my TBR! Thanks for the interview and the raffle. Have a good day everyone! 🙂

  15. This author is so accomplished, I just love her works and how she writes. I cannot wait to read this latest release. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

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