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Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione – Review and contest

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—hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.


DEMONS!!! Sorry, I had to get that fan-girl squeal out. 😀 This is the book I have been waiting on forever. Okay, it’s really only been around 8 months but when you are waiting on the next installment of your favorite series, that’s a long time. And it was well worth the wait!

Whenever I am talking about this series with other readers, the same things are always mentioned. The insanely hot heroes, the strong and fierce heroines, and phenomenal world building. The one thing I tend to forget until I am reading the books is the amount of emotion that is involved, and that was never more so than in Ecstasy Unveiled.  The guilt and pain that causes Lore and Idess to make the choices they have made, the desire to have a life that involves more than duty, the doubt that they deserve more, and the courage to grab hold of love sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me reading well into the night.

We also get to see all of our favorite characters (Wraith!!) from previous books as family and friends have to choose sides because of Lore’s job and Underground General Hospital starts to fall apart. Larissa also introduces two new characters into the mix that I can’t wait to learn more about! The next book can not come soon enough for me.

Ecstasy Unveiled can be read as a stand alone, but I think readers will enjoy it much more if they have read the previous books and know the back story of E, Shade, and Wraith.  And because of that opinion (and because I believe everyone should love this series as much as I do 😀 ), we will be giving away the first three books of the Demonica series to one lucky commenter. So lets talk demons! Have you read the series? What do you think about demons as the heroes instead of the standard bad guys? And the really important question, is there other series about hot demons that need to go on my must-read list? DEMONS!!!

***This contest will end 01/01/10.


Winners: Demon Week

I want thank Jaci Burton, Cynthia Eden, Rita Herron, Meljean Brook, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione and all of the readers who commented for making  “Demon Week” such a huge success. Thank you to those of you who posted on blogs, facebook pages, and twittered. I had a blast and I hope everyone who participated did as well.

So what you are waiting for the winners. Each person who commented was assigned a number and I used random.org in choosing the winners for each blog and the grand-prize winner:

Jaci Burton – guest blog:

The winner of their choice of Surviving Demon Island, Hunting The Demon, or The Darkest Touch is:

Rhonda Mitzel


Cynthia Eden – guest blog

A copy of  her upcoming release Midnight’s Master.



Rita Herron – guest blog

A copy of Insatiable Desire.

Jessica Kennedy


Meljean Brook – guest blog

The winner of their choice of Demon Angel, Demon Moon, Demon Night, or Demon Bound is:

Amy Weas


Gena Showalter – guest blog

The winner their choice of The Darknest Night, The Darkest Kiss, or The Darkest Pleasure is:

Janet H


Larissa Ione -guest blog:

Their choice of Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, or Passion Unleashed is:

Cathy, Cats Meow0816


Grand Prize Winner:
Their choice of book from each participating author listed above , a $20 gift certificate from me from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders, and two autographed books from Kresley ColeDark Desires After Dusk and Kiss Of A Demon King.

Amy Kathryn

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who participated. Please e-mail me at gw12cats03 @ charter.net (without the spaces) with your mailing address and choice of book(s). Please include “Demon Week Winner” in the subject line. Winners will have one week to contact me or another winner will be chosen.

Demons: The Romance Genre’s New Hero

By Larissa Ione

One of the things I love about the romance genre is that almost any male can be a hero.  We love the knights, the firefighters, the SEALs, and the hot Greek accountants.

But for a long time, lovers of the paranormal didn’t have a lot in the way of, well, paranormal heroes.  Every once in a while you could find a vampire book or series, but they were few and far between, and often, the vampires were so…nice.  There wasn’t much – excuse the pun – bite, in the heroes.

And then, suddenly, the paranormal romance genre exploded with vampires and shapeshifters, and eventually…demons.

Pleasure Unbound

Now, not everyone can get into a demon hero.  Let’s face it; demons have gotten a bad rap.  But it’s exactly that bad rap that makes them irresistible to many as romance heroes.  I mean, talk about the ultimate bad boy, right?

So what makes the demon such a fascinating hero – besides the ultimate bad boy thing?  Well, I made a list of what I like about them…maybe something on the list resonates with you!

1. Well, there’s the ultimate bad boy thing…

2. Even if they reveal a soft side, you know they still have no problem decapitating some jerk who looks at their woman wrong.

Desire Unchained

3. Usually gallows humor, but still…

4. Many authors have created alternate realities and worlds in which “demons” aren’t associated with religion at all, but are simply another race of beings in the same world.

5. Demons like to party.

6. Demons don’t like to lose. And who doesn’t love a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants – especially if what he wants is the heroine?

7. Demons come in all shapes and sizes, which is helpful for finding that perfect one.

Passion Unleashed

8. Lots of…stamina.

9. When your boyfriend is a demon, no one messes with you.

10. One word: Incubi.

Oh, yes, love those demon heroes!  Their moral compasses might be a little screwy (but really, there are a lot of humans like that too,) and they might be a little hot-tempered and quick to fight, and usually there’s a little evil in them…but all that just makes them that much hotter when they find a woman who knocks them on their butt and makes them see the light.  Even then, a demon hero keeps his edge.  He might be a big ball of mush with his female, but everyone else…look out! 

So what about you?  When demons first came onto the romance scene, did you jump on it, thinking, hey, demons might make GREAT heroes!  Or were you wary at first?

Tell me, and you’ll be eligible to win your choice of any of my three demon books – Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, or Passion Unleashed.

 Thanks for visiting!

***Remember all comments counts towards the drawing for the grand-prize:

In addition, there will be one grand prize winner for the week who will win a book from each participating author, a $20 gift certificate from me from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders, and two autographed books from Kresley ColeDark Desires After Dusk and Kiss Of A Demon King

All winners announced Sunday, May 24. Good Luck!*** 

Demons Week starting tomorrow

Do love Demons? Good! Visit my blog all weekend long as I will some of the best romance authors with demon heroes visiting all week. So here’s the plan:

Monday, May 18: Jaci Burton will be here and one lucky commenter will win their choice of Surviving Demon Island, Hunting The Demon, or The Darkest Touch.

Surviving Demon Island B&NThe Darkest TouchHunting The Demon

Tuesday, May 19: Cynthia Eden is visiting and one lucky commenter will win a copy of her upcoming new book Midnight’s Master.

Midnight's Master

Wednesday, May 20: Rita Herron will be here and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Insatiable Desire.

Insatiable Desire

Thurday, May 21: Meljean Brook is visiting and one lucky comment will win their choice of Demon Angel, Demon Moon, Demon Night, or Demon Bound.

Demon AngelDemon NightDemon Moon

Demon Bound

Friday, May 22: Gena Showalter will be here and one lucky commenter will win their choice of The Darknest Night, The Darkest Kiss, or The Darkest Pleasure.

The Darkest NightThe Darkest PleasureThe Darkest Kiss

Saturday, May 23, Larissa Ione is visiting and one lucky commenter will win their choice of Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, or Passion Unleashed.

Pleasure Unbound

Passion UnleashedDesire Unchained

In addition, there will be one grand prize winner for the week who will win a book from each participating author, a $20 gift certificate from me from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders, and two autographed books from Kresley ColeDark Desires After Dusk and Kiss Of A Demon King.

Dark Desires After DuskKiss Of A Demon King








All winners will be announced on Sunday, May 24, 2009

Your comment will only count once for each individual day. However, the more times you comment during the week the more chances you have for the grand prize.

All winners will have seven days to accept their prizes or another will be chosen.

The name thing…with Stephanie Tyler


Hi everyone!  Greta, thanks for having me here in anticipation of Sydney Croft’s new release, Taming The Fire.  The other half of Syd, Larissa Ione, is partying at the Romantic Times Convention (and claiming she misses me terribly) but she’s here in spirit.  Meanwhile, you all get to hear me babble.  And there’s a giveaway at the end as your reward for listening.

Someone in the Writeminded monthly chat the other night asked about authors chose names for characters – for example, do we create the character and then choose the name or vice-versa.

It’s pretty much neither for me – in fact, as I told the reader, my heroes sort of just arrive in my head, fully formed (as another reader said, fully formed SEALs!!!!)…and they have a name.  Sometimes it’s a name that I’ve heard before and then the characters with that name shows up, but most of the time it’s like, oh, Trance – look at him.

I never said writers weren’t a little bit crazy, but hey, that’s honestly what keeps the writing part so much fun.  For example, I vividly remember writing the opening scene for Taming The Fire (which releases this coming Tuesday, April 28th – YAY!)  from Trance’s point of view back in January 2007, while we were not even halfway through writing Seduced By The Storm

Trance shows up briefly at the end of that book, so it’s not like we went, oh, we need to decide who’s next.  No, Trance showed up and was like, I’m next.  And I’m wearing leather. 

So really, who was I to argue?

Of course, Larissa immediately stopped writing Seduced to write the first Ulrika (aka Rik) scene – and lo and behold, she was wearing some leather too.  And she was a shape-shifting wolf.  And Taming was born.

I remember Larissa asking me, what’s Trance’s last name?

I emailed back, Trance.  Like Madonna.  Or Cher.

She emailed back that she hated me.

I emailed her back and told her that I had several more really fun names lined up!  Like Chance.  And…

Well, I can’t give everything away about the next two Sydney books, now can I?

But hey, Larissa came up with Ulrika  and she had some explanation about how the name fit with the roots of the character’s origin, etc.

I tried to tell her that Trance had roots too, but then she gave me that look – you know, the kind you can see even across a computer.

I told you writing the Sydney books together was a lot of fun.

But anyway, back to the name thing – Larissa always gets a bit nervous about names. Okay, sometimes she outright groans at the names I pick (which, come on, how fun is that?)

I know what you’re saying – look at Larissa’s Demonica names!  How can she complain about your names with names like Eidolon, Shade and Wraith? She picks weird names too…

I guess this is where I tell you that she emailed me way back in spring 2006 and said, I need demon names.  And I sent her names like Wraith and Shade and Eidolon (which, by the way, is the name of my high school yearbook – and I went to a Catholic school.  A Catholic demon school, obviously.  No, seriously, it means, a Greek concept of a shade or astral double of a living being, so cool for both a yearbook and a demon!)…so when people complain about the weird Larissa demon names, I giggle to myself.

What?  At least I’m honest.

Maybe it’s because I’ve got a husband named Zoo that I like nicknames.  Most of my characters have normal names but go by their nicknames.

Well, except for Creed. And Hex. And Trance. 

Even Larissa’s husband, when suggesting names to her, will say, this is a Stephanie-esque name….

Of course, I always like them.

There’s just something about a strong, cool nickname that does it for me.  Of course, I also like some good, old-fashioned names, like Jake.  But that’s a whole other story.  About SEALs.   Fully formed ones at that.

What about you?  What’s your favorite name for a hero or heroine?  Has there ever been a character where you loved the name but didn’t particularly like the character, or does the name play a large part in forming your opinion of a character?

Leave your answer in the comments to be eligible to win a choice from Sydney’s backlist – Riding the Storm, Unleashing The Storm, Seduced By The Storm or Hot Nights, Dark Desires!

For more information

on Sydney Croft & her books you can visit her website at: http://www.sydneycroft.com/index.php

on Stephanie Tyler & her books you can visit her website at: http://www.stephanietyler.com/index.php

Larissa Ione is visiting today



Larissa, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog. Thank you for having me!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m a full-time writer and stay-at-home mom, an animal lover to the extreme, and a Coast Guard wife.  I started writing as a kid, but didn’t get serious until a few years ago, when I got out of the Air Force and was working in weather stations where I was all by myself, and during good weather, bored.  I decided to use the good weather shifts effectively, and I got back into writing.  I sold my first story to Red Sage in 2006, followed by a sale to Bantam Dell (with Sydney Croft writing partner Stephanie Tyler,) and then a sale to Samhain and finally, Warner Books, which is now Grand Central Publishing.

How long have you been writing?

Since I could hold a crayon!  Seriously, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing stories.  I started out writing Jack London-ish tales of wolves in the wilderness (completing my first full-length novel at the age of 13,) and then graduated to horror stories when I made a leap to Stephen King.

What is your writing process like?

It’s hard to nail down, mainly because I write every book with a different process.  Some books start with the character, some with a plot.  Some books I plot heavily, others I wing.  I’m really hoping that one of these days I get a process figured out!

Can you tell us about your latest release Desire Unchained?

Well, it’s the second book in the Demonica series, which is set in and around an underworld hospital.  Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

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.

 Will you have any more books in this series?

Passion Unleashed, which is Wraith’s book, releases next month.  After that, there will be at least two more full-length books, and maybe a short story or two.

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

Passion Unleashed, and Taming The Fire, which is a Sydney Croft title, and will release May 1.

What are you currently working on?

I JUST turned in Demonica book 4 and ACRO (Sydney Croft) book 5, so now I’m working on the proposal for ACRO book 6 and a short story for the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2: Love Bites.

Where do you get your ideas for your books? 

Everywhere!  Sometimes they come from real life – from the news, for example.  And other times, I get them while watching TV or movies.  The Demonica series, for example, came from the TV show Angel, when the lead character, Angel, was injured and needed medical care.  As a trained EMT, I have a fascination with emergency medicine, and I also have a love of the paranormal, so I instantly made the connection…vampire in need of medical care…ooh!  There needs to be an underworld hospital!  A place run by demons, vamps, and werewolves, where other creatures of the night can go for care.  And the Demonica series was born!

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I read everything I can get my hands on!  But my favorite reads, in addition to romance, include a lot of fantasy and historical fiction.  I’ll buy anything Robert Jordan has written, as well as Sharon Kay Penman, and George R. Martin.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Oh, geez, my keeper shelves are bowing from the weight!  Pretty much every book from the authors already mentioned, and my newest additions include Acheron, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, House of Dark Delights, by Louisa Burton, and World Without End, by Ken Follett.

Do you read books other than romance books?

Absolutely.  Romance books do make up about 75% of my reading, but I read widely.  I find, though, that while I’m writing, I NEED to read romance, otherwise my writing veers toward straight fiction and I lose the romance.  Probably has something to do with my horror and fantasy roots!

What was the first romance book you read?  

My first was a historical…I can remember the plot vividly, but for some reason, the author escapes me!  Grr.  Because I’d LOVE to read that book again!  But the very first contemporary was Mackenzie’s Mission, by Linda Howard, and that cemented my love of romance.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would you like to see as the lead characters?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’ll have to go with Pleasure Unbound, tho.  As far as actors…hmm.  Maybe Summer Glau as Tayla and Oded Fehr or as Eidolon.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Either Tayla from Pleasure Unbound – because how fun would it be to kick demon ass and then come home to a sexy incubus doctor?  Or maybe Kira from Unleashing The Storm, the second Sydney Croft novel.  I’m a huge animal lover, and she can communicate with animals, and I think I’d love that.  Plus, she gets to sleep with Ender. *drools*

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I’m a big movie buff, so I love to watch movies.  I also enjoy bowling, horseback riding, and computer games of the Dungeons and Dragons variety.

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?

When you are at the bookstore, not looking for anything specific but just seeing what catches your eye…are you drawn to fat, meaty-looking reads, or do the thinner, shorter novels appeal to you?  Personally, for me, the fatter the better in most cases, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read some great shorter books!

***Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Desire Unchained *** 

You can find out more about Larissa and her books at: http://www.larissaione.com