Happy Monday Everyone!! I know I know...what a contradiction, but my next guest is sure to cheer you up!! I was able to catch an interview with Riana about her series and this is what she had to say:
Hello and Welcome to my playroom! I’m so glad you could join us in the torture chamber today, just slide the chains over and have a seat. I put Marcus in his cage for his nap. He gets cranky around this time and it’s safer for my…guests…if he is preoccupied. This is his mate Aria…and the babies are scattered about.
So tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, Riana Lucas is our pen name. There are actually two of us, BFF’s since 7th grade. We live about ten minutes from each other in Florida. We are both moms, chocolate lovers, True Blood watchers, and Kim Harrison is both of ours favorite author.
Do you have any hobbies?
The obvious…reading J Both of us also have children so we spend a lot of time with our families, weekend bbq’s, swimming, ect. And of course, SHOPPING!
What was your biggest influence that steered you towards writing?
Well it all actually started with the reading. While one of us read occasionally, the other never did. Then Twilight came out. Well of course that hooked both of us on reading. We fell in love (as everyone else did) but once the series was over, we both wanted more. So we set out to find more books just as good, if not better. Of course we started getting our own ideas…one thing lead to another. Now we not only read all the time, but we write just as much.
Tell us about Poppy.
Poppy is a warrior Fae of the Unseelie Court. She is sent on mission to retrieve Halflings from the human world. She despises that world, the humans in it, as well as the Halflings she is sent after. She is strong, confident, and fierce. But we find out that she is also mislead, lonely, and not necessarily the Faery she always thought she was.
How many books are you planning in this series?
We are working on the fourth and final book right now. Hopefully will be released in November of this year.
I see your main character is from the Unseelie Court. Tell us a bit about that darkness.
The Unseelie Court is pure evil. The evil is so strong you can sense it, you can even smell it. You can’t trust a soul. For no reason other than the pure joy of it, another Fae may decide to kill you as you pass him in the hall. Torture and death are two of their favorite things. The King encourages this and takes great joy in it as well. They would all probably fit very well here in you dungeon!
I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?
The fighting scenes are probably the hardest. Neither one of us are violent people, so that really takes some imagination.
Are any of your characters reflective of you?
No, not really. I mean they all probably hold a little piece of us somewhere just because we made them. But for the most part, they are completely made up and all their own.
Who is your favorite book heroine?
Well the correct answer would be my own, Poppy. However, Rachel Morgan from the Kim Harrison series is the best heroin ever! She is smart, cute, and funny, all while being totally kick-ass! Love her J
Poppy sounded intriguing given her roots, but I’m more curious about the one who foils her mission. Tell us a bit about Reed.
Reed is the unsuspecting Halfling Poppy is sent to the Human World to retrieve. He is stereotypically charming, funny, and gorgeous. But he is also strong, sensible, and extremely intuitive. Although reluctant, he takes Poppy at her word and reacts as only a true Fae would in circumstances he has never found himself in before. He also see’s Poppy in a way no one ever has. He is able to help her understand things that she’s never even thought about before. There is a connection between the two of them that is both amazing and unnerving.
Will we be seeing these characters outside of this series? Maybe in a spin off?
We aren’t sure yet. We have a plan, but as we write the story sometimes takes on a live of its own. We’ll have to see where the final book ends and if any of Poppy’s friends have any unfinished business.
What is your favorite mystical creature?
Wow, there is so many! Pegasus’ are pretty high up there on the list. Also Faeries, whether they are ours or someone else’s have always been a favorite. Those are both probably pretty obvious considering our books, but what can you do?
Where are your books available?
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully a lot J There are so many ideas already jotted down, we just have to decided where we want to go next. Maybe something more in the romance department or even in the adult genre.
Where can we reach you and become informed of updates?
So I’m going to take you on a little tour of our…..facility. Just a few questions and I’ll introduce you to our prison...errr guests J Let’s grab a drink on the way.
Wine, mixed drink, or straight up?
Leather straps or chains?
Cat-o-nine, braided leather, or chain length whip?
Collar and Leash or Ordornment?
Leather studded bodysuit or corset top?
Fishnets or garterbelt?
Leather pants, mini, or a long skirt slitted up both sides?
Lace up boots or high heels?
Ball gag, manacles, or blindfold?
The rack or the whipping post?
Candle wax or clamps?
Blonde, red-head, or Brunette? He is my personal favorite. I have a thing for dark haired tattooed guys. And the nipple piercings just add that little bit of kink J
Eve, you can let Marcus out now…he’s up.
Ahh!! I think I know just the play area to take you to!! Here are your tools and clothing. I’m taking Riana with me to get …suited up..but we will be here all night to answer questions.
Let’s go Riana…I can’t wait to introduce you to Jason! He was here last month!!
Now Let's take a look at the Book:
Poppy, a young female Warrior Faery from the Unseelie Court is sent out to retrieve Halflings from the human world to help build her Kings army. A seasoned warrior, she sets out on what should be a routine exercise, but not this mission. Suddenly Poppy's world is turned upside down. She meets an odd Halfling - Reed, portals between worlds close, assassin attempts, and much much more.
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