Monday, March 10, 2014

Giveaway, Review, and Guest Post with Lia Davis and her newest book: War's Passion

The inspiration behind the Sons of War

I’ve always loved Greek mythology and dragons. So when I saw an opportunity to combine to two into a modern world setting, I jumped on. The seed for the idea for Sons of War came to me while I was researching for another series. But it didn’t really hit me at first. I was at work when the muse popped in with, “Hey! I have an awesome idea for a dragon series!”

Of course I had to stop everything to write down notes. When I got home that evening, the flood gates opened and Markus, Ty, Zavier, Seth, and Drake came to me. Then their mates. 

That was a year ago. 

Why did it take me so long to begin to write their stories? Because I was working on Death’s Storm at the time, then the idea of Ashwood Falls developed from a winter themed short story that I was also working on. So the dragons were put on hold.

Once I was in a place where I could commit to the Sons of War, the idea and world building changed. Gwen and Markus’s story changed. The changes were all for the better and made the first book—the start of this amazing world—stronger and I was able to give it a new voice (or tone) as a new series should have.

If you love dragons and Greek gods, you’ll love the Sons of War. And look for Ashes of War (#2) sometime this summer. 

War’s Passion, Sons of War book 1
By Lia Davis
Published by: Fated Desires Publishing
Genre: paranormal romance, dragon-shifters
Heat level: 4 flames

After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace.

  Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares—God of War—and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them. 

That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle…Gwen herself.

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Ty, get your ass down here. There are two of them. Nyx, goddess of night, just walked through the door. Seth sent the telepathic comment to his brother as he and the females walked back into the living room.

Unbelievable. Generally, descendants didn’t group together unless they knew their relations. However, by the low dose of magic Seth could sense, he guessed the women’s powers had been bound. Yet, they still carried enough of their godly energy that he could tell to which goddess they had been born.

“So, have you looked around? What do you think?” Elle’s voice brought his thoughts back to the subject at hand.

“The place isn’t too bad. It is definitely restorable. You said last night that you don’t want to change anything structural, right?” Seth sensed his brother before Ty came to stand next to him.

“That’s right. Gwen and I decided to keep the same layout and add some modern touches.” Elle shifted her gaze to Ty. The silver in her pale green eyes shimmered and she pursed her lips before turning to Gwen. “I got the bathroom cleaner you asked for, along with shampoo and soap.”

Gwen smiled as if thankful for the distraction. “Oh good. If you will excuse me?”

As soon as Gwen was out of earshot, Elle leaned in and spoke through her teeth. “Dragons.”

Inching closer to her, Ty growled, “How long have you had your sight?”

Straightening, Elle folded her arms and stared at them as if debating her next move. “As long as I can remember.”

Seth chuckled. “We know what happened to Gwen’s parents, or at least we have our theories.”

Glancing once in the direction her sister had gone, Elle put the oversized hat back on and pulled down her sleeves to cover her hands. “Come on, I show you the outside.” 

Seth glanced at Ty, who shrugged, and they followed her to the side yard overlooking the ocean. Elle spoke without turning to face them. “We know that we are descendants of the gods. Gwen is the granddaughter of Aphrodite and I’m, like, the great-granddaughter of Nyx. Gwen stopped believing after her parent were killed.”

 “Why?” Seth frowned.

She dropped her shoulders. “Gwen said she didn’t want to believe in any goddess who would let her own son die.”

Witnessing her parents’ murder had undoubtedly left its mark on Gwen, but even gods were bound by rules. “The gods are forbidden to have any type of connection with their earth-bound offspring. Aphrodite didn’t have a choice. You both have to understand that.”

Elle tugged the hat down further on her face and he wondered if the small amount of sunlight peeking through the clouds bothered her. Being a descendant of night had some disadvantages, like being allergic to the sun’s rays. “I know that. I tried to tell her the gods can’t interfere with human will. Although her parents being slaughtered by a dragon isn’t really human will, is it?”

No, it wasn’t and that pissed him off. Still, Aphrodite couldn’t make direct contact. Of course, if she interfered indirectly—such as saving the life of her granddaughter, they still wouldn’t have been aware of the goddess’s actions.

“Did she really see who did it?” Ty asked before Seth could get the words out.

Elle nodded. “She said it was a black and silver dragon.”

“Fuck,” Seth breathed. “Why would he kill them?”

Elle whirled on them, her green eyes darker now with silver ringing the pupil. “You know who did it?”
Seth ignored her question, his attention on Ty. “And why would he not take Gwen?”

A knowing grin spread on his face. “He couldn’t see her.”

Elle waved a hand between them. “Hello? Who didn’t see who?”

Ty gazed down at Elle. “Be at the estate at seven tonight and bring Gwen.” Stepping back several feet, he shifted into his red and gold dragon and took flight.

Seth sighed. “He’s such a show off. Please don’t be late.” He ran toward the edge, jumped, and shifted in midair. The women didn’t need contractors—they needed protection.

Phenomenal!!  I have a soft spot for Greek Mythology and please believe me when I say Lia Davis put this book together wonderfully!!  We have the following:  A family of super sexy male dragon shifters (yum), our favorite Greek Goddess' and Gods, a whole cast of earth bound demi-godess' and gods, and some mythical creatures thrown in for good measure. It was a fast-paced, extremely sexy, and fun read!!

So our journey begins with the Leader of the pack :  Markus.  I love the spelling :)  It just screams sexiness.  It is his job (along with his brothers) to make sure the demis don't rise up and begin a war with the Gods.  Along his search for one of his brothers, Gwen falls into his lap.  Dragons mate for life but Zeus cursed them when he threw them out of Olympus.  Can these two star struck mythics find hope?

I really enjoyed this dip into the dragons lair and I can't wait for the next book!!  This looks like it is going to be an intense ride!!  

About the Author:

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Other books by Lia:
Ashwood Falls (shifters):
#0.5 ~ Winter Eve
#1 ~ A Tiger’s Claim
#2 ~ A Mating Dance
#3 ~ Surrendering to the Alpha
#3.5 ~ A Rebel’s Heart
#4 ~Divided Loyalties

Stand alone:
Ravished Before Sunrise

Coming Soon
3/18 - Ashwood Falls Vol. 1 (includes Winter Eve, A Tiger’s Claim, and A Mating Dance)
Date TBD - Business Pleasures (Pleasures of the Heart #1)
5/27 - A Rebel’s Heart (Ashwood Falls 3.5) previously published in the Ever After anthology
Date TBD – Ashes of War (Sons of War #2)

Lia is giving away an executive swag pack (includes a War’s Passion fleece blanket, a hand sanitizer spray pump, a glass nail file, a War’s Passion spiral notebook, and a WP necklace hand made by Stone Soup Designs), a free eBook from her backlist (excluding War’s Passion), and a Lia Davis tote bag.


Nikki McCarver said...

Lia is an awesome author. I love her Ashwood Falls series and have fallen in love with her Dragons as well. I can't wait for Ashes of War!

Nikki McCarver said...

Can't wait to read this Series!!! 😃

Nikki McCarver said...

I loved this book and looking forward to the next one as well as her next Ashwood Falls book.

Nikki McCarver said...

I love dragons b/c they are so mysterious and epitomizes raw strength :) Thanks for sharing!

Nikki McCarver said...

Their strength and mysteriousness makes them hot hot hot.Look forward to reading Wars Passion it sounds awesome .I love that cover gorgeous

Nikki McCarver said...

They are mysterious, dangerous and very powerful. Plus in human form they are usually big and sexy Alpha men.

Nikki McCarver said...

Well, big beings have big parts. They will cut your heating bills to next to nothing and no more airport security lines.

Nikki McCarver said...

Love the dragons! Fire, strength, and I find them beautiful.

Thanks for the post, excerpt and review. I definitely want to read these with the blend of dragon lore and mythology.

Nikki McCarver said...

I haven't read any books about dragons. They sound very strong and powerful. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Nikki McCarver said...

They breath fire and they can fly. How cool is that.

Nikki McCarver said...

I think they are hot because they are strong and protective.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Nikki McCarver said...

Loyalty, wisdom, strength, protection...all very hot qualities. I fell in love with dragons courtesy of Anne McCaffrey and haven't looked back since. Yay dragons!!! Woohoo!!!

Nikki McCarver said...

They are beautiful creatures. Very large, slow, elegant!

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