Monday, July 29, 2013

Giveaway and Interview with the Fabulously Sexy Gena Showalter!!!!

It is my great pleasure to have an author on today that needs no introduction!!  Please give a BIG Encounter welcome to the lovely and talented Gena Showalter!!!!!!  I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing this very busy lady with a few questions I had.  This is what she had to say:

When you first imagined the beginning of the series…what did you see?  To be honest, with the Lords of the Underworld I have seen only a book – or two – at a time, but no more.  Like readers, I’m interested in finding out how some of the plot points tie together LOL  Where is Pandora’s box?  (Where it seems to be in The Darkest Craving, or is that a trick?)  What will happen when the demon keepers find it?  I have a feeling it’s going to blow the minds of the Lords—and me!

Has this series expanded beyond your original expectations?
Far, far beyond.  I never imagined I would pull from different types of mythology, and introduce entire other races, like the Harpies, Fae and Phoenix.  Or that each race would come with its own set of rules, strengthens and weakness.  There are so many playgrounds for me to explore LOL 

Tell us about your newest addition.
With pleasure!

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, will the love they are building be torn apart?

Do you see yourself doing a spin-off or another series that includes characters from this one? I love the different races (and even William, whatever he is.)  I would have so much fun creating a series for each.  But alas, time.  I shake my fist at time!  I’ve got to finish up the Lords before I delve into another paranormal series.

What are you cooking up for us in the future?   Not counting The Darkest Craving, I’ve got two more releases this year!
Through the Zombie Glass (September 24th):

“Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...”

Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.

After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.  She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her... from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.

Then, it’s the second Otherworld Assassins novel, Black and Blue (Oct, 22nd)!

                                  HE IS EVERY WOMAN’S FANTASY. .

Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent...and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help―a woman with even more secrets than Blue.

                                 …SHE BECOMES HIS ONLY OBSESSION

Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he'd rather die than live without her…

Thank you so much for your time.   I look forward to reading more of your work!

Thank you so much for having me over!

WHOOOO!!  I know I'm looking forward to the zombie one!!!  Let's take a look at Gena's series as a whole:
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.

The Darkest Fire (Lords of the Underworld, #0.5)
The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)
The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2)
The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, #3)
The Darkest Prison (Lords of the Underworld, #3.5)
The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
Heart of Darkness Anthology (Includes: Lords of the Underworld, #4.5)
After Dark Anthology: The Darkest Angel (Lords of The Underworld, #4.5)
The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5)
The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6)
The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7)
The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld, #8)
The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, #9)
The Darkest Craving (Lords of The Underworld, #10)

The Darkest Night

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 . . .



The Darkest Kiss

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

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

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.




The Darkest Passion

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another sizzling installment of the Lords of the Underworld series, as Aeron, keeper of the Demon of Wrath, dares to taste the forbidden .  .  .
For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence.  An angel--a demon-assassin--has been sent to kill him.  Or has she?  Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting - and falling for - Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this 'mortal' with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't... 



The Darkest Lie

In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth….

Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife.  He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her.  But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her means risking everything.  Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . .     



The Darkest Secret

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…. Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.





The Darkest Surrender

The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain.  For him, nothing stands in the way of victory.  Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.
Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die.  Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he as an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named.  But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible… 





The Darkest Seduction

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price.  Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die.  And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.   
Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet, in Paris’s arms the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.
Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally– or tear them apart?



The Darkest Craving
Release Date:  July 30, 2013

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 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.  

Connect with Gena:

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 - 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 - Bitten by Books

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 - Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews

8/9 - Jocelyn Dex's Blog

7/30/13, 1:00 – 2:00pm EST/10am PST/6:00pm BST/4am AEST

Celebrate the release of The Darkest Craving with NYT Bestselling Authors Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole with a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the book!

Make sure you follow @genashowalter, @kresleycole, and @HarlequinBooks, and use hashtag #LOTUChat.
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


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Stormy Vixen said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and the giveaway. I love Gena Showalter's books. The Love the Lords. evamillien at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Fabulous blurb. Makes me want to run over to Goodreads and add it to my TBR pile right now. :)

Susan Arden said...

All I can say is Rafflecopter pick me! Love her work and your blog. Keep 'em coming...both of you!

mcv said...

I read the first 3 books in the series and then lost track. I'm going to catch up now - thanks for reminding me about this good series!

Sophia Rose said...

Looking forward to Kane's book and the new Otherworld Assassin book coming out.

Enjoyed the interview! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Sheri Fredricks said...

Is it me, or does the cover of each book of Gina's that comes out get more and more yummy? Awesome interview.

strawberryrose said...

I jsut downloaded the first four books as a bundle and can't wait to start them. I can't believe that I have waited this long to start reading them. I'm Sooo Bad!

Pam said...

Very nice interview! Huge fan of Gena's work. I look forward to reading The Darkest Craving. :)


Anonymous said...

Great interview Nikki - Gena. I'm also a huge fan of Gena's of my favorites:)

Thanks for inviting me to read the interview, glad I stopped by to learn more about Gena;)

Tina B said...

Congrats to Gena on the new release!
I LOVE the LOTU series! I have read all but the this one (obviously) and Paris' book. :)
Great interview! I look forward to more books by her!
Thank you for sharing.

BLHmistress said...

I love this series as well as her Atlantis series(which i hope someday we can have another book :)

Can't wait to read Kane's book ..

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