Friday, September 14, 2012

ELISABETH STAAB is blogging with us today. Here are her thoughts on innate traits and love, Take it away Elisabeth,.............


Innate Loves, and Beginning at the Beginning
 by Elisabeth Staab

Hi there, and thank you so much for having me on your blog!
You know, I have this theory that we’re all born with a tendency toward certain innate traits and fascinations, I guess. Stuff that makes our heart sing. Certain things that keep us following what life coach Martha Beck would refer to as our own North Star.
 The artist in me has always been fascinated by tattoos and body modification, by the living/breathing/moving art and the psychology and culture that goes into the infinite permutations of possibility to be had. Why does one person go with the Batman logo on his bicep and another get her back covered in a detailed depiction of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus? I could wander a tattoo convention for hours, just to watch people. The mind boggles.
Music is another. Why do certain sounds call to certain people? My critique partner loves movie scores. No lyrics. I LOVE lyrics, and the way words and music together can be heart wrenching, uplifting, gritty, sensual, or silly.
The dreamer in me has always been drawn to mythical creatures. So I suppose it makes sense that I was drawn to those things as an author as well. What one author friend of mine refers to as “unnecessary complication (he writes plain ol’ contemporary stuff) I think of as infinite opportunities for excitement and escape.
Fairy tales and Disney movies with talking animals and princesses who fell in love with beasts and all of that jazz were totally my thing. Although I thought that I hadn’t discovered vampires until I saw The Lost Boys, but apparently I was mistaken:
My father is in the middle of a move, and I got a pretty cool letter in the mail full of some old drawings he had unearthed while he was packing. My first literary work on vampires, such as it was, was a scribble (I guess it was supposed to be a picture of a vampire) on yellow paper, along with the word “vampire” done when I was about aged five.
Cool, huh??
Okay the handwriting was atrocious, but I was five! I don’t recall doing the drawing, nor do I have any idea how on earth I even would have heard of vampires at that age. Or what I thought a vampire was. But maybe it explains, just a little, why the first time I read a vampire romance novel it was so very much like coming home.
And the first time I saw Thad, the king in King of Darkness in my head? I knew I was supposed to write my own novel. Just knew. So I did.
So maybe it’s the lingering full moon, or maybe it’s that drawing I just got in the mail, but as I sit here on deadline to finish Prince of Power, the sequel to King of Darkness, AND prepare to start book 3, I am feeling a little cosmic about things. I think about all the times I’ve been asked why I write about paranormal creatures, and wonder if it’s another innate love or if maybe I wasn’t just meant to all along. ;-)
And you can see my fascinations quite clearly, in King of Darkness. They are both vampires. Music is woven in throughout the story. The heroine is tattooed. The king and queen meet because of a prophecy (the cosmicness, which is TOO a word, I am declaring it so right now). She is not, however, on board with the whole destiny thang. Thad is an honorable vampire, but the future of his race is on the line and he does what he can to convince Isabel that they must be together: 

Excerpt:
…Forgoing the speed with which their kind was able to move, she advanced slowly, purposefully. Thad’s cock throbbed and his gut clenched with each fall of her thigh-high boots on the floor. Dark shadows caressed her long legs and shapely body, and as her face came into full view, he noticed a slight smile curling the corners of a very generous mouth. Jesus… so sweet and angelic… but she was wearing such a naughty schoolgirl getup. The combo was as dizzying as the inexplicable realization that had just arrowed straight into his soul: This was his female.
He couldn’t begin to explain it, but as she drew nearer, Thad was caught in her gravitational pull. That was, until she did a sudden deer-in-headlights and then broke for the bathrooms. “Shit!”
He was on the verge of taking off after her when his guard’s paw gripped his shoulder. “Do it, and we’ll have to clear the memories of everyone on this floor.” Lee jerked his head across the way. “Besides, we’ve got her. She left the friend.”
Thad nodded and started toward Alexia, who had the look of a person who knew she had just been screwed. He had to hand it to the girl: she kept her head held up proudly. But a defensive stance and minute chin tremble gave away her unease. Poor thing. Sometimes it didn’t pay to be helpful…

About the Author

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel, King of Darkness, is available now. Her second book, Prince of Power, releases in January. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com 

KING OF  DARKNESS BY ELISABETH STAAB – AVAILABLE NOW 

ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA...
Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.
BUT TIME'S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF THE VAMPIRES...
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...

 

The second installment of Elisabeth Staab's paranormal romance series follows Tyra, a vampire soldier who is nearly killed on the battlefield while fighting the vicious wizard clan. When she awakes from her injuries, she discovers that the man who saved her life is none other than the Master Wizard's son, Anton. They are inexplicably drawn to each other, but Tyra knows this mysterious wizard is hiding a violent secret. She is unsure of whom to trust, who to believe, and where she belongs. Is Anton really in love with Tyra and out for revenge on his father? Or is he only pretending to love her so that he can kill her and steal her powers?

 

A signed copy of KING OF DARKNESS, or a T-shirt (winner gets to pick), goes to a follower that leaves a comment or question for Elisabeth in the giveaway. Remember to leave your email address.
WooHoo!!! This is open internationally.

36 comments:

  1. I completely agree that we're born with certain innate traits and fascinations! I've always been interested in certain things like fantasy and mythology, as well as some darker things like solving murders (used to want to be a forensic scientist). Now part of my love of mythology comes from my sister drilling it into my head, but I'd never have been interested in listening to it had I not had some interest :) Can't wait to check out your books!

    lindsayavalon (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. That is so cool, I love that you're into forensics! And thank you so much for checking out King of Darkness!

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  2. Omg I love the picture it great that you have used dreams and thoughts from when you were your were a child and used in your books . The picture should be framed.

    confessionsfromromaholics(at)y7mail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, thank you so much! I love that picture, I am totally saving it!

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  3. I Love these books,I just put them on my to read list.
    Q:Did you find it hard to write your first Was? and did it take you a while to get Published?

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    1. Thank you! I actually have struggled more with the sequels, I think. The first book was tough because I had a lot to learn. I had to take a lot of writing workshops and learn the ropes of publishing, but the sequels have involved learning how to build on an existing world and writing under deadline when my kids are sick and various other things. It's definitely harder than I thought, but I love it. I was lucky, I got my first contract in a couple of years. I know some authors take longer. I'm very grateful for that.

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  4. oops here is my email roseannh95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I agree totally that you are born with certain predilictions, or not. No one can make you like, or love, something you don't.
    Do you think that in the fantasy fiction genre that there are certain lines or taboos that can't be crossed, or is it all wide open now?
    Thank You,
    Grannywitchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It depents on what you call a taboo. Some would call paranormal itself a taboo. I DO think new doors are being opened every day in the fantasy genre, which personally I love. I think paranormal and fantasy came about in general because we as romance readers were tired of same-old, same old. And what defines "taboo" varies from one person to another. What I consider taboo might not be taboo to you, and vice-versa. So the easy answer is, "it depends."

      There ARE certain big "icks" that most reputable publishers will never touch such as pedophilia or glamorized rape and because that stiff is illegal, children need to be protected and cannot consent, I think that stuff will probably always NO-NOs in all legitimate fiction.

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  6. I would like to know which character you think closest resembles you. Why?

    cmucha319@yahoo.com

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    1. Hmm. That's hard to answer because in a way I think there's probably a piece of me in each character. Gun to my head, I think maybe Alexia, who is the only human heroine of the series (so far, anyway). I sort of wound up giving her a lot of my personal likes/dislikes, everything from enjoying yoga and tea with organic honey, to her music preferences and tattoos. And large, sexy, alpha male vampires of course! She likes to jog though, which I have to say I don't care for at all. Not sure where that came from!

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  7. wow, these are def. going on my goodreads tbr list :0) adamsgirl4602@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you stoping by. :)

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  8. Elisabeth I love the word cosmicness I will endeavor to use it so that it will become widely accepted as a word :O) Thanks for a great interview I love your drawing simply adorable. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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    1. I super appreciate that, thank you! *virtual high five*

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  9. I hope everyone that visits today will spread the word about, KING OF DARKNESS. It is a great book!
    Elisabeth,... are you planning to go to the RT Convention next May?
    Shonna

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    1. Shonna, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I WILL be at RT and I can't wait! Last year was my first time at RT and it's a fantastic con. I will be doing two panels that I know of as well: The "Name That Vampire" game show reader panel, and the "Blood Light" panel about humor and vampire fiction! Please stop by and say hello!

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    2. The three of us will be in KC too, maybe we can get together for a drink or coffee and discuss your hot vamps in person

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    3. Definitely!! Looking forward to meeting you guys!

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  10. These books sound amazing! I can't wait to read :)

    Since you are so facinated by tattoos and body modifications, do you have any of either? I would like to get my first tattoo before I turn 50 but body modifications...nope, not me!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by! I actually have four tattoos. Mostly dragons. I love dragons, and I think they may play a role in a future series. I also once had about 12 piercings if memory serves (I'm counting the holes in my ears, which is where most of them were!), but those are all gone now. Once you pass 30, you feel a little silly with a navel ring! I still have my nose pierced, but the rest were removed after I had my second child. Thank you for checking out King of Darkness!

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  11. I also fell for the paranormal at a young age, my favourite book when I was five was the The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy!

    As you know I love this series, I am still waiting patiently for Lee's book :)

    mmcmichael79(at)googlemail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Michelle, and for your continued support! I am working on Lee's book right now. He's being difficult, you can probably imagine. I thought Anton and Tyra's book was a struggle! Lucky for me Lee's very handsome, and fun to wrestle with. ;-)

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  12. I really loved the first book, like I said in my review I saw a blurb about it on another blog and got it mixed up with the other book but boy am I glad I did (I ended up reading the other book too). Thad is great, very lovable for a vampire and that is not a bad thing. He knows what he wants and will get it, I liked that about him. I can't wait to read about Tyra and Anton. I honestly thought all the "side" characters were fantastic, they just didn't hang out in the background, they were a very important part of telling Thad & Isabel's love story. THANK YOU for stopping by

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    1. Bless you Wendy, thank you for taking the time to read King of Darkness and for the thoughtful review!

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  13. Thanks for the interview!
    Do your characters return in each book or are they single books only in the same world? And how many books are you thinking there will be in your series?

    diane.sadler@gmail.com

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    1. There are multiple story arcs in King of Darkness that all tie together, and each book continues the story in the same world but with a different featured pairing. King of Darkness features the vampire king, Thad, and Isabel, his prophesied queen. Book two will feature Tyra, the king's sister, and a defected vampire enemy who claims to have fallen in love with her from afar. There will be at least three books in the series, and I was just asked to propose a fourth, so with hope it will keep going! Thanks so much for checking out King of Darkness!

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  14. yet again a hot series i'm missing out on.. Will be meeting these MEN soon

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  15. The second book sounds just as good as the first. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. That is THE BEST story! Totally hilarious! Thanks for sharing it. I had no idea that there is a second book.

    riverinaromantic AT aol DOT com

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    1. Megan, there will be at least 3 books in the series, maybe more. Fingers crossed!

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  17. Elisabeth, How did you come up with the idea of this series?

    P.S I haven't read them yet but I will defiantly be getting them!

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    1. Thank you so much! THere's an article that tells a little more detail about how I started writing King of Darkness. You can find it here http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/2012/02/king-of-darkness-by-elisabeth-staab.html?zx=3c2863ececf4f5ff

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