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Today I’d like to welcome author Isis Rushdan here to talk about her new novel, Kindred of the Fallen, first in a new series that sounds really awesome!
You can follow the Rafflecopter link at the bottom to enter for her tour-wide prize of a $75 Amazon gift card and a signed cover flat.
Isis was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University. Wanderlust has taken her across the globe and has kept her moving every three years. Fortunately, she is blessed with a husband who shares her passion for travel, movies and fantastic food. Prior to following her bliss as a writer, she had a bright career as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. She currently resides in sunny Florida, where she hopes to finally establish roots, with her husband, son and canine kiddies. You can find her at her website; on Facebook; at her blog; and on Twitter.
ABOUT KINDRED OF THE FALLEN: A perfect firestorm of desire could save their people…or cost them their lives….Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity. Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more, but her commitment to Evan means nothing beyond sparks can exist between them….Cyrus has been watching Serenity, preparing to claim her as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people….One moment, Serenity is confronted by armed militants firing questions she cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms, reveling in his burning kiss…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil…..Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time.
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Star-crossed lovers trigger a civil war over salvation, catapulting them into the cross-hairs of danger. Kindred of the Fallen is a paranormal romance with gripping action and steamy love scenes. Instead of vampires, werewolves or faeries, I created a species to appeal to fans of angels and superheroes.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
Wow, tough question since I have a few, but I’ll go with my favorite within the first 100 pages.
All Kindred have inherent powers. Most are warriors, but those of the psi class have the ability to heal, telekinesis, precognition or some other preternatural gift. They also have a latent ability which can only be activated after connecting with the energy stream of their kabashem or the mate who is literally the other half of their soul. For example, warriors get their wings.
For Serenity and Cyrus, their latent gifts emerge in a life and death situation where both come face to face with a deadly Kindred suffering from blood rage.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
A major event turns tragic, tossing my characters into a heartbreaking place. Writing the scene had me bawling. I dredged up pretty painful emotions so I could make the reader feel it. When my editor told me the scene made her cry, I knew it was worth it.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh and Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl
Book you’ve faked reading:
Ha-ha! Silas Marner. Sorry, I won’t give details about why, but it happened about 25 years ago.
Book you’re an evangelist for:
Wild at Heart. My friend, Brinda Berry, wrote a short story for an anthology to support the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
Book that changed your life:
The Celestine Prophecy.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
The Vampire Lestat
Favorite book about books or writing:
The Art of War for Writers, also Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell.
The characters of my next paranormal romance series are starting to come to life, but first I have to finish writing the third Kindred book!
Thanks for being here today! Here’s the link to enter for Isis’ tour prizes….what are you waiting for?! Also, leave a comment here for a choice of book from the Book Horde tab above (which will growing over the holidays).