Please join me in welcoming author Isabo Kelly to Preternatura. Isabo is stopping by today to celebrate the release of her latest book, The Darkness of Glengowyn (Fire and Tears). The Darkness of Glengowyn is being released today, April 29th, by Samhain Publishing and is the second book in her Fire and Tears series.
Award winning author Isabo Kelly has a gypsy soul, which she’s indulged wholeheartedly over the years, living in Las Vegas, Hawaii, Germany, Ireland and New York. There’s no telling were she might end up next (though Italy keeps coming up in conversation). After finishing her Ph.D. in Zoology in Ireland, she buckled down to concentrate on writing. She’s published numerous science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance novels, short stories and novellas. Her work has been short-listed for many awards, and reviewers have used words such as fast-paced, passionate, emotion-filled, adventurous, and page-turning to describe her stories. Isabo currently lives in New York City with her brilliant Irish husband, her two sons and her mad dog. You can learn more about Isabo by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT The Darkness of Glengowyn (Fire and Tears): They’ll risk forever death for one last chance together… Nuala of Glengowyn hasn’t left her home city in over a century, but not by choice. Her skill as a weapons master has made her a prisoner of her people. Held apart, protected in the extreme—until Sorcerers attack the human city of Sinnale. Sent to supply her unique magical arrows to help the humans, she is far from free. The elf king and queen have sent a bodyguard, a fearsome warrior whose reputation has no rival. The only man she has ever wanted. Einar of Glengowyn. Einar is known as a battle-crazed destroyer, so feared among elves he’s called by a single name: Darkness. And he has only one weakness—Nuala. Their union is forbidden, for melding their magics could destroy Nuala’s gifts. Yet as they journey to the war-torn city, no royal decree is a match for two hundred years of pent-up desire. But even if they escape the war zone, their lives still hang in the balance. They must confront their sovereigns and prove love makes them stronger—or face their deaths.
Warning: This book contains a deadly elf hero, a heroine who’s his match, a lot of sexy misbehaving, some hard language, racing through the streets, owls, arrows, evil Sorcerers, wicked minions, and a very dangerous elf king and queen.
And now, let’s hear from Isabo…
Not in real life, please, but hell yes in my fiction!
Thanks for having me at Preternatura, Suzanne!
I’m relatively new to actual series writing. Which is kind of strange since I write fantasy and science fiction romance and just about every story I’ve ever published could easily lead into a series. I love to world-build. So much so that books I intend to be stand alones are usually in complicated enough worlds that they can easily accommodate more books.
Back in the day, I did publish two fantasy romance books that are in the same world—THIEF’S DESIRE and DESTINY’S SEDUCTION. But only recently have I started taking advantage of some of my stand alone titles to expand into more books. I’ve done this with my science fiction romance series, The Naravan Chronicles. And as of today, I’m officially launching the second book in my fantasy romance series Fire and Tears.
The Fire and Tears series, though written in a made up world full of humans, elves, and magic, will really appeal to paranormal romance readers. I’ve always preferred epic fantasy written in a more colloquial, modern voice and so that’s what I do. This series is gritty and dark, full of passion and adventure, set in a war-torn city where survival is constantly in question and capture by the enemy could mean things worse than death. In the midst of this, how do you find love? How can love survive?
Now, most of us would agree we’d rather live in a time of world peace with no wars or death or famine or fighting or… Well, you know, world peace. But secretly, the writer in me (and I’m ashamed to admit this because I really do want world peace) thinks the backdrop of a war is a pretty cool place to tell a story. I know, I know. But think about it, war tests people’s characters in a way that few other things ever will. And what is fiction if not the test of a person’s character amid conflict?
So just like so much about fiction, while I wouldn’t want it to happen in real life, being able to use it in my novels is really fun. In the Fire and Tears series, a group of Sorcerers has invaded the human city Sinnale and, when the series starts, has been occupying a large part of the city for two years. The humans need elf weapons to combat magic, but the neighboring elf city Glengowyn has decided to remain neutral in the “human” fight and so stopped trading in those weapons. Leaving the humans in a world of trouble. Then a group of elves decides to join the war—on the Sorcerers’ side.
Oh the complications!
Originally, I wrote the first book BRIGHTARROW BURNING to be a stand alone (as I am wont to do) and the war placed my hero and heroine on opposite sides of the conflict, thereby raising lots of trust issues (she’s human, he’s an elf, and his brother is one of the traitors!). But almost as soon as I turned that novella in, I realized there was so much room to write in this world, so many potential stories to tell.
So I’ve gone ahead and told two of those stories, both of which are out this year. THE DARKNESS OF GLENGOWYN is out now and the third book, WARRIOR’S DAWN, releases July 29th.
While the series is dark, there is a lot of passion involved. Oh and a pheromone the elves produce during sex that is addictive to humans and can cause some complications even for elf couples. More conflict! Yay!
I hope readers will enjoy this world as much as I do (even if they wouldn’t really want to face Sorcerers on the opposite side of a war!) Happy reading, all!
So a question for everyone: what’s something you love reading about in your fiction but would really, really not want to happen in real life (zombie apocalypse anyone!?)?
Thanks, Isabo. What an interesting question. I’m looking forward to reading the responses; mine would be a hurricane because, well, been there done that. If you would like to be entered for a chance to win an e-copy of The Darkness of Glengowyn, leave a comment with your answer to Isabo’s question.