Thursday, May 6, 2010

Guest Author - Michelle Rowen (Interview & Giveaway)


Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, futuristic romantic suspense, young adult fantasy and will soon be moving into urban fantasy. Michelle has four different series, several standalone novels and contributions to a number of anthologies. I was first introduced to her writing through her fun and charming Immortality Bites series.

Michelle just launched her newest series Living in Eden which begins with The Demon in Me (May 4). I think you'll love Eden and the demon Darrak. Please join me in welcoming Michelle to SciFiGuy. Michelle will be dropping by to chat so feel free to leave a question or comment. I also have two copies of The Demon im Me to giveaway. Check the usual contest guidelines at the end of the post on how to enter.



SFG: Michelle, first off I'd like to say what a pleasure it is to have a Canadian paranormal writer here at SciFiGuy.ca. Is there anything from your Canadian experience that you put into your stories that makes them unique or do you see paranormal as universal?

Thanks Doug! Ah, my “Canadian experience”... well, I was raised here so I would think that affects how my characters act. In my earlier books I tried to throw in some Canadiana, ie: Tim Hortons, CN Tower references, other Toronto landmarks. I’m keeping it a tad more generic now, especially since some of my books take place outside of Canada. Some of my American friends probably assume my characters say “aboot” (I swear I can’t hear my accent, but they seem to think it’s hilarious), but I’m not so sure about that.

SFG: You are just launching your brand-new Living in Eden series beginning with the Demon in Me. Can you tell us a little something about the book and the direction of the series?

Sure. It’s about a psychic consultant to the police who’s possessed by a demon. Her first impulse is to have him exorcized, of course, but once she gets to know the “voice in her head” she realizes he is cursed and needs her help. She agrees to help him when he offers to help her woo the man of her dreams, her cop partner on the psychic investigations. She also is a part-owner of a detective agency that, because of the demon’s presence, becomes a magnet for supernatural clientele. It’s a whole lot of fun and takes the humour I used in my Immortality Bites series and adds in a bit of a darker edge. I love books that will scare you one moment, make you shed a tear or two, and then make you laugh your butt off. This is my goal.

SFG: You usually write about vampires. What made you choose Demons as the supernatural centrepiece for Living in Eden?

Once I got the idea about a woman who is possessed, choosing demons as the central supernatural character was an easy choice. I suppose I could have gone with a ghost, but I liked the evil/good implications that I would get to play with by having a demon hero.

You've written five books in your Immortality Bites series, do you plan more? Do you have a favourite book or characters from the series? You also have some very clever titles, how did you arrive at those?

No more Immortality Bites books are currently planned and the last book definitely ended on a definitive note. I wouldn’t turn down the chance to write about these characters again, but at the moment there is nothing contracted. My favorite book in the series is Stakes & Stilettos because I got to explore my hero Thierry’s backstory through his point of view to help readers understand this enigmatic character a bit better. The titles are adorable, aren’t they? It all branched from the first book, originally titled Dearly Departed, but I was asked to come up with new titles. I supplied a list to my editor and she chose Bitten & Smitten, which at the time I thought was unforgivably cutesy, but seemed to work very well after I embraced the cutesiness. From there, the titling hook (a vamp word and a chick-litty word) stuck. Although I have to admit it got a bit more difficult near the end!


SFG: Like many paranormal and urban fantasy writers you also write young adult fiction. Tell us something about the Demon Princess series and in particular the forthcoming second book Reign Check. What do you like most about writing for the young adult market?

Demon Princess is about a 16 year old girl who learns her estranged father is a demon king in another world accessed by magical gateways, and is the safety zone between the human world and hell. As his only child, she is the heir to the throne and because of this, her life is in danger by those who want free access to the human world. She’s protected by a cute but mysterious guy her father sends to her with a message that he must meet her soon. Uncontrollable powers, proms, hot guys, and homework ensues.

In Reign Check, Nikki is brought before the demon council in the Underworld who want to meet this new player on the scene. She also has to deal with a young faery king enrolling at her school to learn more about the girl he considers a threat to his kingdom -- and he’s very disturbed when he finds the half-demon her more charming than threatening.

I love writing YA because it’s the genre of my heart -- the first thing that really made me want to start writing seriously. I was working on a YA project (never published) long before I launched my paranormal romance career. There’s something about being a teenager, experiencing everything for the first time -- first love, betrayal of friends, slowly and grudgingly becoming an adult, that whole “coming of age” thing -- that just really works for me in fiction.


SFG: Next year also sounds like a very busy year for you with another new series being launched; can you give us a small preview of Nightshade?

Yes, my Nightshade duology (plus a novella in between) begins February 2011. I wrote a darker futuristic romance under the pen name Michelle Maddox in ’08 and I wanted to take that voice into urban fantasy. It’s about a woman who is injected with a top secret formula that makes her blood both irresistible and poisonous to vampires. She’s used against her will as a pawn to kill a vampire king and gets involved with a vampire hunting, battle-scarred and emotionless dhampyr. Chaos ensues. It’s bloody, sexy, and a real thrill ride. I loved writing it.

SFG: Are you a reader of contemporary YA fiction and if so what are your favourite series/books?

My favorite genre at the moment is YA because it offers up a little bit of everything. I’m a shameless fangirl of the Twilight franchise -- both books and movies. I adore Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. Worship Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games and can’t wait for the last book in the trilogy. I could go on and on. Great stuff is being published in YA right now.

SFG: If you could have lunch with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Neil Gaiman. Because he’s Neil Gaiman. And I heart him.

SFG: I see that you are attending a Toronto science fiction convention this summer, are you also a science fiction and fantasy reader?

I am attending the Polaris convention here in Toronto as an author guest. It was a lot of fun last year so I’m looking forward to July. I must admit I don’t read that much sci-fi or high fantasy -- but I watch a lot of it on TV and in the movies, which this convention gears to.

SFG: You just returned from the RT Convention. What was the highlight of the event for you?

Of course I love seeing the readers who come to the book signing and bring their own books to be signed. So much fun. One woman showed me a tattoo she’d gotten of the bat on the cover of Lady & the Vamp. That was a real thrill! Also, it’s great fun to hang out with other authors and talk shop over lemon drop martinis. But my highlight was probably receiving the RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Vampire Romance for Tall, Dark & Fangsome. I am wooed by the bling. ;)



Congratulations Michelle on your RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance!

You can visit Michelle Rowen at her main website, YA website or blog.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

I have two copies of The Demon in Me to giveaway to commenters
  1. To enter, ask Michelle a question about her about her books/series or tell us about your favourite UF/PNR that featured a demon.
  2. Open to everywhere that The Book Depository ships.
  3. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  4. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  5. Giveaway open until Midnight, May 13, 2010 EDT.



October 5, 2010 – Berkley Books
Book #2 in the Living in Eden series.

50 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle! Loving the premise for the new series. I'd love to know if any other supernaturals aside from psychics and demons are part of the Living in Eden world?

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  2. Congrats on the release of your new book and on your RT Reviewers Choice Award! I've already read some positive reviews online for your new book. :) Darrok seems to be quite witty in the excerpt that I read on your website. Did you make a conscious effort for him to be funny rather than dark and brooding like a lot of heroes in UF/PNR?

    Tweeted:http://twitter.com/dawnpnr/status/13470581757

    dawnpnr(at)aol(dot)com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. My favorite UF/PNR series that features demons is Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine books. Her Japhrimel quickly became one of my favorite characters.

    _Demon in Me_ sounds like a great read! I'm always on the lookout for new paranormals.

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  4. Hi Michelle
    I haven't read any of yours books yet, but I have put them on my wishlist. But now, where to start, you have so much goodies out.
    Congrats on the new release!

    As for some fav demon, well, Eidolon from the Larissa Ione books, cos honestly I haev not yet met many demons. I am so new

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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  5. I have seen as has everyone that paranormal and supernatural books have become very popular over the recent past and also mainly in the YA sector.

    What I have wondered (as a non YA) is firstly do you as an author believe in the paranormal/supernatural ?

    And secondly do you think these type of books have any adverse effect on YA readers ?

    Thanks for the interview.


    Carol T (International)

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  6. Hi Michelle,
    I haven't read any of your books yet, but they sound like i should give them a try.

    My favourite series featuring Demons are 'The Darkest Powers' books by Kelley Armstrong and the 'Georgina Kincaid' series by Richelle Mead.
    (email in profile)

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  7. My favorite series that feature a demon are Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.

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  8. Great interview.I love those covers.
    This new series sounds great.
    What 3 words(each) would you use to describe you two main characters

    tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/13484640200

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  9. I can't wait to start to read this new series. One of my favorite demons is Al from Kim Harrison's Hollows series. He is a funny demon.

    usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

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  10. Please count me in. I love the ideas of demons. Its a nice switch from the vampires.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  11. Thanks for the comments everyone! Great to be here today!

    @Rhianna: "I'd love to know if any other supernaturals aside from psychics and demons are part of the Living in Eden world?" -- Absolutely... there are witches (dark and light), werewolves, other shifters, fairies, and angels. Not all are featured in the first book, though. Some you will meet in the second. :)

    @Bookie: "Did you make a conscious effort for him to be funny rather than dark and brooding like a lot of heroes in UF/PNR?" -- I didn't make an effort actually. My characters tend to have minds of their own, and Darrak just turned out to be a bit funnier than some of my other heroes -- although, sometimes humor can be used to mask darker feelings, right? ;)

    @BuddyT: "What I have wondered (as a non YA) is firstly do you as an author believe in the paranormal/supernatural? And secondly do you think these type of books have any adverse effect on YA readers?" -- I don't really believe in the supernatural world. Maybe a smidge, but not a whole lot. And I really don't think my books would have ANY adverse affect on YA readers. The message in all my books is that no matter who you are, you can choose to be good and do the right thing and live with love in your heart. I think that's a pretty good message for younger people (and older people too).

    @elaing8: "What 3 words(each) would you use to describe you two main characters" -- Hmm. I guess for Eden I'd say: earnest, hopeful, and curious. For Darrak I'd say: mischievious, funny, and sexy! ;)

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  12. Do you find that demons have to be more ambiguous than vampires or that they both have darker sides to them? It sounds like a great idea for a book.

    Blinking-lights@hotmail.com

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  13. I, too, am always looking for new series to read. As far as demon reads go, I love the series by Jacquelyn Frank and Larissa Ione.

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  14. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series which feature demons of a sort.

    Congrats on your RT award Michelle!

    Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/IntenseWhisper/status/13492032850

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  15. Hi Michelle. I enjoyed your Immortality Bites series. My favorite series featuring demons is Lilith St Crow's Dante valentine series.

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  16. Hi Michelle :)
    thanks for a great interview - your books are already on my wishlist but I haven't had the time to read them yet...
    my favorite demons are by Larissa Ione - I love her Demonica series.
    wish you all the best,
    Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

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  17. Congrats on the RT award! I've read the Vamp series and am excited to get my hands on the new Demon title.

    Questions:
    Who would you cast as your 2 main characters?

    Do you use music for inspiration, or while writing?

    Thanks,
    Anna
    vampchixreadbooks@gmail.com

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  18. You mentioned that you brought some Canadiana into your books... how about the characters? Did you pattern any character from people around you? Family, friends. Celebrities? Mother-in-law in one of the bad guys? Did I tell you that I am a terribly nosey reader? Oh, well, I am. Never, ever give readers like me a chance to ask questions... tends to get naughty :)

    And congrats on your RT award and your book release in Oct! And your new series launch! More power to you Michelle!

    Re-posted your contest at http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/05/win-demon-in-me-at-scifiguyca.html

    And before I go, I would just like to say thank you to Doug for giving nosey readers like me a chance to grill Michelle :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  19. @Alex B: "Do you find that demons have to be more ambiguous than vampires or that they both have darker sides to them? It sounds like a great idea for a book." -- Depends on the demon and depends on the book. Vague enough for ya? ;-)

    @Anna Dougherty: Who would you cast as your 2 main characters? Do you use music for inspiration, or while writing?" -- For Eden, I have a pic of Charisma Carpenter to inspire the character. For Darrak, he's kind of defied casting, but he's a mix of Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds and the cover model. ;)

    @Cherry: "Did you pattern any character from people around you? Family, friends. Celebrities? Mother-in-law in one of the bad guys? Did I tell you that I am a terribly nosey reader?" -- I believe that might be a case for libel, actually. ;) I don't pattern my characters on anyone in particular, but I might use a sense of humor or a trait if it makes sense. Really, writing is just one bit melting pot of the imagination. It all has to come from somewhere, but as far as from one specific source, then no. I tend to draw on emotions I've felt in the past, ie: I used how I felt fighting with a friend over some silly thing to channel it into a fight my heroine was having with her friend. Stuff like that. :)

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  20. I've enjoyed Michelle's Immortality Bites series and I'm eager to get started on the Living in Eden series. My favorite UF/PNR book featuring a demon is a series - The Crimson City series by several authors but spearheaded by Liz Maverick.

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  21. sounds demonly

    gypsywitch36@yahoo.com

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  22. Congrats on your RT Reviewers Choice Award!! I'm totally loving the blurb for the new series.

    I'm going to have to go with the hilariously snarky demon cat, Giguhl, in Jaye Wells' Sabania Kane series. Though I also love Al in Kim Harrison's The Hollows series too.

    What is it about smart alec demons that crack me up? You gotta love 'em. *Grins*

    sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  23. Hi, Michelle,

    I've been looking forward to THE DEMON IN ME, and I'm with you on YA books. I love YA fantasy/parnormal books.

    My favorite books with a demon are probably the Morgan Kingsley series by Jenna Black. She has a demon in her too. :)

    Thanks for the contest!

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

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  24. Hi Michelle :)
    I'm new to your books but can't wait to read Demon in Me since it's book 1! I only just recently picked up a PNR/UF with demons at the end of last year when I came across Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione at the library. now I'm hooked! My favorite character is Sin, Lore's sister, and I'm dying to get the next book,Sin Undone, to see where her story goes:D
    thanks for the giveaway & chat!
    bells DOT franco AT gmail DOT com

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  25. Congrats on the new release Michelle! I sounds like a fabulous read! Out of all your books, is there one you consider your favorite?

    lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

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  26. Hi Michelle. Great interview. My favorite books with demons are Larissa Ione's Demonica series.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

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  27. My fave series with demons is The Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  28. Hi Michelle,

    Congrats on your RT award!

    I love your Immortality Bites series and glad to hear you have another series with demons!

    I was wondering will we see Sarah or Thierry in any of your other series, thanks?

    I blogged about your giveaway here:

    http://paranormalromanticsuspenserviews2.blogspot.com/2010/05/michelle-rowen-demon-in-me-giveaway.html

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  29. Hi Michelle. First, congrats on the awards at RT. :)

    I've been waiting to get ahold of this book from the first excert you posted.

    My all time fav demon series is the Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter. There are so many Lords to choose from but so far my fav is Reyes and Paris. I also like Larissa Ione's Demonica series. Wrath is pretty hawt. :)

    My question: What is your favorite UF/PNR demon book? (Besides your own of course.)

    Thanks for the great givaway.

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  30. Oops!

    My email is in my profile but just in case

    Jessica(dot)wilhoite(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. tweeted-@alterlisa
    http://www.scifiguy.ca/2010/05/guest-author-michelle-rowen-interview.html

    I've only read your Immortality Bites series(which I adored) and have been looking for a new series to get started on.
    Is it harder to write the YA series than the traditional "adult" books?

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  32. Hi! I think my favorite UF with demons in it are Maljean Brook's books

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  34. Hi,

    Congratulations on the new series. I look forward to reading having enjoyed the entire Immortality Bites series.

    My favorite series featuring demons is the Morgan Kingley series by Jenna Black. Unfortunately, I think it's ending after book 5.

    acm05@juno.com

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  35. @jeanette8042: "Out of all your books, is there one you consider your favorite?" -- Just as if they were children, I love all my books equally but differently. There's a special place in my heart for my first book, Bitten & Smitten, but I gotta say that The Demon in Me features my favorite hero I've written so far.

    @Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews: "I was wondering will we see Sarah or Thierry in any of your other series?" -- That would be fun, but the Living in Eden universe is not the same as the one I used in Immortality Bites. In fact, I state in book one that in this world there are no vampires to make that very clear. :)

    @Jessica: "What is your favorite UF/PNR demon book? (Besides your own of course.)" -- I really loved Jackie Kessler's Hotter Than Hell.

    @Lisa R: "Is it harder to write the YA series than the traditional "adult" books?" -- Not really. Although I need to make a concentrated effort not to sound like a 39 year old in a teenager's body. ;)

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  36. I have not yet read Hotter Than Hell by Jackie Kessler. Thanks so much Michelle. :)

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  37. Hey Michelle, You are a new for me Author. haven't got the chance to read your books yet. hoping i will soon :)

    my favorite will be Larissa Ione books, Demonica Series !

    i tweeted : http://twitter.com/becunique/status/13826525135

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  38. Hey Michelle! :-) I just recently discovered you but I already your Immortality Bites series to my wishlist, love the titles! So tongue in cheek funny! :-)

    What species (shifters/angels/witches, etc.) are you planning on exploring in the future? Or you'd rather stick with vamps as they are the ones close to your heart? :-)

    My favourite UF/PNR series that has demons is the Women of the Otherworld yb Kelley Armstrong.

    +1 tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/13841841089
    +1 spread the word on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000899165880&v=wall&story_fbid=122324164452550
    +1 added the link to the contest on my blog's right contest sidebar: http://www.stella-exlibris.com

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  39. Hi Michelle! I heart Neil Gaiman too. What is your fav. book by him? Neverwhere is one of my favorite books, of all time! I have yet to read your books, but I'm looking for some new demon love! I would have to say one of my fav. demons is Al from Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. He is fantastic!

    Tweet Tweet! http://twitter.com/ash_hoffenberg/statuses/13856025662

    a.hoffenberg at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the opp!

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  40. One of my favories was Eidolon from
    Pleasure Unbound Demonica Book 1. That is a great series.

    I'm also interested in Michelle Rowen's series. I'm brand new to paranormals and UF too. I'll go add the to my amazon cart now

    Here's my tweet:
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Romantic73/status/13856389462

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  42. One of my favorite series featuring demons is the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. Just the very idea of it - 3 demon brothers who run a hospital for demons. My favorite of the series is Wraith but I love them all.

    My other favorite is Japhrimel from the Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow. I'm in the middle of that series and loving it.

    jen@delux.com

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  43. my favorite series with demons is kim harrison's hollows series, but i'm definitely giving your new series a try, michelle! sounds awesome!

    k_sunshine1977@yahoo.com

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  44. Do you have any ritual or routine to get you in the right frame of mind to right YA or as Michelle Maddox?

    I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/13865989889

    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  45. I like the demons from Kim Harrison's books, even if they can get on my nerves, they're still fun!

    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/suan_tian/status/13880518321

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

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  46. My favourite demon is Rhyzkahl from the Kara Gillina series by Diana Rowland.

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/13942908677

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Congrats on your new release! It sounds like a real exciting book. I can't wait to read it.

    lisaglidewell[at]gmail[dot]com

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  48. My favorite series with demons is Jackie Kessler's Hell on Earth series. Congrats on your new book.


    Skk25@aol.com

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