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by Dee Gentle
Leslie Tramposch: Managing Editor - Sara Reyes: Marketing and Publicity

 
June 2008 Issue
 
 
Really Bad Boys
Spotlight on the Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance
Featuring 
 
Interviews with:
| Elizabeth Amber | Melissa Lopez | Stella & Audra Price | Gena Showalter | J.R. Ward |
 
 
Special Feature:
Publisher Spotlight: Lyrical Press
 
 Genre Chat
The Haunt at PNR
 

Stella & Audra Price

Dark. Devious. Sensual, sinister and startling. These are the words used to describe the wild worlds of Stella and Audra Price. New to the literary scene, these up and coming talented writers are the next phase in literary evolution.

Their stories are fresh, imaginative and break the boundaries and social moraes of the romance genre, while adding sizzle and new life into the urban fantasy realm. Writing in a number of other genres, they have proven that just because its dark and off the beaten path those who went before them have tramped, doesn't mean it has to be wrong.

First published in E book in April 2006 with PHAZE publishing for their short story Wishes, the sisters quickly found acclaim in the next few months with their were-snakes series and their enticing and alternate world Eververse. With over ten books and publications to their credit, a slew of interviews, awards and nominations, and a few print books on the horizon, the sisters are well on their way to being the next big thing.

Committed to their books and their world, they have joined forces with a few merchants to give readers and potential readers some fantastic extras to the books including candles, bath products, clothing and jewelry.

The next few years promise a cornucopia of titles and themes including their foray into the dark world of the Keepers of Twilight, their Fallen Angels series, and their American Satyr series.

They are currently looking for representation and a new avenue to present their worlds to the literary elite.

An Interview with Stella & Audra Price

PNR: How long have you been writing? What inspired you to begin writing together? Have either of you written independently before or since teaming up?

Stella P.: Audra and I have been writing together for about three years. We started as a way to do something together being so far away from each other, I mean being in two different countries with an entire ocean between us it is really had for us to get together. Thank god for the internet. Both of us used to write for fun, but it never came of anything before we teamed up.

PNR: Do you have a strict writing schedule? Do you literally write together or are different parts/chapters assigned to a certain person? Could you give us a peek at what a typical writing day would look like and how you make it work?

Stella P.: Our schedules are hectic these days, but when we do get together, we are pretty prolific. We usually knock out between 1-7k a day. When we write, We each play a specific character, ensuring that character has the same voice throughout the manuscript, and we ALWAYS write the same characters. Usually the bones of a chapter is written and then the character interaction is written after it, on YIM so we can have real time reactions to the questions and situations. Its what makes our books more real.

PNR: Tell us about the challenges you both face in working together, are there any instances where it has been difficult? How do you balance your personal and writing time?

Stella P.: the most difficult is getting time these days that isn’t sporadic. Audra and I both get the no writing bug, and of course, stress is a big challenge.

PNR: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your writing? Who has been your biggest support?

Stella P.: The biggest influence on our work has been Poppy Z Brite, Clive Barker and Simon Green and Jim Butcher. All three of them are completely fantastic authors, and we do aspire to be on level with them. Our biggest support would be Neil and Joe respectively. Both of them give up so much for us to make this dream happen.

PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?

Stella P.: Details, continuity and the ability to make sense. And not sense in the conventional aspect, but sense in the way that it works in the world your writing in. Also, seamless dialog is also something that really pulls us both in as readers, so we strive for it in our own writing.

PNR: You made your publishing debut in 2006 with the release of WISHES from Phaze, and have been very prolific with several series and single titles. You have received numerous awards and honors and a great deal of reader admiration for your writing. How does it feel to have such positive recognition for your work?

Stella P.: Honestly, We are still in awe that anyone reads anything we write. Every email we get or compliment, any good review is met with an immeasurable amount of awe and gratitude. We love our work and our world, but to be able to share it with people who do as well, and be recognized for it… It’s quite possibly the greatest feeling ever.

PNR: Congratulations, readers are excited about the release of FROST AND FLAME from Tease Publishing; this is the third book in your popular Eververse series. Could you tell us what inspired this dark fantasy series and a little about your vision for the project? What direction will the series be taking?

Stella P.: Eververse is a pet project that started as a idea for a roll play forum and evolved into a series. It really all started with Audra telling me about a character she had lurking around, a prince of the Conglacio demons, Cassiel. So Cash was introduced to me… and soon after an entire world literally just popped up.

The series is a bit darker, and doesn’t rely on the formula of romances either. Let me be blunt, these books are different. They follow NO well traveled track, and as I have said before, readers that don’t like to use their imagination and really get into characters heads won’t like this series. Also, people that can’t deal with a few of the more taboo themes in romance (polyamory, violence, hard sex, harsh themes and glorifying the bad guy) won’t like this series. Audra and I really root for the bad guy in a lot of the things we watch and read and decided that we would write the bad guys. All our characters, both male and female have questionable morals, jobs and pasts. Where as a lot of the “darker” characters in literature are tortured and broody, have abandonment issues and such, our characters have that, but they have worked past it in questionable ways. We have Jewel thieves, hit men, pimps, hookers, nymphomaniacs, arms dealers, crooked cops, spell dealers, bodyguards, etc, and while they may have questionable jobs and morals, they are people just like any other character.

The difference is that life dealt them a sour hand, and they work through it, for better or worse. Their past is a direct reason for their present and what will affect their future, like in all romance, but ours is a bit more brutal. Female characters torture and kill male characters, are powerful and wild and very often the sexual aggressor. The men in our books are horrible people to the world at large, but to those they consider family, and the women in their lives, they are gods and wonderful providers. Its all really different in its execution.

PNR: Readers are enthralled by the dark worlds you have created.  Tell us about the challenges you face in world building with paranormal elements and making it work with the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your characters and the series? How much research is involved? Which of your series’ worlds has been the most challenging to develop?

Stella P.: luckily, all the books take place in the Eververse, so it’s a set set of rules for us to follow. The majority of our issues come form the different kinda of characters.  We have Demons, Dragons, Djinn, Satyrs, Were, Fey, witches and psychics, devils, Fallen and gods, but we difference from others as we change up their base. With our demons, they aren’t the normal ideas of demons. Our demons are another full race, with 9 subspecies. Our Dragons are done in a contemporary setting, where as the majority are done in a fantasy setting. We do Satyrs, but nothing like the ones that have made it into mainstream romance. Ours are more alpha, but again just different. Our Weres, we don’t do wolves, but snakes and have gotten a great response on them, and we do Unicorns and hell hounds. Our Fey, like our demons, are a full race, with several subsets. Our psychics range into obscure powers like clairaudients, and our devils and fallen really are the good guys fighting for the future of this world. The Most challenging has been out Weresnakes series because of the stigma attatched to snakes, and having to completey dream up a species and rules that would work with the snake theme.

PNR: Could you give us some insight into the mythology of your Eververse, Satyrs, and Keepers series?

Stella P.: with the Eververse series, everything revolves around our Ice demon prince Cassiel, and his last shot at redemption. Cassiel was exiled 13 years before the Eververse series starts, and while every book isn’t directly about him, you will notice that the underlying threads and plots all have to do with him getting back to his beloved homeland, The Afterverse, and getting a second chance at love with his soul mate.

The Satyrs actually started off as an idea for a character. The 4 main royal houses of American Satyr, Tempest, Rummer, Toloose and Arcane all have a new generation that’s looking towards the future. The Tempest clan is all but wiped off the face of the earth, not by war but by an unseen force, all except their prince, Esben. With the arrival of a solar convergence year, Esben, who is half a Strigo (time) demon is welcomed into the Satyr society by the reigning authority, House Arcane, for reasons of their own making. With 3 princes, and one princess, there’s a changing of the guard that’s coming, and Esben and his cousin Harley along with Princess Minerva, are going to be the ones to help decide it, and that means breaking out of the old molds of the satyr lifestyle.

The Keepers of Twilight series however is a bit more controversial. Audra and I decided to explore the idea of “What if god was wrong?” we approach the idea as Lucifer and his crew (the fallen) were really the ones who cared for humanity, and while they do work off vice and the dregs of society, taking their souls, when the chips are down they are the ones that fight to preserve humanity. You’ll see a lot in this series from the “dark side”, Lucifer and Sammael, Azrael, Astoroth… they all care about humanity in their own twisted way… and strive to preserve it.

PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?

Stella P.: I think its nicely balanced. We develop the characters before we write the books, so we know what is going to be revealed. The plot is doubly important because we write stories, and everything we write is intertwined with other books and series. You will see a LOT of characters show up throughout the books and series. Its pretty cool how they all can and do interact.

PNR: Could you tell us a little about how you develop your characters? Who has been your favorite character to write? The most challenging?

Stella P.: Character development is not as hard for us as some. Usually a character shows up completely ready and tells us all about them. Names, ideas about their physical description, nationality, etc all come to us. We rarely build characters. As for favorite to write would be, right now, Oscar, while Audra likes Snow. My favorite character is one my sister writes, Drake, and hers is Oscar. They happen to be brothers and lordy… are they fun.

PNR: How would you describe the sensuality level of your books; do you find it challenging to write love/sex scenes?

Stella P.: Not really. Since when we write we ARE the characters, it doesn’t really affect us either way. The sensuality level is rather spicy, as they can be considered erotic romance. However, all our books can be read without the sex. We have it as an enhancer, and it does work with the books, but its not all the books are.

PNR: There is something about a “Bad Boy” that makes our hearts race. Why do you feel that readers are attracted to that bad boy image of a hero, or anti-hero as the case may be?

Stella P.: I think readers are tired of the same old same old. They flock to the new, and the forbidden, and the bad boy as a hero is indeed forbidden. Some, like us, take it to the level where they really ARE bad boys and readers are just getting into that. I personally love the darker characters, the ones where you wanna know why they are they way they are, why they made the choices they made to get there to were they are in  the story. To men, and apparently to a lot of readers, that is more thrilling and interesting then the billionaire with a heart of gold.

PNR: What is it about the paranormal romance genre that captures your imagination? Is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?

Stella P.: I think we write paranormals because of the possibilities in the genre. Anything that’s not human and pretty much earthbound in some way can be considered paranormal, and that opens up so many ideas and races to use. I love knowing we don’t write vamps and wolves, but take that extra step to bring the other options out of the darker corners of the genre. The only genre I would love to try to write would be historical… but I don’t have the discipline to do that kinda research, lol.

PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?

Stella P.: Frost and Flame came out in print in May, and Audra and I have a novella coming out in ebook & print with Phaze for our Duvall Inc series entitled London for the Holidays in the fall, We have Tithe, our book in the Tease Tarot series in August, and we have Masquerade, book 4 in the Eververse series coming out in October. We are both looking forward to that one!

PNR: Thank you, Stella and Audra, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?

Stella P.: Thanks PNR! We loved being here to chat with you!

At our website, http://www.stellaandaudra.com , and at our blogs, http://stellaandaudra.blogspot.com and http://dualvoices.blogspot.com and you can always email us at stella@stellaandaudra.com and audra@stellaandaudra.com

 
 
 
 
Featured in this issue:
~Really Bad Boys
~Lyrical Press
 
Interviews with:
Elizabeth Amber
Melissa Lopez
Stella & Audra Price
Gena Showalter
J.R. Ward

 

 

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Eververse

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Tease Publishing
April 30, 2008
ISBN #1934678589
EAN #
9781934678589
Print
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March 15, 2008
ISBN #1934678570
EAN #9781934678572
e-Book

 

Eververse: Book 3

Thirteen years is a long time apart… and enough time to make things right… and when Fire and Ice Collide…

The Exiled prince and rightful heir of the Conglacio Throne, Cassiel, Casha or Cash to his friends and family, has dealt with much in the past thirteen years, madness, betrayal and the loss of not only his first born child but its mother, Princess Faris, Heir to the Cento throne. He’s spent his time on earth wisely, trying to collect the ten thousand souls he needs to return home, to get back to his Family, his throne and his Princess, and kill the Demon that took it all from him. He’s not even Close to attaining his goal.

Princess Faris had a plan, one that involved returning to the love of her life, regardless of the consequences. It seems now the stakes are much higher, as she doesn’t want History to repeat itself. Nothing will stand in her way, not her would-be Husband, her father’s right hand man, or her Father, King of the Centos and overlord of the Afterverse. After all, lighting doesn’t strike the same place twice…

 Dragon Elementals

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Tease Publishing
February 15, 2008
ISBN #
1934678171
EAN #
9781934678176
Print
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September 1, 2007
ISBN #1934678163
EAN #9781934678169
e-Book
 

Dragon Elementals: Book 2

Bryn Case is a Dive instructor in on of the most beautiful places on earth at a very exclusive resort. On the evening she meets Kael, a sexy guest at the resort, she thinks she's found her soul mate. Kael on the other hand, a Water elemental dragon, knows Bryn, a Glacies demon, is exactly what he's been looking for his entire life, and curses it. After all that had happened so far, to lose his heart to a demon is not something he's prepared to do.

Between treasure hunting and her love of the sea, Kael knows this woman is everything he's ever wanted, its just finding and dealing with the demon that has her soul that's going to be a bitch.

Duvall Inc.
(Djinn)

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Phaze
October 5, 2007
ISBN #1594267669
EAN #9781594267666
156 pages
Paperback
 

Duvall, Inc.

The print compilation of both Wishes and Glamour.

A woman with nothing left to lose... When Nicodemus Marsh is contracted by Sean Taylor, a business man and exiled demon to look after his interests involving Janey Duvall's Company by keeping the busty beauty in control, he never thought he'd fall for the girl he was supposed to make fall for him. The major problem? Marsh is a Djinn, a major race of genie, and a genie grants three wishes. He's met his match in the woman he's sent to break, and while she's occupied with his body and his actions, will she see past the cosmetic to make the one wish that will keep her by his side for all time?

A man with everything to offer... Janey Duvall, newly bound consort to the Djinn Nicodemus Marsh, is having a few minor problems with the delivery of a contract, namely, the assassin is refusing to finish the job. There's no reason why the Mark should still be alive, not with one of her best on the job. Knowing this is not normal behavior, she decides that going to Beijing, the city the hit is supposed to take place, is the best course of action. Marsh is intrigued by the idea, having a few of his own that involve Janey and an auction, and agrees to go, even calling in his marker from his most recent job of taming the fiery woman that became his consort to help with the investigation. When Marsh is faced with the task of transforming Janey for their investigation, will his glamour hold up to the scrutiny and allow them to prevail, or will he lose the one woman he could ever give his heart to? Sometimes forever is worth the wait.

Keepers of Twilight

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Siren Publishing
November 1, 2007
ISBN #1933563915
EAN #9781933563916
e-Book
 

Keepers of Twilight: Prequel

After a horrible ordeal and lengthy captivity, Illori Swain is resigned to wither her life away in loneliness. Then she meets Karsten Morris, a male unicorn she has been searching for, the other half of her soul.

A man of worth and a stallion of breeding, Karsten Morris sees Illori as his salvation, the love he’s searched for all his life. The luck and light that rule their existence finally bring them together, but everything worthwhile is tested, and fate isn’t against making the good suffer.

After escaping her captivity, free from the bonds of hell that held her, Illori is now hunted by two of Hell’s minions.

One, Sammael, a fallen angel with one foot in Heaven, is set on the scent by Lucifer himself. The other, Nybras, is a devil vying for Sammael’s job. Nybras will stop at nothing to get what he thinks he deserves.

When the devil cheats to gain his prize, Sammael must join forces with Karsten to save the mare Illori to make sure the balance of the verses are not compromised.

Coming Soon

Knossos West(weresnakes)

Satyrs

Tease Tarot

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