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

February 2007 Issue

 

Atlantis Rises...
Spotlight on Mythology Themed Romance
Featuring 
 
Interviews with:
P.C. Cast ~ Alyssa Day ~ Kelley Heckart
Jade Lee ~ Catherine Spangler ~ Regan Taylor
 
Special Features:
P.E.A.R.L. Awards 2006
Live Awards Chat on February 19, 2007 @ 9:00pm ET
 
Terran Realm  
New Imprint from Liquid Silver Books
 
Chat with Featured Authors
at PNR CHAT, monthly - 3rd Monday, 9pm Eastern

 

Get urban.  Go Terran Realm from Liquid Silver Books.

The Terran Realm.  Liquid Silver Books’ New Urban Fantasy World. 
www.terranrealm.com
 
The ancients called the Terrans gods and goddesses. 
They aren’t.  They’re just another species - - that happens to control the elements. 
 
The Terrans’ purpose? 
Save the Earth from those who would destroy her. 
 
Not an easy job when some of your own  kind become greedy for money and power.

We are talking with Rae Morgan, Senior Editor for the new Liquid Silver Books imprint, Terran Realm.

PNR: Terran Realm is creating a buzz amongst readers and authors, could you tell us about this exciting, new world and your vision for the imprint?

Rae M.:  The Terran Realm is a dark urban fantasy world in which the Terrans, a species very much like man, have the ability to affect and/or control the elements.  Since the Terrans are distant cousins of the human race, they blend into the general population.  The Terrans are separated into Keepers, those who work with the elements of air, water, fire, earth and spirit, and the Protectors, those who guard the Keepers.  The Talisman are special Keepers who arrive when they are needed, mostly in time of crisis.  The Destroyers are the bad guys – Terrans who have gone to the dark side of their abilities and who seek power, money, and chaos. 

We envision the world encompassing more than the contemporary Terrans that the launch books feature.  In my concept, the Terrans were the wizards, gods and goddesses, and geniuses of past times - - some Destroyers were the warlords and dictators.  We see the shared world covering the whole history of the planet. 

PNR: The dark urban fantasy world of Terran Realm is your brainchild; what inspired the unique idea for this imprint?

Rae M.:  This idea had been brewing in my head for several years. Originally, I had proposed a five-book series featuring just the Talisman.  The spark for this idea was the Gaia theory – the theory that the Earth as a whole is a living mechanism and that if one aspect is out of balance then the whole mechanism gets sick and can die.  That’s a simplification of the theory, but it got me reading. There were also a lot of natural catastrophes at the time  (as there are now) and the global warming debate was heating up, so I started to think “what if there were a species whose job it was to keep the Earth in balance?”  I originally called them Gaians, but later found that there were a lot of web sites and the like out there already using the term Gaia or Gaians, so I renamed them Terrans and asked Raven Moore if she were interested in a shared world concept.  She was --  and after some brainstorming we came up with the current world.

PNR: What do you feel Terran Realm has to offer readers and authors that is not currently available from existing imprints?

Rae M.:  There are a lot of urban fantasies out there, but only one other urban fantasy (that I know of) that has a shared world concept approach (that was Crimson City).  By shared world concept, I am talking about books like the Forgotten Realms ™ where the original author created a world so varied and so large that other authors were able to carve out their own subworlds within the larger world while still remaining true to the overall world protocols.

Thus, in the Terran Realm, authors who write for this world can take any aspect of it and carve out their own sub-series. 

For example, Tiffany Aaron’s Clan Najwa series features her unique world of shifters who are a “helper” species, for lack of a better term, to the Terrans.  She has proposed a multiple book series (seven at the last count) featuring this shifter clan, but has left open a whole word of lost shifter clans.  She also has created a unique theory about the origination of the shifter clans.  I’m not going to reveal that since it is a part of the second book that is in early stages; you’ll have to read the book. 

Keira Ramsay has also opened the door in her book, Redemption, for other preternaturals’ existence, thus allowing other authors to write about weres, vampires, dragons, fae, elementals and so on. 

And, finally, since Terrans have been around as long as humans, there could be Greek, Roman, Atlantan, Egyptian and so on stories with the gods of the time as Terrans.  When I was kicking around ideas with Raven I even suggested that geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci or Einstein could have been Terran.  The possibilities are as infinite as an author’s imagination.

PNR: Terran Realm has an impressive line up of authors and titles to kick off your launch; which talented authors can we expect to see writing at Terran Realm?

Rae M.:  We started with authors that I knew personally who could write in the style and genre that the Realm required.  I also have a few other authors in mind and since I have not approached them yet, I don’t feel that I can reveal their names.  The current authors are very good, creative and fast - - so expect to see more from them for sure.

Writing for the Realm will be by invitation only.  The main reason for that is continuity and control over the shared world.  I will pre-edit every single book before it is passed onto the Realm editor at Liquid Silver. 

I will post guidelines and a sample contract for the Realm on the web site

( http://www.terranrealm.com) later in March.  Submissions will be by querying with writing samples (for authors who are not LSB authors) and a proposal for the book with at the very least one sample chapter, a plot point outline of the first book detailing how the book fits into the Terran world, and main character arcs.  If the author has multiple books in mind, then a short proposal of the series books. 

I have already started a list of authors who have indicated interest in writing for this world.  Thus, anyone who is interested need only e-mail keeper2007@terranrealm.com and I will add you to the list and send you the guidelines and sample contract as soon as it is ready for public consumption.

PNR: What sensuality levels can readers expect from Terran Realm; can you give us an overview of your rating system?

Rae M.:  We will have sensuality levels from mainstream romance to what we call Liquid, highly sensual/sexual, to Molten, the hottest of our books that feature alternate life styles.  The sensuality guidelines are featured on the Liquid Silver Books web site (http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com). If the book is Molten, the alternate lifestyles will be indicated at the end of the book blurbs on the web site.  At this point no book is more than a Liquid sensuality level. If any author has a question about something they wish to feature, they can e-mail me at the keeper2007@terranrealm.com addy, and I will be happy to answer.

Whatever the level of sensuality, the romance and the sex scenes must work within the context of the overall plot.  As with all Atlantic Bridge/Liquid Silver material, we stress plot quality over quantity of love scenes.  The Terran Realm books will necessarily be more plot intensive than most romance books since the saving of the world as we know it is a driving force behind the series.

PNR: The paranormal romance genre has experienced an incredible surge in popularity recently; what do you feel accounts for the sudden interest in all things paranormal? 

Rae M.:  Personally, I read it - - and write it - - for escapism from the reality of an increasingly complex and dangerous world.  In the paranormal worlds that we read about the good guys have the abilities to defeat the evil in the world. And who doesn’t want to kick evil in the butt? 

PNR: Do you have plans to offer your titles in print format in the future?

Rae M.:  That idea has been kicked around a bit, but there are no definitive plans to do that—yet.  Thus, the potential is there. A lot depends on finding the right printer and a feasible way of distribution. 

PNR: What can readers expect to see in the coming months?

Rae M.: The first book, Redemption, by Keira Ramsay, will debut on February 19, 2007.  This book sets up a revitalized Keepers of the Environment (KOTE), a Terran organization that polices the world’s balance.  I have to say that when Keira brought me her idea after reading my short concept for the world , I was absolutely floored.  She took world events of 1989 and, in a nutshell, brought KOTE’s and the Terrans’ roles in the world to life.

In March, Bonnie Dee’s Measure of a Man brings the Terran world forward to current times.  She adds even another dimension to Keira’s book by creating a father-son team of Destroyers who have a plan to take over the world.  She continues that story in Fruits of Betrayal in May 2007.  Don’t worry, both books stand alone, but when read together present an insight into the coming of what very well could be the end of the world and the prophesied arrival of the Talisman.

In April 2007,  we’ll see Tiffany Aaron’s first book in her Clan Najwa series.  In Troubled Waters, her hero and heroine deal with toxic dumping in the ocean. Also, the hero is more than he seems and the heroine has been sent to find out what he really is.

And in the Summer of 2007, my book, Earth Awakened, the first in the Talisman series, arrives.  This book takes up where Fruits of Betrayal ends  - - with the arrival of end times as prophesied in the Terrans’ sacred book, the Book of Sorhineth (introduced in Redemption).

After that the schedule is wide open and the books will come out as they are written.  We’d like to see a book at least every other month, but Raven and I are opting for quality over quantity.

PNR: Thank you, Rae, for taking time out to talk with us about Terran Realm, where can readers find out more about your upcoming releases?

Rae M.: Readers can visit the Terran Realm web site http://www.terranrealm.com or the Liquid Silver web site, http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com and click on the link to the Terran Realm.  Thanks for having me. 

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Liquid Silver Books
February 19, 2007
ISBN #1595783326
EAN #9781595783325
e-Book


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Mild-mannered librarian Brenna Kennedy has spent most of her life, guarding a book of lore she’s pretty sure is a family joke, for a species she’s been raised to loathe. Corporate bodyguard and Terran Protector Donovan Callahan has seen it all - -  done it twice. It’s 1989.  Hurricane Hugo.  Tiananmen Square.  Exxon Valdez.  Loma Prieta earthquake.  The Earth is rapidly going to hell - - and these two hold the only key to its salvation.



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Liquid Silver Books
March 15, 2007
ISBN #1595783334
EAN #9781595783332
e-Book
 
Petty criminal and drifter Ian Black believes in one thing - - self-preservation. Then, his world collides with that of Terran psychic healer, Mirabai Kashi. On the run from demagogue Raymond Brody, Mira has taken a mysterious box, containing a key component of the Destroyers’ plan for obtaining world power. Ian now forced into the role of Mira’s reluctant accomplice in transporting the box to KOTE headquarters discovers a conscience and capacity to love he never knew he possessed.

 



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Liquid Silver Books
April 15, 2007
ISBN #1595783342
EAN #9781595783349
e-Book

Read the Review!

Brian Rasmussen makes a living as a charter fisherman in the British Virgin Islands, a strange occupation for an ex-SAS operative who’s deathly afraid of water. The night he walks into a bar and meets Iman, a shifter of Clan Najwa, changes hi life forever.  At the behest of the Terrans, Iman has come seeking answers from Brian, but instead finds danger - -  and her mate.  Together, they find that love does conquer all.



Buy it now!

Liquid Silver Books
May 15, 2007
ISBN #1595783350
EAN #9781595783356
e-Book


Read the Review!

Protector Justin Foster has long been respected by the Keepers of the Environment. His loyalty to KOTE shatters when Destroyer Raymond Brody has something Justin needs, forcing him to betray all he believes in. Elyse Greenwood’s psyche is a battleground where good and evil struggle daily. Torn between her Protector tendencies and her Destroyer allegiance, she has yet to fully commit to either side. The two former lovers, forced to work together, learn that truth, honor, and betrayal are fluid concepts, while love is the only absolute.

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