Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Guest - Sascha Illyvich

Good morning! We've got a great guest today - author Sascha Illyvich! So join me on our comfy couch, there's Green tea in the pots and blueberry shortbread on the plates. Enjoy! 

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Heroes on a Mission

 One of the things I've repeatedly said about paranormal romances was how I could dig deeper with the emotional levels and play harder, heavier with angst, love and everything in between.  I think as a reader first, I like to experience books like roller coasters.  Even as I write this blog, I'm listening to dark, angry Djent-metal so I can stay in the mood I'm trying to set while I talk about four heroes from three books.  We'll start darkest to lightest so we end on a happy note, just like a good set of romance stories should.

In my upcoming Red Sage release ENDANGERED (Nights of Lust book 1) Joséf Staganov is an angry man.  Fed up with the world, dismayed by his peers on the police force, and now hooked on the smack he was trying to get off the streets, he's a bitter man with one goal.  Do one last good deed before he's killed.  Only, when Livía and her lover Isabella interfere with his desires to die, does he stop for a moment to examine his true motives.  When they begin to interfere and reveal to him his true destiny, it does nothing to undermine the real mission Joséf embarked upon when he joined the police force, but only by walking through the fires of hell will he be able to succeed. 

Kerian from Torn to Pieces has a mission too, only it's not as finite on the same level as Joséf's.  He yearns for love, desires a life with his lovely witch.  Only, she's looking into a ménage, which he's fine with, but the ultimate truth slaps him in the face when he realizes who her other partner is.  The heaviness of her actions weigh on his shoulders like a ton of bricks, as her other lover turns out to be his former lover Jackob, another pack Alpha.  Standing accused of thievery, Jackob must remain focused on the goal he and Iolite set about, helping the dying wolves in New Mexico find a cure for the sickness that plagues them.  Yet, the trouble arises when Keriann tries to point out the truth to Iolite and confront Jackob  His heart becomes cluttered with the emotion of love even while his mind screams of betrayal, yet he's never loved any other wolf like Jackob, nor any witch like Iolite.

Finally, we've come to Derrick.  Reluctant hero, former spy and unlike my previous heroes, puma shifter, not wolf.  He spent time in a three letter organization until the nightmares and life of a spook grated on him and tore him down.  After he retired, a friend came to him asking for a favor, altering his main mission of relaxing and staying off the grid.  Only for love, will he be able to change, grow, and address some of the issues plaguing him, but he remains unaware until a few chance encounters with a beautiful witch with a deadly voice crosses his path.

The elements of paranormal romance have allowed me to dig deeper, hit the animalistic urges not often realized in contemporary romances OR in humans outside the kink scene.  Each of the stories takes a look at those darker elements and allow the heroines to do what I believe a romance heroine should be allowed to do:  Stand firm yet give just enough to let the hero grow on his own.  As a reader drawn to the likes of JR Ward, Lora Leigh and Christina Dodd's para-rom, I've taken great pains to ensure I've learned the lessons from those wonderful authors and made my stories my own, yet peppered them properly so you the reader will enjoy them and beg for more.

After all, I am the bad boy of romance.



Torn to Pieces:  (A USA TODAY recommended erotic romance!)
BUY LINK:  http://www.amazon.com/Torn-To-Pieces-ebook/dp/B00DMKT8SK/r
Iolite is a witch in love with two wolves, wanting, needing both to fulfill her life. Both of them are two halves of the same being who she loves. Jackob and Kerian are former lovers turned enemies by pack law, but without the witch’s solution for the disease ravaging the wolves, both packs will certainly die. Both want Iolite, both want to love again but are uncertain of the consequences. Can Jackob and Kerian get past their emotional baggage to help heal Iolite’s broken heart as well as their own in order to save their packs?




 ENDANGERED: (Out Summer/Fall 2014 from RED SAGE)
Livía Ilona, vampire queen of San Francisco, and her lover Isabella, have kept The Syndicate and their drugs out of their territory until recently when a new boss stepped in and started making strict demands.  Tiring of their threats, Livía strikes a deal with The Syndicate's leader to keep out of Nob Hill.  All she has to do is kill the one man who happens to be causing problems—Joséf Staganov.  Except he's not just a troublemaking ex-cop, he's the key to returning Livía's human soul.

Rogue cop turned vigilante, Joséf Staganov fights to keep The Syndicate and their drugs off the streets of San Francisco, using whatever means necessary.  Aware that his life is on a short leash, he trusts only himself until even that trust is betrayed by an operation gone bad.  Now hooked on the drugs he's trying to eradicate, Joséf vows to take as much of the criminal organization down as possible before he dies.  Except during a fight, the Queen of the Night comes with her lover to his rescue and to abduct him.

Capture quickly turns to seduction until Joséf learns the real reason for his kidnapping:  Recover Isabella's boy.  The human in him still sees the good of his act, yet the beast Livía accidentally unleashes presents an all new threat.  Can the threesome recover Isabella's son, topple the Syndicate and stop the threats on their lives?

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-- Lynda Again
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2 comments:

Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks, Sascha, for visiting us today! Interesting post!

Sascha Illyvich said...

Much appreciated Lynda!