Sunday, June 24, 2012
Guest Author Interview: Jordan Rose
Today we are interviewing Paranormal Romance Writer Jordon K. Rose. She is giving away a copy of PERPETUAL LIGHT.
Alexis: Hi Jordan, thank you for visiting Happily Ever After Thoughts :-) Why did you decide to write paranormal romance?
Jordan: Hi Alexis. Thanks for having me on. I’m looking forward to meeting some of your readers today.
I decided on paranormal romance because that’s where vampires go! I have loved vampire stories since I was a kid. Since I love romance and vampires it seemed paranormal romance was my calling!
Alexis: Sounds like this is the perfect genre for you :-) I understand your novel, PERPETUAL
LIGHT, was recently released. Can you tell us a little about it?
Jordan: Sure. PERPETUAL LIGHT is the story of a divine vampire slayer who has spent centuries avoiding her destiny because she didn’t want to kill her own husband. Now that fate has finally united them she has no choice but to free her husband’s soul and take him into The Light. Of course, years of disobeying have left her weakened, making her the target of a power-hungry vampire, hell-bent on possessing her.
Alexis: Wow, what a unique premise! Where did you get the idea for this story?
Jordan: It’s funny. I didn’t get the whole idea all at once. Instead, the two major points came separately. Lucia being reincarnated to find Vittorio came first after reading several other vampire stories- some were romances, some not. The divine slayer (Pharo of Redemption) part didn’t come to me for another year. I attended a conference and did some brainstorming with a few other writers and that helped get the ideas flowing.
Alexis: With such a unique storyline, I can see how it would take more than one point of inspiration. What are your favorite character traits of Lucia and Vittorio?
Jordan: This is a great question. Vittorio is so easy- similar to my husband, he’s very loyal and devoted. I love that about both of them. Lucia is a little more of a challenge for me. I guess I’d say it’s her refusal to do something she doesn’t want to do even though it puts her in danger. She’s made a couple of very difficult decisions that went against her entire being. I like that she’s strong enough to choose an unpopular path. However, she’s a bit of hard head in terms of just getting on with it. :-)
Alexis: Hmmm, I wonder if any of that has to do with her creator ;-) Now, you also write Urban Fantasy. Do you find the two sub-genres similar or greatly different?
Jordan: I find them similar in many ways with the paranormal elements and world building. But the focus of paranormal romance is the romance whereas a romance may come into play in an Urban Fantasy, but it’s not necessarily a major part of the story. I love both sub-genres, but I think I paranormal romance is my favorite because I love romance.
Alexis: I admit, I'm with you on the romance category. What can we expect next from you? Do you have any new releases coming or a work in progress?
Jordan: I have a few books brewing. I’m editing my first Eva Prim story about a vampire looking for friends and I’m writing the first draft of the first book in a more traditional paranormal romance series that will feature a different hero and heroine for each book. Also, the second book in the PERPETUAL LIGHT series is in the works. So lots going on right now.
Alexis: Yes, I'll say you have lots happening and that is great for your readers. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It's a pleasure having you visit.
Jordan: Oh, thank you. It’s great to be here. I appreciate you having me.
Alexis: For a chance to win Jordan's PERPETUAL LIGHT, be sure to leave a comment for her. If I have contact information, I will let you know when you win, otherwise, check the side column for your name on Wednesday under WINNERS :-)
For more information on Jordan’s books go to http://www.jordankrose.com/index.html
Alexis: Check out this excerpt from PERPETUAL LIGHT.
Excerpt: This is the conversation Lucia and Vittorio have when she’s just awakened in his house after he’s rescued her from being attacked by Samuel, the vampire who’s stalking her.
“You love me. I knew it.” He grinned, sending fire shooting to my bellybutton and lower.
“AAAHHH! Why are you doing this?” I marched to the bed. “Don’t you understand? What is wrong with you?” I slammed my hands on the mattress and frowned at him.
“Lucia, I know exactly what you have to do.” Faster than I could register, he sat on the edge of the bed, pulling me between his legs. “I know you must kill me. I’m well aware that because of me, you have not been allowed to rest.” His hands held my waist. “From the instant I learned what was happening to you, I began searching for you. For more than three hundred years I have searched, preparing for the moment we would meet, knowing what you’d have to do.” His eyes darkened slightly.
I squeezed his shoulders. “You want me to kill you?”
His voice deepened. “I didn’t say I wanted you to do it today. When you’re ready, I’ll be ready. We’ll get there together.” His head dipped and he blinked his eyelashes against my cheek. I squirmed, same as always. “Besides, you couldn’t do it today if you tried. You don’t know how to call the power or control it.”
“How do you know?” My hands slid to his chest.
“The last time I saw Samuel, he was feeding from you.” His fingers caressed my neck where Samuel had bitten me, and I winced. “One would think that if you could have called on your own abilities, you would have.” Little worry lines appeared around his eyes as he frowned. “You really are defenseless.” He turned my chin to examine the bite. “There’s no mark, but he ripped the muscles below. That’s why it’s sore.”
Beneath my palms, I felt his chest vibrate as a low growl rumbled.
“You must practice.” He moved me to the side and stood.
“What? How?” My stomach grumbled, and we both looked down.
“First, you’ll dress and eat, then we’ll practice. The shower’s behind the door on the right.” He pointed. “Clothes are behind the door on the left. Elizabeth built a wardrobe for you. I’m sure you’ll find something you like. When you’re ready, come downstairs. I’ll be in the kitchen.” He kissed my cheek and left me alone.
I stood staring after him. Practice? Practice killing vampires? How? How does one practice killing something? You either kill it or you don’t. And what way is nice? A stake, an ax, lethal injection? How? I flopped onto the bed, my face sinking into the pillow.
Alexis: Remember, for a chance to win PERPETUAL LIGHT, leave a comment for Jordan!