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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Guest Author Interview: Alyssa Day

Today we are interviewing Alyssa Day, Paranormal Romance author and New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author!

Alexis: Hi Alyssa, Thank you for visiting Happily Ever After Thoughts :-) You write many of your books as part of a series. What is it about this approach that appeals to you?

Alyssa: Thanks for inviting me! I love series (both reading and writing them) because once I invest in characters and a world, I want to return to it over and over.

Alexis: Me too :-) Can you tell our readers a little bit about your latest release, ALEJANDRO"S SORCERESS?

Alyssa: Alejandro and Maria were characters in my book ATLANTIS UNLEASHED, and they were such strong characters - especially Alejandro! -- that I wanted to find out more of their story.  My team is formatting and converting the book now and it should be available for all e-readers by the end of this week.

Alexis: Whoohoo!  Can't wait! Where did you get the idea for this story?

Alyssa: I always start with a "what if?" and this one was triggered by an article about the difficulties in some marriages due to the woman being the primary or even only breadwinner these days.  I wondered what if Alejandro, who was the strong alpha male who protected the whole village in ATLANTIS UNLEASHED, goes to special training at the FBI, and while he's there, Maria discovers she is a witch with enormous power.  The power balance between them would undergo a tremendous shift--how would they deal with that? Also, after 6 months apart, would they still love each other quite so fiercely?

Alexis: What a great issue to delve into. What are your favorite character traits of Alejandro and Maria?

Alyssa:  They're both strong, Alejandro especially has a terrific sense of humor, and they're both intensely dedicated to justice and protecting the innocent.

Alexis: Which is your favorite series that you've written?

Alyssa:  Definitely The Warriors of Poseidon!

Alexis: What can we expect next from you? Do you have any new releases coming or a work in progress?

Alyssa: Yes!  High Priest Alaric's book, HEART OF ATLANTIS, will be out in print and in e-book in December from Berkley, but before that I'll be releasing Denal's story and Jack's story (the tiger shape-shifter everyone loves!) as e-book exclusives!

Alexis: That's great. We have a lot to look forward to :-) Thank you so much for sharing your paranormal worlds with us. It's a pleasure having you visit.

Alyssa: Thank you! It's lovely to be here!  I'll give away a copy of VAMPIRE IN ATLANTIS to each of 3 lucky winners!

Alexis: For a chance to win Alyssa’s VAMPIRE IN ATLANTIS 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 Alyssa’s Romances go to

Alexis: Check out this excerpt from ALEJANDRO"S SORCERESS.

 Southern Shores, North Carolina

Maria stood on the veranda of her rented cottage and stared out at the deep-blue waves, dappled with golden sunlight from the sun setting behind her. The sand on the beach shone like a blanket of crystals in the slanting light.   It was hard to believe that a place of such beauty could play home or hiding place to such hideous monsters—and they were only the least of it.  The ones she and her coven sisters were tracking here were merely the gatekeepers trying to bring a far worse evil into the world.  


She leaned her head back and took a deep breath of the fresh sea air.  The late fall evenings were brisk and brought a welcome change after summer's heat.  Although she'd grown up with enough heat in Guatemala to be more than comfortable in North Carolina.  Of course, now that she'd learned to regulate her internal temperature, she could probably walk barefoot through a furnace or the arctic tundra, for at least an hour or so, before she started to feel any discomfort.

Magic.  She'd always known she'd had it--had something--but she would have been afraid to pursue it in her superstitious village.  There had been some who'd wanted to banish an innocent child simply for seeing visions of the future; a grown woman who was a witch would have been grounds for stoning or burning.

Luckily, those Atlanteans had rescued the child, Eleni, and helped to rescue the village.  Helped Alejandro rescue them all.

She closed her eyes in pain at the thought of him.  Thick, dark hair, always too long and falling into his gorgeous dark brown eyes.  Bronze skin covering a hard-muscled body that she'd dreamed of for years before she'd finally, finally been able to touch it.  He'd thought of her as a child for far too long, but when he realized she was all grown up, the passion between them had been explosive.  

The memory of his dark, strong body rising over hers, bringing her to heights of desire and ecstasy she hadn't known existed, made her tremble a little, and she clutched her hands more tightly around the veranda railing.

"We have to go.  Now."  Trina rounded the corner of the cottage and climbed the steps.  "The demons are at it again.  They just attacked a busload of senior citizens at the Heron's Rest Diner."

Maria channeled her anger and horror into power and tamped it down to use later, when she'd really need it.  Trina, long and lean in black leather pants and a red tank top, shook her head and dozens of beautiful long braids chimed with the bells and charms she'd woven into them.  Maria could see the tracks of fresh tears on Trina's ebony skin and knew instantly it must be really, really bad.  

Trina never cried.

"Pete called and gave me the quick rundown, but he's in the middle of a magical duel, so he didn't have time to talk much.  Sounded like there are at least a dozen tourists who will never be eating the Blue Plate Special again," Trina said brusquely, as if she didn't care.  She slammed the cottage door open and ran for the back room.

Maria knew better, so she didn't waste breath on arguing.  They geared up and headed out.  

--excerpt from ALEJANDRO'S SORCERESS, by Alyssa Day, copyright Alesia Holliday, January, 2012

Alexis: Don't forget. If you would like to win VAMPIRE IN ATLANTIS, you need to leave a comment.  Three copies are up for grabs, so chances are great!


  1. I am a fan of all things Alyssa Day! Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetiepiepen at gmail dot com

  2. Alyssa Day is my favorite Author! I always look forward to her new releases. I loved the interview.

  3. Love, love, love the Warriors of Poseidon! I'm really looking forward to reading Alejandro's Sorceress. Can't wait for Jack's story *sigh*! Heck, I'm excited about them all.
    A huge thanks to Alyssa Day for the "escape" she allows me via her books. Helps make military life a little easier. Nothing like the comfort of familiar characters to make you "feel at home" after a move!


  4. Hi Alyssa,

    you know I absolutely love your books, how many more books are planned in this series?

  5. HEART OF ATLANTIS! I am a huge fan, and have even converted a few of my friends into Alyssa Day fans as well! I am honored for a chance to win a signed copy, and if I win, will cherish it forever. Thank you for writing such wonderful stories!

    Bethany Frost (

  6. Atlantis Rising was the book that introduced me to Romance novels. IVe been hook ever since.

  7. Love the warriors of posiden!! I cant wait for Alaric's book! Always wanted to know more about Alejandro and Maria! Cant wait to read it!

  8. I love all her books and can't wait for the next one...

  9. Hi, Alyssa. I've read all your Atlantis books and love them. I'm hooked for sure. Keep writing!

  10. Great interview from one of my favorite authors! Keep up the great writing Alyssa - love those Warriors of Poseidon! *swoon*

  11. Love all your books, keep writing, I will keep reading...Candi

  12. Loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the rest!


  13. Love all the books. The interviews are always fun to read.

  14. I've loved all your books and can't wait for the next one to come out. I love the way you develop the characters.

  15. Love the series! Keep em coming.

  16. Wow, I love you all!!! And Tanja, I am so honored that Atlantis Rising introduced you to romance novels!! That's wonderful!

  17. I love your books! Thanks for a great interview.

  18. I love these books thank you soooo much for the contest!

  19. Always love your stories! Thanks!

  20. Alyssa, I absolutely love your books. I have read all of them so far and I am patiently waiting for Alaric and Quinn's story. I love having you on facebook so that i can see and read what a wonderful writer and beautiful person you are. I hope to be able to read many more from you in the future. keep up the great work.

  21. I love this series. Can't wait for all the new stories to come. Thank you for writhing them.

  22. I love series too and loved the excerpt. I will have to put this series on my BTRL.

    Would love for you to blog in at KP too.

    Good Luck.
    Mary Keith

  23. Hi Alyssa! As soon as you mentioned "witches", I'm hooked. Your style of writing in the excerpt caught my attention also.
    Do you know how many stories your series will have, or is it something you'll figure ot along the way?

  24. Alyssa, I am really looking forward to Vamp. in Atlantis. You have crafted such a wonderful world with the Atlantians and humans. Such imagery and imagination! Hope I can win!

    Sincerely, Hope Williams

  25. Hi Alyssa, I love all of your books. Can't wait to see what adventure you are taking me on next! Thank you for sharing your worlds.

  26. Hi Alyssa,
    love all your books. Can't wait to read all the new ones.
    Especially love Ven, I hope he continues to make appearances.

  27. Great interview and excerpt!

    Robin D

  28. I can't wait to see what you have for us this year. Thanks for the interview!

  29. Can't wait to read more about Alejandro!


  30. Hi Alyssa, wonderful interview. I loved the excerpt - it would be great to learn how to regulate my internal temperature, especially here in Minnesota!

  31. I adore and love these Poseidon warriors. Wonderful interview and thanks for the giveaway. Best of wishes....

    Thank you,

  32. The interview was great and I cannot wait for the latest release. I sure hope I win. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com