I’m excited to host L.D. Rose on my blog today so we can learn more about this awesome author!
Here’s a bit about her new release.
Releasing the Demons
Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.
Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn’t a man at all—he’s a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she’s ever known.
In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.
Hi, L.D. Thanks for being here. Awesome blurb. Let’s start off with a bit about what genre you write.
Paranormal romance, urban fantasy and horror (preferably all mixed together!)
Nice. Urban fantasy is such a cool genre because it can blend so many things into one. Why did you choose these genres?
I’ve been fascinated with monsters and the paranormal ever since I was a child, so naturally I read and wrote lots of dark fiction. Although I’d love to try my hand out at other genres someday (like medical suspense), I just really adore writing about things that go bump in the night. 😉
Oh, I love a good Paranormal, romance or otherwise. So, when did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I remember with my first “official” short story written on a typewriter at around age 10. It was called “The Secret Door” and it involved a haunted house with a portal to another dimension. I’ve never stopped since!
I used to type on a typewriter too. I had a love/hate relationship with it. Do you have a backlist? Would you share your links so we can “One-click” to our hearts’ content?
I’m part of an anthology by Fey Publishing called HORRORS OF HISTORY. My short story, PUBLIC ENEMIES, is about two depression-era gangsters who end up getting more than they bargained for during a bank heist (two words: zombie cops). I loved writing about these two and I hope to pen a novel about them in the future. 😉 http://amzn.com/061590100
So, tell me a bit about your newest work in progress.
BLACK BULLET, the second book of the Order of the Senary series.
Can we have a little synopsis? Just a peek?
I don’t want to give too much away yet, but it’s darker than the first novel, and involves the hero experiencing possession, recurrent nightmares, and fighting off the demon inside him, all while trying to save an alcoholic empath on a suicide mission to kill a monster who emotionally and physically ruined her. *takes a deep breath* That was one long sentence, LOL.
With such strong themes, you must need to really know where your character is coming from and where he is going. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Kind of a combination of both? Definitely more pantser than plotter and I keep a rolling outline as I write. It changes often though as the story unfolds. I know where the story starts and how it ends, but the middle is all a matter of the characters and their battles in my head.
I’m a stay at home mom with two kids in school, so my writing day depends on their schedules, do you have a writing schedule?
No, I just write whenever I can, wherever I can. I’m a doctor by day, so I’m a hardcore weekend and vacation warrior and I can occasionally steal a weeknight or two to myself. Let’s just say I don’t watch a whole lot of TV. 😛
Wow! You are busy. Where do you write? I’m kind of all over the place dependent on my mood.
Usually on my laptop in my living or dining room. I have a home office but for some reason it stresses me out, lol, so I tend to plop on the couch and tap away.
I get that. I’ve been influenced by all of my favorite authors. Who are some of yours?
Stephen King, J.R. Ward, the “old” Laurell K Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Chuck Wendig, Charlie Huston, Richard Kadrey, Jeaniene Frost, and Kim Harrison (just to name a few!). To be honest, I can’t name them all here—I have so many!
So many of those are my favorites too. I’ve read most of the J.R. Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and Kim Harrison is an all time favorite of mine. What are you reading now? I’m reading Releasing the Demons by, well, YOU!
MARK OF THE DEMON by Diana Rowland So far, so good!
I get totally embarrassed when I hear my words read back to me. Is it the same for you?
I haven’t heard it read aloud (yet) unless me talking to myself counts. 😉
Just wait until you start auditions for your audiobook! How about movie dreams, who do you see playing your main characters?
I’ve honestly had a lot of trouble with this! I think Ali Larter would make a great Valerie, but I haven’t found someone appropriate for Blaze. I’ve had readers tell me they picture Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson, so hey, whatever works for them!
I love Dwayne Johnson. My mom sat next to him on a plane once, years ago, and she said he was the nicest person. How do you get into your writing zone?
Honestly, there’s no process for me—it just happens! Music and imagery definitely inspire me, but all I have to do is park my butt in front of the computer, start typing, and the words usually come spewing out
I’m a big fan of Spotify or Apple Music playlists, and Pinterest as my inspiration. How about new writers? What advice do you have for fledgling writers?
Write what you love. Seriously. Don’t write for the market, cause it’ll show in your work. It’s easy to tell when an author is passionate about what they’re writing just by small nuances in their stories. And as a reader, I’m more invested and engaged because of it. As for promo, just be yourself, interact with your readers and fellow writers as much as you can, and don’t forget to write the next book!
Awesome advice! Would you mind sharing an excerpt from your latest release?
Valerie kept her eyes locked on the glass windows covered with cigarette prices and beer ads, watching Tattoos pay up at the cash register. Once she reached the side of the building, she pressed her back against the warm brick wall. Sweat trickled down her spine and she wiped her clammy hands on her jeans before she drew her Beretta. She listened for the bell hanging above the store entrance, and when it jingled, she peered past the corner of the building.
There he is.
Holding a pack of Marlboros, he slipped it into his back pocket along with a silver money clip. He walked back toward the Chevelle, scanning the area one more time as he stepped off the concrete elevation.
This is it. Do it. Now!
With her gun pointed at the ground in a two-handed grip, Valerie pushed off the wall and turned the corner, staring at his back. Her voice was loud and clear as she called, “Blaze.”
He stopped and pivoted around. A fleeting expression of confusion filled his face, but it quickly turned into shock as she lifted her gun and shouted, “Freeze, NYPD!”
Gasps and shouts resounded as everyone turned their attention on her. Some people ducked while others gawked, and she wished they would just climb into their cars and get the hell out of here. She did her best to ignore them, keeping her focus solely on the man before her as she carefully approached him. He didn’t make any sudden movements, his brow furrowing as a muscle in his jaw ticked.
Valerie flashed her badge to prove she wasn’t bullshitting. “Get your hands in the air where I can see them.”
He slowly lifted his arms and spread his hands out wide. Then spoke with a voice like black gravel, matching his appearance all too well. “What’s going on here?”
She closed in on him, his presence becoming more and more overwhelming. Sirens resonated in the distance, sending a trickle of relief through her. He didn’t appear armed but that didn’t mean jack.
“Turn around and get down on the ground. Now!”
Anger consumed the confusion on his face but he surprisingly complied, giving her his back again before dropping to his knees with his hands above his head.
She kept her gun aimed and her mind submerged in the well of her calm. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d arrested someone; she usually shot to kill. “Cross your ankles,” she ordered, and he did so, crossing his booted ankles as if he’d done this before.
Valerie placed her foot in the space between his legs, so if he attempted to stand he would end up flat on his face. People finally backed away as she removed her tungsten carbide handcuffs from her utility belt, gripping the Beretta with knuckles white as chalk. Tungsten carbide was the only metal strong enough to hold a vampire, but she used it on everyone, regardless of species. Two New Rochelle cruisers whipped into the gas station, blocking off both exits before four officers leapt out of their respective vehicles. Valerie put the gun up and cuffed Blaze’s dominant hand, swinging his right arm around before latching onto the left.
He didn’t put up a fight. He didn’t even flinch. But he balled his big hands into fists at his back. She read him his Miranda rights as she cinched the cuffs around both of his thick wrists.
“You have the right to remain silent—”
“I have the right to know what’s going on,” he growled, showing her his savage profile.
“Anything you do or say can be used against you in a court of law.”
“What are you arresting me for?”
“You have the right to an attorney.”
“Fuck the attorney—”
She yanked the chain of his cuffs, bringing his solid body against her as the faint scent of cologne tickled her nose. She leaned into his ear, anger flashing through her as she thought of bloody grass and charred flesh.
“You’re under arrest for the murder of Elena Delgado. Now get the fuck up and move.”
Thank you so much for having me, Kim! Hope your readers find me remotely interesting. 😉
Thanks for being here! I’m so glad you were able to stop by!
You can pick up a copy of Releasing the Demons on Amazon.
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B013GVCC7I
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013GVCC7I
Where to find L.D. Rose
Author page: facebook.com/ldroseauthorpage