It's nearly time to break for the holidays and make a mad dash for the closest train, bus or tube. Once we get on and sit down with a cup of tea we might pull out our Ipad and watch a film. We might start tapping away on our phone to post the inevitable 'In Transit' Facebook status.
OR, if you are anything like a member of the Piatkus team, you will open a lush book and settle down to read as the world whips past. It also gives us time to reflect on what the inspiration is behind the book we're reading. After all, J.K. Rowling thought up Harry Potter while on a train. Inspiration can come in the most unlikely of places!
Larissa Ione, author of the Demonica series, was kind enough to open her brain for a little exploration and share with us how the stories we know so many of you love came to be . . .
People often ask me how I came up with the idea for the Demonica series, and I usually tell the story about how I was watching an episode of Angel (The Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff,) and first thought about an underworld hospital when Angel, a vampire, got hurt. After all, he can't go to a human hospital.
So Underworld General Hospital was born to take care of all those vampires, werewolves, and demons who get sick and injured – and let me tell you, they're an injury-prone bunch of people.
But what I forget to say when I'm chatting about the seed that started the idea is that while the hospital setting came first and is the heart of the series, the characters are lifeblood. I chose pretty much every species to work at the hospital, creating a diverse population of beings from demons to angels, from humans to shapeshifters.
And, just like in a human hospital, there are personality conflicts . . . and supernatural beings have a tendency to take "personality conflicts" to a new level. For some reason, when a werewolf has a beef with a vampire, things get ugly . . .
Enter Eidolon, Chief of Staff at Underworld General. Eidolon is an incubus – a sex demon with a love of emergency medicine. This is a male who is passionate about his work – and his play. He keeps his staff in line with a firm hand, and he keeps the females happy with a firm . . . er, I'll just let you use your imagination!
His brothers, Shade and Wraith, also work at the hospital. Shade with his serious demeanor and love of children, is an extra-sexy paramedic. Wraith, a snarky, carefree demon who is in charge of procuring special objects for the hospital, is also half-vampire, and he definitely puts those big fangs to good use. Between the three main characters who kick off the Demonica series, you'll have lots of steamy action, enticing mysteries, and sinister plots punctuated by the kind of dark humor you'd expect from a bunch of beings who work in the realm of life and death, good and evil.
I hope you enjoy Pleasure Unbound!
Larissa Ione's Pleasure Unbound ebook will be available for the promotional price of £1.49 from the 25th December for a limited time only!
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