Irreverent Questions With… Larissa Ione!

What can I say about this amazing author? I was only introduced to her work last year and I have fallen completely in love with her characters.  She has a huge amount of style in her writing that appeals to my heart and can make me laugh and cry with a few simple sentences.  As a paranormal romance author, I rate her as one of the best and if you like J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon then you will love her, I promise!  Start with the Demonica Series (Pleasure Unbound is book 1) and if you aren’t hooked by the end, well… I will find a hat to eat or something!

Anyway, enough wittering (I do that a lot!), on with the Irreverence!

What would you be or want to be (or still are), if you weren’t an author?
I’d go back to being a meteorologist. I really loved that job!

Do you have any rituals or processes before you can start writing?
Coffee! Oh, I need lots and lots of coffee, or no words will come…

Describe your working environment right now (desk, sofa, bathroom, etc.)
Ha! I actually work in two places — I have an office, but I usually only work in it when I need quiet and privacy (like when my husband is home and I’m on deadline.) Most of the time I work in the living room with my feet up on the couch. In the winter I’ll have a fire going, and in the summer, the windows will be open. My dog, Hexe, is always on the floor next to me.

How did you celebrate when your first book was published?
Champagne and dinner out!

Whose opinion matters most to you?
When it comes to my writing? My editor….and, obviously, the reader!

Do you get fully dressed to write?
My work uniform is my pajamas or sweats. I shower and get right back into pajamas.

What gets you in the mood or inspires you to write?
Often, music, but also a really good book.

Who would play you in the film adaptation of your life?
Honestly, I have no idea. But I do know it would be a very boring movie! 🙂

What is the weirdest comment you’ve had?
I once had a guy ask if I write while naked. And he was serious. Bizarre.

What is the best experience you’ve had with fans?
I’ve had so many that it’s impossible to pick just one, but I can say that when a group of readers bought me a birthday cake and brought it to a conference, it was one of the most amazing nights I’ve had with readers.

What do you value most?
My friends and family.

How do you deal with negative comments?
Honestly, not well. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and when they put those opinions in reviews, that’s fair. But when they make those comments to my face or on my Facebook page/blog/Twitter, I tend to see it much like someone coming into my house and insulting my cooking. I think it’s rude, and I’ll make that clear, though I try to be civil.

It’s movie night, the credits are just about to roll, Happy Ever After, Everyone Dies, Or…?
As long as there is closure, I don’t care. I just hate movies that end on a cliffhanger or that leave you to interpret what happened. It’s why I couldn’t stand Inception. Brilliant movie, but the ending killed it for me!

What do you do to relax?
I read, play video games, watch movies and TV, and I go to the lake to either play on the beach with my dog, or out on a boat.

Do you have pets, and if so, describe them?
I have a calico and white cat named Vegas who was abandoned by her owners when they moved out of their house and left her to fend for herself. Horrible. We took her in when we moved, so now she’s a fat, happy indoor cat. We also have a 100-pound King Shepherd named Hexe. She looks like an oversized, long-haired German Shepherd Dog.

What are your preferred conditions for writing, i.e. silence, background noise, TV?
Either silence or TV in the background. I can’t listen to music because I end up singing and not getting any writing done.

What is your favourite type of music?
I’m a country music fan.

Do you have any phobias?
I have terrible claustrophobia. I’m also terrified of spiders, but I wouldn’t quite put it at phobia level. Close, though!

Do you find the time of year makes it easier or harder to write, are you inspired by spring or delayed by the summer heat for instance?
Definitely harder to write in the summer, when I want to be out on the lake!

Slippers, socks or barefoot?
Slippers or socks – in the winter, both!

Many thanks to Larissa Ione for taking the time to answer our questions, and if you want to know more about the author, visit her Website, Twitter or Goodreads!

Pictures provided by and used with permission of Larissa Ione

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Sin Undone

Sin shouldn’t exist, she is the only known female Seminus demon ever born. She is also a master assassin and is determined to remain in charge of her own destiny – no one will ever again own her. A failed kill using her “gift” sets in motion a deadly plague with no cure, causing panic and violence among the werewolf community.

Con is a Dhampire – half werewolf, half vampire. The Warg council want to hold Sin to account for starting the plague which is threatening their species with extinction. Con has been asked to bring her in – but they shared a brief moment of passion and blood in the past and he wants more. Con cannot do it and they go on the run together while trying to help her brothers find a cure. Con soon finds out things are not that simple, everyone wants Sin dead and it seems if he is in the firing line then no one has any qualms about taking him out too.

This is the final book in the series and it did not disappoint. Every page was action packed and I had no idea what was coming next. As always with this series there were so many other things going on, not just the relationship between Sin and Con. There was a worry that with one of the main plot lines wound up in the previous book, that this one could have been a bit flat without that thread running through. Thankfully this was not the case as the story had been set up nicely in Ecstasy Unveiled, and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.

While this series has come to an end, another one is just beginning and we were given an inkling of who is involved towards the end of this book. I cannot wait to read the Lords of Deliverance series and am really excited that it is set in the same world. Hopefully that means we will get snapshots of our favourite characters!!

I am running out of things to say in these reviews that is not repetitious but really this entire series has been one great book after another. I would recommend anyone to read them and having read them all in a week I can safely say they are impossible to put down!

This concludes Larissa Ione week and our reviews of her amazing Demonica series.  As you can probably tell, we liked them… a LOT, and we hope you will too!


Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Ecstasy Unveiled

Lore has been chained to an assassin master and forced to carry out whatever kills were asked of him, including assassinating his new found brothers (fortunately he failed that one!) He is given one last kill to carry out which will finally free both him and his sister from the contract. He will stop at nothing to complete this kill because if he fails, his sister’s life will be the price.

Idess is an angel in waiting, sworn to protect the very same human Lore needs to kill. To fail means losing the opportunity to ascend to heaven, something Idess has waited for, for over 2000 years. Failure is not an option for either of them.

Lore and Idess meet as he is trying to kill her human and both are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their mission. Things become more complicated for Idess when she is given someone else to protect as well and has to spend her time ensuring neither of her charges gets killed!

It soon becomes clear there is more to this than a simple contract, someone is messing with the lives of Idess and Lore, someone who seems determined to prevent her ascension as an angel. To further complicate things an old enemy of the brothers appears again, bent on destroying the brothers once and for all and causing rifts never before seen between them. No one is sure who is being manipulated and what the ultimate aim is, but Lore and Idess are right at the centre.

Another fantastic book in this series and I think this is actually the best one yet. I was not sure if I would enjoy it as much because having only met Lore briefly in the previous book, I had not had time to become attached to him as a central character. How wrong could I be! I absolutely loved this one and by half way through I felt as if I had known Lore from the beginning of the series.

This book seemed much more action packed than the previous ones and had so much going on with the characters which was great. There was of course the main story focusing on the two central characters with lots of sex and great interactions but the underlying stories were just as important. The final few chapters were heart stopping as the showdown approached and it was very well written. The next book has been set up nicely by the events in this one and I am looking forward to seeing more from Sin.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Passion Unleashed

Serena is a woman with a secret who lives a charmed life – literally. She is keeper of an artifact and is charmed with health and immortality, as long as her virginity remains intact. Serena has never been tempted to lose her charmed existence until she meets a stranger she cannot resist.

Wraith is the selfish brother, thinking only of himself and his needs and until recently had no idea of the sacrifices his brothers had made for him due to his behaviour. When an old enemy poisons him and the only cure is to take the charm and amulet from Serena he figures it will be easy. After all, he is a sex demon, how hard could it be (pun intended!)

Wraith soon realises for him to live, Serena must die.  As he gets to know her and she starts to succumb to his charms he starts to think of someone other than himself. When his brothers drop a bombshell on him regarding his sickness he has some hard decisions to make. But when the world starts collapsing around them who will end up making the ultimate sacrifice?

Yet again Larissa Ione has written an amazing story. We learn more about Wraith and his early life, starting to understand what makes him tick. Wraith is probably my favourite brother and this book showed a completely different side to him, which I loved. There was more sex in this book – surprising since the heroine needs to remain a virgin! Sex is always good however and the story definitely does not suffer for it.

The story focuses on the potential for Armageddon and it was good to see a working (well sort of) relationship between the Aegis and the demons. We also got to learn more about fallen angels and their role in the universe.

There were many unexpected parts to this book including the appearance of another brother and a surprise package for Wraith. I also loved having Kynan back in the story and his role turns out to be far more important than anyone realised.

Hot demon male, feisty human female and lots of sex – what could be better! Don’t get me wrong however this is not just about that. The whole book is as great as the previous ones. Still nothing has been done in my house!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Desire Unchained

Runa experienced almost unbelievable passion with a sexy stranger but when she discovered his betrayal, fury pushed it to the back of her mind. Her anger was further fuelled by what happened as she left his home. She wants to make him pay and searches for him only to find herself in one of the worst places imaginable.

Shade is a Seminus demon with a love curse hanging over his head which could lead to his eternal torment. When he wakes up in a dungeon belonging to the ghouls who have been stealing body parts, he finds Runa chained up next to him. She affects him more than ever, but something seems different about her, changed from the timid woman he slept with nearly a year ago. When their captor tricks them into bonding as life-mates he knows he must keep her at a distance to prevent the love curse activating. His body seems to have different ideas however, and he finds himself fighting to stay one step ahead of the madman who captured them as well as his own feelings.

If possible I felt this book was even better than the first and did not see coming what we discovered in the first few chapters. The lives of the demons we met in the first book are thrown into turmoil by this discovery and it sets the plot-line up very nicely. The story was fast moving, action packed and full of sex (lots and lots of sex!!!) – well what do you expect with Incubus demons? It was equally full of twists and turns and I liked how Larissa Ione tied in things from the first book that at the time did not register as major events.

As well as the story involving Shade and Runa we get to find out more about Wraith and I am really looking forward to reading his book. We also catch up with Kynan and learn a lot more about Gem. There was so much happening in this book and just when you think you can relax, something else comes to light. I started this book in the afternoon and by 9 pm I had finished, I could not put it down. Bring on the next one!!!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Pleasure Unbound

A demon slayer lands in a hospital run by demons and finds herself face to face with the most desirable male she has ever known. The head doctor Eidolon causes her to burn with desire like she has never before experienced. She is a member of the Aegis, a group sworn to destroy all demons and rid the world of their evil. Why then does she find herself torn between betraying the “family” who took her in or betraying the one man who saved her life and awakens feelings she never knew existed.

Demons and other creatures of the night have been turning up with organs missing many removed while they were still alive. Eidolon is furious one of their sworn enemy has been bought to their secret hospital especially as she could be involved in these attacks on his people. As a doctor he has to do everything he can to save her. When his brothers want to take her away and torture her to find out about the enemy he finds himself unable to let them do so. He is nearing his time of maturity where he needs a mate or could turn into the very monster he despises – are the feelings awakened by Tayla simply a result of this, or could it be he has found the one person who can save him?

Neither trusts the other; Tayla insists the Aegis are not behind these attacks, Eidolon insists they are and together they must fight to find the truth before the monsters inside both of them threaten to tear their lives apart.

Wow oh wow, I loved this book! I have not felt this excited about reading a new series since I was introduced to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I loved everything about it, the characters were strong, it is always good when we get to see women kick ass, and I particularly loved the fact that the incubus sex demon powers were not as powerful as he thought when it came to Tayla.

I was sucked into the story and the world right from the beginning when a demon on the verge of death was being worked on in the ER just as in any regular hospital. The imagery created by the Larissa Ione was very vivid and I could almost smell the stench emanating from the demon when he finally died. From vegetarian fluffy demons to full blown soul-shredders the world really comes alive and you can almost imagine these demons living amongst us.

There is a sub plot which will move through the rest of the books in the series but there is no doubt this was a story about a slayer and a demon and their battles with themselves and each other.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series – I guess nothing will get done in my house for the next week!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Launching Larissa Ione Week!

Here at BookThing!, we have a lot of love for this amazing author.  Both Tracey and I devoured her Demonica series and are firmly in love with her world and characters.  The Lords of Deliverance are shaping up to be just as good.  She joins J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon as our favourite Paranormal Romance authors and well deserved too!

So, coming up this week we have reviews for the Demonica series as well as two amazing give-aways courtesy of Piatkus. We’ll hopefully have some exciting news next week as well, but for now, we’re keeping a hat on it and our fingers crossed.

So, to kick off the week of reviews, today we’re launching the give-away, which will run for 5 days – Monday 21st May until midnight BST on Friday 26th May.

First prize pack is all 5 books in the Demonica series (Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, Passion Unleashed, Ecstasy Unveiled and Sin Undone)
Second prize pack is all 3 of the Lords of Deliverance series (Eternal Rider, Immortal Rider and yes the NEW release, Lethal Rider!)

How do I enter?

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (with a valid e-mail address in the e-mail field) to be entered into the draw. Why not tell us what makes a good paranormal romance hero, or what makes the best villains?

Winners will be selected at random (or Fizz the book guardian might pull them out of a hat!)

Unfortunately due to postage costs this give-away is UK only.

If you haven’t yet experienced the world of the Demonica, this could be your chance.  Good luck!

NB: e-mail addresses are used solely for the purpose of contacting the winners and arranging delivery of the books, nothing more.

Give-away is now closed, we’ll do the draw this evening and mail the winners. – Tony

Eternal Rider

2011 was an awesome year for finding new authors I’d never read before. Larissa Ione is the latest in a great list and is now firmly one of my favourites.

I loved the premise of the Lords of Deliverance series; Four siblings, born of a demon and an angel, almost brought the ancient world to ruin and as punishment, were cursed to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Technically it’s three horsemen and one horsewoman which was actually another facet I loved.  The end of days will come but how soon depends on if the seals they were cursed with are broken.  They fight on the side of good as long as their seals remain intact but should the unthinkable occur, they turn evil and will side with the bad guys, unleashing the full terrible force of their natures.

As this was the first book by Larissa Ione I’d read, I didn’t realise this series is actually a companion set from her main one called The Demonica.  This also explains why I felt some names or characters were important and should have some deeper meaning for me.  It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of Eternal Rider though and just made me want to catch up on the other series.

I loved the way Ione smacks you right in the face with one of the Horsemen’s seals breaking, just as you started liking him.  It was just enough that you hope the remaining three and their uneasy allies can find a way to restore him before he destroys everything.

This book is Ares/War’s story and I absolutely loved it.  Ares is a complex character with layers to his personality and can be quite a scary individual.  Even as Ares, he is drawn to battle and tries to keep to himself as his mere presence can cause fights to break out.  A lonely immortal existence but one he accepts for his part in the ancient war that nearly brought the world to its knees.

Cara is a human that I could identify with instantly, having a love of animals that borders on the paranormal.  On the verge of bankruptcy and mourning the death of her father, she still can’t turn away an injured dog that was run over.  She has the ability to heal animals and was her calling in her father’s vet practice, but lost all confidence in herself.  Discovering the dog had been shot catapults her into a confusing world where nothing is as she thought it was, least of all that the dog was actually a Hellhound and now bonded to her.

Both characters brought something different to the book and made it whole, even with the large supporting cast.  I loved their interplay and interactions, often making me laugh as Cara is feisty and definitely a modern woman.  It was a pleasure seeing them grow in personality, both individually and as a couple.  They complement each other perfectly and also made for some very hot scenes.  You may need a fan if you are a blusher!

The pace of the story was fast, often with no let up and the action scenes were exciting and well written.  I was so engaged, I couldn’t put the book down and by the end I felt breathless.  The teaser for book two at the end had me reaching for it and am very thankful I had it waiting!

A really interesting and exciting take on the Four Horsemen mythos and a series I can’t wait to read the rest of!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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