Today, I have another exciting guest blogger: Nationally bestselling author Eve Silver, who also writes under the name Eve Kenin, has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, Reviewers Choice Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of their Best Genre Fiction 2007 picks. This is even more amazing considering her first book was published in 2005, just a few short years ago! Romantic Times designated DEMON’S HUNGER one of their Top Picks and said, “…Silver’s climb to the top is proving to be a rapid one!” I agree! I just finished Eve’s book DEMON’S HUNGER over the weekend and loved it! It’s dark, sexy and magical. Eve has generously offered to give away an autographed copy of one of her books to one lucky commenter. Welcome Eve!
I’m often asked if I bring my life experiences to my stories. My first instinct is to say no because I haven’t experienced anything like the worlds I create in my novels. But if I think about it, then I have to backtrack a little and say yes. Sort of.
In my latest release, Demon’s Hunger, forensic anthropologist Vivien Cairn agrees to help sexy sorcerer Dain Hawkins hunt for a supernatural serial killer, only to find herself the most likely suspect.
Well, I’ve never met a sorcerer, a demon, or been part of the hunt for a serial killer, so all those aspects of the story came from the deep, dark cauldron of my imagination. But Vivien’s career as a forensic anthropologist—while not exactly familiar territory—was somewhat related to my own life experiences. I teach human anatomy, so I know a little bit about bones. Not as much as Vivien. But enough to get by. And I have to admit, I love bones. All the little bumps and grooves, the cool shapes, the way they fit together to create the framework to hang our muscles and ligaments and other soft tissues on. Sort of like hanging a coat on a hanger, LOL!
Oh, and the hero of Demon’s Hunger, Dain Hawkins, has a thing for vanilla bean tea. I was drinking a ton of that tea while I was writing the story, and it just crept in–another life experience weaving its way through the book. And while we’re on the topic of Dain…he’s a sexy, solitary, tortured mage of illusion who plays his cards close to the chest. He’s been betrayed by those he put his faith in, and has a bit of a problem with trust…and a problem with damsels in distress. He wants to save them. But this time, the damsel is the type to save herself. What’s a guy to do?
Thanks, Jennifer, for inviting me to guest blog, and thanks to all who have popped by to visit. I’m going to leave you with a short list of some of the February releases I’m looking forward to (yeah, there are a bunch more. I could go on forever, LOL!):
Blood Magic~Jennifer Lyon
A View to a Kiss~Caroline Linden
Road to Seduction~Ann Christopher
Lords of Desire~(anthology) Virginia Henley, Sally MacKenzie, Victoria Dahl, Kristi Astor
Made to be Broken~Kelley Armstrong
For a chance to win an autographed copy of one of my books, just leave a comment, a question, or a book suggestion of your own! (NOTE: Winner will be announced on the weekend.)
Excerpt: DEMON’S HUNGER
Copyright © 2008. Eve Silver. All Rights Reserved
“This is not a good idea,” Dain rasped, but still, he held her close, the faintly citrus scent of his skin beguiling her, making her want to lean close and breathe him in until she was filled.
Deliberately, Vivien shifted her hips against his.
Catching her wrists, he dragged her hands up above her head, pinned her with the weight of his body against the frigid brick wall. He was wire-tight, in-control, and she wanted to break down that wall, free the power she felt pulsing just beneath the surface.
He looked down at her, unblinking, his features hard and beautiful, shadowed by the night.
“Please,” she whispered.
Myriad emotions chased across his features. Speculation. Bewilderment. Wariness. Lust.
He still held her wrists in his grasp, and she liked that, liked the feeling of him holding her, while at the same time she ached to drag her hands free, to shove them under his shirt, touch the heat of his skin.
Letting his weight come full against her, he moved his free hand to her nape, tipping her face to his, her mouth to his, and he kissed her. Rough. Urgent. His lips hard on her own.
She moaned, heat scorching through her, a fever, a blazing desert sun. There was no cold brick wall, no bitter wind, only Dain, the heat of him, the press of his body, a delicious, heavy weight.
Hard, demanding, his mouth moved on hers, his tongue tasting her, licking her lips, her teeth, twining with her own tongue until she thought of nothing but the lush taste of him.
The scrape of his teeth over her lower lip made her moan. Luscious, urgent pleasure. She’d never felt this way. Never wanted anything, anyone, the way she wanted Dain Hawkins, like she had a killing thirst that only he could slake.
She loved the way he tasted, the way he smelled, the crushing sensation of his body pressed to hers.
Yanking her hands free of his grasp, she shoved them under his shirt, drew her nails along his skin. Hot. Smooth. The ridges of his abdomen—layers of lean muscle—twitched at her touch, his response making the burning current of her desire coil through her veins, setting her on fire.
She tore her mouth from his, licked the base of his throat, tasted a faint hint of salt. With a sultry laugh, she closed her teeth on skin and muscle, and was rewarded by a hiss of pleasure.
Longing twisted in her gut, so keen, so deep.
He groaned, slid his hands down her back to her buttocks, dragged her tighter against him, dragged his teeth along her neck. Then he took her mouth with his, claiming her, wet and rough.
She hadn’t known she would like that. But she did. Oh, God, she did.
January 29th, 2009 at 3:57 am · Link
Looks like I have to add another book on my TBB list. *g*
January 29th, 2009 at 4:47 am · Link
I’ve got a copy of “Demon’s Hunger” on my tbr pile. I love your gothic books. Will your next release be a paranormal or a gothic book?
January 29th, 2009 at 9:52 am · Link
Proud to say I’ve been with you from the beginning. Can’t wait to read “Demon’s Hunger”!
I’m looking forward to these February releases:
“Blood Magic” by our sweet Jen (or as I affectionately like to call her, Axel’s ex)
“Bride of a Wicked Scotsman by Samantha James
“Vexing The Viscount” by Emily Bryan
“A View to a Kiss” by Caroline Linden
“Soultaker” by Bryan Smith
“Immortals: The Reckoning: Ashley, Nash, Popp
Watch Jen, Eve. She has some powerful magic! *g*
January 29th, 2009 at 9:53 am · Link
Love your reads, looking forward to this one! Do you have any authors that are an auto-buy for you?
January 29th, 2009 at 9:58 am · Link
Can’t wait to read it!!
January 29th, 2009 at 10:25 am · Link
Okay. I really have to stay off the blogs. My current TBR pile threatens an avalanche every time I walk by and almost every day a new book becomes with a siren’s song of love, lust, hot bodies, and magical mayhem. *sighs and adds Eve’s book to the Must Have list*
Blood Magic – Jen Lyon (that’s a no-brainer, lol)
Demon’s Hunger – Eve Silver (like d’uh)
Something Wicked – Julie Leto (witches for the win! I also need to track down her first two witch books from the back list: Witchy Business and Stripped)
What A Scoundrel Wants – Carrie Lofty (though this one is already out)
Light and Dark – Elyssa Wild (more witches and magic, also already out)
I would add Maureen Childs’ Bedeviled, because I am looking forward to it, but it’s on the way. w00t!
Speaking of using real life in books… An acquaintance, upon discovering that I write romances, asked my husband if I practiced the love scenes on him. He blinked, smiled slowly and said, “I plead the fifth.”
January 29th, 2009 at 10:27 am · Link
Gah! I need more coffee. And I’m supposed to be editing right now? “…a new book BECKONS with a siren’s song…” Though, I suppose a book could become a siren’s song, too. *gigglesnort*
January 29th, 2009 at 12:11 pm · Link
Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to read it
January 29th, 2009 at 12:32 pm · Link
Minna, you won’t be disappointed!
January 29th, 2009 at 12:34 pm · Link
Jane, now I have to go get Eve’s gothic books. Where am I going to put all these books, LOL!
January 29th, 2009 at 12:35 pm · Link
Mel K, LOL on my powerful magic
January 29th, 2009 at 12:38 pm · Link
Teresa W, Bridget 3420 and Mona, if you like dark and sexy, you’ll love DEMON’S HUNGER!
January 29th, 2009 at 12:40 pm · Link
Silver, oh man, the Julie Leto books, how have I missed those? And why don’t I have a “magic” book budget???
January 29th, 2009 at 12:51 pm · Link
Jen, when you figure out the spell to conjure books or the budget to buy them, I WANT!
Or…at least a spell to disguise the books so the spousal unit doesn’t seem them multiplying like rabbits…
January 29th, 2009 at 1:04 pm · Link
Jen, did you read what I affectionately call you? Hee.
January 29th, 2009 at 1:28 pm · Link
Silver, I’m working on the spell but it’s dangerous! Picture 100 books landing on me all at once Not fun. Must fine tune the spell!
January 29th, 2009 at 1:29 pm · Link
Mel K, NO! I totally missed that on my first read! Axel’s ex…bwhahaha!
I’m so glad I was drinking anything when I read that!
January 29th, 2009 at 1:32 pm · Link
I read Demon’s Hunger a few weeks ago and thought it was awesome. It is dark, suspenseful, and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next.
Some upcoming books I am looking forward to are:
1. Blood Magic – Jennifer Lyon
2. Night After Night – Kathryn Smith
3. Desire Unchained – Larissa Ione
4. Nalini Singh – Angel’s Blood
5. Smooth Talking Stranger – Lisa Kleypas
6. Vexing the Vixcount – Emily Bryan
January 29th, 2009 at 3:43 pm · Link
Hi everyone! I just got back from the day job and came home to all these great comments! Thanks to all for the kind comments about my book and for the recommendations of titles I need to check out
Jane – my next release is a paranormal sorcerer short story, Trinity Blue, in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (April 2009). Then, Sept 1/09, my next historical, Seduced by a Stranger hits shelves.
Teresa W. – I have a ton of auto-buy authors. Too many to list, LOL! Some, I already listed in my post. Others include Linda Howard, Theresa Medeiros, Karen Marie Moning, Shana Abe, Lori Devoti, Laura Drewry, Kim Harrison, Marjorie Liu, and sooo many more.
Okay…gotta go walk the huge, rambunctious dog now. I’ll be back in an hour. Yep. An hour. Outside. In the cold and the snow with the massive pup dragging me along. Sigh.
January 29th, 2009 at 4:33 pm · Link
Huge, rambunctious dog? *looks around for her Newfoundland puppy* … *whews as he ambles in and flops under her desk* I was worried there for a minute, Eve. I thought Boone had runaway from home. Though “puppy” is a misnomer. At 9 months, he weighs in at over 100 pounds and has been loving the cold and snow. In. Out. In. Out… What breed is your massive critter?
January 29th, 2009 at 4:34 pm · Link
enjoyed reading the comments and have added this one to myTBR list.
I have a question for EVE_ Do you test the dialogue aloud with someone so that you can see if it reads like someone would talk?
January 29th, 2009 at 5:18 pm · Link
Silver, mine’s an airedale terrier. He’s my second one. The first, Brix, died and broke my heart. This one’s a little smaller, a lot more spoiled and a bit of a nut. His name’s Teddy bear.
Joye, when I first started writing, reading dialogue aloud was one of the techniques I used to help me get it right. I don’t do that anymore, but it was helpful at the time.
January 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm · Link
You had me from Dark Desires and I’ve been enjoying your books ever since. I love your newest incarnation of your futuristics series as well as the gothics and paranormal fiction.
What I’m curious about is do you go into a different space in your head when you are writing different styles? And is there any genre that you wouldn’t do?
Mahalo for many hours of reading pleasure! I look forward to all of your newest books!
January 29th, 2009 at 5:58 pm · Link
Jan, I tend to write the story that comes to me, and if that crosses to a new genre, well, I go where the story takes me. I can’t think of a genre that I’d refuse to write, but I suspect that I’d be less than stellar at romantic comedy because no matter what I write, it comes out dark, and that just wouldn’t work for rom com. (I actually tried to write one once…it’s buried in the back yard where it belongs, LOL!)
The style, or voice, has to suit the story. I don’t think I make a conscious decision to write in a different style. I simply adapt to the demands of the sub-genre, trying to build a world that is as authentic as possible.
January 29th, 2009 at 6:05 pm · Link
Great excerpt! Love the cover.
January 29th, 2009 at 9:16 pm · Link
Eve, thank you so much for guest blogging today! It’s been a lot of fun!
January 29th, 2009 at 9:20 pm · Link
“sexy, solitary, tortured”…..my kind of hero. I love the excerpt!
January 29th, 2009 at 10:07 pm · Link
Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello! It was a pleasure
Jennifer, thanks for having me!
January 29th, 2009 at 11:10 pm · Link
I’m sorry I’m late. But all the comments have been fun to read.
This one sounds like a must have book!
January 29th, 2009 at 11:41 pm · Link
Hi Eve! I really loved your book “Hidden,” and I am ashamed I haven’t yet picked up “Driven” but I have a brand new Barnes and Noble gift card, and that one’s top of the list. I don’t have cable, but ever since I read that book, whenever I see a promo about that Ice Truckers series, I think of you!
If you like bones, do you enjoy “Bones?” Just curious. I love it, though I just finished watching the Season 3 DVD, and I feel like they’re doing weaker mysteries so they have more time to spend on the interpersonal relationships with the ever-increasing cast of characters, and I feel like that’s hurting the integrity of the show.
January 30th, 2009 at 12:13 am · Link
Hi Eve, I love your books. You said you teach Anatomy, are you a college or high school teacher? I had one college course in anatomy and it was one tough class but an interesting one.
January 30th, 2009 at 12:36 am · Link
Hi Eve, love your books, including the futuristics. A few February releases I want:
So Enchanting – Connie Brockway
First Comes Marriage – Mary Balogh
Tempted All Night – Liz Carlyle
Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh out in March, can’t wait to read her new series.
January 30th, 2009 at 10:42 am · Link