Title: The Fallen King
Author: T.A. Grey
Series: The Bellum (#4)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 28, 2012
Life couldn't have possibly gotten worse for the demon king Alrik. But it did. He lost the love of his life. Days spent clouded in black and gray were brightened only with the lovely Arianna near. Her light kept the darkness at bay if only for a few moments.
And now she's gone leaving him alone. Now he has nobody. But he has purpose. A purpose—steely determination—for revenge against the one who cursed him. His mother. She's out there in the rift, gathering forces, for what, he's unsure.
A mere human witch by the name Abbigail Krenshaw is the key to saving himself and killing his mother--or so a little old seer tells him under sword point. Small, fragile, and breakable Abbigail almost reminds him of his lost love, yet she's different. Strong, charming, always pushing him in ways that Arianna wouldn’t dare. He can feel her worming her way into his battered, blackened heart and can't decide whether he wants to close her inside forever, or lock her out.
He needs Abbigail. He needs the human witch to sacrifice herself in order to save his tortured soul. He's more than willing to sacrifice her for his purpose, but the more he's around her the more difficult it becomes to uphold the decision. Can he really use her to save himself and let her die? His heart screams no but his mind says yes.
How do you create the characters for your stories?
Most characters come to me. I’ll see a scene in my head. For instance, a man and woman shouting at each other. They’re cursing each other, hating each other, then he slips and says something particularly nasty and the energy just crackles between them. They both freeze, then she slaps him hard across the face. She stiffens—she’s never hit anyone before—then before she knows it he’s pulled her into his arms and is kissing the living daylights out of her. That’s how a scene begins for me—something passionate that makes me go: who are these people?! I sit down and write until I figure it out.
I start by figuring out what the story is I’m trying to tell, then figure out how this man and woman came to be in this story. The rest tends to fall in place from there. Soon, I’ve learned their names (or tentative names), I know what kinds of things they like or don’t like, and I know just why they were fighting. J
Alrik in The Fallen King, my latest release, came to me in the previous book Ties That Bind. I was writing his brother Telal’s story. Telal’s story, I learned, couldn’t be written without discovering Alrik. Alrik was a villain. He’s a bad demon, an even worse king, and he’s done some pretty terrible things in his life. But it’s not totally his fault. His mother’s cursed him, and since Ties That Bind he’s lost his kingdom, his woman, and family he might have known. Alrik has been a really fun character—if a bit hard to write. He has a sad story and he’s made me cry many times. I usually have funny, lively characters so writing one like him was challenging. But so worth it!
After sitting down and writing for a bit with Alrik, his fated female, the one woman who could just rock his world if he let came to me. She’s strong, she’s smart, she’s pretty, doesn’t take his shit, and gives as good as she gets. She crawls her way under his skin in no time. ;)
Cursed demon Alrik needs a human witch to kill his mother in order to remove the curse from him.
• What inspires you to your stories?
My characters and the stories they want to tell inspire me. They storm into my head and dominate me until I write their stories and get it out to readers. They’re like little kids who shout at the top of their lungs in a room full of people for attention. They want it, and they want it now!
• Do you have a special place you write?
No, I write everywhere but in my bed. Each book usually gets their own place. Sometimes it’s at my desk, the kitchen, or the sofa. For The Fallen King I’ve been a big sofa junkie!
• Do you have a playlist while writing, anything special you do while you write?
No, music is a big no-no for me. It’s very distracting. Even instrumental music can distract me. It might have to do with the fact that I used to play in the orchestra back in school so when I hear a piece of music I want to know who wrote it, what year it was written, who it’s by and so on. My writing routine is very boring. I re-read what I just wrote to edit it and spruce it up, then I start writing!
• What do you do when you get writers block?
I’m lucky in that I don’t really get writer’s block. I’ve had it a few times and I had to step away from the work, figure out what wasn’t working, and then get back at it. Usually that meant talking to my husband about it so I could bounce ideas off him and complain. Sometimes he’d say something, then it’d click. I’d go back to the story, change the scene or where it had been heading, and it’s fine.
• How long does it take you to write a story?
It depends on the length of the story. The Fallen King took me longer but that’s because I got married and took a little time off. I average about a book every 2 – 3 months.
• How many books have you written? Are they part of a series?
I have two series out now and another starting in January. The Kategan Alphas has six books. The Bellum Sisters Series has four books including the latest The Fallen King. All of my other books are standalone titles. That brings me to a total of fifteen. And many more to come over the next year!
• What other project are you working on?
As The Fallen King is wrapping up, I am working on Take Me: The Untouchables #1. It’s a dark, sexy paranormal romance. Each story in the series focuses on the conflict of two characters that are untouchable in one way or another to each other. Take Me will be coming out in January 2013. You can read a sexy snippet of it, learn more about the dark vampire Dominic Blackmoore and Ms. Felicity Shaw here at my website.
• If your book(s) were made into a TV Series, what actors would you choose to play your characters?
For Alrik I’d have to say Tom Hardy. He played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Give him much darker skin, some long shaggy hair, and inky eyes and he’d be perfect.
For Abbigail Krenshaw, I’d say Sarah Michelle Gellar. She can kick ass, cast magic, she’s beautiful, and smart. I could easily see her playing Abbigail.
• What is your favorite paranormal movie?
This is a hard one! I love horror movies and so many of the good ones are paranormal. It might be Poltergeist, but this is a hard decision. I don’t like choosing favorites. Poltergeist would have to be my pick because it’s suspenseful, strange, and well-acted. I just love the story, I have since I was a kid.
• Who are your favorite authors?
Michelle M. Pillow, Nathalie Gray, Kresley Cole, JR Ward, and Lisa Kleypas
• Do you read the genre’s you write?
Oh, hell yes! Though I don’t read the same genre as I’m writing a book. If I’m writing a paranormal then I read historicals or fiction or anything else. I don’t want to accidently leach someone else’s mojo.
• What are your next 5 books on your to be read pile?
Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz; Redemption by Brynn Meyers; Lords of Deliverance #4 by Larissa Ione; Lord of the Rings book #3; and The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley.
• If you could date one of your characters, who would it be? Why?
I’d date Dominic Blackmoore from Take Me (coming out in January 2013). When he gets into a woman, man he just puts all of his energy into it. There’s something about a strong man focus all of his attention on a woman that just makes me sigh. *grin*
• What has one of your fans said that has made your day?
A fan has told me that she stayed up reading one of my stories until 5 in the morning. Totally made my day!
• Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read a lot, write a lot, buy books on writing, and write a lot.
• Anything else you would like to add?
You can find The Fallen King now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. If you like a good paranormal romance then I hope you give it a shot. Thanks for having me on your blog. I really had a great time!
• Vampire or Werewolf or Other
• Beach or Mountains
• Coffee or Tea
• Wake early or Sleep In
I love to write the kind of stories that will keep you up late at night and make your heart pound. It’s my goal in writing to make each new book better, more exciting, more action-packed, not only to test myself as a writer but to keep thrilling you. I’m always trying to push the boundaries with my imagination, and yours, to create something new and different.
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance novels then you’ll love my Bellum Sisters Trilogy. This isn’t your typical romance story, so be prepared for a kick of heat and tons of action. The Bellum Sisters Trilogy has received excellent reviews from paranormal bloggers and two of the three books are Top Picks from Night Owl Reviews.
Now, if you like shorter books with quite a bit of heat, humor, and action then I’d recommend the Kategan Alphas series. This erotic series features the sexy Kategan family and all the lucky men and women who get to meet them and complete their lives.
Visit my website to learn more about me and my books.
We have an awesome tour wide giveaway 15 winners total. 10 US winners will win an ebook of the Fallen King plus Swag and 5 International winners will win an ebook of the Fallen King. Just Fill Out The Rafflecopter and make sure to let us know if you are US or International.
Read Between The Lines Dec 28
Intoxicated By Books Dec 28
Immortal Crimson Reviews Dec 29
Passionate About Books Dec 30
The Many Muses of MaryLynn Dec 31
The Workings of My Mind Dec 31
Coffee Fueled Erotica Jan 1
Written In Blood Jan 2
Cambria Hebert Jan 3
Danita Minnis Jan 4
Cocktails and Books Jan 5
My Reading Obsession Jan 5
Vamps and Stuff Jan 6
Susan's Magical Musings Jan 6
BeLoved Books Jan 7