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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Fallen King by T.A. Grey


Title: The Fallen King
Author: T.A. Grey
Series: The Bellum (#4)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 28, 2012


Let's dive right in, shall we? We're big on caffeine here at CFE, so what's your favorite drink with a kick? What's your guilty pleasure?

Lots of dark coffee during the day, heavy on the cream, and light on the sugar.

What drew you to this genre?

I’ve always loved romance novels, and still do, but most of them miss the extra kick of heat I always wanted to see. There’d be so much sexual tension that never got the proper care given to it. That frustrated the hell out of me and still does to an extent. Then, I found erotic romance and erotica. Ba-zinga! I found a winner. Erotic romance is the perfect blend of story, great characters, and some steamy play.

What's your favorite subgenre in Erotica? (eg. BDSM, LGBT, Paranormal, etc.)

It’s rather hard to say, but I guess I’d have to say paranormal because I love the fantasy of it. Contemporary would be in close second because that realism of it that ‘this could actually happen’ feels tangible. With paranormal I don’t think you get that as much but you can bend and twist things in the world, and with people, in ways you can’t in a contemporary setting. I love having that kind of power.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been seriously writing since 2006 or 2007.

Please describe your writing environment. 

My writing environment changes depending on which book I’m writing. For The Fallen King I’ve been a couch junkie. My butt’s hardly moved while I was writing Abbigail and Alrik’s story. Otherwise, it’s always pretty chaotic. Or at least it feels chaotic. I’ve learned not to write my notes (so much) on paper because then my ideas or notes end up in six different notepads and five different Post-its in three different rooms. Yeah, that doesn’t work out so well so I write everything on my computer. Makes it great for sofa writing days!

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

It changes per series and book, but mostly I do a combination of both. In the last two books or so I’ve stopped outlining. Even when I did outline it wasn’t very in-depth. I’d write out the scenes I could already see and just keep in mind what I was aiming towards. If I outline too much then I lose interest in the story, so I keep it light and just dig into the story.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example….get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place?

I get my fill of the latest funny videos at ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, drink a few cups of coffee, then dig in. I always re-read the chapters I wrote the day before. This lets me edit and spruce up the story and get my mind fresh in the game before writing for the day.

Stilettos: Sexy or not?

Sexy if you can walk in them!

Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?

I just think about my characters and run with it! That’s usually all it takes.

What’s been the most challenging part of writing erotica, for you?

Trying to find a good balance between sex scenes and the rest of the story has been a challenge. You never want it to overwhelm the story so now I ask myself: is this scene necessary to the story? If it is, then I keep it. If not, it gets scrapped.

Where won't you go with erotica? What are your taboo’s?

I have no interest in pseudo-incest stories, bestiality, or fetishes. It’s just not my thing. I don’t have anything against it, those who write it, or those who read it. It just doesn’t twist my buttons.

Erotica has the ability to be as sweet or as raunchy as you like it. Where do you feel your work fits in the spectrum?

There’s a bit of both in each of my novels. That’s what I like so that’s what I write. To me everything’s about balance. If I am ever reincarnated, I’d be a scale, I swear. The Fallen King definitely has both. For a cursed demon, Alrik finds he can be surprisingly sweet sometimes and he definitely hungers for Abbigail that leads to some yummy raunchiness. ;)

What is the hardest part of writing a sex scene?

The hardest part is making sure each of the scenes build upon one another. You don’t want to blow your load too early, so to speak. *grin* Each scene needs to be unique, emotional, and hot as hell. So I try to make each bigger and better as the story goes on. It can be hard, but it’s worth it.
Do you ever have issues with the language, specifically when referring to anatomical parts? I mean how many ways can one really say dick or pussy without it getting a little old? Are there any terms you refuse to use or, on the flip side, are their words that are your go-to words simply for the shock value?
I don’t really shy away from words. How I do it depends on the story (some are sexier than others). Some men like to talk a bit dirty, some of my females do too. I usually just let the flow of the story, the level of heat in it, and the characters guide my vocabulary. I don’t want to shock anyone during a sex scene, unless it’s surprise at something the hero or heroine just did. I don’t want to do that because I think it’d take them out of the story, and I really don’t want that. Also, I don’t think reusing certain words will feel that way if used correctly. There may be too much sex in a novel if someone’s noticing an overused word like that.
I’ve used all kinds of words, but something I do shy away from is ‘slit’ and the word juices. I really detest both of those.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The Fallen King is a paranormal erotic romance novel and book #4 in The Bellum Sister Series. It can be read on its own or you can dive into the first three books before reading Alrik and Abbigail’s story. I’ll warn you now, The Fallen King contains sword fighting, spell casting, a sexy, cursed demon, a half-human, half-succubus witch, and an evil queen with a vendetta against her son Alrik.

Here’s a bit more about the book:
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.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write at least five days a week, two thousand words a day, and strive to make something new and original.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! <3




Book Blurb/Synopsis:
 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.



Book Excerpt:


The human mumbled to herself, her head lolling left and right. Something tightened in his gut as he looked at her. He didn’t like it. Gazing upon her stirred something deep inside of him.
Alrik cursed.
Who was she to try to compete with his Arianna? She was no Arianna. Arianna was a goddess. Beautiful, shining, dark black hair fell down to her slender waist and a graceful figure and demeanor that could only be obtained with the best of haute, aristocratic blood in her veins. This human looked nothing like his Arianna. She had hair the color of wet dirt. It looked thin and not heavy like Arianna’s hair. She had wide hips and more curves than Arianna, but Arianna didn’t need blatant curves. Her graceful figure brought about attention alone.
Simply put, she wasn’t his Arianna.
Then why did his gut clench just looking at her?
Too long without a woman, maybe. His gaze trailed over her form once more taking in the slight span of her waist and the flare of her hips. The sight stirred something hot buried deep inside him. He wondered how she’d feel pressed tight against him…bare skin to bare skin.
His cock hardened like steel.
Enough!
Alrik charged into the dark cave. He didn’t need his sight in his place; he knew it like the edge of his sword. He went far back into the cave, sidestepping the fire pit he’d made before he’d left to find the human. Then he dropped the human to the ground. He wasn’t gentle about it and she gave him the response he’d been looking for. Her eyes shot open, mouth forming a big circle as pain pinched her features. She let out a low, husky groan that did nothing to alleviate the pressure in his groin.
“What the hell,” she groaned, turning on her side to rub her back.
“We will talk now.”
She hadn’t been aware of him, he realized. Now she was. Slowly her head fell back, her eyes turned up to meet his. Recognition dawned slowly. Her eyes darted wildly around the cave filling with panic and fear. She stood in a rush then wobbled on her feet. Panic had her in its grip. She swung her arms out, found the wet cave wall with a hand, and then leaned towards it to steady herself, pressing both hands against it.
“What the hell’s going on? Oh my god, where am I?”
“Be quiet. I will talk and you will listen. Do you understand?” He hadn’t met a human in years. In his previous experience, some were smart and others not so much. He hoped his salvation didn’t lie in a daft girl who looked entirely too young to have the amount of power the seer spoke of.
She turned and glared at him. The spark of anger was good, and the cleverness he spotted in her eyes even better. Good, she wouldn’t be daft.
“Excuse me? How about you tell me who you are, demon, where I am, why I’m here, and what you want with me?” She crossed her arms and set her light green eyes on him.
Alrik had the distinct urge to stalk over to her and tower over her just to see her quiver in fear. She will learn her place soon enough. Her attitude would go even quicker. He was a king, and some lowly human would not treat him like a servant.


Purchase Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/T.-A.-Grey/e/B0055EVG5Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/t.-a.-grey
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tagrey



Praise for the Other Books in the Series

Chains of Frost (book #1) 
"Having never read a novel by this author before, I was delighted to pick up this novel. It is extremely fast paced and never slows down. The story flows beautifully together, and will lead perfectly into the second novel. This is a truly enchanting novel that will grab the interest of readers everywhere and will not let go." – Night Owl Romance

Bonds of Fire (book #2)
"Bonds of Fire is, as I previously mentioned, the second book in the trilogy of the Bellum sisters. It is a wonderful story, moving fast and never stopping for anything. It ties in beautifully to the previous book, with the stories blending with each other, and working together to build the third novel, which is forthcoming. Romance lovers everywhere will adore this book (and the series) as much as I have." 4.5/5 stars! Night Owl Romance Top Pick!

Ties That Bind (book #3)
"Ties That Bind is a hair-raising, nail biting, heartwarming adventure of the grandest scale. Of all three of the Bellum sisters, Lily would have to be my personal favorite, as she is charming, quirky, and not a little bit spunky and outrageous. She is also still a delicate and unsure young lady. This is a perfect conclusion to the Bellum sisters trilogy, and I absolutely loved it." 5/5 stars! Night Owl Romance Top Pick!


Author Social Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/T-A-Grey/122074687903394
Website: http://tagrey.com/index.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorTaGrey
Blog: http://tagrey.wordpress.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16124518-the-fallen-king




Author Bio
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 at www.tagrey.com.

2 comments:

Anna said...

Thank You for Participating.

julie beasley said...

love T.A books the Fallen King looks very exciting i was her all the best thanks for the chance. julie.beasley@btinternet.com