The Hellraisers, Book 3
Demons Of The Past
Abraham Stirling, Lord Rothwell, was a fighter once, a soldier in the Colonies. But Bram returned to London with more nightmares than tales of glory. Now he drowns his senses in the arms of countless women, while his friends, the Hellraisers, ensure he needn't sin alone.
Until, that is, the Devil himself grants them each a wish, undoing their camaraderie as they explore their wicked powers. Bram finds himself magically bound to Valeria Livia Corva, the sensuous priestess who raised the Devil the first time--and died to send the demon back.
She may be a ghost, but Livia is no angel. The raw passion she witnesses in Bram's memories isn't much different from her behavior when she had a body to enjoy. But it doesn't make it any easier to convince Bram to become a warrior again, lest all London burn. And the fierce desires reawakening within her might just start the blaze. . .
I am beyond THRILLED to welcome Zoë Archer back to the blog today to tell us about her latest release! I am also excited to see in her bio that she’s got a new series coming up later this year—gritty Victorian romance, yay!!! Let’s get right to learning more about Zoë!
Zoë Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, created the steampunk world of THE ETHER CHRONICLES together. Her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED, launches this year. Zoë and Nico live in Los Angeles.
And now, the GET LOST interview…
HEATHER: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
ZOË: Funny enough, my favorite movies are all adaptations of books: A Room With a View, Persuasion among them. Although I don’t think there was ever a book of Big Trouble In Little China.
HEATHER: How often to you get lost in a story?
ZOË: As often as I can, which isn’t often enough. There are only so many hours in a day, so it’s a struggle to get everything done and still have time to read.
HEATHER: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
ZOË: I mostly read historical romance, though I try to seek out unusual settings and time periods, and if an author has a particularly strong and unique voice, that always draws me in.
HEATHER: What sound or noise do you love?
ZOË: Wind rustling the leaves of trees.
HEATHER: Who’s your favorite villain?
ZOË: On Star Trek: The Next Generation, there was this multi-dimensional being called Q. At first, he wasn’t much fun, but as the seasons progressed, he became this wonderful force of anarchy and irreverence.
HEATHER: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
ZOË: Writing. Story-telling involves a level of spontaneity that I don’t really have. I’m a total plotter, not a pantser.
HEATHER: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
ZOË: I really, really appreciate them. Writing is a strange job: you do it in total isolation, and never truly know if anyone out there is reading your work. It’s not like being a musician where you can take the stage and perform, then (hopefully) hear the audience applaud. And if no one reads your work, not only is it bad from a business perspective, it also means that the other critical part of writing—being read—isn’t happening. It’s kind of like a tree falling in a forest. If you write a book and no one reads it, does it make a sound?
HEATHER: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
ZOË: Maybe being a baker, though I’m still considering working at one of those sloth orphanages. Have you seen how cute they are? Though I promise I won’t cry like Kristen Bell.
HEATHER: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
ZOË: I don’t think I’d want Mr. Holiday (aka the Devil from the Hellraisers series) over for dinner. I’d be afraid he’s try to tempt me with a magical power, the way he does with the Hellraisers.
HEATHER: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
ZOË: The fact that I write books and people I’m not related to buy and read them is pretty amazing to me, considering I got my start writing stories in those old black and white composition books.
HEATHER: What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?
ZOË: I actually think the soundtrack to the ‘80s movie The Lost Boys is a pretty good match with the Hellraisers series.
HEATHER: Have you ever written a character who wasn’t meant to be a hero/heroine but he/she wouldn’t go away?
ZOË: I think both Bram and Livia from Sinner’s Heart start out as pretty dark characters that seem irredeemable. But I always knew that they’d get their own book, even though it would be challenging to write.
HEATHER: Tell me how many hats you have in your home?
ZOË: I don’t know about hats, but I know I have a ridiculous amount of boots. Over 20 pairs. It’s a sickness.
HEATHER’S GOTTA ASK – ZOË’S GOTTA ANSWER J
HEATHER: How on earth did you come up with the idea of a romance between a fallen rake and an actual ghost?
ZOË: Ever since the beginning of the Hellraisers series, I wanted both Bram and Livia to get their own stories. I was so intrigued by the idea that the heroine wouldn’t have a corporeal body—that would make the physical part of a relationship seemingly impossible. But then I realized that by making Livia a ghost—unable to touch or be touched by anyone—it actually helped in shaping the developing romance. Because Bram, the consummate sensualist, couldn’t relate to her on a physical level, the way he does with other women, he’d be forced to get to know her as a person, not a possible conquest. Also, Bram and Livia share a magical bond, which allows them access to each other’s thoughts and memories. All of that helps make the romance that much stronger between Bram and Livia. It’s not just lust. It’s a deep emotional connection that goes beyond the flesh.
GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
ZOË: I can’t stop buying boots. What article of clothing are you addicted to buying? Or, if you’re not a clotheshorse, is there something else that you just can’t stop yourself from purchasing?
WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?
Yes, the winner will receive a copy of Sinner’s Heart (US and Canada only).
WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU ON THE NET?
WELL, NOW YOU’VE GOT ALL OF THE GREAT INFO!!! DON’T FORGET TO ANSWER ZOË’S QUESTION FOR A CHANCE TO WIN (REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR E-MAIL IN YOUR COMMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE)
THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY, ZOË! WE CAN’T WAIT UNTIL YOU COME BACK AGAIN J