Interview and Giveaway with Larissa Ione

Today we are so excited to welcome an all-time Book Pushers favorite, Larissa Ione, back to the blog. The fourth book in the Lords of Deliverance series – Rogue Rider – is out on November 20th, and we couldn’t be more excited. Today, we have Larissa here to answer some questions we had about writing two different series, and blending them together within one world.

Larissa – Welcome back to The Book Pushers!

Thank you! Awesome to be here!

 

The Book Pushers: When you first started writing the Demonica series, did you ever imagine you would spend so much time playing in and expanding the world?

Larissa: Oh, I imagined! Imagined and hoped and prayed…and I planned loosely beyond the original three books I was contracted for. I’d sketched out two plans; one for a trilogy, and one for a longer series. Thankfully, the first three books did well enough that the series was able to continue!

 

The Book Pushers:  What made you decide to create the Lords of Deliverance series within the Demonica world, and not start fresh?

Larissa: Really, I didn’t want to leave the world, and with the things I’d imagined for the Horsemen and the Demonica crew, it just made sense. Especially because I had a huge character arc in my head for one person in particular, and the Horsemen became key to that arc.

 

The Book Pushers:  How challenging was it to interweave the two series without overlapping them too much?

Larissa: On a scale of one to ten? Eight-hundred and seventy-three. At least, Eternal Rider was hell when it came to that challenge. I really struggled with exactly how intertwined I wanted the two series to be.

 

The Book Pushers: What is the greatest challenge you’ve run across while blending these two series together?

Larissa: The greatest challenge is something I struggle with even when I’m not blending two series together, and that is trying to keep things uncomplicated and the focus on the main romantic plot. I have a tendency to write multiple plots with multiple characters, and with each book in a series, there’s a lot of backstory. One series can be difficult enough when it comes to detail and backstory, but when you write a spinoff that is SO closely related to the original series…it gets dicey.

 

The Book Pushers: Has writing the Lords Of Deliverance series influenced or changed where you want the Demonica series to go?

Larissa: Yes and no. The Demonica series has always revolved around the hospital, and I don’t see that changing. But some big things have happened in the Lords of Deliverance books that will impact the Demonica crew, for sure, like changes in the Aegis and civil wars between certain species.

 

The Book Pushers: Can you tell us what is next up for the Lords Of Deliverance series (Puppy dog eyes) and can you give us any delectable hints?

Larissa: I’m such a sucker for puppy dog eyes! :) Sadly, I can’t really give much in the way of hints because they’d be spoiler-y for Rogue Rider, but I can tell you that next up is Reaver’s book, which doesn’t have a title yet. He’ll finally get the answers he’s been looking for and an HEA he could never have predicted or dreamed of!

Thanks again for having me!!!!

 

Thanks so much for being here! Forever is offering to giveaway the full Lord of Deliverance series to one lucky commenter. Just leave a question or comment for Larissa to be entered. The giveaway is open to US only, and ends November 23rd. Good luck!

Also, for all you Twitter fans out there, be sure to join Larissa for a Twitter party on November 19th from 1-3 EST with #LODApocalypse hastag.

Comments

  1. Booksie says

    I love all of Larissa’s series! How many more LoD books do you plan to write, Larissa?

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  2. Booksie says

    Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway! I love Larissa’s books and can’t wait to read this one!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  3. Carrie Fort says

    I love ya Larissa!! Been waiting for this with bells on!!!! Your writing has everything needed for a fabulous book!!

    Thank you!!!

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  4. gigi staub says

    Sad to see the series end but happy to see that we are going back to the Demonica gang :)

    Happy Release Day!

    gigi

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  5. Erika says

    I love your books!! I’m starting Rogue Rider tonight after work…thankfully I’m off tomorrow so I have all day to finish it :)

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  6. Amber says

    Thanks for the awesome interview and the great giveaway! Love both Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series, and have always wondered how hard.lol it was to intertwine the two series.

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  7. Kristi says

    AMAZING series!! Keep them coming. I have read Lord of Deliverance series 3 times!!!! Keep them coming!

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  8. gail hupke says

    Read the Demonica series after seeing so many recommendations. Loved it! I’m moving on to the Horsemen. Good to know Demonica is continuing. Thanks for the chance to win these books!

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  9. Julie Parrish says

    I love all of your books!! I try to start them towards the end of the week so I have the whole weekend to read

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  10. Gracy Vandertap says

    I CAN’T wait to buy Rogue Rider! My favorite characters are Thanatos and Reseph, mostly Reseph because he sound handsome and sweet from what is said from the other Horsemen. I only have like to question: Will Reaver have his own book? and will Rogue Rider book reveal who is the father of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

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  11. robin hogan says

    Larissa!!!! You are awesome! Finally there is an author that is inside my head… not just throwing words and ideas at me. Ms. Ione, you write like I speak and think… I am totally excited to open my first “lords of the Underworld” book! (I am an EMT, btw… love the EMS spice) Thanks for creating a world I can stow away in!

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  12. Dawn Roberto says

    I love your books Ms. Ione. When you started writing both of these series, did you have any idea how popular they would be with readers?

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  13. Suzette Finks says

    As a fan of The Demonica series and Lords of Deliverance, I too am excited to read the forth.

    My question/comment

    Did you worry very much about how both series would be accepted with so many other authors writing with the same subject matter?

    latinlady6929@yahoo.com

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  14. Nicole Scott says

    First, I would like to say I love all of your books and really enjoy them. But how many Demonica books do you have planned and are you going to write any more books under your other name Sydney Croft?

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  15. cindyg says

    First I have to say thank you for writing awesome, exciting and sexy books.
    I am so stoked to read this last installment of the Four Horsemen…although I’m a bit sad that the series is ending.
    What can we look forward to in the future?
    Happy Turkey Day!!!

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  16. Jennifer Wilson says

    Great giveaway! I love Larissa! I’m her stalker! My question to her is, how long do we have to wait unil a new book comes out?

    Thanks!
    Squenn
    Aka Larissa’s Minion

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  17. Carol A. says

    There aren’t words for the joy these books bring! I’ve read and reread the demonica series many times and now the lords of deliverance! Please never never never retire!

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  18. Patricia Zuby says

    I absolutely love th Demonica series! Can’t wait to read the rest of the Lords of Deliverance series. Please keep writing! Thanks.

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  19. Jolene A says

    I love Larissa Ione and I love her books! I attribute her Demonica novels and Adrian Phoenix for getting me back into reading. Wraith’s book was the first one I read and I immediately went back to the store to snatch up the rest. Loyal fan and reader of her’s since! Thanks for the amazing giveaway and chance to win! Crossing fingers

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  20. June says

    I love Larissa Ione’s books! They have a great world and characters. I really love these books and never want them to end :)
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  21. Chadonna McClain says

    Big fan of all your books! Very excited to snuggle up with the Rogue Rider. Can’t wait for your vampire series next summer! I can’t get enough!

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  22. Kimberly says

    I absolutely love your books and wait on the edge of my seat for the next one to come out. It is this fantasy world that makes the stress of everyday life that much easier to get through!
    Thank you for your hard work and great stress relief!!

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  23. Zina Barlup says

    @Booksie: Hi Larissa! You are one of my favorite authors and have read many of your books. I actually have not read the Lords of Deliverance series yet, but am looking forward to starting it soon! Keep up the great writing!

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  24. Dani Pappas says

    Absolutely loved your Demonica series. Can’t wait to start the Lords of Deliverance series!

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  25. Jen Jett says

    I have loved both series and I am now slowwwly reading Rogue Rider to make it last a little longer. I love this world you have made and can’t wait for Reaver’s book to come soon. Congrats on the completion of the Four Horseman series! They have been fantastic!

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  26. Theresa P. says

    Larissa, thank you for 2 wonderful series! I can’t wait to start my Demonica re-read after I finish the Lords.

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