Today my guest is J.K. Coi.
J.K. has a fabulous series called The Immortal Series that I love.
The latest in this series was recently released, and today J.K. is going to tell us a little about it in my Book Version of “Complete the Sentences.”
-My book is titled:
-My book is about:
Demons, destruction and apocalypse…the powerful Immortal warriors who fight to keep evil at bay…the strong and determined women these men probably don’t deserve… and of course, love. It’s always about love.
-The idea for my book came from:
Well, I knew this couple once. The perfect couple. Everyone always said how obvious it was that they were very much in love. One day, I saw the woman while I was out shopping. When I asked her how she’d been, she didn’t beat around the bush, but told me straight up that she and her husband had split up. Her voice flattened out on the word “divorce”, and I felt my stomach plummet in response.
I didn’t want to believe it, but the look on her face was enough to convince me. I pried. I admit it. “What happened?” I asked. “You guys were the perfect couple. You seemed so much in love.” She glanced over my shoulder, but I don’t think she was looking at anything. I could see from the sheen in her eyes that her heart was breaking right there in the parking lot of the shopping mall, and I felt awful for stirring up her pain. I tried to apologize, but she looked back at me then and shook her head. “Sometimes love isn’t enough.”
-I think readers will like the hero because:
Alric is such a strong man. And his love for Diana is just as strong. He tries so hard to be the man she needs, but there’s a darkness in him that he struggles with. I think there is something irresistibly seductive about a hero who has a sordid past, who struggles with a baser, darker part of himself. There’s a thrill that comes with being involved with someone who’s not necessarily…safe. At the same time, I think that it’s important that his motivations are understandable. A bad boy who’s nasty and cruel just for the sake of it, isn’t going to get sympathy from anyone. But a man who’s angry and defensive for a reason and who can find it in himself to work through that and still be an honourable and decent man—well that’s someone you want to hang onto.
-I think readers will like the heroine because:
Diana is no shrinking violet. She knows about pain and loss and has fought hard to come to a greater appreciation of the delicate, fleeting gifts life has to offer, even while she fights with issues of guilt and believes she’s undeserving of love. Through the course of the book, she’s forced to take a hard look at the man she loves and the world that he lives in, to decide if she can accept the danger and uncertainty that comes along with it. I was impressed that she refused to just go along for the ride, shrug her shoulders and take whatever was dished out. Even afraid and confused, she takes charge of her future.
-If I had to describe the hero and heroine’s relationship with one word, that word would be:
-One word that describes the hero is:
-One word that describes the heroine is:
-My favorite character in the book is:
Karnage (Disclaimer: besides the hero and heroine who are smokin’ characters)
-I like this character because:
Karnage is a full-blooded demon. Evil. Born and bred. But…wait, demons don’t love. Right? There’s more to him than meets the eye. You know he’s far from good. In fact, you want him to be bad. You’re rooting for just his particular brand of evil.
-My favorite scene in the book is:
Diana has suffered a severe trauma and her memory is affected. She doesn’t remember Alric, and definitely doesn’t believe that they’re actually married. At one point, she is sitting calmly on the kitchen counter letting Alric bandage her injuries (actually, Alric had to lift her up by her armpits and plop her on the counter, and he would say that she doesn’t so much let him bandage her up, but has no choice in the matter if she knows what’s good for her). As Alric opens up, it’s really the first time that Diana realizes how gentle he is with her, how tender. He talks about her family as if they were his own, he talks of their life together and she begins to see what it might have been like.
-The thing I enjoyed most about writing this book was:
How invested I was in the story, how much I wanted to know what happened as if I were the reader instead of the writer. And how natural the voices of the characters were to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve already had a few books to really get into their heads, but while writing the book was sometimes hard for me for various reasons, it wasn’t ever because the characters had stopped talking to me.
-What surprised me most while writing this book is:
The very existence of this book took me by surprise. When I began to plan out the series, I had a clear picture of the men in each book and the roles they were going to play. Alric was one of those necessary supporting characters who would help me flesh out the “real” heroes. But just as I was finishing up book 2, the entire series’ plot arc took a sharp twist—all because Alric stepped forward, no longer content to stay in his “supporting role”. Alric. In the first two books, he seems so strong and centered. His relationship with Diana is a perfect model of happily ever after. But in writing him as a secondary character, his past was slowly revealed to me; the horrible torture, the endless darkness, and the overwhelming rage. I needed to know how he had escaped the certainty of madness—and of course, the answer was Diana. She was his saviour, his light.
Then I was too intrigued by what he told me to set him in the background again. The questions and possibilities wouldn’t leave me alone. What would happen if that light were taken away, if darkness were to envelop him once more? What would happen if he were faced with his worst nightmare in the very image of the one person who kept him sane?
The story just had to be written.
-Readers can find my books:
J.K. Coi writes dark and edgy paranormal romance, where love is all consuming, the stakes are always high, and the immortals are to die for…
Visit her at her website for more information about upcoming books, chats, interviews, reviews, and all things Immortal: http://www.jkcoi.com.
J.K., I can’t wait to read this latest book!
Some of the things that I like about this series are the strong characters that J.K. brings to life.
Readers, do you like strong characters?
What about series? Do you like those?
Do you have any questions or comments for J.K.?