Order of the Blade, #9
by Stephanie Rowe
A fatal mistake stripped Zach Roderick of the powers that define him, leaving him a tormented shadow of the warrior he once was. Now, his teammate's life depends on Zach resurrecting the fire that once burned within him. As he undertakes a battle he has no way to win, he is derailed by a tempestuous beauty that awakens in him the dark desires that destroyed him once before.
The scars etched on Rhiannon Diaz's soul are so deep that she will never again be free. The once-powerful guardian is facing her last and greatest battle, and failure means a return to a sexual enslavement that is far worse than death. Her intense and passionate need for the powerful warrior who has vowed to protect her threatens the very foundation of her survival, but his refusal to abandon her drags them both into a world where wild, untamed passion rages, and surrender is their only chance.
All books in the Order of the Blade series are intended to be standalones that can be read in any order. The chronological reading order, however, is as follows: DARKNESS AWAKENED, DARKNESS SEDUCED, DARKNESS SURRENDERED, FOREVER IN DARKNESS, DARKNESS REBORN, DARKNESS ARISEN, DARKNESS UNLEASHED, INFERNO OF DARKNESS, DARKNESS POSSESSED (Available July 2014).
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than forty published novels. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie is the author of the bestselling Order of the Blade paranormal romance series, and she will be launching a new vampire series in Sept/Oct 2014. She also writes the intensely passionate Ever After series, and the gripping Alaska Heat romantic suspense series. She also published in teen fiction, middle grade fiction, and motivational nonfiction.
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Please welcome Order of the Blade Series author Stephanie Rowe to Diane's Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the Order of the Blade Series?
The loyalty of the characters. The Calydons warriors are so committed to each other, and they stand by each other no matter what cost to themselves, and they do the same thing for their women. The women in the books are brave and courageous, and they can see the worthiness of the men, despite all their scars and roughness. The woman not only stand by their man, but they also commit to the Order as a whole. Loyalty like that, the kind you can count on no matter how great the cost or the danger, is something that each and every one of would love to have in real life.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
Thano Savakis. The dude can find humor in anything, even while fighting for his life. Humor is so important to surviving tough times. Thano could save me from any threat, and make me laugh while doing it.
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Again, I think it would be Thano. He's got a lot going on, but always manages to stay upbeat. I love that about him.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
Well, I'd always been a voracious reader, and I wrote a novel when I was ten, but I didn't decide to become a writer as a profession until I was an adult. Although I had a pretty good job, it wasn't fulfilling my heart, and I started investigating other possible careers. I spent two years doing books like "What Color is My Parachute?" and other career-related activities, but I simply couldn't figure out what I wanted to do. Then, one day I received the alumni magazine from my college. The cover story was about two students who had written a thriller and then gone on to sell movie rights. As I read the story of their journey from struggling unpublished authors to a book deal, I became more and more excited. By the time I finished the article, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I didn't tell anyone in case I changed my mind, but I started to write my first book that night, and I loved every second of it. I knew then that this was my future. It took 18 books before I finally sold my first book, but I never gave up because I knew that was what I wanted to do. And now, 50 published novels later, I'm living my dream!
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Writer's block is such a nightmare! I have two strategies. First, I try to avoid writer's block in the first place by strategic planning before I start to write, so I have enough of the key points worked out that I don't run into trouble. Every so often, it still happens though. On my upcoming vampire book, NOT QUITE DEAD, I was stuck for about three weeks. I knew the exact sentence that things had become difficult, and I kept going back to that spot and reworking and pushing forward. I wrote 17,000 words past that post over three weeks, but it still wasn't right and it was still a struggle. I finally deleted all of those 17,000 words and restarted at that sentence. I went in a different direction, and it has been smooth sailing ever since. The lesson from that is that if I hit a wall when I'm writing, it's probably because I went off track somewhere, and I need to back up and find were it is. It's been a long time since I've gone that far down a wrong road without realizing it. Usually I figure it out within a paragraph or two that it's not working, but this time, I was too stubborn to let go of the direction I was headed in. Hopefully, I've learned that lesson for the last time!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I'm working on the first draft of my new NightHunter vampire series. It's set in the Louisiana bayou, and it has hot, steamy nights, magic, spirits, and all the creepiness that you associate with that region. It's very sexy and dark, but there are some moments of great humor. The two lead characters, Jordyn Leahy and Eric Hunter have sizzling chemistry, not just sexually (although they have that for sure), but their personalities are electric during their interactions. It's been great fun to write (aside from having to delete 17,000 words, of course), and I'm psyched to have readers visit this new world!
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
I am happy with anyone of them. I really love holding a book in my hand, but there are some nice advantages to the ebooks. I used to be a print fanatic, but ebooks are starting to make inroads now.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for all your support! I couldn't do this without you! And I have a question: what is your favorite thing about reading?