Love Me To Death
by: Marissa Clarke
Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He’s convinced she’s some kind of freaky half-vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right.
Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father’s murderer. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from the Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.
Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.
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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.
When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw. She loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and Twitter or shoot her an email from her website "Contact" page.
Please welcome Love Me To Death author Marissa Clarke to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Love Me To Death?
Rather than a scene, I’ll pick an aspect of the story: I love Elena’s struggle to accept her new reality and identity while dealing not only with forces that want her dead, but her unnatural attraction to a man she should hate. She has a lot thrown at her all at once, but possesses the inner strength to cope. I love her.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
Um… Nik, of course. No, wait… Vlad. Nuh uh. Stefan. Definitely Stefan.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
My daughter. I started writing several years ago by accident. My daughter had just discovered teen literature and had burned through several popular series. She was lamenting the fact that most male heroes in paranormal books were demons, vampires or some type of inherently evil creature fighting their wicked impulses. She asked me why the hero couldn’t be a “normal” guy who has some kind of special/magical power, but wasn’t evil or didn’t believe himself evil.
I told her that for her birthday, I’d write her a book like that. (To this day, I have no idea why I would offer such a crazy thing. I’d never written fiction and had no desire to do so).
True to my word, I gave her a chapter a day for a month. The result was a 700-page young adult time-travel novel.
It had a cool premise, but was awful—truly awful with respect to craft. Reading a book and knowing what works is one thing; writing one is entirely another.
After spending a month writing 8-12 hours a day, I decided I’d found the perfect job. I LOVED it.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I sit down and write through it. Sometimes what comes out when I’m stuck is crap, but at least it’s something. When I was a teacher, I didn’t have the luxury of saying, “I have teacher’s block. I can’t work today.” I try to look at writing the same way. It’s my living. I plow though.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Ebooks! So portable and flexible. My vision is deteriorating, and I love the fact I can make the font on an ebook huge at the end of the day when my eyes are strained. I can also load a whole suitcase of books into my purse for trips.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making it possible for me to do what I love. Every purchase, review, and message is a gift. I am so grateful.
And thank you to Diane for hosting me today.