It’s a fact that Maeva and I loved the Otherkin series, by Eve Silver. We got hooked from the start, since the first soul reaper until the last, and we got truly happy when NetGalley helped us read Body of Sin, last book in this series, for early reviews. Happier than that we became when Eve Silver contacted us asking for help to welcome the book in its release week. We hope everyone enjoy this final book as much as we did and make Lokan’s story the success it deserves! You can buy it at Amazon, clicking here. The book oficially release is on August 23!
The ultimate fall from grace…
Once the favorite son of the Lord of the Underworld, Lokan Krayl held enviable privileges and powers. Powers that led to a devastating betrayal—murder.
Resurrected by his immortal brothers, Lokan is still trapped in purgatory. He has no way to contact his family. He has no answers. In order to find the truth about his death, and who killed him, he must escape his prison. And there’s only one way out: through the twelve gates of his eternal enemy, Osiris.
But Lokan has help. Bryn Carr, the woman who duped him once before, is his beautiful yet unwanted guide. She’s been sent by his brothers to aid him. She’s his last hope. Lokan must place his fate—and that of the mortal and immortal worlds—in the hands of the one woman he can never trust.
At the beginning of the month we opened up a form so you guys could ask questions to Eve. Are you curious about her answers? Check it out:
Thanks for inviting me to visit Murphy’s Library, Guta and Maeva. These are some
fabulous, and tough, questions and I hope I can do them justice.
How long did it take to write Body of Sin?
Lokan’s story was in my mind from the very beginning of the Otherkin/Sins books back in 2008. When the stories were just kernels of an idea and Dagan and Alastor and Mal began to come to life, united in their desire to bring Lokan back, I knew that I had to tell Lokan’s story. So, in a way, I was writing BODY OF SIN and Lokan’s story all along.
Do you think it’s more difficult to write paranormal than other genres or not? Why?
It’s both wonderful and difficult to write any genre. There are joyous moments and torturous moments. I put equal effort and love and care into every book I write, regardless of genre. Each of them holds a little of my soul, a whole lot of hard work and effort, and a few tears.
Which type of romance is your favorite to write? Which type feels like “home”? Which type is your favorite to read?
When a story grabs hold of me, it’s my “home” for as long as it takes to get it right. I love to read all genres…a great book is a great book and I love reading across genres.
Will the Otherkin series be published in Brazil? Would you like it?
I hope the Otherkin/Sins books will be published in Brazil. That would be very exciting. But those decisions are not mine to make.
Where do you find inspiration for names and locations?
Some of the names were determined by the mythology I incorporated into my stories. Some of them have specific meanings. For example, when I was deciding what to name each of the soul reapers, I actually looked at demonology and names of demons or demon-like entities from various mythologies.
As far as locations, again, some were determined by the mythical locations. But one element of BODY OF SIN was at the suggestion of a friend. I was agonizing over Boone, trying to figure out where he lived, and my pal, author Michelle Rowen said something along the lines of, “Vegas, baby!” And of course she was right.
Did you use some real life situation in the book, something that you have lived and decided to adapt?
Not a real life situation, but certainly a real life emotion. As a parent, I would do anything to protect my kids. In BODY OF SIN, Lokan and Bryn feel the same way. They would do anything to keep Dana safe. Lokan did do anything to keep her safe, including letting himself be tortured and murdered so she could live.
Does the time of day or year ever effect your writing? For example does the heat in summer slow you down? Are you more productive in the evening than the morning?
I’ve been on a pretty hectic writing schedule for the past few years. For a while, I was working a very demanding second job in addition to my writing. I couldn’t afford to let anything slow me down if I was going to make my eadlines. I do like to get an early start on my daily writing, but when deadlines loom, I can write 10, 12, even 14 hours a day until I get the pages the way I want them. At one point in my crazy deadlines I was doing about 16 hours a day at my laptop, seven days a week.
Do you have to do any research for your novels? Does this research take you outside of your typical genre/comfort zone?
I do a ton of research for my books. For SINS OF THE HEART, SINS OF THE SOUL, SINS OF THE FLESH and BODY OF SIN, I had to research the mythologies and underworld lore of numerous religions and peoples. I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to view the Egyptian Book of the Dead when it was on exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. I purchased a translated copy of the Book of the Dead, as well as books on Japanese and Egyptian mythology. Because the heroine of SINS OF THE SOUL is half Japanese American, I read a wonderful book called Being Japanese American by Gil Asakawa. Each book I read made me want to read more and that’s part of the problem with research. It sucks me in. And I did get to go on a research trip to Las Vegas where I checked out locations and had the opportunity to fire weapons like those my heroines use.
What writers do you admire? What’s your favorite book?
I admire the work of many writers, from Shakespeare to Jane Austen to Dickens to Margaret Atwood to Anne Rice, and many others. It would be impossible for me to narrow down my favorite to a single book. Instead, I’ll mention some recent reads that I enjoyed: Serendipity by Carly Phillips, One Night in London by Caroline Linden, Bloodlust by
Michelle Rowen, Bite Me by Christopher Moore, Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik, Graveminder by Melissa Marr, Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. I love the comic Hack/Slash by Tim Seeley. I’m waiting for Stacia Kane’s next Downside Ghosts book. I adore Marjorie M. Liu and Lara Adrian. I’m going to make myself stop here, but I really could keep going on and on.
What’s your favorite character from another book?
I can’t pick just one! Judith Ivory’s characters always lingered long after I closed the cover. Shana Abe’s characters from The Smoke Thief haunted me for weeks. The characters from Sarah Addison Allen’s The Peach Keeper stayed with me for quite some time. I was fascinated by Sue and Maud from Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I think Karen Marie Moning did a fabulous job creating Jericho Barrons in her Fever series. And I’ll always have a soft spot for Morgan ab Kynan from Prince of Time by Glenna McReynolds. It’s impossible to pick just one! Even stopping at a few is tough.
What advice would you give to people who are starting to write their own stories?
Write. The more you write, the more you’ll learn about writing. Reading all the “How To” books in the world won’t be enough. You have to do it. Sweat over each sentence. Cry. Laugh. Create. If you want to write stories, write them. And then write some more. And read everything you can get your hands on. You never know what will spark an idea.
So… I bet this made you want to know more about her series, huh? So we are proud to announce that this is giveaway time at Murphy’s Library. Eve Silver kindly offered a copy of Body of Sin to one lucky winner and we decided to be good book bloggers and will give the same lucky winner the first three books in this series—Sins of the Heart, Sins of the Soul, Sins of the Flesh! Yes, that’s right: one extremely lucky person will get the four books in the Otherkin series! What do you have to do?
First, follow us with GFC, then fill this form—only once—telling us your basic info and if you have any extra entry. What can you do to get extra entries?
- If you like Eve Silver Books on Facebook +1
- If you follow @Eve_Silver on twitter +1
- If you follow @MurphysLibrary on twitter +1
You can also retweet every three hours the tweet below, putting the direct link on this form:
Enter the release party and win Body of Sin and more soul reapers from @Eve_Silver and @MurphysLibrary! http://tinyurl.com/3dgdlsv
This giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you and it ends on September 5!