Well as you all know that I recently reviewed an ARC copy of Shayla Black’s recent release Tempt me with Darkness, which came out on Tuesday, August 26th. So when I finished reading it I thought that I really have to get an interview from Shayla because I wanted to know a bit about her, her writing and her Doomsday Brethren series. I was lucky enough to get a short interview with her because she is very hard at work writing the second book in her new series Doomsday Brethren. To recap here is a link to my review of Tempt me with Darkness and here is the short interview with Shayla Black:
Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life?
Shayla Black: About ten years ago, after I first published, writing consumed me. For years, I’ve been wanting to transition to full-time writing, but have had other obligations preventing that. As of this fall, I’ve been able to clear some of those obligations from my calendar and am devoting more time to writing than ever. I love what I do!
Phoebe: What was the first fiction, that was not a homework assignment in school, you ever wrote? And do you still have it with you?
Shayla: Goodness, you’re crediting me with having been bitten by the writing bug at a young age. Nothing could be less true. I didn’t even read a book for pleasure until I was 19. I realized later that it had to do with WHAT I was reading, not the fact I was reading in general. No offense to Misters Steinbeck, Salinger or Shakespeare, but they just didn’t hold my attention the way romance novels did. Heck, if I’d read Jane Austen in school, I think I would have been thrilled…but alas, it wasn’t until college when someone put a romance in my hands and I’ve been hooked since.
To date, I’ve sold every novel I’ve finished. I have a rough draft of 5 chapters of a book I began writing shortly after I took up pen…or computer, as it were. A recent glance at that book assures me it will never see the light of day.
Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels, especially for your Doomsday Brethren series and did it take you a long time to gather that research?
Shayla: Research is something I do on an as needed basis. I’m an avid collector of non-fiction about London, British history, historical clothing, etc., so I have a lot of that knowledge in my head. I’m also a great Googler and have UK peers who have been kind enough to assist me with some of the research and dialects in this particular series. Other than that, I don’t do a lot of research up front. I tend to wait until I run into a section of the book that requires it, then go forth. Research is nice…but I’d rather be writing.
Phoebe: How did you come up with the Doomsday Brethren series and how many books are you planning to write for the series?
Shayla: The Doomsday Brethren series has been brewing in my head for about a decade. In 1996, I started the first book, then put it aside when I realized I just didn’t have the skill yet to write it. A few years later, after I was published, I took it out once more, and again realized I wasn’t ready. I dusted it off again about two years ago, reworked a bunch of it—and sold the first three in the series. This is near and dear to my heart, and I’m really hoping that readers enjoy it.
Currently, I’m under contract for 2 more Doomsday Brethren books. SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW and POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT come out back to back beginning October 2009. I’m writing them as we speak! In my head, I have at least 7 books in this epic to tell, so I’m hoping that readers want to come along for the ride.
Shayla Black is a new author that I recently stumbled upon by surfing the internet. I was visiting a blog that a recent author I’ve discovered called Shiloh Walker is a blogger at, which is called After Midnight Fantasies. On the day that I stopped by this blog Shayla Black was having a contest with the prize of an ARC of Tempt me with Darkness, which will be out in bookstores everyone on Tuesday, August 26th. She still has a contest going on her website where you can win a copy of the book and it ends on August 31st so hurry up.
When I read the description of the novel I knew it was going to be good because I love anything to do with King Arthur, Morganna and Merlin. It has always fascinated me and so this book really intrigued me because I’ve read a couple of other books about King Arthur and his knights and they are all very different from each other. I couldn’t but this book down, unless is was important, it captivated me from the beginning and held me there throughout the entire novel. Marrok is an intriguing character that is cursed to live forever for crossing Morganna and that is all about to change when he meet one of Morganna’s descendents. Olivia Grey looks almost exactly like Morganna and she even has the same mark as her so when Marrock is finally introduced to her he is furious. He thinks that Olivia is Morganna in disguise and is only here to torture him so more.
Throughout the novel Olivia and Marrock go through many dangerous incidents because a great evil called Mathias is now awakened is out to get Olivia and Morganna’s magic book, which Marrock has guarded. There were a couple of parts in the that I had a hard time understanding and I had to read it a couple of times over to understand fully on what was going on but in the end it helped me understand the characters better. The affection that Marrock and Olivia have together is very passionate and yet the both struggle with it because Marrock has lived for years without knowing loving and Olivia had to live with a mother who never showed her any real affection. There was a part towards the end of the book that I really had difficulty reading because it made me sad and uncomfortable. But don’t let that keep you from picking up a copy of this amazing book because I have to tell you it made me want for Shayla Black to hurry up and finish writing the rest of the series. And it’s going to be a long wait because I heard that the next two books in the series, Seduce me in Shadow and Possess me at Midnight, will be coming in October and November of 2009. Here is the description of the book from Shayla Black’s website and picture:
TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS by Shayla Black $6.99 (Book 1)(384 Pages)
He’s an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction…
As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray, he’s sure they met in eons past. He’s felt her soft, gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own powerful body…Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur’s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch cast upon him when he spurned the witch.
She’s a modern woman about to discover ancient magic…
Olivia shares a mystical—and irresistible—connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful—and intimate—than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna’s hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love—with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren—can save them.