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Title: Demon Possession
Series: Shadow Quest – Book 1
Author: Kiersten Fay
Genre: Paranormal / Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Kiersten Fay Productions
Date of Publication: April 19, 2011
Number of pages: 383
Word Count: 110,000
Cover Artist: Kiersten Fay
After being enslaved on the spaceship Extarga for most of her life Analia has no memory of her life before, and has lost all knowledge of her people. Her mysterious gift and pointed ears are the only indication that she is different.
Analia is alone, and for all she knows, she’s the last of her kind. By chance Analia escapes her captors, and hides herself on the merchant ship Marada, planning to get off at the very next stop.
Unfortunately for her, there is no next stop. The crew is planning a delivery that could take months, and according to a stipulation in the newly signed contract, no one is allowed on or off the ship until the package is delivered.
When Analia is found by the captain of the Marada, she must adapt to her new role on the ship, and try to control her newly awakened desire for the brutal and devastatingly erotic demon.
His tenderness with her was astonishing. While he was focused on wiping the blood from her cut, Anya allowed herself to study him closer. He seemed calm now, though his energy was still erratic.
When he had first returned, still resembling the monster, it had terrified her. He’d still been enraged, much more so, it seemed. And not for the first time, she’d thought he might hurt her.
But when his eyes had found hers, he’d visibly relaxed, instantly morphing back into the Bastian she recognized.
With a gentleness contradictory to the man standing before her, he cleaned her wound. By his soft pats and concerned looks, she knew now that he would never hurt her. She felt silly for ever thinking otherwise. He’d shown her nothing but kindness from the beginning.
“You’re not frightened of me anymore?” he asked without averting his gaze from the cut on her cheek.
He was almost completely back to normal now. His horns were returning to their original dark black, and his fangs had receded. Thinking back to his other form, she couldn’t muster the terror it had inspired in the first place. “No,” she said simply.
“You make it hard to fear you, Sebastian, when you treat me the way you do.”
“Like you would never hurt me, no matter how angry you are, or how much you might want to.”
His golden eyes locked on hers with such intensity it stole her breath. “I would never want to hurt you.” Cupping her face, he rubbed his thumb along her unmarked cheek. “I could never hurt you. If anything ever happened to you, I fear I will be trapped on the Edge forever.” Leaning in, he lightly kissed her bruise. “I think of you constantly.” He kissed her forehead. “Always.” Then with the lightest touch, he kissed her lips.
With words so sweet, Anya couldn’t help but lean into him. This wasn’t the demanding kiss from before. This was soft, smooth, tender. This time he allowed her to explore him at her leisure. His lips were soft and warm, molded to hers, and she caressed them.
Her second real kiss ever was turning out to be the most erotic experience of her life. Sebastian was watching her with his liquid gold eyes, filled with restrained lust as he let her place soft kisses on him.
When she darted out her tongue, he dropped his hands to her hips, his body wedging between her legs. The second time she darted her tongue to lick his sweet lips, he opened, his tongue meeting hers.
From deep within him, she heard the rumblings of a satisfied groan. The mere sound stroked her own lust, and she instinctively dug her nails into his shoulders. Liquid pooled between her legs. Bastian’s grip tightened in her hips.
“Let me taste you,” he grated.
Kiersten Fay is the author of the steamy paranormal romance series, Shadow Quest, which combines paranormal and sci-fi romance and is loosely based on mythology and lore. Like many authors, she loves creating new worlds with the power of her mind, along with brooding alpha males and strong, yet vulnerable, female leads.
In 2012, she received a nominated for favorite author of 2012 via gravetells.com, and that same year, won Favorite Story of August for Demon Retribution, the third book in her Shadow Quest series. Before becoming an author, Kiersten worked as a graphic designer, and now enjoys creating her own book covers.
For more information on Kiersten Fay, or her upcoming romance novels, visit her website www.kierstenfay.com
Every author, I’m sure, goes about creating and fleshing out their characters differently. The process is as individual as writing style or taste in music. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it. Some model their characters after people they have known throughout their lives. Others design them for specific actors, or after characters in a show they watched once a long time ago.
And sometimes a character just pops up out of the blue, hollows out a nest in your brain, and refuses to leave until you make a mental pledge to write their story. I think the latter happens to us authors more often than not. And I love those persistent characters! They are usually the easiest to mold. They are willing, eager, pliable, and yet stubborn to a fault. To get them out of your head, you must put them to pen and ink, or should I say 100100011100110—a little binary code humor. Har har.
Anyway, once a character is bouncing around in your head, the process is fairly simple, though if you’re not careful, could spiral into never-ending chaos. Backstory is probably most important. This solidifies the character’s personality. Just as our past experiences make us who we are and guide our every decision, so goes our characters. Don’t skimp on this process. Backstory is king.
Decide where the character came from, where they’re going, where they’ve been, their birth, loved ones lost, mistakes made, triumphs that offer pride. What makes them happy? What makes them sad? It might not be what makes you or me sad. What makes them fight and what makes them give up? Once you have that, and maybe a little bit more, the story should practically write itself—a bit of an author joke. Oh, how I wish stories wrote themselves!
With the backstory complete (or mostly complete. Backstories are rarely ever finished, not really), I like to find few images that resemble my character and keep them in a place I can easily reference. This way, if I feel like I’m losing my character, or more likely, they’re being unruly, I can look them in the eye maybe have a face to face. Crack the whip. 😉
Here are the prizes up for grabs:
1. $25 gift certificate to Amazon
2. A SIGNED copy of Demon Possession (US ONLY)
3. An eBook copy of Demon Possession