Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Audeamus LLC
Date of Publication: April 1, 2009
Number of pages: 274 pages
Fallen - the first book in the Guardian Trilogy...
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.
As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.
“I apologize for the delay, Abaddon.”
I turned my head to find Eran standing beside me, no more than a few inches away.
Excitement swelled inside me, so powerful I couldn’t have contained it if I’d wanted to. The nervousness now displayed on Abaddon’s face gave me even stronger encouragement.
I wanted so desperately to reach out and wrap my arms around Eran, wanted it more than anything in the world. My desperate yearning was only being held back because I still couldn’t move.
I’m not sure Eran would have allowed it anyways. He was a warrior, and he was now engaged in battle. Besides, I was nothing more to him than someone to save.
Eran didn’t look my way but kept his focus on Abaddon, who stepped back a few paces, his confidence faltering.
It was Sarai who strolled forward, self-assured, placing herself in the middle.
As she strolled by Abaddon, she mused, “Don’t worry, I believe I can handle this one.” Her face curled up into a hideous grin as she continued her approach.
I knew then what she planned…but it was too late.
“Eran, so good to see you again…” she whispered in a low drawl.
“No!” I screamed enraged, waiting for Eran to fall to the ground, whimpering with desperation as Rufus had done.
Eran remained standing.
A moment passed and Sarai’s face contorted, confusion setting in. Her state of shock became more defined, deepening further when he finally replied.
“You don’t work on me, Sarai…” I watched in disbelief as his gorgeous smirk, the one I missed so deeply, rose up. Eran turned and his stunning eyes settled on me, concentrating so intently I could not have mistaken his message. “I’m already in love.”
The world changed for me at that moment. As Eran’s confession hung in the air, I felt the passion and the power in me swell. Nothing was impossible now.
Sarai’s mouth fell open, a shaken sigh escaping. She then looked at me, her eyes narrowing in fury as Eran’s words sunk in.
Eran flippantly disregarded her, turning to address Abaddon. “You are outnumbered. You are overpowered. You have allowed yourself to be cornered. Shoddy work, Abaddon.”
As I watched their interaction, it dawned on me that Eran was enjoying this moment and that it appeared to have been long overdue. I felt a smile on my lips, nearly causing me to giggle.
It was then Abaddon released me. I fell to the ground, hitting it hard but overwhelmed with relief. I glanced up, wondering what power Eran had over Abaddon to give up his hold on me.
In an instant, I realized what had happened.
Abaddon had let me go willingly. He needed his energy – all of it – for another reason…
Leaning forward, Abaddon’s arms extended, his feet sweeping up from the ground, as he lunged for Eran.
"Fast-paced, the story starts off strong and retains a tight rein on the momentum throughout. This book mixes humor, mystery, and the supernatural into a satisfying blend that should appeal to both young and more mature readers." ~Coffee Time Romance Review
"Great flow of interest and most unusual characters (that you will love as I have). I have laughed out loud at some of them. Good, simple, fast read that has a great hook, line and sinker." ~Great Minds Think Aloud Review
"A very good read with interesting characters and a quick pace." ~Life Is Better With Books Review
"While I was given the first book I just bought the 2nd one, Eternity, and plan to start it tonight." ~The Book Hookup
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I never intended to be a full-time writer, in fact. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a maid, an astronaut, and a police officer. These interchanged just about every week and depended upon my mood. In junior high, I narrowed my future into wanting to be an advertising executive, for no other reason than I liked the word “executive”. But by college, I had a good understanding that my always competing creative and analytical sides would be best served in marketing. So I was as a Marketing Director when I first sat down to write Fallen.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
The day I quit my day job. There’s something finite and unnerving about working solely for yourself. So when I woke up that first morning, I headed straight for my computer to finish up the novel I was already in the middle of writing, and wrote the entire day without stopping.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
A few months, countless query letters, and an unquantifiable amount of coffee.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Nope, I write full-time. And when I say “full-time” I mean that to say I’m at my computer at 8am until 7pm at night, Monday thru Sunday.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Guardian (Prequel Two of the Guardian Saga). It is the follow up to the bestselling Guardian Trilogy, telling the backstory to how Magdalene and Eran met and fell in love.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’ve been approached by multiple publishers and, after discussing with my editor and agent on whether to work with them, have inevitably declined each time. Always, it has come down to royalties, which I make far more on publishing novels myself. Traditionally published authors are recognizing this too, so countless ones (Stephen King included) are self-publishing these days. Nice to know I was on the forefront of this wave.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I’m continually considering new ideas that pop into my head for potential new novels, so the concepts marinate in my subconscious for months before I finally sit down to put them into words on a page. Once I’m writing, however, it takes me about three months to finish the first version of my novels. A few weeks later, re-writes are finished and it’s ready to go to my editor. She then tears it apart. I make the changes suggested (most of the time) and it’s sent off to publishing. So the total amount of time is about 5 months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
More of the same and some of the different, which is to say that I’ll be finishing up the Guardian Trilogy prequels before releasing a suspense novel.
What genre would you place your books into?
Easily, young adult with a hint of fantasy and lots of romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I didn’t set out to write a young adult fantasy romance. I thought I had an interesting idea, wrote it, and at the urging of my sister released it to the public. Shockingly, it became a bestseller. So I’ve written in this genre continually up until this year.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I do, actually. I close the blinds in my office, shut the door, turn on the small desk lamp to dimly illuminate my keyboard, and start typing. Sometimes, I put in spongy earplugs to drown out ambient noise. I’ve never been able to vibe out to music or follow a superstitious process. Just bringing my characters to life on a page inspires me.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
My lead female characters are always strong-willed and altruistic and my male lead male characters are always calm, reserved, and sexy. I gravitate toward those types in other creative works, so they inevitably appeal to me as my leads when I begin a new novel or series. The more important aspect of these traits is that they are always born from some sort of past strife. So, for example, the men are calm because they have seen horror in battle, the women are strong because they have been forced to be self-reliant. They have turned their hardships into strengths, which makes them intriguing.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Definitively, eBook. Based on sales figures, 99.9% of my customers read eBook, and since they are much smarter than me I defer to eBooks.
Your favorite food is?
Ohhh, I know this will sound crazy but I’m in love LOVE with roasted sweet potato wedges with cayenne chipotle aioli dipping sauce. They have the perfect amount of salty sweet goodness that I cannot stop eating. I limit myself to one sweet potato because of the calories, but I could easily down another two. My mouth is watering now. Figures.
Your favorite color is?
Green, the deep rich mossy kind, that makes you feel cool and peaceful when you look at it.
Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.
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