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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Darkness Possessed tour: Interview with Stephanie Rowe + giveaway


Stephanie Rowe is visiting the blog today to celebrate the release of DARKNESS POSSESSED, the latest book in her Order of the Blade series. I'm sure you guys are eager to see what she has to say so let's get right into it!


Hi, Stephanie, and welcome to Team Tynga's Reviews. To start, can you please tell us a bit about DARKNESS POSSESSED, the newest book in the series?

Darkness Possessed is the ninth book in my series about ancient immortal warriors and the women they are meant to be with. It's dark, sexy, dangerous, and passionate, filled with intense twists and turns that will leave you hunkered down on the couch, gasping for breath. Zach Roderick has been haunted by a tormented past that has stripped him of his powers. In order to save the woman he loves and his teammate, he must face his past and the darkness that lies within him. Rhiannon Diaz barely escaped a decade of brutal slavery, but he is still hunting her. The only way she can ever be free is to return and face her worst nightmare, a battle she can never hope to win. Alone, Zach and Rhiannon have no chance. Together…they still don't…or do they?

Can readers follow DARKNESS POSSESSED if they haven't read any/all of the series?

Each Order of the Blade book is a standalone plot, so they are intended to be read as standalones. That being said, the two main guys in this book, Zach and Thano, have been in all the prior books, so you will have a greater understanding of their background if you're read some of the other books, but it's not necessary.

How do you keep the series fresh nine books in? Do you have any tips about sustaining a series?

This is a great question. It is critical to keep a series fresh, but you have to stay close enough to the original series as to not to alienate readers. Sometimes, I will bring in a vastly different setting to change it up. This time, I did a major shift in how I treated the sheva bond, which is the soulmate bond between a Calydon warrior and his woman. I actually wasn't sure how readers would feel about it, but it was a risk I had to take because the new direction was right for the story. Then, at the end of this book, I create a spin off new series with two of the characters, and I have the Order of the Blade characters spin off in a new direction as well, although it won't be a new series. To keep a series going, an author has to be brave enough to push the envelope in new directions.

Will there be more stories about The Order of the Blade? 

Absolutely. In this book, we get to know a new group of warriors with a slightly different mission and slightly more attitude. Each of them will have their story told as well.

Time to get personal! What's your...

...biggest vice? Brownies and chocolate chip cookies

...favourite movie? One of my favorite all-time movies is The Princess Bride. It's seriously a brilliant movie. You haven't seen it, grab it off Netflix now!

...funniest memory? The day I accidentally peed on the tennis court during gym class at school because I was laughing so hard. Whoops.

...most dreaded activity? Facing a blank page on a new book. It's terrifying.

Thanks for visiting us, Stephanie, and enjoy the rest of your tour!

Thank you so much for having me!


Stephanie RoweFour-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than forty published novels. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie is the author of the bestselling Order of the Blade paranormal romance series, and she will be launching a new vampire series in Sept/Oct 2014. She also writes the intensely passionate Ever After series, and the gripping Alaska Heat romantic suspense series. She also published in teen fiction, middle grade fiction, and motivational nonfiction.

For more Stephanie, check out the following links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Here's the scoop on DARKNESS POSSESSED:

Darkness Possessed by Stephanie RoweA fatal mistake stripped Zach Roderick of the powers that define him, leaving him a tormented shadow of the warrior he once was. Now, his teammate's life depends on Zach resurrecting the fire that once burned within him. As he undertakes a battle he has no way to win, he is derailed by a tempestuous beauty that awakens in him the dark desires that destroyed him once before.

The scars etched on Rhiannon Diaz's soul are so deep that she will never again be free. The once-powerful guardian is facing her last and greatest battle, and failure means a return to a sexual enslavement that is far worse than death. Her intense and passionate need for the powerful warrior who has vowed to protect her threatens the very foundation of her survival, but his refusal to abandon her drags them both into a world where wild, untamed passion rages, and surrender is their only chance

Purchase: Amazon

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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