Sunday, May 8, 2016

Susan-Alia Terry's COMING DARKNESS Blitz & Giveaway

 An archangel in exile.
A powerful race of vengeful creatures.
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Enter to Win One of THREE eCopies!
Coming Darkness
by Susan-Alia Terry

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (March 19, 2016)
Publication Date: March 19, 2016
ISBN-10: 1530782805
ISBN-13: 978-1530782802
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 258 pages
Available from: Amazon


 
An archangel in exile. A powerful race of vengeful creatures. A conflict of world-ending proportions.

Archangel Lucifer's spoiled life comes to a halt, as he learns that Heaven is empty, and his Father missing. Seeking answers, he’s brought face to face with a race of Creator-Gods unhappy with his Father and the world He’d created - for Order is the way of the universe and Free Will means chaos. Planning to wipe out this heresy by removing those in their way and letting Darkness reclaim the earth, they imprison Lucifer in Hell. Finding his way out will mean traveling its depths, a task fraught with despair and hopelessness.

Meanwhile, the Archangel's lover sets out to prove all his opponents wrong. But Lucifer’s influence runs deeper in Kai than he suspected, and his fear that he’s merely Lucifer’s pet becomes all too real.

Coming Darkness is the first book in Susan-Alia Terry's paranormal fantasy series.
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Coming Darkness by Susan-Alia Terry

Coming DarknessShe thought she had taken a temporary secretarial job for the boss from Hell, little did she know, she had. Roberta was known for her tolerance to bad bosses and the pay was good, but something would soon happen that would change her life forever. Kai was on a mission to spy on Roberta’s boss, who owed a debt to his master, Lucifer. And that’s where their story really begins.

In the Underworld, an archangel lives in exile. Lucifer is atoning for his sins in grand style, taking lovers as he sees fit, including Kai, tall, dark and devilishly handsome, oh did I mention he was a vampire, too? News has come to Lucifer that heaven is now empty, his Father is missing. Where is he? What has happened to him? The answers may lie with the creator gods, and Lucifer must seek audience with them. What Lucifer finds is the true meaning of Hell on Earth, and now he must survive the torments he will endure.

Meanwhile, Roberta has been told some shocking news, in addition to the fact that she can never go home and she is now a slave to those around her, but has Kai found feelings for this human he never knew existed? Has the shy and reserved Roberta found her inner siren? And John, another servant, has become Roberta’s mild-mannered protector…or is there more to this quiet man than meets the eye?

Coming Darkness by Susan-Alia Terry is an involved tale of the eternal battles of good versus evil where the lines become blurred as a mystery shrouds what has happened to the Father and what is going on with the creator gods. And. It. All. Revolves. Around. Humanity. Meet vampires with a heart, a human woman with more courage than a bravest warrior, a world that seems both eerie and a little frightening. Pay attention because the plot is twisting and woven in such a manner that there are many open questions, but the answers will be saved for the next book in the series.

Ms. Terry has unleashed a flood of fascinating ideas, fleshing some out as she goes along and leaving the others for later times. Her characters have personality, charm and are sometimes quirky or even scary. Picture your own version of the underworld and see if Ms. Terry’s version comes close to yours. A wonderful start to a different kind of paranormal read!
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I’ve always loved to read, and I harbored a secret envy of writers. Wouldn’t it be the best thing ever to tell stories?
Of course, I had no stories – or so I told myself. It was with no real purpose that I wrote poems, catalogued dreams, and took notes…
I had no stories!
You see where I’m going with this. But as time went on, the desire to create drew stronger.
I took guitar lessons. Let it suffice to say that I like listening to music more than I like trying to play it!
My creativity was calling, and writing was the obvious answer but…what should I write about? No idea.
And so, late in October 2006, I was browsing in Barnes & Noble looking for a way to get started. What should be sticking out of the shelf as if waving at me to pick it up? No Plot? No Problem! Novel Writing Kit by Chris Baty, the dude that ran National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Serendipitous? You betcha.
Within two days I would be embarking on a journey that would change my life  – writing 50k words in a month. Fifty thousand! Other than a thesis (non-fiction of course, and that was hard enough), I’d never written more than a few hundred at most. But going into it, I was all tingly.
It wasn’t until about the half way point that I realized two things:
1. Holy crap I’ve written 20k-ish words! 2. I am bored out of my fucking mind!
I wasn’t bored because I was writing – that was so amazing, and cool, and…FUCKING COOL!!! *ahem* No, I was bored because of my plot. I was trying to write a romance, and since I don’t actually read romances, it never occurred to me that I’d have any trouble writing them. Duh.
I look at that as my first real lesson: Write whatever the heck it is that you want to read.
It was then I realized that entertaining myself was my main goal – absolutely I want to tell a good story, and I want others to read and enjoy what I’ve written, but if I’m bored, everybody else will be bored too.
Adding the paranormal to the mix cured my boredom – voila – the words came, the plot (as dopey as it was) moved along smoothly. I finished that year, and the year after that.
Ended up pursuing an MFA yadda, yadda, yadda…
Now that my first novel Coming Darkness has been released, I’m looking ahead with excited anticipation to the stories that have yet to be told.
You know what? I was right, writing truly is the best thing ever!!
You can read more about me at my Creativia Author Page.
If you’d like to contact me directly, please send me a message here. Thanks!


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24 comments:

  1. enjoyed the post today and congrats susan

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  2. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

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    1. Depends. There are some books that I just have to hold in my hands - the ones that have become like treasured friends. I like e-books for traveling and to read in bed. There are a lot of duplicates in my library! LOL

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  3. this sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Where do you look for inspiration in writing?

    I love the write up on this one - definitely a must read!

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    1. Thank you - I hope you enjoy it!

      A lot of things inspire me - I like asking "what if?" questions and letting my imagination answer. In this case, years ago I had a dream where Lucifer interrupted a "satanic" ritual a bunch of goth kids were holding in a cemetery. He stopped the ritual, sat them down and proceeded to tell them they were being idiots! It was hysterical. Originally the first chapter for Coming Darkness was that scene, but in the end it didn't fit. Someday I'll find a place for it. Music inspires me too, scenes in movies will spark a tangent that becomes something. It's everywhere! LOL

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  5. Where do you look for inspiration in writing?

    I love the write up on this one - definitely a must read!

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  6. New Author for me
    Thank you for the Giveaway
    Do you have a favorite Author ?

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    1. You're very welcome - good luck :-)!

      I have too many to actually pinpoint an absolute favorite (in no particular order): Clive Barker, Stephen King, Roger Zelazny, Anne Rice, Laurel K. Hamilton, and Sherri S. Tepper would be my desert island picks :-)!

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  7. New Author for me
    Thank you for the Giveaway
    Do you have a favorite Author ?

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  8. It sounds like you are creative even beyond the writing.

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    1. Thank you :-)! I think I spent a lot of time trying to channel my creativity into more conventional occupations which were ultimately unsatisfying. It was only when I finally gave myself permission to unconditionally write for myself did I finally feel comfortable with my own creative nature :-).

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  9. This sounds so good and unique. I can't wait to read it!

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  10. I guess I started writing to entertain myself, back in the days when a family might just have one bookshelf rather than walls and walls of books. Of course, in my kids' generation, they'll think our walls and walls of books are entirely crazy.

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    1. I hear ya, I started for similar reasons. I really hope we don't move too far from having walls of books, carrying them around in a tablet or computer just doesn't feel the same!

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  11. I look forward to reading this one.

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  12. Hi, Susan-Alia, You also are a new-to-me Author. I'd like to know if you have a hero/heroine? Who, & why? :)

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    1. The people I appreciate most are the ones that have done their own thing regardless of what others think. Dianne Keaton with her hats and suits. Whoopie Goldberg with her comedy. Alberta Hunter redefining what is expected of a seventy-something year old woman. Ida Lupino as a female director in an era where women were expected to be housewives. I appreciate them (and people like them) because they have given me the courage to embrace my tendency to not conform to what everyone else is doing.

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  13. Who are some of your favorite authors? Which one inspires you the most?

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    1. The authors that inspire me most are Stephen King, Clive Barker, Roger Zelazny, Anne Rice, and Sherri S. Tepper. Stephen King for the longevity of his career and his versatility. The last four for their creativity and world-building expertise.

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