My name is Sharon Ashwood, and I’m a Paladin junkie …
But why stop there? That would be like stopping before dessert. Alexis Morgan serves up a whole oh-so-yummy smorgasborg of dark heroes and the second of her Talion series is coming out this month! And if you read to the end of the post, you’ll see she’s giving one away
Alexis Morgan is the best-selling author of over eighteen published books. She’s written short contemporary, American West historical, and paranormal romances. Originally from Missouri, she’s currently makes the Pacific Northwest her home. She loves to hear from fans and can be reached through her website: www.alexismorgan.com.
I’m so pleased to be hanging out here at Silk and Shadows for the day. I especially want to thank Sharon Ashwood for inviting me, but also for writing such a great book. If you haven’t read Ravenous, what are you waiting for????
But on to the topic at hand. I’m in the final countdown until the release of DARK WARRIOR UNBROKEN, the second book in my Talions series from Pocket Star. The official date for its debut is July 28th, but sometimes books have a way of sneaking out onto the shelves earlier.
I’m pretty excited about this particular book because it was a particularly challenging story to tell. You see, when Sandor Kearn was introduced in the first book in the series, I had a serious love-hate relationship with the man. His fault, not mine. Really.
To begin with, let me explain that Sandor isn’t quite human. Instead, he’s a member of the warrior class of the Kyth. Originating in the harsh climate of northern Scandinavia, his kind developed the ability to borrow energy from those around them in order to survive the long winters. Unfortunately, they thrived at the cost of the normal humans around them, forcing the Kyth to spread their numbers out over the rest of Europe and even the New World. Didn’t you always wonder why the Vikings and others like them liked to wander around so much? Well, now you know.
Most of the time, the humans Kyth harvest energy from are not harmed—think of all that free-flowing energy at weddings, sporting events, and dance clubs. But sometimes Kyth go rogue, and that’s where the Kyth warriors come in. Called Talions (which actually means “punishment meted out in kind or an-eye-for-an-eye justice), it is their job to police the Kyth and destroy the renegades.
In the first book, Sandor was the highly polished ambassador for his people, charged with introducing newly discovered Kyth to their heritage. By the end, he’d had to face some hard, ugly truths about himself. His own book begins with him struggling to come to terms with the darkness in his soul. He soon meets the heroine, Lena Wilson, who has some pretty heavy duty secrets of her own. Together, they have to find some common ground that lets each of them come to terms with the mistakes in their pasts.
All writers have themes they return to time and again in their stories. For me, it’s often a character’s struggle for redemption and restoring their sense of honor. Sandor’s personal journey made him a better man, one I could both respect and like. I hope you all will enjoy making that journey with him.
If you have questions for me about either my Talion series or my Paladin series, I’ll do my best to answer them. One lucky person will win an autographed copy of DARK WARRIOR UNBROKEN, so keep those questions and comments coming!