Everyone please give Juliana Stone a warm welcome to the blog today! Her novel, Wicked Road to Hell, the first book in the League of Guardians paranormal romance series is now available. This novel is filled with dark and troubled characters. The next book, King of the Damned, will be released in December. Want to know what we thought? Read my review of Wicked Road to Hell and the prequel novella Wrong Side of Hell. Wicked Road to Hell is featured in our UF/PNR Reading Challenge 2012.
Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.
Juliana also writes young adult novels as Julie Blackstone.
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DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Wicked Road to Hell?
Juliana: Wicked Road to Hell is the first book in a new series that features the League of Guardians. Technically, it’s a spinoff from The Jaguar Warrior books, and there are several characters that move into this new series. It’s set in the same world, but I dig deeper and expand it. The basic premise is the fact that a delicate balance between the upper and lower realms must be kept in place and the members of the League of Guardians are pledged to do just that. It gets interesting because the league has members from both realms who must learn to work together.
DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Wicked Road to Hell?
Juliana: The hero and heroine in this book are ones my readers are familiar with. Sorcerer Declan O’Hara and vampire, Ana DeLacrux. Oh these two have been clamoring for an HEA ever since I introduced them in His Darkest Hunger.
Nico also has an important part in this book.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Juliana: I can’t pick just one. I loved writing Ana because in this book we find out her back story. We learn about her family and history and why she’s resisted Declan for so long.
And well, Declan has just always been a favorite of mine. He’s witty, charming, sarcastic and just plain old sexy!
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Wicked Road to Hell?
Juliana: I think my favorite scenes were the ones I wrote when Declan was in Hell. I’d envisioned a hell unlike any I’d read about, so it was fun to stretch my imagination and bring to life the images I had in my head.
DFT: League of Guardians is a spin-off of the Jaguar Warrior series, does a reader need to be familiar with that world before diving into Wicked Road to Hell?
Juliana: Wicked Road to Hell is set apart from the jaguar books, but I do think readers will enjoy the experience more if they’ve read the previous series. Just for flavor alone. And, the world is a bit complex so their understanding might be easier.
DFT: How much research went into creating this series?
Juliana: I researched demons and angels and hell. Very interesting reading I must tell you. A lot of cool stuff.
DFT: What is your favorite part about writing this series?
Juliana: It would have to be the fact that I can really stretch my imagination. That’s the wonderful thing about paranormal romance. The world building and characters are what you make them. There are no rules per say and as a writer this is mint.
DFT: Do you have a long term plan or goal for this story universe?
Juliana: I will keep writing them as long as my readers want to read them! King of The Damned releases in December of this year and there’s a yummy character in that book who will get his own next. I can’t wait!
DFT: How do you maintain a story arc though the course of a series while still delivering a conflict and resolution in each book?
Juliana: This is probably the hardest part of writing a series and I guess you’d have to ask my readers if I manage to pull it off. I keep the overall story arc as more of a secondary character that lurks in the background. In this new League series, the main premise is that the League has been breached and the identities of those who are part of this secret group have been compromised. Each book has a story that pertains to that idea somehow, and there is a love story in each book that comes to a natural conclusion.
DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?
Juliana: I don’t, not really. I do write early in the morning as my brain tends to be mush at night. I also don’t listen to music while writing. I need absolute quiet.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Juliana: I love reading all sorts of genres. A few of my favorite authors are, Karen Marie Moning, Susan Elizabeh Phillips, Simone Ekeles, Julia Quinn, Patrica Cornwall.
DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?
Juliana: I’m writing YA under the pen name Julie Blackstone and am working on the second book in a new series. The first Ravyn’s Fall should be available July 12th, 2012. You can visit my website for all the details! www.julieblackstone.com.
In addition to working on the next League of Guardians book, I’m also writing a new contemporary romance series for Sourcebooks. The series is called The Bad Boys of Crystal Lake and the first book is about a Rocker who returns to his hometown for the funeral of one of his best friends. He’s been away for ten years and doesn’t expect to find something he never knew he wanted….love. It releases April 2nd, 2013. I’ve based all three books on my fave Bon Jovi songs.
DFT: What is your favorite supernatural creature? Why?
Juliana: I would have to say shifters. First off, there’s all kinds of them, but I love how authors weave characteristics from the animals into their human form.
DFT: What is your favorite faery tale? Why?
Juliana: I would have to say Beauty and the Beast and this is most likely because I was a huge fan of the television series. I see they’re bringing it back in an updated, more YA cectric way, so I’ll be curious to see what it’s like.
As to the why of it, I think I’m attracted to dark, tormented creatures who are not perfect. Who long to be accepted but don’t think they’re worthy enough and when they win the girl at the end of the day, it’s just kind of perfect.
Available April 24, 2012 from Avon Romance/Harper Collins
About this Book:
With the legions of the underworld gathering and chaos close at hand, Sorcerer Declan O’Hara’s deadly skills will be tested. But nothing will sway him from his duty, not even her…
Rescued from eternal darkness, vampire Ana DeLacrux owes her life to a mysterious stranger who asks for only one thing—her absolute allegiance. She serves this master without question until Declan, the one man who can make her forget her vow, returns. His magic is stronger, darker…more compelling than ever. His blood awakens a hunger she must resist, or risk deadly consequences.
As Ana and Declan join forces, the streets of New Orleans become a dangerous place for both humans and the otherworld. And the most dangerous place of all is a road Declan’s traveled before…the wicked road to hell.
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