Today we have an exciting interview and giveaway about the Lady Helen books by Alison Goodman! The Dark Days Pact is the second book in the Lady Helen series and was released on January 31, 2017 from Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin. This is a series that we really love here at Dark Faerie Tales! Bridget absolutely loved The Dark Days Club, click here to read her gushing review! Please welcome author Alison Goodman here today to talk about her newest release and more! Then don’t forget to enter the giveaway and the end of the post.
Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Lady Helen books, including a paperback of The Dark Days Club and a hardcover of The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (ARV: $28.98), or to be one of five (5) second prize winners to receive paperback copies of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (ARV: $10.99).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 23, 2017 and 12:00 AM on February 13, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 14, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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Dark Faerie Tales: Alison – thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today! To start things off, will you tell us a little bit about the Lady Helen series and where you got the inspiration to write it?
Alison: Thank you for the invitation! I grew up reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer novels and I adored everything about the Regency era. In particular I loved the clash of polite society, where civility reigned supreme, and the earthier emotions of lust and desire. The Lady Helen series came out of that love of Austen and Heyer, but also a love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Although Lady Helen doesn’t do battle with vampires, she does come up against a demonic force and she is a warrior like Buffy. However, she is not a modern girl dumped in a drawing room; she is a woman of her time and must deal with her society’s extremely constricted view of womanhood.
The series starts with Book 1, The Dark Days Club. Helen is about to make her debut into London society and realizes she has some extra abilities that don’t really befit a young Regency lady. Then she meets the mysterious Lord Carlston who seems to know a great deal about her and her new talents, and has a rather dubious past. Book 2, The Dark Days Pact, takes the action to the Regency seaside resort of Brighton. The trilogy is set in 1812 England and features real historical events as well as some historical figures such as the “mad, bad and dangerous” Lord Byron and his lover Lady Caroline Lamb, The Prince Regent and Beau Brummell.
DFT: Lady Helen is such a wonderful heroine that I completely adored. She is witty, outspoken, kind, and very entertaining. Out of all her amazing qualities, which one do you think is her best?
Alison: I’m glad that you picked up on her kindness because I think that is probably her best quality, and one that, personally, I think is a core attribute of a decent human being! Coming a close second is Helen’s rationality – she thinks things through logically and comes up with clever solutions. She is also curious, adaptable and, most of the time, honest with herself.
DFT: I am seriously madly in love with Lord Carlston. He’s brave, selfless, kind, stubborn, handsome, dashing, and just all around dreamy in my opinion. Is he based off of anyone in real life or is he just a figment of your imagination?
Alison: Good question. I think Lord Carlston is a mix of my imagination, plus the heroes in the stories that I have enjoyed over my lifetime, and the qualities of some people that I know (or have known). A few of the influences you may recognize are Mr Darcy, Ponyboy, Lord Avon from Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades, another Avon from an old BBC SF show called Blake’s Seven, a spy character called Callan from a TV show of the same name, my wonderful husband, and a couple of my former boyfriends from way back. The precise alchemical recipe to create Lord Carlston is all of the above plus every book I’ve ever read plus every movie and TV show I’ve ever seen, plus the needs of the story, all combined with the hope that what I find dreamy chimes in with what my readers find dreamy too. Simple! ::hahahahaha::
DFT: The relationship between Lord Carlston and Lady Helen is seriously so swoon worthy. I loved the slow burn romance and the wonderful chemistry they have. If you can without spoiling anything, can you tell us what was your favorite Lady Helen/Lord Carlston moment to write?
Alison: I don’t want to say too much, but there is a moment in The Dark Days Club that my editor told me was the hottest she had ever edited! Oh, all right…it’s a kiss, and I loved writing it because it has so much longing and waiting and desire behind it.
DFT: I completely adore the friendship between Darby and Helen. Having a loyal friend you can trust is not easy to find. What was it about Darby that allowed Helen to be so open and honest with her?
Alison: In terms of the historical period, it would be fairly unusual for Helen to be quite so friendly with Darby, but The Dark Days Club’s 1812 England has an added danger that brings them closer together. I have tried to keep their friendship within the realms of what might be feasible between a lady of Helen’s high rank and her maid, so the relationship is definitely not equal, but it’s as equal as I imagined both Helen and Darby would be comfortable expressing considering their different social classes (there was very limited social mobility in the Regency). I think Helen appreciates Darby’s cleverness and honesty, her forthright personality, and her sense of right and wrong. Darby is also curious and extremely loyal, and does not give up easily.
DFT: In the book there are a few different types of demons that the Reclaimers have to fight. Can you tell us about a few of the more prominent/dangerous demons and what some of their abilities are?
Alison: The demons are called Deceivers, and are energy creatures. A Deceiver lives hidden within a human body that it has claimed by destroying the soul of the person inside. They live for centuries, are extremely difficult to locate, and feed on human energies using obscene tentacles to harvest their meal. There are too many of them to wipe out and so a Pact has been made between humans and Deceivers so that they can exist together without causing mass hysteria amongst the general human population. There are at least five types of Deceivers who are attracted to various kinds of human energy: the Pavor which thrive on anguish and pain, the Curors which follow bloodlust and battle, the Hedons which seek out creative energy, and the Luxures that feed on sexual energy. The final type is called a Grand Deceiver, considered to be the most dangerous. When a Grand Deceiver rises, it brings destruction and the threat of annihilation.
DFT: This series is such an amazing story, but I imagine it probably wasn’t the easiest story to write. What would you say was the most difficult part when it came to writing The Dark Days Club / The Dark Days Pact?
Alison: I would say creating the historically accurate setting is difficult, but having said that, it is also my joy. I love all the research and finding a way to weave the interesting facts about the time into the story narrative. Another challenge is creating a consistent and original magic system.
DFT: There is still one more book to come in this incredible series, so I am curious if you would be willing to give us any hints as to what we can expect from the third book?
Alison: I can’t say much because it would be spoiler-city. However I can say that the third book is set in Bath in winter during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Expect snow, full-on action, gorgeous winter clothes and a very big Twelfth Night ball!
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This contest is provided by Penguin Books!
Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Lady Helen books, including a paperback of The Dark Days Club and a hardcover of The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (ARV: $28.98), or to be one of five (5) second prize winners to receive paperback copies of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (ARV: $10.99)
Available January 31, 2017 from Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin
About this Book:
After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver.
As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.
When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation.
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