Please join me in welcoming author Leslie Banks here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her new urban fantasy series, Surrender the Dark, will hit shelves on March 29, 2011. You can read an excerpt here.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster, two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Surrender the Dark. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
L. A. Banks – Ms. Banks is a New York Times and USA Today Best-selling author and has written over 42 novels and contributed to 23 novellas. As a novelist, she fluidly moves between the genres of YA/Fantasy, Romance, Suspense, and Urban Fantasy, but is also skilled in comic script writing and screenwriting. Banks is a proud member of The Liars Club of Philadelphia, is a Board of Trustee member for the Philadelphia Free Library and serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program with a Master’s in Fine Arts from Temple University. She is a full-time writer living and working in Philadelphia. Visit her on the web at Vampire Huntress or at Leslie Esdaile Banks.
Surrender the Dark
by L.A. Banks
This was by far one of my most challenging projects, even though I have a long list of paranormal/urban fantasy titles. But when you’re working with “angels” you have several landmines to avoid. First, you don’t want to offend people’s religious perception of this entity. For me, that’s key. So, then how in THE WORLD can you make them sexy… without crossing some proverbial hard line? I was frankly bewildered.
After an anything goes environment with The Vampire Huntress Legends series (vampires can do it all without too much public outcry), and the same with the Crimson Moon Novels (my bad boy werewolves/shadow wolves) and the Fae… hey… I was spoiled. My heroes didn’t have “sex rules” – they just oozed sensuality. They made it do what it do, so to speak, ha ha ha! But now I had to create celibate angels and figure all that out, and how to allow them to ultimately have sex in a way that didn’t violate Heavenly edicts… sheesh… like how an author supposed to figure out something like that, huh? Oh, and to do so in the regulatory space of the three major religions I was pulling research from—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam… all the old books/texts that reference angels!
That’s where world-building and story-telling comes to bear. But then again, you also don’t want to use tried and true tropes to “get out of” going to the edge of the envelope – BIG SMILE. That was the second challenge for me, finding the edge and then dancing over it, LOL! We’ll see if I did okay as people read this sexy story… but at the end of the day, my job as a writer is to entertain—to take you on a ride that leaves you smiling when it’s all said and done. I hope I did that.
Now, here’s also another fair warning… this particular story begins dark. But isn’t that where we want angels to enter our lives—not when everything is rosy, but when we are in our darkest hour? And don’t we want them to stand up for us, shield us, and help us, even when we’re frightened to death of who and what they are? Yep…. (nodding) that’s how I envisioned it, therefore how I told the tale. So I ask you to bear with me, give it a few chapters before you say, “Geeze, this is really gonna depress me,” LOL! I promise an upswing—and anyone who has ever read me will tell you, LA Banks starts reeeeaaal dark, but then climbs into the light until at the end you are cheering. My rollercoaster writing style, I guess (laughing at myself here—until I blogged this I hadn’t realized the pattern.)
So I hope you’ll give Surrender the Dark a try, and when the sequel comes out in October—Conquer the Dark, you’ll get a first hand, actual traveler’s point of view on the ancient ruins of Egypt. Enjoy, and thanks for allowing me to blog with you today!
Hugs, LA Banks (Leslie)!
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