First and foremost, a big old “thank you” and “welcome back” to Sharon Kay! This review is far overdue, but you know what… 2016 can go back from whence it came. (and that’s putting it nicely)
I’ve got fellow FF&P member and award-winning author, Sharon Kay, back to discuss her latest novel, ASSASSIN’S KISS. Come on in, settle down, and let’s talk about hot demons and witches…
Sharon Kay writes HOT fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves paranormal romance, with romantic suspense following close on its heels. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write one book, let alone a series. But WICKED WIND and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons. Don’t I know how pestering these characters can be! LOL
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Onto the review…
I WAS PROVIDED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW:
ASSASSIN’S KISS is the follow up to TAINTED KISS and part of Kay’s WATCHER’S KISS series. We’re picking up right where Kay left one of our favorite demons from TAINTED KISS, and we’re in a new area of Torth, a demonic realm very closely resembling our Modern-day Earth. Following a seemingly botched mission, Scorpio has been teleported into an ancient land full of witchcraft, but he’s not really in unfamiliar territory. Having encountered witches in his own time, we learn that Fate is inescapable, and so does Scorpio. When he runs into Tessa, chemistry is instant. Let me say, Kay has a way with depicting a hot sex scene. 😉
I said this during her first book… I’ll say it again…With some adrenaline-boosting action scenes and plots that carry through the series, anyone who likes stories that get the blood pumping definitely wants to check out Sharon Kay’s work!
Let’s check back in with Kay…
- This book is part of a series… how do you build out your characters and their respective stories?
I usually get the rough idea for a character’s story early on—like when I’m writing a different book—and then I try to include that character in the current story, in a way that will make him or her memorable to readers. For example, in Tainted Kiss (Watcher’s Kiss #1) I realized Scorpio was going to end up missing after a botched op, and his conflict and story would stem from there—so I added some points of view from him, to give readers a hint of what happens next with him.
(JC: Oh, you’re so more organized than me. LOL)
- Just like with you last book, I’m so intrigued by the way you blend modern amenities here on Earth with other realms. Where this book is so heavy on witchcraft, where did you find the line (no pun intended) between commonplace technologies and mythical powers?
Great question!! This is an issue I had to solve when I first created my supernatural realm of Torth. How could my characters have mobile phones and appliances? I did NOT want a bunch of cell phone towers or power lines dotting the landscape! So I used ley lines, which may or may not really exist—the matter seems to be up for debate—to magically power anything that would require electricity or batteries on Earth.
- If you could have dinner with any of your characters (in this book), who would they be?
Hmm, this is tough, but I will say Brenin. I need more time with him to plan his book, which will be coming soon. Plus…he looks like Thor. Who wouldn’t want to have dinner with him?
(JC: Well, I want to have dinner with Thor!)
- What was the last book you read for funnsies?
It has been TOO long since I read a book just for fun! The last one was probably Nalini Singh’s latest Guild Hunter book, Archangel’s Enigma (awesome series)!
(JC: Gonna have to check that series out. Thanks!)
- What would be your favorite part about living in your fantasy realm vs. Earth?
I would SO love to travel with a porter. Imagine standing in one place, then some misty magic swirls around you, and you’re at your destination in a minute. No matter how far it is (and no queasiness)!
(JC: It would be uber cool)
- In a beautiful perfect world… who is your dream cast for this book, given today’s current pool of Hollywood celebrities?
Woo-hoo—for once, I have clear celebrity muses for my lead characters (usually this is impossible)! Olivia Wilde is Tessa and model Josh Saari is Scorpio. And did I mention that Brenin looks like Chris Hemsworth?
(JC: Oh.. Oh! I had to Google Josh Saari… NOT sorry I did :O )
And just for fun…
- Live on a desert island alone? OR Live on a desert island with your worst enemy?
ALONE. I don’t need or want to deal with crummy people.
- Be an alien? OR Be a demon?
Haha – DEMON! Well, demoness. Yup, being a Lash demoness would be a blast!
- Win a brand new car? OR Win enough $$ to pay off your mortgage?
Here’s a few questions for Tessa:
- What is your fondest memory of your home?
Inga’s French toast! *grins* Hers is the best. No doubt. But let me think…okay, here’s a memory that I don’t talk about much but really made me feel like I had a purpose in the coven. When I was a teenager and still honing my talent, the Elders had me try to enhance weapons specifically for an individual. It started as an idea, because no one knew if it was possible. But by working with my affinity, spells, and drops of the blade owner’s blood, I did it. And the first time our guards returned from a fight where they used my enhanced weaponry and had more success, I was thrilled.
Scorpio: That’s great. Baby. But maybe explain what you mean by “enhanced.”
Tessa: Oh, right. I have an affinity to metal. So with a spell, I can work on a weapon belonging to a specific person, and make it respond better to them. Their strikes will be faster and more accurate in a fight. But only if they’re using it—it someone else picks it up, it will function just like a regular blade.
- Did you ever dream of life outside your people?
Never. I always thought the coven would be my entire life. And that was fine with me.
- If seers would have told you of your fate, would you have attempted to do anything differently to change or resist it in some way?
I hate to say this, but if I’m honest…then yes. If I had been told I’d become the mate of a mercenary, I would have done everything in my power to prevent it from happening. *gives Scorpio a sheepish grin* Sorry, baby. You know I love you.
And now a few for Scorpio:
- Let’s talk about immortality and longevity… Do you see any concerns between species? As far as mating?
*returns Tessa’s glance with a heated stare* Let’s just say, thank fu— I mean, thank the gods that as long as both partners are supernatural, even if they’re not the same species, their life spans will sync up. But if you’re talking grudges and power struggles, that crap will continue as long as the individuals are living.
- What is more important, love or loyalty?
Tough call. On Watcher teams, loyalty is everything. We depend on each other, we have each other’s back. But now, being mated… *pulls Tessa onto his lap* The way I feel about my little witch here dominates everything I do.
Tessa: *runs a hand over his buzzed hair* You’re so romantic
Scorpio: *scowls* Don’t go telling everyone.
Tessa: *winks at JC* Okay, but you know this is going on her blog…
- You knew your fate, and yet you refused to believe it. Did you at any point in time entertain the idea? If yes/no, then why?
I never believed that crazy curse would come true. Those things are so variable—they depend on how magically strong the spell caster is. Plus, who knew when it would happen? We can live for centuries. I wasn’t about to spend time walking around looking for a female who would hate me.
Tessa: I’m so glad you just fell onto my land.
Scorpio: You weren’t at fist.
Tessa: You convinced me. *leans in for a kiss*
Thank you so much to JC for inviting me and my characters to stop by and chat!! And remember, Assassin’s Kiss is Book 2 in the series but can be read as a stand alone novel.
(JC: Thanks so much Sharon, and crew, for swinging by. *nods* a pleasure, as always!)