July 3, 2013

Spotlight on: Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay

Demon Possession
Shadow Quest - Book 1
Kiersten Fay
Genre: Paranormal / Sci-fi Romance

Publisher: Kiersten Fay Productions
Date of Publication: April 19, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9835733-0-2
ASIN: B004X6R8Y8
Number of pages: 383
Word Count: 110,000
Cover Artist: Kiersten Fay

Book Description:

After being enslaved on the spaceship Extarga for most of her life Analia has no memory of her life before, and has lost all knowledge of her people. Her mysterious gift and pointed ears are the only indication that she is different.

Analia is alone, and for all she knows, she's the last of her kind. By chance Analia escapes her captors, and hides herself on the merchant ship Marada, planning to get off at the very next stop.

Unfortunately for her, there is no next stop. The crew is planning a delivery that could take months, and according to a stipulation in the newly signed contract, no one is allowed on or off the ship until the package is delivered.

When Analia is found by the  captain of the Marada, she must adapt to her new role on the ship, and try to control her newly awakened desire for the brutal and devastatingly erotic demon.

Anya watched Sebastian from the corner of her eye as he went to work cleaning away the blood. He was focused and intent on his task, but couldn't seem to stop touching her in little ways. Softly brushing her hair, her shoulder, her hip. Was he checking her for further injuries? It seemed more intimate than that. It was almost as if he didn't even realize he was doing it.

His tenderness with her was astonishing. While he was focused on wiping the blood from her cut, Anya allowed herself to study him closer. He seemed calm now, though his energy was still erratic.

When he had first returned, still resembling the monster, it had terrified her. He'd still been enraged, much more so, it seemed. And not for the first time, she'd thought he might hurt her.

But when his eyes had found hers, he'd visibly relaxed, instantly morphing back into the Bastian she recognized.

With a gentleness contradictory to the man standing before her, he cleaned her wound. By his soft pats and concerned looks, she knew now that he would never hurt her. She felt silly for ever thinking otherwise. He'd shown her nothing but kindness from the beginning.

“You're not frightened of me anymore?” he asked without averting his gaze from the cut on her cheek.

He was almost completely back to normal now. His horns were returning to their original dark black, and his fangs had receded. Thinking back to his other form, she couldn't muster the terror it had inspired in the first place. “No,” she said simply.

“So easily?”

“You make it hard to fear you, Sebastian, when you treat me the way you do.”

“And how's that then?”

“Like you would never hurt me, no matter how angry you are, or how much you might want to.”

His golden eyes locked on hers with such intensity it stole her breath. “I would never want to hurt you.” Cupping her face, he rubbed his thumb along her unmarked cheek. “I could never hurt you. If anything ever happened to you, I fear I will be trapped on the Edge forever.” Leaning in, he lightly kissed her bruise. “I think of you constantly.” He kissed her forehead. “Always.” Then with the lightest touch, he kissed her lips.

With words so sweet, Anya couldn't help but lean into him. This wasn't the demanding kiss from before. This was soft, smooth, tender. This time he allowed her to explore him at her leisure. His lips were soft and warm, molded to hers, and she caressed them.

Her second real kiss ever was turning out to be the most erotic experience of her life. Sebastian was watching her with his liquid gold eyes, filled with restrained lust as he let her place soft kisses on him.

When she darted out her tongue, he dropped his hands to her hips, his body wedging between her legs. The second time she darted her tongue to lick his sweet lips, he opened, his tongue meeting hers.

From deep within him, she heard the rumblings of a satisfied groan. The mere sound stroked her own lust, and she instinctively dug her nails into his shoulders. Liquid pooled between her legs. Bastian's grip tightened in her hips.

“Let me taste you,” he grated.

Top Seven Paranormal Romance Creatures by Kiersten Fay

To top off the list, I have to mention Vampires. Over the last then or more years, they have really dominated. What is about these pasty, cold, dead creatures that keeps us obsessed? I don’t have a clear-cut answer. I don’t fully understand my own affinity to these mysterious creatures. I just go with it.

Hunky alpha males who turn into wolves during the full moon are probably the second most loved paranormal creature out there. They are strong, decisive, animalistic, best of all, great in bed. Rawr. They are natural-born leaders, loyal, protective... What’s not to love? Oh, yeah, they could potentially mindlessly rip your throat out on a monthly basis.  

This is probably one of my favorites. Girl power! Strong female characters that go through life kicking ass and taking names. Well, for the most part. They are generally connected to the earth—or patron planet if we’re talking science fiction—and elements, and can be very sensual creatures. Just don’t piss them off or you’ll likely get tossed a hundred yards by a blast of magical rage.

An odd choice for a romance character, in my opinion, but I guess, since everything else has been done, zombies are the next logical step. However, I don’t see myself embracing the zombie as a love interest. Although, don’t hold me to that. Anything’s possible. They are undead, reanimated human corpses who thirst for Brraaainsss. At least traditionally.

Succubae / Demons
These characters are fun to write as a leading man or lady. They are barbaric, primitive, coarse, and wild. They are led around by their baser instincts and always up for a romp in the sack. Often, they don’t understand the point of sparing feelings, and are about as blunt as sledgehammer to the head. The prefer action over talk any day.

The appearance of angels in a romance novel usually lends itself to apocalyptic undertones. Not always, but most of the time. Because when else are angels ever needed? While demons run around satisfying their baser urges, angels are usually much more self-contained and goal oriented with a “bigger picture” mentality. There’s always someone to save or some great evil to thwart. Fallen angels, on the other hand, are much more like their demon counterparts.

For some reason, and I could be completely wrong about this, ghosts are one the least utilized character in paranormal romance, which is strange because the term paranormal is synonymous with ghosts. Personally, I think the paranormal genre should have been called supernatural romance instead, but alas, I was not consulted during the naming process.  Ghosts are pretty self-explanatory. Dead, usually human, hasn’t passed on to the afterlife, often has the power of telekinesis. Normally, a ghost’s biggest problem, aside from being perpetually invisible, is not having this power.  

There are many lesser known characters to choose from and the list is only stifled by an author’s imagination, but I’ll leave it at this for now.

About the Author:
Kiersten Fay is the author of the steamy paranormal romance series, Shadow Quest, which combines paranormal and sci-fi romance and is loosely based on mythology and lore. Like many authors, she loves creating new worlds with the power of her mind, along with brooding alpha males and strong, yet vulnerable, female leads.

In 2012, she received a nominated for favorite author of 2012 via gravetells.com, and that same year, won Favorite Story of August for Demon Retribution, the third book in her Shadow Quest series. Before becoming an author, Kiersten worked as a graphic designer, and now enjoys creating her own book covers.

For more information on Kiersten Fay, or her upcoming romance novels, visit her website www.kierstenfay.com


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