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Contemporary Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Setting

Immortal Illusions (part of the Eternity Covenant series)

In a desperate bid to save the dimension, mystic Raine Spencer risks everything to join forces with outlaw sorcerer Jack Madden. To reach their ultimate goal, they'll face vampires, demons, and immortals gone bad. He's her ticket to glory; she's his ticket to revenge. But love has its own agenda.

Old Gods, old grudges, big magic and a whole lot of love ... eternity never looked so good!

Warning: Strong language, graphic sex, violence, sorcery and a little sword play, big explosions, one nasty Druid, and no holds barred.
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LeeAnn from Coffee Time Romance fell in love w/the hero of Immortal Illusions, Mad Jack Madden, and gave the book an over all 5 cups review.

Rated: 5 Cups!
"Immortal Illusions is an amazing book, full of passion, mystery and good old fashion warfare. You cannot help but fall in love with Jack...a must read for anyone who loves paranormal Romance." -LeeAnn for www.CoffeeTimeRomance.com

 

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A strange thing happens when you write a book: it takes on a life, and personality all it's own, and sometimes it's not the one you think...

I'd sent Immortal Illusions to my publisher to get it's RT review. You list the category. Mine was contemporary paranormal (urban fantasy elements). This way, it goes to the right reviewers and the right categories. So imagine my surprise when it came back housed in the erotica section, with a review from there.

I contacted my liaison at my publisher who showed me the list sent, clearly marked contemporary paranormal. We couldn't figure how in the world it wound up reviewed as Erotica, especially since it was heavier on urban fantasy and lighter on tradition romance.

So fast forward a few years, and a local bookseller asked me to do a booksigning for Illusions. I said sure, happy to oblige, and thanks. She said: pick about 6 pages to read for the crowd, make sure it's PG13, we get a mix of attendees. I figure, hey, no problem. Right? Wrong. I open the book and start searching for a passage that is free enough of violence, graphic sex, strong language and other offensive liabilities to reach my page goal, and to hang together enough as an excerpt that it will make sense to my audience.

Can I find this? Nope. It's all bad language, crazy action leading to epic violence (including a demon war raid and the destruction of the Manhattan power grid), and hot hot hot sexual innuendo and follow through (in a train, on a roof, and a few other inventive spots). And suddenly, it came to me how I'd wound up reviewed in the Erotic section of Romantic Times... ;D
 

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I'm a big history buff, and huge historical romance fan. But there was no way I'd ever have 'the stuff' to write an historical romance, which was a shame because I loved Regency Rakes. To know I'd never have the chance to try my hand at one made me think: there has to be another way. And there was...

When I worked on Immortal Protector, and the character of Mad Jack Madden, the outcast sorcerer, took to life, I found myself imbuing him with the essence of the rake. Reckless, devil may care, a cad by all accounts (and true on most), yet pure of heart. So when I finished Protector, I wasn't surprised that next book on deck was Jack's story - Immortal Protector.

I found myself wondering, now how bad do you have to be to have almost all the Gods of Myth out to get you?
Pretty bad, which becomes very fun to write. Nothing beats a reprobate when it comes to bending, breaking and flaunting rules, and Illusions, I realized was about breaking rules and remaking your future to suit your needs and not the needs, wants, and prejudices of others. Yet, things still blow up, and there's a hot romance through out, so even with that heavy kind of theme, Jack kept things light.

He's a perennial fan favorite, but Illusions spawned a few other weird fan followings too. More on those later.
 

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Hi Ursula! I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy these little snippets and anecdotes about your books on this thread and the other one for Immortal Protector.  This is the kind of promo I like.  You're giving interesting information about you and your books and I find that very helpful, interesting, and fun to read.  I. Love. It.  Looking forward to your updates.  Thanks for sharing!

 

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Hi Mish! thanks for the awesome feedback and I'm glad you're into it!
I'm big on knowing the behind the scenes stuff myself, and I figure - hey- write what you like to read!  ;D
 

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So, of all my books (3), Immortal Illusions features a heavy dose of the Norse Gods up to all kinds of shenanigans (for all the right reasons). And of all 3 books, this is the one that sells most in Germany.

Go figure!
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