Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Meet Kallysten, author of Demons and Lullabies...Enter her Breast Cancer Awareness "Shades of Pink" giveaway on her website
I would like to introduce to you today, the incredible talents of Kallysten, author of the Demons Age series, who was happy to answer some questions about her writing and books.
Today is also very special as Kallysten is on a blog tour promoting her latest book, Demons & Lullabies, book 2 in the Demons Age series.
Please make sure to read all of this post so as you can be teased by an excerpt of the book.
Now let’s get this party started shall we *wink*
Thank you Kallysten for being with us today on Blood, Lust and Erotica. It is so nice to have fresh blood, I ahmm mean new people come and join us *giggles*
Ø What inspired you to write your book?
I write a lot about vampires, and in my stories they often live side by side with humans. I had the idea to write a story showing a vampire reacting to a child growing up and how it changes the vampire. When I realized it couldn’t be about one specific event but that I had to show the evolution through childhood and teen years, I became very excited about writing a very different kind of story, told through snapshots that span eighteen years rather than a single plot.
Ø Which Point of View do you prefer to write in and why?
I enjoy both 1st and 3rd person limited very much, and it really depends on the story. Most of my books are 3rd person, but as close as I get to my characters’ thoughts it’s sometimes not enough, and I have written an entire series of short stories, plus a novel sequel, in first person. This series, Out of the Box, was about the sexual and romantic awakening of the heroine (and hero) and I really felt like the reader had to be right in her head to truly experience what she did.
Ø Do you prefer to plot your story or just go with the flow?
Again, I do both *grins*. For most of my stories, I outline extensively before I start writing, and usually know what the last scene, sometimes even the last words of the story will probably be. Of course, sometimes the outline goes out the window when the characters decide I didn’t get things quite right. There’s one time when I completely write with the flow, and that’s for my monthly freebies, including the current one, One Last Lullaby. For these, I start with a general idea and just make it up as I go. It can be really fun to see where my characters take me.
Ø What excites you the most about your book?
As much as I enjoy writing, it’s always hearing back from readers that’s the most thrilling. What I keep hearing from readers about Demons & Lullabies is how relatable the characters are. They’re two vampires, two men raising a child, but their experiences are for the most part little things that most families would go through, which is what I was trying to show in this book. It’s always exciting to me to realize that I have transmitted through my words the very thing I wanted to express.
Ø Are there any sequels planned?
Well I first set up to write one book, which was Fangs & Lullabies, released last year. It was so long that I cut out some parts and developed them and created this companion book, Demons & Lullabies. I also just released a companion freebie based on the same snapshots concept, Forgotten Lullabies. And the monthly freebie I mentioned earlier shows Jacob, the vampires’ son, as an adult. Will I write another full length novel in the same series? At this moment in time I’d say no, but I’ve learned that even stories that feel finished sometimes come back to haunt me, and I have a feeling this one just might do that…
Now that sounds fantastic and such a worthy cause too. I know I’ll be popping over to try my fangs ahmm hand at winning lol.
Please feel free to drop by anytime you want Kallysten, you have been a joy to host and your answers quite insightful.
On behalf of the readers of Blood, Lust and Erotica, I wish you well with your new release, Demons and Lullabies and please feel free to come back anytime!
Title: Demons & Lullabies
Series: Demons Age, Book 2 (Can be read independently)
Genre: Male/Male, Paranormal, Romance,
Words: 107.000 words
Some little boys want to be firemen or astronauts when they grow up. From the moment Jacob understood what his fathers did, he never wanted to do anything but fight demons.
Andrew, Jacob’s father and a vampire, fights demons because it’s a necessity: few others have the strength or skill to kill the strange creatures that started appearing the very night his son was born. He carries with him some guilt, too, and the suspicion that the magic that made Jacob’s very life possible also opened the way for the demons. The last thing he wants is for his son to ever join this fight and get hurt.
As the years pass, however, and Andrew watches Jacob grow up and grow more determined, he slowly has to accept there’s little he can do to deter his son. It doesn’t help that Nicholas, Jacob’s other dad and Andrew’s Childe, starts giving Jacob sword-fighting lessons under the cover of playing, or that Jacob discovers his mother’s diaries and comes to the same conclusion Andrew did concerning his origins and the demons’.
Through snapshots covering Jacob’s life from birth to adulthood, watch all three members of this unusual family change, grow up, and find their place in the world.
His father’s car was there, and Jacob tried to swallow the lump in his throat when he saw it was empty. He rested a hand on the hood for a second; it was lukewarm, as though the car had only been stopped for a while. The roof was down, and Andrew rarely left the convertible open if he expected to be gone for long. Dropping the blanket inside the car, Jacob checked the phone again. The pin that represented him was very close to Nicholas’, but as he looked around, he couldn’t see anyone. It was that steady water drip he could still hear that clued him in.
Near the beginning of the trail was a water fountain, with one of those old-fashioned hand pumps and a basin at the base. If it dripped…
Tightening a suddenly sweaty hand over the hilt of his sword, he went over to the fountain. He wanted to run, but forced himself to walk at a steady pace, giving himself time to look around for any sign of life, to listen for suspicious sounds, even smell the air, like the hunter Andrew had tried for so long to deny Jacob was.
Before he reached the fountain, he had already picked up both his fathers’ scents, along with something else, something like sulfur and rotten eggs. He’d smelled this before, lingering on his fathers’ clothes or Craig’s after they had fought hard. This was what demons smelled like.
His heart jumped in his chest at the same time he flexed his fingers on the sword. He had been trained to fight demons since the very first time he picked up a foam sword and played with Nicholas but he didn’t know if he was ready to fight one now.
A gleam, low in front of him, brought his gaze to the ground. He bent down to pick up Nicholas’ phone. His throat had never felt so tight. His eyes searched the ground for ashes and dust, but even if they were there, would he have seen them in such poor light?
He wanted to call out for his dads, but at the same time he knew it would have been a terrible idea. If there was a demon around—demons—the last thing he wanted was to give away his presence. Besides, he had other means to track them down.
Turning off Nicholas’ phone, he slipped it into his pocket and took a deep breath in through his nose. Nicholas’ scent, along with Andrew’s and the demon’s, led him straight into the woods.
He advanced with cautious steps, holding the sword in front of him with both hands, his eyes sweeping around him, attentive to any movement. There was none that he could see, and no sound other than the rustling of leaves above them, or small animals scurrying out of sight. He continued to follow the scents deeper into the woods. Again, he wanted to call out for them, and again he thought better of it.
He was afraid—no, he was terrified—but not for himself. He was afraid of how badly his fathers might be hurt. Afraid it had taken him too much time to come to them. He wanted nothing more than to run, find them fast, find them now, but everything he had ever learned told him to go slow, from Nicholas teaching him how to be very quiet when he had been a toddler to Andrew’s slightly surreal but actually helpful lesson about controlling his heartbeat and breathing, a few weeks earlier. Slow and steady, listening to every sound, breathing in through his nose not to lose the scents he was tracking, he crossed through the woods.
At the end, both their scents and the demon’s led him to a small clearing. A stream passed through, murmuring quietly, the water flowing around the massive body of the demon that laid face up across it.
His fathers’ scents were thicker here, now with the prominent smell of blood like a veneer that tinted everything. More than ever, Jacob wanted to call out to them, but he managed to reign in his instincts. If there were more demons, he didn’t want to draw them to him now. He held the sword hilt so tight that his knuckles turned white and approached the demon. Under a row of small spikes in the place of eyebrows, the demon’s eyes were open, staring straight up at the tree canopy above them. It was dead, and Jacob only needed seconds to find the bloody wound on its side that must have killed it.
He looked around again, and this time caught sight of a glimmer on the other side of the stream, moonlight reflecting on metal. His heart in his throat, Jacob started circling the thick tree that blocked his view, remaining at some distance so he would see before being seen.
He recognized the weapon first: Nicholas’ sword. Two more steps and he could see Nicholas, sitting on the ground with his back to the tree, holding the sword in front of him with both his hands as though defending. Jacob only needed one more second to know what he was defending. Across his lap, the unmoving body could only be—
About the Author:
Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.
To see her stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit