Please tell us about your latest release.
Taming Darkness is the story of Lucifer Morning Star, the world’ most infamous fallen angel, and the one woman who was able to hold temptation over him. Luce is getting through his days, passing the time while waiting for the Apocalypse when a human girl named Maria catches his eye. Maria is twenty-three, naive of the world around her and months away from taking her final vows to be a nun. In an attempt to lure her away from God, Luce finds himself falling again as Maria shows him a glimpse of heaven once more.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
Most of the names in my Darkness series have very particular names. I even go into the meanings of names in book 2. I gave Lucifer the alter ego of Lucas Starr because Lucas still means light, and as we all know Lucifer was the light bearer. He is known biblically as Lucifer Morning Star, so I just slightly changed the spelling of Star to Starr. Maria is representative of the Virgin Mary, so that is obvious. Kael, Ru’mel and Lilith are all names of demons in mythology. Evelyn is my oracle, and the name Evelyn means life. I feel that suits her since she sees how all life will grown and change.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Writing Lucifer is very natural to me. I often feel like he’s standing next to me feeding me his lines and I can’t type fast enough. I adore writing him, villain and all.
Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
I did a lot of research on the character of Lilith. I found some fascinating facts about her. Some I used, others I just filed away for future books in this series. They definitely shaped her character, and she is a strong presence in book one. She has more demonic traits that the fallen angels. She is a shapeshifter who knows what she wants and will do whatever it takes to obtain it.
With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?
I wrote book two first, so I actually feel that readers can start the series at two (Killing Darkness, it will be out in the fall) and then go back and read one (Taming Darkness). One acts more like a prequel, but of course they are being released this way so you can read them in order.
Do you write in different genres?
I do. This series is paranormal, but I also write in horror and magical realism.
What are your guilty pleasures in life?
Starbucks coffee and black eyeliner.
Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
I make venetian masks. I collected them for so long, and then finally took the plunge and started making them. I work in paper mache and leather. I’ve sold many of them to people all over the United States.
What was the last amazing book you read?
I’m a big Game of Thrones fan, so I’m making my way through that series. It is pretty epic!
Where can readers find you on the web?
www.katdaemon.com That is my website which has the links to my twitter, facebook, pintrest and email. Please feel free to contact me, I ADORE hearing from readers! I love all of your questions and comments :)
The Darkness Saga
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: April 16, 2014
Number of pages: 174 pages
Word Count: 54,000
Cover Artist: S.P. McConnell
Since he was sentenced to earth eons ago, Lucifer has always lived by three simple rules: Humans are toys that are meant to be played with, love is a useless emotion, and the only creature worth fighting for is himself. To him, nothing matters but his own enjoyment, whether it be manipulating those around him, or indulging in the sins of the flesh with Lilith.
Then he found young, sweet, and innocent, Maria, who is everything that Lucifer detests. She has devoted her life to her one true love, God. Unable to resist a challenge, Lucifer sets his sights on tempting Maria away from his enemy. Disguising himself as Lucas Starr, he creates a world that not even Maria can resist. He never planned on having the tables turned on him.
Imagine Lucifer’s surprise when Maria brings him to his knees and shows him a glimpse of heaven once more. Blinded by his arrogance and an unlikely vision, Lucifer falls again, this time forgetting that some lines should never be crossed. When his greatest opponent, Michael, shows up, all Hell breaks loose.
Will Maria be able to accept Lucifer for who he truly is, or realize what Michael already knows: some destinies can never be changed?
There are many places that I have called home over my lifetime. I have rooms in every corner of the globe. Yet, I have such a fondness for Manhattan that I made a penthouse on the Upper East Side one of my more permanent lairs. I acquired the building during the stock market crash of 1929. Amazing what people are willing to give up when they are in a state of panic. Although the entire building is mine, I prefer to spend my time at the top, watching the city, keeping a close eye on humanity.
This particular evening, I was host to a party, an impromptu event in which many of my minions had brought with them a human counterpart to tempt and indulge. All around me, the weak were lost in laughter, swimming in the sensation of sin as they turn a blind eye on their conscience. Bodies were draped over chaise lounges with veins full of heroin, brains closed to common sense. Girls danced for men with dollars while greedy hands in the corner bet their house over a card game. In the back rooms, people fucked like dogs, cheating on their spouses, and snorting lines of cocaine off of the bodies of the camouflaged demons that would later chain them to the beds. The air was thick with smoke and fragrant with booze. It was a typical Saturday night.
I sat cast in shadows, a king on my throne, observing the jesters that provided my entertainment. Sometimes, human behavior fascinated me. But mostly, I was watching Lilith. She was sitting on top of the bar, with no less than a dozen suitors at her feet. Leave it to Lilith to break my one guest rule. Red leather high-heeled boots ran up her legs, black hot pants revealed too much flesh, and a red halter top tied her up in one neat package. Her skin might as well have been white marble, with lips red as roses begging to be kissed. Lavish, flaming red hair spilled over her breasts, hitting her hips in thunderous waves. She was the vision of a ripe, delicious, cherry waiting to be plucked. One of my favorite features was her eyes. They were always changing color, alternating between green and yellow. What was even more fascinating was that she could spin them at will, hypnotizing any man that needed to be soothed.
The primitive beings before her fought hard to serve, hoping for a fraction of consideration, but her eyes were on me. They always were. Hopping off of the bar, she walked toward me, her body swaying in a seductive rhythm, her hips demanding my attention. She offered me a half empty glass of bourbon, and made herself comfortable in my lap. Stretching out like a cat, she lay against my chest and raised a lazy hand beneath my chin, tracing my chiseled jaw with her finger. Had it been a normal night, I would have enjoyed her this way, but I knew it wasn’t for me. It was all part of the act for her fans, whose hungry eyes longed for her, with tongues hanging and dicks waving.
I pulled her hair out of my face, rested it on her shoulder, and took a generous gulp of the bourbon. “Rough day at work, dear?” I asked while eyeing the strings of her shirt knotted at her neck. It didn’t seem to be tied very tight, and I was tempted to pull it apart.
“If only it were. You know I like it rough.” She purred in my lap. “May I ask what the great Lucifer has been up to? I haven’t seen you around lately.”
I handed her the glass and revealed my secret. “I found a new toy.”
“Oh? I’m in need of a new toy.” She took a drink from the glass and licked her lips before laying her head against my shoulder. “I keep breaking all of mine.” She gestured toward the bar, where the men were begging for her return. Her fingers unbuttoned my two top buttons. She slipped her hand inside and ran her fingers over my pecs. She was warm, like me.
“I’m not sharing this one,” I declared.
“You never do,” she said, pulling her hand back a tad more defiant than I would have liked. Sitting up and slamming back the bourbon, she leaped from my lap, taking a step back toward her fans.
“Lilith...I think I might keep this one for a while. This soul may be a bit harder to acquire.”
She turned and looked at me for a moment, contemplating my intent. “I never interfere with your work, just as long as it doesn’t interfere with me.”
“Go have fun. Work up an appetite, and when you get hungry, come back to me.”
She leaned down and placed a firm hand on each armrest, looking into my eyes with her wild, animal instincts. She kissed me fiercely, and added, “I always do.”
“One more thing,” I said grabbing her wrist and kissing the inside of it before she fled toward her toys. “That blonde with the great hair, but bad teeth...”
Lilith turned a lazy head and noted who I referred to. “Do you want him?” she offered.
“I want his watch,” I said, my eyes locked on the Rolex that was in all likelihood a family heirloom.
Lilith laughed. “Is that all? Consider it yours.” Then she made her way back to the crowd to break a few hearts, and perhaps a few necks as well.
About the Author:
Kat Daemon grew up in New York where her imagination always seemed to get the best of her. When she’s not hanging with demons, she’s usually armed with a strong cup of coffee and dreaming up her next tormented character.
You can find out more about Kat and her books at www.katdaemon.com
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