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Guest Post: Christine Ashworth – Demon’s Soul

I hope you will all give Christine Ashworth a warm welcome today, and talk about her new release, Demon Soul.  What an AWESOME cover (and it’s not even cover friday!)  Answer her question, and one lucky winner will receive a free ecopy of Demon Soul in PDF format.

* Demon Soul 90K MARCH 2011 CRESCENT MOON PRESS ISBn 978-0-9841805-9-2

Gabriel Caine stands on the edge of the abyss. A vampire has stolen his soul and if he doesn’t get it back soon, his next step will be into Hell. Only the mysterious Rose can help him retrieve it. Without her, he really will become the devil himself.

Rose Walters has been sent back from the dead to complete one task – save Gabriel Caine. She’s drawn to Gabriel on the most basic level, but restoring his soul may cost Rose her life.

Rose has touched the whole of Gabriel, making him yearn for a love he believes he can never have. Her willingness to put her human life on the line for him forces him to bring all three parts of himself – demon, human, and Fae bloodlines, and the strengths of each – into harmony and into the fight that decided their fate.

Thank you Teresa for having me as a guest on your blog, I’m super excited to be here. I’m just off an exhausting week at RT and my brain is buzzing with all I’ve learned, seen, talked about and experienced this week. One panel struck a chord with me, and that panel was about world building in the sci-fi arena.

I write paranormal romance but I’m an eclectic reader – everything from space opera with techno-babble in it to sweeping historical romance filled with lush rolling hills and lush, rolling bodies. So the panel was interesting in that it encompassed any world you may build, from our current day world to something on a different planet.

Every world needs to make economic sense (unless it is a dead planet with no people). It needs to have a political structure, a religious structure, a social structure and an economic structure; the weather will also affect your society and should not be dismissed. Most of all though, in order for your story not to seem dated ten years from now, you should gloss over how everything works if at all possible. L.E. Modesitt calls too much discussion of technology as techno-porn, where the author is reveling in the physics of it all. And if you’re a professor of physics, then go for it – you’ve got the background. But if you’re like most of us, stay away from the technology! You want your books to have a long shelf life. (Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, and yes, L.E. Modesitt for instance; their books are ageless.)

My fictional world is this world – Santa Monica, California, present day. It just happens to harbor a secret underlayer of tribreds – humans who also have demon and Fae blood running through their veins. They’re the protectorate of Earth, but knowledge has gone missing and contact has not been made in a hundred years or more. Now, with the help of a human sorcerer, portals are opening up to the Chaos Plane, and full demons are coming through to the human plane. The series arc will demand my heroes to step up and meet this new threat, as they are the only ones who can do the job.

My first book, DEMON SOUL, is grounded in this world. Gradually we figure out something is going on under the radar beyond what’s happened to Gabriel, so the end of that novel is actually the beginning of the wider problem, which will be resolved in the next three novels.

Which are your favorite novels set in other worlds? Does the world structure hang together when you dig deeper?

You can get YOUR copy of Demon Soul at Amazon or AllRomanceEbooks

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13 Responses to “Guest Post: Christine Ashworth – Demon’s Soul”

  • Colleen says:

    I just got into Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DARK HUNTERS books and am loving the way she has created the shifter world within the normal world. You get to see into each group of characters she has created and how they interact with each other and the normal human world.
    I have enjoyed many other series and other authors as well…
    Your cover is eye catching! Thanks for sharing your book with us!

  • Colleen, Kenyon does an AMAZING job in creating her Dark Hunter world, I agree! She’s got a lot of books to sink your teeth into as well – enjoy the ride!

  • Viki says:

    Demon Soul sounds great. Love the secret world. Who’s to say, something similar may actually exist. I try to keep an open mind ;). Have to mention that your cover is just gorgeous.

  • Beth Caudill says:

    Love your comments about World Building.

    I read a steampunk novel and I couldn’t get a handle on what the actual world looked liked. There was very little setting description but lots of techno-speak.

    My favorite worlds are Anne McCaffrey’s Pern and Crystal Singer, Mercedes Lackey Valdemar, and Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel series.

    They are consistent across books and have some that go forward or backward in time and those remain consistent.

    • Beth, I too love the Pern world and the Crystal Singer world, both so different. I’ll have to check into Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel series, thanks for the recommendation!

  • i adore the world of the southern vampire mystery series where sookie stackhouse lives … the world does ring true for me all across the board since it is so sensory.

    • Therese, I’m such a Sookie fan. It’s been awhile since I’ve read her and I need to catch up! You’re right, the senses are very important there since the world is so much like our own.

  • GretavdR says:

    I read and write SF, so the worlds have to work. One of my favourites is Pern in Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books. She explains everything – how the dragons were created, the society, the works. Similarly, Elizabeth Moon adds great depth to her novels by making the settings and the science believable.

    And therein lies the key. You have to believe.

  • Greta, absolutely you have to believe, and McCaffrey did a fabulous job! As she went along, each book got a little more detailed. I like to think she was discovering it, book to book, just like we did as readers.

  • I just wanted to stop in and show some love. I love this book. The world building is phenomenal, and believe me, I struggle with that aspect in my writing. So loved the grit in this story and Christine is an uber-cool chick. Check out her book, you won’t be disappointed. *sneaking away now*

  • Laura Sheehan says:

    I love fantasy, and there’s always that added element of excitement when it’s set in the real-world (at least for me). That’s one of the things I loved about Harry Potter, that little thought at the back of your mind that says “maybe, just maybe, this world actually exists!”

    But back to the concept of world-building: I’m attempting to write my first-ever fantasy novel and I’m still in the world-building process. I have a vague idea of the plot and characters, but I can’t flush those out until I’ve got the world. Because like you pointed out, the religion, culture, geography, and even the weather will play a factor in who my characters are, how they interact, and how the plot develops… So I figured my first step should be making a map. Is this the right place to start? I have vague ideas of geography, but nothing actually laid out/drawn. Where do YOU start when it comes to world-building? Are there any tools that would be helpful?


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