The Fallen King by T.A. Grey
Title: The Fallen King
Author: T. A. Grey
Genre: paranormal erotic romance
Format: (print, ebook, or both) ebook
K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m an erotic romance author who likes to write stories with a lot of action, a lot of tension, and with a good dose of humor. I have three cats. I love horror movies and documentaries, and I over-decorate at Halloween.
K.S. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
I can’t sit still for long, yet I need to write for at least four hours every day. I try to combat my need to be active with my need to be sitting still writing by switching the location where I write at often.
K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
My desire to start writing my own stories came from two different things. First, I read a story that was supremely disappointing. I remember thinking that if only “this” or “that” were different then this story would be so much better. And being a romance junkie I flew through romance novels of different kinds. It got to the point where I felt many of them were too much alike. There were always little things I thought should be changed in one way or another in order to make a better story. So, I started studying the craft and writing my own stories. After I started I couldn’t stop because I had finally found a way to write stories in the way I thought they ought to be written.
K.S. What genre do you write?
Erotic romance and romance.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
Having a growing fan base has inspired me to continue writing. They mean so much to me and many are so supportive. I just love them to death! My favorite author is Kresley Cole because she writes addicting stories that are filled with things I love in a romance: lots of tension, a great magical story, tons of humor, and larger-than-life characters.
K.S. What does your family think of your writing?
My family’s insanely proud. None of them read romance so most are waiting until the day I dive out into horror or suspense so that they can read it. Haha! One day I’ll get into that genre too. They support me unconditionally, which couldn’t make me happier. It was rather embarrassing trying to explain what erotic romance is my family. They all grinned and laughed.
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
That I can do it. That I can write a novel (that actually sells). That I can write an entire series of books that people want to read and re-read and share with their friends. I can actually do it. That’s a pretty damn good feeling.
K.S. What inspires you?
In terms of story, I get inspiration from everything especially in documentaries, movies, and in people watching. I’m a big creeper—always watching others to see what makes them tick.
K.S. Where can we buy your novel?
My novels are all available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and iTunes. Basically anywhere you can buy ebooks!
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
You can visit my website at: www.tagrey.com.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/T-A-Grey/122074687903394
Visit my blog: http://tagrey.wordpress.com/
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
Write as often as possible and read whenever you can.
K.S. Tell us the story behind the story. What inspired you to write this novel?
The inspiration for The Fallen King came from the previous books. The Bellum Sister series came to me because I wanted to write something big and epic feeling. I wanted devastatingly sexy and unique men with succubus sisters who had no choice but to be with them.
The Fallen King takes off with the story of a cursed demon, Alrik Demuzi, who’s on a quest to kill the one who cursed him—his mother. The beginning of Alrik’s tale started in Ties That Bind, book 3 in the series, however anyone can pick up this book and follow the story. Alrik has lost the love of his life in a vicious battle. He also lost his kingdom deep beneath the rift that separates the human realm from the demonic. So, banished from his demonic kingdom, he’s set off to find and kill his mother, but for two long years she has outmaneuvered him.
Frustrated, Alrik has sought out a powerful seer for help. The seer tells him that a human witch by the name Abbigail Krenshaw is the only person who is powerful enough to kill his mother. A human, a witch, can help him? The idea is almost too ridiculous for Alrik to grasp.
Abbigail pushes Alrik to find tenderness inside him that he didn’t know he had. The more they are together the more she worms her way under his skin. She’s so different from his former love and he discovers he likes those differences—a lot. ;)
K.S. Tell us about the book cover. How does it represent your book? How did you choose the artwork?
Book Blurb/Synopsis:Life couldn't have possibly gotten worse for the demon king Alrik. But it did. He lost the love of his life. Days spent clouded in black and gray were brightened only with the lovely Arianna near. Her light kept the darkness at bay if only for a few moments.
And now she's gone leaving him alone. Now he has nobody. But he has purpose. A purpose—steely determination—for revenge against the one who cursed him. His mother. She's out there in the rift, gathering forces, for what, he's unsure.
A mere human witch by the name Abbigail Krenshaw is the key to saving himself and killing his mother--or so a little old seer tells him under sword point. Small, fragile, and breakable Abbigail almost reminds him of his lost love, yet she's different. Strong, charming, always pushing him in ways that Arianna wouldn’t dare. He can feel her worming her way into his battered, blackened heart and can't decide whether he wants to close her inside forever, or lock her out.
He needs Abbigail. He needs the human witch to sacrifice herself in order to save his tortured soul. He's more than willing to sacrifice her for his purpose, but the more he's around her the more difficult it becomes to uphold the decision. Can he really use her to save himself and let her die? His heart screams no but his mind says yes.
The human mumbled to herself, her head lolling left and right. Something tightened in his gut as he looked at her. He didn’t like it. Gazing upon her stirred something deep inside of him.
Who was she to try to compete with his Arianna? She was no Arianna. Arianna was a goddess. Beautiful, shining, dark black hair fell down to her slender waist and a graceful figure and demeanor that could only be obtained with the best of haute, aristocratic blood in her veins. This human looked nothing like his Arianna. She had hair the color of wet dirt. It looked thin and not heavy like Arianna’s hair. She had wide hips and more curves than Arianna, but Arianna didn’t need blatant curves. Her graceful figure brought about attention alone.
Simply put, she wasn’t his Arianna.
Then why did his gut clench just looking at her?
Too long without a woman, maybe. His gaze trailed over her form once more taking in the slight span of her waist and the flare of her hips. The sight stirred something hot buried deep inside him. He wondered how she’d feel pressed tight against him…bare skin to bare skin.
His cock hardened like steel.
Alrik charged into the dark cave. He didn’t need his sight in his place; he knew it like the edge of his sword. He went far back into the cave, sidestepping the fire pit he’d made before he’d left to find the human. Then he dropped the human to the ground. He wasn’t gentle about it and she gave him the response he’d been looking for. Her eyes shot open, mouth forming a big circle as pain pinched her features. She let out a low, husky groan that did nothing to alleviate the pressure in his groin.
“What the hell,” she groaned, turning on her side to rub her back.
“We will talk now.”
She hadn’t been aware of him, he realized. Now she was. Slowly her head fell back, her eyes turned up to meet his. Recognition dawned slowly. Her eyes darted wildly around the cave filling with panic and fear. She stood in a rush then wobbled on her feet. Panic had her in its grip. She swung her arms out, found the wet cave wall with a hand, and then leaned towards it to steady herself, pressing both hands against it.
“What the hell’s going on? Oh my god, where am I?”
“Be quiet. I will talk and you will listen. Do you understand?” He hadn’t met a human in years. In his previous experience, some were smart and others not so much. He hoped his salvation didn’t lie in a daft girl who looked entirely too young to have the amount of power the seer spoke of.
She turned and glared at him. The spark of anger was good, and the cleverness he spotted in her eyes even better. Good, she wouldn’t be daft.
“Excuse me? How about you tell me who you are, demon, where I am, why I’m here, and what you want with me?” She crossed her arms and set her light green eyes on him.
Alrik had the distinct urge to stalk over to her and tower over her just to see her quiver in fear. She will learn her place soon enough. Her attitude would go even quicker. He was a king, and some lowly human would not treat him like a servant.
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Praise for the Other Books in the Series
Chains of Frost (book #1)
"Having never read a novel by this author before, I was delighted to pick up this novel. It is extremely fast paced and never slows down. The story flows beautifully together, and will lead perfectly into the second novel. This is a truly enchanting novel that will grab the interest of readers everywhere and will not let go." – Night Owl Romance
Bonds of Fire (book #2)
"Bonds of Fire is, as I previously mentioned, the second book in the trilogy of the Bellum sisters. It is a wonderful story, moving fast and never stopping for anything. It ties in beautifully to the previous book, with the stories blending with each other, and working together to build the third novel, which is forthcoming. Romance lovers everywhere will adore this book (and the series) as much as I have." 4.5/5 stars! Night Owl Romance Top Pick!
Ties That Bind (book #3)
"Ties That Bind is a hair-raising, nail biting, heartwarming adventure of the grandest scale. Of all three of the Bellum sisters, Lily would have to be my personal favorite, as she is charming, quirky, and not a little bit spunky and outrageous. She is also still a delicate and unsure young lady. This is a perfect conclusion to the Bellum sisters trilogy, and I absolutely loved it." 5/5 stars! Night Owl Romance Top Pick!
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Author BioI love to write the kind of stories that will keep you up late at night and make your heart pound. It’s my goal in writing to make each new book better, more exciting, more action-packed, not only to test myself as a writer but to keep thrilling you. I’m always trying to push the boundaries with my imagination, and yours, to create something new and different.
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance novels then you’ll love my Bellum Sisters Trilogy. This isn’t your typical romance story, so be prepared for a kick of heat and tons of action. The Bellum Sisters Trilogy has received excellent reviews from paranormal bloggers and two of the three books are Top Picks from Night Owl Reviews.
Now, if you like shorter books with quite a bit of heat, humor, and action then I’d recommend the Kategan Alphas series. This erotic series features the sexy Kategan family and all the lucky men and women who get to meet them and complete their lives.
Visit my website to learn more about me and my books at www.tagrey.com.