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Run away, run into their arms or crush them like a bug?

It started with talk of Halloween costumes, then it turned to the paranormal – vampires, shifters, witches and more – and became inspired by the writing of Christine Feehan, Thea Harrison, Lindsey Piper, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kristen Callihan.

Now we ask you the burning question: When the veil between the worlds wears thin and things that go bump in the night abound, do you run away, run into their arms or crush them like a bug?

Scenario 1

You’ve survived the type of childhood that would make the Bates family in Psycho seem normal, and become the type of cop that could give the Special Forces a run for their money. Then you wake up after being caught in a shootout to find: ‘A man [is] standing over [you]. Very tall, powerful. A predator . . . [and] Completely hot.’ He gives you back your gun when you ask for it. Do you run or do you stay?

Dark GuardianAsk that same question again when you find out he’s not human.

 

Question inspired by Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan.

 

 

 

Scenario 2

Fae, vampires and dragons, oh my. You’ve spent your life keeping a low profile among the Elder Races, that is until that rat b*st*rd blackmailed you into stealing from a frickin’ dragon! Now you’ve been caught, pretty much red-handed, and are in a very difficult situation. Do you turn to the incredibly hot dragon you’ve just stolen from for help, or do you leg it?

Dragon Bound

 

 

Question inspired by Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound.

 

 

 

Scenario 3

You’re a Dragon King (gender neutral species name), but for most of your life you’ve been a slave and most recently a prisoner, known only as ‘the Pet’. You’ve escaped and are on a mission you know could change the fate of your entire species, but your exceedingly-hot, former jailer keeps getting in the way. Do you hog tie him and hoof it, or bring him along?

Hunted Warrior

 

 

Question inspired by Lindsey Piper’s Hunted Warrior.

 

 

 

Scenario 4

You’re washing up the dishes in the kitchen when there’s a flash of light, you turn around to discover: ‘A handsome man. A naked man!’ Strangely he looks exactly like the love slave your bestie, a witch, tried to conjure for your birthday present. Even stranger, since you’ve never believed in the paranormal, let alone an ongoing war between vampires, gods and who knows what else. What do you do? Run like hell? Fling the dishes at him? Jump him?

Fantasy Lover

 

 

Question inspired by Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Fantasy Lover.

 

 

 

Scenario 5

You spend your evenings skulking through the streets of Victorian London. You may be young but you’re no stranger to the supernatural and are ‘older than most Mayfair debutantes offered up for sale’. You meet a mysterious man – who you discover is incredibly fit when you sensibly check him for weapons – on one of your late night jaunts, he has you cornered . . . Do you fight, stand your ground or slip away?

Firelight

 

Question inspired by Kristen Callihan’s Firelight.

 

 

 

 

Do let us know just what you would do. You might even turn this into a party game; we had hours of fun.

The inspiration behind Darkest London . . . by Kristen Callihan

On the 29th we published the first four in Kristen Callihan‘s rich and exciting Darkest London series! And to help celebrate we have a special web piece written by the author herself, fresh-faced from the RWA convention in Texas!

 

Piatkus: What can you tell us about Firelight, and the inspiration behind it? And what do you think of the setting and characters?

 

Kristen: Firelight  is what I like to call a weed book, in that it popped up without warning . . .

 

One minute I was putting on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for my young daughter, and then next, I started to wonder, what if the ‘beast’ was not outwardly ugly but had to hide himself behind a mask? What if who he was, and what he was hiding, made him the prime suspect of a murder mystery? And what if ‘Beauty’ was determined to solve this mystery and save her beast?

 

Of course this tale needed a setting; some place dark, atmospheric and full of danger; a place where murder most foul could play out on a grand scale. What better setting could there been than London? To me, Victorian London and Gothic tales go hand in hand. Flickering gas lamps, narrow alleyways shrouded in murky fog, glistening cobbles echoing with the sound of footsteps, all of it is a veritable feast for the senses. Is it any wonder that London became a character in its own right?

 

I’ve had such fun with this great city. From the British Museum to Big Ben to Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s, the landmarks play their own roles and characters often have an emotional connection to them. In truth, during the course of research, I’ve grown quite attached to London myself!

 

The Darkest London series are stories of action, mystery and romance, revolving around characters who hide what they are from normal human society. And while the characters often have extraordinary powers, they crave for love and acceptance, as we all do. I hope you enjoy reading the books, and invite you to sink into the sensual and often dangerous world of 1880s London.

 

Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze and Shadowdance are out now in ebook, and in paperback later this year!

Happy publication day Kristen Callihan!

Today we publish Kristen Callihan‘s Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze and Shadowdance in ebook and we could not be more excited! The magic side of Victorian London is so richly realised in these books that we know you’ll soon get lost in the love, power and thrilling action that the Darkest London series is known for.

Check out the gorgeous covers below and, if you’re just starting your journey into Darkest London, pick up your copy of Firelight today!