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30 Days of Demons – Day 10 – Larissa Ione

***Thank you to all the commenters and thank you to Larissa for visiting! The winner of the signed copy of a published Demonica book or a Demonica tote bag is comment #35 — LinzReads! Congrats! LinzReads has been contacted by email to claim her prize.***

To celebrate the countdown to my new release, the first book in the Living in Eden series, THE DEMON IN ME, I’m blogging every day (except for the last two days, that is. *shifty eyes*) — and some days I have fabulous guests and prizes!

Today it’s New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione, author of the addictively sexy Demonica series. She’s generously giving away a signed copy of any published book in the Demonica series OR a Demonica tote bag to a randomly selected commenter (US addresses only please). Winner will be chosen Tuesday, April 13th at 9:00 p.m. EST. Good luck!


ecstacy-unveiled_200What inspired you to write about demons?

Well, I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, and the stories I read about succubi and incubi were always fascinating. So when I came up with the concept of Underworld General Hospital, I decided to staff it with demons. Plus, at the time, vampires were all the rage, but no one was writing about demons. (At least, I didn’t think they were. By the time I had Pleasure Unbound written, authors like Gena Showalter and Jacquelyn Frank were already ahead of the game! *g*)

Demons — shades of gray or always evil?

Shades of gray, just like people.

What’s your demonically awesome book about?

Well, the whole series is set in an underworld hospital run by vampires, demons, and were-creatures, but the main characters are mostly demons. Think, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets E.R.” :) My newest release, Ecstasy Unveiled, is about a half-human, half-incubus assassin who has been pitted against his newfound family in a life-or-death situation. The very person he’s supposed to kill is his brothers’ best friend, and making matters worse, there is someone protecting the target — a gorgeous angel whose very wings are on the line if she fails.

Let’s say Jim Cameron calls and he wants to make Ecstasy Unveiled into a movie. Who are your actor/actress choices?

Honestly, I can’t answer that. I just don’t have anyone in mind for these characters no matter how hard I think. Okay, wait…maybe Milla Jovovich for Idess, the heroine. But the hero, Lore? I’m open to suggestions! *g*

What’s your one line of advice for aspiring writers (demonic or otherwise)?

Never give up, never surrender! What, no? Right, that’s taken. Okay, how about, don’t be afraid to break the rules. Learn them, know them, and then toss them out the window!


Thanks Larissa!

To learn more about Larissa and her fabulous books, please visit www.larissaione.com!

77 comments to “30 Days of Demons – Day 10 – Larissa Ione”

  1. Joni G.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:31 am · Link

    Love, Love, Love your books! I just recently ‘discovered’ them and devoured them in about a week! Can hardly wait for the next one in the series (am looking forward to reading Sin’s story)!

  2. Jessica
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:37 am · Link

    wow!! I’m so excited love your books ;)

  3. cait045
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:45 am · Link

    I am glad you joined 30 days of Demons I really enjoy your series. The covers are simply amazing.

  4. Jessica W
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:46 am · Link

    Thanks for the interview Michelle and Larissa. I just bought Ecstacy Unveiled and can’t wait to start reading. Passion Unleashed was a hawt read that I enjoyed very much but unfortunately those are the only two books I have of the Demonica Series. I would love you own them all.

    My question for Larissa… Which book of the Demonica series is your favorite and why?

  5. Nikki B
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:51 am · Link

    You are AMAZING Larissa! I love UGH and the wicked world you have created.

  6. Jenny
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:52 am · Link

    I absolutely devoured the Seminus Brothers, and cannot wait for Sin’s book!!
    I love the world you’ve created with UGH, and the various characters.
    I’d love to tell you I have a favorite…but that changed with which book I was reading!
    I love them ALL!!
    I am anxiously awaiting the Four Horseman!
    YOU ROCK!!!!

  7. Jeri Anne Crr
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:52 am · Link

    Love you and your books! Can’t wait for Sin’s story to come out.

  8. Cathy V
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:55 am · Link

    I love this series! I devoured them in just 3 days, now I’m jonesing big time for the next one! Can’t wait!

  9. Ariana
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:01 am · Link

    I love your books Larissa. My only wish is that you could write at superhuman speeds, because I want the next book NOW NOW NOW!!! ;) You are my fav paranormal author.

  10. Monica
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:03 am · Link

    An amazing series of books thank keep you wanting more and more! Thanks for the hard work ladies. I will be anxiously awaiting the newest releases from some very talanted writers.

  11. Larissa
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:04 am · Link

    Thanks, everyone! You guys are awesome! :)

    Jessica…yikes! Tough question! LOL Well, each book has a special place in my heart…but I think I have to go with Passion Unleashed. I really love writing Wraith, and it was fun to write him falling for Serena. The whole book just really came together well for me.

    Thanks for stopping by! ;)

  12. cyndi welding
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:04 am · Link

    I love Larissa’s Demonica series!

  13. Deanna Roy
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:05 am · Link

    I love the series, can’t wait for Sin’s book. Very excited. All I can say is keep’um coming.

  14. Tina G.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:05 am · Link

    I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and I look forward to Sin Undone.

  15. Shawna P
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:15 am · Link

    Hi Larissa!
    I have enjoyed your Demonica series throughly… I cannot wait for Sin Undone to come out… or any of the other books you write.. I have recently purchased the ACRO series :) and will start that series shortly! Also waiting to see what the horseman books will bring!

  16. Andrea Becraft
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:16 am · Link

    I just began to read your series and I am so in love! I am on passion Unleased right now! I plan on stopping by and seeing you are RT! And I will also be going to Lori Fosters retreat in june! Happy writting!

  17. Dawn
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:18 am · Link

    Love your books and can’t wait til the next! Have read everything that you have written. The Demonica Series is one of my favs and the ACRO series is right behind! Thanks for the worlds you have created! LOVE IT!!

    Dawn :)

  18. Beth
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:20 am · Link

    Ooooh! I looooove Larissa’s series! Got a two-fer today! Thanks, Michelle!

  19. Mary Nguyen
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:27 am · Link

    LOVE UR DEMONICA series!!!! i think i’ve worn out all my books by reading them over constantly!!! hehehehe!!! thanx for giving me dreams! lol. HOPE TO GET A MORE WHEN SIN’S BOOK COMES!!!

  20. Kelly `
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:29 am · Link

    You are an amazig author. After each book u left me wanting to read the next one immedatly. The books you write come alive in my head and I can almost picture myself in them . I love your work and can not wait for Sin Undone to come out. Thak you for creating a series that is absoulely amazing.

  21. Jessica W
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:33 am · Link

    Thanks Larissa. Passion Unleashed is an awesome book. Wraith is SEXY! ;)

  22. Avice W.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:51 am · Link

    I bought all your books for my Mom and she really enjoyed them. I can’t wait to read them myself.

  23. Kim Reetz
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:52 am · Link

    Loves Larissa and her demons!!!! Keep on writing.

  24. Rach
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:57 am · Link

    Thank you, Larissa, for your wonderful stories! You are amazing!!

  25. Darla G
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:57 am · Link

    Loving the 30 Days of Demons! Sadly haven’t read any of your books, it’s on the list somewhere and I will get to them eventually. Love the cover art tho!

  26. Myranda
     · April 12th, 2010 at 11:07 am · Link

    This sounds great! I loved Ecstasy Unveiled!

  27. Jon-Anne Fisher
     · April 12th, 2010 at 11:17 am · Link

    This is one of my favorite series!!! I can not wait until Sin Undone comes out!!!!!

  28. Viki S.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 11:34 am · Link

    I love your demons Larissa. Wraith is my guy. Am really looking forward to Sin’s book. Thanks so much for all the great books!

  29. Pamela Tisdale
     · April 12th, 2010 at 11:47 am · Link

    I totally fell hard for the Demonica Series, I remember browsing the book section and saw Pleasure Unbound and cadus on the book, picked it up and been in love ever since, The brothers rock. I like Sin already. Go Hard.

  30. JenniAlea
     · April 12th, 2010 at 12:18 pm · Link

    LOVE your series, cant wait until Sin Undone comes out!! I have recommended to all my friends and family.
    Thank you for all the fun i have while reading your amazing books!

  31. kinipela
     · April 12th, 2010 at 12:19 pm · Link

    I’ll never forget when I read the the first in the Demonica series- I was on a long flight home and it became apparent that the dude in the seat next to me was reading the book along with me. Great book, awkward time. :)

  32. Melissa
     · April 12th, 2010 at 12:29 pm · Link

    I just wanted to say(besides the obvious of U ROCK) I love the creativity of a hospital in a paranormal world. But my poor husband HATES when your books come out cuz he gets no SLEEP…. Ha you know a books good when u skip sleep to finish it! Just nothing I can do though, cuz Good writing = Good reading. Thank you for the all-nighters!

    I’d like to ask if you do all your writing in the same location or do you just write where ever the mood strikes…thanks!

  33. Jeanne
     · April 12th, 2010 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Love, love the books!! Wish you could write faster! Thanks for allowing me a few hours to escape into the lives of the Brotherhood!

  34. Calliope
     · April 12th, 2010 at 1:15 pm · Link

    I’m in Canada so don’t qualify for the contest (“U.S. Residents only” is the worst phrase EVER!) but wanted to say that I ADORE this series – especially Shade.

    Although, is it me or did only 2/3 (Rade and Stryke) of Shade and Runa’s sons get names? o_0

  35. LinzReads
     · April 12th, 2010 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Once again, great interview. Her books sound so good, and I like how they are different than a lot of the books now. They have supernatural elements, but then they have that twist of medical drama. Now I have MORE books to buy.

  36. Angela Christian
     · April 12th, 2010 at 1:18 pm · Link

    I love your books. You have such a great imagination. I am an avid reader and have read alot of books. But i have to say by far yours are the best. I just wish that my life was as exciting as your books. Thank you for writing them and can’t wait to read more.

  37. Chelsea B.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Good interview, and great advice!

  38. Breiab
     · April 12th, 2010 at 2:00 pm · Link

    Love your books and cannot wait for the next book.

  39. Ashley G
     · April 12th, 2010 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Love the Demonica series! They are so original, the writing is amazing and I just can’t put them down. Anxiously awaiting Sin Undone :)

  40. Picky
     · April 12th, 2010 at 2:19 pm · Link

    You know I LOVE your books! Keep up the wonderful work, and can’t wait for Sin’s book! :P Hugs, Trish

  41. Marie
     · April 12th, 2010 at 2:20 pm · Link

    I’ve never read your books but have been anxious to try then. I’ve heard lots of good things about them from my friends!

  42. Tristan H.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Just started the Demonica series two days ago. I’m enjoying Pleasure Unbound and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  43. Donna S
     · April 12th, 2010 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Great interview. I have been wanting to start your series for a while. I have the 3rd and 4th, just cant stand to read out of order.

  44. Maria Pilipina Dias
     · April 12th, 2010 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Just started reading the Demonica series… looking forward to reading all of the series!

  45. Gordana F
     · April 12th, 2010 at 3:51 pm · Link

    After seeing these covers, you’ve moved up on my “to read” list!

  46. Fedora
     · April 12th, 2010 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Larissa, I put off reading your Demonica series for a long time because I’m basically a scaredy cat. A friend basically stuck your first couple books in front of me and now I can’t believe I waited so long! They are sooooo good, and I can’t wait for more! Thank you for writing!!

  47. Larissa
     · April 12th, 2010 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Thanks again, everyone! It’s so great to see you all here, and thank you for the awesome enthusiasm for the books! Michelle, thanks for having me! I’m looking forward to your new book!

    Andrea, unfortunately, I won’t be at RT, but I will definitely be at Lori Foster’s! :)

    Melissa, that’s funny about your husband! *g* As far as where I write, it’s pretty much same place all the time — the couch. We’re working on finishing the basement so I can have an office, but until then, I park myself in the living room!

    Calliope, sorry about the US only thing! I do most of my contests open to all, but I have a weird postal situation, so at times I have to make US only ones because I can’t get overseas packages mailed. Shade’s kids…the third one is Blade. I thought I’d included his name in Ecstasy Unveiled, but in copyedits I must have gotten rid of it, so it’s in Sin Undone now! *g*

  48. Larena Wirum
     · April 12th, 2010 at 5:08 pm · Link

    Larissa’s series is one of my favorites. I absolutely love the concept of underworld general hospital. Looking forward to the next one. :-)

  49. Teresa W.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 5:18 pm · Link

    I’m enjoying this series, count me in!

  50. Michelle Rowen
     · April 12th, 2010 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Chiming in to say that Larissa rocks! :) Thanks for all the comments everyone!

  51. Lanae T.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Hi Michelle and Larissa!

    I’ve read the Underworld series. At least what’s out so far. Anxiously awaiting Sin Undone……can’t come soon enough!

    Michelle, your books look awesome and are all on my to-read list. Not sure where to start so I’ll just go with the first one I can get my hands on.

    Always a pleasure reading your blogs! Thanks!

  52. Barbara Elness
     · April 12th, 2010 at 6:16 pm · Link

    I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far of The Demonica series – can’t wait to read the rest of them.

  53. Kristin Manter
     · April 12th, 2010 at 6:27 pm · Link

    you KNOW I’m a mega fan!!! *Wraith* will ALWAYS be my favorite. Can’t wait to read Sin. Your talent is unsurpassed. Ummm….if I don’t win, how can I get a demonica tote otherwise?

  54. Jo
     · April 12th, 2010 at 6:55 pm · Link

    I absolutely love the Demonica series (and ACRO). Waiting impatiently for the next books in both.

  55. Melissa P
     · April 12th, 2010 at 7:29 pm · Link

    Thanks for this opportunity. This series is on my TBR list!

  56. Terri
     · April 12th, 2010 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa,

    Great review and I love the cover for the new book!

    I love your books and please keep up the great work!

  57. Rhianna
     · April 12th, 2010 at 8:05 pm · Link

    I still haven’t got my hands on Lore and Idess’ book but if it’s half as good as the others it’ll be great!

  58. WendyK
     · April 12th, 2010 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa,
    What a great interview!!!!

    Keep me out of the drawing as I own all the books and wish someone who has never known the joy to be found in reading a book Larissa Ione has written to find that joy and know they are lost to the world Larissa has created and will forever be looking over their shoulder wondering……….is it possible????

    ROFL or will be begging Larissa to write faster and release books quicker.LOL

    As for Lore, there is NO ONE who can be Lore, Lore is well Lore and there is no ONE who can compare, although Lore wishes he was more like Wraith………………ROFL..

    Okay going now, just wanted to stop by and say “hi and to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series”


  59. Christie I
     · April 12th, 2010 at 8:44 pm · Link

    I haven’t read this series but I’ve heard it’s amazing from so many people. It’s one I must check out as soon as I can.

  60. Tina D
     · April 12th, 2010 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Omg I will thank my friend forever for introducing me to your fabulous books. I love the Demon Brothers!!!! I have never been a big paranormal reader but lately it seems that is all I buy lol!! I can’t wait to read each new book. Thank you ladies for sharing your wonderful talent.

  61. Barb P
     · April 12th, 2010 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa! I absolutely love your Demonica series and I am waiting on pins & needles, for Sin’s book. Enter me into the contest pleeeeeease!

  62. Darlene Wright
     · April 12th, 2010 at 8:56 pm · Link

    I’ve just discovered your books and would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  63. catslady
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:01 pm · Link

    Oh I have some of the Domonica series and would love to add another one put on the top of my tbr pile :)

  64. catslady
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:03 pm · Link

    ACK ACK ACK so sorry – I mistyped – DEMONICA of course.

  65. Tori
     · April 12th, 2010 at 9:52 pm · Link

    What a great idea for a series! I’d love to read your new book…actually, I’d love to read all of them!

  66. ash'o
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:20 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa

    What book took you the longest to write?

  67. bella F.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 10:56 pm · Link

    hi Larissa!

    I frikkin lOvE ur Demonica series! And I have to say that Lore is my favorite of the brothers, but I reeeeally can not wait to hear Sin’s story!!

    What’s funny is, I’m soo glad I gave your books a chance because I almost didn’t. I was browsing books and saw the pretty, shiny, blue cover of Pleasures Unbound and picked it up but when I read it was a romance novel about demons I was like, “Demons?! Who the hell thinks demons are sexy?!” I felt kinda scared by the idea but for some reason I got it anyway. And I am so happy I did, lol! I love the series and was able to read books 2 and 3 right after, which was awesome cuz I suck at patience.
    Now I’m excited and looking forward to Michelle’s book Demon in Me too :D
    Thanks for the great stories and for stopping by to chat :)

  68. Laura P.
     · April 12th, 2010 at 11:05 pm · Link

    Hi Larissa- I am new to this site (found it off of Twitter) and it appears that this would be another great series for me to get into. Who would you say is your influence for writing demon books? – Have a great night :)

  69. Shaine K.
     · April 13th, 2010 at 2:54 am · Link

    Hi Larissa!! I LOVE the Demonica series. You and those Demons are on my MUST buy list!! You Rock and can’t wait to read about Sin. Wrath is my favorite or is it Lore oh I can’t pick. Many Blessings and Thanks for opening up my world to Demons!!

  70. Beth C.
     · April 13th, 2010 at 3:03 am · Link

    This series is sitting on my wish list waiting for the budget to say yes. Can’t wait.

  71. Raonaid Luckwell
     · April 13th, 2010 at 4:45 pm · Link

    The series is excellent and I am trying to get a friend to read them because I know she’d love them.. but I can’t wait for Sin’s book

  72. Jomayra O'Connor
     · April 13th, 2010 at 5:51 pm · Link

    I absolutely LOVE the Demonica series. Can’t wait until Sin Undone comes out. By the way, I think Jared Letto would make a good Lore in the movie, but I don’t know if he would compliment Mila too well. She would definitely make a great Idess!

  73. Diane Stirling
     · April 13th, 2010 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Always my Favorite . Reading them again right now . Love the humor !! Some of the best I have ever read . Thanks for bringing them to us Larissa .

  74. Buffy
     · April 13th, 2010 at 7:39 pm · Link

    I love the books! I can’t wait for Sins! Hurry Hurry!

  75. Larissa
     · April 13th, 2010 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Thanks again, everyone!!! I always say this, but it’s true…I have the BEST readers!!!!

    Kristin…I might be doing something to help people buy totes later. But in the meantime, you can find them at http://www.cafepress.com/larissaione — they’re a little different from the ones I have, but higher quality.

    Laura, I’d say my biggest influence would be Stephen King. He was the first horror author I really started reading, and I love him! When I first started writing, my stories were horror all the way. This way I get to combine my love of both romance AND horror.

    If I missed any questions, I apologize! Feel free to ask again or point me to your post!

  76. Stephanie
     · April 14th, 2010 at 8:07 am · Link

    I absolutely adore her series and am looking forward to your next book as well. :-)

  77. Revista Electrónica
     · June 14th, 2016 at 11:24 pm · Link

    Saludos soy Agnus y soy tu admiradora. Me encantó tu escrito 30 Days of Demons
    – Day 10, pasé un buen rato leyendo. Tan solo quería decir eso


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