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RowenChat with Eve Silver! Win a signed book!

***Thanks to everyone for the comments and to Eve for visiting with me. The randomly chosen winner of the signed copy of SINS OF THE HEART is twimom227 and she’s been contacted by email to claim her prize. Thanks again!***

National bestselling and award-winning author Eve Silver‘s new Otherkin series launches with a back to back to back trilogy from HQN on August 1st. I was lucky enough to read the first book, SINS OF THE HEART, early and I have to say — it is amazing. Eve has seriously outdone herself with her tales of sexy soul reapers and the kick-ass women who fall for them. The ebook prequel, SIN’S DAUGHTER, is available now. Find out more about Eve and her fabulous books on her website: www.evesilver.net!

Eve took time out of her very busy writing schedule to join me for a RowenChat about the books…and she’s generously giving away a signed copy of SINS OF THE HEART to a lucky commenter. Please read through to the end of our chat to see more details about this giveaway!

by Eve Silver
August 2010 — HQN

Half-human, half-god, Dagan Krayl is the Underworld’s most powerful soul reaper. When one of his brothers is murdered, Dagan must use every ounce of his power to hunt down those responsible for his brutal death. But he must move swiftly—and carefully—if he’s to have any chance of resurrecting his brother.

Yet that resurrection could wreak havoc on the mortal world. As an Otherkin, Roxy Tam has sworn to protect the human race and it’s her mission to stop Dagan. But when she sees him face to face, she realizes that she has seen him once before—a meeting that changed her life forever.

Neither Dagan nor Roxy expect to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or have their loyalties tested as they struggle against the potent desire that threatens to consume them both….

Michelle: ALL RIGHTY. Let’s chat.

Eve: Yay. Chat!

Michelle: So…. SINS OF THE HEART. This is the first book in your back to back to back trilogy with HQN. ARE YOU EXCITED OR WHAT?

Eve: Yes! I’m really hyped about it.

Michelle: I have my copy sitting right next to me right now in all its red-covered glory. I honestly think this is your best book to date, Eve. And I’m not just saying that.

Eve: Thank you! You are too kind. Gotta love the red. And the font. I love the font. And I love the colors for SINS OF THE SOUL and SINS OF THE FLESH, too! They look so cool lined up next to each other in their gorgeous jewel tones.

Michelle: It’s gritty, dark, sexy, and it has a whole lot of sass thanks to your heroine Roxy Tam. And I don’t use the word “sass” all the time. ;-) What was the inspiration behind her character?

Eve: All three books are really dark and gritty, but I tried to throw in a little humor to temper the edge. And I love, love, love Roxy. There was no single inspiration for her. An early incarnation of her character floated around in my thoughts—she worked in a gas bar on an isolated stretch of highway. But that just didn’t *feel* like *her*. So I kept thinking about her and finally got a clear picture of who she is.

Michelle: So did Roxy prompt the existence of the “Daughters of Aset” aka: the Otherkin referred to in the series title? Can you talk a little bit about what they are and what they do?

Eve: The Daughters of Aset came from research. I started looking into Egyptian mythology and I found reference to an Egyptian goddess who drank blood. There are also references to her as drinking the water of the river Nile when it had turned red. I started to percolate those ideas and more research led me to the symbol known as the “knot of Isis” or “blood of Isis.” Isis is also known as Aset and so the daughters of Aset began to form in my thoughts. The term Otherkin comes from those who believe they are not purely human. That they have some heritage that is otherworldly. Often Otherkin can include blood drinkers, the Fae, shifters, etc. In the world I’ve created, the Otherkin are the Daughters of Aset.

Michelle: Do you do a lot of research for all of your books? Any particular books or sources that were particularly helpful?

Eve: I usually do a lot of research. I like to get things right, if I can. Or at least, make them believable to the reader. I went to an exhibit of The Egyptian Book of the Dead at the Royal Ontario Museum (it became a favorite haunt). I bought a copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead as well as a book called “Being Japanese American” by Gil Asakawa, which was important for book 2, SINS OF THE SOUL (which incorporates Japanese mythology as well as Egyptian). I did a lot of online research. I used several texts on Egyptian mythology. Reading the Book of the Dead was wild because I really had to try and figure out what exactly was being described and referred to, and the book included hieroglyphs and copies of the papyrus scrolls. It was incredible.

Michelle: That’s a lot of research. Your books just have that really nice layered feel in the world building that you just know that you did your homework.

The heart of the Otherkin books is that they’re about three brothers who are searching for the murderer of their brother (who is actually still in existence in a parallel world). Dagan, the hero of the first book, is mouthwateringly hot—and he’s also a serious badass. When we meet him, he’s about to kill somebody and take their soul… and then he sees the heroine whom he feels compelled to help which really goes against his nature. Tell me about creating Dagan, any inspiration there you’d like to share?

Eve: Dagan and his brothers, Alastor and Mal, the heroes of the first three books, all stemmed from a question that was buzzing around in the back of my brain—what if the villains were the heroes? What if I took three guys who aren’t good or noble or heroic. Could I make them likeable? Could I make them heroic somehow? Could I make the villains heroes? Honestly, it made me wonder if I could dig deep enough and write well enough to do it right.

Michelle: I thought it worked perfectly! Dagan is hot and dangerous, but he does have a moral code. He hurts the bad guys (kinda like Dexter) but when it comes to an innocent girl, part of him is compelled to help her. Plus, he likes lollipops.

Eve: I love Dexter! Yes, kinda like Dexter. A total non-hero, who somehow is heroic. Bad…yet somehow good. And hot. I wanted Dagan to be hot. And he does like lollipops. Red ones are his fave. Pina colada…meh. Not so much.

Michelle: So who are some of your favorite heroes (other than your own) in romance fiction today? Or just general fiction?

Eve: There’s this awesome hero, Declan, in a 2011 release that I got to read early (NIGHTSHADE).

Michelle: Why, thank you, Eve. *hands Eve money*

Eve: And at the moment, I’m team Terrible (reference to Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts books.) I am totally crazy for Jericho Barons in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. I will always adore Clay in Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld stories. Marjorie Liu writes incredible heroes, as does Lara Adrian. Will Laurence in Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books is a fascinating, layered, flawed character. And Lisa Kleypas’s heroes work for me in her historicals and her contemporaries.

Michelle: Out of all of the heroes you’ve ever written, who is your personal favorite?

Eve: Oh. You are mean to ask me that. I love each one of my heroes. As I am writing him, the hero of the current project is the bestest hero evah!!!!! Then I move to the next book and he’s the bestest hero evah. Right now, I’m really loving the Krayl brothers. Each one is different and unique, yet there are certain things that clearly make them brothers and they really are fascinating and hot and wonderful and layered and edgy and bad to the bone.

Michelle: I think that’s a very diplomatic answer. You wouldn’t want to piss off a soul reaper. But there has to be ONE hero that resonated with you just a smidge more than the others. For example, mine would have to be Darrak because he’s funny and seems to come alive on the page without much prompting from me. I like characters who make my job easier.

Eve: Yes…I loved Darrak. But for me…it’s your Declan because he’s so dark. And tortured. I love ’em dark and tortured.

Michelle: Dark and tortured? YOU Eve? But your books are so light and cheerful! ;-)

Eve: I know! It isn’t like there’s ever any angst or death or murders or action or turmoil or anything in any of my stories.

Michelle: Not at all. Just rainbows and happy little bunnies dancing about. So what’s with the dark books, Eve? Why so dark? Is it just your reading preference? WHERE DOES THE DARKNESS COME FROM??

Eve: I have no clue. I started out thinking I wrote comedy. First romance I completed was for Harlequin’s “Love and Laughter” line. It’s now buried in the backyard where it belongs.

Michelle: I sooo want to read that one day.

Eve: *cringes at thought of anyone reading that book* Then I tried to write a light, funny historical. Problem was that the rotting corpses, maggots, body parts in jars, and such were definitely not funny.

Michelle: Depends on the rotting corpses, maggots, and body parts in jars.

Eve: This is very true.

Michelle: Thank you for chatting with me today, Eve. And huge congrats on the new releases!

Eve: Thank you!

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Okay…are you dying to get your hands on a signed copy of Eve’s SINS OF THE HEART, the first book in her kick-butt Otherkin series from HQN? I just know you are!! Comment here about your favorite dark hero from a book, TV show, or movie and tell us why you love him so much. We will pick a winner (International entries welcome) at random on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. Good luck!

35 comments to “RowenChat with Eve Silver! Win a signed book!”

  1. twimom227
     · July 26th, 2010 at 9:28 am · Link

    Oh, this series sounds fabulous! Thanks for the interview and I look forward to reading it.

  2. Diana K
     · July 26th, 2010 at 11:03 am · Link

    I just bought ‘Sins of the Heart’ this weekend. Can’t wait to dive into this story!!

    Favourite dark hero?

    #1) Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter books (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
    #2) Black Dagger Brotherhood books (J.R. Ward) #3) Lords of the Underworld (Gena Showalter).

    *there was NO way I could just pick one. All of the men in these books are hot, badass and super yummy!

  3. Amy S
     · July 26th, 2010 at 11:33 am · Link

    My favorite dark hero…hmm…so many to choose from, but my favorite would have to be Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. After all the abuse and cruelty he suffered as a human, he still retained a softness that he hid from those around him, he cared about the people in the village close by and created beautiful pieces of art that he donated and gifted to others.

    I can’t wait to read Sins of the Heart and thank you for the contest!

  4. Kelsey Opsahl
     · July 26th, 2010 at 11:39 am · Link

    My favorite dark hero/heroes from a TV series are Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel! Not sure what it is about his character but feel in love! I have many more but he was the first to come to my mind…lol

    Thanks for the great contest!

  5. Marlene Breakfield
     · July 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am · Link

    Acheron from the Dark-hunter series is my favorite dark hero. He is so tortured, yet very noble, and he has a wicked sense of humor.

  6. Robin K
     · July 26th, 2010 at 12:02 pm · Link

    Oh, I love Cyrus from Jennifer Armintrout’s Blood Ties series. He is so incredibly damaged and evil. But there is a vulnerability that really draws me in. It takes a couple books, but be definitely becomes his own type of hero.

  7. Tanya
     · July 26th, 2010 at 12:29 pm · Link

    How can I pick anyone else than Jericho Barrons? You REALLY REALLY want to help him….And yet he sets Mac free when she turns Priya. And he tells her the whole time how much she’s going to hate him, afterwards. As if . . . He cared.

    I’m definitely going to read your books, Eve! You’ve definitely caught my attention, congrats on your books!

    Tanya :D

  8. Jennifer H
     · July 26th, 2010 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. For the past 11 thousand years he has fought for everything and he is one hell of a character. What he has gone through and overcome, plus his sexy bad boy hair color :)

  9. Donna S
     · July 26th, 2010 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great series. Thanks for sharing it with us. I am really looking forward to picking it up.

    My current favorite is Barrons from the Fever series. He has so many sides to his character its just fascinating and I cant wait to see how he really ends up. There is just so many ways it can go.

  10. Chelsea B.
     · July 26th, 2010 at 3:45 pm · Link

    This series sounds like it is going to be fantastic! Can’t wait to dig in :-)
    My favorite would have to be Z from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I’ve only read up to his book, but I knew from the first one he will always be my favorite character! I loved reading about his journey and learning about why he is how he is. I couldn’t wait till I could finally sigh happily when he got his HEA!

  11. Barbara Elness
     · July 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm · Link

    I really loved the interview. Now that I know even more about the Otherkin books, I’m dying to get my hands on them even more.
    My favorite dark hero in books would be Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. If we’re talking TV, then it’s definitely Spike from Buffy.

  12. Heather S
     · July 26th, 2010 at 4:19 pm · Link

    I think I have to agree with several of the others that Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. The books leading up to his he is such a grouchy mean guy but even then you can see a shred of redeeming quality. Then even after he has his story and his HEA he still is mean and dark (but so loving with his heroine).

  13. Shanna L.
     · July 26th, 2010 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Wow! This looks like its going to be a great series! And, yes, those jewel-tones rock on those covers! As for favorite dark hero – I know it’s been said before – but Angel/Angelus from Buffy. The way the two are the same and yet so different from each other was always my fave. And how Angel hated Angelus and how Angelus thought Angel was a loser. Just plain loved him/them. :)

    Thanks for the contest!

  14. Zakiya
     · July 27th, 2010 at 2:18 am · Link

    hiya! oh.my.gods! your books sound so awesome! my favorite dark character would have to be Maddox from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the underworld series. he he’s evil and hates himself and yet controls his demon with amazing strength. thank you for the contest! :) xo Z

  15. Zakiya
     · July 27th, 2010 at 2:20 am · Link

    hiya! oh.my.gods! your books sound so awesome! my favorite dark character would have to be Maddox from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the underworld series. he thinks that he’s evil and hates himself yet controls his demon with amazing strength. thank you for the contest! :) xox Z

  16. Zakiya
     · July 27th, 2010 at 2:21 am · Link

    hi again! i’m sorry I entered twice!I didn’t think my computer was working and pressed again! um don’t enter the first one if you can! thanks

  17. S
     · July 27th, 2010 at 7:27 am · Link

    My favourite dark hero? Adam Ruelle from Cresent Moon by Lori Handeland. I’m not sure if he’s really a dark hero, but he’s one hell of sexy, mysterious Cajun, with the labido of a dog…

    To me, he’s like fire; hot, passionate and fierce. It’s exactly what i would look for in a man and is my reason for loving and lusting on him (:

  18. jeanette8042
     · July 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm · Link

    My favorite dark hero is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series.

  19. Stacey Smith
     · July 27th, 2010 at 11:06 pm · Link

    I like Acheron By Sherrilyn Kenyon because all the alfull stuff that he has gone tru and he is still trying to help people.And He’s tall Dark and Sexy.

  20. Jesse
     · July 28th, 2010 at 2:05 am · Link

    I love >>>> from burning wild because (he so sexyyy!!) and doesn’t believe himself capable of goodness or love and yet he still does show these things – he just cant see it! (love the book Eve!)Jesse

  21. Jesse
     · July 28th, 2010 at 2:06 am · Link

    Sorry! don’t add this but I ment to say I love JAKE from burning wild! :(

  22. cories
     · July 28th, 2010 at 2:22 am · Link

    Hi! I like Harry Dresden; does he count?

    I’m looking forward to reading “Tongues of Serpents” by Naomi Novik myself. Perhaps I’ll see Will in a new way.

  23. Tori
     · July 28th, 2010 at 7:00 am · Link

    Favorite dark heros:

    Darrak from The Demon In Me (And I am not just saying that! God he makes me laugh!)

    Lynn Vhiels Darkyn heros (Especially Lucan…I think he’s from Dark Need?)

    What about heriones? Do they count? If so I adore Rowen from Dreamveil (another one of Lynn’s books!)

  24. Missy Waters
     · July 28th, 2010 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read! Sounds down right yummy ;-)

  25. Jessica W
     · July 28th, 2010 at 3:11 pm · Link

    I’ve seen Sins of the Heart everywhere. Which means I need to get my hands on this series.

    I fall in love a little bit with each hero that I read but my all time fav that I just can’t live without is da da da dummm… Gena Showalter’s The Lord of the Underworld series. ALL of her hero’s are dark, dangerous and yummy. I’m obsessed with her books.

    Thanks Michelle and Eve for the RowanChat. Loved it. And thanks for the contest. *fingers crossed*

  26. Melanie
     · July 28th, 2010 at 3:13 pm · Link

    My favorite dark heroes :

    1) Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel (I see that I’m not the only one)
    2) Spike from Buffy
    3) Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost’s

    So hard to pick just one. :D


  27. Jessica W
     · July 28th, 2010 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Oops! I meant *RomenChat* Didn’t mean to mispell your name.

    Thanks again ladies.

  28. Diana Worshill
     · July 28th, 2010 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I love Spike from Buffy the vampire slayer, because unlike Angel, Spike actually worked to earn Buffy.

  29. Karen
     · July 29th, 2010 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I believe my favorite dark heroes have been mentioned already by others! That truly is a testament to how well-defined (figuratively & literally) and multidimensional the characters are.

    1)Zsadist, JR Ward’s BDB series
    2)Barrons, KM Moning’s Fever series

    Both have a heavy dose of eff-you attitude and an even larger capability for love and empathy (although it may not be too transparent at first).

  30. Mariska
     · July 30th, 2010 at 12:46 am · Link

    My favorite dark hero : Eidolon from Larissa Ione Demonica Series !

    Why, coz he has all the good and bad things as a Hero :)

  31. Van P.
     · July 30th, 2010 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series!

  32. Lillie H (AliseOnLife)
     · July 30th, 2010 at 5:08 pm · Link

    There are many dark heroes that I would name; in books, movies, and television. But, the one that consistently jumps to mind first is Nick Knight from an old television show called Forever Knight.

    Obviously, I am showing my age, at this point, but I just loved how the actor portrayed Nick. Despite some of the things that Nick did in his younger days, as a vampire, he had a strong moral compass. I liked how it was just a choice that he made, not because he was cursed, or had a soul, or anything else that seems to have to happen for a vampire to NOT be evil.

  33. Angi
     · July 31st, 2010 at 1:36 am · Link

    These books sound amazing and thanks for this great post.

    I have got favorit dark hero from almost every series. I love the damaged one. You know, who is scarred, wounded, tortured, burdened or lost someone. Oh, and I am huge fan of tattoos. Picking up only one… no, that is impossible.
    Strider from Gena Showalter
    Bowen from Kresley Cole
    Hunter from Lara Adrian
    Bones from Jeaniene Frost
    Zadist from JR Ward
    Zarek and Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Wraith from Larissa Ione… etc

  34. Alina D
     · July 31st, 2010 at 10:49 am · Link

    Hi Michelle and Eve! This series sounds like its going to be awesome. I have to say that I’m more of a Vampire girl. Always have been. First it was Angel from Buffy and now its Edward from Twilight. I have a thing with the tourtured vamps, lol! I also have to say I really love Darrak, he is so funny! I cant wait for Something Wicked to come out! Hope you ladies have a great day!!

  35. lafemmetopaz
     · August 18th, 2010 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Eve, I stumbled across your book via Audible.com and I loved the audiobook so much.

    My Favorite Dark Heros:
    Roman – Georgina Kincaid Series, sexy dark, dangerous, smart. He should be Georgina’s main love interest.

    Dorian The Oak King – Dark Swan Series.

    Tegan and Andreas – Midnight Breed Series

    Acheron- Dark Hunter Series

    All the men from Demonica series but Lore is just the tops.
    Cyrus -Blood Ties Series

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