Today, we welcome the wonderful Lee Roland to Scorching Book Reviews. Lee will be appearing at Authors After Dark in Savannah so we are introducing you to the wonderful world of the Earth Witches….
Why did you decide to write fantasy romance?
I decided to write fantasy because that’s what I love to read. Fantasy romance, urban fantasy, si-fi romance, I simply love the stories. I have always looked for the strange, the imaginative, the over the top, break the rules adventure or love story.
My introduction to fantasy was stories of C.L. Moore. No romance there, but that was okay since I started reading tender age of nine. I didn’t have money, but I did have a library card and my parents never censored my reading material. Question it yes, but censor, no.
C.L. Moore wrote stories in the 1930’s and much later they were collected into a volume titled Northwest of Earth. Moore’s character Northwest Smith could have been an inspiration for Han Solo, and Jirel of Joiry is the original queen of kick ass warriors. Jirel is the inspiration for every kick heroine I’ve ever written. Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance were not as readily available then as they are now, but they have certainly evolved.
If you had to pick a character from your books that you identify the most with, whom would it be and why?
I think I would identify most with Cassandra, the Huntress in Viper Moon, the first book in the series. Cassandra is a down to earth, unsophisticated, take life as it comes kind of woman. Having spent much of my life living in rural areas, I can appreciate her understanding of the power of the earth, moon and cycles of life. I empathize with her need to protect the helpless. Her methods of retribution for evil are a bit over the top, but I certainly understand her rage at those who would hurt children.
Cassandra Archer is the Huntress. She has faithfully served the Earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters-both human and supernatural-dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Now Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town…
Your next book is out in July, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Vicious Moon is the third book in the Earth Witches Series. It follows Viper Moon (2011), Vengeance Moon (2012). The story involves a witch named Nyx, who ran away and joined the army to escape the ridged rules of her family and coven. She’s made a life for herself and eventually ends up in San Francisco working as a private investigator. Nyx is suddenly called home by her grandmother and then sent to find her sister Marisol. Marisol has gone to the city of Duivel, Missouri to study with another witch and is missing. Nyx does find her sister, but she also meets her match in Etienne, a man who has walked in the shadowy world of mercenary soldiers and criminal enterprises.
“A powerful witch might live a long time, but a single well-placed bullet could change that. While my preferred weapon was magic, I was not averse to shooting anyone or anything offering my sister or me harm.”
Ex-soldier and earth witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wants to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious earth witch police force. A Triad of Sisters usually means an execution mission, but the Sisters’ only goal is to capture and escort Nyx across the country.
Nyx is badly needed back in Twitch Crossing, Georgia, the place she ran away from ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s being dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger: Her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can track her down in Duivel, Missouri.
But the key to finding her may lie with dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic….
If you had to create a Tag-line just for this book, what would it be?
Welcome to magic, mayhem and love in the exciting and dangerous world of the Earth Witches.
Witches seem to be making a bit of a come-back in romance and your trilogy is all about them. Why do you think witches hold such an appeal as heroines?
Witches hold an appeal because they are so versatile. The choice of powers can be defined by the author to fit the story and character. The reader definitely benefits from the individual author’s voice and imagination.
In the Earth Witches Series, all the heroines are all different. The defining factor is the Earth Mother, the ancient mystical being who uses witches as servants, but often calls on others to work with them and do her bidding.
Cassandra in Viper Moon is not a witch herself. Cassandra is a farm girl turned Huntress trying to make the Earth Mother’s contradictions work in a modern world.
Madeline in Vengeance Moon is not a witch either. Her mother was a witch, but she didn’t inherit the power. Madeline is tormented by the need for revenge and she has to contend with those who have far more power than her.
Nyx in Vicious Moon is a soldier, a witch, and quite strong, but even she has trouble reconciling herself to the Earth Mother’s dictates.
If you could choose any literary character to spend an evening with, who would it be?
I would absolutely love to spend an evening with Eve Dallas, from the J.D. Robb “In Death” series.
What are you most looking forward to about Authors After Dark this year?
This will be my first time attending Authors After Dark. I wanted to go last year, but alas, I waited too long to sign up. Good conferences fill up fast. I’m really excited about the experience and meeting new people. Writers, readers, I love them all.
About the Author
Lee Roland writes dark, contemporary fantasies where strong, defiant women and men battle evil. Her characters are passionate in love, savage in hatred, and defy conventional mores as they pursue justice.