Wednesday, February 8, 2012

King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab (Guest Post/Giveaway)

I am very happy to welcome new paranormal romance author, Elisabeth Stabb, to Reading Between the Wines this morning! Elisabeth is here celebrating her debut release of King of Darkness, which was a superb read and an awesome start to a new series. Look for my 4-Wine Glass review on King of Darkness coming shortly!

Where It Began by Elisabeth Staab

I am as fascinated by vampires and other paranormal creatures as I am addicted to my morning cup of coffee. Either way, if I don’t get my daily fix I start growling and biting hands.  

I think I can trace my addiction to magical creatures in romance all the way back to Beauty and the Beast. Still, it was the love story between Michael and Star in The Lost boys that really brought home how sexy a dark, edgy romance between two vampires could be. In the midst of something sinister and evil, there was heat and blossoming love between them.

And while today I think of both of those story lines as romance, I wouldn’t have in the past. Knowledge changes. Just like once upon a time I would never have expected to write romance novels at all. I didn’t know such a thing as a romance about paranormal creatures existed—the romance novels I’d read as an impressionable teenager in high school were mostly historical or bodice-ripper type books. Lately, the idea of writing a contemporary novel has appealed to me more, but it was when I found out you could write a romance about vampires that my interest to write my own book was sparked.

I have Lara Adrian and J.R. Ward to thank for that one. I stumbled upon their books after my mother gave me a Kindle for Christmas (damn that “one-click” ordering button!) and found all sorts of things I had never read before. It seems silly in retrospect—there are books about almost everything, after all. But at the time, a romance novel about vampires was revolutionary to me.

So many of you had the jump on me, there.

After tearing through both series and wondering what to read next (and getting the finger wag from my husband for ordering too many ebooks), I was rocking my young son to sleep one night and had an image of what would turn out to be the opening scene for King of Darkness popped into my head.

So I started writing.

Two and a half years later, King of Darkness is finally here. There were a lot of stops and starts. A lot of writing with a sleeping baby in my lap, and sometimes the crying wasn’t just coming from my children. All totally worth it though. Hope you guys enjoy the ride as much as I have. Thanks so much for reading!

About King of Darkness:
Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human--although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...

King of Darkness is available NOW:  Amazon : Barnes and Noble : IndieBound

Elisabeth Staab lives in Northern Virginia with her hero and soul mate. She has been a telemarketer, a web page editor, a software developer, a reader for the blind, a technical trainer, a coffee shop barista, a tutor, a homemaker, a government project manager, a graphic designer, and a professional ebayer. Finally, she's landed on being a writer - which is what her high school guidance counselor originally suggested anyway. 

Elisabeth believes that all kinds of safe, sane, and consensual love should be celebrated--but she loves the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. Find out more at

Thanks to Sourcebooks I have one copy of King of Darkness to give away to one US or Canadian reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. Congrats Elisabeth on your newly released book!! It sounds very intriguing!!! Added it to my TBR list!!! Oh, I love the Lost Boys, too!!! :-) Thanks for the chance to win!!!


  2. This sounds really good. I like it because it's different from all the other vampire stories out there. This one will definitely go on my "to read" list.

    andreagrendahl AT gmail DOT com

  3. This book sounds so good. I can't wait to read it! smiles...

  4. The Lost Boys was a great movie!! This book sounds really intriguing...I've already got it marked on my TBR list.

    Great post and giveaway!!

  5. Congrats on your new release! Oohh, I am intrigued! I have always loved love stories, but I really started reading paranormal a few years ago due to a suggestion from a co-worker. It all started with Sherrilyn Kenyon! Now I can't get enough! ;)

  6. Congrats on your new release! :D I love the cover, have had it on my list for a few months now, but after all the buzz I've heard about it, I'm dying to read it even more! :D

    You can never go wrong with J.R. Ward and Lara Adrian---both are wonderful authors with some kick-a$$ books! :D Yep, also some of the first authors that drew me to the paranormal side of romance. And I've never looked back! :D


  7. Thank you so much for having me on your blog Crystal! And thanks to all of you who have stopped by to check out King of Darkness. I'm so honored and thrilled and excited. You all rock. I truly hope you enjoy it. :)

  8. This sounds awesome! I'm looking forward to reading it. Loved The Lost Boys too. I think that started the whole vamp thing with me. Thanks for the giveway.

  9. Lost Boys- Jason Patrick- oh the memories! He was my favorite lost boy!

    I too have had my husband shake his finger at me for using the 'buy now' button on my nook! It hasn't really stopped me. My favorite time of day is nap time for the 3 yr old and right after all 3 kids have gone to bed. Quiet house and lots of reading.

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the contest. LOVE the cover.

    Heather E

  10. Vampires are my fav creatures to read about and Thad sounds like a great one.

  11. So glad to be among good company with my love of The Lost Boys and my ebook addiction. Thanks for all the love, guys!

  12. Love that movie! The book sounds good too, thank you for the chance to win =D

  13. Congrats on getting publish, Elizabeth. I'm looking forward to reading King of Darkness.

  14. Thank you for the cool giveaway and congrats to the author!

  15. This book sounds a bit different - I'd love to include it in my 2012 goal to read more paranormals.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  16. I hope all your hard work pans out for you, Elisabeth. I love Lara Adrian and J.R. Ward too. King of Darkness sounds like a great story and one I will definitely be reading!

  17. I love the Lost Boys too. That is one of my favorite movies. I would love to read this book also. It sounds very good.

  18. I love these "how I became a writer" posts! They are my favorite. Love the Lost Boys. Congrats on the release.

  19. King of Darkness sounds like an amazing read! Thanks for the giveaway!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  20. Congratulations on your new book release. I love the Lost Boys too! Vampires are my favorite.
    srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

  21. I love vampire books. Theres something about the dark bad boy that just draws me in. I love the cover of King of Darkness. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Sounds like a great story to read and it will be fun to see what you have added to the vampire legacy.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  23. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

    Congrats on the new release!

    I really like the premise of this book and I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist :)

  24. Congrats on the release! Sounds really good cant wait to read it.

  25. GREAT post and giveaway! Congrats on your new release! I LOVE J.R. Ward and Lara Adrian too! The book blurb sounds REALLY this going to be a series or a stand alone? Either way...I'm looking forward to reading it. Thx for this winning opportunity!

    barbbattaglia @

  26. I love dark and edgey characters, especially when they are in my favorite genre, paranormal romances. Really looking forward to reading this story.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  27. Congrats on your debut Elisabeth! I actually just saw this for the first time yesterday so I'm going to have to wishlist it. :)

    Writing is a labor of love much like raising children isn't it? ;)

  28. Congrats on the release. This sounds great.

  29. This sounds like a great book. Congrats on your release!
    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  30. I know! That one-click button gets me in so much Thanks so much for the chance to win your book. Have a Happy Valentine's Day.

  31. Sounds like a fantastic first book. Congratulations on it's release!


  32. Congratulations! It sounds really good. I just put it on my To Be Read List.


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