ARC Revew + Tour: Kinked by Thea Harrison

Posted November 6, 2013 by Angela in Interviews, Reviews / 25 Comments

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ARC Revew + Tour: Kinked by Thea Harrison
Kinked
by Thea Harrison

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 5, 2013
Series: Elder Races #6
Published by Berkley
Pages: 294
Format: ARC
 

 

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Hi Thea and welcome back to Under the Covers.  Congrats on the release of Kinked! 

What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?

When I started to write my reply to this question, I realized it wasn’t going to be a simple or easy answer!  I’ve had so much fun with the world building in the Elder Races series.  It’s almost impossible to pick just one.

I really enjoyed taking the Oracle of Delphi and putting it into a modern context for Oracle’s Moon.  When I turned my attention to the witches’ demesne in Louisville, I wanted to make sure it felt as rich and developed as the rest of the world building I’d done for the other demesnes and mythological creatures.  That story was fun for a lot of reasons, because I also really enjoyed building the Djinn society based on Middle Eastern legends.

Another favorite has been developing the Elves, in Lord’s Fall and continued in Kinked.  And a third was when I created my own version of Vampyres in Serpent’s Kiss.  I have two more Vampyre stories that I’m dying to tell.  When I get excited about a story, it’s hard to wait for the right time to tell it!

You’ve been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to shift into another form by a witch. What kind of shifter are you and why?  (All creatures, including mythological, apply.)

Awesome question!  I think I have two answers for that one.  If it was a gift, then I think it would have to be something winged and strong.  I think there’s something to be said for being as fearless as a harpy, although I’m quite sure I wouldn’t win any popularity contests!

If the ability was a curse and meant to be nasty, the witch would probably turn me into my phobia—a spider!  That would be the meanest, nastiest thing anybody could ever do to me!

Since Aryal is a harpy and considered an immortal Wyr, how did you approach her character development in order to make her believable and someone that readers can identify with?

I’ll be honest, I was worried about writing Aryal.  I really didn’t want to compromise her identity.  Aryal has strong emotions but no real morals in the abstract sense, no true compulsion to do what is right for its own sake.  She’s abrasive and dangerous… And I had to figure out how to also make her sympathetic.

My first decision was to not be in a hurry to write her story.  I wanted to take the time to show her character from a couple of different points of view.  The reader first sees Aryal from Pia’s perspective in Dragon Bound, but then in Storm’s Heart I was able to show Aryal from Tricks’ point of view, someone who loved her.  I also wanted to make sure that humor came into the mix.  Still, the real test came when I sat down and actually started writing Kinked.  Then I had to get close enough to her to write her as a main POV character.  It helped that I had so many established relationships and characters to work with—such as Grym, Dragos and Graydon—and the world-building in place.  With that in place, I could concentrate on developing Aryal herself.  I’m very grateful to my editor Cindy Hwang for providing such a supportive platform to write Kinked.

Do you have an Elder Race Bible to help keep your facts start?  If not, how the heck do you keep your facts start?

So far I’ve had two things in my favor—I’ve got a bit of a freakish memory for detail when it comes to writing, and I also have fantastic beta readers who are good at spotting issues.  Still, the world has become big and complicated enough that I’ve got someone working on a series bible right now.  It’s over a hundred pages by now and should be done by the end of the year.

Who was the harder character to write Aryal or Quentin and why?

Neither character was as hard as I had feared they would be when I started Kinked.  Still, Quentin was easier.  I felt more confident writing his character, and I felt the stakes were pretty high on getting Aryal’s character right.

Was there anything about Aryal that surprised you as her story unfolded?

I think I probably had the same experience as a writer that several readers have had so far in reading the book—I was surprised at how much I ended up liking and enjoying her.  I wouldn’t want to rush out and befriend a real-life Aryal, but I think she’s pretty cool between the pages, and I’m really looking forward to writing more about her.

In the event of an apocalypses (zombie, alien, solar flare or 4 horsemen) which of your characters would you like to team up with?

I would absolutely like to team up with Dragos—as long as I was someone he valued, otherwise he might ditch me in a heartbeat.

What is next for the Elder Race series?

I’m now contracted for books 7-9, so I’m writing Graydon’s story which will be released around August of 2014.  The main characters have also been decided for books 8 and 9, and I’m eager to get to those stories!

I also wrote a self-published project, a novella entitled Dragos Takes A Holiday, which releases November 25th.  I loved spending time with Dragos and Pia, and their little son Peanut gets his POV debut.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

It’s been a pleasure to visit with you.  Thanks for having me!

“It was such a treat to delve back into Ms. Harrison’s Elder Races Series again. I have always been a fan of this world…” ~ Under the Covers

Forced to work together, Quentin and Aryal would have to stay together despite their hate for each other. Frustrated with both of them, Dragos sends them on a mission to assess a situation in Numenlaur, the oldest Elven land. It is a dangerous mission, leaving Quentin  and Aryal depending on each other. Though their feelings for each other were purely hate from the beginning, it quickly turns to lust. The sexual tension between was high but what intrigued me most was the break down of both their proverbial protective wall. Ms. Harrison did a wonderful job breaking their defenses and showing both their vulnerabilities for us to see. Humanizing these very strong and deadly characters was not an easy task I’m sure but Ms. Harrison still managed to do it well.

Aryal and Quentin actually made me laugh. Not only they got on each other’s nerves, they actually tried to get at each other’s throats…literally. These two, really took the love-hate relationship to a whole new level. I enjoyed their relationship for the most part. However, there were some parts I didn’t quite enjoy. There were certain parts in the book that the hate between them was so strong that I almost didn’t believe softer emotions were possible. There was also a hint of BDSM that I thought was out of place, and possibly this book could do without. Don’t get me wrong, Aryal and Quentin were hot together, but again certain scenes didn’t appeal to me.

It was such a treat to delve back into Ms. Harrison’s Elder Races Series again. I have always been a fan of this world starting with Dragon Bound the first installment of this series.  Which is Dragos and Pia’s book.   I believe he is one of the first dragon shifters’ I’ve ever fallen for as well as the start with my love for Ms. Harrison’s work.

With that said, seeing Dragos again in action and still having a strong love affair with Pia was definitely one of the highlights of this book. Seems like there are a lot going on in this world , but Dragos certainly is still in control keeping the peace within the races. Pia’s true being is still a mystery to the public eye , but I feel like something is brewing and this may be a big issue in the upcoming books.

Though Kinked is not my fave of the series, it is still an enjoyable read and of course another good addition to the Elder Race series. Dragos Takes a Holiday will be releasing soon which I’m certain will be a great holiday read.

ARC provided by publisher

 

TheaHarrisonAbout the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison is the pen name for Teddy Harrison. Thea has traveled extensively, having lived in England and explored Europe for several years. Now she resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She experienced waitressing as a teenager, has worked as an activist for a non-profit consumer rights organization, has been a receptionist, an office manager, a penniless graduate student, a director of development and research, and a single mom. Her graduate degrees are in Philanthropic Studies and Library Information Science, but her first love has always been writing fiction.

Her paranormal Elder Races series began May 3, 2011 with Dragon Bound, which won RT Book Review’s Book of the Year Award, and the Romance Writer’s of America RITA in the paranormal romance category.

All five of her full length novels in the Elder Races series have won Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Book two in the series, Storm’s Heart, and book four, Oracle’s Moon, hit the USA Today bestseller’s list, while book three, Serpent’s Kiss, hit the New York Times extended bestseller list. Her fifth book, Lord’s Fall, hit both the USA Today and the New York Times extended lists.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

Find Thea Harrison
http://theaharrison.com/
Twitter @TheaHarrison
www.facebook.com|TheaHarrison

We have one copy of KINKED up for grabs for US only.

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About Thea Harrison

I write paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stuff. I taught myself to read when I was four. That was around the time I tried to ride my tricycle to work. I wasn't sure where work was, but I knew it had to be interesting if people went there every day. Now I combine my love of books with work, and I don't have to ride my tricycle to get there. My Elder Races series began May, 2011. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook!

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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.
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Bube

Interesting to read 🙂
I’m a big fan of paranormal books, but surprisingly so far I didn’t read books about dragons, but on Goodreads I have read and seen excellent comments and rates about this series and now since I read this review, definitely this series go on my list to read 🙂
Thanks for the interview,thanks for the review 🙂
Looking forward to read this series 🙂

Jess1
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Jess1

I haven’t read this series yet, but it has my interest. Harpy heroine is different to me,

kp
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kp

I love this series!!! Can’t wait to read this book!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I love dragos!

Viki S.
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Viki S.

I really love this series. How hard was it figuring out how these two would come together in a realistic way?

Cheryl Sanders
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Cheryl Sanders

I love The Elder Races! The interview was amazing! I can’t wait to see how the character of Aryal unfolds in this book. Thank you Thea Harrison for what is sure to be another amazing Elder Races novel 🙂

Aly P
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Aly P

I can’t wait to read Graydon’s story! Great interview girls, I loved learning more about the book before reading it 😀

DENISE SMITH
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DENISE SMITH

i havent read these stories yet i cant wait to get the book thanks for the giveaway

Nancy L.R.
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Nancy L.R.

I just love this series! I seriously cannot wait to read this book!

Rana Adams
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Rana Adams

I love Miss Thea and cannot wait to read this one!!

gamistress66
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gamistress66

Glad there’ll be more elder series coming 🙂

bn100
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bn100

Enjoyed the interview

Ann S.
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Ann S.

Wow, I’ve heard enough. I am already getting my kindle out, I need to read these books. I can’t believe I have missed this series. Thea Harrison sounds so creative and did I mention I want to read these books.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Very good series….hope you enjoy!

Maria D.
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Maria D.

Huge fan of this series and Thea’s writing….can’t wait to read this one – it’s on the Kindle just haven’t had the time free to read it yet. Can’t wait for Drago’s Holiday…like the idea of getting “Peanut’s” POV

Meghan Stith
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Meghan Stith

GReat interview! Thanks for the giveaway, too!

Christine L.
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Christine L.

The Elder Races series sounds great and while each book stands alone I’d love to start from the beginning — so I just added DRAGON BOUND to my TBR list, aka my holiday wishlist, lol. (BTW, aren’t little doggies with big personalities just the *best*?? My first Cocker mix did *not* know he was small and carried himself like a Great Dane.)

Diana Doan
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Diana Doan

Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway.

Theresa Fischer
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Theresa Fischer

I love the Elder Races series and I can’t wait to read Kinked!!

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

I enjoyed the interview. Though I don’t have a phobia, I wouldn’t want to be a spider, either.

Natasha
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Natasha

Great interview!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Komal
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Finished this book. Adored it. Can’t wait for Graydon’s novel! 😀

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