Okay, this is brilliant, and the child guarding the door (and doing a lot more crazy stuff in the series) is the creepiest thing ever! Brilliant!
The series is The Demon Door by Kim Alexander, an Epic Fantasy.
The Sand Prince ~ The Demon Door Book 1
Two worlds. Bound by magic. Divided by a door.
On the barren, war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, the fierce queen Hellne fights to keep her people alive and her son Rhuun’s heritage a secret.
On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and fanatical children still guard The Door between the worlds.
Different and shunned by his demon kin, Rhuun finds refuge in a book that tells of a human world of water and wonder. Forced by his mother’s enemies to flee Eriis, he finds himself trapped on the other side of The Door in the very place he has read and dreamed about—Mistra.
Chained to the deadly whims of a child who guards The Door, Rhuun must balance serving and surviving, even at the risk of exposing his true identity. Riskiest of all is his task of kidnapping an infuriating young woman who is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are much, much more than just an old bedtime story.
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The Heron Prince ~ The Demon Door Book 2
The Demon Door can be opened…but the price is deadly.
Prince Rhuun has found acceptance among the humans on Mistra, something he could never have in the demon realm of Eriis, not even as heir to its throne. What’s more, he has even found love with the prickly, passionate heiress, Lelet va’Everly.
The idyll can’t last. The prince has enemies who are after more than his throne. They are out for his blood…which holds the key to unsealing The Door between the two worlds, and the demons want in. When Rhuun is lured into a trap on Eriis, Lelet has no choice but to turn to a motley group of exiles, children, and madmen to help save him.
Lelet soon discovers that, like all things, rescuing the prince comes with a price. The secrets in Rhuun’s blood may be worth killing for, but are they worth dying for?
The Glass Girl ~ The Demon Door Book 3
Love opens all doors…but betrayal locks them forever.
Newly blessed (or cursed) with wings and fire, Prince Rhuun of the demon realm of Eriis sees hope for his life on the human world of Mistra with his fierce human lover, Lelet va’Everley. She literally went to hell and back to save him, and she’s not about to let anything—or anyone—ruin their perfect future.
All too soon, the claims of family, duty, and justice force Rhuun and Lelet to confront new griefs and old mistakes as they attempt to restore balance to the throne of Eriis. But, with every jealous rumor and each vengeful whisper, friends turn, family schemes, and forgotten enemies creep from the shadows.
Treachery in Eriis and betrayal in Mistra jeopardize what Rhuun and Lelet have fought so hard to build, threatening to tear apart the two lovers, their families, and even their worlds.
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A cup of tea with the Author
Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years as a DJ in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband who tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage.
Hi Kim , and thank you for being here!
Tell me, how long have you been writing?
My whole life! I wrote short stories about animals in a little spiral notebook when I was around five or six. I wrote some longer science fiction stories while a teen, and a long erotic novel to get over my divorce when I was around 35. All of these, fortunately, have been lost (whew.) After that I worked in broadcasting so I wrote commercials, comedy, interviews, panel discussions and essays. I’ve been writing full time for real for about five years.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I really envy writers who come up with elaborate playlists! It seems like such a cool kid thing to do. I can’t listen to music while I write, or else I find myself listening to music and not writing.
While working on my first book, the apartment above me was being renovated. It was a huge job and the people on the site were shall we say a mixed bag in terms of experience (they caved my ceiling in once, and flooded my bathroom about six times.) I managed to sit on the couch and pound away on my computer for almost an entire year as construction noise went on over my head. (Thursday was Throw a 2×4 at the Floor Day!) So I’m not fancy, I can block out most noise. I’ve written on busses, trains, planes, at dinner and even at my desk. Right now I’m working with a 20 pound cat sitting in my lap. (Onion says hello!)
What advice you would give new authors?
Write to finish. Many successful authors will say the same. First, it gives you a sense that you’ve achieved something–and you have! You finished a book! You’re a writer, go you! Second, you can’t fix a blank page. If you’re stuck, go fix something you already wrote. (This helps in terms of trying to write every day, also.) Some authors go full steam ahead and never look at what they’ve just written. I’m the opposite. By the time I get to the last chapter, all the preceding chapters have been gone over dozens of times. I usually don’t know what the book is ‘about’ until I’m at least a third of the way through it. That’s a different thing than ‘how does it end’ by the way. I almost always know the ending even if I’m not entirely sure how I’ll get there. By ‘what is it about’ I’m talking more in terms of theme. My most recent book –I just finished it, by the way!–turned out to be about dealing with the loss of a best friend. Not because of death, but because of a falling out. Our society doesn’t have a good grieving mechanism in place for that kind of loss, which can be really profound. The book is about unicorns and fae and magic and love, but that’s not what it’s about, if you get me.
What are your top 10 favorite books or authors?
I have a lot more than ten, but I’ll do my best.
Right now I’m re-reading China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, which is a masterpiece of world-building. I love Anne Rice for her sensual prose, Stephen King for ol’ fashioned page turning storytelling, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Jasper Fforde, Charlaine Harris, Clive Barker, Michael Moorcock, Mary Stewart, Hilary Mantel–that’s eleven and I’ll stop!
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Actually, this is one thing I’ve never had trouble with. I think you have to understand your character as a human (or demon, or unicorn, etc) from the bones out, and if you know this person well enough to live inside their head, you should be able to let them have a voice. The real trouble I ran into was when I wrote a couple of thirteen year olds into my most recent book. I had to confab with my resident youth expert, my very patient stepdaughter. I didn’t want the kids to talk like the adults, or like little smart-asses from a sitcom. But they have their own language and I wanted to respect that, too.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Well that varies wildly! While writing my epic fantasy series, there’s almost no classic ‘look something up’ research involved. I mean, I created the world, society, religion, magic system, law, biology and even the swear words from the ground up–no one can call me a liar! I do think it’s critical to be consistent within your fantasy world, but that’s more record keeping than research. I also have a fairly new paranormal romance series that is set in my hometown of Washington DC. That does take some research–mostly setting things correctly on the map, making sure the 42 bus runs on Connecticut Avenue, and that the Safeway is open 24 hours. The next big project I have planned is a historic fantasy set partially in 11thcentury France. That will be a whole ‘nother thing in terms of historical accuracy, so I guess I’ll have to get back to you on how successful I’ll be.
Thank you, Kim!
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