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Fun With Trolls by Alexis Duran
The inspirations behind the Edge of Night series were many and varied. I used to live in Seattle and still spend a lot of time in the area, and I’ve always found it to be a delightfully beautiful and weird city. They have gum art and a troll under a bridge. I always knew Seattle would make a great setting for one of my favorite type of stories; urban fantasy. But it took a while for the right character to come along.
Another element of the story that I’ve always considered rife with possibility is the tabloid magazine. What if they’re telling the truth? So when Ian Evers showed up in my imagination, a reporter obsessed with proving that elves, fairies and other magical creatures actually exist, I gave him a job with The Cosmic Eye in Seattle, and voila, a story was born.
Once I decided to populate Seattle with all manner of fantastic creatures, the old school fairy tales I used to read as a kid (and still do now and then) surfaced from my subconscious and took over. It was great fun to take traditional beings like elves and bring them to life in a modern setting, giving them entertaining foibles and basically twisting and turning them for my own evil purposes. Let’s set a troll loose in the Pike Street Market and see what happens!
Speaking of trolls, Seattle has a real one that lives under the Aurora Bridge, forever demolishing a VW Bug. Naturally when I started writing Death by Starlight, I had to go visit it. Seattle has infamously zigzaggy roads, the kind that make people from the orderly Midwest go nuts. Operating on instinct and hearsay, I got hopelessly lost, zigging and zagging back and forth beneath the bridge. But the troll is like a tourist attraction, so just follow the other confused people with cameras, and you’ll get there eventually, right? But what if they’re following you? The answer turned out to be “you can’t get there from here”. I had to back track and start all over, but that seems only fitting when tracking down a magical creature. Turns out he lives on Troll Ave. Duh.
Another expedition I had to make was taking a ride in an 80-foot schooner around San Juan Island. Really, the sacrifices I make for my art are pretty incredible. But seriously, I had much more fun writing both Betwixt and Between and Death by Starlight than I should probably admit, and I can’t wait to start Book 3.
Title: Death By Starlight
Author: Alexis Duran
Series: Edge of Night #2
Release Date: July 19th 2017
Genre: Paranormal MM Romance/Fantasy
In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave. But it’s too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.
As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust for each other to the utmost.
“Someone has to restore the balance between light and dark energy. I’m one of the last of my kind. I might be the only one who can do it.” Ian slid his hands off the table and rested them on his thighs. He expected derisive laughter from Zeke or a gentle clucking accompanied by a sad shake of the head. Sure, Ian Evers, nobody reporter for a gossip rag, half-breed elf, was going to save the world and fix what Ysolde spent centuries destroying.
Zeke’s face remained impassive, but a storm brewed in his eyes. “You’re not the last of the liosa. Others escaped.”
“I might as well be. They’re all gone, run off to hide out beyond…” Ian waved a hand in the air, signifying that remote world he sometimes glimpsed when they made love.
Glaring out the windows into their backyard, Zeke breathed deeply but said nothing. Ian continued.
“If I start with some miniscule adjustments, push back against the places the dark realm has encroached on this world, maybe some liosa will come out of hiding.”
“They won’t like you being with a svarta,” Zeke said.
“That’s their problem. I know I might never be buddies with other liosa, but we could use their help, right? If Ysolde is plotting to retake her throne like you say, and the svarta are behind her—”
“Only some of them. We don’t need anyone’s help.”
“Yes, we do. We never would’ve defeated Ysolde without Alistair’s and Cleona’s help.”
Zeke leaned forward, his gaze now focused intently on Ian. “We’re stronger now. We need to concentrate on solidifying our connection and making sure no one can break it.”
“You think someone could?” Ian asked. Surprised by the fear he saw lurking behind his lover’s composure, he instinctively put his hands on the table and reached for Zeke’s. Zeke allowed his hands to be held without reacting.
“You couldn’t track me in the dark realm,” Zeke said. “I’m afraid the same would be true if you ever go off into the realm of light. I’ll lose you.”
Title: Betwixt and Between
Release Date: June 29th 2015
Genre: Paranormal MM Romance, Fantasy
Reporter Ian Evers, obsessed with magical creatures since childhood, never experiences satisfying proof that the magical realm actually exists until he falls into an entrapment spell set by a handsome but dangerous elf. Barely escaping with his soul intact, Ian is able to undo the hex, but he can’t escape the very real infatuation he’s developed for the fierce, alluring elf.
Ezekiel Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf who serves the queen of the dark realm. The realm of darkness needs the power of light to survive, and while hunting the last few magical beings on earth, Ezekiel discovers Ian, a light elf who’s unaware of his true nature and ripe for the plucking. Their brief encounter awakens a great hunger in Ezekiel, and he’s determined to feast on the light elf’s power and body before the queen intervenes and claims Ian for herself.
Ian knows only he can save Ezekiel from the grasp of the dark queen. Driven apart by the ancient imbalance between the dark and light realms, an evil queen starved for power, and their fear of each other, Ian and Ezekiel are relentlessly drawn together even though their union might destroy them both.
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About the Author
Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She has worked in museums, in fashion, in finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was Administrative Assistant in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She’s had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres, and one contemporary fantasy novel. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She’s thrilled to enter the realm of erotic romance with the publication of her novels Touch of Salar, Blood of Salar and To Catch A Threeve. She’s is currently working on the next in the Masters and Mages series and several other m/m erotic novellas.