As part of her blog tour for her novel Stone Guardian, I have author Danielle Monsch here answering a few questions.
What inspired you to create a world with Gryphons, Wizards, Zombies, Gargoyle, and the Great Collision?
I am a great lover of fantasy, think Lord of the Rings or that type of world, just with a lot more magic. All these new races and creatures to play with. But the part of fantasy I don’t like is the whole pre-civilization setting. That has just never been my thing (I’m not a big camper, in case that comes as a surprise to anyone.)
So one day I was just turning it over in my head how I could have fantasy mixed with the modern world, and in a burst of inspiration I got the idea of the Great Collision. Once I had a reason I could have fantasy mixed with the modern world, the Entwined Realms series came together rather quickly.
What is your favorite part of the story?
The fact I could use a gargoyle as my paranormal hero. I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile, but I didn’t have the right vehicle to showcase a gargoyle in his full protective light.
Who is your favorite character?
I enjoy them all, but I do admit an especial love for Laire and Fallon, separately yes, but especially when they are interacting with each other. They play off each other so well.
What is your typical day like?
Don’t have one. I’m a mom of two young kids, so I work my writing and all the other daily chores around them.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
While I love reading my favorite books in paper because I’m one of those people who likes to jump around to my favorite passages and reread them several times – and that is just easier to do in paper – for the most part I like ebooks. They are so handy, and I’ve been able to read a lot more .
Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms #1) by Danielle Monsch
Published by Romantic Geek Publishing on Jul 3, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Find the book: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads
Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.
Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to. Her life is as ordinary as it gets – that is, until one day she walks out of her apartment and is attacked by a mob of Zombies, only to be saved by a Gargoyle.
Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but due to a cryptic prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyles, has been watching over the human woman for months. While he can find no reason why the woman has been singled out, something about her stirs every protective instinct within him. When the attack confirms that the threats against her exist and are real, he convinces Larissa that though their races have never been allies, the best chance of discovering why she has been brought into his world is by working together.
In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this New Realm as well.
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