Wednesday, October 8, 2014

~Gena Showalter's The Darkest Touch Pre-Order Campaign~

Here is your mission if you choose to accept!

If we reach 10,000 pre-orders for The Darkest Touch before the November 25th release date, Gena Showalter will:
·        Post a never before seen sexy video showcasing the model of Torin’s cover in live action shots!
·        Chance to win a $100 gift e-card from the bookseller of your choice.
·        Gena will share chapter one of The Darkest Touch before the release date!
·        Chance of winning 1 of 10 signed copies of the backlist book of your choice, just in time for Christmas.

To enter The Darkest Touch Pre-Order Campaign, visit http://members.genashowalter.com/page/the-darkest-touch for details.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Bromberg
Rock Star PR & Literary Consulting
(347) 563-3901



December 2014

Now, from USA TODAY bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes THE DARKEST TOUCH (Harlequin HQN, December 2014, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the eagerly awaited story of Torin—host to the demon of Disease—the most dangerous and wretched of all the Lords of the Underworld, a legendary group of powerful and seductive warriors doomed to a cursed eternal existence.

As keeper of the demon of Disease, Torin carries a weight heavier than any of his ill-fated brethren. Knowing that his merest touch has the potential to kill untold innocents by infecting any creature with whom he comes in contact, Torin is

forever destined to live a solitary existence, denied that which he craves most—love and companionship—as he struggles constantly to resist the deadly, lustful urges of his demon within.  

Keeley Cael, better known as the infamous Red Queen, has a serious grudge against Torin. As one of the most dangerous beings in existence, with the power to kill armies in a snap, Keeley gains her strength by forming mystical bonds with people she cares about, like her friend Mari. But when Mari is unintentionally killed by physical contact with Torin, Keeley vows to get vengeance by hunting down the deadly demon-host and destroying him.

After Keeley finds Torin, however, she too is inadvertently stricken by his diseased touch. But then Keeley is stunned to discover that Torin is not the bloodthirsty killer she imagined, but a caring and noble protector who nurses her through her affliction. Even more surprising is the new invisible bond with Torin she suddenly feels through her irresistible attraction to him.

Torin, likewise, is taken aback by the rampant desire he has for the Red Queen, a desire that has somehow quenched all his other deadly lusts. But Torin knows there is no happy ending here; Keeley is still an infected carrier and any further contact with him could prove fatal to her.

When Keeley reveals to Torin knowledge of his origin, however, and of the existence of an object with the power to heal her and free him and his brethren of their plight, this accursed Lord of the Underworld finally allows himself to feel something he has not known in an eternity…hope.



$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77891-1

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall. 

Exclusive Q&A with Gena Showalter
-Will any of the vanquised Lord’s return? I’m happy to say Galen (the keeper of Jealousy and False Hope) has a bigger role in The Darkest Touch than he has had in any other book, and readers will get to see a side of him they’ve never before seen. Not a sensitive side—I haven’t seen that side of him myself—but a more relaxed one. He’s got a new goal, a new purpose…and a burning desire to possess one particular woman. A desire that is changing him in ways neither he nor I could have predicted. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but…for a guy I hated in the beginning, I sure am growing to adore him. I kinda want to give him, my villain, a happily ever after. But first…yeah, I’m gonna make him work for it. And you know, torture him a bit. -What is your writing process like? Are there lots of brainstorming sessions? I have a very disciplined writing schedule. If I’m working on a rough draft, I’ll tackle a chapter a day (six days a week). If things are flowing—or I’m particularly obsessed—I’ll write more. If I’m working on revisions, I usually go from sun up to sun down, doing as much as possible—which usually depends on the scope of the changes. I’ve been asked to simply rethink a few things and tweak a few others…and I’ve been asked to rewrite the entire book. With line edits, I like to knock out fifty pages a day. Copy edits, I like to pound through one hundred pages a day. And I’m always brainstorming. Actually, I’m not sure how to stop. If I’m not rolling one story through my mind, I’m rolling another. Characters talk to me, and I write down what I hear. Scenes play through my head, and I sometimes feel like I’m watching a movie. I write down what I see. I sometimes even wake up with ideas and email myself…although I should probably admit there have been times I’ve woken up to gems like “Make paper dolls and pretend they are real” and I’ve had to wonder what the heck I was thinking. -How did you come up with the idea to use Pandora’s Box to infect your immortal warriors? To be honest, it was a lot like playing connect the dots. I had the grain of an idea—a warrior is killed every night only to awaken the next morning knowing he has to be killed again. First I had to figure out why he revived. The answer seemed simple: he was immortal. But it didn’t explain everything. Even immortals can die. So I had to figure out why he was killed. Curse. Well, why was he cursed? Because of a crime he committed; dying was his punishment. But what crime did he commit? And who killed him? How did this person kill him, and why did this person kill him? As I answered one question, another would form. I ended up jumping from answer to answer until I had a complete backstory for the Lords of the Underworld. Thirteen immortal warriors stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil trapped within—violence, death, pain, doubt, wrath, disease, misery, jealousy, lies, secrets, defeat, promiscuity, disaster, and false hope. As punishment, they were cursed to house that evil inside their own bodies and now must live with the consequences.

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