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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Interview and Giveaway Black Widow Demon (Demon Outlaws #2) by Paula Altenburg

Published November 26th


Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.

A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption.

But as Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.

 Thank you, Mrs Altenburg
Demons, Half-Demons – there is room for good in them? Black and white or a lot of shadows?
Shadows! Definitely. I wanted to show that people aren’t necessarily all good or all evil. Demons appear at first to represent evil, but then as the stories progress you see that things aren’t entirely what they seem to be at first glance.

Black Widow – I cannot not think of what that name represent. Why did you choose it and how much important is a title for a book in general and for Black Widow Demon in particular?
The heroine, Raven has a particular demon talent that she uses for self-defense. She draws men to her with an unconscious demon allure that triggers when she feels threatened. That gives her a fighting chance against an attacker. Of course, the hero (Blade) is impervious to it. J

There is a connection between the books in Demon Outlaws Series?
There is. The first book, The Demon’s Daughter (March, 2013) opens with demons still a part of the world and a threat. Hunter and Airie have their own romance within that book. Blade is a secondary character who has a lot of issues. My editor and I both loved him so much that we gave him his own story. He picks up in a world where half demons are beginning to emerge. The third and final book involves a secondary character from Black Widow Demon. That’s The Demon Creed coming in May, 2014.

Fantasy or paranormal stories are as old as dust, but in our days many tend to despise them. What it takes to create a good fantasy story?
For me, the fantasy world has to be plausible. The reader has to be able to identify with it in some way, and also with the characters. I always think of that when I’m writing. For The Demon Outlaws series, I loved the whole idea of writing a western. I also loved the idea of putting demons in it. Then I thought about how I’d make it seem more “real”. My world and its characters have to really suit each other, too. Of course, these are my opinions for my own writing. Someone else may write their fantasies and paranormals in a completely different way.

You have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology. It is helpful for your writing? Can we see in your books your experiences in this domain?
Life experiences are always helpful to a writer. My education is a big part of that. It really helped shape my thinking. So yes, I do think you can see it in my books, although I’m sure my professors would be horrified by the liberties I’ve taken. No one should ever look at anything in my books as an historical or cultural fact. One of the reasons I like writing fantasy and paranormals is that I can take something I know to be true and then play around with the details to suit my plots, my worlds, and my characters. I like to “what if” and let my imagination run free.

Hunter is the only man capable of killing the demons that left the world in ruins. But when he’s hired by a notorious priestess to bring a thief to justice, the Demon Slayer gets more than he bargains for.

Airie was raised in an abandoned temple as a priestess’s daughter, having no idea of her true origins. In a time when any half-breed spawn of a demon is despised by mortal and immortal alike, not knowing the truth is the only thing keeping her safe.

Forced to flee her home in the wake of disaster and discovery of who she is, Airie must place her trust in a man who believes she should never have been born. And when a demon uprising threatens lives he has sworn to protect, Hunter has to make a choice: abandon Airie to an uncertain fate, or overcome his own personal demons and love her for who she truly is.

As a highly skilled assassin, Creed is used to being called upon by the Godseekers for help. But in a world just recently rid of demons, the task to now track down half-demons isn't as easy as it seems. Not only is Creed himself a secret half-demon now going against his own kin, but when he discovers numerous innocent children are being kidnapped in the mountains, he second guesses his mission. Justice should be for all, not just for demon spawn. Living in a world of cruel men, Nieve has no memory of her life before her enslavement. But when Creed comes around asking questions about missing children, the memories of her half-demon son - and the demon who tricked her - come flooding back. Now, Nieve will do anything to get her son back...even if it means putting her trust in Creed. Together they set out to find the Demon Slayer who can help them. Little do they know the demon who fathered Nieve's son is also searching for Nieve, and he's teamed up with the kidnapper to draw her out.  Creed and Nieve must race against the clock to save the children, their hearts, and the world.

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About the author:
Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys the freedom of working from home and writing fulltime. Paula currently writes paranormal romance and category romance for Entangled Publishing. Visit her at and follow he:

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Anonymous said...

Oh, the guy is so hot! Really!
Can I receive this guy in name of Christmas?:)) Come on', my Christmas tree expected on him:))

Unknown said...

These books look awesome, The Demon's Daughter especially!! Can't wait to read it :)

Unknown said...

I loved the first two books in this series. Can't wait for the next one...and the next.

Christyna_BM said...

I want to read this... not now, but the second I'm finished with what I'm reading now.

Unknown said...

OH MY... now that is some heat.

collenga said...

Sounds like a sexy main character and a great book!

Torialeigh said...

sounds hott.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the giveaway!