Tuesday, September 4, 2012

We are so excited here at the blog because today we have a very VERY special guest, ALEXANDRA IVY!!! From her website we borrowed her bio to get things started and to allow everyone get to know ALEXANDRA just a little bit.

I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.
Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.
1. Fear the Darkness, Caine’s story came out Sept. 1st. Would you tell us about? - I’m (Wendy) very excited about this book, for a long while I was not sure that Caine could or would come out on the right side. To me he teetered back and forth between both sides- good and evil- Was it hard to write about him redeeming himself or did he jump feet first into the goodness??
It was really, really hard to decide what to do with Caine. He wasn’t evil, but he was a very bad boy. :)  It took me awhile to convince myself he could be redeemed and that he would be worthy of Cassandra.

(Wendy) Levet-- No question here just wanted to state that I LOVE Levet, he’s my favorite little gargoyle ever!

Oh, thank you!! I’ve had soooo much fun writing his character!

2. Ok now a Levet question- will Levet’s short story be in print or e-book format? Either way I am definitely buying it.
Right now it’s scheduled to be ebook only, but I hope my publisher will think about putting it in print for those readers who don’t like ebooks. I also hope everyone will enjoy it. It’s sort of a ‘coming into his own’ story.

3. Your Immortal Rogues trilogy has a new book coming out in December, who are the main characters in this book and can you tell us a little about it?
The heroine is Jocelyn Kingly, a young woman who survived a shameful scandal with her pride intact. She’s dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate. Lucien Valin is the hero. Rakish and self-indulgent, Lucien is exactly the sort of man Jocelyn detests, even though her overwhelming attraction proves impossible to deny. But when the local brothels are terrorized by a plague of vicious murders, Jocelyn discovers that there is more to Lucien than she ever imagined—and that a mysterious amulet in her possession is at the core of their dark, unearthly secrets.

4. Do you know how many books you will write for the Guardians of Eternity series? I love how you bring in characters from the past books; will we continue to see them as the series continues?
There is a conclusion to some story lines in Fear the Darkness. It felt like it was time for big showdown. But I promise that the Guardians will continue with Santiago and Nefri’s story up next!
I haven’t really thought about an end to the stories. Right now I’m still enjoying the world and with each book I discover new characters, so I hope I can keep them going until the readers tell me they’re finished!

5. You have a new series- Sentinels coming out next year, can you tell us a little about it?
The books are tentatively titled the ‘Sentinels’ and will start off in a short story collection coming May 2013. These will be different from my Guardians, with the stories revolving around people who are ‘gifted’ with special abilities. They’re known as high-bloods and will include witches and psychics and necromancers, as well as the Sentinels. The Sentinels are men and women who are trained warriors who protect the high-bloods when they travel away from their safe-house called Valhalla, or track those high-bloods who are a danger to the mortal population.
In the short story you’ll meet Angela Brown, a young graduate student who is a genius in genetics and Niko, the guardian who is sent to protect her from a high-blood who is convinced that Angela can rid her of her mutations. I hope you’ll enjoy the Sentinels, they’ve been such a pleasure to create!!

6. I’m sure you’ve been asked this question 100 times already – so sorry- How did you come up with the storyline for the Guardians of Eternity, they have everything a paranormal junkie like myself could possibly want, i.e. vampires, werewolves, witches, imps, gargoyles, fae, and angels.
It all started with a daydream about a clan of vampires in Chicago,
From there it was just a matter of letting my imagination roam. My editor was so wonderful to let me explore and expand my world. It would have been easy for him to try to get me to stay in a certain mold that was working for other authors, but instead he embraced my whacky sense of humor and the characters like Levet!

7. Under the name Deborah Raleigh, you have over 30 historical romance books. How did this switch take place, not only the a new name, but a different genre?
When I wrote WHEN DARKNESS COMES it really was for my own pleasure. I was busy with my historical career and the paranormal world was just starting. Then, really on a lark, I sent the book to my agent who sent it to my editor. It took a while to hear back. Not really surprising since all the books out there were dark and broody while mine...wasn’t :) But deciding to take a chance on the series, my publisher gave me a three book contract, a new name so my current readers would realize this was something completely different, and the rest is history.

8. Through the years of writing, I’m sure you have seen lots of changes in the book market with time (like style, boldness, trends that fade and become popular, language,... the list goes on and on). What do you feel have been the most dramatic or important changes that authors need to keep constant pace with?
The biggest change is the shakeup is in the genres. When I started writing the rules were set in granite. Every book had to follow a formula. We were told over and over the readers had certain expectations and they couldn’t be changed.
Then paranormals exploded onto the scene and writers realized that a good story was a good story. Suddenly Abe Lincoln was a vampire hunter and Victorian England had ray guns. It was fantastic!!

9. One of your biggest supporters is your husband David. Put him in the spotlight for this answer and tell us about this special guy in your life that has helped you so much. How did you meet? How did he help you thought the first few years before your books started being published?

David has always been there for me. Not just as a cheerleader (although that’s great) but long before I ever sold, he treated my writing as a job. He never once complained if he came home from work and I was scribbling away instead of cooking dinner or mentioned that our bedroom was being consumed by books on How to Get Published :) He believed long before I believed, and for that I will be eternally grateful!

Thanks so very much for this opportunity to speak with my readers! I never forget without them I wouldn’t be allowed to share my stories!!

Web page - http://www.alexandraivy.com/index.htm
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-Ivy/137660032930010
Twitter - http://twitter.com/AlexandraIvy

A giveaway by Alexandra will allow a blog follower to pick one of her new books, and also receive some yummy swag to boot! Leave a comment or question along with you email address to be entered. This giveaway is open internationally.


  1. Omg a author who loves nancy drew. Looks like this book is going higher up on my to be read pile


  2. Thanks for the great interview! I have a few of Alexandra's on my TBR list so I need to get them moves to a higher spot so I can get caught up with everyone.


  3. I absolutely love Alexandra Ivy! Definitely one of my favorite authors! Loved the interview and so happy to have the chance to win one of her latest books and some swag.


  4. great interview, and her books have been added to my t.b.r. list. thanks for a great contest :)


  5. Your books sound amazing! Thank you for the interview!

    <3 Tobi
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

  6. Alexandra, your books are awesome never stop writing. I had the privilege of meeting you at the AADNOLA and your a awesome person. I hope we meet again someday.


  7. Wow some sexy sexy covers and makes me want to dive right in.. nice way to start the morning off

  8. Do you have a funny “meeting a fan” story, or and embarrassing moment in the public eye that you could share with us?

  9. The books sound absolutely amazing! Hope I can win to get started on them. laura2039ATgmailDOTcom

  10. I love this series. I've only read it and not your earlier work. I didn't know that you had written under a different name until a little while ago. What prompted the name change? Thank you so much!


  11. Excited doesn't cover it for me- I'm ecstatic to finally have Alexandra on the blog. I LOVE this series. I really enjoyed Caine's book too. Besides Levit I think Jagr is my favorite character. Thank you so much for joining us today.

  12. Hi! :)

    I haven't read any of your books but they seem very cool and I will deffo have to give them a try :)

    If you had a choice vampire or werewolf? :P

    Kind Regards,

    Michelle Louise Pratley

    Email: michellelouisepratley(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

  13. Alexandra you are one of my fave authors and always a must buy!!!

    Lindsayavalon(at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Awesome interview, I got to meet you at the 2011 AAD in Philly and enjoyed listening in on the panels and had never laughed and enjoyed myself so much in a long time - I loved it and how down to earth you are. When doing your research how far do you go to get the research, do you just rely on what you read from books and online sources or do you ever travel to the destination the story is captured in to get a better feel?

    Ronda Tutt
    Queentutt's World of Escapism

  15. I have not read any of your books but I fully intend to read them now :) Love the interview and thank you for the giveaway.

  16. Loved the Real Werewolves book, that was great. Have also read the first book from the Guardian series. Have a couple others in my TBR pile, but missing a couple to continue reading the series. (oops bought out of order-but I have to read in order). Thanks for the great giveaway.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  17. I liked seeing bad boys redeemed. Their story is often ones that are emotional and interest me.

  18. Thanks for stopping by today and for the giveaway. I have your series in my TBR and hopefully soon I will be getting to them. I have seen Wendy's reviews about them and she loves them. I haven't been disappointed in the series she lets me know about. sandracarol123@yahoo.com

  19. I was only familiar with your Gaurdians series at first. I also love historical romances. After reading interviews like this one and hearing about your other books, I feel like I need to read everything you've written. Thanks so much for the chance to win one of your books!

  20. First of all, yay! I have been waiting for Caine's story for some time. And double yay! The next story follows that intriguing story you started with Santiago and Nefri. I love the Guardians series and Immortal Rogues. Looking forward to Levet's little story. He's hilarious!

    Thanks for the interview post and for the giveaway opportunity.

  21. I enjoyed the interview and I love Alexandra's books. I'm always happy to see a new one being released, and I'm looking forward to reading Fear the Darkness.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  22. I don't think I have read any of Alexandra's books before. I might have one in my TBR pile (must check) and am very interested in these books. I love PNRs so I will def be checking them out.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  23. I am in between books right now and I'm glad that I came to read the blog today because I know what I'm reading now! Thank y'all for that and thank you to Alexandra for speaking about all of her works! I can't wait to delve into her mind (worlds)!


    Dawn :)

  24. I love her Guardians of Eternity series. I started reading it 3 years ago and I can't wait to read Fear the Darkness.


  25. wow, this makes me want to re-read the whole series. it's been a while since i read guardians of eternity :D

    smile_1773 at yahoo dot com