Interview: Author Ilona Andrews + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Ilona Andrews , Interview , The Smutty Lover Posted on June 1, 2010 @ 6:01 am 29 comments

Ilona and Gordon Andrews are a husband and wife writing team, and have written six books – plus several short stories and novellas. The release of their latest book, Magic Bleeds, from the Kate Daniels series recently reached number 19 on the New York Times bestseller list!

Kate Daniels series:

The Smutty Lover: Magic Bleeds is the 4th book in the series. What can we expect from Magic Bleeds, and will there be a crossroads for Kate?

Gordon: I think the crossroads came in the last book. When Kate jumped on the sword, she made a definite choice. This book is about her journey on that road.

Ilona: I agree. It’s more about having to deal with consequences of choices already made. The life that she has in MAGIC BLEEDS, the good and the bad of it, is the direct result of the choices she had made.

The Smutty Lover: Kate and Curran’s relationship has been full of tension, and simmers slowly, but surely. We hear that in Magic Bleeds, Kate and Curran’s relationship grows but will it develop into something more?

Ilona: You’ll just have to read the book. MAGIC BLEEDS is definitely the book where they decide what to do about that slow simmer.

Gordon: All the experiences that Kate has had in the first three books combined to make her the person she is in the fourth book. She can now meet him as an equal. She’s no longer a low-life merc and he’s been brought down a notch from his throne.

The Smutty Lover: Are there any reasons why Curran does not like peas, and if so is there a story behind this?

Gordon: They are nasty. It’s the texture. They’re squishy.

The Smutty Lover: Do you plan to write any spin offs with other characters?

Ilona: We have written MAGIC MOURNS with Andrea and Raphael. We could do several spin-offs, honestly, because we love working with these characters, but that’s more up to our publisher.

Edge Series:

The Smutty Lover: Can you explain what Bayou Moon (the second book in the Edge series) will be about?

Gordon: It’s about William and his chance to be the hero and get the girl.

Ilona: The Edge books are really hard to describe. It’s about William in a giant swamp with magically mutated spies, a doom machine, and a girl and her family of cutthroats and thieves. Sort of.

The Smutty Lover: On the Edge had a fairytale feel. Does Bayou Moon follow on this or will it be a departure to a new tone?

Gordon: I don’t think William or Cerise would describe themselves as fairy tale characters. They take what life gives them and they make the best of it.

Ilona: It’s more of a Red Riding Hood than a Cinderella, if the Red Riding Hood carried a sword and was found of cutting people in a half with it.

The Smutty Lover: Any surprises or hints about Bayou Moon?

Gordon: I like it more than the Edge.

Ilona: The boys are in the book toward the end.

The Smutty Lover: Will there be more books in this series?

Ilona: Yes, we’re contracted for the three and four.

Alpha Menz (Ilona and Gordon has signed up to do another series which will be out later next year – nicknamed it their sick shit :D)

The Smutty Lover: We hear you also have a new series which you nicknamed Alpha Menz and that its quite dark. What will Alpha Menz be about? Anything you can spoil us with?

Gordon: It’s probably the darkest subject matter we’ve tackled. I hate to use a catch phrase but it’s really not for the faint of heart.

Ilona: We really thought about what would happen if a woman was kidnapped by supernaturally powerful people with very little breaks. How would she be treated? How could she learn to survive? Will she retain her humanity?

The Smutty Lover: Is it a huge departure from the Edge/Magic Series?

Ilona: Yes and know. If you read BAYOU MOON, you will find some references to Alphas series in it. To be honest, we’re not quite sure where we will taking this series yet.



We, the Book Lovers are giving away a copy of Magic Bleeds via the Book Depository to one lucky reader.

Just comment to enter.

Giveaway end on Sunday, June 6th and the winner will be announce on Monday.

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  • Stella (Ex Libris) June 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Discovering the Kate Daniels series was one of the revelations of 2010 for me. I have just started blogging when I saw all the praise about this series and became curious. Ordering Magic Bites was a decision I am thankful of, the only thing I regret is not having ordered the 2nd and 3rd book at the same time and so had to wait for delivery later!

    I'm so glad that the 4th book has been released, can't wait to read it! 🙂

    Thank you for this giveaway! Please enter me.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Bethany C. June 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I've only read the first two so far, but have the third in my massive TBR pile…somewhere. Would LOVE to get my hands on Magic Bleeds! I'll get to it, promise!

    b(dot)cardone(at)hot mail(dot)com

  • Beth June 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Finished Magic Bleeds on my ereader last week and it did not disappoint. I would love to have a hard copy, too. I really like this series and was wondering how many more books there will be.

    I enjoyed the Edge, can't wait for the next book and am looking forward to the darker Alpha Menz series.

  • van_pham June 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I love the Kate Daniel series, i remember discovering them last year..and had been eagerly waiting for the fourth.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • tetewa June 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Love the cover, count me in!

  • Heather (DarklyReading) June 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I loved Magic Bleeds! So good – and you guys did a great interview. I'm looking forward to reading Bayou Moon, I'm interested in reading about William as the big hero. Don't enter me in the contest – just wanted to say hi!

  • debbie June 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I haven't read any, but I would love to read this one.

  • donnas June 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the chance. I havent been able to get a copy of Magic Bleeds yet and I am so excited to read it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • HippieChick June 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I'm in!!!

  • Barbara E. June 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I haven't had a chance to start the Kate Daniels series yet, but I do have some of the books on my TBR shelf so I'll have to get started soon.

  • Michelle June 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    You know, this is one of my all time favorite series. I just love the characters that Andrews has created. Kate is so amazing. And now I'm thinking Bayou Moon is gonna be lots of fun too! Thanks for the interview.

    mmillet at gmail dot com

  • Kelsey June 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Please enter me. The book looks great! I also love the cover!

    krae991 at yahoo dot com

  • Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops June 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    LOL to the peas! 😀

    I didn't know they were a writing team – very cool! Fab interview, thanks!
    Emma 🙂

  • heatwave16 June 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I've heard a lot of great things about the Kate Daniels series. I never realized it was a husband & wife team. I'm not sure I could spend soo much time constantly with my other half…lol i wonder how they do it.

  • EVA SB June 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Great to see a husband and wife writing team. This series looks interesting, Please count me in.[@]gmail[.]com

  • JenM June 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I've read the snippet of Alpha Menz that Ilona and Gordon have posted on their site and it is fantastic, as is everything else they write. I'm thrilled that they've been contracted to do a book based on it. Can't wait to read it.

    I also can't wait for Bayou Moon – I loved William in the first book.

  • Lisa R June 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Count me in. Awesome series!

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • Sandy Jay June 2, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I haven't read any of this series yet but they're on my wishlist and I'm looking forward to them. Thanks for the giveaway.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  • mariska June 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I've been around the blogs to get my chance to win this book ! i haven't read any of the series before, so PLEASE make me the lucky one 🙂

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  • draconismoi June 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Good call Gordon, people don't need reasons to dislike peas. They are just vile.

    Also: I would love a copy of Magic Bleeds!

    cass at feministdracona dot net

  • jellybelly82158 June 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I haven't read this series yet but I would love to win this book

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  • Julie June 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Interesting giveaway. count me in. juliecookies(at)

  • angie June 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I have heard such great things about this book! I would love to be entered in the giveaway!

  • Tracy June 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    it´s so pitty that i don´t read this book, yet

    i´ve heard great things about it, so it would be great to get one 😉

  • Michikit June 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I'm sorry that it wasn't translated in my country too. Count me in please. This is my email in case you can't see it in my account:

    Thank you.

  • mbreakfield June 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    This book is on my wishlist. Please enter me in the contest.

  • Ruth (Book Focus) June 6, 2010 at 5:21 am

    The series sounds really good – love the peas comment 😀

    And the Red Riding Hood comment? Nice! Sounds really cool – kinda reminds me of Roald Dahl's version of Riding Hood, she was kick-ass (gun in her "knickers", wolfskin cape, pigskin case and all).

    The new series sounds really interesting – potentially very "horror" type stuff, but you could make such a good series out of that.

    Would love to enter to win this – email: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Karen June 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I want to read them ALL!

  • Aik June 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I'd love to enter! Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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