Mythology. Romance. Intrigue. They’re all awesome parts of this really unique book, and I’m proud to be part of the Loki’s Game tour!
And it’s not just because Siobhan would smack me if I said otherwise. Seriously, this is an amazing book, and it’s one that you should check out right now. First, let’s take a look at what this book is about.
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Unemployed museum curator Lily Redway responds to an advertisement in the newspaper, thinking she is applying for a job. On the other side of that small, black-and-white box waits two things: a fantasy world come to life and a man named Rowan Keir.
Rowan is a man with many secrets. He is a shape-shifter, a descendent of old world mythology, and the guardian of a rare and valuable Nordic artifact. He is also being hunted by the god Loki and has spent the last six hundred years outsmarting and outrunning him.
With the fury of Asgard on Rowan’s trail, Lily finds herself caught up in a real-life fantasy story, a love triangle, and an ages-old war that pitches her into a different world and one very hard truth: All is fair in love and war.
Sounds pretty cool, right? Well Siobhan has decided to grace us with her presence today and has an awesome guest post for all of us about the balance of writing sexy and not compromising plot.
First and foremost – thank you, Selah, for hosting me today. I love you more than chocolate, chickie! And by the time this is over, I’ll probably owe you a metric shit-ton of it, too.
About that title…Y’know, just because a book is romance doesn’t mean it can’t be intelligent. More times than I can count, I’ve picked up romance novels where the author has taken the literary low road. By that, I mean they have sacrificed interesting plot points in favor of cramming in more romantic mishmash. It really upsets me when I get hold of books like this, because I like the plot and characters as much if not more than the love story.
What’s more, romance novels don’t always have to follow a formulaic system. Mine certainly don’t. When I read romance, I want a great story, lots of action, and a special something to keep me turning pages. Naturally, I write the things I’d like to read. I like adventure. I love strong characters.
If you can’t tell, I’m not your average romance writer.
Let’s back up a minute. I should probably explain myself here. The term smexy isn’t just something I made up. It’s a real world in the romance realm. Smexy means two things – “smart” and “sexy”. And this book is just that.
With Loki’s Game, I wrote an urban fantasy novel. It just so happens that my urban fantasy novel has a strong romantic thread. I’ve twisted mythology, turned reality on its head, and ultimately brought together a pair of characters who desperately needed each other. It’s sexy – yes, it’s very sexy. But it’s also smart.
To write this book, I read eight as research. I spent hours online scouring the internet for different versions of the same Nordic myths and legends. I picked apart every version of every story I read until I found a way to make my idea fit into the mythology. I just hope Loki forgives me for what I’ve done, because I’d hate to be next on his list.
It’s a smart book written for smart people who just happen to like romance.
When Rowan and Lily get it on, they do it with style. And occasionally a little bit of mud… but mostly style. I can promise one thing about their trysts – they never appear without reason. I’m not the type that can write sex for the sake of sex… there has to be a reason. It has to fit. And I have to be happy with it.
This is where the sexy comes in.
Odd combination? Possibly. Doable? Definitely…in more ways than one. Want to know how? Read the book and find out.
At a very early age, Siobhan developed a love of reading. By first grade she was on a fifth grade level, and by the time she was a teenager she spent every penny she earned on new books. Oddly enough she gravitated toward science fiction, fantasy and horror while avoiding the romance genre at all costs. It wasn’t until her mother introduced her to Nora Roberts that she realized romance could be fun.
Not much has changed since then. She is still a voracious reader and recovering grammar junkie.
Left to her own devices, she plots interesting ways to seduce, frighten, and destroy. While she finds herself drawn to the dark and eerie, she is also very much a free spirit and hopeless romantic. With multiple stories in publication and several more on the way she spends her time writing happy-ever-afters for the underdogs.
Siobhan writes both contemporary and dark paranormal romance (and a little bit of fantasy and horror under another name, omitted to protect the guilty), much of it of a highly erotic nature. Having never really enjoyed reading romance, she finds writing it to be a cathartic act. By manipulating the characters, she can make the happy endings much more satisfying for herself, and hopefully for her readers as well.
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2 thoughts on “Loki’s Game by Siobhan Kinkade: Official Blog Tour”
Generally, I don’t enjoy romance. I’m not even big on Nora Roberts. But, I like most of the Anita Blake books by Laurell K Hamilton, that I have read. I think that is because they are in that horror/monster genre I enjoy so much. However, I love fantasy and mythology. I have to say if it wasn’t for this blog, I would have never even known about this book. But now, I will very likely be giving it a try.
Knowing Siobhan the way I do, I can tell you that she writes with a definite story and characters and mind, and has a huge love of the same type of urban fantasy elements that we both like. I haven’t read it yet, but I definitely plan on it.