Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kindred of the Fallen by Isis Rushdan : Release Day Blitz, Character Interview: Bewitching Book Tours


Meet Serenity Shaw

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

The Himalayas to visit House (or clan) Herut. It was my father’s home before he left to be with my mother, and my mate, Cyrus, will be the leader one day. I’d also like to visit House Aten in Iceland and House Sekhem, which is in some secretive location in the Sahara. My mother has ties to both of those Houses and I might find a clue as to what really happened to her.

Who is your favorite author?

Isis Rushdan, of course. She was brave enough and kind enough to tell my story.

What do you think makes a good story?

Beautifully flawed characters, a romance I can root for, action to get my adrenaline pumping, and some hot sex doesn’t hurt. Lol!

Tell us about your family.

My parents each left their Houses or clans to try life away from their collectives. When I was five, my mother abandoned us. My father was so heartbroken that he committed suicide. At least that’s what I remember.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

When I realized I was falling in love with Cyrus. It happened so fast and I knew I’d have to demolish one life with a wrecking ball in order to have a new one with him. It also meant bloodthirsty warriors from House Sekhem were going to try to kill me. You’ll have to read the book to learn more. But the realization that I was in love with the most amazing and annoyingly bossy male was also the best moment of my life.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I had no idea, only that I wanted to make people happy. That’s why I went into business with my friend Dougie and opened Soul Ink Designs. My ability to read a human’s soul and translate that into custom tattoos brings people joy, as silly as that might sound.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I only DVR the Real Housewives of New York and Atlanta. It’s too entertaining not to watch, but Cyrus just sighs and shakes his head at it.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

“Furious Angels” by Rob Dougan. If Cyrus had a theme song, this would be it.

“The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning” by Smashing Pumpkins

“The Last Beat Of My Heart” by DeVotchKa

“That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Alicia Keys


If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

My best friend, Evan.

Who should play you in a film? 

Paula Patton. She was in the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. I have no idea who could play Cyrus. He has the debonair swagger of Michael Fassbender and the smoking hot bod of Wolverine. Aaah, I’m a lucky gal, but don’t tell him I said that.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Used to be night person. I’d get my best paintings and drawings done in the wee hours. Since my energy stream connected with Cyrus’s, I only need to sleep about four hours and I’m pretty productive any time now, day or night.

What would we find under your bed?

The sneakers I tossed off after my morning run, my crossbow and bolts, and a sketchpad with drawings of my mother.
What makes you happy?

Cyrus, painting, running, knowing who I really am.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I get a lot of heat for my human mindset. Kindred don’t like it or understand it since I’m the first of our kind to be raised away from a collective, but I love looking at the world with human eyes and hope I always do.

Thanks for having me on, Laurie! I’ll stick around to take any questions and Isis Rushdan promised to stop by as well.


Kindred Chronicles Book One
Isis Rushdan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date of Publication: January 8, 2013
ISBN: 9781619212893
ASIN: B009R89AF2
Number of pages: 444
Word Count: 115,000
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Book Description: 

Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity. 

Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more. 

Cyrus has been preparing to claim her as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people. 

One moment, armed militants are firing questions Serenity cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil.  

Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time. 

Greater the love…sweeter the pleasure…higher the price that must be paid. 


The interminable tick tock, tick tock punctured her thoughts. She rubbed her forehead, massaging  in  deep  circles.  Little  good  it  did  against  the  headache hammering her brain. Too bad the windows didn’t open, she’d kill for a breeze. Or an oxygen mask. Why wasn’t the a/c pumping out more air? It might be September, but she was burning up.
A tingle danced over her body, raising the hairs on her arms. A gust of heat slammed into her, surged through her skin, beyond her flesh, rousing the quintessence of her being. Energy swirled in her torso, electric embers stirred ablaze. An underlying current that had grown more vibrant since the dreams now bustled with vigor.
A loud rap at the door startled her and she jumped. In the doorway stood a sinfully handsome man with lush dark hair. A dazzling smile swept across the most  stunning  face  she’d  ever  seen.  Not  pretty-boy  model  perfect,  but  so savagely beautiful she salivated.
This was her client?
The stranger sauntered into the office. His charcoal suit had clean lines and hugged his firm, athletic body. He strolled around her desk and right up to her with casual, confident ease, like they were longtime friends.
Customers didn’t come behind the desk or invade her personal space. Not in her territory, where all the power resided quite literally in her hands. She wanted to move back or shoo him to a chair five feet away, but she could only gulp, feet welded to the floor.
He extended his hand, but her first and only chance to peek into his soul couldn’t be squandered on a premature handshake. Even though instinct prodded her to touch him.
“Hello, I’m—”
“No! Don’t tell me your name.” Serenity glanced at his outreached hand, then back  up  at  the  heartrending  face  that  made  her  legs  shake.  “Didn’t  Dougie explain the rules?”
Looking   down   at   her,   he   lowered   his   hand.   Something   playful   or mischievous tugged at the naughty curve of his mouth. “Sorry.” He didn’t sound the least bit apologetic.
He stepped closer, his insanely masculine, incredibly sexual body bearing down on her. He even smelled divine. Spicy wilderness with sweet hints of cardamom and sandalwood.
Raw recognition poked at her memory as if she knew him, but she’d never seen him before. This was certainly the type of man one didn’t forget. Rivulets of sublime energy emanated from him. In all her days, every person she’d come across  had  lacked  this  distinctive  quality.  His  body  purred  with  a  charged current, foreign yet familiar, comforting and unnerving her at the same time.
“You need to sit,” she said, suddenly lightheaded, her voice faint. When he quirked an eyebrow, she added, “So we can begin the consultation.”
“Certainly.” He brushed around her and sat in her chair.
Her chair! Only inches away. The audacity of him. Her heart thumped so hard and fast she could barely breathe. “Not there.”
He lounged back in the seat, getting more comfortable, sensuous smile deepening. Alluring blue eyes, dark and exotic, locked on hers. “Where would you like me?” he asked in a liquid velvet voice that poured over her thick as warm butterscotch.
A hot flush set her face on fire. Evan. I’m getting married to Evan. She repeated the words in her mind like a prayer to protect her from this complete stranger. When she swallowed, she realized her mouth had been hanging open. How long had she been gaping at him?
He gazed at her with such intensity another sweet flush of heat fluttered over her entire body. She needed to do this consultation and get him the hell out of her office.
“Never mind.” The sooner this was done, the better. She shoved her palm toward him. “Please place your hand on mine.”
His fingertips skimmed hers, his warm hand sliding toward her arm until they were palm to palm. A delicious tingle licked up her spine as his long, thick fingers curled around her, his thumb kissing the inside of her wrist where her pulse throbbed.
A moan blossomed in her chest, but she killed the mutinous noise with a harsh  clearing  of  her  throat.  She’d  worked  under  pressure  before,  though nothing as sweet as this. She shut her eyes, determined to do her job and ignore the titillation of his touch stirring her mind into a tizzy. Distraction wouldn’t derail her now. Focusing on the silken ribbons of energy caressing her from scalp to sole, she cleared away all thoughts.
An  image  blasted  in  her  mind,  bright,  scorching:  him  holding  her,  lips pressed against hers, drawing her close in an embrace.
She yanked her hand away.
“Is that it?” His brow wrinkled. “What did you see?”
Not  a  damn  thing  she  could  mention. 


Isis Rushdan was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University. Wanderlust has taken her across the globe and has kept her moving every three years. Fortunately, she is blessed with a husband who shares her passion for travel, movies and fantastic food. Prior to following her bliss as a writer, she had a bright career as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. She currently resides in sunny Florida, where she hopes to finally  establish  roots,  with  her  husband,  son  and  canine  kiddies.  


January 8th - Release Day Blitz

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Tour Wide Giveaway

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Isis Rushdan said...

Thanks for having us here, Laurie!

NatashaMay said...

Great interview and awesome excerpt. :) Sounds like a great book!

Misha Gericke said...

Love the cover and the story sounds amazing. :-D

scott wilcox said...

I loved the interview! So cool hearing from "book characters" The cover is absolutely stunning. I am adding to the TBR list now. :)

Happy New Year and much success in 2013!

Mary Kirkland said...

Great interview, sounds like a great book.


Debby said...

Super Interview!

Best wishes!

Leah CB said...

What a great interview! Sounds like a really good book.

Mimi Smith said...

Great interview and giveaway!

Ashley Koep said...

Book sound so amazing! Cannot wait to get my hands on it!

VampedChik said...

Thanks for the interview! The book sounds great! I'll have to add it to my wishlist! Thanks!

Renald said...

Another great year to come and anther wonderful book to check out. Thanks.

Isis Rushdan said...

~Natasha: Happy you liked the interview!

~ Misha: I was blown away by the final product the cover artist, Kanaxa, did. It was so much more than I had hoped for.

~Marlena: Hope you enjoy the journey of Serenity and Cyrus!

~Mary: Thanks for stopping by. I hope you check out the book. Would love to hear would you think.

~Debby: One can never have too many good wishes. Thank you.

~Leah: Love your name, the way it rolls off the tongue. Thanks for the kind words.

~Mimi: Good luck on the giveaway.

~Ashley: Wow! Hope you love the story.

~Amber: I'm so happy Laurie invited me over for my release day. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

~Renald: Hope you like it and may this be a great year for us both!

LisaILJ said...

I enjoyed that excerpt. Makes me want to keep reading.

Christy Maurer said...

Thanks so much! I graduated with a BA in psychology too :) Mine's from Ohio too but not OSU! Rats lol.

Toni Porter said...

I love the excerpt! It's no wonder that this book has been on my TBR list.