Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Alix Richards shares Fun Facts about her Gods' Stones Series


Hello Everyone! Alix Richards, erotic paranormal fantasy romance author and a good friend is here for the week – the post is changed up a little today – Alix shares some fun facts about her Gods’ Stones Series. If you’d like to check out her previous post – here’s the link: http://kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com/2014/12/alix-richards-shares-how-she-writes-pn.html

Alix, thanks so much for sharing more about your Gods’ Stones series: ) Let’s get started…there will be more tomorrow about some of the “beings” in the series. Can’t wait; )


Tell us how the idea came to you for the Gods’ Stones series.

A few years (2008) ago, a writer friend, and I were chatting and she was saying no matter how hard she tried her pieces always ended up short stories. I, on the other hand, was saying the opposite…mine end up novel length. She dared me to write a short of 5K words…I swear my brain only heard “dare” and said “challenge accepted!” *laugh* That story turned into what is now Gods’ Stones: Dark Desire (release spring 2015). When I reached “THE END” I found I needed to know what/how/when/where it all started. What were the “gems” the sister/s had to locate? Why were they targeted? What was so special about this particular family?

Fast forward to late 2013 and my editor’s themed call out (Wild Darkness Calls)…I swear, (once again) my brain took that as another “dare” and off it went. Challenge accepted! LOL I had a couple ideas floating about and thought they made for a good break from writing in the Twin Flames series.

Lenna and Lea Manchester came into being. Catching a movie my daughters’ (don’t listen to movies while trying to write, trust me on this, I’ve gotten many an idea from those moments when THEY have control of the remote, lol) were watching, where the people had to bring a certain gem (large diamond I believe it was, lol) to save the life of friends, gave me the right fuel to fashion the base plot to thread throughout, giving all of the characters a shared goal. That tied into the original idea and off I went!

I reached into other pieces I’ve written and nabbed the “Gods’ Stones” (hence the series title) in place of a common jewel (like a diamond or ruby), introducing another older piece of information into the modern tale. I honestly didn’t think the stories would proceed in the manner they did, but my imagination grabbed a hold of the tale I started years earlier, giving me four shorts in the span of a four week marathon writing session. I just could not stop writing. Seriously, I was glued, enthralled at what spun with just that simple short I fashioned on a dare.

Gods’ Stones turned into a series by accident, honestly. I looked at the originals I submitted Dark Jewel and Dark Fire as a break, you know, a clearing out of the imagination. I couldn’t just leave those alone though. My desire to know more about the situation pushed me on. Demanding I complete the tale. Adding Dark Embrace (January 23, 2015) and bringing Dark Desire (extended version) to completion helped, but as a reader myself, I want to know how it all happened. The actual beginning of the story Gods’ Stones: Secrets (release summer 2015), ended up the fifth installment of the series.


What are Gem Guardians and how do they know what stones need guarded?

Originally, only First Ones left behind a Gods’ Stones when they passed from Life. As the stories evolved in my mind/imagination and later on computer screen, I found I liked the idea of all my creatures leaving behind something unique (it also assisted with the why their kind weren’t discovered by humans). Hybrids, Shape-Shifters and First Ones (Fey-kin) don’t leave behind a body, unlike humans. Instead of having them vanish into nothingness (like vampires’ facing the dawn) I grabbed onto the symbol of the “immortal soul” and created a jewel in varying sizes and colors. Yes, the characters still have an “immortal soul,” but a beautiful, powerful gem is left instead of a dried husk. You know; something pretty and not gross? LOL

Gem Guardians came into being when I realized Tarrinaysa couldn’t do all she was supposed to, as the Living Goddess tracking down Gods’ Stones and keeping them from the hands of humans (even deities have their limits). They also are the only Cursed Ones that can walk between the realms; because of their duties it’s fairly common for them to have relations with Immortals and some deities.

In the very beginning, Gem Guardians were the siblings of Tarrinaysa and eventually expanded out to include certain bloodlines within the Cursed Ones. At first, only those of First One genetics could “hear” the song of the gems. When the damnation was uttered, that opened up a whole new spectrum of creatures who could assist my Immortals.

The jewels sing. You know, like the sirens did of old and lured sailors to their death on the rocks/shoals? Okay, so Gods’ Stones don’t lure people anywhere near their death, but that’s where I got the idea from. They contain all the power and energy that the person had while alive. Instead of dissipating and transitioning into something else, it fashions a gem.

Think of music, there are love songs, club hits, party anthems, heavy metal, R&B, and so on. Those are the “songs” the Gods’ Stones “sing.” The happy notes tell the Gem Guardians the jewels are where they want to be. While the sadder and angry tunes scream they aren’t pleased with the situation they find themselves in. Most Guardians don’t pay attention to the happier notes, unless they are calling out to them in particular. Like with Noa in Dark Embrace. The jewel sang to her and bringing her to Andros.

Gods’ Stones are people, in a sense. They are living breathing entities that are characters as well. As they still hold a piece of what they were prior to death claiming them.


How do they collect the stones and where do they put them once they have them?

You could say they “track” them. Have you ever heard a song or sound and tried to locate it? That’s what they do. They follow the “beguiling music” Gods’ Stones emit. It’s an “intuition” inside a Gem Guardian that tells them if the jewel wants to be found or removed, depending on the depth of the bloodline. 

In this case, with the Manchester family, the louder the gems are heard by the Guardians. As with everything, there are varying degrees of abilities, some are stronger than others. If a Hybrid passes and no family are in the vicinity the gem will cry out until it’s located. From there it’s returned to its family line, or given to an Immortal for safe keeping. Some are held until its’ “song” changes. Gods’ Stones are “living” creatures, unlike crystals. They “speak” to those who hold them, similar to a baby “telling” its parents it is hungry or tired.

The more powerful ones are placed “in between” the realms; safe from discovery and harm (full-blooded Humans can’t touch Gods’ Stones without the jewels killing them). The smaller gems are fashioned into pieces worn for special occasions (they are not worn daily, aside from the Immortals; it’s a status deal with them). Rings, necklaces, bracelets, amulets, crowns, and so on.

The vast majority of Gods’ Stones look like polished fire opals. Varying in sizes, a watermelon (only one of those exist) to as small as a newborn’s fingernail and shades, from as dark as onyx to as clear as a diamond. They cover the color spectrum, which also hints at the power they contain within. The darker the hue and larger the stone, the more energy it contains.


Alix, so interesting – intriguing…love the stories; ) Thanks so much for the explanations and tomorrow we’ll hear about some of your beings in your series; ) Yesterday we saw Dark Jewel – here’s the next in the Gods’ Stones series – Dark Fire.




Gods’ Stones: Dark Fire
Gods’ Stones Series - Book Two – Wild Darkness Calls themed story

“You know exactly what I’m saying.” Lea moved directly in front of him, her silver-violet eyes ablaze with unnamed emotion. She gripped the edges of his denim jacket and jerked him flush against her.

His hands spanned her hips in a failed attempt to keep them from touching. Normally, females didn’t rush him in this manner. Raider opened his mouth. Before a word escaped Lea’s lips covered his.

Shock jolted his system as her tongue thrust against his. The smooth dominance with which she moved halted all rational thoughts. Dreams from his teen years moved through his mind, teasing him with what he’d fantasized about while young and innocent.

Fingers twitched as he pulled her closer and took command of the caress. Raider barely noticed Lea hadn’t fought him for control. She relented without a sound. Did that mean something?
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For the past decade, Lea Manchester lived with secrets she shared with no one, including her family. Those same secrets have now come back to haunt her and harm her family. She didn’t have time for a hot attraction, even with a warrior sent to bring her in.

Raider Silverthorne isn’t accustomed to a dominate female asserting herself without fear, ready to fight. This assignment should’ve been a normal retrieval, and then Lea kissed him. All rational thought left.

In that second, he knew she belonged to him and he wouldn’t be handing her over to the Hybrid Council. 

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The fires of passion burn bright, enticing Lea and Raider to drink their fill. But will they?

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Alix Richards BIO:
A multi-published author who was first a storyteller, Alix Richards didn’t get around to recording her stories on paper until she was ten. The creative worlds grew with time and experience in her imagination. Finding her own ‘twin flame’ inspired her to look again at those worlds and characters she’d set aside when life demanded her full attention.

Between plotting, chatting writer friends off their balconies, reading romance novels, playing SIMS and meeting new people, Alix spends time with her family and friends, happy to share her real life with those who mean the most to her. She’s friendly, stubborn, and outspoken but still enjoys laughing and crying while reading a good book. She’s a romantic with a harsh realistic twist, because some things just don’t happen in everyday life.

She continues to believe what her grandmother taught her, anything is possible. Alix would love to hear from you, alixrichards.souls@gmail.com 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Alix Richards shares how she writes PN Fantasy Erotic Romance series...



Hello everyone – I’m so excited to have one of my best friends and my favorite paranormal/fantasy erotic romance author (seriously amazing sensual stories). I’m a lush for her stories and she’s sharing how she writes those fantabulous series (and she has a number of them!)

Hope you enjoy this week with Alix…this is just the beginning – she’s got a lot more she’ll be sharing with us throughout the week, so stay tuned in.

Biggest hugs, Alix…the stage is all yours…


First off, I would like to thank Kay Dee for inviting me to her blog this week. It is a true pleasure counting her as a friend and mentor. Thank you Kay Dee. You rock! J

For those of you who are new, my name is Alix Richards. I write (created? *lol*) the series Twin Flames, Gods’ Stone and Divine Immortals. Still relatively new to this authorship career, but learning as I go. J

For the next few days, I’ll be sharing with you an insight into what makes my series tick and move forward (caffeine anyone?). Answering questions and just having a helluva of good time. Always do here with Kay Dee. J I wish I had her sense of blogging. I’m horrible when it comes to this area of the tech age. 

Writing is one thing…blogging? Nope, haven’t gotten the hang of it yet. *LOL* Not giving up, still trying. Such is life. I do believe a famous character (from the silver screen, I think?) said, “Do not try…do.” That’s the way it goes in life. Don’t try to do something…just do it. J

To kick this off, I’ll give you a basic run down of how I’ve learned (yes, learned, I didn’t realize what I was doing when I wrote the stories, *lol*) to interlock my series. When I started, all these stories were supposed to be standalones (completely, no series, nothing), but as time moved and more of them were finished, I started noticing patterns within. That is how it started. Those little patterns I had unconsciously wrote in. The reason I use “unconsciously” is because the idea (not a plotter, guys, I’m a strict pantser here, *lol*) had nothing to do with what I found when I reread the finished pieces.

Small clues my imagination had popped in while I typed. Conversations, between characters, brought into being the deeper world I created. Their beliefs and what they stood for. The reasons they stand by their gods and goddesses of old. Fantastical creatures I fashioned to entertain my siblings and cousins were given names (they hadn’t had names prior, they were only referred to as “this god” or “that goddess” and so on) and came into being.

I don’t jot down notes. Not in the sense most writers do. Instead I write out the scene/s with the characters involved. It gives me a true sense of what’s happening around them. I can feel their emotions and not have to spend much time getting into their “heads” for writing. This mode also allows my imagination to run with the event/s and most times give me an idea that evolves into a story (series too!) of its own.

Plus, it helps with keeping the back story out. That is a small thing many of us writers struggle with…the back story. The reason behind why what you (the reader) are now reading and engrossed in.

Check back and see what questions Kay Dee asks and my answers. Bet you’ll be surprised. Trust me, I was surprised when I answered them. J

Alix Richards BIO:
A multi-published author who was first a storyteller, Alix Richards didn’t get around to recording her stories on paper until she was ten. The creative worlds grew with time and experience in her imagination. Finding her own ‘twin flame’ inspired her to look again at those worlds and characters she’d set aside when life demanded her full attention.

Between plotting, chatting writer friends off their balconies, reading romance novels, playing SIMS and meeting new people, Alix spends time with her family and friends, happy to share her real life with those who mean the most to her. She’s friendly, stubborn, and outspoken but still enjoys laughing and crying while reading a good book. She’s a romantic with a harsh realistic twist, because some things just don’t happen in everyday life.

She continues to believe what her grandmother taught her, anything is possible. Alix would love to hear from you, alixrichards.souls@gmail.com 

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Gods’ Stones: Dark Jewel  
Gods’ Stones Series - Book One – Wild Darkness Calls themed story

A small squeak escaped Lenna. She straightened and stepped back to the window, mouth agape, eyes nearly bulging. At the last moment, she swung away. No, the Ancient Gods wouldn’t be that cruel. Not now.

Ridge’s throat worked as his gaze filled with Lenna. Her back was to him and ramrod straight. The black glass of the window reflected her startled expression.

She was beautiful.

Lenna Manchester, a Hawaiian hybrid, will do anything to save her kidnapped family members, even trade sacred Gods’ Stones, going against the Hybrid Council’s laws.

Ridge Silverthorne, a Purebred and highly trained Terentian Warrior, has a mission to capture and confine Lenna for ties to illegal activities.

Once Ridge confines Lenna, their true natures take over, leaving them both defenseless against the other…

Oh dear gods, not that. Please, don’t let it be that…anything but…that.

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Lenna must trade sacred Gods’ Stones to save her kidnapped family until stopped by a Terentian Warrior who claims her.

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Review of Alix Richards’ series: Twin Flames; Gods’ Stones; Divine Immortals; and a couple yet to come (which will be announced soon)

Ms. Richards created a world within “our” world, a secret place and society living among humans. Her sensual take on “Twin Flames” is open-door romance at its best. All of her series take place inside this fabulous world of Calanthia, and even though her books could be considered stand-alone stories, each of them link to this world and introduce or include story-stars from her other stories, which may be included in any of her series.

I’m a full-on fan…maybe what some consider a groupie for Ms. Richards’ stories. They are like a fix for an addict of paranormal erotic romance with a sweet touch of fantasy. She writes erotic romance with taste, hot sensuality with quotable lines I find deeply appealing and something of a class act.


If you love reading a series, or you love reading stand-alone books about shifters, gods, goddesses, immortals, romance, erotic sensuality, paranormal and fantasy combined, loyal alpha-heroes and spit-fire heroines, you’ll fall in love with Ms. Richards’ story-stars and their stories. I’m consistently waiting for her next story…and she writes like the wind, thank goodness!

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