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Special Guest ILONA ANDREWS and Giveaway!

Posted Jun 11 2013, 4:41 pm

Please help me welcome a very special guest: The incomparable ILONA ANDREWS


I have to admit to a bit of a crush. Ilona is awesome and to say that she is a stellar talent would be an understatement. She rocks and you’ll soon see why. 

So, without further ado . . .

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. This absolutely fascinates me! So, how does that work in terms of writing time, page time, etc.? Is there a split between, say, heat and action? Inquiring minds want to know! 

Thank you so much for having me over.  🙂  We plot together, then I write out the first draft while we talk through the dialogue and scenes as we go along, then Gordon edits, then I edits and that’s kind of how we work.  We sit in the same room within ten feet of each other, so our books are actual collaborations.  
Can you tell us a little about your series? You have two out, yes?
We’re probably mostly known for Kate Daniels, our urban fantasy series set in post-Apocalyptic Atlanta.  Magic came back and it’s flooding the world in waves, so one minute guns work and the next they don’t.  Magic waves bring out monsters, ancient gods, and other things with big teeth and healthy appetites. Kate is trying to eek out a living in this chaotic mess by helping people with their magic hazmat.  The other series, the Edge, is kind of hard to classify. We’ve been calling it rural fantasy.  It is complete right now at four books and it has strong romance elements.
I’ve been hearing a lot about this Curran fellow. *sigh* The way I see it, anyone that drool worthy deserves my undivided attention. Can you give us the lowdown on him?
Our Atlanta has a very large shapeshifter pack, known simply as the Pack.  There are fifteen hundred members and they are segregated into seven clans according to the animal they turn into.  Each Clan has a pair of alphas, but all of the alphas answer to Curran.  They don’t do this because he has inherited his position.  They do this because out of all of them, he is the most lethal.  He has earned his authority at fifteen and he kept it for a decade and a half, forging the Pack into a cohesive disciplined force.  He would die for his people and they would die for him.
I have to say, you have some incredible reviews! Clearly you are very good at what you do. Have you always wanted to write?

Thank you.  🙂  No, I wanted to be an evil scientist.  But that’s a different story.

What did I tell you?
And to make her even more awesome, Ilona is offering a Collector’s Edition of Magic Bites to one lucky commenter.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.   The giveaway is open to US residents only and will end this Friday at noon central time.


132 responses to “Special Guest ILONA ANDREWS and Giveaway!”

  1. Marie Brown says:

    I have to admit, this series seriously intrigues me. Thank you so much for this awesome chance to win. I am definitely planning on checking Ilona Andrews out and I will DEFINTELY make sure to check out Curran. 🙂

  2. Viki S. says:

    I am so clueless that I never realized you were a writing team – duh! Maybe I should read author bios more often. I’m so sorry. I do love Curran though :). Thank you for the generous giveaway.


  3. Litsa Valis says:

    <3 the Kate Daniels series!

  4. Michelle says:

    I love this series!!! Can’t wait for more Kate & Curran!!!

  5. Michelle says:

    I love this series!!! Can’t wait for more Kate & Curran!!!

  6. Yodamom says:

    Kate Daniels brought me out of the urban Fantasy closet ! I am now a fully open addict of the series. Thank you for all the smiles and gasps.
    Oh yes, I want to win !

  7. cordelia says:

    I haven’t started this series yet, but love the cover!

  8. great interview. i only fell in love with the kate daniels series this year but have since read all of them. i cannot wait for magic rises!

    thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Rowan Eden says:

    I am a HUGE Ilona Andrews fan! I was asked on a Facebook post once what female book character I would most want to be friends with and Kate was my answer with Andrea as a close second.

    They are powerful edgy women but retain an excellent sense of humor. The dialog between all the characters is smart and witty which is the most important aspect of any book in my honest opinion.

    Oh and Curran is ultra hot, incredibly powerful and funny! LOL Perfection!

  10. Ashley Outfleet says:

    Wow what a wonderful author. Can’t wait to read the books!

  11. Heather L says:

    Love this series. I need to do a re-read before the next book comes out. 🙂

  12. I love both the Charley Davidson and the Kate Daniels series! I think its wonderful that the Alpha Challenge exposed the fans of each series to the other and everyone is discovering exactly how fabulous they both are!

  13. Becky B says:

    Sounds interesting. I’ll have to check out their books.

  14. Sarah says:

    I already bought the first book in this series after the Alpha Showdown. Anybody who’s fans fight as hard as Darynda’s MUST be worth reading! 🙂

  15. Dawn M says:

    This series sounds wonderful. Definitely will add this to my to be read pile!

  16. Christina C. says:

    I love Ilona Andrews and have been reading their books for years. Curran is yummy, but I love Kate as the hero, for sure!

  17. Dana says:

    Oh, goodness, Ilona Andrews is fabu! The Kate Daniels series is stellar! Incredible in depth, complex characters and a rich story told in an intelligent manner, keep this series at the top of my must reads. Other works by Ilona Andrews are superb as well. I hope everyone will pick up this series. Curran rocks!
    Thanks Darynda and Ilona!

  18. Paula Ford says:

    I will definitely check out her work! Thank you!!

  19. Gwynne Morrison says:

    I love living on the Edge with Ilona!

  20. Susan H. says:

    You’re on my TBR list- would love to read the series!

  21. Lori says:

    I love The Kate Daniels series! The Books are awesome!

  22. tracy Kilgore says:

    I have always wanted to read her series just haven’t had the time. This would be a great way to start!

  23. Amy says:

    The Kate Daniels series has been on my TBR list for a while. I think this has convinced me it’s time to move it to the top.

  24. Maggie says:

    Awesome, thanks!

  25. Amber Hughes says:

    The Kate Daniels series one of my favorites and Curran is definitely one of my favorite alphas! Love him! So looking forward to Magic Rises 🙂

  26. JB DarkScythe says:

    I love the Kate Daniels series! I have read the Curran POV 1 & 2; and wish I could get 3 & 4 on my nook as well. Ilona Andrews was my introduction into paranormal romance. Anyone who has not read this series is missing out. My love for the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones is her unique look at the grim reaper. There are several authors I have read & I am truly hard pressed to name an absolute favorite. They all have many points of interest & intrigue. Looking forward to many new & exciting books from both of these great authors.

  27. Rene' says:

    To say I love the writing team of Gordon & Illona is a massive understatement! I preorder everything & love rereading all of them.

  28. jackie says:

    I have not read your books yet,but I’m going to soon

  29. Jocelyn S. says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  30. Shannonannon says:

    Always happy to meet new authors through my favorites. You are next on my list now Ms. Jones.

  31. Betsy L says:

    Love both series and can’t wait for the next ‘magic’ book!

  32. Charlotte driver says:

    I love love the Kate Daniels series! In preparation for the next book I re read the all the other books! I can not wait!

  33. Joan Bennett says:

    Can Not Wait til next book!

  34. Janeen says:

    I am super siked to have found this site and a new author and a favorite author giving away a favorite series book start thingie … yayayayayayya… so excited I am barely coherent.

  35. Brandy says:

    The Kate Daniels series is awesome! I’m new to the series but I immediately fell in love and can’t wait for the next one!

  36. Venus Batista says:

    What a great interview!! Love you both!

  37. Kirsten says:

    I’ve just started the series, but am looking forward to more. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  38. marybeth says:

    I absolutely love the Kate Daniel series, such an amazing series. I just reread the series, can’t wait for the new book!!! Great interview, thanks.

  39. Dora B says:

    Will have to check these books out.

  40. Ellen says:

    I love Kate and Curran…I have read the books serveral times..I can hardly wait for the next one to come out

  41. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    Ok, I have to enter this giveaway because my friend told me to check out the Kate Daniels series. I told her I would once I had the money for it… So this giveaway would be the PERFECT way to start!!! 🙂

  42. Paula G says:

    I will answer to Curran anytime, love love him!Thanks for the giveaway:)

  43. Maya says:

    Everything they do is incredible. I love their books!

  44. Rana Adams says:

    Thank you for the great interview Darynda and Ilona!! I enjoyed it and Ilona, you are a “new to me” author and I look forward to checking out this series.

  45. Kathy says:

    I love, love, love the Magic series. Kate and Curran rock! Also, I just have to put a shout out to your online Clean Sweep. I can’t wait for it to become a book in it’s own right.

  46. Kristal says:

    I am really interested in checking out this series. I need something to get me through the wait for more Charley!

  47. Nui says:

    Aw, too bad it’s only for US residents. I’m Thai and really like their books. Now I know how they both work together after wondering for so long.

    Thanks so much for this interview! 🙂

  48. Cecilee roman says:

    I love the Kate Daniels series!

  49. Penny White says:

    thank you so much for being open and honest about other authors. this opens up a whole new world (books) for those of us who dont know different authors. i feel if the author i LOVE to read has such HIGH praise for another author, than that author is someone i wish to know more about and read more of their stories. its nice to see in such a competitive world there are people who will spread the joy of reading

  50. Meagan says:

    Love the interviews on both author’s pages! Thank you!

  51. Stephanie says:

    Great interview, thanks for sharing with us! I have yet to start either the Kate Daniels or Edge series (cringe, sorry), but have definitely moved the Kate Daniels series to the very top of my list, I just hear so many amazing things about it, and now I’m even more intrigued!! Thanks also for the generous giveaway offer!

  52. mudepoz says:

    Now I’m stalking Ilona and Andrew *Waves*. I LOVE these interviews, they’re so much fun.

  53. Cindy McCune says:

    I’m always looking for new authors to read and follow…have read some really bad books and some really good books. So when someone can recommend books and authors to me I love finding the new to me series. Thanks Darynda, Ilona sounds like someone I deffinately should be reading! ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶

  54. Stephanie F. says:

    All three of you are absolutely fantastic. The Charley and Kate series are in my top 5 all time favorite series. Can’t wait for more Innkeeper as well.

    How about a collaboration book, novella or anthology? lol
    It would sell like hot cakes 🙂

  55. Jessie says:

    Lions & Tigers & Bear shifters oh my!! I love, love, love Kate Daniels! I have read all of Ilona Andrews available and all of Darynda’s books! They are both so freakin’ awesome!

  56. Yvonne Ravenwood says:

    I hope that I am picked to receive this book. Love the previous books.

  57. Shanta says:

    Love the chance to win!!

  58. Sunny says:

    This is one my favorite series of all time. I feel compelled to share the goodness with others.

  59. This series sounds awesome, I’ll definitely put it on my TBR list 🙂 Thanks Darynda 🙂

  60. Kristine R says:

    This series is great. I liked the interview. Awesome Giveaway.

  61. lily says:

    I love your books cant get enough of them at all.Cant wait to get the fifth book.

  62. Cathy says:

    Love, love, love the Kate Daniel’s series. Been reading it since Magic Bites was first released and it quickly became my favorite series.

    The Charley Davidson series is also on my automatic purchase list. Write faster! *lol*

  63. jary says:

    Love love love Kate Daniel’s series!

  64. Amanda McDaniel says:

    I love both series by Ilona Andrews. I wish it didn’t take so long between books.


  65. Gennie Callard says:

    Great interview. I LOVE the Edge series, and also Kate, but the Edge just has something about it – something that no other books have.
    and I love yours too – so thank you for all that you do!

  66. tina says:

    I will have to check this series out! I love that they write as a team 🙂

  67. Candi Rehorn says:

    I absolutely adore all the Ilona Andrews books! (not that I don’t love your books as well Darynda.) But Kate is probably one of my all time favorite heroines.

  68. Julie Flickinger says:

    I Love the Kate Daniel’s series! I started it only a year ago and I can’t get enough. I’ve spent the last few weeks listening to Kate’s series and Charley series over and over again, because the audio’s are so darn great and I’m counting down the days for the new releases!

  69. Teresa says:

    I can’t wait til July!

  70. Melissa Walton says:

    Wow! I love how they work so well together!

  71. Lisa Fenley says:

    I envy their ability to work together – my husband and I would kill each other! Love, love, love their books!

  72. Rukshala says:

    ooooooooooo! This happened on both your websites? so awesome on so many levels! Love both series <3

  73. Donna Santos Ludwig says:

    Kate Daniel’s series A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. I’ve heard so many great things about the Kate Daniel’s series. I never knew it was a husband and wife writing team. That is so awesome!!!

  75. Big Fan of Ilona-Andrews! I can hardly wait for July 30th & newest Kate book! I’ve read the series more times than I can count – & I’m an accountant! Like to reread the series whenever I get bummed!

  76. Amanda says:

    I already love this series! I can’t wait til July…

  77. victoria says:

    Just bought the whole series and I am looking forward to reading them. My mom loves them, my bestie likes it and now my grimlets recommend so they have to be outstanding reads!!!

  78. Deanna says:

    I love everything all of Ilona Andrews’ books. They are awesome!

  79. Tiffany Rarrick says:

    Who has a new book to read THIS CHICK!!!! Thanks sharing I didn’t even know about Ilona Andrews but now I’m going to get started!

  80. Angela CA says:

    Okay, I’ll admit it, I first heard of the Kate Daniels series during one of the recent Alpha Male “showdowns” and this Curran fellow kept popping up. The rest, as they say, is history. I think I’m missing one novella. Good thing my hubby keeps me supplied in Kindle gift cards. Kudos to a fabulous team!

  81. JenniferK says:

    I love the new cover and this is such a great series.

  82. Janie McGaugh says:

    Kate is one of my favorite heroines (and Curran one of my favorite heroes!). Thanks to both of you for creating such a fascinating world with such great characters!

  83. Ashley B says:

    LOVE the Kate Daniel’s Series!!

  84. Donna Coe-Velleman says:

    Thanks Darynda for the fun interview. Have to admit I’ve never read any of their books but now that’s going to change.
    Thanks guys

  85. Miri says:

    Awesome series, their books are awesome reads and very addicting.

  86. steph c brentson says:

    I think it’s pretty awesome that you both are a writing team. I’ve never read your books befor, but they are now deffantly on my TBR list!

  87. Kate says:

    I love both your books and hated the fact that I had to choose when it came to the Alpha Wars between Curran & Reyes it was a sad day so I voted for both 🙂 . I first read Ilona’s The Edge series when I found one at a Op Shop devoured them as fast as I could then got onto Kate & Curran and became Obsessed all over again.

  88. Dianne says:

    So many authors try to imitate your books and unfortunately for the reader, they never manage to find the right route, leaving the reader broke, bored and bereft. OF course while this this is great for you guys,sit just sucks for us!

    I understand the ‘one book a year’ deal – if the reader wants the sort of great book you all give us, then the reader has got to be patient, right? *squeezing knees together bouncing up and down in chairuntil July 31st gets here*
    Oooh when will we get another Curran perspective novella?????? I adore hearing things from his perspective!1!

  89. Dianne says:

    Crap – leave it to me to make a bunch of typos in something that smeone I really respect and admire is going to be reading…*heaves sad sigh, smacks self*

  90. Claire says:

    Awesome! Looks like I need to check their series!

  91. Meigan says:

    I find it awesome that they are able to work together and actually work well! My husband and I would get into 1000 arguments about why my idea is better, his idea sucks or vice versa. Kudos to them, that’s really wonderful!

    I currently have the Kate Daniels series on my TBR, I’m trying to expand what I read and include more UF, and based on all of the many positive reviews, Ilona Andrews sounded like a good starting point.

  92. Wendy Beck says:

    I love that this is a husband/wife team! I can’t imagine. Mine stalks awaiting new pages and then curses me when I torment the characters he loves.
    I’ve wanted to read the Kate Daniels books for some time. Thanks for the contest!

  93. Carol M says:

    Hmmm….I’ll have to try these books based on the comments I have read here!

  94. jen says:

    ooh – i love kate daniels! how much fun would it be to hang out with charlie and kate together?!

  95. Ericka S. says:

    That definitely sounds like something I need to read!

  96. Nicole says:

    By and far Kate Daniels series is one of my fave UF. And Curran…*sigh* so much to say about the Beast Lord.

  97. Peg says:

    Ahh Curran…Beast Lord nuff said. Love this series. Love yours too! But there is room enough in my head for lots of yummy text men.

  98. Barbara B says:

    I love these guys. I kind of stalk them on blogs and twitter and anywhere else I can find them. I love the Kate Daniels series. I have Magic Bites in e-book and audiobook. A collectors edition book would top of my collection quite nicely. Thanks for the interview!

  99. Yackie says:

    I started reading the Kate Daniels series after finding it through the Alpha Showdown. I was hooked from the beginning. I’ve read all the books and can’t wait for the next one to come out.

  100. Jessica Gregory says:

    I love the Kate Daniels series ! I can hardly wait for the next one. I am currently reading the second book in the Edge . I love the Edge series almost as much as the other !!!

  101. Jessie Meyer says:

    I LOVE these guys! I really want a copy of this book as I LOVE the new cover girl – she is such a better match for the actual character. LOVE IT!

  102. Stephanie says:

    This book sounds great. I love shape shifter stories. I love werewolves and this book is definitely something I would love to read. I am really excited to read this book.

  103. Myranda says:

    I love Ilona and Gordon’s books!

  104. Jennifer says:

    I’m a huge fan of Ilona Andrews book and I just started reading Darynda Jones series because of the contest and I’m loving it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  105. Sue says:

    I am HUGE fan of the Edge series and I must admit I haven’t tried the Kate Daniel series. Looking forward to another pile of books to devour!

  106. Will says:

    First off, I seem to be the only guy here, read both series enthusiastically, and wait for new releases in all your worlds. I started as a Butcher/Dresden fan, and through my wife’s purchases of Harris’ and Feehan’s efforts found you and Ms. Frost in an anthology. A quick look back showed me that I had missed a bunch of good reads and now track all of you. As I’m sure you’ve been told by many, please write faster!

  107. Dee says:

    I actually found the Charley books because of the Andrews blog when they posted about the competition between Reyes and Curran. Hooked now.

  108. Catherine Jenkins says:

    I love the Kate Daniels series and the Edge series. I like to believe that I live in The Broken and I might be able to escape one day lol. It was very neat learning how Illona and her husband collaborate. I have always been curious about who did what. I can’t wait for the next book.

  109. pam says:

    Love the magic books

  110. Melissa S says:

    Love this positive vibe between you all. I have room to love both Alphas, really. ;). I was hooked on each of these series from your short stories. Do others test drive authors that way? Looking forward to the new releases next month!

  111. nya peterkin says:

    I was just looking at the Kate Daniels series and thinking that it would the next series that I start. So glad I popped over to Darynda’s site today. I love a good surprise!

  112. Fan in California says:

    Have just discovered the Kate Daniels series and cannot put them down. Read the first one and immediately ordered all the rest — including the preorder of the latest installment. Thanks!!!

  113. Jenni Ebba says:

    My favorite authors in one spot! LOL. You know what this means? Yes-that’s right- a reread. Not that I don’t reread the books any other time (because I so do), but this one will be the time that counts! cannot wait!!!!!!

  114. Sary says:

    But I don’t want to wait a WHOLE nother month for Magic Rises *stomps foot*

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