THE DEVIL'S FIRE
The Devil's Gate Trilogy 2
Seeking refuge, Abigail Watson returns home to mend a broken heart, abandoning the city that she has grown to love and the job she worked hard for years to attain.
Life allows for distraction, but it can't bury the past.
Jack Landon has left an indelible mark on her.
A painful scar, a stolen kiss, a memory of what once was, or could be.
Jack is all of these things, and more. The haunting memories begin to consume her with an unbridled passion.
His domination is absolute. Her submission begs for release.
Their lustful needs could destroy everything around them, turning flame to ash. Friend to enemy, love to hate.
Where there's smoke...you will find the Devil's Fire.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All I have in me right now to say is WOW, that’s it that’s all I have……
Now that I have taken a cold shower and have my senses back, I think I can coherently write a review.
Ms. Volley has outshined herself once again and I must start off by applauding her on her work with this book. It’s extremely fast paced from beginning to end. This author has gotten very sneaky in writing this story. There is one scene and I may never really know for sure, but I wasn’t completely sure if the scene was a dream or for real that the character was going through. And that is all I am saying about that. The characters are phenomenally well written and the sex scenes are cold shower or maybe a bucket of ice worthy. I really loved how the author twisted, romance, sex, and a bit of comedy into the story. I could be getting into one scene and POW I am mad at Victoria for ruining it, to laughing at something someone did or said. Of course, Jack is still hawt and fall off the bed sexy in this story as he has been in the previous one. I must say that this author has really progressed and has come a long way in perfecting her writing style and it really shows in this book. I must HIGHLY recommend that you go and purchase this book right NOW, but be sure to read book one, The Devil’s Gate, first so you know what’s going on. With the graphic language and scenes in the story, this is not one for the younger generation. I recommend this book to 18+ year olds. This awesome story gets my vote of five fuzzy handcuffs and more.
The author provided me with a digital ARC copy of the book for review purposes only. No remuneration was exchanged.
CAUTION: READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
1. Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made you decide to go that route?
I never dreamed of being signed. I wrote my first book between 2008 and 2009. I published it myself in 2010. I ended up doing a short in an anthology because it sounded like fun and I was offered a contract with Vamptasy Publishing in the UK based off of that short. I stayed with the company until it was bought out by CHBB in 2012 and I moved over to CHBB. I was already on Hot Ink press, which is an imprint of CHBB, so the transition was an easy one.
I don’t think that my journey in publishing is normal by any means, but I am very grateful for every single step that I took and where I ended up.
In 2012 I was able to quit working retail and I became a full-time author. Not many are able to do that and I know exactly how lucky I am.
I will add that this job is harder than anything that I have ever done in my life. It’s an around the clock, 24/7 deal. Being self-employed takes serious commitment and very long hours.
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could actually write.
3. Which of your characters are you most like? Least like?
I won’t lie. There is a little bit of me in every single character that I have written. Hero and villain alike. I don’t think that any author could dispute that.
4. Do you have a particular writing habit??
I never write past 3 pm. I have no idea why. I always have a tall glass of ice water and coffee on hand. I also listen to my ipod on shuffle the entire time. I never watch TV while I’m writing, it creates too many distractions. Up until we bought our first home this year, I always wrote on the left side of the couch. Now, I write in our library, which was a dream come true.
5. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
6. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Anyone who gathers the courage to write a polished piece of work and publish it grasps my attention. This is not an easy thing to do. It takes serious moxy.
7. What is the hardest part of your writing?
Writing ‘The End’. Saying goodbye to the characters and worlds that you create is a painful thing.
8. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t release anything that you aren’t proud of. That means that you have to edit that piece of work until you are one-hundred percent happy with it and it is solid in plot, character development and grammatically sound. Don’t rush anything out for the sake of money or ill-conceived release dates. You can and will ruin yourself with a badly edited piece of work. You also need to understand that no one releases a book with no promotional budget attached to it. Set a comprehensive plan before you even have the book out. If you really want to watch professional authors do this then check out their fan pages, watch how they buzz their work leading up to a release. Like I said before, this is very hard job. It is so much more than writing the book. The real work begins as soon as you hit publish.
9. Describe yourself in three words.
I may bite.
10. I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books?
I have so many but I will try to keep it to a minimum. Joshua Barrington from Blood & Light. Alexi and her dad, Christopher, from a witch’s tale. Abigail Watson and Jack Landon from The Devil’s Gate Trilogy. Halo Bay and Dorin from Hellhound.
11. Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of your writing?
NIN - closer hahahahaha
12. Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?
I usually plot them out to a certain degree, but none of my characters behave and they always take over.
13. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?
Too many to mention.
14. What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am working on the third and final book in The Devil’s Gate Trilogy. I wish that I could share some of it, but it’s full of spoilers. I will mention that anyone who signs up to my mailer will receive exclusive content from the final book as we move along with it. They will also receive alerts for sales on my books and releases. You can join it here.
Thank you so much Rue for stopping by and as always, I love sitting down to talk with you and pick your brain!!
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Rue Volley resides on Earth with her husband, Von Erik, and their two pug sons, Momo and Oshi. She is an award-winning author, graphic artist, and screenwriter. She is also the Creative/Marketing Director for Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, and co-owner of Lovebites Production Company, which specializes in Dark Fantasy Films.
Rue released her first film, Hellhound, in November of 2014 and her second film, Awakening, in July 2015.
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