ABOUT DARK STRANGER
Smart, dark and steamy, Dark Stranger – the first book in The Children Of The Gods Series – is the kind of paranormal romance I would've loved to read, and in a way I wrote it for myself. I believe, though, that there are a lot of readers, who like me, crave a book that stimulates their minds and hearts as well as their imaginations.
To that effect, the plot, as well as the paranormal element, are believable. There are no shape-shifters or teleporting, and no creatures that prey on human blood and burst into flames when exposed to sunshine. The main conflict deals with real world issues of human rights, women's rights, democracy and the power of religion, while on a personal level, my protagonists – as well as antagonists – face real life problems, deal with grief, and try to find their place in the grand scheme of things same as the rest of us.
Geared toward adults 18+, (unlike, for example, the Twilight series which targets the young-adult niche) the erotic scenes in Dark Stranger are on par with other contemporary romance novels, and although there is an element of dominance/submission, it is very gentle and loving. (Nothing like Fifty Shades Of Grey that, frankly, made me cringe.)
Dark Stranger The Dream
Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Kian's small clan championing progress, freedom and peace; their powerful enemy propagating ignorance, hate and war.
Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high rise, Kian is surrounded by family, yet alone. Descending from a single goddess – the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out the gods and most of their immortal offspring – clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other known immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners. Until Kian's sister Amanda – a researcher of paranormal abilities – makes a game changing discovery; a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes – Syssi.
Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses his sister's plea to attempt the Dormant's activation. But when his enemies learn of Syssi's existence and attempt to grab the highly coveted soothsayer, he rushes to whisk her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to the shy beauty, Kian is startled by feelings he had sworn off long ago. Tormented by past mistakes, he wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted by Syssi and her budding interest in the spicier passions he favors.
When Syssi's paranormal foresight lands her a research assistant position at Dr. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, it fails to predict not only that her boss is an immortal who would drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future, but the professor's imposing brother who would alter her own.
Would kian, despite his better judgement, succumb to Syssi's irresistible pull? Would Syssi discover that the man igniting her startlingly dark desires is a nearly two-thousand-year-old immortal?
Dark Stranger Revealed
Sheltered in the clan's stronghold, Syssi feels a powerful connection to Kian, unaware that he and his sister are not human, and neither are the supposedly religious fanatics that are after her. As Kian introduces Syssi to a world of pleasure she never even dared imagine, his dominant sexuality is a revelation, and even though she is completely out of her element, Syssi feels comfortable and safe letting go with him. Until she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Piecing the puzzle together, she draws a scary, yet completely wrong conclusion…
Would Kian betray her trust? Would he confess his true nature? Should he?
Dark Stranger Immortal
When Kian confesses his true nature, Syssi is not as much shocked by the revelation as she is wounded by what she perceives as his callous plans for her.
If she doesn't turn, he'd be forced to erase her memories and let her go. His family's safety demands secrecy – no one in the mortal world is allowed to know that immortals exist.
Resigned to the cruel reality that even is she stays on to never again leave the keep, she'll get old while Kian wouldn't, Syssi is determined to enjoy what little time she has with him, one day at a time.
Could Kian let go of the mortal woman he loves? Would Syssi turn? And if she does, would she survive the dangerous transition?
I.T. Lucas, author of the Children of The Gods series, lives in Southern California with her five favorite guys. Ever since she'd met the love of her life at a high-school party, they've been doing everything together; from majoring in business and then running their own, to raising four wonderful boys.
A voracious reader, her interests run the gamut from fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal romance, to forays into the mythologies and histories of ancient civilizations, philosophy, the nature of the universe - physical and metaphysical, and more.
Still, if not for her sons' insistence, she would've never thought of incorporating this fascinating trove of information into fiction. Of course, what they had in mind were not the smart yet steamy paranormal-romance novels she ended up writing... which they can't read... Their dad, naturally, reads everything, offers suggestions, and with the right incentives, proofreads.