After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.
My Short Review:
Ella is an author to check out! If you haven’t added her to your buy list trust me you should. I have already bought book two since she leaves us with a huge cliff hanger and I have to know what happens next.
I give this book 5/5 bats
Full review at the following link: Goodreads
Interview with Ella James:
Q1~How did you come up with your series?
The weird thing is, I wrote Stained in 2006 and I'm not kidding you - I have NO IDEA. I know I wrote it really fast... like in a week or so, but that's all I remember. =/ I wish I remembered more!
Q2~Are any of the characters based off your friends or family?
My husband is a little like Cayne. He has that whole mysterious and stoic vibe down - or he did when I met him. Samyaza is a tiny bit like a boss I had at a grocery store when I was 15. But only a tiny bit.
Q3~Do any of the characters have your traits?
Most of them have at least one of my traits. The ones that are most like me are Logan from Before You Go, Vincent from Over The Moon (book that's related to Before You Go) and another character named Wren from Over The Moon. Um, have you considered reading that when it comes out? Lol. It's a follow up to Before You Go, a YA romance that is out now.
Q4~Do you know how your series will end?
Yes. I do. MUHAHAHA.
Q5~Can you give us any hints about the next book?
A few pretty crazy things happen. One of the characters makes a major change, but I can't really say how. Another one gets some terrible news - some very surprising news that impacts them like WHOA and throws a big wrench in someone else's life. That will shock you. Another person is revealed to be a traitor. And Julia goes through a few different things, including a betrayal by some people close to her... and I don't mean the traitor. *grins wickedly*
Q6~Do you need anything when your writing like music or coffee?
No, not really. I really don't like writing over music - unless it's a certain song. Techno songs are easier for me to tune out. I prefer it quiet, and I'd rather be alone in the room if I can be.
Q7~Do you have plans for another series?
I have several other series going already. One is the HERE trilogy. It's a YA sci-fi romance trilogy; it gets both more romantic and more sci-fi as the books go on, and I should have the secone one out in July. The other series is the Princeps Series; Princeps means Princes in Latin and the first book in that series is Over The Moon, which will be released in July as well. It's adult romantic suspense. I also have a zombie series and a futuristic YA romance series coming out in late summer/early fall. Oops - I almost forgot my shifter series. Fans are helping me plot that on my blog and on my FB page. It's an adult romance series about people who shift into the last animal they encountered, and it should be a lot of fun.
Q8~When you're not writing how do you spend your free time?
I literally have almost no free time. I have a 10-month-old and a wonderful husband who is also my editor and my cover designer. I spend time with them. I love to travel and am considering visiting Iceland in a few months. I also love hiking, reading, and dorky stuff like space and robots.
Q9~What is your favorite paranormal being?
I am a real fan of aliens, mermaids, and robots. Robots are probably my favorite.
Q10~What is the first book you read in the paranormal genre?
Hmm. What a good question! Maybe A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devreaux. Does that one count?
Q11~Is there a book that you wish you wrote?
Yes, many! I can't think of anything specific at the moment, but yes. Although I will say most authors I envy write stories that are in some way comparable to mine, and some of my very new stuff (that's not yet released, but will be soon) has been as fun to write as I think my envied authors' books would be.
Q12~Who is your favorite author?
I really like Maggie Stiefvater. I love Evening by Susan Minot. I love JR Ward and vintage Lisa Kleypas.
Q13~If your books were made into a movie what actors would you love to play your characters?
OMG - this question would be much more fun if I knew the names of celebrities! Lol! My friends call me pop culture illiterate. I do love Emma Watson, though. I would love for her to play Milo. Nick needs to be a beautiful guy who is willing to dye his hair a rich, copper color.
About Ella James:
Ella James is the author of Stained and Stolen, books one and two in the Stained Series; HERE, book one in an unusual sci-fi romance trilogy; and Before You Go, a YA romance that tells the first meeting of Logan and Margo, who will be featured in her upcoming adult release, Over The Moon. She has a YA paranormal romance release scheduled for almost every month of 2012, including Chosen (Stained Book Three) in June and the second HERE book in July. Ella is inviting readers to help her write an adult romance shapeshifter novel, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page. Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog. You can visit her blog atwww.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com, or friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks. For a list of her award-winning YA romances, visit her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AElla+James&keywords=Ella+James&ie=UTF8&qid=1336677919&sr=8-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B005OED2DE
After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia's home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.
Listed as one of the Top 10 Books of 2011, Cayne voted one of 2011's Top 10 Book Boyfriends. Recipient of the Flamingnet Top Choice Award.
STOLEN (Stained Book 2):
With Cayne's fate in the hands of his enemies and Julia spirited away to the covert Stained compound, the two are separated by impenetrable walls and a gulf of unanswered questions. Soon Julia learns the truth about the Stained and the plans they have for her, the compound is attacked, and a new group is running from an unwanted destiny, searching the globe in pursuit of the knowledge that just might save them all.
CHOSEN (Stained Book 3):
Julia has been chosen. While at the Stained compound, she was tapped as The one to win the war against the Nephilim and leashed with an illness that worsens each day she is away from The Three. Determined not to return to the frightening Chosen leaders and desperate to learn the fate of The One, Julia and Co. trek to the Swiss Alps, home of a rogue Chosen clan. In this snowy haven, all Hell breaks loose. Someone is a traitor… Someone changes sides… Someone is dragged to Hades… A new romance blossoms. An old romance is damned. And The Three will stop at nothing to recover the weapon that will help them regain power.
HERE (Here Trilogy Book 1):
Milo Mitchell's life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life...until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.
Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick's face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick begins to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo--who is sure she's never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn't know and is doing things he shouldn't do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run--toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.
BEFORE YOU GO:
Margo Ford just became an heiress. Not the Paris Hilton kind. Her billions came after her father died and her insanely wealthy, insanely absent mother officially claimed her. Unfortunately, some terrorists noticed, and they hatched a plot to kidnap her. After a news report goes awry, reporting that Margo *has* been kidnapped, and her mother offers the humiliating sum of $500,000 for her return, Margo doesn't want anything to do with her *#$!@ of an egg donor. Then she is sentenced to a summer of "protection" on her mother's private island. Not the Oprah Winfrey kind. This one has an astronomical observatory filled with scientists, including Logan Greer, a super hot, super infuriating planet-hunter. Hiding out from kidnappers has never been so boring... until suddenly it isn't anymore.