Edge of Darkness
Night Prowler 4
December 10, 2013
Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.
Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.
The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all.
BRAINE: Hi J.T.! Thanks for stopping by Talk Supe to talk about Night Prowler. Can you tell us what the series premise is?
J.T. Geissinger: Thanks so much for having me! I appreciate the opportunity to share my books and reach new readers.
The Night Prowler series is a lavish fantasy romance that mixes the tone of True Blood, royal intrigue of Twilight’s Volturi, and Christian conspiracies of The Da Vinci Code. It centers around the Ikati, (a Zulu word meaning “cat warrior”) who live in isolated compounds around the world, hidden from humans. They’re shape-shifters who trace their lineage back to ancient Egypt and Cleopatra, where they spawned the cat worship culture so famous to that time period. In addition to having the ability to shift to panther, each has a special Gift such as mind control, passing through solid material, invisibility, etc.
BRAINE: Sounds complex and the world building must be so phenomenal. For those who aren't familiar with Night Prowler, which other series does it share a neighborhood with?
J.T. Geissinger: In tone it’s comparable to the dark, romantic yet violent Wolf Gift Chronicles by Anne Rice. These are not snarky or lighthearted stories; a lot of people die, and the stakes are huge. Survival of the species isn’t guaranteed, and each book takes one couple through severe trials before reaching their (usually ambivalent and always hard won) HEA. The level of sensuality is definitely hot, comparable to The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, but the sex is never there just to fill pages. And it’s never just to solve a problem, end a fight, or makes things better. In fact, it usually complicates things!
BRAINE: Damn, what a tease! Why am I meeting you just now?! Anyway...what kind of creatures are we going to meet and see in Night Prowler?
J.T. Geissinger: Panthers. Big, black, beautiful, badass panthers. Shifting is not the main focus of the stories, however, it exists as a tool to showcase the themes of the series, which include explorations of the effects of sexism, speciesism, xenophobia, and the effects falling in love has on those things.
BRAINE: Fluck, J.T., this is my kind of PNR! Smart, fantastical and human despite its otherworldly elements. How are your shifters and their respective myths different from the archetypes?
J.T. Geissinger: Though the Ikati pre-date human civilization, I base the core mythology in Egyptian history, specifically the Ptolemaic dynasty of which Cleopatra was the last pharaoh. The Ikati are a brutally hierarchical society, almost always dominated by Alpha males. However, being by nature cats, they are ultimately ruled by a Queen, who comes along only once every so many centuries. Queens are always the most powerful of all the Ikati, even the Alpha males, and each time one arrives, trouble commences! Shadow’s Edge, the first book of the series, introduces us to Jenna, who ultimately becomes Queen.
BRAINE: Cleopatra, infamous but powerful. I'm curious about the women, can you tell us something about your heroines?
J.T. Geissinger: They’re all strong, even though some of them are profoundly broken, but they all have a vulnerable side. They tend to be stubborn, but also extremely smart and loyal. The men have to work very hard to keep up with them!
BRAINE: What is it about them that readers will identify with the most?
J.T. Geissinger: They struggle. Damn, do they struggle! Whether human or shifter, each of my heroines has a dark past, has things they’re not proud of lurking in that dark past, and is struggling to become a better, more complete person. Falling in love with the right man helps, of course!
BRAINE: And of course, a PNR isn't complete without delicious men! What's so swoon-worthy about them?
J.T. Geissinger: They’ve got soul. They’re not just beefcake hotties with a room temperature IQ and anger management problems. I write complex, sexy, soulful alpha males who are strong, but not pig-headed, sexy but not slutty, men who have a lot to give-to the right woman. And once they find her, they give her everything they’ve got!
BRAINE: Not slutty? I'm in! I'm over I'm-too-sexy Alpha men... So far there are four books in the series, Shadow's Edge, Edge of Oblivion, Rapture's Edge and the newly released, Edge of Darkness. How many books are you planning to write for the series?
J.T. Geissinger: I’m contracted for six books in the series. We’ll see where it goes after that, although I’m writing book six now, which will release at the end of 2014, and it’s looking pretty apocalyptic. I might end the series at six.
BRAINE: Apocalyptic is good. For the Night Prowler fans, what's the direction the series is taking after Edge of Darkness?
J.T. Geissinger: Dark, darker and darkest. A species war is looming. Book five, Darkness Bound, introduces Jenna’s twin daughters, who have some very dangerous gifts, never before seen by the Ikati, and decidedly unfriendly to humans. The last book in the series, Into Darkness, is going to be just that. There has been a story arc running through each book that is culminating with the last book in the series, and all the plot threads are finally being tied together…and like I said, it’s dark. I’m not sure yet if anyone will survive. I’ll have to wait and see what the characters decide!
BRAINE: Let's talk about Edge of Darkness a bit. How is this different from its predecessors?
J.T. Geissinger: Edge of Darkness is the first book where an Ikati falls for a human. Chaos ensues. It is by far the most emotional and romantic novel I’ve written, and the heroine is both the most damaged, and the most likeable, in my opinion. It’s set in Barcelona, and the city itself plays a part in the story. I love it more than anything I’ve written.
BRAINE: What's next for you after Edge of Darkness? Any new projects you're working on?
J.T. Geissinger: My novella, The Last Vampire, should be published November 13th (as of the date of this writing.) And I’m simultaneously working on a new contemporary series, title to be determined!
BRAINE: If Night Prowler is to be on the front page of NYT, what would the headline say?
J.T. Geissinger: “Romancing The Dark Side.”
BRAINE: Can't get any better than that. Do you have upcoming appearances and/or book signing where fans go and meet you?
J.T. Geissinger: I should be attending the RT convention in New Orleans on May 12th-18th, and will also be at the RWA convention in San Antonio from July 23-26. Fans can always get their Kindle copies signed through Authorgraph at www.authorgraph.com.
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J.T. Geissinger’s debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was published in 2012 and was a #1 Amazon international bestseller in both the fantasy romance and romance series categories, and won the PRISM award for Published Authors for Best First Book. She was a finalist for the prestigious RITA® award from the Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance for her second book in the Night Prowler series, Edge of Oblivion. A self-professed “book addict,” Geissinger currently lives in Los Angeles with her family, and is at work on her next novel. Edge of Darkness is preceeded by Rapture’s Edge, and will be followed by Darkness Bound in Spring 2014. There are six books total planned for this bestselling series.