First, an interview with paranormal author Sharon Stevenson. And be sure to click here to check out her Rafflecopter drawing for a $25 Amazon gift voucher! Just think of all the books you could buy!
Q: What inspired you to write this series?
A: When I first decided to write a series about demon trackers I knew I wanted to add vampires into the story. My research into this blood-thirsty supernatural species came by way of a wealth of pre-stored information. Numerous years of reading horror and fantasy books alongside watching movies and pouring over strange tales of religion and superstition in the likes of Fortean Times helped me to form my ideas on what I wanted the vampires to be, what they needed to be in the alternate reality world of the Gallows twins.
Q: Tell us a bit about the paranormal world and mythology in your books.
A: Angels and demons have a background in the story as forces of good and evil having done battle against one and other on the playing field of earth in the past. As the descendants of the offspring of human and angel couplings, demon trackers are on the side of good and have vowed to protect humanity from supernatural threats. Vampires were created by witches uniting a demon’s spirit with a human soul, the human’s body then requiring blood to sustain the spell. An internal battle of wills takes place on this union, where the demon usually wrestles control and takes over the body, beginning a slow devouring of the human soul. Occasionally the human soul can gain control but this is often short-lived.
These witch created vampires can make other vampires who must obey their orders; they are also known as makers. It is said that using blessed wood to kill one of these makers frees their vampires from their control and reverses the process of their turning, gifting them back their living human body. This is something that comes with complications when the Gallows twins realise what actually happens when a maker is killed.
Q: Where did you get your ideas about the vampires?
A: I would be hard pressed to pin-point where the individual ideas that make up my vampires come from as my head is full of vampire mythology gathered from various sources over several years. All I can say is I tailored these ideas to the world I created and I hope that my readers enjoy the stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
Blood Bound (Gallows, #1)
19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble – mostly the kind with fangs – but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.
When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…
Demon Divided (Gallows, #2)
Twin demon trackers Shaun & Sarah Gallows are getting used to dealing with supernatural threats…
Six months after Sarah’s reckless choice, she is struggling to deal with what she has done and trying to find a way to break free from the demon bond she has made. She finds out the vampire lied about his maker and she’s faced with more difficult decisions.
Clueless to what his sister is going through, Shaun has been spending time in White Oaks on the pretence of training with his parents. He’s determined to find out who Elle’s working for, and he’s thinking about asking her out, maybe.
A new threat surfaces in White Oaks and the twins have to neutralise it before things get out of hand, and before the Council find out. It would just be another day’s work, if Shaun wasn’t being accused of murder and Sarah wasn’t being driven to distraction by her demon..
Fate Fallen (Gallows, #3)
Shaun & Sarah Gallows are demon trackers, hunting down and dispatching supernatural threats by order of their Council.
A few months past their twentieth birthday, Shaun takes Elle to Shadows Grove to check out the site of the brutal murder he’s become obsessed with. The ill advised trip starts unlocking his own past and the mystery of his destiny begins to unravel.
Sarah realises she needs to train Ray to keep him safe. When her mother finds out she took him on a job, she gives Sarah an ultimatum that forces her rethink their relationship.
Curse Corrupted (Gallows, #4)
Twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to dealing with supernatural threats but what happens when that threat comes from within?
The twins are in the middle of a murder case when Shaun is captured by werewolves. Suddenly his future as a tracker is in question. Faced with the choice of remaining as he is and continuing to serve both the Council and the Seelie Court, or becoming a werewolf powerful enough to be an Alpha and gaining a life with a mate he is already attracted to, Shaun is conflicted. His werewolf curse was corrupted after he was ravaged in battle and now a witch has removed the corruption. He has days before his first shift takes all choice away from him and he becomes wolf. Can he make his decision in time, or will it be taken out of his hands?
Meanwhile Ben has come back into Sarah’s life and is attempting to prove he has changed. She isn’t sure if she can trust him but when it comes right down to it she may have no choice. When she is marked for death she must find a way to defeat a demon and avoid being dragged to hell without the use of her physical fighting skills. Her demon bond might be the key to her survival, but can she trust War to look after her best interests when he could have her to himself in hell?
***Be warned this book is Adult Modern Fantasy, not YA. It is not suitable for younger readers as it contains profanity & sexual references.
About the Author:
I’m your typical reclusive author type. Anti-social in person, but I love tweeting online friends! I love my laptop, probably a bit too much mind you. If you want to know more, check out my website or follow me on twitter.
I’m a reader and enjoy finding new indie authors to follow – there are so many good ones out there! I’m fairly new to posting reviews but I do try to be fair and honest and will not post anything less than 3 stars, as if it is not at least that good I just won’t finish it.