Today’s guest is the most awesome Zoe Archer!
Thanks for having me today!
Yesterday was the release date for WARRIOR, the first book in my new back-to-back series, THE BLADES OF THE ROSE. I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about the Blades books—what romance genre are they? What can a reader expect when they open up a Blades of the Rose novel?
The short answer: think Indiana Jones with plenty of hot sex. Heh.
The long answer: the Blades of the Rose series marks a new departure in the world of romance. We have read many outstanding paranormal romances, and excellent historical romances, and even wonderful romantic suspense. But how often have we readers encountered all three in one book? I had written two historical romances for Dorchester (LADY X’S COWBOY and LOVE IN A BOTTLE), but was ready for a radical reinvention. I thought about the kind of book I had always wanted to read, something that combined the thrill of high adventure with the sensuality of romance, along with exotic settings, magic and action.
So, the Blades of the Rose were born. I started with the book that would eventually become WARRIOR, and never looked back. The adventure of writing them has equaled the adventure they contain—though with a few less ancient curses, demonic creatures and ruthless villains. My incredible editor at Kensington fell in love with the Blades when she read WARRIOR, enough to request a whole four-book series. (Did I mention that I love my editor with a white-hot passion?)
You might be asking yourself, who are these Blades of the Rose?
The series is set in 1874 and 1875. The British Empire is growing larger and stronger, and there are brutal men calling themselves the Heirs of Albion, who will stop at nothing to ensure Britain’s global supremacy. Unbeknownst to most people, actual magic exists in the world, concentrated in physical objects known as Sources. The Heirs seek out and enslave this magic to help the cause of empire building. Enter the Blades of the Rose, a global secret organization comprised of men and women who protect Sources from exploitation. The odds against the Blades are great, but that never stops them from fighting for their noble cause.
I loved writing the Blades books because I was able to set them in some really fascinating locations: the Mongolian steppes and Gobi desert, the glittering Aegean Sea, the rugged Canadian Rockies, and parts of England not frequently seen in historical romance (as well as a secret location that I can’t reveal yet!). I could incorporate elements of my favorite adventure narratives with mythology from all around the world. To help them in their missions, the Blades carry diabolical inventions that are very steampunk. I could also address something that always bothered me about most adventure stories: the inept, constantly imperiled heroine. Not only do my heroes kick ass, but my heroines do, too. Oh, and did I mention the hot sex?
Here is the most awesome part of the Blades of the Rose series: it’s four books long, and a book is being released each month through December. That’s right, WARRIOR was released on September 7, then SCOUNDREL comes out on October 5, REBEL on November 2, and it wraps up in STRANGER, on shelves December 7. Four books, no waiting!
I am beyond excited to share a series that means so much to me. I can’t wait for you to share in the adventure.
To celebrate, I’m offering a signed copy of WARRIOR. Just post below and answer this question: If you could have an adventure anywhere in the world, where would it be? Pick up your copy of WARRIOR today, and be on the lookout for the rest of the BLADES OF THE ROSE series, coming to your bookstore this Fall!