The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter Exclusive Q&A AND EXCERPT

Monday, October 20, 2014

December 2014

Now, from USA TODAY bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes THE DARKEST TOUCH (Harlequin HQN, December 2014, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the eagerly awaited story of Torin—host to the demon of Disease—the most dangerous and wretched of all the Lords of the Underworld, a legendary group of powerful and seductive warriors doomed to a cursed eternal existence.

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win. 


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 She appeared in front of him, displaying more tanned skin than she concealed, her hair falling around her face in lush, golden waves. Her eyes glittered with remnants of her anger. Her lips were slightly swollen and pinker than usual.
“Temper much?” she quipped.
His relief was palpable. She hadn’t forgotten him! But the relief was quickly replaced by concern. “Are you all right? Did someone hit you?”
She blinked with confusion. “No. Why?”
“Your lips are swollen.”
She rubbed them, color heating her cheeks. “Someone didn’t hit me, but someone sure did hit on me.”
Hit on her. As in kissed her.
Already on edge, Torin. Utterly. Erupted.
He forgot everything he’d planned to do and say and got in Keeley’s face, snarling, “Who was it?”
Her eyes widened. “Hades. Why?”
“You dare ask why? You belong to me! We agreed.
You do not kiss other men, Keeley. Ever. Have you forgotten my rules?”
Her jaw dropped, and she gasped out a few unintelligible words as if she couldn’t quite figure out what to say to him.
He stood in place, breathing too quickly, too heavily, his throat and lungs burning. He reached for her, but as so many times before, fisted his hands and dropped them just before contact. This is crazy. I’m crazyI have to leave.
“Are you…thinking about touching me?” she asked, her eyes widening again.
No, she had to leave. He could not be in public right now. “Go shopping. Buy yourself something pretty. My treat.” He basically tossed his credit card at her. He should be calm by the time she finished. “Come back in an hour. Maybe two. Actually, we’ll reconvene tomorrow.”
“You are,” she said. “You’re thinking… Even craving me. You don’t like the thought of another man’s hands on me, and you want to replace the memory with your hands.”
That. Yes. Hades would die, and Torin…Torin would touch this woman and never stop.
He gnashed his molars. “Last chance, Keeley. I suggest you take it and leave.” Soon. His control was almost completely shredded.
“No way. You’re the big bad warrior, yet I’ve had to come on to you time and time again. I’ve had to battle within myself—worth the price or not worth it. Well, it’s your turn.”
“There is no damn way you just suggested I haven’t done the same. I’ve battled.”
“When have you ever caved without prompting from me? You’ve resisted me so easily, always walking away.
Sure, you’ve snarled while you’ve done the walking, but still you left me behind. So, tell me. When did you ever—”
“So easily?” he roared. Had she just said so easily? She had no clue about the intensity of his need—but he would teach her better.
Torin cupped her by the nape, yanked her close and smashed his mouth against hers. The kiss was a brutal assault meant to silence her, to dominate and possess. He held her still, making her take it, take everything. But the moment she softened against him,welcomed him inside her mouth, the darkness churning inside him switched gears. From the need to punish and master to the need to seduce and please.
This was Keeley. His princess. She deserved his best.
He gentled the pressure, rolling his tongue inside her mouth, learning her all over again, tasting her. Summer berries and melted honey. So sweet. And mine. All mine. He framed her cheeks, angled her head and rolled his tongue just a little deeper. This time, she met him with a roll of her own.
That was his undoing.


Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall. 

 If we reach 10,000 pre-orders for The Darkest Touch before the November 25th release date, Gena Showalter will:
·        Post a never before seen sexy video showcasing the model of Torin’s cover in live action shots!
·        Chance to win a $100 gift e-card from the bookseller of your choice.
·        Gena will share chapter one of The Darkest Touch before the release date!
·        Chance of winning 1 of 10 signed copies of the backlist book of your choice, just in time for Christmas.

To enter The Darkest Touch Pre-Order Campaign, visit for details.  
Exclusive Q&A:

-What is most challenging for you in writing this series now after so many books? Does it come easier now than when you first began?
The most challenging part of writing an ongoing series is sticking to the backstory I’ve already set.  Sometimes it would be a whole heck of a lot easier if I could tweak this or that to go in a new direction I’ve only just thought up—one I actually like better.  (That’s where writing by the seat of my pants rather than plotting out every detail has gotten me into trouble.)  Breaking rules I’ve already set causes the “reality” of the world to fray bit by bit, so I always have to work within the already-set parameters, whatever they happen to be. 

So, to answer the second question, it’s a little easier now…and it’s a littler harder.  How’s that for a non-answer?  I’ve learned something new with every book I’ve written.  I’ve learned more about the characters, about the world, and the information flows from me rather than having to be dragged out with pliers. 

-Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?

I am a fangirl of so many authors.  Kresley Cole, Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Monroe, Nalini Singh, Karen Marie Moning, Katie McGarry, Wendy Higgins, Lilly Everett, Kristen Painter, Jennifer Armentrout, and so many others.  Seriously, I could go on and on.
Currently I’m actually reading…my own work.  I’m on a tight deadline for the first book in my new Original Heartbreakers series, The Closer You Are, and I gotta say, I’m not sorry.  I am absolutely loving my time with the hero, Jase.  He is a millionaire alpha with a tragic past, and he’s certainly met his match! 
 If we reach 15,000 pre-order for The Darkest Touch before the November 25th release date, Gena Showalter will:

· Post a never before seen excerpt from The Darkest Touch 
· select one winner for a Swarovksi Two-Tone Crystal Butterfly Pendant Necklace 
· select winners for 1 of 10 signed posters of the Darkest Touch cover, just in time for Christmas.

 (prize winners announced on her website for 10,000!)

To enter The Darkest Touch Pre-Order Campaign, visit for details.  

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