Spotlight & Giveaway: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Posted September 18th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 170 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione to HJ!.

Larissa Ione’s bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night . . .

Hi Larissa Welcome to HJ

What would you say are the defining characteristics of your novels?

Larissa LoneOoh, great question! I’d say that all of my novels are very dark and gritty, but they’re also full of humor. Usually dark, sarcastic humor.

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

If I were the heroine I’d WANT to be, I’d be kick-butt, ruthless, and take charge, for sure. But as the person I really am…well, I like to think I’d be strong, but I’d also be a big softie when it comes to animals and small children. And I don’t put up with rudeness and stupidity. Just like in real life. *g*

If you had to summarize Bound by Night for the readers here…

BBTNIn a world where humans’ sheer numbers have forced the lucky vampires into the shadows and the unlucky ones into slavery, vampires are starting to fight back. But with vampire clans at war with themselves, it’s not going to be easy. Can a single human female turn things around?

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

Riker is a turned vampire whose mate died while in the service of the most powerful human family in the world. Nicole is a member of that powerful family, and she hates vampires more than anything. Both have reasons for hating each other, but they’ll have to get past their prejudices to work together…or die trying.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Honestly, I don’t know. I never picture my characters as anyone famous, so I can’t see anyone in their roles. The exception is Riker…the cover model for Bound By Night, Colby Lefebvre, has really become Riker for me, so I’d definitely cast him for the role. You can see (and hear!) him on my Facebook page I’d leave the rest up to the Hollywood types!

 Thank you for stopping by HJ!


Giveaway: 2 Print Copies of Bound By Night and 1 tote bag with swag

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“Stop,” Nicole whispered in Riker’s ear. “Please, stop.”
Her voice quivered, and shame formed a knot in his belly. He’d never worried about his victims before, but then, he usually brought down his prey quickly, taking pride in a swift, silent kill few of his kind could match. It was a special forces skill leftover from his military days and amplified by vampire speed, strength, and super-tuned senses.
His prey rarely had time to know the sour taste of fright. When they did, it was because he’d wanted them to.
This was different. Nicole had been in a prolonged state of fear and would be until they got Neriya back. She might be the CEO of the most reprehensible company on the planet, and she might be complicit in crimes against his people, but he’d never been the type of male who reveled in a female’s fear.
Even if it was deserved.
Riker shoved away with deliberate, measured composure, as if backing off was entirely his idea. Nicole’s wide peridot eyes kicked him right in the gut, but he steeled himself, summoning his inner hardass.
He didn’t have to reach very far for it.
“There. You’re healed. No thanks necessary.” He licked his lips, savoring the last rich, silky drop of her blood. Unlike most of the humans he fed on, she tasted of health and a hint of fine wine. He wanted more. “Don’t try that again. You die when I say you die. Help us, and you’ll avoid that fate.”
“You’re going to be hanged and staked for this.” Her fingers fluttered up to her throat, scarred by some sort of heinous injury, to trace the thin crimson line that had been bleeding a moment ago.
“Aren’t you a ray of sunshine.” He breathed deep, measuring her fear level by scent. She was afraid, but not as much as he’d expected. “What happened to your throat?”
The sour note of fear spiked. “Why do you want to know?”
The ring on her right hand glinted with little crimson sparkles as she covered her neck with her palm. Her scars forgotten, he snared her hand, bringing it — and the ruby ring decorating one of her fingers — so close he caught a metallic whiff of gold.
“Let me go.” Nicole struggled against his hold, but he squeezed her wrist as tight as his lungs felt. He could barely breathe, barely speak.
“Where did you get that ring?”
“It’s mine.”
His blood, already vibrating with the heat of unwanted arousal, began to boil with anger. “Where did you get it?”
A glint of pure, unadulterated hatred sparked in her eyes. “From. Your. Mate.” She hurled the words at him like weapons, and like an expert marksman, she hit every one of his vulnerable spots with sniper precision.
With a snarl, he wrapped his fingers around the throat he’d just healed. “Did you take it from her while she was alive, or did you loot it off her corpse?” Rage made his voice warble, which only made him angrier. “Did you even wait for her body to get cold before you stripped her of everything she loved?”
“How dare you,” Nicole spat. “How can you talk about love, when you’re the one who killed her?”

About the book:


Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .


A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever. –

170 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione”

  1. elizabeth gray

    My introduction to paranormal was Maggie Shayne’s Wings in the Night series. I read all kinds, but vampires are mostly what I like.

  2. Renee B

    I love books about vampires and demons. They are always so strong, yet they can sensitive to the woman they love.

  3. Mary Preston

    PNR offers something different. I don’t have a preference, maybe Angels by a tarnished halo.

  4. alinutza4u

    I love that PNR gives the option of the FOREVER HEA. I like thinking that couple will leave till the end of time happy. 🙂
    I read the ARC, it’s amazing!

  5. Stephanie F.

    I love that PNR combines the romance and excitement of first love with the twists, mystery and mysticism of the paranormal.
    I’ve always loved shifter novels because they usual involve soulmates and shifters are all about family and loyalty.

  6. SnarkyMom

    I just love the fact that PNR books offer something that you can’t find in everyday life. I especially like shifter novels, because just the thought of changing into something so in tune with nature seems really cool to me…

  7. Carra

    PNR is really the ultimate storytelling to me-fantastical circumstances plus the possibility of love makes for a great story. My favorite is Vampires 🙂

  8. MichelleW (MsRomanticReads)

    I don’t have a preference when it comes to PNR. Vampires, shifters, demons, aliens, I don’t care. What I do love about them is the “immortality” aspect. When the hero and heroine find one another, fall in love and get to be together for a very, very, very long time. I mean, when you’re having a great time, you wouldn’t want it to end, right? Then there’s the whole alpha male, protective, kicking butt and taking names aspect and the humor. A long life without laughter would be no fun. Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Jenn McElroy

    I enjoy vampires :-). PNR is a go to for me when a new Anita Blake, Jeanine Frost or Sookie Stackhouse (totally disappointed lately!) book is released. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  10. Chelsea B.

    Really, what draws me to PNR is what draws me to every book I read: Strong characters and strong romance.
    Also, I’m an equal opportunity paranormal creature lover! 😉

  11. Ren

    Oh, I always to be a PNR gal. My first love is fantasy, and when it comes to romance, I search a fantasy that also combined by romance, but not too heavy (in weight and story, lol!). That’s when I across PNR books. I love all PNR creatures, love the diversity so I can’t choose

  12. Theresa Fischer

    I love to get lost in make believe worlds of paranormal romances, that’s what draws me! I love Larissa Ione and have read all her books.

  13. blondieblack Linda Townsend

    I used to just want to read about vampires… then I read some really good books that featured dragon shifters… so then I started reading vamp AND dragon-shifters…. now I’ve read a really good book featuring shifters… so now I’m reading vamp, dragon-shifters and were books. I love paranormals! AND I prefer at least a touch of romance with them.

  14. Jesica F

    I don’t know I just prefer fantasy to regular romances or other type books. Shifters, definitely! Particularly tiger/ wild cat shifters because most people just do werewolves XD

  15. Elizabeth Haney

    What draws me to paranormal romance is the idea that you can create any kind of world or mythical creature. I’ve never thought of myself as “normal” or try to fit into the mold society dictates. I’ve always felt different and in these worlds, I feel at home, I feel like I belong. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. orchid7

    I don’t really go for any one particular type of paranormal novel. I just need good action, a decent plot, and a strong relationship between the characters. I like snarky wit and some heat too.
    I can’t wait to read Larissa’s new series!

  17. xoxotawnydee

    I love love love paranormal romances. I don’t think I have a favorite though.. it all depends on the mood I’m in. I love aliens, and demons and ghosts and vamps. I’m not really sure if I’ve read a shifter book yet.


    I love all things paranormal … vampires, werewolves, demons, angels, gargoyles, necromancers, carpathians, fairies, and so on. Having supernatural abilities would be so cool … longevity would be pretty nice too. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  19. Debra A.

    I enjoy all PNR. It depends on the mood I am in when I read any of them. Some days I am in a shifter mood other days vamps turn me on. Then there are those demons….

  20. Heather W

    PNR draws me because I love having something else in a romance than just the romance aspect. It seems like regular romance is so steeped in the romance itself that it loses plot line and action in its story. With PNR you keep that action and plot line out of the simple fact that you have to set up your paranormal world. As far as any specific PNR- I love all things shifter related, but demons and mythological creatures of all sorts are pretty close to my heart as well.

  21. Barbara Elness

    I love all the supernatural characters, but my favorite is vampires. I love paranormal stories because they’re set in worlds that could be ours if things were just a bit different, and it’s so fun to imagine that they’re real.

  22. Timitra

    I love paranormal because it’s so different from anything I’ve lived or will ever live…love spending time with vampires, werewolves, fae, witches etc

  23. Annwitch

    How can you choose, they are all amazing in their own way. A well written book and great characters are what draws me in, paranormal romance or not. Larissa’s books are the best.

  24. Michelle Huang

    I don’t have preference when it comes to paranormal romance. I just like the fact that there are many kinds of them and each one is unique from each other. Overall, I like how each one has one particular trait that we can’t help but love.

  25. elena k

    I love paranormal romance because there is always something mysterious about the characters. they are also alpha males and what is not to love about them? Larissa’s books are fantastic and I cannot wait to read this. thanks

  26. jovialvampyre

    I’m drawn to the paranormal because of the blended worlds. It could happen and seeing how different beings interact is great. It always seems we all want the same things in the end. I love the extra abilities as well. Thank you.

  27. ladyvampire

    I like all the paranormal species but of course vampires are a favorite of mine. And what draws me to the paranormal is that unknown element. That something extra. You can never quite predict what unknown thing many happen when your reading paranormal books and that dangerous, mystery is addictive.

  28. Amy H

    What draws you to a PNR? Do you have a preference …Vampires, Demons, Shifters etc? Fae, shifters, wolves is what I like.

  29. Tiffany Freund

    Love paranormal! Fantasy just takes away from the reality of it all where anything can happen. Give me a demon 😀

  30. Margo Westlund

    I love reading all Paranormal Romance no matter if they’re vampires, demons or shifters. It’s a way to step away from reality and just use your imagination.

  31. Hannah Latreille

    I love all of them … Vampires, Weres, Shifters, Hunky Demons and as long as the fantasy of my characters keep me enthralled and wanting more… that’s what keeps my interest in always coming back for more

  32. Tammy V.

    I think weres and vampires are a bit overdone now. I like the unusual – revenants, reapers, gargoyles, druids etc.

  33. witchyme

    I think I agree with Larissa. I also can’t see her characters in the face of any Hollywood actors. 😀 I honestly prefer if her stories stays as books. 😛

  34. jen g

    I can get lost in any of Larissa’s worlds! Such a fun and honest writer with characters you will fall in love so quickly, your head will spin. LOVE!

  35. Julie rivera

    My first PRN I ever read was Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. And I have been hooked ever since! My favorites are about vampires!

  36. Sebrina Cassity

    What draws me? The craziness it gives ya; the stuff that can take me out of my own head for awhile. Doesn’t matter if it’s vamps, shifters, demons, or angels.
    Thank you for the chance! 🙂

  37. Sarah W

    Definitely a demon kind of gal! I think I love PNR because the romance/sex has this “better than real” fantasy quality to it that I would find unbelievable in a real world romance.

  38. Jessica

    PNR is an escape from reality, but still has the romance and humor I enjoy. I prefer vampires and shifters.

  39. Karen

    hmmm it’s mostly the story line that draws me in. i’ll take any kind of supernaturals along with it 🙂

  40. Lori

    I AM A PARANORMAL WHORE, lol I love them all I can’t say I love one better then the other it the read rocks then I’m happy . Like all of us I have my most favs ,Hamilton , Feehan , Keynon , J.R. Ward , lone . I know I am forgetting some really great authors . I loved Larissa Demonica series I love it when your read makes you laugh out loud then cry and lets not forget the hot steamy loven that goes hand in had with a great story .

  41. Tina Canon

    I love PRN’s because I love to escape into the dark worlds that often exist within our own. I love the action and the adventure and the H/h who have to come to terms with each other and everything around them.

  42. Rebe

    These days it’s the PNR author who’s the big draw for me. If the book’s written by a favorite, I’ll definitely check it out! Otherwise, I’m pretty leery of PNR – I think I’m a bit burned out on it.

  43. Jas

    I love Reapers and different classes of angels. Not just the good angels, I want to see something really dark.

  44. Becca

    I love all paranormal book!! They are a different world and that’s what I love about them.

  45. Margaret

    I love all kinds of paranormal characters but I would have to say I love her vampires. But I usually go for werewolf book but there’s just something about her vampires that draws me in I love them.

  46. Sara

    I like PNR because it mixes fantasy elements with love stories and I prefer vampires because of the blood bond thing 🙂

  47. Kathleen

    I read to escape it’s like a mini Vay-cay. I read PNR because I can really get away into a world that doesn’t exist but in my head and on the page. Too much real life can be sucha joy kill. 🙂

  48. Terrie Tolson

    I love anything PNR..I love a good Read and PNR writers just do it for me..Well the good ones anyway and Larissa Ione is one of the GREAT ones!

  49. MeghanR

    I’ve always been into PNR, have always had a thing for the supernatural world. I’d probably have to go with vampires as my favorite- something about the dark sensuality and mystery gets me every time.

  50. donnas1

    I like the added excitement and fantasy of it. How the stories can exist in worlds much like our own but with creatures we only see in dreams or nightmares. Vampires are my favorites

  51. Texas Book Lover

    I love all kinds of paranormals and am drawn on by a good hook or review as well as word of mouth. If I find an author I love I usually will try their other series as we’ll.

  52. Lori

    Always the author is my first draw to PNR. I have my favorites and am never disappointed! I enjoy stories that encompass all the elements of the para world, shifters, vamps, magical folks, heavenly & the underworld.

  53. Eileen Romero

    I am drawn to PNR first by vampires, but if i read a good snippet of a book regarding demons or shape shifters I give it try. Most of the time I am not let down!

  54. Autum Arellano

    I always look at who the author is, as I have favorites who I always read when they have new books out Larissa is one of them. I love all paranormal romance, and I am sure I will love this one.

  55. Josette Schaber

    I really have no preference. I have my fave authors I always buy, I look at covers and if it catches my eye I might buy it, and I read the blurb on the back and if it’s seems interesting then it goes in the cart. I find a lot of my books by recommendation too.

  56. Stacy Affleck

    Love Larissa Ione’s Demonica & Horsemen series. Can’t wait to add another series to my list!!

  57. jackie woodland

    I loved vampire stories first now I just love them all,vampires,shifters underworld etc,etc,…. 🙂

  58. Melissa

    I love Vampires always have and probably always will. I did not find to many pnr till about 8 years ago and now i read as many as I can but I have a few authors that I try to collect every book they right.

  59. margaret whelehan

    I cannot wait to read this!!! I thibk im drawn to PNR because it take me away from everyday life

  60. Vivian W.

    It’s always been vampires for me. But I don’t mind demons either especially when it isn’t black and white and they’re morally grey demons out there.

  61. nicoleangelswritersgathering

    For the last two years I have only Read PNR. What draws me to them, funny you should ask I was thinking about that same question the other night. 1. The romances are hot! 2. Who would not want to have a bonded mate- we all look for love , however, in PNR lore, many have a bond with their mates that allows them to know he/she is the one and that bond last a life time. They will always love you, protect you and your children this type of commitment is one you do not find in the real world. 3. The adventures are fantastic, the worlds that are built make me want to live in them, the women are usually so brave and the men are HOT – OK, I said it again. My favorites… Shifters, Vampires, Fallen Angels, Warlocks… love them all if the story is well written. I guess my least favorite would be Zombies..LOL… though I have never read a PNR that had a women falling in love with a Zombie! LOL! Cannot wait to read the book. Vampires kinda rock…I prefer Black Dagger Brotherhood type of vampires to Twinkly vamps 🙂 The little taste you gave us makes me want to read MORE!!!

  62. Alyssa Sullivan

    I’ve always loved PNR. There is just something about letting your imagination run wild and create such amazing things. Vampires have always been my weakness, but I love them all. Each have elements that drive me crazy.

  63. Alexandrea Ward

    I love paranormal books even though I tend to side more with the shifters and weres because they just sound so hot to me. I love the abilities and the muscles, oh my! I love the vamps too but not as much as the weres and shifters.

  64. leannesigman

    That’s a hard choice to make, each has their own perks to being either a vampire or shifter. But if I were hard pressed to make a choice, I’d have to say shifter. There’s just something freeing about being able to shed your other skin and run wild and free in the woods and embrace your animal instincts. 🙂

  65. Laura Tavares

    Love the shifters and werewolves. Would love to have powers like Samantha in Bewitched. This is what draws me to this type of story.

  66. gloria

    I love all paranormal beings! I don’t really have a favorite. they all have appealing qualities. I love paranormal because anything can hapoen!

  67. monkeyxkilla

    What I love about PNR is the complexity & variety you find in the different worlds and storylines; it isn’t just romance, it’s complex world building, mythology, mystery and suspense all woven into the romantic story. I don’t really have a favorite type of paranormal character; I like to have variety in what I read so I chose to read paranormal that’s all across the board- shifters, vampires, demons, the whole lot.

  68. Michelle Fidler

    Does P.N.R. stand for paranormal? Well, I like vampires and other paranormal beings. I like ghosts, too.

  69. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I love all types of LORE creatures, Vamps, Weres, Shifters, Witches, Goblins, bring them all, we can have a party 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

    • Susan Stielow

      Forgot to answer the question. I love all supernatural genre. But i have a soft spot for vampires.

  70. Diah Didi

    I’m not really into PNR so I don’t really have preference, but perhaps I’d choose shifters because, well, they felt more normal and human (for me at least), but I do read PNR sometimes if I thought the story and the chemistry will be great. If it’s good, I’ll continue, if not, well, I’ll leave it. But I do Love Bound by Night! Can’t wait for the next book, which is coming next year!! Can you believe that??

  71. Erika

    I like original takes one all of them… like your Demonica series, or the ACRO series…. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, or Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter’s Unbound series… I like when authors add something fresh to those types of concepts. 🙂

  72. Jessica Mobbs

    At first it was vampires. If it had any, I’d buy it. Then I expanded my reading horizon and if there’s any paranormal in it, I buy it. The cover has to draw me in as well. If it has an amazing cover, there’s a very good chance I’ll buy it, even if the synopsis doesn’t quite draw me in. Some of the best books I’ve read started out with an amazing cover! 😀

  73. Erin F.

    First PRN I picked up was Pleasure Unbound back in college. I’ve been hooked ever since. I think I’m more partial to the demon characters because of the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series but I’ve branched out to other writers as well and I do love shape shifter stories as well.

  74. Sapphire

    I like all kinds of PNR! I read mostly demons, vampires, and shifters tho. I was drawn in because I’ve always been fascinated with mythology

  75. Nicle

    I like them all but if I had to pick one I would have to say shifers. All that growly maleness? Yes, please! 😉

  76. Skye Louise

    I love anything paranormal!!! ^_^ I love demons though cos technically you can class anything under that class 😛 hehe they they can be vampires shifters shifters etc and all be ‘demons’
    theskyeisthelimit_91@hotmail. com

  77. Corina Robins

    I love the vampires and the demons I admit the first books i read in this category was when my sister gave me the demonic series of Larissa’s and i was hooked

  78. Tawnya Bentley

    I don’t know what draws me, they ALL just do, adult and YA, as long as they aren’t scary. I can’t do scary, not as a mother to teens that disappear on weekends. And I don’t have a preference, although it did use to be only Vampires, now it is anything I can get my hands on.

  79. mindy kubber

    A alpha vampire will draw me like no other, I love when the fangs distend in passion and he claims what is his.

  80. Tammy

    Anything erotic that includes vampires or demons is DEFINITELY my weakness!!!!! They are alwasy so outta this world hot 🙂

  81. Janie McGaugh

    The scope of the stories, along with the HEA’s. Vampires are my favorite paranormals.

  82. Melissa Parmley-Sizemore

    I used to be addicted to vampires, but have found myself shifting to a love of demons. Dark, twisted, yell-at-the-book-then-cry pnr is probably my favorite. Although I have a new found love of sarcastic humor in my pnr’s with Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson novels. Pnr is my favorite book genre, hands down.

  83. Shannon Jaskolski

    I love PNR because it gives me a chance to be immersed in a world that fascinates me. I have no specific preference between Vampires, Demons, Shifters etc because they are all magnificent in their own way!

  84. Renee McIntyre

    I think PNR draws me because of Stephen King. He wrote a book, “Salem’s Lot”, and it scared my big brother and then me when I first read it at 12. And, anything that scared my brother was wonderous to me. Ever since then I have read all sorts of paranormal stuff, I’ve only moved into romance in the last 5 years or so. I like all paras from weres to vamps and all that are inbetween. Larissa Iones books were some of the first I tried and I’ve an avid follower ever since.

  85. Zsófia Turóczi

    I love PNR because it gives us a chance to get away from our everyday-life and to our fantasies to fly. I love almost every kind of supernatural creatures, but I usually it depends on my mood what I read. Right now I’m definitely in a sexy vampiric mood…

  86. Krystle Watts

    The PNR world amazes me, I love the imaginations the authors have and how they open up their world for us readers. Demons are becoming a favorite, but I still love my smexy vampires 🙂

  87. Shannon Burdsall

    I love all paranormal books but I think shifters are my favorite and then Vampires! I guess sometimes it depends on the storyline! Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. Katrina Waldrup

    Many things draw me to Paranormal Romance. The main reason I avidly read this genre is the limitless possibility that anything can happen. Boundaries can be pushed, powers unveiled, etc.. I don’t really have a preference because different things about each kind of character draws me in. I also enjoy different authors’ perspective on each kind of character. 🙂 Thanks for considering me!

  89. leigh

    i love all PNR but my favorite would probably be demons. i like them alittle on the darker side

  90. Wren B.

    I love the creatures that are big and bad but with hearts for the one’s they care about.

  91. Shelbie Knight

    I love all supernatural, falling in love with them as I write them. Vampires, shifters, dragons, fey, demons…I love them all! Thank you for the opportunity! Shelbie =)

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