Thank you Leah, for having me here on the release day for The Forbidden Chamber.  It’s a special day for me, on the release day of my first novel, and I can’t thank you enough for having me here.

It’s Autumn, coming up on Halloween, and I have a wild turkey hanging out in my yard.  It’s been here for about a week looking all fall-like in the midst of my orange, gold, and bright red leaves.  The kids have enjoyed studying it pecking the ground and seeing how high it flies, which isn’t very high.  It mostly walks until it decides to flap its wings in an ungainly manner to sit on our fence.  Even though I frequently look at it and think “thanksgiving dinner” and the kids who came by on their nature walks in the park across the street terrified the poor bird with their yells of “Gobble, gobble, gobble,” we’ve been fascinated.

At the core of my fascination is about all things wild and how they live in such proximity to humans and on the outskirts of a large US city.  Most of us probably haven’t seen a turkey outside a farm or the local supermarket.  How has it survived for so long in this finger-width strip of park in the middle of a concrete jungle?  Given my recent fascination with avians, I immediately wondered if a turkey migrates. Does it overwinter here?  How long will I have my new neighbor?

Turns out that turkeys are not migratory but will seek large trees for canopy during winter, which explains why it’s now hanging out around the park with it’s pines and maples.

And that brings me to my point.  I’m sure you all wondered where I was going.  My Samhain release, The Forbidden Chamber, features a family of raven shifters.  Though this is of course, complete fabrication, as an author and reader, added realism to my fantasy makes the characters more real.  If you have a family of avian shifters, do they have urges to migrate? 

Turns out that ravens aren’t migratory either, except the young who may spread their wings and disperse for the winter.  The idea that a dark tortured hero would have one more strike against him, that restlessness, was too much to resist.  My Hayle family is full of strong, healthy males, who shift to Raven when angered, and fight the urge to leave home every fall until they reach maturity.

Have you ever read a little detail in a book that makes it more real for you?

Do you long to fly south for the winter?  I know I do!

The Forbidden Chamber released today and can be purchased at Samhain Publishing.

“Your life is forfeit if you open that door.”

All her life, Lady Isabel Colven has followed the path laid out for her, content to look neither left nor right for excitement. Her future holds a dutiful, passionless marriage to some nice young man, and she’s content…until the exotic and compelling Lord Rukh Hayle threatens her maidenly reserve. Rumor paints him as a wife-murderer; desire tempts her to look past his aura of danger.

Rukh refuses to let his family’s curse kill a third bride, but Isabel awakens the Raven within him, compels him to take her to wife—and to bed—despite the secrets that live under his skin. That lie is locked in the darkest corners of the manor, waiting to be unleashed. Their lusty union arouses the curse, entangling Isabel in an erotic tug of war that can only end in her destruction. There is no escape for either of them. Not from his family’s shadowy history. Not from demons imagined and real. And not from the choice Rukh faces to save his bride from a fate worse than death…

Warning: This gothic contains heady kisses that lead to ruin, passionate sex on a desk chair, a mysterious husband who may be a murderer, a cursed family of raven shifters, and an unspeakable evil hidden in the closet.

Ella Drake is a Dark Paranormal and Science Fiction Romance author published with Cobblestone Press, Liquid Silver Books, and Samhain Publishing. To learn more about Ella, visit her on her webpage at Ella can also be found on facebook and twitter.

Opening the door to Ella Drake

16 thoughts on “Opening the door to Ella Drake

  • October 27, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Hi Ella 🙂
    Congratulations on the release of your debut novel today!
    It sounds like a great read and I'm going to get it.
    Thanks for sharing today,
    Love & Best Wishes,

  • October 27, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for having me here, Leah.

  • October 27, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Congratulations on your release day Ella! It sounds like quite a story! Will have to add it to my TBR list! Can't add anymore books to the actual pile or DH will stop speaking to me! 🙂

  • October 27, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I'm fascinated with the raven shifter concept. This book caught my interest months and months ago when I first heard about it. I'm looking forward to reading this.

    Congrats on the new release, Ella! Love your cover.

  • October 27, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Congrats on your book release today,sounds like a great read.I like that cover too.

    Do I want to fly south? Heck Yeah!! 🙂
    its freezing here already.

  • October 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Did I forget to mention in my post that a random commenter will win a copy of The Forbidden Chamber?
    Looks like I did.

    So, random commenter wins a copy!

  • October 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations once again. I'm glad to see this interview on your release day.

    I always want to fly south even though I live in the south. It's not far enough south.

  • October 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks RKCharron!

    dyockman. Wouldn't want your DH to stop speaking to you, but one more won't hurt. 🙂

    Keith, my Ravens can take your Wolves any day! 😉

    elaing8, this is the time of year I dream of moving to New Zealand.

    Andrea, thank you! It's been a great release day & stay warm this winter!

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I'm so happy for you and the release of your book! I've been waiting for it and def can't wait to read it. 😀

    Yeah, at times there will be little details that make a book seem even more real. It doesn't matter what it is, it's often random little bits of info.

    Congrats again!

  • October 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Hey, ladies! Congratulations, Ella, on your release date.

    No need to enter me; my TBR is a big large and unwieldy. I'm dropping in to say I've posted about this at Win a Book. Let's see if we can get you some new fans, Ella.

  • October 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Wow! This sound like a great book. Raven shifters…I like it. Great cover art.

    And to answer your question, I live near Savannah, GA and I still want to go further south for the winter. 😉

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Do i want to fly south? I'm in a huge tropical country, so i'm fine with it 🙂
    Congrats for the release, Ella! Knowing a new Author is always Great for me.

    cuniquas at gmail dot com

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Do i want to fly south? I'm in a huge tropical country, so i'm fine with it 🙂
    Congrats for the release, Ella! Knowing a new Author is always Great for me.

    cuniquas at gmail dot com

  • October 29, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I would love to fly south. It's getting cold here already! Congrats on the release and you have a new fan 🙂

    me8acat at yahoo dot com

  • October 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    fly south for winter ah yes,, would love to win this ,,thx..

  • October 31, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    And the random generator picked Andrea as the winner.
    Sending an email now.

    Thanks everyone!

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