Monday, June 7, 2010

Author Laura Tolomei and The Virtus Saga

Laura Tolomei has written books both in Italian and English, mostly fiction of various genres. She's here today to tell us about her fascinating new fantasy series the Virtus Saga. Let's give her a warm welcome. Please feel free to ask her questions or leave a comment. She'd love to hear from you.

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HOW ABOUT SOME VIRTUS SAGA FOR DINNER?

Yeah, to spice up the appetite, so to speak. Because things are really hitting off with my new fantasy series, Virtus, which for now features only 2 releases, but a lot more are coming, so you wouldn’t want to miss how it all started, the love, the uncontrollable passion and the woman that came between them.

VIRTUS SAGA

The World

Sex, sex and more sex without limits or boundaries—not in numbers, not in gender, whether it’s the phase, the pledge or the heat—such is Sendar’s very foundation, an apparently peaceful planet, without the usual pestilences associated with mankind, wars, hunger, violence. But is it really so?

The story

Unknown to most, powerful forces dominate Sendar’s feudal-like society, the ability to wield destructive energy so strong in some people, it’s threatening to devastate their world. But to reach a new balance you have to learn, grow, blend with the world from which you come, then go beyond it before the world collapses into chaos. And that’s what the prince, his lover and his woman must learn to do if sex, power, magic, passion and jealousy won’t stand in their way.

READ ALL ABOUT Virtus Saga @ http://www.lallagatta.com/eng/virtus_saga.html

The Sex Virtus Book 1

By Laura Tolomei

GENRE: GLBT, Gay, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adventure, Ménage, m/m, m/m/f, m/f

ISBN: 978-1-55487-516-0

LENGTH: 308 pages

HEAT LEVEL: 4 flames

RELEASE DATE: March 15th, 2010

PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books

COVER ARTIST: Angela White

BUY LINK

http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_comingsoon&product_id=7318&category_id=54&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44

BLURB

If Sendar stood a chance perhaps it would be thanks to the arbitrary twists and turns of a blind destiny. Or maybe someone would discover the truth about the ancient ways and compromise our peaceful existence forever. Either way, people needed a hero to shed new light on the age-old mysteries. And he was just about to answer their prayers.

PG SENSUAL M/M

The words died in his throat the moment Chris captured his gaze, blue-gray eyes staring straight at him from across the room. In a rush of uncontrollable excitement, Duncan’s mouth went dry as he heard a piece of heart pounding in his ears while the rest plummeted with a heavy thud to his stomach.

Unable to tear his gaze away, he felt the world fade and time turn back to his childhood, at the exact moment he had first laid eyes on his beautiful angel and the flood of long denied emotions was simply too powerful to ignore as they threatened the thin control he tried to maintain.

But it was already too late. Sudden awareness of how much he had missed his blond beauty for the past two years crashed down on Duncan along with every wasted attempt to avoid thinking about him or pretending the world was the same without him.

How foolish to believe, even for one second, my heart could’ve forgotten him. Noticing he looked more beautiful and desirable than ever, the prince hungered only to touch him and make love until he was too exhausted to think straight.

But what if he doesn’t want me anymore? Cold reasoning warned as he remembered how bitter the separation had been, memory taunting him with their last hateful meeting, each bent on hurting the other with a vengeance the prince had regretted soon afterward. Yet, searching his beloved’s face, he could find no trace of rejection in those blue-gray eyes that were still fixed on him—or more correctly, eating him up—while the sensual body was moving closer. “Hello, lover.” The blond angel’s husky voice had breathed, reaching him with a naughty twinkle lighting his face. “Missed me?”

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much.”

“I knew you would.” Chris’s smile of satisfaction brightened his face. Then grabbing his hand, he pulled the prince out of the room. “Come. Let’s go somewhere more private. How about your room?”

Leading him upstairs, Duncan was not surprised to notice many wistful glances in Chris’s direction, his blond angel inevitably attracting attention, apparently now more than ever. Some even attempted to stop him, in spite of his evident lack of interest, Chris having eyes only for Duncan. As in a daze, the prince vaguely remembered reaching his room and closing the world outside.

They did not talk much that night, too concerned in reconnecting at a purely physical level to waste precious time on useless words, which could never describe adequately how Chris filled his senses like no woman had been able to do, satisfying his craving for kisses, touches, strokes, rubs, sucks, slides, shoves, penetrations, releases. The familiar tastes and smells made Duncan feel at home…and not a moment too soon, he realized.

The Game Virtus Book 2

By Laura Tolomei

GENRE: GLBT, Gay, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ménage, m/m, f/f, m/m/f, m/f, m/m/m, m/f/f

ISBN: 978-1-55487-568-9

HEAT LEVEL: 5 flames

RELEASE DATE: May 15th, 2010

PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books

COVER: Angela White

bUY LINK

http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=ebook_flypage.tpl&product_id=7879&category_id=54&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=50

BLURB From now on, I’ll treat you like a slave, a mere thing men and women will use for their pleasure alone. And you are to service whatever player I choose for I want to see how far I can take you, how much you’ll yield to sex for the sake of sex. Because you’re just an object, something they’ll discard as soon as they come, your body useless once they get exactly what they want from it.

PG

“All right, Princess, you want to talk about Chris?” Stopping his seductions, he moved away slightly.

Ylianor blushed brightly. “Only if you want to.” She was quick to justify, trying to pass it off as if it were his idea, quickly turning to avert her gaze from his hard stare.

“I’m not sure I want to. Chris is so private, I’ve never really talked about him to anyone.”

“Especially since he has eyes only for you.”

Catching her disappointed tone, Duncan raised an eyebrow. “He’s getting to you, isn’t he?”

“No, he—”

“Don’t lie, Princess.”

Frowning, Ylianor bit her lip. “Is it that obvious?”

“To me, it is. I wouldn’t know what to call it at this stage, but I’m willing to bet it’s something very deep.”

“Do you think he noticed?”

The sly question did not fool him for one moment. After having caught the shift in their attemps to establish a connection of their own, he had realized he had failed to consider the long term consequences of his apparently rash choice. That there was a growing interest on both sides, he could not avoid perceiving, their cautious maneuvers to explore their options unequivocal. What he had not expected though, was to be trapped in the middle of this new game, although he should have seen it coming. He was their go-between after all, the most knowledgeable party at hand, so nothing strange they should turn to him for advice and information. But he did not want to play by their rules. “No, I’m not going to make it easier for you to get to him.” He raised a hand to stop her objections. “Listen to me. I know you’re trying to find a way to him…” And he to you, he added without sharing the thought. “But whatever you need to know, you’ll have to ask him yourself. I can’t betray his confidence or yours for that matter were he to ask.”

“Did he ask?”

The stubborn green gaze made her look more adorable, not to mention more human, and the prince could not resist kissing her passionately before replying. “I won’t answer that. What I share with him is private, for our ears alone.”

“But you shared your sex scenes with me!” Her eyes blazed to remind him just how many times he had done it.

“Only the sex, never our conversations.” One look at her confirmed his assumption. “Sex is not exclusive or we wouldn’t do it with you, too. We may be a bit rougher if alone, but you know our ins and outs in bed. Feelings and emotions though, are a totally different matter, one I’m not going to share except with the interested person.”

With a delightful smirk, Ylianor cocked her head. “Does that mean he’s talked about me?”

“You’re incorrigible, Princess.” Duncan shook his head in amusement, then grinned widely. “And the answer is I don’t know.”

“You defend him, and have done so even when you didn’t know how destructive he could get, only because you love him beyond anything else.”

Duncan winced. “Can it be any other way?”

“Actually, it could. People have the phase all the time, but after it’s over, they don’t keep harboring the same feeling for their partner as before.”

Referring to the phase brought back memories of his beginning with Chris, adolescents in the grip of a fiery passion neither had any control over. Nothing strange though, for it was an age-old tradition and even if some skipped it, like Ylianor for instance, everyone knew and valued its formative experience, not to mention its far reaching bond. “Chris has always been beyond a mere phase. Yes, we had it together, but one thing I’ve always known for sure is I’d have loved him no matter what, his gender, his appearance, nothing counted except who he was. That’s how I choose my mates because they interest me as people first, not because they’re beautiful or brilliant in any way, which also explains why I’m not partial to servants, either.”

Laura Tolomei www.lallagatta.com


20 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Laura,

Thank you so much for coming by today and sharing your fascinating stories. I love the book covers, too. Very nice. Who's the book artist?

Gail said... Best Blogger Tips

hi Laura I have to admit I bought book 1 for the cover and loved it but I wonder what prompted you to write the Virtus Saga and how many more books are going to be in the series?

Carol North said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen:
Enjoyed the interview.

Laura:
What an amazing and complex world you created. Do you ever change the world when you get deeper into the series?

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Jaren, thanks so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog! And yes, I totally agree about the covers and the great artist who made them, Angela White. I find her work fascinating, especially because she caught the essence of the Virtus Saga and reproduced it soooooo well!
Laura

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Gail, it's a great question you ask, what prompted me to write the Virtus Saga, I just wish I knew the answer :)
I had no specific plan to write one. Believe it or not, it just came out that way once I started writing about Duncan, Chris and Ylianor. Their story seemed so intriguing and the way they told it, one piece at a time, it kept me going because I was as curious as you are to see where they were going. And believe me, they took me into some unexpected paths, so much that I still don't have a true ending. But I'll find it, don't worry, then tell it to all my readers LOL
As for the number of books, so far there's 8 planned. The Festival should be out by July, then The Leader, then more, but I'll post them separately.
Thanks for stopping,
Laura

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Laura :)
Great excerpts!
I LOVE your Virtus Saga. Duncan, Chris and Ylianor are a perfect combination.
The three of them almost set the pages on fire.

Mindy :)
Birdsooong@aol.com

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Virtus Saga
The Books
Book 1 The Sex – available http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_comingsoon&product_id=7318&category_id=54&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44

Book 2 The Game – available http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=ebook_flypage.tpl&product_id=7879&category_id=54&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=50
Book 3 The Festival – July 15th 2010

Book 4 The Leader
Book 5 The Pledge
Book 6 The Heat
Book 7 The Trace
Book 8 The Guardian


The World
Sex, sex and more sex without limits or boundaries—not in numbers, not in gender, whether it’s the phase, the pledge or the heat—such is Sendar’s very foundation, an apparently peaceful planet, without the usual pestilences associated with mankind, wars, hunger, violence. But is it really so?

The Characters
Lost while returning home, Duncan Caldwell, only son and heir of Prince Charles Caldwell, finds shelter in Ylianor Meyer’s rundown shack. The beautiful woman has a very familiar air, but for the life of him, he cannot remember who she is or resist the attraction he feels, despite his aristocratic tastes. So he offers her a job as Black Rose’s stable keeper, only to find out she’s the daughter of his father’s mistress. But will this stop the fatal pull drawing him to her bed?

Lord Christopher Templeton is fiercely in love with Duncan Caldwell, a love started before either was old enough to know what love is, which continues until Duncan decides it’s time for him to find a woman. But Chris is determined to hold on to his prince no matter what it takes, even if he has to face the hated rival he had already driven away from his lover’s side, once, so long ago.

Ylianor Meyer has been in love with Duncan Caldwell since the very beginning, growing up with him on the green hills and cliffs of Black Rose. Banned by Prince Charles’s mate, she hasn’t seen Duncan for over 10 years, but when he walks in her rundown shack, she knows she still loves him as passionately as when she was merely nine-years-old. So she follows him, no matter what the consequences, no matter what his despicable lover will do to drive her away…again.

Lord Arthur Fairchild, leader of the High Council, knows time is slipping away from his grasp and Sendar will be condemned if his hero doesn’t come forth soon. So he summons him—not just him, but also the ones he’s connected to by lifetimes of bonding love and feelings so strong they’ve transcended time and space. And the uncontrollable power, the Virt, the energy running wild on Sendar only complicate matters.

The pyramid
Three-sided like the three lovers full of power and explosive feelings, Virtus controls Sendar in ways they have yet to discover and if they can, change.

The story
Unknown to most, powerful forces dominate Sendar’s feudal-like society, the ability to wield destructive energy so strong in some people, it’s threatening to devastate their world. But to reach a new balance you have to learn, grow, blend with the world from which you come, then go beyond it before the world collapses into chaos. And that’s what Duncan, Chris and Ylianor must learn to do if sex, power, magic, passion and jealousy won’t stand in their way.

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Carol,
well, that's a tough one...mmmm...to change the world...that's the whole point of the story, don't you agree? So this is probably a cruel answer to a very intelligent question, but you'll simply have to read on to find out!
Thanks for stopping by,
Laura

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Mindy,
Duncan, Chris and Ylianor are a perfect combination...sure, but they can stand some improvements and believe me, what they have to face woun't leave them any choice but to do it fast!
But you're absolutely right on the other count: they are HOT, hotter even than they themselves know LOL
Ciao,
Laura

SilverWolf said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Laura, I've read the excerpts for the first two books and they sound fantastic. If the rest of the titles you have listed are books for this series you plan to write we are in for quite a treat. I haven't been able to buy the first one yet since I got laid off but it's on my TBR list and I can't wait.

SilverWolf said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry I forgot to leave my email address it is
bkwolf(.)whitaker@gmail(.)com

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello, Silver Wolf, I'm very sorry to hear you've been laid off. Times are hard everywhere, I suppose, not just here in Italy where we're having a really bad economic situation. But in my own small way, I try and make people forget, at least for a few hours, how ugly the world can get by making them fly to a different reality altogether.
Best of wishes,

Laura

Carol L. said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Laura,
The combination of these characters together is so special you can feel it through your written words. I have the whole series of books on my TRL.Thanks for the blurbs Laura.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

I have the first book and loved it. My book budget would love it if I won a copy of the second book.
Glad to see a release date for book three. Any idea on when the rest might be out?

carolcobun(at)yahoo(dot)com

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Yeah, Carol, I LOVE these characters myself. They were the first that came to me when I decided I wanted to be a writer seriously and not give it my onc in a while pitch, like I'd done until then. And to be honest, I missed them a lot when I finished writing about them, even thinking I'd never quite like any other character the same way, but then Drake and Martin--To Seduce A Soulmate, Cedric and Red--Blody Passion--and mostly, Leon and Sean came along and with Re-Scue and Tasting Leon's Mark I reached new heights.
Ciao,
Laura

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, Beth, a lot depends on my publisher and how many slots he can free up, and some depends also on how much the series is going to sell because, and I guess he's right, he wants to invest only so much time on something if it's worth it, i.e. if people buy it ;) Then again, I must confess my own timing is a bit slow for because these books have been written three years ago, so I need to re-read them very carefully, make adjustments, and that takes more time than if I re-wrote them entirely. Anyway, I'd say it's safe to assume that by September/November at least another one will be out.
Thanks for stopping,
Laura

orelukjp0 said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the Virtus Saga. Duncan, Chris and Ylianor all are fascinating. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

orelukjp0 at gmail. dot com

Laura Tolomei aka Lalla Gatta said... Best Blogger Tips

orelukj wrote: thank you sharing your
work with us

And thank you, ALL of you, for appreciating it.
Ciao from Rome,

Laura

dsayless said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your stories: you have a great talent & thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you everyone for making Laura feel welcomed.

The contest winner:
Silver Wolf

Congratulations!