Interview with Rachel Firasek, Author of The Last Rising and The Last Awakening

Rachel Firasek is the author of The Last Rising and The Last Awakening, the first two books of The Rise of the Phoenix series.  She dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her writing and to let us get to know her better.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Rachel Firasek] I’m an office manager/mom/wife/sister/daughter by day and a dark paranormal romance author/siren by night.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, The Last Rising?

[Rachel Firasek] After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the book?

[Rachel Firasek]  We were leaving FL after the 2010 RWA Nationals convention and a harsh thunderstorm hit the terminal. I had this weird worry that the plane would go down if we went up. Then that led to panic at what it would be like a plane crashing. Then that led to what would happen if I was the only survivor. I have a twisted mind. I wanted to write a story from my home state Texas and that’s where I decided to create my hero from. He’s really your true average Texan. Corporate on the weekday and a little bit country on the weekend. Ice is from another era and the phoenix seemed to fit her perfectly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Which of your characters are you most like?

[Rachel Firasek] Ironically, probably Sadie. I don’t like nonsense and or lying. Funny that I’m most like the character that doesn’t get her own story till the end of the trilogy. lol.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

[Rachel Firasek]  I wrote The Last Rising in three weeks. It wasn’t much of a challenge to write. The story came to me pretty easy–have to love those. The revisions took a little longer, but that’s any new book with a new publisher and editor. Entangled has been great and very patient with me. lol.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your biggest creative influences?

[Rachel Firasek]  This is always a hard one. I don’t really have people that I idolize. I guess, L. K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake series turned me on to paranormal romance, and I always get a little inspired by the music of Pink. ;)

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Rachel Firasek]  My keyboard, my music, and my Diet DP.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Rachel Firasek]  Geesh, I have no idea. I started reading my mom’s old HQNs back in the late 80′s and haven’t stopped since.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Rachel Firasek] I like to play football with my husband and kids or go fishing. I was raised with boys, can’t you tell?
Thank you for having me on today!

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!!


You can learn more about Rachel by visiting her website -www.rachelfirasek.com

You can order The Last Rising Entangled Publishing, or by clicking the widget below and you can order The Last Awakening here

CURSE OF THE PHOENIX – Book One

Title: The Last Rising
ttp://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-last-rising/

Length: Novella
Book Description:

After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

Excerpt:

“Why is it I can’t get you out of my mind? You say we haven’t met, but my dreams remember you.”

Oh yeah, he’d dreamt of a woman for months now. She resembled his dream woman in so many ways, but he’d never seen his fantasy lover’s face.

She struggled against his clutch. “Mr. Alcott, I assure you we haven’t met. And for your other question, I don’t know why, but you need to release me.”

Why did that quivering bottom lip make him suspect she was lying? Turner rested his forehead against the top of hers and sucked in her scent. “Please, tell me I’m not losing my mind. Tell me you don’t visit me every night and I’ll promise to leave you alone. I just need to know.”

He sounded like a crazy man but she had to tell him. She was the only one who could put a stop to his mind’s constant fantasizing, and this feeling of déjà vu every time he saw her.

Ice wriggled in his arms, her thighs chafing against his slacks. “Mr. Alcott, you need to let me go.” She glanced around his shoulder. “Brodie is probably staring out that glass window and I would hate for him to get the wrong impression.”

She was right. He needed to get ahold of himself, but he didn’t have the strength to walk away. His hands traveled up and over her shoulders, stalling on her neck. Brushing his thumbs against her jaw, he pressed her head back and stared into hard eyes—no emotion. Couldn’t she see the battle he fought?

He teased the corner of her mouth with his thumb and her breathy gasp pleased him. So, she wasn’t completely immune to him. He dropped his head until his mouth hovered over hers.

“Mr. Alcott—”

“Shhh. I just need a taste of the sunshine.”

CURSE OF THE PHOENIX – Book Two

Title: The Last Awakening

Length: Novella
Release Date: December 2011

http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-last-awakening/

Book Description:

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris gifts the phoenix her mortality and long-gone voodoo magic with a warning that she must save her next soul within a week without using magic, or she’ll lose her power forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him. Confronted by a waif of a woman who forces him to face the truth about his past, he runs fast and hard, fighting the need to prove himself worthy despite his perceived failures.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, the weak will find strength and the strong will fall. One will have to give up everything so the other can have peace, but will love’s magic withstand the loss?

CURSE OF THE PHOENIX – Book Three

Title: The Last Beginning
Length: Novella
Release Date: January 2012
ISBN: 978-1-937044-56-5

Book Description:

Sadie’s days fighting off greedy claim jumpers ended in 1856 when Osiris snatched her from her filthy room and placed her with a trio of phoenixes. After 150 years living a respectable life saving souls, she’s tired of playing by the god’s rules. It’s time the master of manipulation learned her creed: live hard, play for keeps, and never let the enemy see you suffer.
Osiris never imagined the true queen he’s spent two millennia searching for would be a half-pint redhead with a mouth that makes him blush. She needs a gentle hand to breach her defenses, but living with her and keeping his natural arrogance at a simmer proves a challenge worthy of any champion.

While Osiris teaches her the wisdom needed to rule a world with fairness, the irritating god only intensifies Sadie’s belief in her creed, reinforcing the walls that keep her from happiness. If Osiris can’t win her hardened heart, Sadie’s ascension might threaten the world he’s struggled to create.

3 thoughts on “Interview with Rachel Firasek, Author of The Last Rising and The Last Awakening

  • November 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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    Ah, Lisa. I adore Anita! I think I’ve read Guilty Pleasures like at least three times. There’s something special in that pre-love interest moment she has with Jean-Claude.

  • November 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm
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    Hi Rachel, I’m a big Anita Blake fan as well!
    I love your story about how you came up with the concept – I always spend time in airports thinking about the plane crashing (I hate flying) but I’ve never used it in a story yet.

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