by Larissa Ione
So…last night I was reading, and I had my feet wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, a nice apple scent wafting up from my wax burner, and a bowl of popcorn and bottle of beer next to me, because who doesn’t like to make a huge production of reading?
My husband would raise his hand if he saw this question. He just reads. He sits in a chair and…reads.
Personally, I like “mood enhancers.” And no, I don’t mean alcohol. Not specifically, anyway.
But when I settle in with a good book, I like to set the tone, and it all depends on the story.
If I read a book set in the Arctic, I grab a blanket and some hot cocoa (assuming it’s not the middle of summer.) If I’m reading something set in the past, my drink of choice is wine. Paranormals usually call for a nice Scotch, and beer goes with everything. Iced tea is a favorite for any book set in the American South.
I like to snack while reading too, and anything salty is my go-to, but I do try to avoid snacks like Cheetos – no yellow cheese powder on my pages! Ack!
I’m not a big music person, so unless it’s Christmas music, I don’t usually turn any on. Christmas music is perfect for the Arctic-set books, though, which I love. Man, set any book in the snow and I’m there.
What about you? Do you have any book rituals that involve food, drink, music, etc? And if you’re reading Base Instincts and need any suggestions, I recommend dark chocolate and a Duvel, a Belgian ale named after the devil. Fitting, for a story full of demons, don’t you think? ☺
So tell me…what’s your ritual?
About Base Instincts
As a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.
Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.
Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.
About Larissa Ione
Larissa Ione is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran and former EMT, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion for writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge . . . just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her US Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
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