Paranormal Week Day 2: Spotlight on Wendy Higgins and the Sweet Trilogy

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Day 2 spotlight of 2013 Paranormal Week shines on the Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins. I discovered book 1, Sweet Evil, through a blog post by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I loved the cover! (YES! COVERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!) After reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it and I loved it! I had to wait awhile for book 2, Sweet Peril, but it was worth the wait!

Here’s my review of Sweet Peril (#2, Sweet).

About The Series

This is the synopsis of book 1, Sweet Evil.

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Why I Love These Books

I loved that the plot revolved around the children of fallen angels… it was an original take. I loved the main characters. Both Kai and Anna are strong characters and the story features a high level of angst, which I love.  You also have a good balance of heartfelt moments, sexiness (not steam – it’s YA) and gripping action that keeps you entertained from beginning to end. I can hardly wait for the final book in the series, Sweet Reckoning.

Reading Order

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Interview with Wendy Higgins

Contemporary Romances have been quite popular for
a while now and have been very successful for many authors.
It’s also been said that perhaps the time for paranormal has passed. What are your thoughts on this and why do you enjoy
writing about the supernatural?

I’ve always believed that no matter what the current trends are, there’s always going to be an audience out there for every genre.  I personally gravitate to paranormal, despite the popularity of contemporary, so I can only assume there are many others out there like myself.  I tend to lose myself deeper in paranormal fantasies because it’s so far from reality. The stakes feel higher to me. The dangers feel more severe. Paranormal is escapism at its best.

Tell us about the Sweet Trilogy!

It’s a story about the children of demons, who are meant to help their fathers bring humans to their ruin, whether the Nephilim want to or not. Love is not an option for Nephilim. We’ve got a main character, Anna Whitt, who’s torn between good and evil, and a love interest, Kaidan Rowe, who’s the son of the demon of Lust.

Are you done writing Sweet Reckoning, the final book
in the series (release date: April 29, 2014)?
What can we expect? What can you tell us? 

Sweet Reckoning is finished, and in the final rounds of copy edits – yay!!!  Readers can expect much more steamy romance, and a more fast paced plot than the first two books. There will be some heartache along the way.  We might all need to have a group hug afterward.

Tell us about Kaidan Row, our sexy protagonist!
(See ideal casting of Kai here! And here <3)

Well, when I knew the son of the demon of Lust would be in my book I had to ask myself what qualities could possibly make a 17 year old guy “Lusty.”  I proceeded to give him nearly every trait I’d ever thought was sexy.  He’s a talented and passionate musician/drummer (I’ve had a thing for drummers since the middle school talent show). He’s from London, so he’s got a sexy English accent and dry British wit. He’s confident to a fault and goes after what he wants (think Alpha male).  He’s got blue eyes (as a brown eyed girl I’ve always loved blue). His hair is wild. And he’s taken the time to learn what girls want, especially in the physical sense.  He’s a very bad boy, but he’s got depth and secret longings.

Basically, he’s the kind of guy I’d tell my daughter to stay away from in real life.  But in books all bets are off. 

I think release timing can be especially important (and tricky) in paranormal reads as these types of books typically have pretty involved plot lines with clues and specifics a reader must recall when reading the next book in the series. What is your philosophy on release timing? Do you recommend people re-read the previous books before jumping into the next book in the series?

The long release gap between books published with traditional, bigger publishing houses is one of my pet peeves.  I understand why it’s that way…kind of.  I understand there are a lot of books that have to be fit into the rotations, but a whole year is SO long for readers to wait.  I think six months would be ideal, but alas.  I don’t make the rules.  I definitely recommend doing a re-read when the next in a series is coming out.  We authors try to weave in recap from the previous book, but it can still get confusing.

What’s in your future after Sweet Reckoning?

To be honest, I don’t have anything going on yet.  I’m writing, but I’m thinking of it as “just for fun” right now.  Not sure what’s on the horizon next for me…

What are some of your favorite paranormal books?

The Lux Series (starting with Obsidian) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (and also her upcoming series White Hot Kiss!), Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

Thank you Wendy! Anxiously looking forward to seeing what happens in Sweet Reckoning!

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About Wendy Higgins

WendyAfter earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I’ve always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.
I live in the D.C. area with my husband, daughter, son and puppy Rue.

Connect with Wendy
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Comments

  1. I love this series! Angels and Demon Knights – and sexy Aiden – what’s not to love? Wendy Higgins’ characters are so well-written.

  2. Rachael Sauve-Cumle says:

    I have not read this series yet, but it is on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  3. I haven’t read this series yet, but they are ion my TBR list. I love paranormal and I’ve heard great things about the Sweet Trilogy <3

  4. I love the Sweet trilogy – can not wait for sweet reckoning to come out!

  5. I have read this series before and I loved it so much. I just had to finish the 2 books in a day and a half. Kind of abandoned my family for while so I could finish. But it was worth it. I love those kinds of books, where you can just get lost in them and not want to stop reading. I would love to be able to own them and reread them again. Really looking forward to Sweet Reckoning. Loved the interview. Always wonderful to hear from an author. Thank you so much.

  6. Kim Perry says:

    I haven’t tried this series but it sounds interesting. I love the idea that these are children of fallen angels. I’m adding these to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Mary Ann Atzrott says:

    Can’t wait to start reading this series…. I love books about angels but have never read anything about fallen angels! This sounds really compelling!!! Love the giveaway too!

  8. Have found that the paranormal genre is very interesting and sexy!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. This is one of my favorite series. Can’t wait for Sweet Reckoning!!

  10. i want to read this books because everyone i know LOVE the series

  11. Anita Powers says:

    I love the Significance series by Shelly Crane, it is a different twist on a paranormal romance. Great giveaway, thanks

  12. Kimberly B says:

    Why did I pick up Sweet Evil? The gorgeous cover…and when the next book came out I didn’t have to remember, the cover snatched my attention. I love the stories involving fallen angels and like the fresh take Wendy has with this series…so can’t wait for Sweet Reckoning.

  13. Oh love these books so much! Kai is awesome!!

  14. I have not read this series yet but would love to afer all the good things I have seen about them thanks for the great giveaway.

  15. Alexandra A says:

    I haven`t raed this series yet! But it`s definitely on my TBR <3 🙂

  16. Covers ara amazing!:)
    I haven’t read this series yet,but I plan to read 🙂

  17. I have loved this series since I first picked it up. Can’t get enough of Kaidan! I really can’t wait to read the last book and already know I’ll love it! I hope Wendy Higgins has a new project brewing soon. Love her writing!

  18. I love this serie! I recently finish Sweet Peril and I can’t wait to Sweet Reckoning! I love the angels & demons thing, plus the sins thing that makes it different from the others books of A&D that are so popular nowadays… I hope to win!! 😀
    Ohh, and Kaidan is soooooooo sexy! I cant’ resist him! ♥
    Thanks! Xxxxxxxx

  19. This series has the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. I haven’t started it yet. I have heard so many good things about the books, especially about Kaidan. I am very curious about him.
    Great interview.

  20. My friend referred me this series (and although I’m not done reading the second one because real life keeps on handing me lemons) I’m so wrapped with these books (and Kaidan) and aasdhfjsdasdhf this books are unputdownable because the plot is honestly so intriguing and I can’t wait to finally finish reading book 2. T_____T

  21. This is an excellent series. It is one I would read more than once. Terrific interview.

  22. I love the covers! They’re soo gorgeous! I love paranormal and I want to read this book!

  23. I absolutely LOVE this series! Both are on my favourites shelves. The concept of nephs with badges is so unique and engaging, and the romance and chemistry between Anna and Kai is off the charts! I also loved in the second book when she expanded the gang to people in other countries. So awesome.

  24. Shanny Banany23 says:

    I really like the Nephilim and Fallen Angels type of books.

  25. I LOVE WENDY HIGGINS. The Sweet trilogy is amaaaaazing! And Kai just makes my ovaries go BOOM. Great post, Vilma!

  26. AHHH. This series, I can’t even. Oh the swoony feels. Kai is seriously one of my top book boyfriends. I can’t wait for Sweet Reckoning. I need it nowww<3 Awesome interview though, I love Wendy Higgins. I wish I could meet her!

  27. I haven’t read this series yet! You make everything sound so good!

  28. Love this series! Can’t wait to see how it ends!

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