In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create a some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups federation—and ruthless PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm, her friends and she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark, new reality. If there’s anything left for her there, she’s going to fight for it. But Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.
Now, together, with magick on their side, they’re on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense, and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing…
Sometimes a book tells the story of a couple equally. Sometimes the book is one I’d call his, and other times it’s clearly the heroine’s book.
When I first started to plan out GOING UNDER, it was supposed to be Gage’s book. I wanted to delve into his fear of messing up and not being able to protect. It’s his core issue. Their world is utterly thrown into chaos. He cannot protect everyone. It’s impossible.
I don’t usually start off with a sense of how that balance will work out, but as I write, it comes to me, one voice will stand out, one story will slowly fill my screen and by the time I type the end it’s clear it’s one of those types of books.
Laid Bare is Erin’s book. Oh sure, you learn about Todd’s backstory and Ben’s too. But the heart of the book is Erin. She’s just that way. Enforcer is Nina’s story. I think Relentless is Abbie’s story. But Mesmerized is Andrei’s book. Inside Out is the story of Cope and Ella – a couple book.
In my opinion, romance readers are the most reticent to really love a heroine. I think their standards are higher for a heroine than they are for a hero. There are theories for it, different reasons authors and readers have given for it.
But really, it doesn’t matter why. Readers’ preferences are what they are. Reading is an intimate thing.
So like I said, I had this sense, as I wrote the outline, that the story would be Gage’s to tell. But from the first time she appeared on the page, it was Molly who spoke to me. Molly whose struggles, whose inability to control her world spun utterly out of control, who became the heart of the book.
Molly, who has this spine, this sense of righteousness that guides her through this chaos, the violence and the hatred, the crumbling of everything she’s ever known and understood—Molly is the rudder of GOING UNDER. She’s the stars in the sky Gage navigates with.
She’s not a mega-powerful witch like Meriel. She’s not a warrior like Gage and Lark. She’s confused and scared and probably the most human of all the witches in the series.
She’s meticulous. She’s a planner. A control freak (like all witches in this universe). And she can’t control what is happening. (there are some parallels here, I’m an uber control freak and publishing is pretty much 96% out of my control so I know what it feels like on some level). But despite all that fear and worry, she understands what she has in Gage and what he has in her. She does not undervalue herself, even as she’s reeling.
I love that about her. And in the end, Gage can’t escape admitting that either.
I hope you all enjoy Gage and Molly and the often violent and chaotic story in GOING UNDER!
Lauren will be giving away a print copy of Going Under to one lucky reader. To be entered, leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn on Sunday so please check back to see if you won. Good luck!