Luna Joya | Interview
Luna Joya writes steamy paranormal romance full of magic and mystery.
Joining us today is author Luna Joya. Her new release, Flash Point, is book five in the Legacy series, a finale that ends with a bang. This steamy paranormal romance releases July 20th, 2021.
Thank you for coming to this little chat and congratulations on your new release! I'm obsessed with this cover, by the way. Absolutely gorgeous. Tell me a little about where you came up with the idea for the Legacy series.
I wanted to read a sexy paranormal romance thriller with strong sister heroines who live in my city (Los Angeles), solve murder mysteries and magical problems, fight bad guys, and find their forever loves. The Legacy series evolved from that dream of a fictional sisterhood and how they deal with family expectations and power dynamics by always watching out for each other.
And those elemental witches are full of surprises, aren’t they? Now tell us a little about yourself. What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to entertain other people with stories, and I was usually the kid way up the tree with a stack of books reading instead of playing. A new book brought a new adventure. That’s the feeling I want to evoke for my readers.
Which of your characters do you love to hate? Which of your characters do you hate to love? Tell us about them.
I have one character who answers both these questions for me—Queen Clio, a morally grey character who was introduced in Killing Song and keeps coming back for cameo appearances. In Flash Point, she’s still a serious threat. Based very loosely on a mythological goddess, she combines ruthless immortal ruler with making cut-throat decisions that will make you love to hate her and hate to love her. Because at the root of the evil queen vibe? A faerie who would do anything to save her realm.
You’ve already said your books take place in Los Angeles, why did you choose this particular setting?
I love writing my home city with a magical twist. It lets me bring history to life in the earlier books while grounding the paranormal mysteries in reality. There’s glam, grit, and everything in between. Tides of Time gives a fictional tour of the city in the 1930s while having a love story play out in modern times. Magic Touch does the same for the 1940s. Then the rest of the series ramps up the magic with the happily-ever-after’s for a rollercoaster ride of LA.
One of the best review compliments ever? “Joya sets these stories in Southern California, which adds to the charm. Whether it’s cruising through Hollywood, or exploring an eerie high-rise apartment in Long Beach, the reader takes in some real details that add to the world-building. It’s on the level of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: She makes me believe.”
That’s the kind of review I like to see! Do you have any favorite tropes and themes you like to play with in your work?
As a reader, I’m a total trope fan. Tell me a book is fated mates done right or enemies-to-lovers who make you cheer for their coming together, and I’m there with my clicky finger ready to order.
As a writer, I love to take the tropes that I love as a reader and twist them into something different, something fresh, something that’ll hook someone and having them turning pages to figure out just how these two will make it through to be together.
I love that idea. Can you describe your writing style or brand in three words?
Sexy magic and mystery. Or writing sexy hexy. Why don’t we let the readers decide?
Perfect! And your books are definitely both sexy and hexy. Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Like every kid, I wanted to be “all the things.” I dreamed of a future as a rock star, model, lawyer for justice, race car driver, and dog mom. I live some of those and write the rest in my books. Haha, I’ll let you figure out which is which.
I recognize some of those professions in your books for sure. So, what are you reading right now?
I usually have three or four books going at a time. Right now I’m reading Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling Trinity Series, one of Grace Goodwin’s sexy alien books, and Lisa Kessler’s new sexy shifter release. Of course, I’m waiting for the new Wickwood Chronicles release.
Yay! Thanks for the plug, you lovely lady. Now, what are you working on? Does it connect to your new release?
I’m working on a spin-off series to this one with the villains and bad boys finding their happily-ever-after loves, but they’ll have to earn it. I so love to make my characters fight to show us why they deserve a second chance.
The first book in the Redemption series will be Wicked Crown, and I’ve written an exclusive bonus teaser for it that will appear at the end of Flash Point.
You had me at villains and bad boys! Where can readers interact with you to find out more?
Website and newsletter sign up: https://lunajoya.com/newsletter/
And the Paranormal Romance Rock Stars Facebook group:
Thank you for chatting with me today! Let’s leave some links here so readers can find your newest release and give them a taste of what to expect.
The staked witch burst into flames. Mina swore and jumped clear of the blaze. By the powers, she’d lit the wrong target with her elemental magic.
At least it’d only been a mannequin.
The camera above the door blinked a steady red, a judgment of her failure. Her boss could be watching right now. Or worse—her sisters.
Embarrassment sent hot tingles across her skin, and her pulse thudded louder in her ears than the massive fan above. Why couldn’t she control her powers?
If this had been one of her video games, she’d wield her magic with precision worthy of a stupendous title. Something inspiring. Something enviable. Something that would make her, Mina Donovan, legendary.
Second spare to the heir of a ruling witch family? Yeah, not so much.
Reality sucked in every supernatural way. Or at least it had these last few weeks.
Her actual targets—giant cotton balls tacked to a wall across the room—mocked her with their bright white, while the mannequin and its formerly Mean-Girls-esque you-can’t-sit-with-us designer threads burned like a tiki torch.
“You missed.” Of course her district attorney sister picked that moment to walk into the room. Delia was everything Mina wasn’t—accomplished, distinguished, polished. Never mind how her sister’s blue-eyed, blonde-haired dressed-to-the-elevens flawlessness compared to her own frizzy-curled, height-deprived, rolled-out-of-bed look. “Unless you’re practicing to light one of us up like a witchy sparkler?”
“Hardly.” Being recruited to a secret FBI task force right after college had seemed cool. But it should’ve come with a neon warning: All loved ones may be collateral damage. Last night, her oldest sister and baby niece had almost died. Not her fault entirely, but that didn’t ease her guilt. Or help her get a grip on her powers. The now-flaming mannequin was proof of that. “What happened to safety cones and boring bull’s-eyes for training? Whose idea was it to put humanish targets in here anyway?”
“The boss’s. A13 wanted to test your aim so you won’t torch us out in the field. After this little demonstration, I’ll be sure to stay out of the line of—”
“Don’t say it.” Mina jabbed the button for the secondary exhaust system to blast out her know-it-all sister’s opinions as much as smoke. If she’d heard one bad fire joke, she’d heard them all from her snarky sisters.
The roar of the combined fans wasn’t enough to shut Delia up. “Good thing this place is retrofitted for magical elements training. One wrong spark in LA, and the whole city burns.”
Not the reminder Mina needed right now. She changed the subject. “Who decided on the witch hat and the giant demon dummy?” Red-sequined horns sparkled in the light from the fire.
“My fiancé has a sick sense of humor. You started that little inferno. You going to put it out?”
“Yes.” She hoped. But when she pulsed a thread of magic toward the mannequin, the flames shot higher than its pointed hat. Bumbling bitchcraft. Now what?