This week, we have the highly-talented Monica La Porta, author of the popular The Fifth Moon’s Tales and The Immortals series in addition to contributing to various series by some of today’s top paranormal romance authors. Her most recent release, Bound by Water, is part of the popular Zodiac Shifters series. Earlier this year, she was part of the fan-favorite Blood Courtesans series of books (created by author Michelle Fox) with her entry, Desired.
In this interview, Monica discusses her early work, a dystopian series, to her most current release, Bound By Water as part of the multi-author Zodiac Shifters and her other paranormal romance work in between. We also touch on how her belief in non-violence influences her work and much more!
Despite having a large back catalogue, there might be some readers who might not be too familiar with your work. Can you tell us more about yourself?
Hi! My name is Monica La Porta and I write paranormal, fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction romance under my name. As a reader, I prefer love stories, so when I started my career as a writer, my storyteller compass led me straight to pen epic tales about star-crossed lovers.
I have been writing all my life, but I published my first book in 2012, and I can’t think of a better work for me because I’m a shy person with a vivid imagination. When I was a kid, my favorite pastime was to create worlds where my friends and I had the most daring adventures. A few decades later, I’m still dreaming with my eyes open.
Like we just mentioned, your back catalogue is fairly large. It isn’t all paranormal romance titles either. What other genres have you written in?
I started my author journey with a dystopian series, The Ginecean Chronicles, set in the alternate land of Ginecea where women rule with an iron fist and men are slaves. The Priest, the first book in The Ginecean Chronicles, was my debut title, but not the first novel I wrote— in fact, there were seven before it.
I am particularly fond of this series because it explores the concepts of universal love and freedom, and exemplifies what happens when basic human rights are denied.
I also wrote a science fiction romance series, Worlds Apart, based on a chance encounter I had when I was 18 and vacationing in Greece. My young mind concocted a whole novel around a single moment of my life, and that story simmered for a long time until I decided to write it down, and it became the ultimate interracial tale between a girl from Earth and an alien from a distant galaxy.
Then there’s my hybrid series, The Fifth Moon’s Tales, a mix of paranormal romance, space opera, and steampunk all wrapped in one steamy trilogy.
Do you have a preference as to what genre you like to write in or does the story help dictate the genre you set it in?
I don’t have a preferred genre because I am all about world building, be it in space, on earth, in the past, present, future or anywhere in between. There’s a contemporary story that I’ve been working on for some time, and it will eventually see the light of day. There is also a Regency series I’m dying to write, and in the meantime, I’ve been studying everything there is to know about that fascinating period in history.
What was the first paranormal romance title that you wrote?
The first paranormal romance title I wrote is The Lost Centurion, the first book in The Immortals, a series set in modern-day Rome. Ancient centurions, vampires, shifters, angels, and demons all live among the mortals, without them suspecting the real identities of their paranormal neighbors. Marcus is a Roman centurion who has been granted immortality but only exists day to day to exact vengeance on the vampire who killed his wife. His life suddenly changes when he saves Diana, a newly-turned vampire. Torn between his attraction for the enemy and his mission, Marcus must soon reevaluate his priorities.
Your most recent release is Bound by Water which is part of the Zodiac Shifters which features various paranormal romance authors. For those who aren’t familiar with the Zodiac Shifters series, can you tell us more about it and how you got involved in it?
The Zodiac Shifters is one of Melissa Snark’s projects. She asked in a few author groups I am part of if we were interested in writing paranormal stories based on a specific zodiac sign. Every novel in the Zodiac Shifters is a standalone, and every author has complete freedom to create their universes or use one of their pre-existing worlds.
I immediately jumped on the wagon, signing up for Pisces because that’s my astrological sign and I love stories with an aquatic context. Due to several other projects I’m involved in, I almost dropped off from the Zodiac Shifters, but I’m so glad that I could finish my story in time.
Bound by Water is a merman shifter novel set in my Immortals world, and it tells the story of a painter and an art thief who met one night under the full moon. It takes only one passionate kiss to intertwine their fates and throw them into a mad dash to save their lives from a werewolf biker gang hot on their heels.
Do you find it more intimidating as a writer to play in another author’s sandbox with their characters than with your own characters?
I haven’t yet participated in a full Kindle World kind of project where authors got to play with other writers’ characters, but I was part of the Blood Courtesans, a series created by Michelle Fox. With the Blood Courtesans, we guest-authors wrote our stories in the universe created by Michelle Fox but used our own characters. The series’ central idea is that vampires came out and blood is a currency.
My Blood Courtesans’ novel, Desired, is set in Rome and narrates the story of Stella, a destitute princess who falls from riches to rags and is forced to make the terrible decision to sell herself to a vampire to save what little is left of her legacy.
You are also going to be part of another new multi-author Shifter series, A Wolf’s Hunger, which is being curated by NY Times Bestselling Author A K Michael. Like yourself, it involves some prominent paranormal romance authors like Desiree A. Cox and Julia Mills, just to name a few. First, congratulations! Secondly, can you tell us how this came together for you?
I’m very excited to be part of this project, and it all come together because I am a great fan of Mrs. Michaels’ work, and she was gracious enough to invite me. A Wolf’s Hunger is a multi-author series, where everyone writes a story set in the world created by A K Michaels, using their own characters and settings. The unifying concept is that a mysterious and seemingly-unstoppable Hunger plagues the werewolves, and it turns out that is the sign that their soulmate is near.
My novel, Ax, is about a lonely alpha werewolf who has left his pack behind but is forced to face his inner demons and his past when his adoptive father dies. Back to his former pack, Ax learns that his brother’s fiancée is his soulmate. The terrible discovery overturns not only his life but also his brother’s and his fiancée’s. Ax takes place in my beloved Washington State, and it is one of my few paranormal romances set outside of Italy.
Do you have any idea when we can expect your contribution to be released?
Yes! Ax: A Wolf’s Hunger Alpha Shifter Romance will be released on May 2nd, and it’s currently up for preorders from the following:
On your Amazon Author page, you state your feelings against violence in any form or shape. Has this stance influenced your writing? If so, in what way?
My pacifist stance influences everything I write. I strive to make my heroines and heroes the best human beings they can be, despite, but also thanks to, their flaws. At the end of their journeys, my characters have usually gone through hell and back, but they have also grown and reached their full potentials. I believe in love, one that is pure and transcends societal barriers. In my stories, Amor Vincit Omnia. Love conquers all.
Besides A Wolf’s Hunger, what else can readers and your fans be expecting from you in 2017?
I am writing The Fifth Moon’s Dragon, Dragon’s story from the Fifth Moon’s Tales, my science fiction/paranormal/steampunk hybrid series. The Fifth Moon’s Dragon will be part of a boxed set coming out in August—but preorders for this set will be up in a few weeks.
Later in the year, I will be part of a Kindle World, but I can’t disclose which one yet. I can only say that the genre is paranormal…
Finally, it is my firm intention to finish Just a Little Love Story, that contemporary novel I mentioned (which I’m currently publishing on Wattpad.) And, if I could only become a faster writer overnight, there is this duke begging for his tale to be told, but I might use a pen name for the Regency stories. That’s all for now, I guess. Thank you so much for having me! I had a blast answering your questions!
Many thanks to Monica for doing this interview with us! You can find out more about Monica and her books via the links below:
Maud Demille is a daughter of Innkeepers - a special group who provide "lodging" to other-planetary visitors - so she knows that a simple life isn't in the cards. But even Maud could never have anticipated what Fate would throw at her.
Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her young da... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
I've been a slave for fifteen years.They took everything I had.My magic, my family, and my dignity.Believe it or not, I was once fierce.But disobeying Master's orders generally results in some pretty brutal punishment. So I do everything I can to avoid that.Before the contract, I didn't have to pret... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is fantastic! A definite must read!, September 15, 2019
This review is from: Sold To The Master (Kindle Edition)
This book is absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting! Lauren is a witch. In order to save her family she was forced to sign a contract, giving the owner of the contract complete control over her magic. She is then taken away from her family and sold off to Master after Master, none willing to pay the price her magic demands. She is then bought by Sidney along with many other woman. When she is chosen to be his companion for the night, she questions him letting him know that he may be the reason none of the women he has bought in the past have become pregnant. He sends her back and requests another and then the rest of the women begin to think something may be wrong with her. When he calls on her again, he has confirmed her thoughts and asks what the price her magic will demand for her to fix it. She is given the time she needs to find his answer and it comes, he must give up a life for a life. If he wishes more than one child, it will be the... Read more
"I am obsessed with this series! Easily top 5 of Academy RH that I have read."- ★★★★★This academy is like no other…My name is Lexi Cameron and until three weeks ago, I thought I was human.It was all a lie.I’m a demon, and I’m signed up to attend The Demon Academy. I soon find out it’s the darkest, ... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Sinful As Hell: A Reverse Harem Bully Romance (The Demon Academy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Oh!! This is definitely in my top 3 list of Gem’s books! This was so fun and I absolutely LOVED her take on the whole Academy scene! Alexandria is awesome and fun to read about. The Demon Academy is like no other. Death threats, danger, and sinfully attractive men are too far away!
The Lucifer sons are men you love to hate. They’re hot *fans self* This book immediately caught my attention and it was pure hell trying to put it down to work and do life. Best part about it? This is ONLY BOOK 1! There are more coming! *swoons* I highly recommend this read! It is incredible!
I knew being the only Norm at Gifted Academy would be hard and dangerous, but I didn’t expect to be tossed out of a window. Also didn’t expect to be saved by one of the Magnificent Four.Bryce brought me back from the brink of death, but he did more than heal my broken bones. He weakened my defenses ... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4/5 stars!!!, September 12, 2019
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This review is from: Ruthless Idols: A Paranormal High School Bully Romance (Gifted Academy Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
OK so overall this was an amazing book and I'm glad I Purchased it. The character development was very detailed and there was a lot of mystery and angst throughout the first two novels that I LOVEDDDD.
The only thing that I did not like was how wishy-washy the heroine was. It didn't affect the plot line that much sO it wasn't that big an issue but it still bothered me. One moment she's a rebel bad ass defending herself and then the next she forgives one of the characters after he totally demolished her and was SO FREAKING RUDE to her for three straight chapters. I dont know it just didn't sit well with me how she had 2 polar opposite sides, but that is my only complaint!
All in all it's a good book but I wish the heroine would have been written better.
Magical mapmaking is an ancient art—and also a major pain.At least, Finch can’t help but feel that way, since Erebus transported him to the Mapmakers’ Monastery with little to no instructions. Now, he’s stranded on some Greek island until he can learn how to draw maps to places he thought only exist... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
Feels like the first books in the series, September 12, 2019
This review is from: Harley Merlin 11: Finch Merlin and the Lost Map (Kindle Edition)
I was beginning to feel as if the Finch series were not as interesting, but this book recaptured my interest. Likable characters, interesting problems to be solved and a problem whose resolution felt balanced and as if it helped those effected.
After spending the vast majority of my life lonely, I came to this town to find answers about my mother, and instead, stumbled upon a secret society full of monsters I never knew existed outside of dark tales.Now I've built a sanctuary, gotten in the middle of an ages-old feud between various monste... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is the longest it’s ever taken me to read a book because I had to, August 31, 2019
This review is from: Gypsy Truths (All The Pretty Monsters Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
...get up and walk around every three pages
Gear up people because the end is nigh and I promise you...you didn’t see this twist. Or if you do please teach a class on being a clairvoyant.
This wraps up the story. You’ll get a lot of tied off quilts from this massive book. I can say, after such a BRUTAL fight scene that lasted a good chunk of the book, the ending felt like a cool down lap.
It was nice to see the boys get the scripted flipped on them. And don’t worry that’s not a spoiler because whatever you just perked up about? That’s not the twist. It’s crazier.
It’s dense. It’s really dense. Kristy Cunning is someone who packs a whole lotta plot into not a lotta space so I still haven’t picked up on half of the Easter eggs and...breadcrumbs she left us.
You guys the best review I can give is...I’m going to read this series from the beginning starting right now.
If I thought year one at Fallen University was rough, year two may prove hellish...What do you do when your entire magical academy is banished to the underworld?No, seriously. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them.Because we've been cut off from humanity and the rest of the Custodians, an... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Fallen University: Year Two: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance (Kindle Edition)
That’s all I can say but whoa this book was crazy! I really want to see more of Vee. She was fascinating and refreshing to the story. Piper’s relationship with her men develops beautifully in this book and you see a strength as a team that it was questionable that they would develop. Can’t wait to see what book three has in store for us!
"Vampires don’t exist. At least, not anymore..."I celebrated when vampires were declared extinct.Those beasts had preyed on humanity for millennia, committing senseless, brutal murders. Like the rest of my colleagues at the Occult Bureau, I looked forward to a world where we could all sleep at night... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
I LOVE Bella and everything she writes. Lyra is an amazing character and I was so swept up in her story I couldn't put the book down. Trying to figure out all the secrets and who to trust and what to do next along with Lyra was fantastic. Dorian is a character I can't wait to learn more about and see where it goes next. This view of vampires is different then the shade but fantastic all the same.
Sometimes a good offense is the only defense.We're out of options. We have no back-up. This is our fight to win or lose.So much hangs in the balance I can barely stand to think about it. I have four gorgeous, incredible boyfriends, a sister I love with my whole heart, and real friends for the first ... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Clash (Academy of Unpredictable Magic Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
Magic is everywhere, you just need to know how to tap into it and allow it to be an extension of who you are to achieve your desire. Right? Ha! Easier said then done! Thankfully there are Academy’s that help train for that sort of thing. But what happens if your magic is labelled Unpredictable?
You work your ass off, avoid killing anyone by accident and learn to survive in a world controlled by prejudice.
Enjoyed the whole series. Some books felt like fillers but kept you hovering in anticipation. Extremely annoyed at having to wait for the follow up but very happy at the end.
Lioness and personal security to the stars, Alexa Milan doesn’t do romance. But when she meets her latest job, she’s unsure how to proceed. The sexy geeky scientist is making her girl parts tingle and her heart do flip flops. How’s she supposed to focus on shooting the bad guys when it takes all her... Continue reading at Amazon.com...
This review is from: Alpha Geek: Zeke (Kindle Edition)
Alpha Geek: Zeke is the follow up book to Alpha Geek. In this book we follow lion shifter Alexa Milan & human Zeke Tristone fight their way to happily ever after.
Alexa has been working for her cousin Nick’s security business as a bodyguard since high school. When things go sideways on an assignment, Nick decides to send her to guard Zeke Tristone, the scientist that helped to save his sister’s mate, Knox. She wasn’t happy to be assigned to babysit. How could she have known the human would be her mate?
Zeke has been working on the formula he used on Knox, but hasn’t gotten any further toward his goal. Every combination he tried had failed since the one that saved Knox, but he had to keep trying. But it seemed like someone else wanted his work, too. He’s had Nick’s security agency working on finding out who but there’s been no luck so far. Then Nick sends his gorgeous cousin to guard him & suddenly Zeke only has eyes for her. But can she protect him when the bad... Read more
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