Message From The Author

Author's Message

I admit, I have been excited for Illusions since I first outlined the series. It is a pivotal book in terms of both adventure and romance. And—I’m apologizing already—it builds and builds and comes to a bit of a screeching halt in my worst (best?) cliffhanger yet.

As far as the romance goes, I like to refer to Illusions by its “other” title: Clash of the Alpha Males! In the first two books Laurel was able to really keep her two worlds (and thus, her two guys) very separate. And she worked hard at that! But in this third installment, worlds collide and suddenly David and Tamani are living side by side, every single day.

I love this idea because I think you get to see both the best and worst of people when they are in hot competition for something they really want—in this case, Laurel. I wanted to explore this and show both guys really shining . . . and getting caught with massive amounts of egg on their face. Of course this has major implications for the love triangle. I’ve been known to ask, rhetorically, “What girl can’t appreciate having two guys fight over her?” In Illusions, we finally get to see some literal fighting. I have been salivating over writing the scene where David and Tamani actually come to blows for . . . well, years!

As for the adventure plot, this is a book with a lot of answers—answers that no one, not even my editor, had seen. I’m sure it was frustrating in the first two books when my editor would write, “Why is this happening now?” or “Why is Laurel/Klea/Tamani doing this?” and my response would be “I can’t tell you yet!” But in this book, I get to answer almost all of the questions I get from readers, reviewers, and yes, even my editing team. It’s so satisfying to be on the cusp of being able to just answer questions! Of course a few mysteries remain to solve in the final book, but there is something very liberating about being able to say, “The foreshadowing is complete, on to the main event!”

I am in the middle of finishing up revisions on the fourth book now, so this statement may change in a few months, but Illusions is my favorite book in the series so far, and I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

And believe me, that’s a high hope.

- Aprilynne Pike


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