Spotlight: KA Salidas (author interview and extract)

Dissension by KA SalidasYour new novel, Dissension (love that cover!), is a new adult paranormal dystopian romance, if that’s not weighing it down with too many labels! Tell us more…
Book one in the series is not technically a romance. Just Paranormal and Dystopian (adult, not YA) but there are some hints of possible romance. Either way, I love to mashup genres. I never like to be trapped into one tiny box. Not that genres are tiny, but I do like the freedom to branch out and touch onto whatever strikes my fancy. Now, when book 2 comes out, there will be a little more romantic elements added in. I wonder how many genres I can hit with this series. LoL!!

What’s the appeal of this kind of post-apocalyptic setting for a romance adventure story?
Actually, I think the two genres go quite nicely together. It’s well known that sharing tragedy breeds fondness for those involved. Romance can spark from the fight for survival.

If you lived in the world of Dissension, what kind of life would you lead? Would you be a survivor?
As a Human, I would be okay. I’d probably live under the Iron Gate rule. Might not be an Elite, but hopefully I’d live a good comfortable life, maybe even own a vampire of my own. Of course, I’d be nice to them, I would never treat them the way the other humans treat vampires. Poor things. They are so misunderstood.

Can you tell us anything about where this series is heading? Do you have it all worked out, or are you discovering the world and its characters as you write?
I have the first three books of this series mapped out. There is plenty of room for expansion after the fact, but for now, it’s just the three.


These three books chronicle Mira’s struggle for freedom and reveal the true path of her destiny as the one to bring about new peace between humans and supernatural kind.

What’s your perfect writing day? And your perfect day off? And how do you juggle the demands of writing with family life?
Oh I wish I could have a perfect writing day. I have a 9 year old, a 2 year old, and just had another baby. Writing time is whenever I can sneak in a few moments here or there. I’d love to escape somewhere and just spend the day entertaining the muse. Until then, I’ll steal whatever time I get.

Do you have a favorite, or favorites, among your earlier stories?
The Immortalis Series (6 books) is and probably will always be my baby. I cut my teeth on that series. I learned the ropes not only about writing, but self publishing too while working through these books. The characters within them are like family. Each of them has a special place in my heart. Many readers have asked if I will continue the series. I may. There is still plenty of story left there to tell. It all depends on my readers. I want them to be happy, so if they demand it, I’ll do it.


Dissension by KA Salidas

Dissension – Chronicles of the Uprising: Book 1

The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.

But not all survivors were human.

In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.

And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising…and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.

Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision – to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind.  The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.

Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?

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Dissension: an excerpt

The roar of the crowd, all twenty-five-thousand people in attendance, rose to a thundering crescendo when Mira delivered a bone-crunching blow to her opponent’s ribs. Standing only five feet tall, she might not have appeared a formidable warrior, but the thin, spiky-haired waif of a vampire could hold her weight and more when put to the test. Amplified by the superb acoustics, the sound of bones cracking echoed through the Superdome arena. The defeated, a red-headed male vampire staggered, punch-drunk, and then dropped to his knees. Dirt and sweat coated his face but could not mask the fear in his icy blue eyes. His was a look Mira had seen so many times before. Her opponent’s immortal life had finally come to an end, and he was ready to take the final deadly blow.

Above her, Mira knew the fifty-foot mega screen showed her hapless victim in brilliant resolution, ensuring that all who were attending, and those watching from the comfort of their homes, could see these last gruesome moments in crystal clear high-definition.

Mira gazed down at her opponent’s blood-soaked face. Though he was her enemy for the moment, she did not relish having to end him. No one should be forced into the arena and told to kill or be killed. It wasn’t right. But it was what was demanded of her, and given the choice between her life and someone else’s… well, there really was no choice. No matter the cost, Mira was a survivor.

She glanced up to the large private box overlooking the arena. A well-dressed man in deep-purple robes sat, enjoying what appeared to be a dinner of filet mignon and roast potatoes. Even here, in the dusty arena below, Mira’s enhanced senses picked up the tantalizing scent of very rare, bloody steak. She could hardly believe that a human could not only watch the murder about to take place, but also sit and eat the dead flesh of a once-living being while doing it. From the smell of it, the poor beast was practically still bleeding on his plate. Who was truly the more savage creature?

Over the crowd’s roar, an announcer introduced the well-dressed man, Lucian Stavros, Regent of the Iron Gate. Lucian gently and purposefully slowly set down his knife and fork. He took another moment to wipe his face clean and then smiled, acknowledging the roaring crowd.

Chants of “Death, death, death,” rang out from the throng as a single unified demand.

The Regent listened for a moment, making a show of putting his hands to his ears to hear screaming hoard’s request, and then held a hand out, with his thumb pointed to the side.

As if the next moment were the most important, the anticipating mass hushed. Eerie silence filled the arena as everyone watched for the Regent to make his decision.

From her vantage point below, Mira saw the steely look of determination cross the Regent’s face. If she didn’t know better, she might have thought he took this decision seriously; but then, he was human, and they never cared much if her kind lived or died. Lucian Stavros took a cursory glance down at Mira. Their eyes met. It was only a brief moment, but in that short time, Mira saw him waver.

Could it be true, she wondered, or was it just a trick of the light? No human actually cared about the lives of vampires. The moment faded, and the fleeting thought left.

Mira saw the Regent’s decision. He turned his thumb down. Death!

The crowd went wild.

The last hope for her defeated opponent had vanished; Mira had to finish him. “Sorry,” she whispered to the half-dead vampire on his knees before her. Though her fangs tingled at the prospect of tasting his final dying moments—her reward, if you could call it that, for living through another battle— she did not enjoy what she was about to do. Like her, he was a slave, forced into servitude to the humans as they saw fit. He had not asked for this, and neither had she. But, despite what either of them wanted, it was the will of the crowd, the humans, that had to be served.

Aiming to sever the carotid artery with her fangs, Mira dove at her opponent’s neck. His death would be quick. At least she could afford him that luxury.

© Katie Salidas 2014
Rising Sign Books LLC

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Katie SalidasKatie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.







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  1. Comment by Katie:

    Thanks for having me on the blog today!

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