Back in 2010 when I launched Smart Girls love SciFi, one of the first book recommendations I made was for Julia Barrett’s Daughters of Persephone Series. The series follows the daughters of an exiled Empress and their loves as they lead a resistance to overthrow the oppressive Coalition forces. You can read what I had to say in the original post, but these books are being re-released, so it might be time to check out the new releases. The first two books in the series were released a couple of week ago and the second two are being released this week.
I loved the books, so I was curious to find out more about the re-release. Julia was kind enough to do a quick Q&A with me.
Charlee: Why did you decide to re-release?
Julia: Much to my surprise, and everlasting joy, I received the books back from my publisher two years early. Once the stories had been published, I really wanted them back. I wanted to make them better. The first two stories, Exile and Return, were written for fun. By the time I got to Book Three, Reborn, I’d become very involved with the characters and I felt Reborn and The Red Demon were good solid science fiction stories. I wanted to create the same feeling in Exile and Return.
Charlee: Are there differences in content?
Julia: Yes. I took some suggestions to heart and fleshed out my heroes. I made them more than props for my heroines. I also toned down the sexual content, at least in Exile and Return. Reborn and The Red Demon are still sexy, but I upped the adventure quotient in all four books.
Charlee: The look of the new covers is very different. Why/how did you choose them?
Julia: I love these covers! I found the images myself (I’m so proud of myself!) – the models and the sword and the gold band for the title. I worked closely with Lex at Winterheart Designs to put each cover together. I wanted a specific look for the books. Aja, in Exile, is a reluctant Empress. Ennat, in Return, is a warrior. Issa, in Reborn, is a tortured Empress. Tem, in The Red Demon, is a temptress. I feel the covers reflect the personality of each heroine.
Amazon has been offering special prices, even free, on some of the books, so be sure to check them out.