Guest Blog: Yolanda Sfetsos on Writing a Spin-Off

March 31, 2016 Guests 0

A big welcome to Yolanda Sfetsos who is here to telling us about writing a spin-off and celebrating the release of Hell of a Ride, Elsewhere #1 (published on March 29, 2016 by Samhain Publishing).


Writing a Spin-Off


Yolanda Sfetsos

Hi there! I want to thank All Things Urban Fantasy for helping me celebrate the release of my latest urban fantasy book. I always love stopping by. 🙂

Even before the fifth and final book in my Sierra Fox series was released, I had plans for two spin-off books. There were several characters that just wouldn’t stop whispering in my ear. They kept insisting that Sierra’s crazy supernatural adventure might be over, but not theirs. These two characters were heavily featured in Sierra’s series but hadn’t had their chance in the spotlight, and desperately wanted it.

Of course I’m talking about demon hunter Lavie Grye and necromancer Willow Moss.

Who am I to deny characters who want to be heard when they’re both heading down their own very important, life-changing adventures? So, I gave them their chance, and last year finished telling both of their stories. The first one is called HELL OF A RIDE. This is Lavie’s story and takes place a few months after A STITCH ON TIME. These characters—that I was so used to seeing in Sydney—are finally venturing out of Sierra’s territory, going to different places, and facing other more personal threats.

Lavie and Saul head out on a road trip down the east coast of Australia in pursuit of a demonic duke who is burning his way across this Great Southern Land. It’s filled with demonic mythology taken right from the pages of the Ars Goetia, features some touristy places with their own demonic slant, and an unimaginable menace that leads back to Lavie’s past. There’s a lot of danger, high stakes and revelations, but at its core this is a love story. As well as a story about self-acceptance, and realizing that sometimes before you can move on, you have to let go…

Writing these spin-offs was a lot of fun. Not just because I got under the skin of two very different characters I’d wanted to write about for a while, but also because their experiences opened up an already established world. I got the chance to learn a lot more about what hides in the darkness, and even caught a glimpse of what Sierra’s future holds after her series is over. 😉

So, do you like spin-offs?

Thanks for reading,

Yolanda Sfetsos

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.

Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.

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 Hell of a Ride by Yolanda Sfetsos


Available on March 29, 2016 by Samhain Publishing


It only takes one spark to start a bushfire…and no one sparks like a demon.

Elsewhere, Book 1

Lavie Grye has everyone fooled into believing she’s over the untimely death of her aunt. Truth is, she’s stuck in struggle town, dealing with bottled up grief by kicking some demonic butt. But when a hot, tempting demon named Saul comes knocking for help, she can’t turn him down.

There’s a high-ranking demonic duke loose on the eastern side of Australia, literally scorching his sigil into the land. Unless he’s stopped, he’ll destroy the world’s intricate network of ley lines.

Lavie and Saul head out on a road trip to the next city Saul thinks the three-headed demon and his crazy conjurer partner will be targeting: Melbourne. Along the way, Lavie discovers the danger burns a path all the way back to a well-hidden family secret. And, with Saul’s help, begins to learn how to be comfortable in her own skin.

That is, if they can defeat the threat, ensure no more safe havens are destroyed—and manage to evade the killing shadows of Saul’s past.

Warning: This book features a feisty demon hunter and a demonically sexy prince, embarking on one hell of a road trip. Buckle your seatbelt—jumping the fire line can get dicey.

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