I’m so excited to be visiting Fang-tastic Books today! My debut urban fantasy, Slayer’s Kiss, comes out February 14th, so I thought I’d talk about what drew me to the urban fantasy genre.
First of all, you should know that I’m an avid reader and I’ll read almost anything. My dad used to read Choose Your Own Adventure books to me when I was little, and when I was old enough to read on my own, my mom loaned me her Dean Koontz horror collection.
By the time I had kids of my own, I went through a regency romance phase that spanned a decade! I loved the gowns and carriages and handsome suitors, but after more than ten years, it got to the point where I literally felt like I’d read it all. I’d get halfway through the book, and as soon as I figured out how the hero and heroine would resolve the central conflict, I’d put the novel down, unable to finish.
And then one auspicious day, I stumbled upon urban fantasy. I was captivated by the strong heroines, capable of providing for and protecting themselves and their loved ones. But the thing that really hooked me was the way the heroine’s world expanded in each book, the mysteries deepening instead of being tied up in a pretty package by “the end.” Suddenly, I wasn’t able to figure out the stories halfway through because the dangling threads stretched well into future books in the series! For me, it was love at first read.
And now, with my reinvigorated love of reading, I read both urban fantasy and all types of romance—UF when I want to be kept on my toes and romance when I want to be reassured that every heroine will eventually get her happily ever after.
When it comes to writing, you can bet I incorporated into Slayer’s Kiss some of those same elements that I look for in a good book, like romance, mystery, and, of course, scorching hot sex! And here’s some big news that I’m sharing first here on Fang-tastic Books: I just signed the contract on book two of The Shadow Slayers, Shadow Rising, which will be available Fall 2012 from Samhain Publishing!
What about you? What are you currently reading and what draws you to that genre? One commenter will receive a digital copy of Slayer’s Kiss! Hope you enjoy it!
Description of Slayer's Kiss
When the past flies in your face, clip its wings.
The Shadow Slayers, Book 1
Kara Reed is a supernatural failure. But where her magic falls short, her fists get the job done. The criminal element doesn’t stand a chance once she hits San Diego’s dark streets.
When two smoking-hot tenants move in next door, she thinks her love life might finally be heating up. Just being near Gavin and Julian is enough to make her want to offer her body on a platter.
Gavin and Julian know it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out. They’re fallen angels sent to watch over the king’s daughter, one of the last females of her kind. Trouble is, she doesn’t seem to think she needs watching—unless they’re watching her shimmy out of her clothes.
No matter how tempting her guardians, Kara’s not about to let anything stop her from tracking down a sadistic killer who carves into his victims and leaves them for dead. Even when she realizes her target may be the very scourge of heaven from which her angels swore to protect her…
Warning: Contains a kick-ass heroine with a foul mouth, a kind heart and a raging libido, and two fallen angel warriors who wouldn’t have her any other way. Watch out for sex in the clouds, a magical island of hedonism and a love triangle that gives new meaning to the term “hot-wings”.