I figured it was only fair I answer my own questions, since everyone else had to. So, just in time for Passion In Portland tomorrow, I present you our final author: Me!
What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?
My most recently published work is the second book in the Sunwalker Saga:Witchblood series, Deathwalker. The series come from my inability to let go of the world I’d created in the original Sunwalker Saga. But Deathwalker itself was a little more..complicated.
I knew I’d write Lene’s story at some point. It had to happen, of course. And I knew she was a Deathwalker (a witch who senses death and can sometimes speak to the dead). But that was about it. The story really came together when Lucien Antonelli, a man with a few extra special powers himself, came swaggering through my brain. I have zero idea what sparked him, but there he was in all his witchy glory. The story just flowed after that.
If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been posting a lot of teasers for something called Angel’s Fall. You might have even asked yourself, “What is this Angel’s Fall thing?”
Ask no more. I’ve got answers!
About a month ago, an author friend of mine (Belinda Boring. Go check her out.) who is known as the Queen of Swoon challenged me to write something really super swoony. As you probably know, while I may include swoony moments in my novels, they’re generally not pure swoon. (Hard to do too much swooning when hunting down bad guys.) But…CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
Thus Angel’s Fall was born.
It’s a story about an angel who falls in love with his charge despite the fact it’s forbidden. It’s about a woman who finds inner strength despite the fact she’s been broken. And, yeah, it’s chock full of SWOON. Look for it this October. In the meantime, check out these teasers:
Readers frequently ask me “What should I read next?” This is usually right after they’ve finished the six books of the Sunwalker Saga. They’re mourning the end of Morgan’s story and desperately wanting more. I get it. I wrote the series and although the particular story arch that made up the main series of Sunwalker Saga was finished, I just couldn’t give up the world and its characters. They were too much fun. There were so many more stories still locked inside my head, yearning to get out. So, yes, I wrote more.
One of my very favorite characters ever is Zipporah (aka Zip), the djinn girl from Kissed by Smoke (Sunwalker Saga – Book 3). I won’t spoil things for new readers by telling you what happens to her in Book 3, but let’s just say that was not the end of her story. So, I wrote this trilogy of novellas that take place after the events of Kissed by Smoke, and before the fifth book, Kissed by Ice. Basically, while Morgan is chasing vampires around Paris in Kissed by Moonlight, Zip and Mick (Mikey from Book 3) are chasing demons around Portland. As you do.
After the events of Kissed by Eternity (Sunwalker Saga – Book 6), I realized there was a LOT more story to tell. Particularly about the witches that helped Morgan and the gang stop the evil conspiracy perpetrated by…oh, that would be another story. ;-) You gotta read the series! Let’s just say there were vampires, magic, and other shenanigans involved!
Anyway, I knew the Emory Chastain, leader of the coven of witches, needed her own story. So I wrote the first book of the new series, Spellwalker. Technically, you could also view it (chronologically speaking) as Book 7 of the series as it takes up pretty much (more or less) where KbE left off. More Haakon! More witches! More magic and mayhem!
Readers loved Spellwalker so much, I wrote a second Witchblood book: Deathwalker. And now I’m working on the third, Mistwalker (out later this year).There will definitely be at least 1 more book in the series. Likely 2.
But Morgan isn’t finished yet… And neither is Kabita!
I’ve got lots of plans for the future. Morgan will get at least one more book. It will have a NEW story arc, but you’ll get to find out what happens to her AFTER KbE. (There may even be a wedding. HINT! HINT!) I don’t have a date on this yet, but it WILL happen. Probably early 2016.
Kabita Jones is going to get her own story. It may or may not turn into a series. And it may or may not involved the delicious Trevor Daly. Stay tuned…
Finally there will be some further adventures in this fantastic world of Sunwalkers, sidhe, vampires, demons, djinn, Titans, Ancient Atlantis, Templar Knights, Amazons, and things that randomly go bump in the night. I’m definitely toying with ideas set in the Regency (history geek!) and the far future (scifi geek!). And, of course, Jack is still on my mind… ;-)
I hope you’ve found this information helpful and I hope you enjoy the various adventures in my little world. If you have more questions about the Sunwalker Saga, Morgan Bailey, Inigo Jones, Jack Keel, vampires, djinn, or anything else, really, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!
On March 16 I said “So, long London” and jumped a train to Liverpool. This was my first trip to Liverpool so I had no idea what to expect. What I got was epic Victorian goodness (in the way of architecture), lots of ideas sparkling in my head, good food, good friends, and wonderful memories.
Walk this way…
They have a public library of epic. I want this library. In my house. Now. This is definitely going to make an appearance in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood. I’m not sure yet which book, but it’s going to happen.
It’s all just so…atmospheric! Maybe the somewhat gloomy weather contributed to that. Or maybe it was the almost gothic-ness to the architecture. Who knows? But I was seeing vampires EVERYWHERE!
Dinner was at a place named Smuggler’s Cove. Aptly named considering my current obsession with Blacksails. We pause in our regularly scheduled programming for this:
Okay, back to business. This is the bar (they know what to do with a bottle of rum):
The dining room is…interesting. Fancy schmancy fireplace. Helmet chandelier.Dinner was divine. I went with the chicken and mushroom pie. It offends my sensibilities to eat pie that is not dessert, but when in Liverpool, eh? Besides it was super nom.
Thanks to jet lag the day ended earlier than I might have wished, but I’d begun a new love affair with Liverpool. Do not doubt that it WILL appear in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood.
Stay tuned for the next installment of my Liverpool adventures.
I’ve been back from my wild jaunt to Europe for nearly a week and I’m still not over the let lag. Which means I’m a little fuzzy in the head. But I did manage to get my photos uploaded so I could share them with you.
If you’ve ever been to London (or seen it on TV), you might recognize the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel building. Tucked right next to the St. Pancras/Kings Cross train stations, it’s an unforgettable sight. Very Victorian. Very impressive. Very perfect for a supernatural event or other. (Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood)
The Champagne Bar in the hotel is…stunning. The red uplights give it the feel of being lit by torchlight, and the hushed atmosphere makes you half-expect tuxedo-ed butlers to come gliding through at any moment. The perfect place for a bad date, perhaps? (Notting Hill Diaries)
The spa is in the basement in what was once the old kitchen. It definitely has an exotic Moroccan flair. I could see Kev hanging out here (Notting Hill Diaries), or even a brutal fight between a hunter and a vampire (Sunwalker Saga).
A mysterious doorway leading to…somewhere. A person could easily get lost here among the winding staircases and sweeping halls. Lots of places for evil to lurk. Plenty of gargoyles perched among the arches. And a stunning enough venue for a romantic fairy tale.
And that was just Day One (Okay, technically it was Day Two as I arrived Saturday and this was Sunday. But who’s counting?). Join me later this week for further Adventures in Europe.
Morgan Bailey’s complicated life–dragon boyfriend, witches, vampires to slay, the ongoing pursuit of coffee–is about to turn more complicated. The Fairy Queen is calling in a favor. She wants Morgan to exterminate the djinn. If that isn’t bad enough, her nemesis Alister has gone completely mad, and most alarmingly, Inigo isn’t quite himself. It’s enough to make a vampire hunter yearn for the simpler days: stake ‘em and leave ‘em.
But Morgan is more than a vampire hunter, she’s a vessel for colossal cosmic powers that yearn for release. Now, with the fate of the whole world in the balance, she’ll discover the secret to those powers, and learn what it means to be Kissed by Eternity.
One of my all-time favorite authors, Gail Carriger, wrote this fantastic post about the ten science fiction/fantasy books that have stuck with her. By now you’re all aware of my love for all things Agatha Christie and possibly know about my Regency obsession, but I thought it would be fun to compile a list of just these specific genres (science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, steampunk) and see which ones you, my lovely readers, have read and loved.
In no particular order:
1. The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley. Also mentioned by Gail Carriger and some of my other friends. This was possibly the first fantasy book I ever read (besides the Chronicles of Narnia), and definitely the first that had a sword-wielding female main character.
2. The City of Gold and Lead– John Christopher. My first exposure to post-apocalyptic fiction. And not just any post-apocalyptic fiction, but with aliens! Of course, being me, I wished there’d been more romance. Some of my very earliest attempts at writing involved post-apocalyptic landscapes and a better balance of girls and boys. Because everything’s better with romance. ;-) This was also the seed for what would eventually become Dragon Wars.
3. The Stand – Stephen King. I read the unabridged version, of course. And in paperback long before Kindle. It probably explains why I have tendinitis! It’s still one of my favorite books and I now have the Kindle version for re-reading.
4. The Passage – Justin Cronin. The unusual take on vampires was interesting. The blend of science fiction, post-apocalyptic adventure, and beautifully crafted literature blew my mind.
5. Urban Shaman – C.E. Murphy. One of the earliest urban fantasy books that crossed my path. In many ways it began my obsession with the genre which eventually led to my writing the Sunwalker Saga. Scenes from the book still cross my mind from time to time.
6. Grimspace – Ann Aguirre. Another book that blew my mind. Elements of hard science fiction mixed with a healthy dose of romance to create the perfect blend. A strong female character that I could relate to. The whole series is great, but the first book is amazeballs. It reawakened my love of scifi and helped birth the Omicron ZX series. Also, aliens.
8. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K Hamilton. When I first discovered this series lo, these many years ago, I loved it with a passion. It was such a perfect blend of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. It had so much action, wasn’t too overly gushy, and had a strong female lead. Unfortunately, after the first 4 or 5 books, the series totally jumped the shark. I miss those early books. So very much.
9. Slave to Sensation and Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh. I’m cheating here by mentioning two books, but they’re both by the same author. So, there. The first is full on PNR, and the second is more UF with strong PNR elements. I love them both. So, so much. The world building is epic. I seriously have a girl crush because of world building alone.
10. Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen. Although technically this book doesn’t fall under any of the above genres (at least when trying to find it at the bookstore), in my opinion it encompasses both fantasy and paranormal romance with a touch of contemporary romance. It’s shades of Practical Magic. Gentle, whimsical, and definitely magical.
Want to try out the first book in four of my series for a discount? Check out Ride the Dragon, the paranormal/scifi intro box set. It’s cheaper than buying each book individually and it will give you a taste of some of my worlds.
NOTE: These are not new stories, but previously published books packaged together at a discount.
Description from Amazon:
A collection of four books introducing you to four different paranormal and science fiction series by Shéa MacLeod. Perfect for anyone new to MacLeod’s writing.
OMICRON ZX (An Omicron ZX Prequel) – Starship captain Zala Lei’s bid to bring a dangerous criminal to justice leads her to Omicron 5 and Xander Lodai, a man even more deadly than the one she’s tailing. She can only hope that Xander can help her stop evil in its tracks before she becomes the next victim.
FEARLESS – Soulshifter Trilogy Book 1 (A Sunwalker Saga Spin-off novella) – “I hated this life I’d found myself in and yet I had no choice but to carry on living it. Lost. Confused. Alone. Forever separated from my own kind.”
Murdered at the hands of her king and former lover, Zip finds herself stripped of nearly all her powers and trapped inside the mortal body of a teenager. She finally knows what it is to be human, but it might be the last thing she wants. Especially with a killer stalking the halls…
“Swallowing hard, I held his gaze. I wasn’t sure if I was daring him or defying him. Maybe both.”
Mick Egan is determined to make his life count for something. Getting clean was one thing. Discovering the secrets of a girl like Zip is another. If he was smart, he’d run like hell, except he’s not about to leave her alone to face a murderer.
DRAGON WARRIOR (Dragon Wars, Book 1) – A man without a past.
A woman without a future.
A world destroyed by monsters.
All that’s left is hope.
In Rain Mauri’s post-apocalyptic world there are no shades of gray when it comes to survival. Until she meets a Dragon Warrior and discovers nothing is as simple as it seems.
Together, Rain and the Dragon Warrior must uncover the truth behind the nightmare their world has become. Their quest will put them in the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy, but with her determination and his skill, they might just save their race from destruction. If they can save each other first.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (Cupcake Goddess, Book 1) – Once the Welsh goddess of love and beauty, Branwen has lost her powers (most of them), moved to the middle of nowhere, found an obsession for cupcakes, and gained twenty pounds (okay, fifty). She’s not having a good millennium.
So when her next door neighbor, cross-dresser Ryan Roberts, makes a simple wish, Branwen decides to grant it. Ryan is about to find out that where cupcake obsessed ancient goddesses are concerned, you should be careful what you wish for.
I probably picked up this book back when it was published in 2012. Probably. I don’t even remember. And probably it was free. Or maybe 99 cents. Certainly it was on sale at the time. So, I bought it, loaded it on my Kindle, and there it sat.
My Kindle has approximate 7 million books on it and it’s slowed to the point of turning me homicidal. I decided I needed to go through all those stacks and stacks (virtual stacks, that is) of books I had downloaded and not gotten around to reading. I admit, I’ve tossed out a LOT of books. Some I found didn’t interest me. Some were well written but not to my taste. Some were just plain…awful. Out of ten books I probably deleted 9.
And then I stumbled across this little book by Hailey Edwards called A Hint of Frost. It’s the first book in the Araneae Nation Series (do not ask me to pronounce that). I had no idea what it was about so I dove in. I was hoping I’d finally found a book to enjoy.
I wasn’t disappointed.
I was hooked.
I’m not even sure how to explain the book. I guess it’s fantasy? It’s definitely romance. There’s a hint of paranormal. Somebody compared it to Game of Thrones. I guess? Ish? Except the author doesn’t kill everybody and there’s no incest.
The world building is fascinating. The characters believable. The romance made me happy. And the overarching story line grabbed was interesting. I immediately grabbed the second book in the series as soon as I finished reading Frost (although I will wait to read it until I’ve cleared out my Kindle a bit more).
Murder. Deception. Poison. Mystery. Sexy men. And bears with saddles. What’s not to like?
I’m also excited because it appears Edwards has a novel involve an archangel (yum!) plus a second paranormal series that involves…I’m not sure. Demons, maybe? Anyway, they look fantastic and I can’t wait to read them. This author goes in my “favorites” file.
Hope dangles by a silken thread.
Araneae Nation, Book 1
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
Author of the international best selling series, Sunwalker Saga