Published by 47North
Published on June 14th 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Urban Fantasy
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Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.
Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
The first! I’m just diving into the story. I want something that draws the reader in, but sometimes it’s tough to know exactly where to start. So I fumble around for a while, in search of a way in. Usually my last lines write themselves, just like putting the period at the end of a sentence.
What 3 words would you use to describe your book?
Dark, Psychological, Quirky
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, etc?)
Coffee (and occasionally wine), my playlists, and the discipline to turn off the damn Internet.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your books? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Sometimes I choose names that have meanings, but usually I just choose something that fits culturally (like, all the Ferrys from Servants of Fate have Irish names, and all the Kupari from The Impostor Queen have Finnish names) and personality-wise for the character. Most important—I want to pick something that I don’t get tired of typing, or something that I’ll frequently misspell. I like to keep it simple. I do also Google names to see if I’ve accidentally picked the name of a porn star or something. Aaaaand sometimes I like the name so much I ignore the results, even if they’ll raise eyebrows.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard, Ghettoside by Jill Leovy, Dreamland by Sam Quinones.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
Honestly, I don’t pay a tremendous amount of attention to my writing space when I’m really engrossed in something. I can write (and have written) just about anywhere as long as I have my laptop.
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