All posts tagged: urban fantasy

Payable on Death

Guest post by Rachel Rawlings “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off too.” – Bilbo Baggins, via J.R.R. Tolkien Share this on Facebook>>> I think starting a new series is very much like the advice Bilbo gives to Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. Swap out the road for a blank Word document and it just about sums it up. The comforts of home or in this case the comforts of the world you’ve created previously are gone. No familiar faces or places to guide you along. Will you get along with these new imaginary friends? Will they talk to you, help you like the others or will you fight and scrabble the whole journey? Payable On Death is a lot of firsts for me- first in a new series, first full length book I’ve written outside of my original series, first time I not only thought about writing a new …

Midnight Riot: Review

Scotland Yard meets Harry Potter in Midnight Riot. Share this on Facebook>>> It’s unusual for me to binge read these days. I’m usually too busy writing my own stuff. But I got hooked on the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. Is magic dead? That’s what Nightingale, the head and sole remaining wizard of Scotland Yard’s secret magical branch thinks. But you can’t keep magic down, and mysterious outbreaks are happening all over London. When PC Peter Grant is approached by a ghost who witnessed a murder, he knows he has to follow the clue. Grant becomes Nightingale’s first apprentice wizard in decades. The series is funny, ingenious, and weaves ancient myth with modern London life, as Grant is forced to deal with river goddesses and demonic spirits alike. It’s the cleverest urban fantasy I’ve read since the Harry Dresden series. -Kirsten Weiss

The Bizarre and Fantastic: How Fairy Tales Transformed my Novel

There was a grotesque eloquence in which the Grimm Brothers carried out their stories. I vividly remember hearing about how bloody the original Cinderella was compared to the happy go lucky Disney version. There were still talking animals in the original. They weren’t friends with Cinderella but rather just tattled on the Step Sisters whose desperation for status led them to chop at their own feet. Share this on Facebook>>> “The girl cut a piece off of her heel, forced her foot into the shoe, and swallowed the pain.” Reading that now, makes my stomach churn. Such simple text but the beauty comes in their message. The bizarre and fantastic can be a vehicle to open a dialogue to discuss the greater themes in literature. Choice and the overarching idea of selflessness have always been topics that intrigued me. Each of the Grimm Brother’s stories had a lesson of morality. They are meant to teach but before that can be digested the reader is led through a maze of the strange. I loved the fairy …

Native American Myths and Legends

Hello, my name is Jeffrey Stagg and I am the author of A Campfire Nightmare. I’d like to take a moment to thank my hosts for letting me guest blog on their site and I hope I can really fulfill their expectations with my thoughts. ParaYourNormal has asked me to discuss Native American paranormal myths and legends, to which I am excited to share my thoughts and processes. Share this on Facebook>>> For those of you who haven’t read my book, my narration takes place on a Native American reservation in western Montana and, during one night, one of my characters shares a legend about a war between werewolf like monsters and a tribe of Flathead Indians. I actually wrote this while I was on the reservation, just along the shores of Flathead Lake, so the thoughts and feelings of nature were there. So, when someone talks about paranormal myths or legends, the vast majority of people will instantly jump to the classic European ghosts, vampires, monsters and the lot. Very few would find themselves …

Cover Reveal: The Mannequin Offensive

All security consultant Rocky Bridges wants is out. Her last assignment got her client blown up and left her deaf in one ear. Or has it? Share this on Facebook>>> When her business partner is murdered, Rocky is dragged back into the global security business. But a voice in her “deaf” leaves her wondering if she’s fit for the task. Is she losing her mind, or is something even darker occurring? This humorous mystery and suspense novel with a magical twist is coming in July, 2016. If you like Riga Hayworth, you’ll love Rocky Bridges. About the Author Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasy novels. She loves to mash-up genres, mixing urban fantasy with mystery, steampunk with suspense, and even adding the occasional dash of poetry.  

Interview with James Hunter: Golems and the Mud Man

Tell us about yourself! Hey folks, my name is James Hunter and I’m a former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). I’m also an Urban Fantasy writer—not that you’ll catch me making that confession in public. I’m the author of the Yancy Lazarus series and now the Golem Chronicles, which revolves around the adventures and various shenanigans of Levi Adams: a homicidal, shapeshifting golem, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp. Levi’s been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After seventy years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, the disgruntled MudMan is trying to change his grisly nature. I’d just like to take a quick moment to thank ParaYourNormal for having me on this excellent blog. Share this on Facebook>>> What’s your latest novel about? Levi Adams is a soft spoken, middle-aged Mennonite man—at least he tries to be when he’s not murdering people. Levi’s a golem, a Mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of …

Genesis Boxed Set Tour

Genesis Boxed Set Genesis [jen-uh-sis] Definition: an origin, creation, or beginning. From demons, weres, and vampires, to dragons, shifters, and angels, GENESIS is the ultimate must-have boxed set for any urban fantasy & paranormal romance fan. GENESIS brings you eight new worlds to sink your teeth into. From some of the genre’s brightest talent, each title in this boxed set is the first installment of the authors’ respective series. Featured in Genesis: – The Devil You Know by J.M. Gregoire – Ghost of a Threat by Beth Dolgner – Everlasting Hunger by Brandy Dorsch – Fallen by Julie Morgan – Spark by K.C. Stewart – The Mortal One by Shannon Bell – Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Melissa Snark – Juan by Crystal Dawn Dig in your claws and hang on as these eight authors take you on a wild ride in GENESIS! CURRENTLY ONLY $0.99 ON AMAZON!!! RELEASED TODAY! KEEP READING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOOKS FEATURED IN THE GENESIS BOXED SET!