Wednesday Briefs: A New Story Start

I’m back! It’s 2019, and I’m trying to be better about writing and blogging (among other things). Avery has a new story idea for an urban fantasy tale set in New Orleans in 2025.

Just as a refresher, Wednesday Briefs are short pieces–500 to 1000 words. They also have to include a writing prompt. The prompts for this story include: the Big Easy (in the title), a character playing the piano, and a beignet. I was lucky I had so many prompts from which to choose!

Be sure to see the list of other authors at the bottom of the page! There is more free reading to be had!!

But, for now…

Ghostly Blues in the Big Easy

by

Avery Dawes

The lights of the French Quarter blurred as we sped down Bourbon Street. Nearly 2:30 a.m.—most people were either passed out or sleeping. Not Damien and me, though. My vintage Ford pick-up was out of commission, so Damien was stuck chauffeuring me to and from work. Thankfully, he didn’t seem to mind. Well, not too much.

Lost in thought, I nearly missed the shimmer of an apparition which materialized in front of Damien’s sleek Mercedes.

“Stop!” I shrieked, throwing my left arm protectively toward Damien.

Damien stomped on the brakes, and I lurched forward. The sedan slid to a squealing halt on the wet pavement.

“What the hell, Lucia?” Damien shot me daggers as he glanced around us. “I don’t see anything. Why am I slamming on the brakes?” Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: A New Story Start”

Jane Yellowrock Series

I’m back to reading. I had taken a break to watch sketching videos to try and improve. Plus, I got to the point that I didn’t know what I wanted to read. Nothing sounded good.

I’ve gotten back to reading Urban Fantasy. I especially like stories set in New Orleans. I’ve never visited there, but the city seems to fit the genre rather well.

Lately I’ve been reading Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. I just finished book 10, Shadow Rites. I’m hoping to start Cold Reign tonight. Right now, there is one more book in the series. I’m hoping it doesn’t end there.

I’ve always like Jane for her fearlessness, her desire to do anything to protect those whom she loves, and her snark/wit. Continue reading “Jane Yellowrock Series”

Urban Fantasy Reads

Lately, I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy kick. I finished the last book in the Chicagoland The_SightVampires series (Blade Bound) and have been looking for another good series to read.

A fellow blogger recommended Chloe Neill’s other series, Devil’s Isle. It is only 2 books so far, and I read both of them in no time (The Veil and The Sight). Book #3 is due out this fall. After the ending of The Sight, I can’t wait to start the third book.  If you need more info on Ms. Neill, check out her website here.

Now, I’m back to what to read??

Some series that I’ve started/read in the UF genre:

  1. The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve read the first couple of books, but then quit reading due to a loss of interest (I made it through book #4).
  2. I’m a huge Kate Daniels fan so I’ve read that series. It’s written by Ilona Andrews. Kate and His Furriness–Curran–always have me laughing. Magic_Binds
  3. I’m also a huge Mercy Thompson fan. I’ve kept up with that series as well. Those are written by Patricia Briggs. Mercy is kick-ass!
  4. I tried to get into The Dresden Files, but for some reason, I couldn’t do it. I think it’s because there wasn’t even a hint of romance.

Next steps . . . I’m looking for recommendations. Please help!

I’ve downloaded the first book in both the Elemental Assassin series and The Hollows. I haven’t had a chance to start either one yet. Are there other UF series I should be considering? It doesn’t have to be strictly vampire or shifter, and I would like a bit of romance (it can develop over several books). Am I being too picky??

Please leave a comment and help a fellow reader out! Thanks *hugs

The High Road Book Blitz

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000448_00034]Title:  The High Road

Series:   Spellkeeper Flight, Book 1

Author:   Ken Hughes

Published:   November 12th, 2016

Publisher:  Windward Road Press

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:   Enter a world of gangs, vigilantes, and magic that’s powerful enough to kill.

Mark has never been the survivor his friend Angie is, but when he rescues a mysterious belt from the flames, it’s a decision that changes his life for good. As the two tap into the secret of gravity-controlling magic, they realize the reason Angie’s family tried to destroy the belt. Flying comes at a cost, to their lives and their sanity.

Fighting back against a street gang with a vendetta, Mark begins to sense that death waits around every turn. Soon he and Angie come face-to-face with the true danger: hidden masters of other magical forces. The keepers of power want the secret of flying, and they’ll destroy anyone who gets in their way.

The High Road is the first book in a trilogy of street-level urban fantasy adventures. If you like heart-pounding suspense, comic-book energy, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, then you’ll love Ken Hughes’s gritty, magical series.

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About the Author:

ken-hughesKen Hughes lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a technical writer for missions to Mars and the governing body of the Internet (ICANN). He writes paranormal thrillers and urban fantasy, and has been known to argue over the difference between the two in his blog, http://www.KenHughesAuthor.com. Continue reading “The High Road Book Blitz”

Shadowed Book Blitz

Title:  ShadowedShadowed

Author:   Ken Hughes

Published:   February 6, 2012

Publisher:   Windward Road Press

Genre:  Paranormal Thriller

Synopsis:

He can hear a whisper a block away… and can’t remember why.

Open your mind, to a city where mystery chases up and down office back stairways, turns brother against brother, and plays out on frozen sidewalks where lives may be shattered if the enemy even looks at the ragged man passing by in the crowd—and even that man cannot guess what memory will be next to batter his mind.

Paul was no detective, no thief, only a student trying to get some distance from his father and brother. When he found himself marked by the power to enhance his senses, he had only that treacherous gift and what few tricks he dared to teach himself, to search for some explanation—or at least the chance to give it meaning by exposing a few petty corruptions. Continue reading “Shadowed Book Blitz”

Ashen Rayne Book Tour

  • Title:  Ashen RayneAshen-Rayne
  • Series:  Shadowlands #1
  • Author:  Skye Knizley
  • Published:  July 6th, 2015
  • Publisher:  Vamptasy Publishing/Encompass Ink
  • Genre:  LGBT Thriller
  • Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:

Young women are vanishing from Miami’s club scene, most disappearing without a trace, others found suffocated in plastic bags, their battered corpses filled with a deadly cocktail of narcotics.

There are no suspects and few clues.

When exotic dancer Rayne is taken, her sister Blaze calls the ladies of Shadowlands to find her.

With only five days before Rayne is found dead or never found at all, Smoak and Ash dive into Miami’s underworld of drugs, prostitution and slavery, using every skill they have to find her before the clock runs out. Continue reading “Ashen Rayne Book Tour”

Ink Calls to Ink Book Tour

  • Title:   Ink Calls to Ink
  • Author:   Nathan Crowder
  • Published:  July 23rd, 2015
  • Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
  • Genre:  Urban Fantasy
  • Content Warning:   PG-13 Violence

Synopsis:Ink-Calls-to-Ink

Franklin the Steadfast Soldier saw first hand what the cold indifference of modern London does to a Fictional Personae–a Fict. Refugees from their respective texts, scratching out a meager existence, the Ficts’ only comfort is the weekly Book Fair.

When a determined Knight of the Round Table hires him to find a missing king, Franklin starts to believe a better world could be possible. But the Knight works for the Host of Heaven, and Medea and Judas warn Franklin: One man’s heaven is not heaven for all. There is no place for misfits and villains in this new world order, their crimes are pre-ordained, written into the very fabric of their being.

To protect their city from a holy war, Franklin and his friends must stop the Once and Future King and an army of angels. Will they find the courage to write their own stories, or will they die slaves to their text and the ink in their blood?

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Author Interview:

Tell us about the story. Where did you get the inspiration for it? How long did it take you to write it? Do you share any traits or likes/ dislikes with your characters? Where is your story set? A fictional place or somewhere you’ve visited/ lived?

>So, this story started with Mary Poppins, weirdly enough. I was brainstorming the idea of movie action heroes taken out of their original context and put in other stories, and a friend suggested Mary Poppins who we quickly decided would make the best spy ever. That spun out into the broader idea of what would a world be like where fictional characters ended up stranded here. I turned that into a short story, also called “Ink Calls to Ink” that was originally published by the Wily Writers podcast. When recording the story, Angel Leigh McCoy, the editor/producer wanted to see more, suggesting that there was a whole novel there. I thought the idea was crazy—until I had a full outline written five days later.

I started writing in February of 2009, and had the first draft done by the end of November 2010 which is kind of long for a first draft for me. It went through a couple of rewrites in that time, including an extensive rewrite in 2012 with notes from an editor I was hoping to land. So, maybe 3 ½ years front to back to get the novel where I was happy with it.
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