Category Archives: Urban Fantasy Books

Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Mage Catalyst by Christopher George @CGNovels


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Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal


mage catalyst

Devon had always just assumed that he was normal, just like everyone else. It wasn’t until he met Renee that he realized that he was something different – something dangerous. He is a Mage.

Led into a world of corruption and temptation Devon soon learns that there is always a price for power.

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Excerpt:

I’m not sure when I became the villain of my story. But I’m now quite certain that this is exactly what I’ve become. It is no more clear to me as I stand atop a destroyed car park looking over my home. The smoke from still smouldering buildings billow off into the distance, almost writing my name into the skyline, but I do not care. It is no more than a grim signature of the suffering that I’ve caused to those around me. My name is Devon Wills and I am a mage.


About the Author:

christopher george

As an avid science fiction and fantasy reader Christopher George has been immersing himself in books from a young age. In 2004 Christopher completed his Bachelor of Multimedia at Monash University and has been working as an IT professional ever since. He currently lives in Melbourne with his partner, her daughter and three cats.
Mage Catalyst is his first completed novel and was written in a variety of hotel rooms and airports across Australia. Catalyst is his first non-technical piece and he finds it much easier to write fiction than software documentation.
It’s also very recently come to light that he is simply awful at talking about himself in the third person.

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Other Books In This Series:

mage accession

Mage Accession is the much awaited sequel to the best seller Mage Catalyst.

Devon, sick with guilt, has fled from his home and into the Victorian high country, afraid that his actions would bring harm to those he cares for. Hurt and betrayed by Renee’s disappearance, Devon has made a vow to never use the magic again. It’s not that simple – It’s never that simple. Powerful enemies are seeking him out and Devon must determine who he wants to be. Can he have a life of peace that he desires? Or must he forsake his vow and turn to the magic once again. As he comes to terms with his power he realizes that he still has much to lose.

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mage-dissolution

Third in the series that Started with Mage Catalyst and then followed by Mage Accession.

Lost in rage and haunted by the death of his father, Devon vowed to avenge himself against his former Master and rescue Allie from his manipulations before he can corrupt her.

With his power increasing every day Devon has become a very real threat to those in power. Lost in obsession, Devon
doesn’t care who gets caught up in his wake as he takes his vengeance on those who wronged him.

As powerful forces begin to move against him, Devon is forced to recognize that while he is indeed powerful. He is not a Master yet.

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Make sure to read our interviews with Author Christopher George here and here!

Paranormal Romance Spotlight: Bitten, Beaten, & Loved by Catherine Banks @catherineebanks


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Adult Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy


bitten beaten and loved

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Rose never wanted to be a werewolf. She was turned against her will by her vicious boyfriend and forced to join his pack, who abused and betrayed her. Rose escaped her abusers, but the damage has left deep scars. Now Rose doesn’t trust anyone.

Then Rose meets Sean, a handsome and kind werewolf who is unlike any male – werewolf or human – she has ever met. His charm begins to break down the walls Rose has built up around her heart. Can she learn to love again? Or will her old pack find her and make sure she can never escape again?

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I ran towards the front door and he slammed it shut just before I got there. I crouched down and snarled. “What do you want?”

He started to snarl back at me and then shook his head. “I just want to talk.”

I growled again. “Who sent you? How’d you find me?”

“What are you talking about? No one sent me. You ran off before I could even talk to you. Now just calm down.”

I felt the pressure of a strange magic, like an arm reaching out to hug me and gave in. I let the magic envelope me in a warm hug and gasped in surprise when the magic calmed me. I had never felt a dominant use magic to calm before. It was surprisingly nice, but it didn’t make me trust him any. I backed away from him until I stood against the back door, still cautious. It was obvious that I couldn’t run away from him, so I might as well calm down and think while he talked. “What do you want?”

He sat down cross-legged in the middle of my living room floor. “I just want to talk.”

It felt odd to be standing when a dominant was sitting, but I wanted to be able to run if I needed to. “Talk.”


About the Author:

catherine banks

Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Pirate Princess, Daughter of Lions, and many more. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who she has two amazing children with. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games, and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.

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Urban Fantasy Spotlight and Interview: Nite Fire: Flash Point by C. L. Schneider @cl_schneider


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Urban Fantasy


nite fire

Slated for execution, shapeshifting assassin, Dahlia Nite, flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race; burying the truth that could destroy them all.

But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. And when Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.

Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again. Home.

Flash Point is the first book in the Nite Fire Series.

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Shifting out of my human form, crimson scales erupted to spread beneath the malleable confines of my uniform, covering breasts, stomach, thighs, and back. Muscles increased in size as my slender nose widened. Rounded jaw hardened. Cheekbones and forehead became more distinct as my full lips darkened. I dropped to all fours, back arched slightly, and the forest floor sunk beneath my weight. Claw tips extended, digging in, releasing the aroma of damp soil and moldy undergrowth. With a rustle of leaves, I pushed off.

Night birds scattered in haste at my swift trespass. Woodland creatures stirred and scurried. My unmistakable smell, an arousing amalgam of human female and dragon, had them skittish as I dove headlong into the clog of downed boughs and scrub. My agile hybrid form slipped through the labyrinth of timber with minimal effort. Arcs of fire crackled off the ends of my hair as it fluttered out behind me.

I was too conspicuous. I needed to blend.

Without breaking stride, I shifted the strands and their composition changed. From scalp to ends, human hair emerged, and doused the visible fiery heat wafting off the lengthy red waves. It wasn’t camouflage even close to what my pursuers were capable of creating. Their ability to shift into shadow, nearly erasing the edges of their bodies—little more than whip-like tails, long flat jaws, and serrated teeth to begin with—was one of the creatures’ greatest weapons.

It wasn’t easy to kill my kind. Death by nageun was a long, tortuous mutilation there was no coming back from. Picturing it, I tore deeper into the forest.

I tried to run and not think. But my mind was spinning, desperately seeking to understand, to conceive how a normal assignment on a normal day had landed me on the wrong end of an execution. With a single hesitation, my hopes, my future—my life—was over. The Guild was all I’d ever known. They’d plucked me from my den-mates, sheltered, fed, and trained me; promoted me to the coveted role of Executioner. They’d shown me the rewards of a life in service to our dragon elders. Dahlia Nite was a name respected in the ranks. I was known to all the tribes, decorated for fealty and bravery. Now, all had turned against me.


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About the Author:

C. L. Schneider

C. L. Schneider is a New York-based author of adult epic and urban fantasy. Born in a small Kansas town, she grew up in a house of avid readers and overflowing bookshelves. Her first full-length novel took shape in high school, on a typewriter in her parent’s living room. Schneider’s epic trilogy, The Crown of Stones, tells the story of Ian Troy, a man born with an addiction to magic. Flash Point is the first book in her new urban fantasy series, Nite Fire, featuring shapeshifters, dragons, and parallel worlds.

Learn more about C.L. Schneider and her work at clschneiderauthor.com where you can read reviews, excerpts and sneak peeks, and subscribe to her newsletter. An active part of the indie author online community, you can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+, where she is often found chatting about books, zombies, coffee, and the daily ups and downs of a writer’s life.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
I’ve been writing since childhood. At sixteen, I wrote my first full-length novel, and began dreaming of one day becoming a published author. Like with most dreams, though, life happened. I was always writing. I never stopped creating, but between career, marriage, and kids, the idea of writing full time became a very distant ‘someday’. It was easy to let it happen. I was very shy about my writing and scared to let it out into the world. But as the kids grew, I began to realize that the idea of never publishing frightened me significantly more than the idea of taking the leap and sharing my work. Once the boys were old enough to be in school full time, I knew it was now or never. I picked up every book I could find on writing and went to work on improving my craft. As I was reading and researching, I was writing the draft for Magic-Price, the 1st book in my trilogy. It went through several revisions before I had the courage to show it to a beta reader. She was blown away, and her encouraging comments were like lighting a fire under me. There was no turning back then!

How many books do you currently have published?
I currently have four books published. Three are in my adult epic trilogy, The Crown of Stones. The fourth is Flash Point, the 1st book in my new urban fantasy series. Flash Point was just released the end of March.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
I don’t know that I have a favorite. Magic-Price is my baby. It’s my debut novel and the one that started it all. The second book, Magic-Scars is where I feel I grew the most as a writer. Writing book 3, Magic-Borne, was an incredible experience. It was such an accomplishment being able to complete the trilogy. And now, Flash Point, has taken me in a whole new direction. It’s exciting to be carving out a new path.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
I am currently working on the 2nd book in the Nite Fire Series. The working title is: Chain Reaction. It’s possible it might change, but we’ll see. I am hoping to release it sometime in the fall of 2017.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the freedom of writing. Being able to create something out of nothing with no boundaries but what the story dictates—I can’t think of anything better.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I don’t really get writer’s block. I suffer more from the opposite. I have too many ideas, which can sometimes be just as stifling. When that happens I pull out a notebook and do a little solitary brainstorming. I sketch out some scenes and let the characters go down the different paths for a while. Once I see where each one takes them (and the story), I can better decide which scenario is right for the book.
If that doesn’t work, I take a walk or go for a drive. I take a shower. As long as I’m somewhere where I can’t immediately get to a pen and paper, the ideas will flow like water!

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
Oh, definitely. That’s the fun part! I love when the characters take on a life of their own and lead you somewhere you never expected. I think some of the best scenes come out of moments like that.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?
Writing Ian Troy (the main character in The Crown of Stones) was an amazing experience. He is such a tortured soul. Despite having deep connections to all my characters, Ian would have to be my favorite. He was my introduction to the world of publishing and the most complex character I have ever written. But, Dahlia, the character from my new series is quickly climbing the charts. She is so much fun to write.
As far as least favorite, I’m not sure I have one. Each character brings something new to the table and challenges me in a whole new way. I’ve learned from every one of them.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
There have been scenes in each of my books that I adored writing. But the one at the top of the list is from Magic-Scars, the 2nd installment in The Crown of Stones. During the course of a single chapter, Ian goes from being utterly helpless, and at the mercy of his enemy, to being an incredibly powerful force to be reckoned with. In that scene, he proclaims, “I am magic.” It’s such a compelling moment. The whole experience changes him, and not necessarily for the better.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?
I’ve definitely learned with each book, and I don’t expect that to stop. Each day I feel like I’m learning something new about writing or marketing, etc. I’ve had to learn a lot the hard way, as I didn’t have anyone I could turn to in the beginning. Before publishing, I thought other writers would be my competition. I never thought I could go to them for advice. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have found this wonderful online community of indie writers. We help each other. We want each other to succeed. I’m proud to be a part of it.
For new writers, it’s never too early to start forming connections. Building your brand early is very important, but I’m talking about forming a network that you can rely on. Social media is a goldmine of writers who are happy to pass on tips, wisdom, jokes to keep you going, or an ear when you need to vent. It can do wonders to know what you’re feeling isn’t unique.
Read! Read as much as you can and in as wide a variety of genres as you can. You can learn so much about what works and what doesn’t by broadening your reading horizons.
Do something to further your work in progress every day. It doesn’t always have to be something that adds words. Research counts, too. But the more you do, the quicker your story will take shape. The more you write, the faster your own style will emerge.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?
Well, I think it would depend on what they’re looking for. My Crown of Stones trilogy (an adult epic fantasy) is a dark, complex, emotional journey full of plot twists and deceptions. It’s a very immersive experience with sweeping battles, magic, ancient cultures, and multiple races and realms. The storyline sparks a wide range of emotions—then pulls them through the wringer.
If they wanted something a bit more on the lighter side, I would hand them Flash Point (Nite Fire Book #1). The Nite Fire series is still very much dark, in its own way. Yet, the modern setting and murder mystery plot give the story and the characters a completely different feel. Nite Fire was inspired by my love of such shows as Lost Girl, Jessica Jones, Supernatural, and The X-Files, as well as my interest in urban legends.
Both books are written first person. The Crown of Stones is told from the point of view of Ian Troy, a man born with an addiction to magic. If they prefer a female protagonist, the point of view in the Nite Fire Series Dahlia Nite: a half-dragon, half-human shapeshifter from a parallel world.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?
I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to give away too much. But I can tell you that in book #2 of the Nite Fire Series, Dahlia’s investigation into a series of unexplained deaths in the human realm will force her to go up against a deadly creature that she has never faced off with before—and never thought she would.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
Since publishing my first book, I have read indie authors almost exclusively. It wasn’t a conscious choice. I just discovered this whole new world of books and authors, and my reading list kept growing and growing. I love to read a variety of genres, but my favorites would be: all types of fantasy, as well as sci-fi, thrillers, apocalyptic stories, and horror.

What about television shows? Movies?
I admit it. I love TV and the movies. Netflix and my DVR are my best friends! I’m a fangirl and a geek at heart, and adore most shows with a fantasy, supernatural, horror, or sci-fi slant. My guilty pleasure: a well-choreographed fight scene. The great ones will have me rewinding a few times. Into the Badlands is a show that has some amazing epic fights. My list of favorite TV shows is ridiculously long, so I’ll keep it to a few: The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Firefly, Arrow, Jessica Jones, Grimm, Vampire Diaries, Agents of Shield, Legends of Tomorrow, American Horror Story, The X-Files… I think you get the point.
There are a small handful of crime dramas or police procedural shows that I watch. They’re not my favorite, but I’m a very character-driven person. If I connect with a character deeply enough, then the genre doesn’t matter.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?
The first epic fantasy I ever had the pleasure of reading was The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I fell in love. I’d been writing for years, but that book put me on the path to writing fantasy.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?
Yes! I love in-person events. I try to do a handful of local comic cons and signings each year. The cons are always a blast. I really enjoy chatting with the attendees and meeting potential new readers. With all the energy and the positive vibe, it’s practically impossible to have a bad time at a comic con!
You can keep an eye out for my appearances by checking on the event page on my website, or you can subscribe to my periodic newsletter to stay up to date on where I’ll be.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?
Being a full-time writer is a life-long dream come true.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?
Yes! Please come find me on social media. I’d love to chat with you!


Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Winter Wolf by RJ Blain @rj_blain


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Genres: Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Supernatural Suspense

The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

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Almost everyone in the store had a phone. Dormant devices, from reading lights to mobile chargers, littered the tables. One woman, browsing books nearby, had four battery-powered devices in her purse. One was a phone, and like mine, it hungered. Its need was strong; its battery waned to the point of failure.

If I wanted, I could charge it for her.

No one would notice if I did. Maybe the woman would wonder how her phone hadn’t died before she got home. It only had a few minutes left. It’d take me all of ten seconds to fix it for her. If I did, I wouldn’t be so aware of it. But to do so, I’d have to touch her—or her phone. Some things I could manipulate without having a direct conduit, but cell phone batteries were tricky, greedy things.

I cringed a little, setting the thriller book down. I picked up the next nearest title. I flipped it over, not reading the text on the back. Did I dare? Out of the corner of my eye, I watched the woman browsing through the books. All it would take was a few seconds. I could charge it without her noticing.

That was one thing I was actually good at.

I put the novel I held down and wandered to the same table, careful not to look at her. Book by book, I investigated the titles, circling to where she stood.

“You’re Nicole Thomas, aren’t you? The actress. You’re her.” My quarry appraised me with a pleased expression.

People normally recognized the mainliners, people with beautiful faces and voices to match, people who didn’t avoid crowds.

In short, people other than me.

I met her gaze, abandoning my perusal of novels. “I am,” I replied, wincing a little at the sandpaper-rough quality of my voice. At least I hadn’t been reduced to a whisper—yet. My fatal flaw was my rough, grating voice. Chronic laryngitis did that to a person. It ruined careers, as it had mine, though I hadn’t quite given up on being an actress. I’d already lost the ability to sing.

I wasn’t going to let a stupid disease take everything away from me.

The woman smiled, not seeming to mind talking to someone who sounded more like a zombie than a human. “You’re taller than I expected. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

She thrust out her hand.

We shook.

I left her phone alone.

“They keep putting me next to giants,” I quipped. It was true. When I did manage to get on the silver screen, I worked alongside actors easily a foot-and-a-half taller than me. “It’s a pleasure to meet you too.” I matched her smile. She didn’t tell me her name, and I didn’t ask for it.

It took all of my will not to fiddle with her phone. All it would take was a murmured word and a thought, and it’d be done. It would have been easy to charge the battery when our hands had been clasped together, but I hadn’t dared.

If, sometime later, she noticed her phone had magically been charged—literally—she might remember me. She knew my name.

And in true cowardice, I couldn’t bring myself to help her. If she connected the strange behavior of her phone with me, she might tell someone. If she did, I’d be as good as dead—or worse. I had dabbled in the occult, and the occult had dabbled back, and there were those who didn’t like when that happened.

The last thing I needed was them finding me.


About the Author:

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RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

 

Favorite Books & Series

In no particular order:

Anne McCaffrey’s Pern
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar & Gryphon Series
Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera & The Dresden Files
Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris
Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series
Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

 

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Featured New Adult Book: Missy the Werecat by P. G. Allison #RT @p_g_allison


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Title and Author Name: Missy the Werecat by P. G. Allison

Series: Missy the Werecat (Book I)

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

 

Book Blurb/Synopsis:

When puberty brings on her first Shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years until finally learning to Change back. She can Change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two year disappearance was because she’d been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill. She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha. She’s a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today’s world, amongst humans. She only has her instincts to guide her and those drive her to train herself to extremes. She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary. Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.

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Author Bio:

P. G. Allison has always loved stories about female characters with special powers (Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, Batgirl) along with stories about witches and werewolves. The Missy the Werecat Series has no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha; Missy is a girl with fantastic abilities doing great things in today’s world, amongst humans. Future books in this paranormal, new adult, urban fantasy series are planned where Missy will go on to West Point and eventually serve in the Special Forces.

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