Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guest Author - Erica Hayes (Shadowglass Launch & Giveaway)

Today it is my pleasure to welcome back author Erica Hayes who has a special guest post for us on Shadowglass, the second book in her dark urban fantasy Shadowfae Chronicles series (released March 2). I interviewed Erica last fall for her debut launch of Shadowfae and you can read my review of this "fresh and unusual diversion from mainstream urban fantasy" here.  I've read, but haven't written up my review for Shadowglass yet, and I assure you it more than lives up to the high expectations set by the first book.

I encourage you to leave a comment or question for Erica as she will be dropping in periodically. Of course keep in mind that Erica lives in Australia so for many of us there is a bit of a time differential.

Erica is also giving away a copy of Shadowglass to a lucky commenter. Details at the end of the post.

You can also learn more and visit Erica Hayes here:
Website |Blog |Twitter  
 
Welcome Erica!



The Second Book is a strange and frightening beast for an author. It's where you really need to make decisions about what the series is. Are the books standalones? Do they have continuing characters? And most importantly: what's the point? What's the overarching story, and what happens at the end?

Cue the thinking music. My first book, SHADOWFAE, is about Jade, a succubus in fairy-infested Melbourne. She's in thrall for a thousand years to Kane, the powerful and petulant demon lord who owns the city, and the story's about her efforts to escape hell's shackles. Jade and her incubus lover find at least some kind of happy-for-now ending (I don't think that's a spoiler!) but I had more places I could go with them, more trials to face and freedoms to aim for. It was tempting to continue their story, and do a series with a continuing heroine.

But it wasn't until I sat down to write the second book that I twigged: this series isn't about Jade.

Oh, no. That wasn't the tale I wanted to tell. That dirty demon lord had stolen my heart along with my story arc, and if Jade taught me one thing, it's that there's no use arguing with a demon.

This story is about Kane. And the cool thing about Kane is that… well, he's already in charge. The city's already gone to hell. If there ever was a war between angels and demons, it's over, at least for now. But the forces of good (or slightly lesser evil!) won't lie down and die. And what could be a more fundamental story arc than the fight between hell and… well, whoever hell are fighting against?

So, in terms of the series, SHADOWFAE is an introduction to this world and the people that live there. We meet Kane, his vampire mafioso minions, and their enemies, the dark and devious DiLuca clan. In that book, Kane comes out on top, when Jade inadvertently gets rid of his major rival for power. All is rich and ripe for the taking.

But it's in SHADOWGLASS that things really start getting interesting for Kane. A seductive new demon rival dares to challenge his control, and allies herself with the new DiLuca boss, a sinister cold-blooded shapeshifter. And a strange, ingenuous creature falls from the sky, perhaps a messenger from an ancient enemy – or perhaps something worse.

And to top it all off, pesky fairies keep pinching Kane's stuff. Oh, the indignity. Which is where the heroine comes in. Ice is a waterfae thief, obsessed with shiny things, who steals a magic mirror from Kane's pocket and learns a whole new appreciation for the saying, 'Be careful what you wish for'.

SHADOWGLASS has romance, action, suspense and chills, as well as the colour and sensuality I hope you enjoyed about SHADOWFAE. If you're a romance reader, yes, it has a happy ending – that's the beauty of having a new heroine for each book! If you're new to the series, you can jump in right here and it'll still make sense – though I hope you'll try SHADOWFAE too!

Many thanks for Doug for hosting me on SciFiGuy today. You can find out more about my books, and read a free prequel, Hellcursed, at my website.



GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. A copy of Shadowglass to giveaway courtesy of Erica Hayes to be drawn randomly.
  2. Leave a comment or question for Erica.
  3. Open to US and Canada.
  4. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  5. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  6. Giveaway open until Midnight, March 24, 2010 EST.

43 comments:

  1. It sounds like a great book

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  2. The book sounds great.
    I would love to win a copy.
    Please enter me.
    Thanks

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  3. I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  4. I'm going to have to add this series to my ever growing TBR list.

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  5. From the reviews I've read, Erica has created a whole 'nother world populated with very original characters. I love that there's action, intrigue, suspense and YES romance - gotta have my romance. I look forward to reading the Shadowfae Chronicles. Best wishes on your newest release Erica!

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  6. I have Shadowfae in my TBR pile and I truly can't wait to try it. Maybe I'll have to bump it up to the top.

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  8. This sounds like a great book.I've read many great reviews for both books.Love the covers.

    Erica,do you have any input with the covers?

    tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/10629544261

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  9. This sounds good!!! I have been hearing about this everywhere!!!
    thanks for the giveaway!
    JoJo
    jojosbookcorner@gmail.com

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  10. Still need to read the first book. I can't wait to read this series
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  11. Been seeing this novel everywhere! Would love to read it!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

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  12. I loved Shadowfae and can't wait to read Kane's story! Please count me in!

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  13. These sound great. I have them on my TBR list and look forward to reading them.

    Dawn
    love2read28(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. looks to be a good read.

    purpledelphini@gmail.com

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  15. Happy St.Patty's Day!!! I would love to win a copy of this book.
    usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

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  16. Erica Hayes is a new author so, of course, this is a new series to me. Sounds like a good read and I enjoy series.

    acm05@juno.com

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  17. {waves} thanks everyone for dropping by! and thank you all for the good wishes.

    @ elaing8: I can't take any responsibility for these lovely covers, I'm afraid :) I just admire them!

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  18. Sounds like another series that I need to buy.

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  19. t me in! I loved Shadowfae so I'd love to win this one!

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  20. This series sounds great, will be adding it to my TBR list.

    van p.
    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I've heard great things about this series and have added them to my TRB pile!

    I blogged about your giveaway here: http://razloversbookblog2.blogspot.com/2010/03/erica-hayes-shadowglass-giveaway.html

    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  22. I read amazing reviews about this series, so I would love to read them and see for myself.

    Please enter me.

    I tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/10671684235

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

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  23. This book sounds great. I've got a question for Erica Hayes, if you could turn your book into a movie or tv show which would you pick?

    Stephanie G
    sgradel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I am loving the cover. I have Shadowfae and I look forward to reading this book.

    ladyrogue(at)ymail(dot)com

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  25. Hi Erica, thanks for stopping by. Can't wait to read Shadowglass!!

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  26. I'd love a copy of what sounds sounds like a super book. The fairy genre is just now coming into it's own and I'm am salivating with anticipation of this series. Have book 1 so now's the time to break it out. Love the cover.

    alterlisa At Yahoo DOT com

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  27. Thanks again everyone for visiting!

    @ Stephanie G: Ha! I guess every author imagines their work on the screen once in a while. It'd be kinda cool. Shadowglass would make a cool movie :) it'd be all glittery and night-time and cutaway action. Kinda like Underworld but without the werewolves... actually, not like that at all. But cool :D

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  28. Hi Erica,

    All of your book covers are excellent. How much input do you get into your covers?

    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

    tweeted - http://twitter.com/Heatwave316/status/10700823672

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  29. I've been reading great reviews about this book.... I'd love to get my hands on it!



    chrissy dot morin at gmail dot com

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  30. I definitely wanna check out this series. I am getting a bit desperate to read it...to tell the truth. I keep getting the books dangled in front of my nose, I'm gonna have to bite eventually.

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

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  31. @ heatwave16: I love the covers! Sometimes the publisher asks me for character descriptions and the like, but those first two covers they did all on their own.

    Thanks everyone for your comments and questions. Lovely to meet you all!

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  32. The covers are amazing and I can't wait to try this series out! It sounds very original and fun.

    s39jat (at) mun (dot) ca

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  33. I've been hearing some great things about is book but I haven't gotten the chance to read it yet. Whoo!

    Thanks
    chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

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  34. Does it ever get confusing or overwhelming having a different character for each book?

    Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/jmspettoli/status/10819488377

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

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  35. I must say I keep hearing about this book. I wasn't that interested until I read the author interview. Sounds much better now. Love the cover by the way!

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  36. Sorry forgot to leave email if I win!

    tinadudley at sbcglobal dot com

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  37. Demons and fairies together - sounds great!

    sleepingaurora at gmail dot com

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  38. Your book covers are absolutely outstanding. They are art all by themselves. Just imagine the inside. Can't wait to read your work.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  39. Hi Erica. Shadowglass sounds great. I love the cover.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

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  40. @jmspettoli: I actually really like having new characters for each book. It means I've got a whole new range of issues and hangups to explore :) And I get to play with the continuing characters too!

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  41. This is a series I keep meaning to start! It sounds wonderful!

    posted on my blog: http://not-really-southernvampchick.blogspot.com/2010/03/win-on-wednesday-contests-around_24.html

    notreallysouthernvampchick(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Sounds like a great book with an awesome plot! Thanks for the contest.

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Door2Wonderland/status/10988225152.

    Thanks,
    Kelsey
    krae991@yahoo.com

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  43. Please enter me for this awesome read!

    Kate Leger aka YzhaBella
    mleger0546 (@) rogers (dot) com
    http://yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

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