So happy to have my agent mates: Yelena Casale and Tina Moss on my blog today to talk about why they write and read Urban Fantasy. Also make sure to check out their soon to be released book: A Touch of Darkness coming October 31, 2013.
Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever.
So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence.
The book releases October 31st. For now, it can be added to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392580-a-touch-of-darkness
Make sure to enter here for your chance to win a copy of A Touch of Darkness!
Why do we write, and read, urban fantasy?
Our everyday lives are full of worries, stress, anxieties and…well, everyday life. We work at our day jobs, cook, clean our houses and spend time with our families. We live full lives that are rich with hobbies, care for our pets and, occasionally, new exciting things like travel.
But once in a while, we want to be taken away to a different world, experience events and feelings that are not the norm in our everyday lives, and know what it would be like to be someone else. Urban fantasy can provide an escape into this other life, a temporary reprieve, a vacation in a manner, that gives us a fresh new perspective into our own lives, or provides us with rest, if nothing else.
That is what reading urban fantasy is all about. It is also why we write in this genre. Creating a fun new world, a unique twist on a certain mythology, characters that have exceptional abilities is an exciting job. The characters in urban fantasy overcome problems in ways that we would often like to overcome our own problems. They conquer their fears and fight on, no matter what needs to be done. We don’t always get to be heroic in our everyday lives, but there are always situations where we can encounter and overcome our own fears. We believe that is one of the main attractions of the genre, what many relate to within it.
The appeal of the urban fantasy is that it is about putting magical, supernatural and unexpected into the recognizable, comfortable, commonplace world. We get to build a world that is accessible, yet not real, scary, yet fun, challenging, yet heroic.
We hope that the readers who pick up our urban fantasy A Touch of Darkness will enjoy getting a little reprieve for their own everyday worries for a little while.
Top ten urban fantasy and paranormal romance books/series Tina and Yelena love:
- Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews
- Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
- The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
- The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
- Dreg City series by Kelly Meding
- Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
- Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout
- Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
- Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
- Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Tina’s bio: Tina Moss is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and New Adult novels. She lives in NYC with a supportive husband and alpha corgi, though both males hog the bed and refuse to share the covers. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching cheesy horror flicks, traveling, and karate. As a 5’1″ Shotokan black belt, she firmly believes that fierce things come in small packages.
Yelena’s bio: Yelena Casale is an Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author. When she is not writing, she loves to read, watch TV with her husband (and without), take long walks and cuddle with her cat Bones. She is a second degree black belt/Shotokan karate instructor, and archaeology, history & art enthusiast.
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