Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources - including her growing supernatural abilities - to locate the missing girl before it's too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front. Now with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death. And through it all, she discovers the identity of one mysterious man A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs.
Someone is leaving victims drained of blood, and all signs point to the killer not being a vampire. Meanwhile, Sam can't help but notice the changes coming over her son As Sam tracks down a ruthless killer, and as her own humanity slips further and further away, an ancient relic holds a secret that will rock her world And as the case takes an unexpected turn, Samantha Moon must confront the growing supernatural powers of those closest to her—and a betrayal that will rock her world.
Now, as the family gathers again, Samantha Moon is asked to find a ruthless killer—all while a massive storm bears down upon the small island. Sam is about to come face-to-face with evil incarnate But when her sister, Mary Lou, goes missing, Samantha, Allison and Kingsley take the fight underground Eight years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home.
Working the night shift as a private investigator, Sam is hired to look into a baffling missing person case, a case that will lead her to hell in back. And when another woman vanishes, the clock starts ticking As Sam digs deeper into the case, a very dangerous supernatural creature makes his presence known. A creature with a pedigree of evil. A creature who knows her all too well. Now in a race against time, Samantha Moon is about to discover the lengths one sadistic pack of immortals will go to feed their bloodlust.
Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. Moon Dance —Vampire for Hire series by J. Vampire Moon —Vampire for Hire series by J. The meditations are wonderful and just knowing you are participating with hundreds of thousands of other mediators makes is quite a powerful collective exercise. People will be connected or disconnected regardless of whether they have the internet or not. It only matters how we use it. Having my son at age 29 was a huge turning point.
Seriously enlightening transformation! Currently being female brings to mind the Strength card in the deck of Tarot. Do you know the one? I think that sums things up nicely. Being a woman has also given me quite an edge writing these last six books. There are issues of gender that ring all the more true because they are written from direct experience. Was this something you set out to explore or did it just evolve as you wrote the book? Journey by Night is the sixth and final book in the series and tells the story of Kreshkali and Nell, characters introduced in the very first book.
Because of the incredible fortitude and strength of these two women already established, telling their story involved showing how they go that way, how they became the people readers know them to be. Already I have reports of a lot of tears and ah ha moments as some of those reasons behind their quirks, strengths, fears and magical inclinations are revealed. Very satisfying to read and write. My women are heroic, both vulnerable and hardened, smart and streetwise, loving and imaginative.
I hold diplomas in herbal medicine, nutrition, vet nursing, farrier science, literature and am a board certified lactation consultant. I did five years Iaido. I loved it for the beauty of the movements and the philosophy behind it. Have you done other martial arts?
I also love yoga!
I love that you found Iaido relaxing. I can see how, once the incredible awkwardness of the samurai sword is a little under control, it can be that way. But I had true warrior woman sensei and she was anything but relaxing! Having said that, my worlds, she was good and what I learned went well beyond the mechanics of the practice. All very beautiful and centring disciplines. I took it up so I could write authentic fight scenes!
Do you have a background in graphic design? Reading on I discovered your son is an artist. I am the coder. I love web design. Having such a fabulous artist is a wonderful bonus! Aural writers like to play specific music while they write to get into the right frame of mind for each book. The story plays out in front of my eyes. My only hope is that I can type fast enough to keep up with the action and the dialog! I would probably have to read a few thousand more books to answer that with any authority but with my experience, I can give you a firm, yes and no. His Dresden, on the other hand, is American male.
Same with China Mieville In the case of these authors, you can feel the female vs.
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They have both written fabulous fantasy tales and though there is a strong feeling of gender in the characters, you could swap author names and not know the difference in terms of being written by male or female. As in any genre, the author brings themselves to the work and that means every book will be different, a unique expression which adds to the whole of the field.
Ah, not until I begin to read. As I said above, sometimes the gender of the author seems relevant and sometimes not so much so. Stories that are more epic where the politics of the worlds drive the plot, the focus is off the characters, to some degree, and more on the stakes.
Moonshadow: The Twilight War
With new authors, and familiar, I like to leave my expectations behind and let them surprise me. To walk into that city under the Ishtar Lions and visit the hanging gardens would be a trip of a thousand life times! This must have been a wonderful opportunity. Can you tell us a little about the experience? The opportunity to meet a publisher from Orbit and get face-to-face feedback on my book was invaluable.
We also got to spend a week in beautiful sunny Queensland, doing nothing but working on those novels, under the mentorship of the generous and wise Marianne de Pierres. We even gave ourselves a name, we are the Orbiteers! Did you realise you were writing cutting edge SF? Thank you! All three are definitely influences on Debris. I particularly love the mix of magic and technology in games like the Final Fantasy series. I mean, I wanted to write something that felt different , but fun was always more important than different!
I also wanted to play with that combination of magic and technology, and create a world where the lines between them are blurred. For sample chapters see here. Have you finished the second book and, if so, what project are you working on next? As I was writing it I was quite firmly convinced it was fantasy, just a different kind of fantasy. Yes indeed, the second book is finished. In the way they write?
A lot of blokes have influenced my addiction to genre. My Dad read Tolkien to me, I loved his old E. Or more politics, or better politics. Bloodthirstyness, romance, and politics. But is there a difference in the way their books are marketed? And discussed? And awarded? It's a thrill the first time you see your book out there in the real world sitting on a bookshop shelf.
Ah no. The usual! Into the future, definitely. But I want to know how future generations will look back on us, what we did, what we could have done, and the kind of planet we bequeathed them. So, for the giveaway prize, who is your favourite ultimate baddie? Catch up with Jo on GoodReads. Catch up with Jo on Facebook. I like the covers, very manga. Are you a big fan of Manga?
Do you get much say in what appears on your covers? The various foreign editions including the US version published by Little, Brown the Twilight people conjure up very different visions of the heroes. In Tomodachi, you had an English boy stranded in sixteenth century Japan. With the Moonshadow series do you use a European character to ground the audience in medieval Japan or do you plunge straight in?
The Moonshadow series actually arose from an inspiring historical fact that I stumbled on while researching in Japan: that at one stage, Tokugawa Ieyasu, in order to keep his grip on the Shogunate, employed the spies of Clan Iga, many of whom and this is the cool part started their dangerous careers while they were still children. I remember the pair of us sitting in the bar at a national SF convention talking martial arts all evening.
I think it takes a particular type of mind to appreciate Bushido. I know you do a lot of school talks. Do you find the kids respond well? Do you think they go away with some insight into the philosophy behind the martial arts? It certainly seems that way to me; I often see evidence of students really getting where I am coming from in terms of my own martial arts paradigm: that we train to perfect technique and therefore ultimately ourselves, not to grow skilled at actually killing; that the more one trains, the gentler one tends to become; that violence does not equal strength any more than mercy equals weakness; and that as the Japanese have always maintained, the sharpest swords rarely leave their scabbards for they rarely need to.
Was this a bit like bringing your work home with you? Not really, because the three crime thrillers I wrote, Doctor Id, Cybercage and The Stalking Zone, sat more at the fantastic end of the law enforcement story genre, though much of the gritty psychology of those tales was true to the environment that inspired them. My young vigilante heroes were allowed to have wins, to get results, though they had to really suffer along the way, so I suppose that in the end, the stories were in fact very positive though harrowing.
Thunderfish, Under No Flag, and In the Jaws of the Sea, explored the idea that people labelled criminals under one perspective might actually be not only good guys from another viewpoint, but in fact the most useful humans in that particular equation. Q: I see way back in you were part of a heavy metal band. Do you still practice music?
I still play guitar and sing, and have consistently written songs for most of my life. If you love soul, funk or acid jazz, you can check out his sounds here. I reckon that one of the peculiarities of writing culture has always been that while most story tellers obsess over how to tell a timeless, boundary-breaking, universal tale, publishers are meanwhile apparently obliged to obsess over how to categorize, brand and anchor the field of interest in that story, in other words, to narrow and define its scope, so as to better sell it.
The clash of these two unrelenting focuses can produce some interesting cross-perceptions about who writes or reads what exactly and for who while I guess the truth is that out here in the real world, we simply end up with a great deal of diversity. So a good writer can always pleasantly surprise us, not only with their imaginings, but with all kinds of truths they can own and convey which transcend their culture, gender or generation. Part of me just has to know : do we finally grow up as a species? Or does it turn out that our damned gadgets wound up destroying us because they kept evolving while their creators remained inherently paranoid and primitive?
I had DNA done. So I know it was a wookie. Do you still have that book? I do indeed have that copy of Legend, dog-eared and yellowing though it may be! Q: Lucky you! That they almost tell the story for him. Seven years later, your first book, Wounded Guardian came out. Which we all do. If you could go back twenty years, what would you tell that younger aspiring writer that was you? My growth as a writer is definitely an organic, ongoing process. I had to suffer pain and anguish, take myself to my own borders, to see death, to watch my children being born and hold them in my arms before being published.
But I had to. Seeing more of life, experiencing highs and lows is what I needed to do, to unlock the characters in my head and merge them with the stories that I have carried around with me since I was a small child. I could tell the younger me about those things but some things must be experienced to be understood.
Q: Your fantasy trilogy, The Dragon Sword Histories, has been described as gritty with characters that are neither good nor evil. Do you think that fantasy as a genre is maturing? Firstly, I would say there ARE characters who are good, and others who are evil. But they are not distinguishable by white and black hats.
It is certainly growing, splitting off into all sorts of sub-categories and gaining more and more acceptance and popularity. I hear mature and I think beige cardigans and tartan slippers — fantasy is more a pair of purple Doc Martens and a loud T-shirt! Q: In an interview on Voyager you say that you wrote while travelling on the train to work as a layout designed and headline writer at the Sunday Telegraph.
Did you find that you could dip into the world of your story for half an hour each day, or was it hard to get back into the right mind-set to write? Sadly, my train trip is far more than half an hour! I find writing on the train a really useful exercise — about 2. Q: I see you have a new trilogy coming out:. Did you get much input into the covers and titles of your first trilogy? Writers do have plenty of say over what their stories are called — mine has been evolving rapidly over the last few months and so what seemed the right and proper emphasis has shifted.
As for the covers, they had the original ideas but I had plenty of input into how they came out and was able to get them altered until I was happy with them — there are earlier posts on my Facebook page that show the development of those book covers, if anyone wants to see! Of course there is a difference in the way males and females write fantasy — but those differences are often relatively small and it would be natural for fantasy readers to have a stock of favoured male and female readers. You can read and enjoy both, for different reasons.
I took that as a huge compliment — but I know I also appeal to a female readership with two of the three main characters being strong females. Testosterone, as well as an instinct to win and be dominant often make men do strange and foolish things for what seems to be no good reason. Two of the worst fantasy books I ever read to the point where I gave up on them before I even finished the middle of the first book in the series were written by men.
I would go back to about AD, when the Saxons were slowly conquering Celtic Britain but were turned back for a generation by a British as in Welsh warleader or King. Some have called him Arthur, others claim no such man existed. The hero of The Dragon Sword Histories is Martil, a warrior whose life is changed and forever defined by one mistake that he hopes, yet fails to atone for. He longs for the chance to go back and make a choice again.
What one thing would you change in your life — if you had the chance to go back in time and make a different choice in your life, what would it be? Catch up with Duncan on Goodreads. Q: We met at World Con in Melbourne in This was only the fourth time a World Con has been to Australia since As you are based in Hawaii do you miss out on a lot of conventions, or do you make the effort to get to them? Since moving to Hawaii in , I do not have the opportunity to attend many conventions. So these days I am likely to attend only one convention a year, if that.
Q: I have to ask this question. Why did you change to the Kate Elliot name? I was asked to take a pen name to launch a new series Jaran with a new publisher. Three years later, Robin Hobb was born when Megan Lindholm was asked to do the same thing. This worked well 15 years ago before the explosion of social media.
Now I think it is much more difficult to pull off a new public writing identity. Do you run workshops and get involved with developing writers? I recall clearly the long lonely road I took in my early years of writing. I write my articles on writing for those people, who may be working in what feels to them like isolation. I want them to know there are many writers out here, and we all face many of the same problems.
How did this come about? Q: There are four books in the series. Is the series YA? Jaran is not a YA series, although teenagers can certainly read it and many have. The protagonist of Jaran the first novel is 22 and has just graduated from university. The subsequent books add additional protagonists, some of whom are younger and some older, but certainly the character of Ilyana in book 4 is the youngest of all the point of view characters in the series as a whole.
The book was a World Fantasy Finalist.
Can you tell us a little about the collaboration process? I always find this fascinating.
After we agreed to collaborate, the two most important issues were how we would handle 1 the world-building and 2 the actual blending of writing. We met for a long weekend for an initial world-building sessions in which we hammered out the main elements of the world, culture, main characters, and plot. It was a really fabulous three days. It was a great experience. For the other, we decided not to try to write a braided novel with three points of view moving in and out of the tale.
It was truly a collaboration: It is the book it is because the three of us, working together, came up with something bigger than any one of us would have managed alone. This series is set in an alternate Europe. Did you let your inner history buff out to play? I did a lot of research. Certainly, however, almost everything in the books is directly borrowed from history and from scholarship I read that illuminated that history for me.
Translations into English of works from that time were invaluable as I tried to get a handle on ways people would look at the world differently than we do. I think that is at the heart of writing good fantasy: That the people in your books live the way they live in their world, not the way you live in your world. Q: This is a seven book series. While you were writing it, did you have a flow chart that showed who was related to who and where they were over the years that the books cover?
How do you keep it all straight? There is a lot I simply kept in my head. However, I did create a calendar on which I wrote events on the day and month and year they happened. It spans the same timeline as the story, which takes place over seven years. I also made an index of character names and their associations, because there were so many characters that if I needed to know the name of the attendant of one of the nobles, say, it was far less time consuming if I had a place I could look it up than if I had to flip through the books looking for a reference to that character.
Other than that, I mostly have multiple file folders of scrawled notes in no particular order except by categories, things like astronomy, architecture, and so on, and many many academic articles on various subjects in folders by topic. I actually did a better job creating a reference notebook for the Crossroads Trilogy, with tabbed dividers with subjects like Calendar, Language, Guardians and Eagles, Geography. What I learned from my less organized work in Crown of Stars was that the better organized my reference notebook was, the easier it was to look up details when I needed them rather than relying on my memory.
I love the covers on these in both editions. Do you get much say in the look of your covers? I wrote up a description of how the reeves are harnessed to the eagles, and the artist clearly used my description rather than having the reeve riding atop the eagle as a person rides a horse. The other request was that the woman depicted as a reeve on Spirit Gate be a woman of color, not blonde or white, as there is only a single white-skinned, blonde character in the land known as the Hundred, where most of the action takes place. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.
When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what's left of his soul. Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone's pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can't deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.
As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession. Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love. Sophie is recovering from three gunshot wounds received during a mission with the Los Angeles Police Department, for whom she works as a magic consultant.
She has strong magical powers, partly because she is part Djinn but mostly because she has actively sought out teachers and mentors who taught her runes and spells that she then tweaked to make them personal and powerful. Early in the book, Sophie has a meeting with Dr. Shaw explains that her father rescued Sophie from human traffickers when she was a toddler. Unfortunately, his records contain no information as to the identity of Sophie's biological parents.
Then, Dr. All Sophie has to do is provide proof that she has entered the house. This may sound simple, but in fact, no one has been able to get into the house for centuries because the house itself decides who can enter. Shaw's ancestor built the house on top of a broken crossover passage that was the location of a huge magical battle centuries ago.
Consequently, the mansion is full of magical power, and its rooms and hallways contain many shifts in time and place. Sophie, who has always loved adventure and new experiences, jumps at the chance for a new life. The West Marches did actually exist, but they were on the border of England and Scotland. Harrison corrects this error in the second book. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her. When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever.
Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist. But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break.
And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge. Although Morgan appears to be in his late thirties, he is centuries old and has extremely powerful magic skills. His most spectacular talent is his land power, which is what he used to shift the earth beneath Sophie's mansion, nearly destroying it.
Although most of the magical world believes that Morgan is working with Isabeau of his own free will, that is not the case.