Q&A with Emily Cyr and The Lightning Progency (#Giveaway!)

First a quick bit of biz: If you’re following the ILLUMINATION tour, you can find spotlight stops today at Mello and June and at Share My Destiny. You can enter for tour prizes at both places! And a quick THANK YOU to all of you who’ve already picked up a copy of ILLUMINATION. Remember, the first four books in the series are on sale for Kindle for 99 cents each this month, including STORM FORCE (aka Penton 3.5), so with ILLUMINATION, you can get the whole series for less than $10 in the U.S. Okay, commercial message over.

Today, join me in welcoming author Emily Cyr to the blog! Emily is a great young urban fantasy author I had the pleasure of meeting online a few years ago, and she’s here to celebrate the release of THE LIGHTNING PROGENY, book three of her Lightning Witch Trilogy—and to subject herself to the Preternatura Q&A.

About the Author:

Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. She holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in English and social science. She has always had a love of all things paranormal and fantasy, but it wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not?” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily. It seemed to open a creative door that had been locked. Emily has always been an avid reader. Through reading came her love of writing. The more she read, the more she knew she wanted to create her own world. Many of her first works were fan fiction. Emily and her family currently reside in Cibolo, Texas. She has an incredibly supportive husband who is also an officer in the United States Air Force. They have three sons, ages 6, 4, and 1. Somehow, even with the demands of being a parent to three little boys, she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down. You can find Emily at her website, on Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING PROGENY: Delaney Hagen’s life has spiraled into complete pandemonium. After killing the monster who turned her, she thought she’d finally escaped … only to find herself trapped with new enemies. Worse, these enemies are among the Coven – one of whom she thought she could trust. …Reid Jamison refuses to rest until his beloved mate is back in his arms. If that means organizing wolf packs around the globe and taking on the Coven, so be it. But doing so means achieving the impossible task of finding the oldest living wolf – and Reid is running out of time. …The fight to find one another reveals even greater dangers, ones that threaten the future of werewolves and witches alike. The stake of her people rests solely on Delaney’s shoulders. Reid must convince his kind to forgive a centuries-old grudge. Or there will never be peace among the chaos. …War has come to their world. Will Delaney and Reid reunite amidst the bloodshed, or will the fight for freedom send them into ruins? Buy links for the series: The Lightning Prophecy; The Lightning Legacy; The Lightning Progeny.

Now, let’s hear from Emily, and read on to win your choice of one of the Lightning Prophecy books for Kindle!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work.

The Lightning Progeny is the third book in the Lightning Witch Trilogy. Delaney Hagen is a lightning witch, something that really shouldn’t be. She’s the center of a prophecy. Her people and the weres were once the same being, Druids. But, a long time ago the powers split into what they are now. Well, until now. Delaney has been foretold to bring an end to everything and reunite the bloodline. This trilogy follows her story. She fights, she endures, and she loves. All for herself and her people.

Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?

Delaney’s best friend is a drag queen named Troy. He’s kind of the most fun character to write. There is a scene where he stands up and yells at a pack of wolves. It stands out because he really doesn’t put up will anyone’s crap. He’s also got the best one-liners.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:

That has to be one I wrote in The Lightning Legacy. I suffered a miscarriage while I was writing it. I was going through so much pain at the time and writing that book was my outlet. There’s a part in there that had Delaney suffering a lot of abuse at the hands of a really awful person. That scene was the one that I was able to dump so much of my pain into, yet it was hard putting Delaney through it.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

I’m a huge fan of audio. So, I’m listening to American Gods. But, I am dying to listen to Eric Asher!

Favorite book when you were a child:

When I was a kid there were three books I recall begging my mom to read to me just about every night. Panda Cake, Ms. Suzie the Squirrel, and Socks for Supper.

Your five favorite authors:

Okay this is in no order: PC Cast; Susannah Sandlin (no, I didn’t pay her, really and truly!-SJ/SS); Jeaniene Frost; Kresley Cole; Karen Moning. I’ve read/listened to their books a number of times.

Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is the most frequently given answer!)

I was in the eighth grade. Jurassic Park. Okay I know! Not one most would fake. However, in my defense I was in the 8th grade and I just couldn’t get into it. Though, shortly after that I found my love for audio.

Book other than your own for which you’re an evangelist:

I adore the Penton Vampire series. I tell EVERYONE to try them. Susannah Sandlin’s series isn’t just well written; it’s well thought out. Something I strive for in my own books. [Aw sweet…really, truly, I didn’t pay her!]

Book that changed your life:

PC Cast’s The Divine Series. Hands down it was what clicked me from YA to adult books. I’ve read it a number of times. I just wish it were on audio.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Karan Moning’s Fever series. I’ve read it 10 times at least and wish it could be the first time every time. It’s a magical series.

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:

Not sure I’ve had one. Well, other than realized one of my children pooped and I needed to change them and in turn do a bath.

What’s next?

I’m currently writing my third book in my Vampire Favors series. I’m also writing a fairy tale retelling of a Scottish tale called The Bear. It’s a little bit of the Brave tale and a lot of bear shifters!

Now….Since Emily’s working on her vampire series, tell us your favorite vampire series. (No, you don’t have to say the Penton Legacy *smile*.) I’ll choose one commenter to win his or her choice of Kindle book from Emily’s Lightning Prophecy series.

Q-and-A Viola Carr and The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (#Giveaway!)

Today, join me in welcoming author Viola Carr! Viola is here to celebrate the release of THE DASTARDLY MISS LIZZIE, which releases on Wednesday, and to subject herself to the Preternatura Q&A. I’ve had the chance to meet Viola at a couple of conferences and she’s awesome! You can also win a copy of the first two books in her Electric Empire series or a Book Depository credit if you’re outside the U.S.

About the Author: Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist. Links: website: Twitter; Tumblr; Facebook.

 

 

ABOUT The Dastardly Miss Lizzie: An Electric Empire Novel Crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to share a life with her rebellious second self, Lizzie Hyde. But being two people in one body isn’t easy, not when Eliza has a professional reputation to protect and Lizzie is veering headfirst into a life of debauchery and crime with an increasingly demented Mr. Hyde. Not to mention the difficulty of making a respectable marriage with Remy Lafayette—Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope–while Lizzie enjoys her own dubious romantic entanglements. And with England on the brink of war, Remy’s secretive mission in sorcery-riddled Paris grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is Eliza finally going mad?…Now, she’s confronted by her most baffling case yet: an evil genius with a penchant for theatrics is murdering eminent scientists in the most inexplicable ways. Her investigation uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories and bleeding-edge science punishable by death–and a shocking connection to her father’s infamous experiments. Desperate to learn the truth about her past, she must infiltrate a cabal of fanatical inventors bent on a discovery that will change the world–or destroy it….With London under attack by sorcery-wielding terrorists, and the Royal Society’s enforcers determined to bury her evidence for good, Eliza needs all the friends she can get if she’s to thwart the killer and keep her head. But when Lizzie’s criminal shenanigans get Eliza fired from the Metropolitan Police, and Remy is implicated in an act of bloody vengeance he didn’t commit (or did he?), she’s on her own….Except for wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie. But Lizzie’s got her own life now. And she’ll do anything to keep it. Even if it means attempting the unspeakable and finding her own body. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn…

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Now, let’s hear from Viola!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?

THE DASTARDLY MISS LIZZIE, in which Dr. Jekyll hunts serial killers in a steampunk Victorian London, while fighting misogyny, evil French spies and her own predatory dark half. It’s a female steampunk Jekyll & Hyde, with murders.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

I always enjoy writing scenes where Eliza Jekyll and her dark half, Lizzie Hyde, are fighting or trying to embarrass each other. They have the best arguments. Sometimes they get into a fistfight, or worse.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

I’m reading ANGELS OF MUSIC by Kim Newman. I am in awe of Kim. Sometimes I suspect he gets his ideas from other authors’ ‘too-hard’ baskets – oh, you don’t want that? Can’t hack it? That’s a shame. Do you mind if I…? – and then he just casually nails them and walks off whistling.

Favorite book when you were a child:

THE STRANGE DISAPPERANCE OF ARTHUR CLUCK featured a lost baby chicken trying to get back to his parents. It had me gripped. I borrowed it from the library so many times that my Dad ordered me a copy from the local bookstore, who had to get it in from overseas (this was the seventies, people, it was a big deal). I still have this book, which my Mum covered in plastic for me.

Book you’ve faked reading:

I don’t think I’ve never actually claimed to have read a book I hadn’t. But I’ve nodded and smiled as if I knew what I was talking about when people discussed 50 SHADES OF GREY, which I couldn’t finish. “Uh huh. Red room of pain. Yeah. I know, right? The feels.”

Book that made you say, “I wish I’d thought of that!”

See above on Kim Newman. Honourable mention to THE HEROES by Joe Abercrombie. I’ve always wanted to write a book about people who do the right thing for the wrong reasons, or vice versa. Now I don’t have to.

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch. Granted, I’d read the series and wanted the book anyway, but the cover would have sold me in any case.

Book that changed your life:

Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Back in the day this was a big deal: monsters can be people too.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

I would like to read A Song of Ice and Fire without knowing anything about it. It’s kind of a cliché now, but back in the day, when Eddard Stark got killed my head exploded. Twenty years of reading epic fantasy had made me believe this does not happen. Kind of like when Tom Skerritt gets killed in the movie Alien – what? The woman is the hero? (Like I said: the seventies! This was a shock.)

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:

This is a hard one. I love horror, but these days books are slow-build, like THE STRAIN. That’s a creep-fest. Or OUTPOST and JUGGERNAUT by Adam Baker. The late Richard Laymon is an author who can make me jump in my seat. Pulpy horror, sure, but he can actually scare you the way a slasher movie does, with axe murderers leaping out from behind doors and stuff like that. Hell of a technique.

Favorite book about books or writing:

My most-used writing craft books are THE BREAKOUT NOVEL series by Donald Maass, SAVE THE CAT! by Blake Snyder and WRITING SCRENPLAYS THAT SELL by Michael Hauge. My favourite novel about books is THE NAME OF THE ROSE – it’s a rollicking murder mystery, yes, but it’s also about what happens when we fight to preserve outdated and harmful ideas that should rightly be consigned to the scrap heap.

What’s next?

Messing about with some new stuff. I don’t quite know what yet. Stay tuned…

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Set of the Previous 2 Electric Empire books (US only)

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Second giveaway, open worldwide: Leave a comment here and get in the running for the first book in the series or your choice of book from Book Depository. Which do you prefer—have you read the original STRANGE CASE OF DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson? I must admit I have not!