Scene Snippet Sunday, SENTINELS Edition–A Peek into Frenchmen Street

Happy Sunday! They say FRENCHMEN, I say FRENCHMAN. The real name of the street in New Orleans is Frenchmen Street, but there’s only one undead Frenchman we all care about, right?

It won’t be out until early next year because of contract restrictions, but the sixth Sentinels of New Orleans book, FRENCHMEN STREET, will come to be. It will be the final book in the current story arc of the Sentinels series, after which I do have plans for these characters to live on.

So, here’s a snippet to prove the book IS in progress…

I met myself at the crossroads for a long overdue discussion with the biggest chaos magnet in the wizarding word–namely, myself. It was not a happy meeting, because grownup DJ–the one who had found herself an unwilling linchpin in an interspecies world war–said some things the old DJ didn’t want to hear. Hard truths.

Like the fact I’d been hiding out in Jean Lafitte’s shadow for too long, and it was time to claim my birthright as a green congress wizard with elven magic and kick some interspecies ass.

Like the fact that the man I’d been so desperate to commit to might never be the man I needed–and if I changed to be the woman he wanted, I might lose myself.

Like that I played a big role in the death of a good man because I’d tried to follow the wizard who was supposed to be my leader. That however strong Willem Zrakovi’s political and magical skills might be, at the core he was an immoral asshat.

Like the fact that my greatest allies were rogues and the misfits, and that I was, indeed, my father’s daughter. Peter Jaco, the kind human man who’d tried to raise me before losing me to the wizards, was not my father. That role belonged to the Red Congress wizard who had powerful magic but naive judgment.

I planned to keep the power but, unlike Gerry, I would not let naive choices drag me to my death.

Hm….I think our DJ has grown up. The book will take place during Mardi Gras season, so just imagine what chaos the princes of Faerie can cause during that time!

Stay tuned tomorrow for new ILLUMINATION tour stops and our weekly Reader’s Choice giveaway, as well as this week’s winner!

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.