dark fantasy

What’s in a difference?

Author Katrina Jack talks about The Silver Flute Trilogy. What sets her YA Urban Fantasy series apart from other books in the genre? What makes her characters unique? Read on to find out…



As an author of YA urban fantasy, I use some of the criteria that applies to fantasy overall. For example, my characters have a goal or quest they must fulfil in order to achieve their destiny. They have certain powers that help them in their journey. They fight mythical creatures and they combat weird and horrifying enemies who get in their way.

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But of course thousands of writers do the same, no matter what genre they write in. So what did I do to make my work different? Well, the lead protagonist in The Silver Flute Trilogy is mute. How did I make him communicate, not only with his fellow characters, but with the readers too? Obviously it was neither practical or desirable to use swathes of description of sign language, apart from the odd gesture. I overcame this by simply not putting inverted comments around his dialogue, but instead…

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Fire Baptized Book Tour

Welcome to the “Fire Baptized” Mini tour brought to you by the lovely Kenya Wright.
If you’re in the mood for Urban Fantasy, Diversity and Unapologetic characters, you’ve found your kryptonite!


Book Title: Fire Baptized

Author Name: Kenya Wright

ISBN Number: 0985023007

Publisher: Pursuit

Page Number: 286

Format (e.g. paperback, ebook, etc.): ebook

Genre(s): Interracial Paranormal Romance

Release Date: Jan 28, 2012


Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

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About the Author:

Writer. Lover. Foodie. Mother. Book Addict.

Masturbator. Comedian. Super Hero. Blogger.

Professional Adventurer.

Stalk her….I mean it, Stalk her!
Kenya is in the league of looking for new minions!
Places of interest she’s waiting for you to come out of hiding:

Kenya Wright’s Official Site
Twitter @Kenyawright77

Happy Stalking!


Tricia’s Review of Fire Baptized:

When Lanore is a witness to a horrific crime, she embarks on a mission to solve the mystery. A target herself, Lanore is desperate to save her loved ones from a vicious killer. Will she discover the identity of the murderer before it’s too late, or will she have to make an unthinkable sacrifice in order to save her friends?

What’s not to love about this book? It’s violent, sexy, and magical. The world-building is top notch. Lanore is the type of character I love. She’s intelligent, street-smart, funny, and courageous. She can kick butt when necessary, but still displays compassion and vulnerability. In other words, she’s a well-rounded, well-crafted heroine.

If you’re in the market for a new book-boyfriend, Fire Baptized has two hot, gorgeous men to choose from. Lanore has strong feelings for her ex (MeShack) and growing attraction for Zulu, the powerful, overprotective shifter who is head over heels for her. She can’t fight her feelings (or lust) forever. There are some seriously steamy scenes in this book, so romance lovers will not be disappointed.

This book was absolutely phenomenal and had me glued to the pages. I read the last half of the book in one sitting, and I can’t think of anything that could have pulled me away. Did I mention I love this book? Honestly, it’s one of the best urban fantasy books I’ve ever read. It’s that awesome! You should read it. Now.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! (I’d give it more if I could)


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Wicked Tides by Sean Kinsley

Wicked Tides by Sean Kinsley
A dark fantasy, hardcore action novel…

After intercepting a convoy containing crucial intelligence and decrypting the data, the Kionic Pirates now know their time of plundering the seas may come to an end. An alliance has been formed between the various factions they prey on. With little time to spare the Kionic Pirates begin their own defensive preparations which include sending out various special forces teams to perform recon and sabotage missions.

An area of the world that has not seen major conflict is about to erupt. Run by powerful politicians, kings, warriors, spherists, assassins and underground networks, chances for personal gain are rife. Spherists, people who are able to draw upon and control the energy of ethereal realms, are utilized in everything from encrypting information, communicating long distance, spying and contract killing.

Everything is about to go down and the Kionics are right in the middle of it.

One Kionic spec ops team, lead by Exphasia, a spherist, is sent to the city where she grew up. Followed by her brother Merritt and her hard-headed friend, Rezen, they soon learn that there is far more going on than initially perceived. Aided by an assassin, who partly shares in the Kionic’s own goals, they must recover as much intel as possible and destroy what they can before the Alliance fleet leaves dock.

And there’s something else…

Communication and other spherical activities are being scrambled and hampered by an unknown storm brewing over the mountains to the east. Something is wrong.

And Rezen’s nightmares are getting worse…

Buy Wicked Tides:

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UK – http://amzn.to/1hayGJ9

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About the Author:

Sean Kinsley was born in Reno, Nevada and is currently resides there. He was a host on a radio station for several months before switching to television. After high school, Sean had a public access TV show that ran for several years where he directed, acted and edited.

Moving on, he now provides artwork for websites and other various projects in addition to “Pick Me, Pick Me and Monte’s Lost Colony, a full color hardcover children’s book released in 2008. Wicked Tides is his first novel. Beyond writing, he would like to direct and make movies in the future.

Sean Kinsley is the author of the dark fantasy novel Wicked Tides and illustrator of the children’s book Pick Me, Pick Me and Monte’s Lost Colony. He has just recently finished the first draft of the sequel to Wicked tides called Wrathful Echoes. He appears on the radio frequently and does graphic on the side. He will begin writing his next novel in a few weeks while Wrathful Echoes goes through the publishing process.

Social Media Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorseankinsley
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/sean_kinsley
Website: http://www.seankinsley.com/

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Interview with K.R. Hulsey

Today, I’m visiting with K.R. Hulsey, author of Demona, a recently released dark fantasy novel.

I’ve been reading the novel on Smashwords, and was immediately hooked by the beautiful, lyrical writing. If you’re a fan of fantasy or paranormal novels, Demona is a must-read!

Demona, a mixed race young woman, born of both good and evil, is the key to Billayo’s salvation. Abused, starved, treated like a wild animal, her journey begins in the cell of a human. She’s given up all hope of rescue, family, love — until the unthinkable happens. She is freed. Released from unendurable slavery, she has the power to save two worlds. But first she has to learn how to be human.

Demona is now available for purchase:
Tricia: Thank you so much for speaking with me today. Please tell my readers a little about yourself.

K.R.: I’m a 27-year-old mother of 3 (almost 4); been married for about 6 years to my high school sweetheart, which I think makes me extremely lucky. I fully admit that I am an odd duck. I have this obsession with Halloween, so much so that I am the Director of IV Haunt, a non-profit haunted house that I do every year in my little town. We donate half our proceeds to the local Boys & Girl’s club and it’s something that I take a lot of pride in. I make a lot of my own props, which you can view on my Facebook in my photos, but be warned they are kind of dark. Most of my family and friends are pretty surprised that I could think up such darkness but that part has never been hard.

I grew up in Huntington Beach, not the pretty rich side, more like the slimy poor side. We lived in nigh squalor and I was one of those unfortunate kids who went to school smelling of cat pee and filth. My parents at the time were into drugs, and I was one of those kids you see wandering all over the city probably doing things I shouldn’t be. I once rode my bike on the 405. (Still something I never shared with my mom) When I was 11 or so we moved to Oregon, my parents quit cold turkey and became the adults that every child needs. Of course it was hard at first losing all that freedom but I admire my Mother for her sacrifice. Not long after my dad abandoned us to continue his drug abuse. So I was filled with a lot of anger and hate.

T: When did you begin writing? 

K.R.: I began writing dark poetry just after moving to Oregon, my mom became concerned but my teachers encouraged it, they said it was a way to vent my frustrations. And for the most part they were right, I could voice my anger without hurting others, or myself and I always felt better afterward. It wasn’t until I hit my freshman year in high school that I started writing Demona.
T: What inspired you to write Demona: Book One?

K.R.: After my dad left, I was in a lot of pain and confusion. I was only 3 months into having my first boyfriend (now my husband) and needless to say the sudden abandonment left me with some serious paranoia. When my boyfriend told me my issues were making him consider breaking up, I turned to writing and Demona was born. I used all the hurt, anger, and frustration to create the troubled hero and her first true enemy. 

T: What are the challenges Demona faces? Does she possess any special gifts, abilities, or characteristics that will help her overcome these challenges?

K.R.: Demona faces countless challenges through out the series, most of them within herself. She is a shape shifter, able to change into 3 different bodies not including her human form, but she has forgotten how to be human. Her time growing up in slavery has reverted her human mind to the animal instincts that kept her alive. She suffers from paranoia, anthropophobia, haphephobia, and sudden bouts of violence. This makes it extremely difficult for her to learn to be a human, let alone a hero.

T: What was your greatest challenge when writing this novel?

K.R.: The biggest challenge really is that I absolutely suck with grammar. Editing took forever and was a serious pain in the butt. My editor did a great job and helped me fix the things that I just didn’t see.

T: Are there any messages or lessons embedded in your novel that you hope readers will take with them after reading?

K.R.: There are so many small lessons I would hope that the readers would catch. Prejudices are a big one, not so much with color as in race but really what’s the difference? Compassion is another.

T: I understand your novel is the first in a series. How many books are planned, and where does the series take us?

K.R.: I am currently working on book six and I imagine the story will spread into a tenth. We follow Demona as she grows up and learns on a roller coaster life. She starts out at what she thinks is her lowest point, then finds life and friendship, only to be thrust into a world war that she is expected to win. But we don’t just follow Demona, one person does just not win wars. The story bounces between the characters that are important to the story, but like a tapestry, every thread has its purpose. 

T: Are you working on any writing projects unrelated to Demona, or does the series take up most of your time?

K.R.: Demona is really the only thing I’ve been writing for the last decade or so. It sounds silly but the story is like a child to me, I gave it life, put in countless hours of work, I used every soul deep emotion I had to try to bring it to life, and shed many a tear of it. I don’t know if I would ever be able to write anything but the Demona series. Maybe once it was completed I could embrace some other project but for now, writing anything else just isn’t possible for me.

T: How do you balance the demands of daily life (work, parenting, etc) with your writing career?

K.R.: At the moment I haven’t been able to juggle at all. Working with 3 kids plus trying to keep the house clean takes about all the energy I have. And mostly my house suffers because sometimes you just don’t care. But my editor is hounding me for book 2 and I know I need to put my nose to the grindstone and get it done. Now that school has started I think I can probably sneak in a few hours a day to devote to the series. Which means the house will still suffer but hey, who needs folded clothes anyway? 

T: What advice would you give new or aspiring authors?

K.R.: First I would tell them to forget the traditional printing presses. Why would you want to hand over the rights to your book and get the smallest royalty possible for something that you created? Why would you want your book in the hands of people who only publish books from people they know? If you have an uncle’s friend’s brother at DAW that’s all well and good, and they’ll publish it even if it’s complete crap, but hey you knew someone right? Its not fair and its not right and its really just a waste of time and a lot of heartbreak to be repeatedly rejected simply because you are a newbie. Secondly, embrace change. Get an editor and let them tell you what needs to change to help the story along. I refused this change for a long time and it left the story stagnant. Be open and listen to your editor. 

T: That is great advice. Thank you again for stopping by. For any authors who are interested in purchasing a copy of Demona, please visit Amazon or Smashwords. Don’t forget to support indie authors by leaving a review for your favorite books.
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