[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Excerpts, Q&A and Giveaway with the authors of KICKING IT_12.3.13
FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT
Spotlight, Review, Excerpts, Q&A and Giveaway
the authors of KICKING IT
Welcome literal addicts! I have an AWESOME post for you today…
9 of our favorite authors have joined forces to put together an amazing Compilation called KICKING IT, and it was just released today, 12/3/13!
That’s 9 stories, from 9 of your faves, all in one easy to access package. :)
For those of you new to some of these authors, here’s a little bit about each one of them and where you can find them online, and then we’ll tell you a bit more about this incredible release…
Shannon K. Butcher
Since launching her career in 2007, award-winning author Shannon K. Butcher has penned more than eighteen titles, including the paranormal romance series, the Sentinel Wars; the action-romance series, the Edge; and a handful of romantic suspense novels and works of short fiction. Being a former engineer and current nerd, she frequently uses charts, graphs and tables to aid her in the mechanics of story design and to keep track of all those pesky characters and magical powers. An avid reader and glass artist, she spends her free time playing with colored glass and beads.
Rachel is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the immensely popular MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES, WEATHER WARDEN, OUTCAST SEASON, RED LETTER DAYS, and as we mentioned, REVIVALIST.
She has been honored with a Paranormal Pearl Award and an RT Booklovers Award, and was recently awarded a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Her first Young Adult novel, “Glass Houses”, was chosen for the Texas Tavshas List in 2009 as well.
Rachel has appeared as a guest at over 100 science fiction, fantasy, mystery and romance conventions and conferences over the last 20 years and has been featured in several national publications including People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Vanity Fair as well as international, national and local television and radio.
Born in New Mexico, she attended Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University. She’s worked many jobs outside of writing, including accounting, graphic design, insurance investigation, corporate communications and web design to name a few.
Lucienne Diver is the author of the popular VAMPED series of young adult novels (think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer). School Library Journal calls the first book, “a lighthearted, action-packed, vampire romance story following in the vein of Julie Kenner’s “Good Ghouls” (Berkley), Marlene Perez’s “Dead” (Harcourt), and Rachel Caine’s “The Morganville Vampires” (Signet) series.” VOYA has suggested that the books “will attract even reluctant readers.”
Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and her essay on abuse is included in the anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen). 2011 saw the launch of Bad Blood, the first novel in her LATTER-DAY OLYMPIANS series of contemporary fantasy, set in LA and featuring a heroine who can, quite literally, stop men in their tracks. Long and Short Reviews gave it her favorite pull-quote of all times, “Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original.” She can now die happy, though maybe not just yet.
Chris Marie Green
Chris Marie Green, former school teacher turned full-time writer, gets out of the office by taking long trips to places such as Japan, Italy, and New Orleans. When she’s not causing international incidents, she enjoys yoga, movie-going and dabbling in firsthand research such as fencing, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She also writes under the name Crystal Green and Christine Cody
The author of the BLACK WINGS series, Christina is a Columbia College Chicago graduate, and still resides in Chicago with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, Christina loves long distance running, watching zombie, samurai, and/or foreign movies with subtitles, and reading just about anything.
Faith is a Fantasy writer that was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south with well over 20 books in print in 27 countries.
She is the proud creator of the SKINWALKER series featuring Jane Yellowrock, and the ROGUE MAGE series.
Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she also writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers.
Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.
She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)
USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a new dark urban fantasy series from Roc, and the Novels of Haven from Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are available (or have been contracted for release) in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Poland, Russia, and Germany. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. Kalayna is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known light her hoop on fire.
Rob’s work is dark, non-stop action from beginning to end, rife with purely evil sarcasm as sharp as a switchblade - and probably nearly as illegal. If one shoved LORD OF THE RINGS,
THE SHINING, and PULP FICTION into a wood-chipper, the result would be what Rob aims to deliver in a novel or short story.
A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), ROB THURMAN lives in RURAL Indiana - land of endless fields, infinite cows and where dialup is still the only soul-crushing option.
Rob is the proud creator of the CAL LEANDROS, TRICKSTER, and the KORSAK BROTHERS series.
Now that you’ve been introduced to the wonderful authors, let’s take a peek at this new release…
Add to your GoodReads Shelf
Featuring stories by FAITH HUNTER * KALAYNA PRICE * RACHEL CAINE * CHLOE NEILL * ROB THURMAN * SHANNON K. BUTCHER * LUCIENNE DIVER * CHRIS MARIE GREEN * CHRISTINA HENRY
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.
Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.
And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.
Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.
That’s 9 incredible new stories, by 9 fantastically talented authors, and all for the price of 1 book.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Vivacious Valkyrie – Marta:
Well this is a fabulous opportunity to sample the collected talents of some of the best authors of urban fantasy around today. This little gem contains short stories by best-selling authors that are a delight to read.
These tales whilst by nature short pack a punch. Each one is filled with madness and mayhem done in a kick ass style by heroines who take girl power to the extreme! A collection of supernatural stories with the women large and in charge!
From witches to demons, from Gods to shoe obsessed vampires this book is chock full of delights. A great way to catch up with some of the established authors published works but also a chance to sample new ones. Most of the authors included are not new to me but I found it an excellent way to try work by one or two that had so far eluded my Kindle. I think what delighted me most was being able to read about characters that usually play a minor part in certain popular series.
If you think the dark is scary then you really need these feisty females on your side! One thing is certain though if you read this you will be thoroughly entertained.
Good yeah!!? To help increase interest some more, here are some small sneak peeks into a handful of the stories:
Shannon K. Butcher – Stolen Goods
Simone hesitated for just a moment before reaching out to touch the leather’s surface. She drew the tip of one finger over the markings, following their winding path around the edge. “You’re right. It matches my boots perfectly.”
“I promised it would.”
She gave a dismissive snort. “Men promise me impossible things all the time.”
Chris Marie Green - The Girl With No Name
I whipped off the covers, then gaped. A pair of boots—and not any sort of boots I’d seen before now. (As if I even faintly knew what I had seen before now.) These boots came to just below my knees, and they appeared to be made of…vines? A dark green mass of attractively entwined strands, wrapping round calves and feet, as if I had just now stepped off nature’s catwalk.”
The bustled vampire opened her eyes. Looked lost for a moment. And then she screamed. Cia lifted her hands to the moon and shouted, “Hedge of thorns!” The inner circle glowed red with silver motes of power. The warding sank into the earth, deep as the mountain’s heart, as Liz drew from the depths and pumped more power into it. The hedge drew in overhead, a long oval-shaped ellipse of power, as Cia wove it closed with moonlight.
The vamp dove at Liz, but hit the ward. She bounced off and screamed again, this time a high-pitched keening that hurt their ears. Then she saw the right boot—the Christian Louboutin, its five-inch spike -heel angled away, its black suede toe not quite touching the hedge. She dropped to the ground, her hands pressing against the earth, and leaned forward until her nose nearly touched the hedge. “I want. Mine!” She tried to grab the boot and screamed when her hand came into contact with the hedge, its gray/silver sparks jumping out at her.
The problem was the curls, and the vampire they belonged to. Luc, the Captain of the guards of Cadogan House. I was a guard, which meant he’d been my boss for years. My colleague. My friend. Now, he was my something-more-than-that…. I was still trying to put a name to what “that” was.
Kalayna Price - Ruby Red
I shucked my singed jacket and dropped it on the cheap hotel carpet. Ruined. Damn. My pants weren’t any better. The acrid scent of scorched leather engulfed me. Wrinkling my nose, I considered stripping and hitting the shower without acknowledging the man sitting in the obligatory armchair found in every hotel room across the country. The blinds were open behind him, which allowed him to read the document in his lap with the final rays of evening sun.
“You could have warned me about the fire elemental,” I said as I checked the condition of my boots. Salvageable. Derrick Knight, my partner and fellow investigator in the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau, looked up for the first time and grimaced. “You’ve handled elementals before.” He frowned. “You’re not hurt, are you?”
Fabulous, yes!!? Well we have even more. We asked a bunch of the authors 3 questions. Check out their answers below:
Q&A WITH THE AUTHORS OF KICKING IT:
Q1: What footwear is your character wearing in Kicking It?
Chloe Neill: Fantastic boots.
Chris Marie Green: Very hip boots that seem to be made of vines…and that won’t come off. Oh, and she doesn’t remember where she got them. She also can’t remember her own identity!
Christina Henry: Maddy always wears worn-out combat boots. She’s not known for her sartorial flair. She figures everything she wears will end up covered in monster guts anyway.
Faith Hunter: All my major characters wear boots in Kicking It. There is a pair of bling-studded Manolo Blahnik ankle boots, a pair of Old Gringo boots (buff-colored, hand-stitched with scarlet dragons climbing each side), a pair of well-worn hiking boots, and a drool-worthy, black suede pair of Christian Louboutins with a five- inch spike-heeled and fringe down the back seam. Overabundance in boots is my motto.
Lucienne Diver: My character is wearing silver stiletto boots with Plexiglas heels. They are her idea the way the Wicked Witch of the West would embrace dancing in the rain with her flying monkeys.
Rachel Caine: Cursed cowboy boots. Which might be redundant.
Q2: What is he/she doing in those boots?
Chloe: Kicking ass, of course! While investigating a surprising mystery that threatens her family.
Chris Marie: She really isn’t sure, and that’s what the story is about. Can’t ruin the surprise yet…
Christina: Hunting down a fairy who possesses the legendary Red Shoes. The shoes make the wearer dance until they die. Maddy would much prefer such a horrible artifact be destroyed. But her many greats-grandfather Lucifer asked her to find the shoes, and he’s not the kind of creature that you refuse.
Faith: Walking, hiking, digging magical circles into mountain soil, and tracking down a missing woman, using one of the Christian Louboutins as a magical “scent marker”.
Lucienne: My heroine Tori Karacis is undercover in a gambling den. She describes her shiny silver get-up as Hooters meets space brothel.
Rachel: He is being villainous and demony.
Q3: Why did you choose those boots for the story?
Chloe: Because they’re the best shoe for a vampire on the run.
Chris Marie: I can’t give too much away because the boots are a part of the story’s mystery, but let’s just say I needed something with a living component to them… Also, I thought they would look super cool. :)
Christina: Maddy can be very emotional but she has a real core of practicality. Clothes and shoes aren’t important to her, so her wardrobe is pretty basic.
Faith: I am a totally boot ho. Seriously. I LOVE boots.
Lucienne: When you’re going Fembot meets alien queen, what else is a gal to wear?
Rachel: It’s set in Texas, and cowboy boots seemed appropriate. Plus, I’d just seen someone wearing truly ancient, weathered old boots, and I wondered about them.
Excited? :) I know I can’t wait to find some time to dig into these amazing tales! Make sure to add the Compilation to your TBR and buy from your favorite bookseller today!
Now, we’d love it if you’d help spread the word that it’s out… By doing so, you can enter the contest to win…
To help spread the word, the authors and LTP are offering up signed books, swag, and even hand-made jewelry! Fifteen winners will each receive one of the prize packs, and every pack includes a copy of KICKING IT!
To enter to win, find the Rafflecopter widget for this Event below on our Author Interviews page, follow the directions, take action, and mark as
This is only open to US Residents Only and per request from the sponsor, no P.O Boxes.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s more!
Do you want to meet Shannon and Lucienne in person? You can!! You can join LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha, 9 other Featured Bloggers, a handful of Registered Bloggers, and a slew of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL February 6-9, 2014 to meet Shannon, Lucienne and 48 other amazing, confirmed Featured UF & PNR Authors - you can check out the up-to-date listing of Featured Authors HERE (you’ll see A LOT of LITERAL ADDICTION’s V.I.Ps and Regulars on there)! :)
General Registration is well underway, so go and check out all of the info and get your ticket NOW!!