CURSED BY FIRE
Blood & Magic 1
January 28, 2015
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
Welcome to another Series 101! Please help me welcome newly minted author, Danielle Annett. She's here to give us the lowdown on CURSED BY FIRE, the first novel of her Blood & Magic series.
The Blood & Magic world takes place six years after what is known as the Awakening. An event where the paranormals of the world who had always been in hiding, decided they were done lurking in the shadows and were going to come out and play, showing the human population who really was at the top of the food chain. In the Blood & Magic world, my characters are forced to deal with real life issues in a fantasy setting. Dealing with crime, trauma, discrimination, love, and loss. I want them to go through the roller coaster that is life.
Aria Naveed, Heroine
She has long brown hair, olive skin, and golden colored eyes. I drew inspiration for her physical features from actress and country singer Jana Kramer. Aria is special to me, not because she has a really cool capability, but because of who she is as a person.
In my book, Aria is a strong, independent woman who refuses to turn a blind eye to the injustices of the world. There is a quote from a favorite movie of mine that says, "They all just watched as Kitty was being stabbed to death in broad daylight. They watched as her assailant walked away. Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men."
I wanted to make sure that my main character, Aria, was never indifferent.
Aria faces the initial challenge of finding the individual responsible for murdering a seven year old boy. She has to do this while treading hostile waters and avoid inciting a war between the Pack and the Coven. On top of this, she faces issues from her past that she'd thought long dead so she has to come to terms with how these changes will effect her future.
CURSED BY FIRE is the first book in the series, what are we getting ourselves into here? You're getting yourself into an exciting Urban Fantasy series with breadcrumbs or romance. You'll watch as our MC faces social issues and personal growth and you'll experience the roller coaster ride that is life in a world that underwent a trauma and is coming to terms with its changes.
We actually don't have a clear cut villain in this story which is something I love about my books and what sets them apart. There is no black and white. We have a ton of grey and we have people who we thought were evil who maybe aren't and those we thought were friends that maybe aren't. Aria is surrounded by unknowns so we will eventually discover who our villain is, we just haven't gotten their yet.
In CURSED BY FIRE we meet The Spokane Coven of Vampires, the Pacific Northwest Shifter Pack, and a feisty Harpy. I didn't want to overwhelm my readers with too many paranormals to start but in Kissed by Fire, book 2 in my Blood & Magic series, we meet a few more mythological monsters that remind me of stories and legends from my childhood so I look forward to bringing more monsters out to play.
My paranormals follow some of the standard expectations you'd find in a UF novel, my shifters have enhanced senses and an increased metabolism as well as an adversion to silver, and my vampires keep to the night and drink blood for nourishment.
Where they differ is in the my Psykers are entirely human with no markers that make them different on the outside while they have psychic abilities and an increased rate of healing. In addition, these abilities follow their bloodlines but don't appear in every generation and can manifest at any age. Some can go their entire lives with dormant abilities until something sets off a reaction in their bodies that brings out their abilities.
My vampires are also able to walk in sunlight when they're newly born and don't have any issues with religious objects or silver. Their ability to withstand the sun dwindles as they age because they're body loses its ability to remain hydrated so essentially, when exposed to the sun, they experience extreme dehydration that causes them to dry out from the inside out.
My shifters are primarily born and not made. Contamination occurs through blood as apposed to a bite and there must be certain genetic matches for the change to take hold so it is primarily passed on generation after generation. My shifter virus (the lycanthropy virus) attacks the body much like HIV attacks humans in todays day in age. It picks up the animal DNA and copies it into the DNA of the host which is why there is such a large variety in shifter species and while it is a virus, there is no cure.
How do we read Blood & Magic?
Each book will be written so it can be read as a standalone and each will have its own individual story arch but there will also be a series arc so while books can be read and enjoyed as standalones, they are best read as a series to make sure you don't miss anything.
Currently I have four books planned for the Blood & Magic series but that could change in the future as characters have a mind of their own.
Fantasy v Contemporary
I feel like I live in a normal world and experience normal things so why would I want to write about the normal? I think fantasy allows us to bend the rules and create something truly magical so while contemporary can be exciting to read and write, it just doesn't hold the same level of magic for me.
Blood & Magic is like...
I try not to compare my book to any other UF series since I've had mine compared to so many as it is. So far I've heard that my book has a similar feel to the Mercy Thompson Books, the Psy/Changling Books, the Kate Daniels books, and the Kit Colbana books. The last being a series I had to google since I hadn't heard of it before and while this can be seen as both a compliment and a criticism, I feel that my books are unique to themselves just as I believe most authors feel about their work. I wanted to write the story that I wished existed for me to read, meaning that there isn't another story like mine out there, if there were, I wouldn't of had the desire to write it in the first place.
CURSED BY FIRE by @Danielle_Annett is an Urban Fantasy novel meant to keep you on your toes. Always expect the unexpected.
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.Stalk Danielle!