6 REASONS TO TRY URBAN FANTASY


WHAT IS URBAN FANTASY?

Obviously I’m a bit biased here. I will FULLY admit that I write urban fantasy novels, I love creating characters and worlds within the genre, and I love reading it. But the thing is, when people ask me what I write and I say “Urban Fantasy”, I often get a blank look and an “Oh, that’s nice, dear.” So let me do my best to not only tell you exactly what urban fantasy is, but somehow convince you to give it a try.

“I love a strong female lead and we were delivered that in spades with Larkspur . . . This story is fast paced and exciting right from the start. I can’t wait to see what comes next!”

Urban Fantasy is at its core set in the real world, either a city (hence the urban) or a rural setting where the magic or supernatural abound. Think of it like an alternate universe, the world IF magic were to be a part of it. Usually there is some romance involved, but not necessarily. If the romance gets too heavy, then you’re getting into Paranormal Romance which is a whole other article.

So that’s the definition, but why should you try it out?

 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Get ready to watch the best spells get flung at the bad guys, things you’d never believe possible if you hadn’t just read about it.
Get ready to watch the best spells get flung at the bad guys, things you’d never believe possible if you hadn’t just read about it.

Did you love “The Chronicles of Narnia” when you were growing up? Or maybe you loved “Harry Potter” and his adventures. Maybe as a child you believed that if you opened that closet door, or stepped onto a train at a certain platform you’d be swept away into another world. A magical world where your favorite characters waited. That feeling? You can find it as an adult in urban fantasy. The thought that we live side by side with the monsters and the magic, that if we look hard enough or the right way that it DOES exist. It’s pretty cool to have that as an adult, especially when we are faced every day with the reality of life.

LIVING THE DREAM: Did you love The Chronicles of Narnia when you were growing up? Or maybe you loved Harry Potter and his adventures. Maybe as a child you believed that if you opened that closet door, or stepped onto a train at a certain platform you’d be swept away into another world. A magical world where your favorite characters waited. That feeling? You can find it as an adult in urban fantasy. The thought that we live side by side with the monsters and the magic, that if we look hard enough or the right way that it DOES exist. It’s pretty cool to have that as an adult, especially when we are faced every day with the reality of life.

IT AIN’T EPIC: What does this mean? That you aren’t going to find a 900 page urban fantasy novel. (Okay, maybe one or two but it isn’t common). Most urban fantasy books can be picked up on a Friday after work and finished by Sunday. They aren’t going to take you two weeks to finish (unlike something like Robert Jordan or Brandon Sanderson, both of whom I adore, but you have to set aside a good chunk of time for those boys and their words).

CHASE SCENES AND POTTY MOUTHS: Yeah, get ready for chase scenes, fight scenes, and a pace that will often leave you breathless with the action.

It’s so worth it to find yourself riding with a character by dragon back!
It’s so worth it to find yourself riding with a character by dragon back!

Seriously, if you want a good heart pounding that doesn’t involve running up and down ten flights of stairs, go grab an urban fantasy novel. And if you’re tired of the young adult fantasy where the worst word that pops out of their mouth is a single usage of the cuss word “shit” then you need an urban fantasy. Because they are more adult in context, you’re going to get adult language. Which for me is a good thing.

MONSTERS AND MAGIC!: Oh man, if you want monsters that aren’t JUST vampires and werewolves, then you’ve got to dive into this. Don’t think about sparkling vampires, don’t think about brooding werewolves. Urban fantasy is so much more than that. Think harpies, elementals, griffins, gargoyles, demons, goblins and unicorns. Trust me, it’s so worth it to find yourself riding with a character by dragon back! And the magic? Get ready to watch the best spells get flung at the bad guys, things you’d never believe possible if you hadn’t just read about it.

HEROINES: The majority of urban fantasy is written from a female heroines perspective. With all the books out there written from a man’s point of view, urban fantasy is close to 90% from a female perspective. Strong, powerful women who are out there saving the day, changing the world, being bad ass.

SERIES ANYONE?: That’s right, most urban fantasy is written as a series. The longer the better in a lot of cases. It isn’t uncommon to find an urban fantasy series running ten books or more. Which for a voracious reader is a blessing. Especially once you are invested in the story, the characters . . . why would you want it to end?

 

RECOMMENDATIONS…

23122735_m_SmallReally, you’ve got nothing to lose. And to show you I mean well, here’s a list of some of my favorite urban fantasy reads. Yes, a couple of my own books are in here too, seeing as I do write urban fantasy….



 

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TODAY IS EXCITING!!

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Yesterday I sent the second book for the 47 North series over to them, did copy edits on “Rootbound” and ingested WAY too much caffeine. 😉 BUT, today is exciting. After where I left the ending of “Rootbound” I am bouncing in my chair to start “Spirit Sown” Lark # 7 . . . seriously. I cannot wait to see where the characters take me on this go round in Lark’s world! (And maybe, just maybe there might be a cameo from Rylee’s gang!)

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My First Facebook LIVE Video – BIG Announcements

I just recorded my first LIVE video on Facebook earlier today and it was awesome! I had over 65 viewers online live and over 420 views at the time of filming it. Not bad for my first try! Everyone asked fantastic questions and it was such a great interaction, I’ve decided I am going to aim to do a LIVE video at least every other week.

Now, what did you miss if you weren’t there? Well, quite a bit actually.

  • What book am I currently editing
  • What is the series that 47North will be publishing of mine
  • A revisit with a book previously given away to newsletter subscribers that’s being totally re-written and has a tentative release schedule
  • How many Elemental Books there will be
  • How we all feel about GoodReads
  • How we all feel about LIVE videos on Facebook

Hmmmm…..I really feel like I’m overlooking something we covered. I think it may have had to do with Rylee…..and it feels like you might be pretty excited about it….maybe I should just let you watch the video here! Just click the link and you’re there with me on Facebook! 🙂

BIG Announcements!!

No more teasers … time for BIG announcements!

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P.S. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button at the end of the video…that will notify you every time I am LIVE on Facebook or have posted a LIVE video.

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WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON GOODREADS?

I want to connect with my fans more, because you guys are awesome! To do that, I’d like to find out where you’re all hanging out them most. I’ll be doing some polls over the next few weeks to collect your opinions.

This will only take a few minutes, and it is completely anonymous. I am finding GOODREADS is something readers have very mixed emotions about. What’s your take on it?

DO YOU USE GOODREADS?
WHAT DO YOU USE MOST ON GOODREADS?
DO YOU VIEW BOOKS ON GOODREADS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE?
DO YOU CHECK REVIEW RATINGS ON GOODREADS BEFORE YOU BUY A BOOK?
DO YOU WISH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS SPENT MORE TIME ON GOODREADS?
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ROOTBOUND, REPLICA AND CAFFEINE

Yesterday I sent “Rootbound” off to the editor, did copy edits on “Replica” and ingested WAY too much caffeine. 😉 BUT, today is exciting. After where I left the ending of “Rootbound” I am bouncing in my chair to start “Spirit Sown” Lark # 7 . . . seriously. I cannot wait to see where the characters take me on this go round in Lark’s world! (And maybe, just maybe there might be a cameo from Rylee’s gang!)

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RYLEE’S FINAL FAREWELL!

BLOOD OF THE LOST

 (The Rylee Adamson Novels, Book 10)

IS NOW LIVE!

 GET OUT THE TISSUES, IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO RYLEE AND THE GANG
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THE EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE RYLEE ADAMSON SERIES!

 

“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

My final salvage, and this time I’m playing for the survival of the entire world.

Orion has swept the humans with his lies, and they follow him like mindless zombies.

I have my allies, and my loved ones with me and while they fight with all they have, it is not enough.

There is only one thing left for me to do. Face Orion. Seal the Veil closed and send the demons back to where they came from.

But Orion knows my weakness. And he has stolen her away leaving me with a choice I never wanted to face.

Do I save my daughter . . . or save the world?

 

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FIRESTORM IS LIVE!

FIRESTORM

 (The Elemental Series, Book 3)

IS NOW LIVE!

 ORDER NOW TO GET THE SPECIAL SURPRISE AT THE END OF THE BOOK!
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My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.

In a world of lava and fire, I am about to face my hardest trial yet. Not one of strength, or power, but intrigue and manipulation. However, my tolerance level for anyone outside of my family is at an all-time low, and the queen who rules the Pit expects complete obedience.

As Ash’s life is held in the balance, I have just three days to prove his innocence and mine. This place holds more than a scorching heat; new foes, traitors, and creatures from the depths of the lava are all trying to keep us from surviving.

The only question left. . . Can I get us all out without being burned alive?

Welcome to the Pit.

 

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COVER REVEAL: RYLEE #10

COVER REVEAL!

It’s with a slightly heavy heart that I present you with this FINAL cover reveal for The Rylee Adamson Novels. 🙁  While I love that Rylee has come full circle and her story has its conclusion, it’s also bittersweet. She’s been such a part of my life for so long, it will be strange once her whole story is told.

Without further mushiness…..here it is…….

BLOOD OF THE LOST
(THE RYLEE ADAMSON NOVELS, BOOK 10)

GENRE:  URBAN FANTASY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
TENTATIVE RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

As you can see, there are quite a few differences in this cover compared to all the others. See if you can find the clues as to how the EPIC FINALE of The Rylee Adamson Novels will play out. In the meantime, I’m not saying a thing!  😉  Pre-Order links are coming VERY soon!

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HEY…..DENISE AND I WROTE A BOOK TOGETHER!

RECOMBINANT
(THE BLOOD BORNE SERIES, BOOK 1)

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

So, for the past six months or so, I’ve been keeping something from you. Denise Grover Swank (NY Times author of The Rose Gardner Series) and I teamed up to write a vampire trilogy together! The Blood Borne Series is just the right mix of gritty dark fantasy and horror with vampires and mystery to get your blood boiling! Grab Book 1 TODAY!

GENRE:  DARK FANTASY HORROR MYSTERY
RELEASE DATE:  OCTOBER 27, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

From NYT and USAT bestselling authors Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer comes a Dark Urban Fantasy Mystery Trilogy…. (75k Word Novel)

In the city that never sleeps, nightmares live in the darkness . . .

A series of grisly murders begin to pile up in New York City, murders that have no rhyme or reason and no leads. Unless one chooses to believe that the supernatural is possible.

The crimes have caught the attention of two very different women. A journalist fresh off the plane from covering the war in Iraq and a vampire who has chosen to hunt her own kind. Together they will form a reluctant yet unrelenting team.

As they slowly begin to crack the fissures behind a government cover up and bioterrorism, they find a truth that neither of them could ever have suspected. And now it’s too late for either of them to turn away.

Even if it means their lives as they know them will never be the same.

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Replica (The Blood Borne Series Book 2)

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