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6 reads 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…

Really, 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….

Why you NEED this sale!

So, if you’re not one of my newsletter subscribers, you missed out on a BIG one that went out this morning! There were all kinds of goodies inside it. Here are some items you didn’t see:

  • PRICELESS & RECURVE are both on sale for just $0.99 for a Limited Time
  • T.R. Ragan’s Release of “FURIOUS (The Faith McMann Series, #1) was today
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  • NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE: “ROOTBOUND SNEAK PEEK”
  • NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE: PETA (An Elemental Novella)
  • NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE: BLOOD OF THE LOST (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 10) Alternate Ending
  • Patricia Briggs’ new RELEASE of “FIRE TOUCHED (A Mercy Thomson Novel, Book 9)

Those three EXCLUSIVE’s up there? You can’t get them ANYWHERE but through my newsletter and they are FREE to my subscribers! What can you do to get this information? First off, SIGN UP for my newsletter HERE right now. Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here…..

Great….the next newsletter goes out in a few weeks and you’ll then have access to some EXCLUSIVES – and new ones pop up all the time! Now, because I’m in a generous Spring mood, I’ll give you SOME of the links from today’s newsletter below.  :)

If you know of anyone else who might be interested in any of these amazing deals, releases and exclusives, just share this blog post and encourage them to sign up for my newsletter as well!

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! :)

 

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BIG Announcements!!

No more teasers … time for BIG announcements!

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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?

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Where are our 4 Rootbound chapters?

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

I hope you all are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones.

I wanted to write you a post as I know you all were expecting the first four chapters of “Rootbound” in the newsletter this time and I wanted to explain why they aren’t available.

I’ve written over 40k words in “Rootbound” well past the first four chapters. Earlier this week, I was finding difficulty moving past that number. The words weren’t coming, I didn’t know what was going to happen next (and this was with a full synopsis and plot that told me where I was going with it) and I was beyond frustrated.

I sat back and started to pick the story apart, trying to pinpoint what wasn’t working. Because when a story won’t flow for me I know there’s an underlying issue. It’s my subconscious stopping me and trying to get me to notice what’s going wrong.

In this case, the problem was simple. The writing was strong. The characters the same as always.

The story though . . . was not right. And it was not right, from the beginning.

For me, that means back to the drawing board. Plotting, new synopsis, new ending and completely new motivation.

And while I’m at it, I’m working on the plots for the final books in the series. As you can see by the picture above, I even have titles all worked out.

So while I know there will be disappointment that the first four chapters of “Rootbound” isn’t available in this newsletter, I PROMISE it won’t be much longer. Better to make sure it’s the best I can make it, rather than give you something that at a later date I will realize is sub-par.

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Thank you for your patience, your reviews, and your support with my writing!

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