A Paranormal Noir Anthology
Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden,
Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan
Genre: Paranormal Noir,
Romance, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: September 29, 2015
Number of pages: Approx. 350
Word Count: Approx. 150,000
Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design
Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.
MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine
Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he's been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won't let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner's a ghost, and he's the one who killed her. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.
FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden
PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart
When the devil starts the music, you'd better get ready to dance.
Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success...everything she's ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil's bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil's started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps.
THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson
Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her? An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.
HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella
A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.
Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix....With broken vows, anguish and dark secrets between them, Cavan and Nix struggle to find the magic to restore what’s gone terribly wrong... if it ever can be.
THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella
A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother....Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?
Author Name: Suzanne Johnson
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I wanted to be an artist until I was a senior in high school, but by the time I got to college I’d switched to journalism. I’ve always written—journals, essays, poetry. I never expected to write novels!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I always have, or at least since I was a teenager. Now, considering myself an “author” is another matter. I still struggle with that one sometimes; it seems more….serious.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I’ll be the first to admit I was incredibly lucky. It took about two months to find my agent, and then it took her four months to sell my first series. I know, I know. It’s pretty ridiculous and I feel incredibly blessed to have had the right idea in front of the right person at the right time. Pure dumb luck.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I do still have a day job since writing income is so erratic and I’m rather fond of paying my mortgage and having health insurance! I’ve worked as a magazine editor in university publishing for a long time, and currently work at Auburn University in Alabama. I went to college at arch-rival the University of Alabama, so I claim to be bilingual.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
For my novella “The Consort,” part of the DARK SECRETS anthology:
A New Orleans Fae Hunter is torn between heart and duty when ordered to capture an escaped consort.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
The DARK SECRETS anthology is self-published by the authors, but I write the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, and (writing under the name Susannah Sandlin) the Penton Vampire Legacy and The Collectors series, both for Montlake Romance.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
For a full-length novel (about 100,000 words), three or four months, although I’ve done it in as little as a month. That’s a killer pace to maintain for very long, though. For a novella, three to six weeks.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have a self-published novella and collection of shorts tied to my urban fantasy series, PIRATESHIP DOWN, coming out in early November. I have a new suspense series with Montlake (as Susannah Sandlin) whose first book, WILD MAN’S BLUFF, comes out next spring. And the fifth book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, BELLE CHASSE, comes out next fall.
What genre would you place your books into?
The Sentinels of New Orleans series is urban fantasy; the Penton Vampire Legacy series is paranormal romance; and The Collectors series (and the new Wildlife Wardens series) is romantic suspense.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love reading urban fantasy, so that was my go-to genre when I started writing fiction. Because of contract restrictions, I switched to paranormal romance for my second series, then began writing romantic suspense when the paranormal market started to weaken. My books, regardless of genre, always have a lot of action and suspense and humor.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
LOL. It usually depends on what character I’m writing at the time—I tend to fall in love with my characters. Right now, it’s the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte because I’ve been writing PIRATESHIP DOWN and he is such a fun character to write. I mean, he’s a sexy immortal French pirate, wickedly smart, devious, funny, and did I mention French? What’s not to like?
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve always just written, but what inspired me to write fiction was being a New Orleanian in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit my city. The Sentinels series was a direct result of my own Katrina experiences. Had Katrina not hit, I don’t know that I would ever have written a novel, and I’d have missed something that’s become a big part of who I am.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I have an office on the second floor of my house. I do nothing in there but write and do mixed-media art. Since I work a full-time day job, I generally write from about 7:30 p.m. until midnight on weeknights and then put in from ten to twelve hours on Sunday. If I’m on deadline, I work on Saturday; otherwise, that’s my day off to do household stuff.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Noooo. I did the first couple of books, and I finally realized I’m neither as great or as awful as reviewers say. I will usually read the first five or ten reviews of a new book to see if there’s a trend, but after that I try not to. They can get in your head, especially the really mean ones.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I usually have the title before I even start the book, but I’m a plotter and that’s part of my process.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I’ve used family names, looked up names in baby name books, looked at historical names, and come up with stuff from the top of my head. So it varies. That’s for characters. I tend to use real places. I like the idea that someone can read my Sentinels of New Orleans books, for example, and go to most of the places mentioned in the books.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I usually come up with the type of character—a wizard, a tomboy, a singer, an enforcer, an Army Ranger—and then name them. Other than Penton, which is a mashup of three different towns, I use real places.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I’m a plotter, so I do that ahead of time. I try to leave things loose enough that characters can surprise me. For example, I’ve had merman Rene Delachaise in four books and just found out that he was agoraphobic. Who knew?
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I don’t know that there are morals to my stories, but I do tend to return to the same themes without realizing it: duty versus heart, the importance of friendships, being true to who you are.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love seeing my books in print, and there are a few authors on my auto-buy list that I buy in print, but I have to admit I’m more likely to read an ebook these days—I can read faster and they’re more convenient.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I don’t know that I have one single favorite. Among my favorites: Stephen King’s THE STAND; Susan Howatch’s THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE; the Harry Potter series. And I’ve read all of those more than once.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
As a general rule I don’t think movies transfer well to movies because the complexity and nuance that makes a novel great is difficult to capture on screen. I think the Lord of the Rings trilogy was done extremely well. I started out liking the Harry Potter films but thought they fell apart toward the end. I have yet to see any film version of THE STAND that was good.
Your favorite food is?
Varies from day to day. Today, it’s pad thai.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Again, it varies. Today, it’s Alexandre Belliard.
Your favorite color is?
Your favorite Author is?
One? Only one? Yikes. Today, Jim Butcher.
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 45 novels that span the categories of horror, suspense, urban fantasy, science fiction, media tie-in, historical, and young adult. She’s also the author of more than 100 short stories.
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.
Megan Hart is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author who writes in many genres including mainstream fiction, erotic fiction, science fiction, romance, fantasy and horror.
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, winner of the 2015 Holt Medallion and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. Her new Wildlife Wardens romantic suspense series begins in 2016 with Wild Man’s Bluff.
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, the fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms, and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under. The first of the Twelve Kingdoms books, The Mark of the Tala, has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Award-winning author Mina Khan grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns, ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as stories. She is the author of the Djinn World Chronicles, including The Djinn’s Dilemma and A Tale of Two Djinns, as well as Wildfire, a paranormal mystery with cowboys and dragons.