Guest Author: Kira Brady

Kira BradyI am excited to welcome author Kira Brady to Literary Escapism as she celebrates the release of her debut novel, Hearts of Darkness.

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Hearts of Darkness.

Spectral in Seattle

Seattle: site of midnight hauntings, Wild West attitude, and cheerful music to match our pleasant sunny skies. Okay, so only two of those are true. Our buildings might not be as old as those out east, but our ghosts are no less blood thirsty. It gives “Sleepless in Seattle” a whole new meaning. In Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in America, some of the buildings are rumored to have houses the quarantined children of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic. A child named Jacob still walks the halls of the Market after dark; he likes to rearrange the beads in the bead store and play practical jokes for the owners to find in the morning. Down another hall waits a whale of a woman who used to cut sailors hair while she lightened their purses. She weighed so much that she fell through the floor and had to be cut out of the building. Her ghost still haunts that corner. At the Butterworth Mortuary, rumored to sit atop an old Suquamish Indian burial ground, corpses were photographed in a chair with all their worldly possessions. It had the first elevator on the west coast that it used to transport bodies and sold everything from child-sized coffins to long term corpse storage. The building has been cursed with ghosts, leading to speculation that no honest business will ever be able to inhabit the haunted upstairs rooms.

True? That depends if you believe in ghosts. These are the stories that inspired the world of the Deadglass Trilogy. Real Seattle has a reputation for good coffee and geeky computer programmers, but in Deadglass Seattle, beneath our pleasant demeanor and waterproof jackets lies a violent supernatural underground. Humans are either too smart to talk about it or too stupid to see beyond their own blinders. With two shape-shifting races fighting for territory and a cracked Gate to the Land of the Dead bursting at the seams, Seattle is an eerie, dangerous place.

The heroine of Hearts of Darkness, Kayla Friday, is a human woman who knows nothing of the supernatural. She lands in Seattle without a clue, only a thin jean jacket and a stubborn will to find her sister’s killer. She’s completely unprepared for what she finds: werewolves, aptrgangr, shape-shifters, dragons, wraiths, demons…

A girl needs a little warning for a day like that.

To celebrate Hearts of Darkness‘s debut today, I’m giving away a copy to one random commenter. If you were in Kayla’s shoes, would you stand and fight, or run back home to safety? If you had a little preparation, what are three items you would bring to Deadglass Seattle?

Meet Kira Brady!

A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real life Prince Charming and promptly dragged him back to sunless Seattle. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school. Now she writes about the twisted cities of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart. When not writing, she can be found drinking inordinately large mugs of Assam tea, knitting wool socks, and raising a wee heroine-in-training. Her website is

KBrady-Hearts of DarknessContact Info
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Want to purchase Kira’s novels?
Hearts of Fire at Amazon
Hearts of Darkness at Amazon | Book Depository
Hearts of Shadow (May 2013)
Hearts of Chaos (February 2014)

Contest Time!

Thank you Kira for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!

Kira is giving away a copy of Hearts of Darkness. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: If you were in Kayla’s shoes, would you stand and fight, or run back home to safety? If you had a little preparation, what are three items you would bring to Deadglass Seattle? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

The contest will stay open until August 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. I would stay and fight. I would bring a painkiller (I’m a klutz so something painful is bound to happen), a keepsake of my sisters (maybe a werewolf could help me scent out my sister), and a gun with wooden bullets lined with silver (I would need some sort of weapon on me)

  2. Thanks for a great post and congrats on the new release! I’m *dying* to read this book!!!! ;)

    I would stay and fight and if I could be prepared I’d bring a book of spells/magic encyclopedia, a silver knife/sword, and a first aid kit.

  3. I would fight, you got to stand for something and someone. I would bring medical supplies, weapons and snacks. A girl kicking butt gets hungry.

  4. Thanks for joining me! A first aid kit and medical supplies would be very practical. Holy water would be useful if the world were Christian, but the Deadglass world is a mashup of old gods and old myths. Every culture has their own idea of what can banish evil. It’s part of the problem the characters in the trilogy have when trying to decide how to put the world back to rights. In Hearts of Darkness, everyone who knows about the supernatural hangs spirit charms from their gates and doorways to keep ghosts away. Those with money and power have special runes carved into their door posts to ward out evil. I’d probably bring a book of runes and a chisel!

  5. I would stay to find my sister’s killer, even though I would want to run away!
    And if I were clueless, I would want to bring an umbrella, running shoes, and a good book

  6. I would like to think I would stand and fight, but in truth I would probably run.

    I think first aid kit, silver weapons and a refillable source of water.

  7. Run. Definitely run. I (unlike most of the others) would not bring a weapon because I’d likely hurt myself more than whoever’s attacking me so I’ll need lock picks, a first aid kit, and a thick jacket with lots of pockets because Seattle can get pretty cold and pockets are always useful.

  8. In reality, I’d probably run back home. :D Three things I’d bring: some silver knives, my iPhone and a map with the best way home marked on it.

  9. If you were in Kayla’s shoes, would you stand and fight, or run back home to safety?

    I would stand and fight

    If you had a little preparation, what are three items you would bring to Deadglass Seattle?

    I would bring a well stocked military grade medic kit, crossbow with silver bolts and my good luck piece.

  10. I’d stand and fight. I’d have silver-tipped arrows with a wooden shaft, a bow, and a machete. With that I can kill, catch and eat/drink anything I’d need to. And since I’m an ordained minister I could bless the clouds so it would rain holy water.

  11. I’d probably run home to be honest. I’d want good shoes, a first aid kit, and a paranormal cell phone that worked anywhere.

  12. First I would try to figure out the world & creatures and if I thought I could take them on, I would fight.
    I would bring a silver cross, a satellite cell phone & a sharp knife.

  13. I would stay and fight….you don’t mess with family. I would bring a first aid kit, a gun with silver bullets, and my phone. Thanks for the chance.

  14. I’d stay and fight, I have 2 sisters, and I’d need to know what happened and make someone pay. ;-)
    I would take; a knife, a picture of my sister (to remind me of my quest! and to show people) and someone with know-how – Ideally Hart ;-)
    No idea if its UK or not, but such an interesting question, I had to comment!

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