I 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 http://kirabrady.com
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)
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.