It’s that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school and so is Karen Mahoney’s Marie ‘Moth’ O’Neal from Falling to Ash.
You can’t choose your family… living or dead.
Trapped between two very different worlds, newly made vampire Moth is struggling to find her place in either. Not only does she have to answer to her strict Irish-Catholic Dad, but her over-protective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful Boston vampire clan. Moth will have to pull off the double-act of the century to please both of them…
Adding to her problems is the dangerously attractive Jason Murdoch, a trainee vampire hunter who loves to play cat and mouse in his spare time (Jace = cat; Moth = mouse). But when the teenagers of Boston’s wealthiest families start to disappear, it forces Moth and Jace into an uneasy truce. Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the disappearances—before someone winds up undead?
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a signed copy of Falling to Ash.
No Graduation Day For Me by Marie ‘Moth’ O’Neal
I’m not sure if I don’t remember it so well because I was overwhelmed with all the new people and places and activities – the perceived freedom from my strict Irish Catholic family – or because between then and now… well… I sort of died.
I mean, I didn’t stay dead. Obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t be talking to you now. But being half-drained of blood and then brought back as a vampire will play tricks with your memory. Trust me, you should probably take my word for that.
I don’t recommend it.
Where was I? Oh, yeah… My first week of school. I’m talking about Art School here, not high school. Eighteen years old and full of dreams. My big dream? That’s easy – I wanted to draw comic books. Superheroes! I love Catwoman and Wolverine. Something about the sharp claws and teeth, maybe… But I would have been just as happy to go into the animation industry. Or gaming. So long as I could use my fledgling artistic talents, I think I would’ve been okay. Drawing was always the thing I did to escape.
The only thing I’m drawing on a regular basis now is blood.
So, last year I got to spend a few weeks doing something that truly fulfilled the artistic side of me before everything changed. And it was also during those precious weeks that I met the man who would be the cause of all that change: my Maker, Theo.
I guess, now that I think about it, there’s something kinda creepy about a (nearly) two-hundred-year-old vampire hanging out at UMass, but it wasn’t like he was posing as a student or anything. That would’ve been totally cliché.
It’s also a whole other story.
Still, the fact remains, Theo was there. He saw me and I reminded him of someone; someone special to him, once upon a time.
I saw him and was swept away by the first love of my life. Also, I liked the fact that dating an older guy would traumatize my family.
(Clearly the freaking joke was on me, because I didn’t realize how much older he really was!)
Romance, kissing, blood… It’s a familiar tale, and one that I wish I had never been a part of.
But it all started – and ended – with school, where I got the education of a potentially very long lifetime.
Meet Karen Mahoney!
Karen Mahoney is the author of The Iron Witch, the first book in a trilogy that continues in 2012 with The Wood Queen. She has also published stories about a kick-ass teen vampire called Moth in various anthologies, and there is a Moth novel coming in September 2012 called Falling to Ash. Karen is British and currently lives near London with way too many books, though she dreams of one day living in Boston. She is a total geek, loves Wonder Woman, and doesn’t mind if you call her Kaz.
Want to purchase Karen’s novels?
- Falling to Ash at Book Depository
- The Iron Witch at Amazon | Book Depository
- The Wood Queen at Amazon | Book Depository
- The Stone Demon at Amazon | Book Depository (April 8, 2013)
Please help spread the word: Tweet: Go back to school with 30 authors while #giveaways ensue during #SchoolsIn (Sept 1-30) http://tinyurl.com/LESchoolsIn – #paranormal #contests #UF
Thank you Karen for taking part in Literary Escapism’s School’s in!
Karen is giving away a signed copy of Falling to Ash. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Do you remember your first school crush? What was it like? 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.
All School’s In contests will remain open until October 7th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other School’s In contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the School’s In giveaways
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.