I am excited to welcome author Amanda Carlson, who is celebrating the release of the first novel in her new Phoebe Meadows series, Struck.
When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.
Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.
After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…
I’m So Geeky and Here’s Why
I love it when women “out” themselves as geeky. I think deep down most of us are geeks at heart. I’m a total geek and proud of it. My favorite movies over the last few years were Zombieland, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Deadpool. And I totally wished I’d written Spy with Melissa McCarthy. That was a fun one.
If I wasn’t a geek, there’s no way I could’ve written any of my books. They all revolve around fantasy, because that’s what excites me. My Jessica McClain books are pretty straight urban fantasy, with werewolves, witches, and vamps. They were so much fun to write! This new series takes me down a different path, but one equally as fun.
Struck is what I’m calling “contemporary fantasy,” meaning it straddles New York City and the Nine Worlds (Norse Mythology—think Thor). So there’s a feeling of it being contemporary, with the added bonus of strong fantasy elements.
My lead in this story is a Valkyrie. I love Valkyries, but you don’t see them that often. I started writing this book when Full Blooded was out on submission in 2011. After the Jessica McClain series sold, that became my focus. But Struck was never far from my heart.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share this with everyone. Geeky girls unite! If you love action and adventure with a side of romance, you’re going to love Struck. To my fellow geeks out there, what’s your geekiest passion? Besides reading great fantasy? Video games? Comic books? Mine is probably Sci-fi movies. I’d actually love to write a Guardians of the Galaxy type of book with a female lead. Any takers?
Thanks for having me on the blog today! I enjoyed stopping by. Hope you all love Struck as much as I loved writing it.
Meet Amanda Carlson!
I’m a Minnesota girl, born and bred. I started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps when I was in high school. I still have the handwritten spiral notebooks to prove it.
I started writing Full Blooded because kickass heroines rock and I love shifters of all kinds. There aren’t enough warm-blooded girls to go around, in my opinion. I fell into Jessica’s story and had such a great time writing it and now I couldn’t imagine writing anything other than urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When you’re creating a story in this fantastic genre, it can contain almost any elements you can dream up. Creatively, for me, there’s nothing better.