Interview with Nathan Garrison, Author of Shadow of the Void

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog, guest, others books | Comments Off on Interview with Nathan Garrison, Author of Shadow of the Void

Shadow of the Void is out today! This second book of the Sundered World Trilogy promises to be awesome. Author Nathan Garrison is one of my peers in Harper Voyager Impulse, and I interviewed him about the new release.

shadow-of-the-void– Who are some of your favorite epic fantasy authors?

Along with classic authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan, my favorite ones still writing today are Steven Erikson and R. Scott Bakker. It’s hard to top the scope and complexity of their worlds, yet they still manage to get deep down into their characters, and the personal struggles they all go through amidst events that shake the world. I also recently discovered Janny Wurts, and based off what I’ve read so far, those top two are going to have some competition for their spots!

– Do you have a favorite character in your cast? Why this person?

Vashodia is hands down my favorite character to write. I have to limit scenes from her point of view, however, because she simply knows too much–probably more than me even. She’s so fun because not only does she have unspeakable power, but she also takes such delight in proving others wrong.

– You get to choose your own magical power. What will it be?

Flying is close, but if I was able to choose anything, I could never pass up time manipulation. Though, I’d probably just use it to catch up on sleep and read more books.

– Epic fantasies are notoriously complex. How do you keep the details straight as you write in your Sundered Worlds trilogy?

Very. Meticulous. Outlines. That, plus my wife, editor, and copyeditor keep me honest, and my manuscripts coherent. You don’t want to know what my books look like before a thorough scrubbing from them.

– Your new release is the second book and you’re working on the third right now. Can you share the title and a projected release date?

The Light That Binds is the final book in my Sundered World trilogy, and has a projected release date of February 15th 2017. One day past Valentines Day! Which is appropriate, since it deals (far more potently than the first two books) with the theme of love.


With comparisons to N.K. Jemison, Michael J. Sullivan, and Joe Abercrombie, readers have fallen in love with The Veiled Empire, the first book in The Sundered Worlds trilogy. Now, Nathan Garrison takes the story to the next level Shadow of the Void.

The Veil has fallen . . . and the gods have been woken.

For many, a new dawn has risen, as freedom from the tyrannical Emperor Rekaj has created a land replete with opportunities. But for those who had lived outside the Veil for generations, the sudden appearance of a new nation is not cause for celebration–it is the cause for war.

Yet, even as the political machinations of men and mierothi and valynkar start to manifest on a global scale, there are a few playing their own games. Whether it’s the powerful combination of Vashodia and Jasside trying to carve out a country for those freed from the Veil, or the warrior Mevon and assassin Draevenus forming an unlikely alliance in search of the dark god Ruul, the world is in chaos…which might be exactly what some are counting on.

Continuing where Veiled Empire left off, Shadow of the Void shows us how individuals can shape their own destinies, but not necessarily control them.

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Born in 1983, Nathan Garrison has been writing stories since his dad bought their first family computer. He grew up on tales of the fantastic. From Narnia and Middle-earth to a galaxy far, far away, he has always harbored a love for things only imagination can conjure up. He counts it among the greatest joys of his life to be able to share the stories within him. He has two great boys and an awesome wife who is way more supportive of his writing efforts than he thinks he deserves. Besides writing, he loves playing guitar (the louder the better), cooking (the more bacon-y the better), playing board/video/card games with friends and family, and reveling in unadulterated geekery.

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Interview with Ruth Vincent, author of Elixir

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog, guest | Comments Off on Interview with Ruth Vincent, author of Elixir

I’m happy to welcome author Ruth Vincent! Her debut urban fantasy novel Elixir is out today from Harper Voyager Impulse. Be sure to read the excerpt–if you’re like me, you’ll order the whole book immediately after.

elixir_book– Elixir is about a fairy P.I. in New York City. Is this is a setting you know personally?

Oh yes! New York City is my adopted hometown. I moved around quite a bit growing up, but NYC was the first place I ever consciously chose to live as an adult, and as such will always have a special place in my heart. (I currently live a short commute away on Long Island.) The city provides so many perfect scene settings for my urban fantasy series – from transforming the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop into a portal to the fairy realm, to the gritty walk-up apartment-shares in the outer boroughs (where 20-somethings like my characters could actually afford to live!) I find real New York far more fascinating than the way it’s typically portrayed in Hollywood, and I tried to accurately reflect the city as I know it, both its brutality and its sublimity, in my series.

– Do you have any favorite private investigators in literature or on TV?

I actually grew up without TV, because I went to Waldorf schools, so I have about an 18 year gap in my pop culture knowledge! While I may have missed some of TV’s most famous P.I’s, my favorite private investigator from literature still has to be Sherlock Holmes! (His role as a “consulting detective” is basically a P.I) As a child, I devoured every single Holmes story Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote!

Although I have never been a private investigator myself, I think my interest in that career got piqued at one of my previous day-jobs, where I worked as an investigative researcher conducting high-level background checks. I think that job altered the way I think, and made me perennially fascinated by the processes by which we find out information about other people. (Don’t worry, I no longer have access to those databases and am no longer in that field – I promise I won’t be looking you up!)

– I really enjoyed the excerpt from your book. I cared about Mab right away, and the hints about her changeling past–and her guilt–really intrigued me. How would you sum up her character at the start of the book?

Thank you so much! The story begins twenty-two years after my main character, Mab, got tricked by the Fairy Queen into becoming a changeling. At this point, she’s acclimated to the human world, and trying to make the best of a life she never chose. However, she’s still needled by guilt, both for the human girl she unwittingly displaced, and for her human parents, who have no idea that Mab isn’t their real daughter (they think all her attempts to tell them the truth were a child’s game of make-believe.)

Mab’s “voice” was one of my favorite parts of writing this story. As a changeling, she’s in the human world but not of it, and her outsider’s perspective makes her simultaneously frustrated and fascinated by the human society into which she’s been thrust.

– Do you have a favorite type of fairy or famous fairy character, and do they perhaps make an appearance in your series?

I did background research on Celtic fairy folklore before writing Elixir (reading such works as W.Y. Evans-Wentz’s “The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries” etc…) but ultimately decided to make up my own mythologies!

However, I’ve always been fascinated by changeling stories, which is why changelings play such a big role in this series. Folklore is full of haunting tales of fairy-baby swaps, but the one thing all these old stories are largely silent on is why – why do the fairies want to take human children, and why would they leave one of their own behind?

I was familiar with the main theories on the origins of the changeling myth (that they’re actually memories of earlier inhabitants of Europe who were driven out by invaders, and switched their own sickly children with their conquerors’ healthy offspring, or that ‘changelings’ were an explanation for certain children’s developmental differences.) But I always found these explanations wanting – so I created my own explanation for changelings in ELIXIR.

– Well, Elixir is out today. What comes next for you?

Well, Elixir’s sequel, Book 2 in the Changeling P.I. series, will be coming out in October! I’m hard at work on it now! When I initially signed the contract, I had feared that writing a sequel would be difficult, however, I find I’m really enjoying it. Writing the second book in a series has given me the opportunity to dig deeper, go darker, and really delve into the complexity of my characters’ psyches. It’s been a pleasure to watch Mab and her love interest, Obadiah, grow as they grapple with some very complicated, morally ambiguous choices in Book 2.

I also have a wholly different manuscript, a gaslamp fantasy, going to submission with my agent. It’s also about fairies – though the Victorian variety. It was a lush, delicious world to build, with a narrative voice that I think (hope!) is both very period and yet immensely relatable. I’m excited to see where that story ends up!


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About Ruth:
Ruth Vincent spent a nomadic childhood moving across the USA, culminating in a hop across the pond to attend Oxford. But wherever she wanders, she remains ensconced within the fairy ring of her imagination. Ruth recently traded the gritty urban fantasy of NYC for the pastoral suburbs of Long Island, where she resides with her roguishly clever husband and a cockatoo who thinks she’s a dog.Ruth Vincent is the author of the CHANGELING P.I series with HarperCollins Voyager Impulse, beginning with her debut novel, ELIXIR.

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Guest Author Josh Vogt talks about Maids of Wrath

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog, guest | Comments Off on Guest Author Josh Vogt talks about Maids of Wrath

I’m happy to welcome author Josh Vogt to my site today! He visited last year to discuss the releases of his first two books. He’s back today to celebrate the release of the second book in his series called The Cleaners.


Maids of WrathYou have a “supernatural sanitation” series in progress. Can you tell us about the first book, and then about your new release?

Absolutely! The series is called The Cleaners, and it begins with Enter the Janitor. The basic concept is that the world is caught in a war between the forces of Purity and Corruption. The Cleaners form a supernatural sanitation company that fights against manifestations of Corruption, be they Scum, garbage golems, sewer monsters, or magical muck. The company’s employees pose as janitors, maids, plumbers, and other sanitation workers, wielding enchanted mops and squeegees rather than your typical wands and wizard staffs.

In Enter the Janitor, readers meet Ben, a geriatric janitor with the Cleaners who is quickly approaching retirement. During a job, he has a run-in with Dani, a germaphobic, obsessive-compulsive college student who interferes with his work and accidentally unleashes the monster he was attempting to neutralize. However, her own latent magical powers manifest in self-defense, and she ends up burning down and flooding the college library, destroying the beast in the process. In the aftermath, Dani becomes Ben’s apprentice, and it’s up to him to teach her how to control her powers before she accidentally destroys the whole city. Mayhem ensues, as it usually does.

Book #2, The Maids of Wrath, picks up a few months later, with Dani now undergoing rigorous weapons and equipment training (think Cleaner-fu). When a maid goes berserk during a sparring match and tries to slaughter her coworkers with deadly feather dusters (yes, really), the Cleaners realize something is terribly wrong inside the company itself. They must find the source of the growing madness or their entire operation could be destroyed from within.


You’re working with such a fun concept. What are some of your favorite elements to work with in this world?Enter the Janitor

I enjoy the inherent absurdity of the premise—that of mages and wizards, witches and sorcerers basically living among us, but hiding their nature behind a corporate façade while working what amounts to “grunt jobs.” It makes a weird sort of sense that this kind of company might actually get away with what they do, since janitors and maids and others of their sort are everywhere, yet we rarely pay any real attention to them. We just assume they belong.

I enjoy taking something familiar, like a spray bottle or sponge, and finding new ways to add a magical spin to it. It’s fun to take concepts like recycling or the traditional image of witches flying on brooms and figure out how that translates into this reality. Oh, and yes, I probably have way too much fun with the foul-filter: a spell enacted over all Cleaners that forces them to keep a “clean image” by literally bleeping out any swear words they might try to say. Of course, certain characters refuse to accept this and are always trying to find ways to circumvent this limitation.


Your heroes and heroines fight against nasty Scum. Are there any nasty cleaning scenarios in your books that squicked you to write?

Scooping water out of a toilet bowl with my bare hands might make me hesitate, even if it was to attack a creature made of dirt. Also, one scene in Book #2 occurs in a hospital morgue—a place I’d likely never go of my own free will, just on principle. Corpses in general squick me out a bit.


Okay, let’s talk about reality. What do you hate to clean?

Bathrooms are probably my least favorite, because there’s so much to clean concentrated in one small room. Sinks, mirrors, shower, toilet, floor, windows…each requiring a slightly different approach to clean properly and thoroughly. I can clean the whole rest of my place in the time it takes me to get just the bathroom done.

Oddly, washing dishes can be meditative for me, and if I’m stuck on a scene, I often find myself scrubbing plates in the sink (even though I have a dishwasher) while noodling over how to proceed.


What are your current writing projects?

I’m currently working on Book #3, The Dustpan Cometh. I just wrapped up a tie-in novel called Fate’s Fangs that’s set in the HC SVNT DRACONES RPG universe, plus have a middle grade science fiction novel being looked at by a publisher. Expanding the world of the Cleaners should keep me busy for quite a while, as I have plenty of stories waiting to be told there. In the meantime, I’m always aiming to jump into more tie-in work and experiment with different genres and reading audiences.


Josh VogtDo you have any order/preorder links for The Maids of Wrath?

You can preorder the eBook of The Maids of Wrath here, and the paperback and audiobook versions should be available on April 11th!

You can also order the print, eBook, and audiobook versions of Enter the Janitor here.

Author and editor Josh Vogt’s work covers fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, pulp, and more. His debut fantasy novel is Pathfinder Tales: Forge of Ashes, published alongside his urban fantasy series, The Cleaners, with Enter the Janitor and The Maids of Wrath. He’s an editor at Paizo, a Scribe Award finalist, and a member of both SFWA and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. Find him at or on Twitter @JRVogt.



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Interview with J. Kathleen Cheney, author of Dreaming Death

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, guest | Comments Off on Interview with J. Kathleen Cheney, author of Dreaming Death

I’m happy to share an interview with author J. Kathleen Cheney. Her new novel Dreaming Death is out today, and wow is it a good read. If you love fantasy crossed with mystery, this book is for you! You should also check out Cheney’s Golden City Trilogy.

About Dreaming Death

Shironne Anjir’s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can’t, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. Determined to use her abilities as best she can, Shironne works tirelessly as an investigator for the Larossan army.

A member of the royal family’s guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power—he dreams of the deaths of others, sometimes in vivid, shocking detail, and sometimes in cryptic fragments and half-remembered images.

But then a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, snuffing out his victims with an arcane and deadly blood magic. Only Shironne can sense and interpret Mikael’s dim, dark dreams of the murders. And what they find together will lead them into a nightmare…

Dreaming Death

– I loved the sensory aspect of Dreaming Death. You did a great job of depicting a vibrant world around your lead character, Shironne, who is blind. Was this tricky to edit for consistency?

I did, a couple of times, catch my blind character–Shironne–responding to something that she only could have seen. Because I’m sighted, it’s natural for me to think it terms of visual stimuli, so I had to work hard to weed those out. But I also had the advantage that my character wasn’t blind from birth. She went blind at twelve, which means that she also, to some extent, will still think of the world in the same terms that a sighted person would. So I can always have her recalling a childhood sight or color. It made my life easier when trying to describe things.

But I wanted to try to have her senses be as realistic as possible, so I read quite a few books on blindness (specifically on losing one’s sight), one of the best of which was Touching the Rock, in which John M. Hull describes his descent into blindness. (The book was recommended to me years ago by a fellow workshopper, Larry Taylor, who’d had his own periodic spells of blindness due to surgeries.) And one of my favorite research books for this was a textbook: Sensation and Perception, which deals with all the senses. I’m a sucker for a good nonfiction book. And finally, I spent a lot of time with a blindfold on. That was a real lesson (especially when it came to folding laundry.)

So I tried to let the research guide most of the scenes where my blind character had the point of view, and I hope that I was able to keep it consistent.


– One of the things I really enjoy about both Dreaming Death and your Golden City books is the strong cozy mystery vibe. Who are some of your big influences from that genre?

The first writer of mysteries I read was Georgette Heyer. Most people associate her with the Regency Romance, but she also wrote a dozen mysteries, and I read them all. I later picked up Agatha Christie and actually prefer her work, but I think I go back to Heyer when I think of mysteries. I also love the mysteries of M.K.Wren (the Conan Flagg series) and have recently fallen in love with C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr novels, P. B. Ryan’s Nell Sweeney novels, and I would give up coffee just to read another of Margaret Miles’ Bracebridge novels (please write one!)


– Your world-building here is pretty intense. How do you organize your reference information for such a vast secondary world?

Organize. Hah! That’s funny! Okay…I have to admit that I’m not as organized as I would like to be. I’ve actually outlined 8 (eight!) novels in this setting, spanning two hundred years. That means I have to keep a lot of names and dates straight, especially difficult when an editor asks for a change. One change in one story sends ripples throughout the rest of that world. So I have an old-fashioned spreadsheet with technical details about each character, such as birthdate, parents, appearance, etc. I actually own a copy of Scrivener, but found it was too much work to maintain it, and went back to my old spreadsheet. It’s sad, but true.

As far as the research material goes, I use 3-ring binders to keep track of all the pieces I’ve printed out, and online bookmarks for the ones I don’t print. And I have a lot of old fashioned books (a lot on both sensory perception and underground buildings.) I like to use those little stick on tabs to mark things, and I’m very free with the highlighter.


– What is one of your favorite details or scenes in Dreaming Death?

My favorite scene is the one where Mikael sits on the hotel steps, trying to call Shironne back to him. There’s a lot going on that’s not discussed there because he hasn’t thought it all the way through, yet. But he’s made the decision to trust Shironne with all his secrets–some of which aren’t really his secrets. He’s essentially being groomed to be the head of their equivalent of the CIA, which means that he holds a lot of state secrets in his head. He knows things about the Families and the Fortresses that could be truly dangerous if exposed. He knows what happens in Deep Below, about the Oathbreakers, and what the Engineers actually do all day long. And that means he has to trust Shironne never to reveal any of that. It’s his absolute faith in her that makes that scene special to me. He never doubts that she could be dangerous to himself and his people, but will chose not to harm them.


– What are you working on now?

I have one story related to Dreaming Death available free on my website (“Touching the Dead”, and I’m trying to get a couple of others put up there as well, filling in some of the backstory for Shironne and Mikael. I’ve also recently published a novella in the Golden City world (The Seer’s Choice), and am working on a second–this one about Alejandro–which will probably be titled After the War. And, of course, I’m working on the sequel for Dreaming Death, The Sins of the Fathers, which picks up Shironne’s story a month after the events of the first book.

Thanks, J.!


J. Kathleen Cheney taught mathematics ranging from 7th grade to Calculus, but gave it all up for a chance to write stories. Her novella “Iron Shoes” was a 2010 Nebula Award Finalist. Her novel, The Golden City was a Finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards (Best First Novel). Dreaming Death will be the first in a new series, the Palace of Dreams Novels.



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How Dinosaurs Can Fix Your Time Machine: Guest Post from Daniel M. Bensen

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog, guest | Comments Off on How Dinosaurs Can Fix Your Time Machine: Guest Post from Daniel M. Bensen

I’m happy to welcome author Daniel M. Bensen to the blog today! He has a new book you can really sink your teeth into… uh… sorry. We’re talking about a dinosaur book, so I can’t resist a few jokes. His new release is Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen, a time-travel romance with adventure and dinosaurs. Let’s get to the meat of the post… here’s Daniel!


How dinosaurs can fix your time machine

Daniel BensenYou know what I hate about time travel? Time travel tropes. Oh no, the future is the past and the past is the future! It turns out that by trying to prevent the thing, you caused the thing! The 1983 you went to doesn’t exist anymore! Now you have to seduce your own grandmother and kill your grandfather, clearly.

I didn’t want to write a book about time machines any more than George Miller wanted to write about cars. I wanted to write a book about bad-asses riding dinosaurs. So here’s how I worked it. And the science might even make sense.

What Douglas Adams called “the Whole Sort of General Mishmash” has a real name coined by real theoretical physicists: phase space. A phase space is a way to represent a system, in which each possible state of the system is a given an “address.” Imagine every particle was given a set of coordinates depending on where it is, where it was, and where it could be. Move from one set of coordinates to another set, and you’ve moved through the history of a particle — you’ve traveled through time.

You get into your time machine and select your destination — say 65 million years in the past. Your time machine then traces back the causal chain that ends with you until it arrives where you want it to be…more or less.

For one thing, the time machine is only accurate to the closest ten thousand years, which makes it pretty useless for studying human history.

The other, bigger problem is there is some “sideways” slippage as well. You may come out in a past, but it isn’t necessarily your past. You might find yourself in an alternate past where the Earth never formed, or where intelligent squids built a civilization before fish ever crawled out of the water.

But don’t worry. The time machine in my story is much more accurate than that. It sends our heroes to a prehistoric past that is very nearly indistinguishable from the real Age of Dinosaurs. Except for the stone-age humans riding those dinosaurs around. Oops.

So that’s where the actual story begins. There’s no worrying about changing the past, no possibility of fixing mistakes once you’ve made them. You just get in a machine and pilot it to a place where hairy men ride triceratopses and hurl spears at you. And take away your time machine. And your cybernetic enhancements. And marry you?

Then things get strange. We don’t need messing around with the time stream to make them any stranger.


Daniel M. Bensen is the author of Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen, a time-travel romance with adventure and dinosaurs. You can see more of his work on his webpage.

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Guest T. Frohock with an excerpt from WITHOUT LIGHT OR GUIDE

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Blog, guest | Comments Off on Guest T. Frohock with an excerpt from WITHOUT LIGHT OR GUIDE

I’m happy to welcome author T. Frohock to my blog again. (You might remember she visited in June with a Bready or Not guest spot featuring spinach with raisins and pine nuts–yum!) She has a series of three novellas being released from HarperVoyager Impulse, and the second just came out. Without Light or Guide is an intense dark fantasy set against the backdrop of 1930s Spain that is brightened by the fond relationship between Diago and Miquel. I just love those two.


WithoutLight coverThe hero of Los Nefilim is Diago Alvarez. He, and his lover, Miquel, are part of a secretive group known as Los Nefilim (Spanish for The Nephilim–say it like “The Mob” and you’ve got the right idea). This group of angelic Nefilim monitor daimonic activity for the angels.

The only thing is: Diago is not fully angelic. He is part daimon, part angel, and his very unique form of magic is sought by both sides in the conflict between angels and daimons. Diago moves through a world of espionage and partisan warfare with a rogues’ gallery filled with angels, daimons, and mortals.

In the first novella of the series, In Midnight’s Silence, the reader is introduced to Diago’s world. We meet Diago, Miquel, and Diago’s son, Rafael. We get a brief glimpse of the shadowy world of Los Nefilim and its king, Guillermo Ramirez.

In Without Light or Guide, Diago’s story continues as he tries very hard to fit in with Los Nefilim, but his daimonic heritage follows him, and seeds distrust among the other Nefilim. Guillermo assigns Diago to work with another Nefil by the name of Garcia, who is Guillermo’s plant within the Urban Guard.

In this scene from Chapter 2, Diago has just experienced a tense encounter with his dead father, Alvaro, on the subway. He did not mention seeing his father to Garcia, but Garcia suspects something happened. Hoping to avoid Garcia’s questions, Diago walks ahead, but Garcia isn’t quite ready to let the incident go …


Diago’s musings were cut short when a hand gripped his arm. Startled, he turned to find Garcia had caught up to him.

Diago tried to pull free without drawing attention to them but Garcia’s grip tightened. “What—?”

“Just shut up and move.” He steered Diago into the mouth of an alley.

Diago jerked free and put his back against the wall. “What the hell is wrong with you?”

Garcia jabbed Diago’s shoulder with one sharp finger. “I asked you a question on the train and you lied to me. I’m going to pretend it was because of the mortals. You’ve got one more chance to get right with me. What happened?”

Be careful. You need him. You need him to vouch for you. Diago evaded the question and kept his tone even. “I don’t report to you.”

Garcia coughed a humorless laugh. “You’re confused, my friend.”

Frohock-IMS“We’re not friends.”

Garcia’s tone turned sly. “Then you’d better make some, Alvarez. You might have fooled Guillermo, but the rest of us see you for what you are. You’re daimon and you’ll wind up just like your father. You did in your firstborn life and you will here, too.” Garcia punctuated his last statement with a hard jab to Diago’s shoulder.

You’ll wind up just like your father. The accusation sealed any doubts Diago had about telling Garcia what happened at the bridge. “Don’t touch me again.”

Garcia ignored the warning. “You report to whomever asks you a question. Do you understand me?” He stabbed his finger in Diago’s direction.

Diago’s temper overrode his reason. He caught Garcia’s fist and squeezed until Garcia’s knuckles popped.

Why did Garcia push him? Does he want me to lash out? Of course, he did. This was probably how he provoked Miquel into punching him. The whole discussion was nothing more than an attempt to rouse Diago’s temper. And it’s working. Except Diago wasn’t quite as hotheaded as Miquel. This altercation didn’t need to progress any further than it already had.

Striking Garcia wasn’t necessary. Let him feel my power, acknowledge it with his face. Holding tight to the other Nefil’s fist, Diago waited until Garcia’s lips thinned to a single white line. Only then did he speak. “Until I know who I can trust, I report to Guillermo. No one else.” He opened his fingers.

For one tense moment, Diago was sure Garcia intended to escalate the confrontation. Something in Diago’s eyes stopped him.

Garcia looked away and fumbled for his cigarettes. When he struck the match, flakes of sulfur cascaded to the sidewalk. “I’m going with you to see Ferrer.”

No. Not now. Not even if you begged. Diago wasn’t going to be monitored by the likes of Garcia. “No.”

“You’re going to botch this without help.”

Or you’ll make sure the interview goes badly for me. Garcia would love nothing more than to report Diago’s incompetence to Guillermo. Work around him. “How can I earn your trust if you are always looking over my shoulder? I go in alone or not at all. Then you can explain the situation to Guillermo.”

The tip of Garcia’s cigarette glowed like the fire in his eyes. He exhaled a cloud of smoke as caustic as his words. “Go alone. But I’m watching you.”

Diago didn’t flinch from the inspector’s stare. “Fair enough.” So much for Guillermo’s hope our working together would cement trust between us.



Throughout Barcelona, the mortals Diago has known are dying gruesome deaths. A daimon is loose in the city, and Diago’s only clue to her identity is a mysterious phrase written in smoke: She Hunts.
The year is 1931.

The city is Barcelona.

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind.

The hunt begins.


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T. Frohock has turned a love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying.

She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and numerous short stories. Her newest series, Los Nefilim, is from Harper Voyager Impulse.

You can find out more about T. at her website, or follow her on Twitter, or Facebook.

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