Friday, November 27, 2015

The Bloody City ~ The Goddess Fish ~ #giveaway




The Bloody City

by Megan Morgan

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Name : Megan Morgan
A little about yourself (ie your education Family life etc ):

I live in Cleveland, Ohio—which is way too cold in winter for my tastes, but Chicago is my dream city and it’s just as cold, so I’m crazy in that respect. I have an adult son and an adult cat who still acts like a kitten. I’m a self-taught writer and I’ve never wanted to do anything with my life except write. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pay the bills yet, so I’m also a bartender and I’ve worked in bars and restaurants for nearly a decade. I write mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I also dabble in contemporary romance and erotica.

Tell us your latest news?
The second novel in my Siren Song urban fantasy series, The Bloody City, was just released on November 10th. The third book in the series, The Burning City, will be released in July 2016. I’m also working on a fourth book. The first book in the series, The Wicked City, recently won best urban fantasy at The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. I’m very happy with this series and how well it’s been received, especially since I’m a new author. I’m going to keep writing it until the characters stop talking to me.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started writing as a teenager in high school—I used to write stories in notebooks and share them with my friends. I was terrible at it back then, but from the moment I started writing my first story, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Writing felt natural. I think I was born a writer and I was fortunate enough to figure it out early in life. I always loved working on essays and creative writing assignments when I was in elementary school, too.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not sure if this means the first book I ever wrote (which I still remember and cringe at) or the first book I got published, but either way it’s hard to simplify it. Ideas for books come from many different places and it’s not just one idea that creates an entire book. Books are born from an idea, but many ideas pop up along the way to move the events in the story forward. I always loved Chicago and wanted to write a series set there, so that’s how I got started on this one.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to have a ‘conversational’ style. People have told me reading my writing is like listening to someone talk. It’s kind of blunt and organic. I take it as a compliment. I want the reader to feel like I’m telling them a story, after all.

How did you come up with the title?
The first book in the series, The Wicked City, is a play on the term ‘The Windy City’ because it’s set in Chicago. The Bloody City follows suit in keeping with the series theme and also because there’s a lot of vampires in this book. Each book in the series will be called The ___ City.

How much of the book is realistic?
Many of the descriptions of Chicago are realistic, because I’ve been there many times—though I did make up a few places. I also tried to be ‘realistic’ in my depictions of how paranormal powers in this world are scientifically explained. A lot of the series revolves around how science treats paranormal people. I still use a good bit of magic and plain old fictional storytelling, but I tried to give it a realistic feel.

What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get around to it when he’s one of my favorite authors. I want to get them all read before the movies come out!

What are your current projects?
I’m working on the fourth book in the Siren Song series—even though I intended it to be a trilogy, it didn’t quite work out that way. I’m also an author for the City Nights series from Tirgearr Publishing, which is contemporary erotic romance.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. I spent a lot of years believing I would never get to where I am today and doubting myself. I thought I would never be published, let alone have a series published. The only way to assure you’ll never get published is to give up completely. Keep learning, keep writing, and keep trying.

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m not a big fan of movies, but I watch a lot of TV shows. Here is a short list of TV shows I watch/have watched in the past: Vikings, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, Orange Is the New Black, True Blood, Hell On Wheels, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Peaky Blinders, Luther, Supernatural, Magic City, Sherlock…the list goes on and on. As you can see, I don’t have any one genre I stick with!


BLURB:

On the run…

It’s been four months since the head of the Institute of Supernatural Research was murdered. But that doesn’t mean June Coffin is out of hiding yet. In a world where being different can get you killed, it’s best to keep a low profile. Especially for a Siren who can control other people with the call of her voice. That goes double if your powers might be inexplicably growing…

On the hunt…

But June isn’t the only one trying to clear her name. There’s Sam, the charismatic paranormal rights leader, and Micha, the first human on record to go paranormal. All of them must bargain with a mysterious vampire named Occam Reed if they want to stay alive.

Out of time…

As tensions increase between humans and paranormals, June must decide who to trust. If only she could hear the song inside her heart…
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Megan Morgan will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


EXCERPT:

The whole thing was like attending one’s own funeral, only slightly less creepy.

Midway through the next speech, movement behind the stage caught June’s attention. A group of people were gathering back there. Her spirits lifted. Maybe the FBI was about to throw down.

“What’s going on back there?” Sam stood on his tiptoes.

“Probably more people who want to talk.” June sighed.

She skimmed the crowd, seeing if anyone looked as bored as she felt. A familiar face popped out for a split second, and she quickly looked back at the spot. She had to be imagining things.

She wasn’t.

Roughly thirty yards away in the tight-packed crowd, a man stood, staring at them. He wore a hoodie despite the heat, the hood pulled up and shielding his face. His eyes were bloodshot and watery.

“Sam.” She scrabbled at his hand. “Someone’s watching us.”

The man moved toward them. The speaker on stage had finished and other people were coming out. Sam was focused there, but he looked at June, and then around.

“Occam,” she whispered. “To the left.”

Occam pushed up next to them and stopped. His eyes were rimmed with red, his skin flushed.

“I know you’re in there,” he taunted.

“What the hell are you doing here?” Sam whispered.

Dread welled in June’s chest. The intensity of Occam’s gaze chilled her to the bone beneath the blazing sun.

The blazing sun. A vampire was out in broad daylight. He didn’t even have the benefit of shade, like at the clinic. Why?

“Get out of here,” Occam said. “Or you are going to die.”
 
BUY LINKS for The Bloody City:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bloody-City-Siren-Song-ebook/dp/B00TNBLY02










AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Megan Morgan is an urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and erotica author from Cleveland, Ohio. Bartender in an airport lounge by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she’s trying to turn writing into her day job so she can be on the other side of the bar for a change. She’s a member of the RWA and author of the Siren Song urban fantasy series from Kensington Books, as well as numerous other shorter, sexy works. She resides on the shores of Lake Erie with her adult son and not-so-adult cat, the latter of which ‘helps’ her write her works by stuffing herself between writer and laptop on a regular basis.

 
Website: http://www.meganmorganauthor.com


Twitter: https://twitter.com/morgan_romance @morgan_romance





20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me here! I'll be here to answer any questions or comments from the readers!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have enjoyed the tour and learning about your book. It sounds great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Rita! Thanks for following along!

      Delete
  3. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I enjoyed following the tour and learning about The Bloody City, Good Luck!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for following along, Eva!

      Delete
  5. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Bridgett! I hope you enjoy it!

      Delete
  6. Enjoyed the interview! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Angie, and thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  7. Great interview and excerpt - thanks for sharing them both :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Definitely have to grab this series! Adding to my wishlist! Fingers crossed for X-Mas. :) Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it!

      Delete