Continuing with my behind-the-scenes blog series, which so far has consisted of some Creature Features, we now take a quick look into PLACES. I always think the vibe of a city, especially the place where your characters spend a lot of their time, should reflect the vibe of the book itself. THE HUNT primarily takes place in Farrow’s Hollow, a mid-sized city that has the unfortunate luck of being located near a hell-gate.
Because of its proximity to a doorway to Hell, Farrow’s Hollow is positively teeming with demons. However, humanity as a whole is unaware of the supernatural, which forces demons, vampires, witches, fae, elves, and the like to integrate. If you make waves, if you threaten humanity, the angels working at Seraphim Securities will take you out.
That being said, demon mob families run nearly all the city’s crime, and the gritty underbelly consists of drug, sex, and weapons trade that, for the most part, happen without the public’s knowledge. Key human officials are paid off so that the supernatural community can operate without police interference.
Farrow’s Hollow has a smallish university — FHU for life! — and a bustling downtown core consisting of retail shops, restaurants, and mid-rise corporate buildings. Demon-run establishments do especially well, as humanity feels an inexplicable draw toward them. Its architecture is primarily Gothic-inspired, best exemplified by the buildings on the university campus. While surrounded by forestry, the city itself is lacking in green space, though the municipal government is trying to fix that.
Known Farrow’s Hollow locations in THE HUNT include the university campus, Seraphim Securities, The Inferno, and Alaric Crowley’s invisible downtown home.
The Chosen serial (8 books overall, I believe) has been complied into a single mammoth book, and I. am. so. EXCITED!
Recently, an author friend of mine sent me a link to a website that had pirated her upcoming release. Not only that, but she showed me that said website also had all four of my upcoming books available for free download — including one I haven’t even written, one I’m halfway through writing, and the other that has been seen by a single beta reader thus far.
Which, let’s be real, that’s some crazy pirate sorcery. Somehow they’ve managed to reach into my brain and produce a manuscript without my knowledge, and now have it available for mass consumption!
As long as the internet lives, there will be piracy. Still, it sucks when you pirate our books. It sucks hard.
So, don’t pirate. Why?
If you’re someone who burns through four books a week, I understand it can be expensive to keep buying books. However, there are other ways you can contribute that doesn’t involve piracy.
So, don’t pirate. And don’t download books I haven’t even written yet. I guarantee it’s a scam.
Baldr the Beautiful is dead.
Desperate to get back to his privileged role as Óðinn’s favorite son, Baldr strikes a bargain with Hel, the terrifying half living and half skeletal queen of the realm of the dead. He offers her the only thing he’s got: knowledge from the living world. Hel gives him three days. If he can teach her something new, she will return him to the realms of the living.
But the icy Hel seems completely impervious to Baldr’s charms. What’s worse, she already knows everything. By the end of the third day, Baldr realizes he’s only got one chance left to impress her.
Returning to his former life looks like it’s going to depend on Baldr the Beautiful seducing the most formidable woman in the Nine Realms.