Today’s guest post is from debut dark urban fantasy author James R. Tuck. James just launched a series called Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter. The first book in the series is Blood & Bullets, which will hit shelves on February 7, 2012. You can also read an e-novella (already available), That Thing at the Zoo, which is set in the same universe. Do you want to win your own copy of the book? Comment below for a chance to win!
WHAT A WORLD I MADE
by James R. Tuck
Alright, when a writer sits down to create a book they have to choose a setting. They have to decide where and when their story occurs. Pretty much there are three options.
1) Set the story in an existing time and place. Keep the environments and occurrences true to life and history.
2) Completely make it all up. Just take reality and the history book, set them on fire, and chunk them out the window.
Or, the most common on in writing Urban Fantasy or any other genre:
3) Take a real world and a real time period and screw with it.
The last one is what I did.
For me, as a fan of Urban Fantasy, one of my favorite things is to watch an author bring something new to the table, to twist the elements we have all seen over and over again into a new shape.
When I sat down to write BLOOD AND BULLETS and it’s prequel THAT THING AT THE ZOO I really wanted to give you something you haven’t seen before. My main character, Deacon Chalk, is the alpha male you read about but this time you are in his head. He’s a man with a dark past that makes him what he is today.
That’s not all. I mean everybody has lycanthropes, but when was the last time you met a Were-spider? Wait until you read it, the Were-spiders are really something. See in the Deaconverse not every Were creature is a wolf, or a cat, or something else like it. I took it as, if lycanthropy were real, then wouldn’t it apply to the entire animal kingdom? So be prepared to see how I play with that. It gets really interesting.
I have also always been fascinated with, for lack of a better term, Biblical mythology. Angels, demons, Nephilim, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Whore of Babylon, Wormwood, all of it. So you will see crazy twists on that in the Deaconverse. I take the concepts, shoot them full of anabolic steroids, give them a whack on the ass, and send them out into the world.
And the vampires. Ahhh, the vampires. Well, needless to say, they aren’t nice. I go old school on the vampires turning them back into the deadly monsters they are supposed to be. My vampires are vicious and that’s just the way I like them. Plus, I developed a new origin for them in the Deaconverse I have never seen before. I am really proud of it.
What is it, you ask?
Read the book and find out. LOL
James R. Tuck is the author of the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series from Kensington. Book one, BLOOD AND BULLETS will be available everywhere on February 7, 2012 and will be preceded by the e-novella THAT THING AT THE ZOO on January 12, 2012.
James is a former bouncer and has been a professional tattoo artist for over 15 years. His tattoo work has been published in national tattoo magazines and he owns Family Tradition Tattoo in Marietta, Ga. He lives near there with a wonderful wife, three wonderful children, and six dogs of varying degrees of wonderfulness.
Want to read more from James?
This giveaway is provided by James R. Tuck
One winner will receive a copy of Blood & Bullets by James R. Tuck
Available on February 7, 2012 from Kensington Books
About the Book:
He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights…
Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl “hires” him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him—and barely escapes a vampire ambush. Now he’s got a way-inexperienced newbie hunter to protect and everything from bloodsuckers to cursed immortals on his trail. There’s also a malevolent force controlling the living and the undead, hellbent on turning Deacon’s greatest loss into the one weapon that could destroy him…
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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