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Today’s Deadly Destinations is courtesy of Marissa Holloway of Kasey Mackenzie’s Shades of Fury series. She is here to tell us the best way to survive a trip to Hell. Blackhearted Betrayal, the third book in the Shades of Fury series, is now available. Today’s giveaway is brought to you by Kasey and Ace/Penguin. At the end of this post we will be giving away three copies of Blackhearted Betrayal!
Marissa Holloway, Fury and Chief Magical Investigator for the Boston PD here. So, that Shades of Fury writer lady who’s always yammering on about my exploits wanted me to give you all a low-down on how to survive a trip to Hell. Yeah, that’s right: I’m newly-returned from the Underworld. Hades. Sheol. Dante’s Inferno. Or, as is particularly appropriate based on my not-quite-a-vacation, Duat. That’s Egyptian.
My first and maybe only tip for surviving a trip to Hell is: Run. Preferably run in the exact opposite direction of the portal some idiot opened to get you there, seeing as how it’s an extremely inhospitable place for mortals. Wait, you’re not mortal? Okay, that’s a little better, but only if you’re…say…completely IMMORTAL. Like a Nemesis. You don’t know what a Nemesis is? Well, read Blackhearted Betrayal–the travel guide detailing that recent “vacation” my author keeps harping about–and you’ll find out.
Okay, okay, so you say that turning back from the Underworld isn’t an option, I still say that running is your best option for surviving there. Especially if some asshole Lord of Death (like, oh, Anubis for instance) pumps up some shades waiting around for reincarnation to have powers they’re not supposed to when dead, and then sends them after you repeatedly, with KILL ON SIGHT orders. Not that I speak from personal experience or anything.
Let’s assume you somehow manage to out-run all those souped-up Shades. You’re discovering that the Underworld landscape is as capricious and varied as the world above; only less civilized and way more deadly. Hopefully by now you’ve taken care of whatever insane mission brought you here in the first place–like, say, stopping an Immortal civil war that would make the American one look like a Real Housewife slapfest–and it’s time to get back home. The good news is that any large mirror or reflective surface (like a pond) will do for summoning a return portal. The bad news is that you’ll have to have someone who is either skilled in Fury magic or Death magic to make it work in the Underworld. Or, you know, a true Immortal. Barring having someone like that around and…well.
Did you miss the part where I said to run as far and fast as you can? Yeah: Do that now!
Kasey Mackenzie lives with her husband and son in St. Louis, Missouri; home of the Gateway Arch, the baseball Cardinals, and the world’s greatest thin-crust pizza. Kasey was one of those students who always had her nose in a book—so no big surprise when she was voted “Teacher’s Pet” in her high school yearbook. Today, she is a voracious reader of fantasy, romance, suspense, and “soft” science fiction. She adores her German shepherd puppy, two cats, playing softball, and has recently taken up knitting. So far she can cast on, do the knit stitch, and cast off. Hey, it’s a start!
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This giveaway is provided by Kasey Mackenzie & Ace/Penguin
Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Blackhearted Betrayal
Available June 26, 2012 from Ace/Penguin
About this Book:
From the acclaimed author of Green-Eyed Envy comes a tumultuous tale of unrest among the Furies…
As Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator, Riss Holloway has been responsible for solving any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. But now she’s taking a leave of absence from the Boston PD and heading home—to focus on her duties as a Fury: like assisting her mother with an unsettling friction brewing in the Sisterhood, a faction of Furies sworn to serve all the Deities equally. These days, someone is playing favorites, drawing Riss into a tumultuous civil war embroiling every god and goddess. What was once a precept, to stand as a united whole policing arcanekind for millennia, has been divided by something Riss never imagined—and choosing sides could be the most dangerous move she’s ever made.
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