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Guest Author: Jim Duncan (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is urban fantasy author Jim Duncan.  The first book in his new Deadworld urban fantasy series, Deadworld,  hits bookshelves on April 5, 2011.  Please join me in welcoming Jim here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

Two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Deadworld.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

J.N. Duncan is a 40-something father of four, or eight if you include the pets in the house. He’s an aspiring middle school math teacher, and something of a fantasy gamer geek (yes, he plays WoW), loves astronomy, and generally thinks you could call me something of a nerd. Hopefully in a good way. He’s been writing since he was about 14, thanks to a grandmother, who was a published mystery writer, and he’s also married to a writer (romance author, Tracy Madison). He works for a living (though who doesn’t desire to make a living as a writer), and hopes to someday live in a castle in Ireland and write all day (hey, don’t all writers have this dream?)

You can visit Jim around  the web here: Website | Blog |

Welcome Jim!

The Paranormal of Deadworld

by Jim Duncan

First of all, thank you so much for having me here today and giving me the opportunity to talk a bit about my debut, Deadworld. Angela asked me to speak a bit on the paranormal elements of Deadworld, as it is an Urban Fantasy, and I imagine readers might like to know, just what will make this book more interesting or intriguing compared to all of the other UF books out there now.

When I initially thought up the concept for Deadworld, I began with the simple thought, “I want to do something different with vampires.” Vampires? Really? Yes, I can imagine some of you saying that now. Thing is, I love vampires, in books and movies. Have since I was young, and imagine I will when I’m old. They ebb and flow in the publishing universe, but for me, I never really grow tired of them. However, given that they are done quite a bit in the UF genre, I knew to stand out, I’d have to go in a different direction. I will say right off though, that Deadworld isn’t a vampire series. It’s focus is not on them, but they do play a significant role, at least in these three books in the series. Hard not to when the hero in the story is one. There are other paranormal elements I’ll talk about in a minute, but let’s deal with the vamps first.

My vamps are not of the gothic variety. They aren’t inherently evil, or even undead for that matter. They do drink blood, however. A Deadworld vampire is created by consuming blood in that moment before death, in order to feed the other side enough spiritual energy to keep that door open between the worlds of the living and the dead. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to do so, which is why vamps are very few and far between. As a result, they can draw from the energy in Deadworld (which is what the other side is referred to). The power of the dead has or can have a significant sway over the living (that hypnotic/charm effect vampires are known for), it allows for greater physical strength, endurance, and the ability to heal oneself with great speed. Thus killing a vampire is extremely difficult.

Our hero, Nick, is a former Old West, sheriff. I wanted to pick an interesting, heroic type character that would conflict well with the nature of what a vampire needs to do to survive, and it has certainly created angst for him. I also just liked the notion of an Old West type mentality carried forth over the decades to modern day.

The other major paranormal element in Deadworld, is, as you might guess, ghosts. The spirit world plays a major role in my story and the series as a whole, becoming more involved as the series moves forward, which I can’t get into too much here without potentially getting spoilery. I will say though that the relationship between the living world and the dead gets more and more interactive as the story moves forward, much to the consternation of our heroine, Jackie. She’s happy leaving all that stuff to her partner, Laurel, who is psychic.

As a bit of a teaser though, I will say, that in the next installment of the Deadworld series, The Vengeful Dead, you come to the realization that humans aren’t the only thing wandering around in the spirit realm.

Anyway, that’s a little bit of what you can expect on the paranormal side of things in Deadworld. I’m happy to answer any questions readers might have, up to the point of giving anything away in the story. At least at this point. Once Deadworld has been on the shelves for a while, I’ll gladly entertain more indepth conversations about it through my blog.

Thanks again for having me here today, and I hope those of you who decide to pick up Deadworld, enjoy the experience.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

Two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Deadworld.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What are your favorite paranormal/supernatural elements in urban fantasy?

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2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, April 18th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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24 Responses to “Guest Author: Jim Duncan (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. LadyVampireNo Gravatar
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    Congratulations on your book’s release tomorrow. I definitely wish I was reading this book right now after reading the post. But on to the question… My favorite paranormal element is probably the variety of characters and different species. I find it interesting when an author does his or her own spin on vampires, werewolves, etc and also introduces new species sometimes that are not the norm like gargoyles or phantoms.
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  2. Karen WapinskiNo Gravatar
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    I’m loving the idea for this series, thanks so much for the giveaway!
    My favourite part is the way the paranormal/supernatural blends into everyday life, like Rachel in the Hollows using magic for her Halloween costume. It makes it seem so real

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  3. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    I really like them all- vamps, shifters, witches, fae. I’m a nerd for magic/sorcery and stories based off mythology. Not the biggest fan of zombies, but I’d love an author to change my mind. +1
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  4. VivienNo Gravatar
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    My favorite element is definitely learning about all of the different creatures. I keep learning about ones that I’ve never heard of. It’s really fascinating.
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  5. TeresaNo Gravatar
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    Congrats on the book release Jim!!! My fave element in paranormal uf is discovering how that species (be it vampires, weres or etc) fit into modern society.

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  6. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    I love the surprises, magic, darkness. I love that each author has a different take, that there are no rules.

    I am a follower :)

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  7. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    My favorite paranormal elements are the vampire mythology, I love to see the author’s take on such a well-known mythos. I also enjoy the different creatures and the use of magic. Really, I love everything about the paranormal and/or supernatural genre.
    I’m dying to read Deadworld, and the more I hear, the more I want it.

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  8. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    I love the way the myths are bent and how the “normals” and “paranormals” relate to each other. Even if they don’t know the PN doesn’t exist.

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  9. Sniffly KittyNo Gravatar
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    I love the touggh heroines!

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  10. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    I love the worlds that the authors build and the what ifs they ask and answer.

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  11. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I like shifters, magic, and mythology in my paranormal stories.

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  12. Kaya HNo Gravatar
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    I love the way that the genres characters can pack weapons. no matter what race you are you can pack heat like a mofo and then kick some arse in shiny shoes. No where else is there that much action mixed with snark and WTF as far as great characters, plot twists, plot thickeners and all the 2000 + parts that I love about this genre.
    The book sounds amazing. I cannot wait to read it.
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  13. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    What I love about UF is that the characters are in a world not too far off as our own and are dealing with the results of the shiit hitting the fan. There could be vamps exposed for the first time, a wave of fey, or aliens, or immortals of varying class. A lot of time UF have very mundane elements like the main character still has to have a job since arse kicking and vanquishing just doesn’t always fill the bill. I love the language and the normal but strange elements that make up UF. UF should be in a cookie jar right next to my dystopian blend and YA sugar to start my morning like some super wheaties flakes since it is a part of my staple reading diet.
    The book sounds like it carries a great story and characters. I cannot wait to get a chance to read it.

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  14. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    My favorite element is how supernatural abilities are different from book to book. For example in one vamps can’t stand the sun and in others they sparkle! I love the twist!

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  15. carrie bernardNo Gravatar
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    I love vampires, romance & adventure when I choose a paranormal book to read. carrieab77athotmaildotcom

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  16. LingeorgeNo Gravatar
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    My favorite paranormal/supernatural elements are directly influenced by the author I am reading. I love the worlds of Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Linda Robinson, Kim Harrison, etc. I seem to be reading more shifters lately I find I am reading more shifters, as those go along with the releases. I am enjoying them all — just haven’t managed to get into the whole Zombie thing yet.
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  17. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I’m happy with just about any paranormal element as long as it is well-executed, so I guess it’s the world building that matters most to me. As for paranormal creatures, my favorites are shifters and necromancers, I’m not really sure why.

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  18. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Congrats on the release! Sounds good.

    I like how UF is just the other side of current reality. It is the world we would live in if the paranormal did exist. I also like how it allows so much variation between authors and what they can come up. Really gives us a lot of worlds to explore.

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  19. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    I love all things vamp, so that is definitely my favorite.

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  20. winnieNo Gravatar
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    My favorite paranormal elements in urban fantasy would be the mash up of the supernatural or paranormal world with the ordinary, everyday reality we all know so well as it definitely gives the escapism aspect in UF books!

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  21. Jennifer KJovusNo Gravatar
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    I like when the lead character kicks butt and has a sense of values and integrity. I don’t like damsels in distress.
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  22. Katie @ Novel SocietyNo Gravatar
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    i love the romance and the butt kicking as well as the paranormal mix of it all.

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  23. Shawnee J PolingNo Gravatar
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    Paranormal is my new reprieve from daily life. I love my life, but I can be any of the characters in my books. I can travel, be a bad ass slayer, a necromancer, or a shifter.

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  24. minhchieu tranNo Gravatar
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    I like shifters, magic, a necromancer and especially a mix of romance in my paranormal stories
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