Please join me in welcoming paranormal romance author Karina Cooper here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her new Dark Mission series, Blood of the Wicked, was recently released on May 31, 2011. Lure of the Wicked is the second book in the series, and is currently scheduled to be released on June 28, 2011.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Blood of the Wicked. Details are listed at the end of the post.
After weaving happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (kind of) and fell in love with writing. Imagine her surprise to find that it counts as A Real Job. One part romance fanatic, one part total dork, and all imagination, she can’t help but write paranormal romance and obsess over urban fantasy.
When she isn’t writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, one rabbit, the fantasy of a dog and a passel of adopted gamer geeks. She adores hearing from readers, so visit her website.
Tearing the World Apart: Welcome to New Seattle
by Karina Cooper
We’re pretty comfortable, aren’t we? I mean, sure, we’ve got environmental concerns, global warming issues, renewable resource debates—all the ways we as humans can stop mucking up the world we live on. But what if the thing that tosses us on our heads, the epic event that restructures everything we know, doesn’t come from us? What if it’s not a nuclear event, a chemical spray, a final, dying gasp of a planet whose oxygen we’re stifling with all our cars and exhausts and factories and giant rings of trash?
What if, in fact, it all comes down to Mother Nature?
In the Dark Mission series, Mother Nature didn’t just shrug—she flipped a freaking gasket. From the Pacific coast to inland Germany; New Zealand to Russia. All across the globe, the very environment turned on humanity.
Or so the humans thought. Wouldn’t you? The land that you live in, that protected you and gave you a home, suddenly goes catastrophic and tries to kill you off—wouldn’t you feel a little bitter? After countless generations of peace and quiet, humanity felt the full brunt of destruction as storms swept cities off the map, earthquakes redrew borders, sand stroms scoured civilization off the map. Fires, floods, panicked people. Where would you turn?
When I pondered the thought—while simultaneously watching a Discovery channel show about supervolcanoes—I thought to myself, “Karina, you know there’s going to be vultures among the survivors. Ready and willing to climb on the carcasses of those who died just to get in power.” That’s human nature, isn’t it? So as I sipped my tea and pet my cats and otherwise dreamed about the obliteration of life as we know it—like you do—and suddenly, the idea for the Holy Order of St. Dominic sprang into form.
But what’s their angle?
It’s not too far-fetched to imagine that somewhere in the dark corners of our world, there are organizations waiting for their chance to stride forth into the light. For the Holy Order and their right hand of militants called the Mission, the time was ripe when the United States fell to the disasters that rocked it. And who else to blame but the hand of God—which is to say, the witches that humanity allowed to live among them, forcing the Lord to smite the heretics wholesale.
Doesn’t that sound awful?
Good. Because in the Dark Mission world, that’s exactly how it happened.
We’re tenacious creatures, us humans. We don’t let go lightly, and Seattle is no exception. If the city ever fell, and if there were enough of us left to rebuild, I think we’d do just that. Only we’d make it bigger, better, brighter—we have a certain amount of hubris, after all. Lightning can’t possibly strike twice in the same place. So as I mulled the admittedly bleak future of a metropolitan currently housing hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, the world for Blood of the Wicked came together. Slowly. Even painfully, as I considered the segregation, the religious zealotry, the persecution.
Do you think I have a dark view of the world? Of us humans? Maybe I do. Maybe, just maybe, I think that we tend to shine brighter when we’re struggling.
And the things we are more likely to struggle against than anything else is each other.
Drafting the world as Blood of the Wicked knows it was both fun and disturbing. I can admit that! I’m a little depraved. The segration is fierce; the war between the rich and the poor, the holy and the heretical, is very real. And as Silas and Jessie started to form in my imagination, I realized it’d take a very special set of people who could live, survive in this world and even dare to dream within it.
So, what about you? If you had to choose between living a city where you were “safe”, protected from the wilderness outside the walls but forced to cope with the widening divide between you and other classes, what would you choose? Would you stay in the city, where there’s at least a chance of overcoming? Or would you take your chances outside the walls, where the wilderness has taken over and bands of marauders roam?
I think about this question all the time, and you know, I still can’t decide.
Welcome to New Seattle, where it’s all too easy to lose yourself in the dark streets of the poor or the willful ignorance of the wealthy. Where witches are real, the Mission is always out hunting. And you could be next on their watchlist.
So, even though I write about death and blood and murder (and I swear like a sailor—I want you to recognize how hard my editor gnome had to work here!), I’m actually a very nice girl. No, really. Okay, a mostly nice girl. Vain, but nice.
Did I lose you? Okay, I’ll wait while you stop snerking… (I see you.)
I write fulltime, which is so freaking awesome I can’t hardly contain myself, but I also moonlight as a photographer’s apprentice, a wife, a pet-collector (four cats, one rabbit, a multitude of gamer geeks and counting…), and a Steampunk fashionista. I enjoy hearing from anyone and everyone, so if you want to come stroll along my side of the web, visit my website. And enjoy Blood of the Wicked!
About the Book:
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.
As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she’s been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.
A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what’s left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn’t know that Jessie’s his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Blood of the Wicked.
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If you lived in a post-apocalyptic world, would you choose to live inside a city (where the walls are guarded and travel out is restricted, but it’s safe) or outside in the unprotected (and lawless) wilderness? What would you do or be?
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