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Guest Author: Karina Cooper (Guest Post & Giveaway)

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.

Author Bio:

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.

You can visit Karina around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Welcome Karina!

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.

What, Me?

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.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Blood of the Wicked.

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

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?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

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, June 20th at 11:59 PM EST.

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


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28 Responses to “Guest Author: Karina Cooper (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    That’s a lot of imagination going on there :) To answer the question…if it were me alone, I’d pick to live within the city and be safe. If I were with my husband, I would live outside the city because he is a live off the wilderness guy. He always tells me that we’ll be ready when the zombies come…lol. He is a military officer and hunter hard core so I know we would survive ;) Great contest! Please count me in for this goodness.
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  2. ChrisSNo Gravatar
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    Ooh..That’s a tough question. I would have to say where ever the rest of my family was. I have a large family with very diverse backgrounds. I could see us setting up our own family compound outside the city.

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  3. Danielle GormanNo Gravatar
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    Such a tough question. Although I hate being told where I can and cannot go I think I would choose to be safe inside the city. I would hate living my life in constant fear.

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  4. Karina CooperNo Gravatar
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    Three comments in, and already a wide spread of replies! I love seeing where people would choose to live, if they had a choice. Both have pros, but also enough cons to make me go, “Well, maybe…”

    I think I’d want to live outside the city, in a commune or community of some sort. But I also want to live somewhere warm! Maybe by the ocean. We could catch fish. Raise chickens. Hmm… Do you suppose chickens are easy to raise?

    Huge thanks to Angela — look, look, I got the name right! [big grin] It only took me a few tries! — for letting me play in Dark Faerie Tales for a while. This is a lot of fun. :)

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  5. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    Being a great big chicken I think I’d live w/in the walls where it is safe. +1
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  6. Amanda PNo Gravatar
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    I picked this book up last week on a whim (how could you not with that cover) and read it! I really enjoyed the book and the new world from K. Coopers imagination. Can’t wait for the new to come out!

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  7. VivienNo Gravatar
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    As much as I wouldn’t want to be restricted in the city, that’s probably what I’d choose. I’d end up breaking out quite often though ;)
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  8. Heather McCorkleNo Gravatar
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    An airship captains wife?! How awesome! And she’s a fellow Pacific Northwest author! I’ll definitely be checking out her books. Thank you for introducing us to her.

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  9. ChristinaNo Gravatar
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    I would have to be outside of the city! I am not one to be told what to do in most situations! It would be awesome outside of the city since I’m sure the Black Dagger Brotherhood would be out there to protect me! HAHA

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  10. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I think I’d choose to live inside where I’d feel safer, and work together with others to make life easier. I’d try to do something useful, like making clothing or quilts to help. I don’t think I’d want to travel outside because it would be really dangerous. That’s me, the big scaredy cat.

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  11. elaing8No Gravatar
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    wow..I really like that cover :)

    I’m not one for rules and being told what to do.So I would live outside the city and take my chances on my own.

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  12. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    I would want to live outside and have the skills/powers to survive.
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  13. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I would live inside the city where it’s safe. I think less freedom is a fair tradeoff as long as I’m safe.

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  14. StacieDMNo Gravatar
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    Hello Karina!
    Blood of the Wicked sounds exciting! Congratulations on the new release!

    You ask a tough question. In some ways it would be better to be within the walls of the city because of safety. I think there is a danger when you live in such a structured society with strict laws that there could be an abuse of power. Any kind of government or leader could be seduced by the power and might do anything to keep it. Living in the wild without laws is more dangerous but at least you would have your freedom. Hmmm. I would probably wimp out and live in the city. :)

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  16. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    Wow, I really had to think on this one lol. I think I would have to live outside the city. Too tired of politics and such. Make my own shelter and take my own land with my family and hopefully become pioneers like of old. Of course with plenty of weapons to keep us safe and secure, and open enough to let others join us to become a commune.

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  17. Karina CooperNo Gravatar
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    I LOVE all the varied opinions here! It’s awesome to see who’d stay and who’d go. :)

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  18. shadowNo Gravatar
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    i would hate being restricted and told what i can and cant do but i would have to choose living in a city where its safe and i wouldnt be living in constant fear.

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  19. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    I want to say wild, but hard to say. I think it would depend on if I have to take care of someone else.

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  20. MeggerflyNo Gravatar
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    I’d stay in the city to be safe!

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  21. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    I’d opt for the safety and security of the city.

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  22. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    To be honest, I scare easily and am a mom of three so my protective instincts are to keep my kids safe and I would most likely stay inside the city.

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  23. Courtney AnneNo Gravatar
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    I’d have to go for the safety. Sure, it would be annoying, but at least I’d be alive. Freedom’s only good for so long, until you die. Besides, there would probably be more company and things to do in the city, even if you couldn’t exactly leave. Where would there be to go in the wilderness, anyway?

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  24. Elizabeth BancroftNo Gravatar
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    I would live outside the city. But I would have awesome survival skills and be proficient in all weapons. I would be a protector and a warrior. A dual sword wielding bad a** like my World of Warcraft character. LOL

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  25. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I would definitely live outside of city limits in the wilderness under the radar. I think it would be to dangerous to be visible in such a small desperate community.

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  26. donnasNo Gravatar
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    I have to admit I am a bit of a wuss so I would be in the city. And some sort of admin position I am sure.

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  27. ShereeNo Gravatar
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    I’d be more comfortable in a city than fending for myself. I can do it but I’d miss my friends.

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  28. NaNo Gravatar
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    Living in a post-apocalyptic world, I would choose to live inside a city where I would be safe within guarded walls. Also, should I choose this way I would have the resources to come up with a plan to break free if possible.

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