Please join me in welcoming urban fantasy author Tracey O’Hara here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The second book in her Dark Brethren series, Death’s Sweet Embrace, was recently released on January 25, 2011. You can read an excerpt from the first book in the series, Night’s Cold Kiss, by clicking here. Go here to read an excerpt from Death’s Sweet Embrace.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Night’s Cold Kiss and Death’s Sweet Embrace. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
The world is where the Darkness is.
by Tracey O’Hara
When creating the first book in the Dark Brethren series, NIGHT’S COLD KISS, I started to uncover this amazing world. At first the creatures that lived there seemed to be hidden away from humanity. But the deeper I got into the story the more I felt they were a regular part of society, open and living among humans even if the relationship was tenuous, with complex governing structures keeping the peace between humans and parahumans.
In Night’s Cold Kiss, we get to learn about the vampiric Aeternus and out heroine, Antoinette – a Venator or hunter, who works for the Guild, hunting the human killing Necrodreniacs who get off on the death-high from taking a human life.
But there are many other races inhabiting this world too. We got a small glimpse of several races in the first book. The biggest in more ways than one being Oberon, a bear shifting ursian of the Animalian race, who has a temper and a penchant for leather. He is the one first of the Animalians that I really got to explore along with his partner Dylan who is a leopard shifter.
I like to describe the Dark Brethren books as a series concentrating on a central group of characters similar to what you would see in a TV series. Each book has a self contained story with a different heroine and hero but some of the themes are carried throughout the series. There may even be a possibility of re-visiting a previous hero and heroine’s story in future books.
In the second Dark Brethren novel DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE, we have a new protagonist — Kathryn “Kitt” Jordan, a parahuman medical examiner and a snow leopard shifter. She has just lost the only family she’s had in the last 20 years, to a psychopathic killer and had her world turned completely upside down.
Now a sadistic killer is murdering young Animalians but cutting out their hearts while they’re still alive in a ritualistic and gruesome manner. Kitt must join forces with a team lead by Oberon to help solve this mystery. Problem is, Raven, who she hasn’t seen for many years, is also part of this team.
We also get to catch up with some of the characters from the first book, especially Oberon and Antoinette and are introduced to a few new ones as well. We also get to find out what the Dark Brethren are and the growing threat they represent.
I am currently working on the third novel in the series. SIN’S DARK CARESS will follow the story of Bianca Sin, a witch who can’t use magic. Again there will be a murderer to find as the Dark Brethren gain strength. There will hopefully be a few other surprises along the way that will keep readers on their toes.
I still have plenty of stories to write in this in this world. I want to explore more of the underwater Mer people. A race who have lived on the bottom of the ocean, largely away from the contact with humans and other parahumans. But now with deep sea mining, oil drilling and the rape of the oceans, humans are encroaching on their realm like never before.
So this is my world. It is full of my favorite creatures.
You can find the glossary of terms here.
Tracey O’Hara was born in Tasmania, Australia, but actually grew up in North and Far North Queensland. She discovered a passion for writing when researching her family history and started with an Australian colonial saga.
She grew up reading Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and developed her taste for adventure and the paranormal thriller. Her love of fantasy, horror, and science fictions soon had her exploring darker subject matter.
Tracey also enjoys listening to heavy metal, reading and writing, and watching action movies with her boys. She lives in Australia with her husband, two sons, and three cats. She is the author of Night’s Cold Kiss and Death’s Sweet Embrace, and is currently working on her Dark Brethren Urban Fantasy series.
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