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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guest Post & Giveaway with Kasey MacKenzie

I have the pleasure to have Kasey MacKenzie author of Red Hot Fury (releasing June 29th, 2010) by my side today to talk to us a bit about those though UF heroines we love so much!

Hell hath nothing worse than a Fury scorned...
As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator for the past five years, she’s doing what she was born to: solving supernatural crimes.
It’s far from business as usual when the body of one of Riss’s sister Furies washes up in Boston harbor. Riss discovers that the corpse’s identity has been magically altered, but as soon as she reports her findings, she’s immediately—and inexplicably—suspended from the her job. Then a human assassin makes an attempt on her life, and Riss starts to realize that someone may be trying to stir up strife between mortals and Arcanes.
When a Fury gets mad, she gets even, and Riss is determined to untangle this case. Without the support of the mortal PD, Riss turns to the one man she can trust to watch her back—shapeshifting Warhound Scott Murphy. But since Scott is also Riss’s ex, she’ll have to keep a tight leash on more than just the supernatural rage that feeds her power as they try to solve a murder—and stop a war…

Babes in Leather Need Love, Too!

Some people get tired of seeing badass, leather-clad babes in urban fantasy, but it was impossible forKaseyMackPic1-214x300 me to use the concept of Furies without making them badass, especially with them standing as the magical world’s law enforcement.  The fun of urban fantasy for me comes when you put those leather-clad babes into seemingly impossible situations and watch the fireworks explode.  Hopefully you’ll see strong women (and men) kicking ass, taking names, and staying true to themselves.

Speaking of staying true to one’s self, let’s get something straight, all right?  I am NOT “sweet!”  (Yeah, Kittredge, I’m looking at you!)  Sarcasm and snark are my sword and shield and I wield them with pride.  Well, in my urban fantasy and gaming interactions, anyway.  Perhaps because I write and game without fear or worry about “what other people think.”  When it comes to more casual interactions with acquaintances or strangers, however, there’s that whole Libra, people-pleasing side holding me back from saying what I really think.

Then again, that may be what keeps people from channeling their inner Fury and ripping others apart.  The little voice inside saying they must “be nice” and “not offend” and “play it safe.”  You know what, though?  Sometimes I just want to take that little voice out into a deserted field with my two co-workers, a baseball bat, and beat the snot out of it until all its pieces start flying this way and that and my poor co-workers have to pull me off the piece of crap fax machine that—oh wait.  That’s Office Space.  Er, where was I?

Oh yeah.  Playing it safe.  Which is actually pretty much the whole theme to that movie.  We get so wrapped up in what we should do or worrying about how others are going to react to what we say that we stop being true to ourselves.  I think that’s the thing I love most about urban fantasy.  Channeling my inner snark to write flawed but real characters who often tell it like it is without wrapping it up in five layers of BS.

jessica_alba_in_leather_006 My main character, Marissa Holloway, may be a tough-as-nails Fury who kicks that ass and takes those names, but she also takes risks, makes mistakes, and tries to learn from them.    Sure, she has a slew of wicked cool powers including super healing, but she aches and bleeds just like the rest of us.  The supernatural Rage that is her greatest strength is also her biggest weakness.  She loses loved ones just like any other person, and is still dealing with the fallout from the poor choices she’s made (again, just like all of us).

Urban fantasy is often, at its core, about flawed characters reacting to tragic circumstances and yet, even when it hurts, rising to the occasion, doing what’s right, and going to bat for those they care about.  Because, when push comes to shove, love is what truly matters most.  And badass babes in leather need love, too!


Thank you so much Kasey for taking the time to stopping by the Paranormal Summer Fest! I really love your post and totally agree with your conclusion! <3 my bad ass heroines.

Kasey very generously offered three of her author copies to giveaway to you lucky ducks!

Click here if you want to read an excerpt

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Ends July 4th, 2010.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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28 People left their mark' :

  1. Great interview! I've been dying for this book to finally be released (absolutely love the cover, and the fact that someone FINALLY wrote about Furies)

  2. Hi Kasey! Love this! Makes me want to read this book so much more. I loved Office Space "That's my stapler"
    What games are you playing? PC or Console?

  3. Furies!!! So cool. I'm so excited to learn about this book. Thanks for the interview & giveaway.

  4. Thank you for the interesting post! I can't wait to read Red Hot Fury!*_*

  5. A Fury? sounds interesting!

  6. I haven't read Kasey's work before, but I'm definitely going to add her to my TBR pile! :)

  7. I'm very much looking forward to this!! Furies!! Babes in leather!! Woot!!

  8. Tynga have I mentioned how much I hate that we can't enter our own giveaways for PSF. This one sounds so awesome!

  9. Abigail - I'm right there with you hun, there are a few (ok MANY) books we featured I wanna get my hands on ^^

  10. The cover to this book scares me. It does sound good though. Great guest post.

  11. I'm not usually one who gets real excited about the cover. But gosh, the eyes on this one--kinda scary.

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  12. This book sounds soooo interesting!!! Definitely something for me to keep my eyes out for it in the book store (aka: stalk the aisles and annoy the hell outta the workers).

    Great guest post!!!

  13. Great interview. Your book sounds good. Cool cover.

  14. Thanks for the warm welcome and kind comments, all! I have to agree about my cover--I absolutely love it and was totally blessed by the cover gods and goddesses! =) I also agree about Furies, Tori--way under utilized, although Kresley Cole deals with them peripherally (so far) in her fantastic Immortals After Dark series!

    Kitt: Mostly PC although 4-year-old and I play a mean WII. Ha!

    I am glad to hear that the cover is conveying the fact that Furies are scary. Cause they are! ;)

  15. This sounds like a great book. I saw it over at Goodreads and added it to the list. And women in leather can always use some love too. ;)

  16. Great post! Love the cover, especially the eyes!

  17. Oooh! I almost forgot this one was coming! Thanks for the reminder!!!

  18. I'm loving the cover of this book. Also looking forward to reading about the furies. I read an excerpt of this a few months ago, and it made me want more. I love when an author puts up excerpts for us - it's a good way to pull us readers into your novels.

    There's been quite a few books that I've bought because I was able to read an excerpt of them. Wonderful. :)

  19. I can't wait to get my hands on Red Hot Fury! It looks fab & I'm really looking forward to it :o)

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway & thanks to Kasey for a fab guest post!

  20. Quack Quack!
    =) LOL!

    Yes, we are lucky indeed!! I just love a bad a$$ heroine. Red Hot Fury looks amazing!=)

    Thank you Thank you Kasey!!

  21. This post made me laugh. And I epic failed at filling in the giveaway form. Hit enter on accident. Just so you, the one that doesn't make sense is mine. :)

  22. I LOVE this interview! I think the author and the book both sound amazing! I can't wait to read this one! And leather-clad, bad-ass, chicks with issues work great for me in UF!! :P

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. Great interview
    I entered.

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  24. The idea of writing about Furies in UF sounds awesome. I can't wait to read this (whether or not I win a copy).

  25. Furies? That's unique! I haven't read anything with furies in it before and that's saying something since I snatch up anything mythological or faerie related as soon as I hear about it.

  26. Bad ass babes do need love! :) I can't wait to read about Fury and I wouldn't want to get on her bad side. Love the cover too!

  27. Congrats on the release, Kasey! :)