Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kelly Gay Blog Tour Interview & Contest

I am especially excited today because this is my FIRST Blog Tour and my first Contest! I have a review, interview questions and then a giveaway below.

The Better Part of Darkness
Author: Kelly Gay
Publisher: Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

Summary: Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. In the years since the Revelation, they've become our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens. When a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there's nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won't do to set things right.

I signed up for Kelly Gay's Blog Tour because her book was urban fantasy and sounded like something I would be interested in. When my copy arrived I set it aside while I finished another book. The night I started it I opened it to the first page, read the first sentence and KNEW I was going to love it. How, you ask? Read this first bit of dialog:

"You told a two-thousand-year-old oracle to prove it".

I was not disappointed because it only got better after that sentence. Charlie, the main character is a kick-butt heroine with a daughter, an ex-husband, and an attitude. One reason I love urban fantasy is that it gives me an outlet of sorts for my frustrations at the world. How many times have you heard of an injustice and wish you could find the responsible party and kick their butt? The Better Part of Darkness is a story about a woman who just wants to do what is right for her, for her daughter, her partner and her city, and she gets to kick ass while doing it. Doing the right thing is never easy, though, especially when supernatural forces are set against you at every turn.

The Better Part of Darkness is an urban fantasy, but I wouldn't consider it a paranormal romance. Now, that's not to say that there aren't some very interesting males in Charlie's world, just the opposite. However, finding a Happily Ever After when you are simply trying to survive and protect your family is not a given. Charlie's world is dark with twists and turns that throw her for a loop when she least expects it. I was on the edge of my seat, never guessing what was going to happen next. What a ride!

I highly recommend The Better Part of Darkness for fans of Vicki Pettersson, Lori Handeland, Rob Thurman, and Jocelynn Drake.


Since it's a busy time of year I didn't do a full interview with Kelly, but asked her two questions that had popped into my head. I hope you enjoy her answers.

Kelly, I loved your characters, but I especially liked how you showed Charlie's relationship with her daughter. Were those scenes easier to write because you do have a daughter yourself, or did it make it harder, more emotional, to write them?

Thanks! I think it was definitely easier to write those mother/daughter scenes.This was one area of the book that I felt really comfortable writing. When I was writing those scenes, I was actually eager to dig deep because those types of emotions are ones I know firsthand, ones I can relate to, and ones I can easily envision if I were in Charlie's shoes. There were some strong emotional moments for sure -- one that stands out and I remember getting a little choked up about is when Charlie links hands with the others around Bryn's kitchen table -- but as a writer, I live for that kind of stuff. Those are some my favorite scenes to write.

I see so many possibilities for the men in Charlie's life. Without sharing any spoilers, can you just give us a hint of the possible turn on's, I mean, happiness that could be coming her way?

LOL. I do see some happiness coming Charlie's way . . . eventually. There *cough* might be a few 'turn on's' before that, though. :D There are a few guys in BPOD that could qualify in both areas, and I can tell you that things get a little bit hotter in THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN, but I can't give you any hints, other than you'll be surprised. ;-)

Thanks Kelly!

Pocket Books has graciously allowed me to give away TWO copies of The Better Part of Darkness to my readers. Here are the instructions:

1. Leave a witty comment about the book, Kelly or how you feel about urban fantasy. You pick.

2. Follow my blog on the Google Friend Connect thingy.

Both things are mandatory for entry. I'll use the random number picker (yes, that might be it's technical name) to choose the winners on Monday, December 31st, 2009 at 9 a.m. The books will be sent out from the publisher after the winners are chosen. IF you don't have a blog please leave your email in the comment you make.

(US mailing addresses only and no P.O. Boxes please)

Thanks everyone for joining me on my first blog tour:)



Lorri Jeanne said...

Congrats on your first blog tour! I'm just visiting other tour participants today to see what they thought of the book.

We both loved it and are looking forward to the next one!

Oh, I DON'T want to be entered in the giveaway.

heather said...

Hmmm...I don't really have anything witty to say, but I do love urban fantasy. I am very excited about the new book, Kelly. From time to time a book just strikes me from the minute I read the summary, and yours did it. Congrats and good luck!!!

I am a follower. heather c

Melissa (My World) said...

Hello! I found you by way of your post over at BookBlogs.ning. You have many books here that I have on my shelves or on my list to get to, and others I have not heard of yet. Looks like a great site, so I am following now.

I have been looking forward to this book. It sounds like a book I would love. I like the whole idea of the main character being a divorced mom, I think the realities of life mixed with fantasy is great and really would love to see the take on this by Kelly.

Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Michelle said...

Thanks for all the great info on BPOD. I've been hearing lots of good things about it and am really looking forward to reading it. I love all things UF and especially a good heroine with lots of personality. Thanks!

mmillet at gmail dot com

E.J. Stevens said...

I'm a huge Urban Fantasy fan and have had this book on my wish list for some time. I would love to win a copy!

Thanks for the contest!

Scorpio M. said...

I'm new to the Urban Fantasy sub-genre if you don't count all the daydreaming I do at my cubicle...that's my attempt at witty..sorry ;)

I do find Kelly's book very intriguing though so please count me in.

I follow your blog via Blogger. Is that the same as the Google friend thing??



ck.twilighter said...

I am a newbie to urban fantasy but I love it. There is always so much action and I just fall into the pages=)

I am a new follower!!!=)

ck.twilighter said...

I might be getting this wrong but Dec. 31st is not a Monday.

ck.twilighter said...

Best Wishes to all who entered!!=)