Tags: urban fantasy

Congratulations to Kalayna Price

Ah ha! I promised something cute for Fun Friday today if I came across it and found it over on my awesome author David Mack's blog.  Go see.

And what's more fun than welcoming a brand new author to bestsellerdom?  Yesterday evening, I learned that Kalayna Price had hit the USA Today bestseller list for the second novel in her Alex Craft urban fantasy series,
Grave Dance!

See what people are saying!

“Wow I have to say I just say love this series and I'm simply in love with this world, these characters and where they seem to be headed. Alex is a strong heroine who can kick ass and take names, where Falin is sneaky and totally in love with Alex.  The combo lets you know that while he may not be completely honest with her, he will do anything for her. Now Death, has me interested. You never know if he is coming for coffee or your soul, and don't forget he is drop dead sexy! Ms. Price has created an urban fantasy world that is filled with Fae, Dark Fae, and Reapers that will reach out and grab you and keep you hooked till the very end!”               —Night Owl Reviews, Five Stars

“Grave Dance is another exquisite example of Kalayna Price's enticing storytelling abilities. Her vivid descriptions and unique characters combined with her gripping storylines will keep your turning pages and wanting more.” —Fang-tastic Books

“Grave Dance has got to be one of the ten best urban fantasies I've read. Since I am a voracious reader, that means they have beaten at least seventy others to hit my top ten list. Alex is funky, funny, and far from invulnerable.” —Fresh Fiction

“Alex seems to be on the path for some more pulse-pounding adventures to intrigue readers.” -Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“Grave Dance was an exciting and thrilling read and when it ended I threw a fit because I didn't want this book to end. Grave Dance exceeded my expectations on so many levels.” —Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

“I really enjoyed Grave Dance.  I think Ms. Price has established this series as a must read with this installment.” —Michelle’s Book Blog

“Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.” —All Things Urban Fantasy

And check out the first in the series, Grave Witch!

New Guest Blogs, New Releases

I'm currently guest blogging over at:
Romance Magicians: an interview between my new heroine, Tori Karacis, and her Yiayia
PJ Schnyder's blog: "Love Triangles"

I'm off at the crack of dawn tomorrow for RWA National, but never fear, I will not be silent.  You can find me on the following dates and sites:
June 28:
Janice Hardy's Blog: "No (Wo)man is and Island"
Cats, Books And...More Cats!: "My Can't Write a Blog Blog"
June 29:
Doranna Durgin's Blog: "Publication Panic"


This is all in honor of my urban fantasy, Bad Blood, which releases digitally tomorrow from Samhain Publishing (print out in 2012).  Have I flashed you all my exciting new reviews?  (Yeah, yeah, I know, but they bear repeating!)

"Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original." Long and Short Reviews

“Tori Karacis in Bad Blood is sharp, sexy, and wickedly funny. I adored this book!” Faith Hunter, author of the NYT bestselling Jane Yellowrock series

“BAD BLOOD is a wonderful read. The mystery keeps the reader engaged, the action makes the reader want to roll with the punches, and the romance makes the senses tingle. This is a great book to coil up with on a lazy Sunday afternoon.” —Fresh Fiction


Also releasing tomorrow is the reissue of Marjorie M. Liu's The Wild Road, seventh novel in her bestselling Dirk & Steele series.  Check out her reviews!

"Liu's surefooted guiding of the plot of her latest Dirk & Steele novel keeps the tension high and ensures that secrets are revealed judiciously.  Characters and events from previous stories provide continuity and dramatic "aha" moments.  Here's another surefire winner from an author who never disappoints!" — Romantic Times, 4 ½ Stars

"Marjorie M. Liu has an amazing imagination. She comes up with one original idea after another. It's exciting to start a book by her and know that the story you're going to read isn't something that reminds you of something else. She's had three new stories this summer; THE WILD ROAD, THE IRON HUNT and a short story called Minotaur in Stone in the anthology HOTTER THAN HELL. Three stories in two months and every single one is brilliant!"  — Fresh Fiction

“Marjorie M. Liu is one of my favorite authors. Her style is sort of like the love child of a poem and a novel. Seriously! Her novels are full of rich characters and twisting, engaging plots, but told with such poetic imagery that I often find myself stopping to consider a particularly beautiful turn of phrase or an aching metaphor that makes me not only see, but feel how the characters are reacting.” – Wicked Little Pixie

So much to report

Wow, two days in a row preempting my own blog.  I'm going for a record.  Seriously, though, I just have to share a quote from the most fabulous review EVAR, especially since I get compared to two of my very favorite authors!

"Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original." -
Long and Short Reviews

Life just doesn't get much better than that.  Each week, LASR has a poll to see which book sounds most intriguing based on their reviews.  If you're so inclined to vote for Bad Blood, the link is here.  (For more about the book itself, an excerpt, etc. can be found on Samhain Publishing's page.)

In equally exciting news, Literary Rambles has done a lovely and comprehensive spotlight on agent-me.  They've collected lots of great information, links and quotes all in one place.

Today, Heather Osborn and I get to do a presentation on the state of publishing and a query workshop for Seton Hill University's wonderful commercial fiction program.  Looking forward to it!  Met some of the folks last night, and they seem like a great bunch.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal week, Lucienne Diver bringing it home

It didn't occur to me when I decided to hold my post for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal week until the end that I'd have to follow such tough acts.  My only thought was that Friday is generally a slower day, and I'd give everyone else the benefit of the higher traffic.  Well now, best intentions and all that.  Anyway, I hereby, humbly, offer my post:

                                  Myth…It’s Bendy

I didn’t set out to use my (mostly) Greek mythology in Bad Blood to justify years spent in Latin class painfully declining verbs.  I didn’t really set out to use it at all.  I began with a character in my head.  I didn’t know much about her at first, just that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time to see something very bad go down.  I knew that she was pretty hard-boiled because of her voice, which started out originally in the very noir and self-consciously literary technique of talking to the audience, in this case about the properties of blood—particularly the scent, and the way her hind brain reacted to it. 

My novels always seem to start with voice, and the first draft always begins with the character waxing all expository, talking to the audience…or, really, to me.  I quickly do away with all that in subsequent drafts, but this is how I always come to know my characters.  I knew that Tori Karacis, my heroine in Bad Blood, had to be something special, not because of marketing concerns, but because of the way she responded to the really bad thing—a little too calmly, a little too analytically and a little too credibly.  She’d seen weird before, and it didn’t phase her.

I don’t know when I realized about the gorgon blood.  Probably about the same time the heroine realized it herself.    As soon as I knew, though, it all made perfect sense.  Who wouldn’t like a heroine who could literally stop men in their tracks?  I knew I totally wanted to be her.  That’s the great thing about writing, I could be someone else for awhile and call it writing rather than insanity. 

But my blog title says that I’m here to talk about myth, and really I am.  I was an anthropology and English/writing double major in college.  Now, as any English major knows, any ten people (or more) can look at the same piece of writing, whether it be poetry or prose, and read entirely different things into it.  In anthropology there are endless theories about human evolution and no definitive family trees because every scientist wants his or her own find to be the conclusive “missing link.”  We’ve created entirely new and subsequently debunked species on the basis of a single molar or lone skull cap. 

Let me tell you, nothing, is more bendy than mythology.  If you read any five books on the subject, I can almost guarantee you that every one will have a different take on the origins of the god Apollo, for example, or whether Medusa was turned into a monster by Athena in revenge for committing sacrilege in her temple with Poseidon (I’ll leave it to your imagination the form of sacrilege) or whether she and her sisters were already all gorgonic.   The thing is that myths and legends were passed along orally for ages…and anyone who ever played telephone as a kid knows just how twisty a tale can get going from point A to point B.  Beyond that, myths and worship would spread as places traded and invaded.  Local tales and deities would get all tangled up with the outside influences until one would transplant another or become nearly indistinguishable. 

Why is this good for readers and writers?  Well, for one, chances are that my Greek mythology won’t be just like someone else’s.  I can choose the version of the stories that fit best with what it is that I want to do.  Someone else’s mileage may vary.  It doesn’t mean that mine is right or that someone else’s is wrong.  If Zeus or Poseidon came down from Olympus tomorrow to set the records straight—I know, I know, but just ride my crazy train for a moment—I doubt even they’d agree on how everything went down.  So, it’s fun and it’s different and ever-changing.  I can write-off my mythology books, read about all sorts of ancient scandals and call it work.  Best of all, I can twist it all up like a bendy straw, stick it into a nice, modern setting and let you drink a taste-bud tingling concoction through it. Plot, action, hot gods and heavenly heroines.

That’s my hope anyway.  You’ll have to let me know how the nice bendy straw works out for you.


View through the bendy straw:
Bad Blood
, first novel of the Latter-Day Olympians
Available digitally June 28, 2011, print in 2012
Vamped young adult series (Vamped and ReVamped) available now
Facebook fan page

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal week continues with Marjorie M. Liu

Continuing science fiction, fantasy and paranormal week on the blog, I have the tremendous Marjorie M. Liu, whose Dirk & Steele and Hunter Kiss series are some of the absolute best paranormal romance and urban fantasies around.  Avon has been re-releasing her Dirk & Steele books at the rate of one a month, which means that THE WILD ROAD is on the schedule for June 28th...just a few days away!   In addition to her wonderful novels and novellas, she writes comics for Marvel and has a game out based on her very first Dirk & Steele, TIGER EYE.

Also continuing the trend, while I have a guest blogger here, I'm over at Magical Words today talking about "Of Quirks and Characters."  However, I will be here tomorrow, so tune in.


Look, there was this time in high school when my class went sea kayaking, and on the second day or so, after we'd been battling a hurricane and sharks and each other, we ended up on this island where each of us had to help out cooking dinner on these awful little stoves that only made enough to serve each of us starving kids a mouthful of burned macaroni and cheese (which we were grateful for, crazy kids), and then afterward we had to sit around and listen to our wilderness instructor tell stories about dog poop and freezers, and Halloween costumes that looked like penises (because that was the way he rolled), which was bad enough except that night it rained and we were cold and smelled -- but at least we didn't get eaten by the werewolves who lived on a neighboring island, so I guess it was okay.

Until the next morning.  


And that's how I approach writing paranormal fiction.  Truth mixed with the crazy. 


Let's put it another way:  I like to keep stuff real.  Real, in the sense that the magic, the paranormal aspect, is accepted and normal (to someone, not necessarily everyone).  I mean, think about airplanes.  We take them for granted.  We climb inside, fly up into the air to travel huge distances around the world.  To us, it's normal.  We might not know exactly how it works, but it does, and it's nothing to get excited about (unless TSA is about to pat you down).  

In another age, however...flying in an aircraft would seem like magic.  Heck, sometimes it still does.

It seems like magic when you read how some snails can sleep for three years -- or that the light of the stars takes millions of years to reach us -- or that a little bit of water, sun, and air can nourish a plant that will make fruits and vegetables that feed people.  It's not magic, but it feels like magic.  Life *is* magic, in its own way.  

Point is, though, it's *real*.  It feels real -- easy and accepted, like it belongs -- and that's so important to helping readers accept the paranormal in your fiction.

How do you get there?  How do you make it real?  I wish I had an easy answer, but the truth is that you just need to feel it.  Try to put yourself into the shoes of the characters, breathe the air of that world, imagine all the ramifications of the paranormal, strange, and magical.  What's the cause and effect?  How do people adapt, in the same way that we adapt to planes and television, or some act of nature, like a tornado?  How do people recover from contact with the paranormal?  What are the precautions, the laws, the stereotypes?  

These are just a handful of the questions you could ask yourself, and there are a million others.  Do what it takes, though.  Follow your instincts.  

Keep it real.  Mix your truth with the crazy, and make some magic. 

Where else can you find Marjorie?
Her website
Her blog

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal week continues with Rob Thurman

Continuing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal week, I'm pleased to present New York Times-bestselling author Rob Thurman, who likes to take mythology and turn it completely on its flea-bitten ear.  I offered her Cal Leandros series up in the webinar as an example of how you can take something established and completely make it your own.

Myth-information by Rob Thurman

I’m often asked where I get my particular take on mythology. The majority of my readers recognize that I’m intentionally twisting existing myths and a few enjoy pointing out my ‘errors.’

Yeahhh, they’re not errors.

While I do love shoving myths into a wood-chipper to see what comes out the other side, enjoy putting my own stamp on tradition, what I’m actually doing is bringing mythology up-to-date.  If you’re old enough to remember the trash rag, the National Enquirer, then you remember if two celebrities passed in the street, they were instantly emblazoned on the front page as having a torrid (hey, that is the only time I’ve used the word torrid) affair, cheating on their spouses, and destroying their children’s lives. It wasn’t true of course, but that’s what gossip is all about and if your ‘prey’ won’t talk to you, gossip is all you have to go on. Now we have TV trash shows for that, but the practice is the same.

Mythology is the gossip of the ancient world.

Think of the mermaid. One day a horny sailor saw his first manatee. And you’d have to be an extremely horny sailor to envision a gorgeous mermaid out of a wallowing sea cow. But apparently he was and that was the seed of the mermaid legend.

And it wouldn’t stop with mermaids. Every myth, mythological creature, mythological god would be far different than the humans of those times managed to put down on paper or pass along. If your world is inhabited by vamps, weres, fey, and a thousand monsters, do you think that, say, a lycanthrope sat down about 25,000 BC to tell their furry story to any human who came along? That’s not in their best interest to survive. If your vampires existed (as mine did), before the time of Christ, why would they fear a cross, be burned by holy water, sleep in coffins before there were coffins? They probably sat around at the weekly vamp meeting and concocted all sorts of crazy fake legendary weapons to pretend to cower from right before they ate you. Good joke for them, eh? No doubt they’d swill blood from their cups and snort blood out of their nose when the Italian vamp added garlic to the list. Hell, he probably drank his blood with ground garlic around the edge of his chalice of blood—like salt on a margarita glass.

In my universe of the Cal Leandros Novels and Trickster Novels, Puck, Pan, Robin Goodfellow is now a used car salesman (what better job for a charismatic, arrogant, slick and slippery con artist of a trickster?)  And he never had goat legs. They were fur chaps long before they came into fashion. Goodfellow didn't follow the trends, he set them.


Elves are worse monsters than demons from the deepest depths of Hell. They are the bogeymen even to other monsters. Their ‘seed’ to elven legend is long white hair and pointed ears—history left out the hundreds of metallic teeth, lava-red eyes, and the insatiable desire to kill. They were the first predators—the first murderers to walk the earth.

Werewolves aren’t werewolves at all. They were once in the same evolutionary line of prehistoric wolf and split off into a species that could turn human if they wished—all the better to infiltrate their prey and gobble them up with those great big teeth, Grandma. They didn’t start out as people who can turn into wolves, they started out as wolves that can turn into people—they are were-people.


And it goes on and on. It’s your world, your universe, your rules….different, strange, mythology turned upside down is good. No, hell, it’s great. Your only limits are the ones you set on yourself.

Me? I never liked rules. 


Wanna hear more?  You can visit Rob Thurman on her blog or listen to her at Binwalla Radio right here (her portion starts at about 33.45).

You can also check out her very cool book videos and get her Cal Leandros widget here.

Around the Blogosphere

You can probably tell just how busy this month has been by the scarcity of my blog posts, so today's is a wrap up of various news from around the blogosphere that maybe I've tweeted or retweeted (you can find me here on Twitter), but not posted on the blog.

First, the new Knight Agency newsletter is out!  It's complete with an interview with the wonderful RITA-Award winning Rosemary Clement-Moore whose latest young adult novel,
Texas Gothic, releases July 12th from Delacorte.  You're also all cordially invited to chat with Rosemary on Thursday, June 23rd at 9 pm ET. We promise you pub talk, book giveaways and good times!

Chat with Rosemary Clement-Moore
WHEN: Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm ET
The Knight Agency Chat Room
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

You don't have to wait until next week to hear Rob Thurman in her Binwalla ("Epic Geeks Epic Radio) webinterview.  It's up now (at about 33 minutes and 45 seconds).  She talks on her blog about what to expect.

In other news, Diana Orgain has been over at Romantic Times Book Reviews recently about "Finding Time to Write."  She's the author of the Maternal Instincts mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime and mother of three, so she knows whereof she speaks!

Diana Pharaoh Francis, meanwhile, was interviewing over at Deviant Divas, taking about her Horngate Witches urban fantasy series.

I was over at Deborah Blake's blog talking about novel writing.  I'm also terribly excited to post a link here to the very first review I've seen my my urban fantasy novel Bad Blood, forthcoming in just eleven days from Samhain Publishing.  Fresh Fiction says,
BAD BLOOD is a wonderful read. The mystery keeps the reader engaged, the action makes the reader want to roll with the punches, and the romance makes the senses tingle. This is a great book to coil up with on a lazy Sunday afternoon.”

Last, but certainly not least, Janet Mullany gets a one-two punch of promotion for Jane and the Damned (as a Fresh Pick from Fresh Fiction) and for Mr. Bishop and the Actress from Unabridged Chick with a wonderful review ("A perfect summertime read for anyone who wants to giggle a great deal and sigh happily and escape the humdrum for a few hours.")

Bad Blood


In honor of my urban fantasy novel releasing digitally at the end of this month (June 28th to be exact) from Samhain, I'm guest blogging today over at Jon Sprunk's site on How Books are Like Children Samhain currently has Bad Blood available for preorder at $3.15.  So if you're so inclined....  (If you're holding out for print, that'll be along in 2012.)

Novel excerpt:

Copyright © 2011 Lucienne Diver
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Detective Nick Armani—no relation—tried to stare me down from the other side of the tiny vanity table cum desk in Renee’s office, which had been temporarily appropriated. He was tall, dark and none too happy to see me. I had to admit the glower was effective, with those brows in desperate need of taming lowered to shade pale blue eyes. I didn’t think he’d be gratified to find that the effect on me was anything but intimidating, especially with his knees bumping the girly desk every time he shifted. It should have been comical—probably would have been if I weren’t still having flashbacks to the wet sound of the fish-man yanking his hand from Circe’s chest—but it also emphasized his fairly impressive proportions.

“Tori Karacis,” he said, just as the silence was starting to get interesting. “Why is it that I always seem to find you at my crime scenes?”

Yours, detective? Do you have something to confess? I’d be glad to make a citizen’s arrest, especially if you’ll let me borrow your cuffs.”

Damn. My brain and mouth always seemed to disconnect in the detective’s presence. No wonder he glowered.

And yet, I thought I might almost have detected a twitch of the lips. Play nice, I reminded myself.

“No such luck,” he answered, rocking backwards on Renee’s spindly chair. “If there’s any restraining to be done—”

The office door opened, interrupting whatever he’d been about to say—and dammit, I wanted to hear. No surprise the impeccable timing had been brought to us by none other than Armani’s esteemed partner Detective Helen Lau, who from our first meeting acted as though she’d despise me if only she could work up that much enthusiasm.

“I’ve got Officer Jennings doing a ride-along in the ambulance with the male vic. We’re still waiting on the ME. Learned anything so far?” she asked.

I couldn’t help myself. “You’re just in time. Detective Armani was about to break out the rubber hoses.”

Lau finally deigned to look my way, but couldn’t be moved to put on an expression, let alone respond. Damn, I wanted to rattle her cage. This whole more stoic than thou thing—and hello, I wasn’t even in competition—freaked me out. Of course, that might have been why she did it.

Armani gave me a quelling look, but I’d had years of Yiayia’s evil eye to draw on. I was nigh unquellable.

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Happy New Year and Happy Book Birthday!

Happy New Year!  A few exciting things before I sign off to nurse my back for one more day.  (I threw it out by, of all things, coughing.  I'm breaking doctor's orders right now by remaining upright for more than a few minutes, but I think you'll agree that it's all worthwhile.)

First, The Knight Agency is celebrating the new year on our blog with the beginning of a fabulous free read by Faith Hunter, author of the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series (SKINWALKER, BLOOD CROSS and MERCY BLADE, which releases tomorrow). 
Check it out!  (Updated note: Part II is now available here.)

And a very happy book birthday to debut author Vicky Dreiling
You can check out her book trailer et al below or read her blog on how we met here.

by Vicky Dreiling
Grand Central Publishing/Warner Forever
ISBN-13: 9780446565370
ISBN: 0446565377

"What a terrific romp of a read!  Vicky is a bright new voice in romance."
--Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author of NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE

"An enchanting debut, full of humor and heart!" —New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter

"Dreiling's delightful debut combines the rituals of Regency courtship with TV's The Bachelor....  Dreiling is definitely a newcomer to watch." —Romantic Times

“Vicky Dreiling has set a high standard for hopefully many more books to come!... This novel is a treat to enjoy and now I can hardly wait to read how the wild hawk gets tethered in the second book.” —Fresh Fiction

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission:
find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary—nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife—she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.


New and exciting

Yesterday, my haute heroine, Gina Covello, and I gave our holiday reading recs over at Examiner.com.

Today, since I'm not sure how much blogging I'll get done over the holidays, I thought I'd post a little preview of my authors' December 28 releases.  Check out these great urban fantasies and paranormal romance!


CRIMSON WIND (2nd Horngate Witches novel) by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Pocket Books mass market)

“Ms. Francis sends urban fantasy on its head in this fast-paced, dynamic story. Loved it, could not put it down. Unusual and terrific.” —Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Ground

"Urban fantasy is new territory for Francis, but she makes it her own in this intense, action-filled novel, the first in the Horngate Witches series...the high-octaine action-adventure plot rushes you along right to the end and leaves you looking for more." —Locus

Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade—a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge. The Guardians, overseers of the magical world, have declared war on humanity and on any witches not standing with them. Max and Giselle have come to an uneasy truce in order to protect what’s left of Horngate, their coven’s home. Max would do anything for Horngate—even give herself over to a mysterious otherworldly creature in the nearby mountains in exchange for his help. But first, she intends to save the mortal family she left behind. And Alexander, the Shadowblade warrior who could be her closest ally or her deadliest enemy, is going with her.

KILLING ROCKS (3rd in the Bloodhound Files series) by D.D. Barant (St. Martin’s Press mass market)

Nancy Holder writes that D.D. Barant’s work is “scary, wacky, unpredictable, fresh and amazing.”  Series heroine Jace Valcheck is a Romantic Times Award finalist for best Urban Fantasy Protagonist. 

FBI profiler Jace Valchek's ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she's been called to duty hinges on the capture of series killer Aristotle Stoker - and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher's help. Jace's goal seems simple enough - to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she's abducted...and she isn't even sure who the real enemy is. Now Jace has to wonder if she's the predator or the prey in a very dangerous game that could change not only her fate, but the world's...Meanwhile, a serial killer is still on the loose. And time has already run out...

TIGER EYE (reissue of the 1st novel in the Dirk & Steele series) by Marjorie M. Liu (Avon Books mass market)

Marjorie M. Liu is a finalist for the Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Shapeshifter Romance.  Tiger Eye, the first book in her bestselling Dirk & Steele series, is one such.  New York Times bestseller Christine Feehan said of it, "I didn't just like this book, I LOVED this book.  [Marjorie M. Liu] has a great voice, a fresh new premise, everything I love to read.  Anyone who loves my work should love hers.”  Romantic Times gave it the rare 4½G rating and the 2005 award for Contemporary Paranormal Romance.  RT also raved, “A star is born! If you're a fan of first-rate paranormal romantic adventures, then you've just hit the jackpot. Liu is an amazing new voice: ingenious, fresh and utterly spellbinding.”

Long ago they roamed the earth — dragons, tigers . . . shapeshifters — men who wore the forms of beasts. Their world was magic. Now it is gone. But some remain . . .

He looks out of place in Dela Reese’s Beijing hotel room— exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he’s like nothing from her world. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul and knows this warrior will obey her every command.

Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela’s eyes—and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where before he knew only hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key.

For Dela, he will risk all.