Today I’m pleased to have Jami Gray as my guest. She’s here to tell us about her urban fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles. For a limited time, she has a promotion for the first book in the series, Shadow’s Edge.
First enjoy this brief interview with Jami.
What draws you to write urban fantasy and paranormal?
I grew up on stories of magic in everyday life. For the longest time I really believed my freckles were directly related to the brownies who were sneaking in kisses while I slept. I grew up on Disney stories, then moved on to Star Trek and other sci-fi books. I hit high school and started sneaking my mom’s romance novels out of the house (sorry, mom!) to help supplement my book habit in-between the fantasy and murder-mysteries I was able to snag from the school library. I headed out into the big bad world at 18, and as I stumbled through the maze of life, I discovered my characters were suddenly. becoming harder to hurt (emotionally and physically). I’m sure a therapist would have a field day with this, but needless to say my reading needs changed as well. I started hunting down books where the heroine didn’t always need the hero to ride to her rescue. Sometimes it was more satisfying if she rumbled up to his rescue on her Harley.
How do you reward yourself for finishing a new manuscript?
I read. (laughs) I know that sounds weird, but I binge read as soon as a project is done. I keep a very long TBR list, and then gorge. It gives me a chance to recharge and a break from the voices in my head.
Tell us about The Kyn Kronicles series.
This series focuses on the Kyn, a conglomerate of magical races divided into four Houses: the Fey, the Lycans, the Magi (witches and wizards), and the Amanusa (demons). They’ve existed since the very beginning and are the realities behind mortal stories of magic. As humanity moved into science and reasoning, the Kyn drifted into the background, content to stay in the shadows. Yet as things go, you can’t stay hidden forever and mortal governments became aware of their existence during the two World Wars. Hard to hide when your homelands are being torn apart. So, although the general human population hasn’t a clue, the powers that be do and they are more than happy to use and abuse that knowledge.
For the Kyn, keeping their existence as quiet as possible is key, but they still feel an obligation to keep both mortals and Kyn safe from the monsters-both human and Kyn. Now as the world becomes smaller due to technology and information sharing, the veil of secrecy is slowly being eroded, and the Kyn face treachery from within and without.
What do you like most about your heroine from SHADOW’S EDGE, Raine McCord?
Raine is such a contradiction; she comes across as a hardened warrior who’s courted death intimately, yet her thick veneer of lethality hides the scars of a survivor. And that one of her best qualities, she’s a survivor. She’s part of the Kyn, the combined races of all those creatures humans scare each other with over campfires—witches, wizards, Fey, shifters, and demons. Yet, even as one of them, she stands apart—always. While she’d do whatever it takes to protect her people, she doesn’t really believe anyone would do the same for her. Due to traumas she suffered as a young teen, she has a difficult time accepting herself. Which in turn, makes her feel unworthy of anyone’s acceptance. At her core, Raine is no different than any of us—we want to be loved and accepted, even as we love and accept those around us. Hard to do when you’re struggling to love yourself.
What’s next for you?
The second book in my PSY-IV Teams series, TOUCHED BY FATE, will be out in Spring 2016. Right now I’m juggling multiple projects: a series of short stories base in the Kyn world for a Fall 2015 release, planning a new third series, and starting the fifth title in the Kyn.
Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially the monsters…
When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to partner with the sexy Gavin Durand.
As the trail leads to the foundation haunting Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.
Check out all of the books in THE KYN KRONICLES (Urban Fantasy series w/Black Opal Books)
SHADOW’S SOUL, Kyn Kronicles #2
SHADOW’S MOON, Kyn Kronicles #3
SHADOW’S CURSE, Kyn Kronicles #4
WRAPPED IN SHADOWS, Kyn Kronicles #5 (Things That Go Bump For The Holidays Anthology)
Coming Fall 2015: A collection of Kyn shorts, including WRAPPED IN SHADOWS
You can find all the buy links for both of Jami’s series, The Kyn Kronicles and PSY-IV Teams, in all formats at her website:
Between now and August SHADOW’S EDGE is free!!
Hurry and grab your copy!
Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with the voices in her head.
You can find Jami at:
Black Opal Books: www.BlackOpalBooks.com
Muse It Up Publishing: http://museituppublishing.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamiGrayUFWriter
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B006HU3HJI