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Monday, November 11, 2013

Author Guest & Giveaway : PJ Snyder

Why Fae in the London Undead?

With werewolves hunting zombies in London, one might think I had plenty of paranormal elements to fill a novella. And I did. But I created a world bigger than that.

One of the most frequent questions readers asked after they'd enjoyed Bite Me was whether I'd bring the fae or vampires into future stories. The short answer was yes.

There's a lot out there on the fae, on fairies, and on Western folklore regarding the Little People. More of it was a fit for the darker atmosphere of post-apocalyptic London than some might realize. The Fair Folk and other fae were more dangerous than the sweet little fairies of modern children's cartoons. Sorcha, the heroine of Sing for the Dead, is more dangerous than most and probably more so than even she realizes.

Considering the setting and what I needed for the story line, I limited my fae elements to Western mythology. But someday, I plan to write a different series with mythological beasties from all over the world in a setting every bit as dark and compelling as the London Undead.

I hope you enjoy Sing for the Dead, and maybe come back for an encore.

The Blurb 

Kayden, a lone were-leopard allied with the London werewolf pack to keep the zombie infestation in check, is used to working solo—until he discovers a beautiful fae woman surrounded by the aftermath of battle. He’s immediately drawn to Sorcha, but quickly discovers she’s much more than a pretty face.

Half Bean Sidhe and half berserker, Sorcha trained over centuries to become the perfect warrior. She agrees to work with local weres to investigate a new type of zombie capable of coordinated attacks—and is partnered with Kayden. He’s strong, darkly handsome and completely unafraid of her. And his kiss fills her with insatiable desire instead of bloodlust.

As Kayden and Sorcha work together, their attraction grows and their deepest scars are bared to each other. But with the force behind the deadly new zombies poised to overwhelm the city, Sorcha can only pray that the next time her bloodlust strikes, Kayden isn’t among the fallen…

The Excerpt 

Sorcha ran.

Taking the Serpentine bridge helped speed her along, man-made though it was. Crossing running water posed no deterrent for her. Others of fae blood might have paused in the hunt, but the zombies shambling through the bare trees in these parks were not her quarry.

No. Pursuit was not her purpose. Rescue was. The feeling of wrongness, the taint of spoiled magic, worsened as she crossed from Hyde Park into the Kensington Gardens. Perhaps the lake separating the two parks kept some of it from spreading. What humans called the Long Water remained relatively clean of the pall of death exuding from the land.

The trees in Kensington Gardens were bare skeletons this deep into winter in London—sleeping, but restless, tugging at her heart. Would the trees be too sickened to bring forth new life after their roots had bathed in blood? Parks like these provided sanctuary for the lesser fae and Fair Folk living in cities such as London. Without them, the fae who’d made the city their home, braved cold iron, would fade. And for every city lost, the Under Hill shrank as well.

Even if mortals ruled the world, the fae needed to maintain a presence in order to keep the balance of things or their world would fade from existence. She’d been sent to investigate why the fae of London were disappearing, and she’d found death walking. Stupid humans, coming in after dark, to hunt and be overwhelmed, to loot and be taken by surprise. Perhaps such short lives made for stunted memories. Though the zombies found prey too often in these gardens, the humans kept coming. She didn’t Sing for those, the ones who’d done humanity a favor by taking themselves out of the gene pool.

No. Her Songs aided the passing of worthier souls. A tortured cry rang out in the night, sending ripples through the magic saturating the land, tainted as it was. She ran harder. Perhaps she could be savior this time, and not simply witness to death.

The zombies were gathering, called not only by the sounds of struggle, but also by the disturbance. Like sharks drawn to an injured fish in water, it was as if the zombies could sense easy prey. Unnatural as they were, she’d no doubt zombies were animated at least in part by magic of some kind. The parks used to be the reservoirs of old magic in the city. They’d become death traps.

As she broke through the trees, a brownie stood atop a mound in the children’s playground, a curved dome with tunnels for children to crawl through in play. Good that he’d chosen higher ground, bad that he’d allowed himself to be surrounded away from any trees or route of escape. Maybe the mound had reminded him of a hollowed hill, the way the tunnels led beneath it.

Gentle in nature, brownies like him tended places and buildings, their magic sympathetic to home and hearth. They weren’t bred to fighting, weren’t trained as soldiers the way she’d been. While he could turn boggart and create minor havoc, he wasn’t meant for true violence and was no match for the dead trying to eat him. But she was.

Red haze encroached on her vision. Sorcha reached for her swords, drawing them free without slowing her pace, embracing the sweet song of savagery rising in her blood.

The Author 

Born and raised in the North East, PJ Schnyder spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries. She scored fairly high in the verbal portion.

She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle.

She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories and gaming.

The Giveaway

Awesome Prizes: A Sing for the Dead spiral notebook, 
PJ pen, signed cover flats for Sing for the Dead and Bite Me,
 and a custom bookmark with one of my favorite quotes from Sing for the Dead, 
plus a PJ Schnyder USB flash drive.


tore923@aol.com said...

This book sounds really good. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Becky said...

I enjoyed reading this post. I didn't realize there was a lot out there on the fae and fairies. I will have to read this and see what elements of the Western mythology that PJ Snyder uses in "Sing for the Dead". The story sounds very interesting and something that I would enjoy very much. I will have to get this story and see what happens between Kayden and Sorcha.

Aurian said...

Great guestpost PJ, thank you! I would love to read some more paranormal book set outside of the USA, adding this to my wishlist.

clynsg said...

I am not certain if it is just that they are more familiar to me, but I must admit that using Western mythology is somewhat more comfortable when I am reading a story involving them. I have read some involving Russian myths and they seem much darker.