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Interview: Tiffany Shand

Author Book Review (9).pngIt’s Monday and I’m MUAHAHAHA-ing!  That can only mean one thing.  I’ve captured got another author interview.  Shall we see who fell into our trap came to the blog today?

Hi, I’m Tiffany Shand from Essex, UK. I write urban fantasy and all things paranormal when I’m not being terrorised by my demon cats.

Demon cats?  I think I need to get me some of those.  I think they’d make good henchmen pets.  I wonder where you get those, though.  As for you, Ms. Shand, why did you decide to pursue a life of crime writing?

I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. After I left school due to health reasons writing really helped me learn to cope with that. After doing a creative writing course, I felt inspired to go ahead and publish my first novel. 

I’m glad to hear it has helped you.  Usually crime writing just lands people in Arkham with the Joker Cthulhu.  Of course if you have the right skills, you can escape.  What crime writing skill is your best?

I think the strongest part of my writing is dialogue. I love seeing what my characters have to say.


The hardest part of writing for me is writing descriptions – that’s definitely something I struggle with.

Now, drink this and tell me what result we’re hoping for?

I’d love to be able to teleport, but the downside with that is I probably wouldn’t be able to go everywhere.

Yes, there’s usually some sort of range limit with that power.  Here’s hoping, though!


Oh, dear. Ms. Shand escaped on us.  But she dropped this.

Denai Bound Cover.jpgDenai witch, Cate McCray should be enjoying married life with her new elemental husband, Jason. But their arrival in a new city soon has them stumbling headlong into a new case with dangerous connections to the very people that govern their world.

Cate and Jason face opposition from those they once considered allies. Together with their team of enforcers, they must find the killer before anyone else dies.

With danger from all sides and the threat of ancient, dangerous magic, the team must pull together and use all their strength to find their enemy before disaster strikes.

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Three Fantasy Comics For Fantasy Readers

Comic Theme (8).pngIn case you didn’t know, I am now a comic book store clerk!  SQUEE!  Best job eva!  Erm.  Sorry.  Got carried away.

When someone new to comics asks for a recommendation, one of the things we ask is “What do you read?”  If you answer fantasy, we’ll ask what kind and based on your answer, we’ll come up with some recommendations.  With that in mind, let’s pretend these are a fantasy reader’s answers.

“Classic Fantasy”

Blurb: King Conan grows weary of the crown. When an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure! A fan-favorite team expands on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves beyond the Border” tale!

stk690742Why: Dark Horse (that’s a publisher) has been making a Conan comic for years.  This covers their later years Conan.  I recommend it because it is indeed inspired by the literary work and because it is a 4 issue series.  No long term commitment.

“Gaming Fantasy”
My Recommendation: RAT QUEENS

Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

stk634308Why: The gaming I feel this is close to is Dungeons and Dragons.  Though, video game players that like A BARD’S TALE (PS2) will enjoy this too.  It’s a bit adult, has lots of fun, and the story is pretty epic.  The only downside to this title is that it comes out irregularly.  Production has met many a problem, but the story is so good that people stay loyal to it.

“Urban Fantasy”
My Recommendation: MAE

Blurb: When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and for the last couple of years has been having great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. She was a celebrated action hero! But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, has had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time. Her tales are too hard to believe; that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world . . .

stl004482Why: For starters, it isn’t even out yet.  You’ll be one of the first on board when it comes out in May!  However, I’ve been lucky enough to become one of the Valkyries and I got to sneak peek the first issue!  It has a New Adult feel and some really interesting/inventive fantasy creatures.  Give it a try!

Close Runner Up: BLACK MAGICK

Blurb: The hammer falls this Halloween!  From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the  truth about herself…both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet there are others in Rowan’s world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. PLUS, each issue also features an all-new work of original fiction by GREG RUCKA! A new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy,  destiny, redemption…and the price of magic.

Did I convince you to try a comic?
What comic would you recommend?

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Free Urban Fantasy Nior!

peterbookHere’s what’s up!  The awesome Peter Smalley* has released a new book!  Even better, the word FREE is involved!

I can’t put it any better than he does.  Here’s what Peter said about it on G+:

Emerald City Blues, my latest work, is free today through Saturday. It’s an Urban Fantasy story, inspired by hardboiled detective novels and colored with the shades of Film Noir.

Maddie Sheehan, a struggling private eye, is busily ruining her liver when an old friend comes calling with a problem. That problem might just be her last case. Soon she is careening from disaster to disaster, always one step behind and ten steps below her adversary. To solve it, she will have to call on skills she learned a decade before – but even magic might not be enough to save her skin.

It’s sharp, it’s snarky, and it’s filled with characters you’ll want to meet again and again. Emerald City Blues – download it today, reshare it with your friends, write a review – but most of all, enjoy!

Direct link:

Click the link and get it now!

*- How do I know Peter is awesome? He was one of the wonderful editors and one of the writers of 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey.  I was in it too and had a great time working with him!  

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