Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Blog Tour: Forged In Fire by Ari McKay (Giveaway)

Hi, everyone! We’d like to thank the Bayou Book Junkies for having us on the blog today. I’m Ari of the writing duo known as Ari McKay, and I’m here to talk a little bit about our new release, Forged in Fire, which is book two in the Asheville Arcana series.

McKay and I LOVE writing series, especially when it comes to paranormal stories. So much time is spent constructing a world for a paranormal story that it seems wasteful to make all that effort only to use it once and throw it away. And we really do spend time on our paranormals, more than on any other type of book. McKay and I both played Dungeons and Dragons for many years, and so we have definite rules to our worlds, and we have to stick to them!

For instance, in the Asheville Arcana universe, we have mages (who specialize in a dedicated branch of magic), witches (who are more about charms, enchantments, and potions), elves, wee folk, vampires, shapeshifters of all different types, as well as demons and angels. In Forged in Fire, we introduce a different creature, a cursed one who was bitten by a possessed wolf shifter and has been turned into something akin to a standard horror genre werewolf. He doesn’t have the advantage of the shifters, because he can’t do it at will, only on the full moon or when driven by rage.

We spent a lot of time setting up the rules for how magic works, what magical creatures can and can’t do, and the reasons why they don’t interact much with regular humans. It was only after when spent quite a long time discussing the structure of our magical world that we were able to get down to plotting. And what a plot it is! It was almost too big for us to tell it in only three books, but we recently submitted the third, which should be out sometime before the end of the year!

As far as Forged in Fire… this is the story of Whimsy Hickes, a mage we introduced in the first book, Out of the Ashes. Whimsy is an easy going guy, and while he’s enjoyed being friends with benefits with Arden and Julian over the years, he really yearns for more. He’s ready to stop playing the field and settle down with a man he can love and care for, someone who wants a long term commitment. When he meets Harlan Edgewood, a lycanthrope, he’s immediately attracted, but Harlan… well, he has some issues related to his condition, and he doesn’t think Whimsy should get involved with someone like him. Then things get dicey when the possessed shifters return to the Asheville area, and Harlan’s very soul is in jeopardy. Whimsy will have to put everything on the line, and use all his magic to save Harlan -- because if he can’t, he might not only lose Harlan, but everyone he’s ever loved.

You don’t have to have read Out of the Ashes to enjoy Forged in Fire, but we hope you do! Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today, and happy reading!!!

Cover Design: Aaron Anderson

Length: 59,473 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Asheville Arcana Series


The magic touch.

Ever since Harlan Edgewood was bitten by a possessed werewolf, his monthly shifts have been agonizing. When he meets Whimsy Hickes—a mage who specializes in transformation—the attraction is mutual. But Harlan believes his curse is too great a burden to inflict on any romantic partner.

Fortunately, Whimsy thinks he can help.

When Harlan is provoked into an unexpected change, Whimsy uses his magic to help ease Harlan’s pain, but with an unexpected consequence. While he’s shifted, Harlan’s wolf claims Whimsy as his mate.

As they draw closer, suspicious events in the Asheville magical community escalate. Shifters are disappearing, others are murdered, and Harlan’s curse makes him an obvious target. It will take all of Whimsy’s magic to force back the rising evil—and if he fails, Harlan will lose not only his life, but his very soul.

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May 2 - Bayou Book Junkie
May 3 - Making It Happen
May 5 - Love Bytes
May 7 - My Fiction Nook
May 8 - The Novel Approach
May 9 - Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, RAM PA Group, Drops Of Ink, Momma Says: To Read or Not To Read, United Indie Book Blog
May 10 - MM Good Book Reviews
May 11 - Bayou Book Junkie, Mirrigold, Valerie Ullmer, Virginia Lee
May 12 - Diverse Reader

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.


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