The first book in this series was a lot of fun, so I’m very happy to have the next one in the series (follow the author’s tad for the first book in the series).
Courting Darkness (The Magicsmith Book 2) by L.R. Braden released at the end of August in the Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance genre.
Deeper into the shadows. . . The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she’s got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect.
Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural war for territory that has her dodging police, swords, teeth, and claws—not to mention the truth. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the less certain she is about the innocence of the one man she wanted to trust.
She thought she was done with murder and monsters, but she’ll have to enter the belly of the beast if she hopes to save her friend.
MY BREATH PUFFED out in angry little clouds as I shivered under the star-streaked sky that stretched above my patch of frozen mountain. Jaw clenched, I shoved a key into the lock on my front door with enough force to jerk the purse off my shoulder. It slid down, snagging at my elbow, and the shift in weight jostled the dome-covered cake balanced in my other hand.
I couldn’t believe James had stood me up again. After all his promises. Twenty minutes standing outside his house. Then a quick call about unavoidable business at the gallery. Sure he’d apologized, given me his
usual line about making it up to me “another time.” But another time never seemed to come for James and me.
I twisted the keys. Those not in the lock dug into my palm.
Another time. If he said those words again, I was going to run him over with my Jeep.
The door stuck, swollen by moisture. I growled and pushed harder, hissing when my weight settled onto the freshly re-knit muscles of my right leg. I gave the door another shove, and it finally gave way, slamming
into the adjoining wall with a bang, my keys still dangling from the lock.
I froze in the doorway. My living room was occupied.
I’d been looking forward to curling up with my cake and my anger. Habits formed through years of solitude were hard to break, and I still wasn’t used to having roommates. Company was going to put a serious crimp in my plans.
About the Author
Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art.
Hi L.R., and thank you for being back here!
What inspired you to write this book?
I knew from the beginning of my Magicsmith series that I’d be writing multiple books. This second one, Courting Darkness, was inspired by Alex’s need to open herself up, which she starts to do at the end of Book 1, A Drop of Magic. This time around, Alex is trying her best to let people into her life, but (of course) there are a lot of things that get in the way of that.
What can we expect from you in the future?
The Magicsmith Book 3, Faerie Forged, should be out before the end of the year, and I have at least two more books planned for this series.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
A couple, but I mostly have side stories about the world. I’ve created short stories of the creation myths of various species, and I wrote a story about a pair of sisters set during the time right after the fae came out, before the Faerie Wars. I also plan to write a short story about a demon-beset sorcerer and his paladin during the war. My intention is to eventually have all these stories available to read and/or download from my website.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Courting Darkness?
The main character, Alex, is an independent, reclusive artist in her twenties with trust and abandonment issues. Her father left to fight in the Faerie Wars and never came back. Her mother died shortly after, leaving her an orphaned teenager. Alex has since made a couple good friends, and that’s all she needs or wants. She avoids politics, especially involving the fae, and enjoys the solitude of her mountain home. At least, until the series starts…
Alex’s fae roommate Kai once again plays a major part in Alex’s (mis)adventure. He’s been assigned by the Lord of Enchantment to prepare Alex for her debut at fae court and he is eager to prove himself up to the challenge, but he has his hands full just keeping Alex out of trouble.
James Abernathy is the gallery owner where Alex shows her art. He plays a much bigger role in this book, as his budding romance with Alex from book one grows and becomes more complicated.
There are many other characters to flesh out both the world and Alex’s life, including her small circle of close friends and a handful of coworkers and regulars at the bookstore where Alex works part-time. I’ve been making character sketches and short bios for the characters and posting them online, so you can see my basic concepts for Alex and her friends on the bonus features section of my website: https://www.lrbraden.com/p/magicsmith-character-sketches.html .
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