THE JAMES GANG
June James Gang
Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My June James Gang interviewee is Black Opal Books author Jami Gray!
1. Let's get the most important question asked first: Why James (Jami)?
Oh, this is an easy answer! "Jami" is actually a diminutive of my maiden name, and I kind of stole it from one of my beautiful nieces (even though she spells it differently). "Gray" is a family name and shared among the men in my family. Currently my oldest son, an older brother, my dad, and two of my nephews all carry that name. When I put it all together, it just worked. Not only did I get a chance to honor my family, but I managed to come up with a name readers could easily spell and pronounce. Unfortunately, my married name is a challenge!
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
Urban Fantasy, with romantic elements. I really enjoy exploring the concept of what our world would be like if all those fantastical creatures who existed in fairy tales lived next door. As for the romantic elements, my characters like a little action as much as anyone!
3. Tell us about your latest release.
My first release is Shadow's Edge: Book 1 of the Kyn Kronicles. Feel free to grab a copy at any of these stops:
Nook/Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/cojrgqa
All Romance eBooks: http://tinyurl.com/dxy7whw
Black Opal Books: http://tinyurl.com/buomtoa
Here's the blurb:
Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially the monsters…
It takes a monster to hunt one, and for Raine McCord, forged in the maelstrom of magic and science, she's the one for the job. In a world where the supernatural live in a shadowy existence with the mundane, a series of disappearances and deaths threatens the secrecy of her kind and indicates someone knows the monsters are alive and kicking. Partnering up with the sexy and tantalizing Gavin Durand proves to be a challenge as dangerous as the prey she hunts.
When the trail points back to the foundation which warped Raine's magic as a child, her torturous past raises its ugly head. Gavin and Raine sift through a maze of lies, murder, and betrayal to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.
In Summer 2012, the second book, Shadow's Soul, will be released from Black Opal Books. Keep an eye out at BlackOpalBooks.com or JamiGray.com for the release date and buy links!
Here's the blurb for Shadow's Soul:
Some nightmares are born of love…
Raine McCord has no problem taking down the monsters of the world, it's one of the reasons she's so good at her job. So playing bodyguard to Cheveyo, head Magi of the Northwest, as he consults with the Southwest Kyn should be an easy assignment. Unfortunately, simple task turns into a nightmare when Cheveyo is kidnapped and Raine is left for dead by one of the Kyn's most feared beings, a Soul Stealer.
The Stealer's attack leaves lasting wounds, undermining Raine's confidence as a warrior and damaging her unruly magic. Her ability to heal her mind and spirit hinges on the one man who can touch her soul, Gavin Durand. Compelled to face the emotions raging between them, they must embrace not only their stormy relationship but their evolving magic to escape the twisted threads of murder and betrayal to find Cheveyo.
As Raine and Gavin come together and begin to unravel the complex web of secrets and hidden vendettas haunting the Southwest Kyn, they discover unsettling new truths that threaten their very existence.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) to your books and why?
Oh, definitely. I'm a firm believer that you can either let life knock you down and stomp all over you or you can get up, bloody and bleeding, and kick its ass. It's the same thing for my characters. There's no doubt there are times when curling into a ball and pulling the covers over your head is the more preferable option, but life doesn't work that way. Deciding to fight back is not the end of it, because then you have to choose what side you're standing on. Choices, life is all about choices, and then facing the consequences.
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
My first two books focus on Raine and Gavin as they muddle their way through an actual relationship. They're my first loves, of course. Not to mention they're an intriguing couple and keep me on my toes. Yet I'm currently working on Xander and Warrick's story. It's a great change of pace, and I'm getting mesmerized by Xander and the chase she's leading Warrick on.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
Writing saves my sanity. I'm a huge reader and escaping into other authors' worlds is great, but sometimes I have to get the voices in my head on paper. Ever since I was younger, creating new characters and worlds just thrilled me. And when my characters take me down paths I never even thought about, that's breathtaking!
7. Do you have any awards, reviews, or kudos you'd like to tell us about?
I just got the most awesome review from Seriously Reviewed (http://seriouslyreviewed.blogspot.com/?zx=fb4a61c40cd6b7c9) and it made my day!
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Review: "Oh, Yeah. Let's go hunting"......Raine McCord.
"And hunt, she does. Raine McCord is a true heroine. She's smart, determined, conflicted and feisty. Add to that, years of betrayal, anger and her own untapped magic and you're in for the ride of your life. This book will have you on the edge of your seat cheering, yelling and wanting to fight alongside Raine, Gavin and the other Taliesin members. Heart stopping drama, paranormals, magic and the human side of corruption and destruction are only a few of Raine's dilemma's. Once you step into the world of this kick ass Wraith, there's no going back. Buckle up!"
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
My publisher, Black Opal Books, does do some promoting, but the majority of it falls to me. I'm out on Twitter (@JamiGrayAuthor) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jamigray.author). Plus I have a rocking critique group known as The 7 Evil Dwarves, so I blog at both www.7evildwarves.wordpress.com and www.jamigray.wordpress.com. I also do guest posts wherever I can. I did a Book Blurb Tour and Review tour in May, plus Black Opal Author blog tour in April. And then there's the tried and true option for marketing—word of mouth.
9. What is your next project?
I'm current in the midst of getting Xander and Warrick's story out. I thought it would be nice to let Raine and Gavin spend some quality together time without the threat of death and dismemberment hanging over the heads. Plus, I have another series concept I'm thinking of doing, but I don't want to jinx it!
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you'd like to impart or a favorite quote?
My utmost favorite quotes are from Richard Bach:
"There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go."
"I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?"
Thank you, Jami! My July James Gang interviewee will be Evernight Publishing author, London Saint James!
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