In Magic Strikes, there was a scene in Chapter 27 where Kate and Curran had an argument after a fight in an underground gladiatorial ring. Curran had silver embedded all over his chest and as we know, silver is poisonous to shapeshifters.
“He was silver!” I snarled in his face. “I had it under control. What was going through your head? Here’s a toxic silver golem; I think I’ll jump on his back! That’s a damn good idea!”
He scooped me up and suddenly I was pressed against his chest. “Were you worried about me?”
“No, I’m ranting for fun, because I’m a disagreeable bitch!”
“You’re a moron!” I told him.
He just looked at me. Happy golden lights danced in his eyes. I’d learned exactly what those sparks meant. Fury fled, replaced by alarm.
“Kiss me and I’ll kill you,” I warned.
“It might be worth it,” he aid softly.
If he held me a moment longer, I’d lose it and kiss him first. I was so damn happy he was alive.
(The above passage and the characters belong to Ilona Andrews. Artwork is mine.)
I recently made a semi-serious promise to myself that I will read nothing but non-fiction for the next one month.
Semi-serious only because I didn’t believe I was actually going to do it.
Do you know how addicts crave their drugs till they can think of almost nothing else? Reading popular fiction has become a similar sort of addiction for me.
I can seriously think of nothing else when the craving for one of those books start. My cravings are genre-specific too. Sometimes I need a Regency romance a la G. Heyer; sometimes it’s YA, particularly of the high school romance variety; often I really need to read an action packed Urban Fantasy [think: Dresden Files, Kate Daniels] – (never paranormal romance, thank you, I’ve learnt my lesson – there are no high standards in that world); and then there is the odd craving for the quirky contemporary romances and mysteries; also sometimes I notice a really awesome looking cover – most probably in High Fantasy – and run towards it heedlessly. (more…)
This brand new Kate Daniels novella has been posted for free on Ilona Andrew’s blog (click me!!). It’s available in various ebook formats and will remain free for a limited period of two weeks starting from yesterday!
We know a little of this story – us fans – and it’s set right in the aftermath of Magic Slays. Kate and Curran go out for a dinner – a normal date night sort of thing – and end up fighting unchained vampires that get out of control after one of their necromancers get strangled by a necklace.
This story runs parallel to Gunmental Magic which is Andrea’s story and comes out next in late 2012.
So, here’s Magic Gifts for you. Click on the link to their blog (that’s me, click me!) and enjoy the last week of the year with Kate, Curran and some very evil plotting. 🙂
My second question is – how do you two work together? I’ve wanted to ask this for a long time, and maybe you’ve already answered this somewhere. You can just give me the link, if you have. I always considered my ideas very private, something to stew over in secret. I understand discussing ideas for projects and doing stuff in a team, but if two people sit down to write with the same story-line (discussed and decided on mutually) in their heads, wont their writings still be widely different? How do you manage that?