Dynamic Urban Fantasy by Lee Roland
The Earth Witches, the keepers of the world’s magic, find chaos and desire in the hidden ruins of the Barrows. Servants of the enigmatic Earth Mother, they battle men, monsters and personal conflicts to protect the world. With magic, modern weapons and strong companions, they persevere to save mankind from evil.
The books from this series:
Viper Moon (Earth Witches #1)
ISBN-13: 978-0451233769 (352 Pages)
Cassandra Archer is the huntress. She has faithfully served the earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters—both human and supernatural—dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Aided by police Detective Flynn and Michael, mysterious and dangerous resident of the Barrows, Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town…
Vengeance Moon (Earth Witches #2)
ISBN-13: 978-0451236432 (352 Pages)
Madeline Corso can’t rest until she hunts down the three men who killed her father and witch mother. Two of them are now dead by her hand. Unfortunately, her second kill had witnesses. Sent to prison, she is rescued Sisters of Justice—a mysterious order of female warriors with ties to her mother. Her fighting skills are honed by the Sisters, and they have tracked the last murderer to Duivel, Missouri. He is hiding in the dark underworld of the Barrows. Once in the Barrows, she discovers that things aren’t what they seem. The danger goes far beyond her need for revenge. Can she rely on Michael, a handsome and possibly deadly stranger, to help her navigate a world of men and beasts? Or will she lose her heart before the mission is complete?
(Earth Witches #3)
ISBN-13: 978-0451238269 (320 Pages) Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Signet
Ex-soldier and Earth Witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wanted to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious Earth Witch police force. Three Sisters, a Triad, is usually a squad of executioners. This time, thought, the Sisters mission is to capture and escort an unwilling Nyx back to Twitch Crossing, Georgia. Nyx ran away from Twitch Crossing ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true Witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s been dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger—her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can go to Duivel, Missouri and track her down. But the key to finding her may lie with the dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic…
About Lee Roland
Lee Roland began her writing career in middle school when she wrote a short story for her brother. He turned the story in to his teacher as his own work. To his amazement and terror, the teacher was so impressed that she read it aloud to the class—and asked him to write another one.
Lee notes that, other than motherhood, she’s never had an exciting job. She might have dreamed of being a lawyer, nurse or police officer, but finding the right person to share her life with changed her plans. Her only credentials for writing are a terrific imagination, life experience and the love of words in a good story. She reads voraciously, but particularly loves Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
Lee lives in Florida and is a full-time writer. She is a member of RWA National and the Florida based First Coast Romance Writers.
Before being published, Lee won many RWA Chapter contests and garnered a Golden Heart nomination in 2008 with her post apocalyptic novel, LILITH’S CHILD.
Lee is the author of the Earth Witches series published by NAL, beginning with VIPER MOON in 2011.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a southern girl, born in Tennessee and now live in Florida with two small dogs who have big dog attitudes. I’ve written stories since I was about twelve, but the process was interrupted by meeting the love of my life. Kids left the nest and now I’m back at it full time.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Vicious Moon is the third book in the Earth Witches Series. It started with my desire to create tough talking and acting heroines whose passion for justice causes them to jump in and fight regardless of the odds.
Nyx, the heroine of Vicious Moon, is a witch who likes the practical application of magic, but didn’t want the rules of formal witch life and study. Partly because she’s is a rebel and partly because her heritage from her unknown father keeps causing her magic to go wrong.
When she leaves the army and the world of mercenaries and guards, she heads for San Francisco for a nice comfortable job as a PI. Then her sister goes missing, and Nyx has to race to the rescue. With her unusual and occasionally gross canine familiar Herschel, she hurries to Duivel, Missouri and the section called the Barrows.
She meets some interesting and powerful people, including a man who really challenges her. She rescues her sister and discovers something shocking about her unknown heritage.
How do you create your characters?
First, I decide on the main protagonist. I think of what I want her to do in a story, then ask how I can make her do the things in the most blatant, over the top way possible. Of course, I end up backing her down a bit, but that’s easier than building up. All other characters are based on how I want them to interact with the main protagonist.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I was a shy child, and introvert, who did a lot of reading. Then I found one female character I loved above all others. My searches for more like her were fruitless. I’ll admit that this was pre-internet days. That character was Jirel of Joiry by C.L Moore. Jirel was written in a time (1930 – 1940) when women were discriminated against in almost all areas of writing, so Moore had to use her initials to get published. When I couldn’t find more like Jirel, I started creating my own out of what was termed a “crazy” imagination. Those Jirel stories still inspire me, but there are so many urban fantasy novels now with great female protagonists that it’s easy to stay involved.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write in a spare bedroom office where my husband kindly added extra windows for natural light. All I required is silence and an occasional caffeine oriented beverage. I’ve often envied writers who could go to coffee shops, libraries and other public places. I need a place where I can slouch in my chair, utter words best not uttered in public, and keep stacks of reference books at hand.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I create the main protagonist and dig into her, find her weaknesses, how is she different from anyone else, how is the world I’m creating different? I start and the story flows from that. I’m not much of a plotter. No index cards, sticky notes, or writing programs. I’m sure those things are helpful for other writers. They might work for me if I didn’t keep losing things, then changing my mind, then changing my mind, then changing…you get the picture.
What do you like to read?
I read a lot of my genre, urban fantasy. I read some action adventure, suspense, horror stories, and an occasional paranormal romance. I do read non-fiction historical, particularly where the author has done a significant detailed research.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Write, rewrite, revise, revise and revise. Seek opinions, even when you don’t like to hear what is said. Make absolutely sure that what you present is the best you can do. Think about your reader. Your writing will probably please you, but how will the reader see it?