Tuesday, August 18, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Casting Shadows by L.R. Braden-GUEST POST

Casting Shadows 
The Magicsmith Book 4 
by L.R. Braden 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Children are disappearing. 

With Purity growing in political power and bigotry on the rise across the Realms, Alex’s short-term goals are to stay under the PTF's radar and as far from the fae Courts as she can. But her plans go up in smoke when May, the younger sister of her good friend Emma, goes missing. 

The fae are involved. 

Alex will do everything she can to find May, but to mount a rescue she'll have to avoid PTF raids, conquer old ghosts, and risk coming face to face with her fae grandfather again. 

War is coming. 

Lines are being drawn. No one is safe. To survive, Alex will have to choose a side. 

Faerie Forged 
The Magicsmith Book 3 

New world, new rules . . . 

Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force. 

She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life. 

One mistake at court could change everything . . . . 

“Original and riveting.”—Book Likes Blog on A Drop of Magic, Book One of The Magicsmith series 

“Great plot. Lovable characters. Heart-pounding action.”—Lauren Davis, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

Courting Darkness 
The Magicsmith Book 2 

“A great story of murder, mystery . . . and well-developed characters.”—Margie Hager, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series 

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. 

A Drop of Magic 
The Magicsmith Book 1 

The war isn’t over . . . 

With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae. 

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future. 

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive. 

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series 

Born and raised in Colorado, award-winning author 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. 


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I guess I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I started getting positive feedback on my first book. Before that, I might mention that I’d written a book as a side note when people asked me what I did, but it wasn’t until that first book was published that I started proudly proclaiming that I was a writer.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I’m not sure about a movie, but I think the Magicsmith series would make an excellent television show.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Hands down, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Suess. I can recite the whole thing from memory.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

My family. Without their support, I never would have made it this far. Seems only fair I give them a piece of the glory.

Is there any writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

Bradon Sanderson. I love the unique worlds and magic systems he creates, and I’d love to get a look at his brainstorming process.

What inspired you to write this book?

Casting Shadows is all about the buildup of stress and conflict that comes from people focusing on what makes us different rather than ways we are the same—something I think it’s important for us all to keep in mind these days, and always. In my books, those differences are shown through peoples’ abilities rather than the color of their skin or the place they were born. The base conflict, humans vs fae, was set up from the very beginning, but this book also explores the treatment of paranaturals, the people trapped in between those two extremes. They are neither human nor fae, and so are vulnerable to both sides. All this is building up to my next book, where my main character will use her unique position to try to build bridges of communication between these groups in an effort to foster understanding and cooperation before it’s too late.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I currently have two new books in the works.

The first is book 5 in the Magicsmith series and will be the culmination of Alex’s story so far. She’ll have to face some hard truths and put into practice all the lessons she’s learned up to this point. This book will mark a turning point in the series. It is the climax of the original character arc I designed for Alex when I started writing book 1, A Drop of Magic. It will also be the kick-off for the next overarching story arc and set up Alex’s new status quo.

The second book I’m currently working on is a spin-off novel set in Alex’s world following a new main character who will be briefly introduced in The Magicsmith Book 5. This offshoot will be published between books 5 and 6 of the Magicsmith series, and will hopefully develop into further novels depending on how it is received.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

After the publication of my first book I had a contract, a deadline, and people writing to tell me they were eager to read my next book, asking when it would be out, telling me to write faster. It was a wonderful feeling, but also very stressful. So the biggest difference to my writing process has been speeding it up. My first book took years to polish and revise. Now, the turn-around for my books is only a couple of months from start to finish. Casting Shadows is the fourth book in my Magicsmith series, and it was published exactly one year after the release of my very first book, A Drop of Magic. That’s four books in one year!

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