We have J.A. Garland visiting us today. She took some time to answer some questions about her latest release and to play a quick round of quickfire questions. Help us in welcoming her to Urban Girl Reader.
Hi JA and welcome to Urban Girl Reader! First of all congrats on the release of The Dysus Dreamer, the 2nd book in your Halfling Chronicles! Can you tell us a little bit about the series and what about the genre inspires you.
J.A.: The world is an exciting place, but it wouldn’t it be more exciting if ‘Otherkind’ creatures existed? Like demons, werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, etc? The Dysus Dreamer is book two in a series where Shadow creatures–paranormal beings who refuse to fly under the humans’ radar–come out to play. The National Otherkind Administration (NOA) is responsible for overseeing human/Otherkind interactions. Utilizing Analysts, they collect information on the Shadows. If they believe an infraction of the Otherkind Agreements exists, they send in the Trackers. At the top of the food chain is the Otherkind Council. They act as judge and jury, and have become celebrities of sorts in the eyes of the Otherkind. My series follows several key players on both sides of the table. My books all share this common theme, or ‘world.
UGR: So let’s start out with the good stuff and talk men, or should I say demons; mainly Slade. What are some of the conflicts he will have to face with Annwyn and what three words would best describe him?
J.A.: To effectively tangle with the bad guys, Slade needed to have some ‘bad’ in him. His mottos are things like, “One is none, and two is one.” Which refers to weapons, and his inability to trust that one won’t malfunction and let him down. That’s also his outlook on people… Needless to say, he’s well prepared and trained for any situation.
UGR: If you had to pick a theme song for this book, what song would you say best describes The Dysus Dreamer?
J.A.: Ahh, that’s not fair! This book goes through the whole gamut of feelings. Try as I might, I can’t pin one song on it.
UGR: : What upcoming projects are you working on and when can your fans expect to look for them?
J.A.: I’m currently working on Moon Marked. It is a stand alone novel about a female bounty hunter who finds there is more to a contract than what’s written on paper.
Life has become far more complicated with my change of work assignment, so, this book might take a bit longer to get out than those of the past.
UGR: When you take some time off from writing, are you a reader? If so, what genres do you read? Do you have any favorite authors? If not, what do you prefer to do in those precious moments?
J.A.: I love to trail run, cook, and spend time with my family. I’m also an avid reader who isn’t married to a specific genre. I’ll read anything as long as it’s well written.
UGR: Hardcover or Paperback Books?
UGR: Bookmark or dog ear page turner?
UGR: Early bird or night owl?
J.A.: Early Bird
UGR: Coffee or Tea?
UGR: Chocolate or vanilla?
J.A.: Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate and Vanilla!
UGR: Plotter or pantser?
J.A.: Chocolate or vanilla: Plotter
Thank you for joining us today J.A., we look forward to seeing Moon Marked when it is available.
Dysus Dreamer by J.A. Garland
Series: The Halfling Chronicles #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publish Date: July 1st, 2013
“A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries.”
Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?
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A solid assassination operation takes one part opportunity, two parts discipline, and three parts disposition. Having two out of three this chilly Seattle evening, Slade considered himself in abundance of good fortune.
Parked in front of a solitary office building, in the zone clearly marked “No Parking,” Slade cleared his mind of distractions consisting of the little here and there that could creep in and throw him off, just a hair, but enough to jeopardize his mission. Satisfied, he slid out of the rental car and re-tucked a stylish black golf shirt monogrammed with “Constantine Vineyards” into a pair of crisp, steel gray slacks. In this particular scenario, image was crucial.
Tonight, the element discipline presented itself by his waiting for the precise moment to strike. He made a living analyzing people and their habits, so he knew his targets relaxed around the holidays and were less likely to see the danger lurking behind his smiling façade. The current festivity du jour was Christmas, and coupled with his gift, destined Slade a popular man. I’m counting on it.
He moved around to the trunk, where he heaved free a slatted, wooden case. It smelled of musky oak. The peaceful scent hinted at candlelit dinners shared with a long time lover. His jaw clenched. Not in my past and not in my future.
Slade lugged his precious cargo toward the sprawling metal office building. Immense, the structure stabbed farther into the heavens than any other in the area, yet fell short. Just like my target. Outwardly, Joe Larsen appeared a dedicated family man, a real pillar of the community whose flourishing internet and telecommunications business, ProCom, employed hundreds. In reality, the werewolf belonged to the Dirty Dozen, a group of the twelve most ruthless wolf Packs roaming the earth.
How ironic. I was once your target. A year ago, the Dozen kidnapped his cousin Amber, a half-demon, half-human. Able to keep a shifter from shifting, Amber’s ability proved irresistible, since more times than not, the Dozen’s meetings devolved into an unproductive, fur-flying brawl. We saved Amber, but left behind some unfinished business. Starting with Larsen, the wolves would learn a lesson…a demon’s memory rivals the most scorned woman, and paybacks were indeed a bitch.
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