My friend Charity Bradford has a new book out which was released yesterday–as in, yesterday. It looks awesome. Here’s a little about it:
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance (clean)
Blurb: Aliens live among us. Their purpose: to protect and nurture their greatest mistake—mankind.
Caeden Frey doesn’t believe humans will evolve to see the magic, much less control it. Even so, he has two months to marry a human or face the wrath of the High Council. Bitter about a responsibility he thinks prevents him marrying for love, he figures any human girl will do. He’s ready to propose when his soul mate stumbles into—and right out of—his arms.
Human, Ryanne Killian might be Caedan’s one shot at happiness while still fulfilling his duty. Unfortunately, she guards a dark secret. She’s determined to push Caedan away to protect him from her past.
Caedan must convince her she’s worthy of his love before a rival family puts an end to his wedding plans. If she can see her own worth, she just might save herself and his people.
It looks and sounds so interesting. I’m excited to read it since I love a good romance with a twist. And the cover is beautiful. I read Charity’s The Magic Wakes sci-fi novel and I like her writing style and strong characters. (Charity also wrote a great post for my March Book Madness last year entitled Getting the Most Out of Your Critique Group.)
As part of the Fade Into Me release, I asked Charity a few questions to get to know her and her new book.
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Charity: This idea came to me as a blurb. Seriously!
It went something like this:
Everything you’ve ever heard about faeries is a lie.
Lies they told to keep humans from learning the truth.
What is the truth?
They live among us, sentenced to watch over and nurture their greatest mistake.
Ryanne Killian doesn’t believe in faerie tales, and yet all the eyes of the Fae are watching her–hoping she will be the one to set them free.
At the time I didn’t have any real plans for it. It was simply something to explore. As time went on I realized I’m not really into faeries. :) So they became aliens and this whole creation idea started to fall into place. Turns out that was just the back drop for the story though. As I wandered around with my characters I got to know them. Then they told me where to go from there.
Rebecca: That is very cool. I’ve never had a book come to me as a blurb. Wow.
Are the characters based on anyone you know?
Charity: Ryanne is based on too many women and girls from my life. Me included. Not all of them suffered what she did, but the emotional pain of self doubt is the same. Too many women feel that things from their past, or simple lack of self worth make them unworthy of happiness. They push it away to protect others or to keep from being hurt again.
Caedan is the quintessential good guy. What? I like good guys! He’s not perfect, but he’s attentive and means well. He wants to do what’s right and lives by honor to fulfill his duty.
Rebecca: This definitely sounds like my kind of romance.
How is this different or the same as your other books?
Charity: It’s a complete departure from THE MAGIC WAKES. The story is set on earth, North Carolina. I’m writing about places I know and have been to.
With FADE I also concentrated more on the relationships of the characters and their emotional journey than the actual plot points. I believe this will help more readers connect to the characters. It’s similar in the fact the magic is a natural, earth-tied magic.
If you could be any character in your books, who would it be and why?
Charity: Lorandra. I want to be as intelligent, calm and strong as she is. Even when asked to do the one thing she hoped to never do, she steps up and does it 100%.
Who is your favorite author?
Charity: I don’t think I’ll ever have just one favorite. It would be tough to pin it down to my top 5. Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Linda Nagata, Robin McKinley, LM Montgomery.
Rebecca: I’d have the same problem of narrowing it down. Sounds like you’re well-read.
What other projects are you working on?
Charity: My main focus right now is finishing revisions on the sequel to THE MAGIC WAKES. It’s been two years since book 1 came out. The sequel is long overdue. There are many other projects I can’t wait to get to, but I promised myself to listen to Talia first.
Rebecca: Thanks for letting me be part of this release, Charity! Sounds like you have lots of creativity roaming around, waiting to get out. I look forward to reading this and your other novels as you write them. :)
Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with the WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS and SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS. She soon lost herself in the worlds created by Card, Bova, Asimov, Bradbury, Nagata and Niven. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her hubby and four kids that keep her on her toes.