Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard

Nightmare Ink
by Marcella Burnard 
Publisher: Intermix
Genre: Urban Fantasy
With the needle of a tattoo gun, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create and destroy. In her shop Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the powers embedded in their Live Ink—the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it. But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists—including her former lover Daniel. 
When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. For the first time in years, she works Live Ink into someone’s skin—something she swore she’d never do again. But breaking her vow soon becomes the least of her problems.  
Isa is horrified to discover her friend’s body in the shop, but the real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked against her will. Now, as she seeks retribution from the man who betrayed her, Isa must figure out how to bind her Living Tattoo before it consumes her completely...


I'd like to welcome Marcella Burnard to Shut Up & Read!  Thanks for being here with us today! 

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
NIGHTMARE INK really has only one main character, Isa Romanchzyk. She’s a tattoo artist. Nightmare Ink is the name of her shop. The most interesting and problematic thing for Isa is that she’s a Live Ink artist – she has the ability to give you a tattoo that’s alive. She’s not comfortable with it, though, and has chosen to swear off doing Living Tattoos. Instead, she’s made her marginal living binding Live Ink – she’s destroying Living Tattoos on the rare occasions they go bad. It’s made a few enemies.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
The first scene that volunteered. It’s a scene in the first half of the book where a friend of Isa’s comes to her with a brand new Live Tattoo that’s eating him up from the inside. Isa knows what to do in a situation like that – a bind. It would kill the Tattoo and save her friend’s life. The scene doesn’t turn out at all like she expected. Or wanted.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I write best in the morning. So I’m up early, ride my bike into a local teashop (that I actually used as the setting for Isa’s tattoo shop) and work from 8AM to Noon. If I’m behind on word count, I work until 1. This goes on for anywhere from four to six days a week depending on how hopelessly behind I feel like I might be.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I’m an Air Force brat. I grew up moving all over the world and never really belonging anywhere. Most of my characters reflect that, I think. Few of them have any strong roots in any one tradition, culture or location. Even though I’ve definitely found my home and the physical place where I belong, most of my characters struggle with finding their places in the world.

Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
Oh, easy. I’d be Ikylla, Isa’s cat. She has the cushiest, easiest life! No way would I want to be any of the people . . .not with what happens to them.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
I play World of Warcraft. I read. I go sailing. Most of all, I drink tea.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Mmmm. So many places. So little time. I really want to see Egypt. Sure, I want to see the pyramids and Karnak and Armana. But I also want to walk into Wadi Al-Hitan and look at ancient, fossilized whales in the middle of the desert. And Antarctica. There’s a place called Blood Falls where a plume of seawater depositing iron-oxide at the falls. The plume of seawater holds an ecosystem of bacteria under the ice. The pool of trapped seawater appears to be over a million years old. I know that both destinations make me a hopeless geek, but how could I not want to look at, and marvel at, the kind of world both the fossilized whales and the trapped seawater suggest once existed?

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I’m a little late to the game, but I’m finally reading FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT by Darynda JonesThanks!

Marcella Burnard graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in acting. She writes science fiction romance for Berkley Sensation. 

  Her first book, Enemy Within won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Futuristic of 2010. The second book in the series, Enemy Games, released on May 3, 2011.

An erotica novella, Enemy Mine, set in the same world as the novels was released as an e-special edition by Berkley was released in April 2012. Emissary, a sword and sorcery short story released in the two volume Thunder on the Battlefield Anthology in the second half of 2013.


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Giveaway: Shadows of Fate (Shadow Born #1) by Angela Dennis

Shadows of Fate (Shadow Born #1)
by Angela Dennis

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Number of pages: 247
Cover Artist: Kanaxa 
Redemption lies beyond the veil between truth and lies. 
After witnessing her husband’s brutal murder, Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers and wreaked havoc on her home world. Her penance: one hundred years policing hordes of supernatural misfits that spilled onto the Earthly plane after a cataclysmic war. 
She’s on a routine exorcism run when she learns she’s been assigned a new partner. But there’s something about this Shadow Bearer that sparks her suspicions. Particularly when people closest to her start turning up as piles of ash. 
Gray Warlow holds tight to the glamour that allows him to get close to the woman on whom he plans to wreak vengeance for betraying his people. Yet as he skillfully manipulates his way past her distrust, he begins to see her not as the heartless monster he was led to believe, but a strong, vulnerable woman.  
As they work to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle, an attraction deeper than blood and bone flares between them. And they must reveal their deepest secrets to avoid becoming the final targets.  
Warning: A thrill ride of supernatural proportions. Contains violent battle scenes, nail-biting suspense, crazy hot sexual tension, and enough twists and turns to make your head spin.

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Copyright © 2014 Angela Dennis
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

She was halfway to her office when she sensed it. Magic. Not your normal everyday run of the mill magic, but Shadow Bearer magic.

Brenna froze, pulse racing. There were very few from her home world who would voluntarily cross over to the Earthly plane. They had their own civil war to worry about. This plane was used solely for banishment. Her defenses flared, and she cloaked herself in protective magic. She would be surprised if her father had sent an assassin after so many years, but she wouldn’t put it past him.

She moved closer, blade clutched in hand.

The shadows from her office light danced across the glistening white floor, allowing her to see the outline of two figures inside.

“Quit screwing around and get in here.” Seraph’s gruff voice echoed in the hall. “I don’t have time to wait.”

Defenses sliding away, she rolled her eyes. She was the most dedicated employee Seraph had. It wouldn’t kill him to show some patience. Her red flag still at half mast, she stepped into the office.

And panicked.

Praying it didn’t show on her face, she glared at the man sitting behind her desk. Magic poured off him. Magic so powerful it was unmistakable. He was one of her kind, perhaps even her clan.

Heart pounding, she took him in. Seated behind her desk, on her chair, his leather boots propped on the metal top, he seemed to fill the entire room. She put him at six-and-a-half feet. His shoulder length black hair was pulled back with a strap of leather, but a few tendrils had escaped and draped across his violet eyes. There was a virility about him that was frightening—and breathtaking. He was the epitome of what she both loved and loathed about the men of her world. But it was more than that, her body immediately responded to his presence. She burned to touch him, to remind herself of what she had left behind, and it appalled her.

“Have I been replaced?” She shrugged off her duster and tossed it on the chair by the door. “Don’t you think two Shadow Bearer mages are a bit much? You can barely handle me.”

Seraph snorted. “I could handle an army of you, little girl.”

“Sure you could.” She walked over to the desk, motioning for the gorgeous stranger to move. “Do you mind?”

“Not at all.” His raspy voice slid over her like hot fudge. Thankfully, she was allergic to chocolate.

He stood, towering over her by more than a foot. His body was as lean and chiseled as his face. He stepped aside.

Careful not to touch him, she took possession of her chair again. The scent of sage still lingered in the air around her.

“Gray is one of my new recruits,” said Seraph, but Brenna quickly tuned him out. Vaguely paying attention, she stared at the picture that hung on the wall next to him. Puppies, playing in a field of daisies. Happier days. Happier thoughts.

“Are you listening to me, Brenna?”

She jerked. “Of course. Gray is working with us. That’s great, welcome.” Giving Gray a quick salute, she turned back to Seraph. “I’m glad you brought him by, but I am busy so, if that’s all…”

“He’s your new partner.”

Her hand froze in midair. “I’m sorry?”

“Xavier’s tests came back. It’s bad. I can’t keep him on active duty.”

“So you’re giving me someone who’s wet behind the ears?” She cringed at the power surge coming from Gray. His anger was tangible. Too bad, but there was no way she was working with someone who was probably here to kill her. “I don’t have time to teach him the ropes. Give him to someone else.”

“He’s one of yours.”

“Which is exactly why I don’t want him.”


Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.  

You can visit Angela at her blog or at her website . She loves to hear from her readers, so find her on Twitter for a chat @angeladennis

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