Today we welcome the lovely Tiffany Allee to Book Lovers Inc, her debut paranormal romance, The Banshee Charmer (lookout for our review which is also going up today), is releasing tomorrow (24th January 2012)! Tiffany is here today to talk about the integration of fantasy and reality, something that is not easy to pull off! Take it away Tiffany…
I have always loved fantasy stories. They take me away to worlds that are very different from the one I live in everyday, offering an escape. I also love romantic suspense and cop shows. With Banshee Charmer, and the rest of my series From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, I bring these two loves together.
Banshee Charmer takes place in a world where otherworlders—non-human creatures—are an integral part of the world. Creatures such as banshees, succubi, vampires, selkies, and witches are an accepted part of society. If something is
rummaging through your trash, it could be a raccoon—or a hobgoblin.
For the most part, these otherworlders attempt to go through life like normal humans. They live, love, and work. The characters I focus on work as police officers for the paranormal unit of the Chicago PD, or as special agents for the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency (OWEA)—an organization that is similar to the FBI.
In an attempt to keep this as believable as possible, not all of the normals accept otherworlders happily. Anti-discrimination laws are in place to help keep everyone on a level playing field, and dislike of those who are different is present on both sides of the field, if not pervasive.
While Banshee Charmer is not a police procedural, much of the story revolves around murder investigations. I’ve tried to stay true to the flavor of real world police investigations, with a bit of tweaking for story’s sake.
How much realism do you like in your fictional worlds? Does it help to ground you when bits of the real world are used in the foundation?
Banshee Charmer Synopsis:
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…
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About the Author:
Tiffany Allee currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver, and is happily married to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, ass-kicking heroines, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books, of course). Her nights are reserved for writing and bothering her husband
and cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.
Places to find Tiffany:
Tiffany has generously offered an ebook copy of The Banshee Charmer, her debut novel to a lucky commenter!
All you have to do is answer one of Tiffany’S questions at the end of the post.
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This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on Saturday 4 February 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.