Friday, December 5, 2014

Release week round-up

I've got a few links to share from this week, Firewall's release week. Here's a round-up:

Here's a romantic excerpt on the blog from Monday.

Here's another excerpt on Here Be Magic, this time showing Tuyet using her urban magic skills to protect fleeing protesters.

Here's a review from Jeannie Zelos. Jeannie called it "a fabulous conclusion to a riveting and unusual series."

Here are two links from Reading Reality: a review that I'm really proud of, and a guest post and giveaway. This post was a little tricky to write because I wanted to talk about both the character Silver Wheels and the game he developed, but had to be careful about giving too much away. In Marlene's review, she says: "It was awesomely entertaining, and it made me think seriously at the same time."

I talk about how trancehacking turned out to be central to the big finish in this post at the Carina Press blog, The Revolution Will Be Trancehacked.

Here's an interview and giveaway at All Things Urban Fantasy. Kate asked me some really good questions about the origin of trancehacking, and you can find out which was my favorite couple in the series.

This has been kind of a crazy week. First my Kidlette was sick, then she shared her crud with me, of course. So I'm especially grateful to everyone who has shared links on social media, helped to spread the word about Firewall and the series as a whole this week while my household has been under the weather. I'm very proud of these books. I took the Magic Born world to exactly the conclusion I'd planned all along, and I'm happy with that and with having completed a trilogy. But it feels a little bittersweet, too, because this is the end for the Magic Born. I hope that readers will continue to find the books, that they enjoy the world and the characters and the combination of magic and technology. A huge thanks to everyone who has bought Trancehack, Witchlight, and Firewall!


Monday, December 1, 2014

FIREWALL

Firewall is here! The final book in the Magic Born trilogy releases today. A rocky reunion romance and three riots bring the possibility of change to the Magic Born world.




She was the only Magic Born to ever escape the Rangers. Now there's a ten-million-dollar bounty for her return.  
Trancehacker Tuyet Caron could have left New Corinth for good, but instead uses her magic and risks her life on a daily basis to help the Magic Born. She's been careful to avoid capture, but a careless glance at a video camera brings her face to face with the Ranger who let her go.  
Captain Dale Hayes let Tuyet walk away once, but he won't make that mistake again. When faced with the ultimate choice, however, he chooses her with barely a thought. But that also means siding with the Magic Born and becoming a fugitive in the eyes of the law.  
Tuyet and Dale plan to flee, but are caught in a deadly riot that kills innocent people. Outraged, the pair vows to bring an end to the Magic Laws, regardless of what that means for their own safety.


This excerpt is my second-favorite scene in the book. I can't share my favorite scene because it's a bit too spoilery. In this scene, Hayes reminds Tuyet of their days working undercover as a married couple on dangerous missions. The past folds into the present for Tuyet as renewed passion brings memories of their first kiss.

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“No one will know it’s me. I’ll wear the glamour. We both can. One last go-around for Mr. and Mrs. Jones.”

“We can’t do that.” Her heart sounded impossibly loud, a drum beating fast in her ears. “The video of me, remember?” She shouldn’t have worn it today. What the hell was she thinking?

“Yeah.” He nodded as he stepped closer. “I guess we can’t be those people anymore.”

No. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were in the past and had to stay there. But they couldn’t just be Dale and Tuyet either. Nothing so simple for them.

“I know some people who are excellent at glamours,” she said. Though why she said it, she couldn’t have explained. What he was proposing was not a smart idea, for all sorts of reasons.

 “Sounds good. That way your filmmaker’s protected. I learn what I want to know.” He swept her hair to one side, baring skin along the column of her neck. “I’m betting we can still pass for a married couple.”

We have to pass for a married couple.

The words echoed from another time, another place. Not so very different though.

A Hong Kong luxury hotel, Victoria Harbour glittering in the night beyond the balcony.

“I know it’s awkward.”

“We’re professionals. It’s not that big a deal.” Heat flamed through her body, revealing the lie, at least to her.

“I don’t want you to think—”

“I think it’s the job.” Her fingers fumbled with the small dragon in her hand, made of red resin and bought from a street vendor. By him, for her. Just a part of their cover, he’d said. So why did she clutch it so tight, like she never wanted to let it go?

It wasn’t really Hayes. He was Mr. Jones in glasses and dark hair, husband and business partner. Green eyes. The mission.

(permission)

“We just need to make it look good. Show affection in public. That’s all.”

“In public.” She licked her lips. “Of course.”

He burned a path down her neck with his fingertips. Tuyet closed her eyes.

“It’s been a while.”

“Mmm.”

“To carry this off, we’ll need to reestablish the rapport we had when working with this cover.” The words came in a soft whisper, floating through the haze of sensation brought on by his lips so close to her skin.

“So I think we should do this in private, just this once, to sort of establish, um, a rapport. You know. And so we don’t look like two strangers kissing the first time it happens in public.” He looked past her to the sparkling lights beyond that undulated gently with the flow of the water.

“That makes sense.”

“Dale.” She raised her hand to stroke his face, her nerve endings tingling from contact with the energy emanating from the bracelet.

“I can’t stand to be called that.” He took her by the hips and turned her roughly in his arms. “Except by you.”

She placed her hand on his chest. His heart pounded beneath. Sandalwood cologne, gun oil from cleaning his weapons and a scent that was uniquely him made for a heady mix. She inhaled, wanting more of that scent, wanting it to be a part of her own. He tipped her chin up. Their eyes met and she wanted his to be blue, wanted his true face, but this was all she could have so she would take it. 

Slowly, he lowered his lips to hers. The faintest brush of contact at first, barely there. Even so, it burned. Sweet, delicious fire spread from the delicate skin of her lips in a slow wave to the rest of her. She wanted to fall into that fire, let it consume her. Burn her down to ash and remake her into something new. 

Hayes crushed his mouth to hers. Brutal, unrelenting, full of years of pent-up desire. She answered it with her own. Every word they couldn’t say, every emotion they couldn’t act on, every wish, every want—it all poured out through the kiss. His touch licked flame across her skin even through clothing. She sank into the heat, clung to his warmth.

If this was all they could have, she would take it.