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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Interviewing author JD Brown about her new urban fantasy release Dark Heirloom

It's a wonderful treat to have my dear friend J.D. Brown here today.  I've asked her many interesting questions about her new urban fantasy release, Dark Heirloom. The book takes a fascinating twist on vampires. She gave great answers, so please join me in welcoming her.

Your heroine, Ema Marx, has no idea how she became a vampire. At the orders of his father, Jalmari, a vampire clan leader, brings Ema to their castle in Finland. The vampires there expect her to have answers. What do they expect her to know? What questions do they have that she might be able to answer?

They expect Ema to know how she became a vampire. Since Ema was human all her life, the only way she could become a vampire is if she was bitten, but biting a human is against the law, especially when that human happens to be of Romani decent. Jalmari demands to know who’s responsible so they can be arrested, but Ema has no idea because she actually wasn’t bitten by anyone.

Why does Jalmari’s father want Ema in their castle?

He wants to keep an eye on her. He suspects he know exactly who and what Ema really is. And that’s all I’ll say about that. J

According to Jalmari, Ema’s presence in the castle seems to trigger a series of events as if she is a catalyst. How is his leadership suddenly threatened?

There was a two-thousand year old premonition concerning Ema. Because of Jalmari’s current circumstances with his father, if the premonition comes true it will mean certain death for both of them. Jalmari also believes that even if he somehow doesn’t die from this, he’s sure to be caught for the secret he’s been hiding and will be stripped of his title by the Council. He feels he’s caught in a situation where he can’t win no matter what.

That explains why Jalmari seeks to kill Ema. How does the knowledge that she can also be the clan’s only savior aid her? Who comes to her defense? How is the clan in danger?

Jalmari’s father is a threat to the clan but no one knows it yet. Jalmari’s younger brother, Jesu, has been charged with the duty of protecting Ema and keeping her alive until the premonition comes to fruition. The only problem is Jesu falls hard for Ema and this causes him to not always make the best choices. He’s also torn between her and his brother.

Interesting twists in the plot! This is labeled urban fantasy. What urban setting is used? Does the action travel back and forth between that urban locale and northern Finland?

The majority of the story takes place in modern-day northern Finland. There are a couple scenes that take place in Helsinki (Finland’s capitol). Book 2 gets more urban as Ema and Jesu travel to Berlin, Germany.

Can we expect a sequel or more following Dark Heirloom? If so, will the books be sequential?

Yes, this will be a series. I’m actually almost done writing the sequel, Dark Liaison. I do recommend that the books be read in order. There are a lot of details about the vampire world, their laws and history, that all come into play.

Thank you so much for having me, Marsha. I always adore your blog and am honored to be a part of it. J

Title:  Dark Heirloom
Author:  J.D. Brown

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Book Blurb: 

Youre a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why shes able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. Its their fault she turned into one of them…right?

Jalmaris hatred for his old-man intensifies when hes ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run; theres no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst, Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clans only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe shell get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…

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About the Author: 

J.D. Brown graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, her writing is influenced by the multicultural urban society of her youth which she continues to visit each summer. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghosts. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping and promoting her fellow writers and leads an active life on the web. She also writes erotic romance for the MuseItHOT division under the pen name Danielle Ravencraft.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. The first of her epic fantasy romance series, ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS, is now available--SEEKING A SCRIBE. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


J. D. Brown said...

Marsha, thanks so much for having me and I hope you and you're family are having a lovely Easter.

I'll be spending time with my family today but I'll make sure to sneak away and check in here for any comments or questions from the readers. Can I offer you a deviled egg? Their my favorite. :)

Readers, don't be shy. I'm happy to meet you and answer questions.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks, JD. It is a lovely day here in Tampa. And I'd love a deviled egg. Yum!

Emailman said...

Your book sounds totally awesome, Jennifer :) This was a great interview. I wish you all the success in the world! I know how hard you've worked for this.

J. D. Brown said...

Awww, Kurt, thanks so much! :)

Wishing you success with yours too!

Charlene A. Wilson said...

I'll have a deviled egg, JD. :) I wanted to comment really quick before my family got here. Have to support my favorite Urban Fantasy author!

Question--I know how bad Jalmari's and Jesu's father is. How in the world does Jesu plan to protect Ema. What powers do they have that they could use against him? Do they all have the same powers? it was a few questions. ;)


J. D. Brown said...

Hi Charlene,

Excellent questions. My vampires have supernatural abilities. Jesu specifically has the ability to manipulate the four natural elements (earth, air, water, and fire). Other vampires have different powers that they inherit from their sire. Ema has quite a few powers herself.

Jesu's father is much stronger then they are though because he's a first generation vampyre. You'll see what that means exactly when you read the book. *wink* I can't say how they will beat him because I don't want to ruin the story for anyone but I will leave with this nugget to think about: Jesu's command is only to keep Ema he goes about achieving that goal is open to interpretation. Because he's also in love with her, his emotions tend to make things a little more complicated. :)

jenny milchman said...

Nice interview. Northern Finland sounds like quite a setting!

J. D. Brown said...

Thank you, Jenny Milchman. It's certainly a different setting. I enjoyed writing about Finland. It's a very beautiful country.