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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Interviewing urban fantasy author Kenya Wright about her book Fire Baptized

Please join me in welcoming Kenya Wright. I've had the pleasure of asking her some probing questions about her great new urban fantasy release, Fire Baptized. CONTEST ALERT: See end of post!
Your heroine, Lanore, stumbles upon a murder in progress and catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Humans have branded supernaturals according to their abilities. What category or brand does the killer belong to?

Oh, I would love to answer that question but the killer’s brand is a major clue and is discovered toward the middle of the book. The Fire Baptized’s main plotline is a mystery so I would definitely be spoiling the story for many if I answered this.

I can tell you that the heroine’s forehead brand is a silver X that identifies her as a Mixbreed, which means her parents were from different supernatural species.

The killer is a pureblood. Therefore the person would fall under many of the species that exist in the supernatural caged city. A full moon is for Vampires. A crescent moon is for Shapeshifters. Wings are for Fairies. Witches have brands that are relative to the type of elemental magic that they use which is earth, air, water, and fire.

Lanore uses her ability to create fire only during emergencies. Does she try to stop the murder with her fire?

Yes. Lanore does try to stop the murder. However, the murder occurs in an alley during a tropical storm (which is pretty typical for Miami.... tropical storms not murders in alleys).
She attempts to create fire, but the flames fade away. Fire is created when flammable liquid and oxygen are exposed to heat. Lanore’s pores naturally release heat and flammable pyrobem oil. During the murder, her skin is covered in water, depriving her fire of the oxygen and heat it needs for combustion. So she is unable to save the girl from being murdered.

After witnessing the murder, Lanore finds dead bodies in her apartment. Are these bodies of people she knew? Or is that action meant as a threat to her?

Yes. Sadly, the dead bodies are of people she knew. Additionally, the killer leaves these bodies in her apartment in specific poses and with items around the corpses.

Yes. The killer’s actions are meant to serve as a threat for Lanore to stop searching for the murderer’s identity.

Lanore enlists help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, to accompany her into the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. What is she searching for there?  Why did she choose her ex-boyfriend to help her? Why was the new friend selected to join them?

Lanore is searching for the killer’s identity so that she can eventually kill this person herself. Initially, she just wants to make sure this person doesn’t murder her. Later, she knows that if this person isn’t stopped then many innocent supernaturals will die.

Her ex-boyfriend is MeShack. Lanore and MeShack lived together since they were nine years old. Their parents were drug buddies and would put MeShack and Lanore in front of the television with candy as they went out to buy drugs and get high. As the years continued, their parents’ drug addiction worsened. Lanore and MeShack raised themselves. Once they turned teenagers, they fell in love. So although they broke up, they continue to live together because they don’t know how to live without the other. 

MeShack helps Lanore with his knowledge of the Santeria religion which may or may not be connected with the serial killings.

Zulu is Lanore’s mysterious new friend and a Mixbreed like her. He created an organization called Mixbreeds For Equality also known as MFE. It’s a group that works to stop discrimination against Mixbreeds.

Zulu offers his help to Lanore because he believes she is significant to MFE. However, Zulu definitely has strong feelings for her and desperately wants Lanore to be safe as she searches for the killer.
Fire Baptized
By Kenya Wright

Since the 1970’s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.

Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.   

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

Kindle    Paperback

About the Author:

Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sung the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.

However, writing has been the only constant love in her life.

So here we are Kenya is publishing her first book, Fire Baptized, the urban fantasy novel she always wanted to read. This novel is the first book in a series.

Will she succeed? Of course.

For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.

Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.

CONTEST: For one random commenter, Kenya is giving away winner’s choice of an ebook or signed print copy of Fire Baptized. Print copies open to US Shipping. As the hostess, if this post has the most comments on the Fire Baptized tour, I will receive a $20 Amazon Gift card, so please leave comments!
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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.


Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) said...

Wow, this sounds amazing. What a cover! Really leaves an impact. I love the story, sounds very scary and unique. Very intense. I love the trailer. I am dying to read this. What a great concept. Awesome interview, very informative and makes me want to read the book more. Thank you guys so much for sharing.

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