Kira Brady
Mar 17
2013
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Romance Novel March Madness, officially the DABWAHA or Dear Author Bitchery Award for Hella Good Authors (or something like that), is officially underway. Today was the day to fill out your brackets, in which I hope a great many of you had faith in the underdog, HEARTS OF DARKNESS, and put it to go all the way to the final round. You did, didn’t you? (Don’t forget there are awards for the worst bracket!)

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Have you missed all the hullabaloo?

Read about DABWAHA and vote here.

I’ve been a big fan of the romance review blogs Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Dear Author from the beginning of my writing career and remember fondly filling out my bracket for the very first DABWAHA. It’s awesome and humbling to have my own book up there competing against the big dogs (I’m looking at you, Nalini). The prizes have only gotten fancier, the trash talk louder, the bribes more alluring. Meljean has offered to write a short story on her blog if her book makes it to the final round. I might vote for her just so I can read it.

I’m required, of course, to be my own biggest advocate, but you probably already guessed I’m not so good at tooting my own horn. This is going to be my only plea: VOTE FOR ME!

Please?

Mar 5
2013
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A month ago I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy! He is a tiny munchkin, but is growing fast. I haven’t been online much in the past month because we’ve been doing the desperate “sleep, baby, sleep!” routine. Tiny baby, giant lungs. It’s amazing he hasn’t woken up his big sister in the middle of the night yet. She is still enjoying being a big sister and loves to give the baby kisses. She calls him, “our baby.” It’s pretty cute.

Kira and Baby

To celebrate, I’m giving away five more Hearts of Shadow ARCs on Goodreads. You have one month to enter. Hearts of Shadow, book 2 in the Deadglass Trilogy, debuts May 7th.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hearts of Shadow by Kira Brady

Hearts of Shadow

by Kira Brady

Giveaway ends April 05, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Please share the giveaway with all your friends.

HEARTS OF SHADOW

In this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman’s quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame–and unexpected desire…

Grace Mercer’s unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there’s no way she’ll allow the new regent of Seattle’s most powerful dragon shifter clan to “protect” her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets–and keep her from the freedom she’s risked everything to earn. Leif’s science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon’s sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls…or consume all in a storm of destruction.

 

 

Feb 4
2013
Cache directory "/nfs/c08/h01/mnt/126726/domains/kirabrady.com/html/wp-content/plugins/ttftitles/cache" is not writable.Gifts for readers: My new Kindle case

I’m so excited by my new kindle paperwhite case from my wonderful critique partner, Joy Adare. She knows me so well! The case is made out of an old hardback copy of Peter Pan, which was my favorite book growing up and still has much sentimental value to me. Mr. Kira finally read it last year (after 8 years of marriage), and was a bit horrified by the characters. I agree there are none to look up to. I wouldn’t want J to emulate Wendy or fall in love with Peter (the horror!). But I still like the commentary on childhood, innocence, and experience. The story is still a great one.

The case is made by Rook Case.

Jan 8
2013
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The Advance Reader Copies of Hearts of Shadow arrived! To celebrate (and celebrate Sunday’s Seahawks win over the other Washington), I’m giving away 5 copies on Goodreads. Hearts of Shadow will be available in all its hot pink glory at a book store near you on May 7, 2013. It’s the second book in the Deadglass Trilogy and the novella, HEARTS OF FIRE, Deadglass 0.5, is printed in the back.

heartsofshadowARCsIn this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman’s quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame–and unexpected desire…

Grace Mercer’s unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there’s no way she’ll allow the new regent of Seattle’s most powerful dragon shifter clan to “protect” her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets–and keep her from the freedom she’s risked everything to earn. Leif’s science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon’s sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls…or consume all in a storm of destruction.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hearts of Shadow by Kira Brady

Hearts of Shadow

by Kira Brady

Giveaway ends January 21, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Need more? There is now an excerpt from Chapter 2 up on the HEARTS OF SHADOW page.

More! More! you say.

Another teaser:

He could do this for her. He could make her forget. He could run her ragged until she didn’t remember her own name, squeeze every last drop of passion and pain from her body, leave her languid as sea kelp washed upon shore.

He wanted to.

He wanted to be the white knight that swept her off her capable feet, the man she turned to when the storm thundered.

She ground herself against him. Her hands tangled in his hair. Her teeth clamped down on his lip hard enough to draw blood. It would heal her, and she took it as her right. The darkness raged up inside him, all semblance of control thrown over for a moment as his primitive self demanded he take what was offered and drive himself into her sweet bliss.

She sucked his tongue into her mouth. He saw stars.

But his civilized part heard the sorrow behind her moans. And his civilized part felt the shaking of her limbs and tasted the desperation in her kiss. No man was a saint, him least of all, but civilization depended on man controlling his instincts. Without that fierce self-restraint he was no better than Kingu. 

Leif waited a beat for his blood to heal her wounds, and then he softly disengaged. He pressed his forehead to hers. Her heavy breathing bordered on sobs. His forearms supported her weight, while his fingers swept small, soothing circles across her back.

“It will be okay,” he whispered.

The tension slid out of her like a body giving up the ghost. She slipped her legs from around his hips to touch the ground. She fell into his embrace, and he rested his cheek on the top of her head. He held her as she cried.

Nov 12
2012
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Here it is, the cover you’ve all been waiting for: Hearts of Shadow! Book 2 in the Deadglass Trilogy is a post-apocalyptic paranormal romance with a zombie hunter heroine and a dragon shifter hero, just in case you can’t tell. The bonus novella will be Hearts of Fire (Deadglass 0.5) and will only be included in the print edition.

HEARTS OF SHADOW

The Deadglass Trilogy, Book 2

Kensington Zebra • May 7, 2013

ISBN-13: 9781420124576 • ISBN-10: 1420124579

In this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman’s quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame–and unexpected desire…

Grace Mercer’s unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there’s no way she’ll allow the new regent of Seattle’s most powerful dragon shifter clan to “protect” her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets–and keep her from the freedom she’s risked everything to earn. Leif’s science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon’s sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls…or consume all in a storm of destruction.

Nov 6
2012
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RT BookReviews has announced the nominees for best paranormal and urban fantasy novels of 2012, and Hearts of Darkness made the list! I’m overwhelmingly honored to be nominated with Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Deborah Cooke, and Stella Cameron in the Shapeshifter Romance category. Yeah, that’s four New York Times best selling authors and me.

I’m going to celebrate by reaching for a record breaking word count today. :D

Want to listen to Hearts of Darkness? Narrator Xe Sands is giving away a copy of the audiobook and Theo Chocolates on the Romance Magicians blog today. Go forth and enter. Good luck!

Nov 2
2012
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Happy November, also known as National Novel Writing Month! I’ve signed up, but haven’t had the chance to start on the new project yet. This will be my third NaNo, so as an old hat I’m going to offer some stellar advice for all you solders in the trenches this month.

Signing the contract after polishing and selling my NaNo2008 novel

First off, some inspiration: HEARTS OF DARKNESS, which garnered me an agent and a three book publishing contract, and Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of summer 2012, can trace its humble beginnings to NaNo 2008. I started the book November 1 and finished the month with 55k. The final version is 100k and has taken many different paths from that original fast draft, but that is the nature of writing. Repeat with me: The first draft is quantity. The second draft is quality. Save your perfectionism for editing in December!

Now for the tricks, I offer three software programs that I use to write.

1. WRITE OR DIE: This program is ideal for NaNo, and is free if you use the web edition. The desktop edition is $10. You enter your time or word goal into the program (for NaNo you need to average 1,667 words per day), and start writing. If you stop writing at any point, the program will start to flash red. Keep still, and a siren will start blaring. Still don’t type, the program will start deleting your precious words. This excellent program might sound terrifying at first, but you must remember that your NaNo fast draft is all about quantity over quality. Write or Die will turn off your internal editor so that you can get words on the page. You can worry about fixing those words in December. The blank page is your enemy: go forth and vanquish!

2. FREEDOM: The internet is not your friend. Promo! You might hear. Network with other writers! You might tell yourself. But the truth is that all those social media outlets are leeches on your productivity (and spirit!). You could spend your five minute break writing OR checking facebook. Which will make you happier in the long run? That’s right, writing the damn book. Freedom will give you complete freedom from the temptation of the internet. You turn it on for a specified amount of time, and it cuts you off. Sure, you could turn off your router for the same effect, except it’s pretty easy to turn your router back on oh-so-briefly to check one little thing. Next thing you know, you’ve wasted a half hour looking at lolcat pictures.

3. ANTI-SOCIAL: Maybe you need your online dictionary and thesaurus while you write (not during NaNo you don’t!). Maybe you need Pandora, so you don’t want to shut off the whole internet. Anti-social allows you to just shut off the social parts of the internet, like facebook, twitter, gmail, flickr, and goodreads. I use this a lot.

Armed with your procrastination fighting tools, go forth and discover your destiny, dear writers. I wish you many fruitful pages.

Are you NaNoing? What are you working on? What are your biggest hurdles to writing?

Oct 26
2012
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I will be signing Hearts of Darkness at the 2012 Emerald City Writers Conference book fair with a host of awesome local authors. If you’re in the Seattle area, please stop by the Bellevue Westin from 4:30-6 on Saturday, October 26th. I’ll have the Deadglass map by artist Teresa Grasseschi if you’d like to take a closer look at alternate Seattle. I also have chocolate. Please stop by and say hi!

Oct 23
2012
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Exciting news: the audiobook of Hearts of Darkness released yesterday! You can now buy the mp3 CD from Amazon and Blackstone Audio and the mp3 download from Audible. Will it be available as an mp3 download or from audible or from X retailer? I don’t know, but I hope so. Yes! Why did they change the cover? I don’t know, but I think it looks good. Who is the narrator? I can answer this one! The fabulous Xe Sands, who narrated Jacquelyn Frank’s Nightwalker books and is also local to Seattle. She knows Ballard and has toured the chocolate factory that was the inspiration for Loki Chocolates! What does she sound like? You can hear a sneak peek on the Blackstone Audio page for Hearts of Darkness.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

To celebrate the release of the audiobook, I’m giving away one copy of the mp3 CD OR the audible download to one lucky commenter. Hearts of Darkness makes a great Halloween story–Ghosts and Werewolves and Chocolate, OH MY!–and Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays. (I like the costumes.)

To enter, please tell me: What literary character do you think would make an awesome Halloween costume? What would you wear for it? 

I’m going as the fish from the Cat in the Hat. Yes, I have a toddler. She wants to be Sally, from aforementioned book. Hubby is going to be the Cat.

Fine print: Contest open until Friday, October 26th, midnight PST. Winner will be chosen by random.org. Void where prohibited. Sorry, contest only open to US entries. 

Please help me spread the word!

 

 

Oct 8
2012
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Narrator Xe Sands has released a sneak peek of the upcoming Hearts of Darkness audiobook, which will be available from Blackstone Audio on October 22, 2012. Sands has snippets from two scenes and called it “Evolution of an Alpha Hero.” You can see a glimpse of how Hart goes from asshole to awesome.

Check out the audio sneak peek here.

Preorder it on Amazon here. 

Buy it from Blackstone Audio here.