Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Wicked Misery (Tracey Martin)

It s all quasi-legal fun until somebody gets framed for murder.
Jessica Moore thrives on misery. Literally. Thanks to a goblin s curse, she gets a magical high from humanity s suffering. A shameful talent like that could bury a girl in guilt, so to atone, she uses her dark power to hunt murderers, rapists and other scumbags until one of them frames her for his crimes.
In desperation, Jessica seeks refuge with the one person she trusts to not turn her in a satyr named Lucen. Like every member of his race, Lucen uses his lusty magic to control Boston s human population, and Jessica isn t immune to his power. But the murder victims belonged to a rival race, and when they discover Lucen is harboring Jessica, dodging the cops becomes the least of her problems.
With only five days to find the real killer, Jessica faces a danger far more serious than the brewing magical war. The danger of succumbing to Lucen s molten seduction.
Warning: Contains a heroine with a lust for misery, creepy murders, and creepier goblins, satyrs so hot you'd sell your soul for one, and scaly sewer rats masquerading as dragons. Who said magic was all sparkles and tiaras?


Earning a doctorate in psychology convinced Tracey Martin that imaginary people were way more fun than real ones. Plus, they make better minions. From this revelation an obsession was born, and she’s been writing stories of kick-ass girls and women (and the guys who deserve them) ever since.

She loves fantasy and SF, likes her music epic, and prefers her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but she’s vowed to escape one day. Until then, writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I was having a bad day, or maybe it was a bad month, and I got the idea in my head to create a character whose unhappiness actually made her feel good. Because that would have been so useful at the time!

 Who is your favorite character in the book?
Not counting Jess, I’ll go with my villain. He’s so creepy and has so many issues, which made him very fun to write.

Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. I actually had such a hard time coming up with a title before finding something I thought was perfect. And then my publisher changed it. Naturally!

 What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There's one scene about mid-way through in which lots of fighting takes place amid a neighborhood on fire. It was very challenging to write because there's so much going on, and I find writing action and fight scenes difficult. But I'm happy with the way it came out.

 Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Probably that I need to pace myself and not cram every shiny plot bunny that's frolicking in my head into one book.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the way the cover artist did the title with the fire and my villain in shadow.

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?
I can’t wait to read Rebel Spring, the sequel to Falling Kingdoms, which is coming out in December.

 What was your favorite book in 2012?
I’m awful at choosing favorites, and I’m always so behind in my reading because there are too many interesting books. I’ll go with Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes since when I put it down I had that immediate need to read the sequel, and Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill since I’ve finally gotten around to starting her series.

What’s up next for you?
My YA debut, Another Little Piece of My Heart, comes out in December from Harlequin Teen. And meanwhile, I’m working on and waiting to hear about the sequel to Wicked Misery.

Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thanks for having me here!

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