....where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and
love redeems even the darkest heart.
Hearts of Darkness
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…
Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.
More about author, Kira BradyA native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest and drying out by the fire with a good book and a mug of something hot. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her real life Prince Charming and promptly dragged him back to sunless Seattle. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school. Now she writes about the twisted cities of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart. When not writing, she can be found drinking inordinately large mugs of Assam tea, knitting wool socks, and raising a wee heroine-in-training. Her website is kirabrady.com.
Jillian: What’s the first book you remember reading? Kira: The Disney picture book of Peter Pan, which I had memorized before I turned three. My poor parents were forced to reread that book every night for years. I also listened to the Broadway Peter Pan every night before bed, and eventually graduated to the full length Barrie novel Peter and Wendy. I have a collection of Peter Pan editions. For our first anniversary, the paper anniversary, my husband surprised me with a first edition. Can I say Prince Charming?
Jillian: Describe your favorite kind of hero to read/write?
Kira: Both to read and write, I love a gruff hero with a hidden heart of gold. Perhaps it's that thrill of taming the bad boy or the satisfaction of a long, hard chase. But no matter how bad-ass, antisocial, or sarcastic he is, my favorite heroes all melt for the woman who steals their heart. I think I watched too many reruns of Star Wars and Indiana Jones as a kid, because Harrison Ford always comes to mind. Both Han Solo and Indy are rough around the edges, but their heroines are their kryptonite.
Jillian: What was the first story you remember writing?
Kira: In third grade I started writing a story in a "Cheaper by the Dozen" vein about a large family that goes to Disneyland and has humorous misadventures. The family consisted of myself, my little brother, our two cousins, and my best friend and her two little sisters, all under the parentage of my own dear beleaguered parents. I even drew diagrams of our fantasy house. I always wanted a large family, and I'd never been to Disneyland. I still have it somewhere.
Jillian: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Kira: Sven Norgard, the Drekar Regent and all around baddie of Hearts of Darkness. Why ask the villain to dinner? Because he'd be a delightful dinner guests. He could charm the panties off a nun, and I always like dining with someone who can carry the conversation no matter how shy the other guests. He would be fascinating to talk to and could tell stories of his centuries of travel. Plus, he might bring chocolate.
Jillian: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Kira: Tea please, even though I live in Seattle. I usually take it black, unless I'm out to a fancy Afternoon Tea. If I'm dining like the English, I take it with cream and sugar with a side of scones and Devonshire cream. There is no other way!
Jillian: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Most?
Kira: The 1940s! The fashions were fun, flirty, and feminine. I love the bold prints and the styles that complemented a real hourglass figure. The hairstyles, while time consuming, were so creative. Someday I want to learn how to do a real victory roll. I also like the Victorian fashions to look at, but they didn't let a woman breath or move.
Kira has a question for readers:
Who is your favorite mythic or Disney hero? (Having just returned from Disneyland, I have Disney on the brain! Mine are Prince Phillip (Sleeping Beauty) and Shang (Mulan) I have a copy of Hearts of Darkness to giveaway to a commenter selected at random.
***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.