Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review & Author Interview: Scrying for Summer by Katherine McIntyre

Title: Scrying for Summer
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Philadelphia Coven Chronicles (Book Two)
Publisher: Loose ID
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
SynopsisJev was looking for an adventure, however she wanted the usual variety of stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. Instead, handsome as sin Liam O'Reilly shows up on her doorstep dropping news of the worst organization of fae they'd dealt with on the rise again. Except, he's a traitor, an asshole, and the absolute last person she wants to work with. 

However, the longer they work together, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O'Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.

Author Interview with Katherine McIntyre

  • Brief introduction? In 3 sentences or less, tell me about yourself.

For zodiac lovers, I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp, but for the rest of you all, I’m a neurotic and enthusiastic book lover who’s a massage therapist by day and author by night. 

  • What genre do you write and why?

I write paranormal romance the most, because as someone who grew up bingeing on fantasy novels, it’s not a far stretch. I absolutely adore the combination of contemporary reality with magic and weird, which is the main reason I would always choose urban fantasy and paranormal romance over any genre.

  • Is writing your day job? If not, what else do you do?

I’m also a massage therapist! What I love about writing and massage is connecting with people. I’m a big mushy, gushy empathy at heart, so I adore finding out what makes people tick and bringing them all together. 

  • Any hobbies?

I turn all my hobbies into jobs, but I have cycled through a lot of them. Over the years, I’ve learned to brew beer, make soap, roast coffee, and blend teas. I also used to be really proficient with drawing, painting, and singing. If it involves being creative, chances are I’ll adore the pursuit.  

  • Do you have a favorite book or author?

The author who guarantees a fun read that will make me laugh is always, always Ilona Andrews. I adore their books. When I’m looking for the sort of stories that make my heart ache, that have such gorgeous prose it near brings me to tears, I go to Sarah J Maas or Maggie Stiefvater. 

  • Do you write one thing at a time or have multiple projects going at once?

I would normally say I write one thing at a time and simultaneously edit one, but last year and this year has me changing my tune a little bit. Last year I still only wrote one thing at a time, but I edited multiple projects at once, and this year I’m writing two things simultaneously, so we shall see how that goes. 

  • What book that you’ve read has had the biggest effect on you?

I’m always being affected by what I read, but I have to say most recently, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas inspired me in a real way. I read both books in the series incredibly fast, and they resonated on this level that encourages me to dig deeper in my own stories and to find those truths that affect you to your very core. 

  • What’s on your music playlist?

I actually make new playlists for each book. For Scrying for Summer, I listened to a really eclectic variety of music. Some of the stuff was super nostalgic 80s songs like “Boys of Summer” and “Listen to Your Heart” while others were picked for their relaxed feel, ska/reggae fusion bands like Sonic Boom Six and Knock Out. And I had to include some old industrial club songs from my goth days since the main character Jev is a club kid. 

  • What is your least favorite part of the writing and publishing process?

The querying and submission cycle. Most of the other sections have their monotonous parts mixed in with the joy of it all, but no other section tends to wear me to the bone like querying and submitting. The anxiety of waiting on a response that can make or break if your book is getting published always gets under my skin. 

  • Do you use an outline or just jump right in?

My outlines would make plotters cry. I jump right in with at most, a couple bullet points to guide the way. While some folks would swear this is blasphemy, the method works incredibly well for me. I tend to be honest and straightforward, so the subtle deception of a twist doesn’t tend to work with my personality. The way I’ve accomplished twists in my stories is by experiencing them—I roll on ahead until I realize this thing HAS to happen, or I get that brilliant moment of inspiration mid-scene and surprise myself in the process. 

  • Do you ever dream or daydream about your characters?

All the time. Less dream, per se, but definitely daydream. A lot of times scenes will come to me when I’m thinking about how they’d handle something, or the hilarious banter they’d be having. 

  • What is your next project, after this?

Rising for Autumn, book three of the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles released on February 7th, and I just submitted the final book in the series, Waking for Winter to my editor. With the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles wrapped up, I started working on a paranormal romance with shifters and a young adult space opera. Both have been a blast to write so far, and I’m hoping before the end of the year I can get another manuscript picked up.

Here’s a sneak peek into Waking for Winter:

“She set her kettle on the stove and rummaged around her tea canister for the remaining bag of black peach in there. At this hour of the night, the wintry sky grew crystal, and those stars glinted like shards of ice. She leaned against her counter, sucking in breaths at a one-two cycle as she waited for her water to boil, trying to settle her nerves in the process. Even a nice warm cuppa and a good book couldn’t banish the way those icy fingers clawed into her heart. 

A knock sounded on her door.

Adrenaline rocketed through her veins as she shot from her perch on the defensive. Nothing good arrived after midnight.”

Quick Fire Questions… And GO!
  • Favorite color? Purple or red!
  • Favorite food? Cheese—really, anything with cheese
  • Favorite dessert? Chocolate chip cookies
  • Favorite vacation spot? Ireland
  • Favorite movie? The Last Unicorn
  • Favorite song? Since I love too many songs to choose, I’ll pick my favorite song to belt out annoyingly loud: The Final Countdown.
  • Favorite season? Spring. Nothing strikes my soul like seeing the first flash of purple as a crocus blooms on fallow ground or the first warm day as the fragrant freshness of blooming life travels with the breeze.
  • Favorite show to binge watch? I have a couple: Parks and Rec, Arrested Development, and Scrubs
  • How many pets do you have? 3 cats, who are all tiny assholes in their own right.
  • What do you drive? A lime green Ford Fiesta that I adore.
  • Do you have a pet peeve? The actor Nic Cage and the word chuckle.
  • What is your biggest fear? Failure.
  • Are you a night owl or early riser? Early riser, while my husband is a night owl, which is hilariously confusing at times.
  • The beach or the mountains? Mountains—I’ve got that pale Irish skin that makes too much sun exposure miserable.

Thank you to Katherine McIntyre for sparing some time to answer my questions!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A traitor finds redemption and love...

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Liam doesn't have a lot of fans at the moment. When the safety of his mother was at stake, he had done some pretty shady things that led to some fairly deadly consequences. But when a friend needs his help, Liam knows he has to try to save him. Taking out a really bad guy in the process is a bonus.

Enter: a witch named Jev. Liam seeks out the one person he thinks might be willing to assist him and is surprised when she actually agrees. Sure, she may despise him. But he needs her quick wit and her magical abilities, not her approval.

However, the mission isn't an easy one. Evil creatures lurk at every turn and soon our pair is sent on a treasure hunt to find pieces of a missing genie lamp in order to save Liam's friend. Hordes of pixies, feral beasts, and a ruthless enemy stand in their way. It's one paranormal battle after another.

This is the second book of the series and another great read! I think I might have liked this one just a little bit more and only because the snarky banter between our couple was highly entertaining. The romance was pretty hot, too. I was caught off guard by some surprise kisses that made me smile. Liam and Jev were a good pairing of two headstrong characters with soft hearts.

The paranormal world was even more vast in this book with the addition of some new supernatural beings. There were a couple of repeat offenders, too, like the pixies. But even if I hadn't read the first book, I doubt I would have had trouble following along as the world-building isn't really all that complicated and the author does a good job of keeping us up to speed.

I found the first book to be on the wordy side and this one was, too. It's just this author's style of writing and it didn't bother me much this time around. It mostly occurred during the action scenes, in which every detail was meticulously described. But some action scenes were longer and some shorter. There was a decent balance this time around.

In closing...
There were tiny clues dropped that hint toward the next pairing for the third book. I am all for this coupling and eager to read it! 4.5 suns! 

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