Stuff in the ‘Urban Fantasy’ Category

22 May, 2018

FREYJA’S DAUGHTER (Wild Women #1) by Rachel Pudelek

“Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek’s debut is not to be missed!” ~New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women—huldras, mermaids, succubi, rusalki and harpies—in check.

All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.

Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer Marcus Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most—exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.

Rachel Pudelek is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women’s history and women’s advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction, concentrating on birthing books rather than babies. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, book #1 in the Wild Women series to be published by City Owl Press, came about while researching how women in folklore have devolved from powerful to weak due to political/and or religious changes in history. Through her stories, Rachel hopes to help women reclaim their powerful folklore and see themselves in the archetypes it produces.

When she’s not writing, Rachel works in circulation services at a public library. She also enjoys hiking, wine tasting, attempting to grow her own food, and reading. She lives near Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two well-fed guinea pigs. FREYJA’S DAUGHTER is her debut novel.

Keep up with Rachel and her Wild Women at her website.

You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.


18 May, 2018

LILLITH’S CHILDREN and ISHTHAR’S LEGACY by Rachel Pudelek

The next two books in the fierce-feminist urban fantasy WILD WOMEN trilogy, LILLITH’S CHILDREN and ISHTAR’S LEGACY pick up where the FREYJA’S DAUGHTER leaves off. Readers will follow Faline’s tale as she continues to rally and re-empower the Wild Women groups in order to take down the Hunter patriarchy once and for all! (City Owl Press, Spring 2019, World)


16 April, 2018

Pudelek

Rachel Pudelek is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women’s history and women’s advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, book #1 in the Wild Women series to be published by City Owl Press, came about while researching ancient goddess-worshiping cultures. Rachel noticed how mythology about goddesses and folkloric female shifted from a place of strength and power to a place of subservience and wickedness as women became more oppressed due to political/and or religious changes.

She discovered Norse tales about the huldra, women who were said to have bark patches on their backs and live amongst the trees as powerful protectors of the forest. The folklore surrounding the huldra had changed over the years turning them into evil forest women who seduced men and could only be saved by marrying a man. Rachel saw an opportunity to create a similar story about folkloric women who used to be wild and free and powerful, who were told lies about their very existence, that their wildness must be contained due to its evil and uncontrollable nature. Until one huldra stumbles upon the truth when her own containment cracks open and her wildness flows freely.

When she’s not writing, Rachel enjoys hiking, attempting to grow her own food, or reading. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two well-fed guinea pigs. FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, the first book in the WILD WOMEN series, is her debut novel publishing from City Owls Press.

Learn more about Rachel and her Wild Women series at her website.

 You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


24 July, 2017

FREYJA’S DAUGHTER by Rachel Pudelek

Launching a new fierce-feminist fantasy series, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER introduces us to Faline Fry, a bounty hunter and member of the Washington huldra coterie, who must unite the succubae, harpies, mermaids, and rusalki to rescue her sister and escape the clutches of the Hunters, the mysterious men who have been controlling the wild women for centuries. (City Owl Press, World, 2018).


12 November, 2012

I Believe in NaNoWriMo

A Guest Post from Melissa F. Olson, whose debut DEAD SPOTS was just published by 47North

For thirteen years now, a small non-profit organization based out of SanFranscisco has transformed the otherwise boring month of November into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), which is, as they put it, “thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” The idea is very simple: first, sign up online. Then, over the course of the month, write 50,000 words. If you make it to 50,000, you “win.” If you don’t make it, you’ve likely still managed to jump-start your writing ambitions with the support of the NaNo organization, which has grown from 140 participants the first year, to over a quarter of a million last year.

That’s it. There’s no hidden agenda, no contests or prizes, no fees. This is simply a program for anyone who has wanted to write a novel, but needed a kick in the pants. And that’s what I love about the whole enterprise: it’s for everybody. You might be a professional author, with a long list of bestsellers under your belt, or a lowly office assistant who had this idea a few years back and never got around to making notes. NaNo is all about people from all walks of life saying, “Yes. I’m doing this. I’m writing a novel, and here it goes.” All are welcome.

It’s such a refreshing attitude for the writing profession, which is probably the first or second most intimidating career plan in the world (along with acting). It can be so difficult to get yourself published, especially in these changing times. Professional writing has long had the stink of elitism all around it, an oppressive sense of failure that can push you down before you’ve even begun. NaNoWriMo is all about throwing those anxieties aside and embracing the fun, crazy parts of writing: not just the joy of creating a story, but also the caffeine overdoses, the sore typing fingers, the giddy sense of accomplishment when a scene comes together, the way a certain line of dialogue can seem so hysterically funny at three in the morning.  Not to mention the sense of community: you’re working with a whole online group, of course, but many cities now have NaNoWriMo get-togethers, giving novelists the chance to hang out with maybe the only people in the world who understand their desire to write.

As much as I love NaNoWriMo, however, I myself am not a NaNoWriMo winner. A couple-three years ago, I signed up for my first NaNoWriMo, and ended up a NaNo loser. I think I made it to something like 30,000 words, far short of the 50,000-word goal. I didn’t just walk away from what I’d written, though – I kept going. After all, how could I abandon a project that had occupied my thoughts for a full month? And those 30,000 words grew to eventually become DEAD SPOTS, my first novel, which was just published last week. DEAD SPOTS took a total of eight months to finish, and eventually weighed in right around 90,000 words. Now, math has never been a friend of mine, but I believe that means I wrote about a third of the book in about an eighth of the time, thanks to NaNoWriMo. And if that’s being a loser, well, you can sign me up to lose every year.

Check out Melissa’s website at www.melissafolson.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.


5 November, 2012

DEAD SPOTS, Melissa F. Olson

This striking debut novel introduces a most unusual detective.  Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.