A Novel of the Earth Witches
Vicious Moon is the story of Nyx Ianira, an earth witch and former soldier turned mercenary guard. Nyx goes to Barrows section of Duivel, Missouri to find her missing sister, Marisol. In the Barrows, she meets her match in Etienne, a man with a past even more complex than her own. She also finds that it will require all her mercenary and magical skills to survive.
Vicious Moon follows Viper Moon (2011) and Vengeance Moon (2012) in telling the tale of the earth witches and their companions as they fight evil.
The best thing about Urban Fantasy is world building. I love the quirky characters and creating a magical place where ideas and relationships can be explored in settings that are limited only by the author’s imagination.
Take a scene set in a bar. In a regular contemporary novel, characters often fit standard archetypes. You have the alcoholic regular, the smarmy Romeo looking for a one night stand, or the business man trying to relieve workday stress before he goes home. Throw in a couple of working ladies looking for cash, and you have potential for a great, interesting scene. As a dedicated book lover, I’ve read many of them.
But wait a minute. Do those working ladies have eyes with slit pupils instead of round? And the smarmy Romeo, did I see sharp, pointed canines when he smiled? Oh, did the alcoholic regular’s beer come out of a cauldron instead of a keg? Why does the bartender refer to potions instead of cocktails? Those are the quirky twists I look for in a story.
The Earth Witches series is set in the world of the Barrows section of Duivel, Missouri. For the most part, the Barrows appears to be a place stuck in a classic example of urban blight. On the darker side, you have the XXX bars, ladies of the night pacing the sidewalks, and violent street gangs. On the lighter side, there are a few honest shop owners and working people trying to get by. Both of those types, light and dark, good and bad, are very human.
The Barrows’ centerpiece is a few square miles of deserted residential and commercial ruins. All manner of human,almost human, and definitely not human, characters can thrive in the wreckage. And then there’s the Zombie Zone.
The Zombie is a portal to other worlds that occasionally allows some really odd visitors to enter. Most important of the visitors is Aiakós, a magnificent being who is evil to the core. The Barrows is his prison and he’s willing to sacrifice anything to escape into the regular world—our real world.
The heroes and heroines of the series are witches, ordinary humans, and a couple of never have been humans. The Barrows is the home, workplace and playground of protagonist and antagonist alike. It is a world this writer built to draw out strengths and painfully highlight weaknesses. All readers are invited to take a vacation in the Barrows, and see the sights.