I started writing the series in 2008 a few months before Twilight became a national phenomenon with the release of the first movie. Up to that point, urban fantasy, the paranormal and supernatural creatures had only been a small part of fantasy literature despite Anne Rice's 1976 success with Interview with the Vampire and the subsequent movie in 1994. The genre was rarely seen on the big screen or TV in anything except B-rated horror movies. Even Buffy and Charmed were considered "fringe" fiction. In a way, Twilight did a favor to the genre, although not everyone was enamored with sparkly vampires. In spite of that issue, Twilight brought urban fantasy into the public eye and a whole new fandom emerged.
While I watched the phenomenon, I kept working on Ari's stories, but I worried they would be finished too late, that everyone would be tired of vampires and the supernatural by the time I was ready to submit to a publisher. Fortunately for me and hundreds of other writers, the fascination with the paranormal endured, and after a long search, I found the right publisher.
I really didn't realize that was only half the battle. When Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was released in September 2012, it was largely ignored, lost among the thousands of new books by new authors. Thanks to Twitter, Goodreads and other social media, fantasy fans began to find my book, and it has a slowly growing group of loyal readers. Needless to say, I've been thrilled with that development, and I hope readers will enjoy book two just as much!
A hidden evil stalks the city...
Fire witch Ari Calin refuses to believe her human friend Eddie murdered a vampire—in spite of his confession. When a second vampire dies, Andreas, the sexy, charismatic vampire she dated and split from eight months ago, joins her in the hunt for the real killer.
But Riverdale may have a special kind of serial killer who's looking for its next vampire victim. The roles of hunter and hunted become blurred. And while Ari might feel like killing Andreas at times, she doesn't want anyone else to do it...
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Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for her urban fantasy series. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009, and Awakening the Fire, the debut novel in her Guardian Witch series, was released in September 2012. Ally still lives close to the Mighty Mississippi with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing or reading, she loves to travel in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.
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Thank you so much Ally for stopping by and sharing the excitement of your new release with us. I have been waiting for this, and cannot wait to get my copy. The first book was 5 stars FANTASTIC! You can read my review for that on goodreads. I wish you the best of luck, and wish you the best.