Cover Shot! Story’s End by Marissa Burt

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I loved Storybound by Marissa Burt.  It is one of the best books I’ve read this year, so I am all aflutter with anticipation to get my hands on Story’s End, the next book in the series. I love the cover for this one!

In stores 2013.

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Interview with Luna Lindsey, Author of Emerald City Dreamer

Luna Lindsey is the author of Emerald City Dreamer, a new urban fantasy with faeries and faerie hunters.  Luna dropped by the virtual offices for a chat about her book.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Luna Lindsey] I am a dreamer, writer, mother, geek, polyamorous, free thinker, video gamer,feminist, and political puzzler, living in the Seattle area.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Emerald City Dreamer?

[Luna Lindsey] Emerald City Dreamer is a novel about faerie hunters and the faeries who love them. It is about two friends fighting for the same cause who end up fighting each other.  It is about dreamers and trolls and korrigans and elves.  But mostly, it is about doing the right thing when you don’t know what the right thing is.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Luna Lindsey] Some of the story grew out of the prequel, Make Willing the Prey, a horror novella that stands on its own.  It is the backstory that provided a framework for  Jina and Sandy’s life.  The other characters just came to me as I worked out the plot.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Jina?

[Luna Lindsey] Flighty.  Musical.  Passionate.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Sandy would never have in her pocket?

[Luna Lindsey] Lipstick.  An iPod.  Ski lift tickets.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is Jett’s single most prized possession?

[Luna Lindsey] The statue of her mother, Flidais, in the secret cavern below her house.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Luna Lindsey] The authors I read when I was young still hold great power over me.  They are my inspiration: Isaac Asimov, MadeleineL’Engle, Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert, and Orson Scott Card.  I am also influenced by folklore, popculture, the internet, music, and politics. Music is the insidious one.  I often don’t think to credit it, until I pay close attention to some song I’ve listened to a lot.  The parallels will suddenly jump out in my writing, all on their own.  Metric’s “Sick Muse” is a recent example of that – Jina could easily be singing that song on stage in Emerald City Dreamer, but I didn’t realize it until after the novel was complete.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Luna Lindsey] Flavored loose-leaf hot tea. Candles.  Music, preferably without distracting lyrics.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Luna Lindsey] Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  It was funny, uplifting, smart, and super geeky.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Luna Lindsey] A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Luna Lindsey] These days, mostly video games and spending time with my family.  And a little hiking and travel.  And way, way too much Twitter.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Luna Lindsey] I’m on Twitter constantly.  (Did I mention Twitter?)  Other sites:

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Thank you, Julie, for hosting this interview. :)  And thanks to your readers for their time.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!!

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Jina and Sandy survived the unthinkable. Now they’ve set up a secret Order in Seattle to fight the impossible – fairytale creatures born of human nightmares and nourished on dreams. Their tools: iron, lore, science, glamour, and support groups. As beginners, without access to the ancient societies of faerie hunters, they must rediscover how to protect themselves. And in order to fight the fiends of the world, Sandy must take control her inner ghosts.

As a dreamer in a rock band, Jina unknowingly feeds the fae and attracts unseen enemies at every turn. Now, they’re finally on the tail of at least one dark monster bent on evil. She is a dreamer, so she must follow her heart – but which way does it lead?

Jett is an elf who only wants to protect her hodge-podge clan of faeries from the encroaching world of science and religion – which have systematically slaughtered her kind and the beliefs that gave birth to her people. True dreamers are rare beings, and when she finds them, she does everything she can to protect them and claim them as her own.
Ezra is a teenager who never feels comfortable in his own skin. Most people like him well enough, but when he looks in the mirror, he sees a demon. He has been taken in by the Garbage Eaters, who expect obedience and purity. Before long, he suffers a crisis of faith that may lead him into real danger.

Delve into this deeply developed, internally consistent world of the fae, and meet beings who are simultaneously alien, elegant, and terrifying, fueled by dreams and the creative energy of artists.  Glimpse the secret world of Tir Nan Og through the eyes of fully fledged four-dimensional characters living in a Seattle that is just a bit weirder than you think.
This is a  story with psychological depth, a page-turner with unexpected twists and turns.