Interview and Giveaway: M.J. Scott, author of Shadow Kin

Happy Monday, gang! Hope everyone is having  a great holiday weekend! Today on the blog I’ve got the awesome M.J. Scott, author of the brandy new urban fantasy, Shadow Kin! There’s also a giveaway, so check out the deets at the end of the post!

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Please welcome M.J. to the blog!

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming book, Shadow Kin?
Shadow Kin is about a half-Fae assassin who thinks she has her world all figured out until she botches her latest assignment and stumbles across someone who sees the world – and her – very differently. I guess it’s about second chances in a way.

Was there any particular inspiration for your heroine, Lily?
Lily was one of those characters who turned up in my head fully formed and started talking. I had had in the back of my mind that I wanted to do a bad girl heroine one day but I don’t know exactly where Lily sprang from.

What do you enjoy most about the urban fantasy/romance genres?
I love urban fantasy because of the strong heroines and the freedom of the world building. You can have such fun with magic and supernatural critters. And for me, romance is about the joy of flirtation (love me some witty banter), the fun of seeing two people fight like heck to resist the craziness of love and the journey through to that happy ending.

What book is on your nightstand right now?
There’s always more than one : ) Rachel Caine’s Working Stiff, Terry Pratchett’s Jingo (re-reading) and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Ghost Ship.

If someone were to visit Australia for the first time, where would be the first place you’d take them to?
Home for a nice nap after such a long flight! But then either down to my hometown and the beaches beyond it or up into the hills around Melbourne for tea and scones.

I also read that you spent some time in London. What was your favorite thing about your time there?
For me, the best bit of spending time in London, and the UK in general, was just seeing all the places I’d read about in my favorite books over the years. I loved walking past somewhere in London on my way to work and reading that some historic figure had lived there, or wandering around Bath like an Austen heroine or seeing the ruins of a castle at Tintagel in Cornwall. Apart from being a happy book/history geek, the cider is pretty good!

If you could pack up right now and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Either back to the UK or to Tuscany. I’ve always had a vision of a long holiday in a villa in Tuscany, eating great food, drinking great wine and living the good life.

I read that you enjoy knitting, sewing, spinning, and quilting! I do too, though I had to give up spinning due to back issues (not to mention being a fiber snob, which can get expensive). What is your favorite out of the bunch (mine’s quilting), and do you have a favorite project?
I waver between sewing (mostly bags…I’m a handbag/purse fiend) and knitting. Right now, I’d have to say knitting because it’s quicker to get started and can be carted around with me. Plus I don’t have to cut things out which is my least favorite part of sewing and quilting! And my favorite things to knit are socks because I love wearing handknitted socks (I get cold easily!)

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Pitched a book to an agent? I don’t know, I don’t think I’m much of a daredevil. I did in my foolhardy youth used to ride a skateboard straight down the very steep hill in our street…and I climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London for the view even though I tend to be scared of heights.

Can you tell us something about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Hmmmm, I hate ladders (see the heights thing) to the point where I get nervous climbing a two step step ladder, I’ve ridden a cow and I used to play the oboe.

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share?
Book two (working title Blood Kin) in the Half-Light City series is being released on June 5 2012 and other than that, nothing that I can talk about just yet!

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Read my review of Shadow Kin

1. Giveaway is for one copy of Shadow Kin to one winner.
2. Giveaway is open Internationally (wherever The Book Depository ships)
3. To enter, leave a question or comment for M.J.,along with your email address.
4. Giveaway ENDS 9/14/11

About the book:
On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages…Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart…


  1. Wonderful interview! I’d love to see Tuscany too. The cover of Shadow Kin is gorgeous and I really like the concept as you’ve described it. I can’t wait to check this one out. Many thanks!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  2. Thanks for the interview! My question for M.J.Scott, how you come with the title of your book? And the name of your character?
    Thanks 🙂

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  3. gosh, i think i have become a book cover addict, love the cover!
    im have bbegun to stalk you

  4. I love the cover of the book! I’ll love to win a copy.


  5. I love how the cover features a strong female that is beautiful but with a look that says “Go ahead and mess with me and you will be sorry”. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  6. Hi everyone

    It’s the middle of the night for me but I’ll be back in the morning. But thanks for all the cover love. The fab folks at Roc did a wonderful job with my cover…I love it too.

    Ren, to quickly answer your questions….Shadow Kin is what the Fae in my world call a wraith. Lily’s name was interesting. I usually know the name going in but because she doesn’t say what her name is at first, this time I didn’t. But the Fae in my world often call female children flower names and I wanted something tough, sometimes deadly yet beautiful and kept thinking of white lilies. Which also have an interesting meaning in the language of flowers!

    All right, back to sleep for me!

  7. Love your interviews! And this book looks really interesting and I love the cover! 🙂

    bookluver1208 at gmail dot com

  8. I love the cover of his book, it is awesome. I have read many great things about this book and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. I love interviews, they connected us with the author and I really love them.
    And this book sounds really, really awesome, I wish I could win it! 😀

    And my question for M.J.Scott is: Do you want to have some special, supernatural powers?
    I know is not a super cool question, but I really like people to answer it. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I always enjoy a story featuring a bad girl heroine and Lily sounds like a great example. I’ve added Shadow Kin to my wish list and I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! The cover is awesome 🙂

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. Tuscany sounds wonderful…got any room for anyone else there…? 🙂
    Congrats on climbing St Pauls – I live in London and I’ve never climbed despite not being scared of heights! 🙂

    Book sounds wonderful – definitely count me in!


  13. Sounds like a fun read…

  14. I will be traveling to the UK soon, what is the one thing you would recommend I must not miss seeing?

  15. Ohh, I didn’t know this book but it would totally be my kind of read! And you can come to Italy (I’m italian and live in Umbria, near Tuscany) and write in my villa. I can cook if you let me have a preview of the book!

  16. I would love to read this book! I heard great things about this book from other bloggers 🙂 edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you!

  17. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  18. One day to go before the big **R**Day. I’m excited for you.

    I am at this very moment, well that’s not true I’m on the computer, knitting bed socks. It’s a weird pattern, but they always turn out well.

  19. What the heck is spinning? I love the cover sounds like a great read. Thanks

    • Spinning is the process of turning fiber into yarn via a spinning wheel:) It’s pretty fun if you like to knit and can make your own yarn!

  20. I was just in london this summer and I loved it! I was a very happy geek there too 🙂

    chelle2006 @ aol .com

  21. Thanks everyone…sorry it’s taken me awhile to get back, was having some tech issues!

    Willinda….supernatural powers….hmmmm, well I think being able to turn invisible and walk through walls like Lily would be cool. Or otherwise I’d like wizard/witch kind of Harry Potter magic where you can make all sorts of things happen!

  22. Mel S, climbing St Pauls is well worth it! It’s a great view of the city (despite the somewhat freaky teeny tiny twist staircases as you get to the top! lol)

  23. whoa! cow riding ;-D
    i’m curious, what kind of yarn do you like to use for knitting socks?
    vvb32 at

  24. Teressa, I really loved the British Museum (if you’re into museums) and also Bath was gorgeous if you’re into Jane Austen/regency stuff!

  25. Lucia, that’s a very tempting offer! One day…..

  26. Mary, yay for knitting socks. Handknitted socks rock!

    And Rhonda, yes, what Kristin said…spinning is turning raw fleece (as shorn from the sheep) or cleaned, processed fibres of all sorts into yarn via a spinning wheel or a drop spindle. I prefer the wheel because it’s quicker and I’m a bit of a spindle klutz!

  27. Michelle, London is a great city. I need to get back there!

    vvb, usually for socks you use 4ply (or fingering weight as the US folks call it) yarn. Narrow and tightly spun. And on quite small needles as you need a tight fabric so it doesn’t wear out too fast. But you can knit socks from thicker yarn if they’re more for wearing with boots or slippers. And the cow was a young bull actually. A pet of a friend. We fell off a lot.

  28. Sounds like a very interesting book. Would love to read it.


  29. Love people like me that like to have more than one book going at a time, one for work breaks, one for at home (paperback or hardcover) and one on my iPad. But I don’t think I could have my own story going on in my head, way to go for you!
    Beautiful cover art, and the book sounds just as good. Hope it does well for you, and thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com
    GFC follower Lexi

  30. Hi Lexi

    Yay for multiple book readers. Sadly I get multiple stories going in my head at once too and have to speak sternly to those who have to wait their turn : )

  31. sounds like a great book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    areeths AT new DOT rr DOT com

  32. Thanks for the giveaway!
    mictsu613 AT gmail DOT com

  33. Sounds like an awesome read!

    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com

  34. I will say that I haven’t read a lot of the previous questions so I hope this isn’t a repeat.

    So…when I read books, especially my favourites, there are always certain scenes, no matter how many times you read them that make me laugh or smile or get annoyed or blush the same way that they did when I first read them. My question is, is there any books that have that affect on you???

    Thanks for the opportunity!!! Oh, and maybe I will see you at a signing one day, I live in Australia too. (:

    Nat. (:

  35. Hi Natalia

    No, it’s not a repeat and absolutely, I have favourite books that still affect me. Two that always make me cry in the same spot are The Darkest Road (book 3 of the Fionavar Tapestry) by Guy Gavriel Kay and No Place Like Home by Barbara Samuel (which is women’s fic, not fantasy). Terry Pratchett books always make me laugh. And Sunshine by Robin McKinley I love every time I read it (which is often!).

    Nice to see a fellow Aussie here!

  36. Shadow Kin sounds like a great read and I just love the cover! Glad to have a new to me author and I will definitely be adding this one to my wishlist… thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Thanks for the interview and for this giveaway.

  38. The cover rocks!Thanks for making it international

  39. An interesting interview.

    I agree with M J that travel is wonderful. Seeing all the places you have read about and dreaming of what it would be like to have lived there etc.

    I have visited Italy a few times but never stayed in Tuscany in a villa. It would be great to spend a week or so doing that. I love the country and the food though.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Please enter me.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  40. Thank you so much for sharing with us today, I have followed this book around a bit and it looks awesome. Love the cover, love strong females who will not takes a lot of guff, I would love to read Shadow Kin. So on release day do you have anything special planned to celebrate?


  41. Shadow Kin sounds like a great book! Thanks to M.J. for her awesome answers – she’s really cool!

  42. Hi Denise

    Well, weirdly, it’s just 9am in the morning New York time on release day but it’s almost midnight here in Australia so I’ll sleep through part of my release day! But I did have a lovely dinner to celebrate with some of my good friends and tomorrow shall have to do something fun for myself!

  43. Carol, I have Italy envy! Must make some proper plans to go!

  44. Sounds like an interesting book!

    I used to play flute, piccolo and piano, and when in Jr. High, they had some of the flute players switch to oboe and bassoon. Did you start out on oboe or switch from a different instrument?

  45. Oh, and email is shauntih(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. Wow this looks like a great book! I always love seeing fellow redheads on a cover 🙂 I honestly couldn’t imagine riding a cow, but I bet that was a hilarious sight!

    Poisnivyred AT

  48. MJ Scott caught my interest when she said something about the journey in the story… I love my HEAs! So we know the ending anyway, what’s the point of reading? I say it’s the “journey” that makes the story worth reading… 🙂

    Cherry Mischievous

  49. MJ Scott caught my interest when she said something about the journey in the story…I love my HEAs! So we know the ending anyway,what’s the point of reading? I say it’s the “journey” that makes the story worth reading… 🙂

    Cherry Mischievous
    chericenter-mybookishways [at] yahoo [dot] com

  50. Shauntih, I started out with the oboe…purely because I knew someone in the school band who, when I was thinking about taking music lessons, suggested it. Had no idea what I was getting into : )

  51. I’m always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!

  52. I’m glad to hear that so many people who read this blog are knitters!! I’m working on a pair of socks as we speak!! I would love to win a copy of this book – it sounds like something I would really enjoy reading 😀 jwitt33 at live dot com

  53. Loved the interview! I bet the view from the top of St. Paul’s was breathtaking! This sounds like its going to be a spectacular read, can’t wait until I am able to get my hands on it :).

    pams00 @

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  55. Sounds like you have got to see a few nice sites. 🙂

    The book sounds like a wonderful read. I’ve found I’m really enjoying the Fae affiliated reads lately. Looking forward to this one as well. 🙂 thank you! And best of luck to you and the books.


  56. Hii. Loved the interview. I totally agree with what you said about the urban fantasy genre. I love knowing that anything could happen!
    Also, the ladders? I hate those ones where you can see between the step! It makes me feel like they might break at any minute.


  57. M.J. your book looks amazing! The cover is just wow! I have always loved books that have a kick-ass female lead and I sooo HAVE to read this book

  58. MJ the book looks amazing! Do you have any input on the cover design or does someone do that for you? I was wondering if that is the way you pictured Lily in your mind as you were writing.

  59. Strong heroines are definitely what makes urban fantasy books so appealing to me. The cover is fantastic. Cambonified [at] yahoo [dot] com

  60. Hi MJ! Thanks for the awesome interview 🙂 I love your badass chick covers!

  61. Great interview and I love the cover


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  63. This looks so good. I cant wait to get my hands on a copy.


  64. Great interview! I want to visit Tuscany so much. It must be the most beautiful city in Italy.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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