Courtesy of Entangled Publishing, today I’m turning the blog over to Tiffany Allee, author of Banshee Charmer! Tiffany was kind enough to post about setting the scene in her books, and there’s also a copy of Banshee Charmer up for grabs, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post!
Please welcome Tiffany to the blog!
Setting the Scene in Chicago by Tiffany Allee
There are a lot of places contemporary novels can be set. I’ve read wonderful stories set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, and just about every other major city out there, as well as many smaller cities and town. I recently read a wonderful urban fantasy set in Anchorage—very unusual and interesting. Where a writer decides to set his or her story can have a huge impact, not just on the descriptions, but also on the boundaries of the story itself.
Chicago is hardly an unusual setting for urban fantasy and paranormal romance stories, but I decided to set Banshee Charmer and the rest of my Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series there for a couple of reasons. First, until recently I lived there and had a chance to experience the vibe. Chicago has a feel to it that is very different from any other city I’ve ever lived in. The city itself has a pulse that makes it feel like just the place where murder, mystery, and magic are almost believable.
Second, the Chicago area has many settings within a setting, so to speak. The city is very different from the close suburbs. The close burbs are different from those a bit farther out. Characters can go from an urban to a suburban setting easily, from an upscale neighborhood to one where even cops fear to tread quickly. You can find buildings that are quite old sitting right next to brand new high-rises.
Where do you like to see your stories set? Do you prefer real cities or towns, or do you like it when the author makes up a location?
About Banshee Charmer:
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworld Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…
About the author:
Tiffany Allee currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver, and is happily married to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, ass-kicking heroines, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books, of course). Her nights are reserved for writing and bothering her husband and cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate,travel, wine, and family.
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2. Giveaway is for 1 ecopy of Banshee Charmer to 1 winner.
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7. E-Book kindly provided by Entangled Publishing.