Guest Post and Giveaway: Tiffany Allee, author of Banshee Charmer

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…

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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.
Keep up with Tiffany: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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  1. if its high fantasy made up places other than that it does bother me

  2. I prefer an author to set their books in real cities or towns so that I might have an easier time picturing it but if they can construct their own city or town that makes sense then that is okay too.

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  3. I had the pleasure of reading this a few days ago, it was amazing. Definitely took me back to the very first time I read Anita Blake, great characters and mystery. Really well done. I am with Kristen, I prefer the setting in real cities or real cities with a twist like in the Kate Daniels series. It is set in Atlanta which I am familiar with, but a dystopian feel. I love it when the books are set in big cities, there is a lot more to explore and picture in your mind. Not entering the giveaway, I already have the book. But this is a great giveaway and post, thank you guys so much 🙂

  4. I like pretty much any settings from fictional North American towns to those set in old-world countries. I find with contemporary I like places that I’m familiar with or if it’s fictional I place I can compare to a real one. With paranormal I like stories set in European countries.

  5. I like all of the options. To me setting isn’t always to terribly important as long as it correlates well with the story. It could be made up or a small city out in nowhere USA… it’s all good.

  6. I like when the author makes up places. It makes it very interesting and I can use my imagination. It takes me away from the real world. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I like the made up places!! 😀

  8. I’m really good with either. I have favorites set in real cities and ones in made up cities. Really had never thought about it before.

  9. Hi
    It really does not make a difference if the town exists or not for me, what I care most about is character’s development.

  10. Chelsea Hornbacher

    I like it both ways, though if it is made up, it has to be believable!

  11. I really like reading books that take place in my town (or real towns) but I also like new and exciting towns or worlds, just to shake it up once in a while.

  12. I like real towns but add a twist. Secret underground cites or hidden doors.

  13. I don’t mind either way-no preference, it depends on the story really. I’ve read many that were set in New Orleans and NYC. I like seeing other locales mixed in. And I don’t mind a made up world at all-it often gives the writer greater freedom.

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  15. I actually like both. I like when the book has both the real and the made up world. I do think though the author has to work harder with the made up world. They have to describe in more details so we the reader can see what they see. Thanks for the chance to read a great sounding book.

  16. Thank you all for the fabulous responses, and good luck with the giveaway!

  17. I like the made up places because it takes me somewhere that I cant actually go.

    Rachel V

  18. Sounds awesome. Thank you for the giveaway.


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