Urban Fantasy — A Deliciously Dark Discovery by Stacey Brutger, Author of Electric Storm

Stacey Brutger's Electric Storm is Available Now
Stacey Brutger, author of ELECTRIC STORM, is kicking off my 2012 Spring Into Summer Romance Book Blast. Stacey is from the “back of beyond” in Minnesota and loves it. As she puts it, “Cable would be nice, but that’s why they created satellite, right?” I asked her (as I’ll be asking all my guest bloggers) to tell us something unique about herself or her book that she hasn’t yet shared with readers. Her answer? She confided that she’s a confirmed and happy “pantser.” Stacey said:

I don’t plot. If I want to find out how my book ends, I have to sit down and write it. It makes writing both an adventure and a pain when the characters won’t do what I want. 🙂

I also have to add (because I was doing a little snooping around on Stacey’s website) that she has a bigger TBR pile than I do!! (I didn’t think that was possible!) Check it out:

Wow! Stacey could probably start her own lending library or local bookstore, huh? Book lovers, are you jealous? I know I am! 🙂

Stacey’s here to talk about how she discovered the urban fantasy genre and her new book, ELECTRIC STORM. She’s also giving away a $5.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. To enter the drawing, just comment below anytime from now until Tuesday, April 24th, at midnight EST. Details on how to contact Stacey or purchase ELECTRIC STORM are below.

Urban Fantasy, A Deliciously Dark Discovery by Stacey Brutger

Paranormal creatures have exploded in the book market in the last fifteen years. Magic, vampires, werewolves, angels and demons…you name it and people wrote about them. I devoured these books. Then I accidently stumbled on an urban fantasy in my stack of paranormal romance and fell in love.

I scoured the shelves everywhere and found the following authors (some of my favorites): Devon Monk, Marjorie Liu, Faith Hunter, Nalini Singh, JR Ward, Ilona Andrews, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Lili St. Crow, Karen Chance, Laurell K Hamilton and so many more.

There is something deliciously dark about the urban fantasy genre. It pushes the characters to their limits to survive and further if they want a chance at their happy ending. It makes them work for it. It also pushes the readers past their comfort zone but in a way that dares them to turn the pages and read more. Surely, the author couldn’t have meant to torment their characters so much!

When you pick up an urban fantasy, you are guaranteed a book that will take you to a whole new world of mystery and adventure, and if the author did their job right, a world you can almost see outside your window at night. That’s what I hoped to have achieved with my book, Electric Storm. I wanted to give the readers something different, something that would make you wonder about the possibilities of a world beyond our own. If you stumbled upon the door to that world, would you walk through it?

My character, Raven, teetered on that edge. Not quite human, not quite paranormal, she lived between worlds. What’s a writer to do, but give her a shove?

When Raven, a natural born conduit, accidentally walks in on a slave auction, she only wants a night out with her friends before her next case as a paranormal liaison with the police. Instead, she ends up in possession of a shifter and his guardian. When your touch can kill, living with two touchy-feely shifters is a disaster waiting to happen.

To make matters worse, a vicious killer is on the loose. As mutilated bodies turn up, she can’t help fear that her new acquisitions are keeping secrets from her. The strain of keeping everyone alive, not to mention catching the killer, pushes her tenuous control of her gift and her emotions to their limits. If they hope to survive, they must work together as a pack or risk becoming hunted themselves.

Stacey Brutger

And what’s an author to do but follow along and enjoy the ride? Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the post and a sneak peek into my book.

Leave a comment today and be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card. Tell me your favorite Urban Fantasy author or which paranormal character you would like (or not like) to meet and why.

Thank you to Stacey for guest blogging today! Thank you to readers and commenters. Stacey will let everyone know who won the $5.00 gift certificate at her blog. Stacey can be found online at her website and at GoodreadsELECTRIC STORM is available for purchase now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

39 thoughts on “Urban Fantasy — A Deliciously Dark Discovery by Stacey Brutger, Author of Electric Storm

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m thrilled to be launching your 2012 Spring Into Summer Romance Book Blast!

    I can’t wait to read your book when it comes out later this year!

    Good luck to all those who enter the contest!

    1. Thanks Stacey– I’m thrilled to have you here! Who doesn’t love talking about books, right? So I want to hear more about Raven. What was your inspiration for your character’s name?

  2. No kidding about Stacey starting her own lending library. I thought my pile was bad! I love urban fantasy and would like to read more of it. **sifting through the TBR pile and wishing for more hours in the day** I wish you lots of luck with your new release. I’ll add it to my Goodreads TBR list!

    1. Thanks, Brinda! I love books. I have a little problem, though. I can’t seem to stop buying them. lol

      I use to read a book or two a day. I never learned to trim my buying habit when writing took over my life.

      I really do need more time in a day just to read.

      Thanks for stopping!

  3. That is one huge library! I admit I don’t read much paranormal or any urban fantasy so I can’t answer the questions, but I’d love to meet Raven from Stacey’s book! Great interview!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

      Jill ousted me and my dirty little secret on books. No way to hide them from the hubby, that’s for sure.

      I was going to say my books will be hiding on me now in embarrassment, but really, where would they go. I live in a small house. They can never escape. Mwahaha!

    2. Hi Jennifer– Congrats on your recent Lyrical Press contract! HARD CORE sounds great. Love alpha heroes and strong, independent heroines! You seem like a busy blogger yourself (Tuesday Teasers, Inkslingers, and Romance Recipes– love it!) Good luck with everything & thanks for stopping by!

  4. Awesome interview, ladies. The book sounds awesome, Stacey. Can’t wait to check it out.

    As to your question, I think my favorite paranormal author lately has to be Shelly Laurenston. I just can’t get enough of her heroes. 🙂 Although, I’ve recently read Bound by the Mist by Lisa Kumar and Love’s Prophecy by Brenda Dyer and they are both pretty rocking stories with awesome heroes. I’m anxiously awaiting more from these authors.

    1. Oh, wow Melissa, we must be on the save wave length.
      I purchased both Brenda and Lisa’s books recently.

      I also purchased 4 Shelly Laurenston books. I wish I would’ve waited a day or two to get her new bear relase as well! I think that’s the only one I don’t have yet. lol

      Great minds think alike!

  5. I wish I could give you something insightful or witty to say. Unfortunately, when Raven came knocking, she was fully formed, determined that I write her story her way.

    She had such a strong voice I had to go back and re-write the first three chapters to third person. I kept slipping and writing first person.

    Her name does stem from her appearance, though. The tips of her dark hair have a tendency to turn a little silver when she uses her gift. Her power as a conduit seems to eat away at the coloring. Not good when you’re trying to remain inconspicuous. lol

    1. I write in first person so I can understand slipping into it without even realizing it. But here’s the weird thing– I sometimes find myself writing in third person, especially when I’m roughing out a scene or just brainstorming. Hey, whatever works, right?

      Loved hearing more about Raven and her silver-tipped locks! That’s cool that her using her power bleaches her hair coloring. What does her hairdresser have to say about that? Mine would not be happy! 😉

  6. I would like to meet Stacia Kane, author of Downside and Chess Putnam. Unfortunately she moved back to England. Really great story, very different about ghost, the church that rules the land and drugs. The next author I would love to meet is Lyn Benedict aka Lane Robins, she writes about Sylvie Lightner as PI. But she specializes in cases involving the unusual and unbelievable. Love it.

    1. Hi Mary, very intriguing author suggestions. Different, unusual, and unbelievable? They sound great! Thanks for sharing two of your favorites with us. 🙂

    2. Thanks for visiting, Mary! I recently purchased Stacia Kane’s 2nd book in the series. The bad part is her demon series is in my tbr pile, and I didn’t get to them yet.

      Thanks for the heads up on Lyn aka Lane. I’ll have to check it out!

    1. Hi Alexa– You, Stacey, and the rest of the Pantser Crowd amaze me. I’m a plotter myself, although I don’t always stick to my outline.

      Saw you loved watching the original A-Team. Me too. Did you think 2010’s remake was just as good? I did!

      Congrats on your recent HER HIGHLAND CHAMPION release! Glad you stopped by!

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Alexa!

      I’ll give props for those who plot. I tried it a couple of times and it never works. I plotted one whole book out and then lost the interest in writing the sucker. *shakes head*

      I do plot a chapter or two ahead, but that’s the extent I go.

      Congrats on your new release! Highlanders. Nummy!

  7. First, congratulations on Electric Storm. The cover makes me think it would be best to be not quite so touchy-feely around Raven.

    Second, I’ve found that hiding an enormous pile of books can only be accomplished if you have an unfinished attic that no one else generally enters. I know, sort of Bluebeard-ish, right?

    Third, my favorite urban fantasy author is likely to change in September when Dark Light of Day hits the shelves. At the moment, though, I’d have to vote for Jim Butcher for the Dresden Files. Beyond Harry Dresden himself, I doubt I could choose a single character to meet — they’re all too interesting. And for those of you looking for strong female characters, look no farther than Karrin Murphy.

    And last, I find myself somewhere between a plotter and a pantser. A general outline seems to form in my head, but I let the characters tell me how they get from A to B. I find myself impressed by those who can write without any plan as well as by those who can outline from start to finish.

    1. Hi Shamus– You are too kind! Thanks for your vote of support for DLOD. 😀

      More great reading suggestions! Jim Butcher is on my list. I’ll have to look up Karrin Murphy. You know how much I loved your other two recommendations (Robin Hobbs’ Shaman’s Crossing and Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows).

      Thanks for the comments!

    2. Thanks for the congrats, Shamus! Love the idea of hiding the tbr pile. Hilarious!

      I have a couple of Jim Butcher books, but I haven’t read them yet. I loved the tv series. They cancelled it much too early in my opinion. I really have to start reading Harry Dresden. I’ve heard only good things about him.

      I’ve never heard of Karrin Murphy. Off to google. Thanks for the heads up!

      Thanks for stopping by! Great comments!

  8. Stacey congratulations on the new book. Jill thank you so much for having her on your blog today.
    I love the TBR book. My shelfs are starting to look like that also. I’m working on the third 5 shelf book shelf.

    As for my favorite paranormal author theres too many I have. But the favorite character I would love to meet would be Mencheres from Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress series) He’s over 2000 years old and he’s beautiful with hair down to his waist. He’s from Eygpt and actually new Cleopatra. Now what stories that man could tell me and all the years of experience of love making. Mmmm, Oh excuse me, didn’t mean to say that outloud, lol.

    I look forward to reading the Electric Storm.

    Teresa K.

    1. Hi Teresa– It’s been my pleasure to have Stacey as a guest blogger. It’s been a lot of fun talking books with everyone and hearing their favorites. Jeaniene Frost is another excellent suggestion! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Monday!

    2. Oh, dang! I forgot Jeaniene Frost on my list. She writes one heck of a good series. Her first book hooked me so much, she landed on my auto buy list.

      Good luck on the bookshelves. Watch out when you turn your back, though…those books multiply when you’re not looking. Ha!

  9. Congratulations on your release, Stacey.
    LOL, OMG, your TBR pile is…scary.
    My fav U.F author at the moment–it changes all the time–is J.R Ward.
    I would love to meet any para creature. My reason is simple–we read about them and fall in love with them all the time, but to sit down and talk with one would be out of this world, lol!

    1. Thanks for stopping to chat, Brenda. I have too many books to pick a favorite author.

      As for paranormal creatures, I love writing about them, but I’m not sure I’d like to meet them. I would be very intimidated by all that maleness. lol

      I could worship from afar, though. 🙂

    1. Stacey– Thanks again for guest blogging! I had a lot of fun discussing UF books with everyone and hearing about their favorite authors and characters. I’m looking forward to learning more about Raven and her conduit abilities. She sounds intriguing!

      Maggie– Congratulations!

      To all other readers and commenters– Thanks for participating. Stayed tuned for more great bloggers!

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