I’m excited to host my part of the Gunmetal Magic Blog Tour!!! This tour is in celebration of the release of the highly anticipated Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews Publishing by ACE Fantasy for Penguin on July 31, 2012. When I first met Kate & Curran in Magic Bites I became a bit obsessed with them, but now after reading Gunmetal Magic, I’ve Andrea & Raphael to my obsession list as well. If you have yet to read this series I suggest you do before you are seriously missing out on sexy Urban Fantasy.
Please click the Gunmetal Magic cover below to read my 5 star review! It was incredible.
Gordon and Ilona has spoiled us tremendously by sharing their Five top Kate Daniels moments with us, and I’m excited to share one of their favorites with all of you exclusively!
Top Five Moments of Kate Daniels Series
The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.
It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.
Every author has favorite moments in their series. Gordon and I have many. We’re easily bored, so we try to make each other laugh or go “Oooooh” at least once per scene. The idea is to cram as much gratuitous coolness into every chapter as humanly possible.
Sometimes we come up with awesome moments, and sometimes it’s kind of wince-inducing. We both had times when we’d ask each other, “Hey, this is what I’ve got. I need something funny here.” Sometimes the response is great and sometimes we just end up rolling our eyes and scrapping the dialogue.
With that in mind, here are some of our top favorite moments and how we came up with them. We will be posting one special moment on 5 different blogs, so stay tuned….
Gordon and Ilona
Gordon, Moment #4: Curran in a cage (Magic Strikes)
Kate traps Curran in the cage and he must negotiate with Julie to get out. He can’t order Julie to release him, so he has to step outside himself. He is so used to telling people what to do and being obeyed and here is this child. Even if Curran could grab her through the bars of the cage, he wouldn’t. Violence or fear is out of the question – it would go against his code of ethics, so he must sit there and calmly reason with Julie, while seething inside.
“Screw you, I am not a child and you are not the boss of me. Kate said you broke into her house and stole things.”
I crossed my arms on my chest. The last thing I wanted to do is to explain the mating rituals to a human girl. ”I am the Beast Lord, not a thief or burglar.”
“You took a pie. Why would you do that? Don’t you have whatever, servants, who cook for you? Kate doesn’t have a lot of money, why would you steal her food?”
“That is adult business; I will not explain myself to a child.”
“It was an asshole thing to do.”
I choked back a snarl. “Little girl, I am not going to warn you again, do not speak to me like that again…”
She had me there. As pissed off as I was, there were lines I would not cross. I would not harm a child. Ever.
I had to take a deep breath and step away from the ledge. Persuade her. Be reasonable. I could do reasonable.
“Look, Julie, I am trying to be a nice guy. I’ve asked you nicely to release me. I could break out of here, but you would not like that, I promise you. That would be scary and loud, and nobody wants that sort of thing. This is the last time I am going to ask you. Please free me before I do get angry and do something we will both regret.”
“You’re doing it right now. I’m not stupid. I know you are mad and I know that if I let you out you’ll hurt me and try to make me tell you where Kate is.”
“No. I don’t hurt little human kittens. Never have and never will. I give you my word.”
Ilona: Moment #4: Cat in a cage (Magic Strikes)
I remember writing this and laughing. Boudas might be my favorite shapeshifter tribe and their mating rituals are too funny. Of course, Raphael had to try to outdo his dad. Wait until you read about Andrea and Raphael in Gunmetal Magic. Stuff they do to each other would surely go into Bouda Clan’s legends.
I couldn’t resist. ”What do boudas do?”
“We try to be funny.” His eyes sparkled. ”My mom had to go out of town and while she was gone, my dad glued all of her furniture to the ceiling.”
I pictured Aunt B walking into her house and finding all of her furniture upside down on the ceiling. Oh God. I couldn’t help from grinning. “What did you mom think about that?”
“She was pissed about the cat.”
I stared at him. ”Your dad…?”
“Oh no.” Raphael shook his head. ”No, he didn’t glue the cat to the ceiling – that would be cruel. But she had this wire-cage cat carrier, and he glued that to the ceiling and stuffed the cat into it.”
I saw where it was going and but it was too good to interrupt and I tried to hold the laughter in.
“The cat got pissed off and peed all over the place, and because the carrier was upside down, it went straight through the bars. The ceiling fan was on at the time, and the draft made the pee into a sort of mist…”
I lost it and doubled over.
Raphael was grinning. ”He tried to clean it up, but it got all over the carpet. It was a slight miscalculation on my dad’s part. He wasn’t a cat person, you see.”
“That’s hard to beat,” I finally managed.
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Moment #2: Goldilox And The Three Weres
Moment #3: Pure Textuality
Moment #5: Dangerous Romance