It’s Blog Wednesday and guess who we have here? Karen Duvall! Yay!
Knight’s Curse: A New Twist on Urban Fantasy
I’m very excited to be guest blogging today at Romance Hotspot! J My urban fantasy novel, KNIGHT’S CURSE, is a brand new release from Harlequin Luna so I’d like to share some background of the story with you.
I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing paranormal stories and felt it was time to try something new and different. Vampires and werewolves and fae are great, but there’s so many other mystical and magical worlds to invent. When I began thinking about a new story, I focused on who my main character would be. In my mind she had to be strong yet vulnerable, and unique with unusual powers. So I made her half angel with superhuman senses and named her Chalice.
I took history into account as I considered modern knighthood for Chalice’s background. Female knights weren’t common during the dark ages, so I have her descended from an order of female knights who fought in the Crusades. I gave them a mission to fight supernatural evil, and had them mate with their guardian angels to create offspring that would be born with magical abilities.
In traditional mythology, half-angels are evil beings called Nephilim, but the Hatchet Knights in my series are just the opposite. In KNIGHT’S CURSE, Chalice starts out thinking of herself as a freak of nature. As an orphan, she has no clue what her background is or if she has any family left. She’s kidnapped and bonded to a gargoyle as a way to force her into a life of thievery for a nefarious group of greedy sorcerers.
Chalice has lived a sheltered life so when she discovers who she really is, it takes her time to accept and learn how to deal with the magical and dangerous life she’s thrust into. She makes friends and enemies, meets her fallen angel father for the first time, and falls in love with an immortal warrior named Aydin, who suffers with the same gargoyle curse.
KNIGHT’S CURSE starts Chalice on her journey, and the next book, DARKEST KIGHT, sheds light on the mysterious Hatchet Knights and introduces new dangers to the order. Many familiar characters return, Chalice’s warrior protector among them, but she also makes new friends and foes, and finds her real family at last. Her love for Aydin was a spark in the first book, but the second book heats up their relationship and presents new challenges for them to overcome. Look for DARKEST KNIGHT in the spring of 2012 as Chalice’s adventure continues.
You can read excerpts of KNIGHT’S CURSE in the Gallery section of my website. You’ll find them here: http://www.wix.com/jkduvall/knights-curse#!__gallery
Please leave a comment for your chance to win a signed copy of KNIGHT’S CURSE. Due to postage costs I’m restricting shipping locations to the continental United States only. Please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I may contact you for your mailing address if you win.
For those who are interested in buying the book, KNIGHT’S CURSE is available in bookstores around the country and on Amazon.com.
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Blurb: A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it’s like to live life on the edge–precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman senses to steal a precious magical artifact… or suffer the consequences.
Desperate to break the curse that enslaves her, Chalice agrees. But it is only with the help of Aydin–her noble warrior-protector–that she will risk venturing beyond the veil to discover the origins of her power. Only for him will she dare to fully embrace her awesome talents. For a deadly duel is at hand, and Chalice alone will have to decide between freedom… and the love of her life.