by B. Brumley
Book 1: Woe for a Faerie
This book is actually two novellas in one.
Woe for a Faerie
I never had a choice… Until I made one and woke up naked in the middle of Central Park. Wingless. The cost of retribution gouged between my shoulder blades. Now I’ve got to choose between Jason, the priest who’s hiding something, and Arún, the off-world Fae that believes I’m his prophesied queen. Mortality was supposed to be easy.
Wings Over New York
I’ve lived in this city for almost a year now, and I’ve happily settled into my wing-free reality. Lately, my biggest worry is meeting my new in-laws. When a cop dies and an old foe returns, Jason and Arún join forces to hunt the feathered shifter that’s killing people in Central Park, and I’m sucked into another supernatural tug-of-war. Only, this time, I’m terrified that I’m going to lose the one I love.
“Brumley grabs me every time, and this book is not only indicative of her ability to weave a captivating world but also her ability to think outside of the forumlas so many continue to use in this genre. Beautiful prose, haunting characters, and a story with a dark, but redemptive, hope, I feel this is one of her strongest works to date and can’t wait to read more.”
“B. Brumley’s writing seizes you right from the start and thrusts you into a paranormal world, throbbing with monsters and angels. At once luminous and dark, it will take you on a journey through the grittier parts of New York and beyond. I couldn’t put it down!”
“Right from the first page, you get a sense of atmosphere and mood. I love the description and turns of phrase. They are gorgeous and unique.”
Book 2: Leviathan’s Rise
Lev is a whale shifter with a memory problem.
For the last one hundred sixty years, he has been unable to piece together what happened to his wife and son. Memory repression shouldn’t happen to whale shifters, but the case just won’t crack. When a mysterious woman knocks on his door and unloads a bombshell, Lev discovers that his son may still be alive… and it’s up to Lev to save him.
Woe’s ongoing obsession with hunting her husband’s murderer has left her mentally and emotionally exhausted. But when Lev asks for her help, Woe can’t tell him no, and she agrees to take a temporary reprieve from her vendetta.
Together, they catch the first paranormal train out of the Big Apple and find themselves inside a hidden realm fraught with dangers beyond anything either of them has faced.
With lives hanging in the balance, Woe must learn how to let go of her painful past, even as Lev swears to drain the seven seas to recapture his.
CIR: What inspired this story?
BRUMLEY: Van Helsing, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, City of Angels, and Friends, sort of all mixed together to create the original idea for a paranormal team of crime-fighters. The Keepers of New York were born. When I was invited to participate in two separate box sets, I had the ideas for Woe for a Faerie and Wings Over New York.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
BRUMLEY: I’ve loved learning about New York and building a fantasy world inside of that. Woe for a Faerie isn’t magical realism, but many of the passages are close to it.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
BRUMLEY: Victory (or Vic) is my favorite character. She’s so out-there. Sometimes she’s maternal and sometimes she’s comic relief, but she’s always larger-than-life.
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
BRUMLEY: I address personal autonomy and independence, even when part of a team or a group. I hope that readers find the strength to embrace their uniqueness and live life on their own terms, and that hope comes every morning.