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A Drop of Magic by L.R. Braden - Book Tour + Giveaway


A Drop of Magic
The Magicsmith Book 1
by
L.R. Braden

Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

The war isn’t over . . .
With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity
after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the
world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her
best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the
crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae.
Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a
mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who
and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a
dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that
she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical
talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her
past, her art, and her future.
Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to
trust if she and the world are going to survive.
A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a
whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall,
and Horngate Witches series


How long have you been writing?
I scribbled out stories as a child and teenager, but I never finished any of them. It wasn’t until 2012 that I actually sat down with the intention of writing a complete novel. Since then I’ve taken classes, read books, and submitted to contests to get better. To date, I’ve written five novels and seven short stories, and I have outlines for many many more that are just waiting for me to get around to them.


Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
I start with a set of essential characters, but new characters are popping up all the time. Sometimes they come completely out of the blue, filling some hole I hadn’t even noticed in my story, and sometimes I create a small character for a single roll, but that character morphs into someone who gets fleshed out and integrated into the larger story.


What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I do most of the world building before I ever start writing, but for fantasy a lot of that comes straight out of my head. Since I set A Drop of Magic in a fictional version of a real place, I did make sure I was familiar with all the areas Alex would be visiting.

Beyond that, I do research as it becomes necessary, sometimes taking hours out of my writing time to track down a particular piece of information. I’ve had to research things like how long it takes before rigor mortis sets into a body and when it fades, the death rates and record homicides for various areas, gun types and ammunition counts, what happens to an unclaimed dead body, how to mail human ashes… Huh. Apparently I spend a lot of time researching stuff about dead people.


Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and no. While I’m definitely pursuing writing as a career, I’m not in it for the money. Even if no one buys my books, I will still keep writing them.



Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky
Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and
psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and
metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. A
Drop of Magic is her first novel.



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