Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Searching by Rachel Graves - Book Tour + Giveaway


Searching (Dragons of New York, Book 1)

by Rachel Graves



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GENRE: Urban Fantasy


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BLURB:


A dragon terrified of being discovered by the government, Ravenna Drake is constantly on the move. When the woman who raised her gets cancer, Ravenna trades her nomadic work restoring black market magical goods for a steady job. But her cautious life ends after her name is found at the scene of a werewolf murder.


Dr. Ian Chen, a sorcerer bonded to a powerful relic, works for the government treating supernatural citizens. He insists on investigating when his patient’s body is discovered completely drained of blood. His search leads him to the beautiful but frustrating Ravenna Drake, who refuses to stay away from the case or follow his instructions.


As more bloodless bodies surface, threats from secret societies and corrupt politicians force the dragon and the sorcerer to work together. If Ravenna and Ian can’t catch the killer, the people they love the most may be the next to die.


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EXCERPT

He wanted to pry more of the story out of her but decided against it. As she followed him down the block, they blended into the small crowd on the street. Ian watched the people around them for a second. Normal people, with no idea my world even exists. 


She broke the silence, “You know this neighborhood?”


“There was a gang that recruited a witch. He wasn’t that powerful but he knew how to use sacrifices to call a demon. It took me a while to figure it out.” Ian shivered with the memory of living fire, a monster in the shape of flame. He could work with dead bodies but remembering the smell of burned corpses would always be a problem.


“I thought you didn’t like the word witch.”


He glanced at her expression of wide-eyed innocence. It had to be fake. “This guy, he wasn’t doing much. Calling him a sorcerer would be a bit of an insult to the real ones.”


“Not that you know any real ones.” She smiled up at him. Why were they playing this game? She probably wasn’t the murderer, if she was, she knew what he was. Why not just come clean?


Cloak answered the question as if he’d been asked, “Then tell her about the BPA.”


“Right, that was why.” Because once she knew who she was helping, she’d probably stop. The BPA wasn’t popular with all the people they protected, and even the non-paranormal citizens seemed to think his agency was either evil or a scam. He’d say enough to get her help, but leave things vague enough to keep her, and the investigation, safe.


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Author Interview

What group did you hang out with in high school?
The witches! I’m lucky to have come from a town that had an active Pagan/Wiccan community, including classes for teens. There were only six or seven of us at my high school, but we had our own spot in the lunch area and took classes together. I had friends in drama club, my AP classes, and from academic competitions, but the other witches made up my inner circle.


What are you passionate about these days?
Halloween, I count down all year and start putting out decorations around Labor Day. My Halloween season is spiritual, filled with events where we remember the loved ones we’ve lost over the years, but also fun, with time to celebrate the harvest, pick apples, and indulge. As someone who loves spooky things all year round, I do most of my home décor and clothes shopping from September to November when the stores are well stocked with my favorite things. And, of course, as someone who lives in Salem, Mass, my town is stuffed with great events and tons of people celebrating.


If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
Skip publishing houses and go straight to independent publishing. When I started writing my dream was to land a contract with one of the “Big Six.” And I did! But the contract wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. If I could start over, I’d tell my younger self to be more confident in our books and our ability to do the work around publishing. I spent a lot of time dreaming about what could happen, assuming that I needed a gatekeeper to succeed. In the end, success as an author comes from hard work, not magical contract deals or finding the perfect agent.

Ebook or print? And why? Ebook, everytime! My vision was so bad as a kid one of my eyes counted as being legally blind. After years of thick glasses, I went for vision correction surgery, but the effects wore off. Ebooks let me change the size of the print on the screen, making it bigger when my eyes aren’t at their best. Also, having my ebook reader with me means I can always pick up another book. It’s been a few decades but I still remember how hard it was to find the next book in a series or the long wait to get a book ordered so I could pick it up. While I love the feel of heavy weight paper and a smooth leather cover, the instant satisfaction of downloading the next book in a series can’t be beat.


What is your favorite scene in this book?
Towards the middle of the book my dragon, Ravenna, ends up drunk on vampire magic. She’s taken far more magic than she can handle to save a teenager’s life, and Ian, the hero, has to take care of her. One of the fun parts is that the vampire magic lets Ravenna see things she wouldn’t normally notice, like the magical relic bonded to Ian, and it lowers her inhibitions enough for her publicly declare her feelings. The scene really gives the two of them a chance to let their guard down. Ravenna ends up quite sick, and she’s forced to trust Ian. Meanwhile, Ian realizes that he’s taking care of Ravenna in ways that he never took care of the fiancée he lived with for years. They share their first kiss the next morning.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Rachel Graves writes mysteries that blend the supernatural with steamy, sexy scenes. Her work explores the many shades of gray found between the lines of right and wrong. Rachel's books focus on strong heroines who take charge of their own fate, their friends, and their families. Rachel is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and uses research skills honed getting a graduate degree in psychology to seek out rare folklore and magical creatures. Her writing incorporates popular monsters like vampires and werewolves as well as diverse creatures like selkies and yuki onna. Rachel has lived in a cursed town, taken far too many ghost tours, and counts down to every Halloween starting in November. You can read short stories and learn more about her on her website: http://www.rachelgraves.com/.


Amazon.com author page is: https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Graves/e/B011H977D0  

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Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Searching-Dragons-New-York-Book-ebook/dp/B0BGFGNF7V/ref=sr_1_1


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

A randomly drawn winner will be awarded a $50 Amazon/BN GC.



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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the fun interview and for sharing my new book with your readers!

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  2. Great interview, Rachel, excellent excerpt, I can't wait to join the Dragons of New York in Searching! I love the cover, too!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a splendid day!

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  3. I enjoyed reading your interview and I am looking forward to reading your book, do you have a specific number of stories planned for the series or will you let the characters take you where they will?

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    1. Hello Bea! I have the next book already written, and 4th book in the series plotted out. I'm still trying to decide what to do with the 3rd book, but I've picked the cover art. So I guess you could say I have plans, but they're a little disorganized. :P

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