Today, I have author Morgan Brice in the interview chair. We discuss her latest release Unholy, book five in the Witchbane Series, a m/m urban fantasy, paranormal romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
I interviewed you last time for your previous release Flame and Ash. And I’ve also interviewed you for your other previous releases. So I dug deeper for more questions for your latest release Unholy, book five in the Witchbane Series. Here we go!
Morgan Brice on Unholy, book five in the Witchbane Series:
1. How did you come up with the concept and characters for the Witchbane Series?
Morgan: I’m a huge fan of the TV show Supernatural. And I got thinking about ‘what would Dean have been like if he hadn’t been able to save Sam’. He would have gone on a revenge bender. And what if, along the way, he saved someone else and fell in love? So that was the plot bunny in my head. Of course, Seth is a very different person. He had a normal suburban upbringing, it was dark warlocks and not demons that killed his family and his brother, Jesse. Nothing about the backstory or worldbuilding is connected to the show. But that initial ‘what if’ question got the story rolling! And I’d say that the Witchbane books have about the same dark/spooky level as the show.
2. What did you enjoy most about writing Unholy?
Morgan: I love seeing Seth and Evan grow as characters and as a couple. And I really love the crossovers among my Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series as well as the urban fantasy I write as Gail Z. Martin so that all the characters know each other and in some books–like Unholy–meet up to hunt the big bad!
3. What did you least enjoy about writing Unholy?
Morgan: Editing! I always get impatient and want to start the next project.
4. Tell us about your main characters–what do you like most about them?
Morgan: Seth Tanner went into the army and when he came back, he was looking forward to getting to spend time with his younger brother. Then they go legend tripping and it goes horribly wrong. Jesse ends up dead, Seth comes under suspicion, and when he tries to explain the supernatural elements, he ends up under psych observation. When he gets out, his parents have died in a suspicious car crash and his house burned to the ground, leaving him his motorcycle, his parents’ truck, and the RV they were going to use for their retirement. He chooses to avenge Jesse, and goes looking for the witch disciples.
Jackson Evan Malone is working at a bar in Richmond under a fake name to stay away from a stalker ex-boyfriend. He meets a cute guy and they go home together. In the middle of the night, goons break into his apartment to kidnap him. The cute guy (Seth) saves his life and gets him out of there–and realized that he’s just slept with the disciples’ next intended victim, the guy he came to Richmond to save.
So by Unholy, they’ve been together nearly a year, learned a lot about trust and commitment, and themselves. They’ve found allies in the fight against the witch disciples and created a ‘found family’ of people with supernatural talents to help them with the fight. Unholy is a pivot point in the series, because they discover some really important things they didn’t know, and gain some essential allies.
What I like most about them is that they are survivors. They also find strengths they didn’t know they had, and they are very loyal. They are willing to fight to stay together, and willing to fight to overcome their own fears. I really love that about them.
5. Let’s keep this on the main characters. Tell us what you like least about them.
Morgan: Seth wants to protect Evan, who isn’t ex-military, so it has been hard for him to always tell Evan the whole truth about dangerous things. He’s learning, and he’s gotten a lot better, but it’s a struggle. Evan had a couple of seriously awful former boyfriends, so trust and believing in Seth’s commitment and love is a struggle. They have come a long way for being together for not quite a year, but it’s easy to get impatient and just want them to figure it out. That wouldn’t be realistic!
6. How did you come up with name for your book?
Morgan: Each book in the series takes place in a different city. This time, is Charleston, which calls itself the ‘Holy City’ because of the number of churches. But they’re hunting the fourth witch disciple, so what they’re looking for is definitely ‘unholy’.
7. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Unholy?
Morgan: Not really. I’m pretty happy with it!
9. If Unholy was an alcoholic beverage, what would it be and why?
Morgan: Jack Daniels. Because hunting is hard work!
11. Tell us why Unholy is a must-read.
Morgan: Plenty of action, magic, hot sex, an evolving established romantic relationship, an unexpected found family, crossovers, and turning things the characters and readers thought they knew upside-down!
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
Morgan: There will be more in the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series, and some new series as well! Plus some special projects I can’t talk about, but that I’m really excited to do.
Morgan Brice on Writing:
1. What is your writing process? (e.g., researching first, create outlines, character building, etc.)
Morgan: I create an outline and that helps me lay out the structure and plan the action. Of course, unexpected things creep in all the time!
2. What is your writing setting? (e.g., loud music, at a café, evening, etc.)
Morgan: If I’m writing a draft, I usually prefer instrumental music (jazz, classical). If I’m editing, I can handle pop music.
3. What is your writing Kryptonite?
Morgan: I can write in cars, trains, hotels, planes, airports, and boats, so I’m pretty flexible. I just get twitchy around the twelfth edit!
4. How do you decide when the book is finished and ready for publication?
Morgan: There’s always the feeling you could do more, but you have to learn to say ‘enough’. And no matter how many proof readers and beta readers read it, typos will always slip through! So you do the best you can and have to let it go.
5. Do you read the reviews for your books? If yes, why? If no, why?
Morgan: Yes. The good ones make me happy and I really appreciate knowing that someone enjoyed the book or that it helped them over a tough time. That’s incredibly important to me. I read the bad ones to see whether there’s something I can learn. If it’s just personal preference, I can’t do anything about that.
This or That for Morgan:
For each answer you give, explain why you chose “this” or why you chose “that.”
1. Introvert or Extrovert?
Morgan: Technically an introvert because I recharge from being alone, but I fake extroversion really well.
2. Big advance for your next book but it must meet what the publisher wants or no big advance and writing what you want?
Morgan: I’ve actually walked away from offers and contracts if the publisher wanted something I felt was wrong for the character/series. One of the things I really love about being mostly indie.
3. Would you rather live in your dream home in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere?
Morgan: I like living in North Carolina because of the weather and proximity to both the beach and the mountains. So I’m actually kinda happy where I am!
4. Reading: Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Morgan: It’s varied at different times of my life, but now mostly fiction.
5. Writing: Typewriter or Pen and Paper?
Morgan: Both at different times of my life. I actually used a manual typewriter and then an electric typewriter on early drafts of my first novel. It’s all been on computers since the later drafts of that first novel, but I still often outline with pen and paper!
Book Title: Unholy
Series: Witchbane #5
Author: Morgan Brice
Release Date: February 8, 2020
Genre/s: Urban fantasy MM paranormal romance
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 66 000 words/ 224 pages
A deadly curse on Seth and Evan means time is running out.
Can they find a way to turn the tables, or is Charleston their final destination?
Blurb: A cycle of ritual murders. A coven of dark warlocks, drawing their immortality from the magic of their dead master. Two men sworn to stop the deaths, destroy the warlocks and avenge the victims. Except this time, the killer is hunting the hunters.
Seth Tanner swore vengeance on the dark witches who killed his brother, Jesse. He rescued Evan Malone from one of the witches, and they’ve fallen in love despite the danger and chaos, going on the road to complete the quest and bring an end to the ritual murders. Their relationship is still new, tested at every turn by danger and magic.
Seth and Evan head to Charleston to stop the next warlock and save his intended victim. But this time, they’re too late. The warlock has already powered up, and he’s determined to destroy the two hunters one way or another. A deadly curse on Seth and Evan means time is running out. Can they find a way to turn the tables, or is Charleston their final destination?
Unholy is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with plenty of supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, hot sex, found family, dark magic and paranormal thrills. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels. Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
Note: It can be read as a standalone, but is book #5 of the Witchbane series.
From Chapter 3
“Hi, and welcome to Charleston,” Alicia said. “I’ve heard a lot about both of you.”
That left one other person. He looked to be in his late twenties, with blond hair in a trendy cut, high cheekbones, and gray eyes the color of the sea after a storm. Unlike the others, he didn’t have a drink or a plate in front of him. The man’s appraisal made Evan shiver, although nothing in his manner seemed hostile.
“This is Sorren,” Cassidy said. “He’s my business partner, and he and my ancestor founded Trifles and Folly—my shop—back when Charleston was first chartered.”
Seth and Evan exchanged a glance. “But Charleston is over three hundred years old,” Seth protested.
Sorren smiled, and Evan caught his breath as he glimpsed the tips of fangs behind his lips. “You’re correct. And I am nearly six hundred. I am deeply interested in finding out about this witch-disciple you hunt. He has, apparently, gone to great lengths to avoid my notice.”
As soon as Sorren spoke, Evan wondered how he could have thought the man was close to his own age. Sorren had a presence that made it easy to believe he was immortal. Instinct warned him not to meet Sorren’s gaze, and he remembered stories about a vampire’s ability to glamour mortals and bend their will.
“Don’t worry. You’re safe here,” Sorren said, apparently noting Evan’s uneasiness. “You are guests in Cassidy’s home, and allies. That puts you under my protection—something I take very seriously.”
Evan pasted on a smile and nodded. Holy shit. What have we gotten ourselves into?
“You already know Teag, and I believe he and Seth have bonded over hacking to get information on some of the cases we’ve worked on. But his ninja computer skills are really an outgrowth of his Weaver magic,” Cassidy said, “which you know at least something about, from the spell-woven braided bracelets you gave each other for your birthdays.”
She sat at the table beside Teag. “Eat first, and then we all want to hear your story.”
Evan wasn’t sure what might pass for normal conversation with this crew, but the banter felt comfortable and familiar. They obviously knew each other well and were friends as well as colleagues. While they ate, the conversation drifted to local happenings, upcoming events, and the shared frustration that went with having to avoid road construction. Even Sorren commented now and again, and Evan noticed that no one at the table seemed to regard him fearfully. Evan glanced at Seth and knew from the look on his boyfriend’s face that the mental wheels were turning, appraising their new allies.
When everyone had their fill of the pizza and had topped off their drinks, the chatter stopped, and they all looked to Seth and Evan. Teag stepped away and returned with his laptop.
“We know a little bit about your hunt for the witch-disciples from the information Teag helped you find in the past,” Cassidy said.
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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