Woot! We've got Keri Lake on the blog today with an awesome guest post on Urban Exploring and it's connection to her new release Soul Avenged! Love this post and the cover even more after reading it. Anywho. Check her out, leave her some love, enter the giveaway! ~Anna
Passion is blind in vengeance and love ...
Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.
The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.
Now, one motive burns in her soul:
KILL THEM ALL.
The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.
Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.
Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.
Time is running out.
In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.
Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.
Sons of Wrath
Never gamble with vengeance
When I began writing Soul Avenged, all I had at first was a vision in my head of the main female protagonist and a couple side characters. I knew her motives and had mapped out most of her story, but I couldn’t yet visualize where all this action was meant to take place. I’m no stranger to writing about places I’ve never been, but I really wanted to get inside this character’s head, since she possessed so much of me in her personality—uh, aside from the fact that I’m not obsessing about killing wolves all day long.
I happen to love the movie, The Crow. It’s one of my favorites and I remember being so much more connected to the film, knowing it was based in Detroit. I grew up on the outskirts of the city but spent much of my childhood attending events and visiting friends and family who lived there. Ding! Ding! Why not set this story in a place I knew firsthand?
The opening scene of Soul Avenged takes place inside the Packard Plant. For anyone unfamiliar with this monstrosity, check out my recent blog post. In a nutshell, it’s the largest abandoned factory in the world and a popular tourist attraction. For me though, Packard is so much more. I remember when my sister first showed me pictures of her urban exploration trips there. Stories immediately began swirling in my head—spectral images of what was once a thriving powerhouse of manufacturing—now empty corridors and opened floors, through which winter winds pass like ice ghosts, unobstructed.
|Photo courtesy Keri Lake's website.|
I happen to love the image in that it fits the darkness I’ve weaved throughout the book and adds a dash of reality to the story. My hope is that readers, particularly those who live in the city, will feel more connected to the characters.
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