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
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
What book do you think everyone should read?
People are too different. A book that strikes a chord with one person and really makes them think might seem trite and uninspired to another. Don’t believe me? Just look at all the reviews of your favorite book. I guarantee someone hated it.
Do you read yourself, and if so what is your favorite genre?
Absolutely! I’ve had to slow down on the several books a week I used to read now that so much of my time is taken up with reading and revising my own work, but I still manage a few books a month. I mostly read fantasy in all its sub-genres. I also like science fiction, and I’ll read any book so long as the story holds my interest.
What are you currently reading?
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch for fun, and The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester because there’s always more to learn.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Silence, definitely. I’ve tried writing with music, but I always end up singing along to the lyrics instead of focusing on my story.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Several, but I try to keep them at different stages. I’ll usually only write one first draft at a time, but even that doesn’t always happen. Right now I’ve got one ready to publish, one in copy editing, one in revision, one on query, one first draft, and two in pre-writing.
Pen or typewriter or computer?
Computer. I like being able to make changes easily, and my writing would be a mess without spell check.
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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