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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Carrie Vaughn's Low Midnight ✩Review, Giveaway & Interview✩




Low Midnight

Kitty Norville Series (#13)

Author: Carrie Vaughn


Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Tor – Forge (Imprint of Macmillan)
Release Date: Dec 30 2014
Edition/Formats It Will Be Available In: eBook & Print (Mass Market)

Blurb 


Cormac, the Kitty Norville series' most popular supporting character, stars in his first solo adventure.
Carrie Vaughn's Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary…a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.


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Cormac: Just released from jail, loner, coming to grips with all the changes that have happened in his life.

Amelia: dead woman sharing Cormac's body, magician, learned woman from a century ago

This is the long awaited story of Carrie Vaughn fans. We have been dying to have this book for ages! If you haven't been keeping up with the series you may find yourself feeling a little lost, but not much. Otherwise Carrie Vaughn fans (ME!!) are on the edge of their seats gripping their books tight as we devour every word of this story. Carrie again delivers a tale that put me in the story. I was able to visualize it like a movie playing in my head. Her care for detail enhanced the reading experience and made my imaginary picture so much more clear. 

As we get to know Cormac on a more personal level in this book, we watch him learn and acknowledge so much about himself. He allows himself to face some personal feelings that humanizes him. Amelia helps him like his own personal counselor and conscience. While he plays her educator in 21st century life. This duo is fantastic to read. I am hungry for the next book and can't wait to see what is in store for these two. 

This book exceeded my expectations and left me needing more. I am so hungry for this series it is painful to wait. Carrie Vaughn blows me away every time. Highly recommended book.

Author Interview

Mel: I love all of your characters they all have such different personalities and they work so well together.
What gave you the idea to create your character Kitty?

CV: Thank you!  I'm glad you're enjoying the books!
I got the idea for the radio show first -- I realized in the soap-operatic world of supernatural creatures, the usual advice shows like Dr. Laura and Dr. Phil just wouldn't cut it.  They needed their own call-in radio show.  Next, I needed a host for my radio show, and that's where Kitty came in.  If she was going to be believable giving advice to supernatural creatures, she needed to be supernatural herself.  I wasn't interested in writing about a vampire, so I made her a werewolf.  Named Kitty.  Because of course I did!  Then she started talking and the rest is history.

Mel: I have to say I’m fangirling a bit here asking you questions, I loved all your books. Cormac is my favorite character after Kitty. Do you have a favorite?


CV: Thanks!  I do have to say Kitty's my favorite, if for no other reason than I've written more about her than anyone else.  Cormac is fascinating, but I also really love Rick -- I'm itching to write more stories about him, to cover some of his five hundred year history.  There are so many possibilities there.

Mel: When I first started this series I just KNEW Kitty was going to end up with Cormac, did you know right off they wouldn’t work or was it a surprise to you as well?

CV: I honestly didn't have a clear idea of how Kitty's romantic life was going to turn out at first.  Cormac was an obvious choice because he filled the hot bad boy role.  But it was a little too obvious, and I was never really happy with the idea of that pairing.  One of the stories I really wanted to tell in the series was to have the bad-ass bounty hunter go to jail -- because that never, ever happens in urban fantasy.  I felt it would inject a little bit of realism into the story.  Another story I wanted to tell was Kitty having to nurse a good friend through the first stages of being infected with lycanthropy.  At first I considered having Cormac be infected -- then I realized he would just shoot himself.  He's too conflicted about werewolves to ever put up with being one.  But then I considered Ben -- having him become a werewolf would be difficult for Ben, Kitty, and Cormac.  There was a huge amount of drama in that situation.  The rest of the story fell into place after that.  So, I didn't plan it from the start, but it grew out of the situations I set up.

Mel: Kitty has grown so much from the first book to this last book. What would you say was the hardest lesson she learned that helped her grow into the strong leader she is now?

CV: That's a great question!  Learning how to fight has been tough -- she's not a natural fighter.  But I'd also say taking responsibility for other people, and having the confidence necessary to take care of other people.  It's easy taking risks if you only have yourself at stake.  But her influence has gone a lot farther than that, and she's afraid of failing.  That's what she has to get over now.

Mel: This series is so unique and enjoyable, how do you keep your material so fresh?

CV: I have a whole list of concepts and ideas I want to write about, so I'm constantly bringing those new ideas into the series.  I'm always trying to push the characters into new situations, to see how what they've learned in previous books applies to new situations.  I don't want to repeat myself!  I have to keep the books interesting for myself, for them to be interesting to other people.  I get bored easily.

Mel: Do you have a specific writing routine?

I try to write a little bit every day, even if it's just outlining a new story.  I usually get up, walk my dog, check email and so forth, and then start writing for the day.  I try to get a thousand words a day, but if I fall a little short sometimes, that's okay.  For me, being consistent is the important thing.  I'm always working on a couple of things -- a novel and a short story, new novel ideas, and so on.  My desk is a mess, just covered in notes and research books and to-do lists.  It's crazy but it seems to work!

Thank you for reading and inviting me to your site!

Thank you Carrie Vaughn for answering my questions, I had so many I knew I should have asked but I had the chance to ask THOSE and I was just dying to! You are just awesome!!


Author Information




In addition to being the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, CARRIE VAUGHN is also the author of the standalone novels After the Golden Age, Dreams of the Golden Age, and Discord’s Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Visit her online at http://www.carrievaughn.com/



Author Links

Facebook Page ~ Kitty Norville
Website Carrie Vaughn’s Virtual Playground

Author’s Other Works

Kitty Norville Series

Kitty Saves the World #14 Coming 2015
Kitty’s Greatest Hits (Short Story Collection)

Stand Alones

Straying from the Path (Short Story Collection)

Golden Age

Anthologies

Dark and Stormy Nights  (Kitty Norville Short)
Hex Appeal (Kitty Norville Short)
Running with the Pack (Kitty Norville Short)

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Kitty Norville Short)


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