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The Fate’s Vultures, a romantic suspense series by Jami Gray, is on virtual book tour. It stops at Readeropolis today with a guest post from the author. Enjoy!

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).



Inside the Insanity that is a Writer

As a writer, I belong to numerous discussion loops whose evil plans are to crash my in-box under the weighty heft of insightful discussions on the industry, craft and whether your cover should feature more or less skin. However, one day someone sweetly shared a link to a very insightful blog about being a writer. After picking myself up off the floor, I quickly forwarded it on to the other, like-minded individuals of my critique group, and then, because I'm mean, I made my hubby sit down and read it.
I sat on pins and needles (okay, so I basically stood over him with a blunt object) and waited for him to be swept away by the genius evident in the post.  He laughed, which was good--nice to know the warped sense of humor I married him for all those eons ago is still there--and then he looked at me with (gasp!) pity?!!! What the hell?  No, no, no, he was suppose to say, "Oh honey, now I understand why the Prankster Duo and I have to exist on unidentifiable left overs and delivery, while you sit in a dark office illuminated only by the flicker of a computer screen and why you sometimes resemble Gollum from Lord of the Rings (that's the weird little dude who glows in the dark for you non-nerds).  It all makes sense!"
Did he say that? Um, nope.  Instead his response is, "It's okay baby, I knew that when I married you and I still said 'I do'."
Seriously?? Did he not see the mad genius that exists in each writer's mind? It’s a mad babble of voices that fight for supremacy while leaving minor things like groceries, doctor appointments, eating, and basic hygiene, scrambling for solid purchase in their frenzied wake?  There's a reason a writer will stare at you with a bemused smile while their eyes keep darting off to the side in the midst of your conversation.  Really, they'd love to listen to you but it's a bit hard when the characters in your head start to get pushy and demand exclusive attention.  I know, it sounds a bit psychotic, but it's not our fault.  It's why we write!
Growing up, every book or movie that caught my attention (Star Wars, Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, and oh so many more) would end up being rewritten in my head. A new character would join the cast—the female bounty hunter that made Princess Leia look like a wimp, the female wizard that kept Taran the Wanderer from wandering, or the brand spanking new character that joined Bran and Will in overcoming the looming evil to wake the Old Ones—and the story would adjust accordingly, starring a character that eerily resembled, well, moi.
Eventually what transpired in my head made it to paper via an electric typewriter. Now days, my shiny desktop fruit helps me capture the worlds and characters in vivid detail for others to enjoy. On some level, I’m hoping to spark that same need to add and rewrite in my readers. If I’ve done my job right, it should work and I’ll have dragged another poor, unsuspecting soul into the maddening world of a writer.  If not? Well, then I must try again, and again…
I once read something that clicked even though it was directed at musicians. They said to make great art, you had to expose your soul, even though some things are better left safely in the dark. Those that fear exposing such darkness are constantly tormented by the fact they can almost touch the creative beast, while those who grit their teeth and reach out may burn, but the beauty of such exposure ensnares those around them. 
Much like playing or creating music, writing demands a price from its creator.  Every writer uses their own experiences in some way or fashion to help put life into our characters and create believable worlds, but it's also one of the scariest things we'll ever do.
The next time you run across one of us, be gentle and understand, regardless of the genre (poetry, children's books, songwriting, screen writing, mystery, romance, etc.) published or unpublished, we are writers and it's not as simple as sitting down and typing out a string of words.  We're sharing with you something infinitely precious, so if you damage it, expect repercussions. You may find something familiar about that character we killed off in horrible ways in our next book. Yet, if you share how much you enjoyed our stories, you’ll make a writer’s week. Heck, maybe even our month.
Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.


Her upcoming release: BEG FOR MERCY is the second in her Fate’s Vultures series and hits shelves in February 2018. Catch up with LYING IN RUINS, available wherever ebooks are sold.


If you want to hunt her down, she can be found lurking around the following cyber locations:


Website:     www.JamiGray.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B006HU3HJI

Lying in Ruins
Fate’s Vultures #1
by Jami Gray
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Romantic Suspense 

In a world gone to hell, it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad...

The world didn't end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.

Charity uses lethal survival skills learned too early in her work as a 'Hound, sniffing out pivotal secrets for one of the most powerful people on the west coast. Her work is deceptive, deadly, and best performed solo, which means when she has a run-in with a member of the notorious Fate's Vultures, she has no intention of joining forces in some mockery of teamwork. The man might be sexy as hell, but she travels alone. She will accomplish her mission and she will settle a score - hopefully with the edge of her blade. But fate has other plans.

As one of Fate’s Vultures, a nomadic band of arbitrators known for their ruthless verdicts, Ruin witnesses the carnage of corruption and greed battering the remnants of humanity, and he bears the scars to prove it. Now he has a damn 'Hound showing up in suspicious circumstances, leaving every cell of his body sceptical - and painfully aroused. The woman is trouble, and Ruin has every intention of steering clear. But when they realise they have a common enemy, Charity and Ruin will have to set aside their distrust if they want to achieve their mutual goal - justice and revenge.

Sometimes, when the world's gone to hell, it's better to stick with the devil you know...



Beg For Mercy
Fate's Vultures #2

Choosing a side has never been so dangerous…

The world didn’t end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remains of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
An assassin by trade, a loner by nature, Mercy is sent to infiltrate the Cartels and unmask the identity of their new silent partner. Instead, she discovers a darker plan threatening to crumble the entire Southwest and ends up with a hefty bounty on her head. Still, she’s determined to stop the impending attack at any cost, even if it means partnering up with a member of the notorious Fate’s Vultures.
After enduring a brutal, blood-soaked lesson on the savagery of civilisation’s scavengers, Havoc is well acquainted with the consequences of battling predators. But as a member of the nomadic band of arbitrators known as Fate’s Vultures, he’s determined to cement the necessary alliances to oust the biggest threat looming on the horizon. When an enigmatic woman crosses his path, her secrets and troubling loyalty light the fuse on an unexpected craving and his insatiable curiosity.
In order to trap a common foe and derail an impending threat, Havoc and Mercy must turn the tables to hunt a predator. Can an assassin and a mercenary find their balance on the thin line of loyalty, or will it snap under the weight of their wary hearts?



Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.



Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and two giveaways!

The author is hosting an Amazon Giveaway for a kindle copy of Lying in Ruins (3 winners)!


Also, enter to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or B&N!





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12 comments:

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

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    1. Aww, thanks, Lisa! Thank you for taking part. This series has been a blast to write and I hope readers enjoy every minute.

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  2. I was wondering what the author is working on next?

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    1. Hey Cindy, I'm getting ready to send off the third book in this series to my editor. Fingers crossed it'll hit shelves late 2018 with the fourth to follow in 2019. I hope you enjoy the read!

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  3. How many are you planning in the series?

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    1. Hi Cindy,
      For the first story arc, just four, all centered on each of the Vultures. However, I may decide to explore a series with the Dogs of War and a few other secondary characters as well.

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  4. What's your writing process/routine like?

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  5. Ever get writer's block? If so what do you do to overcome it?

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  6. Out of all the characters you have created, who is your favorite and why?

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  7. If your book was made into a movie who would you want to star in it?

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  9. Who are some of your favorite authors?

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