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Author Q&A with @LaurenRBraden | Casting Shadows Book Tour and $20 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #UrbanFantasy #ParanormalRomance

Casting Shadows (The Magicsmith Book 4) by L.R. Braden is on virtual book tour. The urban fantasy, paranormal romance stops at Rea...




Casting Shadows (The Magicsmith Book 4) by L.R. Braden is on virtual book tour.

The urban fantasy, paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? 

Talking about myself is probably my least favorite pastime, but here goes.
I’m a creative, meaning I’m someone who is only truly happy when I am creating something. I’ve tested this theory a few times over the years by taking breaks from my various endeavors. Invariably, after a few weeks of not producing anything, I start to get grumpy and depressed. The curious thing I found though, is that it didn’t really matter *what* I created so long as I was making something. Therefore, I’ve spent a good deal of time on a wide variety of projects, including producing graphic assets for video games, weaving chainmail from ancient patterns for modern jewelry, producing marketing images for businesses, and eventually building worlds from words for public consumption.

For me, the evolution from reader to writer was quite organic. I’ve spent my whole life with either my nose buried in a book or hunched over a drawing pad. When I got to college, I didn’t know what to study, so I just kept reading and drawing. As a result, I eventually graduated with degrees in both literature and studio art. I spent the next few years traveling, working, and trying to figure out who I wanted to be. All the while, I kept reading and creating. Then, one day, while I was absorbed in a particularly engrossing book, I realized that for all the hundreds, maybe thousands of books that I’d read, I’d never seen any of the stories that were in my own head. If I loved to read about the worlds and characters other people had created, perhaps other people could get the same pleasure from experiencing the worlds and characters I created. So, without any idea if I could, and with no formal training in creative writing, I sat down at my computer and started to write. The book that came out was A Drop of Magic, which in its first year became both a bestseller and an award-winner, and the reviews have been enough for me to say with certainty, “Yes, people are enjoying what I created.” It’s the best feeling in the world.


What is something unique/quirky about you? 

According to most people . . . pretty much everything. But one thing that often catches people by surprise and makes me stand out is that I design and create my own chainmail jewelry. It started as a hobby when I was in college. I majored in metalsmithing, and for one of my projects (an articulated silver glove) I needed a section of basic chainmail. So I poked around online, found some tutorials, and taught myself how to weave European 4-in-1. After that, I found more weaves and made more complex patterns. Now I make and sell my creations in an etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WimsiDesign. I’m still learning new weaves and coming up with new combinations all the time. Lots of people think I’m insane for staring at something so small and so complicated for so long, but I find it relaxing. Kind of like knitting, but with hundreds of tiny metal rings.


Where were you born and/or where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Colorado. My parents were from opposite sides of the country and met here in the middle when they were both stationed at Fort Carson. They fell in love with the scenery and never left. I’ve lived in a bunch of different cities, but they were all along the Rocky Mountain Front Range, where I’ve spent many days hiking the trails and exploring the backcountry.


If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? 

Well that’s depressing, but I’d spend it with my family, making as many good memories as possible. I’d pack a picnic, go for a bike ride, play a board game, and laugh as much as I could. I’d also write a series of letters for my daughter to open on each of her upcoming birthdays for the next decade.


What do you do to unwind and relax? 

I love to read, play video games and board games, and go for hikes or bike rides. And of course, all those things are better when I get to do them with my family!


Describe yourself in 5 words or less! 

Introverted. Intelligent. Perfectionist. Critical. Creative.


Casting Shadows 
The Magicsmith Book 4 
by L.R. Braden 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 


Children are disappearing. 

With Purity growing in political power and bigotry on the rise across the Realms, Alex’s short-term goals are to stay under the PTF's radar and as far from the fae Courts as she can. But her plans go up in smoke when May, the younger sister of her good friend Emma, goes missing. 

The fae are involved. 

Alex will do everything she can to find May, but to mount a rescue she'll have to avoid PTF raids, conquer old ghosts, and risk coming face to face with her fae grandfather again. 

War is coming. 

Lines are being drawn. No one is safe. To survive, Alex will have to choose a side. 





Faerie Forged 
The Magicsmith Book 3 


New world, new rules . . . 

Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force. 

She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life. 

One mistake at court could change everything . . . . 

“Original and riveting.”—Book Likes Blog on A Drop of Magic, Book One of The Magicsmith series 

“Great plot. Lovable characters. Heart-pounding action.”—Lauren Davis, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 





Courting Darkness 
The Magicsmith Book 2 


“A great story of murder, mystery . . . and well-developed characters.”—Margie Hager, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

“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 

Deeper into the shadows. . . 

The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she's got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect. 

Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural war for territory that has her dodging police, swords, teeth, and claws—not to mention the truth. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the less certain she is about the innocence of the one man she wanted to trust. 

She thought she was done with murder and monsters, but she’ll have to enter the belly of the beast if she hopes to save her friend. 





A Drop of Magic 
The Magicsmith Book 1 


The war isn’t over . . . 

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 and fae. 

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 






Born and raised in Colorado, award-winning author 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. 






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