Monday, June 15, 2015

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Hunting for Witches by Lana Pecherczyk

UFI welcomes Author Lana Pecherczyk. Thanks for Joining us!!

Hello UFI readers! Thanks for having me. I’m super excited to be here for the very first time as an author and I’m going to tackle a question that all UFI readers have probably asked at some point: What is it about Urban Fantasy that has us all so fascinated? 

Is it the sassy female lead, the journey of self-discovery, or the lovable but broody alpha male love interest? My book ‘Hunting for Witches’ has it all, but it’s not what drew me to write in the genre. What really floats my Urban Fantasy boat is the ability to bring magic within arm’s reach, to thrill by making the scary bits just one step closer to real life, and to take out all the guess work of world building by making the environment familiar but giving it a twist.

This twist on reality had me fired up when I wrote Hunting for Witches. I gave the usual perception of witchcraft a scientific twist and changed them into evil body snatching spirits who can consciously order our DNA to behave a certain way. For example, change the colour of their nails, release pheromones to attract the opposite sex, create a virus to hex your enemy … they are only limited by their imagination. I added to this possession concept and gave my gods a twist on their mythology. They’re highly evolved beings from another world who’ve been stuck here for millennia because of an ancient civil war, but are using human bodies to live life many times over and further their own evolution in a bid to get back home. Life is all a game to them, and we’re all part of it. Roo, my main character is a girl stuck between both worlds.

So, without further ado, here is a list of five fantasy concepts with a twist.
  1. Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk. This is a world where Magic has a cost. Every time you use it, you wind up sick, or hurt.

  2. Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews: Yeah, I know you’ve probably all read these but I love how they blend magic with technology in a world that jumps between the two.

  3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. A classic but was a totally unique blend of the occult with the spiritual making it more believable.

  4. Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris: Vampires coming out of the coffin? Vampires drinking synthetic blood? Awesome.

  5. Anita Blake Novels by Laurel K Hamilton. Anita is a zombie raising PI, but this power over the dead can also give her power over vampires.
Do you have any other favourite books with a twist on the usual folklore?

As an author, marketer, and artist, Lana is a triple threat! She also makes a mean chocolate cake, and has Level 46 Creative Mojo. A fan of ‘pro-caffeinating’, Lana loves writing mash-ups of the fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and horror genres.

An author in her own right, with her urban fantasy novel Hunting for Witches recently released, Lana creates all of her own cover work and illustrations, and infuses websites with her unique stylistic talent and quirky graphic design.

She loves Sailor Moon. No judgement.

Find Lana and her books

Hunting for Witches
The Ludus #1
Witches have been obliterated - or so the world hopes. At 24, Roo struggles to keep her DNA-changing abilities secret. She doesn't feel like a witch, but if she isn't, how can she manipulate the physical world? Why does she feel the energy of all living things?

On tenuous ground, Roo keeps her skills hidden with the help of her sexy songstress BFF and her barmaid job at The Cauldron. Hiding in plain sight seems to be working until a mysterious witch hunter comes to town. Roo's powers are growing and, when a witch possesses the body of her sister, she defends her using any means possible.

Roo is exposed and attacked from all sides. She must learn to trust others while she discovers her identity and masters her powers to save the lives of her loved ones. She needs to convince herself and her town that she's more than a witch.

Inspired by mythology, science and fantasy, this fascinating debut novel is set in a brilliantly envisioned world where life is a secret game played by gods and witches until death ...

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