Monday, November 7, 2016

Series Blitz - Cursed series by Amy Braun




Cursed Series
Demon’s Daughter, #1
Dark Divinity, #2
Damnation’s Door, #3
by Amy Braun
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy

Demon's Daughter (Cursed #1)
Published October 31st 2015

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of Demon’s Daughter (Cursed, #1) . . . 
Constance and Andromada (Dro) has more than your average sister pairing. There was a fierce protection of love between them. Constance would let no one harm her little sister no matter who they were. They lived a hard harsh life. Constance had the bumper sticker to show for all she has done to make a life where protecting her sister was her top priority.

Sometimes things have to change. Constance finds this out first hand. On the run and running out of options. Constance makes decisions for her and her sister. Decisions that land them in Texas.

I had an adventured filled ride. I saw things that hurt my heart. I got an experience in this adult urban fantasy with sisters as the core characters.

Blurb
Constance and Andromada (Dro) has more than your average sister pairing. There was a fierce protection of love between them. Constance would let no one harm her little sister no matter who they were. They lived a hard harsh life. Constance had the bumper sticker to show for all she has done to make a life where protecting her sister was her top priority.

Sometimes things have to change. Constance finds this out first hand. On the run and running out of options. Constance makes decisions for her and her sister. Decisions that land them in Texas.

I had an adventured filled ride. I saw things that hurt my heart. I got an experience in this adult urban fantasy with sisters as the core characters.

Dark Divinity (Cursed #2)
Published December 1st 2015

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of ark Divinity (Cursed, #2) . . . 
Keep this in mind as you read further "Hell has risen. Heaven is descending. Sacrifices are made..."

Constance and Andromeda have not completed their task. They have only survived a battle that will bring more to there doorstep. They barely escaped opening the door to Hell with their lives in place. They have acquired more enemies and a new task to complete. 

The world was rich, detailed and sucked you in. I could feel and see the surrounding. The vivid picture built gave me a connection to the world. I love seeing the sister reverse roles even with its brevity. It was good to see that both sisters felt the need to protect each other. There was no one way street and we see it. Stepping in the past opens doors to the future. We learn more about Constance. 

Andromeda grows. Constance understands. Danger encroaches.

Blurb
Keep this in mind as you read further "Hell has risen. Heaven is descending. Sacrifices are made..."

Constance and Andromeda have not completed their task. They have only survived a battle that will bring more to their doorstep. They barely escaped opening the door to Hell with their lives in place. They have acquired more enemies and a new task to complete. 

The world was rich, detailed and sucked you in. I could feel and see the surrounding. The vivid picture built gave me a connection to the world. I love seeing the sister reverse roles even with its brevity. It was good to see that both sisters felt the need to protect each other. There was no one way street and we see it. Stepping in the past opens doors to the future. We learn more about Constance. 


Andromeda grows. Constance understands. Danger encroaches.

Damnation's Door (Cursed #3)
Published June 7th 2016

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of Damnation's Door (Cursed, #3) . . . 
I've had the pleasure of reading all three book back-to-back and got the full story as it unfolded from the beginning up to this point that Constance and Andromeda feel the need to stop the vast plan the most dark one has, Lucifer.

Adult Urban Fantasy tied in with Paranormal Adventure and action. The three books flow together pick up where the one before left off. There was no mistaking the connection between the three books and the fantasy that binds them together. The build in each book to this one made you feel like you were working towards a goal and then you get there. The worlds were very well detailed and highly developed. The world turning to hell was depicted as if watching unfold on a screen. The action scenes are worthy of a praise.

Constance has her hands full. There are the good guys mad at her. The bad guys wanting her for retribution. There was more than one bad guy. She has her plate heaped high and there was not certainly that she could make it to the end. At least not all in one piece. She has to find a way to make it all work. She and her fellow demon slayers have their hands quite literally full. Emotions spike. Action take on a new high. And Earth has to make it to the other side with the balance put back to rights.

A trilogy you will continue to talk about. Amy Braun's Cursed series delivers on the promises made within.

Blurb
Demons are free. Angels are fallen. Hope is dying...

Constance Ramirez and her adopted sister, Andromeda, have stopped Lucifer’s plan– They have closed the Heaven Gate and kept the demons out. But their choice came with brutal consequences, and now every angel on earth is trapped in their mortal body.

All that remains is closing the Hell Gate and establishing a balance once and for all. That means returning to the city of Constance’s nightmares, which has become a haven for murderers and monsters. But even more dangerous than their hunt is that Andromeda’s powers and instincts are turning darker, and this time Constance doesn’t know how to protect her.

Constance is ready to fight for her life, but her enemies have plans she can’t begin to imagine, and they’re prepared to make her suffer...

Trust is lost and hearts are broken in the epic conclusion in Amy Braun’s Cursed trilogy...

Q & A: Amy Braun and Demon’s Daughter
Q: How did you come up with the idea?

A: Like most of my inspirations, it just came to me one day. “What would I do if I had an adopted sister who wasn’t human?” While I am an older sister of a very human brother, I admit that it was fun to put myself in another mindset. Given that I’m a fan of strong family-dynamic fiction, whether it’s from the Supernatural television series or the Cal Leandros and The Chimera series’ by Rob Thurman, I wanted to write a story about the powerful bonds of family– two people who would literally die for each other. I also wanted to delve deeper into the mysteries of angel and demonology. The more I learned about them, their types and hierarchies, I knew they were the perfect creatures for my story. I think they presented some intense challenges for Constance and Dro, and writing about them was as informative as it was exciting.

 Q: What was the biggest challenge writing Demon’s Daughter?

A: The research. While I love demons and angels, I’m not religious. I know that fiction writing, especially urban fantasy, allows you to bend the rules, but I wanted there to be some truth to what I was writing. Nothing is more embarrassing than writing about a topic you’re not an expert in. So I spent countless hours online, checking and re-checking my facts until whatever concept I was reading about made sense and wasn’t going to offend anyone. I think I succeeded. Other challenges involved finding information on Mexican drug cartels (so it’s a good thing I have a strong stomach) and locations/supernatural history in Texas. It’s tricky to write about a place you’ve never been to, so I spent a lot of my time looking at GoogleMaps and Google Images to make sure I wasn’t making random buildings out of thin air.

Q: Why did you choose to make the main character a criminal?

A: At first, it was because I wanted someone strong. No matter what you may say about them, you don’t get to be a high ranking member of a drug cartel without being ruthless and tough. But as I built Constance and learned more about her, I realized that I didn’t just want her to be tough and skilled at fighting. I wanted her to be damaged. I wanted a character that would develop PTSD from the things she saw and endured. I wanted her to showcase strength, when in reality she’s terrified at every turn. Constance has had a rough life, but she made her choices to protect the person she loves above everything else. She was at the end of her rope, desperate, and did the only thing she knew would work. How she deals with the guilt weighing on her conscience as her past catches up with her will be a key element in the future books, but I wanted readers to get a taste of her internal struggle before things really start hitting the fan.

Q: Who is your favorite character and why?

A: Constance, of course. I love books with strong female leads who know how to help themselves, and one of the highlights of writing Demon’s Daughter was putting Constance in situations where she had no one to help her. Constance is human, but she fights like a machine. She refuses to back down to anyone, is stubborn and angry, and viciously loyal to those who earn it. At the same time, she’s a compressed bottle of pain and fear. It takes a lot of hard work to earn her trust, though she makes it worth the effort. As much as I love Constance, Dro, and the rest of the characters, my second favorite is Sephiel. His backstory is heartbreaking, and like Constance, his loyalty is unwavering. As soon as I started writing him, I kind of fell in love with him. I think readers will really enjoy reading about the mysterious angel, and I hope there’s a lot of feedback about him as a character.

Q: What can we expect from the sequel?

A: Insanity, if I’m being honest. The sequel, titled Dark Divinity and scheduled for a December 2015 release, runs at the same full throttle speed as its predecessor. I delved a little more into the angels, and Constance’s past plays a vital role. It’s definitely darker than Demon’s Daughter, and my beta reader has told me that there are some heartbreaking moments in the sequel. There will be new demons and old enemies, and choices that will have devastating consequences. If readers enjoy Demon’s Daughter, they will love Dark Divinity.

 
Buy Links:
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Author Info
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery,” and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction. 
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