Monday, May 19, 2014

DARK COTILLION by Hadena James

DARK COTILLION by Hadena James
A dark fantasy

Brenna Strachan is half-Demon, half-Witch and it’s the eve of her 30th birthday. This means that she will stop aging and come into all her Demon powers. But there are forces at work hoping to keep her from Maturing. They must kill her in the short time that she is mortal. If they fail, she will take her place among the most powerful beings on Earth. What will it cost her to survive?

“I met him once,” Gabriel took a long drag off a cigarette. His eyes were glassy, searching for some long lost memory. Until that moment, I had been reading a book, and was completely clueless whom he was talking about. Especially, since he did seem to be talking to me, as opposed to talking to some imaginary person in the room. He hadn’t spoken in well over an hour. His mind had been preoccupied with other things, possibly my safety, possibly not.

“Who?” I asked, after I put the bookmark in between the pages.

“Conan Doyle.” He made a motion towards my book. I had been reading Sherlock Holmes stories.

“Was he as bright as Holmes?”

“No one is as bright as Holmes, except Mycroft, and even that could be debated.” Gabriel stretched and yawned, before turning his vivid green eyes on me. “Pleasant man though.”

“I see,” I frowned at him. “Decided to break the silent treatment?”

“I figured it wasn’t doing me any good to sit here chain smoking and trying to ignore you into submission, since you seemed to be rather casually reading.”

“I’m slightly disturbed that it took you so long to figure it out.” I tossed the hard back onto the coffee table. It made a satisfying “thunk” sound as it hit the wood.

“You shouldn’t do that to your books.”

“No, I shouldn’t do that to your books, my books are nice hard bound editions that can be purchased at any local book store.”

“Someday, your books will be like my books.”

“Gabriel, no one’s books will be like your books. What is it with Angels and book hoarding anyway?”

“We all have our idiosyncrasies.” He gave a shrug.


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-What made you want to write?

I grew up listening to stories from my family. They were all great story tellers. By the time I was eight, I was also an avid reader. These two things collided and I grew up knowing that I wanted to be a writer.

-What draws you to your genre of choice?

I write in the genres I like to read. When I’m writing, I write for myself as a reader. I’m constantly asking “would I like this?” or “would I read this?” Also, I’m drawn to more action-packed books, so I try to keep the action going with a break now and then for the reader to catch their breath and then dive back into the action.

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

Like everyone else, I had a basic understanding of mythology when I started writing this series, but I ended up having to do a ton of research. I think the most interesting thing I learned while researching the series was that the basic themes were very similar across cultures. As a result, I was intertwining some mythologies, like I gave a Japanese name to an elemental because I found similar legends of elementals in the Japanese mythos.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Definitely Levi. While he doesn’t always play a huge role, he seems to be the most interesting of the uncles. At times, I really wanted to move away from the Strachan books and explore his character more.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Keep at it. You can never write too much. Even if you think it sucks, keep writing. You never know when you’ll have an idea will suddenly come together and you’ll write the best story you’ve ever written. Also, be prepared to work hard. Writing takes work, lots of work and no matter how much passion you have for it, there are times it will feel like serious work.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Romance. I just can’t get into romance books. I don’t know why, but I can’t. I’ve actually tried to write a romance novel, but it’s terribly boring and dull. It sits in my “unfinished” folder and has for nearly six years.


I’ve been writing for over two decades and before that, I was creating my own bedtime stories to tell myself. I penned my first short story at the ripe old age of 8. It was a fable about how the raccoon got its eye-mask and was roughly three pages of handwritten, 8 year old scrawl. My mother still has it and occasionally, I still dig it out and admire it.

When I got my first computer, I took all my handwritten stories and typed them in. Afterwards, I tossed the originals. In my early twenties, I had a bit of a writer’s meltdown and deleted everything. So, with the exception of the story about the raccoon, I actually have none of my writings from before I was 23. Which is sad, because I had a half dozen other novels and well over two hundred short stories. It has all been offered up to the computer and writing gods as a sacrifice and show of humility or some such nonsense that makes me feel less like an idiot about it.

I have been offered contracts with publishing houses in the past and always turned them down. Now that I have experimented with being an Indie Author, I really like it and I’m really glad I turned them down. However, if you had asked me this in the early years of 2000, I would have told you that I was an idiot (and it was a huge contributing factor to my deleting all my work).

When I’m not writing, I play in a steel-tip dart league and enjoy going to dart tournaments. I enjoy renaissance festivals and sanitized pirates who sing sea shanties. My appetite for reading is ferocious and I consume two to three books a week as well as writing my own. Aside from introducing me to darts, my SO has introduced me to camping, which I, surprisingly, enjoy. We can often be found in the summer at Mark Twain Lake in Missouri, where his parents own a campground.

I am a native of Columbia, Missouri, which I will probably call home for the rest of my life, but I love to travel. Day trips, week trips, vacations on other continents, wherever the path takes me is where I want to be and I’m hoping to be able to travel more in the future.

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  1. I love this story line. I hope she has witch powers.


    1. Brenna has lots of powers, most of them she's afraid of...

  2. Good excerpt and interview! Thanks for the spotlight on the book

  3. Thanks for spotlighting my book and me!

    I'll come back throughout the day to answer any more questions.

  4. Sounds very exciting.


  5. Fun research fact

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  6. this book sounds really interesting ,I am definitely going to check it out :D