Today I am featuring: She Marches Through Fire by A.M. Manay!
November awakes to find a world that has changed more than she can comprehend. The human government now knows of the existence of supernatural creatures, and the fatal betrayal at the end of Book 2 has left her deeply grieving. A stubborn and painful injury threatens November's life as it saps her strength and suppresses her psychic abilities. Her old captor Luka has the sole power to heal her, and he is, of course, more than happy to use that fact to his advantage.
November struggles to cope with both her ill health and her profound grief as she embarks on a supernatural road trip with the vampire world's most charming and dysfunctional family. She and her companions seek two treasures: an antidote to the poison that is slowly killing her, and an ancient fairy weapon known as "the scepter." A prophesy indicates that November may have to wield this object's great power, which always comes at a terrible cost. When the U.S. military threatens the peaceful supernatural/human community known as Eden, and her brother William works to provoke a war with the human race, November must decide if she is willing to pay the scepter's price.
Friend and stranger alike may be doomed, unless . . .
In addition to her work as an award-winning indie author of supernatural new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don't depend on romance as their reason for being.
I love setting fantastic scenes in places I regularly frequent. The chapters I set in the San Francisco Bay Area are among my favorite to write because that is where I have lived for the last 13 years. I get a kick out of setting scenes in my own town, and I feel it improves my writing to include these reality-based touches. My stories may feature vampires, fairies, werewolves, and magic, but I like the tales to take place in real locations.
A particularly crucial scene in She Marches Through Fire takes place just outside the Livermore Library, which is part of our medium-sized town's Civic Center. Vampires battle it out in one of our town's most recognizable spaces. Everyone in Livermore knows the frogs who stand guard outside the library, and the mural is locally infamous for costing a mint and for having contained a misspelled word when it was first unveiled.
Why did I choose to feature this particular spot? As a writer and an avid reader, I wanted to pay tribute to our library, which provides so many vital services to our town. My son and I look forward to our regular visits to pick out new books every few weeks, and the library was a real lifeline for me when I was feeling isolated as a new mother. That isolation was also what spurred me to begin writing.
Moreover, it seemed appropriate to me for book-lover November to have an important formative moment outside a temple of reading. In She Dies at the End, the first book in the series, November uses books to escape from her difficult life and to help her focus enough to control her unruly visions. Now, as a vampire in She Marches Through Fire, she comes to a greater understanding of her own power during a fight outside a building full of books. There’s a circularity to it that I find satisfying.
Can you guess what role the frog statues might play in the plot of She Marches Through Fire, or what might happen to the mural? Leave your guesses in the comments, and be sure to pre-order your copy of She Marches Through Fire.
Pick up your copy of She Marches Through Fire today! I have known A.M. Manay for a good while now, and she is an incredible author and person, and you can't do wrong by supporting her!