Guest Post: What inspired me to write urban fantasy by Stacey Rourke

I love to challenge myself with new genres. I’ve learned that if I say “I could never write that type of content” it usually means inspiration will strike, and prompt me to do just that. I said I would never write romance. Then, after finishing my book Raven, in which I delved deep into the dark works of Edgar Allen Poe, I realized that a nice romantic comedy was exactly what I needed to get me out of that goth state of mind. Venturing into Urban Fantasy came about in a similar fashion.

I’m sure we all remember the vampire boom a few years back. Between Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and more, you could throw a stick without accidentally staking a vamp … so to speak. Vampires flooded the mainstream, and it was then that I said I would never write a vampire book. Well, never say never!

When the idea for this book struck me, I knew I wanted to take on vampires in a whole new way. I wanted to meld the political intrigue and backstabbing of the show Scandal with the butt kicking adventure of the Blade movies. Vampires are viewed as monsters, but I was compelled to challenge that belief by matching it against some of the vile acts that are committed by dark-hearted humans every day. By the end of the book, I wanted to have challenged my readers into rethinking who the villains truly are.

I had an absolute blast putting this book together, and I hope readers enjoy this fresh take on vampire culture! The Veiled Series will continue with Vlad, set to release in the fall of 2018.

Veiled
Stacey Rourke
Publication date: November 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.

They claim vamps don’t kill.
They preach we are safe.
They … are dead wrong.

One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.

I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.

Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

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Author Bio:

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

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