The Underground Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, PI: The Guicai Talisman
by A.M. Griffin
Publisher: Three Twenty-One, LLC
Publication Date: March 21, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
What does a woman have to do to prove she belongs in the Undercity? Sure, I’m unclassed and only half paranormal, but that doesn’t mean I can’t solve cases. Since the established PI’s won’t acknowledge my right to a territory, I’m taking jobs from whoever will hire me, doing what I do best…proving myself to be a bad-ass problem solver. Which is how I find myself breaking into Zaid’s house, looking for a talisman my witch client says the very powerful vampire stole.
Now, I can make flowers grow, hear the wind’s whispers and talk to animals, but I don’t have the gift of seeing the future. If I did, I’d have known not to take this case. Because no matter the outcome, nothing good can come from messing with the Guicai Talisman, or it’s far too gorgeous guardian.
Cover art provided by Erik Reeves http://facebook.com/Erikreevesart
The next book in the series…
The Lycan Job
Being hired by the Alpha of the Lycan pack to solve the mystery of his son’s death could make my name as a PI in the Undercity—if it doesn’t get me killed first. Not only am I looking for a perp who obviously won’t hesitate to commit murder, but even before I get working on the problem I’m being threatened. That’s not going to stop me though. Neither is interference from Zaid, the hot Vampire who keeps popping up at the most inopportune times.
Yet this turns out to be anything but a straightforward case. I’m learning more about the workings of the Undercity than ever before, and what I’m finding out is pretty ugly. It’s making me question everything I thought I knew about the Houses, and what I’m missing by not being claimed by my father. But that may well be a question I won’t get a chance to ponder, because even tapping into every ability I possess might not be enough to help me survive the Lycan Job.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Hi all *waves*. I’ve been writing stories all my life, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I actually finished one. Usually I’d feel the need to get the story out and after the first few chapters, I would stop. I really never felt a longing to finish any one story in particular. That was until 2012. I pushed (well, maybe that’s too strong of a word because the words flowed with ease from my fingertips) to finish Eva’s (Dangerously Mine) story. I wanted that character to have her happy ending and since I’m mostly a pantser, I didn’t know how her ending would end until the end (a lot of ends in that sentence lol). Ever since then I’ve been writing and finishing stories. I like to write whatever fits my fancy. I write sci-fi erotica, paranormal wolf-shifters, young adult dystopian, contemporary and monster porn. The Undercity Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, P.I. The Guicai Talisman is the first of delving into the world of urban fantasy and I’m loving every minute of it! It’s a great accomplishment for me and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
This calling has been with me from the very start. My mother is a writer and seeing her at her desk and on her typewriter was a staple in our house. I was always encouraged to write and to express my feelings through paper and pen. So while writing has always been in my life, the actual journey begins with each new story.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
I have a TON of favorite authors, but most of them are regency romance or dark paranormal, both genres I don’t write. It’s funny, but I like to keep my reading and writing separate. I read a lot of Dean Koontz (as a matter of fact I’m going through his back list and re-reading his books), but I would never write or even try to write like him. But what I am most taken by are authors who are in this business to get a character’s story told. Those are the authors that I admire more than anything else.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
Good gracious. I have a full-time day time job which I actually love and enjoy and after that I put in at least 4 more hours in writing, whether it be creating my story or editing a story. Then I can soak into a bath and then crawl into bed. I really wish that it is more glamorous than that. Like maybe I get up in the morning, feed my dogs and grab a cup of coffee and after I enjoy the peace of the morning sun I sit down at a lovely desk and write all the beautiful words and afterward I meet the kids at the bus stop and make them sandwiches then make them dinner. LOL. Instead I’m dragging myself around all day, trying to fit life into life and trying not to make a mess of it.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I was at a book conference and I saw this flyer of a woman with guns and the backdrop of the city. The picture on the flyer intrigued me so I tossed it in my bag and eventually took it home with me. I didn’t do anything with the idea immediately but her presence was always in the back of my mind. It took about a year for me to finish up other projects and clear my plate. I reached out to some of my author friends and got their input on the name Babylonia Delilah Jones and from there she took shape. The Undercity Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, P.I. is unlike any other series that I’ve written. It’s gritty, fast paced and chopped full of action. Baby (as her friends call her) is a kick ass heroine who has a gun and isn’t afraid to use it. While all my heroines have a special place in my heart, this one has definitely carved her name across it.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I don’t think that there’s one novel drastically different than another on the shelf. I think it boils down to writing style. There’s a ton of wolf-shifter, alien abduction, and so on and so forth books out there. What’s different is how the author tells the story. Hopefully readers will love Babylonia Jones as much as I do. I want them to understand her, to be on her side and to sometimes want to bop her upside her head. That’s passion and my stories have plenty of it.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
I have many favorites. Eva Smith from Dangerously Mine is special to me because she’s my first ever heroine. Meisha from Lover Claimed is so tough, head strong and badass that I can’t help but to relate to her (I actually named my new dog after her). But Babylonia Jones is now my favorite. While we don’t share anything in common but the color of our skin, I feel a connection between us. She’s caught between the human world and paranormal world and doesn’t feel she fits in either. She wants to be in the paranormal world, but unfortunately not everyone is welcoming her with open arms. When I write about her feelings regarding acceptance I feel more of a connection to her than with any other character. And I think acceptance is something that we all deal with at some point or another in our life.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
So many! In the very first chapter Baby is going through a betrayal and she’s mad—oh, so mad. Right off the bat it showed me that although she was hurt, she wasn’t going to allow herself to be defeated. All she wanted to do was curl up into a ball and call her mother, but instead she made some hearty threats. LOL. The other scenes that I really enjoyed writing were between her and her love interest, Zaid. He comes onto the scene and he’s not like any other man (Vampire) that she’s ever encountered. She tries to be bad ass with him, but come on, with a name like Zaid, and being a Vampire she doesn’t stand a chance.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I want them to understand Babylonia and The Undercity more. I want them to believe that there could be a paranormal world in their cities and towns and that maybe, just maybe there is a woman trying desperately to fit in.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I have the same hope that every author has. That readers will adore my characters and will want to continue the characters’ journey with them. What better hope is there?
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
Babylonia Jones’ story doesn’t end here. I plan there to be many more in the future. I have completed 4 stories so far, all set to release in 2016 and soon I’ll begin writing the stories to release in 2017. Since I have 4 stories already completed I know what happens, and I know how she gets out of all the crazy situations that she gets in, so I think the hardest part for me will be to not jump ahead, but to stay on one book at a time.
About the Author
M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
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