Title: The Necromancer's Reckoning
Author: SJ Himes
Series: Beacon Hill Sorcerer #3
Genre: M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: May 27, 2018Summary:
Every action has consequences.
For a decade, Angel Salvatore has been the most powerful sorcerer and only necromancer in all the Northeast. Never one to ask permission nor apologies, he has acted with near impunity for years.
The High Council of Sorcery has come to Boston, and Angel is their target. Charged with numerous violations of practitioner laws, his freedom and family are placed in jeopardy.
If found guilty, Angel's apprentice Daniel will be imprisoned to serve out the remaining years of his apprenticeship. Isaac, his brother, is too vulnerable to be left unguarded, and Angel fears for his sanity and health. And Simeon, Elder vampire and Angel's mate refuses to see Angel convicted under the laws of the Council and his actions to keep Angel free threaten to start a war that could destroy their world. And Angel faces the severest of punishments—the castration of his gifts.
The Council has never cared for the people of Boston, and Angel doubts their motives. They have come for some insidious reason, and it has nothing to do with upholding the law and everything to do with Angel.
Dealing with an impending trial, a wayward ghost, and a grave robbing ring of thieves leaves Angel on the edge. He thinks he may have a handle on things until violence erupts across the city, and a stranger comes to town...a stranger with his own dark powers of necromancy.
This is book 3 of a series, and the previous books should be read first for full enjoyment. Trigger Warnings are on the Copyright Page and can be seen using the Look Inside feature or by downloading a sample of this book.
I can’t really pinpoint the biggest reason, aside from the need to read something I wasn’t finding. I write what I want to read, and I grew up reading big name fantasy and sci-fi authors, particularly McCaffrey and Lackey. Their books got the closest to stories I wanted to read but didn’t quite leave me fulfilled. I started writing at a young age to fill those needs, to see something MORE.
With urban fantasy, I love the blend of magic and modern times. Supernatural creatures living out in the open, no hiding, alongside humanity, and how their lives unfold is one of my favorite things to read. I found my niche in writing urban fantasy. It comes the easiest out of all the genres I’ve tried.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
The top three things I love the most about writing the book itself are character development, world building, and plot, all tied. Those are the most important in my books.
In the process, I have to say the first act of any book is the most enjoyable, followed afterwards by editing. I love edits. There’s nothing that will make me happier about the process of writing a book than getting back edits on a manuscript. The whole purpose of editing is to take what I’ve created and make it better. What’s not to love?
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I enjoy reading urban fantasy, epic fantasy, and scifi the most. This is likely since I mainly read to escape reality, and there’s nothing remotely equivalent in our reality to epic space battles with aliens, falling in love with an elf, or engaging in a sorcerer’s duel. Those genres hold a strong appeal for me.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
This is a terribly intimidating question. If I could, I would want to write with Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. She was an amazing human and author. A living author, that would be Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe. Stunning historical author with the ability to destroy anyone’s equilibrium with heartache. Brilliant novelist.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I started young, writing, but I took long breaks between writing stages in my life. The longest was ten years, and I accredit writing with saving my sanity. I’ve been writing steadily since 2014 and have no plans to stop anytime soon. I always had a secret desire to become a writer, but for some silly reason I thought it would be too hard, and beyond my abilities, and that I wouldn’t be accepted by the gatekeepers (trad pub houses.) Upon discovering the concept of self-publishing, I decided to try it myself, bypassing the gatekeepers entirely, and I haven’t looked back.
I'm a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I'm at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with occasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that's perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), The Wolfkin Saga, and the epic fantasy romance series Realms of Love. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on.... I'm a nomad, and I've yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.
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