Today, I’m hosting Mindy McKay. Thanks for coming by, Mindy. I’m so happy you could be here today! I’ll let you take it away and share your magical tale!
First, I’d like to thank Gianna for having me here on her blog. I’m really psyched to be here today, and to be part of this tour!
Now, for a more detailed definition of “I”. I’m Mindy MacKay, student, writer, and occasional TVTroper. To date, I’ve had three novels and three short stories published in the genres of scifi/fantasy, horror, and romantic suspense. In my spare time I enjoy watching obscure movies, playing the piano, and meeting with the local poetry club at an indie coffee shop. That’s me.
Most of my recent work has been realistic and free of paranormal elements, as I like to keep my writing thick with a “try this at home” element. I like writing about things that I (or readers) could plausibly do, and woodland warfare doesn’t rank highly on that list. However, I am in the middle of an ongoing series, namely Puppetmasters, that draws from a number of paranormal influences.
The most obvious speculative elements are the mutants and their powers, though this is a much more sci-fi thing. I won’t lie, I’m a complete nerd. I’ve been a Trekkie since I was eleven and grew up on a steady diet of Justice League, so a lot of the character abilities and fight sequences I use are drawn off of pulpy superhero stuff.
Then there’s the death lore I use. The grim reaper, who in my series appears as female, makes her first official entrance in the third installment, Bulletproof (release date TBA) and in book four, her surprising connection to the hero will come to light. I’ve modeled her after Santa Muerte, literally “Saint Death,” who is venerated in Mexico among certain circles. I wanted to portray Death as an all-accepting figure rather than all ominous gloom-and-doom, so naturally, she turned out a little like the Dia de los Muertos death goddess.
So, there you have it. A combination of hard sci-fi and goddess worship. Not the most likely combination, but it’s certainly fun mixing things up.
Thanks again to Gianna for having me, and don’t forget to swing by the other stops on the tour! ❤ Mindy.
Here’s the lowdown on the latest from Mindy, Fallen from Disgrace:
Rosella Cartwright wakes up in the hospital after a yearlong coma with no recollection of who she used to be. Her only clue is that everyone around her despises and avoids her. Then, she discovers the truth: before she was hospitalized, she was the most wanted maniac of New York’s criminal underbelly.
Disgusted by reports of her own heinous crimes, she attempts to reform herself, but her efforts are in vain as society continues to cast her out in hatred and fear. All the world seems against her until she is offered a job by Daniel Ryan, a rising executive and self-made success who hides a lifetime of inner turmoil behind a façade of cool indifference. Drawn to his mystery as he is by her irrepressible darkness, Rosella starts falling for Daniel, but love can’t save her from her past. A former victim of hers wants revenge, and will stop at nothing to get it. Her partners in crime want her back by their side, though she wants nothing more to do with them. And a sinister plot of her own design, buried beneath her amnesia, is, unbeknownst to her, still very much in progress. These are the monsters she will have to fight off alone, and if she doesn’t watch her step, she might not make it out alive.
You can find Mindy’s latest release, Fallen from Disgrace, at Noble Romance Publishing, here: https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=201
That book sounds awesome, Mindy. I can’t wait to read it! Mindy’s giving away a copy of Fallen from Disgrace, so be sure to leave a comment, and don’t forget to also leave your email address.
To continue on the tour – today you can meet Justine Elyot over at Indigo Skye’s place – click here: