Monday, November 26, 2012

Whatcha Reading? Marked by Odin - Coral Moore

Whatcha Reading? is a feature that spotlights currently released titles. I just recently finished reading  Marked by Odin by Coral Moore (see my review above) and enjoyed it so much I begged asked Coral to stop by and give us a closer look at her newest release.


Marked by Odin
Broods of Fenrir, #2
Word Count: approx: 57,000 (Novel)

Some scars are more than skin deep.

After killing his sadistic brother, Brand inherits the responsibility for his brother’s brood. Now, he must convince the brood that their barbaric way of life belongs in the past and demand change in order to secure their future.

Crushed by the death of his mate, Gunni believes it’s only a matter of time before he succumbs to the loneliness that plagues his life. He follows Brand out of loyalty, but he secretly craves the peace that death will bring—until he is confronted with the most infuriating human he’s ever met.

Leo is a throwback who has never quite fit in with human society. Drawn into the savage world of the werewolves, not entirely against his will, he discovers that the Broods of Fenrir don’t fear much… except him.

These three conflicting personalities unite in pursuit of an unscrupulous trapper who has taken a member of Brand’s brood captive. They must track him down before he uncovers what they are and their secret is revealed.

Warnings: Violence, Strong Language and Sexual Content

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1) What’s the basic premise of Marked by Odin?
Marked by Odin follows Gunni after the events of the first book, which ends with the death of his mate. In her memory he’s trying to help bring Brand’s new brood out of the savage past and into the modern world. At the beginning of the second book he’s moving through life in a daze, not caring much what happens to him.

2) What inspired the idea for this book?
I hated the way I left Gunni at the end of the first book. He was one of my favorite characters, though he had a very minor role in the first book. I knew when I started this one that I wanted to show more about who he really was because Gunni exemplifies the direction Brand wants the broods to move in.

3) Who is the audience for this story?
Adult readers of contemporary fantasy who like a darker edge to their stories.

4) How would you define the genre for this book?  Are there any underlying themes?
Like the first book, I think this book straddles the line between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. The first book leans a bit more toward UF and the second is closer to PNR. I believe the third will head back toward UF, but I haven’t started it yet so I can’t say for sure.

Love conquers all? *laugh* I’m afraid I’m not very good at laying out themes. I hope readers do get something out of my stories theme-wise, but I don’t like to stipulate what it should be.

5) What sets Marked by Odin apart from other books in the genre?
The Brood books are darker than most Urban Fantasy/Paranormal. There’s more bad language, violence, and sex than most UF, though not as much sex as a true Paranormal Romance.

6) How would you describe the heat level?
Spicy or Steamy.

7) Can you tell us more about the Broods of Fenrir series?
Each book in the series will focus on the story of a different character, but there will be an over-arching plot that follows Brand in his efforts to modernize brood society. Book three will be mainly about Erik and the ramifications of what happens at the end of Marked.

8) Who did the cover art for your book?
The amazing Amanda Kelsey of Razzle Dazzle Design has done all my book covers to date.

9) What is your favorite scene or line from Marked by Odin?
It’s really hard to pick one favorite scene. I guess I’d go with the scene where Leo and Gunni encounter a bear while tracking Disa who has gone missing. I love their back and forth dialogue in that scene. It gives insight into both of their characters that you wouldn’t get to see otherwise.

10) How did you choose the names of the characters?
The names of my characters in the Broods world are based on Old Norse names. Mostly I chose names I thought sounded good as opposed to matching their meaning with personalities.

11) Can you give us some better insight into one of the characters?
Ingrid is a character that many people (myself included) love and hate in equal measure. The question of whether she’s truly insane or not comes up a lot, and I think that question gets partially answered in Marked. She’s not as crazy as she lets on, nor as cruel. She’s survived so long in a male-dominated society mainly by manipulating those who would destroy her. In Brand she saw a better future for all of them, and she’s been trying to engineer that future since he was born. 

12) Can you explain how the Brood society works in this world?
There are two factions in Brood society, traditionalists and modernists. The traditional faction doesn’t want anything to change. They support keeping to the primitive, brutal ways they learned from the Scandinavian barbarians. The modern faction believes there’s no reason they should adhere to the tenets of a society that no longer exists.

13) Is there anything else you would like readers to know?
My fiction is dark, and has been described more than once as disturbing, but there’s always a reason behind what happens. I like to torture my characters, literally and figuratively, because I think pain makes the story better.

14) Where can readers find your book? Is it available in ebook, print, or both?
Marked by Odin is available in eBook at All Romance, Amazon (UK), Barnes & Noble, Drive Thru Fiction, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also available in paperback at Amazon and CreateSpace.

15) Where can readers find you online?
Most commonly I can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or my blog.

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FIRST WORDS...
     Gunni sniffed several times, his muzzle lifted high. The cold air tickled the labyrinthine passages of his nose. Scents of fear and pain assaulted him, even from a few hundred feet away. Brand had sent him ahead to scout the Vancouver brood, and what he had to report was not encouraging. Madness was the best way to describe the events taking place in the valley below him.
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EXCERPT from Marked by Odin
Copyright 2012 Coral Moore

Brand hadn’t stepped foot in a longhouse in centuries. He’d known some of the broods still used them as meeting houses, but he never thought he’d have reason to enter one again. The rough-hewn timbers and dirt floor sent him back to his youth, and not in a good way. The room was long and narrow, with a raised platform of logs at the far end where the earl held court. To one side, a set of stairs led to an open loft. Dark splotches that smelled like old blood stained the floor. He paced the dais and cast annoyed glances at the chair that occupied the center. If he’d thought for a moment Ansvarr would have claimed the wretched thing after their sire’s death, he would have burned it on the spot. Carved from a huge tree, the chair depicted sculptures of wolves impaled on spikes across the back. His sire had presided over the deaths of so many from that seat. Just being in the same room with it made Brand want to empty his stomach.

He looked over at Dagny, who leaned against one of the side walls just beyond the edge of the platform. “I don’t think I can sit in it.”

She folded her arms across her chest. “You have to.” She’d been retreating into herself from the moment they’d entered the complex of primitive buildings, and the barrier around her felt like a wall of ice.

The males of the brood he was investigating had tormented her for decades at Ansvarr’s behest. Brand wasn’t sure he’d be able to cope with her presence among them once more than twenty males filled the room. The fear she buried already clawed at him. He’d briefly considered the idea of sending her away, but knew she’d never agree, and having her out of his sight would probably only aggravate the possessive wolf inside him more. “I need you up here with me.”

She shook her head without looking at him.

Her panic skittered along his nerves and set his teeth on edge. “They won’t hurt you while I breathe.”

“I know.” She sighed. “I’m not sure I can look them in the eyes, and I’m afraid that will undermine what you’re trying to do.”

Over the past few weeks, at his prompting, she had talked about what had been done to her there. The runes burned into her stomach were long healed over and easier to cope with than the memories of their creation. If their circumstances were reversed, he doubted he would have the strength to stand in the room, knowing that those who had tormented him were only minutes away. He jumped from the dais and pulled her into his arms. She drew a deep breath as she tucked her face into the crook of his neck.

“I’m sorry, bunny,” he said into her hair. “I’ll have Gun take you out of here as soon as he gets back.”

She clutched him tighter. “If I’m not in the room when they get here, you’ll probably end up killing them all.”

He rubbed her back with slow strokes. “The more I think about it, the better that plan seems.”

“Except not all of them are bad, some of them only did what they did because they were afraid of Ansvarr. Some of them even stood up for me. If this turns into a bloodbath, can you be sure that everyone hurt will deserve your wrath?”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives the tales she tells.

Prompted by a general interest in how life works, her undergraduate schooling was in biology. She follows science news and enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writes speculative fiction and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Albertus Magnus College.

Currently she lives in Connecticut with the love of her life, who offers both encouragement and kicks in the tail when necessary. Also in residence are two mammals of the families Canidae and Felidae.
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Coral, thanks so much for joining us today.  I'm truly looking forward to the next book in this series!


2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to come and visit on your blog, Michelle! :)

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  2. So welcome! I really enjoyed learning more about this book. I'll be keeping the next one on my radar for sure :)

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