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Alayna Williams

Alayna WilliamsAlayna Williams (aka Laura Bickle) writes urban fantasy and horror. She has an MA in sociology-criminology (research  interests: fear of crime and victimology) and a BA in criminology. She lives happily ever after with her chief muse and four mostly-reformed feral cats in the Midwestern U.S. Learn more at Alayna Williams’ website.

Dark Oracle

Dark Oracle — (2010-2011) Publisher: Can an oracle change the future she sees? Tara Sheridan swore off criminal profiling years ago. By combining Tarot card divination with her own intuition, she narrowly escaped the grasp of a serial killer who left her scarred for life. She put down her cards and withdrew from work and society. Now, Sophia, a member of an ancient secret society connected to the mythic Delphic Oracle, asks Tara to find a missing scientist who has unlocked the destructive secrets of dark energy. Tara resists — she fears reawakening her long-buried talents and blames Sophia’s Daughters of Delphi for the death of her mother. But, grudgingly, she agrees to search for the missing scientist, Lowell Magnusson. Tara travels to Las Alamos National Laboratory, the location of Magnusson’s disappearance. She meets the serious, impatient, and highly attractive Agent Harry Li — and re-encounters her old partner, Richard Corvus. Corvus is now chief of the Special Projects Division, a position Tera might have held, had she notdropped out of investigative work. Corvus considers Tara mentally imbalanced and not to be trusted — but it may be Corvus who is untrustworthy. Tara’s investigation and Tarot cards tell her Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, may hold the key to her father’s plans, and that they both are in grave danger. Meanwhile, Corvus and the Daughters of Delphi have their own plans… and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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Dark Oracle: A compelling heroine

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Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams

For years, Tara Sheridan has been a hermit. She was once a criminal profiler, and a tarot-reading oracle destined for the all-female secret society Daughters of Delphi. After a series of traumas, she left these callings behind and retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. But when a brilliant scientist goes missing amid the ruins of his cutting-edge lab, leaving behind a young daughter, Tara reluctantly agrees to take the case.

This means dealing with the Daughters again, along with a former colleague who makes Tara uneasy. It also means running for her life when a couple of very powerful people decide they want her out of the way. And, too, it means a chance to face some old fears and perhaps even to fall in love, though she’s reluctant to reveal her unorthodox methods to a logical man like Harry Li.

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Rogue Oracle: Scared the bejabbers out of me

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Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

I have a deep-seated fear of nuclear disaster. If you made a list of Things that Freak Kelly Out, it’d be right up there. I can’t help it — I’m a product of my times. The Chernobyl disaster occurred when I was a child, and I knew just enough about nuclear meltdown to know that it was bad. Really bad. I still remember being sure — but being too afraid to ask and confirm my guess — that the reactor would just keep burning until it destroyed the whole world. When I was older, I learned what radiation could do to a person who wasn’t killed outright, and if anything, that was even more horrifying. I watched large portions of K-19: The Widowmaker with my eyes closed.

So why am I telling you all this? Because when I say that Alayna Williams has written a book that scared the bejabbers out of me (and not in the fun ... Read More

FanLit Asks: July 3, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share with us?
J.A. Pitts: Forged in Fire was just released from Tor. I'm currently on my book tour in San Diego and San Francisco. I have more events planned in the next month which can be found on my website under appearances.

James Barclay: I’m on the jury for this year’s British Fantasy Awards which is an honour and a privilege -- there is so much quality on the shortlists this year and I’m really buzzed about reading it all though picking the winners is going to be a tough job. I’ll be at FantasyCon 2012 in Brighton for the whole weekend -- that’s Friday 28th September to Su... Read More

FanLit Asks: July 10, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
What are you working on these days?
Mark Lawrence: When not using MS Paint to draw mice and not at work pushing back the frontiers of science (sometimes in the right direction), and not looking after my youngest daughter... I'm writing a book called Gunlaw that's a strange fusion of gunslinger fantasy and sci-fi.

Anne Ursu: I'm in the middle of a new book. It's my first high fantasy, and I'm both intimidated and thrilled by the challenges that poses. Right now, mostly intimidated.
Read any good books lately?
James Barclay: Well, leaving aside anything I’ve ... Read More

Writing the Apocalypse

Today we welcome Laura Bickle, author of Embers, Sparks, and the YA novel The Hallowed Ones. The Outside, a sequel to The Hallowed Ones, will be released later this year. Laura also writes the DARK ORACLE series under the name Alayna Williams. Her question for you today is: Where do you want to be when the apocalypse hits? One commenter wins a copy of The Hallowed Ones.

One of the great things about writing is getting to ask those “what-if” questions. When I was writing The Hallowed Ones, I knew that I wanted to unleash a plague of bloodthirsty vampires on humanity. But I wanted to also explore the idea of survival, and I gave some thought into who might be best-equipped to surv... Read More