Today I have author Kym Grosso for a Guest Post. She’s currently on book tour for Kade’s dark Embrace, first book of the series Immortals of New Orleans.
Hi Everyone! I would like to thank Book Travels for hosting me today on my virtual book tour for Kade’s Dark Embrace. I really appreciate the opportunity to stop by and share a guest post with readers. This post is about is about locations for novels. What locations do you prefer to read about in books? Snow covered mountains? Beaches? Urban settings? Exotic, faraway countries? Familiar locals? Whatever your preference, I do hope you enjoy my take on locations in books.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
Location, Location, Location
Reading a book can take us away to a faraway country or to Mom & Pop’s hometown diner. One minute we can be reading about a bustling urban street and then in the next chapter, we are reading about horses in the fields of Kentucky. Some locations we may know like the back of our hand. But other locations, we visualize the setting through the author’s eyes. As a reader, one of my favorite things about reading is being able to learn about a new place; one filled with its own distinct characteristics. And interestingly enough, that is also what I love about traveling.
As a traveler, my favorite thing to do when I go on vacation is to learn about the local culture, arts and cuisine. From a visiting a haunted plantation and eating jerk chicken in Jamaica to touring a Voodoo museum and eating beignets in New Orleans, our senses are teased and tickled along our journey. As an author, I try my very best to describe those extraordinary smells, tastes, sounds and sights for the reader. From the urban streets of Philadelphia to New Orleans, each city celebrates its own uniqueness.
My novel, Kade’s Dark Embrace, begins in Penn’s Landing, which is located on the Delaware riverfront in Philadelphia. Several chapters later, the main characters are whisked away to New Orleans where they end up in the Garden district, French Quarter and Warehouse district. Sydney eats beignets at the famous Café du Monde, and window shops antiques down Royal Street. They also end up in St. Louis Cemetery where Marie Laveau, the famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, is buried.
While writing can certainly conjure up imaginative descriptions, researching locations can help to bring a hint of reality to fictional novels. Weaving historical facts and pictures into our stories brings readers a step closer to experiencing a place they may have never traveled. Likewise, they can bring a different perspective to a location that we may not have considered.
Between Philadelphia and New Orleans, both cities are rich in history and culture; each with its own tastes, sounds and sights. As much as I’d love to bring readers a hot, sugary beignet or a Philly cheesesteak, the only way to share this experience is through the words of my book. Or in this case, through photographs. I hope you enjoy a few personal photos of the locations within Kade’s Dark Embrace.
Kade’s Dark Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans #1
Published March 5th 2012
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.
The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?