We were already excited when we heard that urban fantasy/paranormal fiction author Julie Kenner was going to have a new series releasing back-to-back-to-back this fall under the name J.K. Beck. But our anticipation of the series shot into high gear earlier this week when it was reported that Julie has already signed a second contract for three more books in the series! Here in her own words is what Julie has to say about the new series, her new pen name and the new contract.
"The first three books are When Blood Calls, When Pleasure Rules and When Wicked Craves, and they're coming in September, October and November. The series is paranormal romantic suspense and the stories are set in and around a paranormal judicial system that's hidden in and mirrors our own. It's been around for millennia, but at the current time it's a secret part of Homeland Security, the true nature of the branch known only by a limited number of high-level humans. One of the reasons the series is so special to me is that I worked as a litigator before I started writing, and while I never prosecuted or filed suit against literal demons (that I'm aware of) it's been such fun building a story world around this paranormal system. Things happened fast after I turned in the third book, and before I knew it I was over the moon with another three books under contract!
"The first book is both the reader's entree into the world and the heroine's. Sara Constantine is a hotshot prosecutor on the rise in L.A., and after she wins a high-profile case, she's given a fabulous promotion ... and is blown away when she learns that as a prosecutor for Division 6, she's going to be working alongside (and prosecuting) the kinds of creatures she once believed belonged in the realm of nightmares. Things get even more intense when Sara learns that the first defendant she's trying for murder is Lucius Dragos, a man she had a steamy one-night stand with only a few nights before. A man who happens to be a vampire.
"I've been so happy with the feedback we've gotten on the books, too. Advance quotes have been awesome. Kresley Cole said, 'In When Blood Calls, the explosive first entry in the new Shadow Keepers series, J.K. Beck expertly blends pulse-pounding romantic suspense with an evocative and original paranormal world. The result is a red-hot, page-turner. I cannot wait to read more from this author!' and Larissa Ione says, 'Gripping and utterly compelling! J. K. Beck takes you on a dark, twisty ride that will leave you breathless. Smart, suspenseful and jam-packed with startling twists, When Blood Calls is pulse-pounding pleasure.'
"The second and third books introduce more characters and mythology into the world. I have the back-cover copy of When Pleasure Rules and When Wicked Craves up on my website and I'll be adding excerpts soon - I hope folks check it out!
"As for the name, we went with a pen name because it's been a while since I've written a single-title romance (I've been writing in urban fantasy), and the books are so different from my previous romances (and from the Carpe Demon series), which were all light and quirky; we all thought a new name for a new series made sense. The J.K. is for Julie Kenner, and Beck is my maiden name."
-Faygie Levy, RT BOOK REVIEWS Executive Editor