"I fell into this job quite by accident, when I discovered that I possessed the ability to see the preternatural world. There are a handful of people with similar abilities, and part of my job is to locate them, since Government Services and Infrastructure Canada likes to keep track of these things. Don't ask me why."
There's a malevolent force in town, and it's quite literally Valerie Stevens' job to determine who's behind it and why they want to destroy the world, starting with Calgary.
She'll have help, in the form of her best friend (now more or less a zombie, unfortunately), a powerful dwarf troll, and the ghost of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (but he goes by 'Bill' these days). But that's not all - Valerie has some tricks up her sleeve and, she hopes, luck on her side. Oh, and her boyfriend, Dave. He drives a dump truck.
Who is Sean Cummings?
From Sean’s web site: "Sean Cummings is a comic book geek of the highest order and self-described nerd. He's been writing since 1978 (as a means of liberating his "inner nerd") He's a huge fan of the television series Being Human and asserts that if urban fantasy happened in the real world, Being Human is as close to real as you can get. His interests include speculative and science fiction, the borg, cats with extra toes, east Indian cuisine and quality sci-fi movies/television.
He lives in Saskatoon, Canada.
How Can You Tell It's One Of My Books?
1. It takes place in Canada. I've got nothing against the rest of the world but Canada is a cool place and hey, why shouldn't there be Canadian settings?
2. Really eccentric characters. I've written about characters from a little old lady with a penchant for rye who can bench press a battle tank to a zombie with a law degree. I think it makes for a colourful story.
3. Really awkward romance. I suck at romance, but it's sometimes necessary to throw on the oatmeal in a novel. The romance I insert is generally awkward, clunky and often humorous.
4. Humour. I try to create a blend of humour mixed with action in my stories.
5. First Person POV. I love writing in first person because my books always revolve around a central character who is relaying their experience to the reader. I can write in third person and who knows, maybe I will write a series of books that way. For now, I will keep on doing what appears to be working."
Valerie Stevens Series:
- Shade Fright
- Funeral Pallor – July 2010
Sean Cummings has generously offered to giveaway a signed ARC of Shade Fright to one lucky commentator. Here’s how to enter:
- In the comments, name a book you have read that takes place in Canada or why you'd like to read Shade Fright.
- Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
- Open to the US and Canada.
- Deadline to enter this giveaway is Sunday, March 7th at 8 AM CST.
- Sean Cummings will be mailing Shade Fright to the winner.