“HAPPY” Blogiversary Celebration with Kira Brady

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KiraSeattle makes me happy.
by Kira Brady

I’ve traveled to many places in my time, but nowhere makes me as happy as home. Seattle is a magical place, full of quirky artists, tech geeks, and book nerds. The Seattle of the Deadglass Trilogy is no different: through all its gritty, broken pieces, something beautiful shines through.​

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What’s not to love? Every direction you look has a beautiful view, whether it’s the Olympic Mountains to the west, the Cascades to the east, Mount Rainier to the south, or Mount Baker to the north. Sure, they may be covered by a shadowy veil most of the time, but we live with the hope that any moment the sun will break through the clouds and shock us out of our coffee-induced haze with a vista worth waiting for. Even the old industrial sites can be beautiful, like Gas Works Park, an old coal gasification plant that is now a park. It was my childhood playground. I climbed the old boilers and pipes, fed the geese on the coal loading dock, and flew kites on the hill overlooking Lake Union. I liked it so much, I wrote it into all three Deadglass books, setting a massive shifter-human-demigod battle over Kite Hill and along the lakefront.

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The history and ghost stories of Seattle make me happy. I love the haunted brick alleys of Pioneer Square and Underground Seattle, the morbid past of the century-old Pike Place Market, and the vibrant waterfront with its wheel and fish and ferries. The city is packed with world-class theater and sports (GO HAWKS!), but right on our doorstep is wilderness and wildness that calls to be explored.

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Even the rain makes me happy. I love the feeling of walking into a coffee shop to escape the drizzle and being hit by the smell of fresh coffee and the sound of dozens of writers working on their laptops. When it’s blustery outside, I curl up with a good book and a pot of tea, and at night, the gentle patter of rain on the rooftop lulls me to sleep.

Seattle is a city of unique neighborhoods, and Ballard is my favorite. We celebrate our Scandinavian heritage with a big parade for Norwegian Independence Day, wear our Viking hats with pride, and eat cardamom braid, aebleskiver, and pickled herring. It made me ridiculously happy to twist our cultural heritage into something dark in the Deadglass Trilogy with the immortal Norse dragon shifters who rule Ballard with an iron fist. All my favorite parts of the city went into the books, including the chocolate factory in all its deliciously evil glory.

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Seattle makes me happy, and writing about Seattle makes me even happier. I hope you’ll let me share the city’s salvation with you in the final installment of the Deadlgass Trilogy, Hearts of Chaos, which comes out on Tuesday. The first two books, Hearts of Darkness and Hearts of Shadow, are currently on sale as ebooks. More information can be found at http://kirabrady.com

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To celebrate Books Make Me Happy’s fourth “blogiversary”, I’m giving away a print copy of my new release! To enter… tell me something special about YOUR hometown. What do you look forward to “coming home” to when you’re away? What do you tell others to look for and/or do when they visit? Where’s your favorite place to wander to when you leave your house?

HEARTS OF CHAOS
Kensington Zebra, March 2014
available in print, ebook, and audiobook

To save her world, one woman’s fierce quest will put her up against an ancient evil–and a desire too dangerous to deny . . .

She is betrothed to Seattle’s most feared shifter clan leader. Still, the Lady Lucia can never be the dainty aristocratic wife Emory Corbette thinks he needs. And as a malevolent, all-consuming monster plots to take hold of their shattered world, Lucia will risk her untapped powers to defeat it–and challenge the Raven King’s seductive rule. No one in Emory’s many lifetimes has ever defied him. Lucia’s courage and strength are shaking his iron control to its core. . .and making him hungry for all she can give. But their only hope is a wrenching sacrifice that could unite humans and shifters in victory–or destroy everything Lucia and Emory desire most. . .

“Seamlessly weaving threads of Babylonian, Norse, and Northwest Native American fables, Brady creates a dark, rich tapestry. The trilogy ends as it began: with beautifully rendered prose and multidimensional characters who capture readers’ hearts.”  – Publishers Weekly

**Be sure to check out all of the other “HAPPY” posts from guest authors during this week’s blogiversary!!  Click HERE for the Kickoff Post with the full list of participating authors and guest post links. ALL giveaways will be open for the entire week, winners will be chosen and notified on Sunday, March 2nd. Thanks for helping us celebrate!!**

13 Comments

  1. Comment by Bridgett:

    My hometown is super small and has a little restaurant, if you can really call it that, that is awesome. You walk up to the window to place your order, wait for it outside the window or in your car, then either eat in the car or take it home. It’s the best place to eat. Recently my hometown was damaged greatly by a tornado and the Freezer Fresh was destroyed. Everyone was devastated and worried about whether it would be rebuilt. Thankfully the owners were able to get the money to rebuild and it’s back and better than ever.

  2. Comment by jovialvampyre:

    My hometown only has one blinking red light otherwise just stop signs. It was burned to the ground during the War of 1812. Fort Niagara was the first stone fort in the America’s. I like to go to the Lake as soon as I get home but haven’t been back in a couple years.

  3. Comment by Trina.ADR:

    I live in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater Florida area so I always recommend the beaches. I enjoy outdoor photography so I’m always visiting a park/beaches to take pics of flowers/wildlife.

  4. Comment by Stephanie Fredrick:

    The best places in my hometown are the beaches and the river. The beaches are beautiful and the weather dusting the summer is great. Their is a outside shopping area right on the river that has great places to eat and take in the atmosphere and you even see a lot of manatees swimming. It is really beautiful.

  5. Comment by Jennifer:

    I grew up in a little town that is right on the St. John’s river. We had manatees that would come up to the piers if they heard us jumping in and splashing around. Fun memories, and a really cool thing to share 🙂

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  7. Comment by Holly:

    I grew up in a little town in Wyoming that doesn’t resemble much of itself anymore. I always tell travelers to stop at the little 50’s diner on the hill when they pass through and imagine me waiting tables at my first job. My parents still live in the house I was raised in, which has a lot of memories of friends and family. It’s always fun to reminisce about old times, but my all time favorite thing to do is actually in the little town next door to mine. The Sweetwater Count Events Complex hosts Stock Car Races all summer long and it will always be ‘home’ to me.

  8. Comment by debraelise:

    Hi Kira! I came back to live in the area I grew up in. The gorgeous North Idaho landscape is beautiful- pine trees, prairies, lakes and mountains. A small community yet it also has a vibrant uptown feel when you want to break out of the daily grind and experience the nightlife and various cultural events offered throughout the region. 🙂

  9. Comment by bn100:

    the amusement parks

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. Comment by Barbara E.:

    Well, when I’m away, I look forward to coming home to my own house and seeing my son and daughter-in-law (since they usually pick me up at the airport). But when people visit, I recommend going to some of the awesome theme parks in Orlando – Universal, SeaWorld or Disney. My favorite place to wander to when I leave the house is on a walk around my neighborhood. There are lovely big oak trees that shade the sidewalk and lots of lovely landscaping to enjoy.

  11. Comment by Texas Book Lover:

    There is nothing special about my hometown except few people can pronounce when the first try. In fact I only live I the county limits and my kids go to a different city’s school because we are actually closer to its city. Confusing yes but we live it and hey my husband can dove hunt in our back yard.

  12. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I’ve never really felt like I had a home town. We moved around a LOT when I was a child, so home was, and still is, wherever my parents happen to be. So I guess the special thing is my folks.

  13. Comment by kong:

    No question this is the place to get this info, thanks y’all.

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