Hi everyone. I’m very happy to be here and getting to talk about Kept Tears, my new urban fantasy novel. Aaron is a disabled vet going to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. He thinks one of the most amazing things he’s likely to ever see is his new functional prosthetic arm. That is, until he meets Rhys and learns the world is far more magical than Aaron could have imagined.
That is what is so fun for me to both write and read urban fantasies. You have the everyday world rubbing right up against whatever wild and wonderful world the author can come up with. In Kept Tears, the Pittsburgh Aaron lives in is the same one I set foot in every time I go back to my parents’ place. With only a couple of exceptions, a reader can go and enjoy every place Aaron and Rhys do. Aaron is very rooted in the real, highlighting the struggles of disabled veterans. This gets juxtaposed with the magical realm Rhys is from and all the magic he carries with him.
Rhys uses magic to alter his appearance and has been doing so for centuries. He can use it to walk between worlds and if necessary, he can use it to do battle. His own homeland, the faeries realms are rich with it. There is plenty on Earth too, but humans don’t seem in tune with it. When Aaron finally learns of his lover’s true nature and of all the bizarre and varied fae types, the adjustment isn’t pretty at first. As his natural curiosity takes over, Aaron is fascinated by what he sees, and just a little bitter. He is a scarred man among a group of people who can always make themselves look beautiful.
It was great fun pulling together myths and folklore along with my imagination to create Rhys and his world. I hope the readers will enjoy it, too. Thanks to Charlie for having me over. I appreciate it.
Easing his topcoat over his prosthetic arm, decked out to look like it ran on steam and gears, Aaron glanced into his mirror and felt handsome again. Ever since the war had taken his arm, he felt ugly until he got into character. He went to his favorite club, where they had monthly steampunk events. In his steampunk garb, he was like a wildly colored creature emerging from its chrysalis.
Even the miasma of fog rolling off the river didn’t dampen Aaron’s spirits as he went into Steel Spirits, a club that hosted a steampunk evening once a week. It was a step back into a time that had never existed. Scanning the bar with its low light levels, Aaron spotted men in topcoats and Victorian adventuring gear. Women swept by in bustles and ruffles, hats decorated with flowers, birds and gears perched merrily on their curls.
Aaron checked his pocket watch and sighed when he realized he was early. It would be a while before his friends arrived. By some karmic synchronicity, Aaron spotted one of the hottest men he’d seen in, well, ever. Shoulder-length honey-gold hair framed his pale face. The graceful bow of his lips drew Aaron’s gaze. The man’s costume was simple: some sort of mad scientist. The stranger might not be gay. That didn’t mean they couldn’t be friends. For that matter, there hadn’t been any lovers since he returned to the States. He barely had any friends left in his life. Either they had moved since college, or they didn’t know how to handle everything he’d had to deal with since the war.
Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he’s ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.
What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.
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Jana Denardo’s career choices and wanderlust take her all over the United States and beyond. Much of her travels make their way into her stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and mystery have been her favorite genres since she started reading, and they often flavor her works. In her secret identity, she works with the science of life and gives college students nightmares. When she’s not chained to her computer writing, she functions as stray cat magnet.
Jana is Queen of the Geeks (her students voted her in) and her home and office are shrines to any number of comic book and manga heroes along with SF shows and movies too numerous to count. There is no coincidence the love of all things geeky has made its way into many of her stories. To this day, she’s still disappointed she hasn’t found a wardrobe to another realm, a superhero to take her flying among the clouds or a roguish star ship captain to run off to the stars with her.