Dana Cameron is featured in this week’s giveaway

CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of HELLBENDER by Dana Cameron

HELLBENDER By Dana Cameron

I-Day is near at hand, and soon the Fangborn will reveal themselves to humankind. As a member of this secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles, will archaeologist Zoe Miller be prepared?

Still grappling with the newfound powers she gained after opening Pandora’s box, Zoe shares the responsibility of protecting “Normal” humans. Having long preferred to keep to the shadows, she knows the pending revelation of the Fangborn will set the world on fire. With Fangborn enemies in the Order of Nicomedia forcing their hand, Zoe and her supernatural Family have no choice but to step into the spotlight. But that decision has garnered the attention of the powerful and otherworldly beings known as the Makers. They claim to have created the Fangborn—not as saviors, but as predators. And it seems they have their own plans for Zoe…and for the fate of all the Fangborn.

Filled with stunning twists, Hellbender takes the Fangborn series to a thrilling new dimension.

About the author:I was born and raised in New England and I live in Massachusetts now, with my husband and benevolent feline overlords. Mine is a quiet, fairly ordinary life. I love that because it’s what saves me from an overdeveloped sense of paranoia and a tendency to expect the worst. Or the weird. Combined with an eye for detail and a quirky take on life, these traits give me a vivid internal life, one that’s sometimes nerve-wracking, but very useful for writing all kinds of fiction.Dana and the CatsMy interest in archaeology stems from childhood, where my interest in books and the opportunities I had to travel made me begin to think about cultural differences. The thing I like best about this work is that it is a real opportunity to try and resurrect individuals from the monolith of history. I’ve worked on prehistoric and historical sites in the U.S. and in Europe, and like to teach in the field, in museums, in the classroom, and through writing.

In my urban fantasy series, Zoe is also an archaeologist (with a secret!), and it turns out that archaeology is a great way to explore the world and culture of the Fangborn.  In archaeology we try to piece together the past; in writing, we try to piece together a world.  In my mystery series, my protagonist Emma Fielding discovers that archaeologists are trained to ask the same questions that detectives ask: who, what, where, when, how, and why. When I started on these mysteries, I realized that archaeology is also good training for writing because research, logic, and persistence are so important to both endeavours.

My training worked with the archaeology mysteries–and it also helped with the Anna Hoyt colonial noir stories set in 18th-century Boston and the Fangborn stories set in the past.  But how has it worked when I’ve tackled subjects like werewolves and vampires or covert ops (“One Soul at a Time” and “Dialing In”)?  Easy: it’s all about getting into someone else’s shoes and walking around for a while. Preferably getting into (fictional) trouble while you do it.  Asking “what if?” and thinking about how a culture–any culture–along with personality, shapes behavior.

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We will pick the winners on May 22nd.