Tuesday Toot – Nicole Murphy

Tuesday Toot is a semi-regular feature here at The Word. An invite-only series of short posts where writers, editors, booksellers and other creatives have been asked to share their stuff and toot their own horn. It’s hard to be seen in the digital morass and hopefully this occasional segment will help some of the quality stuff out there get noticed. It should all be things readers of The Word will find edifying.

Today it’s Nicole Murphy.

Who is Nicole?

Nicole Murphy has been a primary school teacher, bookstore owner, journalist and checkout chick. She grew up reading Tolkien, Lewis and Le Guin; spent her twenties discovering Quick, Lindsey and Deveraux and lives her love of science fiction and fantasy through her involvement with the Conflux science fiction conventions. Her urban fantasy trilogy Dream of Asarlai is published in Australia/NZ by HarperVoyager. She lives with her husband in Queanbeyan, NSW. Visit her website http://nicolermurphy.com

What are you tooting about?

AsarlaiThe Dream of Asarlai trilogy

The Courier Mail called book two of the trilogy, ‘A rollicking romp through the space where fantasy and romance collide’ – and you know you can believe EVERYTHING you read in newspapers.

Actually, I loved this line because it nailed everything that the Dream of Asarlai trilogy is about, and that is FUN! I wanted to write a fast-paced, action-packed, un-putdownable read that wouldn’t necessarily change the world but would damn well make the reader feel GREAT for a few hours.

And isn’t that a good thing to want to achieve?

So, what is the trilogy? It’s about the gadda, a race that live amongst us humans but for everyone’s sake agreed long ago that secrecy was best. However, Asarlai believes that secrecy is at the route of everything that’s wrong with gadda society. She’s determined to make the gadda reach their full potential, i.e. rule the world, and she’s stolen the Forbidden Texts to help her do it!

It’s up to the guardians of the gadda to stop her.

The trilogy tells the story through the prism of three couples meeting and falling in love. Yes, there is romance, and some hot sex scenes. But there’s also explosions, giant peat bog monsters, decaying flesh that crawls around bedrooms, magic and mystery and a threat that must be stopped at all costs.

Learn more at Nicole’s swanky new website: http://nicolermurphy.com

Find Nicole on Twitter – @nicole_r_murphy
and Tumblr – http://nicole-r-murphy.tumblr.com/

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