Ignition- Fire Within by Ally Shields

Ignition- Fire Within by Ally Shields 
9 March 2013

Mea Culpa. I am an Ari addict. From the first time I read Ally Shields’s (http://allyshields.com )Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1), I’ve been a fan of this smart, tough, sexy, and gifted witch. Her world is full of characters at least as special as she is, and her guy heats a room even if his vampire body temperature is not "body temperature." 

The problem with being an Arianna addict is, unlike chocolate and Cheezits, you can’t go buy a case of Guardian Witch books so you never run out. You have to wait for the next book! YEOW! 

But here’s the good news: The second in the Guardian Witch series has hit the ‘e-presses’!  YES!! And I have Ally Shields here to chat with us. 

Q: Ally, you do wonderful interviews on your blog with other authors around Coffee Chats. What kind of coffee does Ari drink? Has she tried Bluegrass Sundown? It’s a coffee bourbon liqueur that is this side of heavenly with a bit of hot water and a good dollop of cream on top. Kind of a Kentucky version of Irish Coffee. 

Ally: Thanks for your comments about the coffee chats. I've had some great people to interview. But getting back to your question, Ari drinks her coffee black. I doubt if she's tried Bluegrass Sundown, but it sure sounds good to me. :) I love Baileys & coffee.

Q: What new mystery is Ari handling in Fire Within

Ally: The story begins with her reporter friend Eddie under arrest for allegedly murdering a vampire. He confessed, but his confession doesn't make much sense to Ari. She sets out to find out what really happened. And, of course, things go downhill from there...

Q: Is Ryan still her partner? Or anything more? 

Ally: Yes, Ryan is still her partner and liaison with the human police force. They'll be working on the murder case together. Sorry, if you were hoping for a little romance. Ari still treats him like an older brother. No sparks.

Q: What's happening with Andreas and Ari? (Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?) 

Ally: Well, there are plenty of sparks between those two, but when we last saw them their relationship had shattered. Although Andreas is a continuing character in the series, I can't reveal what happens between the two. Vampires and witches are a problematic mix at best, and it will be hard for Ari to let herself trust him.

Q: Will there be a Book 3?

Ally: Book 3 entitled Burning Both Ends is already written and headed into edits. I anticipate it will be released this summer. Book 4 is also completed and under contract, and I'm just starting Book 5.

Thank you, Ally. I'm pacing until Fire Within is available online! 

I have exciting news, Kath. You don't have to wait—it was released a few hours ago! :) Here's all the info, including links.

Book Blurb:
A hidden evil stalks the city…
Fire witch cop Ari Calin refuses to believe her human friend Eddie murdered a vampire—in spite of his confession. When a second vampire dies, Andreas, the sexy, charismatic vampire she dated and split from eight months ago, joins her in the hunt for the real killer.
But Riverdale may have a special kind of serial killer who's looking around for the next vampire victim. The roles of hunter and hunted become murky. And while unterHunAri might feel like killing Andreas at times, she doesn't want anyone else to do it...
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Author Bio:
Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for her urban fantasy series. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009, and Awakening the Fire, the debut novel in her Guardian Witch series, was released in September 2012. Ally still lives close to the Mighty Mississippi with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing or reading, she loves to travel in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.
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  1. Thanks, Kath! I so appreciate your support of my writing!

  2. My pleasure. It's a great read. I hope all sorts of smart people buy your books.

  3. Good interview, Kath! This author is new to me but sounds interesting...

  4. THank you, Vicki. Ally creates a world and a heroine I think are at least as good as Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. With a love interest as hot as Janet Evanovich's Ranger. Okay. It's getting hot in here for sure.

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