San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.
~ Bewitching BT
Haven: What’s In A World?
By Celia Breslin
Worldbuilding is one of my favorite aspects of writing urban fantasy and paranormal romance. My brain enjoys taking the real world and twisting it like salt water taffy, molding it into the perfect playground for my characters.
Since I write “urban,” I tend to preserve the current cultural, societal and political norms of our reality and then layer in the “fantasy” via the paranormal inhabitants. I decide whether my creatures are hidden or out, in positions of power or imprisoned or pursued, good guys or bad guys or both, etc.
In HAVEN, my vampires hide in plain sight and use their power to manipulate mainstream society and maintain their secrecy. Many humans know of their existence but it’s a don’t-ask-don’t-tell situation. Unless you want your mind/memory tweaked. Or your throat ripped out. The vamps are cranky like that.
My fantasy worlds remain fairly faithful to a realistic setting. Many of my stories take place in my hometown of San Francisco. I tend to preserve the basic geography and beauty of my city and add new venues, such as my heroine Carina’s dance club, Haven. I situated it in the Castro neighborhood near the famous landmark, Castro Theater. In reality, there’s a bank on the corner where Haven stands.
And then there’s fun with physics! So long real world science, say hello to my powerful friend, Magic. You knew that was coming, right? In a world where preternatural creatures like vampires and werewolves, and enhanced humans like witches, wizards, and psychics exist alongside your average Jane and Joe humans, otherworldly powers reign supreme.
In HAVEN, witches and wizards work for both Teams Good and Evil. Team Good also has a psychic. Vampires, too, fight on both sides. All my vamps have a basic set of vampire mojo while some of the older ones possess additional abilities. Bottom line: magic makes magic happen on the page. Toss in a tablespoon of prophecies plus a pinch of impending apocalypse and voila! Good times. 🙂
How about you, dear readers – what kind of fantasy world moves you? High fantasy, sci-fi fantasy, urban fantasy, or…? Thanks for visiting! *waves*
Livia says: High fantasy, not so much. Definitely love sci-fi & urban fantasy though 😀
About the Author & Links:
Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.