Half-angel Savannah Mantas smells the sulfuric stench of wrath when it enters her city, Iron Point. Resurrected by the archangel Michael, she’s hunting for redemption and half-demon Nico
is her prey. He comes from the Fringes, the border between the city and the toxic wasteland beyond. When they meet, Nico tells her a story, one of genocide and confiscated bodies. Not revenge, but justice is his purpose and his target is the most admired family in the world–Commander Hathaway and his daughter. Hathaway’s soldiers are slaughtering Fringers and secretly feeding them to Revenants, mutants who survived the bio-bombing of 2120. They have a twisted idea they can train these clever creatures like dogs and keep them out of the city long enough to mobilize an evacuation for the wealthy and well-connected. Montenegro knows better. Revenants are what killed her. When they attack, the last of humankind may be wiped out completely. Stopping Hathaway might just be enough to gain her redemption and escape a hellish fate. Savannah
"In a bleak, post-apocalyptic world, what happens when a half-angel searching for her redemption meets a half-demon hellbent on revenge? If it's J.R. Turner's world, major sparks fly. Redemption is a heady mix of action, thrills, and sizzling romance. Half-angel Savannah Mantas is both a kick-ass heroine and a complex character. Immortal yet deeply wounded, she searches for the redemption that will allow her to ascend and leave behind the blasted, dying Earth. But she never expects to find that redemption in the arms of half-demon Nico
, a man who should be her mortal enemy. Turner's urban fantasy is a fast-paced thrill ride that wrestles seriously with questions of good and evil, guilt and innocence, to deliver a satisfying, multilayered read." ~Nancy Holzner, author of the Deadtown Series Montenegro
Hello J.R., Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting started! I get sucked so deeply into my books that I sometimes put off getting started because something is coming up—a trip, a birthday, etc. Sometimes I put it off so long that I get really cranky and then have to just start no matter what is happening.
What do you think makes a good story?
Triumph and romance. I prefer my stories on the action/violence side, even if it’s not directly described in graphic detail. I hate an unhappy ending though, so all that mayhem needs to end in triumph, and hopefully, endless love—because, you know, that goes so much better with chocolate!
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Yes—all the time. I have a great playlist that I’m constantly updating and changing as I hear new music when I travel. Right now, I’m especially enjoying The Black Keys, but my tastes run from Rhianna to Drowning Pool.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I always free write the first three chapters to see if I like where the story is going and the characters involved. Sometimes it sort of fizzles out because the idea wasn’t big enough—these I save for later when I can combine a few into a book. Most of the time, they become novels and when that happens, I stop and write a rough synopsis to follow.
What book are you reading now?
I recently got hooked on Charlaine Harris and I just started Dead in the Family the 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Harris is a remarkable writer because she manages to make writing look easy while telling an amazing story in a believable way. That’s just plain genius.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Write what you love to watch on television, see at the theater, read in your spare time and do so with a joy. Keep yourself so enthralled with the story that you can’t stay away from it and you know your readers will not be able to put it down either.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
I got this ancient piece of wisdom in a fortune cookie once:
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