Welcome Chelsea Mueller blogger turned debut author of Borrowed Souls!
For those who may not know you what would you like to share with our readers that they can’t read in your bio?
I am an unabashed urban fantasy fangirl. I wrote Borrowed Souls because it’s the kind of book I’d want to read. Plenty of people know me from Vampire Book Club, but straight-up, I love a wickedly gritty urban fantasy with a hot dude on the side. #SorryNotSorry If you ever need an urban fantasy book rec, I’m 100 percent your woman.
If you had to tweet (140 characters) a hook to “sell” new readers on Callie and her adventures what would it be? (Invokes movie narrator voice “In a world….”)
I would tweet twice, because I’m addicted to Twitter.
The serious tweet: Callie does not want to rent a soul from the Soul Charmer. She doesn’t want to repossess them for him either. But she will for her brother.
The fun tweet: BORROWED SOULS = Magic, mayhem, and a hot guy on a motorcycle.
Callie has a to work as a soul collector in order to help her brother, Why souls?
Superficially, it just sounds badass right? People pawning souls, the ability to obfuscate the rules to get away with anything—amoral or illegal—with this one step. However, there’s another element in the book. Callie, the heroine, wants nothing more than to be normal, to be good. She wants to live the straight-and-narrow, but her unyielding loyalty to her family pulls her back down. The soul element lets us explore what it means to be “good” and what it means to be “loyal” and how those two can be found in a lot of grey.
Whoa, got kind of heavy there. It’s actually a super fun book. There’s belly dancing. There are jokes. There are sexytimes. But if you want to read deeper, I’ve got you.
If you were to compare your world in Soul Charmer series to another Urban Fantasy series what would it be?
If you love Patricia Briggs, Lilith Saintcrow, Stacia Kane or Ilona Andrews, this is for you. Strong heroine with big problems handling them like an adult. And like all of those authors, I can promise you’ll get a HFN ending.
Since the series is an Urban Fantasy series can we presume it will follow the main character, Callie through the course of the series? Any teasers you can give us on what’s to come for Callie?
I don’t want to spoil the ending of Borrowed Souls, which will make it very clear what’s on deck for Callie. I will say though you can expect her to get further entrenched in the world of soul magic, and that mobster Ford is not done with her either. (Expect people to start stealing souls in book two!)
Thanks again for stopping by today, is there anything you are working out that you would like to share before leaving? Next Soul Charmer novel? New projects? Book signings/appearances?
Thank you for having me, Jennifer. I’ve loved this blog for ages! I have lots of exciting stuff on deck.
I’ll be at RT Convention May 2-6 in Atlanta, and signing at the big book fair on May 6 (open to the public). I have book signings in Dallas and Houston on deck in May, too, with more cities being added. All the details of all booked events are up-to-date on my website.
As for what I’m working on, I’m about to hand a new novel—think Stranger Things meets A Darker Shade of Magic—over to my agent, and then it’s back into the second Soul Charmer novel, which I’m ridiculously pumped for.
One more thing! A heads up that if you pre-order Borrowed Souls and fill out the “Pre-Order Prizes” form on my site, I have great goodies to send your way including a custom “Soul Magic” candle and a signed bookplate.
Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.
Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.
To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.
With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.
Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.