Deadly Destinations: Kelly Gay & win SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN

August 1, 2012 Deadly Destinations 39

Welcome to this year’s first Deadly Destination post from one of my favorite urban fantasy authors: Kelly Gay.  Kelly writes the Charlie Madigan series about a resilient cop and her super hot siren partner Hank policing the off-world visitors to Atlanta.   Today, Kelly’s oracle Alessandra is giving us the lowdown on the heaven-like Elysia from SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN (published on July 31, 2012 from Pocket Books).  Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Kelly Gay’s Alessandra on Elysia from SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN

Hi Everyone! I was trying to write a nice piece about the heavenly world of Elysia, but then Alessandra, the oracle (or the ‘Know It All’, as Charlie would say) kept butting in and took over. Why am I not surprised? So I gave up. Here she is in all her prophetic glory…

The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, #1)The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, #2)The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, #3)Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4)


Let’s just be upfront. I’m the world’s greatest oracle. Simple as that. Those other bitches don’t hold a candle to me. Never did. Never will. I’m also handy with a knitting needle… And now I’m about to play tour guide, of all things. I’m currently sitting in the terminal of Hartsfield Jackson at the gateway leading into the heavenly realm of Elysia. Even though I’ve already foreseen her reaction, I can’t wait to see the look on Charlie Madigan’s face when she sees me sitting here, waiting for her. How I love getting under her skin! One of life’s small pleasures.

Charlie’s never been to Elysia. She’s a homebody—hates to travel—but she’d move mountains to make things right, jump into the mouth of hell to save those she loves, which she did not too long ago, in fact. Now it’s heaven’s turn. And she’s not going for the scenery; she’s going to find her siren (she’s says he’s not “hers”, but c’mon. Hank, however, isn’t as conflicted; the way that siren looks at her, grins at her . . . *fans self* in his mind, Charlie is already his).

Anyway, I digress.

Charlie is in for a visible treat. Elysia is beautiful. It is, after all, the place that inspired “heaven”. There are pristine white temples, columns so tall they reach the clouds, stones so white, they shine. And when the sun sets and hits those stones, the entire capital city of Ithonia glows golden. Ithonia was built by the Adonai,those god-like, angelic-looking beings with egos the size of the green mountain Ithonia was built upon. So much wonder to be had, to be seen. But even there, evil lurks. Veiled in such beauty. Deceptive, that. Charlie will find this out once we travel beyond Ithonia and into the siren city of Fiallan—the isolated walled city of white-washed homes and temples tucked into the rocky coastline above a glorious sea. So much deception there…

Ah. There she is now, two bags slung over each shoulder, her steps long and sure, a weapon tucked against each rib cage and a third on her hip. So capable, so ready to fight for what’s right. She’s not as classically perfect as me, mind you, but she does have a certain feminine lure, and she’s pretty when she smiles (ever tell her that, and I will drive my knitting needle into your eyeball).

Anyway, while she annoys the Gate Agent, I’ll settle back and wait until she turns around and sees me. Like I said, small pleasures people! Gotta grab ‘em when you can. Tour Guide here I come. 😉


Giveaway provided by Pocket Books
One copy of Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4) by Kelly Gay

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Published on July 31, 2012 from Pocket Books


Between life and death lies a chasm of pain beyond imagining. . . .

Elysia may be a heavenly off-world destination, but beyond it, in the siren city of Fiallan, the Circe have punished Charlie Madigan’s partner, Hank, into a tortuous state between life and death. With all the proper legal channels cleared, Charlie heads to Elysia, not knowing what she’ll find, or if she’ll ever see the siren again . . . while at home, jinn crime boss Grigori Tennin has begun an all-out hunt for the divine being Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death, and stirs Ahkneri from her long sleep—and if Vengeance wakes, Atlanta will never be the same.

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39 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Kelly Gay & win SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN”

  1. Celeste

    Can’t wait to read this one. I’ve loved the series so far.

  2. Caty R

    I haven’t read any of this series yet but it sounds really good 🙂

  3. Viki S.

    I haven’t read this series but I agree it sounded very interesting. Is it okay to jump in or do I need to go back to book #1? Thank you.

  4. Midnyte Reader

    I absolutely loved The Better Part of Darkness. Series usually frustrate me, but I really want to continue the journey with Charlie. I think the world created is clever and interesting.

  5. Erin Theiss

    Hi Kelley, I’m very excited for the new book. I wanted to ask you what you do when you get stuck while writing a scene? Do you move onto the next and come back later?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Rachel A

    Recently read the first book and enjoyed it. Got #2 ready to read this month.

  7. justpeachy36

    How did you come up with the ideas for both cities, Elysia and Fiallan, very creative btw!

  8. Ron Pratt

    This series looks great!
    I’m going to read it weather or not I win.

  9. Chelsea Foust

    How long does it take you to write a book and what to you do if/when you get writers block? I know it was two questions, but if I have to pick one, it would be the writers block one! 🙂

  10. Van Pham

    The Charlie Madigan series is one of my favorite series, each book is like wine…it gets better with time :). (Not that I drink wine or anything LOL).

    Question: With the recent release of SHADOWS, Are you working on any projects right now? What can readers look forward to seeing from you in the future?

  11. wade2121

    I’d love to read this. I started with book 3 and didn’t know it was a series and had to start with book 1. ha ha

  12. Laura D

    I’ve yet to read this series but would love to start it.

  13. Barb P

    I love this series and can’t wait to read the new release!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  14. Natasha

    I have been wanting to read this series for awhile now. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Susan

    I have been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. rissatoo

    I love this series. Charlie is fabulous, if a little clueless about Hank! LOL

    I’m looking forward to reading this book… soon-ish. I still have to finish Hour of Dust and Ashes. (Too many books on the TBR!! …not that I’m complaining – it’s better than the alternative!LOL)

  17. Neon612

    This series has been on my to read list for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Kai W.

    Love alpha female. Series sounds very good. Going to read this series.

  19. donnas

    Congrats on the new release. Its a great series. Im looking forward to reading this.

  20. Bethany C.

    How much input do you get in the design of the covers (they’re great, by the way)?

  21. heatwave16

    I’ve had this series on my to read list. Sounds awesome!!!

  22. K Giardina

    Thanks for the contest – have met Charlie & Hank in Book 1 and am looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series!

  23. Marlene Breakfield

    Is this series based on Greek mythology? It sounds great.

  24. Allison W

    I’ve been wanting to read this series, and I can’t wait to meet you at AAD next week!

  25. Brandy

    First off thanks for the giveaway and as for the question, what inspired you to write this series?

  26. whitewolfreads

    What inspired you to write a story with the main character as a single mother? (I ask because it’s a very unique situation in urban fantasy).

  27. Shera

    Stephanie, I highly suggest reading them in order.

    This is one of my all time favorite series and my hat goes off to Gay for making each book even more sinful then the last.

  28. Jaime Anderson

    Kelly, what is your inspiration for this series? Thanks for the giveaway!!
    jaimela77 at gmail dot com