Deadly Destinations: Kelly Meding & win CHANGELING

August 14, 2012 Deadly Destinations 56

Today’s Deadly Destination  is from Kelly Meding‘s Ethan and Marco on the post-War world from CHANGELING (published on June 26th 2012 by Pocket Books). Want to win a MetaWars book? Enter via the widget below.

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Kelly Meding’s Ethan and Marco on the post-War world from CHANGELING

Voice of God ( aka The Narrator): In the not so distant future, the battles between superheroes and villains have left the world teetering on the brink of disaster.  Cities have crumbled.  Thousands have died.  Millions have been left homeless, jobless, and hopeless.  The government struggles to provide what has long ago been lost—a sense of security.  For fifteen years, the superpowers that drove our world to the edge of Armageddon vanished…until they suddenly returned one cold day in January—


Ethan: Okay, that was pretty cheesy.  Let’s not do that.

Marco: It was your idea, hermano.

Ethan: Yeah, yeah, and it was kind of dumb.  Besides, if people don’t know the whole back story, they’ll figure it out.  That’s what Google is for.

Marco: Not in our world.

Ethan: Well, yeah, but most folks out there don’t have your excellent computer skills, so they still rely on such archaic things as a Google search engine in order to find stuff.

Marco: *grunts*

Ethan:  Okay, so, I’m Ethan “Tempest” Swift and this is my teammate Marco “Onyx” Mendoza.  We’re both former members of what was once called the Ranger Corps—a government funded group of superheroes who kept the peace and battled the superpowered bad guys known as the Banes.  We’re both here today to give you a bird’s-eye view of the post-War world we live in.

Marco: Must you use that pun?

Ethan: Bird’s-eye?

Marco: Yes.

Trance (MetaWars, #1)Ethan: But it’s so perfect.  In case you guys missed it, I can control air currents and create wind disturbances, which allows me to fly.  My buddy Marco here is a shapeshifter and one of his forms is a raven, which also allows him to fly.  So we quite literally can give you a bird’s-eye view of the world we live in, because we can fly right over it.

Marco: As can our friends.  That is why we have a copter, yes?

Ethan: *eye roll*  Will you just go with it?  We only have a little bit of time here, and Teresa will be pissed if we screw this up.

Marco: As you wish.

Ethan: *mutters something*  Okay, so, the first stop on our tour is New York City.  Now, we can’t stop and look around or buy those cheesy little ‘I Heart NYC’ souvenirs, because no one sells them anymore.  In fact, most of New York City’s Burroughs are deserted because of the damage sustained during the five year Meta War.  That scorched mark over there?  That was Long Island.  And Manhattan is now the largest man-made prison in the world where the last of the former Banes still reside, with its main observation tower and information center on Ellis Island.

Marco: Some among us would see those Banes pardoned of all crimes and allowed to re-enter society.

Ethan:  Some.  Not all.

Marco: Indeed.

Ethan:  So that’s New York in all its prison-striped glory.  Moving east, you’ll notice several of the Great Lakes have acquired new colors and pungent aromas which have forced many towns nearby to be evacuated.

Marco: Our government has often excelled at forced relocations.

Ethan: *frowns*  Anyway, that brings us to what’s left of Chicago.  As you can see, there’s not much.  That broken thing right there?  That used to be the Willis Tower, aka the Sears Tower.  That other broken thing?  Trump International.  Chicago was the scene of a huge battle about seven years ago, and some folks call it the turning point of the War.

Marco: The point where many began to believe the Rangers would not win.

Ethan: Technically, nobody won because all of our powers were stripped away for fifteen years.

Marco: Indeed.

Ethan: Moving west on our tour, you may notice some brand new cities have sprung up in the wilds of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  The Pacific Northwest hasn’t changed a great deal in the last twenty years, except maybe for some expansion.  When the Hollywood film industry left Los Angeles and resettled in Vancouver, British Columbia, a lot of people moved to Washington State, too.  And speaking of Los Angeles, this is the final stop on our brief tour.  L.A. is the home of the old Ranger Corps Headquarters, located in Century City.  We abandoned the HQ back in January when an old nemesis blew up one of the three buildings and tried to kill the rest of us in another.  Now we live in a refurbished mansion in Beverly Hills.

Marco: Is it not as glamorous as it sounds.

Ethan: Most of Los Angeles isn’t as glamorous as it sounds, or as safe as it used to be.

Marco:  Safe?  *snorts*

Changeling (MetaWars, #2)

Ethan:  So to speak.  L.A. took a lot of hits during the War, which is why the film industry left and took a huge chunk of the remaining population.  Anything west of the 405 is basically a disaster, as is a lot of what’s south of the 10.  Burbank and Studio City are still nice places to live if you can afford it.  Everyone who’s left?  Well, they’re just trying to get by like the rest of the country.

Marco:  Shall we attempt to end this on a positive note?

Ethan: If you’ve got one up your beak….?

Marco:  Funny.

Ethan:  Okay, fine.  If you’re looking for a less apocalyptic place to visit, try the south, from Texas to Georgia.  Fewer major battles were held there, and a lot of folks migrated from the northern states after the War ended.  Some areas are even booming with growth and industry, like Tallahassee and Oklahoma City.  How’s that?

Marco: Better.

Ethan: So, thanks for following us around on our brief tour of the country as it is now.  Just be grateful you don’t live here, too.  I mean, do you have any idea how much a gallon of gasoline costs?  Or a quart of milk?

Marco: Ethan?

Ethan: What?

Marco: Say goodbye.

Ethan:  Goodbye.

Marco: Adios.

Voice of God (aka The Narrator):  As we end our journey across the scarred and ruined landscape of former purple mountain’s majesty, let us never forget the once vast golden plains that our ancestors—


Ethan: I hate that guy.



Giveaway provided by Kelly Meding
One signed copy of TRANCE or CHANGELING by Kelly Meding

Trance (MetaWars, #1)

TRANCE Description:

Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her.

Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.


Published on October 25th 2011 by Pocket Books

CHANGELING Description:

The second in a new series by popular urban fantasy author Kelly Meding, about an X-Men-like group of young people with superpowers who must find a way to work together.

Five months ago, Dahlia Perkins was a struggling newspaper journalist whose biggest responsibility was paying her rent on time. After learning she has the ability to absorb and deflect massive amounts of heat and fire, Dahlia is struggling to find her place as the newest hero in an established team of former Rangers freelancing their abilities in post-Meta War Los Angeles.

The team’s first major case: two discarded human skins. One is a John Doe, the other was a janitor for Weatherfield R&D, a scientific research and development firm Dahlia once investigated—and she’s itching to investigate them again. The ability to use and shed another person’s skin isn’t a power any of them have encountered before, nor something any of their former Meta enemies possess. But when a third skin appears and one of Dahlia’s teammates is nearly killed by an assassin’s bullet, it’s clear someone else besides Weatherfield is targeting the Rangers—and their killer may not be Meta at all.

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Published on June 26th 2012 by Pocket Books

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56 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Kelly Meding & win CHANGELING”

  1. draconismoi

    So is Marco or Ethan the resident god-killer? I could not tell who was recklessly driving over hapless Voice Of God Narrators.

  2. Mickie T

    I really felt for the characters in Trance. They were so young when their superhero parents died in battle, and when they had their own emerging powers stripped from them. Fifteen years later, with no warning, their powers return – changed from what they were before. It was a powerful dystopian UF. I’m eager to read Changeling.

  3. Kt.

    Trance has been on my TBR pile for a while now. I may just have to move it up on the list several spots. I’m intrigued.

  4. Lili

    This series looks awesome! I haven’t come across it before, but I’m definitely interested!

  5. elaing8

    Great post.I have this series on the TBR list.Sounds really good.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Natalia J

    what do you guys do for fun on your time off, that is if you have time off? LOL

  7. Barbara Elness

    I have Trance on my TBR shelf and I’m really looking forward to getting started on this series. I love the Dreg City books and I know I’m going to enjoy the Metawars series as well.

  8. Kelly Meding

    draconismoi – (From Marco) Ethan would be the one recklessly running over Voice of God Narrators. And he shall more than have his say next year in TEMPEST.

    Natalia J – (From Ethan) My time off is usually spent recuperating from my latest injury. It’s not that I’m accident prone or reckless–*cough*–I just seem to attract damage. Marco seems to think it’s fun to spend his time off up to his elbows in computer programs.

  9. Van Pham

    I haven’t read this series yet but its been on my radar for awhile, must read sooon. How many books are you planning for this series?

  10. Pat

    How did this idea for the book come up? Thanks for the best giveaway!

  11. Caty R

    I was so sorry to hear that the Three Days to Dead series had come to an end. I really liked that series and there was so many ways that the story could have continued. I haven’t tried this series yet but it is on my TRP.
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  12. Rebe

    I love the Dreg City series but haven’t had a chance to start this one. I’ll have to change that asap!

  13. Kelly Meding

    Van Pham & Kae – I don’t have a planned number for this series. Since I change narrators with each book, there really is no limit to the stories that can be told in this world. I do hope for five, minimum, though, because a few readers are anxious for Gage to finally have his say. 🙂

    Pat – It came from a lot of different places: my love of superheroes and team stories, my love of ensemble casts, and a desire to show the effects that collateral damage will eventually have on a world that is consistently hammered by super-powered beings. Thanks for asking!

    Jessica – I got into writing because of a need to tell stories. I’ve been making them up since I was a kid and told long, complex tales of Barbie and Friends’ lives. It just took a long time to figure out I could write them down, too, and not just tell them in my head.

    Thanks so much for all of the great comments!

  14. Erika

    These are all new to me! Thanks for great information and giveaway!

  15. justpeachy36

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read this series yet, but I have heard good things about Kelly Meding’s writing. I look forward to getting started.

  16. Keslynn

    Love the Dreg City series! I am definitely going to check this series out as well.

    Kelly, do you have a favorite world to play/write in? (Or is that too much like asking a mom who her favorite child is?)

  17. LisaC

    As another Three Days fan who hasn’t gotten to Trance yet, have you found that the reading audience has been any different from one series to the next?

  18. Bethany C.

    Hi Kelly, I was wondering if there were a particular way you choose the names of your characters?

  19. Barb P

    I have not yet had a chance to start this series and I would obviously love to! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!!

  20. Kelly Meding

    Keslynn – Honestly, I love writing for both worlds. Dreg City is gritty and dark, and I love getting into Evy’s head. MetaWars is its own kind of gritty, and it’s fun because I get to focus on a different character with each book. It’s hard to choose!

    LisaC – There seems to be a good amount of reader overlap between the series, but I do think MetaWars appeals to a broader SF audience than Dreg City. The superhero background gives it a stronger SF element (even though the covers are still very UF-esque).

    Bethany C – It depends on the characters. Sometimes the name just pops into my head when I’m planning the book (Evangeline, Smedge, Wyatt, and Teresa were all names that came right away). Other names I have to search for, and I’ll use baby name books and search engines. Once in a while, I’ll use names of friends or relatives (my dad was quite tickled to have a DC villain named after him).

  21. JenM

    I don’t usually read dystopian or apocalyptic stories, but I love the superhero angle for this series. It makes it more fantasy and less dystopian, I think.

  22. Sariah

    I can’t wait to read this series! I had the pleasure of meeting you at the AAD convention, where I picked up the first book in this series. I have read your other series and love it. Thanks for the chance.

  23. Chelsea B.

    LOVED! Like, seriously, loved. I am starting this series ASAP!!

  24. Kelly Meding

    Jenn – Picking powers was an interesting dance. Since they are a team, I wanted to make sure they were all different, but still complimented each other. I always knew Teresa would be very powerful, and it was a deliberate choice to make Gage less physically powerful, but to give him his own unique advantage. Finding ways to make their powers work with and influence their individual personalities was also a fun challenge.

    JenM – This series is definitely hard to peg. It has some SF elements, some fantasy elements, and some dystopian elements (plus a few choice UF staples). Thank God all those books just go in the SF/F section of the bookstore! *grin*

    Sariah – It was so nice to meet you in NOLA! I hope you enjoy the series!

  25. Denise Z

    Okay Ethan and Marco, I just made a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. Why don’t you guys come on over and tell me more about being superheros, I’ll fix you a cuppa and cookies!!! I have to say your story sounds awesome and I am looking forward to getting to know you all and your world!

  26. rissatoo

    I’ve been thinking of picking up Trance for a while, since I do love the Dreg City books. And now that there are two to this series, I’m behind! eep!

  27. Brandy

    Psi-powers are one of my favorite things, big comic fangirl here. So I am definitely adding these to my TBR Mountain 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway

  28. Kelly Meding

    Zara Alexis – It’s so hard to pick! I tend to read with my mood, and I’ll often go on a genre bing. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of m/m romance, and before that I was reading nonfic and biographies. I’ll probably go on an UF binge next, because I picked up so many awesome books while I was in New Orleans for Authors After Dark! 🙂

  29. whitewolfreads

    I love the Dreg City series but I haven’t started the Meta Wars yet. Really looking forward to it!

  30. Christiane C.

    Thanks so much for the release, can’t wait for your future porjects!

  31. Kalan

    I’ve had my eye on this series for a while! So excited about this giveaway!

  32. Erin

    LOVE this series and would love a signed copy! I really liked seeing more of Ethan and Marco in the interview. I’m wondering what happened in the rest of the world during the Meta Wars? Did other countries have similar problems or did they just sit back and watch America destroy itself?

  33. Becky @ Underworld Love Addiction

    Haven’t read this series yet but anxious to check it out.

  34. Bethie

    I have always wanted to read Trance! Keeping my fingers crossed on this one.