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Fraud Twice Felt
The Oddities #2
Three weeks after solving his old boyfriend’s murder, bounty hunter Derwin Bryant is trying to let go of the past and embrace his new life with Elliot Leed, a former rentboy and fellow Oddity. Elliot, meanwhile, is trying to adjust to working at Bob’s Bail Bonds and having a real relationship despite his strange power of Object Reading. Hanging over the couple is the fear that Roy Yoshiro, notorious gang lord, will make good on his threats to claim Elliot. If that happens, not even Derwin’s superhuman strength will be enough to protect the man he loves.
Their concerns are overshadowed when Derwin’s friend asks for help finding her missing son. It’s not long before the case takes Derwin and Elliot back to the crime-ridden underbelly of the city and straight into Yoshiro’s clutches. Two gangs are vying for power, and Derwin and Elliot get caught in the middle of their very public fight.
Derwin and Elliot must find a way to thwart both gangs’ plans and escape alive. This time, one misstep could spell disaster for all the inhabitants of Nis.
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World Building and Fast-paced Suspense Fiction
There’s a challenge when combining fast-paced action in a romantic suspense novel together with a paranormal or alternate Earth setting. How does one give the reader enough information about the world for the story to make sense without slowing down the action?
This was the challenge I faced when writing Fraud Twice Felt, the second book in the Oddities series. The series is set in an alternate Earth in the near future, in May 2026. In this version of reality, there was a scientist in World War II who opened up a portal between dimensions which released dangerous nature spirits into the world. These spirits are based on the Japanese legends of yokai and typically prey on man. In the Pacific Northwest where the story is set, people interchangeably refer to the spirits interchangeably as yokai or demons, as those of some faiths call them.
Why Japanese mythological creatures, you ask? That’s because I’ve always had a fascination with Japanese mythology, and I wanted a paranormal/urban fantasy where the monsters weren’t the same old vampires and werewolves types of creatures. There are so many great (and creepy) monsters in Japanese lore, and I thought it was fitting as the books would be set in a part of the U.S. with a lot of Asian presence. (The city of Nis is like Seattle, but not exactly.)
Now in a fantasy novel, readers expect some exposition and world set up at the start of a novel. But in a suspense or romantic suspense, it’s typically better to get right to the action. I’ve tried to sprinkle in bits of information about the world here and there to give readers a slowly evolving view of things. Because there’s an overall mystery in the series, this slow reveal also helps to keep readers from solving things too quickly.
The best strategy to have both a fast pace and also world development is to work information into the narration, descriptions, thoughts, and dialogue. It’s important to remember that the characters have lived in this world all their lives—what they see is normal to them so they’re not taking special note of it. I had some review comments from the first book that there wasn’t enough world building. I hope the Book 2 gives a deeper picture into the world.
And if that’s not enough, keep reading, because Book 3 is going to reveal all kinds of secrets.
About the Oddities series:
The government wants to control Oddities. Regular people condemn them. And the corporations want to study their DNA . . .
Derwin Bryant is a bounty hunter, a demon hunter, and has an Oddity that allows him to feed on pain to increase his strength and speed. Elliot Leed is a rent boy turned private investigator with a rare Oddity of his own—the ability to read objects with strong emotional imprints. Together they take on cases that no one else can, in a city full of corruption, crime, and the forgotten poor.
It's a tough place for two men in love to make a difference.
About the author:
J.T. Hall has been writing for many years under this name and others, and has appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online books. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, her Master’s in education from Argosy University, and works as an independent technical writer for state and federal programs. In her free time, she volunteers for the LGBT community and is active in the leather scene. She has a teenage daughter and a partner of over ten years. They live in sunny Arizona with three adorably cute dogs, three black cats, and a hamster who loves peanuts.
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