“I needed something big. I'd found a dormant volcano
in my earlier exploration. Yeah – that would be big and
in typical Grace Murphy fashion, I didn't think this one
through, I just blew it.”
Be careful what you ask of Fate - sometimes she gives it to you.
When we last saw our heroine, she'd watched her faithful pet rip off her new best friend's head to save her son's life and Atlantis was rising from the depths. Now, Grace Murphy is back in the third installment of the Huntress series, but this time she's facing an all-out war. It's critical that Nyx (and Atlantis) stay buried, but her psychotic brats will do most anything to get her back.
You didn't think that was all, did you? Of course there's more!
With Hypnos invading her dreams, Dylan caught up in the throes of his "change" and juggling her relationships with two hunky Gods, Drew and Heph, to say Grace's hands are full would be an understatement.
Grace wished her life would just go back to the way it was before, and that she wouldn't have her powers or responsibilities anymore. Unfortunately, it looks like Fate answered this time. The results aren't pretty
Fingers of dread curled around my stomach. The last time it had been this eerily silent, I'd nearly died.
Quietly, I pushed back from the desk and crept to the window to peek outside. The rabbits that lived in the bushes
outside my window were sprawled out like drunken sorority sisters sleeping off a weekend bender. I closed my
eyes and whispered, "Shit."
This would have been a good time to have the ability to teleport, to have super speed or reflexes or even – hell –
the ability to materialize my weapons. I may have not been able to do much with the weapons, but just having the
comfortable grip of the kukri in my hand would have made me feel better. I took a deep breath, put on my brave
face and headed toward the front door.
"I want you to head to the basement. Call – I don't know who. Call someone in Olympus and tell them that Hypnos
is here. Stay in the basement. Do not come out under any circumstances. Do you understand?"
He bumped into me as he came rushing out into the hallway. His eyes were wide with fear. "What are you going to
I gave him a quick hug and replied, "I don't know yet. Keep him away from the house as long as I can. Start the
call now. Okay? I love you."
"I love you too, Mom," he replied quietly.
"Nicole Hamlett is a single mother from Colorado Springs, living in Los Angeles, California. When she’s not writing books she enjoys reading, cooking and video games and can often be caught enjoying indie alternative music."
Write What You Know
After publishing my first book, I had an old friend tell me that they felt like they knew me better. I
gasped, gurgled and felt like I was going to pass out.
I was not / am not Grace Murphy! At least that's what I told myself and everyone else. She's a whiney
brat with little to no self-control and a stubborn streak a mile wide. But she's also a loving mother and a
determined fighter for what is right. She's flawed and… oh so very human.
I think that what makes Grace so relatable is that she's real. Well, as real as she can be with superhuman
powers in a fictional setting.
When I began writing her, I would ask myself – "Nicole, what would you do here?" Sometimes I would
write that into the book and sometimes I would do the exact opposite. There is a scene in Huntress
where Grace is writing and she's absentmindedly twisted pencils into her hair while she sits and thinks
about a scene. I cannot tell you how many pencils have ended up stuck to my head like porcupine
needles just waiting for me to find them.
There are also conversations that my son and I have had almost verbatim. He and I had a conversation
about girls. It ended up in a book. It was too good not to write. I can tell you though, that as soon as
he's old enough to actually read my books I am going to catch so much Hell.
Once I'd gotten past this inconceivable horror (People may actually see into me? Good God no!) I began
to realize that these personal touches have put an extra level of patina onto the story. She's weathered
and sometimes spunky.
Write what you know – even if it's a map of your city or creating your characters based on aspects of
friends, they bring more realism into your work. They make your characters and plots a little more
As a flawed human being, I want to see my heroes struggle a little so that I can feel as though one day I
too may be able to overcome any obstacle.
With that said, it's not easy to expose yourself. I still huddle under my desk and rock back and forth
before I push the button. The thought of even revealing the tiniest bit of my weaknesses to thousands of
readers induces a level of panic in me that I can't begin to explain.
But on the other hand, those readers will see your strengths as well. You're a creative being who
happens to have entire worlds floating about in your brain. Once you inject pieces of yourself into those
characters and places, you get to bring those worlds to life!
Nicole Hamlett is the author of three Grace Murphy novels, Huntress, Rifts & Volcanoes. When she’s
not writing or toiling away in the video game industry, she can also be found blogging on her website:
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