All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound II) By Hailey Turner
You can’t bargain with death if you’ve already sold your soul.
Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Learning to navigate his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.
Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.
Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.
Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.
All Souls Near & Nigh is a 104k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer in the Look Inside for content some readers may find triggering.
Author Hailey Turner says All Souls Nigh & Near is: An exciting sequel that builds on the series plot and will keep readers wanting more!
Interview with Hailey Turner:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have a day job that I don’t ever want to give up, I have two cats that rule my house, I love to travel, and I run on coffee.
Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book or WIP.
ALL SOULS NEAR & NIGH is the second book in my Soulbound series. It follows Patrick and Jono as they grow their pack and work towards uncovering the Dominion Sect’s plans.
What genre does it fall in?
I consider it gay urban fantasy with a romantic subplot.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
That I’m actually super introverted and it takes an effort to put myself out there as an approachable writer. I love my fans and fellow authors though, so I try hard not to hibernate too much.
How do you relax?
Writing! It’s always been my form of stress relief.
What’s your favourite book or a book that changed your life?
Exiles: The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn introduced me to strong heroines that take center stage in complex fantasy and I never looked back.
Who inspires you?
My mom, because she has gone through a lot in her life and is still here.
How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?
Since I was at least seven. I always loved reading, but I can remember being frustrated even as a kid that I couldn’t find what I wanted to read, so I started writing it.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, but I also knew trying to make a full-time living on it would be hard. Self-publishing has definitely changed the game though, but I’m still not giving up my day job. I love what I do there and the people I work with.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To keep growing my readership. I write exclusively speculative fiction, so I hope to entice readers who are hesitant to try science-fiction or fantasy to take a chance on my books.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
When all the details come together for an explosive finale that can make a reader scream and cry. I love writing those scenes the best.
Why did you choose to write LGBTQ+ romance? Why not another genre?
I like having a wide representation of genders, nationalities, and relationships in my books. I take pride in having my stories be as inclusive as possible. LGBTQ+ couples rarely find themselves in the lead in mainstream stories, and I wanted to show they could have a happily ever after even in science fiction or fantasy.
What sort of reception do you get when you told your family and friends about the genre and stories you write?
I was lucky in that everyone was fine with it. They were more surprised I was writing romance than they were at the genders of the lead pairings! I grew up in the SF Bay Area and live in San Francisco now, so the LGBTQ community wasn’t unknown to my family at all. My dad has always been proud of my writing. He lives in Texas now and whenever I have a book come out, he brags to his coworkers about me. So the support has always been there, and I feel very thankful and grateful for it because I know that is not the case for many people.
What’s your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ communities?
The support you can find in the chosen families we build. Found families are a huge theme in my books because we all make them to a certain degree. I feel in the LGBTQ+ community that is doubly true due to the hardships many go through.
Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
I don’t get very emotional when I write. However, I will admit to laughing evilly at intense scenes I know will make some readers cry. Does that count?
Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I love writing big casts of characters with multiple POVs and complex plots. I find those kinds of books easy for me to sink my teeth into.
What does your writing process look like?
I can’t pants a novel to save my life LOL! I’m one who has to outline, and I write linearly. I can’t jump around to different scenes and then backtrack. My brain refuses to work that way, which makes it hard if I’m stuck at a certain scene. As for my outlines, they tend to be on the short side, with just chapter reminders of major and minor details that need to happen. I don’t always stick to the outline but it’s there to help guide me.
When/where is your favorite time/place to write?
Since I have a day job, I write in the early mornings and late at night on weekdays, and all day on the weekends if I have no plans or errands. I write every day, even if it’s just a few hundred words.
How do you go about naming your characters?
Baby name lists! I try not to give my characters a name that’s too out there. I tend to skim lists and use a name that sounds and looks good in that moment. I’m not super picky.
Do you have any tattoos?
I do! I have cherry blossoms in watercolor on my right upper arm, ravens in watercolor on my left upper arm and collar bone, Hamilton lyrics with a clock in watercolor on my left thigh, and a small tribal dragon on my left hip.
Tea or coffee? What’s your drink?
I would like to thank Hailey for her time and I loved getting to know what makes a great writer tick!