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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Guest Blog + Giveaway: A.C. Ruttan

Today, I'd like to welcome A.C. Ruttan to Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog. She's here to talk about her new novel, Incarnate, which is her first Urban Fantasy.

First let me say a HUGE thank you to Sara for letting me invade her blog. I’ve been a lurker for quite some time. When I sold Incarnate to Samhain I knew I would eventually have to de-lurk and ask for a guest spot.

To celebrate I’m giving away two e-books of Incarnate. So be sure to leave a comment. I’ll let Sara pick the winners. :)

I knew I had to say something, but for the first time in my life I couldn’t figure out what to say, which can be quite horrific for a writer to tell you the truth.

The post hit me last night, in the middle of the night. Talk about how Incarnate came to be. Well, it started with a panic. I was going through a spell of writer’s block. It was terrifying. I had just had a baby and didn’t write anything for a year. Scary. It was then that old adage came back write what you know. Only I don’t totally agree with this. If I wrote what I knew at that time it would be recitation of the content of diapers. So I began to write down some things I seemed to know a lot about and then manipulated the information in my head for my own wicked devices. Muwahahaha.

Writing Incarnate took tidbits of several things I knew:

1. A lot about the fabled Celtic queen, Boudicca
2. Religion. (Which I won’t talk too much about because I don’t want to bore you)
3. Northern Canada
4. The ice roads

All these things came together and created Incarnate.

The POV character, Cia walked into my brain fully formed when I was worrying about my dry spell from writing. She had this calm persona on one hand and then this voice in her head. The voice of ancient Celtic Queen Boudicca and a big sword. I just didn’t know what to do with her, and the character kept talking in my head. I thought what kind of kick ass rough job could she have? The answer was playing right in front of me on the television screen. Season One of Ice Road Truckers. I loved this show. I was recuperating after my third C-section and had a new born baby I was feeding, so I was locked to the couch and was totally enraptured with the show. So my ice road trucking inspiration not only took care of her occupation, but helped settled on location.

I know Canada. I am Canadian after all. I know Northern Canada. I’ve never been, but I’ve researched it for years. Planned trips. Heading to the top of the world has always been my dream. My parents had a decorative plate, sent to them by my uncle from Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit in Nunavut) and I would stare at the plate for hours. I was fascinated by the igloo shaped church and wildness to the land. My Dad also had lots of stone carvings made by the Inuk people. I couldn’t believe that animals like polar bears and seals were everyday animals for them. I grew up on the outskirts of Toronto and if I was lucky would some time spy a big fat raccoon meandering down the street. So my obsession with the top of the world began. I also have cousins who are Inuk and it would be nice to meet them. So I know the North, I just have yet to experience it.

In a total backwards way I wrote the ending first and the rest of the world came falling into place. This was also a first for me, I wrote backwards. Another first was the genre, urban fantasy and non-romantic. It surprised me. My alter ego, Amy Ruttan, has been writing spicy romance since 2007. This book came totally out of left field and to be honest I am thoroughly enjoying this genre and plan to delve further into the little offshoots and branches. I am a huge fan of Steampunk, so hopefully one day I can turn my muse to it.

When I got the ‘call’ (or email) from my editor, Jennifer Miller she helped me brainstorm a stronger, more urgent GMC for Cia. Jennifer helped me polish my diamond in the rough, my convoluted story which didn’t seem to fit anywhere except, Samhain and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Thanks to Sara for letting me share how Incarnate came to be.

For an innocent man, she’ll go to her grave. Again.

The Portal Keepers, Book 1

Cia is serving her sentence in the Canadian Arctic, guarding one of the many portals that seal off Earth from Heaven and Hell. She doesn’t mind the cold. What she does mind? Someone’s bumping off other Incarnates, the dual-souled beings who hold the Apocalypse at bay. And she’s next on the list.

Worse, she learns the prime suspect is Arthur, her ex. Arthur is many things, but despite their history, he’s no murderer. Cia has only thirty days to find him and prove it before the Wrath is unleashed to mete out justice.

It’s no relief when he shows up in her truck’s headlights on the side of the ice road. He stirs turmoil between her volatile old soul and the younger one that keeps it in line. Worse, he shows all the signs of turning into a demon.

The closer they get to Yellowknife, the more rogue demons pour out of Hell, dragging with them a past she thought would never haunt her again. Another murder, and the elders prepare to summon the Wrath ahead of schedule. A move that will, literally, let all Hell break loose. Unless Cia makes a soul-tearing choice.

Product Warnings
Ice, frigid temperatures, lots of Poutine consuming and a mention of blubber. Many demons were harmed in the writing of this book, but the polar bear really is okay.

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Thanks to A.C. Ruttan, I have two (2) e-books of Incarnate to giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:
1. Must leave a comment or question for A.C. Ruttan.
2. Must leave a valid e-mail address.
3. Giveaway is open until midnight on Wednesday 08/03.
4. Winners will be announced on Thursday 08/04 using
5. Winners can choose the format they'd prefer.


  1. The setting for this book sounds unique. I haven't been to northern Canada, but I have been to Alaska and it's the isolation that really strikes you up there. I would love to read it. Plus I loved the product warning LOL.

    Jen at delux dot com

  2. Thanks for stopping by JenM.

    Alaska is on my wish list. I too love the isolation and the rugged beauty of the North. :)

  3. I feel like I need some kind of proof that the polar bear is actually okay.


  4. Okay, you had me at "just had my 3rd c-section"...since Im a mother of 5 and yes 3 of them got sliced out! (totally random connection Hmm Im not worried abt the polar bears but I am concerned about all the demons who got maimed/assaulted in the making of this book. On a bad day (with 5 fabulous kids and book edits calling my name), I AM a demon.
    The book sounds intriguing. Congratulations on its release.

  5. I'd heard of this book, but didn't realize it was inspired by Boudicca. Now I wonder how I missed it! Boudicca's one of my historical heroes. I can't wait to check out your urban fantasy take on it.

    stephanie AT stephaniemloree DOT com

  6. Hehehe, Bethany. I swear to you she just got a bit by the hero and she loped away. It takes a lot more to take down a polar bear. :)

  7. LOL, Lani. Yes, there are some days I feel like a demon too.

    Okay, not all demons got maimed or hurt. There is a good demon. I swear and he's fantastic. :)

    Thanks for visiting. :)

  8. Hi, Stephanie.

    Yes, Boudicca is one of my favorites too. I love her and have for a long time. My heroine carries around Boudicca's soul inside of her. A bit of a strange take on reincarnation.

    My absolute favorite book from when I was a kid was Pauline Gedge's Eagle and the Raven and that's what hooked me on her.

    Thanks for visiting.

  9. This sounds awesome. I'm also Canadian, and I especially love reading fantasy books that take place in Canada such as Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff.

    And yum poutine! One of the best things about Canada!

    If you'd like to guest post over at my blog, you'd be more than welcome!


  10. This sounds like a great plot, a great location and really interesting characters. Plus the cover art is great (I'm a sucker for a good cover).

    Thanks for the great blog and great giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  11. Got to admit, this is the first I've heard of this book but it sounds like
    an awesome adventure.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  12. So cool the reverse way the book was written and the first for the genre at the same time. That's a feat to pull off!

    mk261274 at gmail dot com


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