Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter Book 1
by Azaaa Davis Genre: Urban Fantasy
When demon hunting is outlawed, it's time to resurrect a legend.
Not even death can stop her.
Fearsome demon hunter Nadira has been torn from her next life and resurrected in present-day New York. The demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Or, so they claim. But brawls between demons and humans are becoming more frequent, and human leaders are disappearing.
Tasked by the shadowy organization that trained her, she must battle her own personal trauma and once again fight for the souls of mankind. Will Nadira remain a beacon of light to those fighting for humankind? Or will she lose her humanity to the darkness within?
Don't miss This Time―the first novel in the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series―by author Azaaa Davis!
“Curiosity won over prudence, and she glanced to the left. She took in the sight of two men; both dressed for a night out on the town and both very pale. One guy was older, early forties maybe, leaning against the building with his head tilted back, exposing his throat. He had on shiny black shoes, black slacks, and a stylish navy-blue button up shirt that was undone.
She noticed a ring on his finger and an expression on his face that was equally dazed and scared. The other guy was younger, maybe in his mid-twenties like her. He gave Nadira a scornful look, and she blushed in embarrassment at interrupting what seemed like a lovers’ tryst. She looked away.
It was none of her business what two people did at night. So what if it were two guys feeling each other up in a public place. So what if only one of them wore a wedding band. So what if one guy looked scared and the other guy looked aggressive. That slurping sound meant something intimate was going on that she did not need to see. Except . . . their lips weren’t bruised, and both of their pants were zipped up and belted.
Damn it. Of course she would stumble across a possible vampire feeding.”
Azaaa Davis is a writer of urban fantasy novels.
She fell in love with reading as a high school freshman and continues to read, write, and draw today. Her background in social work helps her portray realistic characters in fantastic--and sometimes terrifying--situations. A New York native, Azaaa currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter.
She debuts with This Time, A Nadira Holden Novel, about demon hunters, family ties and the magic of love.
Azaaa is working diligently to finish writing more fantasy novels while raising her daughter. Her next book is expected to be released in early 2019. Thank you for showing an interest in her stories!
How to find time to write as a parent? As a new mom and a new writer, this was one of my most pressing concerns. I loved being a mom and enjoyed watching my daughter grow and learn each day. At the same time, I wanted to start a new work-from-home career that would be both fulfilling and profitable. I’ve loved reading and writing since my high school days when my creativity knew no end. While pregnant, I was able to slow down enough to make my health a priority. The reduction in stress and the increase in free time allowed me to dream big again and my imagination soared. I decided to finally pursue a writing career. I wrote so much while pregnant because I was no longer working full-time.
After an amazing unmedicated water birth, I began breastfeeding my baby girl. I didn’t realize then that my daughter would prefer my company and comfort even when others were able to care for her. I attempted to start writing again when she was two-months-old. But, I was so sleep deprived from caring for her all throughout the night that I often needed to sleep when she napped during the day. When she was three-months-old, my husband started watching her while I went back to work part-time. My baby girl was not thrilled that mommy wasn’t around for four hours at a time and therefore my husband had a hard time. During this time, I wrote a night when my family was asleep and no one else needed me. I wrote for about two hours and then I would go to bed around midnight.
It wasn’t until my baby girl was about six-months-old that my baby, husband and I were all happily on the same page. My daughter had a pattern to her day and we could predict when she needed to eat, play or be changed. She was sitting up, happily playing and engaging with the world around her. My husband was able to play with and comfort our baby easily. Only then was I able to successfully start writing again. I developed a schedule that my family was happy with where I left the house to write two nights a week for about four hours, usually from 7pm to 11pm.
To this day, a little over one year into parenthood, I mainly write at home with a hot cup of coffee, a thick robe, classical music and soft lamp light. I try to start writing at 7p but it’s usually after 9pm when I’m free. I plan to stop writing at 11p but it’s usually 2am when I slow down due to a heavy head, blurry eyes, long blinks and loud yawns. Writing outside the house is stress-reducing but not alway more productive. So, to answer the popular question, “when do you find time to write?” My answer is, “when no one else needs me to be a mom or wife” which means “when I should be sleeping!”
While my situation isn’t unique, there are several factors that might make scheduling your writing time a little easier than it was for me. If you have trusted friends or family members close by willing to babysit, if you are a morning person and can get up close to 5am to write, and if you are able to write in small bundles (5 minutes here, 20 minutes there) that can add up to one or two hours by the end of the day, then consider taking advantage of these opportunities to write more.
I hope sharing my experience as a stay-at-home-writer-mom helped you gain some insight.