A Spider in the Garden


A Spider in the Garden

by Courtney Davis

GENRE:   Paranormal Fantasy/Romance

Aranha is the last of her kind, a spider shifter who preys upon the dregs of society in an attempt to validate her existence and feed her hunger. She’s lived alone for two hundred years, no family and no friends; always watchful for those who would kill her.
Dag is one of a dying species, vampires who can walk in the day. They have lost their companions and live in dread of the day that they too will become extinct; leaving the earth to the vile creatures who prey upon humans without mercy.
Aranha sees danger in Dag’s face, Dag sees the future in hers. Neither can believe the other exists and their lives are about to get very complicated. Together they embark on a mission to save a young human from the vampires and learn the reality of what their two species were doing in The Garden of Eden.


She didn’t like the idea of being in his space, but the public was no place for this conversation. She didn’t trust him, but she was curious as to what he could possibly think she needed his help with, and how did he even exist? She had as many questions as he did, she was sure. She couldn’t keep Jonah and herself safe if she didn’t know what was out there; maybe he wasn’t the only one and she needed to be aware of them as a danger too. She decided she had no better option. “I will follow you,” she agreed.

He nodded and held the door open for her gallantly. She didn’t move. “I said I’ll follow you.”

“You should trust me,” he said quietly.

His blue eyes stared straight into hers, it touched her soul and she had to steel herself against the threat of feelings she had no use for. “Why?” she hissed.

“I don’t think you have anyone else,” he said quietly, then went out the door and up the stairs.

She bristled at the truth in his words. Other than Jonah, she didn’t have anyone, but she didn’t have to trust him, she had no reason to think he meant her anything other than harm. She tucked her knives away and locked the door behind them. Three brown spiders crept out of the dark and looked up at her. “Cover the door, make sure it looks unused and unwelcoming.”

About The Author:

Courtney Davis is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal, supernatural fiction with a little romance and humor thrown in. She loves creating worlds and exploring human, and inhuman, interaction. She lives in North Idaho with her husband and children where she teaches and enjoys time spent relaxing in the summer sun and winters by the fire. She has always had an affinity for reading and writing and a goal to make a career of it. There is no greater joy than to know her words took a reader out of reality for a time and into another world.

Q&A With The Author
When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

When I was 18 I started writing a book and I knew then I was a writer, despite not having published anything. Being a writer is about putting words together to create a story, the rest is all icing on the cake!

What advice do you have for a new writer?

I would say write what you want to read, don't worry about what's popular at the moment. Write as often as possible, while accepting that sometimes you need to take a break and that's okay. Don't expect everything you write to be amazing, and know when to step away from a project maybe never to return. These are lessons I've learned along the way and have to keep reminding myself of when imposter syndrome really starts to creep in or self-imposed deadlines get close. 

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Coming up with an initial idea and beginning a story has always been the easiest for me. I often start with only a very vague idea of where the story is going. But I'm never short on ideas of where to start.

What is your favorite part of this story?

Definitely the beginning. So much possibility lies ahead of those first few scenes. I am never blocked at the beginning, never struggling with a plot decision or technicalities of the world I created. The beginning is all so fresh and new! I'm always excited to see where it will take me.

Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?

I really enjoyed writing Aranha, my main female character in A Spider in the Garden. She is so dark and depressed and deadly, yet she is vulnerable and wants to be good. She felt so real to me, I thoroughly enjoyed creating her. 

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

I didn't really have a hard time with any of these characters. They all revealed themselves to me so fully that it was easy to write them. I hope it's always that way!


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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! I am in love with the cover too! I will have to get a poster of it made up and when I have a writing office, i'll hang it up :)

  2. Thank you so much for having me today! It was so much fun answering your questions.

  3. Great Q&A and excerpt, I love the cover and A Spider in the Garden sounds like a must read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome day!

    1. That's great! I hope you read and enjoy!

  4. Thank you for sharing your Q&A and book details, is this story strictly a stand alone or is there a sequel in the works>

    1. Actually I'm thinking about a sequel but nothings been started yet.

    2. Awesome! Thank you for responding to my comment

  5. A spider shifter is a new one for me. Sounds exciting.

    1. Thank you! I liked the idea because I was pretty sure it would be different :)

  6. When writing do you ever base your characters on people you know or have met?

  7. Not intentionally, but I'm sure I pick up mannerisms or styles from people I meet.

  8. wow, you started writing when you were young! That's awesome

    1. I did! I just wish i hadn't taken such a long break before getting serious, but i suppose i had to wait for the right kind of inspiration.

  9. Looks really stylish, I like this exciting theme.

  10. All I can think of when visualizing a spider shifter is a)a really BIG spider or b)a very dense spider.


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