Thursday, August 30, 2012

Spotlight on and Review of Integration by Imogen Rose


Integration
Bonfire Book 2
By Imogen Rose

Second Haiku warning:

A boyfriend missing

A lover must pay in blood

A princess must die

Welcome back to Bonfire Academy.





A Teaser Excerpt

Broken. I couldn’t think of a better word to describe it. I felt as if I’d been torn to bits, maybe even shredded. I was suffocating, surrounded by a wet tightness of skin and flesh all crusted together. My body was home to excruciating stabs of pain searing about randomly before a final thrust of sheer agony. I couldn’t tell if the source of the pain was within me or if I was being repeatedly sliced open with a knife. Did it matter? I felt as though it was only a matter of seconds before my thoughts would end.

“Cordelia!”

My name. I flinched as the same voice repeated my name again and again. Why? Who was it? It—he—sounded familiar. I heaved as the voice triggered the memory of his face. Then, not being able to stop the bile from traveling up my throat, I gagged and purged, emptying my stomach completely. The next time he muttered my name, his voice was laced with disgust. But his revulsion couldn’t compete with my utter repugnance and disbelief at what he’d done. Him. Someone I had trusted with my life, even though the rule was clear:

Trust No One.




About the Author:

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Hermès addict, Imogen freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.



Book Review for Integration by Imogen Rose

When I first started reading Integration, I was worried that the academy setting would become too familiar and I’d quickly lose interest.  But that wasn’t the case. I wound up pleasantly surprised by the storyline that followed.  This is the first of Imogen Rose’s novels that I’ve read. After reading and experiencing the world of the Bonfire Academy and the unique storyline and well drawn characters, I’ll definitely be coming back for more. 

Things that I enjoyed:

1)  Reading about a posse of demon kids for a change.
2)  Reading about characters that genuinely sounded like teens.
3)  Jagger and Cordelia’s relationship and the way the author created pulse-pounding moments between the     couple. I’m always a sucker for good love scenes.
4)  Secondary characters that made me laugh, cry, and spit fire all at the same time: Colton comes to mind here.
5)  The knock your socks and pants off ending. I love it when I can’t figure out where a storyline is going. And this one got me. I love that. Complexity is like a drug for me.

Things that threw me off a bit:

1)  There were a few spots where I didn’t know who was speaking. But it wasn’t enough to keep me from enjoying the book.

2)  I wish I had read book 1 first so I could fully understand the world Ms. Rose created. As it stands you can start this book without having read the first one and still make it through. But I’ll definitely be going back to read the first book in the series.

I’d recommend Integration to lovers of mystery, paranormal romance, and light urban fantasy. 

My rating: a solid 3.5 wings. 



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Spotlight on To Tame a Wild Hawk by Lenore Wolfe

To Tame a Wild Hawk
by Lenore Wolfe

Series Title: Dark Cloth
Sub series title: Dark Warrior/Dark Gunman
Genre: Historical Romance
Final Word Count: 81,333
 
Amanda Kane has spent years with a secret society of Lakota women, who taught her the ancient ways. She has sought the help of the Grandmothers, from beyond the veil, to help her stop the man behind the mask. They point her to the visions she has always had of the man she’s destined to marry—a cowboy who will help save her ranch. But Hawk is no ordinary cowboy. He carries a powerful secret. A secret that leads to betrayal.




About the Author

Lenore Wolfe writes dark fantasy, and paranormal & historical romance.
Lenore grew up in Montana, where her great-grandmother and father taught her about the real Old West—and Alaska, where she fell in love with the wild beauty of the Last Frontier. She currently lives in central US, where she finds that each day holds a lesson in the value and history of those who have walked before us—and what we can learn from their experiences while walking on our own unique path. Lenora holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in writing from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a student of earth based and Shamanic Studies.
 

Take a Moment to Read an Excerpt


He was magnificent—standing there, waiting for her to reach his side. And soon after she did, their lives became irrevocably woven together. Mandy likened it to a silvery, invisible thread, joining their hearts. And she knew the Grandmothers smiled.
She felt rebellious right now with their sure vision of her path. A path with Hawk ... their lives entwined. Her heart pounded—fanciful thoughts. But her mind soon followed down the path her heart had taken, with what would have been—could have been—had she not insisted this marriage be in name only.
“Second thoughts already?” his whisper caressed her face.
She shook her head at Hawk. “No, the marriage has its merits,” she answered, trying for a neutral tone.
He let that jab slide, grinning. “I wasn’t talking about the marriage—exactly.”
Startled, she looked up and was captured, completely off guard, by the intense look in his gold eyes. He’d read her mind again, drat the man; or was her body giving her away?
She should look away—really she should—but suddenly she couldn’t remember why.
“Give over, Mandy,” he whispered. His gaze refused to release her from the fine thread he was weaving around her. She was caressed by it—captured by it. And each time, the web grew stronger. “You want this marriage in every way, every bit as much as I; admit it, Mandy.” His low voice fanned the flames.
Mandy opened her mouth, then shut it. She fought for control, lost, and opened her mouth again, but the words of denial wouldn’t come.
His hand touched the side of her face, his thumb sliding possessively over her lips, stroking her bottom lip again and again until she thought she would faint with pleasure.
She’d made a fatal mistake with her heart, thinking she could control this. She should have listened to the danger signs—to all the warnings, and now it was too late. There was no holding back—any part of her; at least, not anything strong enough to hold back this tide of love—and desire. Even though the love part lay only on her side.
She’d been a fool.
And her heart was going to pay the price; but she couldn’t stop now.
Hawk’s intense, green-gold eyes searched her face, and knew the exact instant she surrendered, and only by iron will did he wait to hear the words.
Words avowing her complete surrender.
She nodded.
He shook his head. “Say it,” he softly commanded. “Tell me what you want.”
Mandy’s tongue darted out to moisten her lips and heard Hawk groan. She swallowed, her eyes closing for a moment with her body’s reaction to that simple sound. The fires were rapidly burning out of control. “You.” She looked into his golden gaze. “I want you.”

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Spotlight on the Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell


The Memory of Roses
By Blair McDowell

Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press      

ISBN:  1937265382 – ebook             
Paperback: 978-1937265380
ASIN: BOO5RTP7VQ

Number of pages: 227
Word Count: 92,226

Go to ‘The Memory of Roses’ web page to select the Vendor of your choice

THE MEMORY OF ROSES

From the author of ‘Delighting In Your Company’ comes the enduring love story of two generations of the McQuaid family on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu. It is a tale complete with ravishing women, ruggedly handsome men, and an intriguing mystery. The picturesque settings of San Francisco, Venice and the magnificent island of Corfu add the crowning touch to this captivating story.

Brit McQuaid has had a very bad year.  First, her heart is broken when her relationship with her professor ends because of his lies and infidelity. Then her father dies and leaves her a villa on the Greek Island of Corfu, and a deep mystery to solve; in his last letter to her, he asks Brit to find the woman he profoundly loved on Corfu many years ago, shocking Brit with the realization that her adored father  had cheated on her mother.

How could her father have owned a house that Brit knew nothing about? Why was he unfaithful to her mother? Who is this woman named Maria? And what is in the mysterious package?

To find answers, Brit must travel to Corfu, open a villa that has been closed for many years, and locate Maria Calbrese, the great love of her father’s life.

 In the course of her voyage of discovery, Brit meets the man she could lose her heart to and begins to understand that, while passion can rule one’s actions, real love can neither be dictated by propriety nor measured by moments of passion. Real love may involve sacrifice, or at least the willingness to give up one’s own hope of happiness for the good of another’s.  Her father knew this truth.

Then in her search for Maria she stumbles upon a dark secret. A secret of sacrifice that lies at the heart of her father’s decisions all those many years ago.

Brit faces a dilemma.   She has it in her power to destroy the life of the woman her father so cherished. What should she do with the information she has unearthed? And how will this new knowledge affect her relationship with the man she has come to love?



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"Blair McDowell is the next popular woman's novelist. Memory of Roses is a spellbinding, well written story from the first page to the surprise ending. I couldn't put it down”
Review from 'HLMJH' on Amazon.com
5 Stars

“Highly recommended for those who like a touch of history and growth in their stories. A strong 4 of 5 for Memory of Roses."
Review from Poison Rose on ‘PickedbyPoison.com’
4 Stars

"This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, well written with interesting and engaging characters. Enjoyed reading/learning about Corfu and Venice which were accurately portrayed. Loved the surprise ending."
Review from 'Book lover' on Amazon.com
5 Stars




About the Author:

I travel a lot. I usually spend the month of October in Europe, Greece or Italy, and the winter in a little house I built many years ago on a small non-touristy Caribbean Island. I have worked and studied in many places -- Hungary, Australia the US and Canada, and have lectured in most of the States and Provinces as well as Taiwan and various cities in Europe. I enjoy being surrounded by cultures other than my own. I enjoy my own as well -- but variety is indeed the spice of my life.

I keep busy -- and I love my life.  I love meeting the people who come here to the west coast of Canada and stay in my B&B. I love traveling after the tourist season is over. And I love writing.  My interests?  Music, especially opera, reading everything in print, and Writing. And walking on the beach and swimming.  At one point I had hoped to swim in every major sea and ocean.  I've realized that may not be possible in one lifetime -- but trying has been fun!

Blair is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of America (Greater Vancouver Chapter), and the Romance Writers of America (Women's Fiction) and the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Welcome to the Stone of Darkness Blog Tour Stop for Fantasy Author Resa Nelson


Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

     We have a very special guest author today. Please welcome Author Resa Nelson, creator

of the Stone of Darkness fantasy series. Not only do we have some great cover love going on

today, but we also have an interview, excerpts, and a chance to win a mini ebook. So without

further hesitation let me introduce the Stone of Darkness's fantastic cover and blurbs.



About the Author:

Resa Nelson has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.

Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for
Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Her first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series. Book 2, The Iron Maiden, was published last December, Book 3 was published in May, and the final book in the series is scheduled for publication in November.
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
Resa lives in Massachusetts.
 

Synopsis for The Dragonslayer’s Sword (Book 1)
For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover--the dragonslayer--disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning.
Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child.
Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?

Synopsis for The Iron Maiden (Book 2)
Astrid is reluctant to travel the winter route beyond the Northlands, even though it’s her duty. She’d rather stay home in her village, surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ignoring the bonds of tradition, she decides to spend the cold winter months in the warmth of her blacksmithing shop. Why should she leave the comfort of her cottage to serve and protect foreigners who might raid and harm her native Northlands?
Everything changes when a traveling merchant steals Starlight, the first dragonslayer’s sword Astrid forged and her last link to her sweetheart DiStephan. Having no time to alert her friends, Astrid races in pursuit of the merchant, determined to reclaim Starlight as her own and return home in time for dinner. Instead, her quest leads her to new lands, unexpected friendships with foreigners, and a harrowing encounter with the damage done by the followers of a new god that considers women as nothing more than servants to men. All the while, she must be ready to face any dragon traveling the winter route.
In Book 2 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid must learn that deciding who she is isn’t a decision she can make just once. It’s a decision she must make every day.

Synopsis for The Stone of Darkness (Book 3)
In Book 3 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid accepts her duty and follows the winter route--until she's bitten by a dragon. Everyone knows dragon bites are poisonous and deadly, so she reluctantly accepts her impending death. In a twist of fate, she survives. Desperate for an explanation, Astrid believes she has somehow been protected by the black stone she keeps with her at all times, a stone that emerged from the sole of her foot a year ago.
Determined to find out what the stone is and what kind of powers it possesses, Astrid begins a journey that leads her to alchemists and an army of men under the rule of the powerful warrior, Mandulane, the acting lord of the Krystr army. Mandulane's mission is to spread the word of the new god Krystr, which preaches the evil intent of women and the danger they pose to all men, who are entitled to dominate the world. Rumors about this new god and army have spread, but Astrid is the first Northlander to encounter them.
Soon, she stumbles upon a secret of a far-reaching and mind-numbing plot that will impact the entire world. Astrid must find a way to spread the news of this threat and protect her people and everyone else at risk. She's convinced the answer lies inside the Stone of Darkness, and she must find a way to understand the stone and the powers she's convinced it must hold before it's too late.

Book 4 will be published in November 2012


Let's Take a Moment to Get Know More About Ms. Nelson's Writing World...



Do you have a specific writing style?

People have called my writing style “transparent,” meaning that you don’t really notice it when you’re reading.  I love that because I want readers to sink into my novels and feel like they’re part of the story.  When I write, I feel like I’m actually in the world of the novel.  It’s as if I’m in the thick of the story, completely surrounded by it, and I’m writing down everything I see happening.  I want readers to feel the same way – except they don’t have to write anything down!

How did you come up with the title?

The Stone of Darkness is Book 3 in my Dragonslayer series.  Book 1 is called The Dragonslayer’s Sword, and the title refers to the work of my main character Astrid, a female blacksmith who makes weapons for dragonslayers, specifically to the first sword she makes.  Book 2 is called The Iron Maiden, and it’s what a character calls Astrid – she’s a blacksmith and she works with iron.  The Stone of Darkness is about a black stone that seems to have magical powers, and Astrid spends a lot of Book 3 trying to find out exactly what the stone is, what its powers are, and why it has come into her life.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes!  It all comes from my feeling troubled by people who think they’re helpless.  I see too many people choosing to believe they’re helpless when they’re really not.  In Book 1, Astrid learns that she must decide who she is before she can stand up inside her own skin.  That basically means that each of us gets to decide what kind of person we are and how we live our lives.  All of the books in the Dragonslayer series explore that idea in different ways.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Eoghain Hamilton is an Irish short story writer whose first book of short stories is called A Celtic Darkness.  They’re modern-day literary ghost stories.  He reminds me of writers like Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe.  His stories are full of mood and atmosphere.  I think he’s someone to watch.

What are your current projects?

I recently finished writing Book 4 in my Dragonslayer series, which is scheduled for publication in November.  That means I’ve wrapped up that series, which is something I’m still getting used to.  Since finishing that book, I’ve been writing a bunch of short stories.  I currently have a short story at an online magazine called Buzzy, which is free to read (http://buzzymag.com/the-hidden-people-by-resa-nelson/) and another story that will be coming out in an anthology called Mortis Operandi within the next year.  I’m outlining my next novel, which will be a blend of very near-future science fiction and mystery.  But when it comes to novels, readers can always count on my main character being a woman who is smart, courageous, strong, and willing to overcome any problems that come her way.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I’m lucky enough to be a graduate of the Clarion SF Writers Workshop.  This program gave me the tools I needed to become a published author and lots of support.  Many of my classmates have been extremely supportive for many years.  And some of the most supportive people in my life are people who graduated from other Clarion classes.  It’s kind of like a big family of writers.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love reading mystery/thrillers, and my favorite author is Harlan Coben.  First, he’s the master of plots that twist and turn.  My readers tell me that they love the twists and turns in my books, so I think reading his work has been a good influence on me!  I also love his characters.  It’s so easy to love them and want the best for them.  Coben’s characters feel real and relatable.  They’re the kind of people I like to hang out with in real life.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I don’t have to, but I find that travel helps me a lot.  I often model my worlds on ancient societies, so going to places that have ruins and learning about them makes a huge difference.  Because I set my Dragonslayer series in a setting similar to the Viking era, I wanted to see as many places as possible that were impacted by the Vikings.  Over the course of many years (mostly before I started writing the series), I traveled to Iceland, Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and several of the islands off the coast of Scotland.  All of this gave me a much better sense of the Viking world and had a very big influence on the series.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing Book 3 (The Stone of Darkness) was figuring out where to end it because there’s no lapse of time between Books 3 and 4.  But the hardest part of writing the series was ending it!  I moped around for the longest time when I was ready to start writing the last book because I hated the thought of not spending time the characters I’d come to love.  But by the time I ended the series, I realized that there’s an opportunity to create a spin-off series, which is something I’m seriously considering.  Whether or not I write it depends on whether my fans will want the spin-off series.

Thank you for taking the time today to connect with the Seraphine Muse's wonderful readers. I wish you the best of luck in all of your writing endeavors and feel free to come back and visit us anytime!

Thanks so much for hosting my blog tour!  I’m so grateful for the chance to connect with your readers.

 
Where can readers find your online homes?
Author Blog:  coming at the end of this year
Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Resa-Nelson-The-Dragonslayers-Sword/122200661871
Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1998294.Resa_Nelson
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/ResaNelson
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Resa-Nelson/e/B002C78D2Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Barnes&Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/resa-nelson
Smashwords:
Any other sides you wish to list:
Goodreads Giveaway:
 
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/27323-the-stone-of-darkness
Free “mini” ebook of Dragonslayer short stories: 
http://www.resanelson.com/files
Author website:  http://www.resanelson.com

Is your book available in print, ebook, both?
Both.  If you buy directly from my publisher (Mundania Press), you can get a 10% discount at checkout using this code:  MP10

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Promotional Spotlight and Interview with Karen Y. Bynum Author of Witch Way to Turn


Witch Way to Turn
By Karen Y. Bynum
Witch Way Series Book #1

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Date of ePublication: August 6, 2012
Print: October 1st

ISBN: 9781616503994
Number of pages: epub 237
Word Count: 78,000


Blurb/Book Description:

Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?

The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld.

Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets--one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.

Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own.

Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever.

WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.


Meet the Author:




Karen Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal fantasy.  Her novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press.  She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her.  Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte.  But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head.  They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.
Karen currently lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty.

Let's Take a Moment to Get to Know Ms. Bynum on a More Personal Level:

Hi y’all! J Thank you so much for having me here today!

 

How did you come up with the title?

I knew that Breena Cross was a witch from the moment I started the book, and then as I began to write I realized she was going to have to choose between these two hot supernaturals. Which way…ya know? I was about a chapter in when the title came to me. BAM. Just like that. Once it did, that was it. I was so happy that Lyrical Press loved the title too and let me keep it. Sometimes titles get changed by publishing houses. That’s something I’ve learned along the way. J

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Excellent question! Definitely. My catch phrase—fate be damned—really sums up the theme of my books… Just because life is cold and dark right now doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Many times our own outlook on life can change things. Breena comes from a very harsh background. She was in foster care her entire childhood and was abused both physically and mentally. Through everything, she remained hopeful. Even during her darkest hours, she searched for that light. Things may not always go our way, but we determine how we will respond to them. A positive outlook goes a long way.

What book are you reading now?
Right now, I’m reading Witch Way to Turn! teeheehee I know, I’ve only read it like a thousand times already. J This time is the finished version. What other people are/will be reading.  I’m just so excited!!
My next read is an adult paranormal romance by Kristine Overbrook. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and am so looking forward to it! The title is Creatures of the Moon! What a cool title!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

What are your current projects?

Currently I’m writing the second book in the Witch Way series. I’m over halfway done. Breena thought things were complicated before…uh, watch out! 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I look to God daily and am so thankful for His provision in my life. My life isn’t perfect by any means, but He has blessed me far beyond what I deserve. He has brought amazing people into my life. They know who they are, and I’m just so grateful for their support and encouragement.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Since it’s book #2 in the Witch Way series, I don’t want to give anything away! lol So how about I share a little of my completed demon-slaying unicorn story? J The title is Running From Shadows and is about a unicorn shifter who must choose to kill the boy she loves to protect her coven from the shadow demon who lusts after her soul.

Here’s a little snippet of when Greta first meets Pax…

Suddenly, the sky seemed to shift. Darkness sped toward me. Goddess, it had wings… And talons. I turned to run and it crashed into me, driving me face first to the ground and pinning me down with its cold weight. This was it. My punishment. Justice, finally.
There was a white hot agony along my shoulder blade. I didn’t fight. I deserved this. She shouldn’t have died. It should’ve been me.
Darkness pushed into me, ripped at my insides, filled me up. I welcomed death.
Seconds later, I was scooped up into strong arms, held tight in an embrace that instantly made me feel safe, made me feel…home.
“Who are you?” I asked, and even I could hear the edge of wonder in my voice.
He looked down at me and his eyes were silvered by moonlight, and familiar somehow. The world spun around us. There was a name caught like a promise between teeth and tongue, just out of reach. Then he looked away, and it was just me and this strange boy, who’d come out of nowhere and…picked me up.
“Who are you?” This time the edge had turned to anger. Suspicion. Thank Goddess.
His gaze shifted from surveying the forest to me. I shivered. “The guy who’s saving your ass.”

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, definitely. I read once that however long it takes you to write a book, it will take you twice as long to get it ready to query. Well, of course, I didn’t believe that. LOL Now I know… It’s true. At least it was for me with Witch Way to Turn. The book went through three major rewrites before Lyrical Press snatched it up. Once I finish writing a book now, I know that it’s not really done. Not yet. J I’m learning patience…the hard way. lol


What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Finding the time to write is a HUGE challenge. I work a full-time day job at city hall, so it’s not always easy to be in the perfect writing-state-of-mind. I’ve found a few ways to squeeze time in though! I’ve been getting up at 4:30AM for the past four years (Monday through Friday) before work to write. Recently, I’ve been using my lunch break at work to write as well. This has definitely helped me reach my goal of a writing a thousand words per day.

What is your favorite type of food?
Oh wow! If you follow me on Twitter, you know I LOVE food. Pretty much any food is great with me. My favorite food though would have to be anything breakfast related…especially biscuits and gravy or chocolate chip pancakes. With coffee, of course!
Who is your favorite book boyfriend?

Do you have a song that you'd consider the theme for your novel?
I love this question! Definitely “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. Each of the two sexy supernatural boys who are vying for Breena’s attention has their own theme song too…
Orin’s – “Wait for You” by Elliott Yamin
Myles’s – “Burnin’ for You” by Blue Oyster Cult


Thank you for visiting with the Seraphine Muse today. We look forward to reading Witch Way to Turn. I know that it's definitely on my list of to-read and reviews. Feel free to stop by anytime and good luck with your release.


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