About the Book
How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to…die?
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him.
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?
I was provided an early copy of Live Me: A Pieces of Broken Novel in exchange for an honest review. Even though this is not a HEA, I will say that I honestly loved reading it. The story begins with Evangelina Ricci looking back at the reasons why she needed a fresh new start in a new place. She applies to a college that is not too far from home, but enough to get away from the past that has plagued her for years. With her best friend, Jace, she thinks that she has the perfect escape. Little does she know, attending a party at the beginning of the year upon her friend’s request—she has her first meltdown in front of everyone there after asked to pair up for a race. Halfway through the panic attack, another student picks her up and takes her away from the party to unwind and calm her nerves. He is the perfect gentleman who only has eyes for her—but she knows that she can never give her heart out to anyone. Her heart, body and soul has been broken beyond repair, but he doesn’t know nor would he understand. She must find a way to avoid his advances before it’s too late and he cripples what is left of her or worse…makes her feel again.
While reading this story, I was asked to help out with graphic quotes and teasers. I found myself really enjoying the content and the story behind both main characters. My favorite character is Blake because he is gentle, kind, smart and understanding. Upon first reading about Blake’s presence in this story, I really felt sorry for him because of the emotional turmoil that Evangelina was causing. The author does a superb job with the complexity and development of all of the characters within this story. Even though I really enjoy reading about Blake and his personal life, I loved Jace as well. Jace is Evangelina’s best friend and motivation. Without Jace, Evangelina would have already broken into thousands of pieces and unable to return to life after her struggles at home. He is the only person who knows what happened and knows how the past has haunted her and claimed the shell that she has become. When he learns about Blake, he is weary at first but soon warms up to his efforts and even encourages her to let the past go. He sees that she can have a potentially happy future with this man…or if she won’t—he told her that he calls dibs. I enjoy Jace’s enthusiasm, his humor and his compassion for his best friend. My least favorite characters are Abby and Damien in this story, but I have a feeling that Abby’s character may change my perception of her in the next book in the series. Damien’s personality really haunted me upon reading about his demeanor and character. He is conniving, misleading and truly vile—but that is as far as I’ll go about him.
I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who is interested in reading adult and college as well as psychological fiction. Once again, this author does an amazing job with content and the credibility and research that went into this story is on par. The story is written really well as well as the development of her characters. While at first, a bit slow—the story does pick up speed and remain steady for the remainder of the read. I was personally invested in this story because it did have a lot of raw and emotional struggles that people really face in this day and age in high school and/or college. I admire the courage that it took for this author to write about this particular topic because it is a sore spot for many and I absolutely love the facts that she provides at the back of the book about real life occurrences and statistics. Due to the originality of Live Me: A Pieces of Broken Novel, I give this book five stars and I look forward to reading more by this astounding author.
I drew my knees into my chest and began to sing. In hysterics, my fingernails gouged holes in the flesh on my shins. The words barely made it past my lips as salty tears invaded my mouth. Right here, I wanted to forget the person who did this to me, who made me this way.
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.
God help me. I couldn’t do this anymore. I just wanted to end it. That would be the only way to make it better. Free myself of the agony. Living this way just wasn’t worth it anymore. I might as well finish myself off all at once instead of shutting down one cell at a time.
I ripped the portals of torment from my ears and threw them down in disgust. “Please, God. Give me a sign. Something. Anything. What am I supposed to do?” I shivered, a weeping lump of flesh.
The silence around me was deafening. The only sound was the sporadic hitch of air that came from your chest after a good bout of hysterics.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Hitch.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Hitch. Hitch.
Frantically wiping up and down my face, I dragged myself off the lounge chair. Going to the perimeter of the roof, I peered down, wondering what it would feel like to free fall to the bottom. Take hold of my fate and say fuck it. Break these chains and finally be free.
I pulled myself up and over the cold cement rail and settled my back against it. Holding on, I stared down at the tiny cars as I inched up on my tippy toes and leaned forward. Maybe I could fly like a blackbird. Dragging my bottom lip between my teeth, I creeped further, teetering on the edge. My stomach lurched, and I swallowed hard.
Another breath and I pushed back, unable to go through with it. That prick wasn’t worth ending my life over. He’d already taken too much of me; I couldn’t allow him that as well.
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.
By the time we reached the hallway in my building, all awkwardness was gone and we were laughing and joking.
“Thanks for the help. If I fail another test, I’m gonna kill myself.”
He rolled his eyes. “Oh please, you’re such a drama queen.”
“Am not!” I swatted at him playfully, but he skillfully dodged me.
Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a ginormous, skeevy monster dash out from under a door. With its beady eyes and giant wings, it was raging at me, fists flying.
“Ah! Oh my God!” I yelped. Before I could think better of it, I jumped up and wrapped my legs around Blake’s waist, nearly strangling him with my arms. “Kill it, kill it, kill it!”
He secured me by my waist and spun around. In every attempt to keep my eyes on the ferocious beast, my head flew to the right and left as he swirled and whirled, trying to see past me to the ground.
“Calm down, it’s only a water bug, sissy girl,” he said through his laughs.
I didn’t care. “Come on! Get it!” I screamed.
He twisted, maneuvering me on his hips, stomping his foot, trying to extinguish the hideous demon. I shrieked into his chest. My body was jolted and shaken, flying from side to side as Blake danced a jig, thrashing madly.
As the pounding died down, awareness prickled up my body. I suddenly realized the severity of what I’d done. My face was buried in the soft hardness of his chest, feeling his heart beat against my cheek with each rise and fall. My nose taking in the scent that was just…Blake. My hands were buried in the hair at the back of his head, and my legs securely wrapped around his…
Oh my God!
I could feel his appreciation of me spearing me in my girl parts. The skirt I’d decided to wear did nothing to create a shield against his prodding tip. It tantalized me, teasing me, begging to be set free and touch me without any barriers. Of its own free will, my body opened up to him, welcoming him. Telling him to come inside and take a seat, stay for a cup of tea. The feeling was so strong, I was nervous I’d leave evidence of my own appreciation on his clothes through my thin undergarments.
Feeling him nuzzle his nose on the top of my head, all movement ceased, other than his chest still heaving from exertion. At least, I thought it was still exertion.
My voice was muffled in the peaks of his chest. “Is it dead?”
“Yes, you’re safe.” He smoothed his hand down the length of my hair, keeping me tightly clasped with the other.
I lifted my head, then immediately regretted it. Our faces were so close, I could see flecks of white mingled into his blue eyes. They flicked to my lips and he took a deep, long swallow, then his gaze moved back to my eyes, seeking approval. The tension in the air was massive, the pull to each other fierce. It would be so easy to give in to what we both knew we wanted, what we craved. My stubbornness was the only obstacle.
Abruptly, I wiggled and unhinged my legs, signaling he should set me free, but his grip tightened, preventing me from hopping off. The corner of his mouth raised and he slid me down excruciatingly slow, my body pinned to the front of his, dragging down his length, feeling every—every—bit of his…length.
As I traveled down, his hands traveled up, feeling each curve of my body, and coming to rest on my shoulders. I swallowed hard and realized my hands were still rooted deep into his hair. That as much as I was trying to tell my body to relinquish him, it was grasping at straws, defying me.
I uncurled my fingers, one at a time and dropped my hands to my sides, willing him to do the same. Realizing this would not be the time, a look of disappointment came over him. He dropped his arms but didn’t back away.
“See. Drama queen.” His voice was gentle now.
I smiled weakly. “Shut up.”
“Shut me up.” Typically his eyes were wicked when he said things like that, but right now they were devoid of any humor. Longing and desire replaced his usual snarky confidence.
Seeing another notch in my already strained resolve break away, he moved closer, closing the small gap that remained between us. “Shut me up, Angel.” He brushed the pad of his thumb over my lower lip. “I dare you.”
My body was in flames. It took everything I had not to jump back into his arms and burrow into his pores. But I couldn’t do that to him; he was too important. I looked at him, trying to think of a witty response, but came up empty.
In truth, that was all I really wanted to do anyway. Catch his bottom lip between my teeth and slide my tongue over his. Learn the curves of his mouth from the inside out.
“It’s impossible to shut you up. I learned that already.” It was a struggle to get the words out when I could smell the mint on his breath. His proximity made the hairs on my entire body stand at attention, and they all seemed to be bending toward his electric current.
“Try me.” He hooked his hands underneath my arms and slowly lifted me back up effortlessly so we were eye level again. “Wrap your legs around me.”
I did as he said.
My body was aching to please him. To feel him. To surround him and be consumed by him.
He kept one arm securely fastened around my waist and buried the other in my hair before bringing his nose to the sensitive flesh beneath my ear. “God, you feel so good wrapped around me. You were meant to be where you are right now. Do you feel that?” He pressed his chest tightly against mine, and our hearts beat against each others in rhythmic thumps. Aching to get to one another and finally mesh into their other half.
I licked my lips and nodded. I couldn’t deny it.
His gorgeous blues followed the trail of my tongue. “You kill me when you do that.” He brought the pad of his thumb to the glistening trail, yearning in his eyes.
“Don’t ever be sorry to me. You have nothing to be sorry for. But I do suggest you refrain from any gestures involving this mouth.” He tugged at my bottom lip while staring at me with a fierce, carnal longing to claim me once and for all.
He saw the desperate look in my eyes, the shattering of my resolve. The aching desire and need coiling and twisting like a wicked little tornado. “Tell me it’s okay, Angel. Tell me what you want me to do. That you want this as badly as I do.”
“I can’t,” I panted out my words in forced gasps, my eyes watering under the pressure of trying to keep it contained.
“Why not? Tell me why not. What’re you doing to us?”
I cupped the side of his face. “You’re a beautiful soul, Blake. I don’t want to ruin that. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. You’re too good for me. I don’t want you to feel the anguish I go through every day. It isn’t right to drag you into that.” I blinked as the tears swelled over my bottom lids and trailed down my cheeks.
“It’s too late. I’m already there, baby. Can’t you see that? I’m not scared, and I’m not running. I’m right there along with you, whether you want me to be or not. When you hurt, I hurt. You reside right here.” He took the hand still blanketing his cheek and placed it to the center of his chest, each pulse reaching out to touch me.
“You’ve taken up permanent residency. Give it to me. Let me take it away from you. Protect you. Be with me and I swear, you won’t hurt anymore.”
His words wrapped around my heart and clenched. Helping it beat in its weakened state. I wanted so badly to believe I could do this. To believe it would be okay. That I wouldn’t destroy him.
“Just be sure when this happens, you’re ready because you’ll be mine from that moment forward. I don’t intend on letting you go—ever.” He slid one finger under my chin and lifted my tear-stained gaze to his. “Be with me, Angel. Be mine. Be my forever.”
My insides shook violently. My whole body went numb, both unfeeling and feeling everything at the same time. All I had to do was say yes.
Three little letters.
About the Author
Ali Ryan has dreamed of being a hot shot detective that solves high profile cases. Her love for crime novels and police dramas was her inspiration to become a cop, but it was her pushy demeanor and sassy impulsive attitude that earned her the detective promotion she coveted. But is your dream job worth sacrificing the ones you love?
The fall semester for New Paltz has begun complete with a dead body turning up in the dorms. Police claim the case is open and shut, but Detective Ali Ryan doesn’t think so. She throws herself into the case desperately searching for answers as the death toll on campus rises; each made to look like a suicide.
With Ali getting closer to uncovering the truth, the killer wants to make his attacks more personal. His sights are set on Detective Ryan and her sister. Police are forced to place them under their protection, but Ali is determined to hunt down the killer and stop him before he kills again. But how far is Detective Ryan willing to go to protect her sister and take down the sadistic killer?
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Author Andrew Hess captivated me from the moment I started reading this story. I loved how he moved between the heroine Ali Ryan’s point of view and the killers. Getting lost in both of their heads as they tried to outsmart one another was thrilling. This book is an absolute page turner as Ali Ryan chase after the killer. I could not help but gasp and hold my breath during a few of the scenes. ~Sarah Reads
I love reading different genres of books but very rarely do I read a good crime mystery, until now…. It reminded me of watching CSI or NCIS. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had me shouting at some of the scenes in the book. ~Linda Luscious Literature
Ends like a Hitchcock movie. Excellent plot and development of characters; mystery and suspense unpredictable and engaging. ~Dee Archer
I admit that I haven’t read a lot of crime thriller, but if they were all like this one, I think I’d read more. ~Toinette Thomas
Despite living most of his life on Long Island, Andrew also spent five years living in the Ulster and Dutchess County areas and returns several times a year. His return trips have inspired him to create another intense series depicting a female detective named Ali Ryan called, Campus Killer.
Q and A With Author Andrew Hess
A lot of authors I have noticed have music as a way to help with their writing. Is this something that you have used as well? If not what are some things you have used?
Music used to be an essential part of my writing process, but has not been as involved as it used to be. I tend to use it more as a way for me to focus, almost bringing me into a meditative state before attempting to write.
Is there a message you would like readers to get out of this book? What is it?
No real message. Just know when it comes to my books, expect the unexpected.
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1. A 2 week trip to Italy
2. Spending a week in Ireland
3. Sandals in St. Lucia
4. Geek out with newest technology in Japan
5. An authentic Hawaiian vacation
6. Wine Country in California
7. Hollywood Studios tour
9. Visit the Eifel Tower in France
10. London, England
1. Chocolate Chip Cookies- I won’t lie…I’m the Cookie Monster
2. Sushi-I love sushi and will eat any type.
3. Pizza-I am creative and come up with the most unique toppings for my pizzas
4. Spinach and Artichoke dip- This is a new favorite of mine and can never get enough
5. Buffalo wings-Always get the best wings at Hurricanes.
6. Cheeseburgers- Love them all year round, but love them even more during summer.
7. Kielbasa- A favorite of mine since childhood and still love it to this day
8. Stuffed Shells- This is my favorite type of pasta.
9. Butter nut squash ravioli- another new favorite of mine.
10. Tacos- I have no reason. I just love tacos
A young widow, Whitney concentrates on work and her children. A new client, Veronica Nelson, an elderly woman with a sour face hires Whitney as her corporate attorney. Whitney discovers Veronica has an intellectual property rights claim against a lucrative corporation that owes millions of dollars. Veronica asks Whitney to rewrite her Will then dies mysteriously a few days later. That’s when the calls begin and the shadows grow eyes. So begins a chain of events that spiral quickly out of control. Whitney discovers there are some things she cannot face alone.
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I have one of those brains that won’t turn off at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure. It wasn’t long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.
I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children, I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born. The HJ characters are like a family to me. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.
My love for Science Fiction gave birth to the Treborel Series. It’s a paranormal Sci-Fi romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple layer
of hero’s fighting to survive the chaos.
I write about how friendship and love can carry you through situations that you might not otherwise survive. You will find my stories exciting and steamy, but I am not an erotic writer. My stories fade to dark when the steam begins to rise, but take it from me, the steam does rise and emotions do soar.
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What does your writing process look like?
I brainstorm storylines, then write a paragraph summary, then outline a summary, then do an outline by chapter, then write, write, edit, write, edit, edit, write.
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Nate Emerson has spent the last few years wrapped in grief. It’s a weary burden, but one he has inevitably come to accept. Unexpectedly, Nate finds the walls he built around himself tested when confronted with a stranger at his family’s colonial homestead. Could she be the one to show him how to finally let go of the past?
Meg Grey finds herself at loose ends in the historical town of Yorktown, Virginia. Fleeing from a life she’d sooner forget, she simply wants to remain invisible. Spending a few weeks in an old farmhouse on the boundary of a Revolutionary War battlefield seems like the best way to accomplish that, yet Meg soon discovers that she isn’t alone in the old, neglected home. Sights and sounds that can’t be explained. Shadows and apparitions.
Will the spirits of revolution draw two people together, or will forces beyond their control keep them each imprisoned with their own personal demons.
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About the Author
at golf when she’s not crafting novels.
She loves all forms of expression—writing, dancing, cooking, talking—and
does them frequently and with abandon. She loves creating endearing and
feisty characters full of humor and just a little awkwardness to keep
them “real”. Although a possible mystery series is under
current exploration, her current works are primarily aligned with the contemporary
romance/chick lit genres. She is heavily active in her local NaNoWriMo
chapter, and Seeking Solace, her debut novel releasing April 2015, is the resulting product of a NaNo
project. She lives in coastal North
Carolina and uses that region as the setting for many of her stories.
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Since the death of her twin sister, Lily can’t bear to be touched. Not accidentally, not casually…and certainly not intimately. This makes it impossible for her to confess to her best friend Adam Roberts that she’s in love with him. She can’t give him the sort of relationship he needs, so she watches in silence while he plans his wedding with someone else.
Enter Nikoli Kinkaid, the campus manwhore…
Nikoli is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of women, and he wants to add Lily to his list of conquests, but she wants nothing to do with him—until he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll teach her to enjoy human contact again, giving her a chance to win over Adam, while Nikoli uses all his considerable charm to seduce her.
But Lily raises the stakes…
Lily loves cars. Her late father was a racer, and she grew up under the hood of a car and on the racetrack. Nikoli has a limited edition 1970 Plymouth Barracuda she covets, so she informs him the terms of their deal also require he not sleep with anyone for six months. If he does, she’ll win the car. If she surrenders and ends up in his bed, his beloved ’Cuda is his to keep.
In an intricate dance of control and surrender, a reluctant friendship becomes something more. Lily begins to crave things she never believed she could, and Nikoli realizes there is more at stake than his reputation.
If Lily overcomes her phobia, will she crave Adam’s touch as she’s starting to crave Nikoli’s? Or will she only find pleasure from the touch of a semi-reformed manwhore?
About the Author
Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there’s always someone to tell your mama you were seen kissing a particular boy on a particular day just a little too long. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled “Lord Margrave’s Deception.” I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.
Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.
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Uniquely Unwelcome (The Shadow World, #1) by Brandy Nacole
Being unique isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After searching all over the world for someone as unique as she is, Racquel finds herself back in her home town where she’s treated like a monster ready to kill. Racquel is one of the most unique beings ever created. Four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her, making up her unique DNA. But no matter how unique her bloodline is, she’s considered an outcast by the entire Shadow World. Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive. As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs. But will Coy’s friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?
Blood Burdens: Shadow World, 2 (The Shadow World) by Brandy Nacole
As someone with four Shadow bloodlines, Racquel is uniquely unwelcome even among her fellow werewolves, shape-shifters, vampires, and witches. Growing up, she was bullied and tormented for being a “hybrid,” a condition frowned upon by Shadow society. After saving her sister and a number of other kidnapped Shadows from a diabolical plot to create a Shadow army, many have found a new respect for Racquel, but she is far from accepted in Shadow society, and the evil is far from over. To complicate matters, Racquel now finds herself torn between two brothers. Coy is caring and has helped Racquel through her struggles, and Micah, who Racquel has only met once but who is somehow, having dream conversations with him. Racquel becomes torn between following her heart while breaking it at the same time. In the second installment of the Shadow World series, Racquel and her sister Addie face off with the Shadow leaders against a threat that could bring the world to its knees. Power will be pushed to its limit, hearts will be broken, and some will pay the ultimate price as Racquel and her group of Shadows fight against an ancient evil that is determined to make the earth bleed and Racquel with it.
Sacrifice: A New Dawn (The Shadow World Book 3) by Brandy Nacole
Racquel was once uniquely unwelcome, an outcast in both the human and Shadow worlds. In desperation, the Shadows—the loose alliance of Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Shape Shifters and Faeries—turned to Racquel for help against the sorceress Cerelia, who threatened all Shadows. Now that Racquel has protected the Shadows by defeating Cerelia, it seems like things are picking up. Racquel is ready to challenge the Shadows’ Ruling Council on the injustice of the laws that made her and her family outcasts among the Shadows, and which is causing suffering among her friends. Racquel has little time to enjoy her victory. Micah, an innocent subjected to experiments by Cerelia and now the only other person in the world like Racquel, is summoned to appear before the Ruling Council to be examined. The Council has already warned that if Micah is deemed to be “unclean” and a threat to the Shadows, he will be executed. And there are agendas hidden in agendas, as well. A secret faction wants to challenge Racquel, who they still see as being an unclean creature due to her mixed-Shadow heritage. Worse still, the mysterious prophecy made by Kaya, queen of the Fay, is about to become true, and Racquel is about to be faced with her deepest fear: that she is still unwelcome in the world. Betrayed trust and a new danger to the Shadow world are waiting for Racquel, and in the end, she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the world and her friends from destruction.
Broken Faith: Spiritual Discord, 1 by Brandy Nacole
This was it. The moment Heaven and Hell would clash. But which unearthly being would win, the fallen angel or Hell’s hounds? Overtaken by fear, I close my eyes. Kayson is a Fallen Angel who has spent decades running from the Hell Hounds while searching for something that no one else believes can be so, not even God. Kayson is determined to find a Blood Child. But when a hound finds Kayson first, he is sure his end has come. Falon, Alpha of the Hell Hounds, destroyer of the blood children, and devoted believer in his master’s plan, is bound and determined to drag Kayson back to Hell with him. Sabrina is a Vampire, a half-breed created from one of Lucifer’s original blood children. After years of hiding, Sabrina’s fate changes when she finds Kayson barely alive. Against her instincts, Sabrina saves him. Now she and Kayson are both marked by the Hell Hounds. Emma is an ordinary human, whose only problem is making ends meet, and getting over the hurt caused by her untrustworthy brother. Her everyday problems become supernatural ones when she finds Kayson and Sabrina hiding in her parent’s backyard shed. Kayson, Sabrina and Emma are unlikely allies, thrown together by chance to fight against the most powerful creatures of the underworld in order to follow their world-changing quest. But will the broken faith of one break the faith of all?
Raging Storm: Spiritual Discord, 2 by Brandy Nacole
After Kayson fell from heaven, his life got complicated. His greatest enemies, the hell hounds, thrived on Earth and hunted not only the fallen but the blood children created by their Master. After being chased and confronted by one of those very creatures, Kayson’s life becomes even more complicated. He never expected to be rescued by a vampire named Sabrina. He also never expected to become her protector after she falls prey to a hell hound’s deadly bite. Falon, head of the hell hounds, has been desperately trying to hunt down Kayson and Sabrina but with the rain steadily falling—due to interference by the lower-realm Angels, also known as the assemblies—Falon grows irritated. His only option is to threaten those that may know where the fallen can be found. With the threat of the hounds finding Kayson and the other fallen, Kayson is running out of time. Stille, once a respected Warrior in the assemblies, is pushing Kayson to leave an unconscious Sabrina behind. After all Sabrina has done for him, Kayson refuses to abandon her. But will his decision leave his friends vulnerable to attack? Sabrina is conscious enough to sense the struggles that Kayson is facing. If he knew the torture she’s been going through, she knows he would suffer even more. Sabrina silently fights the darkness that is seeping into her dreams, while struggling to stay strong for Kayson. But when the pain becomes too much, Sabrina has to make a choice that may cost not only her life, but the lives of others as well.
Darkest Reaches (Spiritual Discord Book 3) by Brandy Nacole
Kayson and the other fallen angels have risked their lives to keep Sabrina safe as she recovered from a Hell hound’s bite. Just when she began to improve, Hell was unleashed as the hounds attacked, and kidnapped Sabrina. Now, only days after the fight between the fallen and the hounds, Kayson is determined to find Sabrina and bring her back from Hell. The only thing standing in his way is a dangerous fallen angel named Iraja. Iraja has the means to find Sabrina, but he doesn’t do favors without a price. Sabrina is now facing the nightmare she’s been running from since being turned into a vampire a century ago: her eternal condemnation to Hell. Knowing her only chance of survival may rest by playing nice and turning Hell hound Falon against Lucifer, Sabrina gives into the bitter darkness and now has to fight to remember the good soul she truly is. But when she discovers the role her and the innocent human Emma are forced to play, will her fear get the better of her, and will she be lost forever? In the third installment of the Spiritual Discord series, the will to survive is tested, worst fears become a reality, and for one, betrayal becomes the only option.
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Deep in the Hollow by Brandy Nacole
Let me share some wisdom with you. There is evil in this world we cannot see, not because it is hidden from us, but because our minds refuse to accept its existence. But once we are able to get past what everyone says should not be, it becomes our responsibility to stop the evil we now see. This insight wasn’t given to me until a year after I lost the most important person in my life: Bryce Rowan. Now, after another death at the same spot where he died—the overlook, where the mysterious lights dance amongst the trees—I begin to wonder if they were accidents after all. Lucky for me, I’m not the only curious one in town. Cooper, a ghost hunter (aka chaser), and his sister Jada have moved to town and are starting to ask questions. But the more we find out about this town and the people who live here, people who I have known my whole life, the more I begin to think there are those who would rather keep the evil secret, even if it means we will never be safe, and that more will die.
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Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower).
A nice romantic feel with candles and chocolates… Haha. No, I’m just kidding. I can pretty much write anywhere. I don’t have any special habits. I’m lame. Lol
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
There are several, but I’ll keep it short. Stephen King. Anne Rice. Richelle Mead. R.L. Stine.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Jo: Chloe Moretz
Cooper: Miles Teller
Tyler: Liam Hemsworth
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Besides my children, publishing. I’ve been to college, volunteered, worked, etc., but publishing was not only a big step for me but also my dream.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleporting. That would be amazing! I’d get to see my husband more often. Extra plus!
What secret talents do you have?
Nothing comes to mind. Other than writing and reading I like to play sports and do photography.
If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
A monkey. I think they have the most room and fun available.
Do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
Yes. I have a lot of crazy dreams, some nightmares. The only recurring dream that I can remember is the one I had about Uniquely Unwelcome before I started writing it. Sometimes I do have dreams about a project I am working on. I do have a lot of grammar nightmares though. Lol.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I don’t think I would be good at writing historical or western type books. I have no true passion for them, so I don’t believe I would have the drive to write one either.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Follow your gut. You are your own unique voice and will know how you want your story better than anyone else. It’s good to get outside opinions, but if it’s not how you want the story to end up, follow your own voice.
Fairy Tale Confessions
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Fourteen bestselling authors twist up your favorite tales. Will your favorite have a happily ever after?
Get ready to meet some sexy, not so valiant princes, punk rock princesses, villains turned heroes, and truly vile monsters wreaking havoc within our favorite tales.
Uncloaked by Wendy Owens
I will honestly say that Red Riding Hood was not a favorite fairytale of mine growing up, but I really love this twisted tale. Ruby is dead. Ruby is a Hunter. Ruby has been training for an entire year so that she can protect herself and control her hunger. Yes, Ruby is considered a Vampire. She is an awesome character because she is confident, beautiful, cunning and strong. When her grandmother goes missing while searching for information about a new and improved, but quite illegal clan of wolves, Ruby goes out on her own to find her. In my opinion, this author does a wonderful job with character development in such a short amount of time. The pace is fast, which I really enjoy. I also found myself truly engaged since this story was highly original and well written.
Blayze & Ash by Jessica Sorensen
The Little Mermaid by K.R. Wilburn
Dance with Me by Tish Thawer
Awakened by Kristen Strassel
Darker is always AMAZING and totally worth the read—in my opinion, of course! Lani is a rock star. Darius is a rock star. Together, they are in a band called Wicked Intentions. While they are famous and on a pedestal in front of everyone, they are still manage to hide themselves away from everyone. One night with Darius and Lani is gone, her blood drained and her organs failing. He is the only one who can save her life, but at what cost? While she despise him or accept her fate?
Priceless by Sarah J Pepper
I honesty could not put this short story down! I love this author’s writing style and her dark stories seem to put me in an awestruck trance of sorts. Declan Stilts and Emilie have a twisted past which causes a conflicted future for Emilie’s daughter, Piper. When Emilie finally realizes that she has nothing left to give other than the soul of her first born child in exchange for the love her life—she agrees without hesitation. Emilie is truly one vile woman, but Declan preys on her misery like a plague. When Piper is born, Declan knows that he must wait until she is of age before he can take what is his. He has always been watching her from a distance, but after bumping into her—he realizes that the tables have been flipped and he could quiet possibly have something to fear. But what would Rumpelstiltskin ever have to fear from a young woman like Piper?
The Snow Queen by Shannon Morton
I was absolutely fascinated by the characters in this short story; the author does a superb job with character development and the story is highly original and very dark. At the beginning, I was a little confused because everything is happening at a quick pace, but then it starts to slow down and the reader is able to understand the complexity and twisted nature of the story being retold. The story begins with a woman named Winter. She has been talking to the good doctor, Dr. Emilia Parks about her existence and the feelings that she has about being broken. Once she leaves the doctor’s office for what she believes to be the last time, the doctor smirks and tells her that she will never be an original, but always just another copy. Winter has no choice but to let Dr. Parks’ words manifest into something truly horrible, something unthinkable that will show the good doctor that her words are untrue. She begins her experiment with one man, a very popular football player, who only has eyes for her. When she becomes bored with him and very dead, she moves on to the next one looking for more of a challenge. Her thoughts are wretched and vile, but her character is spectacular and interesting. This story will have you holding onto the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going through her mind—until the very end. Oh…and it’s so good!
Caged by L.P. Dover
I have always liked Rapunzel’s character, but here is another wonderful twist from the original story. Casey is destined to be a country singer. She is beautiful with long blonde locks and has a voice that has provided her with much success. When Kye Bender finds her and brings her into the spotlight as her agent, she believes that she has finally found everything that she has ever desired. Aiden, her ex-boyfriend has broken her heart and Kye tries to help her mend it back together. Just as Casey finally decides to break down that impenetrable wall and give in to Kye and his advances, he leaves to New York on a business trip. Little does he know that Aiden has found Casey and doesn’t intend to let her go and never wanted to leave her in the first place—a revelation unlike the letter that she received from him two years ago telling her the exact opposite! When they finally realize that their breakup was planned by someone else, things begin to get dangerous. Who could be behind their split and for what reasons?
Puss in Boots by Brynn Myers
This is a great story!! I even like the paranormal element in it. Evin is Victor’s key asset to being rich and famous. Evin is Victor’s daughter. Evin loathes her father and only wants to be free from him. When Victor receives a letter from a business associate who had passed away, there is a request to make his son successful by any means necessary. Marcus waltzes in with his baggy clothes and his nerdy appearance, but Victor insists that Evin start her work promptly without opposition and only then—can she be free. As Evin gets Marcus out and shopping for some new suits to clean him up, she realizes that Marcus is handsome, smart and totally lovable. Once Marcus finds out what she has done due to her father’s requirements, will he still want anything to do with her?
Rell by Amy Daws
What am amazing short story! This retelling of Cinderella is beautiful and original. I love that the pace is quick and the scenes are very vividly described along with each character and their development. Rell has lost her mother and her father, now residing with MD (step-mother) and two stepsisters which is conveniently calls the Silicone Sisters. I think that this name is hilarious and quiet fitting. Rell is a fashion designer with incredible talent, but she doesn’t realize it. Her sisters and step-mother criticize her every chance they get. It is only when she runs to the little stream behind their property, that she is seen for who she truly is—talented and beautiful. With a mysterious and handsome man, a fairy godmother and more excitement, will Cinderella get her happily ever after or is this yet another twisted tale?
Casting Crowns and Other Curious Things by Elizabeth Montgomery
This is such an awesome and twisted short story, a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The Red Queen rules Wonderland. Wonderland is barren. The queen is evil and has come after her with an army of cardsmen. When the charge Tyden’s house, she hides while he fights. Tyden’s love for Alice is strong, yet he is still unable to defeat an entire army. Alice now has a job to do. She must rescue her one true love from the evil and vile Red Queen of Wonderland. How can she defeat someone whose heart is nothing, but cold and black?
Hansel & Gretel by Cameo Renae
This short story is very twisted and totally badass. I think that I had a similar feeling to this story as I did to The Walking Dead. Hans and Greta are forced to go above ground by ‘the beast’ also known as their father’s wife after being underground for much of their lives. This story harbors a lot of science fiction—the world has been obliterated by a massive radiation explosion. In its wake, many had to have vaccinations just to stay alive. Both siblings have been underground for thirteen years, but when they begin their journey—their sole mission is to find food and bring it back. What they find is difficult for them to grasp, but will their need to survive get them through the dangers that they run into?
Real Boy by Kellie Sheridan
I loved this short story which is a retelling of Pinocchio. Angela has a really hard time with a recent breakup and she sees an advertisement for the new technology that features a ‘real boy’ synthetic robot who can act like a boyfriend. Angela pays the hefty amount after meeting someone new several weeks later and then starts to realize that she may have made a big mistake. As she falls for this new man, Jack—Ty (the synth) starts to show signs of jealousy. Angela decides that she has had enough and erases his programming files—but now privy to his name, can this synth think for his own?
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by M. Clarke
What an awesome read! I really enjoyed reading this and would love to read more since it seems like this is just a beginning short story to a large adventure. Jaclyn makes a decision to go out looking for the monster’s treasure in the mountains. She has heard the stories before and her father has gone hunting, never returning. With her mother being deathly ill, she knows that there is no other way. She must venture into the world of the unknown if she ever intends to save her. With the help of some magic beans by a mysterious traveler, she is able to find the monster’s cave—but will she ever be able to get out alive or are the stories even true?
“Some of them are a bit dark, some are slightly twisted, and some just take the story to a whole new magical level.. Each author has brought a different perspective to an old tale and it was very enjoyable.”
~ Goodreads Reviewers
“Fairy Tales that take a dark modern twist.” ~ Sassy Cats Book Review
I was provided with a copy of Fairytale Confessions in exchange for an honest review. These short stories are absolutely wonderful. They are captivating and alluring, but I have to say that I love dark fairytales. The darker, the better—in my opinion! My two favorites from this collection are Blayze & Ash by Jessica Sorensen and Priceless by Sarah J Pepper. I enjoyed every single one of these stories, finding myself lost in worlds that each author briefly creates for their characters. All authors have a fantastic character development and the scenes are very detail oriented. Some stories are a little slower than others; however, none of them lack fascination or failed to hold my attention. As a collection, Fairytale Confessions deserves an honest five star rating because it is full of creativity derived on twisted versions of original fairytales. These stories encompass the entire spectrum of emotions from love to hate, even pain and euphoria. I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys dark fantasy, paranormal romance and science fiction. I would also like to note that I would most certainly love to read anything else written by any of these authors since each and every one has provided such a spectacular new perspective on an old tale!
Meet the Authors
(This collection and its authors are being featured at RT 2016 at the Fairy Tale Costume Party in Vegas, hosted by Sarah J. Pepper and Tish Thawer. Be sure to get your copy and stop by if you’re attending the event.)
Author Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and raised a hop, skip, and a jump away in Yorktown, Virginia. Paranormal inspiration was easily obtained during her childhood in these colorful towns. This helped to spur her love of Paranormal romance stories, but she also enjoys reading YA and NA. She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading (of course), or writing (duh). “I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over fifteen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae. L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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International Bestselling, award winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magical elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel. Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children. She’s been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.
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Sarah J. Pepper
Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at www.sarahjpepper.com
I’m a reader of fantasy turned writer who enjoys great characters and fascinating plot twists. When I’m not writing, I can be found teaching Pilates, being mommy to two fabulous kiddos, or just generally being a crazy sarcastic insomniac mess!!
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KR Wilburn has traveled the world with her family but currently calls Graham Texas home. When she isn’t writing about the creatures that intrigued her Irish ancestors, she is busy studying nutrition science and reading everything she can get her hands on. She’s a fan of Supernatural and Gone with the Wind, Jennifer Armentrout, Amy A. Bartol and Tara Brown and makes a mean omelet. She is the mother of six crazy, creative and hilarious children and married to her childhood best friend and hero Ben. When she isn’t busy with her dogs Trouble and Denali, you’re likely to find her in a corner with her nose buried in the latest Deadpool and Red Sonja comic books and counting down the moments until she can find inspiration capturing the perfect Aurora through the lens of her camera.
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family. You can find more information about Jessica and her books at www.jessicasorensen.com
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Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids. Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014. When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
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Brynn Myers is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover. Brynn lives with her family in the Brevard County, Florida area.
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My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be. I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska. I’m a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others. One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then…I’ll keep writing!
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Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love. Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada. Her family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and an Australian Labradoodle.
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Kristen Strassel writes books about rock stars and vampires. After all, they tell you to write what you know. She is a passionate music fan who also loves football games and diner food. Kristen works as a makeup artist on film and TV shows when she’s not writing, and loves being behind the scenes. A former resident of Las Vegas, Kristen now lives in the Boston area.
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Amy Daws is a contemporary romance author who loved dipping her toe into the world of fantasy for this modern day Cinderella story. If you loved her contemporary style, check out her award-nominated adult romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series. It’s emotional, and self-deprecating, with lots of humor sprinkled in. For deals on Amy’s books, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com
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The Tour will run October 5th – October 11th
Genre: Coming of Age/ Sci-Fi
They came, but not in peace. They came to destroy us. Our cities crumbled. Our people died by the billions. Their weapons were sophisticated beyond our worst nightmare.
But they didn’t count on our stubborn tenacity or our will to live. We fight back, and we fight dirty.
Mike Sanderlin survived the first attack … but could he survive the war? How will he keep his sister safe in a world where terror swoops from the sky and looters claim the streets? Law and order are as forgotten as the bodies that rot in the sun.
To keep his sister alive, Mike changes. He becomes Iron Mike, a man unafraid of making the hard decisions, a man unafraid of war, of killing or being killed. Iron Mike isn’t afraid, period.
Iron Mike is a survivor.
She’d driven about ten miles from Malik’s house, wending her way between wrecked vehicles and making it all the way through both of the Shepherdsville traffic lights before the car had started sputtering. Kari had been paying attention to Shepherdsville, not the fuel gauge. She’d been shocked at the state of the small town. None of the businesses had opened, and a lot of the store front windows and door frames had been shattered, contents from the stores strewn about the parking lots. People had already started looting? What the fuck was up with that?
She kept the Sig Sauer in her unzipped pocket, within easy reach. She had gone through Malik’s gun safe and now had three extra magazines in the back pocket of her jeans. She figured if she needed them, she was dead. If eleven rounds of 9mm weren’t enough to protect her, the extra magazines would be no better than paperweights.
Nothing to be done for it. Kari stepped out of the jeep and pulled out her heavy backpack, adjusting it over her shoulders and snapping the straps in front to balance the load. It wasn’t bad, she told herself. She’d seen plenty of soldiers jogging around post in full rucksacks, and a lot of them were women, too. If they could do it, so could she.
Kari squinted at the town of Shepherdsville behind her, then back up State Road 44, which she knew was at least half the mileage she needed to travel to Knox. Once she hit Dixie Highway, it was about another twelve to fifteen miles to the front gates on Brandenburg Station Road. She didn’t even consider cutting through the woods. Kari was a city girl, and she intended to arrive on the post alive, not wander in circles through unfamiliar terrain until she froze to death or got eaten by coyotes. If she stuck to the roads, she would get there eventually.
She walked for more than an hour, almost totally uphill, before hearing the first vehicle. Kari cautiously stepped off the side of the road, her legs backed against the guard rail. S.R. 44 was a two-lane cut-through to Dixie Highway, and it was twisty; with the light layer of snow, it would also be slippery.
The red pickup’s engine roared as the driver downshifted, and passed right by her. Kari pushed off from the guard rail to start walking again – stopping abruptly as she saw the brake lights and backup lights. She leaned back against the guard rail and waited.
She made her decision instantly when the passenger window rolled down, and the man leered at her with what he probably assumed was a pleasant smile. His eyes moved up her body from her heavy boots, jeans, to the shapeless heavy coat she wore and the long braid of brown hair covered with a thick stocking cap.
“Need a ride, sweet thing?” the driver asked, leaning forward so he could see around the passenger.
Kari smiled politely, but it was stiff. The man was smiling, but there was a meanness to his smile that made Kari’s radar go off. His red hair was greasy and unkempt and he looked like he hadn’t showered in a week. “No, thanks,” she replied. “I appreciate the offer, but I don’t have far to go now.”
The passenger spoke, his voice making Kari’s skin crawl. “Aw, you really should come with us, miss. A pretty lady like you all alone in this crazy world, halfway up Martin Hill – it ain’t safe.”
“I’ll be fine,” Kari said politely. “Thank you again for the offer.”
She watched the crazy as it happened. The passenger’s pleasant leer fell from his face, and his eyes clouded with fury. “Bitch, you don’t know a good thing when you hear it,” he said, and opened his door, putting one foot on the snow.
Kari drew the Sig and aimed it right between the man’s eyes, thumbing the safety off in one smooth motion. He froze for a moment, his eyes narrowing as he assessed her. “You’re a cute little thing,” he said, a malicious eagerness in his voice. “Mine’s bigger.”
He moved his eyes to the gun rack on the back wall of the pickup where three large shotguns rested. Kari knew he wanted her to look at them, for her eyes to leave his so he could jump her. She didn’t oblige, keeping her eyes dead level on his.
“First shot takes out your rearview.” Her voice was oddly calm and quiet. Maybe all of Dad’s lectures and target practice hadn’t been wasted on her after all. “Second shot goes between your eyes and takes out you. Third shot the driver, if he’s still here.”
For a long moment, it was stalemate.
“Come on, Hank, let’s just go,” the driver whined. It was the wrong thing to say, because Hank was full of crazy, even if the driver didn’t know it, and his friend’s cowardice fueled his bravado. He shifted his weight so he stepped out of the truck.
Kari shot, the sound thundering down the ravine, echoing back to her. She was almost certain the man named Hank felt the bullet pass next to his head. It was a lucky shot. Not only did the rearview mirror break, but it broke cleanly in half, the wiring inside leaving both ends of the mirror dangling impressively and a neat round bullet hole in the windshield. Hank looked back, looking into Kari’s eyes again, his own narrowed meanly.
Kari didn’t react at all. She didn’t let victory or fear show on her face. “That’s one, Hank. Either get back in your truck, or come at me for number two.”
The driver, fortunately, kept his mouth shut this time. With a snarl, Hank shifted his weight back inside the vehicle and pulled his door closed with an angry slam. “I’ll find you again, cunt,” he sneered. “And when I do –“
Kari didn’t get to hear the rest of his threat because the driver peeled away before Hank could finish it.
Kari stood, adjusted her backpack and headed out with quick, confident steps.
She was her father’s daughter. She was nobody’s goddamned prey.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was about four or five years old. My favorite books in the world (then) was “The Bobbsey Twins” series – anyone else old enough to remember them? I loved those books and I used to write my own (really bad) spin-off stories, starring myself and my first book-boyfriend, Bert Bobbsey. He was so awesome, for an older man!! (He was twelve.)
The first time I realized I wanted to write seriously, as in, get-this-baby-published seriously, was in August of 2015. Yeah, I know – just a month ago. I took one of the books I’d been playing around with and really looked at it. Then I revised and edited it to within an inch of its life. Then I found a wonderful group of people on the Epilogues Book Club on Facebook, and the rest was extremely chaotic, mind-numbing, brain-draining, exhilarating, overwhelming history.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I suppose that depends on the book. Until recently, I used a “when-the-muse-strikes” approach of writing when I felt like it then putting the book in a drawer for two to six months. A word of advice: bad plan. Even if what you are writing is GARBAGE, I would encourage someone to write at least 2,000 words every day, with occasional sanity breaks. If I listened to my own advice, it would take me six to eight months to write a book.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Information and ideas are two separate things, so I’ll address them separately. I get information from a wide variety of sources, most especially Google! I try to make my settings places I have actually lived or visited extensively and, if worse comes to worst, I use maps. My ideas often come from things around me that I find amusing, interesting or horrifying – anything that sticks in my brain long after the event is past will probably find its way into one of my books. I also use names from people in my past to name my characters. Often, there is no reason at all for the name besides the “sound” of it, but many times, I can find quite an evil catharsis from writing a character’s name based off a person in RL whom I don’t like. Unfortunately, in Iron Mike, I had to change a name I had used. My husband’s ex-wife might actually pick up the book, after all ……
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first “book” when I was 7. It was for a school assignment and it involved a professor who made a time machine and a little girl who went back to the age of dinosaurs and had a pet brontosaurus. Surprisingly, the Hugo award committee did not contact me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love animals so I enjoy hanging out with my three cats, two dogs, Burmese python, and tarantula. (Seriously, the dogs and cats are a lot more interactive than the snake or spider.) I enjoy reading voraciously (of course!) and, weather permitting, I enjoy swimming.
What does your family think of your writing?
I have got, hands down, THE most supportive friends and family a person could EVER have. My husband peeks over my shoulder every once in awhile and offers comments and corrections when needed, then goes back to playing his game. When a rough draft manuscript is completely finished, he reads it in one marathon setting and offers comments. My wife doesn’t read anything until I give her the okay, but she is ABSOLUTELY my biggest cheerleader! I think – no, I KNOW – she’s even more excited about the upcoming publication of Iron Mike than I am! (And that’s an accomplishment!)
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
One of the surprising things to me was the ups-and-downs of the writing process itself. When I’m motivated, “on a roll,” touched by the muse, etc., the words can’t come out of my fingertips fast enough. I’ll literally trip over myself typing and look up fifteen minutes later to realize an entire day has passed, it’s dark outside, people and critters are patiently waiting for food, and I’ve really, really, REALLY had to pee for at least an hour.
This amazing, wonderful burst of creativity is usually (for me) followed by a crash. Those are the days when I can’t seem to write ANYTHING, so I slog through a minimum 2,000 words of pure CRAP knowing that I will toss every single word out in the revising process. I’ve recently found, though, that I need the discipline of writing every day (or at least 6 days a week) in order to maintain any momentum.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
“Iron Mike” is my first publication. For quite awhile, it was my favorite; however, the writing and editing are done and now there’s nothing left but self-promotion, social media networking, selling and waiting for reviews. I really, REALLY wish “Iron Mike” would do all the post-writing publication and promotion work by himself and leave me to play with my new friends in my work-in-progress, “Hopeless.”
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Seriously, write every day or at a very minimum, five days a week. Write for at least five hours each day or 2,000 words, whichever is greater. If you’re stuck, either text yourself (pretending you’re texting a friend) all of your “what’s happening next” ideas, or (easier), engage the recording feature on your cell phone and “talk” into the recording as if you were telling your best friend what is coming next in your story. If you’re still not un-stuck, transcribe the words onto paper – at least, it gives you a starting point. Don’t be afraid to write schmaltzy garbage – you WILL revise and self-edit many, many times before your book is polished and shiny.
What do you think makes a good story?
Believable, relatable, likable characters who experience and grow through some type of conflict. For me, it is ALL about character development. You can have the most exciting plot line in the world, but if I could care less about the people you are putting through all of this excitement, I won’t keep turning pages.
Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to do my FIRST interview! I hope you enjoy “Iron Mike” (due out September 27) and any other stories I happen to tell in the future! Best of luck on your own writing, and Happy Reads, always!
Patricia Rose was born a bookworm, and has never outgrown it. Her love of stories started with The Bobbsey Twins when she was five and continues today with the best offerings of science fiction, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. An avid animal lover, she shares her home with her husband, her spiritual wife, two dogs, four cats, a snake, and a tarantula. Her husband, Kevin, has strongly advised her to put down her hammer, chisels, and stone tablets and come into the digital age!
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