I believe in ghosts. I stayed at a famous hotel in San Antonio, known for ghosts and strange events. The one night, I woke up to see a person sitting in a chair in our room. This person could only be seen when looking out of the side of your vision. I could recall everything down to the color of his shirt.
Kellie Wallace's new release has a heroine who has seen a ghost and experienced supernatural events. But now she's on the radar for evil... Take a look and see for yourself....
After the tragic drowning of her brother eighteen years ago, Aleida Fuller has lived her life communicating with the supernatural. She can see and speak to the dead, as if they were still walking the earth. Despite being welcomed in the spirit world, Aleida lives a closeted existence. Her reclusive mother refuses to accept her abilities and the local townsfolk think she’s a fraud.
When mysterious traveler Rafe Jenner arrives in town, Aleida’s dull life is irrevocably changed. He’s handsome, strange, and oddly alluring, with piercing eyes that turn red in the dark…
As Aleida and Rafe are teamed up to solve a crime for the Sheriff’s Office, a great evil lurks in the shadows. Bloodthirsty for Aleida’s soul, Hell-bound demon Albinus roams the earth, shedding blood and taking lives in search of her. He will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. Aleida must draw on her physic abilities and her newfound alliance with Rafe to battle Hell’s agents before her soul is lost forever.
“Is the spirit talking to you, Aleida?”
Aleida Fuller wandered the smouldering crash site, stepping over a curved hubcap and a pool of gasoline leaking into the asphalt. The red hatchback was completely smashed into a crushed shell, shards of metal scattered over the road. A hint of burning rubber lingered in the air. She followed the ribboned grooves in the cement toward the figure covered by a white sheet. She crouched next to the body and lowered her hand on the sheer fabric, pulling her gaze from the victim’s weeping family on the curb.
Nosy bystanders, including half the sheriff’s department and EMTs had stopped to watch her. Aleida hated having an audience, the attention interfering with her readings. The heat of their gaze prickled the back of her neck, spreading goosebumps across her skin. Normally, she relied on her body’s natural responses to connect to the spirit world, but today, she felt nothing out of the ordinary. She turned to Deputy Sheriff Ted Walker, who stood nearby, his expression passive yet optimistic.
“I can’t hear anything,” she said. “The deceased’s moved into the light already or its energy’s too faint.”
Ted’s face flickered annoyance underneath his Stetson hat. “Dammit,” he hissed. “I was hoping to give Don’s wife some answers on what happened.”
“She won’t be getting them right away,” Aleida replied. “Her husband’s recently passed so his energy is weak. It takes a lot of effort for a spirit to form an apparition or make contact. Think of them like newborn babies. Babies don’t walk right out of the womb, do they?”
“I guess not.”
About the Author:
Born in Sydney, author Kellie Wallace developed a love for the written word early in life, writing her first story at aged three. Her father used to read to her at bedtime, establishing a deep love and respect for books.
Kellie wrote her first fiction fantasy novel called Giblin the Conquer, an X Files fan fiction and a military fiction while in high school. After finishing school, Kellie moved to the sunny Northern Beaches and carved a successful career in the media/advertising industry writing for numerous Sydney based publications. But that didn’t stop Kellie’s love to write. An aspiring novelist, she fulfilled a dream in 2008 having her first book All She Ever Wanted published at the age of 22 years old.
Since 2013, Kellie has established herself as a hybrid author, writing a range of genres from historical fiction, fantasy, crime and new adult fiction. Her next release Death Knows My Name will be published late 2017 through Inkspell Publishing.
She currently resides in Sydney with her husband. In her spare time, Kellie loves to write, game, draw, exercise, and binge on her favorite TV shows.
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1. What was your first impression of your writer?
My first impression was that D.A. has a zest for life and dearly loves to laugh. It may have been the amount of alcohol being consumed at the time, but who am I to say? I’m just glad she was having a good time, since that was the time and place I was brought to life. On that level, I suppose, is where we connect.
2. How did you and the hero/heroine meet?
I wasn’t formally introduced to the element of water, Brooke Fisher, until I had already met the element of Air, Amie. I suppose the fact that my boyfriend was haunting Brooke’s dreams and trying to steal her powers had something to do with it. She came into her power with my sister’s help, and it was then that I turned my attention to the element of air. She liked me well enough until her boyfriend came into the picture, which was when all hell broke loose.
3. What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness? How have they shaped your life?
My greatest strength is my knowledge of old magick and my connection to the powers of the universe. It is my birthright, and at times it is my curse. I‘d have to say my greatest weakness is my love for Erebos, which by the way my darlings you can never mention to him! I would literally do anything for that man, but he can never know! My life has been shaped by the conflict I have between using my power for balance, and doing things for Erebos that I know will cause chaos.
4. What first drew you to your hero/heroine?
Well darling, that is a complicated question. While Erebos has an agenda that I have been helping him with, I’m also obligated to help my sister Sevilla who’s made it her personal mission to ensure that the elements find their powers. Ultimately, balance is what draws us all together. Or the lack thereof.
5. If you could be in any profession, what would you do and why?
I should very much like to be a psychic, I dabble with tarot from time to time and have gotten pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. That occupation would not only suit my personality, but it would allow me to wear all the colorful clothing that I dearly love. I have a new purple corset just for the occassion!
6. So, in your story, what was the most memorable moment for you?
So far, I would have to say it was my fabulous fight with the stone gargoyles. I really wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off morphing into a griffin, but I ended up managing quite well under pressure.
7. What do you do for fun?
I love to chase mice, they are such fast little creatures! Sometimes I even chase them without changing into a cat first, just to up the stakes.
8. Would you like for your writer to create a sequel for you? Why or why not?
Once the story of the elements is complete, I would love for my writer to tell the story that my sisters and I have had to keep secret for all of these years. If people only knew what we have been through, they might be a little nicer to us.
9. What do you do for a living?
10. What is your greatest fear?
Not being attractive to my love anymore and him leaving me for another witch. Also, I’m not overly fond of dogs.
11. What do you wear when you go to sleep?
You're supposed to wear something?
12. What is your most prized possession?
I have an amethyst pentacle that my sister gave me long ago that has has been invaluable for me when figuring out which path I should take. It has never led me astray.
13. What do you think your greatest weakness is?
Erebos is, and always has been, my greatest weakness.
14. What do you think is your strongest attribute?
15. What are you proudest of?
Of that fact that I was able to keep a secret. Even though it upset some, it saved lives. Oh, and the fact that I have finally come up with the proper combination of spells to rid my yard of fairies. I am going to make a killing selling this stuff!
16. What is most attractive to you about the opposite sex?
If I have to narrow it down, I suppose I am very much into eyes, particularly blue ones. Although tight buns in black leather pants do it for me as well!
17. What trait or characteristic do you most dislike about the opposite sex?
Lack of empathy.
18. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy afternoon?
I love to curl on the hearth and warm myself by the fire. I really like it when Sevilla scratches the fur behind my ears, although she doesn’t do that nearly as often as she used to. In human form I like to drink wine with Sevilla, she way less uptight when she drinks, and usually much more apt to talk about the good times.
19. What’s your favorite animal?
Well a cat of course! Honestly, anything considered to be part of the feline family.
20. Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, what would it be and where?
I have thought about it, but would only do it if my other sisters did one to match. I often thought it would be fun to have a sigil representing harmony tattooed on the back of our necks. It is something that we have never had in our lives, but all strive for in our own way.
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Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m so excited to have you here today. I know that the readers are looking forward to learning more about you. Please tell us a little about yourself.
While it hasn't always been part of my occupation, writing has always been part of my life. Poetry and song lyrics through teenage angst (no you won't get to read any of them), short stories in college classes (perhaps you will get to read some of them), and random marketing material during my stint as a flower shop owner. Even with all of that writing in my life, ten chapters of a book stayed buried in my file cabinet until I closed my flower shop and my children were grown. When I went back to school (at an undisclosed age), the pages came out and the plot was re-developed. The timing was finally right for me. The Power of Four series was born and my first book, Sea of Dreams, was drafted.
Now onto some fun questions!
If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?
I feel our world could benefit from a smidge more empathy, since putting yourself in the situations of those around you can make you more patient, loving and understanding. It also makes you a good listener, which I feel we sometimes forget to do when communicating with others. I have found other writers to be amazing listeners and observers, perhaps its because we are alone so often, dissecting our own thoughts and actions.
If you knew the exact date of your death down to the minute, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?
I would work less, write more and travel the world! Life threw a curveball at me a few years back, and it fundamentally changed the way I experience life. It also affected the things I will tolerate, a list which seems to be shrinking daily. :)
I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish back then, I call it a Treasure Map, and managed to tick quite a few things off over the last few years including publishing the first two books of my series and earning my first-ever college degree. My list is ever-changing, so if I had the date of my death, I would be sure to allow myself enough time to finish everything on it.
When was the last time you felt alive? I mean really alive!
The most recent moment that comes to mind, was when I received my very first proof of Sea of Dreams and held it in my hands. So much time and effort went into that project, and seeing it come alive was the most amazing feeling! I jumped up and down, cried and laughed, and the pride I felt at actually completing something was something I will never forget. It was a super important milestone for me!
When was the last time you helped someone that was desperately in need? What did you do? Was this person grateful?
I am lucky in that I am surrounded in my life by amazing people, and anytime I can help, I do. Because my core group of friends and family have seen me through some pretty major challenges (and helped me along the way), I am of the mindset that help should always be “paid forward.” Gratitude is definitely a huge part of my current lifestyle. I find things to be thankful for every day.
What television sitcom is most like your family? Why?
Hate to say this but I rarely watch T.V. and when I do it is generally a series I can binge watch on Charter on Demand or Netflix. Sitcoms were never my thing, but any show family that has you laughing would probably be the closest to mine.
What’s your favorite thing to do to relax?
I often get lost when writing, and find it really relaxing when the words flow. I have to admit though, nothing tops a spa day with your BFF!
Let’s find out a little bit about you as an author.
Did you always want to be an author?
I didn’t always want to be an author, but I have always loved to write! Life took me in a number of directions, and I have had a few more careers than I would like to admit, but through it all, producing content has been at the core of what I do. Writing found me again when I went back to school to earn my degree, and I haven’t looked back since!
What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult?
I absolutely adore Stephen King, which may seem weird for a Romance writer, but a lot of what I write is fantasy and he is amazing at creating alternate realities! For romance, I grew up reading Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Jude Deveraux, now I read practically anything I can get my hands on. My “go-to” authors include: Nora Roberts, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan & Christie Craig. I am constantly adding books to my Goodreads list and doing reviews, and I tend to read in pretty much every genre, traditional and independent.
Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Laptop of course, with my cell phone nearby for quick lookups. The room I am in must be quiet with white noise going to drown out reality, and the door is always shut. Right now I work where ever and when ever I can, and if I can’t find a quiet spot at home, I take my writing to the library. I typically have a pad and pen to jot down notes and, when at home, there may or may not be an alcoholic beverage of choice nearby.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business?
I’ve learned that while your book is never done, at some point you need to let it go. I’ve also learned, that you never stop learning. There is always a new technique, a better way to market, another group or reader to connect to, and that at some point you just need to take the leap and get your stuff out there. I’ve learned that the subsequent books will always be better than the one before, if you keep an open mind and welcome opportunities to challenge yourself.
Tell us about your latest release: (blurb, excerpt, cover)
My latest book, Winds of Change, is book 2 in the Power of Four Series and blends Romance, Fantasy and Magical Realisim. The series is about 4 women, who find out through crazy things happening to them, that they are destined to embody the power of an element. Each book represents a separate couple’s journey, and the series as a whole, is about how they all must come together to defeat a common threat.
Here is a blurb from Winds of Change:
Amie Petridis isn’t looking for love when it comes breezing into her life; her job as a full-time pilot leaves little time for dating. But when a charming air marshal walks onto her plane and into her life, magical things start to happen. When Amie receives a tarot card reading from an ancient gypsy during a layover in England, her eyes are opened to a world of possibilities.
U.S. Air Marshal Aleck Eyres has always taken his job seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he hasn’t allowed himself to be tied down. His occupation allows for the freedom to travel and to visit his friends, but the day he helps a captivating pilot with her persistent ex-boyfriend – everything changes. Love finds him quickly and affects him deeply. Will it be enough to overcome the painful secret that has kept him from sharing his heart for so long?
Fate has conjured the winds of change and blown them Amie’s way. These changes will not only affect Amie and Aleck, but also the magical beings in a land called Wisteria. Suddenly Amie’s world is filled with winged creatures and she learns that she is meant to harness the element of Air. As she discovers her power, the gypsy’s warning haunts her. Should she follow her head or her heart? And when she makes the choice, will it be the right one?
How did you decide on your story plot?
On a girls trip, at a bar, after several cocktails! :) The four of us were discussing qualities in partners and what our ideal “dream guy”would be like in each of our stories. At the time, we were near the ocean, which is my very favorite place to be, and it occurred to me that all of the elements came together at the very spot I stood. One thing led to another, and the Power of Four series was born!
How did you choose your characters names and location for your story?
I have always had a connection to water. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you, anytime I plan anything … it rains. I knew that the first book would include water, and I needed to select locations that allowed my character Brooke to connect with that element, long before she knew what she was destined for. I lived in Hawaii when I was younger, so using it as a destination was a natural fit.
I knew by the end of the first book that Amie’s story would be next, and I had always been fascinated by Greek Mythology, so her portal ended up in Greece. When developing each of my characters names, I look closely at heritage and meaning, and have had fun matching names with the qualities/powers that they develop.
Do you have a favorite scene? Why?
My favorite scene in Winds of Change is when Amie finds herself in a magical prison cell and has to pick the lock with the contents of her purse. It is amazing how many offbeat topics you can find videos for on YouTube, and just what types of things you can pick a lock with!
Do you have a character that you identify with? Who and why?
I identify with each of my characters, but have the most fun writing and engaging with Zilla. She is beautiful and capable (and knows it), using her appeal to mess with poor Erebos. She has a naughty spirit and is wildly passionate, and I like to think that at the bottom of all of her conniving, she is a person who is only trying to help.
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Thank you for giving me this opportunity, and a special thanks for anyone who decides to give my series a try! There is more to come so stay tuned!
Tomorrow we will have an interview with one of the characters from Winds of Change!
By Loralee Lillibridge
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Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Published by: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Length: 306 Pages
Enter WHITMAN LOVETT, III a wealthy businessman who needs to lease three thousand acres of the Castle Ranch. He expects an easy deal, with the Castle Ranch in financial straits. He isn’t expecting to deliver a baby calf in a rainstorm or Gracie’s twins at the ranch. But Gracie and the babies manage to get under Whit’s skin and into his heart. The very thing he doesn’t want.
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Writing romance and cozy mysteries with a Texas twang and a touch of humor, Loralee Lillibridge (aka Lora Lee), loves to tell stories with believable characters, small towns where everybody knows your business and quirky, but lovable, neighbors.
A native Texan, Loralee has called West Michigan home since her marriage, but still misses seeing the bluebonnets in the Spring. Her love of travel took her to Ireland to celebrate her 80th birthday. As a child with a vivid imagination, her library card was a treasured possession. Although encouraged by her high school English teacher to put her imagination into stories, Loralee’s first published novel, Accidental Hero for Harlequin, didn’t debut until after marriage and raising a family. Since then, she’s had a cozy mystery published by Bell Bridge Books and three romance novels published by Tell-Tale Publishing. Her greatest love, however, will always be her family.
Sounds like something from the headlines... it's true! In The Nearness of You, we see hunky supermodel team up with a lounge singer and sparks fly! Between the two of them and between every one else!
Lounge singer, Lauren Rose lived her comfortable life in Atlanta always dreaming of making it in show biz. When she unexpectedly meets British male super-model, David Randle at a gig at the posh St. Regis Hotel, she is swept away by his striking good looks and lilting cadence.
In town for his sister Catherine’s nuptials to NASCAR driver, Brian Brady, David invites Lauren to the wedding on a whim. The two instantly bond over music, fashion and family. They continue their new relationship in New York City when David invites Lauren to see him in action at a high profile fashion shoot for his debut fragrance, “Drive.”
Sparks fly when his assistant, Sabrina Watson is none too happy that his new girlfriend has interrupted his grueling, fast-paced schedule. She becomes fixated on separating the happy couple who are falling in love.
Traversing the East Coast and Europe with the paparazzi in hot pursuit, David and Lauren navigate the precarious path of fame, fashion and fate.
Her wildest dreams were coming true. Would she ever truly believe that his desire was to be near her – always?
About the Author:
KG Fletcher is the author of the contemporary romance novel, The Nearness of You released in October, 2017. She has also penned romantic suspense novels, Love Song released in April, 2017 and Unexpected released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute.” (www.almosteltonjohn.com)
KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels.
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How Liza became a bull riding fan.
When I broke up with the only decent boyfriend I ever had, I was shocked, stunned, and broken hearted. He told me he was interested in another woman, but he asked me to hang around until he decided which of us he liked the best. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy with men and certainly never planned to like one of them again after that fiasco.
So, I took up watching bull riding, just to watch the fellows get roughed up by bulls three nights in a row each week.
As time moved along and my heart healed, I continued watching bull riding because they were family now. Some I liked, some I adored, and some I loved to see trampled.
What can I say? Watching bull riding can be therapeutic after a painful break-up and enjoyable once you are healed as well.
Davy’s Saga, Book 1
Country Western/ Bull Riding
Davy Hill goes from obscurity to fame by riding the rankest bull alive. Coming from a life of poverty, the young cowboy expects his life to change for the better now that he’s a successful professional bull-rider. Yet, with every occurrence of good luck comes an equal dose of bad. He suffers a potentially career-ending injury, a string of betrayals, and much worse. Despite all the brutal slams he takes, he keeps getting up, because he’s a bull-rider and they never give up.
Davy Hill climbed in the rodeo chute and straddled the massive red Brangus bull, Son of Sam—two thousand pounds of muscles and raging fury, and never ridden for eight seconds in forty-eight outings. Riders only lasted an average 1.8 seconds on this beast’s back. Then, to punish them for the audacity of attempting to ride him, the red bull would turn on the fallen rider and attack with its twelve-inch long horns.
The owner had sawed off the tips, but that didn’t impede Son of Sam’s ability to dig beneath the breathless rider and toss him like a rag doll about the arena and then, for good measure, crash his sharp hooves on the rider’s limp body several times. He especially had a taste for attacking the heads of riders who wore helmets rather than hats. Beneath his two thousand pounds of energy, those helmets would crush like pumpkins, often giving the rider a career-ending concussion.
No one in the excited Guthrie, Oklahoma crowd expected anything different tonight. The only question in their minds was if Davy Hill would survive his encounter with Son of Sam to ride again. Many regretted he had pulled a potential ride to hell.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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Davy Hill is a guy with a dream. He wants to be the best bull rider ever. When he finally hits the top, life slams him back down but Davy isn't one to let the grass grow under his feet. He's determined to return to the top.
Ms. O'Connor has written a heartfelt story of one young man's growth. Davy learns, sometimes the hard way, about what it takes to be a man in the world of Bull Riding as well as in life itself. I couldn't stop reading about Davy's misadventures. Like many people I know, Davy had to learn by doing. He was a greenhorn in the beginning and very trusting but as the book progressed, he tried to make things better...if only fate would help him out.
The character of Davy was one very much I would have liked to meet. He's sweet and innocent yet, determined. No matter what he faces, he sees it as a challenge rather than a failure. He's someone who many people should be more like.
This is a must read for fans of westerns but also for coming of age stories.
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