Wednesday, May 10, 2017

COVER REVEAL
Aphrodite's Closet
Author: Suzy Turner
Chick Lit / Mystery / Romantic Comedy
Published: May 9th 2017


Agatha Trout didn’t even know she had a Great Aunt Petunia, so imagine her surprise when she finds Petunia left her a corner shop in her will. But it’s not just any old corner shop—it’s a corner shop that needs something unique, something the town of Frambleberry has never seen before. Influenced by her confident best friend, Coco, Agatha is soon convinced that there’s only one way to go: an adults-only sex shop.
While some of the townspeople are clutching their pearls in horror, others are open to the new experiences this shop offers. But not everyone in Frambleberry is convinced. Will the women soldier on in the face of violent threats or will their fears get the best of them—and their new venture—before it even gets off the ground?
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Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two crazy dogs and a cat.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, We Stand Against Evil (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless, And Then There Was You, Stormy Summer and her latest, Aphrodite’s Closet.
In 2015 she launched her popular 40+ lifestyle blog which continues to go from strength to strength, while just over a year later, she trained to become a yoga instructor. Suzy continues to write, blog and teach yoga in one of Portugal’s loveliest settings - the Algarve.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Interview with a Villain Month

This month I will be interviewing some villains for my blog. 

But first, let's talk about what makes a good villain. Do you like your bad guy with sarcastic wit and an evil gleam in his eye? Do you prefer a bad guy with a logical plan or one that is bat-sh*t crazy?

Here is a list of some of my truly favorite villains. (they are in no particular order).

1. Spike (from Buffy): He is sarcastic and fun, and his love for Drusilla drew me in. Since he had killed two slayers you know he's good at being bad. Then he went and fell in love with Buffy. Personally I like the old Spike better, the one who would kill at the drop of a hat. My favorite moment of his is when he killed the Chosen Child, the evil thing that Buffy had tried and failed to kill. Spike did it so fast that I kept expecting it to not be real. Way to go, Spike!

2. The Joker: Heath Ledger did such an amazing job making this guy hilariously insane. He even burns a pile of money cause he doesn't care about it. He just wants to have a good time fighting the bat-guy. LOL

3. Lex Luthor: I'm talking about the Lex from Smallville. It wasn't really his fault. He was meant to be the bad guy. With a father like Lionel Luther it was bound to happen. My favorite moment with Lex was when he told Clark Kent, "I am the villain of this story." Or something like that. I also loved how he found out Clark was an alien like three of four different times, and he always had a different reaction. Once he was stunned and angry that Clark didn't confide in him. One time he was happy and wanted to help Clark keep the secret. And so on and so on. Then something would happen and he wouldn't remember finding out. That set it up so he could find out again. LOVE it!

4. Voldemort: This villain from the Harry Potter books and movies is cool because he keeps trying to come back. No matter what happens to him, even death, he is still lurking about. And he is such a freaky thing.

5. Jersey Clifford: Okay, yes, this one is mine. I think he's good enough to make the list. He isn't totally evil. It isn't his fault that he was made into a werewolf and likes it. More than anything I love how he has an appreciation for good literature.

6. Darth Vader: He's not that great, but so many people mention him when talking about villains, so I guess I will too. I just don't think he was that well-rounded. He breathed heavy and choked people with his mind. End of story. 

7. Rumplestiltskin: From Once Upon A Time on television, this guy makes me very happy. He is pure evil at heart, but he has moments of good. True, most of the time he thinks he is doing good when he is really doing bad stuff. I love how he makes deals and always twists them to benefit himself. Even Hades was worried about him.

8. Hades: Which brings us to this guy. In Greek Mythology, he really isn't that impressive, but I've read stories where they make him more interesting. Someday my Dragon's Breath books will come out. Then you'll see how bad Hades can be.

I've run out of time. Maybe I'll add a few more later. Watch this blog for interviews with villains- COMING SOON!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

LEGEND has been RELEASED!!!

Title: Legend

Series: Order of the Spirit Realm

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Romance

Words: Approx. 116,000

Price: $2.99 on sale (will go up in two weeks)

Available: Amazon and Smashwords with iTunes, B&N, and Kobo to follow.

If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? The first book BAIT is free at most online ebook retailers.

Excerpt:


Bay-Lee got her dagger ready.
The other werewolf either heard or smelled her. It abandoned its quest to climb the wall for a more logical task. The thing sent a silent message to the other one. Werewolves could communicate telepathically. Whatever it told the other wolf got it to press forward. They were trapping Bay-Lee between them.
Any second the furry beasts would attack. They’d tear her apart. The single blade in her hand couldn’t take them both out.
She reached beneath her jacket and pulled out the poisoned comb. Maybe there wasn’t enough poison left to kill a second werewolf. She was about to find out. Too bad she didn’t have a sword or a gun. The idea of getting close enough to kill the wolves worried her.
A single question brewed in her mind: how lucky was she?
Choreographed, the wolves both flew at her from different directions.
She ducked and rolled.
They slammed into each other.
With a weapon in each hand, Bay-Lee made a run for it. A quick exit was her only hope. She might even make it... if the wolves had hurt each other enough to make them dizzy or disoriented.
A third wolf rounded the corner.
Her heart sank as she realized she wouldn’t make it out alive.
An idea sprang to mind, and she rushed at a wall. She plunged her blade into the plaster as she jumped as high as she could. Her feet kicked at the wall, searching for traction. The dagger helped her pull herself higher than she would have been able to do otherwise.
Below her a wolf slammed into the wall headfirst.
The temporary structure shook.
She lost her grip on the knife and fell.
The hard landing knocked the breath from her body and pain stabbed her in the gut. She couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. Any second now she would feel teeth and claws tearing into her flesh. She’d be defenseless against them.
Squeezing her eyes shut, she prayed for a quick death.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

CURSED by the FOUNTAIN of YOUTH

We're so thrilled to announce that Cursed by the Fountain of Youth is now available!!! This has been a year in the making. With a blend of true history and legends, you'll be shocked and thrilled to see the history behind places we call home.




What if the Fountain of Youth were a woman and that woman’s blood held the key to eternal youth? For Fae Miller, that is her reality and it will likely kill her.

For centuries, countless adventurers have searched for the Fountain of Youth. Those who found it thought they would gain eternal life. Instead, they find themselves murdered by its guardians. There was, however, one, lone survivor—Fae Miller. As an infant, she not only survived the Fountain, she took its power.

Twenty-two years later, Fae is hiding in plain sight at a local college. She’s is determined to leave the past behind her and live a normal life. But for one dying man, the search for the Fountain of Youth continues, and he is leaving a trail of blood and mutilated bodies in his wake. Unfortunately, that trail leads directly to Fae. Her only hope is a young, new college professor, also known as Special Agent Nick Chase of the FBI. Nick is determined to do two things: keep Fae alive, and keep his relationship with his student professional. Both of these jobs prove difficult—especially when love and magic get involved.

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 Excerpt:



Bathed in moonlight stood the most beautiful scene Fae had ever laid eyes on. A fountain sat on top of a hill. Stone steps at her feet led up to the structure. Water flowed over the side of it, as if someone had been filling it and left the water running too long. The water continued its flow down the steps and seeped into the mossy ground at her feet.
Sloshing through the water, Fae made her way up the steps. Even though the air around her felt cold, the water warmed her feet. When she got to the top, she gasped at the breadth of the fountain. It was the size of a swimming pool, brimming with water that spilled over the side.
The singing stopped, and then a voice spoke, filling her with inexplicable joy. Fontaine. You’ve returned to me.
She’d heard this voice before, but couldn’t quite place where.
Come join me in the water.
“I’ll drown,” she said.
There was a warm chuckle. You won’t drown, my child. You are born of my waters.
“Who are you?” Fae asked, uncertain whether she should be terrified or not.
I am the Lady of the Fountain.
“Is that kind of like the Lady of the Lake? The one in King Arthur’s legend?”
You speak of Freya, my sister. My name is Ester.
Fae looked around at the forest of the Between and wondered if this was the place she was born, and not the bayou in Florida. Could her mother be buried around here?
This is not my original home, Ester said, as if she could read Fae’s thoughts. I have been moved twice in my lifetime. My first home is in a place you call Ethiopia. I lived happily there for many centuries. But then I was stolen from my home and brought to the Americas. For many years, I was kept safe by my guardians, but then one betrayed me and wished to exploit my powers. I did not allow him to use me to further his evil designs. But then I was left alone—until a man named Conall found me and brought me here.
“Why didn’t he return you to your home in Africa?”
He told me my home has been corrupted. I would not be safe there.
“I’m really sorry.”
Don’t worry over me, child. This place is wholly adequate.
“That’s good to hear.” Fae paused, the question she’d been dying to ask on the tip of her tongue. Finally, she asked, “Do you remember my mother and father? Do you know where I can find them?”
I’m sorry. Where they are, you cannot go. I am truly sorry.  
"So they truly are dead?"
"Yes."
Fae’s heart sank. She hoped that Brigitte had been lying and her parents were alive somewhere. Fae could feel the remorse emanating from the fountain and felt the need to comfort Ester.
“But, you saved me.”
Yes, I did.”
“Thank you,” Fae said.
You are welcome, my child.
Fae reached out her hand and touched the water. Her spirits immediately lightened. The water took on a green glow as a breathtaking face appeared just below the surface, haloed in long, black hair. The Lady smiled at her but remained beneath the water.
“So, you can grant youthfulness?” Fae asked.
Or take it, from anyone that touches my waters.
 “What happens when they drink?”
They are not meant to drink. That is a theft. Youth stolen without permission. For most, the punishment is immediate—madness.
An errant leaf drifted and landed on the surface of the water. Fae expected it would float, but it didn’t. It dropped like a stone. This water wasn’t like any other she’d seen. Fae wondered what those waters had done to her.
The waters did nothing to you. I gave you my power. I saw what was planned from the beginning. I could not stop him from destroying my guardians, but I could keep him from succeeding in his quest for eternal life. So, I gave you my power—leaving me weak and powerless. That act accomplished two things—it kept the power from falling into evil hands, and it saved your life.
“Are you still powerless?”
No, my dear.  I am now fully restored.
“That’s good to know, but I’m sorry to tell you that he found me. He came after me. He got his youth back.”
That is unfortunate. I only meant to protect. Instead, I cursed you.
“I wouldn’t call eternal youth a curse.”
It can be. There is no fear as universal as the fear of death. Men will kill to stop it. They will do the most heinous and terrible things to avoid it. And giving you the power to grant eternal life will make you forever a target. Now, will you please join me in my waters?

 

 

About the Author:

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

Visit Holly at AuthorHollyKelly.com

 

The History behind the Mystery:

St. Augustine, Florida is rich in history, murder, intrigue, and ghost stories—making it the perfect setting for this book. You might be interested to know that some of the most outrageous tales in this novel are actually based on true history—including the tale of Captain Abela and Dolores. The tragic end to their love story occurred over two hundred years ago in a secret room located in St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos—a castle-like fort built by the Spanish over three hundred years ago. Tourists are able to sign up for the St. Augustine Ghost Tour to learn more about the ill-fated lovers. The image at the right is the actual room in which they died. You'll learn more about their story by reading Cursed by the Fountain of Youth.

Another interesting note: The legend of the Fountain of Youth has long been tied with St. Augustine and there is talk of a society that exists to protect the Fountain of Youth from discovery. No one knows if the society truly exists. If it does, it is cloaked in secrecy.


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