Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tim on Broadway: Season One by Rick Bettencourt

Rick Bettencourt is the author of Tim on Broadway, Painting with Wine and Not Sure Boys. He lives with his husband and their little dog, Bandit, in the Sarasota area of Florida. Rick originally hails from Boston’s North Shore where he learned to speak without pronouncing the letter “r”— and say things like “tonic” when he wanted a Coke, or “bubbler” when getting a drink from the park’s water fountain.

A few years ago, Rick was adopted by a Cairn Terrier named Bandit. Recently, Bandit moved Rick, and his husband of several years, to Florida to escape the New England winters and avoid being engulfed by snow drifts when going about their business.

When Rick is not being walked around the block by Bandit, he might be found working on a story about an underdog character triumphing over adversity. Or you might catch Rick watching The Walking Dead or Once Upon a Time, reading something like Running with Scissors or some personal development book, or writing to a group of folks on his mailing list.

In addition, Rick enjoys theater, art, old postcards, and amusement parks. He also loves to hear from his readers.

You can follow Rick on Twitter @rbettenc or subscribe to his mailing list at www.rickbettencourt.com

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Carolyn Sohier, the Greta Garbo of divas, is giving a once in a lifetime concert that Tim can’t afford to attend. Tim—an overweight, twenty-something virgin—regrets lending the hunky bag boy at the grocery store money that could have bought him a ticket. Tim needs to call in his debts, but money isn’t the only thing holding him back.

The first time Tim met Javier, he was blown away by the attention. He didn't often—actually ever—get a guy, let alone a hot one, pay attention to him. The problem, Javier is straight; yet he gives Tim mixed messages. Tim can’t get Javier off his mind, unless he is pursuing his love for theater—or talking with his best friend, Julia, about the “unattainable” crushes they share on some of the guys back home.

With the Carolyn Sohier concert fasting approaching, Tim struggles to get tickets. If he hadn't lent Javier the money to, well, have his way with him in the beer cooler at the store they worked at together, maybe Tim wouldn't have lost his job, and would be able to see Carolyn perform. But Tim’s learned his lesson from all this…or so he thinks.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A lot of what I write is inspired by music. I love to listen to songs while driving the coast or walking the beach. Often times, something about a lyric or a song’s mood will motivate me to write.

Prior to working on Tim on Broadway, I had written the story (yet to be published) of a singer and actress I named Carolyn Sohier. For Tim on Broadway, I wanted to write from a music lover’s perspective—and capture the experience of someone moved by the energy of a performer.

Tim, like me, loves powerhouse singers.

Carolyn Sohier is not only a dynamic performer but also a recluse. I liken her to Greta Garbo, in that Carolyn’s in hiding. I also equate her to Barbra Streisand, who does not perform all that often. When Tim on Broadway opens, Carolyn announces— after a number of years of not being in the spotlight —that she’ll be doing a one-night only concert. Tim has to see it.

The novel’s idea came from watching and listening to Bette Midler’s “Stay with Me”, which is the finale in the film The Rose. The song has since become a staple for Midler’s live shows. Her performance of this torch-rock song is unrivaled. I wanted to convey what it felt like to be enthralled by such a performance. The first time I saw Bette sing this song live, I was floored. Goose bumps. Tears. Mouth agape. I hope to have done Bette justice in this book.

I love singers who evoke passion when they sing. Janis Joplin is another performer who does this. Carolyn Sohier is Joplin, Midler and Streisand all mixed into one. Tim Benton, the main character, is a huge fan. But he’s got some obstacles to overcome.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote the first draft of Tim on Broadway in about a month. It then went through several rewrites for another couple more.

On the other hand, the prequel—the story of Carolyn Sohier—has taken me years. And it’s still not done.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love to let a story unfold, and watch it as if I’m experiencing it for the first time myself.

For years, I fought against outlining because I felt it wouldn’t allow me the flexibility to experience the story like new. I felt if I knew exactly where the story was going it wouldn’t come across as fresh to the reader.

For Tim on Broadway I did outline, but I used the process very broadly. In fact, the end became something entirely different from what I originally sketched. Through it, I’ve learned to embrace outlining and use it to help set boundaries for me. But, I also take the liberty to knock down a wall here or there if the characters and story require it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Stopping! I get so caught up in writing that I just want to stay in my story’s world. It becomes very hard to withdraw.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I think the complications of being inside someone else’s body would be too weird for me. I prefer to stay in my own. Besides in the larger sense of things we’re already all one. Why select just one person when I’m everybody? (Read A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle or Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer to learn more.)

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh God, probably the jar of strawberry preserves. It’s at least a year old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Season Two of Tim on Broadway is in the works. Plus, there’s that prequel that I’ve mentioned.

More near term, I’m working on a Christmas story to be released around Thanksgiving time. One Nightstand will be part of Beaten Track’s compilation titled Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. My contribution to this was also inspired by song—coincidentally the same title as that which inspired Tim on Broadway. However, “Stay with Me” as sung by Sam Smith (an entirely different song than Midler’s) got me thinking about someone looking for love in a one night stand.

Thank you so much for hosting me. It’s been a pleasure.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Promise of Magic by Melinda VanLone

Melinda VanLone writes fantasy and science fiction, freelances as a graphic designer, and dabbles in photography. She currently lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and furbabies. When she's not playing with her imaginary friends you can find her playing World of Warcraft, wandering aimlessly through the streets taking photos, or nursing coffee in Starbucks.

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On instinct, Tarian bowed her head in return, shocked. “Dulra. Welcome.” She breathed the words, awed by the presence of creatures she’d only known through legends. What is the Balance Court doing here?

“Tarian A’marie Maitea Xannon, of the House of Xannon, Keeper of the Water Artifact, you are summoned to the Balance Court.”

She’d been summoned, and every particle of her being cried out to answer it.

Despite the advanced stage of her pregnancy, Tarian has some explaining to do. Fulfilling her Agreement with the Carraig was an issue of honor—but it led to complications. The Keeper of the House of Xannon is called to account, and Tarian must embark on a dangerous mission which could cost her the life of her unborn daughter, end in disaster for all planes of existence—or save the world.

Some promises are deadly to keep. Will the promise of magic be one of them?

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The inspiration for the House of Xannon series originally came from a snippet of a scene I found in an old notebook from college. I nearly threw the thing away, but then thought I should check to be sure there wasn’t anything important in it. I’m so glad I did! The scene I found was only two pages long. It described a woman, sitting at a crowded sidewalk cafe, taking in the city around her and one man in particular. She was hunting him, and she was quite sure he’d be an easy grab. She only had to wait for the right moment. Her main thought was “he has no idea who he’s messing with.” The girl was Tarian, complete with attitude and her bull-in-a-china-shop approach to getting things done. In this scene she was someone sent to hunt down magical criminals.

The idea morphed quite a bit from those humble beginnings, and Tarian turned out to have a lot more to her than mere bounty hunter. But the basic idea is there throughout the series. Tarian’s need to make things right, to bring criminals to justice, and to save the innocent is what moves the series forward. Of course, there are powerful forces that don’t want her to succeed, and Tarian causes a lot of issues for herself along the way. It’s a long, hard battle, fought with multiple players. That’s why it’s taking so many books to tell the story.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Promise of Magic took approximately a year, give or take a few months. I wrote the first rough draft in about three months, and then spent many more revising, refining, and making sure all the piece parts were represented. This isn’t just Tarian’s story. It’s the story of how magic was ripped away from humans, and then centuries later dumped on their heads, and the outcome of that.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I’m an avid reader, and what I love about reading applies to writing as well. I love getting lost in different worlds, and living vicariously through characters who face challenges I couldn’t even dream of in my own life.

Take the happiness that you feel when you read a good book and multiply that ten times and you’ll have roughly what I feel when I write in a world all my own. I love the creation of the world, the nights spent getting to know the people in it, the days spent watching those people go about their lives.

I love revising, too, because it’s like putting puzzle pieces together. Making sure I have all the bits and baubles in the right place, making sure they fit, and making sure that the story in my head actually ended up on the virtual page is a fun challenge. And that feeling when the story reaches The End? Priceless.

The feeling when someone else reads my story and enjoys it? Beyond priceless. I have no words for that feeling.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I’m not a huge fan of the end parts…the get-the-grammar-and-punctuation-right parts. That’s why I hire a team to help me during that stage. I’m also not a huge fan of the dark moments in the middle of the night when I’m trying to get the story out of my head and it just refuses to cooperate. Every story brings that one moment where I think everything is ruined, and that I’ll never be able to fix it and I might as well give up writing and go wash dishes for a living. But with the angst comes an even greater moment of happiness when it all sorts itself out. Usually after a wailing call to my editor, a good cry on the hubby’s shoulder and a few pieces of chocolate. Okay who am I kidding? It’s a truckload of chocolate.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I think it’d be cool to be Stana Katic for a day. Or two. Or three. What in the world would it be like to be that gorgeous, and to work with Nathon Fillion? *Swoon* I’d love to find out.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
At the moment, I’d say it’s probably the package of cheese I never finished which turned into a science project sometime in the last month. It stares at me every time I open the fridge. Mocking me. Laughing at me. Daring me to throw it away. I’m pretty sure it comes out of the fridge at night and taunts the cat.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A lot more books. I have nine books planned for the House of Xannon series, but I suspect it’ll end up eleven by the time I’m done. Beyond that, I have a new series already in the planing stages that will be urban fantasy, but an entirely different story world with a new cast and new way of looking at the world. I can’t wait to get started on the writing for that, but first things first…Tarian and her friends have a lot more story to tell. Book 4 is in revisions now, and due to launch in November. Sign up for the newsletter on my website to get the official news and launch dates of upcoming stories!

Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil‏

Lola StVil is a Haitian born writer and actress.

She lives in Hollywood, CA and welcomes online interaction with readers. Lola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.

She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly. This is her first novel.

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The prophecy says I will fall in love with team leader and Angel, Marcus Cane. The prophecy also says that our love will cause his mission to fail and end the world.


This human is not worried. Why?

Because I do not intend to fall in love with Marcus.

The truth is I hate him. I hate his warm brown eyes with flecks of gold, his chiseled face and broad shoulders.

I hate how over protective he is just because a few thousand demons are after me.

In fact, I couldn't care less about Marcus or his perfect telekinetic girlfriend.

And when I see him holding her, I don’t die a little inside…

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I just had this story in my head of what the world would be like if angels and demons existed, were teenagers and had powers. And I recognized Emmy, the lead character. She is just a girl who wishes her life were more exciting, had the confidence to be adventurous, and had importance. I was a lot like that when I was a teenager. I think a lot teens are.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
It took about 2 years. I would start and stop and start again. I would get scared or intimidated and put the notebook away. Then, finally, I built up the courage to let my best friend read some of what I had written, and she refused to let me stop.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
There’s so many things I love about writing. The draw of fantasy and fiction; being able to create an entirely new world, new paths, new elements to life. I love the characters; meeting these people and discovering their personalities, fears, loves, interests, everything. It’s a way for me to meet new people. That can be just as scary as meeting them in real life because I never know where they’re going to take the story, what impact they will have on characters or the story as a whole.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Saying good-bye. Everything comes to an end or a close at some point. It can’t go on forever. When I finished ‘Guardians,’ it was hard saying good-bye even though I was ready to do something new. I had gotten to use to hearing their voices, seeing their faces, recognizing their personalities. I knew them and it was really scary to start over with new characters and a new plot and know I wouldn’t be ‘seeing’ them anymore.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
Kerri Washington. It’s obvious. She’s beautiful, with an amazing job with an amazing role.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Mustard. Mustard doesn’t expire does it? I don’t think so. I’m sure it’s still fine. I don’t really remember buying mustard so I don’t know when it got there.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
More cliffhangers, more tears, more laughs, more upsets, more turmoil. Definitely more ’Why, Lola?! How could you?!’ But definitely more love and depth.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Being Part of Something Big

Earlier this week, it was announced that Booktrope, one of the publishers I am published with, had made a deal with Amazon.  THEN, I recently found out that they also made a deal with Intellectual Property Group to bring books to Hollywood.  I couldn't believe it!

Of course this news is incredibly exciting.  It could mean big things for authors, and I'm so happy to be part of that group.  It's going to be interesting to see how it works out.

When I first thought about submitting to Booktrope, I was incredibly hesitant.  I mean, I already had a couple indie publishers (who are absolutely amazing and fabulous), why would I want to add another one to my list?  It seemed silly to me.  Then, I met Wendy on Facebook, and she was so nice and so sweet and so proud of what she was doing with Booktrope, she convinced me to give them a try.

When the book was finally finished and I was ready to submit, Booktrope was closed to submissions.  I figured that was probably a sign, but Wendy had read the manuscript and really liked it, so she talked to Katherine (one of the co-founders), who was willing to publish the book based on Wendy's recommendation.  It was awesome.

You can really tell a lot about a publishing company by the way they talk to their authors.  Both Wendy and Katherine conference called me to explain to me what Booktrope was all about and answer any questions I might have.  I was still unsure at that point about publishing with them, but talking to them calmed my fears and hesitancy, and I couldn't wait to be part of the team.

Incidentally, the only other publishing company I spoke to was Scarecrow Press, who published Life Lessons from Slasher Films.  At the time, another publisher was interested in the book, and the editor at Scarecrow really wanted it, so he went that extra mile to persuade me to publish with them.

And it worked.  It's so nice to know that a publisher is invested in you and your work.

Recently, Wendy had to step down as my book manager, after doing an amazing job.  Pam became my new book manager, and she is just amazing.  Even though I've never met her in person, I feel like we're friends.  The relationships that are formed between author and book  manager are just amazing.

I don't regret submitting my manuscript to Booktrope, and I wouldn't hesitate submitting more.  In fact, they are the ones who will be publishing Undead Obsessed and Dealing with Devils.  I have more books brewing in my mind, including another zombie novel, and you better believe I'm going to let Booktrope publish them if they want to.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Longest 5 Minutes

On Wednesday, I participated in Ignite.  The premise is that you have 5 minutes and 20 slides that switch every 15 seconds to tell a story.  I talked about Science and Zombies, which correlates with my book Undead Obsessed.  The experience was incredibly scary and nerve wracking.

I normally don't mind talking in front of people.  I do presentations and readings at libraries, but for some reason, this experience was completely different.  First of all, there were a lot more people there than I'm used to.  Preparing for the presentation took a while.  Trying to distill information down to 5 minutes is not an easy task.  Finding the pictures was probably the easiest, but then I had to time it perfectly to make sure I didn't go too fast or too slow.  It was a challenge.

I also have social anxiety, which means that I'm always afraid I'll say something stupid or offensive when I'm in public, and this situation wasn't any different.  Part of the nervousness and scariness came from thinking something dumb would come out of my mouth.  And after it was done, I ran through the entire night in my mind just to make sure I didn't say anything that would upset others.

I went third, and when I was done, it was such a relief.  I can't tell you how incredibly happy I was to get that done.  And during the intermission, I had some people come talk to me about zombies.  It was really cool.  I really enjoy talking about zombies.

Pushing the nerves and scariness aside, it was a blast to do this presentation.  I really enjoy being able to share my work with others.  Whether or not that translates into new readers of my work, well, we'll just have to wait and see.

But I must say, during the rehearsal, I was surprised to be told by two different people that they knew who I was.  I have no idea how they knew me, I had no idea who they were, but it made me feel good.  It made me think that maybe I'm not as invisible as I think I am.

Despite my social anxiety and the fear I felt doing this presentation, I'm glad I did it.  Hopefully, people in the audience learned something new.  Hopefully, I found some new fans.  Either way, I got myself out there.  Just don't ask if I plan on doing it again any time soon.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The English Brothers by Katy Regnery

Katy Regnery, Amazon bestselling author, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing, from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.

As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of six Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. When Katy’s fans asked her to turn up the heat, she wrote the New Adult/Adult Contemporary hybrid romance, Playing for Love at Deep Haven, which offered steamier romance to her readers. Katy is also proud to offer The Vixen and the Vet, a standalone romance that benefitted Operation Mend, an organization that helps heal the returning wounded of our armed services. The English Brothers is Katy’s second series and first indie series.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.

Twitter: @KatyRegnery

Breaking Up with Barrett

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

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Falling for Fitz

Falling for Fitz is the second of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are absolutely not on the look-out for love.

(Except Barrett, who fell in love when he was eight-years-old. And Fitz, who met the girl of his dreams at nineteen. And maybe even Weston, who just doesn't know it yet.)

Fitz English and Daisy Edwards fell in love during one magical summer when they were teenagers. When something tragic happens at the end of the summer, Daisy tells Fitz she never wants to see him again. Despite his feelings for her, he respects her wishes and for almost a decade Fitz and Daisy go their separate ways.

Nine years later, when Daisy moves home to Philadelphia, they meet again, and both are shocked to discover that the feelings they had that summer are just as deep and real today. There's a little snag, however. It seems that Daisy is engaged to someone else, and she's come home to get married.

Can Fitz get Daisy to fall for him all over again before it's too late? Only if Daisy can learn to trust the man who shattered her heart once upon a time.

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Anyone but Alex

Anyone but Alex is the third of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Sort of. Barrett and Fitz are officially off the market, Alex has sampled every piece of available ass from Rittenhouse Square to the Liberty Bell, Stratton can’t see to see what’s right in front of him, and don't even get me started on the youngest English brother, Weston...)

Alex English, the well-known man whore of the country club set, has always preferred to play the field, eschewing a chance with Miss Right for a satisfying quickie with Miss Right-Now. But after seeing his two older brothers take the plunge, something has been aching inside of Alex, and no amount of casual sex is filling the void in his heart.

Jessica Winslow, whose older brothers are best friends with the English brothers, has returned home from a fifteen-year stay in England, only to find herself face-to-face with her childhood crush, Alex English, on her first night home. She’s heard all the rumors, but Jessie remembers the older boy who was so kind to her as a child, and can’t help reaching out to Alex in friendship.

Between disapproving brothers, scheming exes, and the biggest business deal of English & Sons’ illustrious history, Alex and Jessie’s budding romance is going to be put to the test. The question is…will it be strong enough to be their happily-ever-after?

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I went to the 2014 NEC RWA conference in Boston in May, and Bella Andre showed up at a talk I gave on small press publishing. Following my talk, she asked if I wanted to get a drink, and since she’s my IDOL, this was a huge moment for me. We talked for over an hour and she gave me some really amazing advice. After that hour I went back up to my hotel room and outlined the English Brothers.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me 12 days to write Breaking Up with Barrett, 14 days to write Falling for Fitz and 25 days to write Anyone but Alex.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love getting so immersed into a story that I see it like a movie in my head as I’m writing. I see the shiny black of coat buttons, the droplet of sweat on my hero’s lip, the goosebumps raised on my heroine’s belly. I see it all, and I love it that it’s spilling out of my brain fully formed. My fingers can barely keep up, but it’s exhilarating.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Deadlines. I mostly publish indie now, so all of my deadlines are self-imposed, but I’m very aggressive. In addition to the six traditionally published books I released this year, I also released six indies. That’s a lot of production and I need to stay on top of my deadlines to make it happen. From April 15-Aug 1 of this year, I wrote four novels and one novella from scratch, and launched five books. That was a little too aggressive. LOL! Since then, I’ve given myself a little more largesse.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Oh, wow. I don’t know. I might like to see what it feels like to make it REALLY BIG and be E.L. James or Sylvia Day for a day. I mean, do I even want that kind of success? It intimidates me and beguiles me at the same time. I’d love to at least know what it feels like.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I think my fridge is pretty clean! Hold on a sec…Oh, yikes! I found a quarter wedge of lime jammed back between the crisper and the back wall of the fridge. At least two years old. Dehydrated and hard as a rock, but happily, not moldy! J

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a new standalone I’m working on called Never Let You Go, and I as long as readers keep enjoying The English Brothers, I’ll consider writing The Winslow Brothers (which would be a continuation of that world.) Ideally, I’d like to publish two standalone novels and three or four series novels a year. So readers can definitely expect a lot more books!

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Wounded by Shannon Mayer‏

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances.

Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com for more information on her novels.
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"My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker."

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

The clock is ticking and I can feel the weight of the final battle with the demon hordes looming over my head. The puzzle pieces are becoming clearer, but the casualty list is growing. And with each name that is added to those we've lost, my confidence cracks a little more.

Yet there is hope.

A child saved.

A life lost.

A prophecy fulfilled.

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Rather than have a list of Q & A as I’ve seen oh-so-many-times-and-looks-rather-dry (similar to a succession of popcorn farts), I thought I’d do something a little different.

I thought I’d tell you a story about a girl who loved horses and believed in magic. She grew up in a family of mixed nuts, seven kids in total from a variety of marriages, and to date none of the kids would be deemed ‘normal’, herself included. As she got older, she told people that she believed in magic and they shushed her and said that magic wasn’t real, to stop being silly. They told her, that she needed to get her head out of the clouds, and out of the books. So she told them she loved horses and everyone thought she should pursue a career with animals.

Soon, she stopped telling anyone about the magic she saw and dreamed about, and everyone just thought she loved horses. I mean, that’s even what she went to school for, working with horses. The girl became a farrier (and if you ask her clients they all think she did a smashingly good job), shoeing horses for a living. Hell, she even met a cute boy at college (something she’d previously not managed to do regardless of her raging hormones and batting of her eyelashes). They fell in love, and got married. Now this is where things get interesting. The twist in the story if you will.

The boy she married, he was pretty smart. He could see that there was something more to her than just loving horses.

He could see the magic she kept so carefully hidden; and he believed in her magic.

And he told her to use it.

Now that was a scary time for her, learning to use that magic. She made mistakes, people laughed at her, and at times she almost gave up. But that cute boy kept cheering her on, and now . . .well, now the story is pretty simple.

She makes magic every day, for a living, with the words she writes, spinning stories and creating worlds out of nothing but the belief she has in her heart. The cute boy still cheers her on, and she still loves horses, but now . . . .now the people around her realize that magic isn’t that far away. Not if you know what you’re looking for.

Rylee Adamson Interview

My name is Rylee. I don’t like it when people use my last name, it reminds me of where I’m from and the people who turned on me. I was adopted as a baby into a family where they couldn’t have children naturally. But when I was ten, my parents got a surprise. A miracle baby, a little girl with golden hair and bright blue eyes.

When I was sixteen, I was accused of killing her; our parents believed the police. But I don’t really want to talk about that as it was over ten years ago. I’m trying to let it go.

I’m a Tracker, a supernatural who can trace anyone’s life threads finding them regardless of whether they’re dead or alive. I prefer alive, dead is messy, but so often that is the case. I’m also an Immune, magic slides off me as if I don’t exist. That is handy.

Gods, I’m sweating here trying not to swear. Are you sure I can’t use at least one four letter word? No, of course not.

I never Track adults. They can bloody well take care of themselves. I only ever Track kids. Probably I’m trying to make up for not saving my sister. But I’ll leave that up to the psychologists out there to decipher my motives.

Alex is my buddy, a werewolf trapped between forms; half man, half wolf. Submissive, goofy and loyal to the bone he is the one spot of bright light in my life. I think you’d like him the best of the two of us. I know I can be a hard ass, I can’t seem to help it. But Alex has never met someone he couldn’t win over with a floppy wave of his oversized paws. He might not be the best back-up, but he makes me smile and in my world, that is enough.

Someone once asked me what it was like to Track kids for parents who had no one else to turn to, for parents who’d lost hope that their child would ever be returned to them.

This was my answer: It’s a weight and a responsibility that sits on me, I took an oath that I would never stop Tracking lost children. That I would put my life on the line for those who can’t save themselves, and that I would fight to my last breath to keep a child alive.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.