Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year filled with happiness and love.

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BOOK TALK TUESDAYS – Upcoming Author Interveiws You Don’t Want to Miss!

January 15th – Internationally acclaimed bestselling author RJ Parker is most well known for his books, TOP CASES of The FBI (Winner of the World Book Awards 2012), Unsolved Serial Killings and Women Who Kill. He has seven true crime books available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats.

January 29th Peter Cimino, author of Lucky Says Hello (Pete Carissimo, known to his friends as Big Pete, is a successful Sicilian immigrant businessman and politician in New Jersey. He has connections, associations, and relationships in all walks of life—including a clandestine partnership with the notorious mobster, Charles “Lucky” Luciano. Pete vows his alliance with Luciano is strictly related to business, that he is not and never will be a gangster. However, in the fall of 1931, he finds his stellar reputation, successful business, and budding political career facing ultimate ruination with his secret allegiance on a head-on collision course with exposure. Backed into a corner, Pete is faced with becoming something he vowed he never wanted to be; a real gangster.)

Don’t forget REFLECTION will be available for purchase January 25th!

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A reporter’s determination to expose an illegal human cloning project places an innocent child in the crosshairs of a master criminal.

Available at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!

MY BOOK EVENTS

January 17 – Interview on Kelly Whitley’s Blog

January 23 – Guest Blog at Kathy Rygg’s–A Sense of Fiction

January 29 – Interview at Peter Cimino’s Writing Corner

February 1 – Guest Blog and giveaway at ROMCOM

February 3 & 4 – Guest Blog and giveaway at Just Romantic Suspense

February 7 – Interview at TBR

Guest Interview with SB Knight

Please give a warm welcome to SB Knight, author of Born of Blood and Drago’s Revenge –Book Two in The Blood Chronicles.

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What is your book about?

The Blood Chronicles is about, Jesse Banks, her family, and their endless battle to survey while being hunted by the apex evil…the vampire. We soon discover the importance of Jesse’s family and why they are pursued. As the family grows the danger escalates and soon the characters are walking a tightrope between life and death, right and wrong but they must if they are to have any chance of destroying this creature of the night.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I am a fan of vampires, first and foremost, and I liked the idea of taking on the challenges presented by writing a vampire novel. Let’s be honest, just about every stone has been turned over when it comes to writing stories about vampires. I wanted to write a vampire story that was original yet held true to some of the things we have come to know and love about this creature of the night. I also wanted the story to entertain and engage the reader. I believe I was successful but, ultimately, that will be decided by the reader. I found it surprising that the story grew to a trilogy…it was meant to be a single story.

Describe your writing in three words.

Engaging, Driven, Intense

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

I brainstorm a great deal before I write. I mean, I brainstorm in detail about the story idea and make notes about everything. I don’t use all of my notes but they help to inspire me to look at it from different angles. When I’m deep into my writing I will make notes at the point where I am stopping. These notes include key points that happened, how they impact what will happen, what plot points I need to tie up and any details I need to continue to build on regarding the characters. This really helps me to stay on track.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

I’ve always liked this question. Each character, both good and bad, has a piece of my personality added to them. Some of the characters display characteristics of people I have known but none are based on one singular person.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

No, I’ve had trouble making the killing scene stand out. I mean, there are some characters that propel the story with their killing off. In those situations I want them to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. In the end, it’s all about the story. If a character’s death gives the story that punch or that jolt I’m looking for then it’s going to happen. I feel like I owe it to that character to make it a scene that is remembered though.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?


Oh I have spent time thinking about this one. Drago – Christian Bale, Sam – Ryan Kwanten, and Reba – Emma Stone

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My wife reads all of my works before they are sent to beta readers or the publisher. She happens to be my harshest critic too.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

Do you really want to know? Okay, just remember…you asked for it. The weirdest thing would be different torture techniques from other countries. That generated an interesting list of search results. Of course, this was done for book research….just thought I would clarify things a little.

What projects are you working on now?

At the moment I am editing my third novel, Demathia Rising, which releases in March 2013 and I am writing the third novel in The Blood Chronicles.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

You will never truly know how honored I am that you decided to read my novels. I greatly appreciate that and I hope you will also read my future stories. I have so much to share with you. It is going to be a fantastic rise. Thank you.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

Both Drago’s Revenge and Born of Blood can be purchased at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and at MuseItUp Publishing (www.museituppublishing.com.)

You can also visit my website – www.sb-knight.com – where I list all the purchase links for my books plus give updates for future releases and events.

I also have a blog that I update on a normal basis. Get all kinds of information and find posts at http://www.sbkdarkfantasy.blogspot.com/

I’m on the social scene too – Twitter: @authorSBKnight and Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/FansofSBK

You can also find me on Goodreads and Google Plus.

The birth of a child is a time for joy and celebration. For Sam and Reba, it is a time for concern and worry. Concern for what could be and worry for what lurks in the shadows. They both know Reba’s baby, Christian, is special. But Drago waits in the darkness, and he, also, knows how special the child is. He knows what the child’s birth means. Now Drago stalks them, waiting for his moment to strike and claim Christian for his own evil purposes. As he unleashes his sinister plan, Sam and Reba fight to survive and keep their newborn out of his clutches.

Chased by a group of would-be vampires manipulated by Drago, Sam and Reba are forced to abandon their home and find sanctuary in once forgotten locations. But they are not alone in this fight as family and friends arrive. Will it be enough?

Life will be lost, blood will be spilled, painful memories, and emotions will torment minds…all part of Drago’s revenge.

 


Sam rushed out the door and followed the baby. He stood at the window to the nursery and stared at the babe. Christian’s little body was wrapped in a warm blanket. His little lips pursed as he slept. Sam’s eyes refused to blink while he followed each of his boy’s slightest movements. A body brushed against his shoulder.

“That’s a good looking kid you got there, friend.”

Sam jerked back and turned. A hospital janitor leaned against his broom handle next to him. Sam smiled. “Thanks, he’s really something special.”

The janitor nodded his head and chuckled.

“I know full well how special that one is. Yep, he’s special, all right.”

Sam squared his shoulders in front of the janitor; his eyes narrowed. “What do you mean by that?”

“Come on, Sam, did you honestly think certain people wouldn’t know about this day? You know that kid belongs to us—to him, that is.”

The janitor grinned. Sam stumbled backward at the sight of the elongated canines protruding from his top lip. Oh shit, not here, not now. A chill ran up his spine. Panic wrapped around his body in a paralyzing grip. “This can’t be. Not again. All of that is over now.”

The janitor shook his head.

“No, Sammy boy. It’s just beginning. There are more of us than you know, and that child is going back where he belongs.

Now, be a good boy and stay out of the way. You can’t stop this.”

Sam looked over his shoulder at the sleeping baby and then at the janitor and his sinister sneer.

“Over my dead body.”

The janitor shrugged his shoulders.

“If that’s what it takes.”

The janitor swung his fist at Sam’s head. Sam dodged the punch; his foot flew out and connected with the side of the janitor’s knee. The janitor lost his balance. Sam snatched the broom out of his hands as he fell to the floor. He twirled the broom stick in his hands and crashed the end of it against the janitor’s face. Sam knelt down beside the janitor and grabbed him by the shirt.

“I don’t care who you are, or who you think you are, or even who you work for. No one is going to touch my child as long as I’m breathing. Now, you run off and tell your friends to forget about my family. If you don’t, I’ll kill each and every one of you.”

The janitor laughed.

“Your son is not yours, and you have no idea what I am. We will get him. You can count on that.”

Sam stood.

“I’ve got a pretty good idea… But have it your way.”

He drove the blunt end of the broomstick against the janitor’s mouth. The janitor coughed and gagged as he spit blood and teeth on the floor.

“You prick, you broke my teeth.”

A door slammed; Sam turned.

The janitor pushed off the floor and stumbled down the hall. Sam started after him, but looked at a small white object in the pool of blood at his feet. He bent down and picked up an elongated canine. This is a fake tooth. He looked up in time to see the janitor duck into the stairwell. Who gets vampire teeth implants? What a freak. A tiny cry tugged at his ears, he turned, and his eyes drifted back to Christian. This could all end with you. 

Tears stung his eyes, and he banged his head against the Plexiglas. That was so wrong of me. No, he is my son, and I will find a way. He pushed off the window and sprinted back toward Reba’s room.

SB Knight

Writing novels that inject new blood into the world of Dark Fantasy is my true passion. Vampires, werewolves, and zombies…you only know what you’ve read.

Born of Blood, released in March of 2012
Drago’s Revenge, released in October 2012
Demathia Rising, releases in March 2013
You can learn more about my novels on my website.

Who am I? I am author SB Knight. My publisher is MuseItUp Publishing. Many may have met me on Twitter and G+ and, to a lesser degree, on Facebook.

Book Talk Tuesday Returns December 4th

Book Talk Tuesday will return next week with my interview with SB Knight, author of Born of Blood and Drago’s Revenge (Book Two in The Blood Chronicles). Don’t miss it!

What I’m Reading: If I Fail (A Jake Carrington Mystery Series Novel) by Marian Lanouette

Looking for some great books for the holidays? Check these out!  A little something for everyone from MuseItUp Publishing.

Daughter of Subspecies by Mike Arsuaga (Book Six in the Subspecies Series-Dec. 21st release) Pre-Order Here

Into the Dark by Stacy Green (Romantic Suspense)

Into the Red by Kelly Whitley

LaGrange Point by Mike Arsuaga (Paranormal Erotic Romance***ADULT CONTENT***)

Slick Fork by Rowan Elizabeth (Erotic Lesbian Menage ***ADULT CONTENT***)

TOCCATA  by  Pat Dale (Mystery***ADULT CONTENT***)

The Realm of the Lost  by Emma Eden Ramos (Middle Grade Action Adventure Fantasy)

Vallecito Knight by Angela Jangula (Paranormal Romance-December 7th release!) Pre-Order Here

Happy Reading!

And don’t forget REFLECTION will be available for purchase January 25, 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!

Guest Interview with Jerri Drennen

Please give a warm welcome to Jerri Drennen, dear friend, and talented author of twelve romantic suspense novels.Today she’s talking about Watching Whitney, her latest release with Crimson Romance.

What is Watching Whitney about?

It’s about a Denver homicide cop who is on sabbatical at a resort known for its fishing and is reeled straight into a murder and to protecting a single mother who fits the description of the victim found on the murky bottom of the lake.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Weird but it started out as a peaceful image of a man fishing at a lake, all tranquil and picturesque, then he snags his line and the serenity vanishes.

Describe your writing in three words.

Fast-paced suspense.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Nope. I’m a panster. I allow the characters to take me where they want to go.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

I have images of what they look like but they aren’t people I know.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Yes. Keith in Dark Moon Magic. I felt so bad but it had to be done.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Simon Baker from The Mentalist since he was who I pictured as Steve in Watching Whitney. I’m not sure about Whitney.

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My sister, Cindy and my critique group.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

Satanic rituals while I was working on Dark Moon Magic.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working on the third book in my Z-series, Heart’s United.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Just this: If you read an authors book, and you really like it, let them know, because it means so much to them.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

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Homicide detective Steve Morgan is at Crane Lodge on forced sabbatical. Day one of fishing at the resort’s lake has him casting his line straight into a crime scene, reeling in a dead woman from the murky bottom. Thinking the murderer must be a local, Steve offers the small town police help in the investigation. What he doesn’t count on is the gorgeous housekeeper at the lodge resembling the victim in the lake and her survival becoming more important than finding the killer.

Whitney McAllister is raising her daughter on her own, working long, grueling hours at the local resort cleaning guest cabins. The detective investigating a local murder may be just doing his job, but after their run-in, she intends to steer clear of him. Until someone breaks into her house and she’s forced, for her daughter’s sake, to seek Steve’s protection. Her attraction is overpowering, yet she knows once the murder is solved, he’ll be gone.

When a string of similar unsolved murders is unearthed, tension mounts. Steve knows he has to find this serial killer fast, before he loses the only woman he’s ever loved.

 


Whitney dropped the phone and ran down the hall to Kylie’s room. Taking care not to wake her, she scooped her into her arms and left the small bedroom. In the utility closet there was a secret room that she’d happened across four months into moving into the home. It’d be the best place for her to hide until Harold came.

Whitney opened the closet and ducked inside, releasing a hook from above to get into the room. The crawlspace was where she planned to hide Kylie’s Christmas and birthday presents to prevent her daughter from finding them.

Inside the small room, she closed the door and slid down, her back propped against a beam just in case the intruder found them. It would help keep him from getting in if she stretched her legs to the wall on the other side.

Whitney’s skin crawled when she remembered the last time she was in the room. Cobwebs filled the walls and floor and where there were webs, there were spiders. She hated them—always had. Thank God Kylie was sleeping. She’d be screaming bloody murder.

Breaking glass sent her heart into arrest. The intruder was going to get into the house.
What was he after? She didn’t have anything a robber would want—nothing worth risking prison time for. So why break into her house?

Shuffling near the utility door had her blood running cold and pumping hard throughout her body. He was going to find them if Harold didn’t get here soon.

The creaking of the door brought a scream to her throat, but she held it in. On the other side of the secret room she heard deep, shallow breathing.

She and Kylie were going to die if she didn’t do something. A thump against her back stopped her heart.

 

Jerri Drennen was raised on a farm in a small town in Minnesota. She met her husband and moved to Southeast Missouri where they live today with 3 of their 4 children, her granddaughter, and an array of furbabies.

Don’t forget to check out Jerri’s other suspense novels available at Amazon!

Interview with Stacy Green & Charity Raffle!

 

Please give a warm welcome to Stacy Green!  Today she’s here talking about her upcoming release–INTO THE DARK–and how YOU can help the homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas.

What is your book about?

INTO THE DARK is about a woman who must stop running from her past and face her issues head on in order to defeat the stalker determined to take her life.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Lots of things! My inspiration started off rather shallow: I wanted to write about a hot SWAT officer. I chose Las Vegas as a setting because they have one of the few full-time SWAT teams in the country. I knew I wanted a hostage crisis to take place in a bank, but it wasn’t until I Googled “Las Vegas tunnels” that I truly realized where I wanted to take the book. Learning about the homeless living in the storm drains beneath the city not only gave me an escape route for my bad guy, but the stark contrast of life beneath and above the city gives the book real depth.

Describe your writing in three words.

Suspenseful. Fast-paced. Engaging. And FYI, I hate talking about myself like that, lol.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

With this book, I really didn’t. I started writing it almost three years ago, and it was mostly created on the fly. Which meant a lot of revising as I learned about story structure and plot points. My next novel is due in March, and I spent much more time plotting it before I started writing. And the process has deepened with the book I’m working on now. For me, it’s been a learning process of figuring out how to make the rules gel with my own personal process.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

Bits and pieces of them. The stubbornness of Emilie, Nathan’s angst and intelligence–those are all traits from specific people, but the characters are truly their own personality.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Not yet, but I’m anticipating that in the trilogy I’m working on.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Ha! Loaded question. Nathan is black-haired and blue-eyed, so from a purely physical standpoint, Ian Somerholder pops into my head. Matt Bomer as well. As for Emilie, she’s a few years older, and her beauty is real but understated. I always picture Christina Hendricks when I think of her.

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My critique partner, Catie Rhodes (an amazing writer) and my close friend, Kristine. Both are honest and don’t sugarcoat, which is vital. The book–and my writing–won’t improve without constructive criticism.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

I have to pick one? With my genre, I’m always Googling strange stuff and thinking that an outsider would have me investigated if they saw my history, lol. Poisoning, how long a body will last in certain weather, and how to disappear are just a few.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working with a developmental editor for my second book, Tin God, which is due out in March. I’ve got some extensive edits to finish, but I’m really excited about it. I’m also almost finished plotting the first book in a trilogy featuring a forensic psychologist, and I can’t wait to start writing.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

I hope you love the book! The characters are relatable, the story is fast-paced, and I’m really proud of it. It’s not typical romantic suspense, because the suspense plot comes first and drives the romance, but the love story is there.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

Pre-Order Into The Dark, and it will be available on all digital formats and in paperback via Amazon and Barnes and Noble on November 30th.

 

Available NOW:

Welcome To Las Vegas, a short story featuring the perils of the Las Vegas storm drains. Contains an exclusive excerpt from INTO THE DARK.

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Enter the INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle!

The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.

And there’s more! To celebrate the release of INTO THE DARK, I’m giving you TWO ways to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Both options will get your name into the drawing, which runs from November 5th until the end of my blog tour on January 30th.

Entry Option 1: Earns FIVE entries in the contest. Email Stacy your receipt of purchase (simply copy and paste proof of the order into the email, excluding personal information) of INTO THE DARK or the answer to this question: in what state was the Taker born and raised?

Entry Option 2: Earns TWO entries in the Contest. Donate to HELP of Southern Nevada and help the homeless. Readers can go to HELP of Southern Nevada, the organization that aids the homeless featured in INTO THE DARK, and donate. Email Stacy the receipt (personal information excluded). No donation is too small!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy INTO THE DARK!


IT’S THE MOMENTS FROM OUR PAST THAT BIND US.

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.

HOW WILL IT END?

Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.

 


Pain shot through her temple. Suddenly Emilie was back in the bank lobby, trying in vain to ignore Taker’s odd stream of dialogue:

“The past has always fascinated me.” His face hovered over her left shoulder. “When I was a small child, I spent hours exploring the countryside. History was everywhere: the aged buildings, abandoned houses, the people’s stories. I wanted to learn everything I could. Understanding the past is the only way to accept who we are as individuals and as a culture. So many lessons from our ancestors can be applied to our own lives, and in some cases, the road ahead has already been paved. We just have to find it. Do you understand, Miss Emilie?”

Her knees ached as she fell to the hardwood floor.

He moved in front of her as he spoke, each slow breath magnified by the filter of the black facemask. “The past is an important part of life, isn’t it? Our past can affect us forever. A split- second decision can change everything.”

She stared into his dark eyes. Framed with thick, black lashes and a smattering of fine wrinkles, they were too beautiful to belong to someone like him. “You know what I mean, don’t you, Miss Emilie? Isn’t there a single moment from your past that defines you?”

A hand rubbed her back. “Emilie, are you okay? It’s me, Sarah.”

Emilie summoned her strength and rolled over. She forced herself to open her eyes. Color flooded her vision. Jeremy’s wife knelt over her, put together as always, in a red sundress. Her thick, honey-blond hair flowed around her shoulders like a halo.

“He’s been here,” Emilie said. “The Taker, he left this for me.” She thrust the clipping at her friend. “He’s been here.”

Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page. 

After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. Her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK is available on all digital formats and paperback November 30th.

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A big thank you to Stacy! It’s been a pleasure. 🙂

Guest Interview with Author Kelly Whitley

Please give a warm welcome to Kelly Whitley, author of  Into the Red! Thanks so much for stopping by.

What is your book about?

Into the Red is the story of Evan, physician and vampire, who falls for human Tara; when she is attacked by venomous vampires, he must race against time to save her.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

When I was a kid, I’d stay up late on Saturday night watching old black and white horror movies on Nightmare Theater, especially the vampire movies. This, combined with my medical background, led to the idea that vampires could logically be an offshoot of the human race. Vampirism might be an uncommon genetic trait that could be activated under the right conditions. I couldn’t resist inventing a world where it could be true, and Into the Red was born.

Describe your writing in three words.

Evocative; dramatic; colorful. I hope all of these are true!

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Once I have the idea, I build the plot as a skeletal outline, then flesh it out into a long synopsis type of outline. Since I don’t always write in a linear fashion (I skip around on which chapter I work on) the outline keeps me on task. The outline isn’t rigid.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

Not any one person—more like amalgams of real people mixed with imagination.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Yes. 🙂The decision whether to kill the character or spin them off is hard. I tell myself the character can be “recycled” as a different character in a different book.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Geez. I’d have Eduardo Verastigui as Evan; Tara is harder—maybe Rachel McAdams?

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

A crit partner and one or two beta readers. If I’m taking a workshop where posting scenes fits in, I might ask for feedback.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

How to fold a napkin into an Origami swan. Dinner party—wanted it to be fancy!

What projects are you working on now?

A Valentine short story and a contemporary suspense novel.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

I’d love to hear about favorite vintage vampire movies.

Where can readers find you and your books online?


www.kellywhitley.com

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Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug–if you’re a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives…

Dr. Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancee and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female.

Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him.

When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love.

In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.

Thus the journey begins—into the Red!


Her eyes closed half way, the dilated pupils darkening the hazel. The bedroom expression from his drawing. She shifted toward him. “Win?”

He moved close enough to whisper in her ear. “Win.”

He bent his head to the hollow of her neck and inhaled, pulling her scent inside him. God, she smelled good. Clean, floral, and female. He had to know what her lips felt like. One kiss. Just one, and he’d go.

The atmosphere charged—equal parts anticipation and need.

Not a good idea, no matter how much he wanted it.

He should leave now.

Evan drew back and caught a glimpse of her tongue moistening her lips. Control slipped away, and he buried his hand in her hair and pulled her in for a kiss.

The first brush of his lips on hers, an electrifying sweep, shrank his world down to the two of them.

Her mouth had the perfect balance of heat and tenderness, fitting perfectly with his. Jesus, he hadn’t experienced this for so long, and it felt so good. He pressed his lips more firmly against hers. Slender fingers wove into his hair, and pleasure cascaded down his back and set off pressure in his groin. God, he should stop.

He pulled her into his embrace.

Damn good to hold a woman, warm and vital, after all these years of a cold and solitary existence. Tara had awakened a hunger, and he hadn’t realized the degree of his starvation until now. He had to get a taste of her.

He teased her lips with his tongue, and groaned in delight when she sighed and allowed him access. A flavor explosion—orange juice and chocolate chip cookies and steamy human woman, hot and vital. He stroked her tongue, penetrating, probing, shifting his mouth over hers to deepen the dance.

Tara gripped his shoulders, each one of her fingernails triggering tiny sparks of pleasure that flashed down to the small of his back.

Her enthusiasm was unmistakable. She wanted him too.

What would she feel like under him, his body buried in hers? Blood pulsed through him headed for destinations south, and his erection throbbed in readiness, shoving against his zipper.

Too fast, needed to slow down before his libido went off the rails.

As if sensing his thoughts, Tara broke the kiss but didn’t pull back. The heat of her breath warmed his jaw. At least one of them had sense.

Nope. He hadn’t gotten enough.

He captured her lips and mated his tongue with hers, and electric anticipation spread out across his skin. The fragrance of arousal poured off him, smelling of smoky bergamot, the unique signature of claiming and possession.

A mating scent. A whiff of answering desire hit his nostrils.

Had to get her closer, get his essence on her skin. He wrapped an arm around her waist. Soft breasts pressed against his chest, moving in concert with his breathing, and pushed desire to need.

So. Damn. Good.

Once upon a time, Kelly dreamed of becoming an entomologist, then a gymnast, and then an architect. Instead, a career in healthcare became the chosen path. After years of devouring other people’s books, she decided to give writing a try. An arduous journey and many hot fudge sundaes later, her first paranormal romantic suspense debuted in July 2012.

Now she writes a variety of fiction, spanning the genres from humor to paranormal, and flash fiction to full-fledged novels. A career in the medical field and interests like painting and home restoration provide plenty of inspiration for the characters who find themselves populating her stories.

An ideal day consists of coffee, no phone, and writing quirky characters for her fans to fall in love with. Stop by http://www.kellywhitley.com, where the paranormal is an everyday occurrence and get your fix for vampires, werewolves, shifters and more. Kelly loves visitors, human and otherwise.

Kelly lives in the Rocky Mountain Midwest. Contact her at kelly_book_maven@yahoo.com.

Thanks again for joining me today.  

Guest Interview with Cyrus Keith – Author of The NADIA Project series

Cyrus Keith is here today to talk about Critical Mass–the final book in The NADIA Project series!

What is your book about?

Ah, that there is a starter for sure. Critical Mass (coming February 2013 from MuseItUp Publishing) is the last installment of my series The NADIA Project, and finishes the story of Nadia Velasquez began in Becoming NADIA.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

That’s the weird part. Well, maybe not so weird for a writer. I had a dream one night about meeting Nadia (I didn’t know her name, just her character). She was so real, she was nearly human, but I knew she wasn’t. I also knew what would happen if her enemies (her makers) caught up with her. She looked at me with tears streaming down her face, and cried, “But I don’t want to die.”

Describe your writing in three words.

White-knuckle ride.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

I start with what I call working notes. It might look like an outline, or maybe not. It’s just a running story-line, kind of like a storyboard, where I set out the major plot points: At Point A, this happens. At Point B, this happens. On and on until I set out how the story is going to end. Then I start back at the beginning and fill in the points from A to B to C, etc. all the way down the line. If something happens that changes it, I just go with the change.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

Funny you should ask. I did steal some names from people I know. No need to be too specific, they know who they are. Jenna Paine is physically based on a young lady who worked in the same department as I did for some time. Not that this lady was a butt-kicking super-spy, but her appearance and mannerisms just matched up perfectly with what I had in mind for Jenna. I did include one of the guys from the dept. in Critical Mass as well, by name and appearance. He’s a pretty good sort, and seemed to fit where I wanted someone like that, so I used him.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

I have to say everyone I’ve killed, left my story at the right time. The only difficulty was being so attached I didn’t want to see them go. I cried more than once in this series, mourning for dear friends whose stories just came to their suitable ends.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

I do sometimes wonder about that. I think Jake Gyllenhaal could play Jon. John Leguizamo could be Bunny. Nadia might be played by Taylor Swift, if she could handle the role.

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

There’s the rub. When I first started writing, no one did. I wanted to be like the artist who reveals his brainchild only at the right time, to oohs and aahs from his adoring fans. Okay, maybe that’s exaggerating just a little bit, but I did have that kind of mentality. Since then, I’ve come to know the value of critique partners and beta readers. I have a good eight or so crit partners and three beta readers who give me the most awesome feedback on my work, and help me get it in shape for market.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

How to say “Little Fish” like a nickname in Japanese.

What projects are you working on now?

As a matter of fact, I’m polishing off the NADIA Project with a novella that Lea Schizas and I intend to release as a free read (Did you get that “free” part?”). It details the life of Jenna Paine and how she came to be the person she is.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Hello, readers.

Okay, seriously, now. I hope you enjoy my work. The first novel in the series, Becoming NADIA, won Best Thriller honors at EPICon 2012 this year in San Antonio, and I think the following books are even better, if I say so myself. We get to explore some very deep themes of identity and spirituality and have fun dodging bullets in the bargain.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

The easy thing to say is just Google Cyrus Keith. Becoming NADIA and its sequel Unalive (Book Two) can be found on line at MuseItUp Publishing (www.museituppublishing.com) and are available at all your favorite online outlets as well (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Omnilit, and a host of others). Critical Mass will be available this coming February. So for everyone who’s been waiting to see how it all ends, thank you for your patience. I think you’ll find it a fitting close to the series.

Critical Mass

On their own, they’re deadly. Together, they could save the world—or destroy it.

Jenna Paine is a super spy, genetically enhanced to be more than human. Nadia Velasquez is a living weapon of mass destruction. When the secret organization who built them both decides they are no longer useful, two enemies are thrown together for the only purposes they could have in common: survival and revenge.

There’s only one way out of The Pinnacle, and that’s on a coroner’s slab. Jenna lives through a treacherous attack vowing to exact her vengeance on the people who trained her to be the most deadly agent on the planet. Wounded and on the run, she turns to the man who’s sworn to making her face charges for her involvement in the Pinnacle’s nefarious schemes.

After years spent hiding from the Pinnacle, Nadia runs into the one thing she never counted on: Shelf life. As her body breaks down, she realizes it’s only a matter of the short time she has left to redeem her existence and give her daughter a chance to live free.

In the final showdown, the two transhumans join forces against a common enemy, and the Pinnacle come to know the deadly significance of…


After three years, every suspicion was confirmed. This was the man who’d tried to kill them. Time to play.

Drawing a telescoping baton from her pocket, she caught up to him as he tried to duck down another alley. He spun with a snarl, a hand darting for his pocket. She closed in before he could draw his pistol, and went to work with the baton. Jenna broke his wrist with the first blow, and the second knocked him senseless. Stabbing out with her free hand, she grabbed his shirt and hauled him down, dragging him into the shadows.

He lay panting and whimpering in pain and fear as Jenna brought her face down close to his and hissed, “Let’s talk about Tahiti, Hamet.”

His eyes shot wide, and he began to gibber in a Middle-Eastern tongue. She placed a knee on his broken wrist. His complexion paled and he fell silent, teeth clenched in agony. “In English. I know who you work for.”

“I didn’t know it was you,” he blurted, a grimace pasted on his features. “None of us knew. We just had orders—” He moaned as a spasm gripped his broken arm. She grabbed it and gave it a light twist. She was rewarded with a howl as the man bucked off the pavement.

She shoved him back down, brandishing the baton in his face.

“Orders from whom?”

“You know as well as I,” he moaned. “You get orders. You follow them. You don’t ask questions.”

“Is that right?” She snapped the baton down on his hand. A satisfying crunch echoed off the wall, accompanied by a shriek which was cut off by her wadded up bandana.

It got worse before it got better. Jenna didn’t like that part of the job, but two things drove her on: justice, and vengeance. Jenna had to find out why The Pinnacle wanted one of their own dead, and Anna Spielberg deserved payback. Now, after three years, she was damned well going to get it. Occasional shadows drifted by the end of the alley, but at this hour and in this neighborhood, no one was going to get involved.

Hamet was tougher than she gave him credit for. By the time she got the information she wanted, there wasn’t much left of him. But the answers came. They weren’t what she wanted to hear, but the truth needed to be told. When she finally snapped his neck with a sharp twist from a rear naked choke, it felt anti-climactic. The trail she’d followed on her own for the last three years had finally come to its end. And with that end came the realization that Jenna had been trying to avoid for longer than that. Not all was well with her employers.

There were divisions among the Council. Not on the surface, for outwardly they still seemed to operate as united as ever in their cause for world peace. But underneath the placid veneer were machinations and plots. Whispers of sabotage and power plays chased each other through Jenna’s mind as she strode from the alley and back up Seventh Avenue.

Somewhere in the power struggle, someone upline had made a mistake. They issued a kill order on the wrong person, and not just because of who Anna was. Dr. Spielberg had dedicated her life to the purpose of world peace. She saw it happening within just a few more years. It wasn’t even that they tried to wipe out a seven-year-old girl as well. Sofi was as harmless as they come, a sweet, shy little thing with as much deadly potential as a pink frosted cupcake. Their worst mistake was in messing with someone assigned to Jenna Paine’s protection.

As Jenna stalked away from the body, one thing hung in her mind: she would find out who on the Council issued the kill order on Anna. And when she did, they would face the full fury of a woman scorned.

Cyrus Keith is the son of Franklin the Son of Keith the son of Herman the son of Cyrus. See how I did that? We could go on, but that would be just boring. The best thing my father taught me is that a dream with no action is despair, and to settle for less than what one could be is to accept mediocrity as a standard. We lived in a small house in Northwestern Indiana, just a cat’s throw from the Belle Gunness estate, which may explain all the ghosts in the area.

Now I make my home in Michigan with my wife and our four.

Again, thanks for joining me today. It’s been a pleasure. Looking forward to the release of Critical Mass