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Radio Interview!

For our lovers of paranormal romance, you’ve gotta check this out…

Later today, I’ll be chatting with awesome author team and radio hosts of the Haunted Nights Live! show, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. This radio show is quite popular, and the Thorne & Cross team has seen some very famous authors on there. Check out the list of past guests here.

Check us out at 8PM EST to get some sneak peeks of two books I have coming out later this year, a futuristic paranormal romance/urban fantasy, Blood Instincts, book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, and Awakening, a paranormal romantic thriller collection.

Plus, for those who have a fascination with the supernatural, we’ll be talking about that too. 😉

So stop by tonight! You can call in with questions or sit back and listen in. I’m not sure if the interview will be posted right away on the site, but you should be able to hear it as it airs.

Here is the official link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairradio2/2017/04/07/marie-lavender-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

Follow the Haunted Nights Live! duo on their Facebook page here, or check out their Twitter handle and blog.

As always, thanks so much for being great readers on the I Love Romance Blog! ♥♥♥

Happy reading, and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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Free Days for Second Nature!

Hi, readers! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy which is also book one of the Blood at First Sight Series, will be free today through Monday! How awesome is that?

It is free on Amazon Kindle right now. Yay!

So, mark your calendars, get your copy while you have a chance, and tell all your friends!  🙂

You can also join the Facebook event for a chance at other cool prizes!

Remember, it’s Thursday through Monday, May 14th to the 18th! Here’s some more info about Second Nature, a book I am particularly excited about.

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Blurb:

She never expected it…

Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.

She was unlike any other…

Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.

Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?

Amazon Universal link: 

Stop by Amazon from Thursday to Monday for a copy of Second Nature! You won’t be sorry! 😉

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Upon Your Return discount!

Kindle Countdown for UPON YOUR RETURN for the next two days!

Upon Your Return discount!.

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Upon Your Return discount!

Hi, readers! I just wanted to draw your attention to this awesome bit of news. Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series, will be going up on Amazon Kindle at discounted rate from May 11th to the 15th! Yay!

The sale will start at 99 cents and gradually go up from there.

So, mark your calendars, get your copy while you have a chance, and tell all your friends!  🙂

You can also join the Facebook event for a chance at other cool prizes!

Remember, it’s Monday through Friday! Here’s some more info about Upon Your Return, my first historical romance, a work I am particularly proud of.

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Blurb:

Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.

Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society…

Amazon Universal link: 

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00I0D9LQ8

Anyway, stop by Amazon from Monday to Thursday for a copy of Upon Your Return! You won’t be sorry! 😉

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A Short and Sweet Five Star Review!

Awesome five star review for Second Nature!

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

I just stumbled across Cindy’s review of Second Nature on Amazon. How exciting! Thank you, Cindy!  🙂

5.0 out of 5 starsThis book was a gift for an honest review, February 25, 2015
This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I just loved this book. I will be keeping this in my library to read again. Marie Lavender has written a great book. Can’t wait to read more of her books. Buy this book you will not regret it. If you love Vampires you’ll love this one.
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Woo hoo! Thanks again, Cindy!  ♥
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A Character Interview with Sophia Marcil from CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE plus a conversation with author Rachael Stapleton!

Today, we’re doing something a little different. If you remember, we interviewed Carole McKee’s character on December 20th and it was so fun that I thought we may as well make an occasional habit of it.  I had the pleasure of meeting Rachael Stapleton, the author of Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire, on my author journey and I asked her if she’d let me borrow one of her main characters, Sophia Marcil, from the book.  We’ll get a chance to talk to Rachael in a bit, but now we have on the stage…Sophia Marcil!

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Marie Lavender:  Hello, Sophia.  Please have a seat.

Sophia Marcil:  Hello.  Thank you.  It’s a pleasure to be here.

Marie:  We’re going to start out with some simple questions, okay?

Character Sophia:  Sure.

Marie:  So, what is your occupation?  Are you any good at it?  Do you like it?

Sophia:  I’m a librarian. Or I was a librarian. I’m from Canada, but I’m currently living with my boyfriend in Ireland so I’m not working at the moment.

Marie:  I don’t mean to get side-tracked, but you’ve caught my interest. What is one of your favorite things about your boyfriend?

Sophia:  His accent. I love his brogue.

Marie:  How did you two meet?

Sophia:  He rescued me from drowning a year ago. Now I live with him in his adorable fairytale cottage outside of Dublin.

Marie:  What do you mean by ‘fairytale’?

Sophia:  Only that it reminds me of the cottage from my favorite childhood fairytale ‘Snow White’. It’s adorable with its diamond-paned windows, steeply pitched roof and massive chimney thrusting skyward.

Marie: Oh, that does sound quite lovely!

Speaking of childhoods, can you tell us something about yours—something that makes you unique?

Sophia: Hmm…I lost both my parents growing up, but that’s kind of depressing so…how about the fact that I never wanted to be a Princess?

Marie:  You were a tomboy?

Sophia:  No. I played with the other girls. I just watched in a strangely detached fashion when they put on frilly dresses, their mother’s costume jewelry and oversized heels and paraded about in sparkling silver tiaras. I think even then I must have remembered.

Marie:  Remembered what?

Sophia:  Remembered my past life.

Marie:  I’m not one to overlook a good story. Your past life—are you implying that you think you were a Princess?

Sophia:  Yes.

Marie:  Is that what bothers you the most when the story opens?

Sophia:  Yes, that and the fact that I’m keeping a secret from the man I love most.

Marie:  Can you share your secret with us or is that too personal?

Sophia: I’m cursed.

Marie:  I’m sorry? What do you mean by ‘cursed’?

Sophia:  I own the Purple Delhi Sapphire.

Marie:  Can you tell us what that is?

Sophia:  You’ve never heard the tale of The Purple Delhi Sapphire?

Marie:  No, please do tell.

Sophia: It’s kind of long and really needs to be told in a dramatic fashion to do it justice.

Marie: Well, why don’t you give it a try? I can’t say no to a good story.

Sophia: Alright but my great-grandmother was the storyteller in our family. Anyway, here it goes.

Once upon a time, along the banks of the River Ganges, there existed a sacred temple that housed an extraordinary purple sapphire, a stone rumored to hold a wondrous magic, but at a terrible cost—a curse. To wield the power you had to own the jewel but to do that, you had to remove it from the safety of its chamber. This action triggered the release of the curse: infinite reincarnation.

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Marie:  Oh! So you continue to reincarnate? That’s not so bad.

Sophia: It is when you’re being hunted for the stone’s power. Maybe I should finish the tale.

Marie:  All right.

Sophia: To protect humanity from the stone’s magnetism, a powerful family loyal to its owner, the god of thunder and war, were charged as the sworn keepers. Wielding a book of spells, one member of the family in each generation could safely use the magic of the sapphire to make sure that it stayed put. In 1857, during the confusion of the Indian Mutiny, the keeper failed, and the Purple Delhi Sapphire was stolen, pried from its chamber within the deity by a fortune hunter, and eventually sold to the Prince of Monaco as a gift for his sister, Princess Sapphira Alexandrie de Monaco. That was me. I was Sapphira. The next dark soul to come into contact with the jewel before it reached me was a greedy political advisor who coveted the throne. He was seduced by the stone into believing that he was the rightful ruler. As a result I was cursed too, tied to this dangerous man, who has now stalked me in every life. He is willing to do anything to possess my stone’s magic.

Marie:   And you can remember this life?

Sophia: Only now because I accidentally traveled into the past a year ago using the jewel’s power. I attempted to change things and that’s when Cullen saved me and that’s what I haven’t told him.

Marie:  So this man is hunting you even as we speak?

Sophia: Yes, my ex-boyfriend—he’s the one who pushed me from the cliff that sent me back in time in the first place. That’s why I’m in Ireland. He is back home in Canada, or at least I hope he is.

Marie:  Well, this is fascinating. I can’t wait to find out more, but we’re running out of time on our interview.

Thank you for visiting us today, Sophia.

Sophia:  Thank you for having me here.

Marie:  Of course!  (Waves goodbye to her guest.)

Now, let’s shift over and get the author’s perspective.  We have Rachael Stapleton on the stage today. Hi, Rachael!

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Author Rachael Stapleton:  Hi.  Thank you for having me here.

Marie:  My pleasure!  We just got to talk to the heroine of your story, Sophia. Quite an interesting character.  Can you tell us a little about her?

Rachael:  Sophia is at a cross roads in her life. One year ago, she was a quiet librarian dating a spoiled playboy. The past year has taken her on a wild ride, occupying the body of another person, facing off against a heinous villain. Sophia has been forced to think and act on her feet many times and I must admit she’s about to face a whole lot more.

Marie:  Yes, that is quite a lot! So, let’s try another question.

What, do you feel, is her greatest weakness?

Rachael:  She is cursed to live out a cycle of betrayal. In every life, she is destined to be killed by someone close to her so she certainly has trust issues.

Marie:  Oh! That’s terrible. I can certainly understand her hesitance to get close to anyone.

So, what are some of her favorite foods?

Rachael:  Is red wine a food group? Sophia loves her Shiraz almost as much as she loves cheese, pasta and Chinese food but she’s pretty health conscious so you won’t see her indulging all the time.

Marie:  What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Rachael:  She’s witty and she’s extremely loyal. This makes for great dynamics with her best friend Leslie. I love writing their scenes.

Marie:  Great!  Well, now that we have a real taste of Sophia, we have a few questions for you as well as the author.

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire is the second book in the Temple of Indra series. What first gave you the idea for the series?

Rachael:  I was snorkeling off a reef near Esmeralda beach in Cuba and I looked down and noticed a dark deep cavern and I just felt really drawn to it. It almost felt as if I was flying over the top of a cliff and it made me really wonder what was down there and what if it was a portal to another world or another time. This is the crazy way my brain works. I actually just returned from that very resort. I was so excited to go snorkeling but unfortunately I came down with food poisoning the day I was supposed to do it.

Marie:  Aww…sorry to hear that. I love your imagination, though. I can really picture what you meant when you were looking into the cavern.

So, tell us. What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Rachael:  I guess I’m a plotter, although I hardly know every detail or twist and turn before I sit down. I do have an idea of my characters, the basic plot points, and the ending I’m working towards. After my basic outline is done, I spontaneously write chapters out of order which is a little annoying at times. It makes for some fun re-writes.

Marie:  I hear you on writing scenes out of order. Mine come to me randomly, which I agree, can be annoying at times. I don’t often know what will happen until I write an outline, but even then, the characters will still surprise me.

(Glances at clock.) Oops! It looks like our time is up.

Well, it was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog.  And how apropos is that, considering what a great story Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire appears to be.  Readers, you will just have to pick up a copy of this awesome new release by Rachael Stapleton, a very talented author! 

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Here is the blurb for Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire.

Librarian Sophia Marcil loves reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation. But she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was wrenched back in time. Now having suffered deadly consequences, she knows and fears the sapphire’s irresistible charm, but before she can warn her boyfriend, he proposes with a ring made from the very jewel. No sooner is it on her finger, then she once again finds herself in the body of another, wandering the hallway of an old Victorian mansion circa 1920. Unfortunately, her nemesis has reincarnated too. Doomed to repeat past mistakes, Sophia struggles to prevent the deaths of those she loves, returning to her present-day life, with a deep understanding that her killer is not far behind.

Purchase Links:

Release Date:  January 30th

Amazon Universal link:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00SNAF018

CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/5276796

Publisher:  http://solsticepublishing.com/curse-of-the-purple-delhi-sapphire/

About Rachael Stapleton

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Rachel Stapleton spent her youth cultivating a vivid imagination inside the book lined walls of an old Victorian library where she consumed everything from mystery to biography, creating magical worlds, hidden elevators, and secret spiral staircases. At sixteen, she penned a column for the local newspaper and in 2006, wrote her first book featuring an adventurous librarian. She lives in a Second Empire Victorian with her husband and two children in Ontario and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers. She is the author of The Temple of Indra’s Jewel and is currently working on a third book in the Temple of Indra series. Visit her website and follow her on social media or sign up at www.rachaelstapleton.com to receive email updates.

Rachael’s Books:

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And, if you want to know how to connect with the amazing Rachael Stapleton, here are some of her author links:

Website:  http://www.rachaelstapleton.com/

Blog:  http://rachaelstapleton.blogspot.ca/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Rachael-Stapleton/137831156290570

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RaquelleJaxson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7271862.Rachael_Stapleton

Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Stapleton/e/B00IE9W804/ 

 

Once again, I want to thank both of our guests, Sophia Marcil, the female main character of Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire, and Rachael Stapleton, the brilliant author of the novel, for stopping by!  It was so fun to have you here! 🙂

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Author Interview on Rachael Stapleton’s blog

Monday, January 12, 2015

Today I’m interviewing bestselling author Marie Lavendar who prefers a gel pen to a keystroke and a journal page to a computer.

When asked if she had any quirks she admitted that while she doesn’t write in the shower, she does find herself working on scenes in there. I had to agree…this happens to me all the time. 

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Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.
She was unlike any other…
Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.

Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?

So, Marie, your book is a love story involving vampires. How did you become “involved” with vampires? 

LOL! That’s funny because my “book boyfriend” is Wrath from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. But seriously, vampires have always held a fascination for me. Whether they came from movies or books, I was always interested in them. I always wanted to write about them too, and with Second Nature, I got that chance.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The vampire element! It was fun to write about something mythical and to use my own imagination to fill in the details. I’ve read a lot of vampire books; therefore I had a foundation. I just had to make it my own. Of course, I loved and found myself identifying with the characters too.
Are there vocabulary words or concepts in your book that may be new to readers?  Define some of those.

There are a couple of terms. ‘Others’ are supernatural beings, and another term is ‘bloodseer’, but readers won’t see that one until the sequel.
What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?
All I can say is…my vampires don’t sparkle.  Oh, and they don’t sleep in coffins.  LOL.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

For the main characters in Second Nature, I would choose either Henry Cavill or Matt Bomer as Alec, and for Desiree I would probably pick Moon Bloodgood because of her exotic features.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I think names are important. Sometimes I choose them because I simply like the name, but mainly I choose a character’s name because it really fits him/her. I have used a baby name book that I own, but I have also used other baby name sources online (http://www.babynames.com/).  The meaning of a name or even its origin can be very significant in some stories so I spend a lot of time on http://www.behindthename.com/ or for last names, I use http://surnames.behindthename.com/. When I write historical romance, I want to be period specific. Often I will just do a search to see what common names were for the time period. With the Heiresses in Love Series, I spent a lot of time looking for both English and French names.

Have you always liked to write?

It seems like I’ve always loved it. I’ve been writing stories since I was nine years old. I’ve never felt more freedom than I do when I’m telling a story.

Do you do a lot of research for your books? Do you enjoy doing research?

Yes, I believe you have to do research for every book. Some, such as historical novels, require more than others. I don’t mind the research portion of writing. It helps me find the answers I need, and sometimes it will even help jar me out of writer’s block.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Maybe science fiction. I don’t mind watching the films, but I think I would find it pretty hard to write.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

Heavy action scenes can be challenging because I need to really visualize it before I can put it into words. For example, with my last historical romance, Upon Your Honor, I did a lot of study on fencing before I attempted to write the scenes about dueling. I watched fencing videos and I tried to understand and picture the terms they used.
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

No, it’s not my first book. Other than Second Nature, I have written and published 19 books.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Right now, I am working on the final book in the Heiresses in Love Series. It is titled Upon Your Love. I am also perfecting the manuscript for A Little Magick, book two of the Magick Series. For my next project, I will probably finish up Blood Instincts, the sequel to Second Nature.
What made you choose romance as your particular genre? Do you write in other genres?

I guess I just love “love”. That obsession sort of translated into a love for books about love, or romance novels. Even as a young writer, some of my stories tended to have a romantic tone. I poured over romance novels as I grew up (I still do), and it just felt natural to keep writing about romance. Eventually, I started including other elements, which would work for subgenres like historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic fantasy, time travel romance, western romance, contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I have tried writing in other genres, of course. I have written and published mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Recently, I even wrote a children’s fantasy story.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I think from the time that my mom read books to me when I was tiny, I loved books. And then when I learned how to read, it opened up a huge world, a world of wonder that I couldn’t help but immerse myself in. I just loved flipping through tomes from any genre, loved the smell of new and old books and pouring over the words within. Writing, I think, naturally came out of my love of books.
What kind(s) of writing do you do? Just fiction or have you tried other things?

Yes, I also write other things. I write poetry in my free time and, since I’ve been published, I started writing articles for my blogs.

What are some of the references that you used while researching this book?

Since Second Nature is set in Baltimore, I did a lot of research from the city of Baltimore website as well as understanding where everything was through Google maps. Via the city website, I was able to find the best park location for one of the scenes in the book. I did other types of research for Baltimore. I also did research on the Civil War, and found a lot of information on http://www.history.com/ and http://www.civilwar.org/.  It did take me awhile to get access to the Roster of Civil War Soldiers, though.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Both Catherine Coulter and Nora Roberts definitely influenced me. Catherine made me love historical romance, and Nora Roberts taught me to be fearless about any topic while writing.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?

I studied Creative Writing in high school and college. There are several elements I always use. I have to agree with 1) constructing three-dimensional and believable characters. 2) Start a story “en media res”, or in the middle of things, or mid-action. 3) Oh, and don’t kill off main characters. This is a failing I have seen not only in movies and television, but also in books. It is shocking to the reader, and can ruin the whole story in most cases.  I have seen only a few authors pull it off well, and only because the death was necessary for a major plot element.

So, all of these were helpful guidelines. I think the most useful thing was simply the freedom to write what you wanted, what your heart was telling you. The writing community as a whole is pretty supportive, and having that is important to writers at any stage. Any feedback I received in workshops only helped to make my stories better. The same goes for any time I use beta readers or critique partners now.

I think that the most destructive thing to tell a writer is to rewrite something. What was it that our English teachers told us all through school when we were writing essays or research papers? “Revise, revise, revise.” That is a far better strategy because even if you have one terrible paragraph, you can always use parts of it to improve what you have. The idea of starting from scratch is a far more daunting task, and can make it that much easier to give up on writing in general. A smart writer will start to see what is wrong with the paragraph and how they can adjust it. That’s what editing is, and it’s a very necessary instrument in a writer’s toolbox.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

Part-time for now, though I’d love to do it full-time. It can be a real challenge finding the time to write, but I just push myself to get something done every day, despite the distractions in my life.
For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start? 

Start with the paranormal or urban fantasy genre. There are a lot of unique spins on the world of vampires, shifters, etc. I would suggest books by J.R. Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks, Chloe Neill and P.C. Cast as well as any other authors in the genre.
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? 

I guess it would be a combination of the two. Intuition helps with writing some scenes, and then logic helps me figure out the wording or if I need to stop and do research in order to continue writing the manuscript.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love reading paranormal, historical and contemporary romance novels. Recently, I have been reading more paranormal, but I will probably go back to historical soon.
What projects are you working on at the present?  

As aforementioned, I’m working on Upon Your Love, which will be the third and final book of the Heiresses in Love Series. This is a Victorian romantic suspense, and I am excited to show the book to readers! On the side, I am also working on Blood Instincts, which will be book two of the Blood at First Sight Series.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have a ton of works in progress. There is a romantic suspense collaboration called Certain Death, and that is with another writer. There will probably be at least two books in that series. I also plan to re-release all of my self-published books under this pen name. A big future project I have in mind is called the Witches of Moonhaven Series, a set of six books about a coven of witches around the time of the Salem witch trials. I have other ideas as well, so I doubt I’ll ever have a problem coming up with what’s next.

How on earth do you start writing one of your stories or books? What is your process during the course of writing?

My ideas come to me randomly, and the scenes pop into my head in any order. This causes the story to become a puzzle I need to piece together and once I start the plotting portion of the book, I can work at making it seamless.

Purchase Links:

Universal Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00Q7FWIWA

Publisher: http://solsticepublishing.com/second-nature/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-nature-marie-lavender/1120879883

CreateSpace link: https://www.createspace.com/5131233

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Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published twenty books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance/fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, in December of 2014. She released Magick & Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, back in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

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A Character Interview with Melanie Thomas from SECOND CHANCES plus a conversation with author Carole McKee!

Today, we’re doing something a little different. If you remember, we interviewed Amber Skye Forbes’ character on November 25th and it was so fun that I thought we may as well make an occasional habit of it.  I had the pleasure of meeting Carole McKee, the author of Second Chances, on my author journey and I asked her if she’d let me borrow one of her main characters, Melanie Thomas, from the book.  We’ll get a chance to talk to Carole in a bit, but now we have on the stage…Melanie Thomas!

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Marie Lavender:  Hello, Melanie.  Please have a seat.

Melanie Thomas:  Hello.  Thank you.  It’s a pleasure to be here.

Marie:  We’re going to start out with some simple questions, okay?

Character Melanie:  Sure.

Marie:  So, Melanie, what is your occupation?  Are you any good at it?  Do you like it?

Melanie: I run a T-shirt printing shop. It’s called “Do-a-Tee.” Well, I started the company to give people who were down on their luck a second chance to pull themselves up. I hire the homeless–the ones who are hurting. Those who want to better their lives. I love it. Every time I see one of my employees better their lives, my heart swells.

Marie:  Great! So, what is your family like?

Melanie: My parents were killed in a plane crash a few years ago. I have a brother who lives in upstate New York. He does the same thing I do, except he runs a tool and die shop.

Marie:  What did your childhood home look like?

Melanie: Well, I still live in it. It’s a big house in an upscale neighborhood. Lots of rooms. I still keep my parents’ housekeeper since the place is so big. Besides, given my mission, I could hardly let the housekeeper go. Anyway, it’s a really pretty house.

Marie:  Do you have any hobbies?  What do you enjoy doing?

Melanie:  I enjoy running the T-shirt Printing shop. I love making those people happy. Other than that, I read. In the summer, I keep a small garden.

Marie:  So, what is your greatest dream, Melanie?

Melanie: To see everyone healthy, happy, and comfortable with a roof over their head. And of course, I would love to fall in love.

Marie:  What kind of person do you wish you could be?  What is stopping you?

Melanie: I believe I am the person I want to be. Caring, compassionate, and helpful to others. My parents left both my brother and I very well off. There was also a huge insurance policy they took out before they got on that plane. Neither one of us will ever have to work, and there’s plenty of money to make a difference in others’ lives.

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Marie:  I’m going to throw another random question at you now.  Who was your first love?

Melanie: I have to laugh here. I was a terrible romantic in high school. I fell in love with a boy in my French class. His name was Kurt and he spoke French very well. I just figured anyone who spoke the romance language that well had to be a great guy and a great kisser. Wrong on all counts.

Marie:  Oh (laughs). All right…this one is going to be a bit more serious.

Melanie, what’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?

Melanie: Of course, losing my parents. That was definitely the most terrible thing that ever happened to me and my brother, Matt. But the fire at the shop was also devastating, to more than just me. Everyone who worked there was out of work for awhile until we could rebuild.

Marie:  Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. Let’s move on to something a bit lighter, shall we?

(Melanie nods.)

Marie:  What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

Melanie: I wanted to marry and have four kids. That’s all I ever talked about, growing up. I even had their names picked out. As of yet I have not achieved that dream, but there’s still time. Of course, I also wanted a career as a female executive. I sort of reached that dream, in a way.

Marie:  Well, that’s great! I also have one of my kid’s names picked out.

So, who is your role model?

Hands down–my Mom. She was everything I could ever hope to be. I loved her dearly. And I miss her.

Marie:  I know you do (pats Melanie’s hand). 

Well…you’ll probably think I’m digging for dirt on the next question.  Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?

Melanie: NO. If I don’t like someone, they know it. I like everybody I am in contact with.

Marie:  So, what is your deepest desire?

Melanie:  To have a loving husband and children. Maybe not four of them, though. I think I may have found the one. No, I’m sure I’ve found him. Tim. We got off on the wrong foot, but oh boy! The shoe is on the right foot now. I’m in love.

Marie:  That’s great! So…let’s switch to another question.  What is your greatest fear?

Melanie:  Probably losing my brother. He’s all I have left. We are close.

Marie:  Well, thank you for visiting us today, Melanie.  (Waves goodbye to her guest.)

Now, let’s shift over and get the author’s perspective.  We have Carole McKee on the stage today. Hi, Carole!

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Author Carole McKee:  Hi.  Thank you for having me here.

Marie:  My pleasure!  We just got to talk to the heroine of your story, Melanie. Quite an interesting character.  Can you tell us a little about her?

Carole:  I based her character on myself if I suddenly came into a lot of money. She is doing exactly what I would do. She’s kind, caring, and she gives her all to make a better life for the people who work for her. In return, they are loyal and they all love her.

Marie:  (Nods.) So, what are your character’s greatest strengths?

Carole:  Definitely her compassion and caring about others. She knows she grew up as a very lucky girl, and she just want to make life better for others who did not.

Marie:  Great!  Now let’s take the opposition on that. 

What, do you feel, are her greatest weaknesses?

Carole:  She probably doesn’t do enough for herself. Caring about the employees at the shop, her dogs and cats at home, her brother, and her best friend, Jack doesn’t give her much room to care for herself.

Marie:  I see.  What are some of her favorite foods?

Carole:  Italian, and — believe it or not–Deli food. Club sandwiches are high on her list as well.

Marie:  What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Carole:  She’s beautiful, but she has no idea.

Marie: Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Carole: There shouldn’t be any reason to dislike her. She’s a terrific person. She’s kind and caring and she’s resourceful enough to help everyone with whom she comes in contact. She’s a beautiful woman who grew up in a wealthy household, and she believes in reaching out to others.

Marie:  Great!  Well, now that we have a real taste of Melanie Thomas, we have a few questions for you as well as the author.

What first gave you the idea for Second Chances?

Carole: Well, doing what Melanie does has always been a dream of mine. In many ways she is like me, except for the beautiful and wealthy part.

Marie:  She definitely seems like a very special person, and from my own experiences with you, I know you are too.

So, what is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Carole: My writing is character driven. I build my stories around the particular character I want to develop. I have a degree in Behavioral Health, so I tend to explore the psychological aspect of my characters–especially the bad guys.

Marie:  That’s great! I can see how having that background would help flesh out your characters.

So, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing Second Chances or publishing it?  What would you do differently the next time?

Carole: No, not really. I did a lot of research, but it really wasn’t anything that held me back. I did my own cover. Since I’m not a computer wizard, I probably should have paid someone to do the cover. As far as the actual book goes, I am happy with it. I might consider publishing it in paperback now that I have a bricks and mortar store that carries my books.

Marie:  It’s definitely something to think about.

Well, it was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog.  And how apropos is that, considering what a great story Second Chances appears to be.  Readers, you will just have to pick up a copy of this awesome book by Carole McKee, a very talented author! 

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Here is the blurb for Second Chances:

Melanie Thomas believes that sometimes people who are down on their luck just really need that little boost upward to improve their quality of life; and she can provide that. Since she started her tee-shirt embossing shop she has made a difference in her employees’ lives by giving them a new lease on life–hope–a second chance. Her employees are grateful and dedicated to her, but someone else wants her property for his own purpose. Things start happening after he approaches her with an offer to buy her building–an offer she immediately turns down. When inspectors start showing up, Melanie believes it’s a ploy to force her to sell and she silently laughs about it. But when the building burns, she knows exactly who to accuse. It hurts because she was falling in love with him. It seems everyone needs a second chance now and then.
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About Carole McKee
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Carole McKee is originally from Pittsburgh, but has resided in Florida since 2002. Most of her contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the Western Pennsylvania area, the place she will always call home. Carole is a passionate writer, making readers feel the emotions of her characters. One reader exclaimed, “Carole McKee’s books help cleanse the tear ducts!” Her first novel, Perfect brought out so much emotion that she got phone calls from people who were in tears when they finished the book. Another reader says that she laughs and then she cries with every one of McKee’s books.
Carole’s writing career actually began in 1995 when she wrote a tribute to her beloved black Labrador Retriever when he passed away. The tribute was published in a veterinary magazine a few months after it was written. Although the stories were in her head, she didn’t begin writing seriously until 2006 when she began writing Perfect. It was published in 2007. She entered Perfect in a contest and it won an ‘honorable mention’ which was just the encouragement she needed to seriously pursue a career as a writer. The first of the “Choices” series was published in 2008. Readers didn’t want that series to end, so because of many readers asking for more of those same characters, she wrote Consequences, the fourth and last of the series. It was published in the Spring of 2013. It was time to end the series. “Choices” lead to “Consequences,” eventually. In addition to these books, which are available in paperback and eBook formats, Carole also published these four eBooks:  Kisses from the Heart, Second Chances, Maddie’s Garden and Going Home. Coming soon is another series entitled “Testosterone Poisoning” featuring new characters, and new circumstances.

Carole’s Books:

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And, if you want to know how to connect with the amazing Carole McKee, here are some of her author links:

Blogs:  http://author-carole-mckee.blogspot.com/

http://what-carole-mckee-thinks.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carole-Mckee-Author/218075198224440

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perfect/153710188036065 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CaroleMcKee

Amazon Author Central:  http://www.amazon.com/Carole-McKee/e/B0082D3810/

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CaroleMcKee   

Once again, I want to thank both of our guests, Melanie Thomas, the female main character of Second Chances, and Carole McKee, the brilliant author of the novel, for stopping by!  It was so fun to have you here! 🙂

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New 5 star review for Upon Your Honor!

New review!

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

I just found this 5 star review for Upon Your Honor on Goodreads! Yay!

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Dec 02, 14


Upon Your Honor is a book I bought, read, and think is an outstanding story with a great author. I was impressed and happy to know that this author had more books to buy and read. Marie keeps her reader entertained and feeling all the characters actions. She has a way with allowing the reader to visualize exactly what the character looks like and feels.
Great job Marie.
-Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi, Therapist, Author, and VP of PnPAuthors

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A Character Interview with Amelia Gareth from WHEN STARS DIE plus a conversation with author Amber Skye Forbes!

Today, we’re doing something a little different. If you remember, we interviewed Branka Čubrilo’s character on November 10th and it was so fun that I thought we may as well make an occasional habit of it.  I had the pleasure of meeting Amber Skye Forbes, the author of When Stars Die, recently and I asked her if she’d let me borrow one of her main characters, Amelia Gareth, from the book.  We’ll get a chance to talk to Amber in a bit, but now we have on the stage…Amelia Gareth!

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Marie Lavender:  Hello, Amelia.  Please have a seat.

Amelia Gareth:  Hello.  Thank you.  It’s a pleasure to be here.

Marie:  We’re going to start out with some simple questions, okay?

Character Amelia:  Sure.

Marie:  So, Amelia, what is your occupation?  Are you any good at it?  Do you like it?

Amelia:  I am merely training to become a nun, part of the Professed Order. I am horrible at what I do, a tree in a forest choking itself to death, and I hate it. I’m only at Cathedral Reims to be professed with the hope Deus will forgive my younger brother for being a witch and allow him to join Paradise with me.

Marie:  I see. So, what is your family like?

Amelia:  I don’t know what they’re like right now. I ran away from home with my younger brother when I found out he was a witch. My father was an accountant, though, a very busy man, but a family man. My mother was hardly present, but she loved my younger brother more than I, so she would take him to more places than me. At most, I am apathetic toward my mother. My father is someone I would do anything for.

Marie:  What did your childhood home look like?

Amelia:  Enormous. It looks like some mad castle. It’s stucco, with black trimming. Ivy has made a home in all the right places on my mansion, blooming flowers in spring that make my home look less…intimidating. There are turrets and spires. There is an archway you pass under with our family seal. When someone in our immediate family dies, we erect statues of them. It’s just a common Gareth tradition, one I find bizarre.

The inside of our home is a traditional mansion: a parlor, dining hall, study for my father, our rooms, a drawing room, and so on and so forth—nothing particularly special that stands out from other mansions of the aristocracy.

Marie:  Do you have any hobbies?  What do you enjoy doing?

Amelia:  I’ve never had time to develop any hobbies, at least none I can think of. I was involved in my studies. Is that considered a hobby? Outside of these things, my younger brother and I loved to play in the woods, so perhaps that is a hobby? I am uncertain. When I think of hobbies for women, I think of knitting or reading or gossiping or drinking tea—all things I don’t like. I suppose adventure is my hobby.

Marie:  So, what is your greatest dream, Amelia?

Amelia:  My greatest dream is that hatred for witches will vanish from our world. The Vulgate says they must be hated because it is Deus’s will.

Marie:  What kind of person do you wish you could be?  What is stopping you?

Amelia:  I wish I could be more assertive, more confident. At Cathedral Reims, I thought I’d feel more powerful for being able to protect my brother, but I don’t. I feel powerless. My fate on whether or not I can join the Professed Order lies in the hands of our Mother Superior, Mother Aurelia. I don’t know what she looks for in a good nun.

Marie:  I’m going to throw another random question at you now.  Who was your first love?

Amelia:  Oliver Cromwell. He will always be my first love. I still love him, even now.

Marie:  Amelia, what’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?

Amelia:  I would rather not talk about the most terrible thing that has ever happened to me. I died and rose again. That’s all anyone needs to know.

Marie:  All right.  Well, let’s move on to something a bit lighter, shall we?

(Amelia nods.)

Marie:  What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

Amelia:  I didn’t have my own, personal dreams. My dream was to meet my Father’s: find a husband with a stable income and become the perfect wife who would care for her family in their ailing years. My younger brother would be able to go off to university.

My “dream” was never achieved when I went to Cathedral Reims. My dream changed by my own merit. I never even met that one.

We live in a dreamless world. No one gets what they want. They think they have it all, they think they’ve met their dreams, but they truly haven’t. We keep dreaming and dreaming and dreaming, but there are no such things as dreams, other than the ones that exist in our sleeping hours.

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Marie:  I see.  So, who is your role model?

Amelia:  My father, but I lost him as a role model when I left for Cathedral Reims. My best friend, Colette, became my role model. She is everything I want to be: confident, poised, well-liked by everyone, so certain of her own future. I tried to become like her in so many ways, but no one can duplicate the person they so desperately want to become. We can only take their traits and try to instill them in our own personalities.

I failed.

Marie:  Well…you’ll probably think I’m digging for dirt on the next question.  Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?

Amelia:  I don’t pretend to like anyone. I generally keep myself away from people I dislike so that way I do not have to perpetuate a false façade. At least I am true to myself. That is one positive thing I like about myself.

Marie:  (Nods.)  So, what is your deepest desire?

Amelia:  My deepest desire? To have my younger brother grow up in a world blooming with love. I will fight for that, even through death.

Marie:  Let’s switch to another question.  What is your greatest fear?

Amelia:  My greatest fear is that I will always exist among hatred for witches—or hatred period. I can tell you for certain that hatred exists more than love. I live in Malva now. Hatred for witches is etched in everything, from the cobblestones of our roads, to statues of mangled witches, to signs, propaganda abounds.

I yearn to bring love to this world. I know I can do this, but the way I have to go about doing so is terrifying. Yet, it is necessary.

Marie:  Well, thank you for visiting us today, Amelia.  (Waves goodbye to Amelia.)

Now, let’s shift over and get the author’s perspective.  We have Amber Skye Forbes on the stage today. Hi, Amber!

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Author Amber Skye Forbes:  Hi.  Thank you for having me here.

Marie:  My pleasure!  We just got to talk to the heroine of your story, Amelia. Quite an interesting character.  Can you tell us a little about her?

Amber:  Despite what Amelia thinks of herself, she does have many strengths. She is loyal, determined, and more confident than she believes herself to be. She is loving, kind, and she is a fighter. She will never give up going after what she wants, even if her dreams have to change.

Marie:  What are your character’s greatest strengths?

Amber:  Everything I’ve mentioned above. Perhaps her greatest strength, however, is love, especially for her younger brother. Her existence pretty much revolves around him, and this is true in book two, and will especially be true in book three.

Marie:  All right.  Let’s take the opposition on that. 

What, do you feel, are her greatest weaknesses?

Amber:  Love is her greatest weakness. She stretches her love out so much that it breaks her in the end of When Stars Die. In fact, this weakness of hers transcends into book two, and readers will understand this once they read When Stars Die and its sequel, The Stars Are Infinite.

Marie:  I see.  What are some of her favorite foods?

Amber:  I don’t show Amelia eating a whole lot in When Stars Die. In the second and third books of this trilogy, she will soon have no desire to eat, and it will no longer be necessary for her to eat. She doesn’t have a favorite food at all. She ate foods typical to the aristocracy when she lived in Norbury with her parents, but when she comes to Cathedral Reims, she begins to eat food considered bland in nature, so she doesn’t have that time to develop a favorite food or even tell anyone what her favorite food is.

Marie:  What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Amber:  Her determination. She never acknowledges this as a strength of hers. She persists in spite of obstacles, despite the consequences. She may think that, in a way, she loses in the end, but she still has determination to do what is right, even if it means doing what is wrong at first.

Marie: Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Amber:  Readers, for the most part, do like Amelia. They love her loyalty to her younger brother. That is a relatable thing to teen readers with younger siblings they want to protect. They love her determination. They love her indecisiveness. They love that she is simply a teen experiencing teen emotions and trying to grow through both her perfections and flaws. She may not have an enormous amount of backstory for herself in this novel, but for her, the past is the past. Her current life and future is what she remains fixated on. Yet, in book three, her backstory will begin to unfold as it relates to her current situation, which will be far more intense than her situation in When Stars Die.

Marie:  Great!  Well, now that we have a real taste of Amelia Gareth, we have a few questions for you as well as the author.

What first gave you the idea for When Stars Die?

Amber:  Simple. Writing its sequel gave me the idea. I realized the sequel was too complex to be the first book, so I had to create a new first book to make the sequel understandable. Amelia already existed in the sequel, but as someone different. So she needed to exist in the first book to show how things were before book two began.

Marie:  Oh, wow!  That’s an interesting approach!

So, what is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Amber:  My writing style is generally lyrical, and I am a plotter. I have to be a plotter to lessen how many times I have to revise my novel. I like having a direction set out for me already. That gives me a sense of control.

Marie:  That’s understandable.

So, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing When Stars Die or publishing it?  What would you do differently the next time?

Amber:  The only challenge I came across was writing action scenes because I spent too much time with Amelia’s internal monologue than I did with the immediate action, but I feel like I’ve learned greatly from that, and it didn’t present a problem at all in my publisher’s edits of book two. So I learned how to write action scenes, and I believe I wrote them well in The Stars Are Infinite, because they weren’t torn apart like they were in When Stars Die.

I also want to mention that just because your first book in a trilogy gets published doesn’t mean your second book will get accepted the first time around, so with the third book, I am going to ensure it is no more than 100,000 words and that I do a wonderful copy edit of it before sending it off to my publisher.

Marie: Oh, yes, I agree.  Editing is very important.  That’s why I not only self-edit, but use critique partners and beta readers.

I also agree with your comment about trilogies.  I was nervous that my publisher wouldn’t accept Upon Your Honor, the sequel to Upon Your Return, because it was much longer than the original and definitely went over 100,000 words.  But, it all worked out.  I will still have to be careful with the third book; judging by how things are going, it may be longer than Upon Your Honor, but I will pare it down if I have to.  LOL.

Well, it was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog.  And how apropos is that, considering what a great story When Stars Die appears to be.  Readers, you will just have to pick up a copy of this awesome book by Amber Skye Forbes, a talented author! 

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Here is the blurb for When Stars Die:

“Yet, even when stars die, they leave a lasting impact through their light, their diamond brilliance as they scatter their material to form new stars. When people die, they leave the same impact with the footprints they leave on people’s hearts. Even the ones who feel insignificant go out, leaving behind dust that can nourish the world anew.”

Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

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About Amber Skye Forbes

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Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn’t like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward…again. But she doesn’t care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.

Amber’s Books:

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And, if you want to know how to connect with the amazing Amber Skye Forbes, here are some of her author links:

Website:  http://www.amberskyeforbes.com/

Blog:  https://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AmberSkyeForbes 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AmberSkyeF

Tumblr:  http://thedancingwriter.tumblr.com

Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Amber-Skye-Forbes/e/B00FNR85UM/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7239827.Amber_Forbes

Once again, I want to thank both of our guests, Amelia Gareth, the female main character of When Stars Die, and Amber Skye Forbes, the brilliant author of the novel, for stopping by!  It was so fun to have you here!  🙂

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