Lisa Gordon – A Sealed Fate

Title: A SEALED FATE

Author: LISA GORDON

ISBN: 978-1857566543

Page count: 226

Genre: Fiction Thriller

Price: £8.06/$14.95

 

Author Bio:

My name is Lisa Jacqueline Gordon and I was born in Johannesburg. Growing up in Johannesburg was truly an amazing experience which I will always treasure. It is a city of bright colors, vibrant people, stark contrasts and extremes: extreme wealth, extreme poverty, extreme emotions, extreme thunderstorms, often extreme violence and yet every minute I lived there I felt alive. As I sit here in safe and picturesque England I long to leave this sterility and head for the chaos of Africa where somehow every minute means so much more. Perhaps my image of my homeland is very much my metaphor for life: that at the extremes of existence one is truly living and experiencing this thing we call life to the full.   I am incurably inquisitive and if there is something going on on this planet, I want to know about it.   At school I was a rebel – no not the sort of rebel who smokes in the loo and makes out behind the bike shed -. I was more of an ideas rebel, I wanted to think for myself and never just accept what I was told.

Although I studied Law at Uni, my secret ambition was always to act or work in the arts; but of course you have to keep the family happy by making some sensible decisions you know. I ended up with a degree in Economics, however the economics and financial world never beckoned and so at 23 I took a pretty sharp left turn and decided to study astrology. I have always loved helping people and I am fascinated by the meaning of life, destiny and karma and so I often think it was fate that prompted me to take this direction which in many ways has been a difficult route, but very revealing in terms of self-discovery. I was the resident astrologer on many local UK radio stations for many years.  Although my foray into astrology may have left my spiritual life richer, my bank balance was a basket case, so it was back to the drawing board career wise and I began studying to be a Chartered Accountant. Bored to tears with studying audit, I decided to start writing a book one night.

The strange twists and turns of my own life and my own constant querying over whether I had a destiny or a fate inspired the theme of my novel.

 

Tell us about your book:

To escape the pain of failed relationships and careers, both Valda and Larissa take themselves to Dubai seeking not only success, but a reason and purpose in life. Valda does indeed find success and to her astonishment love, but all is threatened when she is introduced to a billionaire Sheikh. Her clandestine relationship with the Sheikh, propels her into a murky web of deceit, and she turns to Larissa for help. As an astrologer, Larissa predicts that Valda and the Sheikh s destinies were sealed from the moment of their first meeting; however, she keeps the dire fate that she reads in the charts a secret. Valda knows she is in deep, the Sheikh is an omniscient character and not an inch of Dubai seems shielded from his glare. Someone has her back however as she receives cryptic warning messages posted to her. Life as the Sheik’s personal courier is filled with perils – will it be he or the law who ends this relationship.

Together, Valda and Larissa take a gamble in a game of cosmic Russian Roulette where the stakes are their lives and their adversary, Fate itself. This pacey, gritty thriller has a spiritual theme which bravely merges genres and embraces with sensitivity personal relationships underlying the theme of choice versus chance. Upbeat and contemporary in style, A Sealed Fate features an eclectic mix of characters awash with local color.

 

How long did it take to write the book?

Nine months, but I took a five month break after my Granddad, who was like my dad passed away.

 

What inspired you to write the book?

“One often meets his destiny in the path he takes to avoid it.”
I have always been intrigued about the balance of fate and freewill in our lives…how much choice do we really have, what if anything is ‘fated’?

How often do we put the events in our life down to fate; we were destined to meet, I was meant to get that job? How often do we read our horoscopes hoping for the details of our future; today you will meet the man of your dreams; tomorrow you will finally make your fortune? But should fate be taking all the credit, or blame for everything in our lives or is it free will, our own choice, however influenced by our surroundings, which govern our actions?

I am a very spiritual person and yet I am not into spiritual quick fix books where positive thinking is made out to be some sort of metaphysical microwave where you get riches and success in ten seconds. I strongly believe that pain and suffering is part of the great mystery we call life, it makes us more beautiful and more loving and brings us closer to who we really are.   I tried to blend these themes and questions into my thriller.

 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I liked to write in bed with my laptop very late at night.  I did extensive research via the Internet, true crime documentaries and I had been to Dubai.  I used guesstimates to fill in some details.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I would hope my readers will be asking for more and feeling that I had not quite answered all the questions yet.  I hope they will all finish the story in their heads – although that does not mean there won’t be a sequel at some stage.  I think the book has made many look at the attitudes and assumptions we make and to question those assumptions.  I want my book to entertain, to take the reader on a vivid imaginative journey through exotic places, to introduce them to characters they may never meet, to question the judgments they make about those characters and finally, to ponder that great conundrum of life – is it fate or freewill who has the final say?

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes and Noble

Waterstones UK

Available on Kindle from November

 

Excerpt from book:

There it was, exactly where she had found it three days ago, shining magnificently. For days now it had beckoned her, as if it was as eager as she was to go for a drive. In Valda’s mind, cars assumed personalities and emotions and this particular one appeared to be her perfect match. Wasting no time, she opened the door carefully and eased herself into the low, sleek, lightweight roadster. She sensually ran her hands over the steering wheel, gently toyed with the gear lever, savouring every moment of foreplay with her 605-horsepower friend.

After a few more indulgent minutes, she eased the keys into the ignition, turned it over and – wow – the insanely powerful engine sprang to life. Still not sure what to do next, she sat quietly while the monocoque chassis gently vibrated.

Racing clutches can be testy and this particular one was one of the testiest – Valda stalled three times before successfully pulling off. Her new car was akin to an Olympic sprinter itching to get out of the blocks. With so much grit coming out of the engine, the residential streets of Jumeirah were hardly the right arena for this calibre of vehicle’s virgin journey, but Valda was undeterred. Even on the main roads, her GT stayed well within itself, with only the rare opportunity of reaching 30 per cent of its top speed. No matter what, it was an orgasmic experience and she relished each moment.

Tuesday night and the keys and envelope were once again in her jacket pocket. She was certain the Sheikh would be there, although it had dawned on her that he may avoid her, just in case she did return the car keys and refuse his new offer. The date on the plane tickets was fast approaching.

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Tina Traverse – Destiny of the Vampire

Title: Destiny of the Vampire

Author: Tina Traverse

ISBN: 978-1477643327

Page count: 312

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Price: Paperback: $15.00 USD Amazon Kindle: 0.99 USD

 

Author Bio:

I was born Tina Marie Power on a warm, lazy July evening in the Capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. The only child of two morally strong, hard working, salt of the earth couple who’s love for each other, and for me was boundless. I began to write at the age of 8 years old when I wrote my version of the bible story, The Good Samaritan. When I received rave reviews from my teacher and classmates, I was inspired to continue with the hobby that quickly became my passion. This passionate affair has been ongoing for 30 years now and there are no signs of it waning. Though, I will admit for a time when I was pregnant with my own first born son, Christian, the affair cooled. Cooled, but never faded, I soon found out when the desire to write came calling once again when I needed to find a way to cope with heartbreaking news. I always knew that there was something wrong with Christian from the moment he was born, I and the doctors, just could not put their finger on it. While physically, Christian thrived, mentally/emotionally not so well. His behaviours were a little disturbing. Finally after 9 years of pulling my hair out, and slipping into some pretty dark places myself, he was diagnosed with Autism. My method of coping was to write a story about his/our journey called Forever Christian. Passion renewed. Now, a girl can only write about real life for so long without jumping back into the world of make believe. Venturing into the world of the supernatural, Ghosts, witches, werewolves and my personal favourite, Vampires. I enjoy all sorts of vampires and I admit I am fascinated with the modern romantic kind, aka the Cullen and the Salvatores of this world! However, I wanted to bring the vampires into the real world where they face real issues that us mortals struggle with. Thus began the weaving of tale of my first book, I am proud to say, published here on Amazon Kindle! Destiny of the Vampire has been born! It is my sincerest hope that I will be fortunate enough for this story to find its way into your hands and that you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you. I also hope that this could be the start of a wonderful audience/author relationship and that we can share many tales together. My best to you, Tina

 

Tell us about your book:

Declan and Sebastian St. Clair set out on a fishing trip with their father, when an unforeseeable storm bears down on them, tossing their tiny boat far into the sea, sinking it. Declan and Sebastian are forced, helpless, as they watch their father swept under the waves.

Both brothers wash up on a deserted island, where for five months they work to survive and escape.

After a tragic accident, they perish, only to be reborn as immortal creatures of the night, hungry for human blood. They are then forced to leave the island by their creator, where they enjoy their new immortal lives.

Until a mutual catastrophic event forces the brothers to succumb to all too human destructive methods to bury and numb out the pain of their dark secret.

 

 

How long did it take to write the book?

8 Months

 

What inspired you to write the book?

I always loved vampires, but my obsession started with the Twilight saga and came full force when I discovered the Vampire Diaries novels and then the tv show. I love Vampire Diaries so much that I devoted 2.5 years to writing a 4 part fan fiction saga. What inspired me was as I was watching an interview with Paul Wesley on Live with Kelly and to paraphrase, he said that the Vampire Diaries would always be about two vampire brothers in love with the same girl, then I thought, hey, what about I take the vampire out of his romantic role…of the love triangle and make him more real, back to the human he was before he turned. So I took two brothers made them vampires and have them carry around their own separate burdens that the only way they could cope with this was to turn to all too human destructive methods with one turning to the bottle and multiple one nightstands, and the other to a highly addictive often lethal to human drug. I wanted my tortured heros to suffer real life problems and overcome them not with supernatural powers but with human strength. I drew Declan St. Clair personality from Ian Somerhalder’s Damon Salvatore and Sebastian St. Clair from Paul Wesley’s Stefan Salvatore.

 

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I do have a routine . When a story idea comes to me it plays out in my head like a movie, then I write the synopsis and after I will sit down at my laptop and write until all my ideas run out. I will continue this everyday until the story is done and then it all gets edited, over and over until it is perfect!

I do do research when the story line calls for it, for example if I need some information on a town or country featured in my story or what sort of outfit I would like my character to wear, etc. Most of the research is done on the internet or in books and even sometimes talking to friends and family.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

I want the readers to walk away feeling hope that no matter what you are going through that with help from the people who care and love for you, you can make it through, even if it takes time.

 

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

CREATE A SPACE ESTORE LINK: https://www.createspace.com/3905972

 

Amazon (Paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Vampire-Tina-Marie-Traverse/dp/147764332X

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/destiny-of-the-vampire-tina-marie-traverse/1112280712

Amazon kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Destiny-of-The-Vampire-ebook/dp/B0089YM3I6/

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

MY NOVEL’S FACE BOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/DestinyOfTheVampire

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15997064-destiny-of-the-vampire

 

Excerpt from book:

Our modern culture has been overwhelmed with tales of these creatures of the night.

Vampires have been portrayed in a variety of forms including the blood draining emotionless monsters to the inhumanly beautiful romantic self-sacrificing tragic beings.

The beings that would melt a girl’s heart as he fights his blood lust while gently nibbling on her creamy white neck.

These tragic souls hide in the shadows not to stalk their prey, but to hide their self described shameful nature.

It is no wonder we love these creatures of the night, knights of the shadows, because in many ways they remind us of ourselves.

Many of us feel misunderstood, and feel that we have to hide our unique selves from the world, because when a human does not understand something, they fear it.

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JT Baroni – The Legend of Rachel Petersen

Title: The Legend of Rachel Petersen

Author: JT Baroni

ISBN: 9781615725431

Page count: 144

Genre:  Paranormal

Price:  $14.75

 

Author Bio:

Living in Western Pennsylvania all my life, I have been an avid Whitetail hunter since I was old enough to tote a rifle, which is also about as long as I’ve had a fondness for word games and literature. While hunting last year, I actually did stumble upon a weathered tombstone in the middle of the woods. Waiting patiently for any deer to cross my path gave me plenty of time to think about that lone grave’s inhabitant and ponder her story, which I was then driven to write. Eerily enough, this is the premise of The Legend of Rachel Petersen, my first published novel. I have also composed several songs that are currently signed with a music publisher.

My home is Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, where my wife Becky and I are both proud members of the Lions International. We share our home with our son, Skyler, and an AKC boxer, Butkus.

 

Tell us about your book:

Outraged when The Post Gazette overlooks him for a promotion, 39 years old Sports Writer Christian Kane quits and moves to the country to write fiction. Inspiration flows from a grave he stumbles upon in the woods. He compiles The Legend of Rachel Petersen, a fascinating story revolving around the dead twelve-year-old girl laid to rest beneath the weathered tombstone. His book quickly becomes a Best Seller; then Hollywood turns it in to a blockbuster movie. Kane becomes rich and famous; but does Rachel become more than a figment of his imagination?

 

How long did it take to write the book?

One and a half years

 

What inspired you to write the book?

I’ve always wanted to write a novel and when I found that lone grave in the woods, I was inspired to finally sit down and write it.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I wrote when I had the time and I was in the mood. Parts of my novel occur during the Civil War, so I had to research dates and places for accuracy.

 

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

The feeling of ‘Wow!’, what a fascinating story.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

At your favorite online bookstore.

 

Any other links or info you’d like to share?

http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Rachel-Petersen-J-T-Baroni/dp/1615725431

http://www.jtbaroni.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVOmw2vH4gg

 

Excerpt from book:

“She’s been… talkin’ to you?” he interrupted once again, looking at Thaddeus as if the boy was certified mentally ill. “No, Boy. She ain’t talkin’ to you. That’s your conscious tellin’ you that you did something really awful. Your conscious won’t let you sleep at night. Will it, Boy? Every time you close your eyes, you see her beautiful little face with those big green eyes an’ her red…”

“No! Please hear me out, Mr. Woodley. Please, sir,” Thaddeus interrupted loudly. Then he talked fast, hoping the old man would not interrupt him anymore, allowing him to explain why he was there. “She spelt out the words help me in my vegetable soup. Then me an’ my brother Seth were playin’ Monopoly, an’ she turned the dice over to a two. I figger it was two people that hung her an’ she didn’t hang herself like everybody says. Then an owl showed Seth an’ me pieces of rope on a beam in my Pa’s barn that is too high for a little girl to throw a rope over. I even seen her, Mr. Woodley…standin’ by your mailbox an’ pointin’ to your house every day this week goin’ to school.”

The old man leaned forward and buried his face in his hands, slowly shaking his head from side to side.

“It’s not in my head, I tell ya. My brother seen all what she did too. My Mom an’ Pa seen when she blew the candles out on my birthday cake. She ain’t restin’, Mr. Woodley. I’m tellin’ ya she won’t rest in eternal peace until the truth is spoken. She kinda told me in school today that everything said about her is all lies. I think she knows…that you…know the truth. If you didn’t know her like you say, Mr. Woodley…then how come you knew she was buried with a rosary?”

“Because my Mother put it on her before my Daddy an’ me buried her!” the old man hollered out, leaning forward as far as he could into Thaddeus’s face. The boy leaned back and tottered on the bike.

Then Mr. Woodley slumped back in his rocker and closed his bad eye but resumed squinting through the other one. Then he spoke in a lowered voice, as if confessing on his deathbed to a priest, “Ain’t a day goes by…that I don’t think of that poor little girl.” He raised his hand to wipe away a tear, and then continued, “I was maybe twelve, an’ so was she. Her Daddy sent her here to live with her aunt when her mother died. It musta been pure hell for that little girl. Rachel wouldn’t talk to anybody, except for me, that is. My daddy said it was cause I reminded her of her brother back in Ohio, but it made me feel special like anyways.”

Thaddeus leaned closer so he could hear better.

“I would go to her house, your house now, just about everyday. We would play hide an’ seek in the barn or catch frogs by the pond. Some days we would just sit an’ talk. But I always brought a couple of apples, an’ we’d feed the horses. She really liked this one big black stallion in particular that Josef Tremont owned. It was a magnificent horse.”

Thaddeus sensed the old man had softened up a bit, so he laid the bike down and sat on the top step. He also sensed that this was the first time Mr. Woodley ever spoke about Rachel. To anyone.

The old man closed the squinting eye and laid his head on the back of his rocking chair. “I went over there one day…an’ the place was…quiet. Too quiet! The men folk weren’t workin’ the fields…her Aunt wasn’t hangin’ clothes or making soap outside. I looked for Rachel…an’ I went in the barn.” He choked up and tears came to his eyes. He needed a moment to continue, and then he swallowed real hard. Then he cried out between sobs, “I found her…Dear God, yes I did!” He pulled his hanky from his rear pocket and wiped his eyes and blew his nose.

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