I chose this genre because I feel they would make a fast connection with the characters and conflicts they face. I have no sex in this book. In my opinion, sex, foul language and violence are taboo. Why? Because it is not cool to hurt others as violence seems to portray. Using questionable words only cheapens a person. Sex isn’t as glamorous as the media portrays—there are a lot of repercussions involved behind the scenes of sex that is glossed over, and the consequences are deep.
What is your best experience with Darkspell?
Enduring to the end! It is one tough, long journey to getting a book published; from scratch, to edits, to rewrites, to critiques, to the all-dreaded synopsis writing, the query stages, the rejections, acceptance!, the rewriting, the edits, the illustrations that took over 100 hours, the waiting, waiting, the more waiting, the marketing craze, and now the impending release!
Wait! Most importantly, it’s the naked excitement in my family’s eyes as they witness one of my dreams come true!
What are your hopes with Darkspell?
Darkspell is a story filled with romance, but there’s more to it than that: Winter endures significant tragedy that she manages to overcome with the love of Alex and his family, and how she copes with change. If I can reach out and influence at least one person, I’ve succeed.
Darkspell, YA Paranormal Romance
Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.
As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.
Will love prove thicker than magick?
Here’s a taste from Darkspell:
Alex reached out and took my hands. A spark of magic passed between us. I didn’t resist and his gaze deepened. Another wave tore through me and I felt his powerful drive to protect me and the desire to share the rest of his life with me. I could see forever, eternity was wide and deep.
I would never be alone again.
Having tasted Alex so strongly, so close, so dear, left me empty; a starving sensation that could only be filled by him. I had no idea he felt so intensely for me. His love washed away all doubt from me.I leaned into Alex as my world spun fast on a crooked axis. I breathed him in. I was intoxicated with his burning hold, I was so alive. Every sound was louder, the wind richer as it flowed through me. I was so free, so alive, so untainted by any wicked thing.
I closed my eyes, shivering with desire, and imagined the breeze encircling us; bringing us to our feet and drawing us closer like a child’s ribbon.
Just as I opened my eyes, he whispered, “Listen, Winter. Listen to me.”
He brought me to him and gently pressed my face to his heart. It was a wild thing, trapped and yearning to be free. My blood sang and my eyes drifted closed. It felt as if my feet lifted from the ground. One hand was soft in my hair as he caressed my back with the other.
“How have you come by such magic? Such power to control? Can I come into your world? Can you teach me?” I trembled, savoring every sensation.
I started writing when I was in 4th grade and worked my way to novel-writing at 17. It all started as a little hobby that gave me peace of mind from the harsh realities of child abuse. I’ve written 8 books since. The common theme is enduring tragedies, failing, but coming out strong–as my life seems to be… I have always loved drawing and decided to try my hand with my debut novel, Darkspell! I manage to write around my children’s schedule when they are either at school, asleep, or out having fun!
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