Malice by Amity Hope

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Malice by Amity Hope
*First book in a trilogy. Young Adult Romance/Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Samara Cavanaugh has grown up in a world filled with magic users. She’s used to bizarre and peculiar. But when a stranger checks in at The Bella Luna, the bed and breakfast her family owns, the strange occurrences in Granite Falls escalate. 
Many people are leery of Levi, their new guest. He claims to be in town doing research but Samara’s friends aren’t so sure that his claim is as innocuous as it appears to be. When two of her classmates disappear, her friends seem convinced Levi had a hand in it.
Those closest to her have been keeping secrets from her. Those secrets put everyone close to her in danger.
Suddenly, her unrequited crush on her best friend, Tristan becomes the least of her troubles.

I asked Amity, 'Do you read the same kinds of books that you write? What authors have influenced you?'

I have a fairly eclectic taste in books. I like a little bit of everything: Romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, I read a lot of young adult romance.
That said, my favorite genre is young adult. I read a good mix of both YA contemporary romance and paranormal romance.
Most of the books I’ve published to date have been YA contemporary romance. However, paranormal is by far my favorite. I love books that can pull you out of everyday life. I think paranormal romance does that in a way that no other genre can. There is just so much more an author can do with paranormal romance. They can really take the reader anywhere. The characters have fewer limitations put upon them.
My favorite authors are Kim Harrison and Richelle Mead. I’ve read everything they’ve written. I’ve actually read several of their books twice. That’s not something I do often because my TBR pile (like everyone else’s) grows by the day. I believe that of all of the books I’ve read, these two authors have influenced me the most. I aspire to someday be as wonderful at world building and storytelling as these two amazing ladies are.

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education andunnamed workedunnamed in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish. Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.  

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Mirror X by Karri Thompson‏

Mirror X by Karri Thompson

November 17 – 21, 2014
Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Na├»ve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.
But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.

I was filled with too much turmoil and betrayal to even r
aise my voice. “You should have told
me from the very beginning, Michael. All that talk about
training and career opportunities was a
big lie.”
He bent forward, his eyes aimed at the gray floor as
I watched his back rise with each
“I’m sorry, Cassie. Until you were told about the proj
ect, we had to keep you from asking
questions we weren’t ready to answer. They were going to wa
it another week, but I couldn’t lie
to you one more minute.”
I folded my arms against my chest and sighed. “I’m being f
orced into doing something I
don’t want to do, and I’ve been manipulated and deceived by peo
ple I thought I could trust.”
“We needed to wait until you were stronger. You were too vu
“And I’m not vulnerable now? Look at me.” I said, rais
ing my frail arms and letting them
drop limply to the bed.
“We’re all vulnerable. We’re desperate. And we’re running ou
t of time.”
I was filled with too much turmoil and betrayal to even raise my voice. “You should have told me from the very beginning, Michael. All that talk about training and career opportunities was a big lie.”
He bent forward, his eyes aimed at the gray floor as I watched his back rise with each breath.
“I’m sorry, Cassie. Until you were told about the project, we had to keep you from asking questions we weren’t ready to answer. They were going to wait another week, but I couldn’t lie to you one more minute.”
I folded my arms against my chest and sighed. “I’m being forced into doing something I don’t want to do, and I’ve been manipulated and deceived by people I thought I could trust.”
“We needed to wait until you were stronger. You were too vulnerable.”
“And I’m not vulnerable now? Look at me.” I said, raising my frail arms and letting them drop limply to the bed.
“We’re all vulnerable. We’re desperate. And we’re running out of time.”

Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.

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Come and meet the lovely Yvette M Calleiro

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
I released The One Discovered, Book One of the Chronicles of the Diasodz in January this year. It follows Ar'ch (pronounced ar-rick) and Angel as they come to Earth to find Sofia, the child who has been prophesied to save their kind from dying. Diasodz are beings created by the Goddess to heal and protect humans. Several centuries ago, they abandoned their purpose by leaving to live on another world. The Goddess became upset with them and abandoned them. Since then, their powers have been fading. Book One focuses on the two boys convincing Sofia that she is one of them and must come back to their world to save them all.
Book two of the series, The One Enlightened, is scheduled to be released in December of this year. It follows Sofia's journey as she tries to make sense of her new life after the events in book one. She is left devastated at its end and needs to find the strength to pick up the pieces of her broken life and learn about the new life that has been thrust upon her.

What inspired you to write it? 
The honest truth is that I had a dream of the ending scene of book one. I woke up crying hysterically and couldn't get out of bed for a while because I had to replay the scene in my mind and try to figure out why it happened. I grabbed my journal and began writing it all out. After that, the characters just would not leave me alone until I figured out their names, their history, their personal stories, etc. That happened in 2012. I've been obsessed with them ever since. hehe...

How did you come up with the idea for the cover? 
One of the things that stood out about them from almost the very beginning was their irises. Diasodz have eyes that are predominantly one color, but there will be specks of a contrasting color embedded within that color. When they are using their skills (powers), those specks transform into images or moving pieces. So, it only made sense to me that their eyes be the focal point of the cover. The One Discovered has Ar'ch's eye on the cover. He controls the air element. The One Enlightened has Angel's eye. His skill is connected to the water element. And I can't reveal book three's eye because it will give too much away. ;-)

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters? 
This is a tough one because I am horrible with names of actors (well, most actors, anyway). ;-) Ar'ch is definitely Ian Somerhaulder. *swoon* He just takes my breath away, so it is only fitting that he plays the character blessed with the air element. Actually, the character has always been Ian Somerhaulder, even in my dream. I see Mel as the girl who plays Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries, but she'd have to have longer hair. Rafe could easily be played by the guy from The Hunger Games (wait, let me look up his name...lol....Liam Hemsworth). Sofia and Angel are harder for me. I can't picture an actress/actor that I'm familiar with that fit how I see them in my mind. I see Nolan as The Rock, except Nolan is white white. lol! I can't picture actresses for Liana, Valerie, or Damiana, either, although I see them clearly in my mind. Oh, well! :-)

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much? 
It's a mix of reality and fantasy. I don't enjoy realistic fiction because it can really happen, and I don't want to have my mind processing things that have a possibility of taking place. There's too much stress in that. lol! The relationship, the emotions, and the characters are real in the sense that they could actually exist (minus the powers). But the worlds, the villains, and the superpowers make it surreal enough that I can just enjoy the story for what it is without having to analyze the realism in it. I love losing myself in fantasy because it helps me escape the stresses of reality.

What made you want to become an author? 
I've been writing since I was a tween. I wrote my first short story when I was twelve. I even started a sequel to it, though neither one is worth of publishing. In middle and high school, I wrote over a hundred silly poems. Reading and writing have always been a kind of escape for me, I guess. But it wasn't until I got a divorce and became a single mom that I made the decision to become an author. I had just finished reading the Twilight series and read the blurb about the author. While reading that, something clicked inside of me and reminded me of how I, too, had dreamt of writing a book many, many moons ago. Within weeks, a story formed in my mind. And then another. I wrote those two novels, but I haven't published either of them just yet. And then, the Diasodz visited me in my dream, and I knew that their story had to be shared. :-)

How do you come up with character names? 
Ah, this is a tricky question because there is a history behind some of them that has yet to be revealed. Some of the characters made it very clear to me what their names were to be. For the others, I tried to pick a name that was used during the time period in which they were born.

Name one of your all-time favourite books? 
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein. My 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Hoffman, used to read it aloud to us, and she would change her voice for the different characters. That is where I believe I began to fall in love with fantasy books and the art of story-telling.

Who, or what, inspires you? 
Life inspires me. Love inspires me. The love for my son inspires me because he is my everything. Finding beauty in moments inspires me. Reading inspires me. My students inspire me. Anything and everything that holds positive energy within it has the potential to inspire me.

Where is your favourite place to write? 
I don't know if I'd say "favorite," but my brilliant moments tend to come to me when I'm showering, driving, or waking up/falling asleep. None of those places is the ideal place to write. lol!

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book? 
There are SO many! It's easier to tell you what movies I did NOT like that were based on a book. lol! But to answer your question, I loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies, The Hobbit (whose last part is about to come in December), The Mortal Instruments, the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games movies. The list goes on...

Name two of your favourite authors. 
As a child, I would have said VC Andrews and CS Lewis. As an adult, I'm in love with Laurell K Hamilton and (you're killing me by only asking for two) JR Ward, but there are so many others!

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why? 
Wow! JRR Tolkien to discuss the world he created, Elie Wiesel to honor him for all that he went through and all of the lives he has touched, William Shakespeare because...well...he's William Shakespeare (lol), VC Andrews to find out how her mind could write such twisted stories (that I love), and then I'd love to get Laurell K Hamilton, JR Ward, Lara Adrian, and Cassandra Claire in a room together with me and just lose ourselves in the worlds we've created.

Tell us a random fact about yourself. 
I don't like coffee. The taste and the smell repulse me. I prefer green tea. :-)

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 
I honestly have no idea. I just don't focus on actresses enough to know who would be able to represent me on film.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. 
People where I live love to have their "cafecito" all day long. A "cafecito" is an insane burst of adrenaline all wrapped up into a mini-sized shot of coffee. (I live in Miami, FL.)

What are your (writing) plans for the future? 
I will first finish writing the Chronicles of the Diasodz. It's slated to be four books, but the characters are telling me that it looks like I'm going to have to be flexible with that number. ;-) Then, I plan to write a story that came to me as I was listening to a song about breathing (my CRS doesn't allow me to remember the title of the song). It will have a modern, YA, fairy-tale feel to it, but I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. After that, I plan to write a YA/dystopian/fantasy novel. And then maybe, just maybe, I'll have the courage to revisit one of the two novels I have already written. :-)

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list. 
One thing on my bucket list is seeing every state in the USA. I'm an Army brat and have traveled the world; it's in my blood to travel. There are so many beautiful places to see here in America that it just doesn't make sense to me to travel all over the planet without savoring the beauty on our homeland. My parents, my son, and I enjoy taking road trips and are trying to take one each summer. We've already been to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and all throughout Florida. This summer we plan to visit California, Oregon and Washington. I've also been to Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii before having my son. So, I'm almost halfway to my goal. :-)

Favourite myth / fairytale? 
I love anything and everything that is Greek mythology, especially the new books that are spin-offs of the original myths. One of my favorite Greek myth is that of Pandora. Another one is Hades and Persephone. And another one is Pysche and Cupid.

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid? 
I suffer from CRS (can't remember sh*t), so I really don't remember what I wanted to be as a child. I know that in high school, I wanted to be a child psychologist (and then I took statistics...lol). For as far back as I can remember, I have been teaching. Even in elementary school, I would gather my sister and her friends, and we would play "school." I was always the teacher. I went so far as asking my real teacher for old worksheets to use with my "students." So, it doesn't surprise me that I became a teacher. I teach high school intensive reading, and I love it. I am able to combine my passion for reading and writing with my passion for teaching kids who are struggling with reading.

Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). She’s also been known to run on the elliptical machine or ride the stationary bike at her gym for hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful thrillers.
When she’s living amongst real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a high school Reading teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over eighteen years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her beautiful son who allows her to enjoy children’s literature all over again. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.


The Attic of Sands and Secrets by Medeia Sharif

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Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014

Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.

Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems - such as her mother's abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there's something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that's normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother's whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.

The book takes place in 1976. Every host for this book blast is going to post one fun fact for that year. For some of you, this will bring back memories. For younger blog readers, you'll learn something new.

The Academy Award’s Best Picture of the Year was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 

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Keeper of the Gate by Paula Kennedy

KEEPER of the Gate
Paula Kennedy
Evernight Teen
Paranormal Teen Romance, 63k

Anna, the girl with flaming red hair and attitude to match, always felt like an outcast. In her final year of high school, when she can’t even connect with the right guy, she meets mysterious bible-loving Devin and feels strangely drawn to him.
There’s more to Devin than good looks and his weird obsession with scripture, and Anna finally understands the emptiness she’s felt her entire life. Join Anna as she searches for answers about her past with Devin, struggles to accept her true identity, and begins an adventure into the City of Fire to reseal the gates of Hell.
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Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
I would love to!
Keeper of the Gate follows Annalisa Harold a high school student who struggles with self esteem issues and depression. She’s never really felt as though she belongs among her peer group. Over the years, she has had several relationships but none of them ever lasted or felt right. Devin, a mysterious dark hair senior with luminous aqua eyes, comes into the picture and Anna feels strangely drawn to him – this type of connection has never happened before. Anna soon finds out there’s more to Devin than good looks and his weird obsession with the Bible, and the sense of loneliness she felt her entire life is finally explained. Anna spends a good portion of the book searching for answers about her past with Devin and struggling to accept her true identity. Amid this turmoil she begins an adventure into the City of Fire to reseal the gates of Hell. The story is a roller coaster and I won’t let you off until the very end so hang on!

What inspired you to write it?
I talked about this at length in another blog visit. My oldest daughter was the one who inspired me to write this story. When I told her I was going dedicate my latest book, Keeper of the Gate, to her because she had inspired me to write it, she crinkled her nose and said, "Book? What book are you talking about?" I had to laugh, and hold onto the nearest solid surface. The heated conversation we'd had so many years ago about what type of book I should write next was just a fleeting moment in her life. She had no idea I'd spent the last two years writing a story based on her desire to read a love story with angels. After some prompting and bugging - and possibly some tap dancing and head stands - Kristen finally nodded weakly and smiled.
"Oh sure, Mom, that's right." Her eyes skirted as she struggled to recall any memory of the conversation we'd had. "That book. Now I remember. I thought it was about ghosts are something?"
Boy oh boy the things we do for our kids!

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?

Truthfully I played no part in the creation of the cover. All the credit goes to Jay Aheer. He did an amazing job capturing the essence of the story. The fire at the bottom is amazing!

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I love these kinds of questions! I think it’s every writers dream to have something they’ve written turned into a movie!
If Keeper of the Gate was made into a movie I would definitely love to see Zac Efron play Devin. Zac and Devin share the same striking aqua eyes and I love the kindness that shows in Zac’s face – this is often how I see Devin.
Anna, or Annalisa, is a bit more difficult. She has a fiery personality hardened by the rejection she’s faced over the years. Perhaps I’m being a bit too ambitious but I would love to see Emma Watson play Anna. They both have a toughness masked by a soft exterior.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?

Paranormal romance, mixed with fantasy, has always been my number one choice of novels. If you’ve read any of my other novels you’d see that I’m slightly obsessed with all things paranormal.

What made you want to become an author?
Authors aren’t made, they’re born. I think Lady Gaga said it best, baby I was born this way!

How do you come up with character names?
Most the time the names just fall out of the air as I write. There really is no intentional selection.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
Interview with the Vampire is my all time favorite read – I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it and have to remind myself to pick something new. Anne Rice is an amazing author, her writing is beautiful.

Who, or what, inspires you?
Music inspires me most of the time – my children have some influence from time to time. ;) When I find I’m stuck on a section of whatever book I’m working on, I’ll plug in my i-pod and take a long drive with the music cranked. It’s strange but I’ve worked out more than a few issues this way.

Where is your favourite place to write?
My couch in the midst of the chaos that is my life. Banana muffin anyone? (You’ll have to visit me on Twitter to get in on the banana muffin joke). Believe it or not, I don’t work in an office or even in isolation. Perhaps this makes sense considering the life I lead. With three children under the age of eight, and one over the age of 21, there really isn’t a right place or time just for me.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Interview with the Vampire. Man I’m hard core! I love Brad Pitt as Louis but think Tom Cruise was cast a little too hastily. It’s too bad so much was left out but I think, overall, the director captured the essence of the story. I’m sure it’s very hard to replicate a book exactly.

Name two of your favourite authors.
Stephen King and Anne Rice. Stephen King because I am in complete awe of the ideas he comes up with. How does one person think of some many amazing stories? Anne Rice is my other for reasons listed above – her writing is a delight to read.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I crochet bubble stitch scarves but can’t do it unless I watch an example on YouTube. Seriously. I have tried for years to learn how to read a pattern with no luck. Thanks to YouTube my family is now very well equipped with puff stitch scarves of all colors. Perhaps I should give one of them away? Who needs a red puff stitch scarf? Message me!

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Oh boy this is a tough one. I think the person that could best represent me in the movie of my life would be Penelope Cruz. Not only do we look alike – ahem okay so maybe that’s pushing it a bit- but I love that she has always known the direction of her life. I believe she was cast in her first movie when she was 15 or 16. I can relate to that. I’ve always known I wanted to be an author and didn’t stop until that dream became a reality.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I live in Northern Ontario and I am quite proud to say Angels of the Night – my first published work – is set here. It’s strange to drive around town and see a land mark featured in my novel. The Stone Masons play an integral part of that story and every time I drive by the building it feels like they’re going to come running after me for giving away their secrets. Are they really hiding the existence of vampires? ☺

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I am currently working on the third book in the Angels of the Night series and when I’m done would like to start another book for Keeper of the Gate. There are so many possibilities for sequels from that first story I’m grappling with where to start. I really miss Devin and Anna and feel like I need to get them back right away.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
One of the things on my bucket list is to visit Scotland and tour the historic sites. As a Kennedy I’d like to explore my ancestral roots – and believe it or not I LOVE bagpipes, highland dancing and kilts. My husband and I are planning a trip in 2016. I can’t wait to cross that off.

Favourite myth / fairytale?
In Keeper of the Gate Anna and Devin have to cross the River Styx into the City of Fire so I guess this is one of my favorite myths. Overall, I love all Greek mythology and fit it into my writing when it works.

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?
As I was going through my school memories book a few months ago I came to my kindergarten page. At the bottom of one of the pages was a section where my parents filled in the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? At the age of four I answered ‘teacher’ and guess what? That’s exactly what I am! Teaching and writing are both in my soul – baby I was born this way.

Thanks so much for having me! If anyone would like a red bubble scarf, seriously, email me your favorite part of Keeper of the Gate – be sure to tell me why that was your favorite part. First person to answer will win the scarf and I’ll feature your answer on my blog! paulakennedyauthor@hotmail.com

Backing away, I turned toward the wall. “Can’t you just leave me alone? All I’m asking for is time to say goodbye to my family. Why is that so hard?”
I could feel the heat of him directly behind me but didn’t turn. “You know the reason.” His tone was quiet and serious. “I am not going to repeat myself.”
“Go away, Devin.” Tears of frustration would not be held at bay any longer and my words were laced with hatred. “Just leave me alone!”
Heat building in my chest suddenly exploded and I turned and shoved him as hard as I could. He staggered backwards a couple steps, but caught himself easily.
“That was pathetic,” he mumbled and moved back over to me.
“Stay back!” I demanded, fists held defensively forward.
He laughed at my threat and grabbed for both of my wrists. Arms flailing wildly, I avoided his hands but somehow he flipped me around to pin my body against the wall with his. He slipped his legs between mine and spread them wide.
“Get . . .off . . . me.” I huffed under his weight and struggled to pull away. He only dug his knees into the backs of my legs more forcefully. Laughing, he pressed his torso harder against my back before fumbling to grab my wrists.
“Make me leave, Anna,” he whispered breathlessly into my ear as he forced my hands over my head. His fingers dug into my wrists and this brought tears to my eyes.
“You’re hurting me!” I hissed through clenched teeth and leaned away from his face. “Get off me!”
He grunted with the effort and after a bit of a fight took both of my hands in one of his. With his free hand he took a fistful of my hair and yanked my head back.
“Ow!” I swore and blinked tears down my cheeks.
“You better hurry.” He hissed. “Make me leave before someone gets hurt.”
The heat of his breath in my face fueled the fire in my chest and I screamed in frustration, fear and anger. He laughed gratingly and this only ticked me off more.
“No one can hear you scream. It’s just us.” He pushed my knees painfully into the wall with his legs. “Maybe you like this. Huh?” he asked, pressing his torso harder against me. I cried out as the air was squeezed from my lungs. “I am in complete control, Anna. I could do whatever I pleased with you right now. What are you going to do about it?”
“Why are you doing this to me?” I sobbed and my anger fizzled. My words came out in a great shudder. “Get off. Please.”
“Come on!” Spittle sprayed my cheek when he yelled and I clamped my eyes shut. “You’re not Annalisa Harold.” He yanked my hair again and I whimpered.
“Stop crying,” he demanded and let up his grip a fraction.
“You’re a warrior. A Keeper of the Gate!” Air huffed from my lips as he pressed against me again. “Now. . .come . . .on! Make me leave!”
I wriggled and struggled to move away but it felt like he was made of iron. I sobbed breathlessly, my muscles spent. His suggestion I was some type of warrior was ridiculous.
Devin’s voice was laced with anger. “He will destroy your family. He will torture your friends. Is that what you want for them?”
I couldn’t breathe, could hardly think of anything but taking a lung full of air. My cheek pressed against the cold drywall and tears dripped like ice down my neck. I wanted to get away from him, wanted to breathe, but sorrow sapped my strength. Perhaps I should give in to him. Perhaps that was what I needed.
I cried then. Long, mournful sobs racked my trapped chest for what felt like hours. We stayed as we were for so long, in fact, the cold in the drywall started to eat itself into my brain. I pleaded, I begged, I screamed, but Devin refused to release me. His breath was like fire in my ear, his body a prison. He was never going to let me go.
Then the images started to come. I was desperate to save my mother, my father, my friends. Scene after scene of my life flashed like lightning in a summer storm and I knew I couldn’t sacrifice them. I didn’t care about myself, I wanted to die, but I couldn’t let my family suffer in my place. They were the innocent. They had loved me like their own.
Drawing what breath I could, I screamed from the pit of my stomach and pushed against the wall with all my might. This last effort created enough space to allow me to turn around. Anger flooded in then and I wanted to kill him. My heart raced, I couldn’t seem to draw enough air, and my body tingled with lightning.
Meeting his eyes, I didn’t miss the look of surprise that swept across his face. Glad I finally had the advantage, I drew a shaking breath before shoving him with as much strength as I could muster. As my fingertips touched his chest, the air came alive with pin pricks of electricity. Amazingly, Devin flew across the room, pulled by some invisible force, and I was left standing alone in shock. His body hit the opposite wall hard enough to knock my clock off the nail, but he
was right back on his feet and hardly fazed at all.
He adjusted his glasses and smoothed his hair. “That was good, but it wasn’t good enough.”
Recklessly, he charged at me again but this time I was ready. I lunged into a forward roll away from him, and got back on my feet, fast enough to send a roundhouse kick toward his head.
He blocked my foot skillfully, but I nearly missed a low kick from him toward my right shin and stopped it at the last second. In a flurry of movement, he threw a series of punches toward my head, all of which I blocked with my forearms. Unfortunately, as I was backing up I tripped over a book bag. He grabbed the front of my shirt as I collapsed backwards and my hair brushed the wall.
“Careful,” he said breathlessly, eyes wide with excitement.
“Thanks,” I grunted and wrenched my shirt free of his grip as I jumped back on my feet.
With every inhalation of air my body came more alive. I was electrified, invincible, and going to kick Devin’s ass.

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Paula has a B.A. in psychology, a B. Ed. in the primary, junior, intermediate and senior divisions, and a vivid imagination. She spent her early years listening to the stories of her father, a well-loved high school teacher and creating tales of adventure for her two younger sisters.
She is a wife and mother to four amazing children. “I am a mother, a wife, a teacher and a writer. Life does not get any better than this!”



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OUT NOW: And Then There Was You

I'm so excited at the moment. I've just released my ninth book! WOOP WOOP! Unlike seven of my other novels, this one isn't YA. It's a contemporary romance novel called And Then There Was You. It took me by complete surprise a few months ago. I'd had no plans to write such a book. The idea just came and stayed with me for about a week and it just wouldn't let me go so I started writing in my little summer house. And I was like a writing monster for a week. Yes, that's all it took to write this novel (well, the first draft anyway). Less than seven days.
Well, here it is...

Three years ago, Eve Brooke had the most passionate, memorable night of her life. Unfortunately, it was with a man who wasn't her husband.
Can infidelity be forgotten? Not when her one night stand moves in next door, it can’t.
Eve has a pretty good life. She’s married to Matt, her childhood sweetheart, has an interesting career and lives in a nice house in the suburbs. If life is so perfect why did Eve sleep with a complete stranger during a trip to London? And why, three years later did he have to move in next door with his beautiful wife? As the attraction between them flares up again, Eve begins to question her marriage and wonders if it is fate or coincidence that has brought them back together…

I'm currently looking for reviewers. If you would like a review copy of And Then There Was, please get in touch either by commenting below or email. Thanks :)