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Welcome to today’s stop on the Killer on the Road blog tour hosted by Page Turner Book Tours.  I hope you enjoy today’s interview with author, Charles O’Keefe.  Stick around to enter the contest!

 

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 Killer On The Road by Charles O’Keefe

Title: Killer On The Road
Series: The Newfoundland Vampire
Author: Charles O’Keefe
Genre: Horror / Paranormal / Romance / Vampire
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print
Release Date: January, 2011 

Blurb: Joseph O’Reily is still adjusting to the lifestyle and the dangers that come with being a new vampire. He and Cassandra recently fought to the death with Cassandra’s estranged husband John Snow, and now Joseph has experienced his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough, he and Cassandra have been tasked with hunting down and killing a rogue vampire, Donald Rathmore.
Another of John Snow’s creations, Donald is an evil misogynistic killer in his own right. Donald has no interest in avenging his creator’s death, but killing Cassandra is at the top of his list.
While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one step behind him. The chase is further complicated as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the Vampire Council and the coming war between good and evil.
Joseph is only now beginning to trust Cassandra, and this trust will be shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets than he imagined. Her idea of justice and morality is at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra. This time the answers and challenges may be too much for the young vampire to handle.

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“Vampire Charles”

 About Charles O’Keefe: 

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther. He works as an I.T. support guy and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, acting, martial arts and of course fantasizing about vampires.

He currently has two novels out, books 1 and 2 of  “The Newfoundland Vampire” series. 

 And now for the interview…

1.  What’s your favorite book or genre to read?

Ahh to read, usually people ask what genre to I like to write in, so I appreciate the different question. Well I guess it’s changed over time, I used to read science-fiction almost exclusively (and most of that Star Trek) but now I’d say fantasy/horror. I enjoy getting a thrill reading horror tales and find the characters are often quite interesting.

 2.  Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No not really, I’ve always been a creative person but I’m one of those people who wasn’t sure what he wanted to be for a long time (I was finished university before I wanted to be a teacher). I did a little writing for the school paper in high school and more at university but really I didn’t get the writing bug until late, probably when I was around 33-34.

3.  How to “get in the zone” to write?  Any certain quirks that you feel you MUST do?

That’s a good question, hmmm…..I do need time to collect my thoughts. Well first off I can’t write a novel until I’ve done an outline. Then I generally do most of my writing in the morning. So my quirks would be I need to have breakfast, move my laptop to the kitchen table (if it’s not there already), look out the window and then start writing. I find I can only usually do short bursts (30-45 minutes). I also like to take frequent breaks to look out the window, maybe check my e-mail or look at a website. I have written at conventions, farmer’s markets, flea markets, planes and other places though, so really there’s nothing I have to do to write. I generally just have to be in the mood, I can force myself to edit but not to be creative.

4.  What’s your writing style?  Do you brainstorm ideas on paper or just go straight to writing?

I kind of cheated here as I already mentioned this above. In detail though, so I do an outline with each chapter title, the date it happens (in the story) and a brief summary of what happens in each chapter. For book 1 I did an outline as I went (i.e. I kept 2-3 chapters ahead of where I was writing) but for book 2 I did the outline for the whole book in 5-7 hours. Then the second step I do a more detailed outline as each chapter is finished, this time it contains point by point in sequence exactly what happens in each chapter. I do this detailed outline for my editor, Pat, but I do find it helps afterwards during editing and to make sure I don’t do the same things twice (or make some other timeline type error). So the short answer is I brainstorm before, work on an outline and then write. I also try to read over notes on grammar and story structure every week or two to keep the concepts fresh in my mind. 

5.  There seems to be some similar qualities between Joseph and yourself, do you feel close to any other characters you’ve written?

Joseph is a younger version of me who made different choices and obviously has some differences (I only wish I was a vampire), so we have a lot of similar qualities. I really do feel close to Cassandra though (my main female character). She is the first character I created that felt real to me (Joseph just didn’t count as he’s me). She’s the one where at the end of book 1 I first thought of her, she had more to say, more to do and was just waiting for me to write it. To be honest I also love Cassandra as a fantasy woman, she’s got everything I could wish for in a woman (including being a vampire), smart, sexy, strong, red hair, adventurous, wise, loving, confident and fun. While she does things I don’t agree with, I admire her courage and I think her attitude and actions are realistic for a 220 year old vampire who has seen a lot of terrible things (and had a lot happen to her). While in book 1 she was a little underdeveloped, I think with my editor’s help she really is a much more realized and interesting character in book 2.

6.  Do you already know how the Newfoundland Vampire series will end, or do you figure it out as you go?

Another good one! Well I do like to plan ahead. I don’t want to give too much away, I will say that I know how a very important event in my world will go (I’ve thought about this battle almost as soon as I started writing book 1) but the end of the series….I think the most honest thing I can say is that after book 4 if I’m still enjoying it and I have a good story to tell it will continue. I don’t want to end up like Anne Rice where the books are complete crap and they are just pumped out for money (in my opinion of course).

 7.  What advice can you give those of us who would love to write, but aren’t sure how to get started?

I must say you came up with great questions, very thought provoking. Well I was like that and I would tell anyone who loves to write to just start small. What delayed me for a long time was thinking about how big a book is when you start, that’s the wrong attitude. Just think about it this way, I’ll write 1 page today, I’ll finish this short story (or chapter) next week…then before you know it you have a body of work or a novel finished. Small steps lead to finished projects. If you love writing just take an idea and run with it (or make an outline if you’re the organized type), either way if you’re enjoying yourself then there’s no downside really, how much you want to do and how far you want to go is all in your hands.

8.  Where can we stalk you?  😉

I love to hear from fans! Here’s the best ways to connect with me:

thenlvampire@gmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=826155483

http://twitter.com/#!/TheNLVampire

www.charlesokeefe.com

https://www.goodreads.com/TheNLVampire

*I don’t normally add anything like this after an interview, but I have to say thank you, Charles!  I thouroughly enjoyed your answers and they definitely gave me a lot to think about!  I do love the idea of an outline.. that sounds right up my alley. 

Here’s what you could win..

*Advertising space on The Writing Network

*A page feature in Reader’s Shadow

*Prize book bundle (Spark by Karyn Pearson, Birth of an Empire by Catrina Taylor, and both books in the Newfoundland Vampire Series by Charles O’Keefe)

Enter the contest here.

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Hello and welcome to today’s post on the Witch Blood series tour,Hosted by Bookshelf Confessions!  Today I am promoting the second book, Witchcraft.

Witchcraft (Witchblood, #2)

 From Goodreads: Jess is no ordinary vampire. Protected by the Manchester vampire clan, and initiated by her family’s east coast American coven, she is sought after by every dark witch and warring vampire faction. Jess must fight if she wants to keep hold of her friends, her sanity and finally her existence.

As the dead bodies of human girls begin to stack up, and her recently accepted vampire boyfriend, Daniel, finds himself in prison, Jess goes on a crazy, forbidden trip to London, racing against time to save an old friend and solve the mystery behind Daniel’s incarceration. In battling new enemies and finding new friends, Jess’s confidence finds room to grow, but who will she lose along the way?

Let’s get to know author, Emma Mills!!

Author Bio
Hi I’m Emma. I am happily married with two lovely children. I have always loved reading and writing and published my first novel WitchBlood in Jan 2012 with Witchcraft following in June and WitchLove due in Feb 2013. After acquiring an obsessive love of supernatural teen novels…yes I’m a Twilight fan…I decided to write my own supernatural story based here in Manchester in the UK, near where I live and grew up. It’s currently dark, windy, cold and very very wet… and easy to get inspiration.

Find Me

 Facebook | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads |

Quick Fire Questions

1. Morning, noon or night?

Noon.

2. How do you like your steak?

Rare… yes I have vampire tendancies!

3. What was the last film you saw?

‘Like Crazy’ on the movie channel

4. What’s your favorite place to watch TV?

On the sofa at home.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

We are actually in the process of moving to the neighboring county, but last year we almost moved to Dubai. I rather fancy living somewhere hot!

6. What did you eat for breakfast?

A hot cross bun and a bowl of pineapple & mango

7. What is your favorite cuisine?

Probably Mexican – vegetable enchiladas are my favorite dinner!

8. What foods do you love?

Homemade cakes, asparagus and cheese!

9. What kind of car do you drive?

Fiat Punto

10. What are your favorite clothes?

I generally live in jeans but love a long summery dress when the sun comes out!

11. Where would you visit if you had the chance?

I’m really looking forward to going to Florida in May, but we also want to go back to Malaysia sometime soon.

12. Weapon of choice?

A turbo charged wand please

13. Where would you want to retire?

Ooo somewhere hot, somewhere magical and not too far from my family.

14. How many tattoos do you have?

Just one, on my foot. A Sea Turtle & 2 flowers representing motherhood and my two beautiful children. I quite fancy getting another one though!

15. What is your favorite sport to watch?

I don’t really ‘do’ sport, but I loved the Olympics!

16. Do you have any pets?

A dog called Nemo, a cat called Willow, 3 Harry Potter Hens called Hermionie, Ginny & Myrtle, a bunny and some fish!

17. Any new or exciting news you’d like to share?

Only that all three of the Witchblood books are currently in the Top 100 for their genres; which I am totally thrilled about. I hope to release WitchHunt later this year and maybe a short story featuring Eva & Sebastian in an Anthology!

18. Favorite color?

My favorite colour is purple!

19. Are you married?

Yes.

20. Like your job?

Apart from being so busy right now my life is everything I hoped for. I never had aspirations to be a career girl and even though I worked hard at school and went to university I always wanted to get married and have a family. Luckily my husband earned enough to enable me to stop work when we had children and now I’m even getting paid to daydream and write stories!

 

Here’s my review of Witch Blood

My review of Witchcraft will be posted soon.

 

Where to buy the books…

US 

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UK

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Don’t forget to check out the other stops along this tour!!!

Hello and welcome to today’s post on the Witch Blood series tour,Hosted by Bookshelf Confessions!  Today I am promoting the first book, Witch Blood.

Witchblood

 From Goodreads:  When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on.
With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants.
Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?

 Let’s get to know author, Emma Mills!!

Author Bio
Hi I’m Emma. I am happily married with two lovely children. I have always loved reading and writing and published my first novel WitchBlood in Jan 2012 with Witchcraft following in June and WitchLove due in Feb 2013. After acquiring an obsessive love of supernatural teen novels…yes I’m a Twilight fan…I decided to write my own supernatural story based here in Manchester in the UK, near where I live and grew up. It’s currently dark, windy, cold and very very wet… and easy to get inspiration.

Find Me

 Facebook | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads |

 

Quick Fire Questions

1. Morning, noon or night?
Noon.
2. How do you like your steak?
Rare… yes I have vampire tendancies!
3. What was the last film you saw?
‘Like Crazy’ on the movie channel
4. What’s your favorite place to watch TV?
On the sofa at home.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
We are actually in the process of moving to the neighboring county, but last year we almost moved to Dubai. I rather fancy living somewhere hot!
6. What did you eat for breakfast?
A hot cross bun and a bowl of pineapple & mango
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Probably Mexican – vegetable enchiladas are my favorite dinner!
8. What foods do you love?
Homemade cakes, asparagus and cheese!
9. What kind of car do you drive?
Fiat Punto
10. What are your favorite clothes?
I generally live in jeans but love a long summery dress when the sun comes out!
11. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
I’m really looking forward to going to Florida in May, but we also want to go back to Malaysia sometime soon.
12. Weapon of choice?
A turbo charged wand please
13. Where would you want to retire?
Ooo somewhere hot, somewhere magical and not too far from my family.
14. How many tattoos do you have?
Just one, on my foot. A Sea Turtle & 2 flowers representing motherhood and my two beautiful children. I quite fancy getting another one though!
15. What is your favorite sport to watch?
I don’t really ‘do’ sport, but I loved the Olympics!
16. Do you have any pets?
A dog called Nemo, a cat called Willow, 3 Harry Potter Hens called Hermionie, Ginny Myrtle, a bunny and some fish!
17. Any new or exciting news you’d like to share?
Only that all three of the Witchblood books are currently in the Top 100 for their genres; which I am totally thrilled about. I hope to release WitchHunt later this year and maybe a short story featuring Eva & Sebastian in an Anthology!
18. Favorite color?
My favorite colour is purple!
19. Are you married?
Yes.
20. Like your job?
Apart from being so busy right now my life is everything I hoped for. I never had aspirations to be a career girl and even though I worked hard at school and went to university I always wanted to get married and have a family. Luckily my husband earned enough to enable me to stop work when we had children and now I’m even getting paid to daydream and write stories!

 

Here’s my review of Witch Blood

 

Where to buy the books…
US
Amazon
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UK
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
        

Don’t forget to check out the other stops along this tour!!!

Welcome to my stop on the Whispers in the Woods book tour hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe!  I hope you enjoy the information I give here, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

Vol. I
When Evie Parker meets Lucas Spencer she begins to feel hope again.  Lately she’s been going through life in a fog and Lucas is all about teaching her how to have fun again.   For the first time since the accident she knows what it means to have fun again.  So who cares if Lucas is a little odd.  It isn’t that strange that she’s never met his parents, or that teachers never seem to notice when he’s late for class. 
Evie tries not to care, but on top of all his peculiar behavior she’s been feeling kind of sick lately–
ever since she met Lucas actually.  When Lucas decides it is time to come clean with all his secrets Evie has to make some hard decisions.

Vol. II
All Evie wants is a little bit of normal in her life– is that really too much to ask?  
Lucas isn’t normal, but he makes her happy. That should count for something.  Evie thinks she can find a balance that will let her be normal and also be with him.  Of course she hadn’t counted on adding his family into the mix, or his ex-girlfriend.  Life with an elf is never boring.

Vol III
Lucas and Evie were finally at a place where Evie was comfortable with her mix of normal human teenager and fantastical elf boyfriend.  Then she went and got herself crushed by a tree. 
Evie wakes up with a whole lot of extra issues to deal with. Not the least of which is a trip inside the Veil to see Lucas’s home.   She never would have agreed to go if she’d known she was going to have her own secret to hide.

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: May 21, 2012
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 My Review:This book sounded quite good when I read the blurb.  I’ve always love stories of any of the fey.  I was definitely happy to have all 3 volumes at once, so I could just continue reading as if it were one.  
I found the story enthralling and very easy to blaze right through.  I didn’t want to put it down.
We get to know Evie and her sad little world, where she has only one friend.  Losing her parents, moving in with a grandmother she had never met (and whom didn’t want her around) being the new kid in school, she’s had quite a tough year!

Then, she meets Lucas while hiking in the woods.  She immediately starts to notice “odd” things about him, but pushes the feeling to the back of her mind; she’s way too happy with him to even want to know what these oddities could mean. 
Then he comes clean…
So she’s dating an elf, so what, right?  She can still have her “normal”, even with the unbelievable news of their relationship.  
We tag along as Evie comes to terms with her new life and just as things seem to be falling into place, a brand new, and perhaps dangerous, issue becomes quite apparent.
I loved this book, although, it is titled the “complete series”.  I am writing this hoping that is not entirely true..  There is plenty more to the story to be told, Volume III ended with a bit of a “whoa, what’s next” feeling.  I desperately hope to be reading the rest of the story very soon.
I give this book 4 stars!
The Interview
1)  What inspires you to write the stories you write? 
Usually my stories start with a character.  One minute I’ll be doing the dishes or eating dinner and the next minute I’ll be having a nice little mental chat with a new character.  Once I’ve made friends with a new character i can’t not write their story. 
2)  You’re an “Indie author”… now that you have a few books under your belt, do you think you’ll become more commercialized?  
I’ve seen many do this.  Independently publishing my books has really been a life changing experience for me.   Not only have I been able to realize the dream of seeing my imagination come alive in print, but I have met a lot of amazing people and learned a ton about the publishing industry.  I am certainly proud when I look back and see how far I’ve come from that first blinking cursor on a blank computer screen.  
That being said… Being an Indie is HARD!  You aren’t just an author.  You’re also an editor, and a publicist, and a graphic designer, and a publisher, and an accountant, and a legal department.  Phew!  It is exhausting.  Not to mention that, despite the experience I’ve gained, I am still bumbling around with a lot of the particulars.  Traditional authors still have the edge on resources.   
I am very excited to be able to tell you that I have recently signed a deal for representation with Trident Media Group.  Hopefully this relationship will see me safely and successfully changing lanes into the traditionally published world. 
3)  Do you feel a specific connection with any of your characters?  
I wouldn’t say that any of my characters are ever modeled after me.  Honestly I don’t think that would be very interesting.  But I am not ashamed to tell you that some of my best friends are the fictional characters in my books.  Carter from Whispers in the Woods is always around when I’m having a rough day.  He tells me jokes and then I laugh out loud and the people around me all stare and wonder if I’m insane.  It’s awesome.  
4)  Who are some of your favorite authors?  
So many.  So many.  I am currently a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout she of course writes the Lux series and I am such a fangirl when it comes to Daemon Black.  I very recently finished reading Would be Witch by Kimberly Frost and I believe I have found a new favorite in Frost.  I laughed the whole time and I am simply itching to get my hands on the sequel.  
5)  Have you always wanted to be an author?  
I never really know how to answer that.  Because I have always loved to read and I have always thought that writing books would be an awesome career.  But I didn’t actually think it was a real possibility until last year.  I had recently left my job to stay home with my two awesome kids and I read an article about how easy Amazon made publishing and the rest is history. 
6)  What advise can you give to us aspiring authors? 
Just keep writing.  Ebooks have really opened a ton of windows in the publishing world and that is an awesome place to get your feet wet, but first you need something to publish! 
7)  What’s next for you?  
I am very excited about the sequel to Whispers in the Woods.  You will be able to get Whispers in the Dark in late December.  
8)  Where can we find you?
To enter the giveaway, please sign up with the rafflecopter here.
For more information
facebook.com/dell.tj 
Email: tjdellbooks@gmail.com

 

 Welcome to the Prowl Trilogy tour hosted by I Luv Tours. Today we are featuring an excerpt from the second book, Entice.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

The blurb:  Mackenzie returns home from the summer with her grandma, certain that Wesley is out of her life for good. Until the nightmares resurface, and strange things start to happen. Is Wesley back?
When the danger escalates and threatens those closest to her, Mackenzie must fight to save them. Only this time the evil is more powerful, and Mackenzie is faced with an impossible decision.

My Review:

I was so excited to pick up this book!  I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next for Kenzie, her mom, and of course Isaac!  I have to say…..  I was definitely not disappointed.
We stay with Kenzie now that she’s gone back home.   She is back in all of her old surroundings and finding out that being a new Christian is increasingly lonely and difficult…  Until she starts hanging out with Tanner, the one boy in school she always had such a crush on.  He’s also newly saved and they start going to church and hanging out together all the time.
Meanwhile, Kenzie’s mom has a new boyfriend.  He’s well dressed, polite and apparently very rich;  but Kenzie just can’t seem to shake the bad feeling she gets around him.
Things start to get crazy all around her; her mom starts sleepwalking and is that Wesley she keeps hearing and seeing?
Very climactic ending.. just what is wrong with her mom?  What about her relationship with Tanner, how does it affect her love for Isaac?? 

Read the book!!  🙂  

I gave this book 4.5 stars as well!

To see my review of the first book, Prowl, click here.

The Giveaway

What you can win: One (1) e-book from the Prowl Trilogy (Prowl or Entice or Unveil). Open internationally. There will be only one winner from this blog throughout the tour, although I will have a post for each book in the trilogy. Giveaway ends October 25th.

How you win:  Comment on this and/or one of the other posts I have for this tour.  Extra points given for:  following the author’s blog, http://www.ambergarza.wordpress.com/ and following this blog.

Please leave your email in the comment, along with details for any of the extra points.

There will also be a tour-wide giveaway. All three (3) e-books of The Prowl Trilogy + Surprise to one winner. Open INTERNATIONAL, ENDS October 30, 2012. To enter this giveaway and find the tour schedule, click here.

 You can buy the books via the following links:
Prowl in paperback
Prowl on Kindle
Entice in paperback
Entice on Kindle
Unveil in paperback
Unveil on Kindle

Welcome to my stop on the Circe tour hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours

Circe
When Dr. David Black takes an internship at a very old psychiatric hospital back home in Alabama, he vows two things—that he will be a better husband to his beautiful and loving wife Pria, and that he will stop cheating on her.Then his enigmatic supervisor Dr. Cassie Allen, a self-proclaimed witch with ties to the underworld, begins to draw him into her darkness. David finds it hard to resist her wicked sensuality, but even harder to resist her evil pull.As strange and violent deaths pile up left and right, David realizes that Cassie’s psychotic behavior is connected to the mysterious hospital itself. There a demonic force threatens to destroy everything that David holds dear—his wife, his family, even his very sanity.

Product DetailsFile Size: 344 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1897562888
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (November 15, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0068QDD9U
Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
X-Ray: Not Enabled 
Lending: Enabled

 
About Jessica Penot (from her website)
I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in theValley Planetand White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night. I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press,Haunted South Alabama. Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America. I’m also workng on the next book in my Circe series. The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama. Click Here to Follow My Blog!You can contact me at jessica.penot@gmail.com

The Interview:

1) What inspires you as an author?
Ghost stories and old buildings with long histories and tragic stories inspire me. I love traveling to new policies and finding their histories. I’m inspired by everyplace I go and everyone I talk to. The world is so full of stories I could spend my entire life writing and only touch the tip of the iceberg.

2) When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always remember wanting to be a writer.  I found an old diary of mine from when I was seven or eight. It had a blue unicorn on it and a broken lock.
Everything inside was badly misspelled and hardly legible, but in it I said I wanted to be a writer.

3) Why the horror/ghost story genre?
Searcy State Hospital inspired me to write my first horror novel.  The history there is so tragic that it spoke to me. I’ve been writing horror and ghost stories ever since.

4) What is a typical writing day for you?
I am a mother of three and there are no typical days for me. I write when I can. I write when my children are occupied and my baby is asleep. I write when the baby is happy playing and the others are at school I write whenever I can.

5) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write for the love of writing. You can’t control the world of publishing, but if you write for yourself there will always be joy in that.

6) Let us know where to find you.
You can find me all over the place.  I love to write ghost stories at my blog www.ghoststoriesandhauntedplaces.blogspot.com. You can also find me at my website www.jessicapenot.net or you can contact me anytime at Jessica.penot@gmail.com. I love hearing from people.

Enter to win your own copy of this great book!!  Just leave a comment on this post including your email.  Extra points for following me..
Check out these great stops along the tour!
7/23  Rea’s Reading and Reviews   Guest Blog  
7/24  Crossroads   Guest Blog, Spot Light, and Giveaway   
7/24  Rea’s Reading and Reviews   Review
7/24 Her Story Calls  Guest Blog
7/25  My World   Guest post, Spot Light  
7/25  The Avid Reader  Guest Blog  
7/26  My Little Pocketbooks    Spot Lightand Giveaway  
7/26  Kristy Centeno     Review and Guest Blog   
7/26  Beauty in Ruins   Review    
7/30  Red Headed Bookworm    Interview, Guest Blog and Giveaway
7/31   Storm Goddess Book Reviews  Spot Light and Giveaway
7/31  Journey with Words   Guest Blog
8/1   All Things Writing    Review and Giveaway 
8/1   Princess of Pages  Review and Interview  
8/2   The Bunny’s Review   Review and Guest Blog
8/2  Soliloquy Review     Interview and guest post
8/3   My Cozie Corner   Review
8/3  outRageous.pages    Review
8/3   Reading, Writing and More   Interview, Spot Light,and Giveaway
8/3  Lissette E. Manning    Review

Thank you for joining me on today’s stop along the Tribe’s Bride tour, hosted by Page Turner’s Book Tours  Enjoy the character interview, and don’t forget to enter the contest!!

Blurb: 
When a university job interview goes south, Carrie Wade isn’t certain that she’ll ever find work in her field of ancient Native American Culture. Knowing the only job waiting for her is waitressing at a coffee house, Carrie indulges in a post-disappointment shopping trip. An old necklace in an antique store window catches her eye and she immediately feels as if she cannot walk away without owning it. The very last thing she needs to do is squander her savings by investing in a necklace that may have, at one time, belonged to one of the tribes she studied…but she can’t help herself. When she tries on the precious necklace at home, she passes out and wakes up in the tent of the necklace’s original owners, three Native American tribesmen from the late 1600s. Will she be able to get back home to the future or will she find out that the one place she was always meant to be was back in time as the tribe’s bride?
Novella: 26k Words 
Self Published 
*This novella contains m/f/m/m interaction, three handsome brothers that will do anything for each other and their woman, and a magical necklace that brings them all together.
You can buy the book here
Author Bio: 
R.E. Butler is midwesterner by birth, but calls the East Coast home now. She replaced the lowing of cows for the caw of seagulls and couldn’t be happier. She has two small children, a husband, and two dogs, and when she’s not busy chasing all of them around, she can be found at her computer furiously writing.
She gets her inspiration from the strangest places…a stranger at the airport, a word that sounds like it could be a great name for a character, the color of the sky at sunset. The more she sees, the more she wants to share.
Her wiccan-werebear novella series is slated to be a six story series, although as time allows there are more than enough characters to add to it. The Wolf’s Mate series has six books in it, with the potential to spin-off four different series from the secondary characters when inspiration strikes.
Her favorite things to do besides writing and reading, are cooking, watching old episodes of Law & Order, scouring for free kindle books, sneaking Ghiradelli chocolate, and people watching. Her favorite place to people watch is at the gym. People make the funniest faces when they’re concentrating!
You can find R.E. Butler at the following places:

R.E. Butler interviews Carrie Wade, Heroine of The Tribe’s Bride

(Carrie): Hello R.E.!
(R.E.): Hi Carrie! I’m glad to see you are still alive and well, after going back in time several hundred years.
(Carrie): Um, yeah. Thanks for that! Couldn’t you have had the necklace send me someplace tropical and, oh I don’t know, modern?

(R.E.): Well, it wouldn’t have been such a great story if I had. How
boring…woman buys a necklace, goes to Hawaii. Yawn.
(Carrie): Fine, fine. So you wanted to chat with me?

(R.E.): Absolutely. You were taken back in time through a magical necklace to the 1600s. What was the first thing you missed about being that far back in time?
(Carrie): First, I missed my bed! Instead of my nice fluffy, pillow top mattress, I was stuck sleeping on a mat made of animal hide, using hide blankets to keep warm.  Right after that, I dearly, dearly missed indoor plumbing! They use a trough-like pit for the toilet, and then to keep things sanitary, the place where they bathe is a good, long walk away. No toilet paper, no running water except in the creek that we had to walk to.  I’d say “it’s the little things I miss” but modern plumbing is a huge thing!

(R.E.): What is your favorite thing about each brother?
(Carrie): Oh, they’re all so unique and amazing! You might know that the three of them were banished from their tribe so they were all alone, without any family or other people around. They used the necklace because they didn’t want to be alone forever. Coyote is the oldest and the leader. He’s bossy, but it’s because he cares.
The love that he feels for me and his brothers is just so amazing. Bear is the middle, built like a linebacker and a great hunter. He’s very protective. When danger is near, he expects everyone to do what he says. He would gladly lay his life down to protect his family. Hawk is the youngest and a total sweetheart. He brings me flowers every day and taught me how to cook and sew.

(R.E.): How do you think the brothers would have fared if the necklace had brought them to you instead?
(Carrie): Oh man, that would be great! I can just picture them freaking out about cars and airplanes. But they’d probably be sad, too, to see so much destruction of the land in the name of progress. Where our tribe lives, it’s untamed wilderness, beautiful and unspoiled. I’m sure that Coyote would still have tried to be the leader even in such an uncertain place, and he would have been great at it. Bear would fit right in with hunting with a bow during hunting season, but he’d have to give up his breechcloth in exchange for jeans and boxers. I’d have to teach Hawk how to use a real stove and sewing machine. He’s so talented and eager, though, I knew he’d do just wonderful.  They all would.

(R.E.): You certainly seem happy. Now that you’ve been there a while, do you still miss anything?
(Carrie): Sometimes I get a craving for chocolate or ice cream, but there are so many other things that I can enjoy instead. Like honey fresh from the comb, wild berries, and trees ripe with fruit. I’ve certainly gained a lot more than I lost, when I count the love I’m surround with every day. I do miss my friends, though, but my men make sure that I’m never lonely.

(R.E.): Is there anything you’d like to say to the people who will soon be reading your story?
(Carrie): Yes! I hope that you enjoy reading about my time-travel adventure. If I could give you parting advice it would be…don’t be afraid to buy antique necklaces! You never know what adventure might unfold!

Thank you so much for having me on the blog today! I hope you enjoyed the interview with Carrie, I had a lot of fun writing it! Don’t forget to comment on this blog to be entered to win a digital copy of the book and be entered into the grand prize contest through the blog tour for a chance to win some great prizes including books and handmade bracelets!

We will be posting the winners of all competitions on the 2nd August right here on Page Turner Book Tours.
Check out the other stops on this tour!!
25th July – Page Turner Book Tours – Opening Post & Competition
 26th July – My World – Review
 27th July – R.E. Butler – Spotlight by Author
 28th July – Pandragon Dan – Guest Post
 29th July – Sheenah Frietas – Interview
 30th July – Reading Writing And More – Guest Post
 31st July – Red Phoenix – Interview
 1st Aucust – Read 2 Review – Review
 2nd August – Page Turner Book Tours – Tour Wrap post

Thank you for joining us today on the blog tour hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.  I hope you enjoy the interview and enter the giveaway for your own copy!

Boy Who Dreams (Destiny Awoken, #1)

From Goodreads

Jordan a sixteen year old boy begins to be haunted by several dreams as he returns to school after his holidays.

Events come quick and fast as a death forces Jordan to realise that something weird is happening. With help from those around him he starts to understand that his dreams are showing him the future. Then things start to spiral out of control as an unknown enemy haunts him in his dreams and in his real life.

As his friends start to mysteriously vanish without any explanation, he has to overcome his fears of the unknown, and face a reality that he is not just a normal boy, but someone that is walking a destiny foretold thousands of years ago.

The Interview

1. Tell us a little about Boy Who Dreams.

Jordan a sixteen year old boy begins to be haunted by several dreams as he returns
to school after his holidays. Events come quick and fast as a death forces Jordan to
realise that something weird is happening. With help from those around him he starts to
understand that his dreams are showing him the future. Then things start to spiral out
of control as an unknown enemy haunts him in his dreams and in his real life. As his
friends start to mysteriously vanish without any explanation, he has to overcome his fears
of the unknown, and face a reality that he is not just a normal boy, but someone that is
walking a destiny foretold thousands of years ago.

2. What inspired you to write this particular story?

I guess my own life experiences inspired me, indeed in this first book in the series, a lot
of the dreams and some of the situations are things I experienced in my own life. The
idea is that there is something very different about Jordan (the main character) and he
will walk a path that has not been seen in hundreds or thousands of years. I first started
writing this book back in 2010, and the idea had been floating around in my mind for a
long time. Originally I imagined characters who had spiritual powers much in the way
that other series display people with magical powers (Harry Potter etc). I wanted to
throw some teen characters into an environment where many spiritual things happen
such as ghosts, dreams, OBE, prophecies, linking the story to real life facts and history
and research, in a way exploring what various people from around the world have
believed.

3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I guess it was back in 2008 when I start experimenting with writing, but I used to write
stuff when I was younger but I never took it seriously I guess. I write now cuz I really
enjoy it, I don’t write for money or fame, I do it because I love to tell a good story!

4. Do you have any advise for the aspiring writers out there?

Write, write, then write some more lol. Get the first draft of what you’re working on
finished, and then you can always go back to perfect things such as dialogue. But if you
have some plans from the start (chapter plan, character plan etc) this will help guide the
path as you write.

5. You have a few different types of books you’ve written, do you have a favorite genre?

Yes this is my favourite genre to write in YA fiction, but I guess all the books that I have
written have had a spiritual theme within them.

6. What do you like to do when you’re not writing/reading?

Right now I am spending a lot of time at the gym and out walking, trying to drop some
weight. Other than that I am also back to college, and studying hard at my degree!

7. What works are coming up from you?

I am currently working on the second book in this series, which will be called ‘Boy
at War’ which I am hoping to release sometime in 2013. I do have a couple of other
projects in the pipeline and plenty of ideas still floating around my head!!

8. Tell us where we can find you.

On Goodreads (I love Goodreads)

About me and my Blogs

http://aboutcesar.blogspot.ie/

About Boy who Dreams (extract & reviews)
http://destinyawokenseries.blogspot.ie/

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Join us today for a special tour hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.  Please welcome Carl Hose, editor of the anthology Dark Light.  Proceeds from the sales of this book are going to the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities.  Don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle!

Dark Light

Dark Light is the light that shines through when some of the finest writers in horror use the power of their words for something good. That’s the case with this anthology—42 writers coming together to help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities and all the good the organization does for families every day of the year.

Make no mistake, though. These are horror writers and the stories they’ve written are not pretty. Traditional and non-traditional horror, dark humor, ghosts, serial killers, alternate universes, magic, zombies, and other creatures of the night hide between these pages. Shadows move and dead fingers stroke unsuspecting flesh, razor sharp knives shimmer in the moonlight, and unknown things hide in closets and under the bed. The stories here are as varied as the writers themselves. If you’re a fan of horror, you will not be let down.

Despite the horrific nature of these tales, however, their very existence in Dark Light stands as proof there will always be a light at the end of every tunnel.

Turn the lights down low and enjoy the show.

Interview with Carl Hose

1)  Tell us a little about the Dark Light.

“Dark Light” is a horror anthology featuring 42 writers and 44 stories, with all proceeds going
to Ronald McDonald House Charities. I came up with the idea for the book when my daughter
Ireland was born six weeks premature and had to spend time in NICU. My wife Marcee and I
planned to sleep by her night and day, but the NICU staff insisted we get a room at the Ronald
McDonald House. We did. It was an awesome experience that allowed us to be just a block
away from our baby girl, allowing us to feed and hold her around the clock. We couldn’t have
done that without RMH. As much as we wanted to sleep right there beside Ireland, three weeks
of that would have worn us down. The Ronald McDonald House was a place to recharge our
batteries. One night, while I was sitting in our room at RMH, I said to Marcee, “I’m going to
publish an anthology to give back to these guys.” Five minutes later, I said, “I’m calling it Dark
Light. I started contacting writers that night.”

2) Was it difficult to find authors willing to participate in this book?

Not difficult at all. I thought that would be the hard part. I wrote a Facebook message to what I
considered to be a dream team of writers. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was amazing how
fast the responses came back and how eager they all were to get on board. From the biggest
name writer in the book (and there are many) to lesser-known writers, they all wanted to help
me help Ronald McDonald House. Ninety-nine percent of the writers I contacted signed on. In
addition, Darkmarkets posted a call for submission and I picked up some additional writers that
way. I literally got enough submissions to do two volumes of “Dark Light.”

3)  Were you familiar with the Ronald McDonald House Charities before you daughter was born?

I have seen the collection boxes in McDonald’s restaurants, but I never paid much attention. I
guess you get so used to seeing them that you don’t think about what they are there for. I was
sort of familiar with what the houses did, but I sure didn’t realize to what extent. You have to
actually stay in one of the RMH houses to see just how amazing they are. Families get three
meals a day cooked for them, access to a kitchen and food around the clock, family rooms for
different age groups, laundry facilities, everything at no charge. They ask that you do a very
simple chore each day, and I mean simple. If you can leave a donation, fine, if not, that’s fine
too, and you can stay as long as you need to.

4) Ireland is a beautiful, unique name, how did you and your wife come to name your daughter this?

My wife and I have Irish in us and we’re very proud of that heritage. We were thinking of Irish
names and I jokingly said, “Let’s call her Ireland. You can’t get more Irish than that.” Marcee
said, “Ireland . . . I love it.” Her middle name is Joy. Our little Irish joy.

5) How is Ireland doing today? The rest of your family?

Right now she is in the hospital and will be getting out Thursday, July 5 th. She has an infection
from a surgery she had about a week ago. The surgery was something they wanted to do when
she was born, but since it wasn’t anything severe, they decided to wait until she was older. She
has recovered from the surgery but is now dealing with the infection. That’s expected to be
taken care of by the time she leaves the hospital. She’s a little fighter. She was born weighing
less than five pounds and now weighs almost fourteen. She smiles, laughs, makes an assortment
of noises, grabs stuff . . . she’s awesome.

6) Can we expect a Dark Light Volume 2?

I joke all the time about having received enough stories to do a second “Dark Light.” Probably
won’t do a second volume. This anthology was conceived and executed for what I felt was a
very specific need, which it has already begun to accomplish. There are plenty of other charity
anthologies out there that are raising money for specific charities. I never rule anything out,
though.

7) What other works are next for you?

Working on a novel collaboration with William Todd Rose, one of the authors in “Dark Light.”
It’s called “Black Rain” and will be a good story. Also working on a project with Walt Hicks. I’m
excited about both of those. I have a new novel coming out within the next couple of months
called “Evil Resurrection” as well.

8) Tell us where to find you.

My website is www.carlhose.net. I am on Facebook and I like to add friends. There is also a Dark
Light page on Facebook, so anybody who wants to drop by and click like, I appreciate it. You
can check out my Amazon page at amazon.com/author/carlhose. I’m on Twitter too. love new
friends on Facebook, so definitely drop by.

Please help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities by buying your copy of Dark Light here.

To enter for the free Kindle, fill out the rafflecopter code here.

Check out the other great stops on this tour and learn more about the inspiration for this book and the charity.

6/25 Beauty & Books /Spot Light

6/26 My World /Spot Light

6/27 Sweet Southern Home /Spot Light

6/27 Indie Writers Review /Spot Light

6/27 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer /Spot Light

6/28 Crist’s Reviews /Review

6/29 Mission to read /Review

6/29 All The Days of /Spot Light

6/30 T B R /Review

7/2 Window on the World /Spot Light

7/3Disincentive Reviews /Guest Post

7/6 Reading, Writing and More /Interview

7/7 Wickedly Bookish /Spot Light

7/8 Books, Books, and More Books /Spot Light

7/9 Journey With Words /Review

7/10 The Book Hoard /Spot Light

7/13 Dahl’s Doll /Review

7/16 Reader Girls /Excerpt

7/17SJ Clarke /Spot Light

7/18 Jeanz Book Read N Review /Guest Blog

7/18 Reading Between the Wines /Spot LIght

7/18 That Artsy Reader Girl /Spot LIght

7/19 My Cozie Corner /Review

7/21 ¡Miraculous! /Spot Light

7/22Reviews By Molly /Review

7/26 Bunnys Review /Review

Welcome to today’s stop in the Pack of Lies tour, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours!   Today, we have an interview, the first chapter, and a giveaway!

Pack of Lies (Red Ridge Pack Series # 1)

From Goodreads: The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.
Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.

The Authors

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Staci Weber and Sara Dailey

The Interview

1)  Was it difficult to co-write a book, as opposed to writing alone?

I guess we really wouldn’t know; we have never written alone. As to how the process of writing together actually works, it has kind of evolved over the years. When we first started writing together, we would plot out the story and then meet and write, passing the laptop back and forth between us. Then, on our own time, we would revise and edit. Now, we still write together sometimes, but we’ve gotten to the point where we can split up the chapters and write on our own. However, we still meet about once a week to write, but now we have two laptops instead of one. It’s been a real blessing being able to write as a team.

2) What inspired Pack of Lies?

We wanted to start a paranormal series, and let’s face it, werewolves are hot. So we decided to go with them. We wanted each book in the series to tell someone else’s story. We didn’t want our readers getting tired of our characters, and we didn’t want to get tired of them either. So we started out with a typical American family, mom, dad, two teenagers, but little did Allison
and Aiden know, their mom had one hell of a secret. And Pack of Lies was born. From there we knew we could build an entire series. What better way to be able to write about several different characters than have them be part of a Pack. Being that werewolf Packs are a tight-knit group and full of drama, we knew that the storylines could be endless.

3) How are your wolves different from others in the genre?

The main difference is that our main character, Allison and her brother Aiden, aren’t even aware that werewolves even exist until Allison becomes symptomatic. Before they even make the transformation, they move to another state to rejoin their mother’s old Pack. Her parents think that if they are around kids like themselves, the transition from normal teens to teen
wolves will be much easier. Unfortunately, not everyone in the Pack is happy to see them.

4) What else are you working on at the moment?

Right now we are hard at work on book two (currently untitled) in the Red Ridge Pack series.
This story is focused around Aiden and Teagan and is a continuation of the first novel, Pack of Lies. We hope that this series is successful, so we can continue for at least a few more novels. We have tons of story ideas, so we plan on sticking around for a while.

5) Do you have any favorite characters that you’ve written?

We would have to say that our two favorite characters from our own books are actually supporting characters. Daniel, in Sinful, was fun to write. He is the antagonist and who doesn’t love an uber-hot bad boy? Our other favorite would have to be Aiden, in Pack of Lies. He is the comic relief, so we are excited to develop his character further in book two.

6) Do any of your characters “resemble” any one you know in any way?

No, not at all. We are careful not to make any of characters too similar to our friends or family.  We wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, or get their feelings hurt if they think we based the mean girl after them, though we have used some of their names, which is kind of fun.

7) Tell us where all we can find you…

To learn more about us, visit our Publisher, our website and blog. And don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook.

http://www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com

http://saraandstaci.com/

http://saraandstaci.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sara-Dailey-and-Staci-weber/102330932229

 Chapter 1
ALLISON
“I said break it up, ladies!”
Principal Murphy’s voice barely registered before someone grabbed me and pulled me away from the little bobble-head who was still swinging. With my vision still narrowed and my fists clenched, I tried to regain some sense of self-control as I shook off Coach Cole’s grip on my arm. Coach gave me a  sympathetic look and warned, “Not again, Alli! When are you going to
learn?”
Glaring back and forth between us both, Principal Murphy ordered, “Miss Hades, my office, now! And Miss Wright… well, just go see the counselor again. I will get to you later.”
I could still hear the principal griping at Tiffany as he led her toward the front office. This was not my fault this time. The wench had it coming.
I had barely taken a step inside the counselor’s office before she laid into me. “Sit down, Miss Wright. Listen, I know you don’t want to be here; no one wants to be here, but it’s either me or Officer Daniels and trust me, you’re better off talking to me,” declared Mrs. Parker, the very young, very inexperienced guidance counselor at South Shore High School.
Definitely preferring to deal with this little pixy-stick rather than the school police officer—affectionately nicknamed Zero by the student body for his zero tolerance policy—I sat, but not because I was scared, only because I hoped she might go easy on me if I played nice. This wasn’t my first visit.
As I watched Mrs. Parker open my file, adjust her reading glasses, and clear her throat; I found myself wondering when my file became so big that it needed to be held with both hands.
I’m really not a bad kid. Seriously. It was just that lately trouble seemed to be following me around.
Parker sat back in her chair and huffed as she heaved my file onto her desk. As my multitude of office referrals spread across the desk and onto the floor, she said, “Really Allison, three major fights this semester already? It’s barely October. What on earth is going on with you?”
There it was. The million dollar question. I took a moment, just to make her think that I was thinking about what on earth was going on with me. I think it’s safe to say that there was a lot going on with me, but surely she didn’t think I was going to sit here and spill my guts to a guidance counselor, for Christ’s sake. How pathetic does she think I am?
I counted slowly to ten in my head before I responded, “Nothing, I’m fine,” and went back to picking at my nails. What exactly did she expect me to say? I could have said a hell of a lot.
Like that every girl in this school suddenly seems to have a problem with me. That I can’t go anywhere without them giving me dirty looks or making crude comments. And then there’s my favorite. Apparently, I’m out to steal anyone’s boyfriend that I come across, and therefore, I must be a slut.
What is with girls and the word “slut” anyway? Knowing I haven’t had much experience with the opposite sex, I should just let it roll off my back, right? But slut is like the worst thing a girl can call another girl. And for some reason, the entire female body at South Shore High seems to be in agreement that I am, in fact, a complete and utter slut.
I wasn’t going to tell Mrs. Parker what it had really been like for me for the past two months. She could just sit there, take her little notes, and pass my file on to the principal so that he could give me yet another consequence that I didn’t deserve.
Parker looked at me over the top of her too-trendy reading glasses and admonished, “Look, Allison, you’re going to have to do better than that. You are well on your way to the alternative high school, and the only reason you aren’t there already is because you don’t seem to be the instigator in all of this nonsense. But there has to be some reason why you were involved in three major fights, and who knows how many other minor altercations that weren’t reported.”
That did it. There was no way I was going to listen to her put this all on me. Yeah, I had planned to just sit there and listen to her “advice,” but now she was acting like this was all my fault. So instead, like usual as of lately, I stood up, looked down on the pixy, and snapped, “Look, I don’t know why, okay. I don’t know why all of a sudden every girl in this school hates me. I don’t know why guys that I have never even glanced at think that they can grab my ass in the hallway. I don’t understand how people who I have been friends with for years don’t want to talk to me or be seen with me in the cafeteria anymore. I have lost everyone, my best friend, my boyfriend, even the girls I have been friends with since elementary school. And I don’t know why. Why don’t you tell me? You tell me Mrs. Parker, you’re the expert, right? Tell me why I don’t have a single friend anymore except my brother.”
I had no idea why or when it started, but tears were rolling down my face, and I was yelling at this poor lady who looked as shocked by my outburst as I was. So much for playing it cool.
Now, I felt like I needed to apologize for putting that expression on her face. It’s not really her fault that everything was so screwed up. I took a deep breath, sat back down, and calmly said, “I’m sorry Mrs. Parker. That was out of line. I didn’t mean to yell at you like that. It’s just so frustrating. Everything is just kind of falling apart and I don’t know what to do.”
Mrs. Parker handed me a tissue and walked around her desk to sit in the seat next to me.  She took off her glasses and said, “Honey… it’s okay. And if you don’t mind me being brutally honest, I will tell you why you have no friends, girlfriends at least.”
Seriously? Wiping my mascara-smeared eyes, I nodded my head ready for her to enlighten me.
“Now, listen closely ’cause this is a life lesson,” she said scooting a little closer to me.  “Are you listening?” She paused to make sure I was paying close attention. “Females can be catty, conniving, evil bitches. And for the most part, we don’t like women who are better looking than we are,” she admitted in hushed tones, as if someone nearby might hear.
I couldn’t help but smile a little at Mrs. Parker, the sweet little guidance counselor saying “bitches.”
“You may not have noticed or maybe you have, but you are certainly not the same young woman you were last year. You have changed, and even I have noticed the attention—good and bad—that you are getting because of it.”
This lady can’t be serious. “I’m sorry Mrs. Parker, but I don’t buy it. My brother and I look just alike, and he has more friends than he can count. Nobody hates him, or spreads rumors about him, or starts fights with him. He’s like Mr. Popularity around here.”
“The rules are different for guys like your brother. Let me be honest with you,” she said sitting back in her chair. “I promised myself I would never say this to a student, or my own children, for that matter. In fact, it’s one of my pet peeves, but in your case I think it’s actually true. They’re jealous. All of them. Every girl and probably even a few teachers in this school.  Jealously can do strange things to people.”
I just stared at her like she had lost her mind, she continued, “Alli, you are taller, stronger, and more beautiful than any other girl in this school, and let’s face it child, you have a killer body too. And to top it all off, you seem to be a genuinely nice person. Girls really hate people like you. You are their ultimate competition, and they know they don’t stack up, so instead, they’ve evidently chosen to make your life miserable.”
Wow, this woman was really nuts. How was I supposed to respond to that? Yes, Mrs. Parker, I have noticed how hot I am and how great my tits and ass look lately. Jeez! I always thought it would be great to be that girl, but for the record, it sucks.
“So what am I supposed to do about it?” I asked, hoping she just might have the answer I’ve been looking for.
“Well, there’s not much you can do, dear. Hmmmm, let’s see. Why don’t we start with not hitting anybody?” she suggested with sarcasm oozing from her pores.
Yeah, now there’s some advice I could use.
So I guess when some hussy is accusing me of trying to hit on her man, I’m just supposed to ignore it. Well, that was unlikely to happen any time soon.
Parker’s you-know-I’m-right smirk was starting to piss me off. How could she think it would be that simple?
“But it’s not my fault. They push me and push me until I can’t take it. I seriously think they are trying to get me kicked out or something.”
“Well, don’t let them win. I know it sounds cliché Allison, but you need to be the bigger person and just walk away.”
When I wandered out of Parker’s office, the school secretary gave me an unsympathetic look as she informed me that my mom was here and had just gone in to see Principal Murphy. I could only imagine how that was going. I just hoped that I was still a student at South Shore come morning and not a new member of the Creek Alternative Education School.
Not wanting to sit in the office with the school secretary’s opinionated glare, I politely requested that she let my mom know that I would be waiting in my car. The dismissal bell rang, and as I walked out to the parking lot, I carefully avoided all eye contact, trying to “be the bigger person” and all. With my eyes on the ground, I didn’t see anyone coming until I ran right into the last person I wanted to see. I looked up startled, only to find, Julie, my ex-best friend. Her
eyes shot up from her iPhone, and she said, “Oh… hey.”
“Hey Julie. How ya been?” I asked, hoping she might stop to talk, but instead she just kept walking and finishing her text. I turned to watch her pass, feeling the familiar sting that still gets me even after all this time. How could she just forget how close we once were? It was by no means the first time I had tried to rekindle our friendship, and the outcome has always been the same.
I got in my car and turned the A/C on full blast. Leaning my head against the window, I closed my eyes and tried to focus on cooling down. It has been hotter than hell lately, everywhere I went, which is not entirely unusual in Texas, but it was weird. I didn’t sweat. It was like I was hot on the inside. A fever maybe?
The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that I was definitely coming down
with something. It was not just being hot; my vision had been a little funny too. Not blurry or hazy or anything, just different. And on top of that, I kept getting these waves of nausea from all these funky smells in the air. I swear some people don’t wear enough deodorant, and if I smell one more girl with vanilla body spray, I might just have to hurl.
Really… could life get any suckier? Not only was I a social pariah, but a sick one at that.  There should be a rule or something that everything is not allowed to go wrong all at once.
Right?
I was half-way to dreamland when my brother, Aiden, started pounding on the windshield.
“Yo, Balboa! I heard you kicked Tiffany Hades’s ass. When are those dumb broads gonna learn not to mess with my little sis, huh?”
I opened the car door and got out, glad to see a friendly face, the only friendly face I knew lately.
“Tiffany is a dumb-ass, and she had it coming,” I replied.
“Well, I can’t exactly argue with that,” he said as he threw his arm over my shoulder, leading me toward the gym.
“Come on, Al. Walk me to practice.”
We walked in silence for a minute or so, and then with a heavy sigh, Aiden asked, “So, what are we gonna do about you? You can’t keep beating up all the pretty girls. Who will I take to prom?”
“That’s not funny, and it’s not my fault. Her loser boyfriend grabbed my ass in the hall, and she just happened to be standing right there. Apparently, Tiffany saw that as my fault.”
“Thomas? Thomas did what? What an asshat! He should know better than to mess with my little sis. I may just have to kill him now,” Aiden said with a tough-guy smile.
I couldn’t deny that Aiden had taken pretty good care of me since I went from something to nothing in no time flat. He was well aware that people talked mess about me constantly and have written me off the who’s who list, but he didn’t care what they thought. And he certainly didn’t let anyone bad-mouth me when he was around. Honestly, I didn’t know what I would do without him. He was the closest friend that I have ever had, and currently my only friend, though that hadn’t always been the case.
But as close as we are, Aiden and I are polar opposites. He’s funny and outgoing, and of course, the most popular guy at every high school in the greater Houston area. There was even a rumor that he was nominated for homecoming king at our rival school, Bay Creek, which I had no doubt was true. He plays every sport, makes straight As, has more girls after him than he can handle, and is a good four inches taller than me, and I’m five foot ten. He has green eyes and dark brown hair instead of my hazel eyes and blonde hair, but we both have an olive complexion, yet somehow, I’m hated and he is adored.
Again, Aiden took a deep breath and said, “I don’t know what to tell you, Al. Just don’t let them get to you. Tiffany’s an idiot, and everyone knows it.”
“I know, but…”
“Just do me a favor? Don’t get kicked out of school. Okay?”
He smiled at me, and took off into the locker room before I could tell him that it might be too late.
I turned around and headed back to my car, just in time to see one very angry mom heading straight toward me.

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