Sample Sweet Saturday/Sunday–The Artist’s Inheritance

Here’s another sample from my novel THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE  for your reading pleasure.

Juli D. Revezzo, Antique Magic, crafts&hobbies, paranormal, cozy mysteryShe frowned at her flowers. Maybe there was something there, a calming feel, a wisp of dust? “What do we need charms for?”
Love and happiness were always welcome, sure. But protection? “What do we need protecting from?”
Beryl leaned forward and sniffed a rose. “Don’t you know by now? The gods of Annwn want his chair.”
The words hit Caitlin hard as if the tree branch overhead had collapsed on her head. She felt faint, and was glad her friend hadn’t brought this up while she was driving. “Why would any— I don’t understand. How can you think that?”
“Look at it, Cait. The horses, the writing he’s carved into the arms and back.”
“What writing? There’s scrollwork, but no writing.”
“Yes there is,” Heather said, “if you look close.”
She shivered. “What’s it say?”
Beryl pursed her lips. “Enough for me to know it’s got all the signs to attract what wants attracting.”

What is trying to get into Cait’s life? Well, you’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to, THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords and in paperback from Createspace.

If you’d like to add it to your Good Reads TO READ list you can do so here.

The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic, #1)

Synopsis:

Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family.

If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

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Winter and Promo

Wow! I just stepped outside and it’s warmish today. Winter in Florida, eh? Don’t worry. We shall be paying for it come January! *laughs*

If you’re out and about the web today and tomorrow, I’ve got a few interviews you might find interesting:  I’m featured over at the author Babette James’ today,with an interview: http://bit.ly/Yqqeg8 and tomorrow, I’ll be interviewed at Eternal Haunted Summer, so I hear tell. 😉 http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/ (I’m excited about that one!)

I hope someone here will find them interesting!
Oh and that book link/cover to the left there? No, that’s  not mine. That’s by a new friend of mine, Mona Risk. *waves to Mona* It’s a holiday tale set in Florida and up now at Amazon, if you’d like to give it a peek. Enjoy and have a great day!

Q and A with Fantasy author Geoff Wakeling

I have a treat for my readers today, an indie author I just ran across, Geoff Wakeling, has agreed to be put in the hot seat! Do read on and let’s give Geoff a warm welcome on this cold day.

Why don’t you tell my readers a little about yourself and your work, Geoff? How did you first become acquainted with the fantasy genre?

Author Geoff Wakeling
author Geoff Wakeling

Geoff Wakeling: I’ve always been acquainted with the fantasy genre, and even as a child I was crazy about films and books that transported you into another realm…..I suppose I’ve never really grown up. I loved ‘The Never Ending Story’, Colin Dan’s ‘Animals of Farthing Wood’ books and ‘The Hobbit’, and was always upset when the book or movie ended. I’m a complete dreamer and hate to conform to society, and so have never managed to stay in an office job or anything similar for very long. I get too bored, and I’m off in my own head writing tales to amuse myself throughout the day.

Now I work from home as a copywriter and author. I also have a little gardening business, so life is pretty nice – gardening in the mornings, and then heading home for lunch and writing. It might not be the best existence for some, but it suits me just fine!

What was the inspiration for Inside Evil?

Geoff: Do you know? I really can’t remember. Even though I only started my publishing journey this year, Inside Evil has been hidden away in my computer files for at least half a decade – it needed some serious dusting off before it hit Amazon. Most probably I just sat down and started to write, saw what was coming onto the page and decided to continue. I find inspiration from everything, from a creature or plant I might see when gardening, to a conversation I overhear in the supermarket or a scene that I watch in a film. It all formulates in my head somehow, and out onto the page it comes.

I can understand that. You’ve got a new title out now. Tower of Souls is your second Indie published work. Do you have any advice for those just starting Tower of souls by Geoff Wakelingout?

Geoff: Really the best advice is to write and not have high expectations. I read an article with Amanda Hocking, published Inside Evil and then waited to make my fortune. It didn’t happen, the industry is not like that and you have to be very fortunate to get that lucky rush.

When you’re starting out, just hone your craft. Write every day, concoct stories in your mind and just keep at it. Use professional copywriters, editors and cover artists when you publish your work so that it’s as near perfect as possible. Then, keep writing. The more work you have on the shelves, the more likely you are that one of those novels will hit the big time.

If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?

Geoff: I’d have stayed in TV most probably. Growing up, I always wanted to be David Attenborough, or at least tag along on his field trips. I didn’t even really want to be on TV, I just wanted to be behind the scenes with the crew, traveling the world. I’ve dabbled in the media, both backstage and in front of the camera as a garden expert and have a degree in zoology, so I’d have probably continued down that path. However, writing drew me away, and though I still stick my head into the industry now and then to see what friends are up to, I’m concentrating more on my novels.

Now that the follow up to Inside Evil, Tower of Souls, is out, what can curious fans expect from you next?

Geoff: Quite a few things actually! Along with Inside Evil, I had a science fiction novel stowed away on my computer, and that will publish next month. It’s not your typical lasers, spaceships and aliens though, it’s more of a look at our current fascination with celeb status and the latest craze. Rather than placing a careful eye on climate change and other matters which could be our undoing, people are living beyond their means, and when our lead character gets a chance to enter a cryogenics program and escape the world, he jumps at the chance.

Then, I was rather undecided for NaNoWriMo and I ended up writing a zombie novella. I’ve never wanted to write about zombies, but this story popped into my head. Again, it’s not a classic tale of apocalypse and surviving zombies. It’s more about what happens to the undead when scientists developer a drug to pacify them. How with humans harness these creatures? Are there any remnants of consciousness, or the former people, within the dead shells?

And, of course, the third book of the Inside Evil series is due out March 2013.

Congrats on your upcoming release! We will be looking forward to it.  Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Would you like to share anything more about your work?

Geoff: I suppose just that you should expect the unexpected in my books. I tend not to read in the same genre that I write in because I don’t want to draw too many ideas from existing novels. I’m always trying to find a new take, and several readers have commented that I’ve offered an original twist on traditional genres. It’s not for everyone of course, and it makes it incredibly hard to try and genre-label my books as they have elements of many different works. Inside Evil could be described as a murder mystery, but it has paranormal and fantasy elements too, and then in the second book there’s a whole new realm to explore with steampunk, fantastical beasts and supernatural threads all being involved.

Sounds like my kinda book! Now for a fun question: if you could face and vanquish any literary (or movie) villain, who would it be?

Geoff: Now it’s time for the inner geek to be unleashed….

hehe. There’s nothing wrong with that!

Geoff: It has to be the Emperor from Star Wars. Yes, I know he’s killed in Return of the Jedi, but did you know that in the expanded universe he actually comes back after using the force to save himself? I LOVE Star Wars, you could say obsessively, so facing Palpatine and being victorious, now that would be pretty darn awesome!

Thanks for being with us today, Geoff. Before you go, where can my readers learn more about you and your work?
Here:

Twitter: @GWakelingWriter

Thank you for being with us today, Geoff! Folks, we hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the mind of this interesting author. 🙂 Got any questions for our guest? Please feel free to leave him a comment. As ever…keep reading!

November Author Blog-in

Once again I am participating in Kate Policani’s Author blog-in.

House of Cards

I wrote this originally for a horror zine that I’m fond of but it ended up being too long for her. I showed it to another, pagan, editor I know and she suggested a whole new theme that made the story what it is today. So, yes,I’m glad I showed it to someone else. 🙂 I hope you all will like it.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Smashwords

House of Cards

Can you gamble with Fate?

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?

Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Mythic. $.99

Find out more about House of Cards:

HoC’s page on Kindleboards, here.

I hope you enjoy it!