Blog Tour ~ After the Fall ~ Carissa Lusk ~ Interview


Blog Tour ~ After the fall

Author: Carissa Lusk

Genre: New Adult/Paranormal/Romance

Dates: 24th – 29th of November

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours




Amity cries out into the darkness that surrounds her, hoping for a solitary voice to provide direction; she hears two.

Amity knows she loves Alexander, yet the loneliness brought on by the miles that separate them can only be curbed by the cryptic affection of Marcus Riley. She can’t understand the strange familiarity she finds in the wild blue of Marcus’s eyes, but she will soon learn his secret.

Plagued with dreams and memories of lives beyond her own, a tragic fate will emerge from the ashes of a love scorned. Eventually, she will discover the dark truth that will leave her running for her life, and she will learn who sacrificed everything to save it.




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Carissa Lusk grew up in a small town in West Virginia and never moved far from home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Concord College. She credits her love of reading and writing to Kate Chopin, Emily Bronte, and her mom. After the Fall is Carissa’s debut novel.

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  1. How did you get started in writing?

I always wanted to be a writer. Even as a little kid, I would write poems and short stories. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, but after college, I was burned out on reading and writing for a few years. Then I decided to see what all the Twilight hype was about, and I read the series. I fell in love with reading again, and that renewed my interest in writing my own novel.



  1. Who is your favorite character?

I have so many favorites, but right now I’m going to choose Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses/ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. He’s my current book boyfriend, and I can’t wait for the third in the series.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

What book nerd can pick only one? Certainly not this one. But for the sake of the interview, I’ll pick Emily Bronte. When asked about my favorite novel, I always choose Wuthering Heights. It’s a classic, and I’m a sucker for love stories. The story of Catherine and Heathcliffe can’t be beat. Still, I should mention my other favorites: Kate Chopin, Sarah J Maas, and Jennifer Armentrout…just to name a few.


  1. When do you usually write?
    I’m lucky enough to be able to treat writing as my full time job right now, and I have the cutest little office at my house. I try to be in my office Monday through Friday by at least 10am…though half of my day is spent doing research on the internet, staring out my window, and being distracted by social media. Still, I consider it working.


  1. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what? It totally depends on my mood. Sometimes I need absolute quiet to think and write. Other times I need music to invoke a certain feeling to help me write a scene. The music can be anything from instrumental to metal, depending on the mood of the character or the scene.


  1. What books have most influenced your life?

This is going to be an odd mix of books, but here it goes.

-First, I’ll mention the R.L. Stine Fear Street Cheerleaders series. Laugh all you want, but this is the first series of books that got me hooked on reading when I was a kid.

-Next, will be Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I know, I know…most don’t consider this a literary jewel either, but who didn’t read this series and love it at the time? Again, this series renewed my interest in reading after college, and it opened my eyes to what is now my favorite genre: young adult paranormal romance.

-Another book which has greatly influenced my life…the sentence pattern text book from English 101. My best friend and I took this class together during our first semester of college. We’d both make so much fun of this book and our teacher for drilling all the sentence patterns into our heads. But as a writer, knowing how to style a sentence is a pretty important skill.

-Last, but not least, is the Bible. I was raised in church, so this upbringing and the Bible has shaped so much about me. It’s given me my values, my beliefs, and my outlook on life altogether.


  1. What are you passionate about these days?

I’m always passionate about reading and writing. Right now I’m working on the prequel to After the Fall, which occupies a big part of my time.

Featured Author of the Week ~ Rachel A. Brune


Author Bio:

Rachel A. Brune graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2000, and was immediately plunged into the low-stakes world of entry-level executive assistant-ship. Her unexpected journey out of that world and into the military is chronicled in her self-published book Echoes and Premonitions.

Rachel served five years as a combat journalist, including two tours in Iraq, and a brief stint as a columnist for her hometown newspaper. After her second tour, she attended graduate school at the University at Albany in NY, where she earned her MA in Political Communication, and her commission as a second lieutenant in the military police corps.

Although her day job has taken in her in many strange, often twisted directions, Rachel continues to write and publish short fiction. She released her first novel, Soft Target, in early 2013. In addition to writing for the online military interest zine “Task & Purpose,” she blogs her thoughts about reading and the writing life at The Infamous Scribbler. You can also follow her on Twitter, where she goes by the handle @rachelabrune.

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It is amazing how quickly a phone call can interrupt your life, even when you’re a werewolf. Rick Keller hangs up from the unwanted call, but the shadowy organization he once belonged to doesn’t take such an answer lightly. Waking up collared and caged by MONIKER is a quick way to learn retirement isn’t always permanent. Death will be if he doesn’t accept their assignment.

Keller and his new team follow a group of human traffickers on a thin trail across the globe. Their only hope is in a man who hasn’t had much practice being a werewolf in a really long time, a sadistic agent who loves making dog jokes, and a beautiful operative who is better with guns than relationships.
If being forced back into service wasn’t bad enough, he quickly discovers they have many new experiments to try out on their pet wolf. Even worse, MONIKER now isn’t the only one who knows his secret.

Hopefully an old dog can learn some new tricks, especially if he wants to stay alive.


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A clockwork raven. Two sets of irresistible teeth. A house brought to life by nanobots. A heart that won’t stop beating. All this and much more in the Writerpunk Press version of the beloved suspense stories by Edgar Allan Poe. We’ve pulled out all the stops this time around to bring you the very best punked versions of classic Poe tales, complete with shiny gears and tiny bots! In addition to the more familiar Cyberpunk and Steampunk, we’ve added Bio, Deco, and Dieselpunk genres to the mix. The resulting volume is a dynamic take on horror of which the Master of Macabre himself would be proud. Profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynnwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.





  1. How did you get started in writing?

I’ve been writing for a long time, but once my daughter was born (2014), I decided to leave full-time employment and become a WAHM—that’s “Write At Home Mom.” I soon learned that my pre-delivery plans were thrown into chaos by LJ’s arrival, but now that she’s a little older, I’m able to carve out a routine and stick to it.

I started submitting short stories a few years ago, and eventually built up to a resume of pieces that had been accepted into a variety of markets—paying, charity, token paying magazines and anthologies. I finished a novel, Cold Run, which was published by Untold Press, and am currently working on a novel, a short story collection of steampunk detective pieces, and a number of other short stories. The latest of the steampunk detective series will be appearing in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk, which will be released May 31 from Writerpunk Press.


  1. Who is your favorite character?

This is such a tough question! Of the characters I’ve written, I’m very partial to Detective Mignon Boudreaux. She’s a veteran, a tinker—smart, tough, and capable—who keeps going after the truth of the matter, even when it’s not politically convenient for her boss.

As for characters written by others, one of my absolute favorite is Puck, from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. There is so much magic and almost a euphoric sadness that permeates the “dream.” I’ve always wanted to see a steampunk version of the play, as I think the two aesthetics would meld very well.


  1. Who is your favorite author?
    This is another tough question. I think my favorite authors change depending on what I’m into at the moment. Lately, I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter series, and realizing how much I love J.K. Rowling for making me care about all of her characters—even the inherently unlikeable ones. That takes true talent.
  2. When do you usually write?
    If I don’t write in the morning, it becomes very difficult for me to sit down at my desk and work. Luckily, I have access to day care for a few hours a day, which allows me to get a good workout in, and then shower, change, and head to Starbucks to get my writing done for the day. If I hit 1K in an hour or two, I reward myself with something sweet!


  1. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?.

I’ve tried, and sometimes it works, but in the past few months, I can’t do it. For some reason, I’ve started to find it very distracting. I love music, but not when I’m writing.


  1. What books have most influenced your life?

Sitting here on my couch, looking over at my bookshelf, I see some HP Lovecraft (scared me silly as a kid,) Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (my dad shared his love with us and it rubbed off), Redwall by Brian Jacques (one of my absolute favorites since I read it as a teenager), and a collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. I think what they have in common is that they are all great fiction, with characters that have stayed with me long after I closed the covers … until I went back and opened them again.


  1. What are you passionate about these days?

I’m currently training for a sprint triathlon in June, which will be my first time attempting this sort of endurance event. I’m very nervous about it, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try, so wish me luck! I’m also currently finishing a novel, Steel-Toed Blues, about a blues guitarist and Army veteran who starts to stumble over the border between this world and the Faerie realm. Additionally, I’m also working up a class on how to write better fight scenes; my first workshop is this Saturday! Last, I’ve had a chance to read the ARC of the Poe Goes Punk anthology, and I’m very excited for its release—I think that this is one of my favorite projects that I’ve been able to be a part of.


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After running from her boyfriend’s powerful organized crime family, Sara Jones starts a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people she suspects is a spider cult. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust?


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About the Author:



Inge-Lise Goss was born in Denmark, raised in Utah and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked in that field for over twenty years. She now lives in the foothills of Red Rock Canyon with her husband and their dog, Bran, where she spends most of her time in her den writing stories dictated by her muse. When she’s not pounding away on the keyboard she can be found reading, rowing, or trying to perfect her golf game.


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Novel: The Tegen Cave

Author: Inge-Lise Goss


Question: What have you published recently?

My first novel, The Tegen Cave, a dark fantasy, was published in 2013 by Silver Tongue Press. In May of this year, The Cost of Crude, a mystery/thriller, was released by the same publisher.


Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?


Dreams. They were so vivid and kept swirling around in my head when I was awake. Then I started getting this nagging feeling I should put them on paper. Initially the task seemed to daunting so I tried to wipe the whole idea out of my mind. But instead, the same story invaded my dreams over and over again. I felt my subconscious was forcing me to try my hand at writing. That’s when I knew I had to give it a shot. I was surprised how easy the words flowed and became convinced a muse was guiding my fingers over the keyboard.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

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Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

My typical day isn’t all that exciting. I wake up around 6:30 a.m. and force my feet to the floor. After slipping on a pair of yoga pants, t-shirt and shoes, I trudge down the stairs to a rowing machine and drop down into its seat. I push on ear buds, flip on the music, and listen to rock-n-roll while I row to the beat for twenty-five minutes. As I continue enjoying the music, I head out the front door and walk a mile.

Feeling sweaty when I return home, instead of grabbing a bottle of water, I gulp down a cup of coffee. I pour a bowl of cereal and drench it with blue berries. Breezing through the newspaper, I chat with my husband about a few of the articles. Then I fill my coffee mug and move to the den on the second floor.

I turn on my computer and check emails. Satisfied I have responded to everything, well, almost everything that needs my attention, I open the file containing my current project. My daily goal is to be writing by 10 a.m. That’s also the time when my muse is up and ready to get to work. In fact, she pouts when I’m running late or she’s been ignored for a few days.

Around noon, I take a short break for lunch. When I return to the keyboard, the adventure springs back into my head and my fingers punch a way again.  At 4:30 p.m. my alarm buzzes signalling me that it’s time to wrap up my writing, but my muse normally keeps me at the computer for at least another fifty minutes. Then I finally hit the save button, lean back in the chair, and close my eyes. I gather my thoughts and put the story to rest for the day.

I quickly shuck my clothing and hurry into the shower. As soon as I step out of the bathroom, cocktails are poured. After dinner, when I don’t have plans for the evening, I curl up on the couch and read or watch TV.

Question: What types of writing do you do?

The first three novels I wrote were from first person viewpoint. As I wrote them, I never knew what was going to happen next. I was always anxious to get back to the story. Hopefully, readers will feel the same way when they read The Tegen Cave. The Cost of Crude, my second published novel is written in third person. It was just as exciting to write as the first person novels. My writing style tends to fluctuate depending on the story. It’s fun to try new things and explore different genres.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

I like writing about strong female characters that learn to handle themselves in dangerous and frightening situations. I also like mysterious male characters that have a dark side.

Sara Jones, the protagonist in The Tegen Cave, is an independent, 24-year-old woman who fell in love with a member of a crime family. Realizing the truth about her boyfriend, she leaves him and hopes she has covered her trail well. After she becomes involved with another man, her 25th birthday approaches and her bodily desires become uncontrollable, desires that he satisfies. When she discovered he’s a member of a bloodthirsty group that uses spiders to incapacitate their prey, she flees. I like this character because she grows both mentally and physically as the story unfolds.

Brett Daborel is a strong, gorgeous-looking man who possesses paranormal abilities. He’s an awesome lover, yet dangerous. Brett can easily attract a woman’s attention and just as easily he can become the target of skilled thugs, but to tangle with him could lead to deadly consequences.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Since I started writing, I find I’m doing it all the time. If the novel is in dire need of editing, it trumps the story. Then, I’m spending all my time “mentally editing” it instead of following the storyline. When that happens, I stop reading that novel and move on to another one.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

None.  I find it distracts from the story buzzing around in my head wanting to flow on the page. I’m just not good at multi-tasking. Yes, I can exercise, drive or clean house and listen to music at the same time, but that’s about it.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

Nothing.  Chewing affects me the same way as listening to music.


Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Lipton’s Diet Green Tea

What is your favourite cartoon character?

Stewie Griffin in Family Guy

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Boy it’s a tossup between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sleeper and Young Frankenstein.

What TV shows do you like to watch?

Under the Doom, CSI, CSI-Los Angeles, True Blood (unfortunately, that series has ended), Elementary, Person of Interest, The Mentalist and the PBS shows: Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Mid-Summer Mysteries, and Downton Abby.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

Travel, read, golf, and play board games.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?


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Book Tour of the Gallow’s Series ~ Spotlight and Interview with Giveaway




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19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble – mostly the kind with fangs – but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.

When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…


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***This is the second in the Gallows series of novels – the following description contains spoilers***

Twin demon trackers Shaun & Sarah Gallows are getting used to dealing with supernatural threats…

Six months after Sarah’s reckless choice, she is struggling to deal with what she has done and trying to find a way to break free from the demon bond she has made. She finds out the vampire lied about his maker and she’s faced with more difficult decisions.

Clueless to what his sister is going through, Shaun has been spending time in White Oaks on the pretence of training with his parents. He’s determined to find out who Elle’s working for, and he’s thinking about asking her out, maybe.

A new threat surfaces in White Oaks and the twins have to neutralise it before things get out of hand, and before the Council find out. It would just be another day’s work, if Shaun wasn’t being accused of murder and Sarah wasn’t being driven to distraction by her demon…




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***This is the third book in the series and as such the following contains spoilers for the first books***

Shaun & Sarah Gallows are demon trackers, hunting down and dispatching supernatural threats by order of their Council.

A few months past their twentieth birthday, Shaun takes Elle to Shadows Grove to check out the site of the brutal murder he’s become obsessed with. The ill advised trip starts unlocking his own past and the mystery of his destiny begins to unravel.

Sarah realises she needs to train Ray to keep him safe. When her mother finds out she took him on a job, she gives Sarah an ultimatum that forces her rethink their relationship.

***Be warned this book is Adult Modern Fantasy, not YA. It is not suitable for younger readers as it contains profanity & sexual references.




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***This is the fourth in the Gallows series of novels – the following description contains spoilers***

Twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to dealing with supernatural threats but what happens when that threat comes from within?

The twins are in the middle of a murder case when Shaun is captured by werewolves. Suddenly his future as a tracker is in question. Faced with the choice of remaining as he is and continuing to serve both the Council and the Seelie Court, or becoming a werewolf powerful enough to be an Alpha and gaining a life with a mate he is already attracted to, Shaun is conflicted. His werewolf curse was corrupted after he was ravaged in battle and now a witch has removed the corruption. He has days before his first shift takes all choice away from him and he becomes wolf. Can he make his decision in time, or will it be taken out of his hands?

Meanwhile Ben has come back into Sarah’s life and is attempting to prove he has changed. She isn’t sure if she can trust him but when it comes right down to it she may have no choice. When she is marked for death she must find a way to defeat a demon and avoid being dragged to hell without the use of her physical fighting skills. Her demon bond might be the key to her survival, but can she trust War to look after her best interests when he could have her to himself in hell?


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About the Author:

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I’m your typical reclusive author type. Anti-social in person, but I love tweeting online friends! I love my laptop, probably a bit too much mind you.
If you want to know more, check out my website or follow me on twitter.
I’m a reader and enjoy finding new indie authors to follow – there are so many good ones out there! I’m fairly new to posting reviews but I do try to be fair and honest and will not post anything less than 3 stars, as if it is not at least that good I just won’t finish it.

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  1. Tell me a bit about yourself.


I’m a thirty-three year old writing machine with a fixation on the supernatural.  Being entertained is the main thing I require in life; be that through books, TV, or other people!



  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?


The honest answer is I don’t know.  I’ve been writing since I was about five years old so it’s something I’ve done for most of my life.  I first decided to make a serious go at it a couple of years ago and that’s when I started writing the first book in my Gallows series.


  1. What inspired you to write your book?


With my first published book, ‘Blood Bound’, I basically wrote the book I wanted to read!  I love urban fantasy and I wanted to write something with that same feel to it, though without the urban setting.  I wanted to write a supernatural story with plenty of action, plot twists, interesting characters and witty dialogue.


  1. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?


I’ve been inspired by so many different books and writers I couldn’t choose just one.  I get a lot of inspiration from movies and TV as well.  I appreciate a great story in any format and I draw inspiration from many different sources.


  1. What book are you reading now?


I’m always reading a few books at once.  At the minute I’m reading ‘White Trash Zombie Apocalypse’ by Diana Rowland, ‘Unicorn Western’ by Johnny Truant & Sean Platt, & ‘Darker Things’ by Rob Cornell.


  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?


I like to watch TV shows, go for dinner or drinks, or perhaps least surprisingly read books!


  1. What time of day do you write?


I write whenever I get the time – usually either first thing in the morning or later on at night.  I don’t have a routine that is set in stone but I grab every spare minute that I can get my hands on.


  1. Where do you get your ideas for your books?


My head is crammed full of wild and wacky ideas and generates more every time I see or read something the slightest bit creatively stimulating.  I’ll start thinking ‘what if’ and my mind will go wandering and come up with something totally different to whatever sparked the idea in the first place!


  1. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?


Hmm, probably a Librarian.  I love books, quiet time and I’m fairly well organised.


  1. What is your favorite tv show?


My all time favourite TV show is ‘Weird Science’ – it’s hilarious and insanely creative.  I’m a bit of a couch potato so I have a lot of favourite shows.  More recently I’m into ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Archer’ and ‘Psych’.  I like to laugh!


  1. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?


Hell Halved is the fifth book in the Gallows series and comes out in July.  For those following the series here are a few things you can expect to see in this book: Sarah visits a vampire brothel. Shaun finds out what happened to Roman.  Flicky gets herself into a mess with a demon.





  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?


Write fast, work hard and never give up!  The differences between having a dream and realising it are hard work and determination.



  1. How do you cope with writer’s block?


I don’t let it happen in the first place!  I make sure I have notes   before I start and if I get stalled I look back over the notes.  Sometimes I re-read a bit of what I’ve written and find I have to cut something that doesn’t work and start over.  I never let myself stop writing when I get stalled like this, that way it’s always easy to go back to and I never get mentally blocked.


  1. What was the hardest thing to cut from your manuscript?


I don’t really let editing get to me.  If something needs cut it needs cut.


17. Where can we buy your books or visit your website?


This is my website:

You can buy these books in many, many places, but to save time here are the main ones:

Amazon US:

Amazon UK:


Barnes & Noble US:

Barnes & Noble UK:


Note: The first book in the series ‘Blood Bound’ is free in several of the above places but Amazon have not yet price-matched it.





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Jade Kerrion – Interview and Spotlight



When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies. 

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.


When the Silence Ends is the Young Adult spinoff in the award-winning Double Helix series and can be read as a standalone novel.

Where can I purchase this book?

Buy Links (e-books)

When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Buy Links (paperbacks)

When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

About the Author:


Author biography:

Jade Kerrion, an award-winning author, got her start in fan fiction. She developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars. She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren’t their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they’re not.)


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Author Interview: Jade Kerrion

Book title: When the Silence Ends

  1. 1.       Tell us a little about your book.

On the one hand, When the Silence Ends is the story of an ordinary girl, Dee, facing ordinary challenges. She holds down two jobs to pay the rent, makes sure her twin brother gets to his speech therapy class, and wonders how to pay for college. Dee, however, is an ordinary girl in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution—a world that is struggling to deal with the social and political repercussions of human derivatives: the clones, in vitros, and mutants. What chance does “ordinary” have in a world of “extraordinary” people?

  1. 2.       How did you come up with the title?

Silence is a key theme in the novel. Dum, Dee’s twin brother, has not spoken ever since a shattering event destroyed their family when they were five. The novel is the story of Dum’s journey out of silence. A secondary theme is that of secrets. Danyael Sabre, the alpha empath who trains Dum, has secrets of his own, and as the story unfolds, the silence around an eighteen-year old secret comes to an end.

  1. 3.       What inspired you to write this book?

Young Adult novels abound with extraordinary protagonists. I’m sure that in your travels through books, you’ve met the child of destiny who’s fated to end a war and unite two worlds. You’ve probably also met the quiet kid who doesn’t quite fit in, who discovers his amazing super powers and uses them to save the world. Of course, there’s the protagonist who stumbles upon a mysterious world that coexists alongside her reality, populated by sparkly vampires and handsome werewolves.

I’ve found two major themes running through most YA novels: the first, as I noted above, the extraordinary teenage protagonist, and second, the adults are frequently the enemy, ranging from indifferent parents to murderous despots. Neither of those observations particularly aligns with my observations of life.

So, when I set out to write a YA spin off my award-winning Double Helix series, featuring Dee and her twin brother, Dum, I wanted my readers to appreciate adults in more roles than that of the enemy. Some of them are, of course, but like the real world, there’s a vast spectrum of them; some adults even become Dee’s friends and mentors. More importantly though, I wanted my readers to appreciate the power of “ordinary.”

  1. 4.       Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I’d like my readers to realize that “extraordinary” is within all our grasps, and it has nothing to do with destiny, superpowers, or being loved by a vampire. Dee is the embodiment of ordinary, but she still manages to change her world for the better. If she can do it, there’s no reason at all the rest of us can’t.

  1. 5.       Do you have a favorite line or scene from your latest release?

It’s hard to choose just one scene. I enjoy many of the scenes involving Jessica—the fifteen-year old alpha mutant, who, unlike Dee, isn’t ordinary, but is striving to find her own brand of normality, nonetheless. My favorite scene, however, is the very last scene at the concert when the silence ends. Several readers have reported tearing up at that scene.

  1. 6.       Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I started at the age of thirteen when my school essays were returned to me with a bunch of “A”s scrawled over the top. Teenagers are impressionable. Being much more impressionable than most, and believing that my teachers knew what they were doing, I figured I was destined to be a writer. It’s only taken me tens of thousands of hours of work since then to be halfway decent at writing (and I’m still learning each day), but one has to start somewhere.

  1. 7.       Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Neil Gaiman is pure genius in his storytelling ability.

  1. 8.       Have you published anything else?

My award-winning Double Helix series includes three books, Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal, and Perfect Weapon. When the Silence Ends is set in the world of the Double Helix, and readers will find that many of their favorite characters play much larger roles in the main series. My YA science fiction novel, Earth Sim, is a standalone novel, a compelling and whimsical view of Earth’s history through the eyes of the two students assigned to manage our planet.

  1. 9.       What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

Perfection Challenged, the fourth novel in the Double Helix series, will be released in September 2013. I’m currently working on a paranormal romance called City of Eternal Night, with a planned release of December 2013.

  1. 10.   Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your enthusiastic reviews, and your outraged e-mails over what I did to some of my characters. Thank you for loving them. Thank you for rereading my novels. Thank you for trusting me with your time. I do promise to honor that trust and keep delivering fantastic novels that keep you reading past your bedtime.



Review of Gemini of Emreiana and Interview with Kristen DaRay

Review of Gemini of Emreiana By Kristen DaRay

(1st review for April)

Rating 4 stars


I received this book for an honest review. This story is told through the eyes of Carson a young 18 year old. She lives in a small town in Alice and lives a normal life. Until she finds out she’s from another planet called Emreiana, where she will take the throne and bond with a fellow Gemini in marriage.

The story is based on Earth letting us see Carson discover who she really is, and understanding that she must let go of all she loves including her boyfriend Klye, But Aaronmon a protector of the royal family is there to ease her transition.

Even though the story is based on earth, it’s still very intriguing we learn all about the new planet Emreiana, they have their own language and are very advanced in technology. Also the people of Emreiana are born with certain gifts that fall’s into four categories. The world of Emreiana sounds so beautiful with its three moons that dictate’s the time of year.

The story is very well written and I can’t wait to read the second book, which will be based in Emreiana and we can start to see Carson in her true settings.



Interview with Author Kristen DaRay

Question: What have you published recently?

Recently I have published Gemini of Emreiana. It is the first in the Gemini series. It’s about making tough choices when it means you have to give up people you love.

Blurb: My entire life has been a lie: My parents didn’t die in a car accident. They’re not even dead. I’m not American. I’m not even human. I have strange powers, and I’m the heir to the throne of the planet Emreiana. 

If I take the crown, I have to leave behind everything I have known here on Earth. I would have to say goodbye to my friends and leave behind Kyle, the boy I’ve loved since I was five. If I don’t, then I risk the Bremoir finding me here on Earth and destroying everything I love.


Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I have been writing since the 6th grade. I won a contest for my county in writing and realized then that I had a talent. However, I didn’t start to write fiction till I was 15. It was then that I realized that I wanted to be a writer. I started writing a vampire novel. I never finished it because of the huge vampire craze that took over the population but I still have most of the chapters for people to read.  After that, there was a project I started with a friend. Due to various reasons, it was never finished either. It was a year after that, that I had an idea that would be the beginning of the Gemini series.  I didn’t start writing it until 2011 and finished it that summer. All the major edits came in 2012 when I decided that I would self publish rather than search for an agent.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?


Barns and Noble:





Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Because I’m still in college my typical day is pretty busy- especially if you add the fact that I have a PT job.  Basically, I go to classes in the morning. I usually sometimes have an hour or two in between class and work. That is my writing time. I write about 1k words during that time or as much as I can before I have to leave.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

I love all of my characters, good and bad, so this makes it difficult.  I really enjoyed Aunt Trish.  She had a wiry personality that was really fun!

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Maybe grammatically, but never about their story- unless it was just really terribly written.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

It depends on the work I am writing. I have a playlist built for each book. J

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I don’t usually eat while I am writing. I like to stay healthy so I know if I eat while I am being a couch potato and writing, I’m bound to gain a few unwanted pounds…. Plus I never had the desire to eat while I am writing.


Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?  RootBeer

What is your favourite cartoon character?  Gir from Invader Zim

What is your favourite movie of all time? Alice SyFy version

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? I like to watch Kdrama’s. So much fun!!!

Question: Where can we find you on the web? or