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Thursday, 27 August 2015

BLOG TOUR & CHARACTER & AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Forever Marked By Lady J

  


Blurb

If you were a marked woman, how far would you run?   At only 23 years old, Ellora's life is turned upside down. She captures the unwanted attention of a dangerously ruthless man, who'll stop at nothing until he possesses her. Haunted by nightmares of the brutal attack she survived, Ellora flees the country desperate to hide. But, the longer she runs the deeper his obsession grows.      Behr is a hard working bachelor who's life is stuck on repeat. Every single day is filled with the same people, and the same routine. That is, until a beautiful stranger stumbles into the local pub and into his heart.  Even though he's immediately drawn to her raven black hair and deep green eyes... he knows she's hiding a secret.  One he's determined to uncover. Can Ellora stay safe in this small harbor town?OrHas the twisted game of cat and mouse, just begun?


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Ellora raced down the hallway as fast as her legs could carry her. Dread gripped her when she heard his heavy footsteps pounding on the hardwood floors behind her. His powerful presence echoed around the eerily empty house. It didn't matter how fast she ran, he was always right on her heels. Ellora quaked violently when she made it to the stairs. If she couldn't make it out of there, she'd never survive. Reaching out, Ellora gripped the railing with both hands and used the leverage to fly down the steps. She skipped so many at a time, it felt like flying. He thundered down the steps, after her. The smell of his rancid panting, snaked its way over her shoulder. The stench stung her nose. Ellora risked looking back. His large black eyes, vicious with a murderous rage she didn’t understand, were only a few feet behind her. He was close enough to grab her. Oh. My God, this is it. He reached out... and she lunged, taking a giant leap before she got to the last three steps. She successfully made it over the carpeted runner at the bottom. Her ankles stung as she landed hard, on her bare feet. Easily ignoring the pain, Ellora sprinted to the front door. She heard him land on the runner and crashed to the floor, as it slipped out from under him. Shaking, she fumbled with clumsy fingers, trying to unlock the deadbolt and door knob lock.After several slips from her bloodied hands, she finally heaved open the door. She skidded on her own blood, which was trickling down her legs and pooling onto the floor. The cool air rushed in, sobering her. Chills raised goosebumps on her skin as she dashed out the door. Ellora looked back to make sure he wasn’t behind her. This action caused her to lose her balance, tripping down the driveway and crashing right into the car. She remembered leaving her it unlocked, so she wrenched it open and jumped inside. She immediately locked the doors in record speed. It took only a moment for her to get a grip on   her debilitating panic. She frantically searched her pockets for the car keys. First the front, then the back. Ellora froze. A devastating hopelessness made her stomach drop when she realized that she left the keys in the house. She hung her head in defeat… BANG! BANG! BANG! The sudden violent pounding sent Ellora shooting out of her seat, frightened to death as he pulverized the glass window with his fists. He stopped his onslaught abruptly and pressed his face against the window. His disturbing eyes and malicious sneer held her captive. He lifted his hand presenting a set of keys and shook them. ‘NO!’  
 






Character interview: Dalton Ramsey Claiborne III

In what situation is your self esteem most at risk? When I am rejected, undermined, or questioned.
What are you keeping a secret? My past.

What are you lying to yourself about? To others? That I am unstoppable and no one can measure up to me.

What are you lying to yourself about? To others? That I am unstoppable and no one can measure up to me.

What are your goals in life? To be on top of the world. Better than everyone else
What unusual hobbies or interests do you have? To break the spirit of others. I enjoy watching people be manipulated or tortured into doing as I want them to do.

What are you most afraid of? Being like everyone else.
If you had one wish, what would it be? To possess the power to control everything. To control the lives of others
What’s your greatest source of frustration? Others failures when I delegate a job.

What’s your greatest source of joy? Getting what I want. Watching the light and joy in the eyes of another dimmed.

What are you especially proud of in your life? My success. My drive. My power.



  








Can you tell us a little about yourself?  I grew up in Upstate NY, but my heart belongs in Arizona. If given the chance, I'd gladly trade in frost burn, for sun burn! I met and married my handsome hubby, and had 3 beautiful girls. (I know, poor guy's surrounded by chicks) I have two fur babies. Geno, a boxer and Bones, a blue heeler. I am a twin, (shout out to my womb mate!) Yes we do have creepy mental connections. Just ask, I'll tell ya about it! ;-D

What was your favourite book as a child? I answered this question a while back, but I'm changing my answer. I know... I know, curse the mind changer! My favorite books were The Babysitter's Club series. Loves. 

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?I think I'm still sort of in denial. I feel like I'm going to wake up and it'll all be a dream. But to answer the question, I'd say I first felt like I could really do this... Really be an author when my twin sister and hubby read it. My twin literally kicked me into gear, telling me to finish it or she'll bring down her twin wrath on me. And my hubby told me to take it to the finish line.

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?  I started Forever Marked over a year ago. But had to start all over again when my lap top shorted out. I didn't back up my work. Cringe. Lesson learned. I finished in January and sat on it for a little bit. I got up enough nerve to seek out BETA readers and critique partners- very scary the first time around. 

How did you choose the genre you write in?
 I didn't really choose to write Romantic Suspense. It kind of chose me. I do like suspenseful movies and books. Anything really that makes my heart race. But the very beginning of this book was a dream I had. Very intense.
Where do you get your ideas? The characters pretty much wrote themselves. They all screamed at me to have their stories told. But I do have real life stories and events weaved in. My family and friends know where they are. 

Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you get past it?I haven't had writers block yet. But, it does take me a moment to get into the zone. I have several go to songs I listen to, to get me in the right mind frame for the specific scene I'm writing. Music is my key ingredient. 

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?My absolute favorite book of all time is Swan Song by Robert McCammon. If you see this Robert, I'm totally fan-girling over you. I have three copies, two I loan out to people and one that's for my hands only. If you touch... you die. The end.  Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? I had so many challenges. I already spoke about starting over when I didn't back up my work. I decided the second time around that the book would flow so much better in third POV (it was in first). But that was all cake compared to all the stuff behind the scenes. I had no clue how to proceed, but I joined an amazingly supportive indie author group. They were and are the best group of talented authors, I'm proud to call them my friends. They've answered all my questions, walked me through steps I didn't understand and supported me in events. BEST GROUP EVER.



If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Oh definitely. I'd have a timeline. When I first started I didn't want to be a burden on anyone so I'd tell them not to hurry. Big mistake. This book would've been published months ago had I enforced a timeline early on. I know better now. Another lesson learned.

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