Good morning! We've got author Tessa Stockton visiting us today. Tessa has a giveaway so make sure you read on to find out what and how to enter her drawing. Good luck!
What do you think makes a good story?
I like monsters. I like monsters who don’t want to be monsters, who are tortured souls, conflicted. Then I like the unlikely heroine who comes along and finds that miniscule speck of goodness in the monster’s heart, a speck nobody else has the ability to see, and discovers what it takes to expand that speck into full blown, sacred love. It also helps when the monster is a spectacular specimen.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
I don’t. I’m terrible with this. I get . . . I don’t know . . . obsessed with ideas and I can’t rest until what needs to get out is out. Drives those around me crazy. Honestly, though, I’m trying. I’m always looking for that “off” switch, but I don’t know where it is most of the time. Wish I did. Dance consumed me much the same way. I’m aware that it’s not very healthy and I’d love to strike a balance, but I haven’t perfected that yet. Ah, I think that’s part of the problem! I’m a perfectionist. Sigh.
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
Currently, I’m working on a paranormal romance that revolves around a ballerina. The story also includes scenes at a coffee shop/poet’s pad. I worked once as a barista and I really enjoyed it, along with meeting all of those crazy-great poets who seemed to like their cappuccinos “dry.”
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
Well, Wind’s Aria, only because it’s the first of a series. eNovella #2 Sea God’s Siren, and #3 Tree Lord’s Oracle are right around the corner.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
Besides a stretching of the mind and emotion: delight; fulfillment.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
I’m an eclectic and voracious reader. I’ll read just about anything under the sun. And I’m moody. I suppose I could list my favorite authors . . . Meredith Ann Pierce is probably my favorite in fantasy, and I love Amanda Ashley books in paranormal romance. In the non-romance sense, I deeply appreciate Lya Luft’s evocative work.
Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Wind’s Aria is a fantasy romance. Some might call it inspirational. Others might call it mythological. Overall, it pretty much remains in the fantasy romance category. Having said that, I’m somebody who likes to explore and write in a variety of genres. From me you’ll never know what to expect next. I never know what to expect next!
Tell us about yourself.
I had nurtured a 20-year career in the performing arts. Just about every member of my family—immediate and extended—is in the musical arts at some capacity. My parents were professionals. It was a very natural progression for me, to walk into what was already present. I dabbled in a lot of different things in that realm, but I ultimately chose dance. Rather, it chose me. Lively and great, and oh-so-hard, this field granted me the opportunity to see the world. I fell in love with other cultures. I think it shows in my stories. Speaking of stories, I’ve also always wanted to be a writer, especially a romance writer. I grabbed a fair share of writing opportunities over the years, but didn’t have the time to seriously pursue publication in fiction. Ideas, characters, plots, lingered—haunted, really—in the back of my mind until I could breathe life into them and set them free. Now, I’m living in the moment! Other than that, I love four-legged critters, and I’m a popcorn junkie. My family adores my insanity. I think.
Elected as the Songstress, Aria takes her place on the sacred platform to sing before every dawn. As long as she does so, peace and abundant life belong to her people. One morning, amidst a strange wind that brings with it a curse in its eerie howl, Aria loses her ability to make music. But the encroaching death that transpires isn’t her biggest tragedy. It’s that she adores the cause of her blunder, for he’s a magnificent winged creature who’s stolen more than her voice.
Fog continued to dance around them covering most of his body, to her dismay. Just curious, she convinced herself. She closed her eyes and squeezed the bridge of her nose to concentrate . . . something that seemed hard to do at that moment.
“Feeling better?” The smooth notes of his words swam through her ears.
“Mmm.” She nodded. “I guess.”
He continued to stare.
Aria cleared her throat. “Um . . . can I ask you a question?”
“You may ask . . .”
“But will you answer?”
“Oh. Well. How did you get to be so huge when all the Meleyans are rather small? And why haven’t I seen you before?”
“That’s two questions.”
He exhaled a steady stream of air, adding to the mist, as if deliberating.
Aria felt the strength of his breath, blowing strands of her hair across her face.
Slow, yet with precision, he lifted a lock from the curve of her mouth and rubbed the strands between his fingers. He murmured, “Soft and orange, like the petals of prairie-tails.” Then he bent and smelled her hair, closing his eyes. “And sweet like the honey of bees.” Again he held her gaze. The corner of his mouth twitched upward. “Do you have a sting?”
“I asked you a question first—”
“Two,” he corrected. Then he smiled.
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An accident left Syrena blind and only one can bring her healing. But the cost of abiding in his, Dagon's, aquatic prison in exchange for sight proves more than she bargained for.
Tree Lord’s Oracle
Arekel becomes the chosen of her world to stop the Tree Lord menace from expanding his domain of Deadwood. Embarking on the fretful task, the young maiden learns that she alone holds the key to destroying the Tree Lord’s malevolent heart. There’s just one other problem. She’s fallen in love with him.
Give away info:
Tessa is giving away one electronic copy of her eNovella, Wind’s Aria. Leave a comment between Jan 30-Feb 3, and a random winner will be selected and announced on Feb 4. Be sure to include your email with your comment, replacing @ with (at) and . with (dot).
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What a great excerpt! Am I the only one who wants to read more? I bet I'm not, lol. Don't forget to leave a comment with your e-addy to enter the drawing for an e-copy of Wind's Aria!
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