This week it is nothing but a pleasure that I turn my site over to the very lovely, Lynne Stevie. She shares a little about her style of writing and shares with us an excerpt of Angel’s Kiss. And if that isn’t fabulous enough, she’s also generously offered to give away a signed paperback of Angel’s Kiss to one of my lucky readers. To enter, all you need to do is comment. The winner will be selected next Wednesday.
Lynne Stevie was raised on a small farm in the Midwest, at a time when there were only 3 television stations. Oh the horror!
Growing up miles away from any other families gave her the opportunity to hone her imagination and plenty of time to read. To say that she has an active imagination is a huge understatement and she has always had a fascination for magic, fantasy and the paranormal.
After earning a bachelor degree in Criminology, she married her college sweetheart and traded farm country for the sugar white beaches of the Florida Panhandle. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her three children, two dogs, one guinea pig and my terrific husband.
“So, what’s going to happen next?” My mother asked looking up from the last page of Angel’s Kiss with expectant eyes, thinking she was going to get the inside scoop.
“I don’t know for sure.”I said and then winced as her expression turned from surprise to anger.
Angel’s Kiss, my first paranormal novel, ends with a few unanswered questions and if you’ve read any of the great reviews, you’ll know that my readers are patiently (not really) waiting for a second installment. Many fans and relatives (especially relatives, because they think I’ll give them the inside story) are confounded by the idea that I don’t already know what’s going to happen in the next book.
From what I can tell there are two types of writers, ones that plot and graph the story ahead of time and ones like me who are more fly-by-the-seat-of-your- pants writers. Many people have asked how that could possible work. Well, I can only answer how it works for me. Personally, I start with a picture in my mind of the characters and a basic idea of the story or as I like to call it the mess the characters are going to get into. However, when I start writing I have no idea how they are going to get out of that mess. For me writing is about sitting in front of the computer and opening myself up to listen and see what the characters will do.
To be honest, sometimes I don’t even know all the characters. While writing Angel’s Kiss there was one character who just wouldn’t quit showing up. Ben began his fictional life as nothing more than a guard in a gate house. However, he was always in the right place at the right time and become an important part of the heroines’ world and I love him! Here is a little excerpt from Angel’s Kiss to show you the first time I fell in love with Ben.
The air was too heavy. I couldn’t get my lungs to fill. Panic overtook me and I doubled over, falling to my hands and knees.
“Alex! Can you hear me?” Ben’s worried voice broke through my panic.
“Yessss,” I managed through the gulps of breath.
“You’re hyperventilating. Your lungs are working too fast. You need to slow down. You’ll pass out otherwise.” He helped me sit on the ground and he put his hand on my back. “Give me your hand.” I did, but stars crowded my peripheral vision, threatening to turn everything black. “Just do as I say. You’ll be fine.” He put my hand on his chest and said, “Follow my breathing.” Then he took a deep breath and I could feel his chest expand. “Match your breathing to mine. Concentrate!”
He breathed slowly as I gulped air that didn’t seem to be there. I concentrated on the rise and fall, just that, and found that I could hold the air in longer. I closed my mind to everything except the feel of his chest expanding and contracting. After what seemed like a lifetime I started to pant, which was better than the mad gulping I’d been doing.
“Thank you,” I whispered.
“You’ll be fine, just concentrate on my breath. Time yours to mine.” He was right. My breathing calmed. I opened my eyes to see him smiling at me. I hadn’t realized how big he was. Even sitting down he towered over me. His chest was solid muscle. And his arms were as big as my thighs. I sheepishly removed my hand from his chest and looked up into his hazel eyes. Wow, he was handsome.
Angel’s Kiss is the story of Alexandria Hayes-Lewis. Lexie, as she likes to be called, is blessed with the perfect life. By day she manages her family’s detective agency in Serevan, the beautiful beach town where she was born and raised. By night she makes certain her devilishly handsome husband knows just how much she loves him.
Lexie never knew she’d been marked at birth by an Angel’s Kiss—until one ordinary case turned deadly.
A brutal attack awakens a deeply hidden family legacy: a superhuman strength and vitality. Not only is she stronger—her gift can intensify the strength and power of immortal beings. With the secrets of her heritage unlocked, and her legacy revealed, Lexie becomes the prey.
Terrified by changes she doesn’t understand and sensual nightmares she can’t control, Lexie desperately searches for ways to harness the power flowing through her veins. But when people die and her family is threatened, she takes the ultimate step against those who want to shield her, those who want to possess her, and those who want to kill her. In a frantic bid for freedom, she enlists the help of an unusual guardian and an ancient weapon.
Will it be enough to save her?
If you’d like to see more of why I love Ben or why readers “couldn’t stop reading” and “can’t wait for book 2” grab your own copy of Angel’s Kiss. It’s available at the following locations: Kobo, Nook, Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes