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Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Hurricane of the Heart Jewel Amethyst

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Jewel Amethyst

Genre: Romance

Publisher: CaribbeanReads Publishing

Date of Publication: July 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9964358-2-6

Number of pages: 292

Word Count: 85,900

Book Description:

The Player

When Kyle agrees to be the best man at his best friend’s destination wedding in Dominica, he has one thing on his mind: partying. But all that changes when a powerful hurri¬cane strikes the island and he finds himself trapped in a vil¬lage and falling hard and fast for the indigenous beauty queen, Alia Graneau.

The Planner

Alia Graneau has goals that do not include men, least of all an immature, irresponsible American party-animal like Kyle. But the hurricane devastates more than her beautiful island; it wreaks havoc on her heart when she falls under Kyle’s spell and is forced to choose between her ambition, her love for her country and her love for Kyle Robinson.

Can their love, born in a hurricane, survive the ravages of real life?



Kyle and Alia gazed into each other’s eyes, smiling. Alia drew her eyes away and gazed up at the moon. The emotion she was experiencing was making her a little uncomfortable. Yes, it was gratitude, but there was something else underlying it. It was attraction, desire, and a kind of closeness she did not want to feel at this time.

Kyle’s voice was soothing when he spoke. “I looked at your well-groomed nails and hair and thought you were one of those ultra-feminine women who concentrated more on their appearance than on anything of substance. I was totally wrong.”

Alia smiled and looked down at the moist ground.

He continued. “You are strong, determined and have a heart of gold. I never expected you to do all the things you did today. The way you got down and dirty and helped with the cleanup, the way you climbed through that tiny chimney. And then you put your own life in danger to save Teshawn’s life. I’ve gained a whole new perspective and a lot of respect for you.”

Alia kept her head down. She twirled a pebble between her fingers, her discomfort escalating. Her mind raced as she tried to make sense of all the emotions churning within her.

Kyle placed his finger under Alia’s chin and lifted her face. He gazed into her dark brown tapered eyes and was captivated by her beauty. Her long hair flowed gently around her face. Her exotic eyes held a dreamy, sultry expression. Kyle stared at her, lost in her gaze, enthralled by her clear flawless skin, her high cheekbones, and those deliciously full sensuous lips. He whispered, “Alia, you are beautiful, on the outside and the inside.”

Alia felt her heart flutter, beating like a drum in her ears. She could hardly breathe as she gazed into his large light-brown eyes. She saw passion, desire, and felt herself slipping, falling into his romantic trap.

Kyle touched her hair tentatively. It was soft and silky. The attraction for Alia was so strong it took his breath away. Slowly he lowered his face toward hers, his eyes never leaving hers. He saw in them longing, desire, and a vulnerability that was totally uncharacteristic of the super-composed Alia. His heart raced as his lips inched closer and closer.

Alia closed her eyes. Her mind was in turmoil. A day ago she had hated Kyle Robinson. Now here they were, on the verge of doing something she had never done before. She was confused, feeling things she should not be feeling. Not for Kyle, not for anyone at that point in her life. She felt helpless. Her mind


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was telling her not to do this, but her body was ignoring it. His hand in her hair, the other on her chin lifting it for his kiss felt so right.

Suddenly a moment of clarity ensued. This man would do anything and say anything to have a good time. What happens after the kiss? Sex? And then he would be gone from her life just as quickly as he had come.

Alia jumped up from the rock, leaving Kyle seated, a strange expression on his face. “This can’t happen,” she said before dashing off to the house.

“Alia, wait!” Kyle called to her departing back as he stood up from the rock. He had no idea whether to chase after her or let her be. No woman had ever run away from him like that before. Kyle looked at Alia as she crossed the fence and headed for the house. “Man!” he exclaimed, kicking the rock he had been sitting on. He had come so close.

So close to what? A kiss? A one night stand? An ephemeral tryst? Kyle looked longingly at her disappearing back and realized one night with Alia would never be enough. She was the type of woman who would keep him wanting more.

  Author Interview

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be an author. When I was a child, I told my mother that I wanted to be an author. She gave me a story about an author who was poor and destitute and had to beg while he tried to peddle his books. So I decided I would be scientist or a doctor instead. I went to school, became a scientist and now I’ve decided to go back to my first love and become a writer.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

That’s a tough question because I think there is a difference between being a writer and being an author. In the back of my mind, I always was a writer, whether it was writing short stories and poems just for my own entertainment or attempting to publish. But I didn’t consider myself to be an author until about 2011. I had two books already published. My job as a research scientist had recently ended and I was at a meeting with a few professionals. We had to introduce ourselves and give a little background about our professions. I felt intimidated because I no longer knew how to define myself professionally. I introduced myself as a stay at home mom. The organizer for the meeting, a well accomplished scientist and bestselling author added to my introduction, “and published author.” That was the first time I thought of myself as an author.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

My first book still is not published J. My second book is. In 2003 while on maternity leave I wrote my first book.  I tried but could not get it published. Rather than being discouraged, I wrote another. I completed my second book in 2007, I think. I went through another set of rejections before it was accepted by Dorchester Publishing and Published in 2009. That was “A Marriage of Convenience” now published by Montlake Romance an imprint of Amazon. You can do the calculations.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I am currently an adjunct professor of Biology.  It just means I teach Biology to college students, but I do so part-time.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

My latest book is Hurricane of the Heart, and it is set in the beautiful Caribbean Island of Dominica.

Summary: Alia and Kyle’s lives collide when a hurricane destroys Dominica. Can love born in disaster survive the ravages of life?


Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

My earlier books are published by Amazon (Montlake Romance). My current Publisher is CaribbeanReads Publishing a wonderful publisher who treats authors really well.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

It varies. I have what I consider to be a harem of WIP. I may get an idea, begin writing it, and when other things demand my attention, I pause sometimes indefinitely, sometimes for a few months to years. I started writing my latest published novel “Hurricane of the Heart”, in 2011. I had to do a bit of research for it because the protagonist is Kalinago or Carib, the indigenous people of the Caribbean, and there is not very much in the literature about their culture and lifestyles today. That took a while. I had the first draft completed by 2012. Others I’ve done in three or four months.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Like I said, I have a harem of WIPs. I’m currently working on another romance based on a character who was introduced in Hurricane of the Heart. So you may see that soon. I’m also working on a series of children’s science adventure novels, meant for middle grade readers.  That is in collaboration with my twelve year old daughter. We published the first one last year (2014), and we’re working on the others in the series.

What genre would you place your books into?

Most of my books are multicultural romance novels.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I’m a romantic at heart and I love a happy ending. But the real reason I decided to write romance is because most of the romance I read didn’t feature people who looked like me. Most novels I read featured tall, blond or brunette, super slim, uber beautiful, extremely rich female characters. And if they females didn’t come from money, their love interest would be excessively wealthy and roguish. I felt that it didn’t reflect the experience of most ordinary folk. My lead character in A Marriage of Convenience is short, overweight and dead broke. Yet she finds love with a gorgeous Ghanaian professional. In Hurricane of the Heart, the lead character, Alia, is a very beautiful indigenous Caribbean woman who has lived a life of poverty but is pulling herself out of it through education and participating in beauty pageants. Both my hero and Heroine in my novella in the Holiday Brides anthology are high school teachers. Most of my characters are regular working class people, beautiful more on the inside than the outside, because I feel people identify with them.


Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

Hmmm…This is like asking me if I have a favorite child. I really like Alia Graneau from Hurricane of the Heart. I like her tenacity, her strength and her spirit, even in the face of a natural disaster of monumental proportions. I also like her love interest, Kyle Robinson.  I love his playfulness and the way he matured toward the end—and yes, he is sexy. But then I also have a massive crush on Kwabena Opoku, the hero of A Marriage of Convenience. I like his calm level headed attitude and his humility. Not to mention he’s sexy as hell. I really can’t choose.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I recall my first book was a story written on loose leaf, cut up and stapled that I gave to my sister for her birthday. I think I was seven or eight at that time. In high school I wrote my first romance, very much like the sweet dreams romance. That was never published. It was also written on loose leaf. I can’t single out one person who inspired me to write though I enjoy the support of friends and family, but the many stories playing around in my head is part of my inspiration.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

Not really. I’m just as comfortable writing while at one of my kids soccer practice as I am writing in my bed or on the throne. I do a lot of writing and editing in my head before I even touch the computer.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

No. In fact it’s only when someone brings it to my attention that I read a review.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

Half the time, I only have a working title when I begin the publication process. I am horrible at choosing titles. I even have a hard time choosing names for my kids. In fact, I’ve been known to leave the hospital without naming my babies (well that only happened once, the other time we found the name just before we left).

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

Strange enough I find my characters are easier to name than the book title. As the character pops into my head so do the names. Sometimes, I hear names on television, or I see a student’s name that I like and I build a character around them. Since most of my settings are real places, the names of places are predetermined.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

The names tend to come to me before I build the character. The place is generally decided based on the plot.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

My characters tend to come to me and I write based on the characters and their interactions. Just recently I had to do an interview with a character in Hurricane of the Heart and I chose Alia. In interviewing the character I realized lots of nuances in her personality that I didn’t realize while writing the novel. Now I think I will do an interview with my main characters before I begin to write my stories. It may help in character development.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

I don’t think there is an overarching moral in my books, however they do contain tidbits of positive messages. There are certain themes that run throughout. One of them is “happiness should be in spite of not because of,” and another is “beauty is internal, not external,” and no matter who you are, you can find love. They are morals but the entire books aren’t built on one single moral.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I love paperbacks. They’re portable, I love the smell of the paper and it feels like I’m reading a real book. Ebooks are portable but don’t feel like real books.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

I don’t have a favorite book. I have favorite books. One of my favorite is The Color Purple and I read it more than once because it resonates with me. The characters are rich and strong and you can’t help falling in love with them. Another favorite is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and it resonates with me because I thought it was a book ahead of its time. And then there’s James Patterson’s, “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas.” It was a very different kind of romance. And finally I just love Rebecca Skloot’s creative non-fiction, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” I worked for years with those HeLa cells and many others doing cancer research and had no idea of the life of the person from whom they came. And I just love the way the story is told.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is your favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

If you asked me that question 20 years ago I would have said no because they don’t keep the integrity of the books. But recently there have been many book-to-movie transfers that really kept the integrity of the book. One of my favorites is “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham. The movie was actually better than the book.

Your favorite food is?

Stewed saltfish with dumplings and a side of fried plantains (I’m from the Caribbean). Now my favorite dessert is pineapple upside down cake.

Your favorite singer/group is?

I don’t have a favorite group or singer but I used to like Air Supply a whole lot. I still swoon when I hear their songs.

Your favorite color is?


Your favorite Author is?

James Patterson



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  About The Author


Jewel Amethyst is the author of two mass market romance novels, Marriage of Convenience and From SKB with Love one of three stories in the Holiday Brides’ romance anthology. Hurricane of the Heart is her second full-length romance novel. Jewel was born and raised on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and currently resides in Maryland with her family.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

THE ISLAND BY @ClarissaJohal Cover Reveal #preorder

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The Island by Clarissa Johal

“Exploring a remote island can sometimes get you into trouble.

Especially when you stumble upon a cave and awaken two demons.

Emma Keller’s estranged grandmother has been missing for seven years. Emma journeys to her grandmother’s private island with the task of readying it for sale. Local rumors say it’s cursed, but she dismisses them as superstition. While there, she unearths a hidden cave, and is visited by two men soon after. Itu is well-spoken, though he hides his face in shadow. The other is more of a worry; with skin of alabaster, Thim’s feral presence sets her on edge. Emma discovers the island has a dark past. The two men aren’t human, but awakened demons…and they have their sights set on her.” 

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Book Blast: The Amber Voyeur by Ravyn Rayne @blushingravyn

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Title: The Amber Voyeur Series: Gem Apocalypse Book Two Author: Ravyn Rayne Publisher: Blushing Books Genre: Dystopian Erotica Expected Release: July 20th, 2015

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No longer safe in Brayleigh, Aria and James travel by ship to find refuge and discover what’s left of the world.
Dangerous seas and pirates lurking are only the start of their troubles. Forced off the boat with nothing but the clothes on their back, the crew and passengers make it to a nearby island, only to be abducted by the Knight Tribe, a clan of romantic warriors with a voyeuristic culture and a taste for nightly entertainment.
Get swept away in this dystopian erotic adventure, brimming with romance, spankings, and betrayal.



The hum of the engine died, and Aria heard the scream of unfamiliar words in a language she didn't recognize. Shots were fired in every direction forcing her to duck, throwing herself onto the floor of the ship.
James lay right beside her, covering Aria with his body, shielding her from danger. She didn't have the courage to ask what happened.
The warmth and security Aria felt from James vanished. A man covered in tattoos, his arms a canvas of ink, grabbed James by the arm and dragged him across the room. The second man accompanying him lifted Aria from the floor and escorted her up the stairwell. James walked just a few feet in front. The man dropped his hold on her as the passageway narrowed. A gun pressed into her back, a constant reminder of danger. Aria couldn't fight without risking her life. She hoped these men would steal what goods they came for and then leave.
Forced outside, the lifeboats were just a few feet away.
The sun began to set, and the sky twinkled like a sapphire without a cloud in the heavens.
Even at dusk, beads of sweat trickled against Aria's forehead. Her black shirt stuck to her back, the cargo pants she wore were too hot for this climate. She didn't dare ask where they were; she didn't believe anyone would answer.
They were forced against the wall. Would the lifeboats even float anymore? The old luxury cruise liner's paint faded from years of sun exposure. What would it have been like fifty years ago, before the devastation and destruction that their parents created, taking a luxury cruise? She would never know. The Gem Apocalypse had resulted in a war with only survivors, no heroes.
"Move!" the man behind Aria said. His gun dug further into her back, and she pushed forward on James's heels. "Down!"
They got down onto the ground with the other crew and passengers. Six men towered over them with guns. Aria was unfamiliar with the weapons, as they were larger than the ones the guards carried at the palace.
"We'll be okay," James said as he sat beside Aria, reaching for her hand.
Aria wanted to ask him how he could know that without a doubt. Hope shrank like a beacon of light fading in the distance. These men were thieves. She could smell the treachery and greed from where she sat. How did they end up here?


Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be. Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally. Although BURNING DESIRE is her debut romantic erotica novel, it is not her first published book. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her other books here.

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The Emerald Virgin
Gem Apocalypse Book One
Author: Ravyn Rayne
Publisher: Blushing Books
Published: June 19, 2015
Emerald – a girl with green eyes and a rarity after the horrific genocide that slaughtered millions.
After the war, King Gideon rose in power. A lust-filled and greedy king that believed in the power of slavery.
At eighteen, women were required to come before King Gideon and his four sons, to offer themselves as a courtesan. The princes took only those they found most attractive and alluring. The rest were returned to their homes with a brand on their wrist proving they had been through the process and rejected. Ignoring the ritual was punishable by death.
Aria Stone had been kept hidden from the princes and the ceremony, because she was an Emerald. At twenty-three, the royal guards storm her home, murder her mother, and drag her to court. She must face the four princes.
A dystopian erotic adventure.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Blast: Blind Love by Kishan Paul @kishan_paul

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Title: Blind Love Author: Kishan Paul Release Date: June 2, 2015 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Samhain Publishing
She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.
At twenty nine, psychologist Lauren Baxter has a successful counseling practice. Since becoming legally blind at fifteen, her world has been a blurry mess of colors. Her greatest fear is also her ultimate reality. One day that fuzzy realm will forever turn black. Refusing to let blindness define her, she builds a life for herself with her dog, Jack Sparrow, and best friend, Sunny Daye.
Lauren has no tolerance for pity or for Superman swooshing down and rescuing her. She is capable of saving herself just fine. That is until Gabe, the great smelling, former Marine, from Texas moves in next door. Her attraction to him is immediate and, unfortunately for her, mutual.
When Lauren’s ex-husband shows up begging for another chance, she is confused and fragile. She also finds herself in the arms of her secretive neighbor. Little does she realize that her decision for a steamy roll in the hay with Gabe will suck her into his mysterious past, thrust her ex-husband back into her life, put her in the middle of a murder investigation, and place her life in danger.
Gabriel Briggs has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Short term flings are all he can afford for more reasons than one – reasons he never plans to share. Until he moves in next door to the beautiful, green eyed, feisty, Lauren. One night with her and he’s reconsidering promises he made almost a decade ago. When a woman from his past is murdered, his world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and innocent lives are threatened. Can Gabe win Lauren’s love and save her life before it’s too late?
Product Warnings: Contains a blind therapist who doesn’t consider herself impaired; a meddling, erotic-novel-writing best friend; a hot ex-Marine with a shady past; and a loyal guide dog that howls “I love you” and is probably the sanest one of the bunch.
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Gabe stayed on his knees with the kid wrapped around his neck. The two men stared each other down.
“Hey, there. My name’s Lauren. I’m your neighbor. What’s your name?”
“Evan.” His voice came out muffled from having his nose pressed into Gabe’s shoulder.
“Hi, Evan. This big dog beside me is Jack Sparrow. We call him Jack.”
The dog wagged his tail and licked Lauren’s face. “Jack, say ‘I love you’.”
Both of Gabe’s hands were where visible, but Ben stayed on alert.
When the dog yodeled his response, Evan turned his head. The kid’s eyes doubled in size.
Lauren smiled. “Dogs can’t talk, right? And they can’t. But sometimes they can make noises that sound like they’re talking. And Jack’s a special dog. He’s trained to smell when people need help. Like me. I need his help a lot because I’m blind.”
“You are?” Now Evan had turned completely around and peered into her face.
“Yup, I am. Jack’s my guide dog. He helps me get places and do things.”
Both Evan and Gabe gazed at Lauren with looks of awe on their faces.
She smiled and kissed the dog’s neck. “He is wow. But what makes him even more wower is he can tell you’re a little scared and he wants to help you.”
“He does?”
“Yup. What he wants to do is to give you a kiss and let you hug him so you’ll feel better. I do it all the time with him when I’m scared. If you’re okay with trying, why don’t you give him your hand and see if it helps?”
“Gabe?” Evan said, still glued to his dad.
“It’s okay, Sprout, he won’t hurt you,” Gabe whispered.
The kid reached out his palm. Jack put his paw on it and panted.
“He wants me to shake his hand,” Evan announced, giving the furry foot a shake.
When Jack licked his cheek, instead of screaming, he laughed.
Acid burned in the pit of Ben’s stomach, from the way the man was eyeing Lauren.
“Thank you. For everything,” he said to her.
Lauren’s smile faded. “I didn’t do it for you.”
“I know.”
Ben cleared his throat but said nothing. She nodded. “Well, I better get back inside. Jack, you coming?”
The dog whined back his answer.
“He seems to want to hang out with your son.”
Gabe had yet to blink much less look away. “It’s mutual. Would you mind if they played together for a little while?”
Lauren bit her lip and Ben prayed she’d say no. “You wouldn’t hurt him would you?”
“Do you think I would?”
She shrugged. “You’re obviously capable of a lot more than I realized but no, I don’t think you will.” She got up from her spot. “He’ll come home when he’s ready to, or send him over when you guys are done, whichever happens first.”

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Reviews for Blind Love

5 Star
“I absolutely fell in love with this story and quite honestly didn't want to put it down or for it to end.” -Bobbi of Bobbi’s Blog
5 Star
“Lauren is both strong and vulnerable, and much the same could be said for Gabe. You have two people battling their own personal demons, lots of emotional baggage and an undeniable (and strong) mutual attraction that keeps pulling them together…Humorous banter, believable chemistry and a strong cast of supporting characters are just some of the things that make this book difficult to put down.” -Nessie Strange author of Living Dead World series
5 Star
“I love, love, loved this story. I am a huge fan of contemporary romance, and this was perfect. One minute I was crying, the next laughing…The story is very well written, the characters are well developed,…a must read for any romance lover. There is a little suspense, and you'll want to keep some tissues near-by…Fans of Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, Jennifer Bernard, and Jill Shalvis will love this novel.” -Nicole of Books and

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From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the “on” position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would have graduated with honors.
Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over seventeen years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.
Her novella, Taking the Plunge, is currently available in the Love Least Expected Anthology on Amazon.
I was voted Best New Author at the Smexy and Fabulous Beach Reads and Blind Love got second place in the same competition for Best Contemporary Romance. Blind Love is also voted the Best Book of June, 2015 on Goodreads and is one of the Top Ten Books of Playwire's Reviews for June.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Beyond Heights and Depths by Christian Brown @CBrownHI

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Beyond Height and Depths Trilogy

Book One

Christian Brown

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Young Adult

Publisher: C. Brown Publisher

Date of Publication: January 22, 2013

ISBN: 9781301231515


Number of pages: 200

Word Count: 67,170

Cover Artist: Charli Infante

Book Description:

As I awaken in the dark warmth of this terrifying place, laid out on the strangely uneven ground, I open my eyes to see the true horrors this place was built upon…She is supposed to be near where I landed. If I don’t reach her soon, we will be doomed to remain in eternal fire and pain forever.

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Are soul mates real, or just a fairy tale? What if you found your soul mate, but you had to fight your way through heaven and hell to stay together. Could you sacrifice everything, even your own soul, for the one you love?

Emmett Goode moves to a more affluent neighborhood with the hope of leaving his troubled past behind, starting fresh at a new school, and more importantly, reconnecting with his lost love, Ash, who is dealing some personal demons of her own. A tragic accident brings them together; unfortunately, before they can enjoy their new relationship they find themselves at the center of a battle between good and evil that has existed since the beginning of humanity, and forced on a harrowing journey through this world and beyond to stay together. Their bond, and the supernatural power it creates, could mean the difference between saving the world, or its destruction.

Is love enough to overcome seemingly impossible odds?

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As I awaken in the dark warmth of this terrifying place, laid out on the strangely uneven ground, I open my eyes to see the true horrors this place was built upon. The hills and valleys are not made of dirt at all but rather the bodies and remains of various humans and unidentifiable creatures. The uncomfortable warmth quickly turns to searing heat; with each second that passes my skin slowly burns away from my body, literally turning to ash and dispersing into the fiery air. The pain is excruciating. I want to scream in pain, but I quickly realize that all I can hear are the tortured screams and moans that seem to be coming from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. I try to move and the skin on my legs tears away in large grotesque chunks. What am I doing here? I think to myself, and I remember that I am here for a very specific reason. Where is she? She is supposed to be near where I landed. If I don’t reach her soon, we will be doomed to remain in eternal fire and pain forever.

I turn franticly, looking everywhere, all the while hoping the pain that feels like burning needles in my eyes doesn’t mean that my eyes are about to fall out of my head. I feel a sharp jolt in my chest as I peer into the noxious haze that seems to be growing right before my burning eyes. There, there she is, she can’t be more than fifty feet away. I can make it to her, just as I thought. This plan has to work; I only have a minute or two to make this work. Just then, I realize just how difficult this is going to be. To my left are the shadows I had seen before, on my right I see the disfigured faces of what I can only imagine were once human beings descending upon me, and right in front of Ash is the menacing figure of a twenty foot tall man-beast. Suddenly the screams and moans stop, only to be replaced by something more sinister. All I can hear is the malevolent laughter of the creatures that have come to make sure that we never leave this unholy place. Wake up, Ash, please; I can’t do this without you.

  Character Interview

Character Name: Emmett Goode and Ash – Ash asked not to be separated from Emmett.

Character Bio:

Emmett is a reluctant hero with troubled past. He has a history of smoking, drinking, and fighting. He was thrown out of two high schools. He loves the beach, almost as much as he loves Ash. Deep down, he is trying to be a better person. It’s a process.

Ash is a complicated girl, with demons of her own. She is gorgeous, but she doesn’t think so. She is working through some insecurities, as well as some parent issues. She is incredibly strong, fast, and clever. She says there is nothing she loves more than Emmett, but he says junk food, television, and movies rank pretty high too.


Describe yourself what is your worst and vest quality?

Em: I think my worst quality is that I can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My best would have to be Ash. She really is the better part of me.

Ash: Aw, thanks, but to be fair, he is a better cook than I am. I think my best quality is patience. My worst would have to be my taste in junk food.

What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?

Em: I wish people knew there was more to me than my past. Most people just think I’m a loser.

Ash: I wish people knew how hard it has been for me to fit in all these years.

Em: Yeah, it must have been weird being a teenager for like 50 years.

Ash: Shush, next question.

What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?

Em: I am a huge Star Wars fan and I love musicals.

Ash: No way! I like musicals. Why didn’t you say something? We could be watching all kinds of, oh wait, now I see. You’re trying not to fuel my “obsession” with TV and movies.

Em: So, what’s your secret?

Ash: I always wanted to be a movie star, but people would catch on...

What are you most afraid of?

Em: Clowns

Ash: I’m not afraid of anything, except...

Em: I know, next question please.

What do you want more than anything?

World Peace, they both reply and laugh.

What is your relationship status?

The two of them look at each other and then glare back without an answer.

How would you describe your sense of fashion?

Em: I have none, but Ash loves fashion, so she picks out most of my clothes. I’m more of a board shorts and t-shirt guy, but I like her taste in clothes. At least I appear stylish, most of the time anyway.

Ash: I have impeccable taste. I keep up with every trend. It’s what helped me to fit in all these years.

How much of a rebel are you?

Em: I wouldn’t say either of us is particularly rebellious,

Ash: but there are many others that would beg to differ.

What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?

Em: I think surviving after all we’ve been through has to be it.

Ash: Yeah, you’re probably right.

What is your idea of happiness?

Em: Sunny days, big waves, good food, and Ash by my side.

Ash: I’ll always be by your side.

What is your current state of mind?

Em: Life is short. You never know when it could all end. I better enjoy every moment.

Ash: I kind of want a banana split.

Em: We should definitely go get one after this.

What is your most treasured possession?

Em: Probably Ash’s golden hair picks. Those things have gotten us out of some serious situations.

Ash: They have, but I treasure them for other reasons.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Em: Sarcasm

Ash: Nice, Em. Um, I guess you could say I’m always in the right place at the right time.

Em: Your eyes are pretty amazing too.

Ash blushes with no further response.

What is it that you most dislike?

Em: Demons

Ash: Things trying to hurt Emmett.

Which living person do you, most despise?

Ash: Just as a general rule, I try not to despise anyone, but Emmett’s dad goes above and beyond to make people despise him.

Em: Um, what she said.

What is your greatest regret?

Em: That Ash and I didn’t get together sooner.

Ash: That I didn’t get to spend more time with my parents.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Ash: Pass

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Em: Ash is everything I have ever wanted and could ever hope for.

Ash: Aw, you’re so much better at this than I am.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Em: Maybe, Han Solo.

Ash: Ooh, a movie reference.

Em: Oh, stop, who’s yours?

Ash: I don’t know. Too many to choose from. I did like Captain America when I was a kid. My dad used to talk about him.

Em: I thought maybe you knew him.

Ash: Oh, you have jokes. I’m not that old.

Which living person do you most admire?

Em: The average guy out there living his life all normal and stuff. Our lives are amazing, but I kind of wish Ash and I could just live a normal quiet life, grow old together, you know.

Ash: I admire Em. He really is an amazing guy, even if he doesn’t think so.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Em: Some super powers would be nice.

Ash: I’d like to live in the moment more often and be more spontaneous.

What is your motto?

Em: Live life as best as you can, right now, I mean, really live.

Ash: You never know.



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Christian Brown is a Pastor at Reunion Hawaii. He has been working with youth and young adults for most of the last 10 years. His passion is in helping others. He is the author of the Beyond Heights and Depths Trilogy and has other projects in the works. He currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife and two young sons.

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