Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where I’ll feature an author who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to author Melynda Price! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book Shades of Darkness. 🙂
Hi Melynda, thanks for joining me again on my blog and participating on 10 – 4 Tuesday…and sharing your beautiful cover with us too. Love it, as well as the blurb and excerpt. Okay, I’m getting carried away with my cover-art love lol, let’s get this party started…
Absolutely! Thank you so much for having me, Christine. It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog.
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
Well… I live in Northern Minnesota and although it’s spring, you’d never know it here. 🙂 I’ve been married for eighteen years and have two wonderful children ages 17 and 12.
It’s supposedly spring here too…but we had snow this morning. hmm 🙂 What’s genre (s) do you write?
I write paranormal romance. It gives me the ability to push the boundaries of reality. I love the challenge of creating worlds where the unbelievable becomes believable.
Free will comes at a cost…
Three years after losing the love of her life, Olivia Norton refuses to continue living in the shadows of what will never be. But how can she marry another when her guardian angel still holds her heart?
Bound by Universal Law, Liam is forced to choose between his honor and his heart. Returning for Olivia nearly cost him his salvation once, but twice may prove to be his final undoing. Some sacrifices are worth the risk, while others could bring consequences that would last an immortal lifetime.
The game has changed—new players bring new threats and challenges. The evil that nearly took Olivia’s life three years ago has returned with a vengeance. A legion has been sent, and the Dark Court will not rest until the last sighted female has been killed.
An old enemy returns… Evil has a new face, a new name, and Haden will stop at nothing to possess the key Olivia holds, unlocking the power he needs to claim his revenge against Heaven and Hell.
Describe your book using five words.
Unpredictable, sexy, gripping, beautiful, heart-breaking.
What’s the best part about the writing process for you?
First draft writing. I love creating the story. Truthfully, the editing becomes tedious after a while.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
That was the easy part. Shades of Darkness is a continuation of Until Darkness Comes—three years later. The main characters are the same, but I’ve added a new antagonist you’ll love to hate. 🙂
What makes Shades of Darkness different than other books in the same genre?
I think Shades of Darkness is unique because there aren’t a lot of series out there where the main characters remain the same. The paranormal “laws” in this book are original, and the plot is unlike any other paranormal angel/demon series. Shades of Darkness is unpredictable, and doesn’t end how the reader will be expecting it to.
I’m more than curious now! Tell us the best advice you’ve been given in regards to your writing career.
That’s a hard one to answer because I’ve gotten a lot of great advice. If I had to pick one thing, it would be learning to write deep POV. It’s an important craft to master, and I have a great friend/critique partner who had helped me develop that.
Have you ever thought about venturing into another genre and if so, which one?
Yes, I have. I’m toying with the idea of writing an inspirational erotic series. I want to do a trilogy on three women from the Bible and tell their stories. The culture in that time was unbelievable. It would be a challenging series to write but fascinating.
That sounds very interesting…and I think it’d be a great challenge creative-wise. What’s your current WIP?
I’m currently writing the third book in my Redemption Series, Courting Darkness. I want to have it out by the end of the year. This series will be four books total.
Now the 4:
How do you make a tuna fish sandwich?
I don’t, LOL! I absolutely hate tuna!—can’t stand the smell of it. If the juice from the can even touches my skin I have to shower. Gross… 🙂
Aliens land in your backyard and they are on vacation. What 3 places would you tell them to visit?
The Sahara, Antarctica, and Haiti… Why? So they won’t discover how wonderful our world is and try to take it over. 🙂
Nicely done Melynda! lol All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?
How I Met Your Mother. That show is hilarious!
The world’s axis is off kilter and everyone has been thrown off as well. There are four changes that have affected the people of earth and the lucky thing is that they can choose their oddity. Either they have to walk and drive in reverse, sing instead of speak, sleep standing on their head, or never taste anything they eat. Which oddity would you pick?
Never taste anything I eat. First, it’s a great way to stay thin. Second, I wouldn’t want an oddity that other people could notice.
Enjoyed your answers and thanks for playing along! Please share an excerpt of your book 🙂
Shades of Darkness | Excerpt
Olivia stood in front of the floor-length mirror. A beautiful woman she no longer recognized stared back at her with haunted, vacant eyes. Dressed in white, her floor-length gown, adorned with sequins and pearl beading, ran down the length of the six-foot train in an intricate design worthy of a queen. The back of her dress was cut in a deep V, stopping just above her waistline. A jeweled tiara sat nestled securely in the upsweep of her jet black hair, just like the one she’d often worn as a little girl. The veil of purity lay draped beside her jewelry box on the desk in the corner of the dressing room.
Piano music wafted through the vents of the old church, carrying a beautiful melody through the stale air of the chapel. Olivia sighed in resignation and reached up, unfastening the clasp of her necklace. The heart-shaped stone fell away from her neck, and she placed it in the palm of her hand. Closing her fist tightly over the stone, she turned away from her reflection and walked over to her jewelry box.
Olivia opened the drawer and placed the necklace inside. She pulled out a string of pearls and fastened them around the base of her throat, being careful to avoid snagging the few curls hanging down from her pearl-pinned French twist.
“You look beautiful,” a husky voice whispered behind her.
Startled, Olivia gasped and spun around, tangling the length of satin and lace around her feet. “Liam!” Her voice shook as a tidal wave of emotions crashed into her—joy, love, anger, pain…sorrow. It took every last bit of her self-control not to run to him and throw herself into his arms. Her heart raced so fast, she became lightheaded and reached out to steady herself against the old, age-roughened desk. Three years… Three long painful years… It felt like an eternity.
Liam stood in the corner of the small room, statue still, arms crossed over his broad chest. He was just as beautiful as she’d remembered—perhaps a little leaner, which only enhanced the muscular sculpting of his magnificent body. The errant waves of his dark burgundy hair hung in layers, nearly touching his shoulders, framing his strong, square jaw. A muscle ticked in his cheek as he stood there watching her. He seemed different somehow… His eyes, the change was in his eyes that now held a depth born of pain, sorrow and regret.
The prelude to the Wedding March carried up through the vents. The soft serenade filled the room, pulling Olivia from her trance. A rush of pain, masked by anger, surged anew, tearing open a wound of heartache that never completely healed. “Why are you here?” she demanded.
Liam didn’t respond. For the longest time, he just stood there—staring at her with an odd emotionless determination. Olivia started to question her sanity. Perhaps he hadn’t come back at all, and her mind was caught up in some sick, twisted quest for self-fulfilling prophecy.
“I had to see you.” His words came out in an aching rasp that stung all the way to her soul. Oh, he was real. No figment of her imagination could hurt this much.
“Why now, Liam? Why today? This is my wedding day!” Her voice escalated with every word until she reached hysteria. “It’s been three years! Do you know how many nights I’ve cried myself to sleep over you? Oh, that’s right, of course you do! And yet, you still didn’t come back to me. All those times I begged and pleaded, just to let me see you again.”
His mask of apathy shattered, revealing a haunted look in his amber-colored eyes that took her breath away—unspoken evidence of his grief, proving the depth of pain and suffering hadn’t just been her cross to bear. “Dammit! Don’t you think I wanted to, Olivia? God knows, I wanted to! But I knew if I came back, even for a moment, you’d never move on. It’s killed me to sit by and watch you mourn over what can never be. Night after night, I begged the Father to give me the strength to stay away from you.”
Liam’s eyes fell on the pearl necklace clinging to her throat that was slowly choking the life out of her. “This is the first time you’ve taken that off in three years.” His voice was so raw, she winced.
Reaching up, she touched her throat, fingering the smooth, cool beads. “I had to,” she whispered. “How can I get married to the man I’m trying to love while wearing a necklace from the angel that holds my heart?” Tears spilled down her cheeks, and she stopped even trying to contain them.
“Do you love him, Olivia?”
Liam’s questioning eyes raked over her. She ached to reach out and touch his beautiful face, just one more time, to feel whole in his embrace once again and let him wash away the years of pain and suffering she’d endured in his absence—to taste that delicious kiss she longed for…
“Look at me!” she cried, grabbing fists full of her wedding dress, holding them out in exasperation. “I’m getting married!” A fresh wave of tears rolled down her cheeks. By now, her make-up would be completely ruined, not that she really cared. It was symbolic of the last three years of her life.
“Trust me, I am well aware, and that’s not what I asked you.”
“I love him as much as I’m capable of loving someone. I’ve been broken for so long. I just want to feel normal again.”
The Wedding March echoed through the tiny room, and she looked nervously over her shoulder. “That’s my cue,” she whispered, unwilling to walk away from him.
“I wish it was me waiting down there for you.”
Oh God, don’t say that to me! Her hand flew up to cover her mouth as a broken sob escaped her throat. “I do, too,” she breathed the barely audible confession.
A soft knock sounded at the door. “Olivia? We’re ready for you, honey.”
She tore her eyes away from him long enough to cast an anxious glance over her shoulder and called, “I’ll be right there, Mom.” But when she turned back, Liam was gone.
Shades of Darkness is not a stand-alone book, but a continuation of Liam and Olivia’s story. I recommend reading Until Darkness Comes first.
🙂 Loved it! So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book(s) online 🙂
Thanks for having me on 10-4 Tuesday, and thank you all for stopping by and helping me celebrate my new release, Shades of Darkness!
Melynda Price Links
- Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/melynda.price.9
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MelyndaPrice1
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13829312-until-darkness-comes
- Blog: http://melyndaprice.wordpress.com/
- Website: www.melyndaprice.com