I'm thrilled to have my good friend and sister Rose (from The Wild Rose Press, Inc.), Karilyn Bentley here in The Tavern today! It's a huge celebration with her new release, The Shadowheart Curse. It's not your typical book release, oh no! There's something extra happening, too. I'm beyond excited for her, so grab a glass of champagne and let's hear what Karilyn has to say about this special book...
Hi Mary! Thank you so much for letting me visit and talk about my newest release, The Shadowheart Curse. This book is special to me for a variety of reasons. For one, it's being turned into a movie that is available to live stream as it's being made. Which is a pretty cool concept! For another, it's the book I got The Call for. Once I decided to accept this offer, things moved fast. I had eight weeks to write the book and turn it in. Some of you are like, so what? I do that all the time. But it usually takes me about nine months to write a book (yes, I'm the slowest writer on the planet). Although I had eight weeks to write it, my normal writing routine involves sending off the rough draft to my beta readers and then rewriting based on their comments. And let me tell you what, they have great comments and I can't write without them. Unfortunately for me, that meant I really had six weeks to write the book. What I learned was that I can write a book in that time if I have an outline. Yep, I'm normally a pantser, but this story was the movie director's idea and he had to approve the synopsis. Which meant I learned another lesson: writing from a synopsis is much easier than just sitting down and writing. Although there was plenty of wiggle room to come up with ideas while writing, like I normally do. I just couldn't venture down as many rabbit trails as usual. <grin>
Read on for the blurb and excerpt. And if you are interested in watching the movie being made, go to https://deadlyten.com/ and signup. You'll get email alerts for all the movies and can pick and chose which to live stream. The movies (all ten of them!) will release on 2/14/20.
I hope you're all dashing over to pick up your copy and signup for this spectacular event! Wishing you all the best, Karilyn!
Backcover blurb for The Shadowheart Curse
Escaping New York after a client’s untimely death, medium Adrianna Sinclair flees to her family property in Italy. All she wants is to avoid ghosts, but an attractive one tempts her in ways she never knew possible.
Luca Fausto has been trapped on the Romani property for over a century for a crime he didn’t commit. Adrianna may be the answer to breaking the curse that keeps him bound.
Standing in their way is a demonic spirit's plan for revenge. Will they prevail or will Luca be cursed to the shadows forever?
Sneak preview from The Shadowheart Curse
Lights drew her attention to the opposite wing of the mill, where a man stood staring at her window. At her. Breath caught in her lungs as she froze.
But only for a brief moment until she realized it wasn’t a man, at least not a living one. Her breath escaped on a whoosh of relief. Intuition whispered the man was the spirit who’d watched her last night.
The one from her dream.
Shadows clung to his body, ghostly fingers releasing as he stepped into the dim slash of moonlight. Lights flickered from behind him, like the dying gasps of sputtering candles. Dressed in a white shirt with an old-fashioned high collar, sleeves rolled halfway up his forearms, and dark trousers, he reminded her of a working man in a World War I photograph. As if he had removed his coat and tie and rolled up his sleeves to get to work.
Except the men in those photos didn’t sport the wide-eyed, happy look of this man. Ghost. Whatever. Yeah, he wasn’t the only one surprised. She’d sworn never to see a ghost again, yet there stood a ghost, captured by her gaze. The man was hot, in an old-fashioned way. At least he didn’t sport a handle-bar moustache.
He gestured to her, his hand beckoning in a “come here” motion.
She squeezed the bridge of her nose. Was she actually thinking of heading his way? Judging by the way her feet pointed toward the door, she’d already decided. Dammit. She might not want to see a ghost or speak to a spirit, but past experience told her if she ignored them, they ramped up the annoying factor.
How bad could it be to talk to an attractive spirit?
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About the Author
Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference for sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.
Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.
Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.
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