Book 1 of 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Red Lily Publishing
Date of Publication: June 14, 2015
Number of pages: 201
Word Count: 45000
Cover Artist: Sennah Tate
It can never, never happen. Not with him.
Good girl schoolteacher Gemma has always played it safe, colored inside the lines. Her only indulgence is a recurrent fantasy about Carson, her town’s ultimate bad boy. Carson is fifty shades of wrong for Gemma, but damn if the risk-taking ex-con doesn’t inspire dark, waking-at-night-clenching-the-sheets thoughts in Gemma’s orderly little mind...
Don’t touch. Don’t look. Don’t even think about him. No matter how good he might be in your dreams, he’s bad.
All Gemma’s promises fly out the window when her best friend goes missing. Carson is the only one who can help Gemma uncover the truth, and if some sparks fly along the way… so what? It doesn’t mean anything.
As tensions rise, Carson and Gemma are both stripped down, revealing steamy paranormal secrets and an unbridled hunger that simply refuses to be tamed.
Available Free on Amazon September 14- 18
The waste of his time pi**ed Carson Sanchez off more than anything else. Was it annoying that his name always popped up when there was a burglary near-by? Of course. Did it irritate him that after a decade of maintaining a squeaky-clean record people still thought the worst of him? No doubt. But to drag him half-way across the county when he could have given his alibi over the phone really pi**ed him off.
When he’d first gotten out of prison, it was a nearly weekly occurrence. Small town cops didn’t have much better to do than harass their resident felons. As time went on, they bothered him less, but every now and then someone in town or someone in law enforcement liked to remind him that his past misdeeds weren’t forgotten and that he would never be truly free. Regardless of whether he served his time or not.
About the Author:
Sennah Tate is an up and coming Florida author in the world of romance. She likes writing about fiery heroines unashamed of their curves and the sizzling hot shifters that can't get enough of them.
When she's not writing and drawing dinosaurs, she enjoys the outdoors, her friendly retriever mix, and Disney World. Her exuberant personality brings cheer to dark days and she firmly believes that redheads will inherit the earth.
Where are you from? I’m originally from a small town outside of Tampa best known for its strawberries (incidentally, if I ever have to eat my body weight in the food of my choice, it would be strawberries). After high school, I moved to Orlando and have been enjoying life in the shadow of the World’s most famous mouse ever since.
Tell us your latest news? I’m currently gearing up for a super big release of a new group pen name with some of my very best author friends. Keep an eye out for Amelie Hunt, October 1st!
When and why did you begin writing? I’m not sure I remember when I started writing. I do remember - very vividly - my first complete story. In 7th grade my English teacher tasked us with a 5-page (double-spaced) story about anything we wanted. My story wound up being 20 pages full of adolescent uncertainty and yearning for the freedom of childhood. I’m pretty sure my grandma still has a copy of it somewhere. Not long after, I discovered role playing online (of the G-rated variety!) and the rest is history!
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I still don’t. I’m an author; I write things, but my primary purpose isn’t the act of writing. My main purpose is telling a fantastic story, writing is my medium, but I don’t know that I’ll always limit myself to that.
What inspired you to write your first book? Carrying Hope came to me one night like the tide coming in. I was trying to fall asleep and ideas started to trickle in (isn’t that always the way?!). I didn’t really notice it happening, but before I knew it, the entire story was formed in my head and I popped up and wrote it all down before I could forget it. Two weeks later, I hit publish on my very first full-length novel.
Do you have a specific writing style? My writing “voice” is very similar to my speaking voice. I don’t always follow the rules when I feel that style is more important. I like my words to flow when read aloud and often use punctuation for rhythm. I like internal monologue, too, though I tend to sneak it into the narrative.
How did you come up with the title? Funny story. The Soul Shifters were not always the Soul Shifters. Once upon a time, they were known as “Travelers”. It took some convincing from authors that know far more than I to realize my title and sci-fi-looking covers weren’t doing my Paranormal Romance any favors.
It takes some serious soul-searching to drastically overhaul something that you’ve invested a lot of time into. I was two books into the series and half-way through the third when the revelation hit me. It was a very difficult decision at the time, but I couldn’t be happier about it now. Soul Shifters became something so much more than what I ever thought Travelers could be.
Awakened, specifically, was chosen because it’s the first book. Before the events of this book, all of these people are normal. They have no idea that magic, demons, crazy evil tech geniuses and soul shifting exist. Gemma and Carson’s connection awakens their abilities, as well as their feelings for one another.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I think having the tenacity to never give up will always be rewarded eventually. Sometimes, terrible things happen and it doesn’t seem like there’s any reason for it - I like to have a reason for everything, an outcome that couldn’t have been obtained without the unexplainable tragedy. I believe in happy endings.
How much of the book is realistic? Well, it’s paranormal. Obviously there aren’t prehensile-tongued shadow creatures roaming about. I think that my characters are realistic. I think that their reactions, emotions and actions are realistic. They’re people with flaws. Sometimes those flaws make them do stupid things even if it’s for all the right reasons.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Of course. There’s always a saying, a story, a unique little affectation that makes me think of someone specific. I can’t create a character without adding a little piece of someone I know.
What books have most influenced your life most? All of them. No really. When I was growing up, my one claim to fame was that I read. A LOT. My school had a points system for reading books and I was always on top. I competed in Book Bowls. I spent recess in the library and my favorite smell is musty old books.
In another life, I would’ve been a librarian. I want to surround myself by books all the time and being an author is the next best thing.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Vivian Wood is a good friend of mine. She has helped and inspired me in countless ways, encouraging me along the way and never letting me give up on myself. She’s a super cool lady and also writes fantastically sexy shifters.
What book are you reading now? I wish I could find the time! After October 1st, I can take a breath. Then I’ll need to recharge my word bank with some good romances. Suggestions are always welcome!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Obviously, I love all of my cohorts in the Amelie Hunt project: Ophelia Bell, Vivian Wood, Cass Reynolds, and Maeve Morrick. Also, Zoe Dakota is an undiscovered gem. Her characters have so much heart.
What are your current projects? Amelie! I’m working on Sunset Glade Panthers and those will be out October 1st. After that, I have another series called “Stone’s Pride” about a family full of big cat shifters with ties to the Russian mafia. It’s a lot of fun. After that, I’m going to be expanding some of my shifter shorts into full-length novels. I’m going to let my readers pick their favorites, so sign up for my mailing list to get a vote when the time comes!
What would you like my readers to know? I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to care about what this little indie author has to say. I love every single person that has read anything I’ve written. Even if you hate it - thanks for giving me a shot! I sincerely hope that if you decide to read my books that it’s a wholly enjoyable experience.
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