Good morning, Gretchen! Welcome to Haven’s Realm, and congratulations on the publication of your sweet paranormal romance, Illuminated.
HR – So, let’s get to it, shall we? First, tell the readers a little about yourself.
Gretchen – Well, I am a mother to four boys, have a wonderful husband, and am constantly on the go. I have a full time job which I love, and when I’m not reading or writing I’m buying yarn for my next crochet project, at a thrift store, at a rock show, or spending time with friends and family.
HR – Jillian Anthony, the lead female in your story, sounds like a sensitive and lonely person. Tell us a little about her.
Gretchen – Jillian is fun for me, she doesn’t take herself too seriously, a bit skeptical, unsure of herself, but wants to belong just like so many other teen girls. When her step-sister, Heather, turns on her she turns inward but never gives up on finding love and friendship. She has been lost for so long, but her Senior year will be full of surprises and she has an inner strength even she hasn’t realized yet.
HR – Trajen and Eden are psychic vampires. Can you tell us about their culture—what they are and are capable of?
Gretchen – Eden is a Vessel, or what you might call a psychic vampire, but Trajen is something entirely different. Finding out about them is a shock to Jillian, but considering what she is learning to deal with she copes quite well. To be honest, there really isn’t a culture so to speak, they’ve established themselves in this rural area of Ohio and try to lead quiet existences until Jillian and Eden become friends, then the game changes.
HR – Jillian and Declan, another young man in your story, become exclusive. What can you tell us about their relationship?
Gretchen – Declan is every girl’s dream. When he shows interest in Jillian she’s apprehensive but excited and when their first few dates turn into a relationship she can’t believe her luck has finally changed, first a friend and then a boyfriend. Deck is flawless- beautiful, popular, athletic, kind, smart, in a few words, the total package. You want him to win.
Fascinating! Now, let’s share a blurb and excerpt…
Jillian Anthony is less than unpopular – she is a total social non-entity. Her sister hates her, she has no friends, and a boyfriend is completely unimaginable.
But all that changes her senior year when Jillian is struck by lightning and discovers she is filled with powers beyond her imagination. Her new abilities thrust her into a world she never knew existed, a world containing friends and romance.
Everything seems to be going in the right direction until one of her new friends dies and Jillian is blamed for his death. Now she has to find a way to control her powers and prove her innocence before she loses everything and everyone she loves.
Friday it rained. Heavy, fat drops beat against the glass paned corridor drawing my gaze to the dark and dismal clouds. Thunder grumbled across the valley even though there was no lightning to be seen. When I was young I’d sit on our little porch to watch a storm’s fury. I still loved a fantastic lightning show.
I stopped in the bathroom to wash my hands on my way to lunch and was surprised to see Heather standing by the bank of sinks.
“I didn’t expect to see you in here.” I said smiling. “Aren’t you supposed to be in Biology?”
“I was waiting for you.” Heather wasn’t smiling. Mine quickly faded.
“What did I do this time?”
“You need to stay the hell away from Eden James.” Fury laced the words Heather spat at me. “Can’t you find someone else to eat with?”
“Apparently not. I’ve tried to make friends with just about every person in this stupid school over the past three years! Even you only talk to me when no one else is around. I’m surprised you’re taking the risk when anyone could walk in at any second.”
“Whatever. Just find someone else to hang out with, okay?”
“Are you volunteering?”
“That’s not the point. Eden isn’t friend material.”
“What is your damned problem with Eden?” I demanded. “You ignore me and then criticize me when someone doesn’t? Why shouldn’t I be friends with her?” My face grew hot as did my temper. What right did Heather have to talk to me like that? We both jumped as thunder crashed outside. My eyes were drawn to the tiny windows at the top of walls. Streaks of lightning slashed through the darkness.
“Dump Eden. Trust me, you don’t want people thinking you’re anything like her.” Heather’s shoulders slumped and her head dipped with shame, although her steely gaze never wavered on mine.
“Why is she so bad? She’s the only person to speak to me since school started. She at least wants to talk to me.” I wasn’t sure why Heather’s words had gotten me so worked up. I tried to calm myself down and I took a deep breath. “Please, give me one real reason to not associate myself with her, other than she’s just not popular enough for you.”
“I can’t explain right now, it’s a long story.”
“Well, then you had better get started. You have two minutes.”
“Fine. Have it your way.” Heather warned and appeared to be debating her words. “Don’t blame me when everything falls apart for you too.” And with that, my baby sister was on her way back to Biology and I dried my hands and walked into the glass hallway. “Yeah, because I’m little Miss Popularity now!” I yelled after her. Several students stopped to see who I was yelling at. I gave them a dirty look before turning to compose myself before finding Eden. We’d sat together at lunch for the past two days and planned to meet by the annex again today.
The already considerable amount of rain had picked up. As I reached the door to the cafeteria, a deafening clap of thunder shook the glass walls around me. A shiver ran across my flesh, raising the fine hairs on the back of my neck. I looked around only to discover I was alone as I absently rubbed my arms. The hallway was bustling with students and staff only seconds before. Several angry veins of lightning flashed at once, as if they were trying to get through the glass. I tried to forget Heather and her idiotic comments as I quickly entered the lunchroom.
HR – Thank you for spending time with us today, Gretchen. Now one last thing before we release you from the Realm, where can we buy Illuminated?
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/illuminated-gretchen-roberts/1116796430?ean=2940045235310
Sweet Cravings Publishing: http://store.sweetcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&products_id=182&zenid=e344408e76cb17a3e34281f7ae4a05f4