Hello, everyone. How is your weekend going so far? I hope very well. I’m still on my new release high. 🙂 My first full length novel, a paranormal romance titled FORGOTTEN VISIONS, was released on Wednesday, July 11. Whoot!
When I think back on how the Divinities’ world came about, I’m not real sure about the answer. I sat down to write for the first time and spent the first year starting stories only to get about 20k words in and stop. The plot wasn’t working, the world building didn’t feel right, there was something off about the chemistry of the h/h…
I tried different techniques before I developed the Divinities. I found that hand writing my plot points and character outlines before writing the story helps me so much.
Once I started Forgotten Visions, it just flowed out. Kalissa and Ayden was always in my head even when I was stuck on a particular scene. It took me about nine months of dedication and discipline to complete it. Well at least to the point where I needed to join a critique group and let them tear it apart. 🙂
All the hard work paid off and now my first novel is published. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to reach this stage.
My advice to aspiring writers…don’t give up on your dream. Write EVERYDAY. Even if it’s only for 15 or 30 minutes, write something.
Kalissa Bradenton isn’t your average coffee shop owner. Born to an elite witch bloodline with a rare genetic mutation, she’s a Divinity on a mission. The death of her parents sends her away from her Maxville, Florida, home and into an ancient war between witches and demons. When childhood friend Ayden Daniels comes to her aid after an almost fatal accident, visions of a past she doesn’t remember sparks an old flame and new desires. With the past slowly becoming clearer, she eagerly sets her sights on mending Ayden’s heart and gaining his trust–until a ghost from her past returns to claim her as his demonic mate.
Ayden, the new Sheriff of Maxville and grandson of the oldest living Divinity, is investigating a series of Divinity killings. When he comes face-to-face with the one woman he hopes to have little to no contact with, old pain rises, quickly followed by anger and resentment. Through his rare power of adaptability, he learns actions from the past may not be what they seem. Hope fills his broken heart and determination pushes him to do whatever it takes to win Kalissa’s heart once more before he loses her forever.
Together they must find the strength to mend their tormented souls, while fighting an evil out to destroy the world.
Now Available at Soul Mate Publishing
A cool sensation passed over Kalissa Bradenton’s subconscious as she entered her bedroom. She shivered, suddenly finding it hard to breathe. Abandonment rose from deep inside to coil around her like a cold watery current. Panic and fear raced in her veins as her heart rate increased alarmingly. Her intuition screamed something was wrong.
She rushed to her dresser, picked up her phone with shaky hands, and dialed her mother’s cell. No answer. With blurred sight, she tried her father’s … it went straight to voice mail. Kalissa’s dread cut through her soul and the bile taste of fear rose in her throat, as hot tears slid down her cheek.
Gods No! She dialed again, and again. Still nothing. It wasn’t like them to ignore an incoming call.
Her parents had driven into Jacksonville for a quiet dinner to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary before sharing their milestone with the coven in the upcoming days. They should have been on their way home.
She staggered back a few steps as images flashed in her mind’s eye, sucking her into the vision. One minute she was in her bedroom, in the next, she stood on the side of a highway. A royal-blue Mercedes barreled past her and flipped repeatedly across the median into oncoming traffic on Interstate 10. Crunching metal cut through the stillness of the night and the broken glass, littering the ground, left a trail to where the car slammed into a large oak tree, and stopped.
When the vision cut off, tightness gripped her chest painfully and a lump stuck in her throat.