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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Interviewing author Liz Schulte about her new book, Choices


I'm happy to be able to interview Liz Schulte today. Please make her feel welcome. CONTEST ALERT: See the end of this post for giveaway details!

Your heroine, Olivia Martin, fought to let go of rage before she came back in her new afterlife role as a guardian. What was the source of that rage?

Olivia has a broken heart. She fell madly in love with Holden and was willing to give up everything to be with him, but he took her decision away from her. She feels very dejected and like she doesn’t belong in the life she finds herself in. Those feeling turn into rage at the idea that what she wanted was ignored and that he didn’t love her as much as she loved him.

Her afterlife was more dangerous and confusing than her living existence. What was her original life like? What type of relationship did she have with the hero, Holden?

Olivia was a normal woman. She had a job she loved, a best friend she could share anything with, and a well-intentioned mother. She led a quiet life until she met Holden and Quintus then everything started to go wrong and people she loved began dying.

Holden and Olivia’s relationship was always precarious. It was built on secrets and fascination with one another. They are very much ying and yang.  

As Olivia works on her new assignment, guardians are murdered, with the evidence pointing blame at jinn. How does this involve Olivia?

Well Olivia is a guardian so other guardians being killed concerns her in that they are her people. Also it is threat to her life and existence. It becomes especially complicated for her because of her past and her former relationship with Holden who is the jinni the guardians suspect for the murders.

What might she have to do to follow-up on these murders?

Olivia always jumps feet first into every problem that crosses her path. When she discovers the guardians are being killed by jinn she takes it on herself to find who is behind the murders while trying to avoid running into Holden.

Holden fought against his grief when he lost Olivia. How did he find salvation in darkness? What sorts of darkness brought him comfort?

Holden always teetered at the edge of darkness. Olivia made him see there was another life worth living so he tried to do the right thing where she was concerned, but when she didn’t come back to him it was easier to hide from his feelings by embracing being a jinni. As he recruited more and more new souls for the demons, they began to notice him. At the beginning of this book our resident loner, Holden, is appointed to the Commander of the North American Region. 

Choices
Book Two The Guardian Trilogy

By Liz Schulte

Hearts break. Loved ones are lost. Life keeps moving.

Olivia Martin’s afterlife was more dangerous and confusing than her life ever was. She thought she was ready to come back, to forget about Holden and to let go of the rage consuming her. Fulfilling her destiny as a guardian was all that mattered—the past could stay hidden in the crevices of her mind. However, when guardians are murdered and the evidence points towards jinn, she has to do something. To save anyone’s future, Olivia will have to confront the one person from her past she is terrified to see.

Holden waited for Olivia with the hope he would see her one more time. But when she didn’t return, he found salvation in darkness. The black and twisted road made it easier to forget what he lost than to live with the memory of what he had. An unexpected promotion shoves him into a world of intoxicating power and influence. Holden will have to choose between his new life and the woman he thought was gone forever.

From the ashes of Secrets, Choices are born that will change everything.
 

Excerpt:
 
Philip Pemberton come on down, you’re the next contestant on Sorry I Destroyed Your Life.
Damn it all to hell, I felt bad for old Phil. He made his deal with the demon and was well on his way to avenging his family and becoming cursed to this cruel and Godforsaken existence. And because of yours truly.What did she ever see in me?
I walked away from the warehouse where I’d taken Phil to meet his destiny. All hope was gone for him now. I glanced at my watch, not even 11:00 pm—the night was just getting started. What else could I do this fine evening? Anything that could possibly squash this surge of humanity, I was up for trying.
It hit me like a tidal wave. One moment I was walking down the street, planning on having a little fun and the next moment I was nearly knocked over by a crushing light that washed over my mind and blinded me to anything in front of me. I staggered, fought to gain some sort of control, then I heard her voice. She said my name—I tried to reply, but she was gone as quickly as she came. It was like I’d been struck by lightning. Her voice rang in my ears.
I’d warred to forget the sound and timber of her voice. I’d battled to obliterate the memories of the smell of her skin and the taste of her lips. This one word from her and all that I tried to forget flooded back.
Could Olivia be alive? Was it a fluke, a coincidence? Did I finally reach her on the other side? Or had I lost all grip with reality? Instead of going out, I caught a cab home. I walked into my empty apartment and stripped the sheets from my bed before collapsing onto it. I searched my mind for any change, any clue that she was really there, and I wasn’t just losing my sanity.
Please don’t let this be a hallucination, I begged the universe.

About the Author:

Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.

When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.

Liz would love to hear from you and what you thought of Dark Corners.

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CONTEST: Liz is giving away an ebook copy of Choices on every site that wishes to offer a giveaway.

She’s also offering a tour wide giveaway of a $50 Amazon GC and 5 signed paperback copies of Secrets and Choices.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. The first of her epic fantasy romance series, ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS, is now available--SEEKING A SCRIBE. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

2 comments:

Liz Schulte's Blog said...

Thank you so much for having me today! I had a lot of fun. :-)

Tore said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I can't wait to read this book. Tore923@aol.com