Veiled Virtues Blurb:
When Paige Stewart left America to house-sit in England, her only thoughts were to get away from her controlling mother and to have fun. Little did she know that her working holiday would find her hearing eerie voices, experiencing alarming dreams and bleeding from old scars. Although Paige's differences confuse and disgust her, she opens up to the shopkeeper of a strange metaphysical store in town, where she finds much more than tarot cards and crystals. Soon, Paige is stalked like prized game. Relentlessly pursued, her holiday takes a turn for the eerie and dangerous. Her only saving grace may be a modern-day English knight who sweeps her off her feet and recognizes the true virtues the American teen unknowingly possesses.
Doesn’t that book just sound delicious? Mmmmm. But, now let’s find out a little more about Janet and how she ticks…Right Jan?
Thanks Charlie. Glad to be here. I’m anxious to meet our reader and let them in on a few little-known facts about me.
Night owl, or early bird? I am definitely a night owl! While writing Veiled Virtues, I would write after the kids would go to bed until at least 11pm. With that book, I actually wrote long hand on <gasp> paper and then transcribed it later to my computer. I am definitely not an early bird, and love sleeping in on the weekends!
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it? Sleeping and writing!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Modern day English knights are just plain all-around hot – ‘nuff said!
Any other books in the works? I am hard at work finishing the sequel to Veiled Virtues with a working title of Latent Legacy. It continues the characters’ journeys and delves a bit deeper into the dark side.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? Music influenced my writing a LOT . Here are some of the songs I would listen to for inspiration while working on various parts of the book:
Metallica – Hero of the Day – Theme song for the Rosetta Guard
Rob Zombie – Feel so Numb – Theme for the sparring / fighting in the book
Nickelback – Burn It To the Ground – Theme for the Brotherhood of Cerberus
Twilight Soundtrack – Tremble for My Beloved (Collective Soul) – Protecting Paige
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I would love to live in the countryside of England ! I’ve been there twice, and fell in love with the history, culture and people.
What is your favorite Quote? “Fake it ‘til you make it.” I’m not sure who first said it, but it was my sister’s mantra while she went through grad school. I found it very fitting for my debut novel!
What's the craziest writing idea you've had? That my character would give birth to the second Christ and he’d be named JC2. This totally never materialized, but my husband and I still laugh about it.
Hidden talent? I can name, from memory, all 50 states in alphabetical order in less than 30 seconds. Do you want to know how I did it? Sorry, can’t tell. If I told you, well, then I’d have to…get a new unique talent!
What was your favorite children's book? A Fish Out of Water and all the Richard Scarry books.
Nickname? Coincidentally, it was “Fish” growing up! A lot of friends still call me that and was based on my last name.
And here is an excerpt from Veiled Virtues. Enjoy!
Movement at the back of the store caught my eye and I peered over a shelf of books to get a clearer view. When the man turned around, I let out an audible gasp. He stood at the counter, sorting through the contents of a box in front of him, and his striking facial features hit me hard — ruddy cheeks, pink lips, perfect cheekbones, and a strong jaw, all topped by blonde, tousled hair. Aside from lacking a bronze tan, he looked like he belonged on a California beach. His entire being was just exquisite. Gorgeous.
When he suddenly looked up and caught my gaze, I was shocked at the crystal-blue eyes that met mine. I closed my gaping mouth and quickly looked away. A few seconds later, his smooth voice melted me.
“Can I assist you with anything in particular?”
It was the sexiest British accent I’d ever heard.
“Um, no,” I answered, feeling a rush of blood shoot to my cheeks. I pretended to be seriously browsing through some things called smudge sticks.
“What brings you in here today?” He started around the counter toward me, smiling.
“Just, uh, checking out some shops in town,” I stammered, and gawked at his lips and teeth fit for an actor in a toothpaste commercial. The outline of his chest muscles under his lightweight fitted navy t-shirt made my already warm cheeks grow tingly hot.
Wow, no wonder all the girls have crushes on him.
“Are you on holiday from America ?” he asked, apparently noticing from my American accent or lack of an English one that I was not British.
He walked closer to me. “Um, no. I’m, uh, house-sitting this summer for the Cooks, Nigel and Stephanie. Do you know them?”
“Yes, and, um, her husband Nigel is an administrator at the school place, uh, cottage — I mean college,” I responded, tripping over my words and undoubtedly sounding like a bumbling idiot. He grinned.
Thanks for visiting with us today Jan. And I hope everyone checks out Veiled Virtues.