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As usual, Stephen King delivers the nice creep factor with this book. I was so sucked in that when my older brother opened the garage below me, I might have suffered a bit of a twitch. Possibly. What’s interesting about this book is the way Mike describes feeling a presence in the house, and if anyone has ever been in a house like that, you’d know: that’s a very accurate feeling. It is where I live. You can always feel something around. Only mine isn’t some long dead woman who you have to worry over. Thankfully. I can’t think of any gripes with this. I would’ve preferred this not to be in 1st POV, but you have to write a story as the characters demand, even if sometimes that is not how you want to go, so I understand that, and can’t really think of anything I didn’t like about it. I was enthralled from start to finish, stayed with the story, and couldn’t leave it sitting for too long before I had to grab it and continue once more. Definite recommend for SK fans. It IS a bit longer than normal, but not more so than any other of his books.
Amazon has marked Dark Illusions: The Beginning as free. Celebrate here with me a moment. Yay!
So anyhoosles. If you haven’t downloaded the eBook, you can do so now.
The link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AVHNNO
If you want a format other than the Kindle, you can get that from Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/120609
We will have another free download of The Next Chapter next month on Kindle. Keep an eye out for that, if you want the eBook and haven’t downloaded it. Still working on the paperback. I’m really hoping to get it out by next week. The cover is the thing giving me issues.
As soon as the paperback for Dark Illusions: The Next Chapter is finished, I will let everyone know. I am really excited to get that out. I am also going to redo the paperback for The Beginning. When the paperbacks are finished, I plan to let you buy a copy through me, that I will sign for you, no extra expense. Same price you pay in the store, is the same I’d charge you. Well, except for the extra shipping out to you. That’s the expense I’ll pay myself.
Credit for the original recipe is found here – http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/03/homemade-tater-tots.html
I will write up how I did it, but the original tells how to freeze it, and the like. Mine will just tell how to make a quick batch which will disappear within no time. And I do mean NO time.
Some of the most delicious doughnut holes on the planet. Not even kidding. Fairly simple to make too. One winter when the heater decided to stop working, my mom was in Texas, brother was long-haul truck driving, and I was on my own, I used a bag of these to pay my brother’s friends for coming out, working all day, and replacing the broken parts for free. They said the doughnut holes didn’t last but an hour after they left here, haha.
Step-by-step pictures and steps simplified!
Take out 2 eggs and your one cup of milk and set out for thirty minutes to come to room temperature. Or forget about it and leave them out for almost an hour like I did. Yes… that’s over a cup. Details.
Now this is how I get the perfect circular ball of dough. I scoop an inch of dough and pull it back and forth from one spoon to another. Scraping down the sides spoon with the dough. That way you end up with a small circular ball.
About half the size of the teaspoon.
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Ah, the girl that everyone loves so much. And yet wants to ring her neck, as well.
I know you’re dying to know whether that is her full name or not. Well, you’ll have to wait. Unless you cheat and scroll to the bottom, but I know you’ll be good. Correct?
I can tell you that I never made a last name for her. Most of the characters don’t have one. I don’t have much of a reason for it. I never find it important unless someone uses their full name for a purpose, as in the case of Julian. I don’t do that in any of my books. One thing my editor and I go back and forth with. My hatred of those little details that don’t really matter, and hers that some of them do. I compromise sometimes, but that’s one of those things that I wouldn’t.
Who is she?
Kat is a strong-willed individual. She never had it easy growing up and always had to stand up to everyone around her. She got used to being on her own so giving up her independence proves difficult for her. Relationships are tough, and having people who want her to give them her heart, is tougher. Love has been hard for her so to put it simply, she is scared of it.
Then she meets Julian and everything she gave up hoping for, is there in front of her face, yet he denies it over and over again. So she does what she does best. She runs and runs fiercely. Kat always hides a part of her from the entire world, giving them only what they want to see. The one person she can’t do that with is Julian. He sees her as she is. He fights it, but he knows her in ways that only he can. They are both scared of what can exist between them so when Julian says they can’t be together, she not only accepts it and forces herself to face it every single second, but then she erects a wall between them that he has to work to destroy. She wants that though. She wants to know that he is strong enough to handle what she is capable of giving to someone and she refuses to give that to just anyone.
What looks do I have in my mind when I write Kat?
Here are some pictures of celebrities. Girl next door-ish with a certain vibe about her.
(I like to link so that if you don’t want to look, you don’t have to SEE it, and ruin your own ideas in your mind.)
Even though she gives into those animalistic desires and plays with Sean and the others, she is loyal. Her heart never sways from the man she wants, just her body. She tries to respect his decision about being together, but for her, she wants a connection that is unlike anything in existence and she knows she can have it with Julian so her heart remains his. From the moment they meet, nobody can take her heart from him. Not even her.
A question my editor asked, which I will use here as well.
Does Kat realize what she does to men is part of her innate abilities? That it isn’t a natural feeling men have for her but a pull due to her powers? Or does she just think she is that good at seducing men?
Kat has always found men around her, and that they’ve always held a dangerous sort of attraction for her. Wanting to possess her, being pulled in by her innocent, yet mischievous ways. To put it simply, men like her. She knows that. Always has, but she’s never really been interested in them. In the stories you can see that she also has a naturally high sex drive, but she never acted on it.
When she is Awakened her urges become much harder to suppress, especially when surrounded by all those men who don’t take no very well and are incredibly used to seducing women into doing what they want.
So she does know what she does to the men around her, even the women, but at the same time, when she becomes Awakened something more powerful in her inner essence is released. An uncanny ability that grows from her natural ability to seduce men with very little effort on her part (because of her charm and grace), to something sinister, dangerous. It frightens her as she has never enjoyed too much attention on her at once, but at the same time, it excites her.
I wrote Kat to be on the very edge of a witch/enchantress type of individual. I hint at it with the first book, and when Cyrus watches her with Cameron. Saying, “damn witch that woman.” I wanted people to say wait, is she a witch? Is something within her unnatural? Because though there isn’t . . . there is. Why else would men gravitate toward her? Something in her DNA brings it out in them.
It is her nature. And she is dangerously aware of it. It is part of why she keeps to herself, as well as how much she simply enjoys her own company. It doesn’t seem that way, but you can see it in the little things. She doesn’t like going to party’s, she sits in her own booth at the club, she prefers to hang out in the garden at Julian’s home/castle, over being in the midst of the hubub that goes on within.
She may play, but notice she only plays with the men she knows wants her, and will do anything to get to her. So is it a naive playing she does, or playing when she might know deep down that it’s either play with them, or have them grab her in a dark alley whether she wants it or not? Only she can truly answer that. I don’t even know it, I’m afraid.
One thing I know is that Kat is never to be underestimated. Though she comes across as playful, underneath that lies someone paying a bit more attention than anyone knows. The play comes in to distract from what she is really doing.
Is Kat her full name?
Pronounced: Kat – uh – reena.
Lost files: The job Kat initially had when I first wrote this was as a fledgling writer. When she’s reading her books, I had originally written that as her writing in a journal/book, and even had plans to write out those things she worked on, as a separate blog. I ended up scrapping that because I couldn’t think of anything good to elaborate on it.
Want to ask her a question? Post below and I’ll ask her, then I’ll add it below.
I always love making these cookies around the winter time, to go along with it being Christmas, and Fall, but these taste practically like doughnuts, so they’d be good year-round really.