Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Taken by Amy McKinley

Please welcome Amy McKinley author of Taken.

Amy will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Taken

by Amy MczKinley

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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INTERVIEW:

What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

The bedtime stories my mom read hooked me from the very start. Then, when I learned to read, another world opened up. As I grew I learned to love reading and writing, in-between time with friends and family.

 

My grandparents were very involved in my life. One of my grandfather’s hobbies was writing poetry. I remember the single sheet newspapers he put out to our immediate family complete with quirky poems, fun contests, and details outlining our upcoming reunions. My grandmother was very artistic and for years when I was young we’d make Christmas cards together.

 

Even though the influence may have started close, many members of my family had an indirect effect. My great grandfather was an architect who designed churches, some educational buildings, along with artwork that I still long to possess. I have cousins who are artists, talented dancers, and my oldest daughter is a writer and artist.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

Ideas are everywhere. I came up with the idea for Taken while driving through the fog, Hidden while listening to a radio announcer, and the book I just finished writing when I was about to fall asleep. Sometimes, just the sound of a particular laugh, a word someone says, or a smile will be the first conceptual spark that develops into something amazing.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

Honestly, the bio is really hard for me to write. Mine is probably one of the shortest out there. What else could I have added? Caffeinated writer addicted to chocolate. Or maybe: Unless her husband defaults on his current stance, there’s a high probability she’ll own an insane amount of cats in the future.

 

I love the water and someday would love to have a home overlooking a lake or ocean. Sensing a theme in my books?
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

Keep writing books! With the first two books in the Five Fates Series done I’m anxious to bring you the remaining three. Taken, Layla’s book, was a lot of fun to write and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

As far as what I’m currently working on…I had to get the YA ancient Greek romance written (because the characters and plot were persistent that way) and now I’m working with Eos’.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

I do belong to a critique group with several talented authors whose input and feedback I’m grateful for. We each bring our unique skills to the table and provide honest feedback. A critique group is a great place for support, to bounce ideas, improve your writing skills, and share knowledge between peers.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

I’m not sure who encouraged me to take this step. I think I’ve wanted to submit my work for a long time, even if I didn’t realize it. Once I set my mind on a goal I work toward it to the best of my ability. Even when it’s difficult, I love writing. My husband has always been supportive of my writing, and my kids…they are incredible. I’m fortunate to have a great support system of family and friends.

 

As to when I first decided to submit my first book, it was probably sometime in 2013 when I began writing the Five Fates Series. Champagne Books signed Hidden in 2014 and Taken was finished soon after.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

I love to outline. I think that’s the control freak in me. It helps me to see where the story is going and if all the parts are where they should be. That way I can easily shuffle things around if needed. But there are times I’ll sit down and write out a scene because it has to be done.
Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

Just one? That’s way too difficult…I have a ton of favorite books. Depth of character and a well-developed plot hook me. The best is when the words fall away and I’m lost in their world.

 

Here are a few that top my list and have been read more than once. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor. I adore the series the next two authors write, but my all time favorites from them are Demon of the Dark by Kresley Cole and The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. Don’t get me wrong…I’m a huge fan of Moning’s characters in the Fever Series too and read the books as they release. There are so many books that I adore. I recently read A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson and BT Urrela and fell in love with the story line and characters.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

I’ve just finished a YA ancient Greek romance. I’m going to leave it at that 😉 I’m so excited about it though…really love it! So far I haven’t been able to pull myself away from mythology.

 

Now I’m working on Eos’ story, book three in the Fates series, and I can’t wait for you to read her adventure. Despite the ties that bind the sisters together, each one has a path and obstacles that differ from her siblings’.
Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

 

No, so sorry J I can’t! Let’s just say, aside from the prophecy, Layla battles her own demons.
What is your favorite reality show?

 

I prefer Modern Famiily, The Flash, Big Bang Theory, or iZombie. For a reality TV show I’d probably say American Idol but since the last season is over then X Factor. I enjoyed watching Food Network Star too.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

It’s great because the characters you fall in love with get to come back and either cause mayhem or just pop in and mix with the new world you’ve creating. So you don’t really have to say goodbye just yet.
Anything else you might want to add?

 

Thank you to all the readers, bloggers, and reviewers whose support and encouragement continues to inspire me. Thank you, Christine for hosting me on your blog today!

 

 

 

BLURB:

 

Forged through a childhood trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla vows never to be at another’s mercy. With determination and training she evolves into a deadly weapon and quiets her inner demons—until the prophecy activates, shattering her peace. The gods who want her dead converge and the hunt to end her life truly begins. The skills that Layla honed for protection become an unconscious tool for death and destruction, threatening not only the gods but her family.

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice. He’s faced with a condition known only to his kind, the soul-divide. If not dealt with, his soul will rip in half and he will turn into an unstoppable, ice-cold killing machine. As he hunts the traitor within his Phantom Warrior clan he worsens. A fragile thread of hope remains. The love of a female, freely given, can save him. Through a premonition of an alluring demigoddess, he gambles his very existence in the chance she will be his salvation.

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Hades scratched one of Cerberus’s heads, while the other two vied for attention; serpentine tongues slithered out of mouths harboring razor-sharp teeth. A loyal watchdog to the Underworld, Cerberus prevented the dead from leaving and the living from entering. With a final rub, Hades dismissed the monstrous beast, absently watching as he padded away on lion’s paws, the distinct rattle of serpent tail and long mane of snakes making his ferocious presence widely known.

 

Hades grinned as he strode forward, boots crunching on jagged pieces of rock and bone. The charmed design he’d sent to the last born demi-goddess had been opened. He’d sent it under the guise of one of his servants—despite initial objections—along with a concealed spell courtesy of Deimos to further aid her transformation. His mind drifted to the veiled conversation he had with the god. Deimos would be both furious with him and indebted. Focusing back on Layla, he chuckled. Once she wielded the spelled halberd, she would be unable to resist its dark influence.

 

He rubbed his hands together, and a deep laugh rumbled from his chest. Why was Zeus so wary? As each sister succumbed to the curse, his larder of souls filled. If they beat the prophecy it hardly affected him. Either way, he benefitted.

 

Crossing the threshold to his lair, Hades stood in front of the enormous stone-lined fireplace. His thoughts shifted to his beloved wife, Persephone. Six months is too long. An ache that had taken residence throbbed in his chest. He absently rubbed it, missing her luxurious hair and curvaceous body. Most of all, he longed for the way her mere presence soothed his soul, the sound of her laugh, and how he lost time itself gazing into the fathomless depth of her luminous, brown eyes.

 

A flash of light drew his attention, and irritation spiked his blood. Zeus. By the look in his brother’s stormy gray eyes, this was not a social call. Hades bit back a growl, and instead replaced it with a grin. “What brings you to my world?”

 

Zeus snorted, his grip on his lightning bolt tightening fractionally, before a calculating gleam flashed across his turbulent features. “Someone needs to remind you about the five. If they aren’t stopped, our lives may be at stake.”

 

Hades strolled past his brother, amusement coloring his words as he spoke. “That’s very dramatic, even for you. I realize you’re the one who angered the Fates, but five meager demi- goddesses—scratch that I believe it’s four now since one beat the curse—hold an infinitesimal threat to gods such as us.”

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author of the Five Fates Series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. You can find her at http://www.amymckinley.com

 

Contact:

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Amy will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1762

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7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Taken by Amy McKinley

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. achristay
    August 23, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Amy McKinley
      August 23, 2016

      Thank you so much for hosting me today, Christine!

  3. Rita Wray
    August 23, 2016

    I enjoyed the excerpt.

    • Amy McKinley
      August 23, 2016

      Hi Rita! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt and hope you equally like Layla’s story. Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Victoria
    August 23, 2016

    Great post, I enjoyed reading the excerpt and interview!

    • Amy McKinley
      August 23, 2016

      Thanks, Victoria! The scenes with the gods write themselves, those tend to be my favorites. Appreciate you stopping by and good luck in the giveaway.

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