Thursday, October 25, 2012

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway: Carbon Copy by Terri Talley Venters


Please welcome Terri Talley Venters today, currently on tour with her book, Carbon Copy at Goddess Fish Promotions. Terri is offering you a chance to win bookmarks, magnetic bumper stickers and a $10 Wild Child Publishing Gift Card for following and commenting during her tour. 

Welcome Terri!!!

About The Author:

Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons.
Carbon Copy is the 1st thrilling novel in the Elements of MysterySeries. The title of each novel will contain an element from the Periodic Table of Elements. Terri recently finished writing Tin Roof, the sequel to Carbon Copy, coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. And Terri’s romantic/suspense novel, Body of Gold, is coming soon from Freya’s Bower. For more about Terri’s upcoming releases, please visit her website http://www.elementsofmystery.com/ Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones which is also available from Wild Child Publishing.
On the first of each month, Terri also posts free short stories on her blog. Follow her athttp://www.territalleyventers.blogspot.com/as she weaves her way through the Periodic Table of Elements.

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BK: Please tell us a little about yourself...

TTV: I received by Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. I am a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. I live in St. Augustine, Florida, with my husband, Garrison, and our two sons.

BK: Please tell us a little about your book....

TTV: Lilly Allen has brains, beauty, and a trust fund. She's living in New York City and her career as a reporter is taking off. She's hoping the love of her life, Grier, will propose soon. She has it all, or so she thinks.

Grier Garrison, Create Life executive, is running the company while his father, Dr. Michael Garrison, is in the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. Grier knows the truth about Create Life and its shady side business. He fears Lilly and her twin brother, Luke, are in danger.

While working on two unrelated stories, stolen newborns and cloning, Lilly discovers a shocking connection. Horrific things are happening, but who is behind it all?


BK: What inspired you to pen this particular novel?

TTV: For years, people would tell me they knew someone who looked exactly like me. I’d respond, “I must’ve been cloned!” Then ideas for my story poured into my head, and Carbon Copy was born.

BK: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

TTV: When I first saw the book cover for my debut novel, Carbon Copy.


BK: How do you keep your story flowing?

TTV: I love writing a great forward pointer/twist at the end of each chapter to keep the reader turning the page.


BK: Do you ever run into writer's block, and if so, what do you do to get past it?

TTV: My mother told me a tip she’d read to avoid writer’s block: “Stop when I know what will happen next.” It helps me to know what scene I will write next so I’m eager to sit down and write it. However sometimes inspiration hits, and I write a different scene.


BK: What is your writing process like? Do you have any quirks, or must-haves to write?

TTV: I write at home in my formal living room with a laptop in a comfortable wing-back chair with an ottoman and my Florida Gator fleece blanket. I keep this room immaculate so I’m not distracted by a dirty house. I normally write on Thursdays and Fridays because I’m off from my day job. The boys are in school so I force myself to take advantage of the quiet time. I never drink while a write and since happy hour starts around 5pm, I rarely write at night.

BK: Where do you hope your books/writing will be in the future?

TTV: My goal is to write at least one book a year until I die.


BK: What do you hope readers will take away from your books?

TTV: I hope the readers will want to read more of my books and tell their family & friends.


BK: What is one piece of advice you received that you carry with you in your writing?

TTV: My mother told me you can start writing anywhere, not just at the beginning. With Carbon Copy, I wrote the beginning, the ending, and then I filled in the middle. With Body of Gold, I started with the middle, wrote the ending, and then I wrote chapter one last because I couldn’t decide where to start my story. Margaret Mitchell did the same thing when she wrote Gone With The Wind. With Tin Roof, I wrote the ending first, then the beginning, and I wrote the middle of the novel last. Writing my stories out of order mitigated writer’s block. I pictured a scene in my head and I wrote it.  My last book, Copper Cauldron, is the only book I wrote sequentially from beginning to end. I wrote it this way because I had no idea what was going to happen next.

BK: What is one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring writers?

TTV: Just start writing!


BK: Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?

TTV: More stories from my Elements of Mystery Series. The title of each novel will contain an element from the Periodic Table of Elements. I’m currently writing, Silver Lining, the final book in the Carbon Copy trilogy. Plus, I have 3 more books under contract with my publisher: Tin Roof, the sequel to Carbon Copy; my romantic/suspense, Body of Gold; and my most creative book is Copper Cauldron.

BK: Where can readers find you?

TTV: Carbon Copy is available from Wild Child Publishing, Amazon, & the Barnes & Noble Nook store.

On the first of each month, I also posts free short stories on my blog. http://www.territalleyventers.blogspot.com/

Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. It's been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.

Carbon Copy
Terri Talley Venters
Elements of Mystery #1
Wild Child Publishing
Publication Date: 6/19/12
201 Pages
Romantic Suspense

Lilly Allen has brains, beauty, and a trust fund. She's living in New York City and her career as a reporter is taking off. She's hoping the love of her life, Grier, will propose soon. She has it all, or so she thinks.

Grier Garrison, Create Life executive, is running the company while his father, Dr. Michael Garrison, is in the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. Grier knows the truth about Create Life and its shady side business. He fears Lilly and her twin brother, Luke, are in danger.

While working on two unrelated stories, stolen newborns and cloning, Lilly discovers a shocking connection. Horrific things are happening, but who is behind it all?

Excerpt:

As she opened the door to his apartment, Luke’s cat, Soli, meowed at her. The cat cried as loud as her tiny vocal chords allowed. Lilly never heard such a loud cry. Summer appeared at Soli’s side and began licking her sister’s face to placate her twin.

The cats must have entered Luke’s apartment through the cat door Luke built between the shared walls. The cats liked to be together when the apartments were empty.

Soli’s cries grew louder. Something terrible had happened to Luke! But how much did this ten-pound feline really know? Did Soli see something awful enough to upset her this much? Or did she simply miss her owner?

Soli looked at Lilly and headed towards the hall. It appeared as if she wanted Lilly to follow her down the hall. As she trotted towards Luke’s bedroom, Summer and Lilly followed her.

Lilly paused at the door to Luke’s bedroom, scared to open it, scared of what she might find on the other side. She took a deep breath and opened it. As she entered Luke’s bedroom, she scanned the room. It looked empty.

Soli cried again, even louder than before. Lilly looked over. The cat scratched at Luke’s closet door. She stared at Lilly, scratched the closed door, and cried again. Then Lilly smelled something funny. Her nostrils didn’t recognize the strange odor, but a shiver of foreboding swept over her.

Lilly braced herself, yet again, for another dramatic door opening. Yanking the door open, she stared into Thelma’s face and screamed. Thelma sat upright on the floor of Luke’s closet. Her eyes were closed, and her faded “I’m with stupid” t-shirt showed a bullet-sized hole in it. A circle of coagulated blood surrounded the hole in the middle of her chest. Although Lilly wasn’t an expert in medicine, she knew someone had shot the maid.



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4 comments:

Terri Talley Venters said...

Thank you for hosting me today!

Rebecca Graf said...

Great interview. I'll have to take to heart the tips on stopping and writing when you know what will happen next.

Terri Talley Venters said...

Nice to meet you Rebecca! My mother gave me great advice=) thanks for stopping by

Anthology Authors said...

Hm... maybe I need to finish some of my books by writing scenes out of order... some day when I have time, that is. LOL

Marci Baun
Publisher
Wild Child Publishing