I'm thrilled to be apart of Romance Blogfest 2014! Before I get to my post though, I'd like to shout out a big thank-you to Apryl Baker, who organized this awesome event!
Now, on to the fun!
I'm here to talk about my NA/romantic suspense novel titled Epiphany. The story is about two broken people falling in love, despite family secrets, psychic powers, and a serial killer on their heels.
"For all the times I'd witnessed the murders of other women in my dreams, I'd failed to see my own."
For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher's Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn't prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally...because she's been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.
Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They've turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media's headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.
Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.
Approximately 87,000 words. Epiphany is a new adult, romantic suspense novel with light paranormal undertones. ***Mature content warning for sexy adult situations, language, and disturbing subject matter.***
For my post today, I've dragged the two main characters in for an interview. They're reluctant to come anywhere near me, as I'm the one who took them through hell and back (muhahaha!), but they eventually gave in. So sit back, kick up your feet, and meet Aidan Payne and Mackenzie Hill from Epiphany!
EvilAuthor: How did the two of you meet?
Mac: *Gives Aidan a sheepish glance* Well, technically, the first time I saw Aidan in person, I sort of…puked on him in a bar. *Glares in my direction* Did you have to make me such a light weight?
EvilAuthor: No comment. So Aidan, how did you react to Mac upchucking nasty blue all over your jacket?
Aidan: I didn't have time to react—she disappeared on me when I went to clean it up!
EvilAuthor: *Laughing manically* That had to be a mortifying experience. Is that why you took off, Mac? You were embarrassed?
Mac: Um…I did it for a couple of reasons. Sure, I was beyond mortified, but really, I was freaking out because I'd seen him in my dreams for years. I couldn't believe he was real. Even when I woke up the next morning, I wasn't sure I'd really seen him.
EvilAuthor: Well, obviously, everything worked out because here you guys are! How exciting was the road to romance for you two?
Aidan: *Raises brows in an are-you-kidding-me look* What happened is not my idea of exciting. The Hangman almost killed us. He almost killed Mackenzie twice.
EvilAuthor: Yeah, you're right. Sorry about that. You guys had a tough time. *Turns to Mac* Would you mind talking about your unique gift? That's what put you on the Hangman's radar to begin with, right?
Mac: Aidan blames himself, but I think dreaming about the murders was the main reason the Hangman came after me at first. And I wouldn't call it a gift. It's a curse.
EvilAuthor: But you used those dreams to help catch a serial killer. How is that a bad thing?
Aidan: It's a dangerous thing. And it was hard to watch. She'd wake up in a panic, and there was nothing I could do about it. Nothing I could do to take the pain away. I didn't want him anywhere near her. I'll have to live with what happened for the rest of my life.
Mac: It's not your fault, Aidan. We've been over this.
Aidan: I know we have, so let's talk about something else. The Hangman is off limits.
EvilAuthor: All right, no problem. You've both dealt with a lot of tragedy before you met. How does that affect you guys now?
Mac: I can't believe you're bringing that up. We just told you the Hangman is too much for us to talk about, and now you're asking us about our pasts?
EvilAuthor: Of course I am. Our past experiences shape us and make us tick. The awesome readers out there want to know what makes you guys tick.
Aidan: Then ask us about the good stuff, like Mackenzie's talent as an artist, or why I became a journalist. Ask us about family—wait, scratch that. That's not the best topic either. Anyway, we're tired of dwelling on the bad stuff.
EvilAuthor: *Rolling eyes* But that stuff is so boring. Come on, give me something. How about the dirty little secret that almost kept you guys apart? Now that's juicy.
Aidan: *Pulling Mac to her feet* Let's go. This interview is over.
EvilAuthor: *Watches them stalk away.* Jeez, try to have a little fun with some characters…
Hope you enjoyed the interview! EvilAuthor would now like to entice you into buying Epiphany while it's on sale for $0.99! You are wondering what that dirty little secret is now, aren't you?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.
When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can't imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.
She's also written erotica under the pseudonym of Gemma James and loves to explore the darker side of sex in her fiction. She's morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy and enjoys exploring the deviant side of human nature. Her stories have been described as being "not for the faint of heart."
Christina lives with her husband and their four children--three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone's attention.