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CHECK OUT a new Paranormal Romantic Thriller/Suspense series from author Larissa Emerald. PERFECTION is receiving rave reviews on Amazon!
For an added treat, scroll down to read Larissa’s interview. 😃
PERFECTION REVIEWING OPPORTUNITY
Interested in a copy of PERFECTION to read for review? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this post.
Author: Larissa Emerald
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3brV67v
Release date: Already published
Review time: 2 weeks
Review copy delivery: Book Funnel
Reviews to be posted on: Amazon. Goodreads and Bookbub much appreciated, but not required.
Her perfect life is everything she ever wanted…until it isn’t. How far will Kindra go to save her child?
Kindra B-Zaika designs Genetically Engineered Individuals, and with each generation, they become smarter, more beautiful, healthier–whatever improvements the Committee decrees. It doesn’t matter to them that the divide grows ever wider between Coders and GEIs. Or at least not until a prominent dignitary’s D Generation child suddenly dies of a mysterious virus.
Now Kindra must team with York Richmond, a striking, rough-around-the-edges Coder police lieutenant, to catch the sociopath who unleashed the deadly virus. To him, she’s an icy GEI scientist. Just like the ones who wouldn’t give him the time of day when he needed them most. At least, that’s what he thinks until he spots her being human.
The killer poses a threat to an entire generation of children, and they must stop him before all of D Generation is infected, including Kindra’s own daughter. But as they work together to find their suspect and develop an antidote in the meantime, a forbidden attraction sparks between them.
Can they find the answers before time runs out for the children?
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— Cynthia Shepp (@CynthiaShepp) May 6, 2020
AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH LARISSA EMERALD
- What inspired you to start writing?
Reading, of course. Then, I began by rewriting the endings to movies. I’d get upset when they didn’t end the way I wanted, so I’d rewrite the ending. When my kids were young, I’d write little things for them. One day I found an announcement for a writing class hosted at the library. I dropped everything and attended the workshop. I’ve been writing ever since.)
- What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Develop a thick skin. Perfection can be a killer in so many ways. Just write. Persevere. Never give up.
- What comes first, the plot or characters?
It depends on the story. My paranormal series Divine Tree Guardians began with driving along and seeing a tree roped off with construction fencing. I have a huge love of trees. My Terror, MN series began knowing I wanted a team of angels to protect the town. My Nocturne Falls Universe stories all began with a character. I already knew they would be set in the fun town of Kristin Painter’s Nocturne Falls.
- Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
Yes. I love hearing from my readers! Most of my books are paranormal stories. My readers love the imaginary places I take them to, and I usually include an element of family in the story.
- What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?
My favorite part is writing the story and meeting readers. My least favorite is marketing.
- Where can readers purchase your books?
All my books are on Amazon. My Nocturne Falls Universe stories and a few others are on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.
- Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
My website, which is where you can also sign up for my newsletter.
You can also follow me on Facebook.
- Are there any secrets from PERFECTION you can share with your readers?
One thing I played around with is the myth that we use only 10 percent of our brain. In creating more intelligent genetically enhanced humans, I gave the heroine telekinetic powers. You’ll have to look for these instances in the story.
- What was the inspiration for the story?
My son is the initial inspiration for Perfection and the book is dedicated to him. He was born with a rare genetic abnormality. He’s an adult now, mentally handicapped, but doing well living on his own in an apartment complex for individuals with disabilities. There were times when he was growing up when I wondered what it would be like if science and doctors could genetically “fix” his genes and make him normal. I love him so much. Life gives us all challenges, this was mine.
A secondary inspiration is my granddaughter. She has been battling leukemia for three years. Diagnosed when she was thirteen, I enjoyed writing a world where people were immune to all diseases, no cancer, no cystic fibrosis, no illness.
- What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
I think it’s that life is precious. Children are precious.
- What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?
Yes, two stories are coming in August. Forbidden, a novella. The story takes the reader further into Kindra and York’s relationship and their decision to make their life together—top secret, there’s a wedding– despite the rules of the time against mixed marriage between GEI, genetically engineered individuals, and Coders, the ancient race gene pool. Flawed, a novel where the heroine and hero of this story undertake the job of protecting Kindra.
- What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
Even though the story is set in the future, the characters experience the same things we see today. Teenagers still push the envelope and have their own style. Parents still love their children. Families have their ups and downs. People fall in love. Yes, it’s a romance, too. It was a bit of a challenge to imagine what the world would be like then. I really enjoyed researching advancements and technology. My husband helped a lot with that. He’s an engineer. If you know any engineers then you may be able to imagine some of our discussions.
- Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I’m working on book 3 of Code Perfect series. Hold on to your seats and guard your heart.
- How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?
At the moment, I have three other very different stories begging to be written. The first is a paranormal women’s fiction. And one of these days, I’m going to write the psychic time-travel story about a young woman who goes back in time and is trapped in the body of her ancestor. She experiences falling in love, only to be thrown back to her time. And then…
(Cynthia: I couldn’t help snickering at Larissa’s teasing, lol…)
- What are you reading now?
- Favorite quote:
- What do you like about audiobooks?
I can do two things at once.
- How many bookshelves are in your house?
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Gardening, traveling, reading.
- What’s your favorite food?
Chicken Pot Pie. And I make a yummy one with homemade from-scratch crust. Ooh, wait a minute. Maybe I should change that to wine and chocolate. Yes, that’s a favorite, um… dessert.
- Have you ever been on a sports teams? If so, what sport?
- Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I have three golden retrievers. See pics on FB.
- If you could cure a disease, what would it be?
Cancer. Oh, how I wish!
WOULD YOU RATHER:
- Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders? (That depends.
Spiders. As long as they’re not tarantulas.)
- Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or live in an un-haunted cottage?
- Do you have a favorite recipe?
I share my favorites in my newsletter. Hint hint.
BTW, I also share inspiration for my books on Pinterest.
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