An Awesome Review and a Sneak Peek at Chapter One!

The first Jo read through of Heart of the Raven is finished! I will now do a quick read through (aka two days) for plot flow and send it off to the next round of betas. As usual, it is well over 100,000 words. But, instead of panicking like I usually do and racing through the document slashing and cutting because “industry insiders” say that readers want books between 80,000 and 90,000 words, I’m going to relax a little and pay more attention to the reader data that Mark Coker collected (“…60% of the top twenty Smashwords bestsellers were over 100,000 words long…”) and not stress as much if it ends up a little longer. That’s not to say that there aren’t sentences, paragraphs and scenes that can, and will, be tightened up still, only that I see no point in agonizing over it because that’s the “length preferred by agents” for my genre. I’m not submitting to an agent, anyway.

Either way, it’s on schedule and I am still hopeful for a late February or early March release.

With that good news, I have two great links to share! First, fellow author Beth Muscat was kind enough to review Shades of Gray. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please stop by and tell her thanks for the great post! And while you’re there, check out her other reviews.

And if you haven’t heard, the first (unfinalized) chapter of Heart of the Raven is avaliable for your perusal via fellow author Vicki Hudson‘s First Look segment on her blog.

Also don’t forget about the Valentines blog hop which is coming up in a couple of weeks. If you’re an author or reviewer, there is still time to join the fun. I may be giving away a prize in my blog if I can think of something interesting.

signature for whiteNow, if I can just decide who to put on the cover of the new book….



Interview with Riley Abbott

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

 Today we have Riley Abbott, one of the Characters from the Remember the Eyes Trilogy by Beth Muscat. Riley looks to be about 18 with brown hair and brilliant blue eyes. Let’s see what she has to say. 

Book 1: Remember the Eyes

Katelina: Hello Riley, thanks for coming. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 Riley: You’re right, I’m 18 years old. I come from a small town called Bent River in Ontario, Canada, and I now go to school in Shrevedale. I attend university there, where I’m taking Art History.

 K: Wow. So you’re an artist?

 R: I’d like to be an art restorer when I’m finished with school. During the summer I worked in the local art gallery, and while all the paintings are intriguing to me, one in particular captures my eye, and my heart.

 K: Oh, I see. Can you tell us about this painting?

 R: The painting totally enthralls me; I can’t stop looking at it. But, that’s not all. I start having these dreams. Come to find out, they’re really past life dreams that I’m having, and one of the dreams centers around this painting at the gallery. Not only are the dreams from my past, but they’re so real. Sometimes, after having one of the dreams where I push a heavy fruit and vegetable cart down the path to the marketplace, I wake up in the morning with aching hands, as if I had been the one that was pushing the cart. I guess in a way it was me…just me from another time. I have several of these past life dreams, but not all of them end pleasantly.

 K: Oh wow! Do you usually have psychic dreams like that?

 R: I do have some special abilities like telekinesis, mind-reading, the ability to astral travel and being psychic (to name just a few).

 K: That’s cool! Do a lot of people know about your abilities? How does your family handle it?

 R: I grew up with very loving and supportive parents. They didn’t always understand everything that I could do, but we were all lucky to have our friends, George and Vera to help. George and Vera both are mind-readers, although they can’t do all the things that I can do. But, they’ve helped me to hone my special abilities and to only use them when I was alone. Most people wouldn’t understand my abilities. I make that mistake with my boyfriend when I tell him that I can read minds. He didn’t understand at first. I don’t blame him for running away from me.

Book 2: Nothing Without You

K: So you have a boyfriend, then? Or, at least start the series with one?

 R: Yes, I’m in a relationship with Michael. Michael Stone is his name and he’s from London, England. He came over here to Canada for the music program here at the university, but he’s told me it was more. He’s told me that he felt a ‘pull’ to come here that he couldn’t explain. But, when I looked into his eyes, I knew what that pull was. Remember those past life dreams I told you about? Well, he was the man in my past lives. He was there with me, my husband and my prince. You might ask how I know it was him…our eyes. Our eyes are the same as the eyes from the people in my past life dreams. That’s why I knew that I could never be happy without him. We were meant to be together.

 K: That is SO romantic! *sighs* I suppose your author is as cruel as all the others and has to throw something evil at you.

 R: Yeah, that’s an understatement. The “something evil”‘s name is Brenda Coxwell and she’s got her claws in my boyfriend. She’s got green eyes, fiery red hair, and a killer body that any woman would love to have. I’m plain compared to her. But, she’s mean and nasty, and according to my premonition, willing to kill to get what she wants. And, what she wants is my boyfriend. Oh, and she’s also a mind-reader, so she knows everything about me.

 K: Holy crap! Your author is out to get you! Do you have anything you’d like to say to her?

 R: I guess if I could ask her something, I’d want to know why she made my good friend Maggie just cut Jess and I out of her life. The three of us had always been inseparable, but then the three of us get separated because of school. But, Jessica and I remain friends; Maggie stopped calling and stopped answering her messages. She doesn’t even reply to her emails. I guess she found new friends at her new school. Cooler friends. Still, Jess and I miss Maggie.

 Beth Muscat: *leans in*  You find out in the third book (called “Infinite”) what happened to Maggie.

 K: Wow! Instant gratification! Your author’s more professional than mine, anyway! *cough* Even if she’s not nicer. Are there any other challenges that you face in the story?

 R: There’s someone that I need to protect during the course of the series. I have these terrible premonition type dreams as well, where someone I love is in danger. These aren’t the past life dreams I spoke about, but rather dreams that could actually come true in this time. I have a shield of sorts (amongst my other special abilities) that I can use to protect myself. But, I want to try to protect my boyfriend as well. He’s the one I’ve been having the premonitions about. I’ve been having some difficulty with this task but I want so badly to protect him. I can’t let anything happen to him; my only hope is that if the time ever arises, I will be able to protect him.

Book 3: Infinite

K: It looks like we’re running out of time. What’s the one thing you want most in the world?

 R: For Brenda to leave us alone. She just won’t quit. Michael tells her that he doesn’t love her and that he never did. (There was a period of time when Michael was unsure about me. I’d told him about my special abilities, and he didn’t quite understand them.) But, when he comes back to me, she just doesn’t get it that he doesn’t want her, but instead, wants me. I just want her to leave both of us alone. She’s the one that I’ve been having the premonitions about.

 K: I could tell you how I got rid of the competition, but I guess you’d probably get in trouble for that. It is effective, though. *cough*cough* Okay, okay, last question. Do you have anything you’d like to say to your readers?

 R: Never give up. During some of my past life dreams, I gave up when I should have fought harder. Once, during a pioneer life, my family and I were being attacked by some awful drunken men from the saloon. People were watching what was going on, but no one would help us. I started to give up, but my husband wouldn’t. He fought the men, but paid the price with his life. They shot him. During another past life dream, I was a lonely old poet man who was too afraid to speak to the woman I was in love with. I’d given up all attempts to show her that I loved her. So, I would say, “Never give up.” When it came to Michael, I didn’t.

 K: I love that advice! Thanks so much for stopping in and letting me interview you!

 R: I thank you for the wonderful interview, and I hope I was able to answer the questions effectively for my readers to understand a little bit about me. I’m simple, yet complex with my special abilities, but the love I feel for Michael is what keeps me alive. Look for our continuing love story in the second book in the trilogy (called, “Nothing Without You”), where both Michael and I discover that I’m not the only one with special abilities

 You can find Riley Abbott in Beth Muscat’s Remember the Eyes trilogy

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