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Basking in the Light

Title: Basking in the Light

Author: Saylor Storm

Published: October 6th, 2015

Genre: Thriller

Age Recommendation: 18+

Formats Available: Mobi, ePub

 

~ Synopsis ~

 

Ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life.

Disappearing into thin air, Ellen leaves her family and friends to fear the worst. Determined to find the missing journalist, seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, joins the search in the race against time. Is he able to find Ellen before an untimely demise and does Ellen even want to survive her horrific experience?

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~ About the Author ~

 

Saylor Storm

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted. Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion.

The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels. Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics.

She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Would you like to be famous? In what way?

I’ve often thought about this scenario. On one hand I’d love to be famous. It

would be nice to live day-to-day without worrying about whether I’ll be able to

pay the bills this month and put food on the table for my children. It’d also be

nice to receive recognition for the accomplishments that made me famous. On

the other hand, I’m a very private person and love having my space. I couldn’t

deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight, having people follow my every

move, or always being judged. I guess the real question I’d have to ask myself is

would I be willing to give up my privacy in order to support my family. The

answer to that question is absolutely.

Before making a telephone call, do you rehearse what you are going to say?

I’m terrible on the phone. I have a slight phobia of talking to people that I don’t

know and so when I’m put in a situation that requires me to talk, whether in

person or on the phone, I become a stuttering mess. So yes, I rehearse what I

want to say so that I can go into the conversation with a plan but it usually never

goes the way I want it to. I’d prefer to text or email any day.

If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it

be?

That’s a hard question! I guess if I had to pick one thing to change it would be

that I wish I had grown up around family. We moved around a lot when I was a

kid and so I was only able to see some family members on special occasions like

holidays. The older I got, the less family came around and we hardly had the

chance to go visit them since they all live out of state. As time passes, bonds

become weaker and so I only have a couple of extended relatives that visit

occasionally.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

My greatest accomplishment by far is giving birth to two beautiful, healthy

daughters. No doubt about it.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m half done writing a paranormal thriller titled The Stager. I’m really excited

about it and hope to have it done soon. I started it a couple years ago but had to

put it aside. I also have book two in the Juniper Grove Chronicles started but it

will likely be awhile before I’m able to get back to it. I’m not the type of writer

who can write multiple books a year. I wish I were though.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I’d love to let readers know about an exciting new program that I offer. It is the

JGBS Review Library and readers can receive a free review copy of the books we

have listed in exchange for posting their honest review to Amazon. Each and

every review, whether positive or negative, help authors and so I want to try

everything I can to help my fellow authors succeed. So if any readers would like

to show their support for authors, please stop by the JGBS Review Library at

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Title: Destiny Awaits

Series: Juniper Grove Chronicles Book 1

Author: Jaidis Shaw

Published: July 18th, 2014

Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly

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Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Awards: 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Award

Finalist – YA Paranormal

Synopsis:

She wants a normal life. They want her dead.

Destiny has other plans.

Twenty-year-old Alayna Scott receives visions

around water, but even her foresight couldn’t

prepare her for the tragic accident that claimed the

lives of her parents. With everything she loves

gone, Alayna packs up and moves to the small

town of Juniper Grove in hopes of starting over.

Jayden McKnight can’t explain the attraction that he feels whenever Alayna is near, but he does

know that he will do whatever it takes to win her heart. When a vampire selects Alayna as his

next victim, Jayden will stop at nothing to ensure her safety – even if that means bringing

Alayna into a world that she never knew existed.

Love blossoms, challenges are made, and Alayna will find herself fighting not only to survive,

but to understand what she has become.

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Excerpt:

Sunlight caught the crystal that hung from the rear view mirror, and rainbow bursts of color

radiated throughout the car. My parents and I had gotten up early so that we could make the three

hour drive to my uncle’s house, but from the line of backed up traffic in front of us, it seemed

that it would take us longer. I leaned back in my seat and let the music blaring in my earbuds

help pass the time. My mother turned in her seat in the front, and I glanced at her. Seeing her

mouth my name, I pulled one side of the earbuds out of my ear.

“What did you say?” I asked.

“I asked if you were hungry,” she replied. “Your father thinks that we should get off the

interstate at the next exit and grab something to eat while the traffic clears up.”

“Sure, that’s fine with me. It’s a good idea, anyway, since Uncle John turned vegetarian. There’s

no telling what he’s going to try to get us to eat.”

My father’s hearty laugh rumbled through the car. “Do you remember that rolled up spinach

thing he tried to feed us last time?”

“How could I forget?” I said.

Mom sprung to her brother’s defense. “It wasn’t so bad.”

“Then how come you didn’t eat it? I saw you slip it to the dog when you thought nobody was

watching.” My father glanced at my mother while she tried to come up with a retort.

“If you saw that, then it’s obvious that I wasn’t sneaky enough.” She crossed her arms over her

chest and stared out the window.

My dad laughed as he flipped on the turn signal and merged into the right lane, coming to a stop

behind a logging truck. I looked at the long logs protruding from the flatbed. “It always makes

me nervous when they hang off like that,” I said. A shiver raced over my body.

“It’s okay. They make sure to load them on so that they won’t come off,” my dad reassured me.

I opened my mouth to reply but stopped when I heard a screech of tires behind us. Turning my

head, I locked eyes with the man in the driver’s seat of the truck that was hurtling toward us. The

truck slammed into the back of our car, and my mother’s scream echoed in the tight space around

me. A shower of white stars filled my vision as pain ripped through my shoulder and cut off my

own scream. As the darkness closed in around me, I heard the faint shrill of sirens in the

distance.

 

 

 

 

October 22, 2015

A Perfect Storm – An Interview with Author Saylor Storm

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For Saylor Storm, reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience?

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Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels.

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them.

One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers. You can reach her at www.SaylorStorm.com

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Her latest book is entitled ‘Basking in the Light’.

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So Saylor, tell my readers something about your self.

If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

I would want to go back and see what life would have been like if my mother had not passed at away at an early age. When she died everything in my family’s life was permanently altered.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

The ability to sing: to know what it is like to move people emotionally just from the sound of my voice.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Having my son. I didn’t have an easy time getting him here and he has turned out to be an extraordinarily capable and compassionate human being.

What projects are you working on now?

We are working on a second love trivia book for Valentine’s Day. This one will have an emphasis on the science of kissing. I’m completing the third book in the Sue’s Journey trilogy called Sue’s Legacy and I have started my first fantasy romance that does not have a working name yet. All three books will be released in 2016.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I have dozens of book ideas in several different genres though I am most anxious to venture into the fantasy genre. I will be teaching more classes on social media marketing for authors.

Now tell us about ‘Basking in the Light’.

The story is about an ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, who grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Courted by a handsome, successful author, she is abducted and held captive by his murderous younger brother on a remote island. Ellen fights for her health and sanity while in captivity. She is forced to witness monstrous acts by her captor all the while dependent on him for her survival. Ultimately she is saved by seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, and rushed to the hospital in a fight for her life. Family and friends stand by hoping for Ellen’s complete recovery. The young reporter pulls through only to struggle with the psychological aftermath of her abduction. Is tenacious Ellen capable of returning to her former self or is she forever altered by her horrific experience? And, what part, if any, does Arnie Darrow play in her recovery?

Where can readers find buy your book?

They can buy ‘Basking in the Light’ at BARNES & NOBLE  or at AMAZON.

 

Listen to author Saylor Storm as she discusses her new release, Basking in the Light!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78PJ1tYFQwY

 

TWO GREAT PRIZES during Saylor Storm’s blog tour. Register to win a SIGNED copy of  BASKING IN THE LIGHT. There will be 15 copies given away. Also Saylor is giving away cultured pearl jewelry set of a necklace and bracelet.

Register to Win on Saylor Storm Raffle Webpage:  http://saylorstorm.com/raffle/

Finally – Two-4-One Limited Time BONUS :

Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novella Reclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com  And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

~Blog Tour & Giveaway~ Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm

 

Title:  Basking in the Light

Author:   Saylor Storm

Published:  October 6th, 2015

Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:  Ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Courted by a handsome, successful author, she is abducted and held captive by his murderous younger brother on a remote island. Ellen fights for her health and sanity while in captivity. She is forced to witness monstrous acts by her captor all the while dependent on him for her survival. Ultimately she is saved by seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, and rushed to the hospital in a fight for her life. Family and friends stand by hoping for Ellen’s complete recovery. The young reporter pulls through only to struggle with the psychological aftermath of her abduction. Is tenacious Ellen capable of returning to her former self or is she forever altered by her horrific experience? And, what part, if any, does Arnie Darrow play in her recovery?


Two-4-One BONUS – During the blog tour – Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novellaReclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com  And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

In Basking in the Light, aspiring reporter, Ellen Singer, survives being captured and held hostage by serial killers for months. Reclamation takes us where Basking in the Light left off; where Ellen is left with the arduous task of rebuilding her life both physically and mentally. With devoted FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, by her side she is able to overcome her many obstacles and in the end he proclaims his deep love for the woman he has grown to admire and revere. Does Ellen reciprocate his feelings, or has her ordeal left her emotionally incapable of returning Arnie’s love?

About the Author:

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted. Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels. Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Basking in the Light: Excerpt Chapter 6


A boy’s view of the world is affected by what the mother has demonstrated.

Jonny meticulously swept his tiny cabin. The sand was a constant problem. Living on the beach had its benefits, but Jonny had no patience for the daily task. He grumbled under his breath as he opened the front door and pushed the sand back outside with his broom.

He had a daily routine and did not like to alter from it. After sweeping, he took a long walk to town. Jonny wore the same outfit every day: a beige shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a pair of well-worn jeans, and a grey vest. On his feet was a pair of Keen sandals. His long hair, tousled with curls, bounced slightly as he walked. With determination he walked directly to his favorite spot with his treasured cooler in tow.

As odd as Jonny was, the townspeople were used to him and his daily walks to the local coffee shop, where he sat every day, talking to himself and ordering nothing. People ignored him and found him to be harmless.

Jonny returned to his small cabin, before dark, where he would prepare a simple meal and go to bed early. This day there was an interruption in his routine. When he returned to the cabin, he had a visitor.

“Where have you been?” Jim wanted to know.

“I t-took a w-walk, like I always d-do, so w-what?”

“You didn’t talk to anyone, did you?”

“No, I n-never t-talk to anyone. Just like you t-told me. Why are y-you here?”

“I have a surprise for you. I told you that I found her; she’s here, in the car. Come help me get her out of the car.”

“D-do I get to k-keep her?”

“Yes, but you have to keep it a secret.”

“I will! I promise!”

Jonny followed his older brother to the blue sedan in the driveway. Jim popped the trunk. Jonny could make out a woman wearing a white blouse and red shorts. She was tied with rope and tape and was passed out cold.

“She is p-perfect! Why is she s-sleeping?”

“I had to drug her. Help me get her inside.”

The men each carried an end of the body. Jim was at least a foot taller than his younger brother. They placed her on the bed. Jim returned to the car and retrieved a small duffle bag.

“W-what are you g-going to d-do with that?” Jonny asked.

“Just watch.”

Jim pulled an old wooden rocking chair to the center of the room and chained it to a hook he had screwed in to the ceiling.

“Help me get her in the chair,” Jim instructed.

The two men placed her in the chair and cut loose the rope and tape. Jim re-taped Ellen’s ankles and wrists together, then placed a heavy chain over the tape and secured it to a hook that he had screwed in to the floor.

“This should hold her.”

“W-what d-do I d-do if she w-wakes up?”

“She can scream all she wants to, no one will hear her out here. She’s yours; you can do whatever you want with her. I’ll be back tomorrow with food and supplies.”

Jonny smiled at his big brother, “Thank you, J-Jim, she’s p-perfect.”

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Listen to author Saylor Storm as she discusses her new release, Basking in the Light!

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Basking in the Light

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Basking in the Light

Ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Disappearing into thin air, Ellen leaves her family and friends to fear the worst. Determined to find the missing journalist, seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, joins the search in the race against time. Is he able to find Ellen before an untimely demise and does Ellen even want to survive her horrific experience?

Saylor Storm

Saylor Storm

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels.

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them.

One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers. You can reach her at www.SaylorStorm.com

 Review

Ellen feels alone and decides to try internet dating. She goes out on a date with Jim and he seems to be the perfect guy. Unfortunately he is the farthest thing from that. When Ellen disappears her family and friends make it their mission to find Ellen no matter what. And Ellen, she is going to go through a lot, let’s just hope she makes it out alive.

This is an amazing story and one that I can see happening in real life. Ellen is so naïve and just wants to find someone to be with. I really liked how her family and friends keep doing everything they could to try and get her back. Basking in the Light has some tough moments but it just adds to the book.

I help teach self-defense and if I could I would make all of the female students read this just to get them to wake up to the realities of life. I wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone. Hopefully besides being a great story it will help other people to think for a couple extra seconds on their actions.

I received Basking in the Light for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Basking in the Light, or for more information, make sure to check outAmazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Saylor’s website.

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Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novella Reclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com  And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

Ellen and Arnie’s story continues …

In Basking in the Light, aspiring reporter, Ellen Singer, survives being captured and held hostage by serial killers for months. Reclamation takes us where Basking in the Light left off; where Ellen is left with the arduous task of rebuilding her life both physically and mentally. With devoted FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, by her side she is able to overcome her many obstacles and in the end he proclaims his deep love for the woman he has grown to admire and revere. Does Ellen reciprocate his feelings, or has her ordeal left her emotionally incapable of returning Arnie’s love?

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Title: Basking in the Light
Author: Saylor Storm
Published: October 6th, 2015
Recommended Age: 18+
Synopsis: Ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Courted by a handsome, successful author, she is abducted and held captive by his murderous younger brother on a remote island. Ellen fights for her health and sanity while in captivity. She is forced to witness monstrous acts by her captor all the while dependent on him for her survival. Ultimately she is saved by seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, and rushed to the hospital in a fight for her life. Family and friends stand by hoping for Ellen’s complete recovery. The young reporter pulls through only to struggle with the psychological aftermath of her abduction. Is tenacious Ellen capable of returning to her former self or is she forever altered by her horrific experience? And, what part, if any, does Arnie Darrow play in her recovery?
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Two-4-One BONUS – During the blog tour – Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novella Reclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

In Basking in the Light, aspiring reporter, Ellen Singer, survives being captured and held hostage by serial killers for months. Reclamation takes us where Basking in the Light left off; where Ellen is left with the arduous task of rebuilding her life both physically and mentally. With devoted FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, by her side she is able to overcome her many obstacles and in the end he proclaims his deep love for the woman he has grown to admire and revere. Does Ellen reciprocate his feelings, or has her ordeal left her emotionally incapable of returning Arnie’s love?
photo Saylor-Storm.jpgAbout the Author:

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted. Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels. Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers.
Interview with Saylor:

How did you start your writing career?

One day I was sitting in a divorce attorney’s conference room waiting for an initial consultation. My mind started to wander and I suddenly felt like a character in a romance novel. Several months later I was hiking and the rest of the story played out in my head. I wrote that story and have never stopped churning out one book after another.

Tell us about your favorite character from a book.

I’ve always loved Travis McGee from the John D. MacDonald books. A little rough and rugged, I think he subconsciously has inspired my FBI agent character, Arnie Darrow.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I’ve always wanted to go to the Seychelle Islands. They seem so remote and exotic.

Tell us about your current release.

Basking in the Light is about a young reporter who decides to try online dating and it turns out to be the worst decision of her life! She is held captive for months by a serial killer in a small, dark cabin while chained to a rocking chair. The FBI gets involved and it becomes a race against time to save her.

Tell us bout your next release.

We are planning a second love trivia book with an emphasis on the science of kissing for a Valentine’s Day release.

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

My father has been my inspiration to me. He always wanted to write a book and did so quite late in life. He never had the opportunity to promote the book; something that he would have enjoyed. He also worked on his memoirs, but they were incomplete. I am working on finishing the memoirs for him.

What was the hardest part about writing Basking in the Light?

Trying to accurately describe dismembering a body!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing this book?

How serial killers end up the way that they do. When you see the big picture, their behavior actually makes a lot of sense.

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Basking in the Light: Excerpt Chapter 6

A boy’s view of the world is affected by what the mother has demonstrated.

Jonny meticulously swept his tiny cabin. The sand was a constant problem. Living on the beach had its benefits, but Jonny had no patience for the daily task. He grumbled under his breath as he opened the front door and pushed the sand back outside with his broom.
He had a daily routine and did not like to alter from it. After sweeping, he took a long walk to town. Jonny wore the same outfit every day: a beige shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a pair of well-worn jeans, and a grey vest. On his feet was a pair of Keen sandals. His long hair, tousled with curls, bounced slightly as he walked. With determination he walked directly to his favorite spot with his treasured cooler in tow.
As odd as Jonny was, the townspeople were used to him and his daily walks to the local coffee shop, where he sat every day, talking to himself and ordering nothing. People ignored him and found him to be harmless.
Jonny returned to his small cabin, before dark, where he would prepare a simple meal and go to bed early. This day there was an interruption in his routine. When he returned to the cabin, he had a visitor.
“Where have you been?” Jim wanted to know.
“I t-took a w-walk, like I always d-do, so w-what?”
“You didn’t talk to anyone, did you?”
“No, I n-never t-talk to anyone. Just like you t-told me. Why are y-you here?”
“I have a surprise for you. I told you that I found her; she’s here, in the car. Come help me get her out of the car.”
“D-do I get to k-keep her?”
“Yes, but you have to keep it a secret.”
“I will! I promise!”
Jonny followed his older brother to the blue sedan in the driveway. Jim popped the trunk. Jonny could make out a woman wearing a white blouse and red shorts. She was tied with rope and tape and was passed out cold.
“She is p-perfect! Why is she s-sleeping?”
“I had to drug her. Help me get her inside.”
The men each carried an end of the body. Jim was at least a foot taller than his younger brother. They placed her on the bed. Jim returned to the car and retrieved a small duffle bag.
“W-what are you g-going to d-do with that?” Jonny asked.
“Just watch.”
Jim pulled an old wooden rocking chair to the center of the room and chained it to a hook he had screwed in to the ceiling.
“Help me get her in the chair,” Jim instructed.
The two men placed her in the chair and cut loose the rope and tape. Jim re-taped Ellen’s ankles and wrists together, then placed a heavy chain over the tape and secured it to a hook that he had screwed in to the floor.
“This should hold her.”
“W-what d-do I d-do if she w-wakes up?”
“She can scream all she wants to, no one will hear her out here. She’s yours; you can do whatever you want with her. I’ll be back tomorrow with food and supplies.”
Jonny smiled at his big brother, “Thank you, J-Jim, she’s p-perfect.”
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What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A perfect day for me would be getting to sleep in with no interruption. Then

maybe workout, have some coffee, write thousands of words, and still have

time to spend with the family. Then go to bed and sleep soundly.

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of

a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

I would choose to retain my mind. If I had the mind of a thirty-year-old at 90,

I’d still be able to write and make money…then I’d pay for surgery to look

younger. LOL!!! Plus, why would you want to have a nice body, but a

worthless brain? To me, it doesn’t make sense.

For what do you feel most grateful?

I am most grateful for my family. They are the greatest support, and my

whole world. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what

would it be?

The ability to write books a lot faster with the same quality. That

would be awesome, because right now I’m a snail writer. It’s very frustrating.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or

anything else, what would you want to know?

I would want to know the lineup of bestselling genres, and then I’d jump on it

before everyone else does. Haha!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I have a bunch of ideas sitting in folders in my computer, and next year I’d

like to start chopping that list down, and start new stories.

About the Author:

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved

with her husband and children to Alaska. She’s a daydreamer and a caffeine and

peppermint addict who loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of

her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing

it with others. One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her

magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!

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Twitter: @CameoRenae

 

Friday, October 16, 2015

~Blog Tour & Giveaway PLUS Interview~ Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm

 

Title:  Basking in the Light

Author:   Saylor Storm

Published:  October 6th, 2015

Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:  Ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Courted by a handsome, successful author, she is abducted and held captive by his murderous younger brother on a remote island. Ellen fights for her health and sanity while in captivity. She is forced to witness monstrous acts by her captor all the while dependent on him for her survival. Ultimately she is saved by seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, and rushed to the hospital in a fight for her life. Family and friends stand by hoping for Ellen’s complete recovery. The young reporter pulls through only to struggle with the psychological aftermath of her abduction. Is tenacious Ellen capable of returning to her former self or is she forever altered by her horrific experience? And, what part, if any, does Arnie Darrow play in her recovery?


Two-4-One BONUS – During the blog tour – Purchase Basking in the Light, and receive the novella Reclamation FREE … After purchase send Saylor an email at Saylor@SaylorStorm.com  And Saylor will respond with your bonus book.

In Basking in the Light, aspiring reporter, Ellen Singer, survives being captured and held hostage by serial killers for months. Reclamation takes us whereBasking in the Light left off; where Ellen is left with the arduous task of rebuilding her life both physically and mentally. With devoted FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, by her side she is able to overcome her many obstacles and in the end he proclaims his deep love for the woman he has grown to admire and revere. Does Ellen reciprocate his feelings, or has her ordeal left her emotionally incapable of returning Arnie’s love?

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted. Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels. Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Basking in the Light: Excerpt Chapter 6


A boy’s view of the world is affected by what the mother has demonstrated.

Jonny meticulously swept his tiny cabin. The sand was a constant problem. Living on the beach had its benefits, but Jonny had no patience for the daily task. He grumbled under his breath as he opened the front door and pushed the sand back outside with his broom.

He had a daily routine and did not like to alter from it. After sweeping, he took a long walk to town. Jonny wore the same outfit every day: a beige shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a pair of well-worn jeans, and a grey vest. On his feet was a pair of Keen sandals. His long hair, tousled with curls, bounced slightly as he walked. With determination he walked directly to his favorite spot with his treasured cooler in tow.

As odd as Jonny was, the townspeople were used to him and his daily walks to the local coffee shop, where he sat every day, talking to himself and ordering nothing. People ignored him and found him to be harmless.

Jonny returned to his small cabin, before dark, where he would prepare a simple meal and go to bed early. This day there was an interruption in his routine. When he returned to the cabin, he had a visitor.

“Where have you been?” Jim wanted to know.

“I t-took a w-walk, like I always d-do, so w-what?”

“You didn’t talk to anyone, did you?”

“No, I n-never t-talk to anyone. Just like you t-told me. Why are y-you here?”

“I have a surprise for you. I told you that I found her; she’s here, in the car. Come help me get her out of the car.”

“D-do I get to k-keep her?”

“Yes, but you have to keep it a secret.”

“I will! I promise!”

Jonny followed his older brother to the blue sedan in the driveway. Jim popped the trunk. Jonny could make out a woman wearing a white blouse and red shorts. She was tied with rope and tape and was passed out cold.

“She is p-perfect! Why is she s-sleeping?”

“I had to drug her. Help me get her inside.”

The men each carried an end of the body. Jim was at least a foot taller than his younger brother. They placed her on the bed. Jim returned to the car and retrieved a small duffle bag.

“W-what are you g-going to d-do with that?” Jonny asked.

“Just watch.”

Jim pulled an old wooden rocking chair to the center of the room and chained it to a hook he had screwed in to the ceiling.

“Help me get her in the chair,” Jim instructed.

The two men placed her in the chair and cut loose the rope and tape. Jim re-taped Ellen’s ankles and wrists together, then placed a heavy chain over the tape and secured it to a hook that he had screwed in to the floor.

“This should hold her.”

“W-what d-do I d-do if she w-wakes up?”

“She can scream all she wants to, no one will hear her out here. She’s yours; you can do whatever you want with her. I’ll be back tomorrow with food and supplies.”

Jonny smiled at his big brother, “Thank you, J-Jim, she’s p-perfect.”

Interview with Saylor Storm

 

Describe your relationship with a good book.

I become consumed with a good book and will stay up all night until I finish it. I read War and Peace in 2 days!

Please describe your work ethic as an author.

My minimum goal as an author is to produce 3 pieces of work a year. Each book is researched thoroughly and as accurately as possible. I focus most of my time on marketing and like to teach other authors how to do the same.

How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

Writing is a solitary, stationary experience so I try to balance it by spending time with family and friends as well as getting outside and exercising. Hiking is my favorite exercise, but I also ride horses and go to the gym.

Why did you write this book?

I had an idea from a comment that a friend made about a weird little man with a blue and white cooler by his side, and quickly the entire story unfolded in my head. I felt compelled to get the idea on paper. I also liked the idea of writing a thriller for the first time as I had never had an idea for one before.

What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

I find that I am frequently drawing upon past experiences to use in my books. For example, places where I have lived or my characters speaking French: I lived in France for a short time.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

I hope to complete at least 15 more books and to expand as an author into different genres and improve in my writing abilities. I hope to continue working in the media; writing articles and working in radio and television. I would like to spend more time teaching and getting more involved with philanthropic endeavors.

Since you are a storyteller, please tell one about yourself.

I was born into an average, middle class family in the Midwest. I got married to my high school sweetheart and we had four kids. We never left our hometown, not even to travel. I stayed at home as a full time mom. Nothing unusual or exciting has ever happened in my life.

 

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Romance/thriller author Saylor Storm revels in mixing real life situations with fantasy and imagination. The question sometimes turns on whether what she writes is real or illusion. She writes with an authentic view of real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory, evolution and expansion. Her current series, The Susan Kent trilogy that starts with “Sue’s Seduction” incorporates a healthy does of science fiction in the form of a pill that grants eternal youth – a pill Ms. Storm says might not be too far science fact in the near future.

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Mike Parker – You are something of a serial entrepreneur with a background in fashion and jewelry. What compelled to become an author?

Saylor Storm – I always knew I would write, but I thought I would write children’s books. About five years ago while I was meeting with a lawyer and I suddenly felt like I had a whole chapter of a novel in my head. I just started writing it down.

Parker – What drew you to the romance genre?

Saylor – It’s just the first idea that came into my head. I never started out to write romance. I am a big fan of John D. MacDonald and always thought if I wrote a novel it would be more in the crime/suspense genre.

Parker – The Susan Kent trilogy employs a healthy does of science fiction as the protagonist, Sue Kent, discovers a modern day fountain of youth of sorts. Is the reverse-aging process complete fantasy, or is there any scientific research that undergirds your story?

Saylor – There is a lot of research into the rejuvenation process and it is that research is what sparked me to write the Susan Kent series. There is a product on the market that helps to lengthen the telomeres, which are sequences at the end of our chromosomes which help complete the gene sequencing during cell replication. It’s based in science so it might not be science fiction for very long.

Parker – Take me through your writing process, from concept to completion.

Saylor – I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do when I start. I already know the ending before I start. Still, when I sit down to write, my characters sometimes take on a life of their own and make decisions I hadn’t originally considered. I’m as surprised by their actions as the readers sometimes.

Parker – What’s next on your agenda?

Saylor – I have a book of love, fun facts and trivia coming out in November. The next book, Basking in the Light, comes out in March. It is a thriller with a little romance thrown in.

Parker – Last words?

Saylor – I really like helping new authors get started. I encourage them to visit my website, www.saylorstorm.com, and reach out to me through the contac link if they need help.

The Seven Questions

1. What’s your favorite sound?

Saylor – The ocean.

2. What makes you happy?

Saylor – Living in Lake Tahoe. Hiking. Beauty.

3. What makes you angry?

Saylor – When people don’t think. When they act before they think. When they are mean.

4. What is the secret of success?

Saylor – Having a vision and pursuing it; not giving up.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?

Saylor – John D. MacDonald.

6. What is the epitaph that is written on your tombstone?

Saylor – “Life is a giant canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can.”

7. When you get to heaven, what is the first thing you want to hear God say to you?

Saylor – “You got everything out of life that you possibly could.”

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My interview with Amber Garcia of Lady Amber’s Reviews:

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner

guest?

Edgar Allen Poe!! I mean he’s a genius!

Before making a telephone call, do you rehearse what you are going to say?

Always!! Who doesn’t? LOL! Although once I start speaking to the other person it never

goes the way I rehearsed it.

For what do you feel most grateful?

My family. If it wasn’t for my two daughters and husband, I don’t know what I would do.

They make getting up every day worth it. Their smiles are what bring me joy.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what

would it be?

Magic, because with magic I can do anything.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or

anything else, what would you want to know?

I think the unknowing is what makes life the adventure it is. However, the only thing I

would want to know is that my daughters are happy.

Is there something that you’ve been dreaming of doing for a long time?

There is!! I have wanted to write and I have started on my book. Once I finish it and publish

then I will have fulfilled that dream. One day!

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

I would say my greatest accomplishment is my blog and that’s because when I first started

out no one knew or cared who I was. However, I put myself out there, met new people

(which is abnormal for me) and built my blog into my business and is now Lady Amber’s

Reviews, but it’s more than just a blog. I offer author services and so much more. The fact

that I built my blog and company without the help of outsiders (friends and family) means

so much to me. The friends that I have met and the experiences I have made in the last five

years are one’s no one can take from me and I have loved every minute of them.

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