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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

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website

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.

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website

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.”

Giveaway 1: Signed print copies of Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm



Giveaway 2: Freshwater Pearl Necklace and Bracelet Set

 

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

View the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/78PJ1tYFQwY

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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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.

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?

Giveaways

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Here is a chance to win 1 of 15 signed copies of Basking in the Light

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Here is a chance to win a cultured pearl necklace and bracelet set

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If you have trouble with either of these links, please check out Saylor’s Raffle Page.

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.

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website
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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Giveaway 1: Signed print copies of Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm
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Listen to author Saylor Storm as she discusses her new release, Basking in the Light!
View the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/78PJ1tYFQwY

Cameo Renae Hidden Wings Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Social media links:

Website: http://cameorenae.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CameoRenaeFanPage

Blog: http://cameorenae.blogspot.com/

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.

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website

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.

 

Giveaway 1: Signed print copies of Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm



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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.”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015

Basking In the Light by Saylor Storm @JGBookSolutions @SaylorStorm

 

INTERVIEW

Good Morning!  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time for a short Q&A. So, let’s begin.  Does travel play in the writing of your books?

Each of my books includes places where I have either lived or traveled and most of my characters either travel or live in more than one location. There’s no way to replace the real experience of actually being there!

Tell us about your current release.

Basking in the Light is my first Thriller. The book was inspired by a strange man who seemed unusually preoccupied with a small blue and white cooler and it blossomed into a story about an online dating experience that went terribly wrong!

Tell us about your next release.

My next book, due for a Valentine’s Day release, will be a follow-up to Love, Stimulating Trivia & Other Arousing Bits. The second love trivia book with have lots more love trivia with an emphasis on the science of kissing.

If you were writing a series of novels, what would it be about?

I have two series of books that I am currently working on. The first is the Arnie Darrow series about a detective turned FBI agent. Dr. Selfish, With Malicious Intent, Double Down and Uncorked are the completed novels in the series of eight. The remaining for will be released in 2016 and 2017.

The second series is the Sue’s Journey Trilogy. Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture are published and the third in the trilogy, Sue’s Legacy will be released in 2016. The Sue’s Journey Trilogy has been the most fun for me to write as the story follows an unhappy middle-aged woman who participates in a clinical trial for a reverse aging product. Sue quickly reverts to a stunning 20-year-old and gets into all kinds of trouble!

What do you do to rewind and relax?

I hike every chance I get. It has always been my favorite way to clear my head. And I get most of my ideas while hiking. I love to photograph the beautiful scenery as I hike. Now photography has become a second business for me selling prints and copies of my photos.

Who should play you in a film?

Sharon Stone, of course! I worked as her look-a-like for eight years.

What about writing do you find most cathartic?

If something in life feels painful or confusing, I can turn it into a story and have fun with it; making it into something entertaining and twisted.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

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 atSaylor@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.”

Giveaway 1: Signed print copies of Basking in the Light by Saylor Storm

 

Giveaway 2: Freshwater Pearl Necklace and Bracelet Set

 

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

View the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/78PJ1tYFQwY

Join me tomorrow, March 3 at 1:00, on the Cover It show with editor, Jenn Findley. Jenn’s other guests include Vivian Peak, Kelly McGrath and Norris Frederick. Jenn and I will be talking about love and about my upcoming article in Cover It magazine on love.http://krng.streamon.fm/

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