The Athol Trilogy, Book 1
Publisher: Isara Press
Date of Publication: April 19th, 2012
Number of pages: 297
Word Count: 80,924
Cover Artist: Miranda Stork
Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate...
Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together...
Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that pursues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin's lost memories.
As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed...?
Reviewers Love Conner
"5 stars! One of the best novels I have read all year!" --Nicole Hill, Author of Legacy Forgotten, 5 Stars
"You are hooked whether you like it or not! A great read." --Maxi Shelton, Author of Sold Into Marriage, 5 Stars
"'Conner' took me on a wild, fantastic and exciting ride!" --Trish Marie Dawson, Author of 'The Station' Series, 5 Stars
"Conner is a must read for all werewolf fans. It has a fresh spin on wolves, and I thought it was great." --Fictional Candy, 4 Stars
I'm Miranda Stork, and I'm addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that's another issue - no interventions, please.
I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire, spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven't got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I've wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.
Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, "Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE." So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there's some nasty paranormal creatures where we're going), eat the cookie with 'eat me' tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork...
Please welcome Conner author Miranda Stork to Diane’s Book Blog.
How long did it take you to write (name of book)?
A lot longer than any of my other books! It took me about three years before I was happy with the rough first manuscript, then it took me another year of getting it close to where I wanted it. They say the first one is always the hardest! I’ve sped up a lot since then, and now it only takes me a few months.
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
I think it would be Psyche from the second book in my Scarlet Rain Series, ‘Keeper of Shadows’. She’s the character most closely based on aspects of myself, so I know we’d have a lot in common. She’s also feisty and a strong character who fights until the end for what she believes in, and she tries to take people as she sees them. If anyone was best friends with Psyche, they’d be friends for life.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I try to writ through it, and most of the time, this works – but sometimes it doesn’t. It not the best advice, but in dealing with writer’s block, I think you have to take it as it comes. Sometimes you can get stuck on a certain paragraph, in which case, it’s best to push through and edit later. Other times, the story goes completely blank, and that’s when I tend to take a break from it. I’ll write something completely different for a while, and I find the inspiration for the first story returns eventually. J
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
At the moment I’m completing the fourth book in my third series (the Grim Alliance series), which follows the Reaper twins Devin and Drew when they fall in love with the same woman…or so it seems. And she appears to have a hidden agenda, so it’s all kicking off in the fight against evil.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Ebooks are brilliant for how easy it is to have a library’s-wirth of books in one tiny tablet, and I love having mine like everyone else, but I don’t think they can ever beat the warmth of a paperback. I think most readers know what I mean when I say ‘old book smell’. You just can’t have that with an ebook.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A huge, cupcake-dolloped, squee-inducing thank you! I never thought my books would get this far, and now I know it’s something I can keep doing my whole life. I love being able to share the stories in my head with others, and I hope they can maybe inspire others to do the same. You guys are freakin’ awesome.
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