Please show a warm and festive welcome to Tressa Messenger, who is here today to talk about her latest paranormal romance release, Protect Us.
So, Tressa, take it away. Tell us a bit more about yourself...
Thanks for having me here today, Sam. I am a small town girl with big dreams. I grew up in a small coastal community called Pamlico County in the town of Reelsboro, North Carolina. Growing up in such a rural area there wasn't much to do, so I developed a wide fantasy finding solace in writing poetry and songs. After leaving high school I left my little secure coastal town to discover other parts of the country using life as my teacher. It was a sad and lonely time, but also a fun and exciting time in my life. I had too many emotions to process so I started to put it all down on paper. That became the start of my first novel, which I have yet to finish.
A few years later I wrote my first complete novel entitled Protector. This novel was a dream come true, although I found out during the process, at 31 years old, I am dyslexic. Reading was always a struggle throughout my life and finding out why has really made a difference in me and my writing. Writing was such a wonderful and daunting process, but I have succeeded in doing something I never thought I would do. I have 4 novels published, Protect, Protect Me, Protect Us and Too Close To Home, with many more on the way. Writing is such a passion of mine and I hope my readers feel the love I put into my work.You can also find me on Smashwords Twitter: @tressamessenger and Facebook: Tressa Messenger.
And about your book, Protect Us...
Anna-Marie and Alessandro work hard to provide a stable life for their only child, Gemma. The child that was bestowed to them by their goddess Ameretat for reasons still unknown. Like Alessandro’s mother did to him, Anna-Marie works diligently to protect her special daughter and lead her away from following in her father’s footsteps in becoming a Protector.
Weeks before Gemma’s eighteenth birthday Gemma has a magical night with a boy, Ford Chase, who just may have been “the one”. They laughed and danced and kissed under the moon light. That is before he was forcefully taken away from her by a Rogue. Gemma desperately chases after them, but to no avail. Heartbroken and angry Gemma vows right then and there, despite her parents pleading, she will join the Protector order on her eighteenth birthday and avenge Ford’s death. No one could foresee the events that would ensue thereafter and little by little the gifts that Ameretat blessed Gemma with become apparent and are far more than anyone could ever imagine.
Heres an excerpt from Chapter One
She watches him from behind as she crouches down, hidden behind a pile of cut wood, as he circles the beast with slow graceful strides, a shiny blade gripped in his right hand. His eyes are as black as the darkening night that surrounds them.
Hunched in an animalistic pose, the beast glares at him through slanted hateful yellow eyes, waiting for the man to strike. The man smiles a defiant smile at the beast then runs towards him with non-human like speed. But instead of striking, the man jumps into the air over the beast’s seven foot tall stature, taking the beast completely by surprise. Before the beast has a chance to turn around to face the man, the shiny blade slices through the beast’s neck like a hot knife through butter. The beast stares at him blankly for a split second, stunned that the man got the drop on him. And to think he thought he was invincible! The beast soon drops to the ground in a bloody heap. A dark mass pools around him, his eyes still open staring at nothing.
Frozen in place, the girl continues to watch with wide eyes, unable to stop staring at the dead beast covered in his own retched, diseased blood and the dark man breathing heavily over him. Surprisingly, she isn’t afraid but rather curious. She shifts her body, causing the loose gravel to crunch under her feet. She freezes at the sound and slowly turns her head towards the man to see if he heard it, too, knowing all too well that he did. The breath catches in her throat when she sees that he’s nowhere to be seen. She looks around wildly for the man, but finds no one. Feeling terrified and alone, she turns again to leave the way she came, staying close to the ground but instead comes face to face with the man, well his knees anyway. She looks up the length of his body, his black-as-night eyes changing to a softer shade of brown as he glares at her. Speechless, the girl falls back onto the ground in complete surprise and stares up at him with eyes as wide as the moon above.
“Damn it, Gemma! What the hell are you doing out here?”
Protect Us (Kindle version) can be purchased from Amazon . com and Amazon. co. uk
And Paperback from Amazon. co. uk and Amazon. com
First book, Protector and Second book, Protect Me, can also be found on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com in Paperback and Kindle versions.
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Wishing you the biggest success with Protect Us and the rest of your line, Tressa. It's been a pleasure to have you stop by today. Everyone, keep your eyes peeled as Tressa is currently in the midst of a blog tour ending on the 5th January 2013!
'Til next time!