I have plenty of goodies today and this one in particular is one you just can’t miss.
First of all I want my readers to meet author Stacy Eaton.
About the author:
Stacy is a full-time Police Officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else. She also owns a business that deals with helping people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two and her husband is also in law enforcement. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. She also has two Shiloh Shepherd dogs and loves to play catch with them.
Stacy uses her experience at work to make the stories more believable, weaving bits of crime solving knowledge into her stories of fiction to make them more lifelike. She writes using a unique style that keeps you in the minds of all the important characters. Switching back and forth from mind to mind to keep the readers aware of what each character is feeling and why they do the things they do.
Her first book, My Blood Runs Blue was the start of her writing career. It brings the world of law enforcement into the paranormal world of vampires. It is a suspenseful adult series that will keep you guessing from chapter to chapter. Book one, My Blood Runs Blue, was published April 2011 and is currently available in paperback, hardcover and e-book editions. Book two of the series, entitled Blue Blood for Life was released September 2011 and like book 1 made International Best Selling lists on Amazon very quickly. The third book of this series is in the plot and characters development stage. She is hoping to have it completed and published in the winter of 2012. .
Stacy is also currently working on several different novels. The first one is called Liveon. Using a similar writing style as her series, this book brings to life Detective Jacquelyn Liveon as she tries to protect a movie star who is being threatened. While this book is well on it’s way, it has been put to the side to make way for another book that she is working on.
Whether I’ll Live or Die was released on July 13th! This book is a fictional story about a young woman named Amanda who deals with the pain and emotional issues of Domestic Violence. You will read about how Amanda deals with the things life hands her while you follow Nicole Nolan as she grows at her new job as a police officer. This book is very emotional and intense as it deals with the all too real problems that face people in violent relationships.
She is currently promoting:
“It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.”
Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her job, her career and her life.
Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.
A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?
Excerpt of Chapter 24 – Whether I’ll Live or Die by Stacy Eaton
It wasn’t until we were on our way home that we broached the subject of my marriage again. Angie brought up a question that had been hovering around in the back of my mind most of the day.
“What are you going to say to Josh?” she asked me quietly as we drove along the highway. I gazed out the window beside me, watching the scenery flash past quickly, reminding me of the memories that had crossed my mind the night before, a rapid succession of images that began to blur together if I didn’t blink.
“I’m not sure,” I answered the window as I continued to view the passing world outside. “I’ll figure it out when the time comes.”
Turning up the volume on the radio, Angie let it go at that. We sang to the music for the rest of the ride home. As we turned onto the street, my heart stopped when I saw his car in the driveway next to mine. “Damn,” I muttered under my breath.
“You want me to go in with you?” Angie said as she pulled over in front of the house. “I can if you want me to.”
I smiled, “No, that’s alright.” I thanked her for a great afternoon and for being there for me. I promised not to push her away again and stepped out of the car. I picked up the bag with the single item I had purchased in it and made my way to the front door.
I didn’t take my keys out as I stepped up, figuring Josh would have left the door open when he got home. I glanced back at Angie, waved, then reached for the doorknob as she pulled away.
The door swung quickly open, and I lost my balance, stumbling into the foyer. I hadn’t even recovered my balance when I felt hands push me against the wall. The door slammed shut. I cringed as the door vibrated the wall next to me.
“Where the hell have you been?” Josh yelled.
I turned so my back was to the wall. I could smell alcohol coming off of him and his eyes looked aggressive and glassy.
“I was out shopping with Angie,” I responded meekly to his question.
“Bullshit! Who were you with?” He got in my face and my knees started shaking.
“I was with Angie,” I repeated quietly.
His forearm immediately came to my throat, forcing my head back to the wall. I tried to turn my head to release the pressure, but he held me too tightly against the drywall.
“You better not be cheating on me! Who were you with?” Spit landed on my face as he shouted. A buzzing grew in my ears as the oxygen was denied to my lungs. My heart slammed against my chest and I tried to push him away from me, but didn’t have the strength to compete with his alcohol-induced anger.
“Who were you with, Amanda?” He pressed harder on my neck and I felt things moving around inside. Breathing became even more difficult.
“Angie,” I squeaked out.
Suddenly, he released my throat, punching a hole in the wall beside me. I cringed away from him as far as I could get, sucking air into my hot lungs, the sound of bees still in my ears. I didn’t move any further until he turned and walked away. My shoulders slumped, and I bit my lip to keep the tears back.
“Where have you been?” He flopped down on the sofa and put his feet out on the coffee table. Dirt fell off his boot on to the wood. My head felt foggy, I couldn’t remember what he’d just asked me.
“What?” I licked my bottom lip, tasting my own blood from biting down so hard.
His boots came back to the floor, and he stood up in a swift movement. I froze for just a second as he turned to look at me, I felt like a deer in the headlights of an approaching Mack truck. He started to move, and I decided I didn’t need to be against the wall anymore. I tried to walk towards the kitchen to get away from him.
He was too fast. He grabbed me by my long blond hair, yanking me to a stop. I reached up to try and release the tension he had on me. He yanked me back to him, and I smashed into his chest, almost knocking us both over.
“Where the hell have you been?” he screamed at me as he twisted my hair down. I fell to my knees to ease the pressure.
“We were at the mall. Josh, let go, you’re hurting me!” The pain in my head was like someone had sliced me with a knife. He twisted the long hair around his hand and yanked. I screamed and he flung me away from him. I fell to the floor and lay there, one hand touching the soft carpet under me and the other touching my head where the hair had been pulled. If I hadn’t been touching it, I would have sworn the hair had been pulled out, but the soft locks were still at my fingertips.
I not only heard the sound of his boots on the floor, but I felt the vibration of them as he got closer. My body trembled. He put one knee into my back and pushed my neck down with his hand, forcing my face into the carpet.
“You ever, and I mean ever, cheat on me, Amanda, and I will kill you. You got that? I swear to God if I ever see you with another man, I will kill him and then I will kill you,” his cold voice slithered over me. I had never heard such venom come from him. The carpet fibers dug into my cheek, my cheekbone sharing the pain with my nose. Moisture ran down my cheek as my nose began to bleed again.
“You got that?” he shouted one last time and pushed down on me with his knee and hand before standing back up.
I didn’t speak, only nodded my head slightly into the carpet.
Other Titles by Stacy Eaton:
My Blood Runs Blue, book 1 in the series, introduces you to Officer Kristin Greene and lays the foundation for the series. In MBRB you meet Julian, Alexander and Gabe, three major characters for the series. Kristin will find things out that she never imagine possible and will find herself caught up in a love triangle that has been going on longer then she has been alive.
Blue Blood for Life, book 2 in the series brings the gang back and also brings in a few more characters as Kristin’s friends Olivia, Isabell and Katherine are introduced. Like book 1, decisions need to be made and the consequences of the choices will affect everyone. It is even more intense than the first book and will keep you guessing till the very last chapter.
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to interview Stacy and here’s what she had to say,
1)What inspired you to write your first book?
A very strange experience at work and the voices in my head after it happened. I’m a police officer and one night in October 2010, I was working. I got out of my car to stretch my legs and get some fresh air and while I was standing in the parking lot, I felt eyes on me. I turned and saw eyes staring back at me from a tree line not too far away. The eyes were up higher off the ground then your normal animal would be. We stared at each other and then the eyes just disappeared.
The rest of my shift I drove around and wondered what it could be. At the time I was going through a big vampire kick and my creative juices imagined it was one of the night creatures. I wondered if I had been in trouble, would it have come out and helped me, or hung around to finish me off. I decided that it would have helped me and the “My Blood Runs Blue” series was born.
2)Do you have a specific writing style?
There are a couple of things that I like to do with my writing. First off I write from multiple points of view. I am one of those people who always wonder what the other person is doing and what they are thinking, especially important characters, so I like to add that part into my story.
I am also a huge one for twists and turns. My books have got to have them and they have to be ones that people just don’t see coming. So far, I’ve done a pretty good job!
I also won’t just sit down and write cold. I need my characters to be jumping around yelling in my mind. I need them to lead me to where I need to go next. I might not write for a week or two and then my characters are screaming to get out. I’ll sit down and write several chapters in an afternoon.
3)How did you come up with the title?
Generally my titles are words directly from some part of the book. When I started planning “Whether I’ll Live or Die” the title came to me within the first 30 minutes of the plot being born. I was in the car and in about 45 minutes, I knew where the story would start and how it would end. The title came right then and fit the book so perfectly that I never thought to change it.
4)Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The story “Whether I’ll Live or Die” centers on the very tough subject of Domestic Violence. Anyone who has ever been a victim will be able to understand and relate to this story. For those who might be in a situation like this now, this book will hopefully help them to realize there is help available and that being a victim is not their fault. For survivors, I want them to know I understand their fight and I am proud of them for doing what they needed to do for their freedom.
5)Are any of the experiences in your novel based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Being a police officer, I see domestic violence in my job on a daily basis. It is one of the most emotional, traumatic, stressful and dangerous calls that police need to respond to. Many of the things that I describe in my book are bits and pieces of life that I have witnessed.
I also personally know the feelings that domestic violence can create in a person. I have used some of my own knowledge in my books to help enhance the emotional tension and believability of the story.
6)What are your current projects?
Right now I am working on the third book in the “My Blood Runs Blue” series and I am also working on a guardian angel book. I am about a third of the way through for both.
I also have a contemporary romance novel that is about two-thirds finished that would like to complete and get out there. These days it kinds of depends on who is talking to me and what they are saying as to which book I pull out and work on.
7)Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time! I have a very demanding job that consumes many hours that can be very irregular. I also own my own online business, volunteer with the World Literary Café, have family and take Tae Kwon Do. Finding time to write consistently has been one of the hardest things. Now, I find that I just wait till my mind wants to explode and then I sit down and let it all out.
8)What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing “Whether I’ll Live or Die” was writing the scenes where Amanda was being abused. There were some scenes where I had to write a few sentences and get up and move away for a while. I would come back and write more, then take another break. Some of those scenes were so painful to write that my shoulders and neck would ache from the tension in my own body as I wrote the words.
I had to make sure that the emotions and pain that I wrote made sense and that the readers would be able to understand where the victim was coming from and understand how she was feeling. It was a rough road, but I believe I did it well.
9)Do you have a song that you’d consider the theme for your novel?
I love music! It is such a huge part of my life. With my paranormal series, I do have songs that are spoken about in the books. In “My Blood Runs Blue” a song by Evanescence, “Missing” was talked about in the first chapter. In “Blue Blood for Life” a song called “Running up that hill” by Placebo was talked about in one of the later chapters.
These songs were important to me when I wrote these books. They touched on feelings and emotions that Officer Kristin Greene was feelings at the time.
I didn’t have a song for “Whether I’ll Live or Die”. While I listened to a host of music while writing it – I never found a song that reached in and touched me enough to be attached to the book in some way.
Thank you so much for allowing me to come and visit today! I loved answering your questions! If you readers have any questions – they can be sure I will be checking in to answer them!
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Thank you Stacy for agreeing to be a guest on my blog. It was an amazing experience, one I hope we can repeat again : )