Hello readers : )
Thank you all for joining me once again. As part of The Chronicles of Kerrigan I have a sneak peek at both book one and two plus a guest post by W.J. May. Continue reading for more information on this YA/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?
Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family’s history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.
Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?
As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It’s up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family’s past and have a ray of hope for her future.
Nothing is as it seems anymore.
Leery from the horrifying incident at the end of her first year at Guilder Boarding School, Rae Kerrigan is determined to learn more about her new tattoo. Her expectations are high, an easy senior year and a happy reunion with Devon, the boy she’s not supposed to date. All hopes of happiness turn into shattered dreams the moment she steps back on campus.
Lies and secrets are everywhere, and a betrayal cuts Rae deeply. Among her conflicts and enemies, it appears as if her father is reaching out from beyond the grave to ruin her life. With no one to trust, Rae doesn’t know where or who to turn to for help.
Has her destiny been written? Or will she become the one thing she hates the most—her father’s prodigy.
And now W.J. May’s insight about telling a story…
Telling a Story
We all do it. We all have to share something that happened with our friends, or tell our parents what happened in school that day. Raise your hand if you know at least 5 nursery rhymes of the top of your head. Shoot, I bet you can give me 5 fairytales on top of it.
So we all know stories, we all tell tales – some of us make them a little taller than others. LOL. In my family tall tales is the way to go. The more you tell the story, the bigger the fish, the louder the crash, the faster I ran. Hmm… maybe that’s why I got into writing?
I love story telling. How it weaves and turns and comes back around. I love listening to my kids tell me about their day at school, the things they laughed at, the things that were silly and even hearing about the things that hurt them. I wish I could take the pain away from their little hearts but I know that what ever happens is also molding them into stronger beings for the future. They are at a very good school, and we’re blessed for that.
Story telling in any form – whether it’s from a parent, from kids, a newspaper article, a movie, or a book – is amazing. How a simple action can turn into something so complicated. How a mistake is really a mistake if a lessons been learned. How foreshadowing in a book is irony in real life (well, that’s my opinion anyways).
We all tell stories – fiction or non-fiction. It’s in our genetic make-up. Since the beginning of time before writing and print and e-books came around stories were passed down sitting around the fire or working in the field. Now we are spoiled for choice.
So much to read, and so little time.
Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario – St.Catharines. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.
The youngest of six — four older brothers, and a sister — taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.
At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada’s JR High Jump record (1.92m – 6′ 3 1/2″ for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University – winning CIAU’s and becoming All-American 6x – NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.
But you’re not interested in her athletic career – unless of course you’re curious to know she stands 1.70m (5’7″) and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occassion. She’s represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition. From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the travelling around the world and the opportunity to read – her favourite past time.
Wanita and her husband now run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables – particularly jewelry and porcelain.
After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she’d loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.
She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.