Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors and sample some of their work. My inspiration was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.
I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be. I also wanted them to tell you about their books and to share the magic it took to create them.
It’s Valentine’s Day and what a better way to celebrate the holiday by introducing you to a new author. Let me introduce you to Anne Marie Andrus who is a New Jersey author, with a New Orleans obsession.
Author, Anne Marie Andrus
Thank you so much for the invitation to guest post your blog! I feel honored to be in the company of so many awesome indie authors!
Just this past October, I published my first novel Monsters & Angels, a vampire romance set in 1936. The story begins in New York City and travels through the brutal jungles of Nepal, but the main setting is the spooky and sultry streets of New Orleans.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans, LA
Wow, October—was that 4 months ago already? Time flies and 2017 was certainly an action-packed year for me.
Taking the plunge and hitting the publish button for Monsters was pretty scary, but it gave me the privilege of introducing the world to leading lady, Sorcha Alden. As a newly graduated nurse, Sorcha confronts tragedy, accepts the challenge and finds herself in the center of a world beyond her imagination Along the way, she falls in love with Dr. Vir Ashayle. Of course, it’s complicated. Isn’t it always?
From Raimond, her charismatic mentor, Sorcha learns that nobody chooses who they love, not even vampires. So, she follows her heart and she keeps a diary…
“At this late hour, the tall windows are dark and the iron balcony empty.
Perfect timing for a visit.
The address is the same and my skeleton key still fits.
Evidence of the modern world is everywhere yet this city never really changes. The shutters are repainted, but they’re still crooked. The roofs are patched, but they still sag. My guess—it was built this way. A perpetual state of elegant disrepair.
This building is no exception, though our love nest is less of a secret now. From exclusive parties and private séances to quiet nights when locals slip through the back door—insiders know where the supernatural fringe and the mortal world collide.
It wasn’t our first time. That night in the Himalayas was innocent, or as innocent as it gets. This place witnessed different firsts. The vampire and her human lover, facing down fearsome legend and dire warnings in the name of love. And later, after the plague, the undead couple just scratching the surface of their potential. Nobody imagined the magic that would come from our union.
The round table sits in darkness, place settings untouched, though one wineglass is missing.
Eight steps up the creaky staircase. Distant chanting tickles my ears while incense wafts through the dark foyer. Candles remain unlit until I pass through the outer chambers and step under a brick arch. Flames jump to life, illuminating crimson tassels, antique paintings and the faces of ancient royalty.
The chair at the farthest end of the room beckons, the best seat in the house. I can see my reflection flickering in every gilded mirror. There, the missing wineglass awaits, as if left by a phantom. One sip and I know it was meant for me.
The exquisite taste, intoxicating scent and thundering power of your desert blood, floating on the velvet melody of bells.”
I mentioned earlier that 2017 was a very busy year! I entered Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest twice, and won second place both times! Two of my stories were accepted for the supernatural/horror anthology, The Box Under The Bed.
The community and support I discovered while participating in the contest and anthology is incredible! I encourage everyone to take part in the upcoming Word Weaver Contest in March 2018!
For 2018, I’m working on a prequel to Monsters & Angels, called simply, The Vampire Raimond. This novella was a bit unplanned, but I received so much love for Raimond, I feel compelled to write his story.
The sequel to Monsters is also in progress, with the working title Blood & Diamonds.
Author Blog: AnneMarieAndrus.com
Thanks for stopping by to hear about Monsters & Angels and to meet Anne Marie Andrus. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~
Category: author interviewsTags: Anne Marie Andrus, Author Interviews, Author Spotlight Guest Posts, Dan Alatorre, Happy Valentine's Day Reading, love, Monsters & Angels, The Box Under the Bed, vampires, Word Weaver Contest
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.