Set in Cold City we have a hero, Bellamy Vale, who seems to get into at least one too many fights.
The story starts with him rescuing a young girl kidnapped for ransom. He is a Private Investigator with a penchant for getting into trouble – and a very strange relationship with a femme fatale demon – she saved his life and got various favours from him in return. He calls her Lady McDeath. And thus, we add in some supernatural to the storyline.
Written in the light style of modern PI stories where we expect to find our PI amenable, lovable, and to feel for him. He is not cold, and is often misguided, and must fight the nasties that other citizens may not even know about.
So, this a vampire novel, but vampires are actually aliens. We discover that they travelled to earth – through a portal – around 2 thousand years ago from their planet, which had been made uninhabitable by the war against demons.
Now, headed up by their Queen, they were well settled but hidden in the human population. Still at war with demons however, who had followed them to earth and still popped up through portals. They also still popped up on their original planet and certain trained agents were sent there to eradicate them. Which was not a nice gig.
When a human mated with a vampire, the vampire side sometimes didn’t come out and they remained human. However, when it did, they became vampires and needed to be carefully looked after until they were adjusted to their new life.
So that’s the background to this story.
The actual story was a vampire romance with the usual issues for a romance – with a cliff hanger.
There were still a few typographical and grammatical errors in the ARC but not bad enough to spoil the writing.
It was a competent book but not exciting unless this genre is really your ‘thing’.
Fun Facts about Author
Where did you get your penchant for writing?
I grew up in a family who recounted family lore all the time. It was a way family history was passed on from generation to generation. Additionally, books I read in my youth, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and comics hooked me on suspense stories. Italian novellas hooked me on romance.
Favorite Genres for reading and writing
Reading: Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, including regency romance, young adult, contemporary and women’s fiction
Writing preference: a combination of romance and suspense.
Inspirations: Movies, history, and personal stories, and art history.
Favorite activity: travelling. I’m an avid foodie who cooks and posts too much food porn, but I include my own recipes in the newsletters.
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The latest books are part of a series––The Blue Trilogy. Though the genre is enemies to lovers and romantic suspense. The two characters had a one-night stand where the man ghosted the woman as soon as the tryst ended. He was a real cad. Imagine the emotions when they are sitting across from each other in a conference room. They cross paths seeking a missing person and technology theft.
What character(s) in your books are your favorite?
The female character, Grace, from The Confessional, got into my head and made me feel all the emotions, pain, shame, fear, and hope. I wish all my characters would turn out that way. The male character, Saint, was the worst kind of scum in the beginning of the book. I had to dial back the depth of vile in his personality.
Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Both. I started my first books writing my stories by the seat of my pants––hence the term panster. However, this method caused me to backtrack and spent more time doing that than fine tuning the story. I appreciate the need for an outline, now. But eventually, I go off-road and capture the story as it develops in my mind.
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, I have editors. I’ve used a content editor for the trilogy. The other type of editors reviews the manuscript line by line, pointing out inconsistencies such as timeline issues, relationships among the characters, locations or physical proximities––things like that. It’s hard to get a manuscript perfect, but the obvious errors should be caught. My proofreader is a magical combination of the three AND she makes sure the grammar and punctuation are correct.
What kinds of marketing [Twitter, Facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I promote my books mostly on Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes on Twitter. I don’t advertise on Facebook much because I find the dashboard challenging to use. When I think everything is set up and hit post, they’ve kicked back the ads due to issues with wording and photos showing too much skin. Instagram has been easier for me to use for advertising.
Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes. I can’t do both at the same time without the other suffering. While the books are going through the first phase of editing, I devote that time to designing teasers, videos, and formulating the template for takeovers, newsletter, and giveaways. I love using RIPL to make my own videos. When I get the editor’s feedback, review the suggestions and get back to work.
What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Make notes on what you want to write immediately. Don’t let the brief thoughts or ideas slip away. Write the synopsis or blurb. It could serve as your roadmap for the book. Read a lot of the genre in which you want to write. Get some readers to look over your synopsis and first chapter. Get help planning your release.
Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer –
Dogs or cats? I like both. You better include birds.
Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry, mint chocolate chip, Sicilian pistachio
Coffee or Tea? Coffee at home, expresso while traveling, chamomile when it’s cold
Talk or Text? I hate texting, but it’s convenient when I don’t have time to talk.
Day or Night? I’m a night owl.
What’s next for you?
Dead Heat May 2021
Satan’s Overlord (temporary title) December 2021
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BOOK 2 OF THE BLUE TRILOGY
GALLERY OF CHARACTERS FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BLUE TRILOGY
To help you visualise:
DEVYN FOSTER, ROOKIE PRIVATE INVESITAGOR WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR MISSING PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES
MAX CARSON, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WITH A JADED PAST WHO DISCARDED DEVYN AFTER A ONE NIGHT STAND
BEN ROSENBERG, FORMER MOSSAD, DEVYN’S BOSS, AND APPARENT AUTHORITY FIGURE
KAI LIN, MISSING CHINESE NATIONAL
K. Nilsson’s love of reading began with the Bobbsey twins. When she ran across some Italian True Romance novellas stashed in the attic, the musty serials hooked her on adult fiction. Though black and white photos were dramatic enough to know what the stories were about, she taught herself to read in Italian and translated them to her friends. She’s an unapologetic reviewer of books, restaurants, and vacation destinations. An amateur photographer, K. loves taking editorial photos and documenting her travels. Her personal philosophy, sleeping is a waste of time.