Guest Blogger: Author Terri Talley Venters

Terri Talley Venters

Carbon Copy
By: Terri Talley Venters
Lilly Allen has brains, beauty,
and a trust fund. She’s living in New York City and her career as a reporter is
taking off. She’s hoping the love of her life, Grier, will propose soon. She
has it all, or so she thinks.
Grier Garrison, Create Life
executive, is running the company while his father, Dr. Michael Garrison, is in
the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. Grier knows the truth about Create Life
and its shady side business. He fears Lilly and her twin brother, Luke, are in
danger.
While working on two unrelated
stories, stolen newborns and cloning, Lilly discovers a shocking connection.
Horrific things are happening, but who is behind it all?
Tin Roof
By: Terri Talley Venters
SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THE
FOLLOWING BOOK BLURB UNTIL YOU’VE READ CARBON COPY!
In the sequel to Carbon
Copy
, Lilly Allen returns to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, to
be closer to her mother, help with her injured brother, and heal from the
disappearance of her fiancé Grier Garrison. While she awaits Grier’s return,
she busies herself with her mansion renovations, her best friend’s wedding, and
her job as a news reporter.
But even her busy schedule cannot stem the worry over her
brother’s persistent amnesia and changes in personality. Is he her real twin?
Or did they rescue a clone?
On top of this, the months of pining without a word from
Grier begin to take their toll. She finds herself growing closer to her
favorite cameraman, Joe. His confession of undying love, followed by a
passionate kiss, has her questioning how much longer she can wait, and whether
she wants to.
To further complicate matters, two unrelated news stories
drag her into the seamy underbelly of the Charleston Police Department where
murder and drugs are common occurrences.
In the chaos of a
hurricane, another body washes ashore, and Lilly comes face-to-face with the
murderer.
Silver Lining
The epic conclusion to Carbon Copy trilogy
SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THE
FOLLOWING BOOK BLURB UNTIL YOU’VE READ CARBON COPY AND TIN ROOF!
Silver
Lining
is the much anticipated conclusion to
the Carbon Copy trilogy.
Silver Lining picks up where Tin Roof, the sequel to Carbon Copy, leaves off. Lilly Allen and
Grier Garrison are bound for Scotland and their new lives at Castle Garrison on
the Isle of Skye. Lilly and Grier, now the new Marquess of Garrison, plan their
lavish wedding which will make Lilly a marchioness! But first, Grier wants to
rescue all the clones and bring them to the safety and freedom of his castle
and tenant farms.
Silver Lining is full
of surprises and new discoveries. Before they can even leave for Scotland,
Grier’s father, Dr. Michael Garrison, drops a bomb which could keep Grier and
Lilly apart. Before this is resolved, Lilly sneaks in a few passionate kisses
with her beloved cameraman, Joe. Lilly is tormented with indecision between the
two loves of her life—Grier and Joe. Who
will she choose?
Body Of Gold
By: Terri Talley Venters
Even in this post-Bernie Madoff era, it’s surprising how easily
investors unknowingly hand over their money to con artists, also known as money
managers. Chelsea Lynn Cobb earned the title of the youngest hedge-fund manager
at Trans World Investments in Chicago. This charming southern beauty proved a
financial genius, but her workaholic tendencies hinder her free time to meet
men who match her impossibly high standards. When she’s not kicking ass at the
office, she’s kicking ass at her Taekwondo class where she falls for her new
instructor, Troy Camden. With the exciting distraction of a new and passionate
relationship, she spends less time at the office until she discovers financial
scams operating at Trans World. Someone is stealing millions from investors,
but the evidence points towards her.
Body of Gold
Available from
Freya’s Bower
Copper Cauldron
Penelope Manchester, a good witch with one green
and one blue eye, awaits her destiny: a warrior of God with the face of an
angel, the heart of a saint, and eyes which match her own. St. Michael the
Archangel flies into her life and sweeps her off her feet. Meanwhile, an evil
sorcerer captures witches, steals their powers and most of their nine lives,
and shrinks them to the size of a doll–a Nuremberg doll. But when he turns two
of the Manchester witches into dolls, the Manchester clan fights back with St.
Michael and divine intervention. Armed with the legendary copper cauldron, a
fire breathing dragon, and an arsenal of spells, good battles evil.
Terri Talley Venters,
Author of Carbon
Copy, Tin Roof, Silver Lining, Body Of Gold, Copper Cauldron, Cobalt  Cauldron, Luke’s Lithium, Sulfur Springs—The
Fountain of Youth & Europium Gem Mine
Terri received
her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the
University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in
Taekwondo. She lives on the water in Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and
their two sons.
Carbon Copy is the 1st thrilling novel in
the Elements of Mystery Series. The title of each novel will contain an
element from the Periodic Table of Elements.  Carbon
Copy,
Tin Roof, Silver Lining, and Copper Cauldron are available from Wild Child Publishing. And Terri’s romantic/suspense novel, Body
of Gold
, is available from Freya’s Bower. Luke’s Lithium & Sulfur Springs—The Fountain of Youth are coming
soon from Wild Child Publishing. Terri recently finished writing Cobalt Cauldron and Europium Gem Mine and is currently writing Calcium Cauldron.
For more about
Terri’s upcoming releases, including purchase links and social media links,
please visit her website http://www.elementsofmystery.com/ Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones and Bred In The Bone which are also available from Wild Child
Publishing.
Terri also
posts free short stories on her blog website and blog. Follow her at http://www.territalleyventers.blogspot.com/as she weaves
her way through the Periodic Table of Elements.

Special Blog Guest, Terri Talley Venters

Today’s special guest is Author Terri Talley Venters. She’s sharing her short story Magnesium with us today and a short blurb of her upcoming release Copper Cauldron!

MAGNESIUM
By: Terri Talley Venters
“We must be getting close, I see the magnesium veins in the rock
walls,” Victoria said. She led her boyfriend/colleague down a labyrinth cave
system outside of Paris, France.
“Let’s be careful, we don’t want to ignite this mine,” Tommy said. His
sandy-blonde hair glowed in the beam of light from Victoria’s headlight. His
untamed curls framed his handsome, green-eyed face.
“We’re fine, we’re using battery powered lights, not gasoline
lanterns,” Victoria said. She pointed to the light on her headband covering her
long dark hair.
They came to a mining tunnel and stared incredulously at the low
height.
“Why would they make such short tunnels? We’re going to have to crawl
through on our hands and knees,” Tommy said.
“I thought you liked me on my knees,” Victoria smiled, teasing her
man.
“You owe me a back rub later for making me hunch over like Quasimodo
to get down here,” Tommy said. He smiled suggestively at Victoria, winking at
the recollection of prior rub downs and where they often led.
Tommy stared into Victoria’s ice-blue eyes and couldn’t think of
anywhere else he’d rather be, than cave exploring with his beautiful girlfriend
and fellow archaeologist.
They crawled through the shaft for a hundred yards. Just as Victoria felt
claustrophobic, the tunnel opened up to a large cavern. Victoria stood upright
again and brushed the debris off of her toned limbs.
The cavern appeared as is if someone currently mined it. The
scaffolding and ladders went from the floor to the fifty-foot ceiling.
Tommy shined his flashlight along the cavern walls, its beams bounced
off of its treasure like tiny prisms.
“Are those?” Victoria asked.
“Diamonds,” Tommy said, finishing her sentence. He retrieved a small
chisel from his excavation kit and tapped at the rock surrounding the precious
gem. A diamond as big as his fist dropped into his eager hands.
“Incredible, look at all of them. The diamonds I can see in the room
alone must be worth a billion Euros,” Victoria said.
“I never knew such an abundant supply existed, and in France,” Tommy
said.
“I wonder who owns all of this? They must be withholding to avoid
flooding the market and deflating the price of diamonds,” Victoria said.
“You know, I think I know who owns this, assuming the land owners above
also own the mineral rights. Look at what is located directly above us,” Tommy
said.  He handed Victoria his hand-held,
techie-nerd GPS device.
“We’re right below Euro Disney,” Victoria said. 
“I feel bad for stealing from a mouse. But this will fund our digs for
the rest of our lives,” Tommy said as he pocketed the diamond.
“Shhh, I hear something,” Victoria said. She ducked behind a mining
cart and hid from the intruder. She grabbed Tommy’s strong bicep and yanked him
down beside her.
“Oh, crap! Who are these men? They look like, no, it can’t be,” Tommy
said. His chiseled-jaw dropped to the floor, along side Victoria’s.
They stared incredulously as a group of miners entered the gem mine.
Their short stature and bearded faces made them look comical, yet familiar.
They sang a catchy tune as they started their work shift.
“They’re dwarves,” Tommy said, without taking his eyes off of the
unique, yet unmistakable workers before him.
“This explains the short height of the mining tunnels and scaffolding.
They look just like…” Victoria said, cut off by Tommy’s words.
“I know, only there’s more than seven working here today,” Tommy said.
Victoria and Tommy watched the dutiful dwarves arrive to start their
shift. They grabbed their pickaxes and prepared for their day digging diamonds
and precious gems out of the rocks beneath Euro Disney outside of Paris,
France.
They continued singing the familiar song in unison “Hi Ho….”


Copper Cauldron
Penelope Manchester, a good witch with one green
and one blue eye, awaits her destiny: a warrior of God with the face of an
angel, the heart of a saint, and eyes which match her own. St. Michael the
Archangel flies into her life and sweeps her off her feet. Meanwhile, an evil
sorcerer captures witches, steals their powers and most of their nine lives,
and shrinks them to the size of a doll–a Nürnberg, doll. But when he turns two of the Manchester witches into dolls, the
Manchester clan fights back with St. Michael and divine intervention. Armed
with the legendary copper cauldron, a fire breathing dragon, and an arsenal of
spells, good battles evil. 
Terri Talley Venters,
Author of Carbon
Copy, Tin Roof, Body Of Gold, and Copper Cauldron
Terri received
her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the
University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in
Taekwondo. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and
their two sons.
Carbon Copy, currently available from Wild
Child Publishing, is the 1st
thrilling novel in the Elements of Mystery Series. The title of each
novel will contain an element from the Periodic Table of Elements. Tin Roof, the sequel to Carbon Copy, coming soon from Wild Child
Publishing. And Terri’s romantic/suspense
novel, Body of Gold, is coming soon from Freya’s Bower. Terri just
finished writing, Silver Lining, the
final book in the Carbon Copy
trilogy. For more about Terri’s upcoming releases, please visit her website http://www.elementsofmystery.com/ Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones which is also available
from Wild Child Publishing.

Chris Redding Guest Post & Giveaway!

          Even if you
don’t describe it explicitly, every story has a context. A novel is its own
world. Living, breathing, changing.
          You must build this world. The world
in the novel goes beyond descriptions of rooms and landscapes. It includes
fashion, history, outlook and mood.
          Physical surroundings can have a
psychological influence. The beach always makes me happy. I have a room in my
house that I and most people find very soothing. I usually nap in that room.
          A setting can have an impact on
characters. I’ve talked about the conflict arising from the setting, but how
does your setting make your characters feel? That is more important than what
it looks like. You can illustrate a place by how a character’s views of it
changed.
          I used to hate hospitals. I once
almost passed out from the smell. Not really sure why I had this aversion. Now,
I work in a hospital.
          Give place an active role in the story
by giving character active relationships with it.
          A story needs a sense of place, but
also a sense of time. As much as you can mark your character’s change in
perception of place, you can mark their change in perception of time.
          The setting must be observed and then
conveyed in its particulars.  The devil
is in the details. Emotions are more easily evoked when the details are
specific.
          Perfume a novel by Patrick
Suskind is set in 18th Century France. How it really was. No one
bathed. There was raw sewage. In other words it stank.
          In the period of which we speak, there
reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women.
The streets tank of manure, the courtyards of urine, the stairwells stank of
moldering wood and rat droppings, the kitchens of spoiled cabbage an mutton
fat; the unaired parlors stank of stale dust, the bedrooms of greasy sheets,
damp featherbeds, and the pungently sweet aroma of chamber pots.
          The author catalogs the odors, but
never describes what they smell like. He lets the reader fill in the rest.
From Layering: Not Just for Cakes
Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one
dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State
with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing and giving workshops, she
works part time for her local hospital.
Her latest release is Blonde Demolition out November 15,
2011.
You just can’t hide from the past…
Mallory Sage lives in a
small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has
always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about
her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.
Former partner and lover,
Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory’s life. He believes they made a great
team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don’t have much choice.
Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and
their old nemesis, is back.
Framed for a bombing and
drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to
trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding
another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running
out.
Thank you for having me today.
For one lucky commenter I have an assortment of notecards.
Winner must be in the United
States.
cmr