Kyra Halland Began with the Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander and the Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Leguin. She has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. In 1990, as a new stay-at-home mom with a young baby, she finally decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; heroines who are strong, smart, and all woman; magic, romance, and adventure; and excursions into the dark corners of life and human nature mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She is excited to share those worlds with readers, who she hopes will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, and two young adult sons. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up.
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And now, an introduction to my last and third triplet from A Perfect Dilemma in my A Perfect Secret series:
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Braxton Outlaw may be a fictional character, but is very real in my head. He’s one of three triplets. His ancestor, Duel Outlaw, was branded a thief and a murderer and hanged for stealing a Confederate payroll and murdering the guards. The curse of his crimes has followed the family down through the years. Being outcasts has affected the whole family line including anyone who is associated with them. His love interest is River Pearl Sutton. She is the town's rich girl and descended from the town's founder, Colonel Beauregard Sutton.
2) When and where is the story set?
It’s set in present day Louisiana in the fictional town of Suttontowne that's on the ancient, mysterious and primal swamp. A place of lush ferns, colorful flowers growing in the shade of hardwood trees dripping with moss, teeming in wildlife and fraught with danger.
3) What should we know about him?
He owns his own bar/restaurant called Outlaws and is a very good chef. Very innovative. His brother Booker made it big publishing horror on the internet and helped him to buy the business. The triplets entertain there when all three of them are present. Brax plays the violin or as it’s called in the South, the fiddle, Booker the piano, and Boone the guitar. They all sing. He has a very strong bond with his mother and his two brothers. They have always had to protect each others’ backs growing up in a town that scorns them. Brax is extremely angry about two things. Not being able to pursue River Pearl Sutton because of his reputation and the disappearance of his father when the trips were six to avoid the law when he was accused of stealing.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Even though he’s been trying to resist River Pearl because of his reputation, she requests Brax’s help to research Duel Outlaw because he and Colonel Sutton were friends. She wants to write a speech about friendship for the annual Founder’s Day Festival that celebrates the Colonel. But during this research River Pearl stumbles on a terrible secret that forces her to either destroy her family or lose the man she loves.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
His main goal is to resist River Pearl to keep her from being affected by his reputation, but resisting her becomes increasingly difficult the more they are together.
The series is called A Perfect Secret and the book is titled, A Perfect Dilemma. You can read about Booker Outlaw and Aubree Walker in A Perfect Mess and Boone Outlaw and Verity Fairchild in A Perfect Mistake. Links to buy are on the pages.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
It should be out in August/September, but to ensure you don’t miss it, get notified about my upcoming releases by signing up for my newsletter. For information about all my other books, check out my website.
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Candace Carrabus I've been writing stories and riding horses-frequently simultaneously-for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Long Island and spent my formative years in the saddle-just imagining. After high school, I traveled to Ness, England and studied at a British Horse Society training school. This was an all-around amazing experience. When I left, I clutched a certification to teach riding in my hot little hand, and I enjoyed instructing riders for many years. Who am I kidding? We know it is the horses who do the teaching. All we can do is try to remain open to what they have to say. Not surprisingly, my fiction and non-fiction are both frequently infused with the mystery and spirituality horses have brought to my life. My philosophy, in brief: (No, not in briefs, but that's a nice image, thank you very much.) We are all immigrants in spirit, with our minds, hearts, and souls being the final frontier. Yep, that's it. I've discovered this is what happens to all my main characters-whether by choice or accident or design-they go somewhere else. They immigrate. At first, this change may be only external-physical. Over time, their journeys lead to a place of discovery and growth that is within each individual alone. The final frontier to which we all can go.
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Margo L. Dill is the author of Caught Between Two Curses, a YA light paranormal romance novel about the Curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs, and Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg, a historical fiction, middle-grade novel. She currently has two more books under contract--both are picture books--with High Hill Press and Guardian Angel Publishing. Publication dates of both are to be determined. Besides being a children's author, she is also a freelance editor with the business, Editor 911: Your Projects Are My Emergency! and she is part of the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine's staff as an editor, blogger, instructor, and social media manager. She is also an editor for High Hill Press and specializes in memoirs, historical fiction and children's and YA novels. Margo loves presenting workshops to writing groups and school groups. She loves to ask children the question: Would you eat rats to save your city from falling into the hands of the enemy? What would you do to save your family from a curse? Margo believes that books are meant to be used with children and teens, and she started a blog about this very subject in August 2008, where she continues to blog on a regular schedule each week. She shares mostly children's and YA books as well as memoirs or other inspirational women's literature that encourages and supports women and girls around the world. She blogs at http://margodill.com/blog/. When she is not writing or editing, Margo loves to spend time with her husband, stepson, daughter, and crazy Boxer dog, Chester. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri; and if she could eat out every day, she would! She is also a member of the St. Louis Zoo, and this is one of her family's favorite places to go!
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Lala Corriere has been passionate about all the arts since early childhood. She is a painter and a former stage performer. Early work careers blended high-end real estate sales and as President of an interior design firm. Her fifth grade teacher, Miss Macy, was the first mentor to suggest she consider a career in writing. That extension of the arts, the written word, turned into a full time passion in 2001.
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