An Earth Relic Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Frost Books
Date of Publication: October 21, 2014
Cover Artist: Suzannah Safi
Hunted by Chaos. Protected by Death. Guided by Fire.
Terran is now the key to a world she never knew existed.
Normal was what Terran did best – house, job, dog, friends – rinse and repeat. She never knew demigods existed, or that you could journey to other realms, manipulate nature with your mind, or that the dead weren’t really gone at all, but instead existed in the Underworld. No, she lived the mundane life of any twenty-seven-year-old Alaskan girl…until she met Aiden, the complicated and gorgeous new local art gallery owner.
As their fiery relationship evolves into something more, Terran finds herself surrounded by a world of nightmares and gods, when the mysterious Aiden proves to be more than a simple man. Soon, Terran finds that she is not so simple herself. As an ancient evil threatens to escape and unleash all Hell, Terran must dive into a magical world she never knew existed to save them all…even if that means giving up her life to do it.
When I walked in, I could feel an energy in the air. Its warm and soft pulse had a slight humming sensation that tickled my skin. Wisps of heat surrounded my necklace as it pulsed ever so slightly. Amazing. I had taken care of these plants their whole lives, from seedlings to sale. They truly felt like a piece of me now. As I tended to the flowers in the back of the shop, blue, purple, white, and yellow petals swayed to a gentle rhythm as I moved to the music playing in my earbuds. Was this the gift Marc had given me? If it was, it had gotten stronger. No way, this could be real. It was so bizarre. I had to know if anyone else saw this. I needed to find someone I could trust. I decided I would call Jon.
I ran to the ladies’ room and whipped out my phone. Please pick up, please pick up. After five rings, he finally answered.
"Terran? Sorry, I was in a meeting. What's up?"
"Are you super busy? I need a favor, a kind of crazy favor."
"Okay. Anything, but first are you okay?" It wasn’t like me to call Jon while he was at the office, so his concern was definitely warranted.
"I'm not hurt, but I might be crazy." I laughed, my tone laced with an anxiety that couldn’t be contained. "Can you meet me at the nursery? I could use your eyes for something."
"Sure. I'll be there in about twenty. Do you need anything while I'm on my way?"
"Just you, please. I'm in the back where we keep the marigolds."
It only took Jon about fifteen minutes to get here. He must have been worried and speeding. I was back with the marigolds when I heard him enter the room. I turned to see him in his dark charcoal suit with a light blue dress shirt. He looked handsome as usual.
"Are you okay?" he asked as he came in to hug me. We embraced and I instantly felt better. Jon always made me feel safe.
"I think so, I just think I'm going crazy." Tears pooled in my eyes as I had finally admitted out loud the one thing that I feared most.
"Oh, sweetheart. I'm sure that's not true. What's going on?"
I told him about the plants moving for me. I didn't want to repeat myself and I knew Micah would want to know about Seth. I wasn't sure I wanted to share the dancing plants bit with her.
I leaned over the marigold and brushed the tips of my fingers across the petals, moving my hand in a quick swipe over all the ones I could reach. Each little red, yellow, and gold petal shivered and shook, wiggling like you would when you get a chill, an involuntary movement. And like a newborn, they began searching for their mother, swaying and leaning towards me. My pulse sped up, the heat from my necklace warmed me to my core. It was a perfect heat, a warmth that exhilarated my soul. I turned back to Jon, who watched with intensity. And when I looked into his eyes, I could tell he had seen nothing. His eyes saddened as he realized I knew.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always dabbled with writing, but I never knew it could really be an option. It seemed like an unattainable goal like becoming a professional race car driver or a famous actress. As a kid, I always wanted to be a lawyer.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I really considered myself a writer when I was brave enough to share my ideas with a few of my friends. I had outlined my novel and had a couple really rough chapters written. It was the encouragement from my friends that really made me feel like I could reach this dream, mark off another item on my bucket list, and officially call myself a writer.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I finished my first book and started submitting it on Halloween of 2013. It took until January for me to get a contract offer.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I wish I only had to write! But, I’m actually in the oil and gas industry. I work a lot with our IT department and do a bunch of really nerdy, most would say boring, things. But, this is probably the reason why I love writing so much. It’s an escape from the monotony that is life.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Chasing the Sun is my newest Novel. Twenty words or less…. A chance encounter with a beautiful artist sends Terran spinning into a world of nightmares, gods, and hope.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Crimson Frost Books is my publisher and they’ve been absolutely wonderful to work with.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Depends on how motivated I am. I really have to be in the mood of the scene I’m writing. I don’t like to skip around from scene to scene because I really immerse myself in the fluidity of the story. Chasing the Sun took me about 3 months to write once I had the general outline. Outlining it took about another 2 months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m currently working on the second book in the Earth Relic series: The Phoenix Rises. I’m about half way done, so hopefully it’ll be out sometime in 2015. I’ve also got another novel outlined that falls into the Suspense genre. Of course, my favorite part about writing is the relationships, so there are definitely strong romantic elements.
What genre would you place your books into?
Placing your books into one genre is so hard. The Earth Relic series definitely falls into the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre. But I have short stories and other novel ideas that would fall more into suspense and soft science fiction. The common thread between all of my works is a solid foundation of relationships. Different types of chaos and relationships may be present, but I really love to focus on the emotional struggles of my characters.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Honestly? I was tired of reading about witches, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires. I wanted the fantasy of all of it, but I needed a new creature. I’ve always loved Egyptian mythology, so I went on a search for an urban fantasy/paranormal romance with this kind of foundation, but couldn’t really find it. So, I wrote it.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
This is so hard because I love all of them for very different reasons. But, since I have to choose, I’d say Seth Winters is my favorite. He was the first character that I conceptualized clearly. The complexity behind Seth is unmatchable. You don’t necessarily see all of his sides in Chasing the Sun, but I have the series outlined into a 3 book series, and you’ll get the full spectrum of what it’s like to be Seth Winters.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I wrote short stories and whatnot as a kid, but didn’t write a full length novel until about a year or more ago. I’ve always been imaginative, a big reader, and a story teller, but never a writer until my husband bought me a journal and a pen for my birthday and said “Write.” He supported me and listened to all my crazy ideas, and I can’t thank him enough for helping me reach one of my dreams.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I actually write on my iPad mini while on the train to/from the office or while relaxing in a bubble bath. For the most part, I love silence when I write.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
This is my first official release, so I haven’t yet, but I’m sure I will!
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Depends on what comes naturally. For Chasing the Sun, I was on a road trip, heading to New Mexico when it came to me. We left early in the morning so I sat there watching the sunrise. The idea of a book was on the back of my mind, but I didn’t have anything besides scribbles of ideas written in my notebook. But while I looked out and watched the sun come up, I thought about what it would be like to really chase the sun. What would it be like to chase something you know you will never catch, but still never give up? And that phrase stuck with me. Luckily, because of the characters in my book and their relationship with the sun and earth, it works perfectly.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I did a good amount of research. I wanted to take the core elements of the characters or places and expand on that. I wanted to give subtle hints.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Definitely before. I usually do a several page long questionnaires for each main and supporting characters. I ask everything from their favorite sandwich, to their favorite color, to what was their first car. I know way more about them than the reader does. But I think that helps me make them real.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I didn’t write it with a message intended, but I think one developed. Terran, the main character has gone through some pretty tough things. But, the one thing she holds on to is hope. I guess I’d have to say that is the message: Never give up on hope.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Depends on where I’m at. I travel pretty frequently with my job, so eBook is the way to go. But if I’m out camping or on the back deck relaxing, nothings beats a physical book (hardback or paperback), in your hand.
Your favorite food is?
Avocados. I eat them almost every day. J
Your favorite singer/group is?
Right now I am absolutely in love with Kat Edmonson and her The Big Picture Album. She’s amazing.
Your favorite color is?
Your favorite Author is?
Too hard to choose! George RR Martin, Karen Moning, and Douglas Adams are on the top of my list though!
Born in Germany to a Puerto Rican mother and All-American Military father, who saw fit to give her a Russian name, Sasha Abernathy has always loved storytelling, traveling, and doing all things silly. Raised in Oklahoma, but eventually moving everywhere from Alaska to Spain, Sasha has finally settled in the beautiful state of Colorado. With her loving husband, two wild sons, and neurotic labradoodle, Sasha is surrounded by way too much testosterone and escapes through her mysteriously whimsical and romantic novels.