Past Lives Revealed
Genre: YA Romance Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Floebe Publishing
Date of Publication: September 20, 2015
Number of pages: 223
Word Count: 55,377
Cover Artist: Rose Smith
Carmel’s time at the H.O.T hasn’t been all that pleasant. She’s gotten drugged, captured, and had to endure her painful change. When Carmel finally starts to enjoy her life at the H.O.T with her friends and her boyfriend Devon; Queen Ice, her annoying past life, contacts her. Queen Ice not only tells her about the impending battle between the good angels and the evil angels, she also continues to pop up in Carmel’s mind, showing her images from her life in the past. Now, Carmel, her friends along with her boyfriend, race to find a sword that they believe will give them leverage in the battle to come.
Unfortunately it isn’t as easy as it seems. There are others who are aware of the sword, and they’ll do anything to retrieve it before Carmel does. In addition, Carmel can’t use her Water or Ice Talent to help in the battle and she doesn’t know why! On top of that, there’s one or more people in Carmel's group who aren’t whom they say they are. Can Carmel find the sword? Will she be able to figure out why her Talents aren’t working? Can she discover who in the group is lying to her and the others about who they really are?
Be sure to read the second series of The Talented by Author Desy Smith to see how the story unfolds!
We’re a couple of streets down from the museum, waiting on Devon to issue instructions. Earlier, as we laid in bed, I brought up Ms. Platinum Blonde from the airport. Her name is Tray and as I thought, it wasn’t anything serious. He did sleep with her before he met me and that was it. It was just about sex, and honestly, that didn’t bother me. I knew Devon had a life before he met me. I would be dumb to think otherwise.
“Okay, so here’s the plan, we go in teams of two.” Devon says inside the car outside the museum. I know I should have been overjoyed because this is my first mission with them. But I’m not. My lower back was bothering me. But I endure the pain, because I knew if Devon found out, I would be left behind, again. “Mel and Ricky are one team, and Flora.” He says her name with disgust. “And I are another team.”
“Oh, no sir.” Flora says. “I would rather go by myself.”
“Flora, go with Devon. This will give you two time to bond with each other.” I add. I look at Ricky who is nodding his head in agreement.
“I don’t want to bond with him!” Flora yells. Ricky gently grabs her and they both get out the car and start talking, well, arguing.
“I told you she wouldn’t want to do it.” Devon says. I roll my eyes.
“You weren’t very nice about it.”
“Really? I thought I was.” Liar. Flora and Ricky open the car door.
“Okay, we’re ready, and Flora said she would be honored to be in your company.” Ricky says.
“You’re pushing it.” Flora replies with her arms cross, glaring at Devon.
We make our way toward the back entrance of the museum, where two dead police officers are holding the door open.
“Someone’s already here.” Devon says and Flora gives him a ‘duh’ look. He and Ricky move them both inside the door and close it. I notice the alarm on the right side of the door, smoking.
“The alarm system has been fried, which prevents the alarm from being triggered.” He tells us. “Okay, let’s go ahead and split up. Flora and I will take downstairs, Mel and Ricky will take the second floor and we will meet on the third floor, and divide that equally.” He turns his attention to Ricky. “If anything happens to Carmel, do know I will take your life.” Ricky sighs while I roll my eyes. There he goes again, threatening to kill people.
The museum is really creepy at night without any lighting and people. I and Ricky’s first stop is the Egyptian room.
“Did the Egyptians exist when the angels were here?” I question. Even though my back is killing me, and I want to soak in a bathtub, eating eggs with syrup, I am joyous because I have alone time with Ricky, which means I can grill him.
“Yes, remember the angels came down when Adam and Eve were placed on earth.” Oh yeah. I start to recall the story Flora told me.
“Your great times 10 grandfather knows a lot about the Angels.” I say as I pick up another vase and look inside before tossing it in the ‘don’t need’ pile. “I think it’s amazing how the stories of Queen Ice were passed down from child to child, but maybe they’re a little less than factual.”
“I don’t believe I understand what you’re implying.” I turn to look at him, and try to make out his facial expression but couldn’t because of the moonlight being the only lighting in the museum.
“I’m just saying people tell stories to each other and sometimes they add a little extra in. Who’s to say that didn’t happen?” I’m purposely trying to anger him, hoping his rage will make him spill his secret accidently.
“How would you know? You weren’t there?” I stand up. “Or were you?”
“You’re acting like Devon now. Do you have something to say, or will you speak in riddles for the rest of the night?” Ricky states calmly, showing no signs of anger.
“Were you there, Ricky?” I ask, getting to the point, enough of the bull crap.
“There, as in I was an Angel in the Angel era?”
“Yes.” He laughs.
“That’s unlikely, I would be very old and senile.” Anything is possible, I say to myself, repeating what Ice told me weeks ago.
“Well, I don’t believe we age like humans. Actually, I think we can be century’s old and still look young.” Like Ricky, I thought. “Time doesn’t matter to us.” Suddenly, a light bulb goes off in my mind. I make my way to the wall where a directory is hung. I notice a room on the third floor dedicated to artifacts with no accurate time. Otherwise known as the Timeless room. The vase has to be in there.
“I think I figured it out, Ricky.”
“What, how angels age?” I shake my head.
“Nope, I think I know where the vase is at.” I run out the door, ignoring Ricky as he calls my name, and up the stairs. I walk down the hall until I come upon a cracked door with the words Timeless printed in white calligraphy on the door. I found it.
I’m sitting on the floor, looking through another row of blue vases. I was starting to understand how Devon felt, this whole thing is repetitive and annoying. I want to find the vase and be done with this part of the mission. I keep asking Ice if she sees the vase, but of course, when I need her the most, she ignores me.
I get ready to give up, until a particular vase catches my attention in the moonlight, almost like God was putting a spotlight on it. The vase is round, and blue with snow white flames from the bottom to top. It’s really beautiful. I go to grab it and turn it upside down. On the bottom there is an engraving.
“Engraved it shall say To Queen, From Flame.” Ice says. Look who finally decides to make an appearance. I look at the inscription and it says just that.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, during middle and high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
After completing my first novel in middle school.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Yes, I am a Resident Advisor. Which means I handle the residents on my floor staying in the dormitory at the college. They come to me if they have problems with their roommates, or if they have questions about the college or university.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Supernatural Resident Advisor. The book is about Starlette, a witch being a resident advisor to witches, vampires, fairies and wolves.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self-publish under my publishing company, Floebe Publishing.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
3 to 6 months depending on how busy I am with work/school.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
More books in the same genre and continuation of other books.
What genre would you place your books into?
Fantasy Fiction, Romance
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Because of my love for this genre, I am a huge fantasy fiction fan. I love watching movies the supernatural, and the different interruptions for them.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Yes, Devon because he’s such a complexed character. When you think you have him figured out, you continue reading and discover you don’t.
How long have you been writing? and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing since I was 10, and I wrote because I didn’t have any new books to read, and I was bored. Now I write because I have stories that I want to share with the world.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? Ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I watch a lot of TV when I write, like reality tv or project runway. I cannot write in silence, that drives me crazy.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes, even the bad ones. I want to know what the readers think, and what they like or do not like. I use their feedback when writing my other novels.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I choose the title first. I’m one of those people who does things in orders.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I don’t know, sometimes I see or hear a name and want to use it in my book. If I don’t find a name I like, I make one up, this applies to the places in my book as well.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Well, when I start writing the book, I have one character name and one place name in mind, but as I finish up the book, I sometimes find myself changing the name, not all the time, though.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I do for my main character, but the minor character traits changes depending on the type of traits the main character has.
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..")
Yes, the most important moral of this book is not to judge a person until you discover how life or decisions they’ve made shaped them into that person.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback? heavy sometimes.
Ebook, those paperbacks, and hardbacks get pretty heavy.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
King Hall by Scarlette Dawn. The characters aren't whiny, and the main character is a woman who’s discovering herself and doesn’t think she better than anyone else. I’ve read it numerous times over.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Sometimes, depending on the author and who decides to direct it. My favorite book that was transferred to a movie is Harry Potter. The worst book to transfer to a movie is Twilight; I seriously hate it.
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Desiree “Desy” Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. As an avid reader, Desy read several books until she ran out of things to read. Having nothing else to read, at the age of thirteen, she decided to write her own book. Her love for reading soon turned into a passion for writing. She self-published her first book, The Talented, under Floebe Publishing, which she started to give a voice to new and aspiring authors. Desy writes to inspire and to provide an escape for anyone who wants to live in a fantasy world without worrying about the challenges of everyday life. The Talented is part one of a five part series, with the second installment arriving finally here. Currently, Desy is hard at work on her third novel, Supernatural Resident Advisor with an expected release date of October 2015. Desy’s genre of choice is fantasy romance fiction. Aside from reading and writing Desy enjoys various types of food, especially dessert. When she’s not reading she can probably be found eating a cupcake or two.