Friday, February 21, 2014

"Let There Be Blood" Is it Love or Lust at First Sight? You decide! #thriller #romance #asmsg

Mmm...first encounters. I love it when characters in both movies and novels meet for the first time. It sets the tone for what's to come. Sometimes there's snap, crackle, sizzle...or maybe there's that slow burn of borderline contempt that you just know is gonna be fun to watch. 

Tina Traverse is visiting with her novel, "Let There Be Blood." Let's take a look! 
Aaron Brooks is the star of the highly successful TV show, Let There Be Blood.
 He attends glamourous parties, wears the finest clothes, and can have any woman he wants.
Aaron Brooks has the world at his fingertips. 
 Every night, he is tormented by the same reoccurring nightmare. Every day he tries to forget by immersing himself into his work and celebrity obligations.

When he is reunited with his estranged best friend, his life settles into comfortable normalcy.
Aaron's torture subsides.
 Then his cast mates start being murdered around him. The nightmares aren’t over. They’re just beginning.

Let There Be Blood was born from an idea on how I was going to attract followers to my blog, Writers on the Wharf. which promotes not only my work, but my fellow authors. I decided to promote my blog by hosting a blog series, where I would post a story I would write, and post one chapter at a time once a week for a month. Kinda like a tv mini-series except with words. I normally write erotic thriller suspense and figured this would be a good theme for my series. The plot was inspired through my friendship with an actress who is friends with an well known actor. In between taking acting classes, working and family life, she hosts a fan page for her friend where she spotlights his professional life. This sparked an idea. What would happen to a person if the price of fame became too much? I wanted to write a story that went beyond the all too common celebrity break downs were they go wild with drugs and alcohol and reckless behaviour as their methods of coping with the pressures of sudden celebrity. I wanted to explore an extreme reaction to the pressure. Let there be Blood was born. The story centres around an actor of an insanely famous YA television show who has survived a traumatic event and suffers from nightmares. He has to push past the trauma in order to fulfil his celebrity obligations. The actor finds peace when he is reunited with his  estranged best friend and soon the nightmares die away, but not for long. He discovers that his demons are not going to be so easily abandoned. 
Why what happens to my main character is dramatic and extreme, I wanted to show that a celebrity's life is not all glamour and is never easy.
The series met with positive feedback and I decided to turn it into a novel to reach a wider audience.

Their first meeting…What do you think? Is it love or lust at first sight? 
“And the winner is… Katrina Murphy!”
With the sound of the mayor’s voice, Aaron snapped out of his trance and back to the present. He scanned the sea of people to find Katrina Murphy, but he was unprepared for what he saw. As the mayor escorted her across the stage, he shielded his eyes from the lights and flashing cameras.
The high school senior was a vision.
Her fiery red curls cascaded down her back, stopping short of her narrow waist. Katrina gazed up at him for only a moment, just long enough for Aaron to see that her lapis lazuli eyes matched her off-the-shoulder satin gown. The young woman’s alabaster skin was so fair that she appeared to glow under the fluorescent lighting. 
Aaron offered his hand to Katrina, and she accepted it, pressing her soft hand in his. Katrina smiled shyly at him, averting her gaze from his as she shook his hand.
“Nice to meet you, Katrina.”
“Nice to meet you, Aaron. You’re my favorite actor. I love your show!” Her voice was so soft that he barely heard her above the applause and catcalls.
“Thank you, Katrina. Would you like to go somewhere quiet after our photo session and talk?”
“Actually, my Mom was wondering if you’d like to escape to our house for a cup of coffee.”
That set off alarm bells in Aaron’s head. He prayed that the beautiful girl’s mother hadn’t been the same woman who’d practically raped him in the stairwell.
“I, ah…”
“Tell him that I also make a mean apple crumble. I know that’s his favorite. At least, it was when we were in high school. Or are you all health conscious now, Aaron Brooks?”
Aaron’s breath caught in his chest as he followed the voice. Then he saw her. Her auburn hair was longer and her figure was softer, but she was still the most stunning woman he’d ever known. Aaron’s heart skipped a beat for more than her stunning beauty. It stopped because he was scared. He prayed she wouldn’t remember him from the nightmares.
“Martina Murphy! It’s so good to see you!”
“Likewise. Well, handsome, are you just going to stand there and pretend you don’t know me, or are you going to give your best friend a hug?”
“Of course! How neglectful of me.”
He pulled Martina into his embrace. It felt so good to be in her arms again, feeling her warmth, breathing in her delicate honeysuckle scent. When she pulled away, he felt strangely empty.
“I believe my girl invited her favorite star to our house for coffee, so how about it? Do you want to get away from this crowd?”
“Do I ever! How do we leave without someone noticing us?”
“I know a way out through the kitchen. That should keep you away from the zealots! Follow me.”

A bonus excerpt to further wet your appetite for this delicious book! 
Aaron stepped out the shower feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. He slipped underneath the sheets and before long he fell into a deep sleep.
The sweet smell of fresh-baked cookies beckoned him to the kitchen. The promise of warm gooey chocolate and cold milk made it hard to resist. He glided barefoot towards the kitchen, where his mother would have set a plate filled with cookies and a glass of milk on the counter for his afterschool snack. He loved to sit and talk to her as she diced up the vegetables for supper. This was his favorite time of day; just him and his mom alone, talking.
He called her name as he neared the kitchen, but was met with silence. He called again and again, with no answer. Frantic, he searched the house with no luck. He wandered back into the kitchen and slipped on something warm and wet, catching himself on the counter. Looking down, he saw a large pool of blood and his mother and father lying in each other’s arms, a bullet hole in their foreheads.
Hysterically screaming, he fell onto his parents’ bodies and wrapped himself in their lifeless embrace. Closing his eyes to stave off the burning tears, he heard a faraway voice calling to him.
“Aaron, please help! Help me, Aaron, I need you!” Looking up Aaron saw his best friend standing naked before him, her hands tied behind her back and blood pouring from between her legs.
Aaron sat up in bed, covered in sweat, with Martina still begging for help echoing in his ears. Thirteen years, and his mother and father’s senseless deaths still haunted him; two years after the living nightmare, Aaron could not erase his wife’s voice from his mind. It was a vicious, endless torment that served as punishment for the sin of his neglect.

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About the Author

Tina Traverse fell in love with writing at the age of eight when she wrote her version of the bible story, The Good Samaritan, for a homework assignment.
This love grew into a passionate affair and has been ongoing for thirty years; and there are no signs of it waning.
Though, she admits, when she was pregnant with her son Christian, the affair cooled.
Tina’s desire to write came calling once again when she needed to find a way to cope with heartbreaking news.
Christian was diagnosed with autism in 2010.
Her method of coping was to write a story about his journey called Forever, Christian.
Tina likes to joke that a girl can only write about real life for so long without jumping back into the world of make believe.
She loves to venture into the world of the supernatural; vampires and witches are her favourite!
Tina enjoys all sorts of vampires but admits that she is fascinated with the modern romantic vampire (think Twilight and The Vampire Diaries).
She is currently working on a vampire series based on her first published book, Destiny of The Vampire and has other projects in the works.
When Tina is not at the computer creating her exciting, magical worlds, she is kept on her toes by her two sons, Christian and Brandon.
Sometimes the author manages to curl up in her favourite chair with a good book.

A note from Tina:

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