Sunday, November 11, 2012

Meet Hillary Seidl, author of The Amulet!

Hi folks, thanks for stopping by.  Today I'm hosting Hillary Seidl, author of The Amulet, a paranormal romance novel.  Isn't this an intriguing cover?  Read on to learn more . . .

Available from 5 Prince Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: April 2012
Digital ISBN 13: ISBN 13: 978-0-9848529-3-2 ISBN 10: 098485293x
Print ISBN 13: 978-0984852925 ISBN 10: 0984852921

The Amulet
Leah Mason is an ice cream slinger by day and a ghost hunter by night. Having been judged by some of the people of her home town of Black Springs, Colorado unjustly, she wants only to use her gift of clairvoyance to help ghosts and gather evidence of the other side.  But living the life she wants seems impossible until her high school crush Michael Dresden walks into her mother’s ice cream parlor, Supernatural Flavors. 

Back from traveling around the world, Michael has a problem.  His house is being renovated and strange occurrences lead him to believe that the residence might be haunted. Leah is the only one he can turn to for help. Wearing her amulet around her neck, Leah knows the dark entity terrorizing Michael's house is after her family’s magic and must be stopped.

Now, she must defeat the demon and prove to skeptic Michael that love and the otherworldly do exist.  It’s just hard to believe until it happens to you.
About Hillary:
Since Hillary had her first encounter with a ghost at age nine she has been obsessed with all things paranormal.  She started her writing journey by writing fan fiction and now is happily writing paranormal romance.  She avidly watches all the paranormal shows she can!   She is happily married to her very own chef and they have two amazing dachsunds who leave happiness and chaos wherever they go. “Where the paranormal world meets extraordinary love”.
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Excerpt from The Amulet:

“Thanks for coming in.” Leah choked out the words. Her heart pounded as she handed the change back to Michael Dresden, the tips of her fingers met his skin.
He smiled and nodded biting into his Blackest Soul Walnut ice cream. As soon as he turned and headed for the door Leah made for the backroom.
Leah peeked around the corner one more time to make sure the man that she had dreamed about for the last eight years was gone. Not seeing anyone, she tilted her head, one eye discreetly scanning the room. Satisfied, she leaned against the doorframe. He was gone. She shut her eyes tightly willing the hot tears back.
One thing was for sure. He hadn’t remembered her. Seeing his eyes searching her cheesy striped vest for a nametag was her first indication.
The six-foot-two-inch, hunky, blond Michael Dresden, with those mesmerizing green eyes, had grown into adulthood and he didn’t know who she was. He had lost his boyish looks and swapped them out for manly, rugged features that included stubble and a little too long, blond hair. He was just as handsome now as he ever was.
The thought made her feel as un-pretty as ever. Sure, she had lost weight since high school but she still rocked a curvy form. The bigger curves had thinned out over her five foot seven, medium frame after high school. Learning about hair products and how to use them to fight her black, riotous curls had helped her look evolve. She had changed a lot too, so it wasn’t out of the realm of reality that he didn’t remember her. After all there were eighty of them that had graduated together. Surely she’d forgotten a few of them too.
That was almost a comforting thought.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

I love writing and my favorite thing about being a writer is going to conventions.  Last year I attended Romantic Times, RomCon and RWA.  In 2013 I plan on going to Romantic Times, RWA, Hot Mojave Knights and Authors After Dark.  Getting to meet people in the business is always good and meeting readers is the best!

What genre(s) do you write?

I write paranormal contemporary and paranormal historical.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing a book is plotting just enough to hit the major themes in my book and still letting my imagination take me places.  This is a process but well worth it.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

I write paranormal but it’s never vampires or shifters.  I try to create people with sensitivities or supernatural situations. 

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

A warm feeling and hope for love.  That’s what I want and try to do for my readers. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I have longed believed in a paranormal world.  Accepting the special can be fun. 

Do you write under more than one name? Why?

I write under my real name because I already have multiple personalities in my head. 

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

I had an experience with a ghost at the age of nine.  I’ve compounded that to create stories. 

How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?

Hot mess, paranormal lover with fashion sense. 

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?

I love mini-dachshunds and I’ve attended a Supernatural fan conference in Vancouver, Canada. 

Where are you from?

I was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and raised in Delta, Colorado.

How do you come up with the titles?

Titles are so very hard for me.  I usually go to my friends with a list and they help me choose.

When not writing, how do you relax?

I love to get massages and travel. 

Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.

1.     My mini-dachshund is featured in some pet ads.
2.     I’m gluten free.
3.     My parents used to own a restaurant but I have no cooking skills whatsoever. 
4.     I love to shop!
5.     My husband is a chef! 

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