Aug 15

Review & Interview: FORGOTTEN VISIONS by Lia Davis

Title: Forgotten Visions
Author: Lia Davis
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: July 11th 2012
Series: The Divinities, #1
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Action
Length: 65k words
Heat Level: Steamy (Hot sex scenes/language, but not explicit)
 

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Kalissa Bradenton isn’t your average coffee shop owner. Born to an elite witch bloodline with a rare genetic mutation, she’s a Divinity on a mission. The death of her parents sends her away from her Maxville, Florida, home and into an ancient war between witches and demons. When childhood friend Ayden Daniels comes to her aid after an almost fatal accident, visions of a past she doesn’t remember sparks an old flame and new desires. With the past slowly becoming clearer, she eagerly sets her sights on mending Ayden’s heart and gaining his trust–until a ghost from her past returns to claim her as his demonic mate.

Ayden, the new Sheriff of Maxville and grandson of the oldest living Divinity, is investigating a series of Divinity killings. When he comes face-to-face with the one woman he hopes to have little to no contact with, old pain rises, quickly followed by anger and resentment. Through his rare power of adaptability, he learns actions from the past may not be what they seem. Hope fills his broken heart and determination pushes him to do whatever it takes to win Kalissa’s heart once more before he loses her forever.

Together they must find the strength to mend their tormented souls, while fighting an evil out to destroy the world.

 

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Ocala, Florida and moved to Jacksonville, Fl at the age of four where I still live today.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

I’ve always had an interest in creative writing, but it was until I started reading paranormal romance three years when I decided I would try to write my own.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

My latest release is FORGOTTEN VISIONS.

After being separated by a spell fifteen years ago, childhood sweethearts cross paths while searching for a killer and find themselves thrust into an ancient war between witches and demons.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

Give the opportunity?? Like I have a choice? LOL. I’m just the writer, I have little to say about their lives. They tell me their story and I write it. J

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Not specifically. I’m a people watcher. I love to watch the reactions and expressions of others. I did base Kalissa and Ayden’s connection with one another from my own with my husband.

How did you come up with the title?

I try to name my books after my characters’ personality or special gifts. Forgotten Visions was not the original name. During the first draft and plot version I called it “It’s a Visual Thing”. Then the plot changed during rewrites and became Forgotten Visions. Kalissa’s Divine gift is visions of the past, present and future and a memory spell was placed on her to forget her love for Ayden.

Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series?

Yes, lots of new books and series are on the way. My muse has made sure I’ll be busy for a while.

Forgotten Visions is the first book of The Divinities series. I’m hoping to have book 2, Death’s Storm, out later this year.

Who designed the cover of your book?

Rae Monet did the design for FV.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Sitting at home writing full time.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

In a cabin in the mountains somewhere with a beautiful view of nature.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I have five books planned for the Divinities series so far. I also plan to continue to write 1Night Stand stories for Decadent Publishing. And I have two more series in the planning stages for next year.

Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

All the time! J I’ve learned that if I walk away and read or watch a movie I’m better. A lot of times it is fatigue and stress from the day job that brings on my writer’s blocks. My muse gets annoyed with the day job and she leaves for a day or so. lol

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Write! Being able to create a world and escape to that world whenever I want is the best thing ever.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

I am so guilt of this. I have favorite series that I will reread while waiting on the next book to come out. But lately I’ve been too busy to read as much as I like.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Write, write, and write some more. And join a critique group.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

Everything I said above and to write what you love to read.

Do you write under a pen name?

Yes, Lia Davis is a pen name.

What are your pet peeves?

Careless drivers. Ones that do other things while driving, like put on make-up, shave, read, TEXT (ggrrrr). There are other strange things people do while behind the wheel, I’m sure. Those are the ones that popped in my mind just now.

Cats or dogs?

I love ALL animals, but I’m a cat person to heart.

White wine or red?

Red

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Favourite food?

Anything Italian.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Cell phone, credit cards J, sunglasses (during the day), my day planner

Thanks for stopping by and answering a few questions for us. Have a great tour and I can’t wait for book 2 in the series! 😉

Check out the special excerpt (it follows yesterdays from Crazy Four Books.

 

Kalissa parked her car on the shoulder, laid her forehead on top of the steering wheel, and closed her eyes. With deep ragged breaths, she called to her Divinity gift of visions. Images of the accident replayed in her mind, this time with more detail.

A man stepped onto the dark highway, illuminated by the headlights of her parents’ Mercedes. The wind blew his long black hair behind him and wrapped the hem of his trench coat around his legs. Startled, her father hit the brakes hard, but they refused to work. He jerked the wheel to the left, hit an icy patch at the edge of the grassy median, and sent the car into a spin. Panic assailed him and he overcorrected. The car slid through the median, hit a dip, and then flipped repeatedly into the oncoming lanes until it hit the large oak. Her parents died on impact.

Kalissa couldn’t hold back her tears as the vision faded and fat drops fell from her eyes. She allowed herself to breakdown, to let the grief squeeze her aching heart, and to get it out of the way, so she could face the authorities.

After a few minutes, she wiped her eyes, drew in another deep breath, and opened the door. When she stepped out of the car, wailing sirens cut through the whispering voices of bystanders. Red and blue lights flashed wildly as the emergency vehicles advanced toward the accident scene.

She met Khloe at the front of the car. Kalissa glanced at her sister. “Are you staying here or coming with me?”

“No. Yes.”

“Me, neither,” she grumbled. She didn’t want to see her parents’ lifeless bodies, trapped inside the mangled car. Curiosity pulled at her to investigate, see for herself what had killed two powerful witches. If a spell had killed them, there would be some kind of magical residue, but what would it prove?

Forgotten Visions by Lia Davis is a wonderfully thought out and developed story world where magic is not just real, but known. Sadly, humans being our ‘wonderful’ selves are prone to prejudice even in her world. But, and it’s a big one, lol. . . The new sheriff and a deputy are Divinities and set out to help unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths of other Divinities (like Kalissa and Khloe’s parents).

Lia’s writing draws you in from page one and keeps you there until the very last word. Her characters make you care about them as if they were people you might live near or work with.

Ayden is meant for Kalissa, but 15 years ago they parted thanks to a new male entering her life. Now Ayden is back, trying to keep the other Divinities alive, and win her heart again, but what happens when her demonic ex returns from the dead? . . .

If you love romance with mystery and action, this is a MUST read! If you love magic with a heart, the grab a copy of Forgotten Visions and pray that book 2 comes along soon because you will fall in love with the character and world.

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special, equally different kitty cats. She’s a wife to her soul mate, who drives her crazy during editing/revisions. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She only recently got serious about publishing her work and loves it more than she imagined. Writing a stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving the day job where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me over and the wonderful review. I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

    1. What else would I give such a wonderful and richly told story? Thanks for being on my site today. 🙂

    • Maria D. on August 15th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Fun interview! Forgotten Visions sounds like a very interesting paranormal romance and I love, love, love the cover! Good luck to Lia on reaching her dream of writing full time:)

  2. Great interview, Ladies! Congratulations on your release of Forgotten Visions! Sounds like an awesome read. I liked the title change–btw. LOL Best of luck with your sales!

  3. Nice interview, ladies! Congratulations on your release, Lia, and I wish you lots of success with it!

  4. Congrats on you release Lia. Best of luck and hope you get to stay home a write, write, write.

    • Brenda on August 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, excellent review–I’m buying this book.

    • Carin W on August 16th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Great interview, congratulations Lia! Looks like a fantastic book! Carin

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