Title: Open House
Author: Krystal Shannan
Publisher: Indy / Self
Series: Pool of Souls Book 1
Release Date: October 19th 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Romance
Length: Novella – 60pgs
Long ago the Titans ruled the world. When their children took power, most Titans were killed or banished forever. Aphrodite was the only Titan allowed to coexist on Mt. Olympus with the new Greek gods and goddesses. She was allowed to stay, because like it or not, she could not be banished or killed without destroying the entire human race.
Before Gaia disappeared deep into a secret part of the earth, she brought Aphrodite out of the sea, creating her from a piece of her murdered husband. She connected her daughter to humanity so intrinsically that Aphrodite could never be lost. Her precious daughter would be treasured and revered by humanity for all eternity as the Goddess of Love.
Aphrodite balances human love and passion. Her mother gifted her with the ability to track soul mates through the centuries and guide the immortal souls of humans to their eternal mates. Gaia also gave her a special pool to house and keep the soul mates safe.
Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates herself to matching soul mates.
Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert’s career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but…How far will the gods go to get their own way?
Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Arlington Texas and still call it home. I love TX. The bipolar weather changes, the scathing heat in the summer, and the tease of a winter we sometimes get. I could do without the tornadoes, but I guess they are better than hurricanes.
Having come from Florida, I’m with you on the NO huricanes.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories since I learned how to read. My mother still has boxes of stuff I wrote as a kid. I’ve been writing romance since late high school, so…. More than a decade. LOL.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I’ve always considered myself a writer. It’s always been cathartic and a great way for me to relax. Over the last few years I’ve really considered how to make writing more of a career.
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
WARNING! The mind of this person resides in the gutter most of the time. Do not be surprised if it turns any normal person’s comment into a sexual innuendo.
I think I should have that warning label too, LOL.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Hmmmm. I have had both types. Some of them are very squirrelly and I feel like I’m wrangling cats. Some of my favourite characters are some that totally came out of nowhere and just started talking and telling me how it was gonna be LOL.
Do you have a specific writing style?
This is hard for me. I think you might call it heroine centered with sass and a bit of humour thrown in wherever possible. I want people to not only fall in love with my characters, but really enjoy the ride the story provides along the way. AND… who doesn’t want to have a good laugh now and then?
How did you come up with the title?
I actually had the title before I wrote OPEN HOUSE. It’s kinda a play on words I suppose. OPEN HOUSE has a conflict in an open house that Rebecca is showing and the novella is the opening or introduction to a series of Aphrodite’s stories.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never give up on looking for that special person to spend your life with.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
OPEN HOUSE is just the beginning for my Pool Of Souls Series. Book Two and Three are already in the works.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
The title I already touched on, but the cover design was HARD. I needed to portray contemporary and Greek mythic in a heroine centric book. I don’t like covers that are too busy and that’s what mine was going to be. So I took inspiration from one of my favourite , Sherrilyn Kenyon’s older covers. That’s when the idea for using the ‘Flower of Aphrodite’ symbol was decided.
Who designed the cover of your book?
A friend of mine, Lauren McCauley, designed the cover.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
I see myself with about 30 title to my name and making a good living at being a writer. IF all goes as I want it too. I will be able to quit my teacher job and write full time when my daughter starts Kindergarten in three years.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Gena Showalter or Sherrilyn Kenyon. I would love to just listen to them talk about creating the fascinating worlds in their books.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I’m Indie and Boutique route…. So far.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
There’s lots more Aphrodite on the way. I have a shifter series starting soon. A contemporary holiday is with Decadent and a really cool paranormal magical project that will hopefully launch next summer. So….. I’m thinking probably the majority of my work will be somewhat paranormal. Though I do have notes for a D/S club series floating around my desk. I like to keep things interesting.
How do you market/promote your books?
So far… Blogging, FB, Twitter, Blog Book Tours, printed book plates (That I hand out to everyone, including through the Chic-Fi-La drive through window). I’ve been forcing myself out of my comfort zone to really introduce myself and put my name out there for people to discover.
Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
I go read one of my favourite books and let my brain relax into a different story. Usually I make it about 30 min before something sparks and I go back to my own work.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I love the first kitchen love scene. It still gives me goosebumps and makes me laugh. I love laughter personally and I love for my characters to be able to have a good time.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?
I’m probably a rare breed, but I really think all opinions are good to hear and I don’t take anything personally. The story I sold to Decadent had huge forensic issues (I’d never written police scenes before) and I had to rewrite the entire last half of the story. I love it so much more now though!!! Some people might have looked at that negatively… but me, I just saw that they must have liked my voice so much that they had to have the story, even though they knew I would have to rewrite a lot. So for me it was huge positive!!!!
You never know when a comment will spark a thought and really help you do something different or better with your writing.
NOW, I don’t condone people just be mean or ugly. That’s not helpful, but if a person has something intelligent to say… then I’m all ears.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I listen to country music. Chris Young’s velvety bass voice is one of my favourites! I love to read and I love to cook.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
I’m reading several. Forgotten Visions by Lia Davis, Brianna by Linda Andrews, and Cherise Sinclair’s Hour of the Lion. All Kindle. I’m addicted to my Kindle.
I read Forgotten Visions… You are in for a real treat!
Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?
Carrie Ann Ryan is a new and upcoming paranormal writer. I love her characters and stories. I’m part of her street team actually. I don’t read a lot of Romantic Suspense, but Liliana Hart is another favourite up and coming Indie author. Cherise Sinclair is also one of my all time favs. I would read anything she wrote. I can’t wait to get my hands on her next Shadowland Club book.
Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Finish what you are working on! I’ve been dancing around publishing for so many years, but I was eternally starting a project and then letting it fizzle out. Now… it was good practice for my writing skills, but you have to finish projects to publish. And for Indie authors, you have to have a strong voice to capture readers the instant they start reading. By page three, you need to have them hooked. Drama/Conflict is key! Get your readers attached and rooting for your characters.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Write a lot! Promote a lot! Work hard. I have a full-time 40hr per week job and I work on my writing career at least 20hrs per week sometimes more. Half of those hours are blog, FB, and Twitter promotions for me and for other authors.
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes, for privacy issues.
What are your pet peeves?
I’m with you on that peeve!
Cats or dogs?
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Tea! (Coffee tastes like dirt, LOL.)
Dark Chocolate (Oh, wait, that’s not really a food.) Bacon (Oh, wait, that’s not really a food either is it?) Can I say banana pudding?
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Vanilla ice cream!
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Cell phone, purse, journal…….and a snack!
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Recliner or bed!
One of your favourite quotes –
(I LOVE QUOTES!)
“Just give me a second. Attempting to give a fuck… Attempting harder to give a fuck… Sorry, there was an error; fuck not given.” –Suzanne Wright, Feral Sins
“…The devil on my right shoulder must have brutally strangled the angel on my left…” –Gena Showalter, Playing with Fire
“Sissy Mae Smith… stumbled into the room loaded down with even more bags. “You pack like a woman,” she snarled when she finally dropped the luggage to the floor. “How can one man have so much conditioner?”
His mouth filled with French toast, Mitch pointed to his hair and snarled, “Tawny mane! Do you think this shit stays this beautiful on its own? It needs care and love! Which is more than I’m getting from you!” –Shelly Laurenston, The Mane Squeeze
An actor you have a crush on –
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
A deep male voice boomed through her garden, breaking her concentration. “Aphrodite!” The images of Robert and Rebecca swirled and were lost as the pool’s surface went clear. She turned to face the irate male.
“Ditee! Why can’t you just leave well enough alone?”
Aphrodite leaned against the cool rock and gave him a lazy smile. She’d expected Ares to complain. Robert Corvin played a key role in research and weapon development for the United States. No human got into his position without a little shove from the god of war.
“I will do exactly as I wish, especially when it comes to souls who have searched as long as these two have.”
“He’s mine, Ditee. I’ve finally got him where he will be of most use, and now I hear he has moved. Because of a girl! I knew it was your fault. Hands off.” His eyes flashed red, and a deep growl rumbled from his chest.
Aphrodite rose to face him. Her power rose and flamed within her, causing her skin to glow white. Ares took a step back. “You will not speak to me so rudely,” she said, her voice taking on its godly attributes, booming across the garden like a sonic wave. Ares stumbled a little from the force. “I am your superior. These souls deserve to be together, and you will not interfere.”
“The hell I won’t.”
Krystal is giving away a $25 Amazon card at end of the tour and 5 digital copies of OPEN HOUSE.
Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.
Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the “movies in her head” with the world. If she’s not writing, she’s reading –historical, paranormal, action, adventure –anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!