Monday, November 4, 2013

Blog Tour | Stolen Time by Angela Rae Harris

Stolen Time

 Stories of Hope ~ Creating Dreams

The debut novella by Author Angela Harris

 Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00071]Tragedy has made Keaira wise beyond her twenty years. Forced to work for the General, a commanding man who blackmailed his way into her life, she was ordered to study self-defense and master knife throwing. In the hidden community of Shifters, falcons are considered weak, a fact which may ultimately save her life. To escape his cruelty, she will need to call

upon her quick-witted falcon side, but the General has other plans – ones which involve his only son, Carson.

When unexpected feelings form between Keaira and Carson, the General quickly moves his pieces into place, launching his quest to take over the world. If she wants to survive, Keaira must stay one step ahead in the General’s deadly game and discover his weaknesses. Even if it means risking her life and the lives of those she cares about most.

With war on the horizon, sides are being drawn.  Deadly secrets must be exposed. Time is running out for Keaira and all of mankind.

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EXCERPT:

Carson stuffed his hands into his front pockets to keep from touching her.

“Then maybe a movie?” After he said it, he felt his lips slip into a half smile.

Keaira laughed, and her eyes brightened.

“My first night back isn’t going to be spent in an uncomfortable chair, staring at a screen. Not being allowed to move or talk.”

Carson chuckled. She was turning out to be unlike any girl he had met.

“Then let’s hear your ideas.”

Stepping closer, Keaira raised her eyebrows. Her tongue darted out to moisten lips that had turned serious. She had to tilt her chin up to look at him by the time she stopped in front of him.

“I say we go to my favorite sports pub and have dinner. I know for a fact that there is a baseball game on tonight.”

She was so close Carson could smell mint on her breath. He closed his eyes for a minute and was greeted by his other half. His young mountain lion was calmly sitting in the darkness of his subconscious. Carson had inherited his family’s Shifter genes. He could change into the large cat at will. His kitty let out an irritated huff and circled before lying down with his back to Carson. Apparently, the cat wasn’t interested in Keaira. He didn’t raise any alarms, so Carson took that as a “do what you want” kind of message.

Opening his eyes, Carson refrained from leaning into Keaira. He met her gaze and then scanned her face. She stole his breath away when she bit down on her lower lip. Freckles dotted her cheeks and her nose, making her look more innocent than she acted. A striped white mark was visible just under her left eye. It was so white it could have been an old scar. Four lines that looked like a bird track in the white sand that was her pale skin. He felt his fingers ball up into fists in his pockets. The urge to feel how soft her skin must be was overwhelming.

Guest Post | Writing Inspiration
by Angela Rae Harris 

I find writing inspiration everywhere. Many of my characters are based off of real people in my life. Once I get a basic idea of a character’s personality, they pretty much take it from there. There will be times when I’m writing and the character’s response to a scene surprises me. Then I realize they are telling the story, not me.

Music is another thing that brings in ideas. If I’m writing and the character isn’t coming together for me, I listen to the radio. I love anything from Theory of a Dead Man to Tim McGraw to Katie Perry. I’ll be listening, or singing along, when a character comes to mind. Many times it will be something like, “Oh, I could see this character loving this song.” Then I ask why would they love this song and the character develops that way.

When one of the main characters in Stolen Time, Carson, first came to me, I pictured him being a lot like my friend’s son – confident, by-the-edge-of-his-pants personality, football player. As Carson developed he became to grow his own charisma.

In the case of The Time Series, Carson was character that told me the story. It all came to me as scenes played when as I slept or rather that place where you aren’t quite asleep but you don’t want to open your eyes.  

I had many sleepless nights before I finally started writing down the story that was playing like a movie in my head. The hardest part was interpreting what I was seeing into words. That and for some reason the scenes weren’t in order. I’d see the middle of the story then the beginning and then the end.

I try to let my characters tell the story, I just write it down.

Inspiration cannot be forced. Being patient and letting it come to you is part of the lesson. Luckily, my characters aren’t quiet.

I try to let my characters tell the story, I just write it down.

Thank you for having me!

About Angela Rae Harris Angela Rae Harris Author Picutre

Angela is an author, a wife, mother of two, and a part-time assistant office manager. She loves nights when her husband cooks. Her two kids keep her hopping and help her tap into her well of creativity and imagination.

At thirteen, Angela read Harry Potter and was reacquainted with books. She reads everything from Steven King to Will Hobbs. She started writing after her youngest was born. The characters started to visit and wouldn’t let her sleep until she wrote down their stories.

She’d love for people to get lost in her books.

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I really enjoyed this novella and the story line is possessed. I just wish it had been a little longer! 🙂 The beginning of it grasped my attention and left me wanting to read more. I felt like the characters were very well developed and this story allowed for the reader to delve into a world of shape shifters, which isn’t the norm in many reads today. The main character Keaira has experienced a lot in her short life, but but proves herself to be strong and one to admire.
It’s a quick read, but one that will surely keep you invested all the way through. One things for sure, I am definitely interested in this world Angela Harris created and will most certainly be looking forward to the next.

4 out of 5 stars!

Happy reading!

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