Immortality, thousands of years, and voodoo will make you fall in love . . .
High school senior Alexandra Peyton has a secret admirer with devilish good looks: shoulder-sweeping raven hair, brooding azure eyes, and a ten-foot wing span. But their thousand-year age difference may be a deal breaker for the shy seventeen-year-old. Kraven, the admirer (and immortal victim of an ancient curse), is certain that Alexandra is the reincarnation of his long-dead princess bride.
When Alexandra returns from a road trip to her grandmother’s beachfront estate on the South Carolina coast to the hectic, big-city life in Atlanta, Georgia, she possesses two souvenirs. The first is a once-lost package, sent to her by her now-missing father, which contains a mysterious pendant necklace. The second is a journal filled with the ravings of her dead uncle, an army officer who wrote of meeting the devil during his service in Europe during the final days of World War II.
However, a voodoo priestess who stalks the grounds of Peyton Manor is convinced that the journal will help her conjure the devil and wants the book returned at all costs. As school starts, a vicious wolf man, working for his voodoo mistress, plots an attack on Alexandra. When her life is threatened, the immortal stranger who has vowed to protect her reveals himself and changes her life irrevocably.
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About the author:
Growing up in the coastal town of Charleston, South Carolina, instilled an infatuation with history, mystery, and legend in first-time author Tammy Turner. From the time she could shuffle along behind her father, they would hunt for sharks’ teeth, explore crumbling cemeteries, and dig for pirate gold along the low country beaches. Attending school in the heart of the city, the palpable lore of history fed her imagination and inspired her to craft her own stories. An honors graduate of Georgia State University, Tammy has a degree in journalism and works in the field of international trade. Now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Tammy plans adventures with her son and capturing the essence of make believe with her writing.
What inspired you to write this book?
A few years ago I devoured the entire Twilight series in about two weeks. I lost a lot of sleep and did not go out in the sun until I had read every single last word Stephanie Meyer wrote. When I was done my imagination was juiced like five year old kid on Red Bull. I had not written much in years but I felt inspired. So I put pen to paper and went for it.
What characters do you connect with most?
My protagonist is a quiet high school senior named Alexandra Peyton. She is a lot like I was when I was her age minus the ability to read minds and the immortal secret admirer. She is a good girl, does her homework, loves her parents and her bulldog Jack. In high school I was always the quiet one who made good grades. Circumstances force Alexandra to find an inner strength she does not know she has. I can definitely relate to that now as an adult. Sometimes life just happens and it is what you do with it that defines your character.
What’s your favorite book-turned movie?
My son and I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid together on a long car ride to see grandparents over the holidays a few years ago. Actually I think we read it twice, first on the ride there and then on the ride home. When I bought him the DVD of the movie version we laughed so hard we spilled our soda and popcorn all over the soda.
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
The best friend of my main character Alexandra Peyton is Taylor Woodward. They are total opposites. Alexandra is shy and introverted and has never had a boyfriend. Taylor is a sassy mean girl with dyed blond hair and a lot of ex-boyfriends. In read life I would totally choose Taylor to be my best friend because she is the most unlike me. She knows how to shake things up and tell it like it is. She also has a softer side she hides from the world and needs a honest friend to lean on and that is where I would be perfect for her.
Can you tell us about any other books you’re writing?
The sequel to Falling into Forever is completed and due out in the spring. The title is The End of Never and continues the wild ride Alexandra finds herself on as a high school senior with newly discovered abilities, friends and even enemies. I am also working on the third book in the series.
What do you do in your spare time?
What spare time? I seem to spend a lot of time at the grocery store since I have an eleven year old son who plays football. I also spend a lot of time in the laundry room washing smelly football uniforms. When I do have a little time to myself I love to catch up on my reading and write of course. I also spend a lot of time on the sofa watching football and episodes of The Walking Dead with my son. We are obsessed with anything zombie.
Who’s your inspiration?
When I was writing Falling into Forever I would ask myself questions like: Am I good at this? Will I be successful? As fulfilling as it was to be writing a novel I was equally apprehensive. Whenever I let doubt or criticism creep into my head I remember some advice my Dad gave me when I graduated from high school: To be successful you have to believe in yourself. You need just one person to believe in you as strongly as you believe in yourself. And you must work relentlessly toward a goal. Find that in yourself and you can achieve anything in life. His words have never left me.
If you were stranded on a desert island which character do you want by your side?
Without a doubt I want to be deserted with History teacher Sean Callahan. I think he would be like the professor on the old TV show Gilligan’s Island and be able to make a cell phone or a microwave out of coconuts and palm leaves. He is my favorite character: highly intelligent, handsome, a gentleman. Also he is Irish so he speaks with a really sexy accent that I would not grow tired of listening to if we were stuck in the middle of an ocean together.
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
I don’t think I could handle an eternity of brooding and icy skin so definitely Team Jacob. He is sweet and warm and makes you want to cuddle up next to him around in front of a fireplace.
Team Peeta or Team Gale?
Full disclosure: I have not read The Hunger Games. Please don’t hate me and please see the above question about what I do in my spare time. It is definitely on top of the reading list, though.
What are you reading now?
I have just started World War Z by Max Brooks because of my current fascination with zombies and zombie hunters.
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