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mercoledì 21 marzo 2018

Blog Tour: Ivy Vines, Visions by Judy Serrano



Moving to Sedona was the only way Ivy could think of to start over. She would meet her high school sweetheart and work on making things right between them. Her psychic abilities were gradually becoming a curse and she needed a new start. Little does she know that when she applies for a waitressing job at a local, upscale French bistro, she will come in contact with the dark and mysterious Eli Dubois. What she doesn’t realize is she has just walked into the middle of the Vortex Murders, which involve a great deal of paranormal activity. Elijah’s army of seers are being murdered, one by one, which seems to be magnifying Ivy’s special abilities.

Eli’s best friend, Jake, arrives on the scene and reveals the secret that changes everything. With nowhere to turn, Ivy leans on the two men who offer her solace. And who is the old woman in the shroud? Is she a vision, a dream, or is she real? Only time will tell.

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Interview with the Author
Tell us a little about how you got started as an author and how you came up with the idea for this book?
I went back to school when I was in my 40s. It was tough to say the least. I had one teacher who really inspired me. I suffered from dyslexia and thought that I could never really write a novel. This teacher had a degree from Harvard and also suffered from dyslexia. She suggested that I write my book, and use the talent that she thought I had. That was back in 2009. I finally sat down and wrote my Easter’s Lilly Series. I can turn out 5,000 words in an hour. I wrote three books in only a few months.

The book was inspired by my time in Sedona, Arizona. There was a New Age movement going on back then. People were claiming to be able to see and speak with spirits. I was intrigued by it all. I mean, who’s to say they are not telling the truth? That is where Ivy came from.

Where do you get your ideas for characters? In particular, did you steal some characteristics from yourself or people you know for the main characters?
My books are purely fictional. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Which author/authors or particular books have inspired you?
I must say that Nora Roberts was a huge influence in my life. Stephanie Tyler and Maya Banks certainly helped me with my page-turning suspense. As far as favorite books go, Hunger Games, was one of my all-time favorite books. The MacKade Brothers by Nora Roberts and Between Midnight and Morning by Cindy Gerard also top my list. Charlene Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series is awesome, and the Maya Banks KGI series rocked my world.

What were some of your favorite reads of the past year?
Recently, I finished Sky Warren’s The King, The Knight, The Castle, and The Queen, and I highly recommend them for people who enjoy a good, steamy romance. I loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I also read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved it. I read it originally for my classes (I am an English teacher by day) and ended up really enjoying it.

For the aspiring writers out there, can you tell us something about how you develop your plot?
I often dream my storylines. I sit down at my MacBook and write. My plots unfold themselves. I wish I had a cleverer antidote but that is all there really is to it.

Tell us about your future? Next book?
I have a new book. I am working on the final edit as we speak. It is a Mafia/FBI/Police kind of book. It is very suspenseful and steamy at the same time.

Excerpt

Author
Judy Serrano holds a Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-, Commerce. She is the owner of Make Cents Editing Service, and was an adjunct professor at a local college. Currently she teaches high school English and is a freelance writer for certain on-line publications. Judy also writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. She is the author of The Easter’s Lilly Series, The Linked Series, and Ivy Vines, Visions.

Although originally form New York, Judy resides in Texas with her husband, four boys, two dogs and now five cats. She sings and plays guitar when she has time and enjoys singing with her very musical family in church when she is able.


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