Today I have the wonderful Solease Barner talking about her book "Secrets of the Ghosts" books as well as showing us some excerpts from both Book 1 and Book 2 of the series.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Well, I was born and raised in Michigan. I married my high school sweetheart and we have one child. My goal in life has always been becoming an attorney, but I decided writing was what I was going to do almost a year ago.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m a huge reader and movie buff first off. I read everything and love a good movie. I enjoy the beach because I love water. I like to do yoga as well very relaxing.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When I have a idea for a story I kind of having a movie going on in my head, if that makes sense. I almost let it play out some in my thoughts, so I may get to know the characters better and then I start a rough draft usually in poem form.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I get them from everywhere. The Secrets of the Ghosts Trilogy came from a poem first. Then the poem developed into something more J I was just thinking of something new yesterday and it came from me seeing something as I was driving, so I’m always watching and looking.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
That is a hard one because I’m working on something new and when it’s new you love it lol. I’m still partial to my first book “The Sleeper” that is my first love so to speak J
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Ok oh God, Well I’m terrified of animals, dogs, cats, pigs, cows lol I like horses though and fish. I can have a panic attack if a dog is too close to me like tears and everything.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
My stories come from my imagination and reading my books yes the imagination is out there, although you never know with “The Sleeper” lol No it comes from my imagination.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name? No name J
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Well, I’m writing a New Series that will go into paranormal romance, but that’s a secret shh J I would like to try my hand one time in horror though like really good horror book that would scare me.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
The list never ends because I’m always reading and so, could never just name a few for I love many authors J
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why? I love Holiday in “The Sleeper” she is pretty awesome. The men I love Joe and David because they both have something Holiday needs and they use what they have the best way they know how. J
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer? Oh well, after you have with through editing which is always hard for me, promotion is the hardest thing as well. You also never rest lol if you are not writing, editing, reviewing or reading you are with your family. I guess that is my life J
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
I would say first never give up and keep writing.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would be getting ready to take the bar exam for law and I would be a criminal justice attorney , no question.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway? I would think going to Venice would be perfect and would love to go.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
The current story out is “Secrets of the Ghosts-AWAKENS” this is the second book to The Secret of the Ghosts Trilogy. This book picks up quick with where Holiday ended in the first book which is “Secrets of the Ghosts-The Sleeper” This story is about a wife, mother and a government assassin. She is living these two lives. Holiday and her sisters are forced to going rogue against a unknown government agency. Both books is going to take you through a journey on How Holiday is caught between her husband who thinks she is a wedding planner to a ex-lover who she works on missions with. If that is not enough the woman she calls mother turns against her and Holiday soon finds out that the rabbit hole is deeper than she thought. Holiday thought she was the only one keeping secrets, it become very clear secrets are everywhere. Both books will give you suspense, action, romance, comedy and fantasy. You will not be disappointed in “Secrets of the Ghosts-The Sleeper” and Secrets of the Ghosts-AWAKENS”!
The Secrets of the Ghosts-The Sleeper Blurb
Holiday Towley is a loving perfect wife and mother who holds a deep dark secret. Holiday's dark secret is revealed when her daughter's safety is compromised by unforeseen circumstances. Holiday's life becomes more complex when she finds out the truth of who she really is. Holiday soon finds out she has a special gift that will change her life and may protect her daughter from the secret life that she has kept hidden.
“Joe baby I hate to wake you, but could you get up for a minute or two?” I ask while kissing him on his neck and ear.
“Um hey beautiful are you giving me a sign? If so, this is how I like to be awakened every morning!” Even his morning voice is beautiful. He pulls me on top of him and holds me so gently, caressing my entire body.
“Oh… nooo… not now, I have to go to work and I need for you to take Evey to daycare. I will pick her up later,” I say as he continues kissing me.
Yes, this Ghost has a daughter named Evelyn Grace Towley, who is two years old. I call her Evey (rhymes with heavy) or Angel, and she is my miracle. I went totally against what everyone wanted, including my sisters who I thought would understand, but they believed it was too dangerous. Well, this is my life and I love it—I could not be happier.
“Yeah baby I can take Evey to daycare, but only if I can have a kiss?” I softly laugh and begin kissing and rubbing my hands through his beautiful, rusty-gold hair. I know I have to go for sure now. For one, time is ticking, and for two, Joe can turn a kiss into a half-hour encounter!
I am in and out of the shower before it is 5:30 a.m. I get dressed in a regular dark-blue suit, pull my hair in a bun, and put on minimal makeup. Joe watches me the entire time like I am some type of model, but to me I am nothing compared to my Ghostly sisters. They have the body and the skills. I’m just decent in my mind. I am a size 6 or 8 depending on the clothes, about 5’7’’ with an ok body—nothing to get excited about. I work out everyday, running and lifting weights, but I do most of my training with my sisters. I will never be compared to Heidi Klum or Halle Berry. I will never be in a James Bond movie, but Joe likes my body, so I guess that is all that matters. If someone sees the way he looks at me, they think he won the lottery or something. I lean over and gave him another peck on the lips, check on my angel, and walk out the door to my other life. The cold-hearted killing machine.
I get into my black Malibu and am not even out of the driveway before my phone rings. She’s always checking up on me…
“Hello Mother. I am just leaving and it is only 5:45. I’m on my way to change at the Spot, what’s up?” I go down the line answering her normal questions to shut her up: wishful thinking.
“So that’s how you talk to your mother? You didn’t even let me get in a word!” she sounds like I have just disrespected her. I am not trying to be disrespectful; she always misinterprets.
“I just wanted you to know that I am on it.” I’m lying. I really do not need twenty questions. I just want to focus on what’s at hand and not talk period. I have to get into a certain mood.
“Holiday darling, did you look under your seat? That’s all you will need.” She says it so softly and gently, like a mother singing her child to sleep. What a joke!
Ava is a cross between Mommy Dearest, Joan Cleaver, and Michael Corleon all mixed into one. She is a piece of work, but I have this strange type of love for her.
“Yes Mother I have it and everything will be done,” I say, it trying to end the conversation, but she keeps talking.
“Don’t forget anyone Holiday— I mean not a single soul!” She says it with such force my ear kind of itches.
Why does she do that? Now I am a little pissed. I have been doing this now for six years officially. Will I ever get a pinch of credit?
“Yeah I got it!” Just as I am about to hang up, out comes the personality disorder.
“Give Evey a kiss for me. Mother loves you, Holiday. Call me later! Bye darling.” She speaks with such concern.
Secrets of the Ghosts-AWAKENS- blurb
Holiday Towley, is a wife, mother, wedding planner and secret government assassin. Holiday’s life was complicated enough when all she had to do was plan weddings and kill people. Now with her daughter threatened by the people she should have been able most to trust, and her marriage threatened by the handsome and enigmatic David, she faces the ruin of all she has worked for.
Excerpt for “AWAKENS”
“David.” I breathe in and out very slowly. I have heard that this technique can help to calm a person. “Why. Did. You. Shoot. At. Me?” I breathe again because this time is my last time asking. Then I will rise from this floor and ask no more questions. He comes and sits down next to me on the floor. I am in shock. I never thought David wanted to die, but die he will if I do not get answers.
“Holiday.” David sighs. “Holiday, when you left, I did not know how or what had happened. Nervous is not a good enough word to describe my feelings. I’ve been thinking everything imaginable for the last few weeks. I was too afraid to leave the country because I did not know how you had vanished like that. I took some vacation time from missions and have been trying to track you or your killer. Though now, I see you are alive and well. When you walked through the door… you know the drill - shoot first.” I hear him chuckle like a weight has been lifted off of him. I am angry that he shot at me. I slowly rise from the floor and look over my shoulder to see the hole in the wall where the bullet landed. The exact place my head would have been if I had not heard the ominous click of the gun. I rub my hand over the hole and it is still warm. Well, I see he is still using liquid bullets. I turn my head back to look at him still sitting on the floor. I immediately think of taking my heel and stabbing him in the groin. I recover quickly as I gaze into his enchanting blue eyes. His justification for shooting at me is believable. I would have done the same thing he did – the only difference is that I wouldn’t have missed.