Thursday, January 18, 2018

Interview with T. A. Hernandez author of the Secrets of Peace Series






Let's welcome T. A. Hernandez! Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve always loved a good story, whether it comes from a book, movie, television show, video game, or anything else you can think of. I dabbled in writing stories a little bit as a kid, but when I was fourteen, my family moved from southern California to a rural town in Idaho, and writing became a sort of escape for me. I began to take it more seriously and actively looking for ways to improve. It wasn’t always easy, but it was always something I was passionate about—something that eventually became a part of me. I still have a lot to learn, but I think that’s the great part about writing. You’re always learning something, always growing, and that’s exciting. Aside from being a writer, I’m also a mother, an artist, and a college student majoring in social work.



You sound busy. Will you share a short excerpt from your novel with us?

Zira pretended not to notice the way Jared’s hands shook so much he couldn’t even get the key into the ignition. He dropped it on the floor and slammed his hand against the steering wheel, cursing. Zira focused on the branches of a tree outside, but she could see him in her peripherals, hunched over with his head bowed as he rubbed his hands over his coarse, black hair.

“I’m sorry,” Zira said. “About your team and…what he did to you.”

“I don’t need your pity,” Jared growled.

“I know. I don’t pity you.”

He sighed and sat up. “Yeah, well, it’s over now.”

“Are you relieved? That they’re dead?”

Jared met her gaze, and Zira was caught off guard by how much pain she saw in his eyes. She hadn’t noticed it before, or maybe he’d just done a good job of hiding it until now. “I wouldn’t say that I’m relieved. But I do feel better somehow—safer—knowing they’re gone.” He took Zira’s hand, an unexpected gesture that made her flinch. “Thank you.”

“For what?”

“I’ve been dreading this since we first saw Li in that diner. It was easier knowing I wasn’t going into it alone.”

“Anyone could have done that.”

“Maybe. But it was you who put me at ease all week and gave me something else to think about.”

“I didn’t—”

Jared shook his head and gave her a small smile. “It’s just a ‘thank you,’ Zira. You don’t need to get defensive about it.”

“All right,” she muttered. “You’re welcome.”


What brought about the idea for this book?

The idea for Secrets of PEACE came from a few different places, and it’s hard for me to identify any one thing or even a series of things that gave me the idea. The characters came first, or at least the main protagonist did. I had been through some difficult personal issues in the two years before I started writing the book, and I think I just wanted to write a character who was strong and resilient in spite of having the odds stacked against her. I had also just finished playing the first Assassin’s Creed game, and I was intrigued by the idea of murder being used as a tool for peace. That idea formed the foundation for the plot, and the story evolved from there. It changed a lot along the way, and it took five years to really get it right, but I’m satisfied with the way it turned out.



Tell us a little bit about your main characters

Secrets of PEACE has two protagonists, both of whom are assassins working for the authoritarian government in a future America. Zira is the primary protagonist. At eighteen years old, she’s inexperienced and a bit reckless, but hardworking and determined to prove herself. She doesn’t trust people easily, and her abrasive personality can be a fun challenge to write. Jared is the other protagonist of the series. He’s a couple years older than Zira, fiercely dedicated to his job, and the best assassin in their unit. He’s skilled and tough, but he definitely has a softer side that he isn’t afraid to show to the people he trusts. Chairman Ryku is another major character in the story and serves as a mentor to both Zira and Jared.



They sound like interesting characters. What was your favorite scene to write?

It’s so hard to pick just one, but I’m going to have to choose the scene at the end of the first act of the story in chapter 11. It’s an intense scene, and things take a definite turn for the worst for Zira. But that’s really what starts her personal journey of self-discovery and self-determination, which continues throughout the rest of the series. The scene also introduces a character who has become one of my favorites to write (and seems to be a favorite among readers as well), so that’s exciting.



Currently, what are you working on?

There are three planned books in the Secrets of PEACE series. The second one, Renegades of PEACE, came out in July 2017, and I’m currently working on the third book, Survivors of PEACE. It was kind of a surprise novel. I had originally planned to end the series with Renegades, but then somewhere during the revision process, the characters began insisting that there was more of the story to tell. Ever their obedient servant, I of course gave in to their demands.



What has been the best compliment you have received?

Anytime someone compliments me on my characters, I’m beyond thrilled. It’s great to see when they come to life for readers the way they do for me. I had one reader in particular who mentioned the complex character relationships and relatable human emotions as a highlight of the book, and that was probably the best compliment I’ve ever received about anything I’ve written.



That's great.  It's always nice to know people enjoy something you put your heart and soul into. Do you have people read your drafts before you publish?  How do you select beta readers?

Oh yes, I definitely have people read my drafts before I publish. Several times. It’s a key part of my writing process, and I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today without the feedback I’ve received from beta readers and critique partners along the way. I have two betas who read for me regularly and whose input I value and respect tremendously. One is my critique partner and fellow indie author, EJ Fisch, who writes amazing science fiction novels with complex characters and fast-paced plots. The other is my best friend, who reads way more than anyone else I know and is great at spotting big-picture issues like poor characterization, pacing, and plot holes. Aside from that, I usually try to do beta reading swaps with other writers. I find most of them through Goodreads and social media. I prefer to use people who write in the same genre I do, or as close to it as possible.



Who designed the artwork for your cover?  Or did you design it yourself?

Being an artist as well as an independent author definitely has its advantages. I designed the covers for all of my books myself. It’s fun, and sometimes it serves as a nice motivation to keep me going when I’m halfway through the writing process and feel stuck. I can whip up a cover and remind myself that someday, I’ll be holding that book in my hands, and all the crap I had to go through to get the dang thing finished will have been worth it.



How do you handle criticism when it comes to your writing?

This has probably been said time and time again, but it’s important, so I’ll say it anyways. You can’t take criticism personally. Sometimes that’s hard, especially when someone criticizes something you were really proud of or thought was nearly perfect. And if you need to take a minute to scream into a pillow or drown your sorrows in a chocolate milkshake, that’s fine. But don’t wallow. It’s not about you. It’s about making the story the best you can possibly make it. At some point, you just have to pick yourself up, take a step back, and try to look at the story objectively so you can fix what’s wrong with it. Not all criticism you receive will be helpful, but if you can put your own personal feelings aside, you’ll be able to sort out the useful stuff from the nonsense and do what works best for your story.

Great Advice, any last words?
Thanks so much for the interview! I always love talking about writing with readers and fellow authors, so if you ever want to reach out, please don’t hesitate to contact me through my website or social media.



Find out more about the Secrets of Peace Series.  Happy Reading!!

Secrets of PEACE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24PNUQ

Renegades of PEACE: https://www.amazon.com/Renegades-PEACE-Secrets-Book-ebook/dp/B073W3ZPP1/

Website: https://www.tahernandez.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ta_hernandez5

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tahernandez05



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Interview with Birks Kalulu author of The Dream Actor


Today I'd like to Welcome Birks Kalulu author of The Dream Actor.

Birks Kalulu is a university graduate with a degree in public administration from the University of Zambia. He is currently working at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. He is an online entrepreneur, loves traveling and networking with like-minded people. He is a loving husband and father to two beautiful children. He believes the brain is limitless and every problem has a solution.


Birks, what got you into writing?

I have always wanted to get my voice heard, to tell a story to the world. I have done it before in music but I wanted to expand my outreach. I am a bookworm (that is an understatement) I hope through my writings in my various genres I will be able to help somebody feel that they are not alone. And so I take up a pen and conquer the voiceless corners of the world.



Share a short excerpt from your novel

“Detective Vee!” interrupted Jack, pointing to a tree with three dead dogs up ahead. “You have brought your men to die. You will do them a favor if you call it off,” urged Jack, with a stern look on his face.

“Not a chance,” he replied as they went below the tree. The dead dogs had their eyes gouged out. “Today your brother will pay for all he has done,” warned the detective.

Many more dead dogs where piling up as the pair where getting closer to the men in front of them. Detective Vandross did not appreciate the art of defeat. He didn’t want to lose lives today. But tables were turned against him.



      Which do you prefer: print books or ebooks?

That is a tricky question to ask a writer. So I will answer it instead as a reader (hang me not!). I prefer print books. I love the texture, the smell and their supernatural ability not to have a low battery.

    Having a battery die in the middle of reading a great book would be super frustrating!  Luckily when I do read on a tablet I make sure my battery is charged. Have you been given any helpful advice?

Yes, a lot of great advice. Advice is as important to the mind as food is to the body. The advice ranged from plot settings, grammar, character descriptions etc. Most of the information I got I used it during the writing process.



    Currently, what are you working on?

I have 3 unfinished books, one is a sequel to the dream actor and the other two are nonfiction, a memoir of my father and the other, a social essay. And yes, I plan to finish them all year (fingers crossed).



  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

The main characters are twins who were born with a mysterious connection. The other twin dreams and the other one acts them out unknowingly. These dreams cause chaos in the little town of Hillsdale. So the boys embark on a heart-stopping crusade to find out the why factor and end these nightmares. In their pursuit to find a solution the dream actor becomes vilified while the dreamer attempts to become his savior.



Share something with us not a lot of people know about you.

Sure thing but I hope I do not get in trouble for it. I used to steal books from the school library so that I could selfishly read them alone. I had nearly depleted the school library; well mostly it was a stash of novels (so I guess I can be forgiven for that).



    Make up for it by donating a few of your books to the library. How do you promote your books? Any tips you can share?

Social media connections, email newsletter, participation in blogs, forums, joining writer groups, having my own blog and website, setting aside a portion of every working day for marketing and outreach (Doing all that EVERY SINGLE DAY).



   Is this a stand-alone novel or part of a series?

It is not a standalone novel; I am in the process of publishing the sequel early this year. 



What is the easiest part of the writing process?  What is the hardest?

I am going to answer this using my general writing process. They are 5 phases in my writing process.

Prewriting - this is the hard part, I look at this as the back bone of the whole process.  

Writing – this part is easy as long as the back bone is firm enough; though the beginning is harder than the end for me.  

Revision – this is semi hard, but much of my revision is less stressful because I try as much as possible to perfect my story in its early stages.

Editing- I love this part, because now I know I am almost done. And my work is going to be a master piece!

Publishing- As I self-published author, this process was easy, the difficult part is getting your book in front of the right eyes (the readers).



 Do you have people read your drafts before you publish?  How do you select beta readers?

No author should neglect the blessing of beta readers. They are important to the writing process because they play a part in the editing phase. Their advice or feedback is cardinal to the survival of your work. I personally have 3 beta readers, and they have been so helpful by giving me undiluted constructive advice over my work. Two of my beta readers are seasoned writers, which makes their feedback even more important.



Having a good team is critical! Any last words?

I am thankful for the opportunity of being selected for this author interview session. And as people go out and get my book, I want them to realize that dreams are not what they seem. Dreams do come true.



Thanks Birks for sharing with us today.  Check out The Dream Actor.  Happy Reading!!





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Friday, January 12, 2018

Interview with Josie Jaffery author of The Solis Invicti Series



Today let's welcome author Josie Jaffery! Tell us a little about yourself. 

Hello! I’m Josie and I live in Oxford, England, with my husband and two cats. When I’m not writing, I work as a lawyer specialising in commercial and intellectual property law. I’ve been writing seriously since 2014 and am about to start on my sixth novel. I also run an online book club, The Gin Book Club, through my website.

Josie, it sounds like you keep busy! Share a short excerpt from your novel

His beautiful blue eyes bored into mine.

“What would you have me do?” he challenged. “Would you rather I lied? That I use clever arguments to convince you this is something you want? That I manipulate you into believing the reality of this arrangement to be other than it is?”

I looked down at the table.

“We have to drink blood to live,” he continued, “and it has to be human. There’s no way I can make that concept more palatable to you, if you’ll excuse the pun. Life as you knew it has changed, Emilia. We have always been here, moving amongst you, it was just that you weren’t conscious of our presence. Now, with the Weepers multiplying, consuming and replacing your kind, we can no longer hide.”

“Isn’t that a little disingenuous?” I said, remembering Jeff’s theory about the lead time that would have been required for the level of organisation the vampires had displayed. “Aren’t the Weepers just an excuse for you to act?”

“We have been waiting for an opportunity for some time,” he acknowledged with a tilt of his head. “I know you want things to return to how they were,” he continued, “but that is not in my power to give. Your world is gone. You’re fighting for a life that no longer exists. There are difficult decisions to make, sacrifices, simply to save what little remains to us. I am trying to salvage an existence for your race, a new world for both of our races. There could be a place in that world for you, if you’re willing to look for it.”


Sounds great! Of course I am a little partial to vampire novels. Which do you prefer: print books or ebooks?

I actually use and love both.

When I’m reviewing books, I like to have a print copy so I can take photos and include the books in my video reviews. I also do a lot of my reading in the bath (particularly at this time of year, when it’s a bit chilly in the UK!), and my e-reader tends to get steamed up if I try to use it. Instead, I read print copies and let the pages get all crinkly.

I love my e-reader when I go on holiday (all the books I could ever wish for!) and also when I’m reading a series. As soon as I finish the first book in the series, I can buy the next immediately and read on with no interruption.

Is this a stand-alone novel or part of a series?

A Bargain in Silver is the first novel in my four-book paranormal romance series, the Solis Invicti series. All of the books are published and available on Amazon in print and e-copy.

That's great. I hate waiting in between series for the next book.  I love reading books when the series is already completed. Currently, what are you working on?

I’m just starting on the sequel to the Solis Invicti series. It’s going to be a trilogy, set several hundred years after the end of theSolis Invicti series. There will be some familiar faces, and plenty of new ones. I’m pretty excited about it.

Do you have people read your drafts before you publish?  How do you select beta readers?

I do. I’m very lucky to have a small group of fairly critical and literary friends who read my novels before publication. They’re very generous with their time.

Josey, who designed the artwork for your cover?  Or did you design it yourself?

My cover was designed by Martin Beckett of Martin Beckett Art, and I love it! I’ll definitely be working with him again on future covers.

What was your biggest challenge when writing? Did you have any writer’s block?  If so, how did you work your way through it?

I always find that I get stuck about a third of the way through a novel, which I gather is fairly common. Usually it’s because I’ve reached the turning point of the plot, but unexpected elements have crept into the story which mean that I need to rework my plot plan for the remainder of the novel. After an hour or so soaking in a bubble bath, I can usually think my way through the problems. If not, the problem is usually that one of my characters is behaving in a way that is inconsistent with their personality. In that case, I just put the manuscript aside for a few days, then rework it after taking a break.

Sometime taking a break is just what you need to clear your head.  I also find jumping from project to project helps me.  What are your hobbies aside from writing, if any?

I obviously adore reading (hence the book club), but I’m also a keen rower. My training takes up almost as much time as writing does! I row competitively with the City of Oxford Rowing Club.

Wow, what a great way to stay in shape.  Authors sit so much it's great to have an active hobby. Which do you find more challenging inventing the hero or the villain?  Why?

It entirely depends on the novel. With the Solis Invicti series, the protagonist narrates the novels, so it was challenging to create and maintain her voice through the whole series. The villain in A Bargain in Silver doesn’t appear as often, so although it was important for the villain to be a rounded character, that character wasn’t so complex to write.

The book I’ve just finished is third person narrative, and again the protagonist was tricky, but I was really eager to get the villain’s character just right. That took a lot of work too.

Since you wrote in this genre, do you think you will ever write in other genres?
Definitely. I’ve just finished writing a YA historical fantasy novel, and I’ll probably write more in those genres in future. I also have plans for more paranormal romance novels, some YA and some NA.




THE SOLIS INVICTI SERIES


By Josie Jaffrey

The Solis Invicti series is set in London, in a world in which the human population has been decimated by a blood-borne virus.  In the wake of the zombie apocalypse that follows, a vampiric race called the Silver seizes control.  Without the protection of the Silver, humanity will soon cease to exist, and without uninfected human blood, the Silver will perish.  A necessary symbiosis is the result, but the power of the two races could not be more unevenly balanced.
The protagonist of the series is Emilia, a twenty-something barmaid with an insubordinate and reckless approach to the new order.  In the first days following the collapse, she struggles to accept that her life has changed irrevocably and that she is powerless to reclaim it.  That recalcitrance brings her face to face with the highest ranks of the Silver.
The series is targeted at adults and mature young adults.  The books contain horror, profanity and sexual content.  This isn't erotica, but there are some steamy scenes (only one or two per book).  There are love triangles, aggression and drama, but there is also an eventual HEA.
Series Info:

Books in series: 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy
Additional Media Links:

For additional information, contact josiejaffrey@gmail.com.

A BARGAIN IN SILVER
Solis Invicti: Book I
By Josie Jaffrey




A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It's not a deal that Emmy's willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.
After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.
But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?
Tagline: If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?
Book Info:
Publisher: Self-published
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Cover Art: Martin Beckett Art
Page Count: 356
Word Count: 102,000
ASIN (Amazon): B00RR2XM86
ISBN (Print): 978-1548138516
Release Date: 4 January 2015
Rating: 18+

Praise for A Bargain in Silver:
✭✭✭✭✭  Dystopian, post-apocalyptic and dark, very dark… Josie Jaffrey takes on the world of the paranormal with bold strokes and a personal touch. – Tome Tender
✭✭✭✭✭  I absolutely loved this book. I had the hardest time putting it down. I think I may have even growled at my family when they interrupted me. – Baroness Book Trove
✭✭✭✭  This is a powerful start to what I am sure will be an amazing series! – One Book Two
✭✭✭✭  This book had me hooked right from the very first page. A slightly different twist on the usual vampire romance, this is a well written and intriguing start to the series. – A British Bookworm’s Blog
Excerpt:
His beautiful blue eyes bored into mine.
“What would you have me do?” he challenged. “Would you rather I lied? That I use clever arguments to convince you this is something you want? That I manipulate you into believing the reality of this arrangement to be other than it is?” 
I looked down at the table.
“We have to drink blood to live,” he continued, “and it has to be human. There’s no way I can make that concept more palatable to you, if you’ll excuse the pun. Life as you knew it has changed, Emilia. We have always been here, moving amongst you, it was just that you weren’t conscious of our presence. Now, with the Weepers multiplying, consuming and replacing your kind, we can no longer hide.”
“Isn’t that a little disingenuous?” I said, remembering Jeff’s theory about the lead time that would have been required for the level of organisation the vampires had displayed. “Aren’t the Weepers just an excuse for you to act?”
“We have been waiting for an opportunity for some time,” he acknowledged with a tilt of his head. “I know you want things to return to how they were,” he continued, “but that is not in my power to give. Your world is gone. You’re fighting for a life that no longer exists. There are difficult decisions to make, sacrifices, simply to save what little remains to us. I am trying to salvage an existence for your race, a new world for both of our races. There could be a place in that world for you, if you’re willing to look for it.”


THE PRICE OF SILVER
Solis Invicti: Book II
By Josie Jaffrey

The Price of Silver is the second book in Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.
Emmy is fenced in by the city, the walls marking the edge of safety closing in around her and sealing her in with one vampire who loves her and another who wants her dead. As she struggles to keep herself and the people she cares about alive, her fellow humans chafe against their enforced submission, and it becomes clear that there are bigger schemes and greater deceptions in play than she had ever imagined.
All the while, the monsters wait outside the barricades for their moment. Of one thing she is certain: without the help of the Silver, the humans won't be safe for long.
Tagline: In the straits of necessity, sometimes there isn't room for freedom.
Book Info:
Publisher: Self-published
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Cover Art: Martin Beckett Art
Page Count: 406
Word Count: 118,000
ASIN (Amazon): B0175G70L8
ISBN (Print): 978-1548144050
Release Date: 25 October 2015
Rating: 18+


Praise for The Price of Silver:
✭✭✭✭✭  Fabulously twisted, dark and intense, the lines between good and evil become gray smears as Josie Jaffrey plummets us into book two of the Solis Invicti series with The Price of Silver. – Tome Tender
✭✭✭✭  There are plenty of surprises and delicious twists to make readers want to continue reading. – One Book Two
✭✭✭✭  This is really a very strong sequel. I look forward to reading Book 3. – A British Bookworm’s Blog
Excerpt:
I was pushed roughly into the door at the top of the stairs, used as a tool to open it wide. It cracked across my cheekbone and into my hip, sending agonising bursts of pain radiating out across my body. This man was brutal, and I wasn’t going to get any mercy from him.
We walked through the kitchen and I knew when we’d entered the dormitory because the breeze from the open window above what used to be my bed hit my bare thighs, chilling me to the bone. But it was too quiet, the normally omnipresent murmurs and snorts of sleeping people oddly absent. Where was everyone? I’d assumed that they were taking me to see Oliver or the other rebels, that they were going to try to beat information out of me about the Silver. Oliver had probably realised that I’d been holding back, and I thought he’d want to know what I knew.
But the room felt practically empty, as if the dormitory was unoccupied. There was a clanking, metallic sound by the window as I was marched in that direction.
“Is it true?” a male voice by the window asked. There was a movement from the man holding me, the motion sending a further jet of pain through my shoulder. He’d clearly made some sort of gesture, but I couldn’t guess what it might have been. There were a few footsteps towards me and then hands at the neck of my shirt, tearing the thin fabric open.
“See?” said the voice again, now right in front of me.
“Damn. He was right,” the man at my back replied.
“It’s going to make a fucking big statement, I’ll tell you that much,” came the response.
“Should never have taken that bribe, little girl,” another voice said from the direction of the window, female this time, as fingers stroked over the choker around my neck. The fingers were replaced by heavy metal that was draped around my throat in a loop. Chains, I thought.
“Too late now,” the man said, and I belatedly realised from the finality of his tone that they were going to kill me.
Dear god, they were going to kill me. Humans were going to kill me.
BOUND IN SILVER
Solis Invicti: Book III
By Josie Jaffrey

Exiled from the city and from the affections of the vampire who had loved her, Emmy finds herself pushed into a captivity she never expected to experience. With the bond to her former protector broken, she knows that the chance to turn Silver is now a monstrous obligation rather than a glittering opportunity.
In an unfamiliar place among unfamiliar people, Emmy feels deserted by those Silver she had thought of as friends, out of sight and out of mind. If only her enemies were equally forgetful.
Bound in Silver is the penultimate book in Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.
Tagline: If you're living against the clock, try not to do it in a cage.
Book Info:
Publisher: Self-published
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Cover Art: Martin Beckett Art
Page Count: 306
Word Count: 95,000
ASIN (Amazon): B01G11DEMC
ISBN (Print): 978-1548145514
Release Date: 23 May 2016
Rating: 18+

Praise for Bound in Silver:
✭✭✭✭✭  Dark, emotionally taut and edge-of-your-seat riveting. Ms. Jaffrey’s take on Vampires, their world and their power has me awestruck! – Tome Tender
✭✭✭✭✭  I love the world. I love the premise. I love the characters! Jaffrey has quickly become a must read author with the crazy world of the Solis Invicti. – One Book Two
✭✭✭✭✭  In short, this book just works. And that ending? Bring on Book 4! – A British Bookworm’s Blog
Excerpt:
He leaned away from me and gently released my left arm from the top before carefully pulling the material over my head and off my right hand, his eyes intent on his task until it was complete, but as soon as the top hit the floor he raked me with his gaze.
“You are so beautiful,” he said as he pushed my hair away from my face. “I think I’ve wanted you since the first time you called me an idiot.”
“To your face or behind your back?” I asked with a saccharine smile.
“Well, you might have some other names for me in about five minutes’ time. Ten tops.”
“Like ‘Quickfire’?” I asked.
“I was thinking more along the lines of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Oh, god’, but whatever works for you.”


THE SILVER BULLET
Solis Invicti: Book IV
By Josie Jaffrey

The truth is out, and Emmy is faced with a choice she dreads: surrender her mortality, or allow her frailty to threaten the nascent society the Silver are building. With exile the only reasonable alternative, she struggles with feelings she can’t define and a duty she’s reluctant to accept.
While the Silver city hangs in the balance, Emmy must remake herself to redeem it and save her friends. Her reinvention forces her to choose sides, threaten alliances and risk becoming like those she fears: inhuman.
The Silver Bullet is the final book in Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.
Tagline: To think of death as a thing of beauty: that’s a threshold you can’t cross twice.
Book Info:
Publisher: Self-published
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Cover Art: Martin Beckett Art
Page Count: 305
Word Count: 89,000
ASIN (Amazon): B073V5TCK4
ISBN (Print): 978-1544644035
Release Date: 4 August 2017
Rating: 18+


Praise for The Silver Bullet:
✭✭✭✭✭  Absolutely riveting! This is NOT a quiet read. This is edge of your seat turmoil at its best as Josie Jaffrey brings her world to life once again. – Tome Tender
✭✭✭✭✭  An explosive ending to an amazing series! I will shout my love for this series from the rooftops! – One Book Two
✭✭✭✭✭  I think that this is a series which is an undiscovered gem. I really do. I have devoured each installment greedily, and this, the final book in the quadrilogy, was no different. Reading this series has been a real treat. – A British Bookworm’s Blog
Excerpt:
I caught the thought as it sped through my brain. Now I was thinking of a human as an ‘it’. This was how it started, how a mind could creep from humanity to cruelty without missing a beat. But no, it wasn’t even cruelty; at least cruelty was deliberate. It was apathy. It was racial nihilism, closing your heart to an entire species until you cared about their lives as much as you cared for the life of a falling leaf: with intellectual or artistic curiosity, devoid of emotion.
To think of death as a thing of beauty: that’s a threshold you can’t cross twice.