Friday, May 27, 2016

Playlist Blog #4: Kiki Howell

Hey! Look at that. I remembered! It's Friday and here I am with the next playlist blog. Today it's my super sweet, super talented friend Kiki Howell. Not only does she write bad ass books but she's a bad ass yoga buff-soon-to-be-instructor. Sweet.

I hope that makes sense. My brain is running on fumes. Senior week has officially ended as of end of the picnic today and tomorrow brings...SWEET SWEET NOTHING! Party on, Wayne.


Kiki (A Little Light): Steven Howell
I will Not Bow or Dear Agony: Breaking Benjamin
Family Tree: Matthew West
Close My Eyes Forever: Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne
Glitter in the Air: Pink
Bring Me To Life: Evanescence

I know, a very eclectic list, but with the darker paranormal romance that I write, I’m often looking for a mood, or a song to put me into a certain emotional state, to get deeper in touch with my characters. Sometimes they have to rise up and fight, and others they need to wrestle with the weights of their worlds. And yes, the first one was written by my husband for me, so it just inspires me to do what I do before I start.

Hidden Salem: Salem Series Book 1, An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Paranormal, Ghosts, Suspense, and Witch & Wizard Thrillers
Intuition alone brought Makayla to Salem, MA in search of a story, but her research has her confronting more than she bargained for. With her empathic gifts stronger in Witch City, she physically suffers, landing her literally unconscious in the arms of both Noah Ayers, local cop and Dylan Baines, local history teacher. Yet, it is Lauri, a witch who owns a local shop, who teaches Makayla about who she is and what she can do.
Unfortunately for all of them, Makayla also stumbles upon a coven in the woods practicing a dark magic ritual. Now they are after her, threatening her life and the lives of those she has quickly come to care about. Immersed in things she never expected, like an old legend and necromancy due to residual hauntings, the race is on to stay safe from the coven and protect her heart from a certain sexy cop.
But, is Lauri correct in thinking Makayla might just have encountered the only real witch in Salem in 1692? And, do they share the same bloodline?
Salem’s Revenge: Salem Series Book 2, A Top 10 Bestseller in Witch & Wizard Thrillers
In this sequel to the Amazon Bestseller, Hidden Salem, the story resumes one year later, another present day October, in Salem, MA. Filled with the same cross of pagan and paranormal elements, as well as suspense and occult horror weaved into Book One in the Salem Series, Book Two also contains touches of romance, giving readers a sweet addition to the spells and rituals.
Denise Daniels came to Salem, MA to be in her best friend, Makayla’s wedding, but her matron of honor duties find her confronting more than she bargained for. In her first moments in Witch City, she’s greeted by a corpse used in a gruesome reanimation ritual.
Without warning, the final week of wedding preparations becomes mixed with a quick introduction to Wiccan practices, including necromancy used to communicate with the dead, as attacks by a mysterious, new coven seeking revenge increase. Denise soon becomes immersed in things she never expected, including automatisms—drawing elaborate pictures of two women in red cloaks in the woods—a pretty impressive feat for a girl who has only drawn stick figures prior.
As Denise tries to find her place in this world of magic, she discovers her own connection to the Salem of 1692. And, while losing the battle to save her heart from a romance that can never be, she ends up fighting to save her life.
Author Bio:
Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing. She has now had over forty stories published between eleven different publishers.  She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. She's also had three flash fiction stories win writing contests. Since the fall of 2013, she’s had several stories hit Amazon Bestsellers Lists in categories like Paranormal, Suspense, Gothic Fiction. and Occult Horror.

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