Book One of The Leila Marx Novels
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN 10: 1480021598)
Number of pages: 326
Word Count: 81,000
Cover Artist: Amber Garr
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/1z7SEGu0jwo
Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. Her book illustrating career has limited her social contact and nightmares have trapped her in the past. When a police acquaintance enlists her help with a difficult case, Leila is surprisingly thankful to have a purpose. Not only will this help to keep her mind focused, but she will be able to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant that are frequently dismissed by skeptics. Leila and Detective Garrick Pearson delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while fighting their own growing attraction to each other.
Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.
What does one wear when they commit the first felony of their life? I probably spent two hours going through my closest trying to find something criminal. It had to be black. Yes, definitely black. I finally settled on a turtleneck, spandex workout pants, and the only pair of black sneakers I’d ever owned. They were left over from my waitressing days and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were still in good shape, even if they did smell a little like grease.
I just finished pulling my hair back into a low bun, like spy girls do in the movies, when the doorbell rang. Conner was here and my heart fluttered instantly. Last night had been a lot of fun and I really enjoyed my evening with Garrick, but this was the first time any man had been to my house who wasn’t a part of the police force since Russ was killed. This was also the first time I’d ever had a half demon in the house, at least as far as I knew. After another quick glance in the mirror, I bounced over to the door.
And as soon as I opened it I realized how much of a dork I must have looked like.
There was Conner, in a regular pair of jeans and a college sweatshirt doing all that he could not to laugh at me. I glared up at him.
“What? No one told me what to wear so I had to improvise.” He started laughing but then choked it back down when I tried to close the door on him. His foot shot out and blocked my attempt.
“I’m sorry. You look good. Really.” He smiled fully at me and then bowed his head as he put his hands together in a prayer-like position. “May I have permission to enter my ninja warrior princess?”
I could see his shoulders shake with amusement again and I refused to be embarrassed. With an exaggerated sigh, I walked back into my bedroom, leaving Conner to let himself in. I decided that he should wallow in uncomfortable silence for a while, although when I came back into the living room and saw him flipping through some of my illustrations, I realized he was unfazed.
“These are really good. You’re quite talented.” I stood there, leaning against the wall for a few seconds trying to judge if he was being serious or not. Just as I started to give him the benefit of the doubt, he arched an eyebrow my way and said, “A much better artist than fashionista.”
I threw the sweatshirt I had in my hands at him and stomped over to the kitchen. His laugh consumed the room and I was surprised to find a smile on my face as I opened the refrigerator.
“Should we take snacks?” I asked. We were going to drive to a spot close to the house and wait until it was clear. I’d been told that it might take several hours and I didn’t want the cambion getting hungry while we waited.
“Sure, if you want. Maybe some water would be good.” It was obvious that he enjoyed my lack of stake-out abilities.
I grabbed one of my reusable grocery bags and filled it up with water, crackers, and Twizzlers. All of the essentials. I briefly considered grabbing a bottle of wine to control my anxiety, but decided against it in the end.
“So, are we ready to go?” I asked as I hoisted the bag on my shoulder and grabbed the sweatshirt back. He studied me for a moment and then pulled an object from his back pocket.
“Not until you put this on,” he said as he tossed something small and black at me. It was a ski mask, one of those ones that covered everything except for your eyes. I pulled it over my head and batted my lashes.
“Am I ready now?”
He laughed and took the snack bag off my shoulder. “Yes, Leila. I think you’re ready for a life of crime.”
Before you jump me, I hadn’t read any books by this author before and I’d heard great things, so I really wanted to try for myself. I didn’t expect to become so in grossed in this book that I’m literally tripping over myself to read the next line. I’m utterly fascinated by Ms Garr’s writing. I will immediately remedy this earlier discretion and now go get everything her pen had ever touched! 🙂
So, Leila had me pretty heartbroken in the first part as you literally get to live through her every thought while she lives in everyone else’s every thought. But I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to know more and more as I read. I really really like Leila as the main character and I know I will immediately pick up her next story. I like that, although its hard and she is grieving, she is trying to have some type of thing you call life. And boy, did she pick a hell of a time.
I wanna talk about the storyline for a second. IT’S AWESOME!! I tend to like stories with a heavier mystery plot. I like reading to try and figure out who done it. I am very impressed with having some unfolding events with both the human world and the supernatural world. And as the story progresses, it becomes a wonderful web of crazy, it a good way! So again, fantastic writing here.
I need to say that I’m all about HAWT male pieces and you have a choice here LOL detective Garrett and the charming Conner. I don’t wanna day too much nor am I going to pick a team just yet because in this one instance, I would like for you to pick your own team first. But HAWT MALE PIECES!! Who cares which team hahahaha All I can say is I really enjoyed this one. My eyes were glued to the words from start to finish and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two and more of Ms Garr’s works. Go get them!! I say so 🙂 a wonderfully surprising 5 BIG PAWS!!
I just want to thank the author for taking the time out of her busy schedule to let me interrogate, I mean interview her! LOL WELCOME!! 🙂
First, tell me a little about your book ….
Leila Marx is a touch clairvoyant dealing with the loss of her fiancé. At the same time, she gets involved with a murder investigation and quickly learns that she is not the only supernaturally gifted one.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I did more of my creating through dance choreography for a long time, but really started to focus on writing a couple of years ago. I’ve always loved creating stories and when I had to take a break from dancing, I discovered my new love of writing!
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
I found that I couldn’t stop with just the first chapter. I always start with the opening scene in my head, and the story evolves from there. With the encouragement of my first critique group, I continued working on Touching Evil and finished it in about two months.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Actually, in this book, there aren’t many connections to my life or someone else’s. Although I think it would be really cool to meet a whole group of supes!
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Great question! It has to work for the story. In fact, I’d rather the readers feel some type of connection to them before writing them out. Of course there will always be deaths of secondary characters, but it’s a difficult decision to make with the main characters.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I am a huge admirer of Kelley Armstrong and Richelle Mead who have both been successful with the YA and Adult urban fantasy market. I can only hope to follow the same path!
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I’m catching up on some YA books: Jar of Pandora (Marisette Burgess), Betrayal (Mayandree Michael), and Kin (Leigh Michel)
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I was fortunate that I found this stock photo that perfectly represented a scene in Touching Evil, so I was able to do this cover myself. But I’m looking forward to working with a cover artist again in the future.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I would love to be immortal…so I guess that means the vampire in my book. Although the cambion (half demon) might be kind of fun too!
Thank you so much for that wonderful interview!! 🙂
About the Author:
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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