Today, I’m excited to share with you an NA that falls into a genre that, I think, is woefully underserved — that of the NA paranormal. I don’t know about you but I’m a massive PNR fan. The more, the better! So, when the lovely Hannah @ The Irish Banana asked if I’d help her spread the word about a pair of authors who were contributing to that particular genre, I said yes! Hey, this might be right up your alley. And we get a guest post on one of my favorite topics — how the authors came up with and executed their story idea. Nice!
Falling in love was never supposed to be part of the picture.
Kyrissa Spears was born with a powerful, and deadly, gift. When she paints, she captures emotions so strong they cankill.Desperate to find a teacher capable of helping her unlock and control her abilities, Kyrissa’s search leads her to an artist who may be able to help her. And he’s the one person she can’t accidentally kill.
After five centuries of pain and loneliness, Robert Shoalman craves release from his immortality. He’s all but given up hope until he meets the beautiful and intriguing Kyrissa. She could paint his death and break the curse, but at the cost of destroying her gift and being lost to him forever—none of which will matter if the demon hunting him finds them first.
What if a painting could trap someone in time? Make them immortal for as long as the painting existed (enter Hero). And what if someone else (enter Villain) used that knowledge to curse someone into keeping them alive too?
Those were the questions that sparked the beginnings of The Shoalman Chronicles Series. We had a tortured hero, but what about his savior? Who was she? How would she save him? That’s where Kyrissa came in and where the partnership between Kira and Toni began.
Looking back, it seems ironic that a simple challenge between new friends turned into a great friendship and an amazing co-writing adventure. The challenge was NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t know what that is, you have one month to write a full-length novel (50,000 words). It became a greater challenge when we decided to enter into NaNo as co-writers for the first time as well.
Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe the journey. Both Toni and Kira love art, so incorporating art into all the stories was a no brainer (that and tattoos). Both lovers of YA and NA, what a better way than to create twenty-somethings and throw in a taste of romance and paranormal fantasy at the same time. Bingo. We have story concept.
The journey didn’t stop there though. We both liked what came out of that month-long intensive writing. So much so we decided to pair up and make it a real story, a real world, a real partnership and see what happened. Toni Decker Books happened and The Shoalman Chronicles began.
Now most people take their story and run with it. We did that, but anyone who has met us will tell you, Toni and Kira don’t do things normally. We needed a break from edits and decided to write a quick novella about two of the side characters in SHOALMAN IMMORTAL.
The characters had other ideas. Six weeks later, we had another complete novel that we both loved, IMAGES ETERNAL.
Um, now what? Did we mention the adventure aspect of our writing? We call it choose your own adventure style. So we chose to make the new book, Book 1 of the series and move the original story to Book 2. (Confused yet? We were.) Yet another challenge on the publishing journey for SHOALMAN IMMORTAL.
(What? Robert’s waited 500 years. He can wait another six months. *rolls eyes*)
Well, the journey has reached its destination finally. SHOALMAN IMMORTAL releases January 16, 2015, but the adventure is far from over. We have several more books planned for the series and who know what new character will pop up next.
When you have an Immortal to play with, the possibilities are ENDLESS!
Who is Toni Decker?
Two authors telling one sizzling story after another about twenty-somethings getting along in their own crazy, fantastical worlds. Both women are wives and mothers, sharing brain cells and characters as if they only exist with the other.
Toni, one half of the Toni Decker brain, is an avid reader of all things Young and New Adult while Kira, the Decker half of Toni Decker brain, devours fantasy for midnight snacks.
Together, their stories are one part New Adult, one part Fantasy and three parts of Holy Hotness.
We leave it up to the readers to decide who writes which character.
You can follow our journey on:
Twitter: @ToniDeckerBooks and @KiraDecker & @ToniPicker
FaceBook: Toni Decker Books, Kira Decker, Toni Picker
Goodreads: Toni Decker
WordPress: Toni Decker Books
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Jan. 16 – Step Into Fiction / Guest Post
Jan. 19 – Winterhaven Books / Chapter Reveal
Jan. 20 – Jenuine Cupcakes / Guest Post
Jan. 21 – Reads All The Books / Chapter Reveal
Jan. 22 – Read-Love-Blog / Guest Post
Jan. 23 – The Irish Banana Review / Chapter Reveal
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