Thursday, August 25, 2016

Taken VBT

Forged through a childhood trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla vows never to be at another’s mercy. With determination and training she evolves into a deadly weapon and quiets her inner demons—until the prophecy activates, shattering her peace. The gods who want her dead converge and the hunt to end her life truly begins. The skills that Layla honed for protection become an unconscious tool for death and destruction, threatening not only the gods but her family.

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice. He’s faced with a condition known only to his kind, the soul-divide. If not dealt with, his soul will rip in half and he will turn into an unstoppable, ice-cold killing machine. As he hunts the traitor within his Phantom Warrior clan he worsens. A fragile thread of hope remains. The love of a female, freely given, can save him. Through a premonition of an alluring demigoddess, he gambles his very existence in the chance she will be his salvation.

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.

Hades scratched one of Cerberus’s heads, while the other two vied for attention; serpentine tongues slithered out of mouths harboring razor-sharp teeth. A loyal watchdog to the Underworld, Cerberus prevented the dead from leaving and the living from entering. With a final rub, Hades dismissed the monstrous beast, absently watching as he padded away on lion’s paws, the distinct rattle of serpent tail and long mane of snakes making his ferocious presence widely known.

Hades grinned as he strode forward, boots crunching on jagged pieces of rock and bone. The charmed design he’d sent to the last born demi-goddess had been opened. He’d sent it under the guise of one of his servants—despite initial objections—along with a concealed spell courtesy of Deimos to further aid her transformation. His mind drifted to the veiled conversation he had with the god. Deimos would be both furious with him and indebted. Focusing back on Layla, he chuckled. Once she wielded the spelled halberd, she would be unable to resist its dark influence.

He rubbed his hands together, and a deep laugh rumbled from his chest. Why was Zeus so wary? As each sister succumbed to the curse, his larder of souls filled. If they beat the prophecy it hardly affected him. Either way, he benefitted.

Crossing the threshold to his lair, Hades stood in front of the enormous stone-lined fireplace. His thoughts shifted to his beloved wife, Persephone. Six months is too long. An ache that had taken residence throbbed in his chest. He absently rubbed it, missing her luxurious hair and curvaceous body. Most of all, he longed for the way her mere presence soothed his soul, the sound of her laugh, and how he lost time itself gazing into the fathomless depth of her luminous, brown eyes.

A flash of light drew his attention, and irritation spiked his blood. Zeus. By the look in his brother’s stormy gray eyes, this was not a social call. Hades bit back a growl, and instead replaced it with a grin. “What brings you to my world?”

Zeus snorted, his grip on his lightning bolt tightening fractionally, before a calculating gleam flashed across his turbulent features. “Someone needs to remind you about the five. If they aren’t stopped, our lives may be at stake.”

Hades strolled past his brother, amusement coloring his words as he spoke. “That’s very dramatic, even for you. I realize you’re the one who angered the Fates, but five meager demi- goddesses—scratch that I believe it’s four now since one beat the curse—hold an infinitesimal threat to gods such as us.”

Amy, thanks so much for stopping by. So how did you get started writing?
I think I’ve always wanted to write. What stopped me from trying to become an author was a misconception I had in high school that I’d have to be a journalist if I pursued a career in writing.

What was the inspiration for your book?
Layla had been clamoring around in my head for a while and I knew it was time to write her story. All the pieces hadn’t fallen into place until the day I was driving into a veil of fog. Sitting about a foot above the road, a misty cloud hovered and extended across a field into a murky mass over a nearby pond. That’s when the thread of an idea struck and bloomed into something much bigger.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Romantic suspense. I have the first book in a potential series halfway outlined and I just lost the desire to keep going. Hopefully I will get back to it.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
I don’t see myself writing full-blown horror. That would end up scaring me out of my mind.

What are you up to right now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
I just finished a YA ancient Greek romance. Can’t seem to stay away from mythology! This one has been really fun to write. The idea came to me at night, as I was about to fall asleep. The plot was incessant in its urgency. I gave in, got up and wrote it down, then was able to go back to sleep. So glad I did! Now, I’m happily back into the Five Fates series and working on the third book.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Blue….most variations of it aside from pastel.

Favorite movie?
I have a bunch of them. I love romantic comedies and action movies. To name only one I’ll pick August Rush. I watch it once or twice a year and still cry every time.

Book that inspired you to become an author?
I don’t think it was a single book, or if it was, then it was many. I’ve always loved to write. Even school papers were something I enjoyed.

You have one superpower. What is it?
That would be amazing. I’m going to sidetrack for a minute so this makes sense. In the movie Limitless, Bradley Cooper takes a pill that enables him to access 100% of his brain. In doing so, he accomplishes amazing feats. (I don’t want to add spoilers if you haven’t seen it—do, it’s good!) With that in mind, I’d like my superpower to have the ability to access 100% of my mind, do and learn anything in a fraction of time. With a slight alteration to the movie Limitless, this would also include healing, teleportation, and any other potential power.

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Oh…I think there could be aspects, but that’s probably it. I have Layla’s independent streak and Jade’s determination. I noticed I twirl my hair sometimes and Jade does that. The peacefulness of Layla’s home would be amazing. In truth, they are different and I may share little things with them, but that’s about it. Now, I’d love to say I’m all-powerful like Nyx or Zeus, but that just wouldn’t be true.

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Author Bio and Links:
Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author of the Five Fates Series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. You can find her at

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I'm happy to answer any questions about the series and hope everyone enjoys Taken.

  2. Congrats on the blog tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I appreciate you stopping by and checking out Taken. Good luck in the drawing!

  3. Enjoyed the excerpt and interview. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Rita. I appreciate you stopping by. Good luck with the giveaway.

  5. Really great post, I enjoyed reading both the excerpt and interview! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi Victoria :) Thanks for stopping by. The interview was fun and the gods are a blast to write about. Best of luck in the drawing!