Today I’m joined by Xakara, who has come to tell us a little bit about her new release Ghost of Christmas Past. It is due to be released tonight at 7PM EST at Liquid Silver Books. (Link will be active after 7PM EST)
A Blessed Solstice to everyone! I’m very happy to be here to tell you about my new Christmas novella Ghost of Christmas Past. Virginia was not only lovely enough to invite me here today but she’s the reason Ghost of Christmas Past came to be.
A hectic and unfortunately illness-filled summer, left me with a good idea and little time or energy to complete it. To add insult to injury, I regained much of my health the day or so before the deadline on Christmas stories came due. I almost let it go, but Virginia’s insistence that I ask for an extension and the gracious granting of that extension by the acquisitions editor, meant I had to at least try. A frenzied week of twenty-hour days and belief in the world I was creating carried me through and Ghost of Christmas Past emerged to come to you today.
I would have preferred a leisurely, low stress writing session but in the end I wouldn’t traded the way Ghost of Christmas Past came to be. It taught me that it always pays to keep making notes even when you don’t have enough energy to write the story. It also proved that “writing in my head” is a legitimate pastime, because when those mental stories eventually make their way to paper they’ll come out as an avalanche of creativity, eager to see the light of day and to feed the spirit of others.
My first PsiCorps novella is the story of Agent Torrin St. James and the life he wakes to after lingering in a coma for four years while everyone believed him dead. I found myself attached to Torrin and the rest of the cast very quickly, but unexpectedly it was Quintus that surprised me the most. I’m thrilled to be able to bring you the novella and the PsiCorps world, but I’m most moved that finishing this story gave me the opportunity to meet Quintus and really come to understand him and his place in the group and the world as a whole.
I hope you enjoy Ghost of Christmas Past and want more of the PsiCorps Chronicles to come. Ghost of Christmas Past goes live at 7pm EST at Liquid Silver Books. You can find an excerpt HERE and the blurb below. Thank you for coming by for the guest blog and I hope to hear your feedback soon.
Four years after being gunned down by the city’s most infamous crime boss, Empath and PsiCorps agent, Torrin St. James wakes from a coma to find that he’s seemingly lost everything. Entered into the WitSecPsi program, as part of his cover Torrin is believed dead by the members of his psychic triad, Resonance Partner Riley Valin and Psi Anchor Sky Roarke-his fiance. Faced with nothing but the cold comfort of justice in testifying against the crime boss, Torrin convinces his handler Quintus to help him barter his cooperation for a chance to break protocol and see Sky and Riley before the trial.
Two days before Christmas in a secure safehouse hours outside the city, PsiCorps makes arrangements for Torrin to see the two people he loves the most. It’s everything Torrin’s wanted from the moment he opened his eyes but when time finally comes he’s left to face a multitude of truths and a symphony of sorrows. After four years the loves of his life have moved on, his handler Quintus has been keeping secrets, and there’s a high level leak in the agency he’s given his life to. The entire world has turned upside down and Torrin doesn’t know if he has the right to fix it, but he’s about to find out. Isolated in a safehouse under the worst storm of the season and no way to turn back, he’ll learn if their feelings for each other are still passion incarnate or if he’s just a ghost from Christmas past.
A Spirited Solstices, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Blessed Kwanzaa to All!