Thursday, November 15, 2018

FS VBT Exit Stage Left by Catherine Russell

Exit Stage Left
by Catherine Russell


GENRE:  Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance



Megan O'Day seems to be navigating the unpredictable relationship with Geoffrey Drake, her centuries-old vampire guardian angel, rather well. But then his past suddenly rips him from her, forcing her to face the unknown future alone in the gripping sequel to The Stage.

Still bound to Geoffrey through the power of the Link despite his unexplained absence, Megan's mind is flooded with his haunted memories. While she relives the darkest moments of his previous life, she discovers his attachment to a woman who bears a striking resemblance to her.

As she questions Geoffrey's love for her, she strikes up a dangerous alliance with Geoffrey's brother, Alexander, who is also a vampire. She hopes that he will help her find a way to rescue Geoffrey: instead, he seems to be awakening new emotions and desires within her.

As the past and present collide, Megan struggles to fend off Alexander's dark seduction. Is Geoffrey truly beyond the reach of her love forever? If not, what must be sacrificed to bring them back together again?


Excerpt Two:

I began to hear a sound as they were speaking; a small child’s voice, whispering to me. Her high pitched voice, singing a lullaby and I recognized the notes. It was Greensleeves, the same one my mother had sang to me when I was a child. Without thinking, I walked forward, ignoring them as they reached out for me.

“Megan, stop!” I heard them say yet I went in. Suddenly the room was full of sunlight. It was a child’s nursery, with light blue walls and soft white curtains at the lovely double sided windows that opened on to a huge oak tree, whose branches reached out to the window’s ledge. A small robin sat on the limb, singing. I turned to see toys and stuffed animals around the wooden floor that was covered with a multicolored throw rug. Shelf after shelf of books and nick knacks were all around the walls. Then I saw her in the corner, slowly moving back and forth in the rocking chair, holding a doll, gently stroking its hair. She looked up and I saw eyes, one green and one blue. Her light brown hair was tied up with a yellow ribbon, and she wore a pale blue dress with lace and bows. Her legs had the familiar white tights that I remembered as well as black Mary Jane’s on her little feet.

“Hello there,” she said, smiling sweetly.

“Hello. Who are you?” I asked walking toward her, still looking around, totally amazed at what I was seeing, experiencing.

“Well, I’m you of course.” She said, coyly. She jumped up and reached out for my hand. She looked at the cute little tea set on the table next to her.

“Will you join me for some tea with my dolly?” She asked in her little voice, so sweet and innocent. There was something I was supposed to be doing, but what was it? I couldn’t remember. Wasn’t there someone with me, right before I saw her? No, I must’ve of imagined that. Where else would I want to be besides here?

“Yes, I’d love to. Would you like me to pour?” I said, sitting down and crossing me legs as she sat in the little chair beside me.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine Russell was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in a small town just south, South Hill, Puyallup. At the time South Hill was a heavily wooded area and far off the beaten path. Growing up she had the forests as her fantasy world along with the wild animals. She lived with her parents and an older sister. There are a few similarities from her own childhood that have carried over in to her first novel, “The Stage”. As a child, she did have a small dog named Toto, whom she would quite frequently roam the woods with. Her childhood home still stands, and is still nestled in the woods even though South Hill has undergone an extreme makeover since she lived there. She enjoyed hours of day dreaming and playing in the woods, which in turn fed her fantasy world of make believe.

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The Stage Chronicles site

Amazon link for The Stage Chronicles Book 2 Exit Stage Left

Amazon link for The Stage Chronicles Book 1 The Stage

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Interview with Catherine Russell

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
Answer: This one is too easy for me. To be immortal, to not be able to die. Though this is a double edged sword for one to live forever, one outlives those they love and the world around them changes constantly and most humans crave consistency and continuity. Yet I would travel the world, learn from all walks of life, to breathe, feel, taste, and experience what this world has to offer. 

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
Answer: This is a bit of a challenge as my main character/heroine Megan O’Day is very similar to myself…I guess the one aspect of my life that isn’t necessarily reflected in this series of books is that I’m a very proud gay woman who has been married to my wife since 1989, going on 29 years, I’m a cervical cancer survivor and that even more astonishing is that we have a son that I carried full term during our 13th year of marriage.

When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
Answer: This is easy as both of my main characters have two-tone bilateral eye coloring, one sapphire blue and the other deep emerald green. As a child I once owned a book titled “The Good Luck Child” which featured a character with the same trait plus in elementary school, one of my classmates that also had the same eye coloring mutation which I found very fascinating.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Answer: Well as I’m not clear on what that 2nd word is ,“pantser”, I’m not entirely sure I can answer this question openly or fairly.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so, what?

Answer: That determination truly pays off as I focused on having the story flow better, to have the characters move from scene to scene mush smoother and less flawed. As I continue to create my world and more characters I feel much more at ease and don’t second guess my process.  


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  1. Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.

    1. James, it's great to see you here! Thank you for your kind words and awesome support. I wish you the best of luck in the drawing.

  2. Thank you to T's Stuff for hosting the next leg of The Exit Stage Blog tour, I truly appreciate it. Also, a huge shout out to Goddess Fish Promotions & my wonderful publisher, Barking Rain Press Publishers for this excellent & exciting opportunity.

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    1. You're more than welcome Victoria! Great that you could stop by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Good morning Rita, you're very welcome! Thank you for dropping by. Good luck in the drawing.

  5. Are any of the characters in your book based on real people that you know? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Good morning Bernie! Nice to see you here. Yes, there are few characters based on people who are or have been in my life. Robert Galloway & Tracy Debois are 2 of those characters. Both Robert & Tracy are dear friends and are close to my heart. Megan's mother, Constance, is roughly based on my own, though barely. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Bernie, thanks for dropping in.

  6. I'm certainly intrigued!


  7. I enjoyed the excerpt and the cover is awesome!

  8. This sounds so good! thanks for sharing, the cover looks nice