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In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea--humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou--the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean--is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there's one small thing he needs to do... kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.
Killing her doesn't start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she's a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She's a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren't so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet...
Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.
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About The Author:Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.
Where are you from?
I was born in Utah but moved around a bitâliving in Utah, Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii. Hawaii was my favorite place to live. I absolutely adore the ocean and would love nothing better than to live close to the shore again, but alas Iâm back in landlocked Utahâbut my husband and I have aspirations of someday buying a winter home in Fiji.
When and why did you begin writing?
Itâs funny, but Iâd never considered writing fiction until nine years agoâwhen I started writing my first âpractice novelââI actually wrote three of those. And no, they will never see the light of day. That ship has sailed.
Why did I begin writing? Well, Iâd always been an avid reader, but it never crossed my mind that I could write a book myself. Then eight years ago, I read something Stephenie Meyer wrote. It was rough, it was uneditedâit was a scene her publisher cut from Twilight. When I read it, I thought it was horrible. And then the thought struck me. I bet I can write better than that. That moment, I opened up Microsoft word and started writing. I didnât think it over. I didnât plan it out. It was an impulsive thing. But then, once I started writing, I couldnât stop. And when I wasnât writing, I was imagining scenes in my head, thinking out characters, and basically spending my time in the world I was creating. And this is how I live even nowâalways with one foot in the real world, and one foot in the world of my imagination.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a mishmash of everything Iâd been reading. But my first published book, Rising, was something special. I actually got the inspiration for Rising from a picture. It was a picture of a mermaid, but this mermaidâs tail was unlike any Iâd seen beforeâit was flesh colored. And it got me thinking, what if a mermaid was born on land, but she didnât know she was a mermaid? She simply thought she was horribly deformed. That day, I started writing.
What books have most influenced your life most?
This is a really hard question! I simply love booksâparanormal, fantasy, contemporary, romanceâ¦ there are just so many. Itâs easier to say what authors have influenced me. My favorite author is Amy Harmon. She writes mostly contemporary and a few paranormal. Her books are powerful! Iâve never read an author who has more heart than Amy Harmon! With her books, you laugh, you ball your eyes out, and you become so involved with the characters, that you literally feel you are inside the story. Some of my other favorites are J.K.Rowling, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Julie Garwood, Janet Evanovich, Stephenie Meyer, Brandon Mull, and Rick Riordan.
What are your current projects?
Iâve got two projects right now. Iâm currently working on a new book called Cursed by the Fountain of Youth. Itâs a paranormal romance with a crazed, murdering lunatic; ghosts; forbidden love; and the curse of eternal youth. And then next book introduces a twisted version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This one comes from my love of all things Halloween. Itâs a spooky story with witches, headless horsemen, severed heads, and a Beauty and the Beast-style romance.
For those who are aspiring authors, donât let anyone tell you that you canât do it. I heard it all myselfâeven from close family members. I heard I would never get published, and that I would never write anything people would want to read. I didnât believe it, and you shouldnât either. Use criticisms as a springboard. Prove those naysayers wrong! Itâs not an easy journey, it will take time and a heck of a lot of writing under your belt to get there, but you can. If you just move forward and never give up, you too can become a published author!