Spectacular worldbuilding. Memorable characters. Suspense. Everylyn C. Thompson's new book Grave-Reaping Hermit has it all! We're going to learn about it -- and we have a great excerpt -- but first let's get to know Everlyn a little better.
Everlyn, congratulations on your splendid new release!
1)What sort of books did you enjoy reading as a child? Did you have a favorite book or series? Anything I could get my hands on. Nancy Drew was great, and when I finished all those books, I moved on to the Hardy Boys.
2) What sort of books do you enjoy reading nowadays?
My favorites will always be urban fantasy books (told in first person by a kickass heroine that uses sarcasm and sass along with sharp pointy weapons to protect those she loves) and paranormal romance books (with strong alpha males, told with dual points of view) But I’ve also been swapping ARCs with anyone willing, so I’ve gotten to try some new genres lately that I’ve enjoyed.
3) Around what age did you realize that you liked to write? And when did you know that you wanted to write books?
When I was 12 years old I started writing stories on my family's old PC. As an adult, I’ve always wanted to write my own book, but never made time for it until the covid lockdown happened. Once all 3 of my library cards were maxed out with digital downloads (and I had nothing to read) I decided it was time to try writing again.
4) What’s the first thing you wrote that you remember being proud of?
A Mother’s day poem when I was about 7 or 8 years old.
Aww! Love that.
5) What’s your writing space like?
If the kitchen table isn’t busy, I’ll set up my laptop there and write. If that’s not possible, I’ll sit on the couch or in the bedroom. Anywhere I can steal a few minutes.
6) Do you have a favorite time of day to write? Any habits or little rituals that put you in a writing mindset?
Any free time is writing time. It doesn’t happen every day, but I can usually find a few minutes to myself right before bed.
7) Time to talk about Grave Reaping Hermit (rubbing hands together). What a book! So good! But first, how did you come up with the idea for the series? Are there any interesting tidbits you’d care to share with us?
My latest release is Grave-Reaping Hermit (April 10, 2023) I came up with the idea because I spend a lot of the summer months up north at my family’s cabin. The place is beautiful and secluded. The only thing that would make it better would be if I discovered a magical portal somewhere in the yard that led to another realm.
That's simply gorgeous.
8) I comprehend that you’ve just published a book. I know what that takes. Still, I can’t help but ask – do you have anything waiting in the wings?
The second book in my Grave Reaper series, Grave-Reaping Shrew, is being released on July 24th, 2023, and I’ve been offered a contract for the third (and final) book in the series.
Hooray and Congratulations!
9) Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’ve still got 2 feet of snow in my backyard, so I’d like to share a little bit of sunshine with anyone that needs some.
Everlyn, thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with us. Once more, congratulations again on Grave=Reaping Hermit! It's amazing.
And now for a look at the book! Enjoy!
Homicidal vampires, homeless werewolves, and hot fae guardians are no match for one sarcastic hermit.
When self-professed hermit Theodora Edwards is attacked by a dark fae and infected with his magic, she finds herself thrust into the supernatural spotlight as the first possible changeling in centuries. As if surviving the transition isn’t hard enough, Theo has to deal with an attempted abduction by her newly turned vampire ex-husband, unwanted courting offers from salacious fae suitors, and her growing attraction to the guardian of the gate to Fairie. Caught in a cruel tug of war between the queen of the fae and a surly law-enforcement agent, Theo must find a way to free herself before she loses her hard-earned independence for good.
I mentally hiked up my big girl panties and lunged for the hammer. It was heavy, and I lost my balance as I spun and swung upward with both hands. Whatever Ozzy had been saying was cut off with a sickening thud as the hammer connected with his head.
I was pretty sure I’d read somewhere that the softest part of the human skull is the temple—and I nailed his like it had a big red bull’s-eye on it.
Momentum from the blow flung us apart. Ozzy was knocked backward, releasing his death grip on my elbow. I floundered at the top of the stairs for a few seconds before gravity won, and I toppled backward with a shriek.
The staircase of five steps was not too far a fall, but with my hands still zip-tied in front of me, it was like falling off a cliff in slow motion. The stairs rushed past in a blur, and my entire body tensed in anticipation of hitting the cold hard ground. I had a moment to be grateful that, if I was going to fall, at least I was landing on my backside where I had some extra padding to cushion the fall.
My butt never made it as far as the ground. Strong arms seized me from behind, and I landed against a hard chest that knocked the air out of me with an oomph!
I blinked in the near darkness and realized Farranen had caught me. He spun us around so that he was between me and the cabin, then gently turned me in his arms so that we were face-to-face. His expression was just as serious as the last time I’d seen him; the slight wrinkle in his forehead was a mix of thoughtful and concerned.
“Are you all right?”
My first thought was, He IS real! I knew it!
I realized he was still talking, probably waiting for a coherent response from me. Not that I had one. I mean, other than some chafing from the zip ties, I was okay. But the whole abduction thing was really, really not okay. Thoughts flitted back and forth in my head, but my mouth decided to go with “Farranen? You’re real.”
Smooth, Theo. Real smooth.
His mouth quirked a small half smile, and I found myself smiling back. With lips like that, he really should smile more often.
“Yes, I am real. Did you doubt it?”
About the Author
Born and raised on the beautiful Canadian prairies, Everlyn prefers to spend her time outdoors with her family kayaking, skating, fishing, and hunting. She loves reading and writing about vampires, witches, fae, and zombies that get to live their own version of happily ever after.
Northern Lights, Saskatchewan
It's no secret that I prefer fat HEAs. Where better than in a beautiful romance?
From me to you with a smile.
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