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Sara Taney Humphreys

This week I have Sara Taney Humphreys on my blog for a written author interview and author guest blog. Today I have Sara guest blogging about her debut novel, The Amoveo Legacy. I’ve also had the pleasure of chatting with her live on my podcast show on Thursday, January 28th at 8PM to 9:30PM EST so if you want to listen to it you can download it to your computer or iTunes. And don’t forget to read my written interview with Sara that I posted this past Tuesday. Now onto Sara’s guest blog:

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I’ve been told that I’ve got moxie. That little extra bit of oomph that pushes us. I’d like to think that’s true. I have to say that I’ve always had a fertile imagination. I can remember playing “Star Trek” when I was just seven or eight. Of course Captain Kirk was my ultimate hero. He’d save me from the Klingons and declare his undying love for me. Sigh. I never said I was a cool kid…just an imaginative kid. I think that’s where my love for paranormal romance began. I’ve always been drawn to the strange and unusual. Since I was very small I can remember being fascinated with ghosts and the afterlife. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shifters…all of it intrigue me and mystify me. There is something undeniably sexy about the unknown.

A few summers ago I was up at our family beach house in Westerly, Rhode Island and the idea came to me. It was dusk and night was about to descend on the misty shores of our home. Above the fireplace in the living room sat a mammoth picture of a soaring eagle. It got me thinking. Imagine a race of people that could shift into animals and possessed the ability to travel with the speed of thought. What kind of power would they possess? I have always been enamored with the idea of “one true love”. I do believe that there is someone for everyone. However, what if there was just ONE for you? What if you absolutely had to connect with your one true love and without them you’d be lost? It was that night that the idea for The Amoveo Series came to light.

I knew they’d be ancient. A race just a chromosome or two away from modern man. I wanted their race rooted in reality. What’s the most ancient language? Latin. So then I began my research. What words in Latin would fit for their society? Amoveo loosely translates to “Shift or move away from”. There were other options but this one word struck a chord with me. I’m a big believer in signs and of tuning into that “inner voice”. When I saw that word…I just knew…that was the name of their race.

I like to think that all my heroines all have moxie. They are ballsy chicks who can kick ass when they need to. They love a strong, confident man but can take care of themselves. I am having the time of my life writing about the Amoveo and their unfolding struggles. I look forward to sharing this world with other gals full of moxie!


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The Amoveo Legacy by Sara Taney Humphreys

What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie? You find out that you aren’t even human—at least not entirely. What if, one day, you realize your world will never be the same again? These are the questions that Samantha Logan must face in The Amoveo Legacy. A dream on her thirtieth birthday compels her to leave her artists loft in New York City and move back to the beach with her Grandmother, Nonie. However, the instant Samantha steps foot on the salty shores of her childhood home, she realizes the landscape has changed.

The moment she encounters the mysterious, arrogant neighbor Malcolm Drew, her life is never the same. Through a seductive courtship, he introduces her to the magical mystical world of the Amoveo. The dream walking, telepathic, shape shifters that he claims are her true heritage. However, Malcolm holds back a secret that could destroy them both. Will he be able to protect Samantha and convince her of the secret legacy buried deep inside of her?

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Suddenly, Sam got the eerie feeling of being watched and knew she was no longer alone in her revelries. She froze and clutched her robe closed. She swallowed hard, afraid to open her eyes. Sam cursed silently at her silliness and slowly cracked one eye open. There was no one in her room, the door was still closed. I’m being ridiculous. Just as she let out a sigh of relief, she heard a clicking noise behind her. She slowly turned around and her body froze at the sight before her. Perched on her window sill was the exact same bird she’d seen in her dream and identical to the one she’d drawn on her canvas. Samantha stood there with wide eyes, uncertain what to do. “Holy crap,” she whispered.
The giant bird puffed up, bronze feathers glinting in the light. It shook its head as though displeased with her response.
“Sorry. Nice, birdie,” she said through a strained, almost hysterical giggle.
The giant creature didn’t move.
It just sat there staring at her, silently watching her with glowing yellow eyes. Sam didn’t know what to do so she stared back. Eventually her artist’s eye began to study the specimen before her. Her fear soon became replaced by curiosity. It was a mammoth bird of prey, an eagle, she thought, but reminded herself she’d have to look it up later. Its feathers shone with bright streaks in varying hues of browns and bronzes. They glinted brightly in golden flashes with even the slightest movement. She eyed its large taloned feet and sharp, hooked beak. Sam shuddered at the damage they could likely do.
The eyes were the same piercing yellow she remembered from her dream. They didn’t move from her face. As she stared into the eyes of her feathered visitor, she got the oddest sense of familiarity. She felt like it was intentionally sitting there so she could study it, like some kind of bizarre introduction. Feeling an unusual bravery, Sam slowly reached out to touch it.
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This week I have Sara Taney Humphreys on my blog for a written author interview and author guest blog. Today I had the pleasure of a written interview with Sara that you can all read and enjoy below. I’ve also had the pleasure of chatting with her live on my podcast show on Thursday, January 28th at 8PM to 9:30PM EST so if you want to listen to it you can download it to your computer or iTunes. And don’t forget to come back this Thursday so you can read Sara’s very interesting guest blogging about her debut release, The Amoveo Legacy, which I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. Now onto my written interview with Sara:

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Phoebe Jordan: When did you know that writing romance was going to be the thing that you would do with your life? Which author inspired you to start writing romance?

Sara Taney HumphreysSara Taney Humphreys: I always loved writing but more than anything I love a creative outlet. I’ve been very lucky as I’ve been able to do that through performing and writing. My favorite romance authors are Lori Handeland and Christine Feehan.

Phoebe: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?

Sara: I’ve always loved the paranormal. I’m a sci-fi geek at heart. It’s something that I am consistently fascinated by. It’s my desire to learn about the strange and unusual that drives my stories.

Phoebe: What was the first fiction you ever wrote besides any school work? And do you still have it with you?

Sara: The first bit of fiction I wrote was a poem. I know it by heart but wouldn’t share it with anyone because it’s really, really silly. I wrote it as a lovesick fourteen year old….so you can imagine how goofy it is.

Phoebe: How much research do you have to do for your novels and does it take you a long time to gather that research?

Sara: My research revolves around the locations of each book. I want to be sure I capture the texture of each place so that I can bring it to life for the readers.

Phoebe: How did you come up with the concept for your debut novel, The Amoveo Legacy, which is also the first book in your Amoveo Series?

Sara: I’ve always loved the idea of being a shape shifter. I am also a hopeless romantic and adore the idea of one, perfect mate for each of us. Although, shifters are mythical, I wanted the series rooted in some kind of reality so I used Latin as their language. Amoveo is Latin for “to shift or move away from”.

Phoebe: How did you come up with the concept for your upcoming novel, An Amoveo Heart, which is also the second book in your Amoveo Series? And what are your titles and plans for any of your future books in your Amoveo Series?

Sara: The idea for Book 2: An Amoveo Heart came to me as I wrote Book 1. As new characters revealed themselves to me, the next book in the series came into focus. There will be a total of 5 books in the series. Book 3: Amoveo Fire, Book 4: Amoveo Spirit, and finally Book 5: Amoveo.

Phoebe: How do you come up with each of your characters for your novels? How do you choose their names out of so many names out there?

Sara: Well their first names are ones I just really like. However, some of the last names are family names—from my family. The characters really do reveal themselves to me as a I write. I find writing to be something of an out of body experience.

Phoebe: Do you have a favorite character that you really enjoyed writing about in your debut novel, The Amoveo Legacy? Did you have a character that you felt you could really relate to in your debut novel, The Amoveo Legacy?

The Amoveo Legacy by Sara Taney HumphreysSara: I loved writing about Samantha. I just really like her and can relate to her easily. Malcolm was very fun to write, especially when Samantha pushed back at his macho, bravado. I enjoyed writing Millie as well. She’s spunky and was a woman I could very easily picture in my mind. She’s probably a combination of several people I’ve known in my life. Davis was fun too. We’ll learn more about him and his past in the coming books.

Phoebe: Do you have a favorite character that you really enjoyed writing about in your upcoming novel, An Amoveo Heart? Did you have a character that you felt you could really relate to in your upcoming novel, An Amoveo Heart?

Sara: I really enjoyed writing Dante and Kerry. They’re very different from Sam and Malcolm, and as a result so is their relationship. Their edgier and a bit darker.

Phoebe: Do you have a process of how you start to write your novels?

Sara: I structure out the overall story but the details come as I write. Sometimes the story will end up taking a completely different turn than I originally planned.

Phoebe: Which do you like best, writing a series or have you considered writing stand alone novels? How would writing each be different for you?

Sara: I really enjoy series as a reader so that’s what I want to write as well. However, I have done my best to make each novel in the series a stand- alone novel as well. I want a reader to be able to pick up any book in the series and be able to follow along and fall in love.

Phoebe: What process did you have to go through to get your first book published and did it take you long?

Sara: Lots of rejection. Lots of editing. An enormous amount of tenacity. I would caution any aspiring author out there to wait to be sure they find the right publisher.

Phoebe: Do you ever get writers block? What do you do to get rid of it so you can get back to writing your novels?

Sara: Absolutely. If I feel stuck, I’ll go back and read what I’ve already written to help me get back into the flow of the story.

Phoebe: What is your biggest reader pet peeve, if you have any? (stock characters, unresolved endings, predictability, everything wrapped up hurriedly in the end, etc.)

Sara: The only thing I find annoying is when I have an author I love and I’ve read all their books. I’m always clamoring for more.

Phoebe: Which aspects of writing do you enjoy the most and why? And what is your biggest writing pet peeve? (overuse of exclamation points, adverbs, bad guys named Wayne, etc.), if you have any?

Sara: I adore discovering the characters as they reveal themselves to me. The creative process is like a drug. Have to have it. No real writing peeves—except not having more time to write. It’s frustrating to have a great idea and not be able to get right to it.

Phoebe: What is the one writing tool can you not live without?

An Amoveo Heart by Sara Taney HumphreysSara: I can only pick one? Hmmm—I’d have to say—Time.

Phoebe: How do you handle your writing schedule and your personal life without going insane?

Sara: I’m still working on that.

Phoebe: What do you do to relax after having spent a long while writing? Do you have any hobbies?

Sara: Being with my husband and children is the best way to spend my time. Without them nothing else matters.

Phoebe: Is there any advice that you would give to an aspiring romance writer that you wish someone had given you?

Sara: Get an agent first. This is a tough business and very challenging to navigate when you don’t know all the ins and outs.

Phoebe: Is there any writing tips, research tips, promotion and marketing tips that you would give to an aspiring romance writer that you wish someone had given you?

Sara: Get a copy of The Writers Market. Get involved in a writers critique group. Pick other authors brains about the industry, not just about writing. Ultimately, this is a business.

Phoebe: Do you have a favorite genre you like to read? Who is your favorite author(s)?

Sara: Favorite genre is paranormal romance. Favorite authors are Lori Handeland and Christine Feehan. They really are two of the very best in the genre. I have the utmost respect and admiration for them and their work.

Phoebe: What are you reading now? And what do you plan to read after that?

Sara: Honestly…a book on ADHD that I got for my son. Putting on the Brakes.

January 2018
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Phoebe Jordan
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Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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