Courtney Houston has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, Flicker. As part of her book tour Courtney will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
First, enjoy this quick interview with Courtney.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m actually pretty boring. I live in Louisville, I’m a paralegal during the day. I’ve been married for 5 ½ years, I have two boys (2 and 4). I laugh when I get nervous. I’m a Leo. Ohh! I’m really superstitious, that’s a little interesting.
Who are your favorite authors or what do you like to read?
My favorite authors change as I change. All my favorite books have a special place on soul and there are some (like Harry Potter, Premonition Series, Embrace Series), but books that I can’t get out of my head change frequently. Right now, my favorite authors are Katherine Allred and Veronica Larsen. I’m usually more of a paranormal girl, but straight up romance has dominated my bookshelf lately.
What do you like most about your heroine, Catalina Franklin?
Catalina is probably one of the hardest characters to write. What I like most about her… I would have to say it’s her ability to still try to see the best I people, her forgiving nature. It gets her in more trouble than it helps her, but I think that’s what makes it a good trait to have.
What qualities should a good hero possess?
Ok, this is about to sound cheesy, sorry… Feelings. I think for a reader to connect with a hero on the right level, you need to feel him (not just in the dirty way.) When I think of all the great loves of my book life, I think of the ones whose heartache I felt, the ones where I knew without a doubt that he loved that heroine more than life itself. Those are the ones that stay with you.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on Conjure (book 2.5) and a coming of age novel titled Paper Dolls. I’m really excited about both of them. Especially Conjure, it’s written from Jisley’s POV and she is an extraordinary, albeit scary, character to write.
My name is Catalina Franklin. And I should be dead.
When Death called my number, sending one of her Guides to take my soul, she didn’t count on one thing. The Guide she sent – He was made for me, and I for him. Pulling me back from the arms of Death, Telor changed my fate – and his. Now we’re left with the question of not only how he’s still here, but why. Will we get the answers we need? Or will Death find us first? Only time will tell…but ours is quickly running out.
Every part of me wanted to materialize right in front of her, to take her in my arms and hold her close. That was the type of self-serving bastard that I was. Was, I was that man. I could be different now. She made me want to be different.
“I can’t remember you. I’m trying, but I can’t. I don’t know how to explain it, but I know there is a you, whatever that means. I can feel this abstract idea of a you.” She wiped angry tears from her face and took a deep breath, releasing it in a puff of smoke and wrapping her arms around herself to help ward off the cold.
“Go in the house, crazy girl,” I said aloud. “You’ll catch your death out here.”
Her eyes traveled over me, feeling rather than seeing me.
“Good, God.” She rubbed her eyes roughly with the heel of her hands and let out a cry of frustration. “Look at me, standing in my backyard, talking to the wind. I’m going crazy. I’m really going crazy. Now, I’m talking to myself.”
Despite the seriousness of the situation, my lips tilted upward into a small smile. Wanting to soothe her obvious pain, I made a split-second decision. I stood and walked toward her so we were standing face to face, her hot breath exhaling onto my face. I wanted to embrace her and hold her in my arms.
“You’re not crazy,” I told her, sliding my knuckles down the side of her face, taking pleasure in the way she closed her eyes and leaned into my touch.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Courtney lives in Kentucky with her husband (Mr. Houston), her two boys (Emmett and Ellis), her two cats (Polly and Jed) and her 3 chickens. Legal Assistant by day and writer by night, Courtney enjoys pancakes, coffee, wine and the number 26. She’s a Leo, at least that’s what the tattoo on her back says.
Courtney will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. To be entered into the drawing follow this link to Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can find the complete list of tour stops at: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/09/nbtm-tour-flicker-by-courtney-houston.html