Today, I have a Sunday surprise for you. Please help me welcome author Juli D. Revezzo to Preternatura. Juli is dropping by today to celebrate the release of Drawing Down the Shades, which is the second book in Juli’s Antique Magic Series–and the money from all of her sales today to toward cancer research, in honor of Juli’s brother. I lost a dear friend in New Orleans, Marilyn, to a rare form of cancer the Saturday after Christmas, so this is a subject near to my heart as well. I will announce weekly winners tomorrow, along with the ginormous Reader’s Choice contest.
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. You can learn more about Juli by visiting her website, on facebook, by visiting her blogor by following her on twitter.
ABOUT DRAWING DOWN THE SHADES:
Business can be hell…Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.
And now, let’s hear from Juli…
How Cancer influenced a ghost’s tale
Cancer. The big C. Chances are, you’ve known someone in your circle that has had it or you know someone who knows someone who does. It’s something no one wants to think about. There are several strains of it researchers know quite a bit about—breast cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer—and many more that they don’t.
Fibrolomellar type Hepatocellular carcinoma, it’s called. Ever heard of it? No? I’m not surprised. It’s a rather rare form of liver cancer, only seems to affect young people, and has a very high death rate. One in particular, my little brother, dealt with it for many years. He went through every damned form of chemotherapy the doctors had for him, and quite a few experimental ones. A few years ago, the cancer killed him.
Yet before that day came he enjoyed all the usual pursuits for a young man. He was incredibly in love with the Lord of the Rings and roller coasters. Tried, for many years—unsuccessfully—to get me on one. One of his biggest loves was horror movies and the holidays—particularly Halloween. For a few years he even worked at a professional haunted attraction in our hometown. He loved Ghost Hunters and shows of its ilk and wanted to go on some paranormal hunting gigs, but never got around to it.
The one thing I regret (other than the roller coaster thing. ;)) is that he never got to read my Antique Magic series. I think he would’ve loved (my heroine) Caitlin and her ghosts. Hence why I dedicate them to him. This year, I wanted to do something a little different than just toast his birthday, though. The Fibrolomellar Cancer Foundation is always in need of donations for funding research and so forth so with the release of the next book in the series—Drawing Down the Shades— for the next few days, I’d like to donate my Amazon royalties from the sale of the series to the group. So if you’ve been thinking about the stories, eyeing them, wondering whether or not to give them a try, why not? The proceeds will go to the FCF and hopefully, do some good. While you, my friends, you will get some great stories to pass a winter’s night.
The series comprises three stories so far, with a fourth coming next summer, if all goes well. Wanna peek?
The Artist’s Inheritance (Antique Magic, book 1)
The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.
Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.
Caitlin’s Book of Shadows (Antique Magic, book 1.5)
Though their fame became legend, a rumor cropped up about the Fulmer family: Something terrifying stalked Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare? Why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?
Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and hopes for each new year.
What truths will her Book of Shadows reveal?
Drawing Down the Shades (Antique Magic, book 2)
Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.
The three books whose purchase counts toward the donation, January 6-8, with their Amazon links:
The books also are available at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.
Thanks, Juli. And best of luck in raising funds for such a worthy cause!