May 18, 2015

Secrets of the Moon by Kristy Centeno {Interview & Giveaway}

Secrets of the Moon
by Kristy Centeno
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Published by: InkSpell Publishing
Genre: Paranormal / Young Adult
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Length: 418 Pages

Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.

Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he doesn’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.

Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who's as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?

The Book Excerpt

Minutes later we arrived, and just in time for our eight a.m. classes. Claire, Tracy, and I dispersed to our respective classrooms upon entering the building, agreeing to meet later on for lunch. 

Usually, I’d sit in one of the chairs at the first row of tables, since I barely made it in time for class; but today the only available seats were at the back—where no one likes to sit because it’s too far away from the writing board. No one paid attention to me as I scooted by to the back of the classroom and grabbed one of the empty seats at the last row of tables. The seat to the left of me was empty and everyone else had chosen their seats, so I was a little relieved that I wouldn’t be sharing the table with anyone. I wasn’t in the mood for small talk, so sitting alone came as a bonus. 

When a few moments had gone by and no one else showed up, the teacher began his lecture for the day. With book, notebook, and pen in hand, I began to take notes of what the teacher was either saying or writing on the board, when the door opened and someone stepped inside. I was too busy going over what I wrote so I didn’t bother to look up to see who’d entered the classroom. I automatically assumed it was probably a student running late. However, the sound of loud gasps rushing through the otherwise silent room caused me to look up to see what the commotion was all about. 

That was the first time I saw him. My gaze automatically drifted toward the silver-colored orbs he had for eyes. Never in my life had I seen eyes like those. It wasn’t just the color of them that was strange and incredibly alluring but the way he looked around the room also, as if searching for prey. Where that thought came from I had no idea, but I did agree that the description match him to a T. 

The instructor spoke softly to him, but the boy only nodded several times, not even bothering to look at him. I thought that rude until I noticed he was too busy looking at…me. 

My cheeks started to burn as he kept staring at me with those dangerously sensual eyes. No one had ever observed me that way before and it made me slightly uneasy. His quiet stare made me feel hot and uncomfortable all at once. After a silent staring contest, I turned my eyes away from him and decided to stare at the notes in front of me instead. 

His eyes were intense, too much for me to handle without feeling as if I was going to be burned alive right on the spot. Good grief, no one ever had this mammoth effect on me before. 

He was so different from the young men from around here. His demeanor held a hint of arrogance, boldness, and indifference unlike anything I’d perceived. Sure, some guys tended to act that way, but he took it up a notch. I took note of his dress code too: all-black casual wear—black hoodie, black shirt, black pants, black boots. Even his backpack was black. I could have easily accused him of being some kind of rock and roll groupie or maybe even a Goth-loving fan, but he didn’t appear to fit into either category. 

However, the dark clothing only made his look more mysterious and it definitely brought out the color of his eyes even more. He was tall, too, very tall. If I had to guess what his height was, I would say six-foot-one or something close to that. His chestnut-colored hair was long, down to his shoulders, and he wore it lose. Something about him clearly screamed bad boy.
The Cafe Interview
Thanks so much for stopping by the Authors' Cafe today, Kristy. I'm very excited to host you and your latest release, Secrets of the Moon

Okay, I see you've got your coffee and cinnamon roll, so let's get right to the interview.

At what point in your life did you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality? 

Well, I wouldn't say it is a career per se. I enjoy writing very much, but I only do it part time. But I did realize I wanted to pursue it about four years ago. I had so many ideas I wanted to pursue so, encouraged by those closest to me, I decided to draft my first book. I never looked back afterwards.

Which of your characters is most like you? 

I think most of the female characters have a little of me in them. I believe different aspects of my personalities comes through and vary from female lead to female lead. Whereas one might be a strong woman who stands down to no one, the other might be shy and reserved, which in one way or another is part of who I am.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from either of your books would you want with you? 

Because I don't know what can come my way, I'd like to have Demi Redding with me if that were the case. She's a sassy witch with a tough exterior and who takes no nonsense from anyone. She'd do a great job at protecting me.

Where do you write? 

My desk. I have what I call my work station, which is one corner of my living room, and there is where most of my writing gets done. Though, I'll admit that when I get the chance I do a little writing in bed before sleep starts to lay a claim on me.

Do you have any “rituals” you go through before you write? 

I wouldn't call it a ritual, but I do make sure that I have all my essentials with me before I even sit down. Once everything is within reach I sit and begin where I left off.

What was your favorite scene to write and why? 

I think it has to be the scene where Marjorie, from Secrets of the Moon, confronts Kyran about his secrets not realizing how far he's going to go to keep her away in order to protect her from himself. It was fun, but at the same time very hard to write because I was worried it would confuse the readers. Kyran is a caring person even though it doesn't show most of the time, and he's going through so many difficulties it's normal for him to shut down or overreact and this scene is just one more example of his complex personality.

What would YOU like your readers to know about your books or you in general? 

Even though I usually write paranormal fiction for young adults/new adults, I rarely read books that fall into these genres. I prefer to read historical romance and horror, which are two of my favorite genres.

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Find your voice and run with it. Don't try to imitate others, but use your imagination to develop your own style. And, please, don't forget to do plenty of research when it's necessary.

Do you have a favorite author? 

I have quite a few favorite authors, but just to name a few . . . Kathleen Eagle, Amanda Hocking, Simon Clark, Madeline Baker, Rosanne Bittner, Jasinda Wilder, Jessica Sorensen, and Georgina Gentry.

What is your favorite quote? 

Live, love, laugh.

What genre of books do you read for pleasure? 

I enjoy reading paranormal fiction, thrillers, horror, historical romance, suspense, erotic romance, and mysteries.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 

It depends on the day and my mood, but I do like to spend time with my family, go out, read, listen to music, watch a movie.

Who is the Fiction Hero you’d run off with? 

Does super hero count? Because I'd run off with Thor any day.

If all TV shows were real, what show (all time) would you most like to live in? 


And now it's time for some . . . 

Cafe Random-Ness

Party dress or blue jeans? Blue jeans.

Plotter or Panster? Plotter.

Print or e-Book? Print.

Coastal walks or extreme sports? Coastal Walks.

Cookies or cupcakes? Cupcakes.

Super hero or super villain? Super hero.

If you had a free afternoon you’d . . . like to catch up on sleep. I have a 16 month old at home who thinks keeping mommy awake until the wee hours of night is fun so I'd give anything to have an afternoon where I could remember what sleeping uninterrupted is like.

The smell of what takes you back to your childhood? 
Baked chicken.

You suddenly realize you live in a haunted house. Do you:

  1. Run screaming for the door. 
  2. Bravely go to a church, load up on holy water and try to get rid of the ghost. 
  3. Set up ghost hunting equipment to capture phenomenon. 
  4. Call in the Ghost Adventures crew so that you can ogle the lead guy Zac’s amazingly stiff hair when you’re not ogling his uh, physical attributes. 
  5. Deny you have a ghost and just let it scare the bejesus out of your visitors. 

Definitely #4!

Could you tell us five random facts about yourself?

  1. I'm in a lousy mood when I get up in the morning. 
  2. I'm addicted to coffee. 
  3. My favorite color is blue but I rarely wear anything that color. 
  4. I haven't gotten my hair cut in over 18 months so it's now all the way down to my waist. 
  5. I rarely use makeup but I buy cosmetics every chance I get.

About Kristy Centeno

Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.

She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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