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Author Teresa Keefer tells all at Readeropolis today! The Summer Sisters Trilogy (paranormal romance) is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis with an author interview and excerpt from book one, Blessed Be.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What book do you think everyone should read?

I really enjoyed Stephen King’s About Writing. My best friend gave me that book for my birthday several years ago because I think he was trying to encourage me to take the leap into writing my own books. I think it worked!

How long have you been writing?

I started writing poetry and short stories when I was a teenager. I finished my first full-length novel (Coming Home-Book 1 of the Possum Creek Series) in 2007 and after several rejection letters from publishers and agents, I put it on the back burner and started writing another book until self-publishing became popular.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

The main characters come to me before I start the story and the other characters pop in as I go.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

I research while I write. Sometimes, the research sends me in a different direction than I had planned and sometimes it gives me other book ideas.

Do you see writing as a career?

My goal is to become a full-time writer and walk away from my 28-year human resource career.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I love to read, just don’t get to do it as much as I like. I read horror, romance, thrillers, books on spiritualism, books on politics, and of course I like to sneak off and read some down and dirty erotica at times.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I only write in silence late at night. The rest of the time the television is going or I have music playing.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

Right now, I have three books I’m working on. The way I write, I get an idea and I just have to start on it. Then I go back and forth on all of them until I’ve got one finished.

A day in the life of the author?

I generally get up around 8 in the morning and have toast and tea while I write. I hop in the shower around noon and head off to my job as a night shift human resource supervisor for a manufacturing plant and work until 11 or after. I come home and meditate until I fall asleep and do it all over again.

Advice they would give new authors?

Believe in yourself. Write for yourself. And never be too serious.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I just write the story I’m impressed to write. I put the words to page and if people read it and enjoy it, I’m satisfied.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Start earlier in life. I really wish I had written my first full-length novel about twenty years earlier but I lacked the confidence to do so.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I have no problem writing characters from the opposite sex because I just use the characteristics that would appeal to me.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It’s taken me two years to write a book and it’s taken me two months to write a book. So, there is no average. However, I do have a new goal to write one chapter every day unless I have something else going on so you should see a lot more new releases from me over the next year if I keep up at this pace.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I believe in other things getting in the way of writing and I’m a procrastinator. Writer’s block…no…


Blessed Be
The Summer Sisters Book 1
by Teresa Keefer
Genre: Paranormal Romance



Alana Summers was quite content with her life. A peaceful farm tucked in a wooded area by the lake with her pets for company. A shop in the small tourist town where she sells a potpourri of items that reflect everything about her. She's at peace. She's Wiccan.

Logan Farmer is the local sheriff. Small town boy who went to the big city and joined the police force. Then he came home where he belonged. He is deeply rooted in his Native American heritage.

Both had grown up knowing that there was more to the world that could be explained or seen. But neither of them knew that their peaceful lives could be disrupted in an instant by a legend long buried. A tale that had been told to them by Logan's grandmother when they were young along with a warning that the ancient legend could replay during their lifetime.

But was it really an ancient paranormal evil come to roost or were the recent events merely the doings of a warped human mind? Or had the human's events shaped the return of the evil?





She couldn’t help it. She just had to poke the bear. It was Teagan’s way and she still harbored a little bit of guilt since she knew that her older sister had really liked Logan when they were younger. And she had been the one to ask him out just to prove to her sister that she could. It would be nice if they could maybe find their way to each other since it was so obvious to her that they wanted to be. “Are you telling me that you didn’t even think about doing the horizontal bop with him last night? Does he sleep naked?”

Groaning, Alana stood up and stretched. “I’m going to go for a walk.”

“You’re avoiding the conversation, Alana. How about I go with you?” She made a move to stand up then realized that she wasn’t going to get Alana to agree to let her come along. Maybe she could give her some time to get on her way and then follow, just to make sure that her sister wasn’t alone even if she thought she was. Or would that be like stalking her?

“Teagan, I’ve been walking down to the inlet for several years by myself now. I do it every night that the weather permits and I do it alone. I’m not going to change that tonight.” She went over and pulled a heavier jacket down from the peg by the door and pushed her arms into the sleeves. “It’s my way of regenerating myself after a day of work.”

“Logan said that we shouldn’t go anywhere alone.” Teagan reminded her sister. Not that she would be listening to Logan or taking directions from Logan either. In fact, she was thinking about taking a drive into the city tomorrow while Alana was at the shop. Then she remembered, the funeral services for Herman Monroe were the next day. She couldn’t leave her sister to go to the services by herself.

“That doesn’t mean that I’m going to listen to him when it comes to being on my own property. I am going for a walk.” She grabbed the boots by the front door and slipped them on. “I’ll leave Buddy here with you tonight so you don’t have to be by yourself.”

“Yeah, that is real nice of you. I still have to look at that wicked cross-eyed cat.”

Teagan grinned as an idea passed through her head. She waited until she heard the latch click on the door then went to get her phone out of her purse. Texted Logan’s number. ALANA WENT TO THE INLET BY HERSELF. SORRY. COULDN’T STOP HER.


Threefold
The Summer Sisters Book 2

Teagan Summers has a secret that she thought she had tucked away forever. That is, until she was summoned to her home town of Lakewood to help with banishing an ancient evil that had come to pay a visit to the sleepy town. Then, she was faced with another woman whose secret wasn't so secret anymore.

Devon Brock knew he had to help his friend, Logan Farmer. Logan had helped him out too many times to turn his back and say no. However, he didn't realize that he would be called upon to pull out his law license to defend a poor woman who had killed and mutilated her husband on Halloween night. And he sure never expected to have to deal with spoiled Teagan Summers as part of it.

Devon and Teagan join forces as they work valiantly to not only defend a murderess, but to help Teagan's sisters and Logan Farmer as they battle an unseen evil that threatens to destroy the small town of Lakewood. And as they work together, they also form a tentative truce that they both know could lead to more.




Namaste
The Summer Sisters Book 3

Riana Summers had spent most of her adult life trying to find herself. The youngest of the three Summer Sisters, she just couldn't resist sowing her wild oats and she had done it across the country. When her sister, Alana, had summoned her to come home to Lakeview because she was needed to do her part to hunt down and destroy an evil entity which had been playing havoc on her hometown, she did so with the intention of returning to her stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas. She had no idea her brief trip home would turn to months and that she would end up finding out who she really was. Or that she would find herself face to face with a man who could get her to want to settle down.

Eric Michaels had been born and raised to be a farmer. It was what he did best. So, when the opportunity to be the foreman at a farm near a place called Lakeview, he had jumped at the chance. What he hadn't planned on was getting sucked into a paranormal nightmare. Things he couldn't even begin to fathom. Including finding himself deeply attracted to a woman who could create magic with the tips of her fingers.

As the conclusion of the Summer Sisters trilogy comes to an end, will they be able to destroy the force that had unearthed itself from its deep dark grave to destroy them?







Teresa Keefer is an indie romance author with an avid love of books. She started writing poetry in high school and after encouragement from a dear friend, wrote her first full length romance novel in 2007. Coming Home was finally released as a self-published book in 2011.


Teresa holds an MBA in Human Resources and attended law school for two years. She lives in rural Indiana with a menagerie of animals and enjoys the peace of working in the garden and yard of her home. She has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys crafting, cooking, reading, and studying spirituality in her spare time when she's not writing or working at her day job. Her household includes a spoiled dog, three cats, two goats and a stubborn miniature horse. 







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