Monday, October 13, 2014

Kindling Flames (The Ancient Fire Series Book 1) by Julie Wetzel: Tens List with Excerpt

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What are 10 fun facts about you? 
  1. I am the middlest child of four. I have an older sister who photographs marathons, a younger sister in the Navy, and a baby brother also in the Navy. Both of my siblings in the Navy are currently deployed aboard the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77).
  2. I am terrified of living spiders, but I have spiders on everything. Earrings, necklaces, shirts, table cloths, and many other things. I figure if it terrifies me that much, I need to immerse myself in it. Same thing with zombies.
  3. I have been accused of being a ‘well of useless knowledge’.  If you give me a subject that isn’t too specific, I can probably come up with some fact about it. I pick up little things everywhere and stuff them away for later use. Make me a real contender in Trivial Pursuit.
  4. The author picture in my books was taken during a Tiger Cruise aboard the USS George H W Bush with my sister. When the ship came back from her maiden deployment, they arranged to host members of the sailors’ families for a few days as they sailed up the east coast. They picked us up in Mayport, FL and took us up to Norfolk, VA. That picture was taken as we crawled through the floor hatch after going down to look at the bilge (Yeah, rats!).
  5. Although I live in Mississippi now, I’m originally from Ohio. I love to travel and see new places. I been to all the states east of the Mississippi river with the exception of a few New England states, but I will make it up there one of these days. I’ve seen Wisconsin (Hi to my friends in Manitowoc!), Louisiana (Shout out to friends in Metairie and New Orleans), Texas, and California. One of these days I will hit all fifty states. I’ve also visited Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Someday I will invade the rest of the world too!
  6. I love Halloween! Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and anything creepy. Vampires are my favorite, but any monsters are welcome. Just please, keep me off the menu. Thanks!
  7. I’ve only been writing for a few years now. This whole thing started in 2011 when my sister wanted us to send her some stories. She was deployed at sea and couldn’t get online to read her fanfictions. So, instead of her strange mashups, I decided to write stories for her. Things got out of hand from there.
  8. I’ve broken nine bones. My aunt punched me in the face during a self-defense class and deviated my septum. I took a fall wrong in Jujitsu and broke my thumb. A friend tightened my corset wrong and broke a rib (yes you can break bones wearing clothing wrong). I walked into a doorway and broke my nose again (that does count as twice). I was rough housing with a friend and took a knee to the chest, breaking a rib on the other side. I fell off a cooler at work and broke my fibula (no I was not drunk or drinking, I stood up on it to hang a sign and it rolled).  Finally, I rolled my car in the waterworks curve of I-55 in Jackson, breaking my manubrium and crushing the t3 and t4 vertebrae. And of those nine bone, not one plaster cast for my friends to sign.
  9. I can’t get to sleep if my feet are uncovered. I have to have them tucked in no matter how hot it is. I know it’s weird, but I’m still afraid that something under my bed is going to crawl out and chew on my toes while I’m sleeping (Hey, it could happen, you haven’t seen what’s under my bed!).
  10. I can not sleep in a room with a closet door open. My imagination runs away from me and I just see eyes watching me from that crack. It doesn’t help that Krys has several xenomorph statues tucked away in the top of the closet. Those things creep the hell out of me! And no, he is not allowed to put up the life size poster on the back of the bedroom door!


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Title:  Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder

Series:   The Ancient Fire Series Book One, Part 1

Author:  Julie Wetzel

Published:  September 19th, 2014

Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing

Page Count:  260

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Minor Violence

Recommended Age:  13+


Synopsis: Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area. 

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“Please, don’t!” she sobbed, as she tried in vain to stop him.
“This is going to be fantastic, baby.”
Closing her eyes, Vicky prayed for the strange man to stop. She mewed softly as she tried to figure a way out of this situation. Her eyes flashed open as she felt something hard and sharp drag across the skin of her neck. She could feel both of his hands on her, so the only other option was… his teeth.
Vicky panicked as she realized the man holding her down was going to bite her. Driven by this new terror, she redoubled her efforts to get away. The man only laughed, like he was enjoying her fear, and held her tighter. She felt the sharp points of his teeth against her neck again and let out another wordless cry as the fangs parted her skin to find their way into her pulse.

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Title:  Kindling Flames: Flying Sparks

Series:   The Ancient Fire Series Book One, Part 2

Author:  Julie Wetzel

Published:  October 3rd, 2014

Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing

Page Count:  260

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Minor Violence

Recommended Age:  13+


Synopsis: When Vicky becomes the target of a serial arsonist plaguing the city, Darien calls on the supernatural community to help. Pulling the creatures of the night together to cooperate on any project is troublesome at the best of times. The fact that the one responsible for the city’s woes is a being of fire and magic leads the reluctant groups to a truce that makes Vicky start to think that her job might be a bit more than one normal human can handle.


 “What’s wrong?” she asked as she took in his reaction.

Darien rubbed his eyes with his index finger and thumb before squeezing the bridge of his nose. “He just claimed you,” he explained, letting out another deep breath and pointing down.

Vicky looked down and gasped at the ring of silver flowers wrapped around her ankle. It was just like the anklet that dissolved when she had taken her shower yesterday evening.

“You’ve only known about my world for two weeks, and you already have two supernatural creatures claiming you.” Darien chuckled and shook his head.

“Three,” she corrected, and Darien froze. He could only think of the ifrit and Zak. What other creature had a claim to her? He looked at her with questioning eyes. “If you listen to everything else in the night, you have a claim on me, too,” she sassed as the doors of the elevator opened, and she stepped out without waiting for him.

Darien’s jaw dropped at the snarky comment from his assistant. He recovered his composure and chuckled as he went out to find Vicky waiting for him by the car.

“Only two,” Darien said in a dark, rich voice as he let her in to the car.

Something tugged deep inside Vicky as she sat down in the seat.

“At this time, you’re just my personal assistant, and I’ve only offered you my protection.” She looked up at her boss and could see a light deep within his green eyes. “You will know when I’ve put my mark on you.” Darien shut the door as she gaped at him.

That line, so filled with promise and warning, pulled at something deep inside her. She shifted in her seat, torn between answering that call and bolting from the car. Vicky closed her eyes and worked to get enough saliva to dampen her suddenly dry mouth. She twitched a little when the leather of Darien’s seat creaked as he climbed in.

“So, what do we have to do today?” His voice had returned to normal.

Vicky let out a shuddering breath as she pulled out the appointment book. She flipped it open to Monday and reminded herself not to get snarky with the vampire that could fire her.

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About the Author:

Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.

Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.

Julie Wetzel is the author of Kindling Flames, Book 1 in The Ancient Fire Series. Kindling Flames is scheduled to release through Crimson Tree Publishing in the Fall of 2014.


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Giveaway Details:

There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Reader's choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook, bookmark swag pack, and a $15 Amazon Gift Card. 

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Sudheer Yadav said...


Julie Wetzel said...

Hi Laurie! Thanks for having me. I had lots of fun with this ten's list. I hope everyone enjoys the book!