Monday, August 27, 2012

Destiny Unhinged by Kimber Shook: Interview & Excerpt


VANESSA anxiously waits for her birthday, a boyfriend and some much needed excitement in her dull and boring life.

She soon finds herself torn between two guys. Well, I guess that is what she would call them, even though one is a dead Alien King.

MAX, a dead alien who is trapped in limbo between two worlds and longs for Vanessa, his destiny, to help him home and become his Queen. He offers her his world, his heart and his future.

TOBY, a good looking guy who shows an interest and a desire to be with Vanessa, has confessed that he too has a destiny that he's meant to be with another. However, it’s a destiny he doesn’t want.

The connection that Vanessa has with Max is strong but the desire she has for Toby may be even stronger.

Shall she accept what Destiny has in store for her or find a way to escape to find one all on her own?

I stand in disbelief and shock when the coverlet tree that both Toby and I were intimately sharing an m&m only moments ago, is now being uprooted out of the ground. It is now only inches away from being dropped down upon Toby’s head like Thor’s Hammer of the Gods. Luckily, he has wits enough to dive out of the way just in the nick of time. Toby might not be able to see Max, but thankfully he can see the destruction that Max is leaving behind. How can anyone fight and succeed when they are fighting an invisible opponent?
Toby again jumps up out of the way of the damaging tree trunk smashing to the ground, only moments ago where he had been standing. Just in time again I rejoice, as he grabs my hand and tugs me to move with him. “We have to get out of here fast. Come, Nessa.” He knocks me out of my trance of disbelief. We have no choice, we run.
My mind is racing faster than my feet are carrying me. How can Max turn into such a monster? Can anyone who is considered to be dead, really be so full of rage and jealousy over someone as wonderful as Toby?
In a blink of an eye, well - my eye, Max materializes in front of us as the ground begins to give way. Toby begins to slide into the ditch in front of us. His grip has no other choice but to release from mine. However, I’m not falling with him, but rather I am being lifted high above him and soon find safety several feet away on the ground. Max makes sure I’m safe. Apparently, he is keeping his promise of not hurting me. Well at least physically he isn’t hurting me - yet. Mentally is another subject that he has already reached his limited as being considered - over the top.
“Max, stop this! You’re hurting Toby. Please, I beg you stop!”
The soil around the mouth of the ditch begins filling in.  Toby is becoming enclosed in the earth right here at the cemetery. I try to get to him, but Max has some kind of an invisible wall separating me from Toby. I’m kicking and punching at air trying to get through. The more I struggle, the faster the dirt falls in on Toby.
I can hear muffled sounds coming from Toby as he is getting buried alive.  He yells “Get out of here Nessa, go!” He orders, gasping, through the intimate layers of earth that surrounds him.
I can’t. My feet refuse to move as does my heart refuses to leave Toby like this.
My eyes blur from the tears that begin to shed. I’m not sure how, but Toby is reaching the top of the ditch. I wipe the tears from my face with the sleeve of my shirt. Tree roots that have become unearthed by Max’s display of rage have become the saving grace in this tragedy. Once again I wonder how Toby could have found such a chance of luck. There are no nearby trees along our path of retreat.
With another wave of Max’s hand, gravestones are thrown in the direction of Toby’s escape route. One after another, once again, Toby rolls out of range from the crashing epitaphs.
Toby stands to face his attacker but how he knows where Max is standing is beyond his capabilities. Somehow he finds the general direction. He orders Max. “Leave this world and never return. This is not your place and Nessa is not yours to control. Go now and you can keep your future but know this, your future will not now nor ever will be with Vanessa.  Do you hear me Alien Creature?”
Max begins to laugh. “You have got to be kidding me? Who does this human think he is?”
Is Max asking me? Toby can’t hear him. He already knows this so why is he bothering with this dialogue.
“Again, I demand you to leave this world. The past, the present and the future has no place here for you. Go now and I will promise to spare you!”
Max turns to me. “You tell this boy that it is he, who will no longer have a future on this world, if he thinks he is going to force me to leave my destiny behind when I have waited forever to find you.”
“Max, just go. Leave us alone. I will not be the middle man any longer. Do as Toby says, just leave!” I order Max away.
Two seconds later Max has his arms wrapped around my waist with his breath inside my ear. “Nessa, you can’t possibly mean you want me to leave you forever? Please tell me you don’t truly want me to disappear from your life. What about our destiny, our world to reign together as King and Queen? All the Najinial kinsmen who long to live again with your touch of Ascension will never get the chance. How could you possibly be responsible for so much despair?”


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Believe it or not, I actually wanted to be a cashier. I loved punching buttons and playing with money. I remembering getting a little cash register as a child and I would punch buttons on it all day. So you can only imagine how excited I am to be able to punch keys on the keyboard these days. Whoohoo - I’m in Heaven!

What are your favorite TV shows?

Oh my, I love so many. My all time favorite is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I am actually just finishing watching the series on Netflix. (My husband and I gave up cable a few years back and got into Neflix and recently Hulu plus- so worth it.) My current faves are The Vampire Diaries, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Teen Wolf.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I love veggie on the rocker with my Kindle or if it’s beautiful weather - outside on the deck.

What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

I love kayaking, bicycling and crocheting.

What would we find under your bed?

Actually you will find nothing. My bed sits directly on the floor. A while back, my hubby and I decided to get rid of the bed frame since our Great Dane is getting older and it’s harder on his joints to jump into our bed at night. (Yes, our 145 pound Great Dane sleeps on a Queen sized bed with us.)

What one word best describes you?


At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Well, I’ve always loved to write.  In the fourth grade, my girlfriend and I wrote a short story with pictures and all to share in front of the class. Then in High School, we would continually write short stories back and forth with each other finishing and adding more.

As I got older, I would just write short blurbs here and there and tell myself I will finish it later (I’m such a procrastinator.)

So basically, I have always wanted to be a writer just lacked the motivation to actually sit down. Only discovering recently, I have less years remaining in life than the years I have let slip by wishing I was a writer. That’s when I deciding to get on it - make my dream come true.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I love creating something from nothing and knowing it all came from within me, it’s truly an amazing feeling.


Thank you so much for having me on your Blog today. I would love to giveaway two ebooks of Destiny Unhinged as a small “Thanks”.


I'm a huge sci-fi fan. I love all the paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi genres, of course, when romance is thrown in, it just makes it even better. For as long as I can remember, I've always enjoyed reading and writing, even though Life gets in the way and it is difficult to fit it in.

Through the years, my desire of writing a novel had finally become so overwhelming that I actually become motivated enough into making my dream of being a published author come true.

Since I have been focusing on writing more, I find that I can get so engulfed into my fantasy writing world that it's difficult to have to close up shop for the night. All I can say is that I enjoy every second of creating something out of nothing.

I hope you enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please watch for more to come.
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1 comment:

Karen Arrowood said...

This sounds really different! I would like to see what it is all about. Thank you for the opportunity.