Sonntag, 7. Oktober 2012

Presenting Shalini Boland

 Shalini Boland is someone I've known for a couple of years now, don't ask me how though?
She may have been on the Night website, or perhaps someone just introduced us, I can't remember.
Whatever, what I can say is that I feel like I've known her for aeons she's so easy going.
Here's a couple of blurbs for her books and then she can tell us something about herself.


A post-apocalyptic romance thriller.

The world of the future is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities where life goes on as normal. If you’re inside you’re lucky, if you’re outside life expectancy takes a nose dive. 

Riley is fortunate to have been born on the right side of the fence. But her life of privilege comes crashing down when someone breaks through the Perimeter and murders her sister. She forsakes her own safety to go in search of the killer. Luc decides to go with her otherwise she’ll be dead before she’s past the security gate. But what awaits her outside is more unbelievable than she ever expected.

Cut to the present day where Eleanor's world is falling apart. This time next year, civilisation won't be quite so civilised . . .

Hidden, (The Marchwood Vampire series part 1)

HIDDEN is a paranormal adventure that spans the centuries from modern London to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune, she inherits a house, she inherits a cellar full of danger.

Eighteen-year-old Alexandre lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

For each of them, life is finally starting. Little do they know it is closer to ending. Something lies buried which should have been forgotten. A Pandora's Box that was meant to stay shut. But Madison and Alexandre have never been any good at following the rules. They are about to find everything they've ever desired and everything that could destroy them. 

Falling in love has never been so dangerous.

OK, Shalini Boland, COME ON DOWN !!!

Tell us about yourself:
Before kids, I was a singer songwriter signed to Universal Music. But now I’m now a mother of two noisy boys and so writing novels fits in perfectly with my life. A typical day is taking the kids to school, doing an hour or so of online promo (while trying not to get sucked in to the chat) and then sitting down with a coffee to write.

I’m allergic to housework.

I love to spend time outdoors with my family. We live a few minutes from the beach and quite close to the forest. A long walk always makes me feel good, especially if there’s a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the end of it.

What genre do you specialise in?
Mainly teen fiction. I write the kinds of books I love to read - gripping young adult adventures with a sprinkling of romance and a spattering of horror.

What’s your inspiration?
Anything and everything. Music helps me to create moods for certain scenes. Interesting people, atmospheric places … I find inspiration everywhere.

I used to live in a very old house in London which had a large basement. I was always terrified of going down there and I can still remember the musty smell and the grey stone walls. It wasn't hard to imagine all kinds of terrible things lurking down there - awful creatures, ghosts, things bricked up in the wall. That basement inspired my Marchwood Vampire Series.

Who is your favourite author, why and did he/she inspire you to write in any way?
I don’t think I have one particular favourite author. But I guess if I had to pick one, I would say Anne Rice. I read nearly all her books during the nineties and would always be impatiently waiting for her latest novel to come out. I love the way she combined the historical stories with the modern. I've definitely absorbed this aspect into the way I write.

What are your plans?
I want to finish both my trilogies. I’m currently working on Books 2 and 3 of The Outside Series – a post-apocalyptic romance thriller. And then I’ll be writing Book 3 of the Marchwood Vampire Series.

I also have the rough outline of a new supernatural series which I'm pretty excited about. Too many ideas, not enough hours in the day!

Go for it, sell your work.
If you like epic adventure with romance and a few mind-bending twists thrown in, then I think you might enjoy my novels. They’re written for teens, but also enjoyed by adults.

The Marchwood Vampire Series (YA, scary, love across time, urban fantasy/historical)

The Outside Series (YA gritty post-apocalyptic adventure)

A Shirtful of Frogs (WW2 timeslip adventure, ages 10+)

Here’s a short excerpt from Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series #1):

‘He felt the drumming of the earth, the heartbeat of all humankind in his bones and blood, in his skin and soul. It sang a song that he had known forever and in that instant everything became clear. He knew the reason for it all; the key to life and it was so obvious. How could he not have known this simple truth before now?
    And then as suddenly as it had come, it left. His beating heart slowed, the song faded and the knowledge slipped away like an elusive memory refusing to come to mind. He felt a devastating loss, worse than if his dearest love had died. 
    A heavy melancholy descended, so profound he felt as though he should like to sleep for a thousand years. In the cold darkness, tears rolled down his face and stung his cheeks like acid. He closed his eyes and tried not to think. It hurt to think.
    It hurt.
    God, it hurt.
    Like the skin being stripped from his body. He could not breathe and his eyes burned white hot with a searing pain.
    He tried to speak but his throat constricted, closed shut. Was he in hell? Was this the fate he deserved? Please, God, no! Help me! he silently screamed. Save me! I promise … I promise anything. I will do anything. Just please … make … it … STOP.’


Thanks so much Richard!

No probs Sha, I should thank you :-)
... and since when have you called me Richard?

Whatever, now you know peeps, as you were.
Reggie :-)

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