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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GUEST BLOG: SHELLY HOLT

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Shelly will award a $20 Starbucks GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

10 things about me


1. I used to be a 911 dispatcher, and it is a really hard job. I'm glad I did it. It was a good life experience, but I am equally glad I don't do it anymore. It's stressful!

2. I have a strange talent for making things out of artificial fur. I make teddy bears and purses. I am self-taught. My purses are quite striking and I am usually stopped in public and people really get excited and want to buy them.

3. I've killed at least 50 scorpions. I live in the desert!

4. I was afraid of Harrison Ford when I was 10 or 11. My mother took me to a Halloween party in Hollywood to see Shawn Cassidy perform. I remember Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill were in a booth together signing autographs. (Star Wars must have just come out then) Mark was happy and bouncing around from person to person, but Mr. Ford was really angry about something and it showed. I refused to go anywhere near him. It was the first time I was ever truly scared of an adult. I just remember Harrison Ford being very tall (remember, I was a kid) and angry. Now that I'm an adult, I'm sure he's probably a nice guy. I still wonder what he was so mad about that night though.

5. I can paint. I took oil painting lessons for two years from a very talented local artist. I don't paint my own covers because I never said I paint fast. I am a terribly slow painter, and a little rusty too. I've spent all my time lately writing.

6. I am a terrible baker. Don't ever ask me to bake you something, I can't even do cookies right. For the record I am an OK cook though.

7. I collect the same Fisher Price toys I had as a young child. Weird huh! I think there is some strange chemical reaction in the brain a person gets when they see and hold in their hands a toy they played with at a very young age. I bought my Fisher Price School House and Chime ball on E-Bay, yes I get an endorphin rush when I ring the little bell. I tried to buy a 2XL too, but I lost the bid.

8. I don't have a tattoo, I don't plan on getting one either.

9. I used to go to Disneyland every week. I had an annual pass and lived 20 minutes away. We would only go for maybe an hour or two. I used to take my Grandma to the Carnation Plaza where they would play big band music from the 1940s.

10. I don't know how to drive a stick shift.

About the Bio:
My name is Shelly Holt and I live in the middle of the harsh and unforgiving Mojave desert. I write my stories looking out of a window that shows sweeping desert views. Outside is a barren and severe landscape, yet inside my head lives a world filled with exotic shape-shifters come to life, pulled from the pages of myth and legend, ready to entice and seduce any reader brave enough to take them on.

It's funny, I never wanted to be a writer! In 7th grade English, we were given an assignment. We were told to write an original poem and turn it in the next day. I was determined to turn in not a good poem, but a great poem. I spent the whole night working on it instead of watching my favorite show, The Waltons. (Hey! it was 1980.) I turned it in the next day. Apparently, I succeeded a little too well and was accused of copying it from a book. (1980 remember, no internet yet). The teacher stated and I quote "this is too good for a seventh grader, where did you copy it from?" Well, I didn't write for 30 years after that. In my 40's, after a life changing move to rural Nevada as a caregiver to my father, I realized I needed a way to earn a little money on the side. I did some research on the internet and read all about a certain little book, about a certain little college student and a handsome billionaire with some ahem! (issues.) I decided after reading that book, I could do that, and Tasting Fire was born. I'll admit it's been strange revisiting a talent buried deep inside for so long, forgotten, but apparently not lost. It's been an important journey and one I am quite thankful for and excited to see where it takes me.

P.S. Mr. Jordan, I really did write that poem!

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Shape-shifters have always walked the earth. Shrouded in myth and folklore, hiding in the shadows, watching and waiting. Advances in modern science are now about to reveal them to the world. Kai Tenzin is the self appointed leader of the Pari people. He and his kind evolved from the most reclusive predators on earth. They live and hunt in the most fearsome and rugged terrain known to man, the Himalayas. Kai leaves his small village where the mountains touch the heavens, determined to do anything to protect his people. When he is forced to enlist the aid of the beautiful American scientist Dr. Rae Hales, the last thing he expects to find is a woman who will ensnare his heart and endanger them all. Their action-packed adventure will take them around the world to discover the truth behind the legends and reveal the future of humanity.

8 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting.

MomJane said...

Loved your comments. I have really enjoyec following your tour. Your story sounds unique and awesome.

Ingeborg said...

I enjoyed the 10 things about you. That's funny about Harrison Ford.LOL

Shelly Holt said...

Thanks for inviting me on the blog today, Happy Holidays.

Debby said...

I bet you have lots of stories from your days of a 911 dispatcher.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Catherine Lee said...

I love your list! I also don't have a tattoo (and don't plan on getting one) and I don't drive a shift (although that's what my husband's truck is). Have you used any of your 911 experiences in your writing? It seems like it could make the basis of an interesting story.

Shelly Holt said...

In Chapter forty Rae is arrested by Hong Kong authorities after being tipped off by Interpol.

I do remember seeing warrants on the computer from Interpol during training. That's probably what gave me the idea.

Who knows, my year in law enforcement may pop up again in another book.

Shelly Holt said...

Oh yes! We had an explosion my first day alone after I was released from my trainer. Luckily nobody got hurt.

Let's see, multiple police chases, a plane into a house, bee swarms, Oh yeah the Dali Lama came to town too. It was an interesting year!