I’m excited to have a new writer, Kimbra Kasch, on my website today with DEMON’S INK. Discovering new authors is always exciting and helping them get started is something I enjoy doing. DEMON’S INK is a young adult romantic thriller.
There are lots of dangerous things hanging around Portland lately but, when a Demonic tattoo artist comes to town, everything goes to Hell in DEMON’S INK.
This young adult novel is set in Portland, Oregon and with Halloween coming, you’ll want to have a scary story to share…that’s where DEMON’S INK comes in.
This is a romantic thriller but really it’s about art, but art that’s more than anyone bargained for.
BLURB – Demon’s Ink
Drake and Bartos come to the Pacific Northwest, where they open yet another tattoo shop but Bartos has no trouble dealing with the competition because there’s nothing normal about his art. And he’s stealing more than clients from the local skin artists. He’s stealing their souls.
Customers fall in love with Bartos Slinderman’s tats but end up paying the ultimate price for their purchase because unlike Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, they can’t walk away from this art and it’s beautiful until the artwork takes on a life of its own…
But, when Drake meets Scarlett everything begins to change…again. He’s found something he never thought possible: love. And, it’s complicated. Now he’s going to have to make the choice of a lifetime—and beyond. Will he choose love or life? And, if he chooses love, he just might have to give up his soul.
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EXCERPT – Demon’s Ink
Expectations can ruin everything. Like thinking my senior year was going to be something special. What a set up that was.
I should have known better than to get my hopes up.
I’d never been lucky. No one in my family was. I was probably only six when I’d heard grandpa say, “We come from a long line of losers.” He was talking to my Dad. I don’t even know about what. But, now, I know I should have listened to him.
Dad had already gone to prison, leaving Mom and me worse off than ever. And we were never good but, at least while he’d hung around, she managed to act like things were okay. Now she wasn’t even trying to pretend. Really it was way worse than that; she wasn’t even getting up off the couch any more.
I’d come home from school to find her passed out. The first couple times it freaked me out. Seeing her face-planted in the front room and not knowing whether she was alive or dead, I didn’t want to be the one to find her like that, to turn her over, to have to check to see if she was still breathing but I did. . . and I had no idea if she was high or drunk. I didn’t even care because what difference did it make? She was out of it. That was all that mattered.
So, after Dad went to jail, I was completely alone until Bartos made me a deal I couldn’t refuse but that was later.
For weeks, I’d come home after class and make a sandwich—if there was bread—otherwise it was a bowl of cereal for breakfast and dinner, sometimes I’d eat it dry because the milk had gone bad.
I knew I was going to have to get a job if I wanted to survive and I’d started looking around but that was right before everything changed.
It was late one Thursday evening. I still remember because I was thinking, “Only one more day…” I just didn’t know how right I was.
I don’t know what woke me up that night. Maybe it was the smell, the heat, the sound of my Mom screaming. I really don’t know. But I opened my eyes to the thick burning haze of a room filled with smoke.
I’d gone down into the basement that night and fallen asleep.
Looking around, I already knew there were no windows. I was trapped.
AUTHOR BIO – Kimbra Kasch
I’m a writer who grew up in an old Victorian house on Mt. Tabor in a family with 9 kids and only 1 t.v. so I spent my days reading and, later, writing. I love books. . .maybe because I never got to pick the t.v. shows we watched. I’d run home after school to catch the last fifteen minutes of Dark Shadows…every day.
I still love to run…or maybe I should say wogging (a cross between walking and jogging). Here in Portland, I love Halloween themed runs – where people don costumes and run. It’s a lot of fun…and I know those two words don’t always go together: fun…and…run. But it is.
And, with all those Halloween themed runs, I guess Dark Shadows had more of an influence than some people might think. Even today my favorite author is Stephen King. My all-time favorite book is Salem’s Lot.
Favorite romance novels are The Hunger Games…okay, I know, it’s a survival book but it’s really all about romance. Then there are the series: Twilight, True Blood, Dead Until Dark and more. I really love paranormal, horror and sometimes even light-read books like Dewey the Small Town Library Cat… Mainly, I just love to read. . . and write.
I’ve had dozens of articles published in a variety of magazines like Herb Quarterly, Hopscotch, Guide, Romantic Homes, Writer’s Journal, Birds & Blooms and more. Plus, I just signed a contract with CleanReads to publish another young adult novel set in Oregon near the coast, in Mist and Jewel: The Cats of Cullaby Creek. I’ve also had stories published in anthologies like Holiday Spice and the Sabbath Action Blast, by Guide. You can see them on my Amazon Author page along with my new adult romance novel: The Viking Princess.
Sorry to be so long-winded but did I say I love to write? …and talk and…knit, and sew, and bake… I could go on but I’ll stop by saying, I hope you’ll stop in on my site and I can tell you I’m really excited to be sharing my first young adult novel with you: Demon’s Ink.
Thanks for listening.
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