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Friday, May 15, 2015

Do you know who or what you're related to? - Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate (#1) by Wray Ardan

"...the story’s original characters, well-constructed plot, moving portrayal of teenaged angst and lust, and effective blending of genres should satisfy young adult readers looking for a fresh new fantasy series."- BlueInk Review


Discovering long lost relatives can be a real nightmare. Do you know who or what you're related to? 

Jaden Lisette never imagined she might not live to see her sixteenth birthday, or that befriending reclusive triplets and a mentally challenged man could be her only chance of survival. Days after coming to Louisiana, Jaden falls for eighteen-year-old Briz Nolan. Then she falls into a living nightmare when she discovers a side of her family that she never knew existed. 

Once she uncovers her family's deadly secret, Jaden is forced into a world she could only imagine in horror movies. 

There's nowhere to run.


Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate would not exist if my partner Steven Smeltzer hadn’t created the strange looking sculptures that eventually became the Mal Rous in my novel. The day I was photographing the sculptures the story came to life in my head, and I couldn’t make it go away; finally surrendering to their voices I began the journey of writing my first novel.

I found the entire process of writing the book to be a fabulous learning process—well worth the highs and lows, the frustrating times, and of course the joy of completing book one.

People have asked me about the book’s cover. The flower is an Angle Trumpet, a.k.a. Datura, and the insect is a damselfly. If you have read the book it will make sense to you—in case you haven’t read the book, I don’t want to give anything away, but there is a character in the story called Datura, and another character that identifies with the damselfly.

I’d say the triplets are my favorite characters in the book. Their backstory is alive and well in my mind, and I plan on one day writing a novella about the three women, so everyone else that is intrigued by them will know their story. But first on my list is finishing up the sequel to Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate.

About the author:
I live on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with an artist, five cats and a parrot. Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate was inspired by sculptures my partner in life and business, artist Steven Lee Smeltzer created. Currently I'm writing bk 2 of Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate

With a desire to promote teens that are PONO, Hawaiian for "doing the right thing," I have created the site DaKine Teens+ at dakineteens.tumblr.com

After all, our future lies in their hands.

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Judy said...

What an interesting looking book, I imagine it will be very terrifying to read. I have it on the top of my TBR list.

Ty Wilson said...

This sounds like it's right up my alley. I look forward to reading it. Thanks!

Jan Lee said...

I love the cover with the damselfly ;)

Juana said...

I enjoyed both the book description, and the guest post.

Simon said...

Like the book ;)

Deanne said...

The cover is lovely. What an intriguing story.

Dan said...

The book cover is beautiful! The story sounds exciting and spooky!