Water’s Blood Blog Tour: Author Guest Post With Elaine Calloway + Giveaway!

 

 About The Author:
Elaine Calloway is originally from New Orleans and can still do a decent Cajun accent upon request. She is currently writing the Elemental Clan Series, a series of paranormal tales set in iconic cities such as New Orleans. Book One, WATER’S BLOOD, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.


Book Two, RAGING FIRE, will be released summer 2013.

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 Guest Post:

Inspiration

By Elaine Calloway

They say that you can’t wait for inspiration to strike. You have to go out and grab it yourself, wrestle it to the ground, harness it to create the story you want (or photograph, or song, or whatever your creative passion might be).
I agree…to a point. Sitting around and procrastinating will never bring your goal to fruition. However, I think if you seek inspiration too much, it will flee. It’s one of those magical things in life; inspiration touches our hearts when we least expect it.
Don’t get me wrong. I still find inspiration in the usual places: a beautiful painting, colorful images on Pinterest, my favorite book passages and authors, the right music that sets the tone.

Other times, inspiration comes in the most strange of places, and at the oddest of times. One thing that motivates me, moves me forward, is resilience. The tenacity of the human spirit touches my soul like nothing else.  
In Water’s Blood, Book One of the Elemental Clan Series, my protagonist Brooke runs a pub as her cover job. The Armand’s pub, while fictional, was inspired by a real bar in the New Orleans area. A friend took me there, and it’s become my new favorite place to visit when I’m home. In that magical place, I met people who rescued children off roofs during Hurricane Katrina, firefighters who saved lives during other crises, and other amazing people. Within that tiny pub, where people were warm and welcoming, a sense of strength prevailed.
One man in particular struck me, and I have always remembered his words. During a heavy rainfall in 1995 when most of New Orleans flooded, he lost everything. He lost his home, his office, his photo albums and memories. He chose to rebuild. Then, ten years later in 2005, Hurricane Katrina happened. Once again, he lost everything. He rebuilt once more, taking the scattered pieces of his life and sculpted them into a reason to keep going.
Stunned by his persistence, even his choice to not relocate elsewhere, I asked how he managed to survive 2 such major losses and what kept him going.
He offered a wide grin, and with a gleam in his eye, he said, “You’ve got to enjoy your life, cher.”
He proceeded to tell me how much he loved the region, how sitting at the edge of a pier and fishing under a crimson sunset made all the hassle of rebuilding worthwhile. He spoke of living each day, and more importantly, enjoying each day.
Meeting him was inspiration out of nowhere. Sometimes I think I could be the poster girl for stress, but when things get overwhelming, I think back to the interesting souls I’ve encountered, particularly the one who so wisely said, “You’ve got to enjoy your life, cher.”
  Water’s Blood:


Title: Water’s Blood

Author:Elaine Calloway
Publication Date: January 28th 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Fantasy

Publisher: The Writers Canvas, LLC

Date of Publication: February 1, 2013

ISBN: 9781301515226

ASIN: B00B7NQLIE

Number of pages: 511

Word Count: 95572

Cover Artist: Taryn Knight, Leafbreeze Creations


Nature’s Elementals—Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water—have lived for countless millennia. Disguised as humans, they are charged with one mission: protect the innocent from fallen angel clans, who reap human souls and force them to do their bidding.

Brooke, a Water Elemental stationed in New Orleans, broke the rules once—she mated with a human. For her indiscretion, she is forbidden to share a life with her loved ones: NOPD officer Alex and their half-breed daughter, Ella.

Now Ella is about to turn sixteen, and the local clan of fallen angels is determined to snare her soul by Halloween.

Brooke broke the rules once by allowing love to interfere with her mission. Now she and Alex must put consequences aside to break the rules again—if they wish to save their daughter’s soul.


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 Excerpt:

“Hell is empty; all the devils are here.”

― William Shakespeare, The Tempest

CHAPTER ONE

Brooke gripped the bar’s wooden edge until her knuckles turned white. Nausea and trepidation washed through her human form. Not now. Please. Not when her New Orleans pub, Armand’s, was filled with Friday night locals. She couldn’t keep walking away from her cover job. And she definitely couldn’t tell her customers the truth.

Her mission was critical: protect innocent humans from the Minare, a local clan of Fallen Angels. Who knew dealing with a teenager would be the more difficult job?

The nausea grew stronger, churning in the depths of her stomach. For one hopeful moment, she wondered if the Shrimp Creole she’d eaten for lunch could be the culprit. A sense of uneasiness snaked through her veins. No such luck. All signs pointed to the distress call.

Images in her line of vision began to spin. Gold, purple, and green Fleur de Lis emblems on the bar walls blurred into a kaleidoscope haze. Oh, yes. She recognized this feeling—the ole Tilt-O-Whirl-from-Hell. She shut her eyes, wanting her equilibrium to stabilize, but the famed Mardi Gras colors danced behind her eyelids.

Breathe. She inhaled deep. Beer, tobacco smoke, and lemon polish overpowered her nostrils.

The impending doom intensified. Your daughter is in danger. You have to go.

Panic churned inside her like a tornado. She’d been afraid this would happen.

What was she supposed to do? Family and her mission were mutually exclusive in her world. She couldn’t kick her customers out. Her only option was to leave someone in charge. Someone trustworthy.

Quinn, one of her favorite regulars and a self-professed hippie, approached and plunked his shot glass down. “Refill when you get a chance. Life treating you okay?”

Perfect. Quinn and his wife had helped her rebuild the pub after Hurricane Katrina. They were good folks, the kind of humans Brooke could trust her customers with.

She tilted the amber whiskey bottle and poured. “I’ll make you a deal. Watch the place for thirty minutes, and you can have all the refills you want.”

“Works for me. What happened to John?”

Brooke grabbed her keys and jacket. She didn’t have time to get into the particulars. “Quit on me yesterday, said he’s moving back home to care for his parents. I haven’t had the chance to place a want-ad for someone new.”

“I’ll hold down the fort. Go do what you need to do.” Quinn strolled behind the bar, his body moving in tune to the Zydeco music coming from the speakers. On any other day, she liked the New Orleans locals and their leisurely way of life. Just not now. She needed to go.

She sprinted for the back exit. “Thanks. I’ll be back soon.”

“Is everything okay?” he called after her.

Not really. She didn’t turn around, only said, “I won’t be gone long, thanks,” and ducked out the back door to avoid further questions.

Brooke ran down the crooked sidewalk. Live oaks draped with Spanish moss lined the narrow street filled with shotgun houses. Fortunately, Alex only lived two blocks away. The short walk made it easy to keep watch over him and Ella.

Darkness covered the sage-colored home with black shutters, but the full moon’s beams slanted through a rear side window. Brooke crept alongside the long narrow house, which extended back for almost a city block. These old Mid-City homes had more rooms than she could keep up with. Over the years, she’d learned which ones she could easily peer through.

Peeking inside, Brooke saw Ella tiptoeing across the study, headed straight for the cabinet.

Brooke’s neck went tight. Holy hell, this was no false alarm. Ella was a mere twenty steps away from the cabinet. Or rather, from disaster.

 

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