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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What inspired you.... / Guest Post & Giveaway with Samantha Ketteman Author of Aphrodite's Secret

By Samantha Ketteman

Series: The Forgotten (Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Self Published
Release Date: Feb 28 2013
Edition/Formats Available In:  E~book  & Print


  Kaira, still reeling from the loss of her younger sister in a tragic boating accident, lives in the dark world of exotic dancing for survival. When one man enters her life, her world is turned upside down and inside out, where reality and fantasy seem to intertwine.
Kaira feels the eyes of a striking man watching her every move on stage. Zane is a scarred man with many secrets, one of which is the knowledge of who and what Kaira really is and the danger she will face.
While Zane fights a subconscious battle about what to tell her and whether he cares enough to get involved, another has noticed her as well. An Ithacan, sent to destroy her for what she is and take her powers to the God that has commanded all Forgotten be exterminated. The God intends to absorb her powers and rule absolutely.
Before Kaira realizes what is coming for her, she finds herself tumbling into a world where a scarred man that she is inexplicably attracted to will become her only hope. A hideous creature, one such as she’s never seen, is hunting her and trying his best to destroy everything and everyone she knows to get what he wants for his Master, and only Zane knows why.
While Kaira thinks it coincidence that Zane shows up at the club the girls like to frequent after work, Zane uses the planned interception to explore the pull that he feels towards Kaira, when he has cared for no one but himself for so many years. After finally meeting, Zane notices that the Ithacan has also followed and as their eyes meet, they both know that the battle for her soul will come; who will win is less important as the insistence Zane feels to tell Kaira who and what she is before she ends up like her sister.  


His dragon familiar began to writhe on his skin, anticipating its next meal with
evil glee. He did so enjoy watching his familiar work, he thought. He wasn’t going to
make the same mistake twice, so he decided to head out to the parking lot and wait for
her to exit the building so he could get a better look. He would be able gauge her power
and potency from that perspective.
He didn’t have to wait long before she emerged from the side of the building and
headed for her vehicle. He had begun to grow bored and had briefly considered allowing
his familiar to snack on the two-legged meat-sickle guarding the door, but had decided
against drawing unnecessary attention that might cause her to change her routine. He sent
the words, “next time”, mentally to his familiar in an effort to appease him. He hated
sharing the mental link with the dragon as he had to endure the constant bitching in his


I see that this is your first published book; what inspired you to become a writer and why this genre?

As far as the genre goes, I simply fell in love with the genre about 7 years ago. My first books were the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I have long had these stories forming in my head of the paranormal, and it was refreshing to see that there was a whole world that wrote what I was interested in. As far as what inspired me to be an author, it was a collaboration of many things. I have long wanted to put my ideas down, but never felt that I was good enough. I just lived with these ideas, constantly badgering my husband with all of my ideas as he pretended to listen. Then, one day, I bought a book from an author I had never heard of, but wanted to give it a try. After all, it was only 99 cents. It was terrible. I know, I shouldn’t say that, but I couldn’t finish it. I looked at my husband and told him that I was ready to write. I felt like I could do a better job than what I had just read. For so many years, I felt that I wasn’t good enough, but the book spurred me into action. I finally thought that it was time to try my hand at it, and if it sucked, then at least I could say that I tried, you know?

Author Information

Samantha Ketteman has resided in southern Illinois for 7 years, (though still claims to be an Alabama girl), with her husband and three crazy demon children. She started reading novels at a very young age and decided two years ago to write for herself. She is working on The Forgotten series, as well as two others. She is a caffeine addict, insomniac, and general basket case most of the time. When she's not writing, she's thinking of writing, much to the chagrin of her husband who has to listen to her paranormal ramblings.

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