Please help me welcome Author Candis Vargo to my blog today!
The Darkness Series
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Date of Publication: March 10
Tragedy strikes the Roseburg family and leaves Mike struggling to help his wife, Mia. After losing their only child in an accident, Mia is far from emotionally distraught…instead, she continues on like their son is still alive.
Four months passed since the accident…
Mike begins to work with a psychiatrist to help his wife with her delusions when a darkness begins to haunt them. As this dark presence becomes violent, making itself known, Mike wonders if the illusion of their child that his wife is seeing is something far more demonic.
With the dark force looming over them, Mike is left questioning his own sanity as he tries to unravel what is real and what is not.
Soon he realizes…
Something is dreadfully wrong.
The force of the impact with the truck thrust the Jeep forward, throwing Mia deep into her seat as they went nose first into a ditch. What was left of the back of the jeep rolled up over the front. It continued to flip over several times before seeming to levitate in the air after rolling off the embankment. It felt like an eternity, the world moving in slow motion, before it smashed against the icy cold river sending shards of glass and ice throughout the vehicle. As it slowly began to sink Mia automatically reached down to unbuckle herself. After struggling to free herself from the seat belt she reached back for her son.
Her long, dark hair floated through the thickness of the icy water and streams of blood swam around her face. As she turned around everything became hazy and the darkness fought to take away her control. A panic began to set in as her heart raced. She needed to get back to Eli, to unbuckle him…she needed to save her son.
Being a mother she couldn’t care less if she was hurt, she just needed to save her son. Like a tiger protecting her young, it was a mother’s first priority.
As she tried to move into the back seat she reached out to Eli again.
He gently placed his outstretched hand into hers. His eyes, so soft and gentle, stared into his mother’s, whose were full of pain and fear for him. He smiled his sweet innocent smile as if telling her that things were going to be okay.
It was the end of February, a time the weather was supposed to be warming up as it was readying for spring. Supposed to…but of course it wasn’t.
Mia had been trying to avoid what happened. Just moments ago she was talking to her husband on the phone through the Bluetooth she managed to con him into installing, stating that she was going to wait for the storm to pass.
“Hello,” Mikes groggy voice had echoed through the car.
“Hi, Daddy.” Eli’s enthusiasm rang throughout the vehicle. “Dad…Dad, I’m out of school, Dad. And it’s snowing!”
“Oh yeah, buddy,” Mike replied. “Well, I guess I will see you soon then.”
Mia had angled her rear view mirror down to look back at Eli. She placed her index finger in front of her mouth to shush him but smiled underneath it.
Eli puckered his lips out and grabbed them with one hand to keep himself from talking as he gave her a thumbs up.
“Yeah, it’s snowing like crazy.” Mia took her time as she drove. She was never a fan of the winter weather and only liked snow on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day, any time before or after that she’d prefer it be seventy degrees and sunny. “We’re going to be late for dinner. I think I’m going to pull over when I can manage to even see anything so I don’t slide into a damn ditch.”
When Mia left to pick Eli up from preschool there were just a few flurries floating in the icy wind. Now it had come to near white out conditions, causing her to curse winter even more.
“All right, just take your time and watch out for the crazy people out there. And I came up with an awesome idea for big man’s birthday party. Turning the big five soon, eh, buddy.”
Mia looked in the mirror and saw Eli’s deep brown eyes light up. He hopped up and down in his booster seat with excitement. “Do I get a guitar,
Dad? Daddy, I want a guitar!”
“You’ll have to wait and see, buddy, but I better let you guys go so you can get home. Maybe this snow will be good enough to take you snowmobiling later.”
Mia rolled her eyes and shook her head in frustration. “See you when we get home.”
She was still upset with him over what had happened the night before. She could swear that sometimes it seemed like he’d rather be anywhere but where the man of the house should be at night…home. Gender roles were never really her thing, but to her it always seemed like the man did a better job of protecting the family from intruders.
“Stay safe,” Mike said before he hung up.
After Mike hung up Mia had slowed down even more, trying to find a place to pull over before she got anywhere near the upcoming bridge that crossed the river. She wanted to be out of the way of any oncoming traffic but with the snow falling as hard as it was, it was nearly impossible to see anything.
After a few more minutes of driving the snow let up ever so slightly, enough for her to spot a place where she could pull over. Slowing down to a near stop, she started to turn the wheel.
The distinctive sound of a big rig's horn snapped her attention to the rear view mirror, still angled for her to see Eli. She snapped her head to the right side mirror and saw a tractor trailer turned sideways, sliding towards her. Her heart raced as she pushed the gas pedal, trying to get out of the way as fast as she could. The wheels seemed to turn in pace and the air horn blared again, but was drowned out by the screeching of metal as it collided.
Everything went black.
Eclipse Reviews – Character Interview Questions
Thank you for taking the time for the interview. Please answer the following questions; you also have the option of changing some questions if you feel that you would be more at ease with other questions. This can be serious or quirky it’s all up to your character.
Character Name: Mike
Character Bio: Average, middle-class family man.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Best: The love for my family.
Worst: Not the best at showing my love.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish people knew that I’ve made my mistakes, and I can’t take them back…but I will try like hell to make them right for the rest of my life.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Ah, but it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.
What are you most afraid of?
What’s in the Darkness.
What do you want more than anything?
My son back.
What is your relationship status?
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
How much of a rebel are you?
I try not to be so much as a rebel these days, but I’ve had my moments…
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was probably having a son.
What is your idea of happiness?
There’s nothing more important or better than spending time with your family.
What is your most treasured possession?
The last picture I have of my son.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m a man who isn’t afraid to work.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Ha! My neighbors.
Which living person do you, most despise?
Yup. My neighbors.
What is your greatest regret?
Not being able to save my son.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Does my past count?
What is your motto?
Love today, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
Once again thank you for the interview.
Thank you. I appreciate the time.
About the Author:
Growing up on an old dirty road in the middle of nowhere, as a child Candis used her love for books as a way to escape reality (and her brother constantly trying to kill her—literally). She blames her love of all things Horror on being born on Friday the 13th and will always find joy in scaring her friends.
You will find a little piece of her in every book she writes. She loves a good happy ending, but most of the time she prefers one she never saw coming.
When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found chasing her children around. She currently lives in Rome, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. And her fat cat.
LIZA SHAW Author Interview
Today I’m very lucky to interview Candis Vargo author of Darkness Within
Hi Candis, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I’m just a simple girl from the country. I’m an introvert, clumsy, and a Walking Dead addict.
When did you decide to become a writer? Just a few years ago.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My best friend and I were always complaining about how hard it is to find books we really like, so we joked about it, came up with a story line, and I sat down and wrote my first novel.
Who do you feel supported you aside from family members? Aside from my family members, I’m most supported by my two best friends. Those girls are amazing.
So, what have you written?
Eternal Revelations and Eternal Hell (zombie apocalypse), Forgotten Memories (paranormal romance), Eve of Zompires, a short story that has been featured in an Anthology, and now Darkness Within.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m currently working on Darkness Released, the second in The Darkness Series.
Where do your ideas come from?
For the Horror genre, mostly from my dreams or what scares the crap out of me.
What genre are your books?
Mostly Horror, with one Paranormal Romance.
What draws you to this genre?
For Horror, I have always been a horror fan. I remember being a child and reading Goosebumps or watching Nightmare on Elm Street all the time.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really, I just try to keep things as realistic as possible.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I would love to see Will Smith play Mike. He’s an amazing actor and with the way he pulled off his role in I am Legend, he would rock Mike.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing for me is when I have the words to get out, but I have to wait to type because I’m busy with my kids.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Coming up with the story line I like.
Do you have an interesting writing style or quirk?
When I’m writing and I think I have the story line figured out, I’ll always think of some other twist to throw in.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Do you have any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I get it quite a bit. I will usually pick up a couple of books and read, then go back to writing and push through it.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Don’t stop writing, and write what you love.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do! The most recent message I got from a fan was, ‘thank you for writing the type of books I can’t put down. That doesn’t happen very often.’ It truly made my day when I read that message.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Guillermo del Toro, hands down.
For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional printed books?
As much as I love a good printed book, I find e-books to be cheaper and easier to get my hands on, so I’ll have to say e-book.
What books have most influenced your life?
Probably Goosebumps. Those are the books that started my love of reading as a child.
What book(s) are you reading at present?
Escaping the Dead by W.J. Lundy
What do you think makes a good story?
A plot that makes you want to keep reading, where you can lose all track of time and not skip through to get through the boring parts.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Usually reading or catching up on some TV shows that I missed while writing.
Do you have a favourite motivational phrase?
Doubt kills more dreams than failure.
Do you have a favourite positive saying/phrase?
Believe you can, and you will.
Do you have a favourite book, and why would you say it is a favourite?
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane because I could read it 20 times and still not be sure if the guy actually is crazy or not.
Do you have a favourite quote?
Kind of. They’re more lyrics from a song, ‘And our scars remind us, that the past is real’.
Do you have a favourite film, and why do you like it?
The movie The Sweetest Thing, because that’s totally me and my friends.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still writing, but having more time to do so as all of my children will be in school.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Probably to keep a daily journal.
Which famous person/writer, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Stephen King, because he’s the king.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Frankenstein, because that’s a true horror story that no one will forget.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t stop writing, and don’t stop reading.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Candis-Vargo/e/B0072U30A8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1424822580&sr=8-1
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.) http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Within-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00U1HD6UI/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1424988752&sr=8-6&keywords=darkness+within
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