Friday, July 15, 2011

Beautifully Broken Blog Tour & Giveaway: Guest Post by Sherry Soule

Curling Up By The Fire would like to welcome Sherry Soule today, author of Beautifully Broken, who is touring with Bewitching Book Tours to promote the release (June 30, 2011) of her new novel.  Take a look at the interesting interview with one of her main characters, Ariana.  Also, don't forget to take a look at the giveaway at the end of the post and enter to win Sherry's vampire romance novella, Thirsty.

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.

Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms. Yet she is determined to discover the connection between them.

Interview with Ariana Parsons
by Sherry Soule

Hi Everyone! I thought it might be entertaining if I did an interview with one of the the main characters from my recent release, Beautifully Broken. I decided to interview the snarky and out-going, Ariana Parsons.

If you’ve already read the novel, this interview should be amusing and insightful. If you haven’t read the novel yet, hopefully the character interview will pique your interest.

Description: They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.

Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms.

Finally, Shiloh's met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list. And Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?

It sucks to have a destiny, especially since Shiloh would rather spend her summer being a normal girl who worries about clothes and boys, not the supernatural. But she’s never been normal, and the stranger things become the more her own magical senses awaken.

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, she will begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

Please state your name:
Ariana Elizabeth Parsons. But people just call me, Ari

Astrological sign: Libra

Age: 16

Dog/Cat: Hamster

Favorite food: Cheeseburgers

Describe yourself in three words: Sassy, fun, dynamic

Wardrobe/Personal Style:
I’m so into fashion! I love to wear sparkly tops and dark denim jeans with my Steve Madden heels.

What do you do for a living? High school student, duh

Are any other people living with you? Who are they?
Oh…uh, just my aunt Amanda and I. Not sure where my parents are…

What were three things you liked to do when you were younger?
I had this shoplifting habit in junior high, but after I got caught and grounded, I stopped. It was just to get attention. It was really stupid and I wish I hadn’t done it now. And not just because I got caught!

What makes you happy?
Hanging out with my friends, getting pedis, shopping and watching The Vampire Diaries. I heart Stefan!

What is your greatest fear?
That the evil skulking around Whispering Pines will kill all of my friends. Or worse—get me too!

What would you change about yourself if you could?
Nothing! I’m perfect. Well, I guess, my nose. It’s sorta crooked. Um…is that what you meant?

What is it that you have never told anyone?
The dark truth about my family and what really happened to my older sister. (the curse got her!)

What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?
Sheesh! Haven’t we already gone over this? I was a shoplifter—duh. And not a very good one.

If you could be an animal, what would it be? Easy. A lioness. They are badass!

To learn more the characters in the spellbound series, please go here:

About the Author:
Sherry Soule has won numerous awards for her short stories and now writes full-time. She adores cats, loves scary movies, and lives on peppermint mochas. Sherry writes young adult, horror, and paranormal, but no matter what genre she's writing, there has to be an element of romance. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and her black cat, Charm.

Where you can find Sherry Soule:
Official website:
Her blog:
Book Trailer/YouTube:

Important Update:  The following giveaway has been altered and Sherry will be giving away an ebook of her new novel, Beautifully Broken instead of Thirsty.  Sorry for all the confusion, folks!!!!

Giveaway:  Sherry is giving away one pdf copy of her YA vampire romance novella Thirsty to one lucky reader.  Contest ends on 25 July 2011.  Please leave a comment with your email address in the comment section below.  Good luck everyone!

Eighteen-year-old, Draven Scarlatti has always relished in his nocturnal, blood-sucking lifestyle until he moves in with his uncle’s family after his adopted father dies. One look at Charisma Chase ignites an unquenchable thirst within him. And not just for her blood. Somehow, this beautiful girl imprinted herself on his black little heart.

Leave it to a cocky immortal to break the boredom of long school days plaguing seventeen-year-old Charisma Chase’s life. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Charisma opens up to him and before long, the two have formed a unique bond. After a love bite, she’s soon turning toward vampirism with a combination of frightened revulsion and eager passion. Draven’s kisses promise endless nights of eternity in his arms yet demand a choice: Embrace the darkness of eternal life or remain a sun worshipper with a very human mortality.

Complicating Charisma’s decision is her best friend, turned amateur vampire hunter, Justin Taylor. Risking his life to save the impetuous teenager from becoming a creature of darkness, Justin still can’t decide what he wants to do more…kill Charisma's new vampire boyfriend or take the girl on a date.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert and Charisma’s father suffers from a strange animal attack, Charisma realizes that when it comes to tough decisions, the only thing you can rely on is your heart. Unless there are pointy stakes lying around. Then, well, it sucks…

Her sweet smelling blood called to him every night since he'd moved into the mansion. He’d been walking in the gardens when he heard her footsteps from the second floor. Draven sighed and listened with his keen vampire ears. The musical beat of her heart beckoned him in velvety timbres of unrealized passion, until it had drawn him to stand beneath her open window.

He breathed in her pungent and very human scent. He imagined her silky blonde hair and dancing violet eyes and his dark soul stirred with longing. And a deep thirst he could no longer ignore. Although he was often thirsty.

One small taste. One dark kiss will do no harm.

Draven sighed again, trying to battle the emotions raging within him. It had been so long since he had felt this way about a human. Or another vampire for that matter. He had been immortal for over sixty years and during that time he’d had many girlfriends both human and vampire, but they had never penetrated his heart like this.

He watched her silhouette from the upstairs window of her bedroom and it took everything in him not to go to her and take what he wanted. Her heart, her soul, her blood.

He could use his influence on her. But what would be the fun in that? No fear, or screaming, or running away in terror once his prey realized what he was—a demon. He smiled at the thought.

He’d always been exhilarated by his vampiric abilities and being born of Italian descent, he soon became a rebel among the brooding vampires of Europe by embracing his demon-side, a much more impulsive and violent nature. And why not?

He loved eternal life. He loved the night. He loved the rush that accompanied stalking his prey, like a cat chasing a mouse, although he did not always take human life. But mostly he loved the taste of human blood.

Draven was gorgeous, exceptionally clever and, unfortunately for vampire hunters and everyone else, almost formidable. However, staring up at Charisma in her room, he felt weak. Vulnerable. More alone than he’d ever felt in his immortal life.

Somehow, this human creature had firmly imprinted herself into his black little heart.

Draven stretched and yawned. He pulled the shadows toward him, relishing in his powerful nocturnal, blood-sucking lifestyle. One last glance and he turned away, pushing the thirst down into his belly. Walking back to his hidden chamber, he crookedly smiled.

Why shouldn’t I take what I want? It has never stopped me before...


  1. OOOO I would love to read this book! It sounds soooo good! Thank you for this giveaway!


  2. Count me in :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. Ooohhh! This one looks like a really good one:)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  4. Count me in.


  5. I am in!!! Sounds like a great one. Thanks for hosting, please enter me. I am an old follower.

  6. This sounds great. I love YA books that I can read and that my girls will like to. Here is my email



  7. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

  8. Thank you for having me as a guest. I hope your followers check out my debut novel. And good luck to all who entered the contest!


  9. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great book!


  10. Owww I hope I win!!!

  11. Please pick me :)

  12. This book sounds fantastic! I hope I can read it soon. :)


  13. Count me in the giveaway. juliecookies(at)

  14. Interesting. I'd love to read it
    jennlovesed14 at gmail

  15. Sounds like a really cool book. edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  16. Sounds like a great book!

    Please enter me in the draw!

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Sorry forgot my email. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I've been eyeing Beautifully Broken for a bit now and would love to win it! :)

    GFC: Dani
    dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

  19. I loved that interview! Fun and Quirky

  20. great giveaway! thanks for the chance to win!

  21. I love the trailer, gorgeous. Can't wait to read the book!

  22. Both books sounded awesome so I doubt anyone will mind the switch!!

  23. Interest piqued! Regardless of the "switch," I think I'll be adding both to my TBR list, as they both sound like really good reads.


  24. Sounds like a great book. I'm going to have to read Thirsty as well after that teaser! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  25. Sorry about the confusion everyone! ! I hope your followers appreciated the post and are interested in reading my debut novel, Beautifully Broken. :- )


    Sherry Soule Website

  26. Would love to read and review this book :) Great giveaway. Donna