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Holding Out for a Hero by T.E. Kessler - Book Tour

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Holding Out For A Hero

Primal. Savage. Untamed.

An alternate Earth where humans live alongside another species.

When she was twelve years old, her mother was murdered—and ever since Macy Shaw had been subconsciously searching for a hero to protect the defenceless. But the hero she found was a Jelvia—a species deadly to humans.

When her friend was rescued by a Jelvia, Macy used her connections as a journalist to go after the biggest story of her life. Narcifer saved a woman by merely being Jelvian—his presence striking terror in the hearts of the men who were attacking her. So when a red-headed reporter not only began asking questions about his ‘heroism’ but brazenly offered her business card, his interest was piqued. Narcifer was tracking a scientist who had been imprisoning and conducting experiments on Jelvias—but no matter where Narcifer’s line of investigation took him, he was always brought back to the red-headed journalist, Macy Shaw.
Was she involved? If so, she was guaranteed to die.
His orders were to track Macy.But he went one step further.

The overall backstory of the Jelvia: Not Human series, which will be told in time through the books:

Imagine a world where humans aren’t the supreme being. But it’s still the 21st century. We still go out to work, enjoy vacations and watch Netflix on the TV. But in this world, living alongside us is a species called Jelvia. They are stronger, bigger, venomous—in short, superhuman. But they cannot be called ‘human’, nor do they want to do.
They regard themselves as superior to us. Jelvians are predators—and humans are their prey, but as our population declines, they realise we need to be rationed.
To accomplish this, they kill our criminals instead. They are judge, jury and executioner—but never believe they are vigilantes, killing the bad. They are more than that. Much more. Jelvias have been grooming us to live our lives in ignorance of their existence. No one knows for certain how the Jelvias came to be. No one can remember a time when the Jelvia didn’t exist, but no one knows anything about their evolution.
People who question the timeline of the Jelvia, die. People who ask questions about the Jelvia, die.

This is Book 1 of the Jelvia: Not Human series. All books are standalone but are connected by common characters and theme.

This is a contemporary sci-fi with romance and intrigue. No cliff-hanger. No cheating. HEA at the end of each book. Contains mature themes including explicit language, violence, and descriptive sex scenes. 18+

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Author Q&A

1. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Perfect. Adorable. Modest.

2. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
Sometimes, especially if I’m struggling, I write a scene at a time. For instance, I’m writing book four in the Jelvia: Not Human series and I’ve come to a halt after only chapter three, so I’ve fast-forwarded to write future scenes that may or may not make it into the book.
I also talk to my characters. Is that a quirk? All writers are weird, right?

3. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I know it’s boring but it’ll always be a cat. I lost my old cat last summer to old-age. He was the most affectionate creature ever and I thought he was one of a kind. My kids bought me a kitten a couple of months after his death and I thought I’d never love another cat, but this little kitten became such a huge part of the family. She was a massive character in a little bundle of fluff. But at only eight months old, she died. We still don’t know how but it looked like she fell, or landed badly, off the roof of the neighbour’s garage. But the worse thing I receive when I tell people this story, ‘It’s only a cat!’ Love comes in all shapes, sizes and species.

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
The Queen! I was sixteen and working at Express Lifts in Northampton. The Queen officially opened the building. At the time, I wasn’t impressed, I was too busy eating the canopies I was supposed to be servicing the VIPs. HRH nodded at me in her regal way, but I was sure she noticed my bulging cheeks!

5. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?Nowadays, I can write a rough draft in a couple of months. I turn off my spell check and just go for it. It’s raw and riddled with typos but it means I’ve the main story out of my head on the screen, from there I can change the location, characters, rejig the plot and finally do my research. Then I redraft, rewrite etc. So from that rough draft to before my editor gets hold of it, I’d say it takes eight months.
It's a long way from taking twenty years writing my first book! I started writing it in the late 80s when I was a mere teen! I stopped, started, rewrote it, lost it, wrote it again… ha! It was never published.
6. How do you select the names of your characters?I like ordinary names for my human characters (usually from people I know!). People aren’t called Tazminia or Jakbolia in real life, so I’ll use ‘Karen’, ‘Julie’, ‘Robert’ or ‘Gary’. My books are based on real life, so even the sci-fi fantasy books will have your average John Doe. But of course, my characters from faraway lands have exotic names and I make them up simply by conjoining names/everyday items together.
7. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?In this current climate of Covid 19, it certainly seems possible. The world has gone mad and before this, I’d have glibly replied to the question, ‘Easy, I’d have access to all the libraries in the world. So I’d probably read until my heart’s content. But now, it’s scarily obvious how much humans depend on one another. So what would I do? Simple answer, I don’t know. It’s too scary to comprehend.
8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?It’s harsh but listen up, your first book is rubbish. Come on, all authors have that ‘first’ book tucked in a dusty closet. It’s awful. Learn from it and write another.
9. What is your favorite genre to read?I like time travel if it’s not too ‘sciencey’, I like good erotica (the ones with a plot not just the sex) and I like thrillers—especially psychological thrillers. Oh, and the good ole romcom to make me giggle. 

Author Bio
Tina Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market and is the pen name of Louise Wise.
Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.
Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books.
  • SPIDER book 3 will be released late spring, 2020.
Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate them from her regular novels to the mature material. Her other works include:
  • Eden (sci-fi romance) – slight sex references
  • Hunted (sci-fi romance) slight sex references
  • A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy)
  • Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance)
  • Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)
Wise enjoys writing comedy and finds a place for it in ALL her books. She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and Woman’s Own.

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