Five Frivolous Facts About The Souls Trilogy

I’m happy to welcome back Soul Mate author Anne B. Cole. Today, Anne shares five frivolous facts about the Souls Trilogy and her new release, Souls Endure. BTW…I thoroughly enjoyed reading and highly recommend this trilogy.

Here’s Anne!

annebcolenotebooks1. Souls Entwined Book One of The Souls Trilogy was first titled Maledicta, the Latin word for Cursed. It was initially written in notebooks while I watched my three kids swim at practices and meets. Here are the original notebooks I took to the pool and penned the story in.

2. Souls Estranged Book Two of The Souls Trilogy contains family favorite foods sprinkled throughout the suspenseful novel. Blueberry Buckle, Loaded Potato Chips, and Crock Pot Pulled Pork, are just a few of the yummy foods I included within the pages of the second book. You can find the recipes on my blog for the first two by clicking on the names of the foods above. Here’s the recipe for the Pulled Pork which is teen tested and approved.

Super Easy Pulled Pork

3-5 pound boneless pork roast or pork tenderloin
Root beer soda—enough to cover the roast in the crock pot.
Seasonings to taste—I use 2 teaspoons of mesquite seasoning
Barbeque Sauce—your favorite brand

Add the pork roast and root beer to a crock pot. Cook on Low for 8 hours. Pull the pork apart with forks and drain off the liquid. Add barbeque sauce. Stir. Serve on buns with optional pickle chips and shredded cheddar.

annebcolemanticore3. Souls Endure combines time travel from the first book, suspenseful action from the second book, and concludes the trilogy with a taste of Greek Mythology. Gods, goddesses, and monsters were carefully researched and crafted into the story. Sam faces many Greek monsters during trials to prove himself worthy. My favorite monster he encounters is Manticore. I studied this image when I wrote the Manticore scenes.

4. The mountain setting of Souls Estranged was inspired from a trek up a mountain in rural Virginia with my family and father. Point Look Out Mountain is located in Virginia and we made the climb to the top on two occasions. The view is absolutely beautiful and you can see for miles on a clear day.

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I took this picture from the mountain top at a lookout point. I use it as the header picture on my website http://www.annebcole.com
Here is a view overlooking the grassy field we hiked through on our way up.

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My father’s house is located at the foot of this mountain. The grassy field is about half way up the mountain. The picture below was taken on the way back down in the rock studded grassy field you can see in the picture above.

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In Souls Estranged, Gretta goes for a run down the mountain roads and loses track of time. She meets Mr. Francis who shows her a short cut back up the mountain through a grassy, boulder studded field. Fun fact 4.5…my father’s middle name is Francis.

annebcolering5. The inspiration behind the Trilogy is a red garnet ring my grandmother gave me.

She gave it to me when I was in my teens and told me the almost 200 year old heirloom had been passed to her from her grandmother. Legend had it that the original owner (Roxana—my grandmother’s great, great grandmother) received it from her brother who was a sailor in the 1820s. Years later my grandmother gave me the location of the family cemetery where Roxana was buried and I visited it. Roxana’s father and uncle participated in the war of 1812 so the American Legion places flags at their graves every year, making the task of finding the unmarked cemetery possible.

When I returned to show my grandmother the pictures I took at the cemetery she asked me if I saw any ghosts or witches since it had been passed down through the family that the cemetery was haunted by Roxana’s spirit. No, I didn’t see any ghosts, but the experience and stories gave me many ideas to build a novel around.

And there you have it…Five Frivolous Facts behind The Souls Trilogy.

You can find all three books on Amazon by clicking on the titles below.

Souls Entwined | Souls Estranged | Souls Endure

Blurb for Souls Endure

soulsendure‘Without faith, love may not exist. Without love, evil takes control.’

Protected against the ring’s curse by their bond in marriage, Sam and Gretta begin a new life together. Gifted with a free honeymoon from strangers, they encounter visits from spirits of dead loved ones as they travel to the origins of the curse on Gretta’s ring. The beautiful Greek Islands become not only their honeymoon get-a-way, but their fated destiny where they will be forced to either break the curse or succumb to its evil.

With help from ancestral spirits Roxana and Katarina, Sam and Gretta time travel to the nineteenth century in search of answers to the mysteries behind the ring’s final curse. Faced with challenges of faith, trust, and forgiveness, Sam and Gretta prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Excerpt from Prologue of Souls Endure

Thunder rumbled in the distance. Raindrops speckled the sidewalk, disappearing within seconds in the heat of late August. The homeless man adjusted his grip on the dagger which remained concealed in the folds of his new jacket.

He knew what he had been commanded to do.

The man who gave him the jacket had relayed instructions without words. Despite the pain he would inflict, his actions were necessary for the protection of the young couple.

He would complete the task without question.

His gaze left the courthouse doors and landed on the gaping hole in his tattered sneakers. He tightened his fingers on the jeweled handle of the dagger. With his free hand, he patted the wad of bills in his pocket.

“A bottle of gin, the good stuff. Plenty left over for new shoes and a pair of socks.” He contemplated which he’d buy first.

The click of a door opening snapped his attention to his task. He watched the young couple exit the building, hand in hand. Their happiness depended on his success.

Cut them.
The two crossed into the grassy lawn, heading to a bench.

“Young and in love.

Oblivious. Your destiny has been placed in my hands.” He stood, determined to follow through.

He watched them sit on the bench and embrace, completely absorbed in each other. When the young man took her hand in his, she leaned in for a kiss.

He eased off the sidewalk, into the spongy grass with silent footsteps.

Cut them.

The words echoed through his head.

He adjusted the dagger in his hand, curling his fingers around the handle. Just a few more yards to go. His need to complete the task grew so powerful, the lines between right and wrong blurred. With eyes fixed on the couple, he quickened his pace.

The girl startled at another clap of thunder. He paused his approach and watched as the young man encircled her within strong arms. She wriggled and nestled her back against his chest.

“Tomorrow, you’ll be safe, Sam.” She sighed.

“Tomorrow, Gretta, we’ll be married and I will never, ever let you out of my sight again,” the young man promised.

She leaned into his embrace and he planted a kiss on the top of her head.

Just a few more feet.

The man adapted his advance so he would come up from behind the young man and cut them from the side. This way he could get both with one flick of the wrist and be gone before onlookers would notice.

He scanned the area.

No pedestrians. Few passing cars. Nothing stood in his way. He lurched forward with the dagger low. His foot twisted over something in the grass and he fell to the ground.

Before he could get to his knees, a russet colored squirrel sank its teeth into his hand. He cried out and shook the vicious varmint off. Both the squirrel and the dagger were flung to the grass.

Failure is not acceptable.

Bio

annebcolepixAnne loves to read all kinds of books so she decided to write a time traveling adventure with supernatural spirits, pirates, and a touch of sweet romance. All this and more are combined in her novels to attract teens through octogenarians. Anne lives in Indiana with her husband and three teenage children and teaches two classes of preschoolers. Her hobbies include running so she can indulge in constant cravings for ice cream, donuts, and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Where to find Anne…

Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Happy Release Day!

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Spotlight on Souls Estranged

I’m happy to feature Anne B. Cole’s new release…

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Blurb

Back from their adventures in Souls Entwined, Sam Daggett begins a new relationship with Gretta Dobbs, whose memories of their time traveling experience have been erased. Determined to never leave her again, Sam vows to help Gretta, despite the bad luck curse on her heirloom ring. Within hours of their return, tragedy strikes. As Sam becomes the third victim of the bad luck curse, Gretta’s memories of her time spent in the past begin to return. Unable to remember more than snippets, she realizes that anyone close to her is in grave danger. In order to keep Sam and her family safe, she flees in the middle of the night. Finding the perfect summer job in the back hills of Virginia, Gretta unknowingly crosses paths with a serial killer. With guidance from their ancestral spirits, Roxana and Katarina, Sam desperately attempts to find Gretta before the curse strikes again.

Prologue

In the dim morning light of the hospital room, Sam Daggett watched the little cat stretch its front paws before zeroing intense green eyes on him.

“Roxana?” He scrutinized the feline for the slightest twitch of recognition.

Nothing.

Doubting Roxana’s spirit remained entwined within the gray and white cat, he moved his focus to Gretta Dobbs. She slept peacefully with her hand nestled in his. Neither of their families had returned to the hospital. Her garnet ring caught his attention and immediately a sense of foreboding crept up his spine.

His heart sped as images of his time traveling, out-of-body adventure with Gretta flashed through his mind. Roxana, Gretta’s long-dead ancestor, enabled their souls to entwine within nineteenth-century lovers in order to gather information on the cursed ring. Pride, determination, and fear filled him.

“I’m so sorry we didn’t find all of the answers we needed,” Sam whispered as he lifted her hand to his lips. He watched her eyes and listened for the beep of the heart monitor to quicken, satisfied she remained in dreamland. “I know you don’t remember our time together or what we’ve been through.”

He shuddered at the memories. His gaze fell back to the ring. Frustration filled him. The urge to rip it off her hand pounded through him, but he remembered she remained cursed with or without the ring.

Control. I must control my emotions.

He refocused his thoughts on the present and relished in the gratitude of simply being in the same room with her.

A soft sigh escaped her lips and she squeezed his hand before slipping into a deeper slumber.

“With you, nothing is impossible.” Careful not to bump his broken collarbone, Sam leaned closer and murmured, inches from her ear, “Brave and beautiful. Ready and willing to face pirates, spirits, and the horrors of the purgatories to end the family curse.” His heart hammered in his chest as memories of seeking treasure, falling in love, and losing it all flashed within his mind.

“I love you, Gretta. I’ll do everything in my power to earn your love.”

Tracing his fingers over the back of her hand, he touched the face of the ring’s oval red stone. He remembered every moment of their time together, while Gretta’s memories had been erased. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t prevent his thoughts from wandering. Concern prickled his skin as he recalled their quest to understand the ring’s curses.

The most dangerous one, a curse of bad luck, remained a mystery.

He inhaled and pushed his failures away. “Katarina told me to keep my distance from you because of potential tragedy. Nothing will keep me away. I vow to protect and love you forever.”

Gretta’s grip on his fingers tightened. With her hand remaining in his, he brushed a stray lock of hair off her cheek. She released his fingers and nuzzled into his palm with a tiny sigh. He closed his eyes, content to be back in his own body and time with her.

Yet uneasiness crept deep within and the dreadful feeling of impending tragedy grew stronger with every passing minute.

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Bio

annebcoleAnne B. Cole is a genre bending author who enjoys combining supernatural suspense, time travel, and sweet romance with a touch of magical realism in her books.

Anne lives in Indiana with her husband and three teenage children. She teaches preschool and makes time to run so she can eat ice cream and doughnuts. Anne is currently working on Souls Endure, The Final Book of The Souls Trilogy.

Where to find Anne…

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Beyond Seven-Year Itches…

Welcome to my Second Acts Series!

Today, we have Soul Mate author Anne B. Cole chatting about seven-year itches and her debut novel Souls Entwined.

Here’s Anne!

anne coleMy First Act is similar to many other women.

• Married my high school sweetheart after 7 years of dating
• Taught Elementary school for 7 years
• Stayed home to raise three children for 7 years
• Taught preschool for 10 years.

Whoa! What happened to the seven year itch my life seemed to be following?

It happened…I just didn’t know it…

Seven years into my preschool teaching I found myself at the pool where my children were competing in a very long swim meet. Swimmer parents know these things can take up to six hours for one session. I had kids swimming in both sessions, so I was parked at the pool for over ten hours.

I love to watch my kids BUT there is gobs of wait time in between their events. I grabbed my bag at the beginning of warms up and found that I forgot to pack my library book. Darn! For someone who is constantly on the go I have a hard time sitting still with nothing to do. Knowing that I was too far away from home to get my book, I turned the heat sheet over and started to jot down ideas. That outline became the foundation of my Second Act.

I began to carry composition books around with me so I could write in the car, at the pool, anywhere I could find a minute or two. What started out as a hobby became an obsession. Two years later, I finished writing my novel and found two wonderful critique partners. One pitched my story in a contest last year. A month later I found myself with a contract with Soul Mate Publishing.

On April 30th I became an author.

During last minute edits two weeks ago I saw a quote that inspired me;

“No Pressure. No Diamonds.”

My Second Act is a little more frantic since I remain a wife, mother of three teenagers, and a preschool teacher. Add to that; learning social media, writing a sequel, and promoting the release of my novel.

My advice to anyone with a seven year itch? It’s never too late to do something new.

Thanks, Joanne for having me here on your Second Act Series!

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Blurb

When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives—or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.

Where to find Anne…

Website | Twitter | Facebook

Joanne here!

Anne, Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I’ve just started reading Souls Entwined and am enjoying it immensely. Best of luck with sales.