Tuesday Tantalizers is pleased to welcome award winning Canadian author, Pauline Holyoak. Pauline is here to introduce her spine-chilling trilogy inspired by her own experiences at a remote little cottage near Stonehenge.
“This author paints each page with fantasy, colorful characters, and haunting events that would light up a movie screen.”
Pauline - can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Southeast England, in a coal mining village lovingly nicknamed, “The place that time forgot.” Go to my website, click on Articles and find out why. I immigrated to Canada when I was twenty one. I came, in search of adventure and a new life. I now live in Alberta with my sports crazy husband, adorable sheltie dog and cantankerous ginger cat. I am the proud mother of two grown children and one adorable grandchild.
As far back as I can remember the pen and paper have been my faithful companions and story telling my forte. As a child I was shy and reclusive. I lived in my inner world of fantasy and make-believe, preferring the company of Mother Nature and my imaginary friends, to that of other children. Often, I would sneak away from the mundane adult world, find a private retreat (usually behind the garden shed) and imagine. There in my own little sanctuary with tools in hand, I'd conjure up all kinds of intriguing tales and colorful characters, then I’d read them to my imaginary friend. She was always so attentive.
Do you have a hobby besides writing?
I love reading, cooking, entertaining, traveling, going for long walks in the country and daydreaming…..
Have you ever done anything outrageous?
Yes, lots of things - some good and some, not so good. Here is one. I ran away from home when I was 16, to join a band of hippies and live on the streets of London. I went to challenge the establishment, proclaim peace, escape the hum-drub village life and find myself. I lived in la…la…land with the flower children for about a year but I never did find myself. I have now! I think??
What are some of your favorite authors and some of your favorite books you’ve read?
I like to read mixed genres. One of my favorite books is Anne of Green Gables. As a child I fantasized about living in a big house, in the country, with a wraparound porch just like Green Gables. And, like me, Anne had a wild and vivid imagination. I like the domestic bliss of Rosamund Pilcher, the fearful suspense of Lisa Jackson, the magic of J.K. Rowling’s, and the gut-wrenching horror and Stephen King. I do like a little steamy romance but I didn’t like, Fifty Shades of Grey. “Holy shit!” Sorry guys. My favorite author is Dr. Wayne Dyer. I have all his books. I call him my spiritual mentor. My favorite book? Well, that would have to be mine. Hey, you asked. My trilogy has all the elements I like, romance, fantasy, humor, horror and sex.
What inspired you to write the Merryweather Lodge trilogy?
Every summer, when I was a child, we would visit my aunt and uncle at their quaint and mysterious little cottage on Salisbury Plain. It was called Scotland Lodge and was situated not far from the historical Stonehenge. My uncle worked as a farm hand for the local squire. My aunt tended the manor house. It was there as I roamed free, deep within the English countryside, that I experienced joy, enchantment and some very strange and frightening occurrences. It was like a fairytale kingdom with a sinister twist. The memories of my summers at Scotland Lodge stayed with me, as a sort of nagging unsolved mystery all my life. A few years ago I revisited my childhood wonderland and was lead to concocting this story and writing this book. It is from my mystifying holidays, at that remote little cottage, that this trilogy has emerged.
Can you tell us about your trilogy?
My trilogy is about a Druid Priestess who comes back to the place where she was slaughtered in search of the reincarnation of the soul that stole the man she loved and killed her. My protagonist, Emily Fletcher, is to discover after many horrifying experiences and finding her soul mate, Jonathan McArthur that she is that reincarnated soul. My fictional world holds traces of reality. Some of the elements and events in my spine-chilling trilogy are true. In book three I talk about my experiences at that remote little cottage, near Stonehenge.
Tell us about your protagonist.
Emily Fletcher is an attractive, strong-willed young woman, who struggles with her self image, volatile temper and bad habits. She’s a vegetarian and a progressive thinker. Like me, she likes her own space and often wanders into the country to ponder and seek solace from Mother Nature. She has always dreamt of living a simple life, in her aunts enchanting little cottage, with her gorgeous prince charming. If only she could be rid of the entity that taunts her. She has a psychic gift but doesn’t know how to use it. Well, she didn’t, at the beginning.
Can you tell us why we're going to love your hero?
Jonathan McArthur is strikingly handsome, strong yet sensitive; charismatic, with a luscious English accent that will make your mouth water. He’s intelligent, witty and very creative. He has a soft spot for animals, the less fortunate and forgotten people. Jonathan struggles to stay in his safe world of logic and predictability but the world he is forced to live in is neither logical nor predictable. He’s in my book trailer, on my website. Take a look and tell me what you think.
Would you tell us about the romance between Emily and Jonathan?
They are soul mates, literally. The bond that they have has survived many incarnations. They were meant to be together for eternity. But, real life, their distinct personalities and an unearthly entity, stops them form getting too close, too intimate, for too long. Their love affair is a slow and progressive, with sudden flashes of titillating foreplay. But, at the end, their climax will knock your socks off!
What are you working on next?
Another paranormal suspense, Shadows in the House of Sappho. Like Merryweather Lodge, it contains elements of mystery, passion, fantasy, humor, horror and lots of sex!
Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
What attracts them to a book? The cover, the blurb, author’s bio, genre, recognition of the authors name or something else?
How about a little teaser for our readers?
An excerpt from book 2. Merryweather Lodge – Malevolent Spirit
Jonathan took the glass out of my hand, placed it on the tray and with an air of urgency he lead me to his bedroom. As soon as I stared to move I felt a familiar pressure in my lower abdomen. Oh shit, I have to pee. Damn you wine. “I have to go to the bathroom. Sorry, I’ll be right back.” I hoped that this wouldn’t spoil the moment but I’d be no use to him in there with my kidneys about to bust.
“Okay, but hurry or I’ll need a fire extinguisher to put out these flames.”
I giggled. “I won't be long, I promise.” I scurried to the shared bathroom at the end of the hall and prayed that no one was in there. I was finally going to bed the man of my dreams, to run my hands over his sensuous body and feel him inside me. I could sense the sexual energy building inside me as I closed the bathroom door. As I stepped into the hallway an unpleasant smell greeted me. As I got closer to his room the smell become rancid and the air bitterly cold. I could hear the sound of someone groaning and panting. The door was open, but I was sure I’d shut it behind me. A chill raced along my spine. I moved timidly, through the sitting room, shivering, my fingers holding my nose. I reached the door of the bedroom and gasped! Dumbfounded, I watched as Jonathan’s hips pumped up and down. His eyes were closed, his face rippled with pleasure, cries of arousal escaping from his moist lips. “Yes. Ooooh yes!” The bed squeaked. The sheet below his waist was levitating and moving as though something was underneath it. His hands seemed to be caressing an invisible form. He was panting like a horny dog; his head pushed back into the pillow, his naked chest wet with sweat. Rage and jealousy gripped like a vise at my rib cage. Oh my God. It’s her. My unearthly adversary. She’s on top of him! She’s raping him!
Merryweather Lodge – A quaint little cottage, steeped in history, shrouded in secrets, its aura a paradoxical essence of heaven and hell. Come with me to the West Country in England and experience my protagonist’s strange and eerie journey there.
Wow, creepy sexy scene! Pauline, thank you so much for being here on SOME LIKE IT HOTTER today.
Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I had a blast!
My books are available in print or eBook format at http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com or www.amazon.com Book three will be released on July 1st.
Please come visit me at http://www.paulineholyoak.com to read about my fascinating life and view my videos.