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THE COMPLETE KAYLA BURKHEART TALES by Christine Sutton
Join Kayla in a fairy tale world where werewolves, monsters and witches hide around every corner.
Includes the previously published: Red, Snow and Let Me Come In. Also includes the brand new bonus story: Grace, In the Dark.
When Kayla embarks on a drive from Washington to Texas, she is just doing her job. When the black 1967 Impala starts showing up at every turn, she starts to think it might be more than coincidence. When the mysterious driver leaves her a note, she is engulfed in a race for her life. A race that even a fast car can’t always win.
After her desert ordeal, Kayla has returned home to find that the fairy tale continues. She finds out some facts about her family history that may be her ultimate undoing. With the help of a coven of witches, Kayla is tasked with defeating vampires, werewolves and evil witches that threaten to destroy her happiness and her very life! Will she get her happily ever after, or will she fall victim to the evil that courses through her veins?
LET ME COME IN
Kayla believes that the only thing in her future is settling in and raising a family, but ghosts and monsters of her past have other plans. When a certain werewolf plots to take his revenge on Kayla for killing his family, Kayla must decide which is more important, blood relations, or the new loving family that she has created. Is this the end of her happily ever after?
GRACE, IN THE DARK
The fourth and final installment in the Kayla Burkheart series. Grace is seven years old and goes on her first camping trip, but ends up being kidnapped by an ancient enemy. Secrets are hiding in every corner of the forest. Uncover them all and find out if Kayla really does get a happily ever after…
MEET CHRISTINE SUTTON, AUTHOR
Christine Sutton is the author of several short stories, novellas, and collections. There is also an impending novel or two in the works. Her work spans multiple genres, and always packs a surprise or two. In the pages of her works you will find serial killers, werewolves, zombies, fairy tale witches, killer shadows, ancient evils and much, much more! With a dose of gore and creepy horror on every page, Christine’s work is tendered with humanity and pathos for every character she brings to life on her pages, whether they be hero or villain. Always entertaining and thought provoking, everyone can find something they love, or love to hate.
Currently dividing her time between her two passions, writing and custom cake art, Christine is also busy basking in the warm California sun.
Well, I currently work as a self-employed custom cake artist. Before that, I worked in a warehouse driving a fork lift, loading semi-trucks, and hauling around sixty pound cases all day. At the ripe old age of thirty-five, I decided that I wanted to do things that made me happy, and didn’t put me in an early grave.
I left that job and started making cakes and writing, my two favorite things. In between those two passions, I paint, sculpt, read, and whatever else I can fit in my days.
I am married for the last sixteen years. I have no children, but I have amazing nieces and nephews that I love very much.
I live in Central California, about an hour away from anything cool.
Now, at thirty-seven, I feel like I am finally doing what I was meant to do.
1. How did you get started writing?
I started writing very early. I was very into poetry and short stories from about fifth grade on. I have several poems published in different anthologies, and several freelance articles scattered throughout the country.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I say that I write horror, because I think it is a sort of all inclusive genre. Some might say that I am all over the place. I currently have a book of stories that are all told from different killers points of view. I also have a zombie story that is a bit different from most. I have the haunted house/possession story, a story about killer bugs/infection, the Kayla Burkheart series of four stories is based loosely on fairy tales. So, the bottom line is basically, I write like me.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
When an idea comes to me and I get that little heart palpitation when I realize that the idea is a good one. It is almost like falling in love.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Getting stuck. Self-doubt.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere and anywhere. I got the idea for the first Kayla Burkheart story, called Red, from a black truck that I was driving behind. My story The Walker, came from a cane that I saw in a Halloween store. All the Little Children came from a picture of a home I happened to see on the internet.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
It’s mine. To me, my characters are living people. The good ones and the villainous ones, alike. I try to be sympathetic in my portrayals and give those characters the respect I feel they deserve.
I also don’t think that I spend as much time on descriptions as others do. I like to give my readers an outline along with some important details, and then allow their minds to wander. I really think that we can create monsters and dangers in our own minds that are far scarier than what any writer can do for us.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I have been an avid reader since I could sound out words. As a child, I had way more books than toys.
I am definitely a horror/thriller buff. I will read anything, but that is my favorite genre. I started reading my first Stephen King book over the summer between second and third grade. Since then, I was absolutely hooked. I don’t think I ever spent a day of school or summer without a book in my hand. Carrie was that book, by the way. Then I was so excited when I found the book Christine. 🙂
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I am currently finishing a sequel to All the Little Children. I also have several other stories that started out as shorts, but have matured. So, keep an eye out, join me on Facebook, I will be publishing as much as I can, or as much as they will let me! 🙂
The Complete Kayla Burkheart Tales
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Sutton/e/B005NNAKAE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Sutton-Author/268355646518429
Feel free to contact me at any time!!!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Christine will give away a copy of one of her releases — THE SHADOWS or DAY ONE: ZOMBIE OUTBREAK or GROUP 742 — to one lucky reader who comments! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday! Thanks, Christine, for sharing your stories with us!