Sharon Bayliss writes books in which stopping points do not exist

Sharon Bayliss is writing a series called the December People and book one, Destruction, was released earlier this year.

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Destruction is an adult fantasy woven with strands of contemporary themes and hemmed with fibers of intensity. It’s action-packed, dramatic, and everything I want in a good book.

 

After reading Destruction, I’ve decided that Sharon has a bad habit of writing books that are so fast paced and intriguing that stopping points do not exist.

The book synopsis on Goodreads:

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

 

I loved how Sharon created an ensemble of characters so perfectly flawed. I thought Destruction’s storyline showcased both the strengths and weaknesses of the characters and was richly developed in an effortless way (which says a lot because Sharon Bayliss layered the storyline!). I  enjoyed Destruction because the escape provided was marvelously created and all-consuming. Simply put… I loved Destruction.

 If you’re interested, click here for the Amazon link. It’s on sale for 99 cents!!!

The cover for Book 2 in the December People Series, Watch me Burn, was released earlier this week.  (It’s beautiful!) My new goal is to see if I can land an ARC or early release of Watch Me Burn because waiting for book two is going to be difficult.

 

 

 

Fall Into Fantasy Week 15: Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 15: The December People series
Book 1: Destruction
Book 2: Watch Me Burn
By Sharon Bayliss



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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.



Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

Cover Reveal!!
Watch Me Burn
The December People Series 
Book Two

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard. 

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl–who happens to be a summer witch–begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic’s command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.
David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.
Coming January 2015 from Curiosity Quills Press!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.



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Are you ready for an AMAZING cover reveal? Check out Watch Me Burn by Sharon Bayliss

I am thrilled to take part in the cover and trailer reveal for Book 2 in The December People Series, Watch Me Burn!

So without further ado…
 
A note from the author:
Thank you to artist Michelle Johnson and the whole team at Curiosity Quills Press for creating a cover I love!
If you haven’t guessed it by now, you’ll see a butterfly on the cover of every book in The December People Series. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation, hope, freedom, and generally creepy crawlies turning into beautiful things. And also…look how pretty! 😉
Instead of the broken glass from Destruction, this butterfly is surrounded by fire, and it’s probably obvious why from the title. Watch Me Burn is the summer book in the series. All the books center around my winter wizard family, but each book takes us deeper into a different season. Summer wizards are the “light” wizards, but light also means HEAT and FIRE.

More about Watch Me Burn:

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl–who happens to be a summer witch–begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic’s command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

If you’re new to The December People Series, start with Destruction99 cents for a limited time!

Enter to win!! Get a paperback of your choice of Destruction OR Watch Me Burn. International entries welcome. Also join The December People Winter Celebration for more giveaways!!

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Writing: An interview with Sharon Bayliss, author of Destruction

Sharon Bayliss, author of the newly released Destruction, was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions about writing. Destruction has garnered great reviews in the short time it’s been out. (If you read her first book, The Charge, you know why.)
So Sharon, are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?
I’m a plotnster. I have a basic outline for my stories, but I like letting the characters sort out the details. They always surprise me.
Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?
We’re all so busy, my critique partner is just whoever accepts my pleas for help. 😉 Although, I certainly have a short list of people I ask.
What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?
Finding time to write! Way back when, I assumed that whenever I was a published writer, that would be my only job. Sadly, this is not the case and probably won’t be anytime soon. Instead it’s, “Congratulations, you’re successful! You’ve earned yourself a second job.”
What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?
1) The only reason to give up on writing is if you don’t like writing. All other reasons are stupid.
2) When in doubt, remember JFW. “Just f—ing write.”
3) Everybody sucks in the beginning. And, everyone is capable of getting better if they keep working at it. You’re not destined to suck forever (unless you give up…then you will suck forever).
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Nothing compares to the rush you feel while writing a first draft–just pure unbridled creation.
Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?
Wine and ice cream.
I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?
I have all the standard demons, including self-doubt. I find that I struggle to write the very end of the book. I know that as soon as I finish, it gets real. “Real” meaning editing, critique, reviews, sales, etc. I wouldn’t call it writer’s block because I know what I want to write, I just don’t want to. So it’s more like writer’s stubbornness.
If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie?
No wonder you wanted me to answer this one. It’s hard!! My husband suggests “Jennifer Lawrence in 10 years”.
 
Introducing a new dark wizard family drama, Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.
BUY NOW
An independent family-owned bookstore. The ONLY place to buy signed copies!
A locally owned book store in Austin, Texas.
David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.
Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 
 
Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

 

The Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.