LaTaeya will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC and an autographed paperback copy of the book (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
First and foremost, I would like to thank Danita Minnis for hosting one of my tour stops. I really appreciate all of your support. Unfortunately I will not be able to comment during the day because I will be at work all day. But as soon as I get off work, I will stop by. Thanks so much! L.L.
Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. Perseverance is a trait that Sydney (my main character) and I both share. A whole world of challenges arise as she learns the truth about her angelic identity, and discovers a race of evil that threatens the human world. The publishing journey is very difficult, and the process is an adventure in its self. Just like Sydney, I’ve meet so many obstacles and challenges along the journey, but despite everything I’ve been through, nothing has been able to stop me from achieving my dreams, I’ve persevered through it all.
Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? The Fantasy genre chose me, it has always been part of who I am as person. I’m a dreamer and always has been. Since I was a little girl the world of fantasy has impacted me in so many ways that it makes me love the genre a little more each day that I live.
The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I can say that I am definitely plotter. While I am writing, ideas about future events flow. I jot them down in the back of my notebook and when I’m ready—I add them to my story.
Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? That’s a really interesting question, and now that I think about it, I believe that Sydney’s greatest fear is being is alone—not having family or friends to depend on, and yes that is a fear of mine that I have incorporated into my story.
Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? It’s really hard to balance writing and all the other things that life has to offer, and now that I am a mother, I find it even more difficult to get things done. What I try to do is to make a daily list of things that I want to accomplish for the day, or week. I try to accomplish each goal one at a time. Being a planner helps with that.
Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Gilad and I are having dinner with some friends in a cabin in the Pocono’s. I have the ability to see auras. I see his friend’s, but I can’t see his and I wonder why? As I think about what to make of it, Gilad reads my thoughts. I ask him to repeat what he said, and he shrugs his shoulders and pretends that he didn’t hear me. (In the book Sydney dismisses the whole thing, because she doesn’t want to give any info away that she has unexplainable abilities.) I decide to pull Gilad aside and speak to him privately about the incident. At that moment Gilad reveals to me that he is a Dark Angel and he has been searching for me for years, then suddenly he attacks me, using his power of darkness.
Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. My favorite place to write is in my bed, with the covers all around me—nice and cozy. My one comfort food that I can’t do without is macaroni and cheese. But when I’m writing I love to drink a nice cup of tea.
Writing inspirations? My son inspires me. When I look at him, I see a being a light that has a bright future and a world of endless dreams and possibilities, and I am looking forward to seeing him makes his dreams come true while I make mine come true.
You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? My favorite author is Charline Harris, and my one question is “What was the most challenging part in writing the Sookie Stackhouse Novels?
I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I really don’t have any quirky writing habits, and I’m never around my friends when I am working on my writing.
Swept into the Darkness: Chronicles of the Celestial Book One
by LaTaeya Lane
Sydney London is no ordinary twenty-four year old. Ever since she was a child she has had unique out of this world abilities. Suffering from a near death experience and surviving a deadly car crash Sydney is no stranger to death and loss. Cut off from the world around her she encounters an Angel and eventually falls for him inspired by deceitful magic.
Her one true love awaits in the shadows attempting to guard and protect her by risking his immortality. Traumatized by the murder of her best friend she sets off on an unspeakable journey to bring the dead back to life. Sydney’s journey of self discovery opens her up to learn of her true angelic identity. She is led in the middle of an inter dimensional war among a hybrid breed of Angel Vampires and the Hierarchy of the Angelic clan. Will her unique powers and the love she bears for her guardian be enough for her to save the Earthly Realm or will she be Swept into the Darkness?
I sat on the sofa resting and enjoyed the time I had alone. I closed my eyes, and inhaled the air, and then I became lost; literally.
I felt myself feeling weightless, and my essence started floating, then I flew in a whirlwind of a tunnel. My leg and arm were back to normal. The casts were gone and I felt no pain. My body flew up to the heavens and I saw the stars appear. I was able to reach out to them, feeling the heat emerge through my body. Then I saw the planets in their orbits and I even saw new planets I didn’t recognize. From where I was the Earth looked round but damaged, it was not the Earth I knew. Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled in the distance, but strangely I was not afraid. Suddenly, heavenly beings approached me. They appeared to be warriors, both male and female. They were dressed in roman armor with silver and gold as bright as the sun. There were others that huddled around the gleaming warriors, dressed in black, the deepest ebony I could imagine. Their eyes peered at me, and large transparent wings surfaced from their broad backs. The creatures were holding hands and hovering in a circle around the Earth with their heads bowed down to the world. They were magnificent.
One of them looked strangely familiar. He stood among the others, and was handsome and more beautiful than I could even fathom. What was this place? Why I was here, and what was he doing here with them? I had so many questions.
Slowly my consciousness came back to my body. My spirit drifted back through the tunnel of time and space and I slipped into my resting physical manifestation.
Author Bio and Links
Years of exposure within the writing and publishing world have made a lasting impact on Author LaTaeya Lane. Writing since she was seven years old, Lane began jotting down phrases and themes later turning them into poems and short stories. Writing became such a passion throughout her youth that she became the Junior and Senior editor of her High school newspaper. She wrote her first novel at age sixteen but was not seeking publication at that time in her life. Lane entered several creative writing contests during her early years of writing and won a few of them. Always captivated by the supernatural and elements of fantasy, Lane was inspired to write a series of books that focused on going beyond the boundaries of life and imagination. The angel vampire fantasy “Swept into the Darkness” is Lane’s first published book in a series called “Chronicles of the Celestial.” Lane completed a degree in Liberal Studies and currently works to support the education of special needs, middle school students. Lane resides in New Jersey with her husband Leo and son, and is working on writing and publishing the other four books in the series, Dark Betrayal, Dark Revenge, Dark Defiance, and Dark Revelation. Lane also loves to draw and paint. Traveling and experiencing a variety of different foods is also a deep passion of hers. Lane loves watching horror and fantasy movies and is a believer of the Ancient Alien Theory. Some of her favorite authors include, Charline Harris, Stephen King and Erick Von Daniken.