Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday's Author Spotlight: Palessa

Today I’m excited to have author Palessa on the Sunday’s Author Spotlight. Palessa is the author of the contemporary series the Family Baxter Saga and the Sacked & Tackled series. She also wrote the Growing Wild series, a historical fiction series. 

About 'Unchained Hearts' (Family Baxter Saga #1):
Kyle Avery, CEO of Mama Avery Foods, has been summoned to a special meeting by a note from her late mother, Virgilia Avery. When she arrives, she meets the elusive mogul Newton "Cass" Baxter, CEO of Baxter Chemicals and learns of the nearly forty year history her mother shared with Cass, as well as the obstacles they'd been forced to endure. As Kyle struggles to understand their history, she's forced to confront the man who loved and left her, Brandon Hall, VP of Baxter Chemicals and the adopted son of Cass Baxter. Kyle and Brandon unite in love, but separate in tragedy. They are forced to deal with the sad legacy of their parent's lives as well as their own heartbreak. It's up to them to finally break the chains which bind their hearts and find their own path to happiness. 

*Content Warning: Adult Content, may have some explicit scenes.


About 'Portrait of Gray' (Family Baxter Saga #2): Baxter, first born of Julian and Joan, has always been the prodigal of the Baxter clan. He has also been heavily into drugs since he was a teenager. As his brother Cass enters a new phase in his life and is headed towards taking over the family business, Grayson’s drug use worsens. When he attempts to break away from the family that hates him, something goes terribly wrong. After tragedy strikes and with the help of a unique rehab facility, Grayson gets his life back. He discovers and pursues his desire to become a therapist and fall in love with Bindi Gail. Just as they start a life together, one fateful decision tears them apart. Through life’s twists and turns he finds his way from lost to found and learns to love again, Grayson’s journey to survive and realize his path as a Baxter makes his redemption more satisfying.



About 'Story of Us' (Family Baxter Sage #3): Edward Baxter and Sadie MacManus first meet, it was business as usual. But one look at her raven hair and those amethyst eyes, and Edward knew he wanted to know more. Growing up as one of the unwanted and forgotten, Sadie took solace in fashion and was focused on her dreams of Paris. She had no time for anything else or even knew what it was like for someone to really care. Washington DC was a place where secrets were a commodity to be bought and sold behind closed doors to the highest bidder. The last thing Edward wanted was to open himself up to that but the heart wants what heart wants and Sadie was his heart. As they both find themselves happier than ever, an unexpected enemy threatens the dreams and lives of everyone Edward loves including his only son, Julian, who must do the unthinkable to save his family and the Baxter.

Chemicals legacy. This is the story of how one family was brought to its knees by a well-placed lie that has haunted them for three generations until one belated act of love finally heals their heartbreak.

About 'Tobey Fine' (Sacked & Tackled #1):’s finally time for the player to get played.

Tobey Fine, the ‘Blasian Sensation’ is at the top of his game as the face of the Miami Medusas, a Steinger Football League team. When he’s introduced to his teammate’s best friend, the Blasian Sensation comes face-to-face with his reckoning.
Niveah Wallace is the founder of Carmicon Technologies, a software development company contracted to do a pilot game app featuring the Miami Medusas and team rivals, the Atlanta Mercury. If this project goes well, it will put CarmTech on the map.

Still smarting from Tobey’s rejection years ago, Niveah is presented with her chance to get back at him—but forgets that revenge can be a double-edged sword.

Despite their initial fallout, Tobey and Niveah grow close in a way neither expected. But inside the SFL there’s trouble brewing as a piece of Tobey’s past threatens to upend his present and jeopardize his future. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep his love no matter who he has to fight to do it.

About 'Devereaux Cox' (Sacked & Tackled #2): the six-feet-five juggernaut of the Atlanta Mercury, Christopher Devereaux Cox knows how to make his impact felt on the field. Off the field, he’s the devoted son of a prominent family with ties to presidential history, as well as one of Atlanta’s most eligible bachelors. He is a credit to his family, his team, and his name. Nothing could be more perfect.

Within the SFL, a problem threatens to spread through the organization. Cast as an unwitting scapegoat is Rebekka Stallman, a physiotherapist for the league and the only woman Devereaux ever loved. Seeing each other again after all those years ago when her life took a devastating turn was unexpected, and Rebekka wasn’t about to miss the chance to unleash her fury on her former boyfriend, who turned his back on her when she needed him.

But things aren’t what they seemed then or now.

Secrets and lies will be exposed as Rebekka forces Devereaux to question everything and everyone he ever trusted, including himself. As the dust settles and some facts about the league’s doping scandal come to light, Devereaux must decide whether the life he yearns for with the woman he still loves is worth the price of holding on to his family.

About 'Eyubea Girls' (Growing Wild #1): Tate-Fuller needs a wife. Not just any wife. One who is young enough to take on his education mission to the African continent and not ask too many questions about his past. Lisbette Caldwell is just seventeen, a young woman who isn’t ready to give up her tomboy ways. She dreams of playing football and becoming a teacher just like her father. Through a series of circumstances beyond her control, Lisbette marries Graham and embarks on an adventure in Eyubea, a small independent township in southern Africa which managed to escape the colonial rule that overtook many other African nations. 

There Lisbette settles into her new life as an assistant teacher to a small group of young girls who will have no choice but to become wives and mothers. It’s a simple enough task that will turn into a fight for their lives as Graham's past catches up to them and Lisbette faces the dark side of marriage in a land not her own.

Set in the early 1900's, Lisbette is forced to take a stand for herself and her Eyubea Girls against stacked odds, even if it means losing the life she's come to love. With the help of new friends and a will to carve out her own place in the world, she searches for a way to live life on her own terms in a place she will come to call home. 

Interview with Palessa:

Tell us a little more about Palessa?

Oh, that's a story. Well, I'm currently living in Jamaica, which is where I was born, but I was raised in Miami, Florida. I'm definitely living a different life and that's what's allowed me to pursue this writing dream. I have a cat, dog, and chickens and goats and am working on building a sustainable life with a farm…like I said, it's a story.

When did you decide you wanted to become an author and write your own book?

I didn't decide as much as I was reminded and pulled. After a couple of decades of living the life I was supposed to live, I finally gave in to this urge to write and pursue my dream of writing and other stuff. I was grateful that Sable Hunter thought my first book was interesting enough for her to publish.

What do you love most about being an author?

I like the process. It's strange and scary and frustrating sometimes because it's changing and I have little to say about that but I like working it. It's a learning process and the characters are pretty patient and understanding.

What is the best thing that happened since you’re first book came out?

I've gotten out there a little more and am invited to events. I've gotten mostly positive feedback about the books and I'm totally grateful for the readers who are willing to give me a shot.

Tell us about your books? How did you come to the idea of writing them?

I have three series at the moment. Two are contemporary and one is historical fiction. Baxter Family Saga is a trilogy that deals with a family legacy of love, betrayal, tragedy and a lot more. Sacked & Tackled is a sports fiction series that takes a look at the players behind the game of a fictional sports fiction league. Growing Wild is an historical fiction that takes place in the early 1900's. The first book is about Lisbette Caldwell's journey from England to a township in southern Africa, where she deals with the darker side of marriage. So 3 different story lines.

Where do you go to write your books? And where do you get the inspiration?

These are ideas that come from my years of watching television and of reading. There are so many interesting stories out there and it only takes a spark of an idea to really get going. That plus pen and paper, which are my 'go to tools'

What are your future plans in writing?

I have a tentative schedule that takes me through the next decade at least. I will say that I am just trying to really work and understand my process a little better, exploring different stories and characters and just trying to become better at telling the stories.

Are you a reader yourself? And what is your favorite book(s)?

I am but I'm a BAD reader. I haven't had the chance to really read a book for about a few weeks now because I'm working on a draft. I tend to read the classics. For example, I'm in the beginnings of ‘Great Expectations’ by Dickens. I have ‘Emma’ on my TBR list as well as ‘The Color Purple’. I promised myself I would read a book a month and I've failed horribly at keeping that promise. 

What would you advice be to new aspiring authors?

Keep writing, learn your craft. I mean, one of the things I'm working on is trying to really balance my descriptions and to describe things better. It's not easy but I'm plugging away at it. There are times when I feel as if what I'm writing is just nonsense. Write anyway. 

About the Author:

Palessa started reading her first romance novel, at the age of 11. Then she got introduced to V.C. Andrews, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Anne Rice and many more notable contemporary authors as well as some of the classics, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and others. It was during her teenage years that she dabbled in writing. First, it was in her diaries, then she started creating characters, stories about romance, the supernatural and much more.

It would take almost 20 years, a radical move from the city she grew up in, Miami, FL back to her Caribbean birthplace, and a chance Facebook meeting with Sable Hunter to start the juices flowing again.

After some fits and starts, the Baxter Family Saga was born. The Baxter series was the beginning.  She considers herself just a storyteller that sees no reason to shy away from the juicier romantic elements. She currently lives in the mountains of Jamaica with her crazy, crackermunching-mutt Ivy and a farm, primarily managed by an agribusiness partner, also known as Dad.

For more information about Palessa please visit her blog, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google +, Tumblr and Tsu.

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