Friday, January 13, 2012

TBR welcomes Arlene Webb

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Arlene Webb. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
Arlene: Sweet to spicy, I love writing stories with an edge or bite to them.

TBR: Tell us about Splintered Energy and where it's available. 
SE is the first in a series of four. Book 3, House of Seven, just released, but anyone who takes the plunge into this science fiction/ suspense/romance will appreciate the intense characterization if they start at the beginning.

Dawn breaks—literally. Energy sparks across the horizon, power grids go down, and the journey to understanding what, where, and why begins.
Energy splinters and a few hapless humans fall dead. A moment later, hearts regain their beat and the confused aliens witness their first sunrise through the eyes of the deceased. Sentient beings can't recall a past, other than a blissful haven. Nor do they have memories from the host whose body they unwittingly hijacked.

The above set up gave me the opportunity to explore 7 powerful aliens from dependent and naïve, to pissed off and in love.

Available for $2.99 on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords. 

TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt. 
Arlene: A short clip from chapter one:
Aaron kicked off his sandals, threw open the gate, and ran. Near the surf’s edge, David struggled to carry what looked like a woman with flowing green hair.
David halted, collapsing to his knees. A dark emerald dress clung to the motionless form. Shallow saltwater ebbed close to her bare, honest to God, green legs.
David gasped, “She’s breathing.”
“Good Lord, son, can’t you find pretty shells like normal people?” Aaron dropped to David’s side.
“She’s cold. She wasn’t completely in the water, but shouldn’t her skin be bluish? Why’s she green?”
“Maybe she’s an actress or something.”
Erotica no less, starring Aphrodite dipped in food coloring. The flush on Aaron’s face had to match his son’s. Her skin wasn’t Exorcist-vomit pea soup, nor gingerbread-trim lime, but a soft, immature apple—almost the same shade as the shirt David wore. Delicate emerald lashes curled against her cheekbones. Small breasts, flat stomach, and he could see the outline of her ribs through the silky dress.
Deserted beach, home less than a soccer field away, maybe he should carry her inside, and then make that phone call. Aaron scooped the delicate woman into his arms. She lifted like an intangible bundle and a tremulous sob escaped her lips. When her arm touched his sweatshirt, her moan grew louder, and her thin body arched away.
Aaron faced his son’s dumbfounded gaze. “Yep, she’s alive alright. Let’s get her inside.” He held her away from his chest and tried to touch her as little as possible as he ran. Her thin face wrenched in pain—not pain, but fear.
“Shh, I won’t hurt you.” His size, morning breath, what? Had she reacted like this when David carried her?

TBR: How do you develop your characters?
Arlene: Take psychological defects and expand the flaws into loveable but dangerous personalities.

TBR: Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
Arlene: Hard to choose, but here’s one (snicker) off the top of my head: “It hurts, having your head cut off.” Settia, from Rebel.
Thousands of years have shown that cannibalistic seagulls, tool using crows, parrots counting for a cracker, there’s not a feathered being as self-centered as the non-feathered—or as violent.’
Beni. Ashes
Thousands of years have shown that cannibalistic seagulls, tool using crows, parrots counting for a cracker, there’s not a feathered being as self-centered as the non-feathered—or as violent.’
Beni. AshesThousands of years have shown that cannibalistic seagulls, tool using crows, parrots counting for a cracker, there’s not a feathered being as self-centered as the non-feathered—or as violent.’
Beni. Ashes

TBR: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Arlene: Five vibrant personalities in Splintered Energy and one’s committed to being a narcissistic sociopath, so I wouldn’t want to break bread with her. In fact, seeing as living light doesn’t consume food, I’d not like to have any of them. Food fight would be the least of my problems.

Beni. Ashes

TBR: While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
Arlene: My mind’s a sieve, always ready to tap into new ways to make a plot work. Googling is beyond cool. I check out Wikipedia a lot.

TBR: Tease us with one little thing about your fictional world that makes it different from others.
Arlene: I hope my stories are ones that stick with the reader. Writing from different point of views other than a vamp, were, human makes them stand out.

TBR: What's next for you?
Arlene: Finishing the final book. After 8-10 years, it’ll be wonderful to move on.

TBR: Any other published works?
Arlene: Novel and novellas with MuseitUp and Decadent Publishing. Book 2 and Book 3 of these series on Amazon, B&K, Smashwords. A novella called Rebel (poinsettia plant angling to take down the human race), as well.

TBR: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Arlene: Finding the time isn’t easy, and losing chunks of that time in other worlds is beyond cool.

TBR: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Arlene: Original keeps coming up. Wonderfully weird is a comment a mentor and teacher once said. I do think the reader who skims, doesn’t follow the line to mean exactly what it says, can become confused.  The Color series is more like understanding a sitcom like Seinfeld or Lost, with interwoven plotlines, than a simplistic romance of boy meets girl.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?

TBR: Arlene will generously send commenters who include their email address an e-copy of Splintered Energy on Monday, Jan. 16th, so don't miss out! 
Thanks for visiting TBR, Arlene. All the best to you.


  1. Welcome to TBR, Arlene! Congrats on all your successes!

  2. Psychological defects - that's a good way to describe character flaws!

  3. This is an awesome concept for a blog!

    And, Arlene, I see the R Word pop up everywhere on line! You're doing a great job with marketing. It's what prompted me to add it to my TBR pile already. ;)

    I can't imagine the feeling of finishing up a series after 8-10 years. Wow.

  4. Alex, I love flawed characters who cause heartache and mayham until they grow up and reach a happy ending. With 7 personalities, associated with colors, no one reads this series without rethinking their favorite color.
    Thanks, Heidi. That is really good to know because I feel like I suck at promotion. No one likes it, and some do it so much better than others. Thanks for mentioning!!

  5. Cate!! Thanks for adding the other covers. Not only a fantastic host, great author, you're one sweet friend.

  6. Just wanted to stop by and add my two cents. No need to send me a copy, Arlene, you know I've already snapped mine up. :)

    What really hooked me about SPLINTERED ENERGY is the unique view of the human race through the POV of reluctant aliens who never anticipated being trapped in flesh-and-blood bodies. The bonds they form with the people they join forces with create some moving romantic elements.

    This story is truly unique--like nothing I've ever read--fresh, imaginative and presenting unique twists in perspective that are simply awesome. Can't wait to read books 3 and 4.

    Also want to say I love the concept of this blog. What a great idea!

  7. Interesting premise here. Sounds like something I'd definitely want to read. Got to go update my TBR :-)

    Thanks for the interview.

  8. a fascinating premise, Arlene! Congrats on the release! Enjoyed the interview and peek into your writing life! Thanks to TBR for a great interview!

  9. Hey, leave some addresses! Thanks for commenting, regardless.
    Laurie, I wouldnt be anywhere without the support of my crit partners! Thank you!

  10. LOL! I thought, since the site collects email, that it wasn't necessary! paulinebairdjones at gmail dot com.

  11. Sounds like my kind of story! :) All the best, Arlene. And thanks Cate for starting this blog!

    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

  12. This sounds like a wonderful story, Arlene. I love the concept of the colors and the way the aliens are trapped in bodies and have to deal with it.
    kayemanro at yahoo dot com

  13. If I missed anyone who'd like a copy of Splintered Energy, please email me at
    Thank you!!!

  14. Well, I'm lucky enough to have probably read further than anyone other than Arlene in her fantastic series. I can't wait to see what's going to happen. I defy anyone not to fall in love with a red 'demon' and a blue leader. Arlene has an uncanny knack for making characters very distinctive!

  15. Cutting off head hurts, no food fights.

    What a wonderful way with words you have. Congrats, Arlene.


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