by Mary Ann Poll
Welcome to Ravens Cove, Alaska, a tiny town nestled in a small hollow on the majestic Cook Inlet. A town familiar with storytelling—after all, Alaska abounds in rich legends. In Ravens Cove, though, legends have a tendency to come to life.
Meet Josiah Williams, the peculiar stranger whose warning to lifetime residents Kat Tovslosky and her cousin, Sheriff Bart Andersen, raises more questions than answers; a man whose dark past and knowledge of the murders make him a suspect more than an ally. Join Kat and Bart as an unlikely troop forms (including a very unwelcome FBI agent) to discover the identity of a killer. The unearthing of which will throw the reluctant warriors into a battle for their very lives and the lives of all who call Ravens Cove home.
EXCERPT Josiah marched to the back of the church, lifting his hand, waving it back and forth to part the black mist covering the door.
It shot to one side before he walked through, a dark curtain blown by an invisible wind.
The dark mist, Atramentous by name, vibrated with hatred, then fear at what he saw. An angel of God stood beside this man. “Uriel!”
The angel turned and nodded. “Atramentous.”
Atramentous bent his head to avoid the blinding light. After they passed, he raised his head, formed an invisible mouth, a deep red chasm where the black mist had been. A guttural, gurgling roar spewed out to sound the alarm, sending sleeping birds flying into the sky crying in terror.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MARY
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I am more surprised than anyone that I became an author. In 1998 a disc ruptured in my neck, leaving me unable to continue in my career in administration. It took a couple of years to heal. The journey to writing and publishing was full of trips down other paths – going back to work time and again to make the almighty dollar and avoid the emotions and mental weariness of writing. I took courses, joined online chat groups and talked about writing until I was blue in the face. I finally accepted the desire to write a book was not going away. It took twelve years to summon the courage to write and complete Ravens Cove.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I’d stop by Grandma Bricken’s house to sit down for a great Alaska-style dinner of moose stew and sourdough bread. Yum!
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
She wants a ‘fairytale’ life. One that is free of fighting supernatural beings and where she could live happily ever after with the man of her dreams. Yes, Kat has a child-like romantic side which no one sees but many readers can discern when they read the Iconoclast series.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I would love to talk about life with all my characters. But, to choose one, I’d choose Ken Melbourne. He is so confident and so confused by the events in Ravens Cove. He’d be fun to chat with.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
I’m not a fantasy writer, so I’m not sure how I would handle a normal dwarf. If we couldn’t sit down, have a drink and talk it out, I’d accept the challenge. In my books, the entities akin to dwarves are small, evil entities—the Kumrande who make their first appearance in Ingress.) So, I would hope to be surrounded by my characters who have fought and been victorious against these nasty, man-eating creatures.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I wouldn’t write romance novels. I am far from being a fuzzy, warm kind of girl, even though I enjoy a romantic evening. I’m more inclined to enjoy action.
I’m Mary Ann Poll, America’s Lady of Supernatural Thrillers and charter member of Author Masterminds. The first question most people ask is, “What is an Iconoclast?” Iconoclast means, “The destroyer of religious beliefs or symbols.” I took this definition and applied it to the supernatural realm, which is how the Iconoclast Thriller series was born. My books revolve around the battle between good and evil. They also revolve around the heroic acts of ordinary people who must face extraordinary, even unbelievable, circumstances.
I draw from real-life experiences, as well as my imagination, to create these supernatural thrillers. My love for a creepy, goosebump-creating ghost story and my love for Christ come together in these books.
I am a proud pet lover, which is also reflected in my writing. In my off time, I enjoy gardening, swimming and spending time with beloved family.
I pray you enjoy reading Ravens Cove as much as I enjoyed writing it. Blessings in Christ!
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