Author: Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult
He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?
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I pull open the driver’s-side door, only to have it brusquely shut by a rather large, pale hand. Startled by the suddenness of the man’s appearance, I shift to my left and come eye to eye with a bulky-looking individual with dark brown eyes, and a scar that traces a fine line from his upper lip all the way down to his chin.
“Don’t attract attention, missy.” He sneers at me.
I glance down at the feel of something hard poking my ribcage and find, much to my horror, that he’s leveled a gun at my stomach. Most of the weapon is concealed by a khaki trench coat he wears.
“Keep your pretty little mouth shut and all will sail smoothly,” he warns, standing rigidly beside me. He glances briefly over the roof of the truck. “Tiger. Hello there, my dear old friend. Didn’t take you long to make friends, huh?”
I grow stiff. So these are the psychos that are after Tiger.
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About the Author:
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
Q&A’s with Kristy Centeno:
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I truly saw myself as a writer when my first book was published. I felt a sense of completion and pride that really fueled the fire for more. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes and no. I used to write more as a hobby, back when I first started. I take it more seriously now just because of how important it is to me. Writing is my happy place. No matter how stressful a day is, I can always turn to writing and fully engross myself in the story and kind of unwind.
I do have a career, but I don’t give up on writing or set it aside. It’s equally as important to me and I always work on learning as much as I can and applying what I learned.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Secrets of the Moon is a long, complex story of werewolf families. Because of the association with wolves and werewolves with the moon and the abundance of secrets between the families I fells as if the title was befitting.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I had a real power struggle with my last book because I felt as if I might deliver something to readers that they might not like as much as they did the first one. I wanted to keep the theme of the first book going and although I succeeded in some ways, I wasn’t happy with the finished product.
When I first started writing I promised myself I’d put books out there that I would want to read, so when I hit this dilemma, I was confused. Do I put a book out that readers might like but I hate? Or do I release a book I’m happy with but readers might not like as much? Do I take the risk? This plagued me for months. So much that I had to stop writing and step away from the book for weeks, unable to move forward at all.
I had a deep, hearty conversation with my significant other about this. With his advice, I could finally sit down and kind of determine what my next move should be.
It wasn’t an easy decision and not one I took lightly by any means. But I finally concluded that I had to take the risk. If I wasn’t happy with the book then why write at all? Why put something out there that I hated or wasn’t happy with? So I went back and started over. I don’t regret it. And although it might put me in hot waters with fans of the first book, I hope they enjoy it nonetheless.
I learned that sometimes you just have to go with your instincts and let your imagination lead you. If it doesn’t work out, at least you know you tried. It’s better than sitting there wondering.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Kristina will do anything to protect her loved ones and, scared or not, she’ll go against whoever gets in her way of doing so. She only has her brother and grandmother so she’s very protective of them.
Tiger, he’s a bit more complicated. Due to his upbringing, he doesn’t understand or know how to really sort through emotions so when he’s presented with a dilemma he can go either way. Mostly, he’s upset by injustice and the need to do something about it gets him going.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not in my latest book, no. I would like to change some things from the first books I ever published only because I feel I’ve come a long way since then and could do a lot more for the story and character development.
Who designed your book covers?
All the covers for every book published by my publisher were done by the very talented Najla Qamber.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie…?
Gosh. I don’t know. I guess I see Deliverance being made into a movie and maybe even Enchanter. It would certainly be interesting to see the characters come to life in the big screen.
…and if your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I honestly don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.
Do you have a favorite movie?
My favorite movie is 50 First Dates. I know. Adam Sandler? Why? But what I like about the movie is the concept behind it. A man that goes out of his way every day to make you fall in love with him. What’s not to like?