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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Amateur Angel Blog Tour: An Excerpt

Author Karri Thompson has stopped by with an excerpt for the Amateur Angel Blog Tour

The Excerpt:
The traffic light ahead of us turned yellow. The Porsche jerked forward as Cannon down shifted and stepped on the gas, but the light turned red before we reached the intersection. Come on, Cannon, slow down. We’re not going to make it. Cannon slammed on the breaks. Oh, no, not again. I flew forward, closing my eyes just as my head struck the car.

With a gush of air pulsing over my body, I plunged through the back window and effortlessly slipped over the back seat (if you can even call that thing a back seat) and into the seat next to Cannon as if the whole car was made from water instead of metal and glass.

Just when my head was about to permeate the glove box and make its way into the engine compartment, I instinctively threw my hands forward, somehow stopping my body as I braced myself against the top of the dash. How I was able to breach the integrity of the window and leather seats, but not the vinyl dash, was something I didn’t understand, but whatever I did, it worked. Thank God. I only wish I could have survived my own car accident.

I pulled myself into a sitting position on the front seat and tucked away my wings. I shuddered as a strange, tingling sensation rose through my body and disappeared.

This is much better; I call shot gun every time.
About the Author:
As a first-time author, I cannot express- not even in words- how excited I am about the release of my debut novel, Amateur Angel.  It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights.  There were many disappointments and rejections along the way, but in the end, my persistence and determination eventually paid off.  In many ways, I think writing a novel is easier than finding an agent to represent it and then a publisher to buy it.  Two years ago, I almost gave up on my dream to become an author, but then my son, Kyle, wrote a special poem for me, and it inspired me to write a new book and try again.  The new book was Amateur Angel.

Here is his poem:
        You fail and you fail,
        You fix and you fix,
        You wait and you wait,
        Until you succeed.

I hung this poem in my closet and read it every day when I was getting ready to go to work and each night before I went to bed. It is still there and always will be. I know what I’m about to say will sound like a cliché, but based on my own personal experience, the best advice I can give anyone is to always believe in your abilities, hold your head high, swallow your pride, accept criticism and then learn from it, and most importantly, never give up.

I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I am a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, our son, and two dogs. Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield- I promise. If you are one of my students, you are either laughing or shaking your head at this.
I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s soccer games, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.

To learn more about Karri Thompson, visit her Website. Also, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
You can purchase Amateur Angel throug Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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