Guest Post: Taylor Brooke – All about the Zodiac Signs (w/ excerpt of Curved Horizon)

As announced yesterday in my release blitz post of Taylor Brooke’s amazing Curved Horizon I have something special prepared. :3

Taylor was so kind and stopped at my blog and talks about the Zodiac Signs the characters have. :3
You ever were curious what personalities they have? Check them out below. :3

Those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook might have heard already how much I loved the first book in the Camillia Clock Cycle series, Fortitude Smashed, where Aiden stole not only paintings but my heart at the same time and where we Shannon , his Rose Road, tries to “catch” him – without any saying their fates are decided. :3 ❤
You can read my review here, because I stop my rambling here. 😀

Read my release blitz post for an different excerpt, don’t miss the giveaway there and stay tuned, I also participate in the Instragram blog tour today, celebrating yesterday’s release day.
My review will follow soon. ❤

Happy reading and I hope you’ll love the guest post as much as I did. ❤

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Here are the questions I asked Taylor about her character. 🙂

Did you choose the zodiac signs on purpose ir did they come randomly?

I didn’t necessarily choose these particular zodiac signs. I had a roundabout date in mind for each character’s birthday, but the only main character we actually celebrate with is Aiden in FORTITUDE SMASHED. I went through the traits and characteristics for each character and matched up their personalities with their zodiac sign. Daisy and Chelsea were easy to figure out, but Shannon was more difficult.

What was “first” there, the characters in mind or did you go after character zodiac traits? 🙂 Or did you choose the most fitting zodiac after fleshing out the characters?

The characters were definitely there first. When I wrote the very first scene in the Camellia Clock Cycle it was one of Shannon’s and I really didn’t know much about him then. He was a detective and had a good heart, and I knew he would have some insecurities. It took a few chapters of reactions to Aiden particularly to find his wants and quirks – Shannon hid from me for a while 😉

I feel out the characters as I write before I know where to put them. There’s a lot of complex growth in all four of the main characters, so their traits change a little bit as the story progresses. Simply put, I chose the most fitting zodiac after fleshing out the characters, but the personality traits and mannerisms evolved over time.

How important zodiacs are for you (personally) & in your working process of creating characters?

Honestly, I never think about zodiac signs until after I’m at least halfway through a book. I need to get to know the characters, their desires, ambitions and lives before I establish things like Zodiac signs, Hogwarts houses, drink preferences, and so on. But they’re super fun to do and they help me get to know my characters even better.

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 Thank you, Taylor for stopping by. :3 ❤
Read below for further information about the book and the amazing excerpt. 🙂

curved horizonsTitle: Curved Horizon
Series: The Camellia Clock Cycle # 2
Author: Taylor Brooke
Genre: F/F Romance, LGBT, Contemporary, Science Fiction
Release Date: March 8, 2018
Publisher: Interlude Press
Length: 356 pages / 91.000 words
Cover artist: C.B. Messer

Content Warnings: Interlude Press posts content warnings for new books on its web site at interludepress.com/content-warnings

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Blurb

Curved Horizon picks up a few weeks after the conclusion of Fortitude Smashed with Daisy Yuen and Chelsea Cavanaugh, whose Camellia Clocks are drawing close to timing out. Navigating the ins-and-outs of love is hard enough as strangers destined to be soul mates and proves even more complicated when Daisy shares dark, ugly secrets that linger in her and Aiden’s pasts.

Meanwhile, Shannon and Aiden continue to explore their own, new relationship. Fall brings them an unforgettable one-year anniversary, but when Shannon suffers a life-threatening accident on the job, Chelsea, Daisy, and Aiden must find a way to let go of the past to make room for their future.

Dive deeper into the world of the Camellia Clock—a world of soulmates, secrets, and the healing power of love.

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Excerpt

Smoke rose in the air behind them. Heat hit the back of Daisy’s bare legs. She looked over her shoulder and watched flames climb into the darkness. People circled a man-made fire pit, taunting each other with jabbing fists and daring glares. She rested her arms on the railing and leaned closer to Chelsea with her gaze pointed at the band.

“It’s power metal,” Daisy half-yelled to Chelsea. “You don’t like it?”

They smiled at each other: Chelsea’s knowing and sarcastic, Daisy’s all fangs and teeth.

“Why do they start fires?” Chelsea asked. Their elbows touched, then they were arm against arm and hip against hip, thigh against thigh and faces far too close together. “What’s the point?”

Daisy looked over her shoulder. Silhouettes danced and fought in an ongoing circle around the growing patch of flames. “Something about this,” she waved from the stage to the moon to the horde around them, “wakes up the primal part in us that we pretend isn’t there. People like to let it out once in a while.” She shifted onto one foot, using the other to scratch behind her knee. Her platform boots gave her a few extra inches, allowing her to look Chelsea in the eye. “You ever wanted to tear something apart, Charm School?”

The glaciers that kept residence in Chelsea cracked. There was heat in her gaze, magnified by the reflection of flames and strobe lights. “Wanted to, yes, but I never have.”

“Maybe you should.”

“We’re leaving,” Shannon’s voice cut through their conversation. He leaned between them with one hand tugging gently on Chelsea’s elbow, the other wrapped under the back of Aiden’s belt, hauling him like a toddler. “It took three songs for him to get in a fight.”

Aiden spit blood on the grass and turned his eyes to the onlookers.

The concert-goers around them stepped back, giving the group a wide birth.

“Always the gentleman,” Chelsea said, but she laughed as if she’d been expecting worse.

They walked down the steep cement path from the lawn to the venue’s main common area. Shannon and Aiden bit at each other with harsh words, Aiden explaining why his actions were necessary, and Shannon constantly shaking his head. Finally, Shannon simply reached for Aiden’s hand and took it, and they both quieted.

Daisy listened to a long-winded guitar solo echo through erratic chanting from the crowd. Her shoes thumped on the pavement. Aiden spit on the ground again. Noticing how red it was, she made a mental note to look at his mouth later and make sure he hadn’t lost a tooth.

How many times had she told Aiden to open his mouth to check for a baggy hidden under his tongue, to make sure he hadn’t bit through his cheek during a fight? Four years, and some things didn’t change.

Shannon’s hand in Aiden’s was like a sigh of relief, though, a reminder that some things did change. Aiden had a Rose Road now. He might still be getting into fights, but he was looked after. Sometimes she had to remind herself that he’d be okay if she skipped a mental note or two.

That’s what it’s supposed to be, Daisy thought, watching Aiden’s thumb rub back and forth across Shannon’s.

The delicate brush of fingertips whispered on the top of her hand, under her knuckles, on her palm. Chelsea slipped her hand into Daisy’s and waited, curling her fingers just so. The very tips of their fingers intertwined—a warm, silent proclamation.

Oh, it said, there is my supposed-to-be.


Author bio  – Taylor Brooke

Headshot 2018After fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures as a special effects makeup artist, Taylor Brooke turned her imagination back to her true love—books. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she’s traveling, hiking or reading. She writes Queer books for teens and adults. She is the author of Fortitude Smashed (Interlude Press ’17) and is represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

 

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