October 03, 2013

Top Ten With Author Viola Ryan

Hi everyone! Today we have author Viola Ryan with her top ten and info on her latest released book.

The Mark of Abel, Book 1 of The Mark of Abel series
Tagline: Is a frustrated artist Lucifer’s ticket back to heaven or will falling in love with her reawaken the compassion that got him expelled?

Blurb/Backcover copy: 
Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.

Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.

Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.

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Top Ten Movies to watch at Halloween
I adore Halloween. It’s the one time my office gets to match the rest of the house. My office is a bit of a mix. Half of it is fantasy, filled with faeries and angels, and half of it is darker, filled with all sorts of paranormal creatures prowling the corners.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE dressing up. I hit all the stores after Halloween and get decorations, costumes, and supplies on sale. You can never have enough glitter hair spray and weird colored lip stick. My husband teases me, but my kids are always prepared for school spirit days.

Halloween to me is about more than the scary. It’s about it being okay being something you aren’t normally. It’s like being a writer. I love my job. I tell people I get to make things up for a living. Halloween is like everyone getting permission to live out their fantasies.

10. Stardust (My dream is to be handed the Hugo or Nebula by Neil Gaiman)
9. Princess Bride (I don’t know a romance writer who doesn’t love this movie)
8 . Mary Poppins (I can’t go to an amusement park and not ride the carousel)
7. Oz the Great and Powerful (great to see an entire movie crafted from one line. “No, child. I’m not a bad man. Just a bad wizard.”)
6. Underworld (I need to include at least one vampire movie and this is one of my favorite contemporary one.)
5. Stargate (I adore all things ancient Egypt. I used to lie under my sheets, cross my arms over my chest, and pretend to be a mummy)
4. Thor (I’m doing one superhero movie and I’ll go with the hottest one, since there is no Wonder Woman yet)
3. Labyrinth (I spent hours puzzling through the logic problems.)
2, Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe (so perfect, I cried)
1. Wizard of Oz (if you can see it in IMAX 3D I highly recommend it)

A very good friend of Viola Ryan in high school said, “You don’t think outside the box. You blow the thing up.” Sometimes boxes need exploding. That’s why she’s here. She has a whole bag of C4 and isn’t afraid to use it. She’s blessed with people who treasure her eccentricities or at least put up with them.

Sometimes the box can be a cozy place. Without some sort of stability, her two daughters’ and her life would be unmanageable. That stability comes from her husband. He’s the rock holding her family together.

On the flip side, his career is anything but stable. He’s a Chief Marine Safety Technician in the US Coast Guard. They’ve lived from Kittery, Maine to Yorktown, Virginia. Fortunately, the moves have all been on the east coast. Then again, the Coast Guard tends to guard the coast.

Her oldest daughter (16) was born on Cape Cod, not far from Plymouth. Massachusetts. Her youngest (12) was born in Yorktown, Virginia, down the road from Williamsburg. Viola jokes they’re doing the colonial America tour.

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