Please join me today in welcoming Sheri Fredricks, who is here with goodies, including a $20 Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of her tour. Before we tell you how you can enter to score that awsome prize, let’s sit back and get to know Sheri and her new release, Remedy Maker.
Hi Sarah, and thank you so much for having me here today!
Remedy Maker is about Rhycious, an ex-military centaur medic whose battle scars are hidden beneath the surface. Moments of high stress trigger hallucinating flashbacks, a condition he continually fights to overcome. When he meets Patience, a beautiful wood nymph and the race of the late enemy of his people, he learns about unconditional love…and the healing power of a single touch.
Together they must battle human hunters who wish to enslave the mythological beings, rebels taking over the centaur kingdom, and the affection they have for each other in a mythic world filled with prejudice.
This sounds like it has incredible depth! What might readers be surprised to learn about the plot or characters of Remedy Maker?
My characters aren’t the ancient mythological creatures they once were. They’re edgy, intense, and live in a modern world. Slammed between their traditional ancient beliefs and a new present-day culture, they thrive in a secret society.
Wow! That answer sure packs some punch. I’m sold already. ;c) Let’s have some fun with Remedy Maker. What’s the first sentence?
Screams of the terrified echoed through the corridors of Rhycious’s mind.
Amazing hook! What’s your favorite line in the story?
Yikes! Now that’s a tough question. Perhaps this one:
“I’ll never let anything hurt you,” he promised, leaning to kiss her lips with a long sip of aching desire.
You really have a way with words, Sheri. How about an excerpt … three sentences long! Yep, that’s it. Three!
Rhycious staggered backward on feet unbalanced as a day-old colt. Reality brought his mind to the present. The knife he held to Patience’s throat dropped, his hand stung by the guilt.
He had a knife to her throat? Eeep! And again, beautifully written. Which scene of Remedy Maker was most difficult for you to write? Why?
It would have to be the one where the three sentences above appeared. Traumatized by 200 years of war, Rhycious experiences posttraumatic stress disorder in times of stress. This scene called for the hero to come unhinged, to lose touch with reality, and find himself in an altered state of mind.
As the writer, I had to delve into Rhycious’s consciousness, to become him. To experience what he was going through and see the world through his eyes in a full-blown PTSD episode. It was very emotional and heartbreaking, and I was completely drained in the end.
Here’s a small portion of that scene:
Past and present coalesced into one. Odors of acrid battlefield smoke found only in his memory filled his nostrils, tearing his eyes, blurring his vision. A rumble, low and angry, filled the empty air between the tree trunks.
It was getting louder, whatever the phantom sound was. He pulled a second weapon—his broadsword, steeling himself for a full frontal attack.
Staring across the forest floor, he couldn’t differentiate reality from fantasy. An odd sight spilled forth, like an army of invading ants. At the foot of the tree, where leafy piles had built, pine needles and twigs vibrated off the ground, dancing around one another. Root structures, tough as steel cords, heaved and rolled.
Rhycious took a deep breath and the temperature fell a good twenty notches.
Get ready, Rhy. Here they come.
Your writing is so incredibly strong. I can see how dealing with his PTSD would drain you. How about the other side of things? Which scene would you most like to experience for yourself? From whose POV?
Ah, this question is an easy one for me to answer! In the Patience’s POV, she takes a night ride on Rhycious’s back when he’s in his true Centaur form. Being ridden is considered beneath a Centaur, yet he cares enough to throw the stigma away in favor of helping Patience in her weak physical state. Can you imagine throwing your arms around the waist of a galloping Centaur, jumping fallen logs and crossing shallow streams?
I love how you use the contrast to make the moment more powerful. What inspired the title of Remedy Maker?
The title of this book didn’t come to me until nearly half way through. The common denominator throughout is that Rhycious is continually called upon to “fix” something. Whether it be sick Centuars in the royal kingdom, finding the rebels intent on killing the queen, or nurturing a very sick Wood Nymph. In each incidence, his remedies are put to the test and it goes beyond his medical skills.
A perfect fit, then! Before we take a closer look at Remedy Maker, can you share with us what you’re working on now?
I did not intend to write a series when I wrote Remedy Maker. But when it was suggested to write another “centaur book”, the idea took root.
I’m about ready to release a short story called Portals of Oz. In this piece, a Wood Nymph leaves the security of the Boronda Forest to find a little excitement in town, and bites off more than she can handle. She ends up in the Land Down Under and must figure out how to get home.
My current work in progress is tentatively titled Troll-y Yours. A sidekick of Rhycious’s, named Aleksander, will have his own story. He has a huge ego and meets the only mythic female in the Boronda Forest who isn’t fazed by his charms and good looks. Oh my, the sparks fly!
Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.
He’s the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.
Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.
Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn’t push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.
When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.
Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?
Find it @ Temple Publishing | Amazon
Always on the hunt for the uncommon things in life, author Sheri Fredricks thrives on creating adventures in her mythological kingdom for her readers.
A former engineering secretary, Sheri lives on the beautiful central coast of California. “I wanted to move away from inflexible right angles and create an unboxed world with no boundaries.” A voracious reader since her early years, Sheri found her brain crowded with stories and characters of her own. “Ultimately,” she says, “my husband encouraged me to write them all down.”
Sheri loves to spend time at home. A computer hutch keeps her focused on creating stories, but the panoramic view of life on a ranch will call her outside to play in the sun.
As promised, here are the details on Sheri’s giveaway! This one has multiple parts. (Isn’t Sheri awesome? *grin*)
First of all, one commenter here today will win a “fabulous prize,” so be sure to leave your email address when you say hello. Your comment will also give you an entry into the tour-wide giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card, which is pretty fabulous in itself, so be sure to say hello!
Additionally, the host with the most comments scores a (*clears throat*) “gorgeous rhinestone studded, hand decorated book bag crafted by Tina Garcia of Blingitude.com,” so y’all be sure to give Sheri an extra warm welcome. *wink*
I’d like to thank you all for being here. Sheri, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your book. Remedy Maker looks like a wonderful, beautifully written story! I hope everyone has a fantastic day, and do say hello before you head off to Sheri’s links. *grin*