Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with OL Ramos

What inspired you to become an author?

This is a bit of a sappy, corny story. I had a really great second grade teacher. I was really into sports and really didn’t care about reading at all. She held this event every few weeks. She called it an “Author’s Tea Party”. She would basically have her students write a story or poem, about whatever they’d like, and she would have them read to the class. Everyone had to do it eventually, and when it was my turn to do it, I wrote about scary zombies. I thought I was being defiant, she thought I was being different. It made me realize that writing wasn’t about boring or impersonal stuff. I could write about whatever was near and dear to my heart. I had thought writer’s always wrote stuffy literary, pretentious stories; not fun things like zombies! So I thought it was an awesome job; it became my dream to become a writer one day.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I'm pretty long-winded. I tend to focus more on what motivates the characters. They are all very big on expressing their feelings. I think it works. It's definitely a great outlet for my rants. LOL!

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

In this book, Mary gets reborn. Thus, the title. It also represents a rebirth of the way the inhabitants look at their world; it all changes in this book.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

So far, I've titled them first because I had a good idea of where the book was going to go. That might change though. Originally, the first book's title was actually supposed to be "Rebirth", now "Rebirth" is the third book.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In life, there are a million different perspectives in everything you deal with. Even a conversation between only two people can be interpreted many different ways. The message I would want to get across is that nothing is ever the way it seems. Even when given the facts of a situation, there's more truth hidden there, you just gotta dig.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I’m currently writing the third book, “The Keeper: Rebirth”.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 “The Keeper: Rebirth”. It picks off right from the final moments of Book Two and plunges deeper into the mounting revolt. A lot of new elements are introduced and there are even a few new characters. I really wanted to make this one open the world up, make the reader get a sense of just how big this is. I hope I accomplished that.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite author is Stephen King, he is brilliant.  King has the uncanny ability to make you feel like you're involved in the story. When you put yourselves in the shoes of a character in the middle of a horror story, that's a scary position to be in. It just makes you appreciate the story that much more.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I think the most important thing, and this is true in most things, if you're not having fun writing it, no one is going to have fun reading it. Don't force it, just go with the flow. If you're having a good time writing it, chances are people will love reading it!

The Keeper: Revenge
The Keeper Series
Book 2
O.L. Ramos

Genre: Paranormal Romance


Number of pages: 296

Word Count: 112,930

Cover Artist: Dane Low


Book Description:

If the world you lived in was someday revealed to be nothing but a lie, would you really want the truth? Elizabeth McBeth did, and she's paid the price for it...

After almost 10 years since Liz's mother was taken from her, Liz finally found her mother, Mary. But Mary has been forever changed, something that Liz will have to accept. The beginning of happier times, one would think...

The conspiracy has been exposed; Liz, Vincent, Mary and Michael had all thought that the vampire plot had been destroyed. They should have never underestimated Klein.

Klein has reinforced his armies, splitting the entire vampire species with the question... is Klein the vampiric messiah? Unfortunately for the heroes and the world itself, Klein has set in motion a plan that will destroy the world and recreate it in his own image.

Will the group be able to defeat Klein and restore the balance to nature? Or are they already doomed?


Vincent tilts his head and walks closer to me, stopping about two feet away. He looks down at me and blinks his eyes, seeming unsure of what to say. He opens his mouth as if to speak and then stops himself. He inhales deeply and licks his lips, narrows his eyes and just nods his head.
“That’s because, when it comes to your safety, nothing ever will be good enough,” he answers somberly, almost as if he hated saying it where others might hear. “You could shoot the bull’s-eye every single time, you could split bullets with other bullets, it still wouldn’t be good enough. You’re still a damsel in distress to me. Someone I need to protect, no matter what. And it’s not just because of the world and Klein’s plan. You’re my Goldilocks, Goldilocks.”
He looks at me and lifts my chin up gently with his finger.
“Though sometimes I’m just looking at your bubble butt for more than just the sake of your safety,” Vincent says with a cocky smile.
I try to slap him but he grabs my arm, so softly that I don’t even know his hand was on my forearm ‘til I see it with my own eyes.
“You always have to have the last word, don’t you?” I ask, feeling myself trembling. “You always got to be the joker, the one who doesn’t care about anything. You think you’re fearless or unbeatable?”
“Unbeatable? Nah, not even close,” Vincent says as he begins to stare at my lips. “Fearless? Hell no, I’m terrified. But I’m not terrified when I’m fighting Klein’s lackeys or dealing with whatever big baddie we gotta fight. I’m scared stiff when the idea of you being in harm’s way comes to my mind. But mostly? I’m just terrified when I’m in your presence. You. You scare the crap out of me.”
“Me?” I ask, unsure of what to say as I stammer through a simple word. 
Vincent just continues to stare at my lips as he nods his head slowly.
Then it happens. I don’t even know why or how myself. But I just have to have him. I throw myself at him and drape my arms around the back of his neck. I kiss him passionately, almost aggressively. I feel my knees shake, almost buckling beneath my body’s weight as I feel his tongue softly massage my own. I feel goose bumps spring up all over my body as his fingers run through my hair. He pulls my head back gently and nibbles on my neck, teasing. I try to wrap my left arm behind his lower back when I feel him slowly pull away.
I keep my eyes closed for a few seconds, not sure of what has just happened. Vincent has his back to me, trying to hide his face.

About the Author:

From what I understand, the first line of this thing is where I say something really interesting that wins you over. After all, they say that you know within seconds of meeting a person whether you like them or not.

So...yeah... I got nothing. But if there is one thing I know, it's that through stories we discover the world, learn about history and traditions; and in doing that, we become who we are as an individual.

Since I was a very young child, my only dream was to become an author one day. I wanted to reach people with my words, maybe even entertain them. I wanted to touch their lives and give them something to think about. After all, I am a loveable blowhard kinda guy... that's gotta be entertaining, right?
In my life, I've done many things; from supervising sales for a retail giant chain to being a Deputy Sheriff. You would think that a person who had been shot at for a living would be brave enough to write a biography without all the sarcastic quips. Unfortunately no, that's one of my main flaws as the above mentioned blowhard.

Anyhoo, please feel free to drop me a line! If you loved the book, I wanna hear about it. If you hated every word of it, please make sure to let me know, but please avoid the CAPS LOCK! The font can be a little... demeaning. Make sure to have fun guys! They say you only live twice; and if that's true, we're at least half done.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18373829-the-keeper

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steelers1099@gmail.com said...

Loved the interview! I loved The Keeper Awakening and am so excited about reading book 2 and soon book 3. Thanks for the post it was awesome!

Stormy Vixen said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

KRS said...

I love books that sound like the Twilight series.