The Next Best Thing Blog Hop

I was nominated for The Next Best Thing Blog Hop by Garth Young @SpartaGus on Twitter. Thank you SpartaGus for the nomination.
Thanks for thinking my work was worth sharing.

Answering some of these questions will make me look like I’m seriously crazy. I probably am, but I’m a safe crazy.
I have a few WIPs around 3 novels and a few short stories. I’m going to talk about the novel I’m revising right now.

What is the working title of your book?
Awakened By Death.

Where did the idea come from for your book?
Here is the crazy part. A voice started talking to me. She started telling parts of her life. I started writing to try to make her be quiet, or least stop talking as much as she was. Once I started to write I felt compelled to finish.

What genre does your book fall under?
I was leaning towards Young Adult paranormal, because Emily is 26 and just starting out in her life. I think I’ll use New Adult now, it fits better. New Adult Paranormal Romance with spots of mystery seems to fit.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Emily Romero believes her life in perfect, until her husband leaves unexpectedly. When he returns her life is turned upside down. She is brought into his coven. There is much to learn during the first two weeks after the change. She must learn the rules of this new life. However, she isn’t what he expected.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m looking for an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I was revising as I was wrote. The compulsion to write this story was so strong it took around 8 months to write that draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are so many differences that I don’t think it can be compared to any story. One of my beta readers said it was like Breaking Dawn with some huge twists. I think she thought that because of the young married couple in Breaking Dawn.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I haven’t really thought of anyone else portraying my characters.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I said earlier, I wasn’t inspired (in the true sense) to write as I was told to write! Emily began to control all my thoughts and demanded me to write her story.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. Where vampire books are similar because the creatures are all similar; this story has enough differences to get you thinking.


My nominations are

Michelle Proulx at

Bobby Salomons at

Zoey Derrick at

Chelsea Brown at

Jeanie Grey at


13 thoughts on “The Next Best Thing Blog Hop

    • mari wells says:

      Thanks Becca,
      I was worried I really looked crazy!

      • rebecca2000 says:

        No you don’t look crazy. 🙂 I think I would love your book. I know my daughter would. I love paranormal stuff. How fun!

      • mari wells says:

        Thank you, Becca.
        You both would like my novels then.
        Awakened By Death is a vampire story. I’m working on revision right now. I’m also working on a sequel too, still not named. I”m sure there will be a third book.
        Secrets of Sathan is another novel I’m working on. It’s a paranormal mystery or it could be classified as Occult mystery.
        Then the other novel is about werewolves.
        I also have a few short stories about witches and paranormal stuff I’m working on.

  1. Fun! And I’m intrigued by this voice you heard — do you think it really was some spirit come to tell you her story, or was that your mind’s way of giving you inspiration for a book?

  2. So glad you were nominated for The Next Big Thing! And so happy to have gotten the sneak peak of your work that I exclusively had. Don’t be jealous, everyone. Okay, be a little jealous.


  3. Thank you so very much for the nomination. 🙂

  4. Christopher Shawbell says:

    I didn’t get update you’d done this, Mari. Great to get a little insight into your motivations and inspiration.

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