Title: Aphrodite’s Secret
Author: Samantha Ketteman
Series: The Forgotten (Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Feb 28 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: E~book & Print
Kaira, still reeling from the loss of her younger sister in a tragic boating accident, lives in the dark world of exotic dancing for survival. When one man enters her life, her world is turned upside down and inside out, where reality and fantasy seem to intertwine.
Kaira feels the eyes of a striking man watching her every move on stage. Zane is a scarred man with many secrets, one of which is the knowledge of who and what Kaira really is and the danger she will face.
While Zane fights a subconscious battle about what to tell her and whether he cares enough to get involved, another has noticed her as well. An Ithacan, sent to destroy her for what she is and take her powers to the God that has commanded all Forgotten be exterminated. The God intends to absorb her powers and rule absolutely.
Before Kaira realizes what is coming for her, she finds herself tumbling into a world where a scarred man that she is inexplicably attracted to will become her only hope. A hideous creature, one such as she’s never seen, is hunting her and trying his best to destroy everything and everyone she knows to get what he wants for his Master, and only Zane knows why.
While Kaira thinks it coincidence that Zane shows up at the club the girls like to frequent after work, Zane uses the planned interception to explore the pull that he feels towards Kaira, when he has cared for no one but himself for so many years. After finally meeting, Zane notices that the Ithacan has also followed and as their eyes meet, they both know that the battle for her soul will come; who will win is less important as the insistence Zane feels to tell Kaira who and what she is before she ends up like her sister.
Kaira was nearly immediately hired, and soon learned the ins and outs of being
an exotic dancer. After only six months, she was able to afford to put down the first and
last month’s rent on a two bedroom apartment, a down payment on a car to get her safely
back and forth from the seedy side of town where the club was located, and a steady
income. Three months later, she was firmly settled and financially stable and was ready
for Lorna to come and live with her. When she went to the foster home to speak with
Lorna about coming to live with her, she was heartbroken to learn that Lorna didn’t want
to uproot and have to start over in a new school again, but she could also understand.
Lorna was a freshman in high school, and had already established herself with friends
and extra-curricular activities. While Kaira had been upset, she also understood the need
for stability, so she agreed to visit regularly at the foster home, and spoke with her former
foster parents, coming to a mutual agreement of allowing Lorna to have weekend
visitations with Kaira at her apartment.
What inspired you to become an author?
I have been an avid reader since I was twelve. I found the paranormal genre about 7 years ago and fell in love. I don’t know if I should say this or not, but one day I purchased a book on my kindle, thinking I would try a new author, and it was terrible. I know, I know, I shouldn’t say that, but it is the truth. It was the first book that I couldn’t finish. I looked at my husband, and I told him, “I think it’s time that I try my hand at my own stories. I can write better than this.” That’s when I first began to try my hand at writing the many stories that had been forming in my head. I have to say, my husband must have breathed a sigh of relief as I finally put my ideas down on paper (or computer) and stopped telling him all about them. Ha!
Samantha Ketteman has resided in southern Illinois for 7 years, (though still claims to be an Alabama girl), with her husband and three crazy demon children. She started reading novels at a very young age and decided two years ago to write for herself. She is working on The Forgotten series, as well as two others. She is a caffiene addict, insomniac, and general basketcase most of the time. When she's not writing, she's thinking of writing, much to the chagrin of her husband who has to listen to her paranormal ramblings.
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