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Gracen Miller
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Gracen Miller
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Tagline 1: Losing isn’t an option, but Nina doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning.

Tagline 2: Bargain with the devil and you pay the highest price!

The military gave Nina Volkova everything she required in life, the freedom to kill the creatures that slaughtered her parents and an income to raise her little sister. However, when her sister gets sick, Nina realizes she needs more, and can only turn to the one place she doesn’t wish to go, the Oculus Tears Tournament. Losing isn’t an option, but she doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning.

Hex is reigning champion of the paranormal death games, Oculus Tears. He’s undefeated against every paranormal creature that had the guts to step into the ring with him. When the human femme fatale enters his arena, he’s not threatened by her bluster, but he is entertained by her snarky attitude. He also knows her secret.

Will he reveal it to the others—putting an even bigger target on her back? Or will she have to make a bargain with the devil and pay the ultimate price?

Today is a great day to die.
“It’s a better day to kick some supernatural ass,” Nina muttered to herself as she surveyed the abandoned asylum in Shine, Alabama.
She imagined the cracked and broken windows represented the eyes and mouth of the souls that remained trapped within those haunted walls. The crumbling mortar reflected the broken minds of those the staff terrorized. The vines inched along the brick as if in an attempt to hide the past or escape the cruel events that avoided penance for the crimes the staff committed.
It came as no surprise that a demon that hosted Oculus Tears resided on this ominous land. The rundown sanitorium was the perfect setting for Mizeth’s sinister games. Only Hell would’ve served as a better location.
Thankfully Mizeth won’t recognize me.
Dismissing the memory of their first meeting, she focused on the present.
The city of Shine dried up along with the psychiatric hospital six decades ago. A scandal involving the sufferings and unapproved experiments that occurred within the walls rocked the community.
The revelation of the misdeeds conducted turned it into a ghost town. Humans no longer lived inside the city limits.
The tournament was legendary, a rumor the government knew about but couldn’t prove existed. Its secretive location was the only reason the government hadn’t leveled it.
Oculus Tears.
A rumor to the government.
A myth to the paranormal populace.
A game that granted dark wishes to those brave enough to risk everything.
Only the ghosts of the past hid Oculus Tears from the population.
In a different life, she’d reveal the location to her employer so they could destroy the monsters within the town. Not that the covert black ops military team she worked with could protect humans from all occult elements. They gave it their best efforts, but still continued to fail.
One dead monster is better than none.
That had to pass for some sort of headway in the war against the arcane.
Thinking of her squad, Nina sighed. What would her team think when they realized she’d gone AWOL? Left without a goodbye or an eye on their six.
Her treasonous defection was a one-way ticket to getting lost in an off-the-books black site.
Stomach rolling with a sour mix of regret and no other choice, Nina hesitated to approach the asylum. There remained time to change her mind. She could follow through with her plan to save her sister or she could give up and report back to her team.
I’m here. Doesn’t that already imply I made a decision to betray my country?
Analyzing the macabre history and the irony of the Oculus Tears setting sufficed as nothing more than stalling tactics. No one but Nina could save her baby sister now. Neither could anyone alleviate her guilt for turning her back on her crew—her adopted family.
Nina opened and closed her hands as she surveyed the area for guards.
She double checked her weapon inventory and patted at her clothing. The imprint of steel assured her the guns, knives, and other weapons remained concealed and in place.
The chances of her making it out of the abandoned building alive were slim to none. “I’ve faced worse odds.”
Beirut two months ago. That’d been a shit-storm of a zombie infestation.
Twenty from D.A.M.N. Squad 12 died and reanimated, adding to the infestation.
Brushing aside the memory, she took the first step from her safe position among the dense brush and strode to the right of the building. With each step, her determination, if not her confidence, increased.
Her well-oiled combat boots made no noise as she walked toward the structure with her hands up. ‘Shot on sight,’ would be a terrible tombstone commemoration.
Shaking aside the grim thought, she halted when the flash of a lens coming from the roof blinded her for a second. A male emerged from the shadows near the asylum with a gun in his hand and a red laser tagging her chest.
“I’m here to participate in Oculus Tears.”

 What is your most treasured possession?

Aside from my family, I have the American Flag that draped over my grandfather’s casket. He served in WWII and I have it proudly displayed in my office. The artwork my children have made over the years are my other most treasured possessions, and they are also displayed in my office.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my children. I can’t even hardly think about it without my stomach going queasy.

Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

My husband, Mark. We’ve been together for over 30 years and married for 28.

What is your greatest regret?

The way I’ve treated a few people in my life, but I’ve apologized and made up with all of them.

If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

Mack/Kella from my book Lie to Me. I don’t think I’d have been as strong and courageous as she was.

Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

As an adult, Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey. As a kid, the Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner was my favorite. I checked it out of the library countless times, until they wouldn’t allow me to check it out again without reading something else first.

What is your favorite journey?

It would have to be a toss-up between writing or being a mother.
Dogs or Cats?

Dogs. I have 3 of them. All of my cats have been Satan’s minions.

What quality do you most admire in a woman and/or a man?

Confidence with who you are regardless of society’s expectations.

Which book that you’ve written is your favorite?

Lie to Me is probably my favorite book because I wrote it in less than a month. I knew the characters inside and out from the first line. That was a first for me. Finding Her Fire would be my second favorite because I had the same experience with it as I did with Lie to Me.

What are your writing quirks?

I have crystals I hold to clear my mind prior to beginning my writing for the day.

What do you do as a hobby?

Write. LOL Yeah, it’s my job, but I love it. Other than that, my hobbies would be hanging out with my husband and kids. My family is everything to me.

I love it when I get a story from my dreams. That’s where Hex came from.

What is your Writing Routine?

I write from 9-5 each day.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize! My youngest son can tell if I’ve written or not that day. If I’m peppy, he’ll say, “Must’ve been a good writing day.”

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Depends on how stubborn the book is. Lie to Me is over 100,000 words and I wrote it in 3 weeks. I have books that are 40,000 and they took me a month to write. It just depends on the how loudly the characters are talking and how much family drama is going on in my life.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I like to create my own worlds and rules. Seldom do I go by the rules of the real world. What’s the point in writing if I have to follow reality? Writing and reading is all about escaping real world problems.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

It made me more focused and committed to writing because someone took me seriously. Before that, family treated me like the butt of a joke. You know, “She’s a ‘writer’ but not good enough to be published,” kind of joke. I had very little support until I received my first publishing contract.

What are you working on now?

Hex and Nina for the anthology. Then I’ll write on my next siren song series book.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

Hex came to me in a dream. Or rather, I should say Nina was the star of my dream. She was badass and I love strong heroines who take no shit.

What inspires you to write?

My sanity. LOL Writing is my drug. Without it, I get moody and depressed. So it’s the best drug out there for me because it keeps my mood stabilized.

What are your Top Writing Tips?

Write, write, write. Don’t stop because others might not believe in you. Write even when it’s hard. Write when you love it. Write when you hate it. Write when only you believe in yourself. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. Stay focused and push aside any negativity. Your dreams are as important as the others around you. At the end of all that, get a good editor because not all editors are created equally.

Finally, what are we likely to find in YOUR nightstand?

LOL Vibrators and other sex toys. What? You asked! ;-)

Gracen Miller is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time lacrosse mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, and credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, horror movies, Alabama football, and coffee... addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes in multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, rock star contemporary romance, fantasy/shifter romance, and dystopian romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at www.gracen-miller.com.


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