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Wednesday 14 October 2015

☀ℚ Deadly Secrets: The Secret Societies Collection [2] - Kat Nichols

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Deadly Secrets, a Paranormal Young Adult novel by (, Kat Nichols, 278 pages).

This is the second book in the The Secret Societies Collection series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below, as well as details about the first book in the series, and the promotional Q&A with authOr Kat Nichols. Read the first three chapters with Amazon Look Inside. Deadly Secrets is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Author Kat Nichols will be awarding one (1) ebook copy of Deadly Secrets to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Sophia Morganthal is in over her head. Her struggles with trying to run a corporation and lead her coven cause havoc in Sophia’s personal life — mostly with her boyfriend, Connor.

Amidst the chaos, a neighboring coven is attacked, pushing Sophia to assume her place on the local council. On the brink of a supernatural war, Sophia must take action as some of the coven leaders seem to have their own agenda.

Running out of options, Sophia seeks help from the last group the council wants to involve. Will the risk be worth the reward or will she lose everything she fought so hard to attain?

Teaser: Excerpt

     By the fifth day, I caved. Digging through my jewelry box, I found the card that Thomas, the Elder, had stuffed in my hand the day after the attack. After I met with the Elders to explain what had happened the previous day, he’d slipped me the card on his way out, with a whispered request to tell no one. I wasn’t sure what his intentions were, but I’d held onto that card ever since. Dog-eared and faded, I’d taken it out every night since the meeting, trying to decide whether to call or not. I always put it back. Why did it have to be a secret? Maybe this step was just too big. The Elders scared me. Their power over the witches in the United States was absolute and I’d seen the result of absolute power first-hand—on a smaller scale anyway. I just got away from one power hungry person, I didn’t need three more. And yet, I needed help and I couldn’t train myself. Resolved, I stalked over to the nightstand where my cell phone lay, and before I could change my mind, dialed the number on the card.
     It rang once, twice, then three times before going to voicemail. His calm voice stated, “This is Thomas. Leave a message.”
     I froze at the sound of his voice, staring at the phone in my hand like a ticking bomb. The message beeped loudly, shocking me out of my stupor. Shaking myself, I punched the end call button and dropped the phone on my bed, hands shaking. I didn’t know what happened. Within seconds, the phone began to ring, vibrating in a slow crawl over my bedspread. An unknown number was flashing on the screen. I reached out, my hand moving at a snail’s pace toward the phone, stopping an inch away as if it were a snake coiled and ready to strike. Blowing out a huge breath, I picked up the phone, my heart in my throat.

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The Series: The Secret Societies Collection

Click on the book cover to Look Inside the book on Amazon and read an excerpt.

Family Secrets [1]

An orphan by the age of sixteen, Sophia Morganthal now lives with her best friend and struggles in a world with no relatives. Midway through her Senior year, Sophia finds herself flying across the country to live with a family she never knew existed. She ends up with more questions than answers when she discovers that not only does she come from a long line of witches but that she must be initiated within the year to prevent a battle for coven leadership.

Feeling more alone than ever, Sophia finds her solace in books. The journals of past initiates provide her with more than she ever wanted to know and make her question the path she’s on. Amidst all of the upheaval in her life, Sophia also finds one source of happiness – Connor. The last thing she needs is more complications, but Connor is the only person who makes her feel wanted for herself and not for what she stands for.

As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question – would she give up everything for her family?

[Published 6 January 2015, 311 pages]

Author Q&A

What is the Secret Societies Collection about?
"The Secret Societies Collection is a planned series of books about how various supernatural groups interact with humans and each other in northwestern Illinois.  Since the series covers multiple groups, each story is divided into two books or a Set.  The first two books, Family Secrets and Deadly Secrets, are the Secrets Set and tell Sophia's story.  Book three will move on to a new group and therefore will start a new Set.  Each set can be read on its own, but the characters’ lives will intertwine with those from other sets, so you can catch up with old favorites or fall in love with new ones."
What are you currently working on?
"I currently have several projects going.  The first is a short story that will be released to my newsletter followers about Sophia, the main character in the first two books of the Secret Societies Collection, and her first Christmas in Illinois.  I’m also working hard on book three in the collection.  Tentatively titled, Fool Me Once, it focuses on a new paranormal group, the Fae.  It tells the story of Morgan, who is 16 years old and completely oblivious to anything supernatural.  Her world is about to be rocked when not one, but two new guys enroll in her school and introduce her to both glamour and danger.  I’m not a fan of love triangles, but this book will have a very different take on them which I hope people enjoy!

Finally, I’m working on a New Adult Contemporary about Brynna, a Senior in college, who is hiding from almost everyone, including her new love interest, that her father is a convicted serial killer. It’s different from the other things I’ve written, but it’s been fun so far."
Can you give us more information on the love triangle?
"I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say that not everything is as it seems.  It will be obvious to the reader, sort of, but not to the characters themselves.  Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of love triangles as a reader, so I really did not want to put one in a book as an author, but it’s integral to the plot and really a different view. "
Who has been your favorite character?  Why?
"I really love Sydney, Sophia’s best friend in the Secret set.  She’s tough and she always has Sophia’s back, but she’s willing to tell Sophia to get over herself if she needs to."
I really liked Sydney.  You’ve said we’ll see Sophia, but will we see her again too?
"I’ve heard that from several readers which makes me happy.   So, short answer, yes.  Long answer, the Rebel Writers, the wonderful writing group I’m a part of, have discussed putting out an anthology around Valentine’s Day.   I think Sydney deserves her chance at some romance!"
Will you ever write anything else besides YA or Paranormal?
"Actually, the second book I am working on is a NA (New Adult) Contemporary novel about a college senior named Brynna.   This one has been a lot of fun to write.  It’s definitely been a different experience without a witch or vampire in sight!"
What process do you use to plan your novels?
"I am a plotter. I usually sit down and get a basic idea of where I want the story to go.  Once that’s done, I go back and develop that basic plot and break it into chapters.  From that point I write.  I don’t like to get any more detailed than that so that I can let the muse free when I write.  Sometimes she surprises me."

About the Author

Kat Nichols was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. The youngest of four children, she'd been known to play for hours with only a cardboard box for entertainment. Her imaginary friends had friends... and family... and even little cities to play in. As she grew older, she began to put some of these stories down on paper, rather than keeping them in her head.

Writing a novel had always been a dream for her, perhaps an item on her bucket list, but it wasn't until she joined a writing group with other aspiring writers that she finally got to work.When not writing, Kat is reading or driving her son to and from practices and wishing she was reading.It depends on the day.

Kat still lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her wonderful husband, their hilarious son and their sometimes adorable and sometimes annoying cat.

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