Kelly is offering a giveaway of her vampire story, Into the Red. The back of the book information follows her article. Please leave a comment to win an e-copy. Winner will be announced Friday evening!
Kelly tells us about this creative hobby in her article below.
Water Color Painting by Kelly Whitley
Ever wish there were more hours in a day? The older I get, the more I find time to be at a premium. Sometimes I think I’ve got too many hobbies. Aside from writing, it’s reading and watercolor painting.
Art has been a big part of my life ever since I was a kid. Drawing was great, but I wanted to conquer a bigger challenge—painting. And not just painting—watercolor, which is a more difficult medium. I start with a pencil line drawing on watercolor paper, and then begin to layer color. Sometimes the color is too heavy, and some of the color has to be removed with blotting. Applying sea salt to wet paint gives a stippled look to the paint. Watercolor painting groups can be a source of critique, as can workshops. I’ve done both to improve my painting.
I have entered shows as another challenge to myself.
In the end, watercolor is time consuming; enjoyable and sometimes relaxing, but it often comes down to one hobby at a time. The thing about painting (and drawing or any other media) is practice is crucial. I should draw and/or paint every day, but I don’t.
Someday I’ll hopefully leave the dreaded day job behind and have more time for what I want to do.
Giveaway: an ecopy of Into the Red
|Paranormal, romantic suspense
Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug--if you're a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives…
Dr. Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancee and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female.
Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him.
When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love.
In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.
Thus the journey begins—into the Red!