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Good to meet you…author Viola Ryan (and giveaway!)

 The Holy Hell Tour

Today I’m welcoming author Viola Ryan on her Holy Hell virtual book tour.  Thanks for calling in today, Viola, it’s great to meet you!

Not only is Viola here to tell us more about herself and her intriguing novel, she’s brought with her a giveaway – yay!  At the end of Viola’s tour, in Easter, one lucky tour commenter will received a $50 Amazon voucher – and there’s a Rafflecopter link at the end of my interview, if you want to increase your chances of winning.  (And let’s face it, you can buy a LOT of books with $50 :) )

So, I’m dying to make a start!

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Where do you live, Viola?  My husband is a Chief Marine Safety Technician in the US Coast Guard. We move every 3-5 years.We’ve lived from Kittery, Maine to Yorktown, Virginia. All our moves have been on the East Coast. Then again, the Coast Guard tends to guard the coast. Currently we live outside of Boston, Massachusetts. This will be our last duty station. He retires in 2 1/2 years. Then we hope to retire to the area.

Where is your favourite place in the world?  I love New England. When it’s time to move, we get to put in a “dream sheet.” This is a list of billets my husband would like to have. The Detailer then decides where we will live. I  have one requirement, I want all four seasons.  When I wrote The Mark of Abel, I lived in Delaware and missed  New England dearly. That’s why I set the book there. My favorite place is Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Being a writer is a great job.  What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?  I’m blessed to have a husband who supports my writing.  When I offered to get a job outside the home, he said, “You already have a job. You’re a writer.” This was before I was published. I cried. I haven’t worked outside the home since I had the kids 16 years ago. If I go back that far, the worst job I had was a secretary at a computer firm. My boss was an ex-Marine Drill Sergeant and really missed the Corps.

What book do you wish you’d written?  Probably anything by Neil Gaiman, especially American Gods. The way he weaved the story and the surprise ending makes me want to be a better writer.

What’s your happiest memory?  There’s the obvious–my wedding, the birth of my children, getting my first contract. It’s hard to pick one.

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them?  That’s tough. I think if it were anyone, it would be Jesus. Not that I am religious. I couldn’t have written The Mark of Abel if I were. I  believe an individual named Yeshua did exist and he did preach throughout Galilee. I’d love to get to know him. I’d be curious to get his take on what  has been done in his name throughout history.

What would your superpower be, if you could choose one?  I want to fly. I’m not scared of heights, but of falling. I’m a major klutz.  If I could fly, I wouldn’t have to worry about that. The view from high places is amazing. If I could fly, I could enjoy them. I’d love to be able to travel “as the crow flies.”

If you won twenty million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?  First, I’d pay off all our debts and buy my husband a really expensive guitar. He’s been very supportive. I would be thrilled if he didn’t have to work any more. Then I’d probably buy him a boat. He misses the sea. My youngest daughter loves the big houses in Concord, Massachusetts. I’d buy us one. I’d buy new cars for Hubby, my daughter (16) and me. We have made due with one car our entire marriage. When he went out to sea, we didn’t need two cars. We need three now.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?  People can’t make you feel anything. It’s up to you how you feel. My mantra is be one with th e duck…quaaaaack. Be like a duck and let water roll off your  back.

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And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website!

My latest book is The Mark of Abel. It is a paranormal romance featuring Lucifer. Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.

Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.

Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.

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Amazon Author Page:

Trailer:   (I am especially proud of the trailer. I made it myself. Hubby arranged the music.)

Buy Links:  MuseItUp Publishing and Amazon


Thanks for coming today, Viola.  The Mark of Abel sounds a fabulous, gripping read! 

Please leave a comment for a chance to win that $50 voucher.  And here is the  RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY – CLICK HERE! for more chances to win!

And if you have any questions you’d like to ask Viola, please let us know.  We’d love to hear from you!


6 thoughts on “Good to meet you…author Viola Ryan (and giveaway!)

  1. Hi Viola. I fell in love with New England too. We have always said we wanted to return in the fall to see the colors. So far, not yet. You are a busy gal on your tour. I am happy you are at my blog today and I am at yours. Lots of fun. Discover how Viola developed her story at


  2. Your husband sounds like a very nice man. How nice of him to say you already have a job. You are a lucky woman.



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