New Book Tour! Meet Fisher Amelie and Delve into Callum and Harper!

Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the ‘eighteen disease’ with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they’re forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can’t ever be acted upon because they’re both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.

And, oh, how lovely Plan B’s can be.

Well, except for the psycho from Harper’s past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there’s the little issue that neither of them knows they’re in love with the other.

Needless to say, Callum & Harper’s life just got a bit more complicated.

“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” – Callum Tate

***

Hello, I’m Fisher Amelie and I’ve just hacked into my a few computers and stolen a sliver of conversation between my characters Harper Bailey and Cherry Bomb. I’m a bad person, I know but this is how I look at it: I made them for Crikey’s sake! Is it really spying or whatever if you’re the puppeteer. Right. Didn’t think so.

Right then, moving on.

I call this IM thread, ‘Mwuahahahaha’. It’s apt, trust me.

A ‘fly on the wall’ peek at the secret world that is Harper Bailey and Cherry Bomb:

Instant Messaging 12/5:

Harpy55: Dude, are you on here?
CherryBomb109: yeah, just writing some music. What’s up?
Harpy55: Nothin’…just, you know, bored as heck.
CherryBomb109: Why don’t you ask Callum to take you to a film or somethin’.
Harpy55: ‘Cause we’re supposed to be “studying”.
CherryBomb109: Oh, you’re such a slacker.
Harpy55: I know. Mwuahahahahaha.
CherryBomb109: ‘Mwuahahaha’ is for evil plans not for procrastinators.
Harpy55: Ur wrong. ‘Mwuahahaha’ can be used for anything as long as it’s used to describe something that is ‘against the rules’.
CherryBomb109: Lame argument. I veto that reasoning. Next order of business? Your IM name, baby. Do you even know what a harpy is?
Harpy55: I know what it is. According to wiki: In Greek mythology, a harpy (“snatcher”, from Latin: harpeia, originating in Greek: ἅρπυια, harpūia) was one of the winged spirits best known for constantly stealing all food from Phineas. The literal meaning of the word seems to be “that which snatches” as it comes from the ancient Greek word harpazein(ἁρπάζειν), which means “to snatch”.
CherryBomb109: You are such a nerd.
Harpy55: Callum came up with it after I successfully hatched a plan to steal a Twinkie out from underneath his nose. Poor sap didn’t even know what hit him until the spongy goodness was halfway to my mouth. He called me a ‘snatcher’, aka Harpy, and thus my IM was born.
CherryBomb109: that was incredibly boring. I think I fell asleep half way through the explanation. Why are you and Callum such geeks?
Harpy55: YOU THINK I’M A GEEK?!!???!!!!
CherryBomb109: No, you’re mistaken, I know you’re a geek.
Harpy55: Bug me and I can’t be responsible for my worlds.
CherryBomb109: Your worlds? Got that there, genius.
Harpy55: *Words. Shut it!
CherryBomb109: It’s a free country. I can say what I want.
Harpy55: Hmm, what could I possibly do or say to zip your mouth.
CherryBomb109: Harpy?!?!?!?! Don’t you dare!!
Harpy55: I could, I don’t know, maybe call a Mister Charlie James and accidentally let it slip, I don’t know, that you’re in love with him!!!!
CherryBomb109: Wait, wait, wait. Let’s be reasonable here.
Harpy55: Let’s see, I believe my cell is around here somewhere.
CherryBomb109: Okay, okay. I’ll shut it. I’ll play nice.
Harpy55: No, no. It’s too late.
CherryBomb109: Wait!!! I promise! I won’t tease you any longer!
Harpy55: Mess with the bull, you get the horns!!!!! Mwuahahahahahaha!
CherryBomb109: *sighs* That was a very appropriately used ‘mwuahahaha’. Congratulations. You’ve bested me, my friend.
Harpy55: *bows* Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week.
Harpy55: ← Evil genius.
CherryBomb109: I concede. Jeez, you have me literally sweating over here. You really are an evil genius.
Harpy55: I’m wiping happy tears from my eyes. Thank you.
CherryBomb109: I gotta’ go take a shower now, Dr. Evil
Harpy55: Alright, I suppose I could actually study. That way, Callum might stop giving me the stink eye.
CherryBomb109: he’s like one of your greek gods from your harpy myths…all knowing. That’s so annoying.
Harpy55: Omniscient.
CherryBomb109: What-a-scient?
Harpy55: Omniscient. All knowing.
CherryBomb109: Proof! Proof!
Harpy55: Ugh…the vicious cycle begins…again.

***

Author Bio:

Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, ‘Jonah’, and her Beta, ‘Whale’. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right?

Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storag container in her closet as a kid. She didn’t put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her,
“Hey, I like writing”. She’s a bit dense.
“No, I’m not.”
“Yes, you are. Put down that Oreo, your butt can’t take any more.”
“You’re rude.”
“Yeah, yeah.”
Anyway, she likes to write and has finally beaten her self-esteem into submission enough to allow herself to be scrutinized under the ‘other readers’ microscope. “No! No! Not a cover slip! Last time it gave me a ra….” (mumbling)

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Many thanks to Rachel for hosting me! I’m ever so grateful!

Fisher is running a contest for the length of her book tour! To win a signed copy of Callum & Harper just click here

Here is an excerpt of Callum and Harper:

Oh dear Lord, we’re leaving at the same time. If she hadn’t stopped attempting to hide her smile, I would’ve been forced to reveal my plans to toss the stranger outside against the brick and kiss her face until the sun set.

She passed ahead of me and I caught a whiff of her shampoo, involuntarily sending my eyes into the back of my head. This chick was a walking version of the Pixie’s “Where Is My Mind?”. Sexy. As. Hell. Though, now that I think about it. Is hell sexy? I’m guessing not. I continued to watch. Her hips could have kept time with the damn beat.

“Here, let me get that for you,” I said, throwing open the door. The sun cascaded down her copper hair and made her eyes feel transparent.

“Thank you,” she shyly said but offered up a cute lopsided grin as if to say ‘good boy’. Thanks for the bone, buttercup.

She took the wrought iron steps down to the sidewalk two at a time, which told me she was in a hurry and since it was nearly sunset, I was willing to bet that she and I were heading in the same direction. I scrambled at what to say while her feet scurried along the pavement.

Say something! “Where you headed?” Clever.

She stopped and turned.

“Uh,” she said, seeming embarrassed. She thought twice for a moment before stiffening her body and raising her chin. “I’m headed to..” Confusion set in. She glanced down at the same piece of paper I, as fate would have it, held in my own hand. “Hope House, on One Hundred and Second,” she finished.

“What a coincidence,” I teased with a slight grin.

“You too?” She asked, one eyebrow raised. Cynical, a product of the system.

“Yup, what can I say? Looks like we share the same amount of luck.”

“Which would be?” She asked.

“Nil, if you’re going to Hope House.”

She laughed at our dire situations which was pretty much all you could do.

“Want a ride?” I asked. She didn’t answer me, obviously not willing to trust me, so I offered, “Listen, by the time you walk there they’ll be closed and definitely won’t have any spaces open. If you ride with me, at least we have a chance of getting a spot for the night.”

She sighed. “A valid point,” she said, looking around for my car.

I’m embarrassed by this. “Uh, “ I said, scratching the stubble on my chin with the backs of my fingers. “I don’t actually own a car.” I point to my vintage nineteen-fifty Indian motorcycle. “Come on. It’s better than walking, right?” I stuck my hands out in offering.

She smiled slowly in appreciation, her mouth curling up at the sides and her eyes squinting into the sun. Her head bobbed slowly up and down on her neck. A silent yes. “I’d probably pick this over any car on this street.” She stood back and admired it. “Solid black,” she said. I nodded, intrigued. “Nice,” she simply added.

You think so? I plan on fixing her up when I get the time and, of course, the money. She’s been good to me, though,” I said, patting the handlebars. “She’s pretty much all I have in this world.”

Harper looked at me as if in pity or maybe it was understanding. I really hoped it was understanding because if a girl that beautiful pitied me, I didn’t think I could stand it.

“Hop on,” I said. She straddled the back of the leather seat and slid her duffel across her chest to sit behind her. “Uh, you might want to, uh,” I said awkwardly, struggling with how to ask her to push her hair back so I could fit my helmet on her.

Instead, I set the helmet on the seat between her legs and brazenly ran my fingers through her hair. It flowed off her shoulders and settled onto her back. The scent of her shampoo bombarded me one more time and I swayed slightly at the assault but regained my stance. I grabbed the helmet off her lap and fit it onto her head. She giggled at the awkward familiarity of it.

“Sorry,” I said. “But I wouldn’t dream of putting you on the back of my bike without this.”

“It’s alright,” she said, but paused. “Why? Are you an unsafe driver?”

“No, uh, my parents died in a car accident when I was four,” I said matter-of-factly.

“Oh, I’m so sorry.” She had the decency to look sincere. That was pretty refreshing, actually.

“It’s alright,” I sighed, shrugging my shoulders. “I barely remember them.”

“I don’t know anything about mine,” she said, studying her feet, then realized what she was doing. “Harper Bailey,” she said cheerfully, holding out her hand, revealing a dimpled grin.

I  buckled the clasp around her delicate chin, resting my hands on the top of the helmet playfully. “My name is Callum Tate and I’m going to take care of you, Harper Bailey.”

Her extended hand dropped into her lap. Her eyes went wide and her mouth dropped open. “Wh…what did you say?”

Shit. Was that was too forward? “I’m sorry,” I said, shaking my head. “I’m Callum Tate. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Harper Bailey.” I grabbed her thin hand and a shot of warmth crept up my veins and shocked my heart into a frenzy.

The smile that had so quickly faded before came back with a vengeance. She squeezed my hand in greeting and whispered, “It’s very nice to meet you, Callum.”

I climbed on to the front part of the seat and started the engine. Harper settled her hands on the side of my ribs and I couldn’t think of anything I wanted more than her arms wound tight against my chest. Suddenly, I couldn’t get on the road fast enough.

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One Response to “New Book Tour! Meet Fisher Amelie and Delve into Callum and Harper!”

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