Friday, October 4, 2013

Guest Post - Nichole Zoltack on Black Hellebore

Just a reminder...

My special guest today is Nichole Zoltack. She's here to talk a bit about her new book and its main character. First, the book:

Once a year for the past decade, Nicholas Adams returns to Falledge and leaves a black hellebore on his girlfriend's grave. While departing Falledge, he chases after a man sneaking into the laboratory and dies for his trouble. A witch brings him back to life, but Nicholas soon realizes he's not the same man. Turns out, magic combined with a black hellebore in his pocket changed him into a kind of a super man.

His girlfriend's twin, Julianna Paige, is Falledge's deputy, struggling to solve several murders. Nicholas, and his alter ego the Black Hellebore, helps her, even as she helps him move on and even start to love again.

Unfortunately, Nicholas wasn't the only one changed in the laboratory explosion, and now there's a supervillain bent on destroying Falledge, and killing the Black Hellebore. But falling in love might prove more dangerous than any supervillain.

Welcome, Nichole!

Today, I’m going to talk about Black Hellebore, the superhero in my novel by the same name. Just what exactly are his superpowers?

Well, Black Hellebore has tremendous speed. He has to consciously put effort to walk or work at human speed. It’s almost harder to blend in!

He also has increased hearing. Can’t turn off his ears so he has a tendency to eavesdrop. His sense of smell is also increased. Which isn’t always a good thing when you’re walking past a garbage dumpster. Most heroes tend to have super strength. Black Hellebore definitely fits that bill.

But he also has some weaknesses and serious side effects if he overexerts himself, such as ringing in the ears, chest pain, nausea, vomiting…even death. Sometimes, having powers aren’t always a blessing.

Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, historical, for adults and young adults, novels, short stories, and flash pieces. She doesn't want to get boxed in by genre -- she might be claustrophobic! She's also an editor for MuseItUp Publishing and works as a freelance editor.
When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. Her favorite current TV show is The Walking Dead.

The Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy: Woman of Honor, Knight of Glory, and Champion of Valor
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  1. Side effects aren't good, especially the death one.
    Congratulations, Nicole!

  2. I just love the premise of Nicole's book. Congrats to her!

  3. Definitely not, Alex!

    Thanks, Sheri!

    And thanks for hosting me, Donna! :)

  4. Have to avoid those nasty garbage dumpsters

  5. Congratulations, Nicole! The book sounds great and I just love the name.

  6. I'm very intrigued. Love the hero name.

  7. Very unique name for a superhero. Sounds like it was a fun book to write. Congrats Nicole!!

  8. Always, Pat!

    Thanks, Julie!

    So glad you're intrigued, Sheena-Kay.

    Definitely a fun book to write, L.G.!

  9. congrats also to Nicole, and long live the Walking Dead :-)

  10. So...apparently hellebores are "Perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes" -- congratulations on the release!

  11. Thanks, Carrie!

    Thank you, Jeff!

    May the zombies never bite us, Mark!

    Milo, black hellebores have been used for medicines and in witchcraft over the years.

  12. Sounds like a really good book. I am a big superhero fan! Congrats Nicole!

  13. Cool, Nicole! This sounds like one I need to read! Thanks for hosting Donna! :)

  14. sounds interesting

  15. Yay, I'm so excited for Nicole! And now I just have to fix my time stopper because I HAVE to read this...and pray I don't get buried in the TBR pile while slipping it from the top of the stack.

  16. Me too, Siv, I love superheroes!

    Thanks, SM!

    LOL Crystal! :)

  17. Donna, LOVED having Nicole here today. Thanks for sharing her with us! :)

  18. So exciting for Nicole =-) It sounds like he has some pretty awesome super powers. But the drawback with the smell thing I can relate to. I think I have an oddly strong sensitivity to smell. And the majority of the time it's not a good thing ;) lol


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