Saturday, August 11, 2012

Book Tour: Secrets by Dawn Kirby Guest Post

Secrets Tour: July 29-August 27, 2012

Secrets (Serenity Series #1)
Author: Dawn Kirby
Publisher: Dark Dragon Publishing (
Will Be Published: July 29, 2012
Format: Ebook and Paperback

Synopsis: It is said that the truth will set you free, but for Leah it kills.

Leah always knew she was different. From her extreme light sensitivity, to her ability to read people by their auric scent, she kept these differences secret.

Not even Mia, Leah's mother, knew the fullness of her daughter's differences, but she held even greater secrets to Leah's past - the truth about her father and Leah's conception.

With the escape of an old foe, Mia is too late to reveal to her daughter
the truth before Judith can exact her revenge in a wash of blood and death.

Thrown into a world unheard of, Leah discovers that she is not alone in keeping her secrets. That there are people from her parent's past who would die to protect her. If she only knew why.

Raine, placed as her protector, hides deadly secrets of his own. Drawn to each other, Leah and Raine must uncover the truth before one of both are killed.


Guest Post:

The Power of Scent

Author Dawn Kirby describes how she created Leah’s power of scent where she can tell someone’s personality by how the person smells.

            Leah’s sense of smell started with this: me wishing I could sense the true personalities of the people I meet. Not that I would rule out befriending them based on a questionable scent, but at least I wouldn’t be shocked when they did something I might find unacceptable or even worse hurt me or someone else. It would allow us to keep those we find fake or unsavory at arms length, never allowing them close enough to hurt or take advantage of us. Our energy would be better spent surrounding ourselves with wonderful, “real” people that only enrich our lives.

            An ability like that in Leah’s world is without a doubt impossible to live without. As a dhampir she’s exceptionally strong, but still no match for the physical strength of the creatures she comes into contact with on a daily basis. As hunted and as coveted as she is, a nose like hers gives her an edge that allows her time to think.

            The idea for such an uncanny sense first came to me while I was working in a candle store several years ago. There are so many scents in a place like that it was hard not to start associating each one with a certain emotion. They trigger thoughts, actions without us even realizing it. After a while I started noticing people with one type of personality trait or another would seek out certain scents.

For example:

Happy-Go-Lucky people almost always look for something containing mint or vanilla.
Energetic people seemed to favor the citric as well as the cinnamon.
Laid back people never failed to find the shelves displaying lavender, chamomile and lilac.

A strong sexual personality would find nothing more enticing than black currant or sandalwood.

            The more I watched, the more I started to match the scents up to our regular customers. Whether they smelled like the candles or oils they favored or not, it became their defining scent . . . to me anyway.

            When I started to write SECRETS, I thought back to those days. I remembered all the scents I’d assigned to certain people and used them to help create the characters. My good guys were difficult. There was such a wide variety I could pick from. My iffy ones were a little easier to place. The bad people were probably the easiest. I just thought of one bad smell or another and tried to associate it with a mood and eventually with a specific character type.  

            Letting her see colors was cool, but actually gifting her with the one trait I wish I could possess was like watching a dream finally come true.   

About the Author:

By day, Dawn is a typical mom running around after her children, catering to her husband’s needs, acting as a taxi driver, and gourmet chef living in Odessa, Texas, with her husband, and three children. Then by night she falls into a world filled with shirtless werewolves, lethal vampires, and dangerous adventures. Her short stories have been published in Seven Deadly Sins ( and 13 Tales of Paranormal (

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