Meet Kelly Stock!
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always wanted to write. I actually completed a Creative Writing / English literature degree back in 2002, but didn’t put any of it to good use until 2015 when I began to write The Soul Guide. Family life and kids happened. It was only once my youngest started full-time school that I suddenly had precious time on my hands for two days in the week when I wasn’t working. It was then a character appeared in my head (Bertram) and the story grew from him. Bertram is based on my father who was a caretaker of a secondary school for 25 years before he retired. I was always fascinated by the bunch of keys he had and the doors those keys could open. Those thoughts soon turned into magic keys and doorways that could lead to fantastical places and the story sprung from there. Not only that, my obsession with bees and their symbolism in certain cultures got me thinking about all things spiritual and souls… and the story just grew into what it has become today.
Interestingly, I am not a religious person, but I do believe that people have souls and I wanted to explore that further. The Soul Guide series is ultimately an urban fantasy, but I’ve drawn from some myths (the Three Sisters are loosely based on the Greek thriae bee goddesses) and cultural beliefs and thrown them together to make, what I hope, is an interesting story.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I will be plotting and writing Save Our Souls – the third book in The Soul Guide series with the aim to get it released sometime in 2018. This will be the final book of the series, although I think there may be a fourth book, a novella called Soul Survivors that I will pen to round the series up, but it’s early days yet.
I also write under a pen name – Bea Paige (there’s another bee reference) and am currently working on a new fifteen book series called Sisters of Hex. These will be paranormal romance books with specific concentration on a growing genre of reverse harem. One female, multiple male lovers. However, I didn’t want it just to concentrate on the saucy side, I do want there to be a well thought out story and world building. So this series will move between Ever Vale a parallel world, and Earth. There will be wolf-shifters, vampires, demi-gods, fae and angels. There is a prophecy to be fulfilled and a curse to be broken. There will be an evil Queen, witches, forbidden forests mystery and magic. I hope this series will appeal to a range of readers. The first book of the series, Accacia’s Curse will release on the 27th November and I am super excited about it.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in London, UK in 1978 (I’m forty next year gah!!) I grew up in Barnes, South West London in an amazing neighborhood. I have fond memories of spending all day in the local park with my friends only coming in for tea when my dad whistled over the fence. We were lucky as our back garden backed onto a park / play area. There was so much freedom growing up in the 80’s. I miss those days.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
It has to be with my closest friends and family, preferably on some remote island somewhere hot. I would have a big party and spend my last hours dancing and laughing with the ones I loved.
the only liar here…”
find himself the owner of Clayhill Manor, a decrepit mansion with
little going for it other than musty rooms filled with moth-eaten
furniture and mice. But at least he gets to maintain the solitary
life he’s used to. That is, until red-headed beauty, Mellissa,
walks into his home and changes his life forever.
knew existed. Where he is the Caretaker, and Mellissa the Soul Guide.
Where doors appear out of nowhere and he’s the only one who can see
world which contains the pure of soul and malevolent creatures that
lurk in the dark.
a past that she’s unwilling to share with a man who is falling in
love with her, can they put their feelings aside and fulfil their
roles or will her secrets tear them apart?
snowstorm, she finds herself chosen as the latest Soul Guide. With
only a few days to reach the Veil; the place of souls, and complete
the Passing Over ceremony, she begins to question everything she ever
believed to be true. But dark forces will stop at nothing to prevent
Sybil from fulfilling her destiny. Struggling with such a huge
responsibility, and afraid for her life, Sybil has no choice but to
put her trust in two complete strangers.
life, he has a job to do. Sybil is his responsibility now. He must
guide her to the Veil – no matter the cost.
her. Overcome by the sudden need to protect her, Alec will risk his
life to ensure her safety. Or does he have darker designs…?
stranger work together? Only one thing is certain: the future of both
Earth and the Veil hang in the balance, and the dark are
2! This is a great fantasy read, intriguing, with characters you
really want to know more about! It’s hard to believe this is the
author’s first novel, there’s so much detail and depth to the
characters and story. Well worth a read.”
and takes you to another place. Her vivid imagination and the way she
describes every detail enables you to picture in your mind being
there with Sybil on this spiritual journey. It only took me two days
to read and I can’t wait for the next instalment to see what happens
the start and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.”
Immediately it sucked me in, and it was hard to put down. Kelly Stock
has woven together a story with interesting characters and a truly
imaginative plot. In a way, reading this felt like gazing upon
beautiful artwork. Every chapter revealed a new layer of the story,
intriguing me further and making me even more curious about what was
to come. What a treat this book was to read!”
herself getting more than she’d ever bargained for. Having to manage
her new gifts is hard enough let alone having to cope with the
barrage of memories that aren’t even her own.
Could becoming the Soul Guide be the biggest mistake of Sybil’s life or her
bravest decision yet? She couldn’t tell you, to busy dealing with the
responsibility that her new role brings and avoiding the growing
residents of Clayhill to find out.
And yet, hiding away isn’t an option.
With the arrival of terrified young Estelle, Sybil is forced to face
reality and become the warrior she was destined to be. There are far
worst things happening beyond the safety of Clayhill and she doesn’t
have the option of turning a blind eye, especially when the ‘worst
things’ involve her own beloved dad.
With Estelle’s revelations, action must be taken. Can the unlikely group
work together to save the children locked away in the depths of the
Masters home or will the Mephisto succeed in tearing them apart? Read
book two of The Soul Guide series to find out.
In Tortured Souls, alliances are made, friendships are forged, hearts
are broken and the battle of light versus dark has truly begun.
Secrets & Souls – prequel novella to The Soul Guide
“See that there,” she said pointing to the cluster of stars that looked like nothing more than a misty cloud to the uninformed. “That is Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster of stars. Some say it is the gateway where souls entered Earth from Heaven.”
“And is it?” Bertram asked, his breath warm on her neck. She hadn’t realised he had got so close. She shifted sideways, giving herself some space.
She felt his disappointment before she saw it.
“Well, I guess that depends on what you believe. Is there a heaven? I’m not sure I know the answer to that, even now. What I do know is that there is more to this world than what I understood before. There is magic, and mystery, and there are souls. Souls that I am responsible for, Bertram. My duty is to take care of them now.” Mellissa felt her hands shake at the confession. Up until a few months ago, everything had been so diﬀerent. No matter how much it killed her to say it, her life had taken a path she couldn’t run away from, despite all that she’d left behind and how much her heart was breaking.
The Soul Guide
“Are you alright?” Alec asked, concerned.
“I can’t breathe,” she choked out, grabbing Alec’s arms as her legs suddenly lost the ability to hold her upright. Alec caught her as her body began to shake uncontrollably.
“Christ, hold on,” he said and pulled out his mobile phone dialling for an ambulance, only to ﬁnd no signal. “This bloody weather,” Alec cursed, shoving his mobile phone back into his jacket pocket. “We need to get you to a hospital, Sybil. I think you’re allergic. I’m going to take you back to Carlo’s, ok? I’ll call for an ambulance there.”
Sybil could see that Alec was talking to her but she couldn’t respond. She was ﬁnding it diﬃcult to breathe and had started to draw in short, sucking, breaths. The surrounding snow blurred into a white mist as Alec’s face went in and out of focus. Sybil felt Alec lift her oﬀ her feet, the movement causing her head to jolt against his shoulder. The tightness in her chest felt like two, huge hands squeezing the life out of her. A light ﬁlm of sweat was covering her, but she was on ﬁre as if ﬂames were rippling over her skin. Even the falling snow did nothing to cool her. Within moments, she could hear raised voices, but the words were muﬄed and distant like they were talking in another room. Sybil tried to open her eyes but found that they were swollen shut. She felt herself being lowered down onto something soft.
Then darkness took over.
Back outside on the street her bag of books was rapidly being covered by the falling snow. Not far from where they lay a thin, dishevelled looking man, stepped out of the shadows sniﬃng at the air. He blinked twice and his eyes were replaced by black, hollow orbs devoid of any life.
Estelle was clean, dry and dressed in a plain, ﬂoor-length gown. The room they stood in was richly decorated with twin chandeliers, a soft red carpet and dark red, velvet seats. Despite the warmth of the room, Estelle could still feel the ice-cold of the shower she and the others had had to endure. Every drop of water had been like a razor blade cutting into her skin. Yet, despite the pain, she would do anything to be back under the water once again. She wanted, no, needed, to blot out the images that were now making her scream endlessly inside her own head. No more, no more, no more. But, like a puppet, she was forced to watch them suﬀer, knowing she was going to be next. Tears slipped down her cheeks as the other boys and girls’ terriﬁed faces ﬂashed before her eyes. Most of them cried, some had pissed themselves and the acrid smell of their fear ﬁlled the room like a suﬀocating shroud. The rest held an emptiness in their eyes and she knew they had already given up, retreated within their minds to try to spare themselves from the horror of what was coming. But it mattered not, because one by one, death had come for them all.
wife, colleague, friend, daughter, sister and lastly, but by no means
Her love of writing started when she began her Creative Writing degree at North
London University in 1999. She hasn’t always wanted to be a writer,
her first job of choice was a Vet, but that dream died when she
realized she was allergic to most, small, furry animals. But, she has
always loved to read, and that’s where her passion for writing
After finishing her degree in 2002, she didn’t put pen to paper, or fingers to
keyboard, until thirteen years later. Life, in all its wonderful
glory got in the way. Then when her youngest went to school full-time
she had precious time on her hands. It was during this time that
Bertram, Sybil, and Alec were conceived and her first novel, The Soul
Guide was born.
In her spare time you can find Kelly, reading, bringing up her kids the best way she knows
how, and trying desperately not to make a fool of herself on social
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