Thursday, July 19, 2012

Introducing Author Terri Talley Venters:)

Terri Talley Venters,
Author of Carbon Copy

Terri received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Florida. She is a licensed CPA and a Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Garrison, and their two sons.
Carbon Copy is the 1st thrilling novel in the Elements of Mystery Series. The title of each novel will contain an element from the Periodic Table of Elements. Terri recently finished writing Tin Roof, the sequel to Carbon Copy, coming soon from Wild Child Publishing. And Terri’s romantic/suspense novel, Body of Gold, is coming soon from Freya’s Bower. For more about Terri’s upcoming releases, please visit her website

Lilly Allen has brains, beauty, and a trust fund. She's living in New York City and her career as a reporter is taking off. She's hoping the love of her life, Grier, will propose soon. She has it all, or so she thinks.

Grier Garrison, Create Life executive, is running the company while his father, Dr. Michael Garrison, is in the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. Grier knows the truth about Create Life and its shady side business. He fears Lilly and her twin brother, Luke, are in danger.

While working on two unrelated stories, stolen newborns and cloning, Lilly discovers a shocking connection. Horrific things are happening, but who is behind it all?

On the first of each month, Terri also posts free short stories on her blog. Follow her at she weaves her way through the Periodic Table of Elements.

For a taste of her writing style, here's one of her short stories:


By: Terri Talley Venters

Minerva awoke to the soothing sounds of the sea, just as she did each morning. As an early riser, she thrived on the solitude of her early morning swim. She meandered through the palace as her family slumbered. Arriving at the terrace, she jettisoned herself into peaceful serenity of the open water.
She began her routine at mach speed, waking her body and mind up as her lithe form cut through the water like a spear. Feeling invigorated from the aqua sprint, she dove towards the depths of the sea.
She swam at the ocean bottom, admiring the tiny seahorses with their tails wrapped around the plant branches. The sand, undisturbed, sparkled as the rays of the morning sun breached the water's surface, illuminating the ocean floor.
Minerva froze, spotting a great white shark a hundred yards away. She prayed the carnivorous creature wouldn’t sense her presence. He appeared occupied with a bloody carcass at the surface. Her eyes scanned the surface above her as more sharks joined the great white and his feeding frenzy.
A dark shadow loomed over her, blocking sun’s rays.  Scared, Minerva looked up, knowing the shadow’s source before she verified the terrifying object above her--a boat.
She swam away and headed home, wishing she’d never left the safety of Atlantis. But a wall of rope came towards her; it extended from the surface to the floor with its sides angled towards her.
She knew the dangers of the net; she’d witnessed it capture her fellow Atlantians. She retreated backwards, away from the dangers of mankind’s fishing net. She sensed a presence behind her. Fearful, she turned to face yet another enemy, the great white shark.
The enormous creature swam towards Minerva, trapping her between the net and his carnivorous intentions.  He lunged towards her, but missed her in his closed-eye frenzy. She darted around the great beast, never taking her eyes off of the predator. She realized her mistake as the ropes of the net caught her fin.
The shark floated away in retreat, thus avoiding the net. But Minerva saw the net close around her struggling form. She stopped wiggling as the hopelessness sank in. Tears flowed as the net lifted her up towards the surface.
Crunched together with a mixture of fish, she saw the morning sun as the net rose Minerva out of the water and onto the wooden deck of the fishing boat. 
“Captain, we’ve caught a mermaid!”


Molly Daniels said...

Thank you for being with me today Terri:) I love medical mysteries, so I'll have to check out Carbon Copy!

Amber Skyze said...

Very interesting. Congrats on the new book.

Terri Talley Venters said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today Molly! Some of my short stories are preludes to a larger work. I plan to incorporate the mermaid in WATER into a future book featuring my archeologist couple Victoria and Tommy Garrison. Tommy is related to Carbon Copy's hero, Grier Garrison.

Thanks for stopping by Amber! Nice to meet you =)

Fran Lee said...

Your series sounds great. I will drop in and check it out. Thanks for another great intro, Molly.

Terri Talley Venters said...

Thank you Fran! One of my goals is to write a short story for all 110 of the named Periodic Elements (plus Water, air, earth & fire) and publish them as a collection. I have almost 30 written =) Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to meet you!

Victoria Roder said...

Congratulations on the release of Carbon Copy. Sounds like a thrilling series.

Liz Flaherty said...

Congratulations on the new book.

Terri Talley Venters said...

Thanks Victoria and Liz! Sometimes the element inspires the story, and sometimes I write the story and then tie it to an element! Thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet you=)