THE HELIOS CHRONICLES Giveaway and Interview with TM Witko

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The Helios Chronicles is a contemporary romance series that follows the lives of Andrew ‘Helios’ Harrison and Madison Ellis as they fight for their happily ever after in a world that seems determined to tear them apart. It is only through their love for one another, that we are able to see that we are more than the mistakes we’ve made, more than the labels placed upon us and more than even what we believe we are worth. Can their love survive the life he had before her or will the consequences of his past prove too much to bear. Read the Helios Chronicles to find out!

The Helios Chronicles is a five book series which includes three full length novels, one prequel novella and one epilogue novella. Please note that this is an adult romance and as such there will be some graphic language and situations that are clearly not suitable for younger audiences.

Beginnings Cover v3 VerticalIn the prequel novella, Helios Beginnings, we will explore Helios’ life before he becomes Helios, beginning with his time in Detroit, through his difficult life on the streets and subsequent incarceration and ending in Bakersfield with the arrival of Madison Ellis, the woman that would forever change the way he saw the world.

Helios Beginnings: https://www.books2read.com/u/mZw89D

In Book 1, Helios Awakened, Madison moves from New York City to the California Awaken Cover Print Vertical (2)desert to care for her ailing grandmother but she never expected that she would meet the man of her dreams while there, a man that would set her heart, body and soul on fire. However, this man comes with a price, a heavy price. Is she willing to pay it?

Helios Awakened: https://www.books2read.com/u/4N1qnW
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Exposed VerticalIn Book 2, Helios Exposed, we will find out whether or not Andrew and Madison can survive a life in New York City, where they find that things aren’t as simple as they hoped they would be. They soon discover that there are just as many enemies back east as there were on the west coast. When everything begins to crumble around them will their love be enough to hold them together?

Helios Exposed: https://www.books2read.com/u/47koa8
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In Book 3, Helios Renewed, we find Andrew and Madison living the life they were meant to live, with family and Renewed v2friends, in California. Unfortunately, things are set in motion that force them back to New York where they find themselves fighting for not only their lives but their freedom as well, against old enemies in a battle that will test them in more ways than one. Can their love stop the forces that are trying to tear them apart or will they be destroyed in the process?

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Read our interview with author TM Witko

How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
The Helios Chronicles follows the ups and downs of Andrew and Madison’s life and love,
in an unforgiving world.

 Tell us a little about yourself
For those that don’t know me, my name is T.M. Witko. I am a licensed clinical
psychologist, a full-time writer/editor and one of the co-founders of Winyan Press, LLC,
an independent publishing house geared at helping female writers find their voice.
When I first started writing I thought that I had to pick one particular style and write just
in that style but then I met several writers that were considered multi-genre authors
and realized that I could do all the things I enjoyed. Thus, I consider myself a multi-genre
author who writes Young Adult & New Adult Fiction, Crime/Suspense/Thrillers, Adult
Romance, and Native American Fiction.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, from the time I was tween, I would get lost in the written world, a pleasant escape
from reality. I used to create environments in my head and produce stories for the
events around me. It became a fun game for my friends. They would say, hey Tawa,
‘what’s going on there’, or ‘what do you think is happening in that picture’, and I would
just make up some intricate plot. It was amazing. But, life had other things in mind for
me and I found myself double majoring in Literature and Psychology. God, or the creator
in my tradition, decided my path and I went with it, figuring at some point I would find
myself in the writing world, and, I have.

 Do you listen to music while writing?
Always, I have different playlists for my moods. Some artists just evoke certain feelings
in me. For example, the indie artists Bobby Long, served as my music muse for the
Helios Chronicles. There was just something about his songs that made me feel as if he
were writing about my Helios. I remember when I first started writing again, if I
indicated that I was listening to Kings of Leon, people knew something bad was about to
happen…. LOL, but Kris Allen, served the opposite, he always made me feel hopeful and
carefree. I actually have a few songs I have heard recently that I’m dying to write a story
to. It was like, the moment I heard them a story began to form in my head. I’m sure I’ll
write them at some point ?

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes, usually I put a piece of myself in several characters, whether it be a quirk or my
favorite coffee, or favorite sports team. Some characters are more me than others. I just
finished writing a Young Adult story with my teenage daughter and the dynamics of the
mother and daughter are very much us.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I am definitely a plotter. Before I start writing I have it outlined, with family trees, and
timelines of events. I do this with all my stories but even more so when I write suspense.
But, even in The Helios Chronicles, I needed an extensive timeline for when things
happen, because while you can read each book independently, there are some
overarching themes, so I needed to make sure they all connected.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Because I am a multi-genre author, my inspiration comes from a lot of places. I will say
that I really love throwing angst in stories, which I know comes from the work I do as a
clinical psychologist. That energy has to go somewhere and it often ends up in my
stories. Not specific things, mind you, that would be a breach of confidentiality, but it’s
more the energy that comes off of being in despair. If I’m good at what I do then I take a
little bit of that energy away from my clients and take it with me, so they can be a bit
better, but I have to get rid of it, so when a story is particularly angsty, I know it’s been a
rough week, or month. Most of my Native fiction comes from my environment and my
life. And of course, music, or things I see. My children and family, often ground me, just
to make sure I don’t go too deep into the angst or despair. My daughter likes to tell me
that she keeps me from killing everyone off… LOL, she’s probably right on that ?

What book is currently on your nightstand?
I have been re-reading a friend of mines Ceaseless series. She, Mindy Marin, wrote the
first two books, Birth of the Phoenix and Flight of the Thunderbird, and I am anxiously
awaiting the final book, which she hasn’t written yet. It’s a story of love and magic and
reincarnation.

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you
reply to their messages or read their reviews?
I think it’s integral to developing a fanbase. I respond to every message I receive. I
remember one person having a long conversation with me about my books and she was

simply surprised that she was talking to the author. I told her, ‘if she had the time to
message me, I had the time to answer’. I want to connect with people. There’s not much
I like more than visiting with people about books ?
I definitely read reviews and take it all in. Even if someone doesn’t like something, I
think it’s important, unless of course, it’s just to complain and they don’t really have a
solid reason. I received one review that just didn’t like the POV I used in one of my
books. I immediately jumped over to my editor and asked her about it, she told me that
I was very clear in who was talking and not to feel upset about it. I told her I wasn’t
upset, just curious if that was something I needed to fix in the other books. I don’t think
I’m perfect by far and I’m sure if I re-read any of my books I’d find lots of flaws, wouldn’t
we all? But, yes, I think reviews let us know if we have touched someone or not.
Sometimes people just message me their thoughts which I love but, then I’m thinking,
this is awesome but please, leave this same thought on Amazon… LOL

 If you could visit any place in the world or a place created by a book, where would you
visit?
In real life I have always wanted to visit Paris. It’s my dream that I hope to one day fulfill.
As far as in the book universe, that’s easy. I’d want to go to Hogwarts. I’m a huge
Potterhead, as are my children. I think hoping the Hogwarts Express and heading to the
castle would be the ultimate fangirl experience. Guess the closest I will get to that is
Universal Studios ?

What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them
with us? 
I have three completed stories set to release in 2018. One is a paranormal young adult
story called, An Unexpected Gift which I wrote with my daughter. It’s the first book in a
series called The Diakrisis Tales, about a young girl named Parker, who unbeknownst to
her, possess the gift to not only see spirits but communicate with them as well. In the
first book she finds herself battling a demon in her new town. The second book is a
crime suspense story called, Retaliatory Justice which is about a group of elite ATF
agents, trying to solve a multi-city crime. It is also the first book of a series, this one
called The Talionic Files. In the first book we find Valentino taking on the case of his
career, but can he complete the mission without losing himself in the process? The third
book is an adult romance called, Beyond the Beach, which is a story of two people,
Masen and Zoe, who decide to have an island fling, only they end up falling in love with
one another. Will they be able to say goodbye at the end of their time together?

 

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Author T.M. Witko lives on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with her children. They are accompanied by their many animals, which includes an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Bella, a couple of ornery cats (Edward and Lil Bit) and their horses, Eagle Bear and Wild Spirit. She and her family enjoy attending wacipis, participating in tribal ceremonies, and living a quiet life without the hustle and bustle of the cities.

Ms. Witko is a licensed clinical psychologist, a full time writer/editor and one of the co-founders of Winyan Press, LLC, an independent publishing house geared at helping female writers find their voice. She is a multi-genre author who writes Young Adult Fiction, Crime/Suspense Stories, Adult Romances, and Native American Fiction.

Her writing style combines her knowledge of psychological principles with an understanding that things are never as simple as black or white, right or wrong, but that life is a beautiful combination of both. This is most evident in her series the Helios Chronicles which looks at the effects of our past on the future we wish to have.

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