Sunday, August 26, 2012

Guest Blogger, Terri Talley Venters

I am thrilled to have as a guest, Terri Talley Venters, author of Carbon Copy, available from Wild Child Punlishing.

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 Terri is the daughter of Leslie S. Talley, author of Make Old Bones which is also available from Wild Child Publishing.
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.


 Available from

Carbon Copy

By: Terri Talley Venters

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?

Terri has also included one of her short story elements.    


Aurora lounged in her cocoon of luxury. She caressed the soft skin of her curvaceous figure. Her exposed belly appeared flattened with muscles. A long, silk skirt hung low around her hips. Her beaded brassiere sparkled with sequins. Colorful scarves adorned her head. Long black hair hung to her waist, shimmering under an exquisitely jeweled headpiece.
She couldn’t complain about her exorbitant surroundings.  Rich tapestries draped the walls of her bedroom. The enormous bed easily accommodated ten women.  Plenty of room for a sultan and his harem. But only she occupied its satin sheets and vibrantly colored silken pillows.
Her head, cradled in opulence, dreamed of escaping from her solitary confinement. She’d lost track of time. How long had she been here? She craved human contact. Imprisonment kept her from the outside world.  With no windows and no doors, Aurora nearly lost her mind. 
She could never leave this room. Not unless her master allowed it. She wondered what had happened to him. Hours turned to days, days into weeks, and weeks into months.  What if he never returned? Did anyone else know he’d trapped her in this room?
Aurora heard a noise just outside her bedroom walls.
“Aurora, I’m home,” her master said, his voice resonated the air.
Aurora smiled with anticipation. She couldn’t wait to see him, couldn’t wait to abandon the solitude of her surroundings.
She stood up and adjusted her scarves just so. She checked her appearance in the mirror, pleased with her beautiful reflection. She walked to the center of the room, waiting for her master to release her.
Aurora’s eager form shifted into a gaseous state. The helium rose her spirit up into the air. She ascended upwards, exiting through the roof of her bedroom. She landed before her master. Her form relinquished it’s gaseous state, returning her to a human-like existence.
“Hello, Master,” the genie said, finally released from her bottle.


  1. Love the short story, Terri! One of my favorite elements so far. Can't wait to read Carbon Copy!

  2. You'll enjoy it, Chad, I did. It's a good read.

  3. Thank you for hosting me Carol. Honored to be the first!

    Thanks for stopping by Chad. Glad you enjoyed my short story, Helium. I hope to write all 110 of the named elements from the Periodic Table and put it together as a collection. I'm up to 29.

  4. You're welcome, Terri. It's a pleasure to have you here.

  5. I love the twist at the end, Terri. Fun story!

  6. Thanks Marci! Glad you enjoyed Helium. I enjoy writing these short stories with surprise twists at the end. It's fun to write from an unique POV revealed at the end. Thanks for stopping by.=)