Colleen Houck

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  • Colleen Houck Book Club

    August 4, 2014


    student studying

    It’s here, the end of summer and with it pool parties, sleepovers and vacations. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to say goodbye to summer (especially where it’s 100 plus degrees every day) and hello to falling leaves, hot cocoa and cozy sweatshirts.

    If you didn’t get a chance to read last month’s pick, The Pledge by Kimberly Derting, it’s not too late to check it out. For those of you who participated in the live chat on Goodreads with authors Kimberly Derting and Colleen Houck, thanks! It was so much fun! For August’s book selection, Colleen has chosen…

     by her good friend Tera Lynn Childs book 1

    This is the first book in the series. There are currently 6 books/novellas available. They are:

    1. Oh. My. Gods. (Book 1)
    2. The Twelve Days of Stella (Short Story)
    3. Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Short Story)
    4. Nicole’s Labyrinth (Short Story)
    5. Goddess Boot Camp (Book 2)
    6. Goddess In Time (eNovella)


    Here’s a little teaser of book #1,

    Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

    What if the Greek gods were more than myth?

    If Phoebe Castro can keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season, her dream of attending USC with her best friends is only a track scholarship away. She’s made all her plans, so it’s a complete shock when her mom announces she’s marrying a mysterious stranger and moving them half-way around the world—to Greece.

    What if their descendants lived among us?

    Phoebe’s stuck on a secret island in the Aegean attending the super-exclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students—they are descendants of the Greek gods, super powers included. That’s right, Greek gods are no myth! If Phoebe thought high school was hard, she knows this is going to be mortal misery.

    What if you had to go to high school with them?

    Securing that scholarship seems like Phoebe’s only ticket out of Greece, but training and maintaining her grades will be grueling, even without a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy—what a god!—who just might be her Achilles heel. One thing is for sure—summoning the will to win and find her place among the gods could be Phoebe’s toughest course yet.

    In Oh. My. Gods. the Greek gods get a makeover in this romantic odyssey of mythic proportion.


    Colleen first met Tera Lynn while at the Romantic Times conference in LA. “We hit it off right away. Tera Lynn is so funny and it comes out in her books. She’s my number one wanna hang out with buddy at conferences.”

    me and taralynn childs



    Her life story,

    “I was born in the outskirts of a small town called Minneapolis, Minnesota. But, you see, my parents are pretty nomadic people, so we were only there for about a month before the moving began. (No, I’m neither a military brat nor an oil brat … I’m a theatre brat.)

    By the time I started kindergarten (in Montreal, Canada, of all places) we’d lived in: Colorado, Indiana and Ohio. I spent the bulk of elementary school in San Diego and Sacramento, California. Then we returned to Minneapolis for part of middle school, but moved to Springfield, Missouri halfway through.

    We actually stayed in one place for the duration of my high school career at Kickapoo High School (the alma mater of Brad Pitt–and, before you ask, no I didn’t know him… he’s twelve years older than me people!). But once college came around, I continued the nomadic tradition.

    My first two years of college were spent at Columbia University in New York, but being… me, I transfered to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I earned my degree in Theatre of all things. Since I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life–theatrical or otherwise–I went on to get a masters degree (back at Columbia) in Historic Preservation. (aka saving old buildings)

    And when I finished that masters degree and still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life… that’s when I started writing. Mainly because that’s when I started reading. A lot. I would read the latest romance by my favorite authors and think, “I want to do that.”

    Well, writing is a little harder than it looks when you’re just reading a book, so it took me a while to get on the write–er, right track. Four years after I earned that now useless masters degree I signed with my fabulous agent. A year later we sold my first book, Oh. My. Gods. (My first published book. My fourth completed manuscript.)

    The rest, as they too often say, is history. For a while I lived in Houston, Texas (mainly because my dearest writing friends are here… but also because it’s a lovely city) and briefly in Boston and Seattle. I’ve just landed in Las Vegas. But you know I’m never far from the nomadic life. Who knows where I’ll end up next.

    Tera Lynn has also written several other series which you can read more about on her website at Here’s a little preview of her other works,

    Sweet Venom series

    “Medusa wasn’t a monster, she and her gorgon sisters were guardians who protected the world of man from mythological beasts. Grace, Gretchen, and Greer are her descendants, triplets separated at birth who must reunite, fulfill ancient prophecy, and take up their legacy in a world where monsters lurk in plain sight.”

    Sweet Venom book 1

    Sweet Shadows book 2


    Forgive My Fins series

    “When mermaid princess Lily Sanderson learned she was half human, she decided to try land life. She moved in with her aunt and started human high school. She wasn’t supposed to stay, but a crush on the school swim god, a first kiss gone wrong, and a bond to her biker boy neighbor has Lily rethinking where she belongs.”


    Forgive my fins book 1

    FinsAreForever book 2

    JustForFins book 3

    PrettyInPearls book 4

    And many more . . .



    I’m very excited to check out her series and I look forward to discussing it at the end of the month with all of you on Goodreads for the live chat. 

    So everybody who wants to join us, go get your hands on this book and if you’ve already read it then awesome! You can start leaving your questions right away (but don’t share spoilers just yet).

    Join Colleen Houck and Tera Lynn Childs for a live chat on August 28th, from 6-7pm (pacific time) on Goodreads! 

    TLC Book Club

    Also, stay tuned for the 5th edition of THE MODERN INK SOCIETY featuring guest blogger- Tera Lynn Childs!

    Happy reading everyone!

    ~Till next time,

    Linda Louise Lotti

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    I’m Linda Louise, one of the bloggers on this website and Colleen’s little sister. I’m just a girl in her mid-thirties who feels thirteen when I play outside with my boys, fifteen when I sing my heart out listening to tunes while driving by myself, and sixty five when I go out past ten at night. I have a thing for junior mints, Mt. Dew, shrimp and kale (though not all at once) and I have a crush on Superman. I still get girlish butterflies when I read Twilight, cry when I read These is My Words, and smile from ear to ear when I read Anne of Green Gables. I have nightmares about aliens on a regular basis and I have a bad habit of midnight snacking. I love everything sports, except golf (although can that honestly be considered a sport??), and I hate anything that slithers, hisses, or stings. I have a problem with giggling at inappropriate moments and I sometimes wish life was a musical. I love science, hate math, love Dr. Seuss, and hate olives. My family is my world and my joys come from their happiness. I’ve learned I don’t know much about anything and I live for a good adventure, naps, cuddles, stories, exceptional food and The Shire.