Thursday, August 10, 2017

Author Spotlight - Carol Marrs Phipps

Author Spotlight - Carol Marrs Phipps

Please join me in welcoming Carol Marrs Phipps to the Author Spotlight today. :-) Like me, Carol Marrs Phipps is a teacher turned author. Also like me, Carol writes fantasy novels. I read Good Sister, Bad Sister from the Heart of the Staff series and really enjoyed it. Today, I want to share with you information about her new novel, Wham!.

Tess Greenwood
Age 17
110 lbs
Green hair
Green eyes

Greenwood, Tess is a half Fairy, half Human (here, Human is a race and therefore capitalized), daughter of Kellen and Cait Greenwood, sister of Nia and Granddaughter to Meri and Celeste Greenwood. Tess is one of the two main protagonists in Wham! She is still in high school and is considered rebellious by her teachers and school officials because she refuses to engage in the promiscuous behavior of her peers, even though she has had all her shots and thus will not contract any STD’s or become pregnant.

Tess is quiet and introverted, with few friends, and is often the brunt of cruel teasing and bullying from her peers. Until her parents and sister are taken in the middle of the night by the brutal Children and Family Services Police, Tess ignores the current fads and fashions of her peers, usually wearing jeans and a t-shirt and sneakers while keeping her thigh-length green hair in a single braid down her back.

After Tesss’s family are removed from their home, the bald watcher in her skinny ball (a governmental spying device citizens are forced to keep in every room of their homes) tells her it is her fault they were taken.

Excerpt from Wham!
            "Tess," said the bald man in the skinny ball. "Have you any idea why it was necessary to
resettle your parents?"
            "I can't imagine how any thing like that could ever be necessary..."
            "They've allowed you to become sarcastic and defiant when you should be
expressing your respect and gratitude. The teachers and councilors at your school have
been concerned. Your parents weren't managing..."
            "No!" she cried out in hoarse anguish, "No! No! No!"    
The next day when Tess awoke:
            Tess had been asleep for some time when she awoke from a terrible nightmare about the

man in the skinny and sat up with a gasp. She could see by the utter blackness that it had not

been daylight for hours. There was not even a crack of light from the door to the kitchen. She lay

back with a sigh. "Did the school really turn me in?" she thought as she stared at the ceiling

which was too dark to see. "Did Children and Family really come for Mom and Dad and Nia

because of me? If I were like the other kids would they still be here? And if I start acting exactly

like everybody else, would they let Mom and Dad come home?” She threw back her covers and

sat on the edge of the bed. "There's nothing for it. I'm going to Broadstreet."

Broadstreet is where the troll compound is located and where Tess’s friend, Maxi, has his
Barber/tattoo shop. Maxi’s makeover leaves Tess with a Mohawk, a number of piercings and a
tattoo. She hopes fervently that her sincere attempt to conform with her peers will lead to the
return of her family. It doesn’t take long for her to discover her hopes are all in vain.

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Author Bio:
Carol Marrs Phipps is a teacher turned author. She was born in Missouri, grew up in Illinois and lives on their farm in Illinois with her husband and her menagerie: a parrot, a raven, two cockatiels and her Siberian Forest cats. The books she has written with her husband, Tom Phipps include, Elf Killers which takes place a millennium before the books of the Heart of the Staff series: Good Sister, Bad Sister, The Collector Witch, Stone Heart, The Burgeoning, The Reaper Witch, the final book of the series, Doom, and Heart of the Staff: Complete Series boxed set and Heart of the Staff: Complete Appendix. Recently, Carol and Tom launched a new Dystopian/Urban Fantasy series with the first book of a planned trilogy, Wham! (Book1 Timewalker). All their books are available as eBook or paperback except the boxed set and the appendix.

Carol taught with her husband on various Native American Reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, where they learned a great deal from their students, the very first fans of their writing. Not long after they married, she discovered to her joy that he also loved to write. They have been writing together full-time ever since.

Brief Description of WHAM!:

Wham! is a dystopian/fantasy/scif/timetravel novel. It takes place in the 21st century. This world is populated by a number of races including humans, trolls elves, fairies and even dragons. The world is controlled by a tyrannical government, but the location of the capitol and the potentate who pulls all the strings, are unknown to the general population. The citizens are controlled by watchers from spying devices, which look like crystal balls, which are mandatory in every room in every home. The young are systematically indoctrinated in their schools and their families are usually forcibly torn apart by the local Children and Family Services Police.


*Wham! is currently exclusive to Amazon.*
Universal Amazon Link for Wham!

Other Links for Heart of the Staff Books:

Amazon UK:



  1. Thank you so very much for hosting me today on your amazing blog, Yvette!

  2. Hi Carol. I downloaded your book Wham and will get to it ASAP! Sounds really interesting. Have a great spotlight tour.

    Yvette your blog is so colorful and pleasing to the eyes. Thank you for hosting Carol.

    1. Thank you, Shirley! I'm so happy you stopped by. :-)

  3. Thank you, Shirley, I hope you enjoy the book!

  4. Great excerpt!! Can't wait for the book!! Thanks for hosting, Yvette!

  5. Carol - another great teaser for Wham!

  6. Great show of support, Yvette. Thanks for hosting.

  7. Quite a tale. So intriguing. Thank you for hosting, Yvette.


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