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First of all, the Z in Z.L. stands for Zuleika and yes,ย I’m a woman. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve seen search terms where people have wondered about my gender. Oh, yes… I see it all! I am particularly fond of the searches where people are attempting to find illegal downloads of my books. May they catch a virus in the process. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay and now to the goodย stuff.

I’m a city girl/desert rat born and raised in Southern California, who grew up loving to daydream. I also have a BA in Broadcast Journalism and an MA in Communications Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.

 

So I read through the previous list of thingsย About Me and goodness, I’ve changed so much since then.

Lets delete the old and here’s the new!

  1. I still love wearing dresses because theyโ€™re easy, always stylish and more importantly comfortable but I have discovered fleece pajamas and fleece lined socks. OMG, talk about comfort.
  2. Iโ€™m not pretentious but I am pretty classy–there’s a difference.
  3. Also, I really am a nerd, and I love it. I say to all those who have been called nerds, embrace that part of yourself. It means youโ€™re smart, independent, enjoy intellectual exploration and are just different from the rest. And itโ€™s never to late for anybody to discover their inner-nerd and be who God made YOU.
  4. Howeverย I will say that if I can go back and doย it all over again, I would be a mathematician. I’ve always loved math. I used to get lost in solving equations. I think that’s why my novels are so intricately plotted. Plotting is like math and I LOVE it!
  5. I still love watching TV. Lotโ€™s of reality (I mean could a writer resist all those personalities, unscripted an on display?). But I live for HGTV and now The Cooking Channel. Cooks or Cons, Bakers or Fakers, Iron Chef Gauntlet is coming back, Love It Or List It, House Hunters, The Property Brothers, Fixer Upperโ€ฆ Like, I can go on but Iโ€™ll stop there. I also love great scripted shows like Homeland, Game of Thrones, The Left Overs, scratching my head through this last season of Girls, and oh my goodness, did you see what NBC brought us last seasonโ€”This Is Us. Listen, I can talk TV all day long but who has time for that????
  6. I love beautiful scenery and in my life I have seen some stunners. I can only hope that the older I get the more I see. I want to do an African safari in the next few years because I LOVE watching shows about predators on Smithsonian Channel (another favorite network of mine). However, and I know this about myself, the exotic insects will be a challenge for meโ€ฆ sighโ€ฆ Which leads me to number five.
  7. I hate bugs.
  8. But I actually love getting older. I change so much with each passing year. Iโ€™m thriftier. I LOVE to cook. I enjoy seeing a coyote bask in the sun on my patio or a squirrel chomp down on a hickory seed while perched on a rock. And, I’m 47. So I’m a Gen X’er. Like a serious 1969, Gen X’er. I’ve been accused of being a millennial but we Generation X’ers are physically aging backwards, which is a result of doing this life that belongs to usย “OUR WAY.”
  9. I still love coffee but I only drink one cup a day. On rare occasions Iโ€™ll splurge and have two. And when we go to the buffet, which has the MIND-BLOWING coffee, I drink it until I hurt myself and canโ€™t fall asleep later on that night.
  10. I still have rituals, but donโ€™t we all? Like I wake up every morning wash my mouth out with Listerine and use my electric toothbrush to brush my teeth. I do the same before bed. I may have the same breakfastโ€”a bed of greens with a portion of garlic potatoes, sautรฉed apple and a poached egg on top. I switch up my dressings. My favorite is Feta Greek from Sprouts grocers but they donโ€™t sell it anymore so now Iโ€™m trying everything to replace it. And myย daily rituals goes on. However, every now and then, like when I complete a novel, I just obliterate all of my rituals for a while and goodness does thatย feel good.
  11. And finallyโ€”Iย work very hard to not be judgmental, which is another beautiful result of maturing. And I pray for the day when we all as humans learn to leave the judging to God and not human beings professing that they areย given permission to judge on Godโ€™s behalf. And then for sure, and only then, will the world be a better place.

 

Much Love,

Z

 

That’s all I’m willing to divulge for now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by and checking me out!

All best,

Z

109 Comments so far:

  1. elisha rangel says:

    I am ready for the Parched series to become major hit movies! These are better then most of the series we have seen on screen lately, Thanks for your creativity!

  2. Terri B. says:

    I absolutely LOVE your Love in the USA series and am thrilled to see that you are working on Adore Her, More of Her (Daisy & Belmont, #3). I got to know your writing through Find Her Keep Her – Daisy and Belmont – their relationship- rocked my world. This series should be on the Hallmark Channel – I’m sure the following would be huge!

  3. Shelly says:

    I just finished “Find Her Keep Her” & loved it! I want to read more about Daisy & Belmont! However, I see there are two books between this one & their next story. Do the books need to be read in order?

    • Hi Shelly!

      They don’t need to be read in succession but you’ll have a richer experience if you do! Daisy and Belmont are in just about every book in the series. It’s been a while but I don’t think they’re in Still In Love With Her until the very end. But if you love Daisy & Belmont, then you definitely want to read the other books! Thanks for asking! Z

  4. Annie Rose says:

    Hi, I must say I love your book Misty Black the beginning. I’ve reread it at least five times over the last four years (I’m actually reading it right now). I’m always looking to see if there’s a second book. I was just wondering if you are going to continue the series, or if you have already and I’ve just missed it.

    • zuleikaarkadie says:

      Really? Well thanks! I’m waiting for the right time to work on the MB series. I haven’t written it off totally but it’s going to take some time before I’m able to put myself back into the MB frame of mind. Thanks for asking! I’m going to have to re-read the book as well! Maybe that will provide some inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚ Z

  5. Ishita Verma says:

    Hi,

    I had a quick question on “Find Her Keep Her”. Why is one of the Chapters titled “First Day of Ten Years”? Does their relationship only last ten years?

    • zuleikaarkadie says:

      Hi Ishita,

      No, the chapter title doesn’t mean their relationship will only last for ten years. Daisy was with her ex-boyfriend, Adrian for ten years and their relationship lacked true passion. This was the first day in ten years that she had true passion with a man. Maybe I should’ve titled it “The First Day In Ten Years.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for asking, All best, Z

  6. danielle says:

    I love the books you wrote in the love in the USA series. I have read 7 so far and I must say 50 shades of gray doesn’t even compare to your books. I have never read a series of books that have intrigued me more. Every time I read them I never want to stop until I’ve read the entire book. Your beautiful descriptions of the places in these stories make me feel as if im their.The love between daisy and Belmont, charlie and angelina, maggie and vince is so beautifully told through ur writing. I love how it tells a beautiful love story between the characters and in your books sex is not sex its making love and its beautiful. I would love to see your books turned into a movie. As I read ur books I think about the love between daisy and Belmont and how when u find a love like that you fight for it and never let it go. Thank you for opening my heart and my mind and taking me on a breath takingly beautiful journey of a love,romance, and passion through ur books. You are a wonderful writer and I hope this series of books never ends.

    • zuleikaarkadie says:

      Wow, I don’t know what to say…. I’m so very touched by your beautiful and gracious words. Thank you so much for stopping by to share your thoughts. Again, I’m speechless but your message have made eyes water and heart fill with gratitude ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, all best, Z.

  7. Diamond L. says:

    My name is Diamond and I recently finished reading Find Her, Keep Her I absolutely fell in love with the story. Daisy’s and Belmont’s love for one another made me feel like true love can exist. I hope there are more amazing stories to come!

    • zuleikaarkadie says:

      Hi Diamond! Thanks for stopping by! I think the consensus is that there should be one more book about Daisy and Belmont. At the moment I’m conceiving the story and will post here when I have clear idea of what it will be ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again! I’m happy you loved Belmont and Daisy’s story! All best, Z

  8. Vanessa says:

    Hi, I just finished Find Her, Keep Her in 24 hours and my eyes are burning but it was worth it because I fell in love with Belmont. You now have a huge fan in Canada!

    • zuleikaarkadie says:

      LOL!! Thanks for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed Find Her, Keep Her: A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story! I hope you enjoy the rest! All best, Z

  9. Michelle says:

    Just read Maggie’s and Vince’s book-in a few hours! Got no sleep last night-couldn’t put it down! Happens every time! I love the books in this series and I can’t wait for December (hopefully earlier)!! These are the only books that I cannot put down and read more than once! Love love love them!!!!

  10. hey i’m reading your book ‘find her, keep her’ and i love it! i just started reading it yesterday an i’m already at the middle. i enjoy every second of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ i downloaded it from ibooks. the story is something like my husband and i. just we started with an internet relationship. i love your work Z. it just seems to brighten my day <3

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Ahhhh… Thanks! I’m so happy you can relate to the story ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for stopping by to let me know! I hope I can continue to keep interested in my character’s stories! ๐Ÿ™‚ All best, Z!

  11. Carrol Tanner says:

    Awesome reads…can NOT wait to get my next book…keep up the superb work…a true and avid reader and follower ๐Ÿ˜‰ Carrol

  12. Dezja says:

    Omg, I can’t believe I have the pleasure of telling you this, but I love your work! I was randomly on iBooks and searched the word love and as I was scrolling through the books I saw yours ( Find Her, Keep Her) and it’s like something just drew me to it, I clicked “purchase” without even reading the description ( which is so not like me), however as soon as I opened I read and read and kept on reading ( mind you this was Friday night I read the first 10 chapters already) and it’s like I couldn’t go to sleep until I got enough and it’s just Sunday night as I finish up and I’m craving your books but it’s amazing how much I have in common with ‘Daisy’, for one that’s my nickname and others I won’t list because I feel like I’m writing a novel myself. But I just wanted to tell u how much the book touched in ways I don’t think has ever happened before and for that I thank you!!!!!!

  13. Just downloaded one of your books (Martha’s Vineyard) and have to tell you that I simply LOVE your disclaimer. I, too, added disclaimers to mine, specifically because I got tired of people complaining about the sex…what do they think is in these books, holding hands??? Anyway, continued success to you!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      I know, right???? It’s weird. I didn’t realize how prudish and Puritanical our country really was until I started writing novels. And they defend it with the aggressiveness of a pit bull. But violence–they’re cool with it… I never read or hear about too much violence in my books… (shakes head). Funny. Dogma is usually defended violently either by words, actions and self-righteous decisions. If only they studied where they beliefs came from. Not God.

      Sighh… Anyway…

      Thanks, Bettye! ๐Ÿ™‚ Much success to you as well! Z

  14. Lauren says:

    Ah! i read the two books (seventh sister and clarity’s book) that are free on amazon. I couldnt sleep because of the ending in the first book lol. Nooooo! i know Clarity and Baron get together again but since i haven’t read those yet, im so bummed. I really really loved what i have read so far in the parched series.

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Hi Lauren, I’m so sorry to break your heart at the end of book one :-(. I didn’t know it would get such a response when I wrote it. However, I don’t mind revealing that Baron and Clarity will be together forever ๐Ÿ™‚ She just has a lot to learn about being the other half of someone like Baron Ze Feldis. She’ll start to learn that lesson in book 3 and by book 5, she’s ALL the way there…. :-)Thanks for giving my books a chance. I truly appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Z

  15. Danita says:

    I just wanted to say that I’ve read all six…more than once lol.I love all the love stories….especially book six!I can’t remember which book you first mentioned Chex, but I know I thought then that with his power…it would be cool if he was one of the slayers.Anyway keep doing what you’re doing and I’m sad that the series will be coming to a close..its like the end of an era ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Danita! I just outlined the last chapter last night before I went to bed and you’ll be happy to know that this is certainly not the end of the Benel Sisters and the Sons of Gogulon! It’s only the beginning! In the future I’ll write separate books for them. I’m trying to figure who the first book will feature… I just don’t know! But of course there will always be crossover since they depend on each other for help and Baron, Chex and Finn already had dealings in the past.

      Thank so much for being a reader of the series!

      All the best to you! Z

  16. julia blake says:

    Okay, that’s a great photo! Thanks for taking the time and trouble to get one done. This is so much nicer than that other, altered one.

  17. Angela says:

    I love the Seventh Sister series! I was wondering when the next book will come out?!?! You definitely left me wanting more!!! Please keep up the great writing!!!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Angela, Thank you for your comment. The next book is slated to be released by the end of February to mid March. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can always check the Parched, Book 7 Update post every now and then! Thanks again, and I shall keep writing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Z

  18. Sherri says:

    I happened upon this series because of book #2 “The Seventh Sister” being free on Amazon. Thank God for that or I would never have found the series. It took me about 3 hours to read that book and then I promptly purchased and downloaded all 6 books to my kindle. That was 3 days ago and I am completely finished with them all. I am an avid reader but was truly shocked that I was so engrossed in the stories that I read them all so quickly. I just couldn’t put them down. Obviously sleep deprived now and I’m sure my family doesn’t even remember what I look like since I only came out of my room to eat. I truly love all of the characters and am completely invested in them. If I am completely honest book #6 was harder to read for me, but I still enjoyed it and am patiently waiting for the last book to come out. Thank you so much for the series and the characters they have all changed me in some way I am sure. I hope the next book comes out quickly as I find myself sitting on pins and needles waiting. Again, Thank you so much for the AMAZING series. I am definitely one of your biggest fans.

    Sherri J ๐Ÿ™‚
    p.s. please excuse the grammar and typos, obviously I am not a writer…lol

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Sherri!

      Ahhh… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for your comments. I truly, truly appreciate them. Hopefully, I’ll have book 7 out in a couple of months! I’m right in the thick of it… pulling my hair out, racking my brain, the usual… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, and so happy you enjoyed the series! Z

  19. Micaela says:

    I am a huge fan of the Parched series. I bought book 6 “Light Speed” this morning at 8 am and I’m more than half way done at 12:43… :)) I can’t stop, the entire series is just so… for a lack of a better word, AMAZING!!! I’m a huge fan to say the least and I also can’t wait for you to continue the Misty Black series because I was in love with that book too!!
    Ugh, I can’t say how much I love your books LOL
    Thanks for being an awesome writer!

    Micaela V. <3

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Thank you so very much, Micaela! I truly appreciate your kind words! I can hardly wait to start writing on Misty Black either! ๐Ÿ™‚ As soon as I finish book 7, I’m going right into it! Truly, all the best to you, Z

  20. jen d says:

    YOU ARE AAAAAWWWWWWWEEEEEE-SOME!!!!! Light speed freaking rocked! Re-reading from the first book again all the way through! Is there going to be another one? Please say yes!?!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      YEEEES!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m writing book 7 now. HOWEVER, there will be singles and some doubles in the future as the sisters and their bonds continue to fight the evil after returning to their everyday lives.

      Thanks so much for the thumbs up on Light Speed! I ABSOLUTELY loved writing it! Actually, I’m currently reading it as if I didn’t write it myself! LOL!

      Thanks again! Zuleika

  21. Bill says:

    This is all very impressive and inspiring. I’ll need to look into this writing thing…Thanks for the good chat and enjoy the tea! Hope to continue the discussion at some point.

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hey! Let me tell you–that tea is DELICIOUS! I had two cups as soon as I got home. Thanks for suggesting it. And for sure we’ll have a discussion at some point because your tea shop is one of new favorite places! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck on the writing… or should I say, Happy Writing!

  22. I purchased Light Speed this morning on Amazon. Added it to my GoodReads list and will start reading tonight! Can you say excited!!! I love this series, the sisters have strength , compassion, amazing gifts and fall in love with the most interesting men. Have studied spiritual matter’s since I was 13 as well as Ufology. I find the way you are creating a tapestry by weaving humanity’s search, myths , spiritual issues into a tale of our human experience told through the sisters and their mates. Exciting! I plan to read the new book , then go back and start from book one and read the entire series again. I am looking forward to learning more about Navi and Tapeetha. As one who used to sneak out of her window at night to lay on the roof and watch the stars wondering what’s at the end of the universe and which galaxy I came from.. ๐Ÿ™‚ you books touch my spirit.

    San Diego is the perfect place to write as well as find crystals, take off to AZ and find Native American relic’s and watch for UFO’s in the vortex’s. Thank you for this wonderful journey!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Ahhhh… You’re very welcome:-) Navi is featured strongly in this book but I do want to write a vignette featuring Tapeetha and Leto Danto. I think I’ll take a month to write it after I finish book 7.

      And thanks for getting it, because you hit the nail right on the head, regarding my intentions…. And yes, San Diego is PERFECT–so far ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks again! All the best to you! And I hope you ENJOY!

      Z

  23. Laura_Joy says:

    I commented earlier this year on the first four books, and was waiting patiently for the next book in the series. When Ignited was finally released, I had to start over and read the first ones again… I finished Ignited two days ago, and yay! I was so happy to see all the sisters revealed so far come together! I love this series! I relate the most to Clarity, I am very much an internal thinker, but I find myself laughing out loud to Zill’s sense of humor. Also, in my earlier comment I expressed the suspence regarding Zill, Vayle, and Derrek… I really liked the turn in that relationship in this book! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate a good story surrounding powerful women, and this series has seven?! I don’t know how you keep all the characters personalities straight, they are all so different. I was wondering if we will get more of Tabeetha and Adore’s stories in the next books. Again, thank you for writting! Keep being awesome!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Laura, thanks so much for your comment, it made my evening! ๐Ÿ™‚ Adore (the 1st sister) and Navi (the 4th sister) is in book six but their story will merge into the main story, taking them into book seven. I will say that by the end of book seven the world is going to NEED the seven sisters, so in the future we’re going to get a lot of Tapeetha and Leto Danto as they try to reconcile their issues and save a segment of society from being devoured by a whole array of strange creatures from the pit. The same goes with the other sisters. Oh believe me, I have serious plans for this series! The seven books are only the beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for asking, and really, thank you for taking the time to write me! All the best to you! Zuleika

  24. BethRoseRooke says:

    Hey I was just wondering if zilaells story continues through the rest of the parched series? I’ve just finished the second novel – which I enjoyed a lot! – and really wanted ti know whether the rest of the series would show what happened with derek her and vayle ๐Ÿ™‚ thankyou for your time and keep writing!! ๐Ÿ˜› xxxxx

  25. Britta says:

    hey there,
    thank you so much for your writing*

    just read Seventh Sister and immediately kindled Parched (already halfway!), plus the remainder of the available series.

    There is such deep/high and archetypal in-sight that weaves through your very thoughtful and compelling plot and between incredibly intriguing characters – yayyy! can’t wait to read more (in a few seconds).

    paranormal, healing, and writing is something that i hope to one day bridge, and, i so appreciate your collection – both as guidance and inspiration.

    wishing you the very best,
    b

    p.s. this quote (like many), offers such a great reminder – thank you: “sometimes vile acts can come from a very shallow place that’s not so deep, and dark, and evil but shame and momentary self-gratification, which I’ve learned is the human’s crux”

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Britta! Thanks so much for your encouraging comment! It’s not often enough that we hear from the encouraging readers, that’s why your comment mean so much to me :-). Let me know when you get that book written and I’ll be sure to pick up a copy! Wishing YOU the very best, Zuleika!

      • Britta says:

        heyyy, thanks for your kind words

        The Seven Sisters (and their entrancing bonds) are here on a trip to Cairo – i’m at 71% of Ignite, and, again, very inspired. especially by Clarity – how you/she describes encasing feels similar to evolving our talents of clairsentience and clairvoyance. which is such fun to read about . . .

        there’s so much wisdom and play in your writing. pretty powerful. thank you.

        hope all goes well, and i hear you on the absolute necessity of cilantro in true Mexican cooking !

  26. Sip says:

    Oh my goodness. I am reading the series…on book three…loved the quote about God and we being his artwork….also…what is up with that Vayle… I swear…he cracks me up…I am choking with all the crazy stuff he is saying…I truly love these characters and the story…man oh man…you rock so hard man…I have the insane tendency to truly connect with the characters in the books that I read…I enjoy the relationship between Baron and Cl’auta…I love these names too…loving it …you really are an incredible writer.

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Ahhh… Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, Vayle’s evolution is interesting. I try to remain careful when I write him. Characters like him can easily lose true vulnerability and become unauthentic. He’s like fine porcelain to me; if i drop him even once, he’ll shatter into a hundred pieces and I’ll be unable to put him back together again–the same goes for Zillael. Really though… I TRULY appreciate your comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!!! Zuleika

  27. Chelsea Romero says:

    Omg!!! I can’t with you.. I’ve read the fifth book four times since it came out. Each time I read it it keeps getting better!! I will admit I wanted Derek and Zillael together. But after What happened between Tapeetha and Ose. I rather Zill be with Vayle, which has deffinately grown on me. I love how you describe each relationship with such details. However, Clarity and Baron are still my fav couple!! There love for each other is unreal.. They listen to each other and back each other up no matter what. Neither one of them tries to control the relationship..
    I can’t wait for book six, especially after how ignited ended!!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Chelsea!! Thanks so much for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I truly appreciate it! OMG, I can’t wait until I bring you book six. You must tell me what you think about the twist! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, Zuleika!

  28. qualla01 says:

    Is book five still coming out today?

  29. Z.L Arkadie says:

    Hi Imanee,

    The book will not be free and Ignite is the 5th book in the series. The 7th Sister is book 2. The series is numbered as such:

    Parched, book 1
    The Seventh Sister, book 2
    Quenched, book 3
    The Fifth Sister, book 4

    However, you will not understand what’s going on in book 3 without reading book 1. I’m not sure which venue you purchased The Seventh SIster from but on Amazon for sure I explain how it’s written and suggest the next book to read in the series. It’s written under A Note From The Author http://www.amazon.com/Seventh-Paranormal-Romance-Parched-ebook/dp/B005GMUU8O

    Many thanks!
    Zuleika

  30. paula says:

    is the parched series available in hardbound books?

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Paula, currently they’re only available via ebook. Parched book, 1 is available in paperback. The others will be available in paperback probably in the next 2 to 3 months. Thanks for asking!

  31. Gill says:

    I LOVE THE PARCHED SERIES. i have read them all in under a week .. gotten no sleep mind you ! I have crept into the back room in work to get a couple of pages in ! You know a good series when your dreams revolve around the characters your reading about . They are so well written ,detailed but not boring,funny but not flippant and so damn engaging . I cant wait for book 5 ! Soon ? ? ? Please

  32. Valerie, says:

    I read all 4 books in about 6 days I have a full time job and 2 kids I am obsessed your books are great when is the next one coming out I need to read it I love the way you write these books truly amazing…….been telling everyone I know to read them also when the next book comes out will it be on kindle?

  33. Niki Newman says:

    I love your books! Awesome series.

  34. Laura_Joy says:

    I would like to start by saying, “Thank you” for sharing your gift of writting with the world. I started the Parched series last week and just finished “The Fifth Sister” today. I coundn’t put them down! I should really be studying for my Nursing Boards, but I found your story line almost impossible to resist! I love the characters and the way the sisters are so good to their core. How you have brought the world of vampires together with a biblical undertone, making it both exciting, suspensful, and romantic is amazing. I can’t imaging the excitement and stress you must be under to finish the next book. I can hardly wait myself, but does the pressure from your fans make it harder to write?
    The thing that’s driving me the most crazy is the triangle between Zill, Vayle, and Derrek. Although the other sisters are bonded to vampires, I really want Zill to be with Derrek. Yet at the same time I am hoping for a happy ending for Vayle too.
    Good luck with your move and with your writting. You now have one more devoubted fan in me!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Ahhh… Thanks for this lovely comment Laura! ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re so very welcome! Nah, pressure from fans don’t make it harder to write. Fans can never put more pressure on me than I put on myself. I need the story to be right. It’s an interesting process. I have to go on the search for the story and once I find it, it takes off. But I’m learning not to force it. I got to 30+k words of Quenched before I had to delete them all and start from scratch because I got ahead of the right story. I’m working to avoid that in this novel ๐Ÿ™‚ Once again, Thank you so very much for being a fan! I truly appreciate it! And so far, I’m loving where book 5 is taking me and I can’t wait to bring it to, and everyone who’s waiting for it! Z

  35. Brittney_88 says:

    I have just finished reading all of the books listed above on my kindle and absoluty loved every single one of them and deffinatly can not wait for the next one ๐Ÿ™‚ , It is by far one of the best book series I’ve come across in a long time and I’ve been highly recommending them to everyone I know!!!

  36. steph walach says:

    hey
    i absolutely love the parched series and cannot wait for the next instalment ๐Ÿ˜€ im totally routing for all the bonded, so Glo and Finn, Clarity and Baron and im really backing Vale instead of Derek to be with Zilleal, its like their an old married couple already and i just laugh soo much when reading those scenes.
    i’d also like to thank you because your books have inspired me to start writing again, i use to write before but was criticised for going at a’ too much to fast’ speed, but reading you books i see that this speed does work and those criticisers are wrong ๐Ÿ˜€

    i actually found the seventh sister by pure luck because i normally don’t read proper books, i tend to stick with comic like books because im interested in the art, but now im truly hooked

    thank you again, steph xoxo

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      You’re Welcome Steph!
      And when you write that fast paced novel let me know! I want to read it! :-)Thanks for your kind words and I’m glad I was lucky enough to have you find The Seventh Sister! Z

  37. Sterling Carter says:

    I just finish book four. I love them all. I cant wait for the next one to come out. I am not usualy a big reader but I am hook on your.

    Sterling Carter

  38. Dionne says:

    Hey,

    Well after a week (7 days) I have Downloaded and read the parched series so far and I am hooked! Please, please, please hurry up and write the next one, my kindle has never in it’s tiny life had so much action!!!
    I cannot wait to see what happens next! Thank you for making this shoddy weather more bearable! X

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      LOL!!! I will, I will, I will! What’s funny is, I’m just as anxious as you all are! Like, I can’t write the story fast enough and my pace is too slow because I already know how the ends… And, You’re very welcome. Thank you for taking the time out to write words of encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Danielle says:

    Soo…I got an iPad for Christmas, and found Misty Black about a week ago. Since then I have proceeded to read all of your books, and I’m hanging on the last chapter of The Fifth Sister, because I don’t want it to be over until possibly March!! Your books are like a drug to me for some reason, just can’t seem to stop sucking the life blood! Thanks for keeping me interested and I’m holding my breath until the 5th book is out!

  40. Victoria W says:

    I just finished the first four books in the Parched series and I can’t get enough!!! I absolutely love your writing style and it draws me in from the first word. I am so glad I have my precious Kindle app. While I download and read a lot of book series, (probably too many) Parched is by far my favorite!!! I especially like that you incorporate God in your writing. I am kind of a closet vampire freak but find it difficult to finish a book that dismisses our Creator. Thanks for that!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am waiting not so patiently for the fifth book and can’t wait to see what happens next. I am a little worried about Glo letting Finn drink from her though, but they definitely have a hot relationship.
    Do you have any idea how many more you will write? Honestly, I would be happy if it went on forever!!! This is a serious addiction I have going on.

    Thanks :):):)
    Vicki

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      You’re very welcome, Victoria :-)! Yeah, I have a problem with stories where everything evil can just pray on people at will… I know that’s not the case in real life and so I try to create fiction around that standpoint. I have this whole discourse on that… LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I have 7 books planned, although another idea for a book about Adore having to make her way outside of Enu for the first time ever came to me yesterday. So… there could possibly be a book 8–possibly. Thanks so VERY much for you comment! I truly, truly, TRULY appreciate it. Z

  41. kayla says:

    I absolutely LOVE these books! I just finished book 4, I have never been so.interested in a story like I am with this series. Although now I’m beside myself until book 5. I downloaded all of these books and didn’t have to wait till the next one until now…I was spoiled :).
    I cant wait to see more of Clarity and Baron…they.are truly addicting!
    Hope you had great holidays and a relaxing vacation. Love your writing, cant wait for more!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Thanks Kayla! The holidays were fantastic! I hope yours were as well! I’m working on book 5 now. I know exactly what you mean; I hate the wait as well. I’m so happy to be back with Baron and Clarity again in book 5; I can’t believe how much I missed them! LOL! I can’t wait to finish the story and bring it to you all. Thanks again for your kind words. I truly appreciate them! Z

  42. Chelsea says:

    Beyond excited that you are starting book five!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I cant wait for it

  43. cindy tompkins says:

    Liked the books & sad 2 hear about deal with amazon. Have 2 nooks but no kindle & upset wont know how ends. I read all 2 date tho. Good luck u sound pleased. If i had known would not b able 2 finish would not have started series.

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Cindy! If you read them all to date then you’re all good. The only books of the Parched series that are exclusive through Amazon are Parched (book 1), which I forgot to mention that it is available in print, it just has a different cover for the moment, and The Seventh Sister (book 2). I’m about to make this one also available in print in the next week. The exclusivity through Amazon only e-books so the print versions are, and in the case of The Seventh Sister, will be available at B&N as well as Amazon. Parched is only $9.99. But you don’t have to worry, books 5 and beyond will be distributed through all channels! I hope you decide to stick with the series! Z

  44. Donna says:

    Hello, first I am very excited to be writing this post as I have been ranting and raving to my husband for the past two days about how short these books are. I love to read and once I find a good book I become obsessed and a good book that is part of a series is the best gift in the world. I read the first two books in three days and after each book I am left with a million questions. I was so pissed at the end of book one with Clarity and Baron that I could not sleep that night and I “almost” refused to read the next book. Some of us like longer books and going forward please think of us. Despite the length of the stories I am really enjoying the series and look forward to reading the next two books. Good job!

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Merry Christmas, Donna! I’m happy you like the books! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so funny, a few other readers have mentioned the length of the books. The only shorter book that I wrote in the series is the The Seventh Sister, which comes in at 33k words. Parched is 70+k and the other two are over 65K, all full length novels. I’m the reader who reads a book that’s too long and skip a lot of pages of stagnate prose that slows down the plot. It’s like I’m editing the writer’s book as I read to make it work for the way I consume stories. So, I write the way I read because I cut everything that threatens to bore me. That’s why readers are finding themselves moving through the stories quite fast. Notice that the characters are always moving forward. Even if they’re still, then their words are active in some way. I can’t change that about myself; it’s the way I write. However, Ignite, book 5 will be longer because I’m writing it in the first person POV, however, I plan on juggling between three POV’s, Clarity (major POV), Glo and Zillael (both minor POV’s). Also, I’m thinking about Fawn… She needs to fall in love with her REAL vampire (bond). Don’t you think? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure if I should dedicate a book to this are write it in the next book so that we can watch this love affair unfold as the main plot conflict moves forward. Sighhh… So I said a mouthful there but I just want to let you know that your words have not fallen on deaf ears! Let’s see how big the story in Ignite, book 5 will be. I feel it’s going to be “blockbuster” BIG! Because I’ve set up everything in book 1-4 to lead to book 5. So once again, Donna! Thanks for mentioning what a lot of readers want to mention to me too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers! Z

  45. Erica says:

    I absolutely love this series! I have read all four books in a weeks time…….Enu speed……..:) its so easy to hang on every word and get wrapped into the stories. Heck I sat at work and thought to myself Finn could bite me as I finished book four. Looking forward to reading misty black and hoping to find some novels as intriguing as yours until the next book is ready.

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Erica! Thanks for your encouraging words! I love Finn; he’s so complex. I can’t wait to put him and Baron in the same story, as well as Clarity and Glo. I told myself to take a vacation and start writing again at the beginning of the year but I can’t wait! I have to get to book 2 of MB so that I can hurry up and get to book 5 of Parched! Thanks again! Z

  46. Chelsea Romero says:

    Omg.. what are you doing to me..lol i bought the book yesterday and im already done with it. As usual you writing blows me away.. idk why but when Glow realized Aries was gone.. i was almost crying.. its insane..lol.. now im even more obsessed and cant wait for book five.. Especially when the time comes for Glow to meet her sisters, and to read Zill’s reaction when Vayle returns. Once again i congratualte for such and amazing book. it was soo good

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Thanks, Chelsea! I can’t wait to get started on book 5. Siggghhh… but alas, I have to get book two of Misty Black done for that series! HOWEVER, I’ll be writing book five during my down time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Like I said, out of all 4, this is my favorite. I put these characters together and they just took off from the beginning. It was like I was a spectator while doing the writing. It was great!

  47. Cyndi Johnson says:

    I am an avid reader… I was on Amazon loading some free romance novels up to my kindle when I came across “The Seventh Sister”. Thank the lord you had it free or I would have never discovered this gem of a series!!! I finished it and bought the other 2 all in one day! I’m so excited for the next book… I see it will be coming out soon and can’t wait to dive right in! Thank you so much for your amazing talents and sharing them with the world!

  48. Chelsea says:

    I completely understand what you are saying. Hollywood seems to be a ” cut throat” kind of environment if you don’t have the right networking. it was a thought i had since the books are so detailed and juice to read. I cant wait to read the scene you mentioned. I’m reading the books all over again and i still get super excited, although i already know whats going to happen.LOL. I really hope Derek and Zillael end up together, and Fawn finds Love!. Your right, reading the novel is a way more intimate way and it allows readers to use their imagination “freely”. Do you have an idea of how many books you have left to write? Please don’t ever stop.. lol

    P.S, the new cover for the books look Awesome!

  49. Chelsea Romero says:

    So happy Clarity is mentioned in the next book. For some reason i can identify myself with her is so many ways! But like you said if Glow and Finns is just an entertaining im so excited to read and cant wait. You might think this next question is silly. But is there any chance that these books can be formed into seasons or a movie? That would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      LOL! I don’t know… I used to read scripts for production companies weighing in on the story’s cinematic value and I have the longest period of training in screenwriting; thanks to an editor from Esquire who told me I needed to work on plot back in like 2002. I owe that person so much for giving me that advice–too bad I couldn’t read his or her name on the rejection slip! I’ll have to finish the entire series to see if it can translate to the visual medium. For sure it’s not network TV. It can make HBO, or FX or something. I mean, I just finished writing a scene that’s going to blow the readers’ minds! LOL! Just like it did mine… Crazy how that happens. But the truth is, they are sharks in Hollywood, that’s not just a cliche; it’s the TRUTH. I’m tough too, especially when it comes to business BUT I gotta tell you messing with those people is a fight I don’t want to have. Because I’ve seen it. There’s going to be some guy who wants to cast the girl he’s been screwing, and then this chick is going to want to hire all the people she owes favors to in order to get more favors in the future… OMG, it just gets uglier and uglier from there–Napoleon complexes and the general power trips… I can just see myself looking 20 years older after season one or film one. So… No… I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. But I’m extremely happy writing novels… It’s a more intimate way for me to tell a story and for readers to consume it. And I really that ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Sal says:

    I am really looking forward to the new book, it will be available on kindle, won’t it! I think I am also becoming obsessed with these books, I managed to read 2 of them in 2 days, I work full time and have 2 children, so I didn’t sleep much!

  51. Z.L Arkadie says:

    No problem! Yeah, most writers are afraid to answer readers although knowing my species they really want to answer readers like you! There are a lot of wacko’s out there. Thank you so much for the compliment on my writing. I really work to write like I read. I’m not very patient about reading a lot words that stop the plot from moving forward. So funny, because Clarity and Baron are actually mentioned in the next book but I think you’ll find the love story between Glo and Finn just as entertaining. He’s an interesting guy/vampire who’s been a lonesome vampire slayer for so many years that he’s finding it hard to feel love, be in love and care for anyone, even himself. I think you’ll like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Chelsea Romero says:

    Hey,
    Thank you so much for replying to my post. I was super excited to see your reply, especially since some writers dont even bother to respond. I cant wait for the book to come! Is funny that I’ve never been into supernatural/ vampire books. But i just cant get enough of your writing and how smooth the story is. I hope Clarity and Baron are mentioned in the book. I love how passionate and vivid there Love is!

  53. Chelsea Romero says:

    So i have read all three books (Parched, Seventh Sister and Quenched). It literally took me about a week to read all three books. I really love how you wrote the book from a POV. it makes the story that more interesting. Now that im done with the books and I’m truly obsessed. Do you know around what time will the fourth book be coming out? i truly do hope there’s more books added to this series. I really like your writing and how detailed you are describing the characters and their surroundings.

    • Z.L Arkadie says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thanks so much! Book 4 will be released by the end of this month or beginning of December. It depends on when it comes back to me from the editors. The funny thing is, I’m obsessed with writing it! The quick of it is: Glo, the fifth sister finds herself drawn to her new neighbor. She soon learns that not only is he a vampire slayer, but she is too! And so there mission sort of gives insights on what happened to Zillael’s old town, Moonridge, Maine!

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