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Blog Tour: Helix by Mary Ting

HelixAlliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.

Happy Hump Day!

This week I’m participating in the blog tour for Mary Ting’s new release, Helix, the second book in her International Sensory Assassin Network series. I’m always excited to help authors promote their work, so without further ado, here’s Mary Ting!

MaryInternational Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed. 

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.

Tell me a bit about the book you’re promoting. What inspired it?

Helix is book 2. ISAN—International Sensory Assassin Network is book one. I enjoy watching dystopian and science fiction movies so I decided to write one. I got the idea when I was teaching sensory science unit to my kindergarten students. I thought … wouldn’t it be cool to have some form of sensory power. And that is where the idea came from. By the way, I’m no longer a teacher.

Favorite author(s)?

There are so many. Recently I read … Alexandrea Weis (Blackwell, Death by the River, and Realm), Christine Brae (The Year I Left) Sarah J. Mass and Jennifer Armentrout. I’m anxious to read Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner.

Who/What influences your work?

The genre influences me the most. I think of whether fantasy, contemporary, or science fiction. Then I think about the plot. Sometimes music moves me to write a certain chapter. For example, Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud. This song was stuck in my head when writing ISAN, a chapter with Ava and Rhett on the rooftop. This song has moved me so much that I even had it on my ringtone.

How do you get in “the zone” before sitting down to write? Do you have any rituals?

I get everything out of the way first—make phone calls, run errands, feed the dog, send kids off to school, start dinner, and then I sit by the window with Mochi, my dog that always follows me, and start typing. With less distraction, I can get through a chapter faster.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote?

Crossroads. I wrote it to heal the loss of my grandmother and I based it on dreams I had in high school. This is how I became an author. I never wanted to be one. Chapter one and two are based on real events. It will give you chills. And Crossroads brought me loyal fans over the years.

What piece of advice would you give a young writer just starting out?

Read many books. Read what is out there especially the genre you’re writing. It’s not an easy road, but don’t give up. Team up with other authors and build a family to help each other.

When you’re not writing, what are you up to?

Driving my kids around. Hugging my dogs. Being a mom and a wife. I love to watch movies and travel. Mostly, promoting my books.

You can purchase Helix below:

If you’d like to learn more about Mary Ting and her work, check her out online:


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