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Key to the Cursed Series: Now on Kindle, Nook, Kobo & iBooks

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Three sisters & their fated mates, Gods of the Underworld, on a journey of love, redemption and war.

“Only the strongest love can unlock the souls of the Underworld.”

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Huge Night Owl Reviews Giveaway – Enter to win my “A little naughty – a little nice” Gift Basket

Win Books and Prizes in the Night Owl Reviews Winter Wonderland Web Hunt
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Hi Folks.

Yes, it has been an eon since I last blogged.  What have I been doing?  Finishing up Soul Unbound, Bomani’s story.  Trust me when I say, I missed posting, but I promised myself to focus on my writing, so as not to keep readers waiting.

So, to  celebrate my “coming up for air” post, I’m giving away “A Little Naughty – A Little Nice” Gift basket valued over $40 just for you.  Not to mention over 50 other authors are participating in Night Owl Reviews Giveaway.

“A Little Naughty – A Little Nice” Gift Basket ~ $25 Amazon Gift Card, Kindle Copy of Soul Reborn, Naughty Dark Chocolate to share under the mistletoe.

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Author Workshop: Made to Order – The Perfect Recipe for Great Characters.

The Muse Online Writers Conference– the only FREE conference of its kind!

Affiliated with the award-winning sites and Writer’s Digest Top 101 Writing Sites: The MuseItUp Club & Apollo’s Lyre & MuseItUp Publishing & Crescent Moon Press

Oct 14

Made to Order: The perfect recipe for great characters that your readers will eat up

with Author Jean Murray

Are agents or editors not connecting with your characters? Do your characters feel flat or one-dimensional? Need a quick fix?

Well, you may have been following the wrong recipe. Characters need more than flaws to grab a reader’s attention. Grab that onion from your refrigerator and a large knife, because we are going to get to the heart of the problem—character ingredients, layering and so much more.

Make your readers, agents and editors hungry for more.

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Anniversary Celebration ~ Ends Tonight

I’m sorry to see my celebration come to a close, but tonight is the night 😦  Soul Reborn’s sale will cease as of midnight tonight, so if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, now is the time.  This was a one time only sale for this price.  I do have a signed print copy to give away, so leave a comment on any of the posts, and your name will be entered to win.  Links here:

A Year in Review: How it all began…. @Crescent Moon Press

I have a contract. NOW WHAT?

This post, of course 🙂

So I had my contract >  I painstakingly edited my book > Release day arrived >My nail-biting first reviews…

So what comes next in an author’s life you ask, besides the massive amounts of blog promotions, giveaways, interviews etc…  It’s conference TIME!!

Some of you are aware of Authors After Dark.  The fabulous Stella Price started these conferences back in 2009.  The first hosted by Jacquelyn Frank, who amazingly intruded me the paranormal romance genre.  Noah was the first book that swept me away and I haven’t looked back. I attended that conference as a writer/reader and had the wonderful opportunity to meet the author that changed my life.  Truly!  I love the genre so much I started to write it.

What better conference to attend now that I was an author. AAD Philly 2011 —  My first conference as an author: My first panels; My first as a featured author at the Mythos Ball; and My first Book Signing. I was so grateful to meet authors and bloggers that I have an amazing amount of admiration.  Yes, I was able to meet Lara Adrian.  One of my favorite!  Here are some of the pictures from the conference.

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The conference went off without a hitch.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  At the Mythos Ball, I had handed out cute little pink change purses with a key ring.  Each purse had a key or prize inside.  I painstakingly put keys on about 100 purses.  Only one had the magic silver key.  Yes, I promise it was out there, but for the life of everyone– we couldn’t find that key.  We scoured every pink bag in the place and no one came forward to collect their Egyptian Treasure Chest – Kindle, Egyptian Tarot Cards, Print Copy of Soul Reborn.  I came home without a winner, so I reposted the giveaway on my blog and thankfully was able to give my prize to one lucky ADD winner.  Oh, well.  I might just have to try it out again in 2013.

Another lesson I learned this past year is that promotion is just as hard as editing.  It is constant.  If you stop, no one buys your book.  Start promotion before your book is released.  I made the mistake of waiting for that fateful day.  I had to do a lot of catch up in those first few months.  I have met some wonderful people on this journey– bloggers, readers, and fellow authors/writers.  Some that I can honestly call friends even though I’ve never met them in person.

So, now what.  During those months of promotion, I was writing the next book.  Soul Awakened is into the publisher and awaiting edits.  The journey starts all over again and I can’t wait.  I’ve learned from my mistakes, look forward to the new challenges, and will continue to write that “next story.”

Thank you for following my journey and look forward to introducing you to the Key to the Cursed Series:

Soul Reborn

THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD

Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.

DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED

Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth.  But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.

Soul Awakened

Coming Soon from Crescent Moon Press

LOVE FOR BLOOD OR HONOR

Kendra, a young Egyptian Archeologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian death god, from his cursed eternal sleep, but by doing so she inadvertently binds herself to him. Her life forever changed, she may have to sacrifice her innocence and possibly her soul to save him before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.

SINS OF THE PAST BECOME SINS OF THE FUTURE

Bakari awakens to a world at war and a woman who has tethered his soul to hers. The god who awakens is not the same after years of torture by his enemies. Kendra is his only hope at salvation, but the question is, does he want it? The only thing standing in his way is Bomani, Legion Commander, who vows to keep him from the one thing he craves—his parvana. His butterfly.

Soul Unleashed  

Coming soon from Crescent Moon Press

FIGHTING FATE HAS CONSEQUENCES

Kit, a Nehebkau huntress, wants nothing to do with her heritage as a god, when it has only caused her suffering and pain. Not to mention her nanny is a foreboding and dangerous God of the Underworld, who tests her conviction.

WHEN CONTROLLING TEMPTATION IS NOT ENOUGH

Kamen has sworn to protect the Mother Goddess’ offspring, but Kit is a handful. Her insistence on thwarting him tests his control. She doesn’t know what she’s playing with— a beast that hungers for her soul. One taste, and her fate is sealed.
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Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway and also the SALE ENDS TONIGHT 7/15/12.  

Also, check out my new website:  www.jean-murray.com

Click on the banner to see book trailers!!

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Anniversary Blog Hop: I have a contract. NOW WHAT?

Last week on Crescent Moon Press’ Blog, I posted my pitch to my publisher.  It was my first and it wasn’t pretty, but I caught the eye of the editor and here I am today.  But what happened between then and now.  Boy, a whole lot!  (Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and Crescent Moon Press’ Blog and be entered to win signed print copy of Soul Reborn, see details below)

I remember being so stunned by the contract offer.  It took about a month and then I received my first edit reviews and was surprised there wasn’t more red letters and highlighted sections.  I thought wow, maybe this won’t be so bad.  Little did I know the first edits were story structure and plot, which tends to be one of my strengths.  Let’s just say the second and third passes were bloody.  Don’t even talk to me about passive writing.  Ack!  I worked so hard to remove it, I will never make that mistake again.

I think the fabulous part of it all was that my editor was as much a mentor as she was my editor.  She did an amazing job.  I laughed at my own mistakes and learned some hard lessons, all of which have made me be a better writer today.  This is a tough industry and to say you must have tough skin is an understatement.  The key that made it such a great experience was the fact that I wanted her to be brutal, because it forced me to learn and change my habits as a writer.  It was very important not to take her feedback personally. She wanted this book to succeed as much as I did.

Of course I can’t help but share one of my editorial comments.  Like I said before, I did a lot of laughing at myself. A. LOT.

Not many authors share their faults, but what the hell– it’s my anniversary!

Editors comments on my CRUTCH PHRASES:  “You really, really, REALLY love the phrases “clenched teeth” and “ground teeth.” It seems like someone is clenching or grinding their teeth every page or so, sometimes more than once per page. We can’t have that. Delve deeper into the 98% of communication that is nonverbal and find more ways to show your characters’ frustration/irritation. I started marking the ones I saw about halfway through the manuscript. Globally searching for “teeth” and “jaw” should root out most of them. Have fun!”

Her comments inspired me to share my experience.  This is an archived post that I released shortly before my book was released.

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What I learned from my editor in the first 60 days: “Oh, how I love to “grind my teeth.” Crutch phrases and everything else in between…

I picked my favorite lesson out of the list because I can’t help but laugh every time I see it. “Oh, how I love to grind my teeth” or as it were “Oh, how my characters loved to grind their teeth.”

Being a new writer has its challenges. It is a learning process every step of the way, and thank god for my editor, Heather Howland at Crescent Moon Press. She has held my hand through editing Soul Reborn and its journey to publication. I can’t thank her enough.

Yes, writing about emotion and the display of it is very difficult for a new writer. Whether it is inexperience or laziness, we use phrases over and over and over again. Apparently, my idea of showing frustration was teeth grinding and jaw clenching. My hero, Asar- Egyptian God of the Underworld, is a very intense character, angry and bitter. Poor guys soulless. He gets very frustrated with the heroine, Lilly. She is a serious distraction from his quest for vengeance. For as many times as he ground his teeth (67 occurrences) and clenched (19) his jaw, he would have nubs for dentition and TMJ by the end of the story. A dentist’s nightmare.

Lesson one: Find other body parts and gestures to display negative emotion.
As humans, non-verbal body language is a very important component of communication. It conveys how an individual may be feeling with or without verbal stimuli. It includes body posture, gestures, facial expression and eye movements. Research suggests anywhere between 60-90 percent of our communication is non-verbal. We process these non-verbal cues on a subconscious level. Astounding!

Whether we are using gestures, body posture or even the distance we place ourselves from another individual all conveys some meaning. Some unintentional gestures can act as a lie detector. Using these concepts in our writing empowers the characters, makes them real to the reader. Okay, easier said than done. Right?

How did I solve my problem? I decided I need to make some observations. What better place to pick up on negative non-verbal communication than the metro station in DC. Not a whole lot of verbal communication goes on between strangers in this environment and who wouldn’t be frustrated packed into a metro car with millions of other people invading their personal space.

Frustration cues
Arms crossed over chest
Rubbing/scratching the back of the neck/head
Running fingers through the hair
Short breaths exhaling in small puffs through nose
Clenching hands
Pointing one index finger
And yes, clenching jaw and teeth

Mix these gestures with facial expressions, body posture and verbal exchange and your character comes alive.

What is your favorite crutch phrase? What have you learned about yourself in your writing process? Please take a moment to share…

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So, there you have it.  From contact to release were some of the hardest days in my writing career.  Writing the stories are easy compared to tearing them apart and accepting your flaws, but in the end the reward was worth THIS…

To see my first cover:

Crescent Moon Press

 To announcing Soul Reborn’s release:

https://wickedromance.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/soul-reborn-available-on-kindle/

To reading my first reviews:

5-slipper review

To attend my first conference & book signing:

Thank you!!

Look out for more things to come. 

Leave a comment on the Anniversary Blog Hop posts and be entered to win a signed print copy of Soul Reborn!   (print- US/Canada only; ebook- international)

1st Stop:  Crescent Moon Press Blog

2nd Stop:  This Post

3rd Stop:  My first conference and Book  Signing.  Is that Lara Adrian?

4th Stop: Last day of Sale/Sunday, July 15th.  The Journey Continues: Book II

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Author Open Mic ~ Welcomes Rachel Firasek to the Mic

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Host Jean:  Okay, before I hand the mic over to Rachel let me tell you a little bit about her.  I ran into Rachel at the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal RWA chapter loop.  We pitched together during an online pitch session and became fellow Crescent Moon Press authors.  You may have heard of Piper’s Fury and if you haven’t you probably will down the road. The book is great. 

Well, she didn’t let sleeping dogs lie, because she has charged full steam ahead and released another three book series, The Curse of the Phoenix from Entangled Publishing (which has amazing covers, by the way).  You can find her collection of books on her Amazon Author Page.  In addition, Rachel owns several blogs, Romance Cafe & Sassy Street Sirens, and has a web presence out there to rival any of  the best selling authors.  I get tired just watching her.  I don’t know how she does it all.   Please note, she hasn’t even hit her anniversary date for Piper’s Fury.  We’re talking less than a year.  I wanted to preface her post to let you know this girl knows what she is talking about when it comes to time management.   

Bio:

Rachel Firasek grew up in the south and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairytales, before she settled on a blending of the two.

Today you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad 80’s dance moves.

She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows… or at www.rachelfirasek.com .

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/RachelFirasek

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Firasek/175543929127527

Please stay tune, as Rachel has answered some questions about her upcoming release, The Last Beginning (Feb2012)

Rachel. I pass you the mic. 

Rachel:  So, when Jean so sweetly asked me to come on here, I worried over what I’d blog about. Hmmm….when I was on my last two blog tours I ran out of things to say and then it came to me. Write about what you know really well. Well, I know how to time manage—sort of. 🙂

I’m going to share with you how I made it through simultaneous drafts/revisions/edits/and blog tours without losing my sanity. Whew. Looking back, I’m not sure how I did it—or even if I did.

If you find yourself in a similar position, no matter what you’re working on in your life, here are the steps to stay sane.

  1.  Prioritize every aspect of your life—even the kids and hubby. Seriously, there were days when I’d look at my kids and ask, “Is this something we have to do/handle/discuss today?” They learned really fast that they had to give me a rating of importance. And, it taught them how to handle some of their own problems without running to me for everything. My kids are older, so this worked for them.
  2.  Let your extended family/friends/random strangers that you play games with on FB know that you’re not intentionally ignoring them, but you’re super busy and when things settle you’ll be back in touch. It’s very important that you do this when you see the tornado heading your way and not while you’re in the midst of the wind. I did it backwards and what ends up happening is you alienate yourself because you’ve forgotten to take a moment and explain your situation.
  3.  Learn your limits. I had to stumble through this one too. I thought I could hang all nighters for my deadlines and still go in to the day job. Uh, no, I’m not 20 anymore. So, I had to learn to let others know when I’m sinking. It’s a hard thing to do, but it’s better to reach out and let your editor/boss/etc…know when you aren’t coping than it is to totally fail. Many times they can help you find solutions.
  4.  Time manage. This is another one that I just totally failed at. See the trend here? Learn that yes, social media is important, but not if you don’t finish your X on time. So, make the few moments you tweet/post/blog more impactful. And, instead of talking to 25 people…limit yourself to 5 for the day. When you hit your quota, say farewell and move along. Or use these as a reward for hitting a goal.
  5.  As far as the work….well, the truth is…if you’re going to work on multiple projects at one time with a deadline for each, you will have no life. None. Be ready for it. J If you go in expecting to never see the mall until you’re finish, that Starbucks was only a dream, and your bestie will only be allowed a two minute phone convo on a commute, then you’ll be ready for anything. Expectations can make a world of difference in this life.

Jean, sweetie, I hope this helps. I know it’s probably not what you were looking for, but looking back at this year, it’s all a blur of sweat and tears. J But, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything in the world. Best wishes and thank you so much for having me on.

Host Jean:  Rachel thank you so much.  I admire your ability to accomplish so much and now you have shared that secret with readers and fellow authors.  So, Rachel isn’t out of the hot seat yet. Let’s talk about your upcoming release, The Last Beginning.

Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.

Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.

Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.

What challenges are there when writing a novella versus a novel?  How do you overcome these challenges?

Rachel:  Oh, good question. Well, I think the biggest challenge is getting the character right in half the space and not having the reader feel cheated. The way I do this, is to keep the plot very simple. I keep my leads together as much as possible and I make sure that the story always comes full circle. Shhhh…don’t spread my secret.

Host Jean:  Okay, you’ve hit one of my favorite areas of Egyptian Mythology.  I love this theme of phoenixes. Tell us a little about the myth of the phoenix, as it relates to your book.

Rachel:  Oh, geez…share my research. I took the phoenix mythology from a Tarot flip, then did my research backwards. : P Osiris was a sun god, the phoenix was made of fire. “The Bennu was also considered a manifestation of the resurrected Osiris and the bird was often shown perched in his sacred willow tree.” http://www.egyptianmyths.net/phoenix.htm

This single line is really what sparked my interest and fantasizing about the bird. Check out the site and if you’ve read any of the books, you’ll truly know how weird I am and how far I can stray from an idea. 🙂

Host Jean:  Tell us a little about your heroine, Sadie… Who was she before she became a phoenix? How does that affect her as an immortal and how she sees the world today?

Ah, Sadie, my little American. Sadie is from the 1850’s originally and she did some not so nice things to make her way out to California. She’s a devout believer in the Man upstairs and struggles with her perceived sins throughout the book. She’s worried she’ll burn in Hell, even after Osiris promises that she won’t. These two make me smile.

Host Jean:  What phoenix is next?

This is the end of the line for my Phoenixes. I’m going to miss these ladies and maybe Osiris most of all. I hope you all enjoy the stories.

The Last Rising Book Trailer

“Firasek’s heroine will seize your heart and enchant your soul.”
~ Caridad Piñeiro, NYT and USA TODAY Bestselling author of the Sin Hunters series

And has been awarded a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

Piper’s Fury earned 4 stars from RT, 5 Stars from Bitten By Book, The Romance Reviews and many others. Piper’s Fury is an Eppie Finalist.

Let’s open the MIC to the audience.  Throw some questions out there for Rachel!!  What are your time management strategies??  What has worked?  What has failed?

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Spotlight Author ~ at Joyfully Reviewed

Hey everyone.  I’m visiting with the great folks of Joyfully Reviewed.  They’ve asked some tough questions about Soul Reborn. Come join me in discussing the characters and their creator.  http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/interviews/author-spotlight-jean-murray

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The Newlywed Game ~ Fantasy Edition: Win a copy of Ruined & Soul Reborn.

The Newlyweds Game Show – Fantasy Edition

Host: Thank you for joining us today for a special treat.  Jean Murray, author of Soul Reborn, is allowing her hero, Asar, and his heroine, Lilly, to challenge hero, Vale, and heroine, Jessa, from Ruined, to a game of The Newlyweds – Fantasy Edition.

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 BLURB for SOUL REBORN:

THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD.
 Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls.  Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.
DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED.  Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only things standing in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth. But Lilly has a secret–one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.

BLURB for RUINED:

Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.  Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land–and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded. But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.

Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.

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Host: Heroes and heroines, please tell us your name and occupation.

From Soul Reborn:

Asar:  My name is Asar.  I am the Egyptian god of the Underworld, Afterlife and the Dead.  I judge human souls at the gates of the afterlife.

Lilly:  Hi, I’m Lilly Carrigan.  I command the Nehebkau huntresses.  I kill revens, cursed human souls, for a living.

From Ruined:

Vale: My name is Valerian Francis. I’m the King of the Realm of Shadows. I work with the Court to keep my people, the Shadow Shifters, and my realm safe.

Jessa: Hi everyone, I’m Jessa. I’m the Senior Healer to the king. My job is to protect the king and offer my healing abilities in dire situations.

Host: Now that our readers know a little bit about you, let’s get started. Today, we are putting our heroes/heroines to the test to see how much they know about their soul mates. Each matching answer is worth 5-points. Heroes, please leave the stage, so we may ask your heroines five questions about you. Good luck.

Host:  Wives, fill in these blanks. My husband may be the world’s best ______, but he may also be the world’s worst ________.

Lilly:  Best lover, definitely!  I need to say it in the sentence don’t I?  Okay.  My husband maybe the world’s best LOVER, but he may also be the world’s worst….  This is really hard. He is good at so many things. He may also be the world’s worst LOSER.  You don’t want to be anywhere near Asar if someone steals from him, trust me.  Having been on the receiving end of his fury, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Jessa: He’s definitely the best king the Shadow Shifter throne has ever seen. He’s wise, patient, smart, and he loves our people. He’s also the world’s best husband, but I don’t think he’d guess that because he still feels badly about the whole suitor fiasco. I’m not sure what he’s worst at now, but for a long time he wasn’t very good at listening to his own heart. I think I would go with: My husband may be the world’s best king, but he may also be the world’s worst courter.

Host:  How many pair of shoes do you own that are not in a closet right now?

Lilly:  I’m actually a neat freak, so all my shoes, except the boots I’m wearing now are all in the closet.  Yes, they are sorted by color and season. Although, there is only one season in the Paradise Isle of the Afterlife.  It’s a lot like San Diego.

Jessa:  I’m a champion of slippers and comfort. I only have a few pairs of silk slippers, but what you don’t see on my feet today are in the dresser.

Host:  Other than your wedding day or the birth of any of your children, what one day of your relationship would you most like to experience again?

Lilly:  Okay, now you are making me blush.  Do we have to pick just one?  I guess it would have to be the first time he said he loved me.  If you knew Asar before he got his soul back, you would understand how special that moment truly was to me.

Jessa:  The day of the brand. I don’t want to say anymore because it’s too intimate to reveal here. You’ll have to read our story for the explicit details. But it’s a day I’ll never forget and would willingly experience again.

Host:  What is the oddest location you’ve ever shared a kiss?

Lilly:  That would be on the battlefield of Thebes, Egypt. I almost lost him that night. Almost. It was the best kiss ever.

Jessa: I’m not sure if it’s odd, but one time he kissed me in the middle of the castle garden where anyone could have seen. It would have been very scandalous to be caught, but he said he didn’t care.

Host:  What’s the silliest thing your spouse has ever done?

Lilly:  If it’s one thing Asar isn’t, it’s silly. Hmm.  I do have one thing that some might think is silly, but I thought was the most romantic thing a god could ever do.  Unfortunately, I can’t tell you as it would give the surprise away at the end.  Read the book.  And if you have, don’t give the spooler away.

Jessa:  This is easy. He assumed he could live without me. I’m not sure if silly is the right word, but when the Ancestor gods decree something, it is rather silly to fight against it.

Host:  Now ladies, your husbands were asked the following questions.  Please provide your answer and we will tell
you what they said.  Let’s start with Lilly.

Host:  Complete this sentence: I knew I had found the love of my life when she _______________.

Lilly: Saved his life?

Answer:  When you tried to hit him.

Lilly: What?  That was only the third time we met and he threatened me and my sisters.  Men. I’ll never understand them.

Jessa: Agreed to marry him?

Answer: When you saved his life.

Jessa:  Oh, well, that’s much sooner than I thought.  How sweet.

Host:  Who was interested in marriage first – you or your wife?

Lilly:   Definitely, Asar.

Answer: Asar.

Jessa: We were both interested in marriage around the same time.

Answer:  Both.

Host:  What one thing does your wife have too much of?

Lilly:  I know what he’ll say.  Stubbornness.

Answer: Stubbornness.

Jessa:  He would say I’m too giving. I suppose I don’t blame him considering how many times I’ve risked my own life to heal others.

Answer: Too giving.

Host:  When your wife was 13 years old, what did she want to be when she grew up?

Lilly:  I wouldn’t be wearing black leather and killing revens for a living that’s for certain.  Boy, I can’t remember.  I was so busy raising my sisters, I’m not sure I even thought of it.  Whatever it would be, I would be outdoors at night, so that I could look at the stars and
dream.

Answer:  Astrologist.

Lilly: That’s pretty close, do we still get points?

Jessa: A Healer.

Answer: A Healer.

Host:  Okay, heroines, let’s take a look at the heroes’ answers to these same questions here, http://authorkinleybaker.blogspot.com/ .

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Thank you for joining us today as we put our newlyweds to the test.  We’d like to open the microphone to the audience to ask our heroes and heroines about their mate.  By participating today, you will be entered to win a copy of Soul Reborn and Ruined.  See rules below.

Rules:

To be eligible for drawing you must:

1.       Post questions for our contestants on both blog sites.  One for the heroes and one for the heroines. Please post a different question for the spouse. (Have fun with this)

2.       Please leave your email in the post. (xxx(at)xyx(dot)com)

3.       Questions (both sites) must be posted by Friday, September 30th, midnight (EST).

4.       Two winners will be chosen for e-books.  1-Ruined; 1-Soul Reborn.

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Soul Reborn ~ FREE READ & author interview over at Tink’s Place

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Writing MYTHology into your next novel? Read this before you start…

Fascinated with Celtic lore?  Enamored by ancient mummies and tales of curses?  Would you love to twist your own tale, but don’t know where to start?  I have the answers to get you started.  Stop over at RWA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter Blog to discuss bringing Mythology into your next novel.  It’s not as easy as it sounds.

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