Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Romancing Your Dark Side Tour

Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella releases this month and it’s a bit different from the other Soul Savers books. Although the fantasy world I created is the same, the real world is not. After all, it takes place over 2,000 years ago, around 200 B.C. So it required a lot of research to understand life in Greece during that era. For each stop along the release tour, I’m sharing something I learned and how it ties into the story.

Today we discuss children, who were generally seen as assets or liabilities to the family, and from birth, genders were treated differently. When a boy was born, olive leaves were pinned to the front door, symbolizing success and victory; for a girl, sheep’s wool was pinned to symbolize her life of domestic work. Boys and girls stayed with their mothers until the age of seven, when boys would go to “school” – taught either by their fathers, or, if wealthy, at a school with a master. Girls stayed with their mothers to learn how to take care of the home.

Boys’ needs always came before girls’, even if the daughter was older, and they attended many festivals throughout their childhood while girls, like all females, were not allowed to leave the house except on rare occasions. If a family couldn’t afford to support a daughter or simply didn’t want her, she’d often be left in a public place or on a wealthy man’s doorstep to be taken as a slave.*

In Genesis, girls are treated much differently than the social norm. The main characters’ father wasn’t raised and never became a part of the Greek society. He appreciates, loves and supports his daughter just as much as his son, if not more. So his daughter Cassandra grows up and lives an independent life compared to her female contemporaries. This becomes a problem when she falls in love with a man who is very much a part of society. How do they overcome their differences? I’ll let you read the story to find out.

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Genesis
A father who reveals his truth.
Twins who take different paths—one light, one dark.
Angels who have plans for them both
And Demons who do as well.
So the Earthly battle for souls ignites…

A tale that is over 2,000 years old, this is the story of the Amadis beginnings.

Promise
When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Purpose
Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.
Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose?

About the Author
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, coming October 2011.
Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com

Ms Cook is offing a ecopy of her new book Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella to enter fill out the form below.

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5 comments:

  1. Loved the first 2 books so can't wait to read the novella. Thanks for the post and for being part of the tour!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour
    thedoyle6@rogers.com

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  2. Thanks for hosting a spot on the tour!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  3. Thank you all for visiting and participating! And thank you, Shandy Jo, for hosting! Good luck to everyone. :)

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  4. I know the giveaway is over, but I just had to say that I read the posting about how the children were treated and found it interesting.

    Thanks for posting.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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