(I’m going to be reposting the contest rules at the beginning of each post. If you’ve already read them, scroll down for today’s post and questions. Also, be sure to scroll down for today’s GH Spotlight!)
To celebrate the release of ENTWINED, I’m giving away a BUNCH of prizes. There are two parts to this contest:
PART ONE :
Post the ENTWINED widget (below) on your FB page, blog sidebar, tweet about the contest and/or book, email your friends and spread the word…basically, any way you talk up the book or contest will enter you for one of three $25 gift cards to the online bookstore of your choice. Winners will be selected after I return from RWA Nationals, the first week in August. Once you’ve done that, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me blabbed about ENTWINED. Be sure to put ENTWINED Release Contest in the subject line. (If you already posted the widget from the blog post I did last week, you’re already entered.) Enter as many times as you like. Every time you spread the word about book 2 in the Eternal Guardians series, send me an email.
PART TWO: Each day for the next two weeks I’ll be giving away AWESOME prizes and spotlighting some fabulous authors. Comment on the daily post to be entered into that day’s drawing. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments and will get to pick their prize. Once a prize is chosen, it’s crossed off the list. Here are the prizes you can win:
Got Demon? Mug from author Saranna DeWylde
Beneath the Surface by MJ Fredrick
Primordial by Denise Agnew
His Darkest Embrace e-arc by Juliana Stone
Unbridled by Beth Williamson
Huddle With Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon
Relentless by Lauren Dane
Revelation (ecopy) by Lauren Dane
Sunrise in the Garden of Love & Evil by Barbara Monajem
All He Desires by Anthea Lawson
The Phoenix Charm by Helen Scott Taylor
Animal Instinct (ecopy) by Michelle Pillow
$10 Starbucks Card from Phillis Bourne
Montana Dawn by Caroline Fyffe
Dangerous As Sin & $10 Borders Gift Card from Alix Rickloff
Ancient Whispers by Marie-Claude Bourque
Forged of Shadows by Jessa Slade
Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
Lord of Pleasure & $10 Starbucks Gift Card from Delilah Marvelle
$20 Borders Gift Card from Joan Swan
Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden
Forbidden Highlander by Donna Grant
Today’s guest is author MJ FREDRICK!
Thirty summers ago I spent four afternoons in the movie theater, watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. I loved the idea of a person who searched for hidden treasures that were magical and had MEANING. I loved the supernatural element and the adventure and of course the reunion romance. (Now that I think about it, I’d love to read Indy and Marion’s “prequel.” How did he allow himself to fall for his mentor’s daughter?)
Years later I fell in love with The Mummy. It is still my favorite movie of all time, and I tell my fourth grade students that it’s required watching. (Story structure, you know.)
I never thought I’d write an archaeology-themed book, though. This was a life that was foreign to me—adventure (I’ve lived in the same city all my life) and rough living conditions (my dad still teases me about my need for running water.) But one night I had a dream and it was so compelling I knew I had to write it.
Of course, in my dream, the archaeologists were kidnapped by guerillas. The dh talked me out of that one, saying nothing good could happen to my heroine if that was the case. So I worked on a plot. Why were my characters there? Why were they together? And who was the bad guy?
Working out all that was hard, but the issue that gave me most trouble was—what were they looking for? I knew from the beginning they’d be marine archaeologists. But what were they looking for?
Most of the research on marine archaeology I found was set in the Mediterranean, because history is so rich there. But for some reason I was hooked on a Central American setting, and my brother had the idea of a Mediterranean ship in the Caribbean, to prove that they’d been to the Americas first.
I toyed with the Phoenicians, who were amazing boatmen. In fact, I think I wrote half of the book with that in mind, but it didn’t feel special enough.
A Mayan ship, maybe. But I couldn’t find enough information to make me comfortable writing it.
I checked out tons of books. And I found what I wanted.
This Byzantine box could hold so many different things. I started writing before I knew what was inside the box, and created my own legend surrounding it and three others. I put my own designs on it, and my own meaning into them. And I could find enough information about Byzantine ships that made me believe they could have made it to the Americas.
Now I’m toying with the idea of writing Adrian’s brother Toney’s story. What adventure could I send him on? What discovery would you find exciting to read about? (Or, if you’re braver than me—not hard, believe me—would you like to participate in?)