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Genesis release tour

4 Nov

Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella

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.

I read Kristie Cooks’ first two books in the Soul Savers series,  Promise and Purpose, and even though they are way heavier on the romance than I usually read, I really, REALLY liked them. So I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for her Soul Savers novella, Genesis. I’m also super excited to have Kristie chatting a bit about researching for Genesis, and in particular, the food that they ate way back when in Greece. It’s cool that she’s chatting about food, because as someone who tries to eat as primal and natural as possible, what they ate back then is pretty close to what I eat now!

I’ll stop rambling now and turn things over to Kristie:

Genesis is 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.

Ancient Greeks loved food and dining. Although even noble women made bread, women of the home did not actually do most of the cooking, except in the poorest of households. Instead, they had female slaves who prepared, cooked and served the meals. The very rich had private chefs who were specially trained.

Food played a major role in the many festivals. Meat from domesticated animals (cows, pigs, sheep and goats) was often only eaten during festivals, after being sacrificed to the gods. It was then cooked on spits over fires. Wine, fruit, cheeses and bread were also appreciated during festivals.

Everyday consumption relied on the trio of bread, wine and olives (including oil), but was accompanied by fish and seafood, wild meat, fruits and cheese. You can check out my fun with making goat cheese at my blog today (www.KristieCook.com). Although many homes included a kitchen, food was often prepared on the fire in the courtyard outside.

Unless there were male guests, the family also ate in the courtyard when weather permitted. When there were male guests, the men ate in the andron (the men’s special living room) and the women ate in the kitchen or gynaceum (the women’s quarters).

The characters in Genesis mostly live in one-room huts, caves or small homes and eat together. Food is hunted and gathered, since they primarily live as nomads, although some necessities, such as barley and olive oil, are bought during special trips to villages with angoras (marketplaces). At least – this is how the humans eat. “Food” does mean different things to different characters in the book.

Thank you, Colleen, for hosting me and being a part of the Genesis Release Tour! Readers, in addition to the other giveaway they have going on here, you have a chance to win a Soul Savers swag pack just by commenting below. Your comment also enters you for the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the tour. For more info on the tour and the Grand Prize, please visit the tour page: http://www.kristiecook.com/2011/10/genesis-release-tour-giveaways.html

Thanks so much for stopping by, Kristie! And folks, don’t forget to comment below for a change to wins some cool swag! Draw will be made November 6th.

Now, if you’ll all excuse me, I’m kinda hungry. :)

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

Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristieCook

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kristiecookauth

Tumbler: http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/kristiecook

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Review and giveaway: Purpose by Kristie Cook

17 Dec

Publisher: Ang’dora Productions
Released: December 15th, 2010
Genre: Adult paranormal, romance
For review from author

Defending souls is her purpose…but can she save her own?

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?

From the author’s website.

*Disclaimer*
I know I said this review would be up yesterday and that had been my plan. But my crappy mattress and insomnia banded together and my brain was like mush. If I had written the review yesterday it would have sounded much like all the adults in the Peanut cartoons.

I love when a sequel blows me away. You know, when you enjoyed the first book in the series, but then you hit the next book and it’s like “Whoa, this is some great stuff!”.  Well, that’s what happened when I read Kristie Cooke’s second book in her Soul Savers series, Purpose.

I really, really liked this book. Really, really. While there is some romance in it, it wasn’t as romancey as the first book and that was just fine by me.  There was more mythos, action and bad guys and a lot more Owen (who, BTW, is my fave).

Purpose takes place a few years after Promise, and Alexis is not in a good place. I think my only issue with the book was that the first third of it was so frigging depressing. I honestly wanted to reach into the pages and shake the crap out of Alexis. She wanders around pretty depressed and teary-eyed for the first part of the book. She’s gone through something pretty traumatic and can’t seem to get over it. I just wish she hadn’t been quite as gloomy as she was. But she does eventually snap out of it, and for me that’s when the book really took off.

The writing in Purpose was better than the writing in Promise. I know that seems like a bit of an obnoxious thing to say, but it’s true. While Promise wasn’t badly written, there just seemed to be a better to flow to the writing in Purpose. Kristie was really in a cool writing grove.

I think some people that read and enjoyed Promise for the romance may be a bit surprised that Purpose isn’t as romance based. At least it didn’t seem that way to me. And for a chick who prefers her paranormal with just a dash of romance, it was the perfect balance.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

Yay! So, I have one copy of Purpose to give away to a lucky reader. All you have to do is comment below and let me know of a sequel that  you enjoyed more than the first book or what sequel you are most looking forward to (beside Purpose) in 2011. The contest is open to Canada and the US and I’ll pick the winner on Christmas eve.*

*Yeah, so I’m going to extend this contest until the 8th of January because I took a bit of a blog break and so wasn’t promoting it.

Guest post: Kristie Cook

15 Dec

A big welcome back and thank you to Kristie Cook for today’s guest post. I’m happy to be a part of the virtual tour for her second book, Purpose.

Writing (or Not Exactly Writing) a Sequel

When Ms. LL (Lavender Lines) and I first discussed my writing a guest post, she suggested the topic of the challenges and perks of writing a sequel. And I thought, “Good idea! I’ve done such a thing!” But here’s the truth: I didn’t really, truly write a sequel.

See, when this story first came to me, it started with this pivotal scene that is now about a third of the way through Purpose. Yes, Purpose, as in the second book. That’s where I started. But then I needed to know how the characters arrived at this major point in their lives.

I thought, at first, that I was indulging myself by writing about the love story that led up to this scene. I didn’t expect it to ever become something real. But as it flowed out of my brain, important backstory and mythology was revealed. I couldn’t find a better way to include it all in what I’d thought was the real story.

And, even better, that part of the story was pretty good stuff. I made it Part I of the original Purpose. After many rewrites, revisions, editing, etc., though, I eventually realized I had two books with a nearly perfect (though terrible cliffhanger) place to split them. Thus…Promise was born. And Purpose was…left.

Promise didn’t need much work to finalize it into a complete book. I just needed to wrap up the loose ends that I could into more of an ending. Purpose, however, was only the length of about 2/3 of an adult book. I had some more writing to do.

There were advantages and disadvantages of this approach to the “sequel.” The best part was realizing I had all this room to play with. I could suddenly explore and include ideas that I’d previously dismissed because, with the original Purpose, I’d already reached an astronomical word count. Since I needed more word count now, I could explain the mythology and magic more. I could really bring the reader into the experience. I could even add whole new plot elements, twists and turns and even new characters.

Then there was the big disadvantage – I had to build all this into an existing story with a beginning, middle and end. It wasn’t writing a real first draft, which is like hopping on an open road, flooring the accelerator and just going. Writing until it’s all said and done and then going back and improving it. No, this was like trying to parallel park a dump truck into a space barely big enough for a Mini Cooper – I kept bumping into the boundaries of what was already there.

I suppose writing any sequel will be like that, however, at least to a certain extent. Once you set the rules of your world, you have to stick to them throughout the series. So there are always boundaries you’ll bump up against. I also felt similar pressure that any author writing a sequel feels – that we’re just not going to do it good enough for the fans. That we’ll disappoint them.

Hopefully, I haven’t disappointed anyone. I do feel Purpose is the better story, if I’m allowed to say that. I love Promise for its own reasons, but this second book…the one I first started writing…is the one that grabbed my heart and soul. I hope it does yours, too.

Thanks again for stopping by Kristie!

Oh, and make sure you guys pop in again tomorrow for my review of Purpose and a giveaway. And make sure to head over to Amazon and pick up your own copy of Purpose.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

2 Aug

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

Read last week:
Promise by Kristie Cook – My first romance novel in upteen years. Really enjoyed it.(Here’s my review).

thinandbeautiful.com by Liane Shaw – While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. Still pondering why.

Currently reading:
Death’s Excellent Vacation by various – Half way through and really enjoying it. Discovered some new to me authors.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater(audio book) – This is my first foray into the world of audio books and I must say, me likes!

To read:
Yeah, not even going to bother this week. I mean, it’s not like I EVER read what I plan on reading, right? I’m also thinking, if I don’t plan my books, maybe I’ll get more read. We’ll see.

Guest post by Kristie Cook and Promise giveaway

30 Jul

Yesterday, I reviewed my first ever adult romance book, Promise by Kristie Cook. Today Kristie was sweet enough to pop by and give us the low-down on some of the characters. And she’s also offered up one signed copy of Promise for me to give away.

Oh, today is also a double whammy special day for Kristie. Not only is it her birthday, but it’s the official release day for Promise!

Happy birthday release day sweetie!

Meet the Cast

At least for me, what makes a book great is the cast of characters. A good plot with twists and turns is necessary, too, and the setting can also contribute a great deal. It’s the characters, though, that really bring the story alive. Here’s a little introduction to the cast you’ll meet in Promise.

Alexis Ames – She’s the main character and the story is told from her first-person perspective. We meet her at 18 years old, but she grows and matures through the series. At the beginning of Promise, she’s young and pretty inexperienced in many things. She’s in most ways normal, but she has a few quirks – an unusually powerful sense of smell, a sixth sense that detects whether someone’s overall intentions are good or bad and the ability to heal almost instantaneously. Also, certain emotions bring out an inhuman strength. So she knows she’s not normal and she wants to know why. She’s been teased and betrayed by kids and even adults in the past, resulting in emotional pain, loss and suffering, so she trusts no one but her mother. When she gets attached, though, it’s for life. Because it takes so much for her to get to this point, her feeling of loss and pain when she loses someone is exponentially greater than most of us. She desires a career as an author, and more than anything, true love and a normal family with a stable life. At the beginning, she’s focused on finding out whom she really is so she can make adjustments and still reach her goals. By the end of the book, her priorities have changed, with survival at the top.

Tristan Knight – Aaahhh, Tristan. Yummy. That’s all we care about. Okay, not really. Because he’s much more than eye-candy. He’s an artist, an athlete and more educated than most people will ever be. He enjoys almost any activity, but mostly…well…I’ll just call it extreme sports. Tristan has had a rough past – one that he’s not proud of. After all, he was created by Satan’s minions. Converted to the good side for many years, he strongly desires to be good, but the nature bred into him tries to fight this, especially with Alexis. It’s an internal battle he struggles with every day. There’s much more to share, but I think I’ll let you find out in the books. I don’t want to ruin the fun of uncovering his secrets. J

Sophia Ames – Alexis’s mother, who at first seems uncaring and not very loving, but she behaves the way she does for very good reasons. She actually loves Alexis more than anything and always has her best interests at heart. She’s inhumanly beautiful and doesn’t age, so she looks like she’s about twenty-seven…forever. She’s abnormally strong and can kick some serious butt when necessary. She tries to raise Alexis as normally as she can, though, so she hides her abilities and powers. Though her role in Promise and Purpose is pretty rigid, I had a lot of fun doing her full character sketch. She has a difficult but really colorful background that I hope comes out in future books.

Owen Allbright – Owen is one of those characters who I thought would serve a very small role, but he becomes a major player in the following books. At first glance, he’s extremely laid back and doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. But, like everyone else, there’s much more to him than what meets the eye. He’s been a fun character to develop and write. He also has an unexpectedly interesting background. And that’s all I’ll say about him, so I don’t spoil anything.

Those are the four main characters. There are several characters that seem to play a minor role in Promise, but don’t dismiss anyone. They are all more than what they seem. There are even a couple that you’ll think we’re completely done with, but you never know who might pop up later. They surprise even me.

I’ve learned to let them tell me what happens, not to try to force them into how I think it should be. When I do that, they really come alive and the story becomes better than I could have ever done on my own. Do you get the feeling that I think they’re real? Yeah, we writers are weird like that. But if our characters don’t feel real to us, how could we even begin to convince you that they’re worth knowing?

The Giveaway

So, I have one signed copy of Promise to give away to a lucky ready. To enter, just comment below and let me know which of the four you are the most curious to get to know in the book. I’ve already read Promise, so I’ve met them all, but I am most curious to get to know more about Owen. Sure, Tristan is drop-dead gorgeous and a dream in a tight t-shirt, but Owen’s more my speed.

Contest is open until the 6th of August. US and Canadian entries only, please.

Review:Promise by Kristie Cook

29 Jul

Ang’dora Books, 2010

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.

From Amazon website.

Okay, here’s the thing: I don’t like romance books. I never had. Not since junior high when I devoured those stupid little Sweet Dreams books that were all romance and gave totally dorky, impressionable 13 year old me the wrong idea about love and romance. In my early 20s I tried a Harlequin and then a Danielle Steel. Yeah, hated them both. From that moment on I decided to stop trying to like romance and I’ve shunned the genre ever since. Hell, I usually mock it every chance I get.

Then in the last six months I have sloooowly started reading and enjoying YA with elements of romance, as long as there is plenty of paranormal to go with it. (Shiver, Linger, Evermore). But I’ve still steered clear of adult romance novels. Cuz I hate them.

Yeah, well, please gather ’round as I eat my words topped of with a touch of crow and humble pie. I just finished Kristie Cook’s Promise and I kinda dug it. And – wait for it – it’s a ROMANCE BOOK!

Yes, folks I have read and enjoyed a romance book. I found myself furiously flipping through the pages in order to find out what happened next. Alexis was an interesting main character and while not my type, I’m sure most gals will find Tristan the perfect male lead.

Since this is the first adult romance book I’ve read in over 15 years, I can’t really say how the romance aspects holds up with other books.  What I can tell you is it was the epic, soul mate kinda love.  Instant attraction, instant love, meant to be together, the whole nine yards. And while on it’s own this could be seen as a bit over the top and cheesy to the likes of me, it tied in so nicely with the main story line that it wasn’t. See, there was a purpose to their all consuming love. A reason. This made all the difference for me.

Okay, the paranormal plot. I likes it! It was different from other paranormal angel-related books I’ve read, but wasn’t completely coming from left field. I found myself wanting to know about Alexis’ past and her family almost as much as Alexis herself wanted to know. The lore was well explained and well written. It trickled out over the course of the book, rather than being spat out all at once. There were two key scenes in which the more knowing characters explained to Alexis (and me) what the heck was going on, but the hints had been there.

Cook’s descriptive writing made me feel like I was right in the middle of the story. Lately I’ve been all about the little details and have come to realize that quite often it is what is happening in between the big events in a book that makes the whole thing seem real. Cook’s eye to detail, whether describing a room or how a character is holding themselves, all added to the believability of the story.

Promise is the first in Cook’s Soul Saver series. The second book, Purpose is out this fall. All I can say is I can’t wait to read Purpose and see where all this is going.

If you like romance and paranormal, I strongly suggest picking this up. Hell, even if you aren’t big on romance, give it a try. I did and I’m glad.

Thanks so, so much to Kristie Cook for the review copy.

Oh, make sure to come back tomorrow for a guest post from Kristie AND the chance to win your own copy of Promise!

Teaser Tuesdays

27 Jul

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Kristie Cook’s Promise:

As soon as Owen arrived and relieved me of my duties, I hurried home to search Mom’s room. I didn’t expect to find anything I hadn’t already discovered while unpacking, but there was something right on her nightstand.

- p.75

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

26 Jul

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

Read last week:
Yay, I read two and a half books this past week! And that was with a major, sick as a dog stomach bug (which I still have).

The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness – OMG this book was fabu! If you are a fan of dystopian YA, this series is a must. I enjoyed the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I adored this one.

Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex – Weird. My God this book was weird. And awkward. And at times just plain wrong. Which, of course, means that I enjoyed it immensely.

Currently Reading:

Promise by Kristie Cook – Okay, I am really, really enjoying this one, which is weird because it’s a romance novel. Something I seem to be into more and more lately. (I feel a blog post coming up about this.)

To Read:
Really, is there even any sense coming up with this list? It’s not like I ever really stick to it. Sigh, okay just for a laugh I will. But don’t think you can hold me to it.

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory – I really enjoyed The White Queen and have been hearing much good stuff about this follow up.

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott – Yeah, I know. This one’s been on my TBR list for a while. But once Stephen Moyer signed it for me a couple of weeks ago, every time I look at it I break out in giggles. I think this week I can compose myself enough to open it and read it.

thinandbeautiful.com by Liane Shaw – I think this one may be a difficult read because of the subject matter, but it’s kinda been beckoning me for a while now.

Rough Magic by Caryl Cude Mullin – This Shakespeare inspired book is kinda different from anything I’ve read before and I think I’m in the mood for different this week.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

19 Jul

This fun weekly book meme was created by  J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but  Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of  Books has taken over hosting duties. It’s a great way to not only keep track of what you are reading and have read, but to let others know of any great books coming up.

Read last week:
Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher – Hil.Ar.Ious! Here’s my review.

Currently reading:
The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness – The second in Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy. I’m actually enjoying this one much, much more than The Knife of Never Letting Go.

To Read:
Will this be the week that I not only read more than one book, but that I read what I say I’m going to read? Stay tuned to find out!

Promise by Kristie Cooke – I’m part of the blog tour for this one, so yeah, I better read it! Plus, it just looks soooooo good.

Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon –  This volume of poetry has been calling to me for weeks. ‘Bout time I answered it.

The Whisperers by John Connolly – This book isn’t YA or paranormal, which is good. Changing things up never hurt.

Friday Finds

2 Jul

Friday Finds is a weekly book meme hosted by Should Be Reading. It’s  a fun way to share books that you’ve recently discovered.

I discovered Promises by Kristie Cook through a mutual friend and was instantly intrigued by the book’s blurb:

Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.

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.

OMG, doesn’t it sound delish? And I am uber-excited because I was asked to review it! My very own pretty copy of Promise will be making it’s way to me shortly. I so can’t wait.

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