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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

Google+: https://plus.google.com/102746226001674797330/posts

Final blogoversary giveaway – Lauren Oliver swag

2 Sep

This giveaway starts with a wee bit of an apology. See way back in November I had the chance to read Lauren Oliver‘s Delirium. And it freaking blew me away. It was one of the best and most absorbing dystopian YA novels I have ever read. When I finished I was basically a puddle of emotional goo. While this may sound like a bad thing, it’s actually an amazing thing. Sometimes you just need to reach that level of emotional attachment with a story and its characters.  (If you haven’t read Delirium, you need to, right now. So stop reading this post and go out and buy it. I’ll still be here when you get back.)

So Lauren was nice enough to send me some swag to giveaway. A gorgeous Delirium tote, some signed bookplates and signed Before I Fall bookmarks. (If you haven’t read Before I Fall, you need to read it, too.) It arrived, I squeed over it, and then promptly forgot about it. I know, I know, bad blogger, bad fan, bad Colleen. I discovered it in my no longer used office last week and nearly had a coronary. Since I requested it and never gave it away, it kinda seemed like I was hoarding swag. Which is so NOT the case. I’m just absent minded.

So, Lauren, if you are reading this, you did not get swindled by a swag-hungry, half-assed blogger. I heart you and your books. I don’t heart my lack of memory and organizational skills.

Okay, the giveaway. This will be a multiple winner one and will be international. One winner will win the tote and some signed stuff. The second winner will win some signed stuff. I’d have pictures, but my laptop is a bit wonky right now. But trust me, this is killer stuff.  To enter just comment below and um, well, just say hi. Or tell me something funny. Whatevs. Open until Sept 5th, 11:59 EST.

In my mailbox

1 Aug

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

So, this week saw a hodge-podge of bookish goodies arriving on my doorsteps. There were books, pins and bookmarks, along with other fun stuff. Here’s the break-down.


Second Story Press
The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll – Being a girl, I haven’t read a lot of YA that is geared towards boy. This makes me kinda sad. This boy-ish book should help with that.

Home Free by Sharon Jennings – I’m from PEI. This book’s blurb mentions Anne Shirley several times. Need I say more???

Penguin Canada

This is my first review book from Penguin Canada and I just wanted to say a quick howdy and thanks for helping me with my book addiction. I love when new enablers come aboard. 😀

Death’s Excellent Vacation Charlaine Harris, editor – I asked for this primarily because it has a new Sookie short story in it. I’m half way through and have already discovered three new to me authors that I love.


The gals over at Got YA held a cool Canada day contest and I won! I was so happy to receive some cool CanCon tunes in the form of Molly Johnson’s wonderfully jazzy CD and a best of The Tragically Hip compilation. A teeny, tiny Robert Munsch book and some pins added to the swag awesomeness.

Amy over at A Simple Love of Reading held a contest last week for bookmarks and I was one of the lucky winners. Isn’t it purdy? Oh, and the back is signed by the author!

Pretty cool week, if’n I say so myself.