Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Carnelian Legacy

It is my pleasure to host a giveaway for Cheryl Koevoet and her debut Fantasy Romance, THE CARNELIAN LEGACY.
I met Cheryl through QueryTracker and I'm so happy to help her launch this amazing book. And YOU'RE going to get the chance to win a soft copy!

Marisa MacCallum always believed the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in a parallel universe.

After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa’s life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride in the woods of Gold Hill but when a mysterious lightning storm suddenly strikes, Marisa is hurled into the ancient alternate dimension of Carnelia.

There she meets the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Darian Fiore. With no hope of returning home on her own, Marisa must join Darian on a risky mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Roca.
As she struggles to survive a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa sees a softer side of Darian and begins to fall in love. But when she discovers he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters.

After Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in marriage in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.

Q: Please tell me about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?
A: This story has actually been simmering in my head in a sort of crock-pot stew for more than twenty years now. In my home state of Oregon, there is a visitor's attraction called The Oregon Vortex that stakes its claims on the fact that the laws of physics no longer apply there and strange phenomenon occur. When I was a kid, we often passed it on our way to California and I imagined that it was really a mysterious portal to another world.

Q: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A: Yes. Everyone born on this earth has a purpose. We all have an important role to play and each person is precious in the eyes of God. No matter how gray the skies become, remember that the sun will shine again.
Q: What was the hardest scene to write (no spoilers!)?
A: Definitely the opening chapter. While it might seem to be the weakest chapter of the entire book, it sets the tone for the rest of the book.
Q: Which character do you relate to the most? Why?
A: I can relate to all three of the main characters, Marisa, Darian and Arrie. Each of them has a part of me in them, but if I could only pick one, it would have to be Darian. He's so concerned with never letting anyone down that sometimes he forgets to live a little.
Q: Outside of family, what was the greatest support while you wrote this novel?
A: It would have to be my good friend Christy. She fell in love with the story and the characters, and encouraged me in spite of the rejections from literary agents. I call her my sister because we are not bound by blood but by love.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: I know it sounds cliché, but if you really love your writing, never give up. Re-write, edit, push it to the limit to make it better. Don't be easily dissuaded by rejection or become discouraged when it seems like others are always getting the breaks you should be getting. If you love what you write and are passionate about it, find a way to make it happen.
Q: You've signed with WestBow Press. How did this came about and have you liked working with them?
A: I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. After searching for almost a year for a literary agent (without success) I began to question the entire process of going the "traditional" route. Just because I couldn't find someone to fall in love with my story didn't mean that it wasn't worth publishing. When I decided to go with WestBow, I was a little apprehensive at first, but the folks there have been kind and gracious the entire way. I have enjoyed learning the process of steps that turn a manuscript into a physical book and looking back now, I wouldn't have done it any other way.
Q: What did you have for supper last night?A: Our family followed a modern Dutch custom of grilling meat in a special pan at the table. One of my favorites!

Q: Is there an actor who you think looks like your MC?
No. I have tried to figure out who could play Darian Fiore in a movie, but I just can't. I can see him in my head, but I can't visualize the right actor.
Q: Vanilla or chocolate?
A: Uh, chocolate. This is Europe!
Q: As a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: First choice: Teacher; Second choice: Actrice; Third choice: Stewardess
Q: Last book you read?
A: Re-read Timeline by Michael Crichton
If that's not enough to tempt you check out the gothic awesomeness of the trailer.
You must check out THE CARNELIAN LEGACY website complete with very cool character cards.
You can find Cheryl online, too!
Now it's FINALLY your chance to win a soft cover of THE CARNELIAN LEGACY. Cheryl will mail you your very own copy straight to your front door! I'll be announcing the winner on Thursday March 21st. Good Luck!

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1 comment:

Hey It's Dalaina Renee! said...

I will have to check that book out! It sounds good!!

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