Please join me in welcoming author Jessica Shirvington here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The EMBRACE blog tour continues today with a great guest post about research and how it impacted the world building in the series. The first book in Jessica’s The Violet Eden Chapters series, Embrace, is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2012. Do you want to know what we thought of the book? You can read Kiwi’s review here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Embrace. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
ANGEL RESEARCH – How it impacted the world building in EMBRACE.
By Jessica Shirvington
When deciding to write a book about angels – research played a massive role. Just because it is fiction doesn’t mean a story should not be guided by accurate reflections on history and mythology. As readers, we are much more likely to find a fictional tale believable if it is closely aligned to what we have previously been led to believe.
There are so many well-studied theories on the roles angels play out there; I would’ve been a fool not to use some of those theories as the bones to my world building in EMBRACE.
One of the key points I read over and over was the widely accepted opinion that angels are non- corporeal beings (have no physical form). It is apparently one of the things that elevate angels above humans. Our human forms of flesh limit us – by relatively short lifespans, bodies that rely on oxygen to breathe, a need for food replenishment, internal organs that must cooperate to produce a beating heart that in turn ensures a healthy mind function. In short, humans are considered disadvantaged in our prisons of flesh.
I really liked the idea of working with this concept since I was dealing with exiled angels in EMBRACE – angels that take human form and live among us.
When I really started to work with this theory the possibilities became endless. Can you imagine it? Having existed for eternity as a spirit-type being and then suddenly being confined in a human body?
And not only that, think about all the things our physical form offers us. There are a million small and stimulating things like feeling your skin burn under the sun, eating chilies, getting the flu, but imagine experiencing emotions for the first time – anger, making your blood boil and resulting in a rush of adrenalin, or lust, that one would be both interesting and highly confusing. Every emotion we have has a physical manifestation that, as humans, we are prepared to deal with. But if you had never experienced any of these feelings in the physical sense before … it would be more than overwhelming. In fact, in EMBRACE, it ends up resulting in the ultimate insanity of exiled angels on earth. They simply cannot control their feelings of rage and vengeance against the human race they believe has been favored above them. Any morals or beliefs they may have once held quickly transition into a frightful hunger for power and revenge.
This is the threat that the Grigori fight to protect humanity from. In EMBRACE, Violet must choose if she will accept her destiny and become a Grigori warrior.
Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney.
She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.
This giveaway is provided by Sourcebooks Fire
One winner will receive a copy of Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Available on March 6, 2012 from Sourcebooks Fire
About the Book:
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”
Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.
Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.
A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…
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