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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

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.

Welcome Jessica!

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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.

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About Jessica:

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.

You can visit Jessica around the web here: Website | Blog | Facebook

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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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36 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

  1. Danielle DNo Gravatar
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    I love the cover, and the story itself sounds great, this had been added to my TBR pile.

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  2. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    I would get out and partay and have a corporeal romance.
    That would be an intriguing thought that finally your mind/essence had a body. Book looks good.

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  3. Maghon ThomasNo Gravatar
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    this sounds like a great book! I’ve added it to my list ;) thanks for this fun post :)

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  4. ValiaNo Gravatar
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    I’d prob go insane! I’d constantly want to do things “outside” and wouldnt be able too! Cant wait to read this!

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  5. Nicole MNo Gravatar
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    Well I’d imagine there’s certain things you’re restrained to without a body, so I’d try out all those things… like eating… I cannot wait to read this one, it sounds amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  6. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    I would make the most of it. I don’t think it would be bad…you could do all the things you couldn’t do before without a body. I think this sounds really good and different for me. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  7. NaNo Gravatar
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    I would adjust and explore my new surroundings and way of life.

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  8. KausarNo Gravatar
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    I would go insane, but with time I would explore my new surroundings.
    Can’t wait to read it!!

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  9. ArianneNo Gravatar
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    I’d probably freak out and feel trapped.

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  10. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I would probably go insane because I just cannot imagine existing in a different form.

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  11. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I think it would be awful. Such a dramatic change would be so hard to come to grips with. So no, I can’t imagine it.

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  12. Lori M. LeeNo Gravatar
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    I thought this sounded like a great book when the cover was first revealed. I can’t imagine it though b/c… well, I don’t know how it’d feel to exist outside of my body.

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  13. VivienNo Gravatar
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    I honestly would go crazy!! But probably go isolate myself…maybe somewhere close to the ocean.

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  14. dusiaNo Gravatar
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    It’d be hard for me to get used to having a body- that’s for sure. But I think I’d love to taste “human” food, especially swets an fruit (they look great…)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Arooj HNo Gravatar
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    It would be hard to adjust to a human body, but I’d take advantage of it and have a normal human life experience =D

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  16. thegirlonfire27No Gravatar
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    I would freak out. The restrictions would be unbearable. I honestly don’t know that there is much I could do about it except hang in there and hope I get used to it.

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  17. magan baganNo Gravatar
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    I would probably have a panic attack. Being in a confined space like a body would probably be so strange and scary, but still amazing to explore.

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  18. OngeNo Gravatar
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    Depends if I can remember my spirit self. It would probably be a shock but I would just roll with it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  19. StuckInBooksNo Gravatar
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    Would take some getting used to. Probably take some time to adjust. Then if I remember being a spirit, I’d try and figure out why I was human now.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  20. CherylNo Gravatar
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    Honestly? I’d eat tons of food (probably mostly of the junk variety) and hopefully be somewhere where it was sunny so I could enjoy feeling it for the first time.

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  21. ValerieNo Gravatar
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    It would be a dramatic change, but I would make the best of it and explore all the new things.

    New follower!

    Follow back please at http://mamivalsbooks.blogspot.com

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  22. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    If I lived as a spirit for all eternity and then suddenly became a human I would probably panic. I’d hope that I would enjoy the little things and appreciate all of the blessings of being whole. But knowing me I’d panic ;0. I love the cover for this book it’s gorgeous, and I can’t wait to read it, it’s a great concept.

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  23. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    It would be quite the change! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Kristin CliftonNo Gravatar
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    I think I would be pissed! To be limited by the human body – ugh! But then I would quickly get over it and enjoy the, *cough, cough*, sins of the flesh… chocolate!!! I’d be a chocolate whore!!!

    I’ve been following these Embrace giveaways (I really want a copy badly!!) and I love the posts she’s written!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

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    I’d probably be surprised at the change and try out some things.

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  26. TiffanyNo Gravatar
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    I think I might go crazy with such a big change. First I think I would test my new body out to see it’s limitations.

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  27. Emily AKA DoodleNo Gravatar
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    I would probably be upset but I would adjust and deal with my new body. I would enjoy the fact that I can feel things.

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  28. MLNo Gravatar
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    I think I’d be upset because I’m sure being incorporeal offers benefits that would not longer be available being trapped in a body. Then I’d probably glut myself on everything being corporeal had to offer-eat tons of different foods to taste everything, listen to everything and everything, touch everything in sight, stop and smell the roses, etc. I’d likely be sensory overload but I’d want to try everything-test the limits.

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  29. Jessica @ Book SakeNo Gravatar
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    I don’t think I’d be very graceful about the change and would try everything to get back to being what I was before!

    – Jessica @ Book Sake

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  30. CarlNo Gravatar
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    I’m not sure what I’d do. After getting over the initial novelty I’d probably be annoyed by the limitations of a physical body. Hopefully I’d soon see the bright side and enjoy the sensations that were now available to me.

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  31. Lilian ChengNo Gravatar
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    I imagine it as a ghost going back into a body, so I guess I would be frustrated with being able to get sick or fat. I think I might try to get myself out again.

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  32. Zara Garcia-alvarezNo Gravatar
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    I’d touch everything. Eat. Swim. Make love. Anything sensory in my new body!

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

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  33. JessyNo Gravatar
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    I can’t really say what I would do because being in a human body is all I know. I think it would be hard if it was the other way around.

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  34. Mallary MottNo Gravatar
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    First, the story line sounds great…something new for a change.

    I suppose I would enjoy all of the moments and experiences that I never could as a spirit. I think I would like the change.

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  35. siennyNo Gravatar
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    great cover! i always willing to try books with wonderful cover

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  36. siennyNo Gravatar
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    sorry.. forgot ’bout the question..

    first response would be full blown panic. then start to figure out what i could do and try to make the best of it

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