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Guest Author: Erin Kellison (Guest Post & Giveaway)

It is with great pleasure that I welcome Erin Kellison here today to talk about Shadow Bound, the first novel in her Shadow series.  The book will hit the shelves on June 29, 2010.  Shadow Bound is also part of my Debut Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge.

One lucky commenter has a chance to win an autographed copy of Shadow Bound.  Details are listed at the end of the post.


Shadowman

by Erin Kellison

Let’s talk Death, shall we?  Yes, as in the Grim Reaper.

The question of the day is, if given the choice, how would you conceive of Death?  What if Death appeared to humankind as each human perceives him?  Would you make Death a monster?  A beast?  Something like Skeletor from He-Man?


Or maybe you’re the type who leans toward the Death-as-friend thing, like Touched by an Angel?


Death is the first point of view character in my upcoming release, Shadow Bound, and he wasn’t even supposed to be in the book. Now he’s so much a part of it, I can’t imagine the story any other way. Here’s how he came to be: I was doing some work to flesh out my heroine, Talia O’Brien. She’s a banshee and a half-breed, caught between the mortal world and the fae Shadowlands.  In order to develop her character, I needed to get to know her parents. Her mom is a human woman, an artist. Her dad? Shadowman, aka Death.

I knew this in my head, but I couldn’t quite visualize how anyone could willingly love Death, much less bear his child. So, as an exercise, I wrote what is now the prologue to Shadow Bound. Not only did his character come to life, but his voice informed much of the world-building in the series. Wild how a character can do that. I certainly wasn’t looking for him. In the scene, he literally comes out of the shadows, kinda how he emerged from my imagination.

He’s got a scythe, and he’s all kinds of powerful. But that goes without saying. The twist is in individual perception, how each human shapes his appearance.

So what would it be?  How would you shape Death?  Would it be one of the versions above?  If you’re like Talia’s mother, you’d end up with a much more… defined package.


Here’s a sneak peek at Shadow Bound:

Darkness lay heavy on his back, and he itched to cast his cloak away. Already she was aware of him. And her painting was proof that her view of Twilight was nigh unobstructed.

What harm could come of it, really? If he could not keep her long in Twilight, perhaps he might steal a moment here. Now.

Rending a thin layer of veil, the last remaining before her crossing, he stepped out of Twilight and into the half shadows of her room. Scents of the mortal world crowded around him, too many to discern individually. Except for her. She filled him with a single breath.

Her gaze darted to him. The brush fell to the floor. Her skin, already pale, washed white. Her eyes blinked like butterfly wings, blue-ringed indigo and fringed with curling black.

“Hush,” he said, reaching out a down-turned hand to calm the sudden shock and surprise that stopped her breath.

Her eyes filled with tears as she took in his presence, her mind working its mortal power to shape his form according to her soul’s deepest conception of what he would be. It did not change his essence; now and forever he would be the Final Courier. The Ultimate Host. Captain of the small boat that would carry her from the mortal world, across the waters of Twilight, and release her on the shore beyond.

But the form he took—that was in her keeping. If mortals only knew the power they wielded, they could reshape the three worlds with a thought. Perhaps one day they would.

What did she see when she looked at him at last? A nightmare concocted of fear, aged beyond reckoning and grotesque? It happened like that quite often. Those whose dread of the dark passage created a terror out of the ether, shaping him with their minds into a being bent on horror.

No. She did not fear time or Death. She did not tremble as he advanced closer to her. As he stepped forward to view her painting.

If you’d like more, my publisher has the full prologue available as a free read on their website here.

Author Bio:

Erin Kellison is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall. Stories have always been a central part of Erin Kellison’s life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature, and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction. She lives in Arizona with her two beautiful daughters and husband, and she will have a dog (breed undetermined) when her youngest turns five.

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

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of Shadow Bound.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

If given the choice, how would you conceive of Death?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, July 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winners will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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37 Responses to “Guest Author: Erin Kellison (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. ChristaNo Gravatar
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    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).
    I adore Terry Pratchett’s “Death” character. : ) He’s totally the traditional black-robe & skull but he has a “pet” (Death of Rats) and a granddaughter, too! Fantastic. : ) If I had to write Death myself, I’d be hard-pressed to find a more fitting & still fun creation of Death… but I’d probably steer away from the bones-thing although I’d totally keep the black cape. : D

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. GF: Christa, Twitter: @wordsrollon

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).
    http://twitter.com/wordsrollon/status/16926138067

    Thanks for the contest. : ) I’d love to win a copy of this book. Seems awesome!

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  2. Jan@eatingyabooksNo Gravatar
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    I would prefer to see Death as a friend, with a warm welcoming smile and deeply compassionate eyes. Someone who is there to guide me and support me as I journey to my final resting place.

    +3 tweeting about giveaway http://twitter.com/eatingyabooks/status/16933411332

    +2 for following on tweeter (already a follower

    Thanks for the giveaway and I really loved Erin’s guest post and will be getting this book if I don’t win.

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  4. debpNo Gravatar
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    I think it would be a reflection of how the death happened. Gentle,peaceful if it was natural causes, or dark and brutal if not. +1
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  5. Caitlin GeorgeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I’d probably be pretty freaked out haha.

    +2 Follower

    Thanks!!

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  6. LizzielvrNo Gravatar
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    +1 I conceive death as moving on to the next level or place…

    I am a follower, but not new…

    Good interview, looking forward to this series.

    sgalley65 at yahoo.com

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  7. LingeorgeNo Gravatar
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    I’d like Death to be a friendly type — I think along the lines of the TV show “Dead Like Me”. More of an aid to help pass on to another plain.
    +2 follow Twitter @Lingeorge
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  8. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I’d picture Death as a kind, old man with a gentle touch and loving eyes, dressed all in black.

    I’m a follower
    Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Honestly, my favorite version of death was one of the Bill and Ted movies (I think it was the 2nd one). That one was too funny. :) Death can use humor once in a while.

    I follow both blog and twitter (@BooksThings)

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/BooksThings/status/16956080321
    blogged: http://melissawatercolor.blogspot.com/p/contestsgiveaways.html

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. Stacey SmithNo Gravatar
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    I think i saw him at one time I was in the libery and this black guy about almost seven feet tall was whering a black robe and it had a hood on it and he has a walking stick about as tall as him.telling you it frecked me out.it was scary.
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  11. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    The grim reapers image come to mind :)

    +1 answering the question
    +2 a follower of this blog and on Twitter
    +3 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/IntenseWhisper/statuses/16972412854

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  12. Erin KellisonNo Gravatar
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    Hi everyone, some great comments here! Some intriguing ideas too – love the idea of a reflection of how the death happened. I only caught one episode of Dead Like Me, but I loved it. And Bill and Ted’s is a classic – my favorite scene is Death shopping for scythes at the hardware store :) Great stuff!

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  13. ChasityNo Gravatar
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    +1 question
    In my short, thus far, I have been through quite a bit of opposition. If it is one thing I’ve learn it is that living life has more fear then death. Living requires action, motivation and initiative. Death, for the most part, is not an option given to us. With that in mind- Death has the face of any man at any time. Sometimes the face of nightmares and sometimes the face of an angel complete with a halo. I dont focus much on Death more so living life and trying to create a legacy worth leaving behind.

    +2 follower of this blog and on Twitter @lll808

    +3 sidebar: http://lll808.blogspot.com/

    Mahalo for this giveaway and a thought provoking question!

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  14. ChasityNo Gravatar
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    I forgot my email addy after I rambled on!
    lllinthe808[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. AdelinaNo Gravatar
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    +1 I was going to go with the traditional look of death–Grim Reaper style–but then seeing death as a hot guy isn’t such a bad idea either. ;)

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  16. Christy MNo Gravatar
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    my ideal Death is a hot guy, but very dark. Dark eyes, dark hair, dark clothes. but, you guys are right about bill and ted’s death. he was too funny!

    moc.oohaynull@momitcarp

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  18. PamkNo Gravatar
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    +1 I loved Andrew as Death. He was perfect and an angel who was flawed. And everytime i think of Death I see his face.
    +1 I already follow the blog and on twitter
    +1 I tweeted about this @ http://twitter.com/Pamk258/status/17113463968
    This book sounds fantastic and i’d love to win it.

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  19. Tina GagnierNo Gravatar
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    +1 Death shouldn’t be evil, it should feel like being re-born. Full of light and laughter and a place to welcomes you with open arms.
    +2 Follower of this blog

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  20. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I picture death as Lucien from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld (he is the Keeper of Death)

    +2 follower

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  21. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    +1 As a mother of boys who lived for He-Man “I have the Power”, Skelator would be my pic of Death

    +3 tweeted contest-@alterlisa
    http://darkfaerietales.com/guest-author-erin-kellison-guest-post-giveaway.html

    +2 entries for being a follower of this blog(Lisa Richards) and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter(twitter)

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    +1 I picture death to look like any normal girl/guy, that takes you on to the afterlife.

    +2 Blog/ Twitter follower @vanpham88

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  23. Jessica S.No Gravatar
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    +1 If writing about death I would create him/her as something that the character almost desires. Not quite a love/hate relationship, but like a need/don’t want relationship, which is similar almost now that I look at it. Death would be something that can be seen as desirable and yet frightening at the same time.

    +2 I’m a follower

    +3 Posted contest on my blog: http://jessica-agreatread.blogspot.com

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  24. NatashaNo Gravatar
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    Although, it’s the grim reaper that comes to mind, that’s not what I’d choose. It should be a peaceful, welcoming moment. True death doesn’t have to have a form. If I had more time to think about it, it may be a bit different, but that’s good enough, when summing it up! he he

    +1 answering question
    +2 I follow on your blog- Natasha Jennex
    and on Twitter- @AGreatBook
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  25. draconismoiNo Gravatar
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    I’d have to day my vision of death is female. No scythe or robes….just an omnipresent creepy female presence, hovering around the dying. Of course, she’d occasionally get bored and mess with things – Faustian bargains to save the dying and whatnot. But not human. People who try to treat her as human suffer the consequences! Mwahahahahahha!

    +1 – the answer.

    cass at feministdracona dot net

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  26. Donna SNo Gravatar
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    Ive always liked how Death was portrayed in the Terry Pratchett books like Mort and Soul Music

    Blog and twitter follower.

    tweet – http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/status/17624254246
    link – http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2010/07/contest-links-for-72.html
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    I think I’m permanently warped by the Grim Reaper. I can’t help but think of death as a tall, thin figure cloaked all in black with burning eyes.

    +2 follower

    jen(at)delux(dot)com

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  28. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    I would like to see Death to be gentle like Andrew in touched by an angel one of my favorite shows always made you think.Someone kind like that would not make it so bad or scary.
    +1 answer
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  29. EliseNo Gravatar
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    I see death as someone who makes the transition to the afterlife a little easier on the person, like a mentor of the other world.

    I am a GFC follower. I don’t have a twitter account.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  30. JulieNo Gravatar
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    When I think of death, I picture the grim reaper coming to take you away.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

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  31. wanda flanaganNo Gravatar
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    1> +1 Id want to see him as a hot guy
    2> +2 Follower of this blog and of Dark Faerie tales on twitter
    3> +3 tweeted about this contest and posted link
    http://twitter.com/lilblupixie

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  32. EmilyNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always thought of death as “the shadder” like Fairlight describes it in Christy.

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  33. kisah j.No Gravatar
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    i would imagine that death would look like a person but give off this vibe of being not quite human…

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  34. CassNo Gravatar
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    The Grim Reaper. *shudders at the thought*

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    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. (@cc9309)

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  35. kemendraughNo Gravatar
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    +1 Dude, whoever said Terry Pratchett’s Death is a genius. I LOVE that Death. So yes, call me a copy-cat, but that’s what I’ll go with.
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  36. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    I perceive Death as cold, menacing, and heartless.

    I’m a follower.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  37. Terry MacNo Gravatar
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    I conceive death to be a neutral being, maybe in purple (a healing colour) who would change depending on the circumstances surrounding the death and the person’s life. On the evil side, death like in ‘Ghost’, and on the good side, death like ‘Michael’ with John Travolta.

    I am a follower too.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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