Thursday, October 27, 2011

Genesis by Kristie Cook Blog Stop and Giveaway

Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella 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.

So it’s kind of hard to find pictures of the Greek landscape of the time, but, thankfully, we can look at the countryside of today to get an idea. We just have to make our minds focus on nature and try to imagine what the ancient villages and cities might have looked like, rather than the buildings of today.

Greece is surrounded by water, has 1,400 islands and 8,498 miles of coastline, yet is 80% mountainous. It also has the third largest canyon in the world, as well as Mount Olympus. There are immense forests, rocky terrain and plains with lakes and wetlands. With a lot of variety for a relatively small country, the landscape is nothing short of breathtaking. You can take a peek at some pictures on my website at www.KristieCook.com by looking for today’s related blog post.

The landscape plays a significant role in Genesis because the main characters are constantly traveling. They live like nomads in the wilderness, sometimes on the plains surrounded by woods, sometimes in caves in mountains and sometimes by the sea. They are often cresting a hill, looking off a cliff at the sea or hurdling boulders in a canyon. As nomads, they live off the land, finding olives, mulberries, figs and wildlife, including rabbits, squirrels, foxes, and, of course, fish.

I’ve wanted to visit Greece since I was about 12 years old. I still plan to some day soon, but for this book, I had to rely on photos, websites and friends who live there. Fortunately, I found much inspiration that allowed my mind to go there even if my body couldn’t. And a little side hint: We’re not done with Greece and what is now Macedonia – we’ll be back in Devotion, book three in the Soul Savers Series.

Thank you, Cynthia and Book Reader Addicts, for having me! I have a Soul Savers swag pack up for grabs for one lucky commenter. Also, your comments gain you entries for the Grand Prize. For more details on the Genesis Release Tour and the Grand Prize, visit the tour page (http://www.kristiecook.com/2011/10/genesis-release-tour-giveaways.html). 


Thank you Kristie for stopping by and letting us participate in your tour. I was hoping to have a review done for Genesis today but I still have one night of reading left to do. I will keep the giveaway open till Monday, October 31st. When I announce to winner on Tuesday, November 1st I will also post my review.
If you haven't already checked out Genesis yet please do. I think you guys will really like it.


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.











Also, check out other books by Kristie. I enjoyed them and I know you will too.

Alexis Ames decides to learn who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their secrets closely. After meeting Tristan Knight and discovering that he s not normal either, the secrets begin to unravel. Their union brings promise to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy. Because they are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.






 Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, shell plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, shes been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When shes forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.

Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebration Bash Week 4 Winners!


Sorry for posting this so late. I started a new job so I an trying to get used to the schedule. Thank you everyone for helping us celebrate the Facebook page's 1 year anniversary and  reaching 4,000 "likes"! Now on to the winners!!!
The 2 winner's of a $10 gift card to Amazon.com donated by our reviewer Stephanie are... SWEETMARIE83 and KELLY MCQUAY!!!

The winner for a book up to $15 from the Book Depo donated by our reviewer Jenn is... JAN GALLOWAY!!!

The 3 winners of their choice from 1 of 6 signed books are... AMANDA CHESSHIR, CLARISSA P, and LOLARIFIC!!!
**all winners are chosen using Random.org through Raffelcopter**

Congrats everyone! I have sent an email to all the winners and will give them till Friday to respond back. If I haven't heard from them I will choose new winners!

HAPPY READING!!!
Cynthia