It's time for the Carnival Blog Hop! Jean Murray and I have gotten together to get you some pretty cool prizes. The prizes will go to ONE winner. (Details below).
Hi Jean, since this is a carnival inspired blog hop I thought we'd have a little fun with the interview rather than some of the normal questions. Thank you so much for doing this with me! It has been so much fun!
Bakin_Goddess: The first book in your series has to do with Egyptian Mythos. I see that (in a carnival setting) as snake charmers and such. How do you think Egyptian Mythos would fit into a Carnival scene?
Jean: Actually, Ancient Egyptians would celebrate the changing of the seasons (3 carnivals per year), the largest of which was a 5-day carnival during the rising of the Dog Star in July. They would have grand celebrations. I don’t know what their carnivals looked like 3-5000 years ago, but if we could have one today with modern twist, it would probably have Astrological and Tarot card readings, snake charming, belly dancing. Maybe, a Duat (Underworld) Fun House. The ride can take you through the Underworld with all its perils on your journey to the Afterlife. Guess the Deity Booth. It’s fun to think about anyways.
Bakin_Goddess: In a little promotion of your book, tell us a little about your favorite part of the book.
Jean: Boy, to pick just one. If I have to choose one it would be the scene where Asar strands Lilly in the Underworld for her own protection. Lilly, the control freak that she is, decides to find transportation back to the human realm behind Asar’s back. She finds herself in over her head at an orgy dressed in her huntress uniform of tight black leather and bladed steel. Needless to say the warriors think Lilly and Kit are the night’s entertainment. I’ll stop there. Do I dare mention she gets caught? I like it because it is funny and tense all at the same time.
Bakin_Goddess: Ok, Miss Jean -- are you ready for the quick shot questions??? Take a deep breath.....Here we go!!! You have to answer these just off the top of your head!
1. Meat and potatoes or Salad and veggies?
Meat and potatoes, hands down. That’s what my brain tells me anyway. My waist line? Well…
2. Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew? Diet or Regular?
I prefer diet Pepsi, but since that isn’t one of the choices I’ll go with diet Mountain Dew. I drank tons of the stuff trying to stay awake on nightshifts in the ICU. I don’t think I slept a wink after those nights.
3. Rock 'n Roll or country?
I’m a rock and roll kind of girl. Although, I do like some of the main street country. It’s good to keep an open mind.
4. What character in any book do you most connect with?
I have to pick one of my characters of course. Well, how about three. I love my Carrigan sisters, Lilly, Kit and Kendra. There is a little of me in each one. Lilly is very focused, but head strong—which can be great attribute, sometimes. As you will see in Soul Reborn, Lilly’s stubbornness is her best attribute, but often gets her in over her head. Kit is as sassy as they come. My husband tells me my sarcastic wit is endearing, up to a point. Kendra is shy and innocent. In that respect, I still like to see the good in people and assume the best until proven otherwise.
5. Favorite dessert & do you bake? What?!! They don't call me the Bakin_Goddess for nothin'!!!
Anything chocolate with peanut butter. I love to make brownies with peanut butter chips. OMG, to die for. Halloween? I go straight for the Reese’s cups.
6. Tarot cards or palm reading?
My palms are pretty bland, so I would say Tarot cards. I’ll be honest. I was never much into fortune telling. Are you ready for the big until? Until I went to AAD convention in 2009. They were doing readings using various mediums. I decided to do it for fun and by chance sat down at the tarot card table. The reader was a fellow author that I had never met before. Want to know my fortune? She said I had a very old soul with that came wisdom. (okay, pretty general). She also said that in two years my life would change dramatically and my efforts at writing would finally pay off in a publishing contract. At the time I thanked her kindly and went on my way. Well, here it is two years later and my book released in April 2011. She was either a pretty good guesser or she was dead on in her prediction.
7. Are you superstitious at all?
My coworkers in the hospital would always get mad at me when I used the dreaded “Boy, it’s quiet.” They would be knocking on every wood surface they could find. I always told myself, “It’s what you make it.” Here it comes… BUT, I have to say working in the ER on a full moon, well that’s a different story. Something about that glowing round ball in the night sky makes people go loony.
8. How do you think the pyramids were built?
Oh, you are really testing me now. First let me say, however it was done it was an amazing feat beyond our comprehension. Although it seems impossible with the tools and technology of the period, I believe there is nothing humans can’t achieve with
the right combination of fortitude, dedication and sacrifice. Five thousand years from now, anthropologists will look back on our culture and wonder how we achieved space flight, medical therapies, modes of transportation etc…
Thank you for some really cool answers and for putting so much energy into making this a great stop on the Carnival Blog Hop!
Send Ms. Murray a warm welcome over at her blog or her website.
Use This Link To Purchase Soul Reborn.
THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD.
Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.
DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED.
Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only things standing in the way of the goddess' undead army unleashing hell on earth. But Lilly has a secret--one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.
I just want to say, thank you so much for the interview! I'm going to go bake something now that I've got so much nervous energy! What do you guys think? Awesome huge chocolate chip cookies? A Cake? Brownies? Heck....maybe I'll do it all!
NOW ON TO THE LOOT -- ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.
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Make sure you leave your e-mail address so that I am able to get in touch with you. The winner has 72 hours to respond to my e-mail after being notified or another winner will be drawn. Winners will be chose via the Random.org Goddess.
WHAT YOU'RE GONNA GET
1. An E-book of Soul Reborn by Jean Murray
3. A book thong by the talented Stupid Shiny Designs Style is Margot) with a scent bar of my choice (click on name of burner for link to purchase more Scentsy products)
Again, thank you to Jean Murray for being so generous.
Since I don't know how to list all the linkies for you, here is the link to Pure Imagination Blog who is hosting the Hop (All the linkies are right there).
Comments are closed now. Thank you all for stopping by and I appreciate all your kind words! Jean and I will be announcing the winner as soon as I can tally up all the comments and the Random.org Goddess does her thing so be watching your in box. I will also announce the winner in a new post!
To Jean Murray, You have been a delight to work with! I wish all blog hosts could be so lucky! Thank you for your time and your generosity!
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