Saturday, April 30, 2011

Carnival Hop with Soul Reborn by Jean Murray

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.

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.

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!


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 Goddess.

1. An E-book of Soul Reborn by Jean Murray
2. A set of Egyptian-style Tarot cards.

3. A book thong by the talented Stupid Shiny Designs
4. A Full-size Scentsy Burner (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 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!

Keep Reading Dearhearts


ReneeRearden said...


Congratulations on your new release. Soul Reborn sounds fantastic! I'm so glad this is a series. Great books are even better when more friends join the party!

Keep 'em coming...


Anonymous said...

Soul Reborn sounds great !!

I am a HUGE baker, I bake about 150 dozen cookies each Christmas to give to be in the kitchen :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. And thank you for the Bakin Goddess for having me over. Spread the word!

SpadesHigh said...

the interview was great, some parts had me laughing. especially about the superstition one hahaha im the same way, i get made fun of by my husband. The interview questions were a perfect set up for the answers.. and it sounded like the pyramid question was a trap. but it really does make you wonder what IS the real 'how was it made' question. you have no choice but to say the answer is other worldly. Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway and added read =)

TValeros18 [at] gmail [dot] com
GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads #50 woohoo!! =D

van_pham said...

great interview!

I like baking, but i'm not so great at it :P
Soul Reborn sounds great! and thanks for the giveaway

GFC follower


Lieder Madchen said...

Lovely interview, I liked the fun questions. :) Soul Reborn sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway!

GFC follower


Anonymous said...


Thanks, Renee. I'm having a blast writing the next book.

Ricki said...

I can only imagine how crazy the ER gets on a full moon! This is an awesome giveaway, BTW. I am a new follower.

Bakin_Goddess said...


Kym! That sounds like me with my fudge during Christmas! Well, that and just about anything else I can think of to give from my kitchen. Cookies, name it. I make about 5 different kinds of fudge and end up making about 20 to 30 batches, plus baking!!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Bakin_Goddess said...


Its what you put your heart into that makes whatever comes out of your kitchen good! Keep going. You will start to feel better about it! Just enjoy what you're doing. That's all that matters!

Jean is wonderful! This is going to be an awesome series! Thanks for coming by!

Rex Robot Reviews said...

Awesome interview! So happy you told me to stop by your blog, Kim :) I would have been missin' out.

I'm a GFC follower! rexreadingrobot at gmail dot com

jessica said...

Great interview! I'm a country music gal myslef but your books sound really good. I'm a GFC follower.
Jessica B
jessangil at gmail dot com

Bakin_Goddess said...

@Rex Robot Reviews

Awwww!!! What a great compliment!!! Thanks so much! I'm glad you did stop by! Jean is awesome! Her answers were wonderful weren't they?

Keep Reading!

Mary Ellen said...

Thank you for the chance to win and for the wonderful interview. Very good questions! My mother worked in the Psych unit at our local hospital and she said the same thing about the full moon! I enjoyed the answers to the Egyptian carnival question! And I love the images on your blog!
I'm a GFC follower - Mary Ellen Thompson

Anonymous said...

Wow, I lose internet connectivity for a day and look at all the posts. YEAH!! Keep them coming. We only have until the 5th. Kimberly is such a fabulous host :-)

I'm glad everyone likes the interview and I promise you will like Soul Reborn. It is a dark paranormal, but it truly comes down with one resonating theme~ Love & Redemption.

Anonymous said...

Here are my links:

I would love some followers :-)

Jean Murray

Krystal said...

I loved the interview though I doubt your palms are bland! I need to read this book, I can't imagine the scenario where someone would be left stranded in the Underworld for their own protection! Thank you so much for this giveaway, though I enjoyed the interview too! I follow you as Krystal Larson

June M. said...

Thank you both for the giveway.

GFC: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Bakin_Goddess said...


Sorry about the "links" to Jean's websites. For some reason they aren't working properly. Will work on fixing those first thing tomorrow. It is WAYYY to late for HTML code on these tired ol' eyes! LOL

Thanks for the support and wonderful comments to our part of the hop! You will definitely enjoy the book! It had me hooked!

Keep Reading Dearhearts

Mona said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway -- great prize pack. I really enjoy the fun questions.
. I LOVE Reeses peanut butter cups -- my all-time favorite.
. I also have eclectic tastes in music(and books/movies/TV)
. I'm not a superstitious person either but there's something about that full moon.



throuthehaze said...

Fun interview! I especially like the this or that type of questions
I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Judy said...

I really enjoyed the interview. Your book Soul Reborn really looks like a fantastic read. Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Of Course would love to win, but am going to check out these books!!!

I am a follower-GFC-judy


Sakira said...

Haha... I love the description of the scene with Lilly finding transportation back to the human realm behind Asar’s back. She sounds like a resourceful girl and definitely one who won't listen if she doesn't want to! I definitely have to check this book out!!!

By the way, I LOVE chocolate with peanut butter!!! It was cool learning that Jean Murray loves it too :D

Thanks for the generous giveaway!

GFC Follower: Sakira
elfdrop AT gmail DOT com

Bakin_Goddess said...

Thanks for the great compliments everybody! Please pass the word around about Jean's book and the giveaway! I'd like for as many people as we can muster up to see what a great book it is! Still working on the fixes for the "links" in the blog post. For some reason they aren't fixing. Couldn't be me could it??? NEVER!!! LOL. Happy baking
Keep Reading Dearhearts

Anonymous said...

Just got back from the Field Museum in Chicago. Asar and Lilly got their pictures taken with some real mummies. I'll try and post them to my blog when I get home. Great comments everyone!

Thanks again for having me over for some carnival fun.
Your humble author, Jean Murray

Anonymous said...

Yes, Lilly is a bit stubborn in that department, but she is the perfect match for Asar. They just need to work at it~ a lot ;-)
Jean Murray

Bakin_Goddess said...

Ok, everybody. The links in the blog post to Jean's website and her blog (just click on those words in the post -- they're the brownish color) are working again!! Yea!!!!


Anonymous said...

Awesome interview, the book sounds amazing and the prizes are gorgeous especially the Tarot cards :) I am a GFC follower- Krysta Banco


Lisa - Bookworm Lisa said...

I really enjoyed the quick question and answer portion of the interview. You get to know more about a person when they don't have time to think about their answers.

I follow on GFC
ke7yca at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

I'm an ok baker...sometimes it's more of a joke here. lol

GFC follower

meredithfl at gmail dot com

~Enamored Soul~ said...

What an amazing interview! Ahhh, I love chocolate and peanut butter too! That combination rocks! And boy do I love baking. Taking ingredients, precise measurements, lots of love and VIOLA! you've created a delectable treat! :D Also, I loved the answer the author gave to how she thinks the pyramids were built - I feel the exact same way! :D

Thank you for hosting this amazingly generous giveaway and being part of this amazing blog hop! :D May Spring shower you with much joy!

GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~
Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

Bakin_Goddess said...

I'm glad everybody is enjoying this stop of the blog hop!!! Jean's a super nice lady. I haven't had a lot of time to stop by and say thank you to everybody but wanted to take a second to do so today! Awesome comments! Can't wait to see who wins!!!

April X said...

Great interview! I usually end up being the one saying "Boy it's quiet" at really bad times haha. and "Doesn't this remind you of a horror movie?"
I'm a GFC follower!

Stephanie said...

Great interview. I love the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway.

GFC follower - Stephanie M

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Chelsea Rafferty said...

What a cool interview! I love her already! A fellow Diet Pepsi fan (and I would have chosen Diet MD out of those choices as well) and an admiration for Reeses Peanut butter cups? We must be soulmates *grins* I loved the tarot reading and I think that's absolutely amazing :) I want to go with you on your next one :)
Your book sounds extremely interesting :D adding it to my TBR pile :)
GFC: Chelsea Rafferty

email is swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I want to thank the Bakin Goddess for having me over. I had a great time with all of you. Can't wait to find out who wins the great prize pack. I hope you enjoy Soul Reborn. For anyone who reads it, I'd love to hear what you think.
Jean Murray

stacey said...

Love the interview
Chocolate Chip Cookies maybe I will make some with oatmeal.
I Follow you Via GFC


Hannah said...

This book sounds great and the interview had me chuckling. Thanks for hosting!

I adore baking. I make an awesome red velvet cake from scratch.

~Hannah (same GFC name)

Bakin_Goddess said...

Ooooh Hannah!!! Red Velvet Cake From Scratch??? I think you might have to pass that on -- *looking at you with pleading eyes* Please? lol

Keep Reading Dearheart

Lora1967 said...

WOW WHat a great interview. Thank you for being so genorus. This is the best package i have seen so far. I would LOVE to win this package.
Thank you sooo much.

linda2060 said...

I'm hungry with all the talk about food. I'm more of a tarot card person too. I've still got to try that out. Wow, I love this giveaway! She's so generous!

Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com