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Far From Heaven is available today from Samhain Publishing!
Wow, this day sort of sneaked up on me, but at the same time it feels like it took forever to get here. A lot of craziness has happened this year, which is why I’ve been majorly scarce on the blog and why Ghost & Macy are creeping along at a snail’s pace. (But, they are creeping; that’s the important part.)
Anyway, I’ll talk a little bit about FFH. This was one of those miraculous instances where the entire story unfurled in my head like a movie on fast-forward, start to finish, BOOM. I had the entire idea down to how it ended all mapped out within a couple minutes while I was driving home from work. There really isn’t much to say about where I drew my inspiration or anything, because the story was just…there. That, like, hardly ever happens to me. I’m usually a pantser through and through (but don’t think for one hot minute that any sort of outlining occurred. Perish the thought! I do well to *write* a freaking book–if I spent time on all that prep work, I’d never get started).
It was a year ago this month that I had the idea. Two days after I had this shiny new idea, I had a wreck and totaled my car. *sigh* Not fun. But I came out with barely a scratch, so there’s some good news. :-) Then more craziness ensued. Heck, who am I kidding? The craziness never stops around this place. But I finally got this book cranked out. I want to thank my wonderful editor, Linda Ingmanson, who really pushed me on this one to make it the best it could be, and who was there to bounce ideas around with me. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it in the end.
I hope you enjoy Ash and Madeleine. I can’t say it was all sunshine and rainbows writing these two–he is a demon, after all, and a pretty diabolical one at that–but I’m so happy I was given their story to tell.
I just added the first excerpt to Far from Heaven’s page. Enjoy, and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We eschewed a Thanksgiving replay in favor of grilling burgers and hot dogs…and potato salad and BBQ beans and Mom’s chicken spaghetti and my grandma’s banana pudding (which will make your toes curl), among many, MANY other things. It was a free-for-all, pretty much. There was pumpkin pie and apple pie and chocolate pie and key lime pie…OMG. Can you say misery? Cuz I has it. Along with probably five to ten extra pounds. Oh, and there was Moscato. Can’t forget that. :-)
I wanted to thank everyone for a fabulous 2010. Here’s to 2011 being even bigger and better!
Hope everyone who celebrates had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving. I ate way too much and didn’t dare brave the Black Friday sales. I’m just a wuss like that. Unfortunately, NaNoWriMo was a bust, but once things settle down I’m going to stage my own little CherrieNoWriMo. Or something. I’m bound and determined to crank out these books I’m working on, but it just isn’t happening in November. As I pondered here before, who in the world thought November was a good month for this? Oy. Anyway, I’m not losing too much sleep over it. Although I highly admire (and am admittedly a little jealous of) the authors who won this year. That’s an amazing feat and they should be proud. I know they are–I sure would be!
Now, onward to the point of this post (and there is one, honest). We have a blurb for Far from Heaven, and I just set up its book page here at the site. April will be here before we know it! So I’m getting everything in order. Look for excerpts once we get through more of the editing process; I’d hate to post something and then have to make substantial changes to it or delete it altogether. Probably unlikely, but ya never know. ;-)
His love could damn her soul…
Ashemnon’s demonic hunger for Madeleine Dean’s pure, vibrant soul has tormented him throughout every lifetime she’s lived on earth. Now, thanks to her desperate father, he has a blood-tight contract in hand. Soon, her soul will belong to him.
All her life, Maddie has been haunted by strange occurrences, hallucinations and increasingly intense nightmares. As her ex-boyfriend walks away, she can almost hear the pieces of her life falling around her. And then she falls—literally—into the arms of a stranger who’s the first and only person to understand.
Ash meant to pluck her soul, not sweep her off her feet. Yet the moment they touch, the temptation to seduce her again and again is more than he can resist. Despite the risk, he finds himself succumbing to her charms. And, impossibly, falling in love.
Then Ash learns the reason it’s taken centuries to get to this point: He’s not the only one with a claim on her soul. Heaven and Hell are in a tug of war—and Maddie’s the rope. Control wrested from his hands, Ash can only wait for her to make a choice that will damn one soul to Hell…or damn her own.
I thought I would go ahead and post the playlist for Far from Heaven while it’s fresh in my mind. Once I create the book page, I’ll move it there.
WOW. I must say, these songs really saved me while I was writing this book, and at least one of them presented itself almost…supernaturally. “Walk Away” by 5FDP is a song I’d heard before and dismissed, for the most part, though I really love the band. But while I was struggling with a particularly intense scene between Ash and Madeleine, it came up in my playlist, and the entire first verse just took my breath away. It was so fitting, I almost cried. It’s definitely *their* song.
It’s moments like that I live for and it’s the reason I will always write to music. “Stargazer” by Rainbow is so epic it’s practically a playlist of its own. I had it on repeat quite a bit, especially toward the end (RIP, Ronnie James Dio. Your voice was inhuman).
Anyway, I’m sure it’ll all make much more sense once the book is out, but without further ado, behold my own personal soundtrack to Far from Heaven:
“Walk Away” by Five Finger Death Punch
“Say You’ll Haunt Me” by Stone Sour
“Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold
“Stargazer” by Rainbow
“Help I’m Alive” by Metric
“Lights Out” by Breaking Benjamin
“All I Ever Wanted” by Otto’s Daughter
“A Drowning” by How to Destroy Angels
“Turn So Cold” by Drowning Pool
“You’ve Seen the Butcher” by Deftones
“Goodnight” by The Birthday Massacre
“Collapsing” by Demon Hunter
“Seen It All” by Korn
Enjoy! While I’m here, I’d also just like to say THANK YOU! At the moment, Unleashed is selling like gangbusters in the Kindle store (#199 as of 9:00 a.m.). I am amazed and truly humbled that so many are taking a chance on my little debut effort. I remember looking at those bestseller charts long ago and wishing I could be on them. And there I am! So, thank you, thank you, thank you!