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A Haunted Halloween tour post with Kristie Cook and a giveaway!

Genesis Release Tour: The Greeks and Their Monsters
by
Kristie Cook

Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella releases this month and it’s 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.

Because Jessica’s in the midst of her Haunted Halloween event, I thought it’d be fun to look at the monsters of the period. The Greeks of the time held many festivals, including an annual feast to honor and appease the spirits of the dead. However, it wasn’t quite the same as Halloween or Samhain and didn’t occur in the same time of year.

The monsters they believed in were almost always some kind of result of some action or response by the Gods and Goddesses. Some may have “mated” with animals or, for various other reasons, were half-human-form and half-beast, such as the harpies and sirens, minotaur, centaurs and satyrs. Lesser-known tales existed about a werewolf that was a curse of a god.

The empousai and lamiai were somewhat similar to today’s vampires and succubi – they gave the illusion of beautiful women to lure young men into bed and then drink their blood. Lamia, who might be compared to Lilith and the original lamiai, was a descendant of Poseidon and had an affair with Zeus, which resulted in all kinds of problems I’ll let you research if you’re interested.

In Genesis, many Daemoni live among the humans, although covertly. The Ancients capitalized on – and, really, created – polytheism and pagan religions to thwart the humans, making it easier for their monsters to harvest human souls. They’ve planted the seeds of myths throughout the world, including those in Greece. You’ll find vampyres, were-creatures and various mages, from witches to shaman to sorcerers, in Genesis. And you might be surprised who makes up one of the worst monsters of the story.

Genesis will be available in ebook format next week, followed by print format in a couple of weeks. You can win a Soul Savers swag pack right here simply by commenting. Each comment also earns you an entry for the Grand Prize at the end of the release tour.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_ancient_Greece
http://www.theoi.com/Phasma/Empousai.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghosts

Genesis
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.

Promise
When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her fa├žade of normalcy… until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Purpose
Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s 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?

About the Author
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, coming October 2011.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle.

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Genesis by Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions (October 2011)
Reading Level: 17+
Series: Soul Savers 0.5
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.

Prize:

  • Random commenter will win a Soul Savers swag pack!
      • Kristie will be picking a winning comment by 11/3. Commenters will be entered into the GRAND PRIZE giveaway going on during the tour. Details are below. (Open Internationally)

All commenters throughout the tour will be thrown into the hat for the Grand Prize — a Soul Savers tote bag filled with signed print copies of Genesis, Promise and Purpose, Soul Savers swag and more (US only; if an international winner is randomly chosen, they'll receive ebooks of all three books and another Grand Prize winner will be selected). You MUST be a follower to win.

You can earn bonus entries for the Grand Prize by sharing the tour and giveaway on your blog, Twitter and/or Facebook. Just comment on this post with the link(s) to your post(s). You can do this as often as you like throughout the tour. The giveaway ends at midnight, 11/6, and the winner will be announced on Monday, 11/7.
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