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Guest Post & Giveaway: Eleri Stone, author of Redemption

by davincikittieSeptember 23, 2011

from Carina Press

 

Please help me welcome Eleri Stone, author of Redemption, to GraveTells!

If you missed GT’s review of Redemption last week, take a minute to pop over to the post and check it out.  I really enjoyed reading Redemption and have added Mercy, the first book in the Lost City Shifters series, to my 2011 Reading List so I can read more about the Lost City Shifters!  Ms. Stone has graciously agreed to do a guest post and giveaway here on GraveTells.  All weekend, starting today and lasting through Sunday evening at 11:59 pm EST, comment to this post and answer the question Ms. Stone asks in her guest spot below, and you’ll be entered into the giveaway for one e-copy of Redemption. You will get one entry for commenting (1 total, but feel free to comment and chat us up as much as you like! =) ), and one entry each for following/subscribing/etc during the contest.  You can also enter once daily by tweeting about the contest (details below)!  The contest widget is below, so read on and see what Ms. Stone had to say about the unique, historical setting for her Lost City Shifters

 

Thanks GraveTells for inviting me to stop by today! Redemption, the second book in the Lost City Shifter’s series, releases on Monday and I’m excited to send Adriano and Sophie off into the great big world. Adriano’s story begins in book one, Mercy, although he’s only mentioned in passing there. He’s a jaguar shapeshifter who was serving as a military captain of his people, the Yaguara. Five years ago, he balked at an order to destroy a building which housed civilians. Because he disobeyed orders and because a child died anyway, he was viewed as a traitor by both sides of the conflict and sent into exile.

Redemption opens with Adriano trying to earn his way home by recovering a priceless artifact from a damaged archaeological site in Peru. He believes that its recovery will be a powerful enough incentive for the Yaguara to grant him a pardon in exchange for its return.  Sophie is an inquisitive and hard-working archaeologist who keeps getting in his way. Adriano’s plan to seduce her as a distraction backfires, and what follows is a fast-paced adventure through their own temple of doom.

The site in Redemption was modeled after a real archaeological site in Peru called Chavín de Huántar, which captured my imagination when I first heard of it—dark tunnels, a forgotten culture, an ancient temple constructed by a priesthood who actually believed that they could transform into jaguars (under the influence of psychotropic drugs). So this story began with the question, “What if those priests were telling the truth?”

What if the priesthood actually were men and women who could shapeshift into jaguars and were worshipped by the local human population as gods? What if that strange and mysterious civilization hadn’t died out, but had only retreated into the depths of the Amazon jungle? What if there were clues left behind in the indecipherable temple carvings that might reveal them?

Take that fascination along with a love of all things paranormal, add in a huge infatuation with Indiana Jones **sigh** and Redemption was born. Setting plays a huge part in what attracts me to a story.

I’m going to be giving away an ebook copy of Redemption to one of the commenters today and I’m curious about your favorite kind of setting. Do you prefer the exotic or do you like it better when an author can make a familiar place seem new and mysterious? Ireland, ancient Rome or Hometown, USA. Just let me know to be entered! (Also please include a way to contact you if you win.)

I hope you enjoy reading about Sophie and Adriano’s adventure as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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About The Author
davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
32 Comments
  • September 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Thanks DVK and GraveTells for having me here today!

    • September 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Hey Eleri! My pleasure – thanks for stopping by!

      You know, I know my favorite book setting is urban. There’s something comfortable about being in the city, even if you’re surrounded by crazy paranormal things. Adriano can be at home anywhere because he can just turn into a cat but Sophie is a real trooper to camp out in tents at a dig site for so long!

  • Cassie
    September 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

    This series sounds pretty interesting! I am looking forward to reading it. I love PNR and mysteries, so Redemption sounds right up my alley!

  • rochelle
    September 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

    HI
    After looking at the review here about your new book it intrigues me for a number of reasons. 1st It is its about Shapeshifters some of my favorite authors write stories that are about shapeshifters (love them more then Vampires). 2nd is that it is in a jungle/Urban setting. 3rd the fact that there is an adventure and it has archaeological aspects to it.
    So I am intrigued and will need to start this series.

    • September 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      There’s a good amount of exploring the temple and ruins around the dig site, and even a steamy scene in a couple of exotic places. If you’re into archaeology, adventure, alpha males, and shapeshifters, this should be right up your alley!

  • September 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I like urban settings, too. Just started Stacia Kane’s Downside series about a week ago and am already on the 3rd book. The tension w/ Terrible is driving me crazy though. Urban fantasy makes me a little loopy because I always want just a little more focus on the romance.
    I hope you like Redemption, Cassie and Rochelle!

  • Captain Dirty Pants
    September 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    My favorite setting is : ANY! IF there’s some sexy Smex Beam action, a great heroine and an alpha male running around thwarting bad guys, I’m in.

    As long as the author can create that world and make it believable, I will hold their hand and jump right into the rabbit hole.

    • September 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Adriano is definitely alpha and has his smex beam on full for Sophie. =P And she’s very tenacious. She reminds me of the chick from Jurassic Park who is smart and intrigued by everything and doesn’t really think about what she’s putting her hands into before she just does it. You will like this one Captain – it sizzles!

  • Lisa
    September 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Hey DVK!
    I read your review on Redemption. It really sounds like something I woud love to read! 🙂

  • Lisa
    September 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I like any setting really. As long as the author can create a setting so readers can step away from their reality for a little while.

  • Captain Dirty Pants
    September 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Question for Eleri: Do you enjoy doing research for your books?
    And how closely do you stick to history and how much do you fudge? Some readers get really pissy about that stuff. And finally what other worlds and ideas do you have floating around?

    • September 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      I do enjoy research. As far as sticking to history…in this book a lot of the physical descriptions of the site itself are as accurate as I could make them…there is a black and white portal, Lanzon, Tello Obelisk. The tenon heads are real…half-jaguar, half-human carvings that were mounted on the walls. A lot of Chavin art depicts anthropomorphic jaguar figures so it was really fun to mix that up with my own yaguara mythology. But in the end since it’s PNR, it’s a blend of true historical fact and my imagination.
      As for future projects? I have a release coming up Jan 2 called Demon Crossings that’s set in Iowa and draws heavily from Norse mythology.

  • September 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I love fantasy worlds as a setting, or the normal world with fantasy beings mingling with humans. The setting has to fit the story, that’s all I really care about.

    • September 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      I like fantasy settings too where it’s an entirely new world but I kind of like it when the fantasy world is similar to our own in some way. Maybe it makes it more relatable?

  • September 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Hmmm, interesting question. I would have to say I like all types of world. The exotic, the city, space; it just has to “fit” the story, enhance it and the author has to sell me that it fits that story. I think I use different settings for different needs in my life. Sometimes you just need to escape things and a fantasy world where I can be a warrior queen is much more fulfilling at that time than a contemporary romance set in the city with a heroine struggling with her job. Although, I do usually gravitate to those with exotic creatures or locations. 😀

    • September 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      It’s funny that you say that about setting fitting the story because usually when I get an idea, it’s character and conflict but now that I think about it, the setting is always there too. I was familiar with this archaeological site because of my research for Mercy and the original idea for Redemption was Sophie brushing off the tenon head and Adriano watching her knowing that she was the person who stood between him and the artifact he needed to recover.

  • Captain Dirty Pants
    September 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Ooh Norse mythology! I love the sound of this book I’ll be picking up a copy.:). Adriano and his lady sound like loads of fun. So will Demon Crossing have some references to Ragnorak (that’s Norse right?) And Valhalla, Odin, Thor, the (oh crap not Harpies but ….shoot I can’t remember what they are called! They take dying warriors from the battlefield.).

  • September 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    LOL. Ragnarok was actually the original working title and it’s the name of the town in IA. The premise is that Ragnarok (the apocalypse) already happened, destroying Asgard. The people who inhabit this little farming town are descended from the refugees who survived. They’re guarding an unstable portal to prevent fire demons from passing into our world. No Valkyries in this story but my editor is asking for another, so who knows?

    • Captain Dirty Pants
      September 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      I like me some post-apocalyptic crazy time! There’s some really interesting things you can do in that world, too. Lots of room for conflict and plot twists.

      I like how your mind works.

      Are you writing each book with the idea (or hope) that it will be requested to be a series, but trying to tie everything up at the end so that it can end well as a stand-alone? DVK and I have discussed how most PNR/UF seems to be written with the idea of it being a series — we both like the idea of the series because you get to form relationships with the characters and feel more invested in their journey or the world they inhabit.

      • September 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

        Hmm. That’s a tough one. I like series where you can go back again and again to revisit the world and your favorite characters. Love Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series for that reason. (She does such wonderful secondary characters.) But for PNR, I don’t like to be left hanging on the love story. So for my series–the world is the same but the main hero/heroine couple would be different in each book. I do try to make the books stand alone for that reason but rich enough for people reading all of them to get more out of the plot. That’s my intention, anyway : )

  • ladyr
    September 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I enjoy exotic locations but it is also fun to hear about places that you have been. Some authors have made New Orleans seem exotic! Really am attracted to the archeological aspect of this book. Would love to win it so I can read it! 😉

  • Captain Dirty Pants
    September 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for chatting with me. I’m. Huge Briggs fan myself. Mercy and Anna are the kind of heroines I like. Tough and resourceful but never too stupid or stubborn to ask for help. The world being developed by Ms. Briggs is something special. Those books are on my keep it forever pile.

  • Linda
    September 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I like fantasy & I love romance; PNR seems a happy merge of both to some extent. I like my books settings to be totally different from the known & familiar – probably why i like fantasy in magical farflung worlds.

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

  • September 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks so much to everyone who participated and entered the give-away, and to Eleri Stone for hanging out and chatting here on GraveTells with us.

    The contest is now closed and the winner has been determined by random drawing via the Rafflecopter widget above. Congratulations to Sherri @ Urban Girl Reader! Ms. Stone will be contacting you soon to send you your prize.

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