Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jaye Frances Guest Post & The Kure Giveaway

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Jaye Frances Guest Post

Thank you, Jamie, for hosting me on Fantasy Book Chick today. I really appreciate the opportunity to talk about The Kure, and to let your readers know about my Resolve To Read promotion on Amazon through the month of January.
I’m often asked about the challenges of developing the conflicts of conscience and the moral quandaries faced by the main characters in The Kure, especially given the less-than-honorable intentions that brought John Tyler to Sarah Sheridan’s doorstep. When I realized there was a romance in the making, I had to determine what would compel a likeable, genuine, upstanding guy like John to succumb to such desperate and irresponsible actions. I decided there had to be another influence involved—a demonic and threatening power that held the strings of fate in delicate balance—that would force John to make questionable decisions when he was the most vulnerable.
In the following excerpt, John has just revealed the ancient and forbidden ritual to Sarah, admitting that his search for a young virgin was driven by the malevolent curse of the Kure.
Here’s an excerpt:
Sarah’s chin sank to her chest. For a long while, she said nothing, her breathing audibly quick and shallow.
John waited, stealing small glances, looking for some sign, some indication she was not about to make a terrified jump from the wagon and run away into the approaching night.
Finally, she spoke. “I want the truth. Did you know I would be eighteen tomorrow?”
He hesitated, but it was useless to mitigate his answers with excuses, and much too late to lie. He nodded, and not sure she could see him, added almost too softly to hear, “Yes, I did.” Then Sarah was looking at him. But instead of panic or fear, her eyes burned with anger, her expression so intense, John could feel her wanting to lock on and hold him to the fire. Her words came blunt and heavy, her speech deliberate and slow, as if meant to crush the life out of him. “You thought . . . that I would do such a thing?”
John dropped his head, shaking it from side to side. “No. No. No.”
He wanted to reach for her and pull her close, to tell her Hhow desperation had driven him to do things so out of character, so unlike who he really was. Most important, he wanted her to know his integrity was still intact, and he had no intention of asking her to take part in the despicable rite.
He tried to make her understand. “I admit, in the very beginning I thought about it. After the doctor warned me about the possibility of permanent damage, I was willing to consider anything that might help me.” He paused, hoping she could sense his sincerity. “But even before we met, before I heard you coming down the stairs for the first time, I had already changed my mind. I wasn’t going to ask you—or anyone else—to do such a despicable thing. Why else would I have tried so hard to keep it from you?”
Sarah remained motionless on the seat, giving no indication she’d heard a single word of John’s confession.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
John Tyler, a young man in his early twenties, discovers he has contracted a ghastly affliction affecting a most sensitive part of his body. When the village doctor offers the conventional, and potentially disfiguring, treatment as the only cure, John tenaciously convinces the doctor to reveal an alternative remedy—a forbidden ritual contained within an ancient manuscript called the Kure.
Although initially rejecting the vile and unholy rite, John realizes, too late, that the ritual is more than a faded promise scrawled on a page of crumbling paper. And as cure quickly becomes curse, the unholy text unleashes a dark power that drives him to consider the unthinkable—a depraved and wicked act requiring the corruption of an innocent soul.
Ultimately, John must choose between his desperate need to arrest the plague that is destroying his body, and the virtue of the woman he loves, knowing the wrong decision could cost him his life.
               For a limited time, read “The Kure” for only $.99 (kindle version)
I always spend the last few days of December reviewing my writing plan for the coming year—to determine what’s going to receive priority and how I will budget my time to make sure I get it done. During one of those planning sessions, I noticed my husband was also putting a few goals together for the new year. When I asked him to tell me about his “resolutions,” he said that one of them was to read more, especially books that fall outside his favorite genres, “just to see what else is out there.” We began to talk about how many more people are now reading books of all kinds, primarily due to increased availability and choice of low-cost eBooks for the kindle and nook. I’m constantly reading comments from readers who decided to try a particular author’s work because it was ninety-nine cents, or in some cases, free. Then my husband asked an interesting question: “Why don’t you offer some kind of promotion to encourage more people to read The Kure, with the idea that they’ll be more inclined to read the book if you temporarily lower the price?” I really had to think about this one, but after realizing it might motivate a few more folks who are not familiar with The Kure to take a look, I decided to do it. I’m calling it “Resolve To Read”, and it’s going on right now. Effective for the month of January, the kindle version of The Kure can be purchased for ninety-nine cents on Amazon. So if you were planning on buying a kindle version anyway, why not take advantage of the “Resolve To Read” promotion and save two bucks?
I’d like to conclude by sharing a few details about myself. I was born in the Midwest and grew up surrounded by traditional values and conservative attitudes (which I quickly discarded). I’ll readily admit that my life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent, and I invite visitors to my website with a friendly caveat: “Be forewarned, my life has not followed the traditional path of homemaker, wife, and mother.” When I’m not consumed by my writing, I enjoy cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which wind up on my website. I live on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing my home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. 

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1 comment:

  1. That excerpt interested me. I'm wondering what is this despicable rite, why is it despicable, and what is his affliction.