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Guest Post:
Jessica Shirvington + Giveaway

About the Author:

Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES. An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for FOXTEL and Sky News. (Read More)

I just finished Embrace yesterday and it was a lot of fun to read! Lincoln 4 life, bby! I'm glad to have Jessica Shirvington stopping by the blog today as part of the Are You Ready to Embrace? blog tour. Please give her a warm smile and a nice little wave! Be excited, because Jessica is here today to discuss her reasons for creating the setting of Embrace.
Where Are You From?
By Jessica Shirvington

In my first draft of EMBRACE (there were eight!), I didn’t set the city. I was in two minds the entire time. I suppose I was drawing on all the places I have been around the world. Although I now live in Sydney, when I started to write EMBRACE, my family and I had just moved back from six years living in London. And prior to that, I’d spent quite a lot of time travelling to many cities around the world – so much so, that when I was writing scenes in EMBRACE, I found myself thinking of different cities around the world and never being able to truly decided which one most suited Violet’s world.

In my second and third and fourth drafts, I chose different cities (I’ll never tell) from around the world and set Violet’s story there. But each time, it felt forced.

I wanted her to live in a city, as opposed to some small town where all these major apocalyptic events just miraculously found her. To be believable she had to be in a metropolitan environment, but which one?

In the end, the answer was … any of them, and none of them. It wasn’t that the cities I chose didn’t work; it was that in my mind I’d amalgamated them into what I needed for her story to work for me. So I made the decision to give that option to all of my readers and simply called her city, the City.

It isn’t the ‘done thing’ usually, but I believe for this story, it works. I want readers to be able to put this story where they know. If they live in a city, it can be there, if they live in a rural area, then it isn’t a stretch for them to imagine a city nearby. It is an element of control that I wanted to give to the reader.

That said, I like a little control myself … and I discovered that by giving this open setting for Violet’s hometown, it also opened up the possibility to use other locations around the world that would really pop off the page.

In ENTICED (the sequel, out in September!), Violet and her friends find themselves travelling to Jordan – on a quest to the place of Moses’ death – Mount Nebo. In EMBLAZE (book 3, out March 2013) they travel to the island of Santorini in Greece, which is small and stunning, and holds terrors that none of them are prepared for.

Each book I take the characters somewhere new and as I write the series, I have discovered how very important this is to me. I want my characters to go to the world, to find the problems and be part of the solution, rather than the fight always, and too conveniently, finding them.


Thanks so much, Jessica, for stopping by the blog and giving us some awesome deets about your story! Be sure to read my review of the book.

It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…


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Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Great post! I couldn't imagine all the work that goes into one draft let alone 8! This book sounds amazing and it's always interesting to hear about the thought that goes into details like the location name. :)

Asher_Knight said...

 *LOL* Me, too. I'm still working on the first one. :D And it's a pretty cool read, I liked it. And I know what you mean. I love picking authors' brains and finding out why/how they do things!

Rachel Morgan said...

"I want readers to be able to
put this story where they know." <---- I decided the exact same thing for the current series I'm writing! Not once have I mentioned a "real life" place, because I want readers to imagine it, well, wherever they want to imagine it!
The cover for this book is lovely (I'm a purple fan!) and the book trailer, which popped into my email inbox recently, was gorgeous.

PS. Wish I could enter the competition, but I'm not from US/Canada :-(

Asher_Knight said...

 I'm glad to see that you can relate, that you understand her way of thinking! :DD And I get what she means. It is much nicer imagining things for yourself, although I do like an author setting me somewhere that's awesome that I know of but never been.

*fist-bumps* I'm a purple fan too! The cover is definitely fabulous.

And, I'm sorry. I am working on throwing an international giveaway pretty soon. Nothing major, but i'm saving up ;)

Caitlin Lomas said...

I love how the characters travel to places outside the US! That's so cool. Great post and a stunning cover

The Cait Files

Julie Witt said...

I think if someone were trying to convince me that I were a paranormal something or other, they would show me how to do whatever my particular type of paranormal being was! For example, if I were a vamp, show me how to lower my fangs!! 

Asher_Knight said...

 Right? I would love to know what my powers were, and maybe then I could fully believe it :)

Lexie@Bookbug said...

A lightning bolt! I would never believe it! Thanks for the great post!

Asher_Knight said...

Hehe. I would find that hard to believe as well! Thank you <3

Celine said...

I still have to read this book! I've seen this everywhere in Aussie with different cover and I'm not really interested to read the book based on the summary. Although, recently I traded with an Aussie blogger and got the first 2 books in the series. Can't wait to read it! Awesome guest post, Asher! Thank you for sharing this with us! <3

Asher_Knight said...

I was pulled in by the US cover, then the synopsis, as per usual, and, despite my no angel books rule, I was so excited for this. And I liked this story. You're so lucky you're Aussie, because you have access to the rest of the series. A lot of people have said that it gets better as it goes along.

Thanks, Celine <3 You already know what I think of you. Just ask Twitter :D

Danny Bookworm said...

I'm dying to read this book!! Love this post and makes me even more eager to pick it up soon! 

Asher_Knight said...

 I'm glad you're so excited for it, since it's such a fun read! :D

Megan Reti said...

Thanks for the giveaway! In order for me to believe I was paranromal, I would need proof, like fangs or wings or turning into a wolf or something.

Kelly Mills said...

I would like to think that it wouldn't take much.  Maybe just someone showing me what it is that makes me paranormal.  My real fear would be that someone would somehow convince me I was paranormal when I really wasn't.  

Asher_Knight said...

 No one so far can seem to take it on faith :D Which is logical and realistic. I don't know if I could just jump into a theory about myself without solid proof.

Asher_Knight said...

Like PSYCHE YOUR MIND haha, then walk away. Yeah, I'm gullible, so as much I'd like to think that I would need proof, I'm easily convinced :( XD

Sarah (saz101) said...

Ooooh, this is FASCINATING! I always wonder about how authors choose where to stage the story... and what if you don't know the place back-to-front? This is COOL! Thanks for sharing it, Asher! ♥

Asher_Knight said...

 It's always cool picking an author's brain so this worked out. :)

May Richard said...

Demonstrate that I am different. Make me do something that no human can do.

Asher_Knight said...

 Damn right. I'm gullible, I'd like to think I'd demand proof as well. :)

Tarra said...

Um ... help me to do something i should not be able to do unless i was a paranormal person.

Asher_Knight said...

Good answer. I think everyone here is on the side of being unable to believe without proof. :)

Sonia said...

OH HMMM. Let me think! (This is such an awesome question, btw.) Weeeell, as much as I like to believe in the supernatural, I'm actually pretty skeptical and so you'd probably have to like push me off a building and have me sprout my wings LOL. Then again, if all this crazy stuff had been happening to me my whole life, I would probably already have my suspicions that would make it easier to accept. Thanks for the guest post and giveaway! :)

Asher_Knight said...

*LOL* I would never push you off a building, Sonia. And yes, you're right, it would be easier to take in if we have suspicions. It's better than just someone randomly telling you that you're something strange.

Azure said...

I think proof would convince me. Like seeing the fangs or wings or whatever...it would be so cool!!

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places said...

I am really not skeptical at all so it wouldn't take much!! I would like to think I would ask for some sort of proof...

Montana G. said...

Um....for someone to convince me I was a paranormal creature they would probably have to prove that I was somehow. That would be kind of cool.....:D

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