Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bewitching Book Tours: The Chosen by Theresa Meyers: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway


Please give a warm welcome to Theresa Meyers, author of The Chosen. I am a huge fan of hers. So I am super excited to have her at BLH.

Why Rain Makes the Best Writers
By Theresa Meyers

Since I’m here today at Book Lover's Hideaway, I thought it only appropriate to talk about why rain makes the best writers. I live in Washington, so we get plenty of opportunity to test the theory. But if you look at the writer’s groups locally, there’s a plethora of fantastic writers. I blame the rain. Seriously.

When I lived in Arizona, there were days you looked out at the cloudless blue sky in the morning and wished for some kind of cloud or weather disturbance, just to break the monotony. Having spent a good part of my teens in the Pacific Northwest, I had this inexplicable urge to be working outside whenever the sun was out. It’ was like a mandate from Mother Nature, which conversely meant that I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done unless it was pen on paper and I detest writing in long-hand because I can’t keep up with my own story in my head. Now it might have been having two teeny people in diapers and nursing at the same time, but I like to think I could have worked on stories even then.

But when we moved back to the Pacific Northwest after about a decade a wonderful thing happened: rainy days. When it’s raining outside, there is no compulsion to get out of your desk chair, away from your computer and work outside. You know it’s ridiculous so you don’t even try. It’s far more tempting to settle in with a nice hot cup of tea at the keyboard and let the imagination soar.

That’s one reason I think rain makes better writers.

The second is because once you’re housebound, you don’t have much choice but to deal with the stir-crazy stories in your head. Writers are a little different than most people. One of the questions I often get, especially when I talk to groups of young writers, is “Where do you get your ideas from?” I try to explain that it’s not so much a process of going out and searching for the ideas as siphoning them off of my brain so that my head doesn’t explode with the sheer volume of them crowded up in my cranium. Writers see stories everywhere. They materialize just when we’re the busiest, on deadline, trying to juggle dinner, homework and the checkbook, or when we are doing the most mundane things like washing dishes or walking the dog.

That’s why I think the rain helps. In Arizona, when the rain comes it pours down in buckets and sheets like someone unzipped the sky and let it all drain out in one big slosh of water. In Washington, it’s more of this constant. It might be a drizzle that you feel like an idiot taking out an umbrella for, but you’ll get soaked if you don’t. Or it might be this steady pelting that goes on for months. But because it is somewhat of a constant (except for those glorious few weeks of summer and a few nice days in mid-winter) it becomes mundane, like walking the dog. It somehow lulls the brain into a state of creativity.

Of course, it’s also far easier to imagine the Victorian streets in their misty haze, when our weather in Washington isn’t much different than London’s. Which makes writing steampunk, like my latest release THE Chosen, so much easier. It’s not like I had to go that far to know what being soaked to the skin in a hazy drizzle feels like.

The third reason rain makes better writers is because of the old saying “April showers bring May flowers.” The rain allows us to be creative for long stretches, but it also allows us to appreciate so much more the end result. It’s like a sunny day here in Washington. When it comes, you revel in it. Those spots and momentary celebrations are exactly how a writer’s life goes. Work for long stretches, more of it dreary than not, and in the end you get a brief moment of euphoria. It’s enough to keep you going because that moment is so brilliant and bright.

So say what you will, but I think the rain makes us better writers



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The Chosen
The Legend Chronicles series, book three
Theresa Meyers
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Steampunk
Publisher: Kensington, Zebra
Date of Publication: March 4, 2013
ISBN-10: 142012126X
ISBN-13: 978-1420121261
ASIN: B009L93H2E
Number of pages: 352 pages (also includes the ebook about Marley, The Inventor, for the first time in print in the back of this book)


Book Description:

The Chosen: a prophecy older than dirt and more dangerous than death. Even as they perfected steam-powered gadgetry and rounded up varmints from Hell, the Jackson brothers didn't believe in it. But when the chips are down, three brothers named for weapons aren't going out without a fight...

A Walk On The Wild Side

Attorney by day, demon-hunter by night, Remington Jackson is used to being on the sunny side of the law, even in the Wild West. But it's showdown time, and Remy and his brothers are getting desperate. They don't have the relic they need to slam the door shut on evil—so Remy is going to have to find and steal part of it.

Enter China McGee, shapeshifter, thief, beauty, and current prisoner. When Remy offers her freedom in exchange for a little light-fingered help, she's pretty sure she's going to end the association with a good old-fashioned seductive double cross. But there's something about fighting through a jungle full of Aztec ruins that makes you want to settle down together. China could change. Remy might be special. But none of that matters if the devil takes them all...

Review:
I have been a fan of Theresa Meyers for a long time, I had read the first book in this series a long time ago and it had been my first Steampunk and I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I had but I immediately fell in love with The Jackson Brothers,  falling head over heels for Colt in the very first book.  And though I have to admit I haven't read the second book, The Slayer I fully intend too . Sorry for the ramble but back to the subject at hand. This book, The Chosen.

(Potiential Spoiler in the next paragraph) though I try very hard not too.


This book didn't disappoint me in fact I enjoyed and might even like Remington a bit more than Colt.  What I loved about this book, was really I feel I didn't miss a thing not reading the second book, this is partly the same story but told in Remington's view .  So it left a smile on my face recalling how it was in the Hunter.  Though I didn't remember China and Lilly not getting along . It did leave me chuckling how both women where with these Jackson brothers, jealously seeping through even though China wasn't sure which one she was jealous for at this moment.  I can't say as I blame these these Jackson Brothers are steamy hot.

Yes yes I would highly recommend anything that Theresa Meyers writes! She could write a to do list and I sure as hell would buy it to read it. Love this series, love these characters..  She is definitely on my auto buy list.



 
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File Size: 587 KB
Print Length: 353 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420121251
Publisher: Zebra Books (April 3, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0063KB1TA
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Lending: Enabled
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Book Description:

Brothers Winchester, Remington, and Colt know the legends--they were trained from childhood to destroy demon predators, wielding the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It's a devil of a job. But sometimes your fate chooses you. . .

Chasing Trouble

Winn Jackson isn't interested in hunting nightmares across the Wild West--even if it's the family business. Unlike his rakehell brothers, Winn believes in rules. As sheriff of Bodie, California, he only shoots actual law breakers. That's what he's doing when he rescues the Contessa Drossenburg, Alexandra Porter, a lady with all the elegance of the Old World--grace, beauty and class. And then he sees her fangs.

Alexandra isn't just some bloodsucking damsel in distress, though. She's on a mission to save her people--and she's dead certain that Winn's family legacy is the only way. Luckily, aside from grace and class, she also has a stubborn streak a mile wide. So like it or not, Winn is going to come back with her to the mountains of Transylvania, and while he's at it, change his opinions about vampires, demon-hunting, and who exactly deserves shooting. And if she has her way, he's going to do his darnedest to save the world. . .





File Size: 601 KB
Print Length: 353 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420121243
Publisher: Zebra Books (November 1, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B005CRY85E
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

Book Description

They're the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It's a hard legacy to shoulder, and it's about to get a lot more dangerous. . .

A Devil Of A Job

Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier.

Lately, though, there's a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.

Except when he summons his demon, he doesn't get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who's willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly's secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can't. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what's adventure without a little
risk?



About the Author:

The progeny of a slightly mad (NASA) scientist and a tea-drinking bibliophile who turned the family dining room into a library, Theresa Meyers learned early the value of a questioning mind, books and a good china teapot.

A former journalist and public relations officer, she found far more enjoyment using her writing skills to pen paranormal novels in the turret office of her Victorian home.

She’s spent nearly a quarter of a century with the boy who took her to the Prom, drinks tea with milk and sugar, is an adamant fan of the television show Supernatural, and has an indecent love of hats.

You can find her dabbling online on twitter at www.twitter.com/Theresa_Meyers or at www.theresameyers.com

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Tour Wide Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card
2 signed sets of The Legend Chronicles (3 books each to 2 winners) US Shipping
10 Signed copies of The Chosen (US Shipping)

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4 comments:

Renald said...

I love a rainy day just for relaxing.

Sherry Johnson said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
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Josie Hink said...

Great giveaway...these sound like some books I need to check out!!

josiehink122026(at)gmail(dot)com

Kamla L. said...

Know what's better than a 2-for-1??...A 3-for-1. This series sounds riveting. You're telling me I could get 3 of my favorite genres, steampunk, paranormal, and romance in one steamy action packed series. I am soooo there! Thanks for putting this on my radar.

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