Thursday, 29 November 2012

Guest post by S.J. Pierce + Giveaway

Today's guest is indie author S.J. Pierce who stops by to tell you about Marked for Vengeance, the first book in her Alyx Rayer Chronicles series, and to show you that if Marked for Vengeance was to be made into a movie which actors she would cast to play the lead characters. Please give her a warm welcome and you could even win a copy of Marked for Vengeance!

Perfect Casting for “Marked for Vengeance
by S.J. Pierce

It’s funny that the idea of selecting a “perfect cast” for my guest post today appealed to me so much, only because when I write, I don’t draw my inspiration from one certain person -- famous or not -- that I’ve seen or known. My characters’ physical attributes are something that’s conjured completely in the deepest corners of my mind. But perhaps I ultimately decided upon this topic because I’m also a huge movie buff. What writer WOULDN’T want their book to play out on the big screen? And so, without further ado… meet my dream cast below.

Julia Voth as Alyx

When searching for each “cast member”, I looked for actors who embodied the descriptives that I used for each character throughout the book. For Alyx, she has porcelain skin, raven hair, and full lips. So when I came across a photo of Julia Voth, I thought, “Wow… now SHE would be a spectacular Alyx!” Except, she would need to wear brown contacts, but that’s easily fixable.

I also like how she emits a sense of purity, but you also feel that something else might lurk inside, something that tells you there is more to this girl that what you see. She’s mysterious. Enigmatic. That’s the essence of Alyx.

Tom Welling as Isaac

What can I say? Tom Welling has been a not-so-secret crush of mine for years. As soon as he came onto the scene with “Smallville”, he captivated me. And while I didn’t picture him when writing Isaac, it seems plausible that my imagination conjured a similar forbidden-love interest for Alyx. His hair in this picture fits Issac’s to the “T”, he’s in his thirties but looks to be in his twenties, he has light eyes and soft facial features. He embodies everything Isaac. Just slap an Irish accent on him and cover his left arm in tattoos, and he’d be perfect for the role!

Chandler Riggs as Micah

Isaac’s thirteen-year-old son. I describe him in the book as a shorter clone of Isaac, so you could just refer to the picture above and shave off about twenty years physically and mentally. Or maybe this photo of Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead” will do.

Aly Michalka as Cindra

Cindra, oh, Cindra… how much fun you were to write! We’ve all had that quirky friend that you wouldn’t trade for the world, and I wouldn’t trade this character for a million others. She’s clumsy, funny, and a little naïve, but always means well and is perfect as Alyx’s BFF.

The actress I chose to play her is Aly Michalka. Yes, her hair is similar in color and texture, but the real reason I selected her was because I saw her in the movie “Easy A” with Emma Stone, and I fell in love with her saucy personality. In my opinion, she could be the only one to play Cindra.

Simon Baker as Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin Forbes. He’s Alyx’s boyfriend of a year and adores her probably more than she deserves. He’s every girl’s dream guy… successful, handsome, and doting. I saw an episode the other day of “The Mentalist” and just knew that Simon Baker would be fantastic for this hypothetical role with his blonde, side swept hair and meticulously groomed eyebrows. Oh yeah, and that smile…

Book #1 in the Alyx Rayer Chronicles series

“Isaac was more than just precious to her, he was precious in ways the world could only fathom. If she failed, she failed everyone.” –Marked for Vengeance

Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.

During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.

While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.

This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.

And an exclusive excerpt just for you:
CHAPTER 11: Marked for Vengeance, The Alyx Rayer Chronicles

Isaac zipped the bag closed and rounded the corner to the kitchen, snatching the butcher knife from the counter on his way to the door. When he emerged from behind the cabinets, he halted. Alyx stood in the middle of the living room between the staircase and the sofa, staring through the broken door.

“Where’s my son, bitch!” he barked. Seeing her there was of no surprise to him now, he had almost expected her to show up.

At the sound of his voice, she spun around. He dropped his bag, pointing the knife in her direction to show that he meant business, her frightening appearance not deterring him in the least. Because she had occupied his dreams for so long, this didn’t seem any different.

Her dark, polished eyes studied him intently as her body positioned into a careful stance, like a lioness sizing her opponent – or her prey – anticipating her next move. Fairly certain that his face didn’t reveal it, he now felt hunted and vulnerable. “Hello again, Isaac,” she said with a caginess to her voice that harmonized with her posture.

The feral tone in her words almost unraveled him. “Do you know where my son is?” he asked again, and hoped she hadn’t noticed the crack in his voice.

Her eyebrows pinched together as she searched the flat, his question taking her by surprise. “Your son?”

“Yes, I have a son! Don’t play around with me,” he said, waving the blade violently through the air.

“Why would I know?”

“Well don’t you?!”

Her brows pinched tighter. “I wasn’t aware you had one.”

Oh I’m sure.

She placed one foot in front of the other, carrying her smoothly in his direction, reminding him again of a feline.“Do you know who I am?”

He jutted the knife toward her. “I know that you look like a demon and that your name is Alyx. Is that even your name?”

“Yes, that is my name,” she said calmly. “But do you know why I’m here?”

She took another indulgent step, and Isaac lunged forward. “I will use this, I’m not playin’ around!”

She fought an amused smile and held up her hands. “I don’t think that will be of much use to you.”

“All I want is my son, so if you can’t help me with that you need to get out of my way,” he said, grabbing the bag he had dropped, and marched for the door.

“You don’t want to do that,” she warned as she moved into his path.

He stepped around her. “Watch me.”

“No, you don’t understand… you don’t want to do that!” she shouted desperately.

He had almost made it there when she gripped his upper arm, pulling him back with the strength of a man three times her size. Clang! The power behind her quick grasping had launched the blade into the wall and onto the concrete floor. He hollered under the vice of her death grip and dropped to his knees.

“Oh, Isaac, I’m so sorry!” she cried and released her hold. “I didn’t mean to hurt you. I don’t know my own strength yet.”

He rubbed his throbbing arm as he stood, and when he glared at her, a burning remorse showed in her eyes. She told the truth, his pain upset her. “You care that you hurt me?”

“It was a reaction. I’m sorry.”

Isaac’s anger slowly withered away. Maybe he should listen to what she had to say. After all, if she had come to harm him, she wouldn’t be upset over his pain.

S.J. Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy novels as an indie author.

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex story telling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her only publishing credit to date was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.

To quote a line from her debut novel, Marked for Vengeance; "If he merely lived to work and die, his soul would always thirst for something more. His paintings were an escape into the surreal, a way to cope with the humdrum of everyday life. With every well-placed stroke, he would escape further into whatever world he envisioned, its atmosphere a temporary break from reality." This captures her love for writing flawlessly.

(With every book purchased from the Alyx Rayer series, S.J. donates a percentage of her profit to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.)

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S.J. has generously offered an ebook copy of Marked for Vengeance to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and tell us: If you could cast anyone to play you in the story of your life, who would it be?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 12 December 2012!

Good luck!

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