Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BBF Day Two - EXCERPT, INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY - DEATH LIES BETWEEN US by Jody A. Kessler

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Today's Tour Follows author Jody A. Kessler - Death Lies Between Us




Back Cover Blurb:
Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death. Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents. 

In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it. 

Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?



Excerpt From the Novel:

The tears pour out of my eyes in a silent deluge. My chest and shoulders shake with misery. It pisses me off that I can’t make it stop, and that amplifies my problem. I am not this kind of girl! I never have been and I don’t want to be now. I despise crying. My feet take a couple of stumbling steps toward the castle.

I hear him this time. He isn’t some supernatural being who moves in total silence. Crackling footsteps approach me and then his entire body engulfs me. Strong arms encircle me. One large hand cups the back of my head pressing me forward into him. His other hand wraps around my back securing me in place.

“Shh, shhh, it’s been a hard night. I swear I’m not seeing anyone. I’m just an idiot. I’m so, so sorry. Please believe me, everything is going to be fine, you’ll see,” he whispers into the top of my head.

I shake and snivel and let all the stress pour out of me. I have no clue how much time has passed, seconds, minutes, maybe an hour. As the tears finally run out I realize Nathan has once again taken all of my pain away with his selflessness. I lean the entire length of my body into him, letting him support me. My head seems to fit in the divot in the center of his chest as if it was made for me. He’s so warm and comfortable. It’s even better here than being nestled in my bed. I didn’t know that was possible. 

His hand begins to stroke my hair. His fingers combing down its length, brushing over the back of my neck and trailing down my spine. Each pass leaves a path of warm ripples in its wake. If I could forget the world and melt into this feeling I would do it without a second thought.

“What are you doing to me?” he breathes the words out over my head. 

The words exit his lips and tickle my inner ear. It sends a swell of warmth down to my chest, making me take a deep breath in. I let out a relaxing sigh. I want to tell him it’s not me, it’s him. He’s the one who has transformed me, taken away all of my willpower, and healed my wounds, changed me. All I manage to get out is, “It’s not me.” The rest of my thought, it’s you, goes unvoiced because sheer terror rips the night apart.



Character Interview:

Character Interview with Nathaniel Evans - Angel of Death from Death Lies Between Us

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Nathaniel. I don’t usually give out my last name — for reasons I won’t share just now. I was 22 years old when I died. I’m an Angel of Death which means I escort dead people to the afterlife. My current job isn’t exactly what I thought I would be doing in my twenties. Currently, I’m struggling with my newest case. She is only 19 years old. Her name is Juliana and she is beautiful inside and out. She makes me wish I was still alive.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been told by my fellow Angels that I’m great at what I do and that my clients really trust me. But the truth is, I’ve never really felt that comfortable helping souls cross over after death. Lately, when it comes to Juliana Crowson, I think my morals are being severely tested. I’ve caught myself doing things that I never thought I would do.
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
In my line of work, there is a lot of waiting. You know, before my client passes away. Sometimes I have to hang around for days. I like to read and listen to music, but I don’t always get a chance to. I can’t exactly flip pages in a book or change a CD because I’m invisible to the living. Juliana is the exception. She can see me. I’ve had to make significant adjustments to my routine just to be around her.
The rest of my work habits developed on their own. I always try to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible with being dead, but after awhile, the same answers start to repeat themselves. I never want to sound like a drone who works for the DMV, but that is how I’m starting to feel. Like I said, I’m seriously questioning my position as an Angel of Death.
What did you like to do on your day off? Before you died.
Hmmm…I haven’t thought about that in a long time. I used to like playing my guitar. I spent a lot of time listening to records, playing soccer, and working on my 69’ Ford Mustang. By the way, that was a great car. In all truth, I didn’t have many days off. I was really focused on completing school so I could move out of my parent’s house.
What makes you happy?
Juliana Crowson. We’ve just met, but there is something really exceptional about that girl. I can’t quit thinking about her.
What one word best describes you?
Honest. I don’t tolerate B.S. well and I try not to dish it out either.
What is a trait or quality you admire in a person?
Spending hours upon hours observing people when they don’t know I’m around has open my eyes to a long list of undesirable personality traits. But you asked about the good I’ve seen in humanity. I think integrity and being a genuine person are highly important. Juliana has both. You’ll never see her trying to act like anyone but herself. It’s admirable to say the least.
Nathaniel Evans is the main character in Death Lies Between Us, a New Adult Paranormal Romance, and new release written by Jody A. Kessler.


About the Author:

Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family. 

Death Lies Between Us is her debut novel and the first book in the An Angel Falls series. Book two, Angel Dreams, is scheduled for release in early 2014. 

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12 comments:

  1. Loved the excerpt. Interesting character interview.

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  2. Hello! Thank you very much for hosting me today. The post looks great! Cheers, Jody

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    1. Hi Jody! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the post. I had so much fun getting it together. Good luck to you and hope you're having as good a time with the Book Fair as I am!

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  3. I can't wait to check out these books. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Hi Katherina! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get a chance to read Jody's book and good luck with the Giveaway!

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  4. I'm looking forward to enjoying your books! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  5. Absolutely loved the excerpt and so awesome of you to share!!

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

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    1. Im so glad you liked the excerpt Valerie! It'll definitely get you excited to read the book. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you had a chance to enter the Rafflecopter and good luck!

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  6. I look forward to reading all the books! They sound like really intriguing reads. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Les Johnson

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