Monday, April 9, 2012

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Elise Marion

Hello, and thanks for checking out the first stop for my ‘Tempted’ book blog tour! This is the second book in my Paranormal series ‘Angels Among Us’. What originally started as one book about an angel falling in love with a human evolved into a series complete with my very own fantasy world existing between heaven, hell, and earth. It’s been an amazing journey, and now you get to be a part of it…yay!

I am so excited to kick off my tour here at Creatively Green, and honored to share with you a very personal and letter from Jackson Bennett, the hero of ‘Tempted’.

The first time I saw her I mistook her for a shooting star. A twinkling light streaking across the sky, she appeared in my life and filled it with brightness. I was captivated from the very first.

In her immortal form she was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen: skin like diamonds, hair of silver, and glowing white eyes. It was both a pain and a pleasure to gaze upon her brilliance. I was shaken to the core and struck by her beauty. I was honored to find myself in the presence of an angel.

In the blink of an eye she was transformed, stripped of her beauty and brilliance, and made plain by her own design. If I were to see a girl walking down the street with her face, I might not give her a second glance. At the time I thought her plain and wondered why an angel would hide behind such a common face and thick curtain of mousy brown hair. In time I would come to see just how wrong I was.

She was, without a doubt, the very epitome of everything I’d been missing in my life. Life in Iraq wasn’t easy, and it definitely wasn’t pretty. My wife left me because I could no longer function like a normal person. She took my son with her. My life had become a pit of despair that I couldn’t even begin to pull myself out of.
And then she appeared, like a lifeline extended into hell to pull me out. With her she brought destiny and purpose, and I clung to them…I clung to her. I never understood what I was getting myself into. I never comprehended the consequences attached to the fulfillment of my deepest desires. How could I have known that by tasting her lips, I could be pushing her toward the edge of the precipice that is temptation? How could I know that by tasting her skin and filling her body with mine, I could be sentencing her to an eternity of agony and pain?

I love her now as I loved her then. I learned to see the beauty in her eyes; mahogany brown irises with flecks of amber and emerald green at the center; deep pools of acceptance and understanding as well as love. She was goodness, light, and purity. She was everything that I’d been missing.

In my heart she was mine, but in reality she could never really be.

She was my light and my salvation.

She was my angel.

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Book 2

By Elise Marion

In a world full of the sick and dying, the hurting and desperate, and those lost in darkness, angels dwell. Messenger angel Sarah is focused, dedicated to the cause of heaven in the war against hell. For centuries she has watched other angels succumb to temptation and break the rules governing relationships between angels and humans. Sarah has vowed to never become one of the ‘Fallen’ angels, now demons cursed to wander the depths of hell for eternity. She knows that she is stronger than the others, incapable of emotional attachment and the feelings of love and desire that can be so dangerous to her kind.

Jackson Bennett is alone in the world, and he prefers it that way. The former Army sergeant has seen more death than any human ought to experience in one lifetime. Even his dreams are haunted by the faces of those who have lost their lives because of him. He feels lost, purposeless, until an encounter with an angel reveals the secret purpose that he was made for. Born of a superior race of humans, Jackson learns of a special assignment.

Should he accept, he will become an important part of world that exists between heaven, hell, and earth. After all that he has been through, Jackson doesn’t know if he’s ready to take on such a heavy responsibility; what he does know is that he could lose himself in the eyes of Sarah, the intriguing angel assigned to him. She is the only person who seems to understand the darkness and pain that have enveloped his heart; she is the only person capable of driving them away.

In a battle between love or loneliness, divinity or damnation, Sarah’s choice once seemed easy. What she finds is that the black and white lines that once defined her world are now impossibly blurred and gray. What she finds is that she may not be not quite as strong as she thought.

Elise Marion Bio

As a child I always had my nose in a book. From R.L. Stine to Chronicles of Narnia to The Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High, I read it all. When I started Junior High and found out that the school library had over 400,000 books, my goal was to read every single one! Of course I didn't achieve that particular goal, but I sure had fun trying!

In high school I developed a talent for writing and discovered romance. Needless to say I combined my love for both and am now a published Indie author. After almost a year of peddling my book from agent to agent with no success I decided that my work was good enough despite the constant rejection. That's when I discovered the world of indie publishing through e-books. I couldn't have made a better decision than stepping out on faith and doing something for myself instead of waiting around for someone else to do it for me.

A litle bit more about me: My husband Kevin and I have been married for 4 years and have two beautiful children, Haley (4) and Gavin (4 months). We are a military family, which means I spend alot of my time alone with two children. People often ask me how I deal with the military life. I simply say, someone's got to do it, right? I am proud of my husband for serving his country.

When I'm not reading (which is almost always) or writing (I try to every day), I am watching movies (which I love), cooking (which I love even more) or watching someone else cook on TV (love me some Paula Deen). I have been singing my entire life and enjoy being my church's choir every Sunday. My large, extended family is close and means the world to me.




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Wenona said...

I'm so sorry this was late going up. It was scheduled and ready to go but for some reason blogger keeps putting my scheduled posts back into draft form so they don;t post until I manually post them.

So sorry, hate to be late for your first day of the tour.

Elise Marion said...

Thanks so much for having me! I use blogger too and I know how it can be. No worries! =)

JesykaJames said...

Nawww!!! That sounds like such a cute book!!! :D

Elise Marion said...

Thanks Jesyka! I like the way your name is spelled...very unique. Good luck in the contest!

Foretta said...

Thanks for the contest

Donna said...

just found your site...very nice