Monday, May 20, 2013

Praefatio Blog Tour

Author: Georgia McBride
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway. After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?

Guest Post

What inspired you to write about Angels? The challenges and pitfalls of writing on this topic. 

I never set out to write an "angel" book. It so happens that my characters' story unfolded to me in bits and pieces. When I first heard Grace's voice in my head, she came to me as a runaway. She was very distraught. She needed me to tell her story. And so I did. Imagine my surprise when I understood what was really going on, that Grace Ann Miller believes that she is in fact an angel. Imagine your best friend or daughter or sister is missing for months, only to be found and the first thing out of her mouth is that she is an angel and became one while missing. What would you do? What would you say? Imagine that you are the parent, or police officer or mental health professional called to talk with her. What would you do? If you were Grace, would you tell the police or would you keep quiet for fear of being confined, medicated? If you knew no one would believe you, that all you had was your word to prove who you are, what would you do? As for the pitfalls of writing about angels, I don't see them that way. I do think you need to do a lot of research and fashion your characters in ways that are consistent with what most people believe about angels. Of course, since the average person has neither seen an angel, there is some license there. You can take your story to unexpected places, but I think it must be grounded in some general and common belief or understanding about what angels are. I did a lot of research reading the entire Bible to reading various books on angels, and also read parts of the Book of Enoch, Paradise Lost and other texts. I also studied bird and avian culture if you can call it that.

Author Bio
Georgia loves a good story. Whether it’s writing her own, or publishing someone else’s, story is at the heart of everything Georgia does. Founder of Month9Books, YALITCHAT.ORG and the weekly #yalitchat on Twitter, Georgia spends most of her days writing, editing, or talking about books. That is, of course, when she is not blasting really loud music or reading. Born and raised in NYC, she now lives in North Carolina with four dogs, a frog, a parrot, 2 kids, parents and a husband. PRAEFATIO is her first novel.

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  1. First of all, I am so happy this contest is open internationally. I've been dying to get my hands on PRAEFATIO and this is an outstanding opportunity! This book has such a fantastic premise! Squee!

  2. I love Georgia. I've read the first couple of chapters that she has already released and loved them. Can't wait to read more.

  3. Great premise. I'd love to read this one! best of luck to you and PRAEFATIO.