It’s Tuesday and I have the fabulous Jean Murray in the spotlight. A fellow Crescent Moon Press author, Miss Murray is a talented, generous spirit that can write – I mean WRITE!
Diving into the interview…
Me: What was the first book you read that grabbed you? What genre? Who is the author?
J.M: It was Noah by Jacquelyn Frank. She opened my eyes to the world of paranormal romance. I had always read mainstream suspense, but about five years ago picked up a book off the shelf, wanting to try something new. Blown away, I cursed myself for missing out on paranormal genre. It had everything I ever wanted- action, drama and romance. I loved it so much, I started to write my own stories and became published in 2011.
Me: Is there an author that you get fan-girl crazy over? Have you ever met him/her? Do you want to?
J.M: I’m a huge JR Ward fan. Yes, I would go totally fan-girl over her both as a reader and writer. I respect the impact she has had on the series industry. Not to mention her ability to write from the male perspective and exploitation of “male bonding” at its finest. Who doesn’t love the Black Dagger Brotherhood?
- Favorite color? Blue in any variation. Right now, teal is my summer fav!
- Favorite season? Fall, I love all the reds, yellows and greens. My husband and I picked that season to get married. It was beautiful.
- Favorite Hero – movie or book? Selene from the Underworld movie. Would love to be her!
- Snack weakness (food or drink)? My weaknesses are coffee and dark chocolate. Together is even better.
- What’s your Astrological sign? Taurus. Yes, I’m loyal and stubborn, just ask my husband
- Do you write sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? Definitely, toe-curling steamy love stories.
- Do you read sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? I like to read what I write, so that would be toe-curling steamy lovin.
Me: What’s on your desk when you write?
J.M: A very large cup of coffee, stacks of Ancient Egyptian research books, and my lap top.
Me: Do you write to music or quiet? If you do write with music, can you share one song that’s significantly impacted this story?
J.M: I love to write to music. I have a play list for my current Key to the Cursed series.
I needed some dark inspiration that speaks from the soul to include Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, and Evanescence.
Me: What’s your favorite line from your most recent release? Why?
J.M: Soul Reborn ~ Everything about her was perfect. Too perfect. Anything that felt this good had consequences. (Asar, Chapter 13)
I love this scene. After Lilly saves Asar’s life, he takes her to Aaru, Paradise Isle of the Underworld. His home. Soulless, he desperately seeks relief from his emptiness. Lilly has the living energy he craves, but nothing comes without a price.
Me: What’s next? You don’t have to get specifics – but feel free to leave a tantalizing snippet or cryptic hook.
J.M: Soul Awakened is my next release and the second book in the Key to the Cursed Trilogy. This is Bakari’s, Kendra’s and Bomani’s story. Both have stolen her heart, only one can capture her soul and her innocence.
This was a really fun book to write (a bit of a love triangle), but also one of the most challenging. I can’t wait to hear what readers think, the only problem—my trilogy just evolved into another few books. The loser needs to be redeemed.
Me: Who is your favorite character from Greek Mythology OR which Olympian would you want to be? And why?
J.M: I’m sort of biased because I write about Ancient Egyptian Mythology and I love that the Underworld gods are benevolent—well mostly. I would love to be Asar (Osiris, Greek variation of the name). He is my hero in Soul Reborn. Okay, that fact that he is a male doesn’t escape me, but Asar held such a pivotal role in the religion. He was judge, jury and executioner for the souls who journeyed to the underworld. Only if they passed the final test would he grant them entrance to the paradise isle of the underworld—Aaru. He rewarded souls that had lived just lives and condemned those who didn’t.
More About the Author:
Jean Murray was born and raised in a small town on the east coast. In her pursuit of a nursing degree, she aspired to see the world and joined the Navy. One of the benefits of her membership in the Armed Forces, she has had the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world and the United States. Her travels abroad have given her the opportunity to experience different cultures. It inspired her to delve into Ancient Egyptian myths and legends for her Key to the Cursed series from Crescent Moon Press.
Web Address: www.jean-murray.com ; www.keytothecursed.com
Soul Awakened: http://youtu.be/UIf6J8xgjAM
Key to the Cursed series: http://youtu.be/wAIIpSj-HCI
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Key to the Cursed Trailer:
Three sisters and their fated mates, Gods of the Underworld, on a journey of love, redemption and war.
THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD.
Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect, human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress with a soul too sweet to ignore. She just might be the key to end his suffering.
DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED.
Lilly, Commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing that stands in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth. But, Lilly has a secret. One that she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.
Soul Reborn Trailer
LOVE FOR BLOOD OR HONOR
Kendra, a young Egyptian Archeologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian death god, from his cursed eternal sleep, but by doing so she inadvertently binds herself to him. Her life forever changed, she may have to sacrifice her innocence and possibly her soul to save him before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.
SINS OF THE PAST BECOME SINS OF THE FUTURE
Bakari awakens to a world at war and a woman who has tethered his soul to hers. The god who awakens is not the same after years of torture by his enemies. Kendra is his only hope at salvation, but the question is, does he want it? The only thing standing in his way is Bomani, Legion Commander, who vows to keep him from the one thing he craves—his parvana. His butterfly.
Soul Awakened Trailer
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