Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Symbol of Hope Series ~ by Marisette Burgess


Please join me today in giving a warm welcome to Marisette Burgess, author of Men of the Cave & Jar of Pandora!

  Title: Men of the Cave
Series: Symbol of Hope Book 1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Author: Marisette Burgess
Published: WRB Publishing - May 2012
Word Count: 59,000
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Raised by unorthodox parents, Kasey Reese has always struggled to be invisible, to not be noticed, to avoid conflict. Running from a broken relationship, Kasey flees to Spain on a scholarship, to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her - a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.

Excerpt from Men of the Cave – Book One:
“Tell me what happened,” he said serious.
I recalled his brother lying dead on the forest floor. I didn’t want to cry, “I must be crazy.” My voice sounded distant even to me. Had I lost my voice?
He looked at me and smiled, “You are not crazy. I promise.”
“You know what I saw, don’t you?” I challenged.
“Why not tell me what you saw, and we will go from there.”
Still uncertain, but wanting to trust him, I took a deep breath and explained what I had seen.
He interrupted before I finished, “Did you see any blood?”
“What?” I snapped.
“Did you see any blood?” he asked again in the same monotone voice.
I summoned up the memories of the gladiator fight. I tried to remember and realized he was right. It was a very clean scene, no blood.
“I don’t understand how…” I whispered.
“Kasey, the world as you know it, is not what it seems.” He stared across the ocean.
“What do you mean? What’s going on Dion?” I demanded.
“Kasey, before I explain what you saw there are a few things you need to know.”


About the Author:
MARISETTE BURGESS is a mother, wife, and teacher. She was born in Los Angeles, California to immigrant Cuban parents. She grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida then moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing. She’s an extreme Florida girl who’s never seen snow. Marisette lives in Florida with her husband and son. She has enjoyed the art of storytelling since she was ten. Her first book, Men of the Cave, d├ębuted May 2012.

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Title: Jar of Pandora
Series: Symbol of Hope Book 2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Author: Marisette Burgess
Published: WRB Publishing - November 2012
Word Count: 73,000
Kasey Reese ran from a life of responsibility to study abroad in Deia, Spain. She hoped for an adventure, but what unfolded in Spain was beyond the imaginable. In that remote little village she met the love of her life, Dion - a twenty-year-old immortal saint.

Kasey and Dion return to America only to realize their love is challenged by their opposite virtues and Kasey’s dysfunctional family.

Unique and action-packed, in this book Kasey learns that Pandora is her immortal grandmother. Determined to find her and to uncover many truths, Kasey sets out with Dion on a deadly journey. But answers come with a great cost - a three thousand year old prophecy, a feud of the gods and death.
Excerpt from Jar of Pandora – Book Two:
Artemis’eyes narrowed her lips rose in a half smile. She resembled a mischievous fox. “They will kill her, then nothing can stop us.”
Shock, dread, and every bad feeling that I could muster did within me. Tired of playing games with this has-been goddess, I swung aggressively then kicked my foot behind hers. I knocked Artemis onto her back. With the tip of my foot I threw her blade into the water. I straddled the woman, my knees holding her arms down. My sword’s tip positioned above her heart. My hand around her neck gripping tightly. She coughed.
“Kill who? Who are you after?” I pressed her head into the dock.
She resisted me, choked and smiled. She whispered, “Pandora’s granddaughter of course.”
With petrified shock, I squeezed her neck tighter. “Who is after her and why?” I yelled inches from her wretched face.
She began a maniacal giggle, then maneuvered her left arm free, and before I could gain control of it again she gripped the handle of my sword and pulled it into her heart.
Is there anyone who has helped or mentored you in your writing career? If so, who?
           Yes, Charlene Crandall my Editor.  We have a natural ability to communicate with each other. Her advice and tips really helped me out with the first book.  I saw the characters, story line, and intimate details of the story through different eyes because of her. 
            Also my beta readers. They are wonderful and all have such varied opinions it is great getting their input on my first few drafts of the story. 
            Writing a book is truly a collaboration of great minds. Even though the author does the legwork and original ideas, the advice, suggestions, and critique are invaluable to the writing process. I depend on all these people without their help the story never is polished. Every story needs polishing.
            Even from my first novel to the next, I myself can see how I have changed when I write. I don’t make silly mistakes that were pointed out to me in previous drafts. As the writing process for an author evolves so does an author’s ability to write.  I couldn’t do what I do without the help of my beta readers and my editor!
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway!!! Prizes include the following:
  • One $5 Electronic Amazon Gift Card
  • Four eBook copies of Men of the Cave
  • Four eBook copies of Jar of Pandora
  • One signed print copy of Men of the Cave
  • One signed print copy of Jar of Pandora
Giveaway is International

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