Saturday, December 29, 2012

Marked for Vengeance by S.J. Pierce (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to S.J. Pierce!

There’s something about forbidden love that’s always touched me profoundly and stems all the way back to when I first read the story of the genre’s poster-children: Romeo and Juliet. To have love so close, but yet, so painfully out of reach stirs so many emotions. It’s a love you have to really work for, to find your way around barriers that’s been placed around you. To me, it gives love depth.

That being said, it’s no wonder that hard-to-attain love inspires a lot of my love stories, and I find that when the characters finally unite there’s more of a sense of excitement and fulfillment. Even if the story ends tragically, it stays with the reader forever.

My love for this topic might also come from a place inside that wants to take hold of what others say I can’t. If you want to watch me achieve something great, tell me that it’s impossible for me to do so. I have this inherent urge to prove others wrong.

And maybe at the heart of it, that’s what forbidden love is all about: its desire mixed with our determination to push through and achieve what others say is unattainable. It’s more than just lust and attraction… it’s our need to persevere when we believe there’s something worth fighting for.

In my book, Marked for Vengeance - and even more so in the second one - you’ll see how this subject parallels to Alyx and Isaac’s story, and how forbidden love can feel so right, even when others say it’s wrong.

“Isaac was more than just precious to her, he was precious in ways the world could only fathom. If she failed, she failed everyone.” –Marked for Vengeance
Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.
During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.
While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.
This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.

S.J. Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy novels as an indie author.
Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex story telling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her only publishing credit to date was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.
“The most important story you will ever write is your own.”  ~Bev Davis, Columnist

S.J. Pierce is giving away an eBook of Marked for Vengeance (Kindle, ePub, or PDF) to two readers. To enter, please leave a meaningful comment or question for the author on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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  1. I love stories when love triumphs over the impossible. It makes for great reading. Your book sounds great
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for hosting me on your site, Crystal!

  3. And yes, Debbie... I agree! Thanks for commenting.

  4. I love forbidden love and the various obstacles that arise because of it. I look forward to this series.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Congrats to SJ on the new release! Sounds fantastic and thanks for sharing!

  6. The excerpt sounds great and I will most definitely add to my TBR stack which is getting rather hefty ;) I'm a fan of Romeo and Juliet however I do hope this story ends with a HEA.
    Thanks and I look forward to reading this book.
    Happy Holidays,

  7. MARKED FOR VENGEANCE does sound fabulous thank you.

    Forbidden love certainly makes for great reading.

  8. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Love this, =) can´t wait for my chance to read!

    Happy New Year!

  10. I so love and admire that quality of if you say I can't, you just watch me. It certainly sparks in me that fire as well. I am really glad you have that spark, which in turn allows me to benefit from your awesome talents. I can't wait to read Marked for Vengeance, it sounds like a real treat. Happy New Year!

  11. I am definitely a fan of forbidden love, it makes for such fabulous stories! Will definitely be adding this to my to-read list! Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!

    Crystal Guidroz

  12. Another book to add to my buy list.


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