Monday, December 9, 2013

Dark Night of the Soul Blog Tour + Giveaway

Dark Night of the Soul
Dark Night Of The Soul
Published: July 30th, 2013
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
"So just to be clear,” I said. My voice shook a little too much for my liking. “I killed myself. I’m in some kind of Purgatory. I am now part of a band of demon-fighting superheroes. We go around saving other people from offing themselves in the real world by protecting their statues in this one. All while trying to earn a second chance at life. Or a chance to end it once and for all.”

“That about sums it up.” Marsh said, offering a steaming mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

What comes after life? Jayden Schroeder is about to find out. At the end of the road of despair, she ends it all and finds out that living might not have been so bad. Thrust into a strange and disparate world, Jayden joins a team of warriors from all places and time. Together they battle demons to save the souls of the living, all the while on the run from the end of all things - The Judgment.

Will she fight for a second chance to spare those she loves? Or surrender?
Dark Night of the Soul is a fantastical journey, both literally and figuratively for Jayden’s soul. Action adventure, fantasy, romance, and dark humor twist together to create an afterlife tale that will keep you thinking long after the final chapter.


Dark Night of the Soul takes place in “a purgatory of sorts”. There were many difficulties in making the afterlife the setting for the story. First, I had to set aside all my preconceived ideas both religious and commonly held beliefs. I wanted to make this world different from any other presented in literature. This isn’t your grandmother’s purgatory!

It’s also difficult to write in an “afterlife world” because at first glance, your characters have no future. When I first toyed with the idea of DNOTS, that was a major hurdle. I don’t like sad endings and this story in particular had to end with hope and happiness. (And no…it’s not all a dream. That would be cheating.) So there is a bitter sweet romance entwined in the action-adventure of this story as well.

I guess the biggest hurdle of writing in the afterlife is making up rules. Every world has to have rules. And though it was a challenge, it was also the best thing about writing in this world. I got to start with a blank slate! Not many people write in the afterlife and those that do have set the precedent of “anything goes”. And let me tell you, in DNOTS, anything goes!

I got to create interesting characters, places, and beings from every era imaginable. I even got to play with the fabric of time itself. How fun is that? Even more thrilling is the opportunity to put a new spin on old spiritual beliefs. The roles of demons, angels, and even God are approached in a different way.

Writing in the afterlife is fun but challenging. I think the journey was well worth it. I hope readers will enjoy exploring this world as much as I loved creating it.


E.M. HavensE.M. Havens is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who loves to read. She lives in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma with her three kids, awesome husband, twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, one house cat, and a goose...AND she write.



December 9th -
Book Reviews *Blurb & Excerpt
Addicted Readers *Guest Post
The reader lines *Review

December 10th -

Vicky @ deal sharing ant *Blurb & Excerpt
Shooting Stars Reviews *Guest Post

December 11th -
The Book Town *Review
Books are Friends, not Food *Review and Favorite Quotes
 Dreamer *Blurb & Excerpt
bex book reviews *Interview

December 12th -
Whimsical Nature *Review
simplistic reviews *Guest Post
Uniquely Portable Magic *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Dalene's Book Reviews *Interview

December 13th -
Writer Person *Interview
Lost in Ever After *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)

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  1. Hey Alicia! Thanks for hosting me today! You're blog rocks! I love the colors and the fonts.

    1. Awe, your very welcome, and thanks for having me, and for the kind words!

  2. Cool post. thanks for participating.

    1. Thank you for having me, it was a blast to post! This book really does look good! :)


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