17 October 2013

Rivulet by Jamie Magee Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Rivulet by Jamie Magee
Expected publication: October 7, 2013
Unfathomable forces have always contested Genevieve Indiana Falcon, known as Indie. The curse of her cold touch entraps her just as the grief ignited in her past torments her. Yet, her mysterious ability to dream while awake saturates her in the belief that she was not always anguished. There is hope that one day a true peace in her soul can be found. 

Foolishly, Indie assumes she has contained her life in an odd balance, and she cherishes the visions she sees of the enigmatic boy that held her in a lost time, but can never reach. She grieves for a life she fears she'll never possess, and that grief is a weapon she uses against her aunt who stands between her and her inheritance. 

Weeks away from her twenty-first birthday, the date where she would assume control over her family legacy, a night terror robs Indie of the balance she was clinging to. Like the dream she had before she lost her family, it predicts a fatal catastrophe on the horizon. The fight between life and death, good and evil, began the moment her thundering heart awoke her. 

Everything changed after that dream. The one thing that keeps her curse at bay is stolen, and then the enigmatic boy arrives in the flesh. Face to face with her fiery born-again lover Indie realizes that the only way she can prevent the tragedy before her is to surrender everything she was, is, and could be. 

Can she bend the laws of nature and fight the improbability that fire and ice could ever be one? As far as Indie is concerned, there is not a myth, spoken fate, or curse that is stronger than her stubborn desire to have it all ... including him.



I think every creative soul has a method for searching for inspiration, and let’s be honest, life itself, more times than not, is full of the inspiration we need to bring to existence that little voice we hear whispering to our souls.

One of my favorite ways to drift into my mind is music. So, often late at night when the chatter of Facebook and Twitter has quelled, I click my way to YouTube. I always have hand full of screen shots that I have taken from Shazam. The songs are ones I heard in the background of movies, in commercials – anywhere really. I will find my way to a song and decide if I like it or not, and usually from that point I click on one of those awesome little suggestions You Tube likes to give you.

If I find a song I really like, I always pin it. I like to keep Pinterest boards for stories I have written or ones I’m building in the back of mind. Every once in awhile Pinterest will tell me that someone else pinned said song and show me their board, and somehow I lose track of YouTube and lurk on Pinterest for awhile. This process always leads me on a blind path of discovery, and somehow shapes ideas or thoughts.

Rarely do I find anything that seems to encompass it all, something that sums up what my end game is all about—because to be honest, I don’t even know my own end game!

Yet, the other night after chasing a song, I landed on a board that had an image of Jim Morrison with a great little catchphrase that I liked. Because I was curious, I Googled him and read about his life, his wins and losses. There were countless quotes (I love quotes), the first one I read stopped me in my tracks.

This is the quote:

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bull****. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
― Jim Morrison

I had to read it a few times because I understood what he was saying, but I also saw how it could be taken the wrong way. In a way I tried to explain his words to myself, and somehow in that thought process I kept going back to the love stories I had written, to the challenges I had witnessed each character face.

Writers would be out of business if we didn’t create conflict. The conflict is what everyone finds familiarity with.

The likelihood of facing the same turmoil in paranormal books or urban fantasy books is near nil (unless there is some obscure portal I am not aware of – and if there is one, show me the way!) but the emotions created in those stories ring true to us. We recognize the silent pain.

Through the words we read, we feel emotions that have manifested in our lives, and on some level we think to ourselves, if they came through that time of consequence unscathed, then I can, too. If they dared to love and fight when there was no way to know if they would find what they were seeking, then I too can face this: I can embrace this side of humanity.

I resonated with that quote so much because more than once my characters have understood that the pain they endure is shallow compared to the reward waiting for them.

Feeling pain is a right; it is a mark of existence. 

The characters in Rivulet face a conflict that I would never want to brush against, but as they embrace that challenge, I find myself envying the depth of emotions they experienced. They knew the pain before the bliss; they experienced an unexplainable path that some how made perfect sense when the story was told.

The lesson I learned the night I found that quote was one that I discover time and time again as I devour the ideas of creative souls. We are all feeling the same emotions, no one is truly alone in this world. We are one.

I can’t wait to share this story with all of you.

About Jamie

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.



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