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5.30.2014

Guest Post with Genevieve Crownson with Giveaway

Today we are having a special guest post from the author of Soul of the Sun - Genevieve Crownson:

Why you should always listen to your Mother. Unless she believes you and your book are perfect.
By Genevieve Crownson
I don’t know about you, but I don’t possess a Mom that thinks everything I undertake is flawless excellence. I’ve read so many articles about how, after you’ve closed the curtain on your novel, that you must never allow your Mom to judge whether or not your book is Pulitzer or podgy. Because let’s face it you are composed of half her genetic makeup; everything you do is meritorious and legal of ooze worthy worship of your very essence.  I know what I am speaking of when it comes to these types of Mom’s because my Grandma is one of these people.
When I graduated from college with a degree in Biology, I was pointed toward becoming a physician. I recall my Grandma congratulated me and divulged to everyone her granddaughter was a doctor. I’ve corrected her so many times; countering I definitely wasn’t, that I plumb lacked from my possession the very important darling diploma. I made plain to her I hadn’t even entered the hallowed halls of med school and perhaps I didn’t want to. In truth, I’d had a change of heart regarding the idea. She waved away my protests, it essentially wasn’t important because, and I quote, “Oh you are so smart and beautiful you basically are a doctor so what’s the difference?” To this day every time she has a health issue she asks me if I will deliberate on the diagnosis because I am a GP. No joke. These are the types of Mom’s you can’t trust your manuscript too. They will deceive you and laud that you are the next Agatha Christie (whom my Grandma extols) even if you have dour dialogue, poor structure and your plot has the pace of a sloppy snail.
Then there is my Mom.
My mom loves me to the end of the globe, of that I have no suspicion. But she has also continuously told me the naked truth since the day I was born. She has never been the sugar coated why aren’t you wearing your slippers kind of Mama, that is not part of her DNA. I don’t need a medical degree to discern that. I’d composed several novels before I finally perfected my skill and Mom read every wobbly word.  Her feedback was rampagingly ruthless. On each and every book, she marked my pages with her red penned sword. She conveyed to me with pitiless honesty where my story lacked focus, and if I’d advertised myself as a knock off of somebody else. And you know what?
It was exactly what I needed to hear.
All that feedback demanded that I root out my own voice. It made me a superior writer. So whether it’s your Mom, a friend or strangers that you bribe with cash, procure the truth. Do what you must to find that creature. Then take their advice and edit. And then go back and edit some more. Shine that novel up so much that it gleams in the sunlight and you want to shout to the entire neighborhood its worth. In fact go ahead and ride it around with the top down. Because now you have a novel that will jerk the publishing realm awake. And that’s what it’s all about.
Good Luck. And may you find your best critic. They could be closer than you think.
Be sure to come back on Monday June 2 when I review Genevieve's  Soul of the Sun!

Title: The Soul of the Sun
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Author: Genevieve Crownson
Publisher: Genevieve Crownson
Pages: 348
Format: Paperback l Kindle


Book Summary: 

The Soul of the Sun 7“The hands of time turn on the face of the sun. Only you can  move them. If the Watcher controls the hands of the clock he can go anywhere, past or future-- and destroy our planet.”

Since the days of ancient Greece, the Argos dynasty has kept a secret, a mystery passed down through their descendants from generation to generation, in the hopes that the forces of good can stop the evil destruction of planet Earth. 

Margaret Ingall is harboring that secret. Time is running out for the descendants of the 
Argos. They know a great healer and time traveler will be born of their blood. But the only person that knows whom they will call “the soul of the sun” is Margaret’s sister, Abigail. Before she can reveal the healer’s identity, disaster strikes… 

Evil stalks them, watching and waiting to find out which member of her family has the ultimate power. Is it Margaret’s own child? Or her beloved granddaughter? Or even herself? Their only clue is a powerful protective amulet that will lead them all in a cat-and-mouse game to discover secrets as ancient as time. 

If the Watcher discovers the truth before they do, all will be lost. 

Fate, time and love weave together in their struggle to fulfill their destiny. Will Margaret’s fears sabotage her family’s protection? Can the healer accept her gifts in time? And once the soul of the sun is finally revealed, will it be too late?

Her power is incredible. The sacrifices required of her are immense. 

Will it be enough to stop the Watcher? 


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