Today, I’m going to talk about the inspiration behind The Warrior Prophet. Because it’s the third and final book in The Watcher saga, I can’t talk about what inspired one without a little background on the others.
Inspiration for the series came from an idea I had for a story almost a decade ago about a boy who wakes up to discover he’s an angel. But telling it from his perspective seemed too much like a Spiderman tale, and though Spiderman is a great story, it’s not the one I wanted to tell. So it wasn’t until the character of Mia came to me, a girl whom he’d loved in a past life and had to face now in order to recover from his own past, did their story come to life.
After writing The Watcher, I didn’t know at first if I’d be able to write a sequel, but when my publisher suggested one, I knew right away what I would do for the third book: a journey through Hell. But I had to give Mia a reason to go, so The Angel Killer grew from that.
The Warrior Prophet takes Mia and the reader on a journey through Hell. Inspiration came from many places. I’d studied meditation and metaphysics for years and know that negative thoughts and actions affect not only our mood, but it can seem to ensnare us into patterns in our lives. I wanted to look at that in an archetypal way. What if demons were responsible for those negative thoughts? What would the world look like if they were here? I liked the idea of the world looking pretty much the way it does now, but with an overlay that only few can see, like Mia who’s a prophet.
The journey through hell had its own inspiration. I was a big fan of Milton’s Paradise Lost. I loved the epic good versus evil theme, the descriptions of hell. I also like the idea that there were many layers of hell, as Dante had in the Inferno. Thirdly, ever since I’d watched the movie What Dreams May Come I wondered about the idea of hell being subjective. After all, life is subjective. What if the afterlife were too?
If hell were subjective, then Mia might see a very different version of it and might get lost. This isn’t Wonderland. She’d make no friends in hell. In order to survive the trip, she’d need a guide. And from there, I knew that the guide needed to be unreliable, the way that Gollum was to Frodo in the Lord of the Rings.
I’m not much of a planner, but for The Warrior Prophet, I planned elements and characters. And from there, the pieces came together and the story came to life as I wrote it. As dark and scary as some of the places were, it was the most fun I’ve had writing a novel. I only hope it’s as much fun for the reader as it was for me to write.
Today, I’m thrilled to announce the release of The Warrior Prophet (Book 3 of The Watcher Saga). After where I left off at the end of The Angel Killer, I know a few of you have been waiting to see what happens to Mia and Michael next.
I hope you find this book is full of surprises…
How far would you go to save the one you love?
Mia Crawford is a prophet.
She can see angels. She also sees demons. Everywhere.
The angels are preparing for war to get her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael, back.
A war that could take years.
Haunted by visions of Michael’s soul being tortured, Mia can’t rest until she knows he’s safe.
To save him, she must make an impossible journey through Hell with the one person she prayed she’d never see again.
Buy it here:
There is a Book Blitz on April 11-17th. Some wonderful participating blogs will be sporting this image. Go say Hi and spread the love! You’ll get a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card too!
And before your read The Warrior Prophet, be sure to read The Angel Killer.
This hunt is now over. Congratulations to the winners.
Hello and Welcome to my leg of the the Spring YA Scavenger Hunt.
I am Lisa Voisin, your hostess for this leg of the hunt.
This is me
(once I’ve had my hair straightened)
I’m a city girl who loves nature and lives beside a temperate rain forest at the base of a mountain.
I love coffee, but I have over two dozen different kinds of tea in my cupboard. (It’s a compulsion).
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 3rd!
You can start right here or you can also go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or ALL of them! I am a part of the SILVER TEAM but there is also a whole bunch more teams and if you do those hunts too you’ll have a chance to win a plethora of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, see the full list of prizes up for grabs, or if you get lost along the way, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a dream cast for my upcoming book, The Warrior Prophet, but I may just give away a few cool things about the much anticipated conclusion to the Watcher Saga as well. Before you go on though, check out the amazing author I’m hosting. But, first, a few rules.
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the SILVER team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Hint: the secret number is highlighted in SILVER.
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form to officially qualify for the prizes. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally. Anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
If you’re stuck, go here.
Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.
I am super excited to be hosting… Melanie Hooyenga
Melanie is the author of the YA trilogy, the Flicker Effect, about a teen who uses sunlight to travel back to yesterday. The first book, FLICKER, won first place for Middle Grade/Young Adult in the Writer’s Digest 2015 Self-Published eBook awards. When not at her day job as Communications Director at a local nonprofit, you can find her wrangling her 6-year old Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
Here’s where you can find Melanie online (Social Media Links)
Melanie is showcasing her book, FLICKER
Biz is a perfectly normal teenager except for one minor detail: she uses sunlight to jump back to yesterday. She takes advantage of flickering by retaking Trig tests, fixing fights with her boyfriend (or reliving the making up), and repeating pretty much anything that could be done better. Trouble is, flickering makes her head explode from the inside. Or feel like it anyway.
No one knows about her freakish ability and she’s content to keep it that way. Guys don’t stick around because she refuses to let them in, but all that changes when Cameron, her best friend, starts looking oh-so-yummy. Suddenly she’s noticing his biceps, his smile, and the cute way his eyes crinkle when he—gah! This is her friend!
But the butterflies come to a screeching halt when little girls start disappearing, then take a nosedive when the police link the kidnappings to Cameron’s sister, who vanished years earlier. As the police grasp for clues, Biz photographs a strange man lurking in the shadows and realizes that her flickering can help more than just herself.
You can buy it here:
And here is Melanie’s content. The Pinterest board that inspired Flicker: https://www.pinterest.com/melaniehoo/the-flicker-effect/
Lisa here with a random fact: The number 13 (that’s THIRTEEN) was once considered the number of the goddess. It also happens to be the day I was born on, and April 13th happens to be the day The Warrior Prophet releases.
SPECIAL BONUS: I’ll be giving away ebook copies of YOUR CHOICE of ONE of the first two books in The Watcher Saga: The Watcher and The Angel Killer. All you need to do is Tweet about this page (it’s easy to use the tweet button) AND leave a comment below.
You could also copy and paste one of these tweets:
Are you #TeamSilver? With over 180 #YA books given away, don’t miss the @YAScavengerHunt! http://wp.me/pHo2r-Mv via @lvoisin #YASH
If you’re looking for something to comment about, it can be anything. But if you’re stuck, tell me what you’re reading or what your favorite spring activity is.
Hey! Thanks for stopping by!
So… Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author Dierdre Mapstone’s page.