Friday, January 9, 2009
Today I have a guest blogger who is a newly published author named Margay Leah Justice. She’s here today to talk about her first published novel Nora’s Soul which is the first book in her Dante Chronicles. She has written about the novel and how she came to write it along with the blurb of the book for you all to enjoy.

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Nora’s Soul developed out of two dreams, interconnected, that wouldn’t leave me alone. They were all I thought about. The first dream itself centered around a woman at a nightclub dancing the night away with a sinfully attractive man. Simple enough but for the fact that, when she turned away from him, his eyes began to glow red, giving him a devilish look. When she showed up in my next dream, the woman was dressed in a rather proper manner and moving into a garage apartment, preparing to take care of the twins of a widower. Who was this woman and why was she out dancing with a devil one night and preparing to care for children the next? The questions fueled my imagination, demanding answers. The first answer came in the identity of the woman, Nora, who began to give me clues to her background. Then the angels arrived. When he first came to me in my dream, Dante portrayed himself as something of a devil. So that’s how I described him. He was a devil, his only purpose was to steal Nora’s Soul, and that was the end of the story. Or so I thought. But Dante had other ideas. Just when I thought I was done with him, he wouldn’t let me go. He kept invading my dreams, telling a different story. I soon learned that Dante was an angel who, not unlike Nora, was led down the wrong path by his desires. And Dante also finds himself having to make some decisions that could have severe ramifications not only for himself but also for others connected to him. Peter is the exact opposite of Dante in every way—looks, demeanor, purpose. But he is also an angel—and Dante’s nemesis. You see, Peter knows Dante’s potential, knows that he is inherently good, but has just chosen the wrong path. It is Peter’s mission to lead Dante back onto the right path. As the story evolved from the simple tale of a woman’s crisis of faith into an angel’s crisis of faith, it took several years to develop as I worked out the logistics of how to tell this story. Once I realized that the true story was Dante’s and that he was just using Nora to introduce himself to me, the process of developing his story became turbo-charged and just flew off the page. I also realized that his story is too vast to be contained in one book, so he will be showing up again in someone else’s life soon. Nora’s Soul is book one in The Dante Chronicles.

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Nora’s Soul by Margay Leah Justice When angels of light and dark collide on earth… Once he held a favored position in the heavens. But one moment of weakness casts Dante out and now he is cursed to walk the earth, collecting the souls of vulnerable women to buy his way into hell. All hell breaks loose… But standing in his way is Peter, an angel of light. Peter is everything Dante is not. Pure, above reproach. And determined to prevent Dante from achieving his goals. Peter will stop at nothing to protect the souls in his charge, even if it means achieving the impossible—leading Dante back onto the right path. And no one is safe from the fall-out. Nora Kendall believed in angels. Once. But then she lost her brother to cancer despite all of her prayers—and she lost her faith in all things angelic. Now, she is a lost soul who wanders through life like a sleepwalker, playing it safe and leaving the risk-taking to others. Kyle Cameron is one of those risks. Burned by a bad marriage, his only concern now is providing a stable life for his children, who are left motherless by the unexpected death of his wife. This means working overtime to grow his architectural firm into a viable business—and leaving the care of his children to the care of someone he trusts. Despite his past connection with Nora, Kyle isn’t certain that she’s the right person for the job. He also doesn’t want to reconnect with her and repeat history. But fate—and the machinations of two angels—has other ideas.

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You can reach Margay Leah Justice through her website, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace pages.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you, Phoebe, for having me here today. It was a pleasure.
    Margay
    http://margayleahjustice.com

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  2. Great plot line. Sounds like a good book.

    I also love this blogspot. It's really cute.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
    http://www.morganmandel.com
    http://twitter.com/morganmandel

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  3. It was a pleasure having you guest blog here today, Margay. I can't wait for your interview.

    Thanks for the compliment and I'm glad you think my blog is cute and that you love it, Morgan.

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  4. Morgan, thank you for stopping by and for the compliment. I like this blog, too - that's why it's in my Favorites!

    Thanks, Phoebe, again, for hosting me!

    Margay

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  5. Margay
    I enjoyed reading about how your muses came to you in dreams. Wishing you the best for Nora's Soul and the series to follow.

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  6. Connie, thank you for stopping by and sharing this journey with me. yes, I love it when my muses invade my dreams - and, no, I'm not being sarcastic. I've literally dreamt up several interesting plots. I guess you could say I have very vivid dreams.
    Margay

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