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Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Immortal (Re)Cycle Guest blog with Kristi Jones
The Immortal (Re)Cycle
When I was invited to visit Wenona’s wonderful blog, my first thought was obviously about being ‘green’ and recycling. I’m a faithful recycler and it occurred to me that my main character, Meg Highbury, is really on something of a recycling nightmare.
In my new novel, The Corpse Goddess, Meg discovers she’s a Valkyrie and that the first duty of a Valkyrie is to trade places with a corpse and walk with the dead for a decade or so.
Now I don’t consider myself a horror writer, but Meg is dealing with the decay of her own body and the ‘life cycle’ of an immortal. Needless to say, it’s not pretty.
In Meg’s new world, Valkyries live forever but they are still subject to the very mortal body in which they reside. She cannot die, but she watches her fingers turn blue and feels her stomach gasses building.
Understandably, Meg goes on a panicked mission to reverse the process and stop the onset of the Death Duty.
Wouldn’t you do just about anything in the world to avoid rotting alive?
Most people envision a Valkyrie as a buxom blonde clad in gleaming armor, perhaps on horseback with her hair flowing in the wind. But while Meg’s mother encapsulates this image of the golden goddess, of a beautiful Valkyrie built for the battlefield, Meg is just an average college student. If Meg can find a way around the Death Duty, she can live a single human lifetime as a young woman. She can side-step the horrible Death Duty and postpone her duties as a lower goddess. But to avoid this natural recycling of mortal flesh, she has to find a loophole. Still, if the ancient gods of Valhalla have a loophole, what price will she have to pay?
How far would you go to escape a living death?
The Corpse Goddess is a book about the pain of the life cycle, of the horrifying prospect of recycling the body we’re born with. If you’re not too squeamish and enjoy a healthy dose of the supernatural, you might have a little fun, laugh out loud and squirm just a bit while Meg Highbury does her damndest to get back to the land of the living.
The Corpse Goddess
By Kristi Jones
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 79,034
Party girl Meg Highbury wakes up the morning of her twenty-first birthday with one hell of a hangover – and a walking corpse in her apartment. Meg turns to her straight-laced neighbor Armando for help and together they discover that Meg is a Valkyrie.
What’s more, her first duty is to trade places with the corpse. But Meg is being sent to her Death Duty too soon. In a race against time, Meg frantically tries to find a loophole to her gruesome fate, but while Meg is determined to live whatever the cost, Armando's strict moral principles keep getting in the way of her plans for escape.
Can Meg walk the 'right' and narrow path, possibly sacrificing her mortal life, for love? And if she can, will Armando have the stomach to love a rotting corpse of a girl who is falling apart in more ways than one?
Kristi Jones spent her childhood exploring European castles, crumbling manor houses and ornate cathedrals, always looking for secret passages and hidden rooms. She holds a degree in European history and loves to throw ‘ordinary’ characters into extraordinary circumstances.
She currently lives in south Texas with her husband and two children, who inspire her daily. She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and Romance Writers of America. She loves old movies, being a Mom, the feel of paper in her hands and things that go bump in the night.
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