"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Monday, October 29, 2012

BBT Virtual Book Tour: Guest Post by Christine Locke - Open Door

I'm pleased to introduce  you to Christine Locke, on tour at Bewitching Book Tours with her book, Open Door. Christine is sharing a guest post with us today, Welcome Christine. The floor is all yours :)

Who Wants to Live Forever? By Christine Locke

Well, no one, if you believe many popular stories.  Like the contest at the center of Highlander with the prize, life as a mortal, going to its winner, many stories about immortal characters reveal them to be conflicted about their “gift,” eternal life. 

“Being sixteen forever sounded good until you really thought about it. Then it didn't seem like such a great prospect.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

YA paranormal novels are no exception.  In Time, the sequel to my first published novel Open Door, gives me the opportunity to focus on the question Stephenie Meyer asks:

“If you could live forever, what would you live for?”
― Stephenie Meyer
I get to show—or at least hint at—the afterlife of a main character with In Time, and that is lots of fun.  I try to convey that although her earthly life is over, she still meets challenges and is drawn to opportunities, even if my heroine can no longer understand her mentor as she once did.  I’d like to think that the kind of immortality I’m conveying—a sort of heaven—is free from the biggest problem I’ve observed other immortal fictional characters combating: boredom.  The trials of this life are interesting for a time, but once you’ve learned what you can from them and you know your time has no limits, ennui invariably sets in, or so Lestat told me J

I agree with Baudelaire:

“The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living proof of our immortality.” --Charles Baudelaire

Live with an insatiable thirst NOW, revel in all that your life reveals, apply it to the best of your ability, because we do thirst for what lies beyond.  Whatever that is, we do wonder and wait and, perhaps with dread or foreboding (for what could be more natural?), we hope it will be something more, something new, something wonderful.

Just remember this:

“... millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
― Susan Ertz

Here’s to savoring your Sundays while reading fabulous fiction for as long as we may!  I hope you give Open Door a try, I hope you love it, and I thank you for visiting Immortality and Beyond.

Christine Locke was born in California and grew up in various locations around the United States as a Navy brat. She was the oldest of six children and today is mother and step-mother to seven. She attended Texas A&M University, receiving her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature in 1995.

Christine has worked as a writing instructor, a salesperson, and an award-winning retail manager and management trainer, among other things. Today, she co-ordinates makeovers for a local magazine. She and her husband, Mike, live with their children, two dogs, and two cats in Arkansas.

For years, Christine has been writing novels around her work and family life. Open Door is her first published novel. Several other manuscripts are almost ready to follow Open Door onto Amazon KDP, including the Open Door sequel, In Time.

Twitter: @wrtrdoll and @CarinsGriffin




Open Door
By Christine Locke

Book Description:


It's 1987, and 16-year-old Carin White desperately needs her first job.  An elegant woman she's never met appears at her door offering employment.  "Aunt" Helen asks Carin to work for her on the family's rambling, enigmatic estate in the tiny resort town of Eureka Springs.


Carin takes little notice of Rafe Allen, Helen's other hired help.  But a brutal assault forces Carin to confront her own capacity for violence.  Carin learns her mother concealed her identity from her, and the mansion hides horrific secrets of its own.


Carin exposes the truth about her presence on the estate.  Will she be strong enough to recognize love and redeem her family legacy?  Or will the temptations of power and control lure her to the same dark places where others lost themselves?


Notes to Readers:

This novel is NOT about werewolves, vampires, or fallen angels.  It is a story about magic.  The gothic Mallace Mansion lives and breathes as a character, and only one woman controls its Legacy.  Is Carin the one? Read OPEN DOOR to find out.

This novel does NOT have a cliffhanger ending.  The author does not believe in them.  The story is complete in itself, and the ending points the way to a new storyline for IN TIME, the second novel in the Legacy Trilogy due out this Halloween.

OPEN DOOR is a full length novel at over 46,000 words.

Thank you so much for stopping in Christine and the best of luck in the future :)


Unknown said...

I'll check this one for sure!

Nightly Cafe said...

Thanks for stopping in Rhomy. It does look like an awesome book huh? I'm adding it to my TBR as well :)

CL said...

Thanks for reading, Rhomy! Nightly Cafe, I'm so pleased you think so! I really appreciate the kind words from both. Helps me get moving on that sequel editing...