Today is the first time I’ve ever had a guest post on my blog, and I’m delighted to welcome Kirsten Miller, the author of The Eternal Ones, which was released yesterday. Congratulations again, Kirsten, and I’m so glad to have you on the blog!
Wow, it is such an honor to be asked to post on Ally’s blog. I’m a great admirer of her work, and I think Matched may be one of the best YA books I’ve read in years. I’d elaborate, but I should probably save most of my praise for the review of Ally’s book that I’ll be posting on my own blog later this year. For now, I’ve been asked to tell you a little bit about my latest novel, The Eternal Ones.
I’ll be the first to admit that The Eternal Ones is somewhat strange—which shouldn’t surprise anyone who grew up with me. When I was a kid, I used to force my friends and siblings to play a game I called, “What If?” There weren’t any rules and it could get quite silly at times. All it required was an unexpected (though often desired) scenario. What if a UFO landed on your front yard while you were in the middle of a shower? What if your parents informed you they were spies for the Russian government? What if Jacob B. showed up at your front door with a bouquet of flowers and asked you to run away with him? (His name wasn’t Jacob, and he never showed up at my house with flowers. Too bad, ‘cause I had everything planned!)
The Eternal Ones began as my own private game of “What If?” (My friends and siblings won’t play anymore!) What if you discovered you had lived other lives? What if you began to suspect that there might be someone out there you were destined to find? What if soul mates really do exist?
Once those questions were answered, I knew there I had a tale I needed to tell. But The Eternal Ones isn’t the quaint little love story you might be expecting (although there’s certainly plenty of love involved). It’s a thriller, a mystery, and the chronicle of a romance that spanned countless centuries. And I couldn’t help working in plenty of weirdness for good measure.
If you’ve ever experienced déjà vu or love at first sight, there’s a good chance you’ll find The Eternal Ones entertaining. And if you’ve ever wondered if you’ve lived before, pop on over to my blog for a past-life reading! (No, I don’t have the credentials to offer a service of this sort, but it’s been a whole lot of fun so far!)
Thanks again, Ally! I’ll see you on my blog soon!
And, to celebrate this awesome guest post, I’m going to give away one of the signed copies of The Eternal Ones. Please comment on this post, and leave your e-mail address before midnight Friday (MST), and I’ll choose one winner. Sorry, this is open to US/Canada only.