Guest Post: Jessica Shirvington & Giveaway


Jessica Shirvington is the debut author of Embrace to be released March 6, 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire. Click here to visit the official website to read a very special letter to Violet Eden, character biographies and more. Read my review for Embrace here.

It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are…"

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it's hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death. As if that wasn't enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There's a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn't there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he's only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It's a fight Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…



Angels Have A Pecking Order

Researching for Embrace, I discovered the entire subject of Angelology to be truly fascinating. In the end, I chose to go with the most popular theory, that there are 3 choirs of angels and within each choir, 3 ranks.

At the top of the angel hierarchy sit the Seraphim. They are the angels that are supposed to burn with an all-consuming white flame and who perform the all-important role of maintaining the source of Existence within the physical world.

Following the Seraphim come the Cherubim, and Thrones. I always like the descriptions of the Thrones — bringers of justice.

In the second choir are Powers, Dominations and Virtues. And in the third choir – Principalities, Archangels and Angels (guardians).

In writing Embrace, discovering each of these ranks and their purpose on earth was what led to the development of my characters powers. Each character is specifically placed within a rank of angels and then given powers accordingly. For example: Griffin is parented by a Seraph angel, meaning he is a leader and his unique power is a mind power (that of reading and delivering truth) to correlate with the description of the Seraphim's function in the universe. It is a great way of keeping order to the power pool!

Each angelic rank also has a different appearance and different color that represent them and I found this really interesting. Any time I describe an angelic image, it relates back to this research in some way. Additionally, combining this research with things like the Chakra has led me to the use of color as a representation of power and also gemstones as a link to old mythology. For example: Phoenix's hair is like opal – so black that it shimmers with purple and it catches the light exposing streaks of dazzling silver. First, I loved the idea of his hair being different, but also, it linked to the significance to his power, and his heritage in the story.

Basing the story around the bones of angel mythology and hierarchy gives me a solid structure to use as my foundation. It anchors the story and gives me direction any time I think the story might be straying.

Also, it allowed me to develop one of the big mysteries within the series: what rank is Violet from?


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Sourcebooks is giving away a copy of Embrace. To enter, fill out the form below. The winner will be announced on this blog post after the giveaway ends (March 19) and notified. Open to US & CAN Only. Good luck!


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22 comments:

  1. Embrace sounds like a treat of a read. I absolutely loved the trailer. Congratulations on the upcoming release day and I wish you every joy in your success :)

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  2. This book sounds amazing. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  3. Thanks for the great giveaway! Loving the sound of this one.

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  4. I've heard of Angelology, but know nothing about it. What a wonderful experience to weave such interesting research into this story. Congrats on your debut!

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  5. Embrace sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Embrace sounds great!

    -Kim

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  7. I cant wait to read this! I'm SO pumped for it. I am super into angels atm.
    Thanks!!

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  8. I am eager to read this one. Hearing great things about it! Good luck to all who enter!

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  9. Oooh! I can't wait to read thsi book. Thank you!

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  10. I love angel books and this one sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  11. This looks like an exciting angel book :D Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. this book has been on my TBR list for awhile. I would love to win a copy.

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  13. I'm really interested in the hierarchy of angels, which is why I think I'd really enjoy this book. And I love the cover design, too. Crossing my fingers and toes and hope that Rafflecopter comes to its senses and PICKS me! LOL

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis
    My blog: The Bibliotaphe's Closet

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  14. Such cool mytholoy. I love angel books! Sounds like a lot of research went into this one.

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  15. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  16. You inspired me to research more on angels! I had no idea there was so many ways to potray them as. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Www.thehauntedrose. blogspot.com

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  17. Oh, that sounds awesome. Thanks so much!

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  18. It definitely sounds interesting, I shall very much like to read it

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  19. Hi~! *waves*

    Thanks so much for the fabulous giveaway!!! I LOVED the guest post! I love Jessica - she is such a fantastic, lovely person <3 Loved that you included a picture to illustrate the order of Angels :) It's always so awesome to learn more about the mythology behind the world-building! Thanks so much for this great post and awesome contest! <3

    I just posted a giveaway on my blog, too, would lovely to see you stop by and enter! <3

    Evie @Bookish

    Cheers! Have a great week *blows kisses*

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  20. This sounds like such a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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