Guest Post + Giveaway with the Author of The Kure!

Posted January 29th, 2012 by in Uncategorized / 3 comments

Today I’m so happy to have Jaye Frances on the blog to talk, with all of you lovely people, about her book, The Kure!

Thank you, Alexa, for hosting me on Pages of Forbidden Love today. I really appreciate the opportunity to talk about The Kure, and to let your readers know about my “Resolve To Read” promotion going on right now through Amazon.

What happens when you’re been rendered powerless to control your own actions, and the very survival of your soul is dependant on an act of coerced confession? When one of the main characters, John Tyler, is forced by a demonic and malevolent force to make a despicable admission, he realizes it could eliminate his only chance for salvation, and ultimately destroy his future with the woman he loves. 

In the following excerpt, John has just revealed the details—and requirements—of the ancient ritual from the evil manuscript, the Kure, to Sarah. 

Here’s an excerpt:

The words had entered Sarah’s ears like shrapnel. In a single rough motion, her hand recoiled off John’s shoulder. As she jerked backward to the opposite side of the seat, she clasped her stomach, catching a quick shriek in her throat.

He had wanted to protect her, prevent her from finding out about the cure. But its power had driven her away more effectively than if the devil himself had sat down between them.

Her skin was pale, her body rigid as stone, and for an instant, John worried that his venomous ravings had penetrated beyond flesh and blood, extinguishing the very spark of life.

He desperately wanted to take her in his arms, to tell her he had been raving mad and would never have allowed her to participate in such a depraved act. But if he made the slightest move toward her, she could easily interpret his actions as foul and malicious, meant to harm rather than comfort.

He struggled to explain. “It’s a ritual. The doctor read it to me from an old book of spells and incantations. You have to believe me. I would never ask you to do such a thing. Or expect anyone else to.”

The muscles in Sarah’s neck were knotted cords, her lips pressed tight as if to reinforce against vile intrusion. She lowered her head and turned away, as if so revolted by what she’d heard, she could no longer stand to look at him.

“I would take it back if I could,” John continued. “I never meant for you to know about the perverted act. I’m the one being punished. It’s the price I have to pay for considering its use, for insisting the doctor reveal it to me.” He hesitated, then added, “And now it’s turned into some kind of curse, and it’s trying to hurt me by frightening you away.”

Sarah was silent for a long minute. When she spoke, her voice was cold and lifeless. “That is what Doctor Harwell told you? His words? Exactly?”

“Yes, except—”

“Except what?” she demanded, sounding more like her father than herself.

“There’s more.”

The ridge of lines crossing Sarah’s forehead deepened, pulling her eyes into a piercing stare. “Tell me,” she commanded. “All of it.”

Here’s a brief synopsis:

John Tyler, a young man in his early twenties, awakens to find a ghastly affliction taking over his body. When the village doctor offers the conventional, and potentially disfiguring, treatment as the only cure, John tenaciously convinces the doctor to reveal an alternative remedy—a forbidden ritual contained within an ancient manuscript called the Kure.

Although initially rejecting the vile and sinister rite, John realizes, too late, that the ritual is more than a faded promise scrawled on a page of crumbling paper. And as cure quickly becomes curse, the demonic text unleashes a dark power that drives him to consider the unthinkable—a depraved and wicked act requiring the corruption of an innocent soul.

Ultimately, John must choose between his desperate need to arrest the plague that is destroying his body, and the virtue of the woman he loves, knowing the wrong decision could cost him his life.

               For a limited time, read “The Kure” for only $.99 (kindle version)

I always spend the last few days of December reviewing my writing plan for the coming year—to determine what’s going to receive priority and how I will budget my time to make sure I get it done. During one of those planning sessions, I noticed my husband was also putting a few goals together for the new year. When I asked him to tell me about his “resolutions,” he said that one of them was to read more, especially books that fall outside his favorite genres, “just to see what else is out there.” We began to talk about how many more people are now reading books of all kinds, primarily due to increased availability and choice of low-cost eBooks for the kindle and nook. I often see comments from readers who decided to try a particular author’s work because it was ninety-nine cents, or in some cases, free. Then my husband asked an interesting question: “Why don’t you offer some kind of promotion to encourage more people to read The Kure, with the idea that they’ll be more inclined to read the book if you temporarily lower the price?” I really had to think about this one, but after realizing it might motivate a few more folks who are not familiar with The Kure to take a look, I decided to do it. I’m calling it “Resolve To Read”, and it’s going on right now. The kindle version of The Kure can be purchased for ninety-nine cents on Amazon. So if you were planning on buying a kindle version anyway, why not take advantage of the “Resolve To Read” promotion and save two bucks?

Author Bio:

Jaye Frances was born in the Midwest and grew up surrounded by traditional values and conservative attitudes (which she quickly discarded). She readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent, and invites visitors to her website with a friendly caveat: “Be forewarned, my life has not followed the traditional path of homemaker, wife, and mother.” When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which wind up on her website. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes.

Ways to Connect with Jaye Frances:

Website is:  http://www.jayefrances.com

Blog is:  http://blog.jayefrances.com

Goodreads: 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12718447-the-kure 

 Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jaye-Frances-writer/171415992923563

 

Links for The Kure on Amazon and BN: 

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Kure-Jaye-Frances/dp/1466262966/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317073140&sr=1-1 

 

BN:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/the-kure-by-jaye-frances?keyword=the+kure+by+jaye+frances&store=ebook

 

Giveaway:

One lucky person will win a kindle edition of The Kure!

This giveaway will end on Feb 5th at 11:59pm

To Enter:

Please leave a comment stating what you liked best about Jaye’s guest post.

Extra Entries (leave links in original comment):

+1 Follow Jaye’s Blog

+1 Add The Kure on Goodreads

+1 If you are friends with Jaye on Facebook

 

 

Alexa

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3 Responses to “Guest Post + Giveaway with the Author of The Kure!”

    • Jaye Frances

      Hi, Rita,

      It’s a great question, and you’re not the first to want to know more about the inspiration for The Kure’s story line, and more specifically, the ritual described in the ancient manuscript of healing, the Kure. That being said, I thought long and hard about the graphic nature of the ritual. Before publication, I actually rewrote some of it, diluting it, hoping to make it more palatable to those inhabiting that rarified strata of proper behavior. But it didn’t gel. I wanted The Kure—and the ritual specifically—to accurately reflect the historical practice of objectifying women’s bodies.

      My research for the book took me to some very dark places. I read collections of folklore, magic, spells, curses and books about witchcraft. Some of what I learned motivated me to stock up on nightlights. But based on what I wanted to accomplish, I had no choice. I wouldn’t say my research was exhaustive, but I can definitely say it exhausted me, particularly from nightmares I experienced as my subconscious processed the stories of abuse, exploitation and outright cruelty disseminated by many practitioners of the black arts.

      Bottom line, the specifics of the ritual described in The Kure—including the graphic interpretation by Sarah of the two spells she eventually uses—could have been contained in one of the actual demonic texts used by practitioners of the black arts at that time. In other words, the storyline of The Kure is based on historically accurate references (a few readers wrote me that they realized this early on.)
      Hope this helps.

  1. Sophia Rose

    This disfiguring disease must be horrific if the man was actually considering such a rite to get rid of it. It reminds me of some of the older Gothic suspense style books that I have read. The excerpt was very engaging and I appreciate the opportunity to win the book.

    +1 FB like: Sally Michele Shaw
    +1 GR to read: Sophia Rose

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