Virtual Book Tour Marissa Carmel. Guest Post & Giveaway

3 Aug

BOOK BLURB

Lust. Anger. Hate. Desire. Love. Happiness. Joy. iFeel.

Liv Christianni is isolated, alone, tortured and withdrawn, saddled with the torrential downpour of the world’s emotions. Accepting of her providence Liv has lost all hope, until one day fate steps in and spins the course of her life like a spiraling top. Hunted by a Spirit Stalker, Liv is forced to gain control of herself and her surroundings, threatened by the touch of her immortal love; she must find a way to survive both physically and emotionally as her reality is shaken up like dice on a Craps table. Can she find the courage to accept her true self? Can she love unconditionally cognizant of the condemning consequences? Can she rise from the ashes to become the person she was always meant to be?
Funny, witty, real, and poignant, iFeel rips into your soul, and sets your emotions on fire.
If you are a fan of Charmed or Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries or The Secret Circle this series is for you! 

As part of the virtual book tour for author Marissa Carmel’s newest release iFeel, I invited Marissa to stop by with a guest post and a giveaway. When I received the invitation from Kitty Bullard @ Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community & Independent Publishing to be part of this tour I was intrigued by the cover and the blurb. I then went to Amazon and read excerpts from the novel and I was hooked. I’m actually reading the book and hope soon to post a review for it (and who knows me well enough they know I don’t post reviews unless the book is really incredible). Until then see below Marissa’s guest post. For a chance to win one of the 5 e-copies of iFeel leave your answer to the following question:

What hunts Liv Christianni?

GUEST POST BY MARISSA CARMEL

You plan, God laughs.  This is the story of my life.

There are ideals and expectations I assume everyone has; whom you will marry, what your career will be like, where you will raise your kids. And yes, I had all those ideologies in my head, except mine were more like, have a career, don’t get married and absolutely no kids. Boy, was I wrong. Today I am married with two kids, and living in a state I only passed through on occasion. And my career? Well let’s just say, I have more than one, and I never saw that coming. Who needs more than one career? Apparently me. To make a long story short, I started my first career as a logistician, yawn, I won’t bore you with the details. The second career came shortly after.
I’ve always loved to write. Always. My imagination constantly runs away with itself, and I am without doubt following it. My best subject was creative writing. So when I would write, it was primarily for me (or a good grade). As time went on though, I found myself imagining more and more and wanting to create, but my life was so busy, and what would it get me anyway? Until one day my mother- in- law dropped a bomb that would change my life. She was talking to one of my husband’s cousins who was complaining about getting her college degree (she was already married with 4 kids. Yikes. I’d be complaining too.) And my MIL, the wise woman that she is simply said, honey, time is going to go by anyway, so you might as well do it. Well, it felt like the sky fell on me. The advice wasn’t even directed at me, but it resonated. I started writing that night. And never stopped.

My husband once asked where my creativity comes from, and in return I asked him if he ever heard voices in his head.  His reply, I needed to see a shrink. I told him a keyboard and a curser is the best therapy. I have always loved the supernatural, thanks in part to my mom; Charmed was one of our favorite shows to watch together and still is. So when I started writing, it only felt natural that it took on a paranormal feel. But I didn’t want to write about vampires or werewolves or really anything that had been done. I’m like that; I always tend to steer towards the opposite of popular and then proceed to make fun of it. So I started researching, and brainstorming, and concocting my mix of love, humor and emotion. Liv was already an entity in my head, festering. I’d often imagine a dark haired girl with amethyst eyes, suffering and alone. When I finally established who she really was, and what kind of supernatural elements she would possess, (an Empath-someone who can feel the emotions of others- with active abilities) I asked myself, what would it be like for someone like that to carry the world’s emotions? Torrential I thought. What would it be like for her to fall in love? Even worse than torrential. The story evolved rather quickly after that, but I didn’t rush it. It took me a little over a year to write, over two years to edit. I learned a lot about my writing style during that time, developed my voice and really tried to give it a life-like feel.

So here I am almost four years later, a husband, 2 kids, and a home in what feels like a foreign country; a daytime career and a nighttime career, all jumbling together, fighting for a piece of my time. Go hard or go home, my husband and I always joke, if we have a story, it needs a theme and that is it. I wouldn’t change it though, not for anything. Life is nothing, if not a venture – (I have no idea who said that).

Bibliography-

Marissa Carmel has been writing since a young age and although it has always been for personal enjoyment, she finally decided to breakout and share her imagination with the world. She hopes that her universe is as fun and intriguing to her readers as it is to her. Marissa Carmel is originally from NJ but moved to Maryland several years ago, she enjoys reading, writing, and catching up on her DVR library. She is currently working on the sequel to iFeel, Gravitational Pull, which she hopes to release sometime in 2012.

Contact Info-

MarissaCarmel@aol.com

Twitter- @MarissaCarmel

Facebook- Marissa Carmel

Goodreads.com

www.Marissacarmel.moonfruit.com

Purchase Links-

Amazon.com- http://www.amazon.com/iFeel-ebook/dp/B008AM5KBY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340055387&sr=8-2&keywords=iFeel

http://www.greatmindsindependentpublishing.com/

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9 Responses to “Virtual Book Tour Marissa Carmel. Guest Post & Giveaway”

  1. VanillaOrchids August 3, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Answer: a Spirit Stalker

    Great post! I kind of feel that I’m the opposite. When I was younger I wanted to get married and have kids, but that didn’t happen.
    I am also a fan of Charmed. Even in the later seasons when others stopped watching the show, I was still watching. :) And paranormal stories are my favorites.

    Well, thank you for the great post and the chance to win a copy of iFeel.

    Pam

  2. redheadedbookworm August 3, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    A spirit Stalker hunts Liv! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

  3. wni August 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    The answer is spirit stalker! I would love to win this one.
    Thanks a bunch

  4. Peggy Hopkins August 3, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Liv is hunted by a Spirit Stalker. How interesting. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for giving 5 of us the chance.
    phdragonlady@hughes.net

  5. Lisa Cox August 3, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    A Spirit Stalker hunts Liv.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

  6. DeeDee Griffin August 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    A spirit stalker. Thanks for offering the giveaway!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  7. Marissa Carmel August 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Congrats to all the winners!! Happy reading!

  8. Jaime Lynn August 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    She is hunted by a Spirit Stalker. That doesn’t sound too good! Thanks for the chance to win. iFeel sounds pretty good!

    jeepgirl529(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Paula August 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Liv is hunted by a Spirit Stalker. Great giveaway!

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