Talking Destined, With Author Jessie Harrell and eBook Giveaway!

Thursday, November 3, 2011
 Yay! Readers!

So I loved, loved, loved this book! And I am super excited to welcome Jessie Harrell to the blog today so she can tell you a little bit about her upcoming YA release, Destined.
Hi everyone! I want to thank Lauren for letting me take over her blog today as part of the official Destined blog tour.  This is the first guest post I’ve ever done for someone else’s blog and I hope you don’t hate it. :) The twitter summary of my topic: u can improve ur writing by figuring out what happens when the shoe is on the other foot. Bottom line, if you’re a reader and not a writer, just go ahead and skip to the bottom to read about the novel and the contest.  **you can win a free e-book**
For those of you still with us, here’s my thought for the day --
I remember having to come up with a thesis for a 4000 level English lit class on folk tales back in undergrad.  (Not quite the most awesome class ever, but close.)  As I struggled to come up with something to write about, another student told me that my thesis needed to challenge a common idea.  You can’t just say: anthropomorphism is common in folk lore.  That’s not a thesis, it’s a fact.  A thesis would be something more along the lines of ancient peoples used anthropomorphism in fables as a way of doing x.  (btw - I had no recollection of what my thesis actually was for that class)  The point being, by learning that I had to challenge a belief to write a compelling paper, I learned to examine things from many different angles.
Fast forward to this spring.  Destined was sitting on my computer waiting for me to find the perfect tweak for it.  I knew the story was so close, but it was just lacking that little something.  After a talk with Georgia McBride (thank you, Georgia!), I realized I’d forgotten to look at my story from all the possible different angles.  I’d latched onto the myth of Cupid & Psyche as written and just accepted that Cupid was a spoiled playboy and Venus was a complete b!tch.  But was that the best way to tell the story?  If I could start from scratch, what would be their motivations, their backstory?
Which made me realize, despite being “gods,” these characters needed to be humanized.  Venus needed a reason to become irate with Psyche.  Cupid needed a reason to reject Psyche the first time he met her.  Along the same lines, I heard someone remark recently that the bad guys in stories don’t think they’re being evil.  They have their own perfectly logical explanation for what their doing.  To make all of my characters come to life on the page, I realized I needed to find those “logical explanations.”
So my advice to you as writers is to turn each of your characters around and look at them from the other side.  You’ve got good guys and bad guys, but how would they act if the shoe was on the other foot?  How would the story be different if you were telling it from the “bad guy’s” perspective?  Would he or she really seem so bad?  
** I note that Lauren does this incredibly well with her new novella He Loves Me, He Loves You Not, telling the story of the “other woman” in a way that makes her the more sympathetic character. Not any easy task.
For those of you who skipped ahead, START READING HERE.  :)  Here is where you get to learn how to win Destined.  But first, the blurb:
When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.(summary from goodreads)

If you leave your e-mail address in your comment, you'll be automatically entered to win an e-copy of Destined. The contest will stay open for 48 hours after the post goes live, and then Jessie will use to select a winner. Available formats include .mobi, .epub and .pdf. And please be sure to visit the other stops on Destined's official blog tour for chances to win copies of Destined and other goodies.

Check out the list below!
1-Nov Once Upon A Twilght -  Book Trailer +Interview Ebook giveaway
2-Nov Books With Bite - Interview Ebook giveaway
3-Nov Living in Literary La La Land Guest Post Ebook giveaway
4-Nov I am a Reader, Not a Writer Guest Post Ebook giveaway
5-Nov Paper Hangover Interview Ebook giveaway
6-Nov Nikki Katz Interview Ebook giveaway
6-Nov Fictional Distraction Review Ebook Giveaway
7-Nov Daisy Chain Book Review Interview Ebook giveaway
8-Nov MundieMoms Review + Short Story Ebook giveaway
9-Nov Safari Poet Guest Post Ebook giveaway
10-Nov Good Choice Reading WOW CONTEST + Review Ebook giveaway
11-Nov LM Preston Guest Post VLOG - Read a Scene Ebook giveaway
12-Nov An Avid Readers Musings Interview VLOG Ebook giveaway
13-Nov Skyla11377 Review Ebook giveaway
14-Nov Dark Readers Interview Ebook giveaway
15-Nov Shortie Says... Character GUEST POST Ebook giveaway
16-Nov A Cozy Reader's Corner Reviews  Guest post - Sneak Peek Ebook giveaway
17-Nov Stuck In Books Character Interview Ebook giveaway
18-Nov From A to Z Review  Ebook giveaway
19-Nov Turning Pages Interview Ebook giveaway
20-Nov A Tale of Many Reviews Guest Post Ebook giveaway
21-Nov Read My Mind - AliseonLife Interview Vlog Ebook giveaway
22-Nov S.A.Larson Review Ebook giveaway
23-Nov Starry Sky Books Prize pack giveaway + Guest Post Ebook giveaway
23-Nov Angels and Demons and Portals. Oh My! Prize pack giveaway Ebook giveaway

Thank you for dropping in on this stop of the blog tour.  Hope you found a useful nugget from my advice.  And better yet, I just hope you love reading Destined as much as I loved writing it.

Jessie Harrell


  1. Thanks so much for letting me drop by your blog, Lauren. And I must say, Destined goes very well with your blog's color scheme, don't you think??

  1. Regina said...:

    This book sounds really amazing. I would like an opportunity to enter to win.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  1. khashway said...:

    Jessie, that's great advice. Characters need motivation, without it they aren't real or sympathetic. I'm looking forward to reading Destined. :)


  1. Looking at the characters from a different angle is a great way to explain deepening those characters and finding what's underneath all of that behavior. Super job of guest posting, Jessie.


  1. BlackWolf said...:

    looking forward to reading this great book!

  1. totally looking forward to this one.
    SUCH a beautiful cover :D

  1. Faye said...:

    Destined sounds AMAZING! heard some really good things about it too!

    rteenbookworm @ gmail . com

  1. KtTurner said...:

    This book sounds fantastic and thank you for hosting the giveaway. I would love to win! Pls enter me.

  1. kimba88 said...:

    I am a new follower, I saw your post on book blog.This book looks good, thanks for the giveaway. Stop by and enter mine as well..

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I need to read this! I love Greek mythology!

  1. Vivien said...:

    Thanks for hosting a spot on the tour. I am utterly fascinated with Greek mythology.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  1. Good advice about putting the shoe on the other foot for your characters.


  1. I love love love DESTINED and Jessie is an awesome writer! Great post y'all :-)

  1. This book looks great!
    Thanks for the giveaway ^^
    Hope I'm not too late :P

  1. Diana said...:

    Very beautiful story! Thank you for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  1. Heather said...:

    Looking forward to reading this book it sounds great!


  1. Anonymous said...:

    I would love to win Destined. Thanks for the chance.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I hope I win! :)
    Maryann (at)chapter-by-chapter (dot) com

  1. Thanks to all who entered and for your support of the novel. This stop's winner was Chingz - who I have e-mailed. Please be sure to hit the rest of the DESTINED blog tour stops for more chances to win!

  1. Congrats! Ill try at the next stop

  1. this books sounds great! I look forward to the opportunity to win an ARC.

  1. Thank you! ^^
    Have replied and good luck to those trying to win a copy at other stops of the tour ;)

  1. please count me in! hopefully i can still make the giveaway. :D would really love to read this. <3


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