Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Symbol of Hope Series by Marisette Burgess: Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway


Interview with Main Character- Kasey Reese
(Interview answers are based after the events of Book Two Jar of Pandora)
What are you passionate about these days?
Staying alive. Growing old was something I dreaded; now all I want to do is live a long life. I know that the events of the future happen how they must, but I’m determined to make it out of my quest alive.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Teal, of course. We never say what we should at the most important moments in our lives. I don’t know why, but I should have said so much more to him.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I run. Cross County running. It helps keep my mind focused and calm. I plug my earphones in and listen to music. When I’m running it’s just me and nature. You can say my current boyfriend, Dion is also a runner and joins me sometimes, but I prefer to run alone.
Who should play you in a film? 
My author, Marisette Burgess, has suggested Molly Quinn. She is on a show called Castle. I think she would be great. We look similar enough.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
The Restaurant Caracoles, I went to Spain last year on a study abroad trip and my host family lived above their restaurant. I paid my way by working at the restaurant. The foreign Spanish cuisine was out of this world. Now I’m back in the states and really miss the food in Spain.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Lately I have had so many I’m not sure you can categorize them in order of most scariest to least. I think losing someone close to you has to top the list. At the moment of death, when you realize there is nothing you can do to bring them back is a fear I hope I never relive.
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
A different destiny.  I’m now nineteen and all I want is to go back to a plain normal life. My destiny is so unpredictable at this moment that time itself seems to be going by at light speed. So much has happened, so much has changed, I have no idea where I will be in a month much less two seconds from now.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Stop trying to fight your destiny just embrace it. The more you fight the harder the journey will be.



MARISETTE BURGESS is a mother, wife, and teacher. She was born in Los Angeles, California to immigrant Cuban parents. She grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida then moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing. She’s an extreme Florida girl who’s never seen snow. Marisette lives in Florida with her husband and son. She has enjoyed the art of storytelling since she was ten. Her first book, Men of the Cave, débuted May 2012. 

Title: Men of the Cave
Series: Symbol of Hope Book 1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Author: Marisette Burgess
Published: WRB Publishing - May 2012
Word Count: 59,000
Raised by unorthodox parents, Kasey Reese has always struggled to be invisible, to not be noticed, to avoid conflict. Running from a broken relationship, Kasey flees to Spain on a scholarship, to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her - a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.

“Tell me what happened,” he said serious. 

I recalled his brother lying dead on the forest floor. I didn’t want to cry, “I must be crazy.” My voice sounded distant even to me. Had I lost my voice?

He looked at me and smiled, “You are not crazy. I promise.” 

“You know what I saw, don’t you?” I challenged. 

“Why not tell me what you saw, and we will go from there.”

Still uncertain, but wanting to trust him, I took a deep breath and explained what I had seen.

He interrupted before I finished, “Did you see any blood?”

“What?” I snapped.

“Did you see any blood?” he asked again in the same monotone voice.

I summoned up the memories of the gladiator fight. I tried to remember and realized he was right. It was a very clean scene, no blood.

 “I don’t understand how…” I whispered.

“Kasey, the world as you know it, is not what it seems.” He stared across the ocean.

“What do you mean? What’s going on Dion?” I demanded.

“Kasey, before I explain what you saw there are a few things you need to know.”

Title: Jar of Pandora
Series: Symbol of Hope Book 2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Author: Marisette Burgess
Published: WRB Publishing - November 2012
Word Count: 73,000
Kasey Reese ran from a life of responsibility to study abroad in Deia, Spain. She hoped for an adventure, but what unfolded in Spain was beyond the imaginable. In that remote little village she met the love of her life, Dion - a twenty-year-old immortal saint.

Kasey and Dion return to America only to realize their love is challenged by their opposite virtues and Kasey’s dysfunctional family.

Unique and action-packed, in this book Kasey learns that Pandora is her immortal grandmother. Determined to find her and to uncover many truths, Kasey sets out with Dion on a deadly journey. But answers come with a great cost - a three thousand year old prophecy, a feud of the gods and death. 


Artemis’eyes narrowed her lips rose in a half smile. She resembled a mischievous fox. “They will kill her, then nothing can stop us.”


Shock, dread, and every bad feeling that I could muster did within me. Tired of playing games with this has-been goddess, I swung aggressively then kicked my foot behind hers. I knocked Artemis onto her back. With the tip of my foot I threw her blade into the water. I straddled the woman, my knees holding her arms down. My sword’s tip positioned above her heart. My hand around her neck gripping tightly. She coughed.


“Kill who? Who are you after?” I pressed her head into the dock.


She resisted me, choked and smiled. She whispered, “Pandora’s granddaughter of course.”


With petrified shock, I squeezed her neck tighter. “Who is after her and why?” I yelled inches from her wretched face.


She began a maniacal giggle, then maneuvered her left arm free, and before I could gain control of it again she gripped the handle of my sword and pulled it into her heart.

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December 12th – Kristy @ Kristy Centeno (Book Review)
December 12th – Lisa & Sarah @ Girls with Books (Book Review/Interview)
December 13th – Elora & Marie @ Lunar Haven Reviews and Designs (Book Review) December 14th – Buffy @ Buffy’s Ramblings (Book Review/Guest Post)

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1 comment:

Marisette said...

Thank you Laurie for the guest post. I loved doing the character interview. By far my favorite interview yet!