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Monday, November 12, 2012

{Guest Post + Giveaway} Perfect Casting for Marked for Vengeance by S.J. Pierce

Perfect Casting for “Marked for Vengeance” by S.J. Pierce
It’s funny that the initial idea of selecting a “perfect cast” for my guest post today appealed to me so much, only because when I write, I don’t think of one certain person -- famous or not -- that I’ve seen or known. My characters’ physical attributes are something that’s conjured completely in the deepest corners of my mind. But perhaps I ultimately decided upon this topic because I’m also a huge movie buff. What writer WOULDN’T want their book to play out on the big screen? And so, without further ado… meet my dream cast below.

Alyx:
When searching for each “cast member”, I looked for actors who embodied the descriptives that I used for each character throughout the book. For Alyx, she has porcelain skin, raven hair, and round lips. So when I came across a photo of Julia Voth, I thought, “Wow… now SHE would be a spectacular Alyx!” Except, she would need to wear brown contacts, but that’s easily fixable.
I also like how she emits a sense of purity, but you also feel that something else might lurk inside, something that tells you there is more to this girl that what you see. She’s mysterious. Enigmatic. That’s the essence of Alyx.

Isaac:
What can I say? Tom Welling has been a not-so-secret crush of mine for years. As soon as he came onto the scene with “Smallville”, he captivated me. And while I didn’t picture him when writing Isaac, it seems plausible that my imagination conjured a similar forbidden-love interest for Alyx. His hair in this picture fits Issac’s to the “T”, he’s in his thirties but looks to be in his twenties, he has light eyes and soft facial features. He embodies everything Isaac. Just slap an Irish accent on him and cover his right arm in tattoos, and he’d be perfect for the role!

Micah:
Isaac’s thirteen-year-old son. I describe him in the book as a shorter clone of Isaac, so you could just refer to the picture above and shave off about twenty years physically and mentally. Or maybe this photo of Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead” will do.

Cindra:
Cindra, oh, Cindra… how much fun you were to write! We’ve all had that quirky friend that you wouldn’t trade for the world, and I wouldn’t trade this character for a million others. She’s clumsy, funny, and a little naïve, but always means well and is perfect as Alyx’s BFF.
The actress I chose to play her is Aly Michalka. Yes, her hair is similar in color and texture, but the real reason I selected her was because I saw her in the movie “Easy A” with Emma Stone, and I fell in love with her saucy personality. In my opinion, she could be the only one to play Cindra.

Benjamin:
Dr. Benjamin Forbes. He’s Alyx’s boyfriend of a year and adores her probably more than she deserves. He’s every girl’s dream guy… successful, handsome, and doting. I saw an episode the other day of “The Mentalist” and just knew that Simon Baker would be fantastic for this hypothetical role with his blonde, side swept hair and meticulously groomed eyebrows. Oh yeah, and that smile…



BOOK SUMMARY:
“Isaac was more than just precious to her, he was precious in ways the world could only fathom. If she failed, she failed everyone.” –Marked for Vengeance

Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.

During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.

While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.

This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.

AUTHOR BIO:
S.J. Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy novels as an indie author.

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex story telling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her only publishing credit to date was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.

To quote a line from her debut novel, Marked for Vengeance; "If he merely lived to work and die, his soul would always thirst for something more. His paintings were an escape into the surreal, a way to cope with the humdrum of everyday life. With every well-placed stroke, he would escape further into whatever world he envisioned, its atmosphere a temporary break from reality." This captures her love for writing flawlessly.

(With every book purchased from the Alyx Rayer series, S.J. donates a percentage of her profit to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.)

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman
If you wish to contact SJ, email her here: sjpierce82@yahoo.com | Blog Goodreads

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7 comments:

  1. Thank you, Kristen, for hosting the giveaway! You rock!

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  2. I don't know anyone except Simon Baker. But from your descriptions they all sound perfect. I like a little forbidden romance.

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  3. I've never heard of Julia Voth but from the way Alyx is described she sounds perfect for it. It's nice to see characters cast even when I have a hard time doing it because I can see the characters as real all the more.

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  4. This sounds like a book that is sure to be easy to enjoy and captivate your attention

    Thanks for sharing Beckey

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  5. The Characters are a good pick and choices
    The descriptions :)

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  6. I love having the characters there in front of me. I've never heard of Julia Voth - she is memorable too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  7. Wow thanks for making this post! It's very interesting and gives us a further insight for the book :) I like the character of Alyx and Isaac, they match perfectly well with the descriptions you've written!

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