Hello SexxyBlogger followers! My name is Carrie Salo, and this is the first day of a month long online tour for me. I really appreciate this invitation into your computers, i-pads or smart phones (and thereby your offices, kitchens, and bedrooms!).
Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I consider myself to be a storyteller – a weaver of intriguing tales. As a storyteller, I like to keep my reader on the edge of their seat (or up all night), reveal unexpected plot twists, and completely take you away from your everyday through character development. I tend to heavily lean towards the supernatural thriller – which means, if you have read anything from me and you weren’t pretty scared, I didn’t do my job. Besides being an avid reader of thrillers and many other genres, I credit my writing to a classical education as an English major at an ivy league university. That education helps me bring together dark creativity with a very careful writing style. When I write a story, I want everything – the plot, the characters, the settings, the writing and the research – to work together seamlessly. I never want the reader to see what’s going on “behind the curtain.” For me, it’s all about taking you away for some deep thrills.
But, I wouldn’t be telling you very much about myself if I didn’t tell you about my novel. The Sounding is a supernatural thriller about an early Armageddon. But unlike a lot of Armageddon pop culture out there currently – which feature zombies, vampires or even natural disaster – The Sounding is based in real history and real prophecy. It gets its plot from Jewish and Catholic theology. It centers on the final prophecy in the book of Revelation and how events in today’s world might bring that prophecy to early fulfillment. A band of characters joins together to protect the prophecy, including one character with the holy ability to steal energy with a single touch. But, just as this guardian is sent by God to keep His plan in place, a dark and evil force sent by the devil himself is set on hunting them one by one and bringing the end of days upon us.
Since this IS a SexxyBlogger blog, you might be wondering where to find the sexiness in a novel grounded in religion? While I do use real prophecy to make the story that much more chilling, The Sounding is not without heat. The delicate relationship between Father Chris – a priest working to keep the prophecies in order – and Elise – the guardian sent by God himself – is one of the things that makes The Sounding the most haunting. Clearly forbidden to be anything but professional allies, and yet forced together under incredible circumstances, the two flirt with the forbidden. Their relationship is one of the most human parts of the story, and one of the things I am most proud of as a writer. When everything in the world is about to die, is it really worth resisting love?
You’ll have to let me know after you give The Sounding a read…
A big round of salacious applause for Carrie...that was awesome and so is the sounding. Be sure to catch my review later today. Let me tell, you book is good from the first page to the last. In the meantime, enjoy the book except below:
Lorenze strapped his uniform on, knowing where every clasp and buckle fell exactly. Still, something about it felt foreign: he had not worn it in several days. Several very, very long days.
The red, blue and yellow stripes that Michelangelo designed for the guard centuries earlier: many men fell under those colors. He knew their names by heart. And he promised to join them if called to…
…Lorenze propelled himself to the other side of the room where the society had left a small stockpile of weapons. He pulled out the sniper’s rifle case and its box of bullets. With hard clicks, he opened the case to see that all was in order. The parts gleamed and winked at him in the light like so many eyes.
More gently, Lorenze lifted the sight from the case. It was heavy to his hand. He put it to his eye and some miniscule scratch in the floor became like a canyon.
Thou shalt not kill. Lorenze smirked and put the sight down. Thou shalt not kill unless God asks you to. Thou shalt not kill unless God needs you to.
Lorenze closed the case. He surveyed the room, looked again at the uniform. He only had a few minutes left. He knelt to pray.
But what was there to pray for? Should he pray for their lives, for their safety? Could he ask that God grant them success on a murder mission? Should he pray for time or protection, or just for the world not to die?
In the end with his last few minutes, Lorenze prayed for the soul of another assassin. One who also betrayed innocence for the greater good. Remiel had, after all, been right – they were in common with a certain other fallen disciple. And so, with his eyes squeezed shut,Lorenze prayed for mercy for Judas Iscariot. For if Judas – that tool of fate led to betray history’s most innocent man – was able to find God’s forgiveness, perhaps so might he.
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Available at Amazon print, Kindle and Barnes and Noble
View the book trailer: http://youtu.be/K4Pp8F3A298.