I'm pleased to publish a guest post by author Murees Dupé about her book, The Amaranthine. I had such lovely interactions with Murees in the blogosphere that I was thrilled when she chose me to edit her first book.
Working with Murees is a pleasure. She also surprised me by coming up with a plot that includes characters with special powers, but they have the same insecurities from which so many of us suffer. My favorite character is Claire.
Now, take a look at the cover:
Isn't it great? I'll leave you now so you can read what Murees has to tell you about her work. I must edit tomorrow. I'll be with you on Wednesday, the 15th, for The Battle of the Bands.
Infinities of love,
Perfection is overrated
When I first started the rough draft for The Amaranthine, I was unsure of the plot. New characters kept popping up every few chapters and I wasn’t sure where I was going to end up in the end. However, one thing I was adamant about was that my characters had to be flawed and relatable. Why? Because I kept reading books about female characters that were the epitome of perfection, even though they eat what they want and never exercise. Also, they are perfect in every single way imaginable without realizing it, because they have hidden their perfect bodies under frumpy clothes.
Not only is the above scenario unattainable for me, it kind of kicks my ego’s butt.
So, in The Amaranthine, Claire has curves, which she is uncomfortable with. She thinks curves are unattractive. So, she represents the female who feels she has physical flaws. Alex, however represents the man that has it all. The looks, the brains, the wealth . . . popularity. But guess what? His personality is flawed.
My point? Both my main characters have flaws, but when put together, they balance each other out. To Alex, Claire is perfection and vice versa. If you like characters that are perfect in every aspect, then go for it. Personally, I find that flaws sometimes make characters a little more interesting. However, I really do think we should learn to love ourselves more, not matter what. I know I’m guilty of not doing so. How about you?
Title: The Amaranthine (Thelum Series)
Author: Murees Dupé
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 8 September 2015
Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of society―who only wants to know where she belongs. Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warrior―who thinks he’s prepared for everything. Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?
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About the Author
Murees Dupé was born and still lives in South Africa. When she is not thinking up new stories, she is spending time with her family, playing with her three dogs and cat, watching TV, or overindulging on desserts. To learn more about Murees, visit her website www.mureesdupe.com.
P.S. from Janie: The Amaranthine earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Highest Approval.
I'm sorry. I said I'd be back on Wednesday the 15th for Battle of the Bands. I realized at 11;25 p.m. that Tuesday is the 15th. I'll have my BOTB post up as soon as I can tomorrow, and I'll visit as many other "battle" posts as I can.