Hi Danita! Thanks for
having me on your blog today. I appreciate the chance to visit and meet some of
your blog followers. I wanted to share with you and readers how I came up with
the idea for The Burning Seal, published in March by Muse It Up Publishing.
The Evolution of an Idea By Jenna Storm
I’ve been writing for
several years, researching the industry, sending out submissions, receiving
rejections *smile* it’s part of the process and it wasn’t until this past year
that I experienced the joy of having my work accepted by a publisher. I consider
myself very lucky to be a part of Muse It Up Publishing! Now I’m even luckier
because my book released on March 23rd and I’ve had the pleasure of working
with two wonderful editors at Muse, Nancy Bell and Valerie Haley who have
helped me make The Burning Seal ready for readers and a very talented cover
artist, Suzan Safi who created a perfectly eerie cover. Now onto what I’m really
here to talk about…the evolution of an idea. Specifically, my story. My idea.
Years ago–yes, it took that long to get this story published–I had a question
run through my brain, what would it be like if major events in our lives
repeated and we were given a chance to correct a failure? Hmmm. For major
events to repeat the characters involved must reassemble to play out their original
role. Of course, reincarnation. Now, if the same soul reborn could remember the
pain and suffering from each life and carry the scars with them for each
rebirth well…that would be some heavy internal conflict my characters might
Voila! Souls were scarred
and internal conflicts born. I didn’t stop there…I added the five elements,
Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, Hierarchy demons, struggles for domination,
magic, an ancient grimoire thought to be a myth and psychic abilities. I’m
pleased to say the ideas continue to flow for the series and it’s exciting to
see it expand. I wish all the writers who are enjoying this blog the best of
luck for their future writing career. Remember, the smallest idea when
questioned, poked and prodded can expand and take on deeper meaning.
Detective Danni Keegan is
plunged into a dark, demonic world where survival depends on deciphering the
connection between ritual killings, and a demon terrorizing her for a “gift”
she wasn’t even aware she possessed. She must unravel her dreams of
another woman who lived during ancient times and battled a bloodthirsty
demon—the same demon who now hunts Danni. The loss of her body and soul
looms imminent as her only chance to destroy the demon depends on changing her
new partner’s convictions. He is a sinfully sexy man, who exudes power and
self-assurance with the ease of breathing and has an iron-willed determination
not to believe in the paranormal.
(Danni, the heroine of the book is a psychic and she’s about to relive another
woman’s long ago battle with the demon)
stared at her bare feet visible because the hem of her dress tangled around her
legs. Beyond the demon, mauve spires from a far off castle shot into the sky.
The majestic sight, coupled with the cumbersome dress she wore spoke of an
ancient time. He wrenched her arm, drawing her to the very edge of the cliff as
she teetered on her toes. The wind gusted off the ocean and batted her body.
Her mind slipped gears and fought to understand what happened.
Below her the angry sea roiled, while above,
steel gray clouds churned, obliterating the once sunny sky. One minute she was
in her house fighting an insurmountable force; a demon, and the next she was
outside where the air smelled clean, unspoiled and the ocean slammed the rocks.
beast’s hands tightened. She feared his strength would shatter her bones. The
edge of the cliff loomed too near. “Sara, the book,” the voice demanded.
felt like the only passenger on a runaway freight train. No. That wasn’t
entirely true. Impossibly, Sara was here too and the unknown woman’s hate for
the demon overpowered everything and prompted Danni to speak things of which
she had no understanding.
words fell unbidden from her lips. “You are a soulless beast from hell. A
demon. You will not command me.” Her shrill vow rippled in the air, the words
bowing under the weight of her promise.
Realization rushed through Danni and soured her
stomach as everything clicked into place. She was a prisoner, a conduit, forced
to endure Sara’s experiences, speak Sara’s words while retaining her own
thoughts and emotions.
didn’t know why the other woman chose her to speak through.
makes sense. Not from the moment I opened my front door and let the demon in,
to this moment, when I feel myself growing smaller as Sara takes over my mind
and body. Her heart raced. She tried to scream, to push the foreign energy from
her, but she wasn’t strong enough. At this moment, for this portion of the
battle it wasn’t her turn to speak or fight. Terrified, she was unable to stop
Sara from taking complete control and slotting her into the role of voyeur.
never tell you the book’s location. I’ll never give you more power to kill the
innocent. I won’t let you start the cycle of death, to turn the tides of power.
You will never release the Hierarchy from their chains to walk the earth again.
I know you’ll kill me, but I’ll never give you what you want. Never!”
“You offer your life so easily,
Sara. What about those you love? Can you protect them forever, through the
centuries even? I think not.” He gnashed his teeth, a rabid beast looking to
consume her. “While I torture you and bring hell to your feet, I will slaughter
those around you and you’ll beg for death.”
The Burning Seal, The
Elements Series: https://museituppublishing.com