Monday, June 20, 2011

UNDERCURRENT - Michelle Griep - Free Book

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
There’s a piece of me in every character—even the villains. I’ve got a favorite quote that sums it up nicely:
“For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.” (John Milton)

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Belly dance at a restaurant.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I noticed blank wall space and whipped out my handy-dandy Crayolas.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Wow. If there are words on a page, I’ll read it. Any genre. My favorites, though, are historical, particularly Regency or medieval.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Apparently you’ve heard the rumor that I’m sane. Huh. Well, if I weren’t anchored to the solid rock of my savior Jesus, I’d be loony tunes for sure. Days when I don’t fit in my quiet times with God’s word and prayer are usually not so good.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most often I use census data, other times I’ll make them up according to the character’s personality.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Homeschooling my 4 kids, and I’m soon to reach the finishing line. 3 down, 1 to go.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A boxer, as in the canine variety. They’re cute, loyal, playful, and get to eat and sleep all day.

When I was in junior high, my parents raised registered boxers. What is your favorite food?
Dark chocolate.

Mine, too. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
When I began writing, I didn’t know what I was doing. It took me a long time to figure out what showing versus telling was all about. Best advice I ever received was to buy a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, which cleared up the mystery for me.

Tell us about the featured book.
People go missing every day. Many meet with foul play, some leave the social grid by choice, but others are never accounted for. Such is the fate of successful linguistics professor Cassie Larson. She leads a life her undergrad students hope to attain, until she tumbles into the North Sea and is sucked into a swirling vortex…and a different century.

 Alarik, son of a Viking chieftain, is blamed for a murder he didn’t commit—or did he? He can’t remember. On the run, saving a half-drowned foreign woman wasn’t in his plans.'

 Ragnar is a converted pagan shunned by many but determined to prove his Cousin Alarik’s innocence. He didn’t count on falling in love with Cassie or the deadly presence of evil that threatens his village in Alarik’s absence.

Undercurrent is a story of the sacrifice involved in forgiveness.

Please give us the first page of the book.

A thread-thin shaft of sunshine needled Alarik’s closed lids, but he’d not open them—it would hurt. His woolen tongue tasted of soured goat milk, and Thor’s own hammer beat against his temples. He hadn’t felt this bad since Björn’s wedding feast.
Something dripped a slow rhythm against his lips, trickling off into his beard. He toyed with the idea of swiping it away, but that would require too much effort.
         A quiet rumble, low and throaty, moaned from afar. No, not far off. Near. And it carried a message of pain.
         He blinked open his eyes, then swallowed back the shock of light and spit out a string of curses.
         “Ja,” he answered, voice raw. His vision emerged like one who’d been in the depths of a fjord and risen from black, to gray, to stunning blue of day. He focused on a hand, palm open, relaxed, not more than an arm’s span above him. Deep red drops fell from a pallid fingertip and splattered onto his face.
         He jumped to his feet, warrior instincts alert, and reached for the knife at his side. Gone.
         His head jerked to the sound. The room reeled, and his stomach lurched. “Ragnar, by the gods, what has happened?”
         “Go.” His cousin lay ashen in color, tunic slashed and stained, breath light and quick. “You...will be...blamed.”
         “What blame? What has happened?” Ragnar turned his head, and Alarik followed his gaze to the object silently indicated. A body sprawled over a wooden keg, slaughtered and mutilated, seeping away the last of its lifeblood. A man’s body, with Alarik’s blade driven hilt-deep into the carnage.
Einar...his brother.

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Michelle said...

Would love to win this one, please enter me.

mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net


Sarah said...

I read and loved her first book Gaillimore! This one sounds just as great!

Sarah from Ohio

Jo said...

Would be very interested in reading this book. Please enter me!


by Pegg Thomas said...

Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm in northern lower Michigan. :)
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Michelle Griep said...

I'd love for all of you to win...but I don't have quite that many books to give away. Thanks for stopping by, readers, and a big thanks to Lena for hosting me!

Pamela J said...

Okay, I'm HOOKED. Great idea to share that first page. I've read books that take people through time and have enjoyed them very much. That makes me look forward to the next one I hear about... Undercurrent. Thanks for entering me in your drawing, Lena. I will look forward to getting to read a book from an author I haven't read from yet.
Pam Williams
cepjwms at wb4me dot com

Michelle Griep said...

And I'm happy to meet you, Pamela J. It's always fun to gain a new reader...more fun than falling into the North Sea!

Pamela J said...

You'd be amazed at how much just doing these comments make us 'readers' feel like close friends to the authors. I already entered the drawing above but forgot to put that I live in Colorado.

Michelle Griep said...

Authors need friends, too--especially since we're usually holed up with nothing but a laptop and a wild imagination to keep us company. Welcome to my world, Pamela!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

Rebecca H
I am from Oklahoma

Robyn said...

Wow!! Gripping plotline. And Vikings are my second favorite (Highland Warriors still my fave). :-)

Thanks for sharing with us!
coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Michelle Griep said...

Gotta agree, Robyn, that Highland Warriors are drop-dead amazing (literally) but you just might want to give my Vikings a fling and see if they don't manage to top your list.

Michelle Griep said...

Hey Rebecca ~ UNDERCURRENT would be a great escape from your summer heat. You want I should cross my fingers that you'll win?

Sarah said...

Would love to win!

Sarah H

Michelle Griep said...

Would love for you to win, Sarah. Here's hoping!

Anne Payne said...

2 down, 2 to go with my homeschoolers but they're both teen boys and I think we would enjoy reading this book together! That is some teaser :0) Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Anne, rural NC

apple blossom said...

I read one of Michelle's books a few years back and loved it would love to win this one thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Abigail said...

would love to win this book, Sounds very interesting!
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

SBgirlCin said...

This book sounds fascinating. I would love a chance to win a copy.

Cindy in Nashville, TN

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

am hoping to download this book soon don't enter me, Lena. Thanks for the peek, Michelle!

Kristie said...

Wow! Your book sounds great!!! Time travel through a vortex is neat. *smile* Did my socks land there too? *LOL* I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Michelle Griep said...'ve totally solved the orphan-sock-laundry dilemma! Of course! Why didn't I think of that? Missing socks go back in time. Whew. I can rest easier now that this crisis has safely been solved.

Michelle Griep said...

Enjoy your ebook version, Carrie! Swirling vortexes work in cyber format as well.

Michelle Griep said...

Thanks Apple Blossom. I think you'll love this one even more.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

What a fun discussion!!

Multiple vortices that grab lost laundry items.

Krista said...

This sounds like a good book. Please enter me.

Krista from Gresham, OR

Brenda said...

Would love to win this book thank you. I'm a follower by gfc and by subscription.

dancealert at aol dot com

Brenda from Michigan

misskallie2000 said...

Undercurrent sounds like a great suspense book and I would love to win.
Please enter me in the drawing.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com


Michelle Griep said...

Oh yeah, misskallie, plenty of suspense and action and don't forget romance!

A J Hawke said...

The fish out of water, always an interesting concept for a good story.

Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway.

A J Hawke