Friday, October 5, 2012

The Problem With Power Virtual Tour

The Problem with Power
Agnes Jayne

Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

ISBN: 978-1-937254-63-6

Number of pages:306
Word Count:  96,000

Book Description:
Emily VonPeer hopes that she never meets the man of her dreams. For years, she's been haunted by visions of an unknown lover destined to die in her arms. When her aunt's death brings her home to her family's estate in Upstate New York, she meets Nicholas Flynn, an agent of Paladin, an enterprise dedicated to the study and eradication of demons, and the hero of her nighttime fantasies. He arrives on her doorstep seeking answers for a slew of magically-related murders tied to the VonPeer family.
Although his intentions are suspect, Emily follows Nicholas into the investigation, hoping to spare him the fate promised by her premonitions - at least, that's what she tells herself. When their exchange with a demon goes awry, Emily sustains an injury that threatens to turn her into a monster. Her transformation places her in the crosshairs of sorcerers, senators, and a seductive stranger who promises eternity.

Short Excerpt:

Emily watched from the kitchen window as the lights from the far shore played on the waves of the river. She heard the ghost of a voice whisper to her, but she ignored it. The voice would wait until morning. Maybe the sunlight would settle her, stop the spinning in her soul from the flight, the funeral, and the horrible ache that came from the realization that for the first time in her life, she was truly alone. Even the moon had abandoned her, its thin light concealed by the clouds overhead. She rubbed the bridge of her nose, willing the loop of events to stop flashing through her mind, yet the pictures remained sharp as blades, begging her to remember, to fight, to avenge. But she didn’t know how or where to start. She only knew why. A single word popped into her mind.

       Even now, the idea pulsed like blood in her head, but there was nothing that she could do. Someone had stolen the only thing that mattered from her, and at twenty-six years old she was, once again, an orphan.

       It’ll be better in the morning, she thought.

She pulled the edges of Aunt Maeve’s bathrobe closer; it was a shade too tight across the shoulders. She went to bed searching her mind for a shred of meaning or a moment of significance to light her path. All she found was a memory.

 The Two “Oh’s” in Paranormal
By Agnes Jayne
No, you didn’t read that wrong. The word paranormal does not actually contain two “O’s.”  I’m talking about the reaction you get when you tell people about the book that you’ve just written.  The two “Oh’s” of paranormal.
Allow me to explain. There are generally two types of reactions I get when I tell people about my novel, The Problem with Power.  My title is a bit deceptive, so the book could be anything from a political analysis to a…well….a paranormal romance.   People are generally excited to hear it when they find out that I’ve written a book, but it’s the next part of the conversation that always gives me pause.
 The next question that people ask is “What kind of a book is it?”
 I tell them it’s a paranormal.
The universal response: “Oh!”
The first kind of “oh” is my favorite. It is generally a positive, excited response. It usually comes from a fellow book-loving, Dr. Who watching, geek-speaking, gamer-style reader like myself.  It’s the “Oh, I’m delighted that you said that” kind of word. The “Oh-I-will-certainly-read-it.” The “Oh, maybe I’m not alone in the world.”  It’s the type of word that you can hang your hat on, definitely the type of word that inspires me to bang out another story about a lovable nerd who conquers the world.
The second kind of “oh” is different. It comes from family members, people I used to go to church with, and other random grown-ups whose hopes remain high that I might yet make something good out of my life.  The “Oh, that’s not my style.”  The “Oh… well good luck with that.”  The “Oh, at least it’s not pornography.”  That “oh” stinks.  It makes me question my choices in life; it makes me wonder if I should have gone to law school instead.
So I guess I’d like to use this post as an opportunity to say thank you to the first crowd, the crowd of people that I write for. Thank you for the positive reaction and the possibility that you might read my book.  I hope that it pulls you out of the normal world for a few hours, because let’s face it, the opportunity to be a superhero in a parallel universe filled with monsters is a pretty awesome experience.  My response to you is: “Oh, I’m so glad you bought it. Oh, I’m really glad that you read it. Oh, I hope that you enjoyed it; and Oh, thank you for taking the time to listen to my little rant.”

About the Author :

Agnes Jayne began her writing career as a reporter for her high school newspaper in a small town in Northern New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Binghamton University. Upon her graduation from Binghamton University, she won a prestigious journalism fellowship at the New York State Senate, and went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in English at the University of Albany. Following this, she worked as a political writer, producing speeches and other government documents for state and local politicians.

These days, she splits her time between writing and teaching classes in composition and literature at a small college in Maryland. She lives high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia with her husband, son, and a plethora of adopted pets.

Twitter: @AgnesJayne


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  1. 'Paranormal' elicits an 'oh, cool' from me. :)

  2. Thanks so much for posting this and for your comments - I hope you enjoy the book should you choose to pick up a copy.

    Agnes Jayne


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