Featured New Book: Dark Echoes by Jaime McDougall- Author: Susan Helene Gottfried
I have known Jaime McDougall for … wow. Forever, in Internet terms. She offered me my first-ever guest blog post, so long ago now that I don’t even have a dead link to it in my archives, let alone a live one.
Yeah, that’s some history.
So I’m super glad to host Jaime today. It always feels like paying her back for taking a chance on someone new to the blogging community. And besides, I like the way this girl thinks. I’m pretty confident you will, too.
So, Jaime, what song makes you think of your book?
In many ways, Dark Echoes was my most difficult novel to write. The problem? My main character didnâ€™t want to talk to me.
I knew from the start that Lily Peterson was stubborn and cranky â€“ quite unlike her sister Charlotte and â€˜auntâ€™ Phoebe (the main characters from the first two books). She wanted to do things her own way throughout the book. That certainly made for an interesting character, but it made it slow going for the author trying to get to know her.
In an attempt to â€˜unlockâ€™ her from a different angle, I went YouTube \\\’urfingâ€™. I clicked on a music video and then continued to \\\’urfâ€™ from video to video via the recommended videos in the sidebar. Though it took me a while, I finally found â€˜Stand in the Rainâ€™ by Superchick and thus found Lilyâ€™s anthem.
From then on, I could always listen to â€˜Stand in the Rainâ€™ when I felt like I wasnâ€™t quite doing Lily justice. Itâ€™s not always easy to write a character who is stronger than you, so listening to this song helped me to find Lily when I was feeling lost.
I especially love this last paragraph. The romantic life of an author… yes, I see that as a romantic statement! Not romantic love. Sheesh. More like the romance and the beauty of writing.
Let’s just move on to the book description, shall we?
Lily Peterson is a wolf who hunts alone. Haunted by the attack that left her best friend permanently human, she will do whatever it takes to catch her prey.
Jason North is one of the Neuri, a pack of werewolves with special abilities. He knows heâ€™s never met Lily before, but his instincts tell him he has. Heâ€™ll keep her close until he figures out why.
A war that has played out across lifetimes threatens to consume Echo Falls. Friends become enemies, and old enemies become allies. Lily fights against memories that arenâ€™t hers, forced toward a fate she doesnâ€™t believe in.
Fate is about to learn that Lily doesnâ€™t like being told what to do.
Proof that weres aren’t dead in today’s fiction. Jaime’s got it covered.
Pick up your copy at Amazon (only, unfortunately for those of us who don’t shop there).
Get to know Jaime. You’ll be glad you did.