9.20.2011

Blog Tour: Chosen (Guest Post)


Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn't know she has. Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it's too late.

Chosen was winner of The Beacon-- 2010 Unpublished Division, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal category.

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Chosen: The Idea Behind the Story

My paranormal thriller Chosen started as a story about a mother of a five-year-old son and her attempts to protect him from men after him. But as I wrote, Chosen quickly morphed into a story that involved Will, the mercenary hired to take Emma to a second group. Will was supposed to have a less prominent role, but he soon took control of the story.

Will Davenport’s a mercenary hired to escort Emma Thompson to a secret group in South Dakota, even if she doesn’t realize his true purpose.

Even if her five-year-old son does.

Of course, Will is an interesting character. First of all he’s hot. He’s all bad boy with an attitude to prove it and the charm to pull it off. Except it doesn’t work on Emma and she wants nothing to do with him until her son Jake insists she needs Will’s help.

Jake can see snatches of the future and he’s keeping secrets from both of them. Secrets that Will worries will get them all killed by the men following them with guns.

Will turned into a character with much more depth than I anticipated. He fascinated me as I wrote his struggle to live with the decisions of his past and the lengths he went to ignore them in his present. He portrays a tough exterior to the world but underneath he’s floundering like the rest of us. Maybe even more than the rest of us.

What I loved most about Will was his take charge attitude not just in the book but creating the story itself. He’s the strongest character I’ve ever written, and I suspect that I will ever write. I often found Will changing the entire direction from what I intended, and he would scoff at me in the process. “This is my story,” he said. “Your job is to write it down.”

By the time I wrote the end, I had learned to trust him, which in itself sounds crazy. I was trusting a fictional character that lived in my head. But trusting the fictional character that lived in my head meant that I had made a real person and not some two-dimensional cardboard cutout. I learned that, for me, I needed to create real people, set them in a scene and let them live it out. My job is to capture it all.

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Denise Grover Swank began writing her first novel in the fourth grade, stopping at page seventy on her wide ruled spiral notebook. She continued writing in high school and attempted several novels in her twenties before life got in the way. In the fall of 2009, she participated in National Novel Writing Month, which led her to completing her first novel, a book which shall be eternally chained to a pillar in her external hard drive. Denise released her first published book in July, 2011, a southern mystery titled Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. Denise lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, two dogs, and an overactive imagination.

You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com and you can connect with her on Twitter.

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