TrueJDK is proud to present our debut interview, with Desiree Finkbeiner, author of Ethos: Morning Star (Book #1 in the Ethos series)
Desiree Finkbeiner – Don’t Quote Me
1. “Call me….”
Call me what you want, but I know who I am.
2. “Who in the world am I? …”
In the world, I am one of a kind.
3. “Love is…”
Love is not a feeling, it’s action.
4. “Man is never…”
Man is never far from home, if he makes home his heart.
5. “Woman is…”
Woman is everything a man is not, but is naught without a man.
6. “I have seen wicked men and fools…”
…but wicked fools are court jesters to the devil.
7. “It is a truth universally acknowledged…”
…that a smile has no language barrier.
8. “No one is useless in this world who…”
…can wipe the toilet seat off if they dribble.
9. “There is nothing more deceptive than…”
10. “Searchers after horror…”
…will never find peace.
11. “Show me a hero…”
…that believes, even a villain deserves second chance.
12. “A room without books is like…”
…a garden without produce.
13. “In three words I can sum up everything I know about life…”
Forgive. Create. Experience.
14. “The best things in life make you…”
…rethink your life.
15. “If I had followed my better judgement always…”
…there’d be no story to tell.
16. “Friendship is born at that moment when…”
…one accepts another, flaws and all.
Desiree Finkbeiner – Morning Star, (Book #1 of the Ethos series)
So, tell us what brings you here…
Ethos is the series I am focusing on most right now. Morning Star,
book #1, was released March 28 2012. It’s an urban fantasy/paranormal
romance/adventure story that crosses over adult to YA markets. I try
to keep my writing clean enough for adults and teens to enjoy without
being easily offended.
There is some mild passion in the book as well as some mild violence,
but I’m sure you’ve seen and heard much worse on Nickelodeon LOL! The
main point of the book is to provoke thoughts of spirituality and
moral reflection, to look within ourselves and ask how far we’d go to
stand up for what we believe in. I think the issues presented are
general enough, that people from all walks of life can find some
tidbit of universal truth that speaks to them on a personal level.
I’m a sucker for action, so of course, there are a few good fights
and chases… and what would a good fantasy be without a little
romance? However, I didn’t want the book to be saturated with it. I
tried to find balance between the romantic elements and the rest of
the story, so readers from multiple genres could enjoy it.
“Am I going to die?”
(First line of Morning Star)
Heroes and villains…
Kalen, the hero, is the reserved, quiet type; duty bound and humble
but fierce when his duty calls him to action. He was called to be one
of Ethos high ranking warriors, his duty is to protect a relic from
his world, with his life if necessary. Part of his oath was to remain
unattached from serious relationships, especially from love. But when
the relic he guards is compromised, he finds himself tempted to
violate his oath of office.
Ellette, the antagonist, was once like Kalen. She too held the same
position as a warrior for Ethos. But little by, she justified bending
the rules until she had completely fallen from her position and
became an enemy to the people of Ethos and became a threat to the
liberty of two worlds.
An Author’s Pain…
Finding the time to write without distraction. I have 4 children, one
of which is a special needs child, so peace and quiet is rare in our
home. I only seem to write when everyone else sleeps. So I often had
to sacrifice rest to complete this book.
Friends, Romans, and countrymen…
Looking for a book with a moral? A book without graphic sexual
content and harsh profanity? A book you’d enjoy and also feel
confident that your teens could read without being influenced to
engage in risky behavior? Then look no further. Ethos is for you!
It’s packed with detailed world building, strong romance without the
smut, adventure between two worlds and a very unique spin on faeries
and other mythical creatures.
Book #2 in the series will be out this fall. Book #3 next year.
Parting is such sweet sorrow…
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Thank you for reading. If you like what you read, then please take
the time to rate and review on Amazon and Good reads etc. I
appreciate it very much and it gives me encouragement to keep writing
books for readers like you.
Buying Morning Star
Morning Star is available to purchase at:
Find out more about Morning Star:
Action Adventure Fantasy Book Trailer #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlrpPaNqWBo&feature=relmfu
Paranormal Romance Fantasy Book Trailer #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wRBiwi7MDA&feature=relmfu
Ethos on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13568249-morning-star
Ethos on Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/books/28173037/Morning-Star-(Ethos)
Ethos on Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/work/12535862/85293762
(TrueJDK notes – Ethos has over seventy 5-star reviews on Amazon.com’s page. A review by yours truly will be appearing shortly).
Find out more about Desiree:
Author Blog on Blogger: http://desireefinkbeiner.blogspot.com/
More art on deviant art: http://fink-art.deviantart.com/
Author website: www.finkartstudio.com
Author Facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/finkartstudio
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/finkart
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Desiree-Finkbeiner/e/B007PVI2MU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Original quotes from:
1. Herman Melville, Moby Dick. (“Call me Ishmael”)
2. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”)
3. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs”)
4. Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island (“Man is never perfect, nor contended”)
5. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (“Woman is sacred; the woman who loves is holy.”)
6. Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped (“I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first”)
7. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”)
8. Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another”)
9. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact”)
10. HP Lovecraft, The Picture In The House (“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places”)
11. F Scott Fitzgerald (“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy
12. Marcus Tullius Cicero (“A room without books is like a body without a soul”)
13. Robert Frost (“In three words I can sum up everything I know about life. It goes on.”)
14. Edgar Allen Poe (“The best things in life make you sweaty”)
15. Edgar Rice Burroughs (“If I had followed my better judgement always, my life would have been a very dull one.”)
16. CS Lewis (“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”)