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On The 12th Day of Blogmas We Have Bree Despain

Dec 21, 2009

*** UPDATE / NEWS***
Hey Everyone *Waves* Thank you so much for Joining Me so far here on JoJosBookCorner's 12 Dayz Of Blogmas!!! It truly has been as Blast. Good News ?!?!?!?! We now have a 13th Day of Blogmas!!! Is that not Awesome!!! So make sure you check back tomorrow to see who it is!!! And as for the contests, here are the extra contests we have so far:
All 12 Dayz of Blogmas
Over All (everyone)

***Remember all contests are open till Dec23rd!!!

On the 12th Day Of Blogmas We Have Bree Despain. *yay, woo hoo* Bree has stopped by to do a short interview, and is giving away a few signed book marks and stickers. So head on down and get some yummy info on Bree, and her new book which comes out tomorrow " The Dark Divine"

Bree Despain
The Short: Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo. The Dark Divine is Bree's debut novel.

The Long: As a kid, Bree would staple folded papers to make her own "novels." As a teen, she wrote stories in notebooks while her friends waited for the next page to be finished. Her teachers told her she should be a writer. But Bree thought only special people could be writers, so as the years past, she settled into the idea of becoming a lawyer or something else just as ordinary.

Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner city teens from Philadelphia and New York. With a renewed passion for story, and the young adult audience, she returned to Brigham Young University, filled her schedule with creative writing and literature classes, and started writing stories again. But regular life kicked in, and she soon found herself married with a new baby, working full-time, and with very little writing done.

That’s when the universe threw a pick-up truck in her path. The car accident left Bree with an understanding that life was too short to not do what you absolutely love. A few days later, her husband brought home a used laptop computer, placed it by her bedside, and said, “You’d better start writing.” Her life has never been the same since.

In a moment of karmic perfection, Bree received the offer to purchase The Dark Divine on the 6th anniversary of the car accident that put her back on the path to becoming an author.

JJBC~If you could be trapped in any series/book which would it be and why?
BD~Hands down, I’d want to be trapped in the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. I LOVE archeology, and the turn-of-the-century to WWI time period is my favorite era of history to read about. I’d love to be a lady who digs for ancient artifacts during the day, and then gets to wear big fancy dresses to balls and parties at night—and totally kick bad guy butt whenever it’s called for. I also wouldn’t mind getting to hang out with Ramses Emerson. *swoon*

JJBC~Is writing your full time job?
BD~I’m a full-time mom and a part-time writer, although when crunched by a deadline it feels like those roles get reversed sometimes. I love having a job where I get to work from home and be with my kids, but it’s also nice to have a babysitter who helps out for a few hours a week.

The Dark Divine

A prodigal son

A dangerous love
A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

JJBC~Did you have to do any type of research before writing The Dark Divine?
BD~Yes. And I also did a lot of research while writing of the book. I actually really enjoy research, and it’s a great thing to do on the days when I don’t feel like writing. I also love the fact that watching movies and reading books is considered “working.” I researched everything from what time the sunsets in Minnesota in December, to moon phases, to art exhibits at the MoMA. But mostly I researched the mythology behind the paranormal creatures in my book. I love coming across a little know tidbit of information, or historical account, that changes everything I thought I knew.

JJBC~Was there any part of this book that was harder for you to write than the others?
BD~Ha ha. Funny you should ask. There is actually a scene in my book that my family and friends refer to as “that %&#@ing scene” because of how many times I had to rewrite it. Most of my edits with my editor were relatively minor, but he made me rewrite this particular scene over and over again. “It’s just not good enough yet,” he kept saying, or “It’s good, but it needs to be fantastic.” At the time I hated rewriting that scene, but now I think it’s one of the best scenes in the book. Almost everyone who has read the book agrees. Sorry, I can’t tell you about the scene, though. It would be a HUGE spoiler. I’m just happy that my editor kept pushing me to make the scene the best it could be.
You Can Also Find Bree here:
Bree's Books
Bree's Blog
Bree's Links
***Don't go away, Bree is also giving away some sighned book marks, and some stickers to a few lucky winners!!!

How to Enter the Giveaway: (This giveaway is open US only)
1~ Answer the following questions:
~What was your childhood dream? Are you living it?
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~Follow Bree on Twitter
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
5~Become friends on Brees Blog
6~ Become a Fan of Bree on FaceBook
7~ Retweet this (MUST leave link, a point for each tweet)

** Please confirm you have completed at least 3 things to enter.**
**Please note if you do not have a Facebook  account**
***All contests are open till Dec 23rd , you can find their individual interview links at the top under my header

17 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

ErotRomReader (Janna) December 21, 2009 at 8:58 AM  

Wow, a 13th day, JoJo! You rock! And thanks for introducing yet another interesting author!

I follow JoJo's blog and both JoJo and Bree on Twitter.

vslavetopassionv December 21, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

I'm really glad you dropped the number of things one has to do in order to qualify for the contest. Since I don't have twitter or facebook, I found it hard to get enough points to enter. :)

My childhood dream...well, I have always been empathetic and able to see through to the real issues that cause people to act certain ways. I am now back in college, going for my Psych degree with which I hope to help GLBT youth. :)

I follow JoJo's blog and just placed Bree's on my google reader.

That makes 3 things!

RKCharron December 21, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

(I'm Canadian)
Thank you for the informative interview with Bree. I enjoyed learning more about the backstory to Dark Divine. I'm eager to read it and I love that Bree's editor helped her achieve excellence.
Merry Christmas!

joder December 21, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

2. I follow the blog
3. I follow Bree on twitter (@jone402)
4. I follow on twitter
7. I retweeted at....

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

I'm from the US.

justpeachy36 December 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM

My childhood dream was to be a writer and I'm living it... lol

I follow jojosbookcorner blog
I follow bree on twitter
I follow jojo on twitter
I follow bree's blog

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Amanda Leigh December 21, 2009 at 9:57 PM  

Great interview! I've just started hearing a few things about this book and they have all been wonderful! I can't wait to read it.

1~ Answer the following questions:
~What was your childhood dream? Are you living it? I just wanted to find a job that I loved and have a family and be happy. No, but I'm working on it.

2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog Amanda Leigh

don't twitter

5~Became friends on Brees Blog Amanda Leigh

6~ Become a Fan of Bree on FaceBook

live in the US

A Buckeye Girl Reads December 21, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

What a great interview! The book sounds really good. I'm going to have to read it. :)

Lady_Graeye December 21, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

1~ My childhood dream was to be an animal vet, a writer and a mother. I first one I didn't achieve but I am the mother of five and I am an inspiring writer, so 2 out of 3 isn't bad.

2~ Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
5~ Became friends on Brees Blog
6~ Became a fan of Bree on Facebook

SusiSunshine December 22, 2009 at 3:56 AM  

1. I wanted to be a doctor as a kid! Didn't get it cuz my grades weren't good enough and to study it they wanted me to wait 5 years before I would be allowed to start. That's way too long for me!

2. yep I do!

4. Yep I stalk you there too!

7. And I tweeted it here:

Moonsanity December 22, 2009 at 7:15 AM  

What a cool interview:) I just went to paperback swap and ordered the first Amelia Peabody. I have never read them, and saw there were at least 17 books. Wow! Thanks Bree:) It was so nice to learn about you.

I'm living my dream in some ways. I wanted to be a writer since I was in my teens, and I did write for newspapers, magazines and websites which was cool, but writing fiction is a big dream I never thought I'd get to live. I may be starting late at 49 but I think I can do it:)

I follow JoJo and Bree on Twitter, follow JoJo's blog, and answered the questions.

Veronica December 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

I follow jojosbookcorner blog
I follow bree on twitter
I follow jojo on twitter
I follow bree's blog

I retweeted here

I always to be a writer.. Not there yet but I do write book reviews and do publicity work. :)


katsrus December 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

~What was your childhood dream? Are you living it?
To live in Europe. No & never been there.

2~Following JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~Following Bree on Twitter
4~Following JoJo on Twitter
6~Became a Fan of Bree on FaceBook

Loved your book except. Happy Holidays.

skyla11377 December 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

1~ Answer the following questions:
~What Was Your Childhood Dream? Are You Living It?
I Wanted To Be An Actress Ever Since I Was Six Years Old. Sadly I AM Not Living My Dream.
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog.
I Am Following JoJosBookCorner Blog.
3~Follow Bree On Twitter.
I Am Following Bree On Twitter.
4~Follow JoJo On Twitter.
I Am Following JoJo On Twitter.
5~Become Friends On Brees Blog.
I Am Friends On Bree's Blog.
6~ Become A Fan Of Bree On FaceBook.
I Am Friends With Bree On Facebook.
7~ Retweet This (MUST Leave Link, A Point For Each Tweet).
Have Tweeted About This.


The Book Vixen December 22, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

-My childhood dream was to be a vet. I am not living that dream. I don't think I could deal with the day to day of that job.
-I'm following your blog.
-I'm following Bree on twitter.
-I'm following you on twitter (@thebookvixen).
-I'm following on Bree's blog.

thebookvixen at gmail dot com

Sally,  December 22, 2009 at 11:57 PM  

1~ Answer the following questions:
~What was your childhood dream? To be a scientist. Are you living it? Nope. I'm a Legal Assistant. Next lifetime maybe :)
2~I follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~I follow Bree on Twitter
4~I follow JoJo on Twitter
6~I became a Fan of Bree on FaceBook

Spav December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

I really wanted to win this book, too bad it's only for the US.

booklover0226 December 23, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

No, I’m not living my childhood dream; I had wanted to be a violinist.
I follow the blog (booklover0226)
I follow Missy on Twitter (as bl0226)
I follow JoJo on Twitter (as bl0226)
I became a fan on Facebook
I became a friend on Bree’s blog

I don’t have MySpace account

I’m in the USA

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

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