Remnants of Life Blog Tour: Guest Post

Remnants of Life is an urban fantasy series with a focus on vampires (sort of) and how the main character deals with becoming one in her afterlife. Interesting premise, no?

Legends of Darkness (Remnants of Life #1) by Georgia L. Jones – Urban Fantasy

Publication date: 13th March, 2012

Dangerous Saviors… What would you do if your life rested in the hands of something that really wanted to eat you? Come journey through the realms of the next world where everything you know about Good and Evil are put to the test.

Samantha Garrett lives and dies a good life in the human world. She awakens a new creature, Samoda, a vampire-like warrior in the army of Nuem. She is forced to realize that she has become a part of a world that humans believe to be only “Legends of Darkness.” Samoda finds her new life is entwined with the age old story of greed, love, betrayal, and vengeance.

Join our heroine as she battles not just for her own existence, but for the entire human race’s future.

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Author Bio

Georgia L. Jones was born in Columbia, Missouri on September 21st, 1968. In 1992 she settled in the beautiful Ozarks town of Lebanon, Missouri, where she met and married the love of her life. Together they have raised 7 children and have the 8th still in their home.

At a young age Georgia learned the value of getting lost in a good book. She has always enjoyed reading and letting her imagination run wild. In her early teenage years she began to put her own stories down on paper as she plunked out the words on an old manual typewriter.

In 1996 Georgia enrolled at Missouri State University where she majored in Psychology. While there she found an untamable thirst for Philosophy and Greek Mythology. Many evenings she can still be found curled up with one of the great Greek Tragedy’s or reading about personal continuity by Rene Descarte.

Over the years Georgia has harbored the dream of being a published author and written many short stories. On January 10, 2010 she embarked on the dream as she began to bring the characters from her first novel, “Legends of Darkness”, to life. Upon completion in June 2010 she realized that it was not a single book but a series and created the concept of the series “Remnants of Life”. She is currently working diligently on the “Remnants of Life” series.

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Guest Post

Once upon a time, a London man heard stories of the undead in the Carpathian Mountains. He heard of blood suckers that were labeled as vampires roaming about. He wrote a little book about it, originally titled “The Un-Dead” and at the last minute changed to “Dracula.” In 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published. It was seen as a straight forward horror novel and for its day, I would say it was pretty edgy and fresh. It became a part of pop culture and lives on today. Dracula has been an influence to me as well as many novels that revolve around vampire legend and mythology ever since…

When I was young I fell in love with reading and writing. I have always loved the way it feels to get lost in a book. I have had many inspirations in the writing field. I believe everything I have ever read has inspired me in some way or another. Other than reading there have been many other things that have influenced what and how I write. So let’s dive into my influences in writing and how it all began.

When I started school, I loved it, but I didn’t see any need for reading. I was almost held back in the first grade because I just didn’t want to do it. Parenting techniques were a little different back in the mid 70’s. So we will just say my parents urged me to read and I ended up passing the first grade because they persuaded me to do so and I must admit that I’m very happy they did. Once I got past “See Spot run,” I was thrilled with what I found. There were of course the books about animals from the zoo and other children from here or there in their little cartoon illustrations. It was pure bliss, then…I found Dr. Suess and my imagination really began to soar. I rocketed from blissful reading to hurry up and do my chores so I can go read a book before I ever hit Jr. High.

In Jr. High is when I really remember starting to write more. I had always jotted down things. I have always had this rather odd obsession with paper and pencils. I can’t help it, I just like the way it feels to write, literally. In the seventh grade I had taken the mandatory typing class and once I mastered where the keys were, we had mostly open time in class to type whatever we wanted. That is where I really began to plunk out stories on the old manual typewriter I was assigned, (The electric ones were reserved for the high school). My love of writing was growing. It didn’t matter how I felt I had a story to go along with it.

By the time I was in High School, I was every English teacher’s dream. I loved English, every aspect of it. I enjoyed reading, writing, and learning how to do both better. I had a teacher enter one of my stories in a contest and I won. That particular teacher gave me a lot of encouragement in the area of literature. I had begun to dream of being a published author. I thought realistically that I would go into the area of journalism and then break into writing novels, but, we all know how life happens and my dream had to wait while my young adult life got underway.

Even during my rebellious youth I always had the dream and I wrote very frequently. I was introduced to the writing of Stephen King in my late teens and fell in love with a whole new genre. This was no Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys stories; it was different, dark, mysterious, and addictive. C.S. Lewis and Dr. Seuss had captured my attention with their fantastic stories of places that only a mind could conjure up, but Stephen King opened a Pandora’s box of a different kind. I found myself writing poems and short stories about dark and dreary fantasy things that could steal dreams away. He is probably one of my biggest writing influences. I love his work and ironically we share a birthday. We were both born on September 21st.

Other than writers and just life experience a huge influence for my writing is people in general. I have always enjoyed watching people and their reaction to things. Human behavior is a huge influence, both good and bad. There are so many stories out there just waiting to be told. With a little creativity they can be told in a way that has never before been done. That is goal of mine while writing. I want to write stories that are new.

The Remnants of Life series is the first series I have ever worked on. It started with Legends of Darkness and evolved into the series. Now with the launch of the second book, Witches, I have realized several new things about my writing, inspiration, and my influences. The dream itself has been a huge inspiration, I have just been fortunate enough along the way to have the influences in my path to keep me pursuing it. I owe a great amount of thanks to my family especially my husband for the support that was necessary for me to continue on the path of becoming a published author. I also have been lucky enough to have one friend in particular that has helped me tremendously in my endeavor.

To wrap up my guest post I would like to thank Once Upon a Time for having me as a guest. If you would like to learn more about my writing please visit:
WWW.GEORGIALJONES.COM
WWW.BLACKWYRM.COM

I currently have 3 titles published and available for purchase here are the links for those:

Legends of DarknessWitchesThe Official 2012 Survival Handbook

E-Book versions are exclusively available on Amazon

Each title is available in the print version at online retailers and in bookstores.

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