Goddess Born by Kari Edgren – Clean New Adult Blog Tour Guest Post & $25 Giveaway

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Pennsylvania, 1730

Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.

A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it’s Selah’s sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there’s no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope—that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.

But when news of Samuel’s death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice—forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?

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2013 RWA Golden Heart© Finalist

2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist

 

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Set in the colony of Pennsylvania in 1730, this riveting novel begins as 18-year-old Selah Kilbrid runs into Quaker minister Nathan Crowley, a man who “labor[ed] under the delusion that [Selah] would soon be his wife” despite the fact that she was betrothed to a man on his way to America from Ireland. Nathan tells Selah that if she refuses him, he will have her “charged as a witch” because of her ability to heal the sick. To avoid Nathan’s plan to marry her the following Sunday, she leaves for Philadelphia to wait for the arrival of her betrothed and marry him before returning home. In Philadelphia, she discovers that her betrothed has died at sea. She then purchases Henry, an indentured servant, and convinces him to pose as her husband and help protect her from Nathan. As the story continues, the reader learns of Selah’s family history and the powers she possesses; Selah is half human, half goddess. It’s important that her secret stay safe, because if discovered, she could be killed. The characters are well developed and relatable; the reader empathizes with Selah and her plight. The fast-paced plot is exciting and keeps the reader guessing and in suspense. The end leaves room for a sequel, which, after such a tremendous beginning, would be anxiously awaited. A clear winner!

 

Kari EdgrenAuthor Kari Edgren

Kari Edgren did not dream of becoming a writer. Instead, she dreamed of everything else and was often made to stay inside during kindergarten recess to practice her letters. Despite doting parents and a decent school system, Ms. Edgren managed to make it through elementary school having completed only one book cover to cover – The Box Car Children, which she read approximately forty-seven times. Things improved during high school, but not until she read Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, did she truly understand the power of a book.

Ms. Edgren aspires to be a Vulcan, a world-acclaimed opera singer, and two inches taller. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. Ms. Edgren hasn’t stopped dreaming, but has finally mastered her letters enough to put the stories on paper.

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Guest Post – Clean New Adult

 

Yes, you read that right—clean NA.

 

And, no, it’s not an oxymoron.

 

How do I know? Because that’s what I write. GODDESS BORN is NA historical fantasy with sweet romantic elements. So in many regards, the antithesis of what people expect—historic and sweet rather than college and hot.

 

Here’s a peek at how one reader reacted to my twist on the popular genre:

 

Aside from some steamy kisses, this has to be the tamest NA book I have ever read.  Not complaining… just surprising.

 

What can I say? I grew up in a household where my father made kissy noises during the romantic scenes of movies. His antics generally provoked a profound response from me that went something like, “Will you just grow up and stop ruining the movie.” Which inevitably led to more kissy noises.

 

Though I didn’t realize it at the time, he was expressing a very important difference of opinion. Without uttering a single, coherent word, he made it clear that certain scenes weren’t necessary for his overall viewing enjoyment, and were perhaps even uncomfortable to watch.

 

So what does my father have to do with NA? Since its inception, NA has become synonymous with steamy sex for many writers and readers. This seems a narrow box to hold an entire genre that is targeted primarily to 18 to 25 year olds. These new adults are not one size fits all, and neither should the stories be that are geared toward their specific time of life. Some like their reading hot. Others don’t want to end up in the bedroom. To each their own, so long as each has their own to chose from. As a clean NA author, I hope GODDESS BORN will help expand the genre and make the box a more comfortable place for everyone.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I love your take on Clean NA. That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing your story of why you write Clean NA. 🙂