Monday, September 19, 2011

Erin Kellison - Giveaway & Guest Post


They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.

It survives even death. And Kathleen O'Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.

He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.


Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken. . .


First of all, a big thank you to Melissa and Werevamps Romance for hosting me here today. And thank you also to readers for stopping by. I’m giving away a set of my Shadow books, Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and Shadowman, to a lucky commenter who answers the question below.

Fate is a major theme I have personified in my September release, Shadowman. I named her Moira, for Fate in Greek mythology, and she is stark raving mad because her existence is constrained by the role she plays. She is unchanging, while humanity sparks in and out of life. She is fae and belongs in faery Twilight, like my hero, Shadowman, whose role for all time as been the Grim Reaper, aka Death.

Here she is at work:

A shimmer of dark faelight broke over the dun of the street, visible only to him. A glittering sleeve, a sweep of glossy gold fae hair, the twinkle of madness in an eye. Moira. Fate leered toward him, girlish and laughing. Moira had three faces, but she preferred the young one best. She leaned with her sharp scissors toward the woman’s lifeline. Death caught the glint of the silvery blade as the mortal’s lifeline was cut, her thread in the tapestry of the world at its ragged end.

It happened to everyone.
The big difference between Moira and Shadowman is that he has fallen in love and no longer wants to be limited to his duty when he has known and been awed by a connection he never thought possible. Moira is already mad, beyond helping. Shadowman is on the verge of it because the lifeline Moira cut (above) is none other than Shadowman’s love, Kathleen. He lost her once, and he is going to lose her again. It’s fated that they will never be together.

The cold, wild tendrils claimed him again, and he became the Reaper, a shadow-fae consciousness wrapped in darkness. Instantly, the keening of his scythe filled him, the curved blade a hated extension of himself, paining him like a ghost limb.

“So lift the blade again,” a soft voice said.

Moira. He didn’t look upon the lie of her lovely face. The long fall of gold hair, the youth shining from her sunny skin, eyes that matched the Earth’s blue sky. Of her three faces, this countenance promised life and health, but her nature was age-old and rotten with it. Fate.

“It is your nature, Stormcrow,” she said. He had as many names as he had faces. He preferred the one that Kathleen had chosen: Shadowman. Moira shook her head. “And nature always prevails.”

Shadowman smiled to match the sharp flash of her gaze. There was no going back, not now, not ever. The world was different… and so was he. But Moira had been trapped in darkness age upon age. She couldn’t possibly understand, but he tried anyway. “I want to change.”

Moira laughed. “But you are fae.”

My characters fight Fate with everything they have, but she is a force, like Death, that seems insurmountable. Moira is one crazy witch to boot.

My question for readers today is do you believe in Fate? Why and why not?






Indie Bound:

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Anonymous said...

Yes, I do. 100% Even when the good stuff in life is nudged aside to make way for a bout of not so good, I still believe it's occurrence has purpose. Everything that happens throughout our lives moulds into the person we become. Great question & thanks for the giveaway.


lindalou said...

Yes, I do. I believe we can make some choices but our primary routes and the people we travel with in life are predetermined. Your book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan N. said...

I do believe in fate, but also free will. A certain amount of our lives can be changed by our choices.

Sharon said...

not so sure. I believe we control mor than we think. You can set yourself on a certain course (or fate), but you can change that too.

I am reading Shadow Bound right now and the scenes with Shadowman are my favorites. so vividly beautiful .

don't enter me, I already have copies, just wanted to stop by and let people know this series is worth the read :)

Julie S said...

I do believe in fate. Things happen for a reason, and that reason is fate. Sure, we might be able to make some decisions and alter the path our lives take, but I believe that the major things that happen would have happened regardless.

Anonymous said...

I do believe in a point. I believe we are predestined to do some things. But I also believe we have a little control over what happens to us, at least in the pathway to reach the "goal".


tears_of_fire said...

I believe in fate :) If one little thing had been different I would not have met my amazing husband :)

Blue Shedevil said...

I am a firm believer in fate. What is meant to be will always be. Love the Shadow series and thanks for the giveaway.

Fairyluver75 said...

I most definately believe in fate. I believe my life was predestined for a lot of the paths I have taken, but I also believe that I have the free will to choose that path or go on another. Most of the time I do let fate take over, just because my decisions sometimes are not the best for me.

Carole said...

I believe in fate and a predetermined end point, but I feel that how one gets to that point, the twists and turns taken with free will is what makes life worth living.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Call it coincidence, destiny, or fate--in one moment, lives collide and change forever. You're taken down another road where your destiny awaits. This is not to say we don't have free will to choose the path. Hopefully, we choose wisely. :) Great question. I enjoyed the post and would love to be entered in the drawing.

info at kmnbooks dot com

Thanks so much for the chance.

Learn Together said...

I believe in Faith, some part of our life is not control by our free will, that part is when faith occur in our life.

Temperance said...

I would have to say yes i do belive.That's because i dont see how you can belive in one thing and not give the rest a try or at lest see if it is posbly.I think fait has a hand in everything,wheather you belive or not:)
Thank you for the great giveawy!!
Follower :):)

Gail said...

Yes, I do believe in fate. It has saved me (IMO) several times. i.e.; Getting up trying to make an appointment, running around to get out of the house, just to get stuck by a freight train, get through that and then get the news my commuter train will be late. It took a while, but I realized I wasn't meant to be somewhere at a certain time. That's just one example, but I believe that it happens all the time. I'm a firm believer in 'what's meant to be, will be', even when I don't necessarily agree with it at the time;-)
You're a new author for me, I've just added more books to my TBR pile:-) Thanks for a chance to win.

hernameisavril said...

I do believe in fate because it has happened to me not only in the form of love like most people think, but with other things like work and money. Thanks for the giveaway.

Bethany C. said...

I think that some things happen for a reason, but I don't believe there's any absolute, unavoidable fate. A single tiny decision or act can have a huge ripple effect that changes the course of events for the future.


mrsfitzpatrick85 said...

i very much do =)

Patti said...

I believe that some things are meant to happen. Too many times in my life something has come along and it just fit. A person I needed in my life, an opportunity, etc. I also believe that the people who touch our lives are there for a reason and sometimes we touch someone else without even realizing how important our action or words were. Just my 2 cents.
musicalfrog @

Lisa D said...

I am a believer in fate. What is meant to be will always be. Example I never heard of your books until I received email from website which caused me to open it and are guest author.

Missie said...

Sure, I believe in it... but only in fiction. LOL

It's nice and romantic to think that fate is possible, but since it's not very tangible, it's hard to believe something happen because of it.

missie at

Victoria said...

Yes, I believe in fate.


Amy said...

I believe in fate, but I don't think it complete controls our lives. (Though people who saw Final Destination might believe so.) I believe that some things happen for a reason and some things can be changed based on free will.


jnewberry said...

I truly believe in fate, it was fate that I started writing to my penpal, instead of choosing someone else, he chose me, we have been married for 15 years next May, it was FATE, he could have chosen anyone to write to, but he chose me, we are the best of friends, it worked out perfectly, Fate was not working so well for my friend, her pen-pal turned out to be married, Fate happens just like Karma x x


Tatiana L. said...

I do believe in Fate. My boyfriend and I had to have a long distance relationship for 2 years, telling each other that if we're meant to be together, we will be. We've been married for 5 years now =)


Supru said...

I belive in Fate. Everything happens for a reason and no matter how many times you try to get or avoid something that it just came when you less expect it. Sometimes for good, sometimes...

IdentitySeeker said...

I am a firm believer in the idea of Fate. However, while I believe that we each enter this world with our fate predetermined, I also believe that prayer is the only thing that can change fate.

My belief in fate has strengthened over the years as I've witnessed the wisdom and greater plan behind each occurrence in my life. Even when something bad happens, I believe that it's an opportunity for me to strengthen myself by learning from the experience and growing.

There have been many occasions during which I've tried so hard to make something happen or force a situation to head in a certain direction but all my efforts were futile. However, I often found that when things did eventually work out, they worked out a lot better than I could have ever expected.

I know that many people see a belief in fate as being an excuse to adopt a passive stance in certain matters, but I strongly believe that God has a plan for everyone and sometimes, we've just got to do the best we can in life and then sit back and watch what happens.

Thanks for the giveaway:)

marybelle said...

I believe we are all in control of our own lives. We make choices for good or ill that take us in a certain direction.


Theresa said...

They say that there is a grain of truth to everything. Why not fate? For this reason, I believe in it. Who says that there isn't some type of divine intervention, (fate) out there helping guide us in our lives? It sure would be nice to know that there is some type of fate helping us along.

joychck5 said...

I have always believed in fate. There have just been too many things in my life that prove it exists. I also believe in the power of thought. For anyone new to this series, you will love it!

joychck5 said...

I have always believed in fate. There have just been too many things in my life that prove it exists. I also believe in the power of thought. For anyone new to this series, you will love it!

Amanda said...

Yes I believe in fate. Some things are just out of our control. You may be surprised how well things turn out if you just step back and let fate decide... :)


Anonymous said...

Ohhhh....two sets of all three books? What a great giveaway!! :)

I totally believe in Fate. Too many things happen to be mere coincidence. :)

That cover for Shadowman is freaking awesome. Love it!! :)

LynnRush (at) Cox (dot) net

Krysykat said...

I don't really believe in fate because a person has decisions to make and one decision may lead down one path while another decision may lead to a completely different path.


holls said...

I surely believe in fate. My life is prime example!! Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC hollybwright

Hollybwright at

Jen B. said...

I absolutely believe in fate. I think there is an ultimate fate and we are able to do small tweaks and adjustments along the way but the end is set. And there is a reason for everything along the way.

elaing8 said...

Honestly,I don't know.Sometimes I think you make your life what it is.Then other times something happens to me and I think there's a purpose as to why I'm here and things happen for a reason.
So I'm on the

janhvi said...

Yes,I do believe in fate.I think that things always happen for a reason and we have to face the consequences of our actions which leads us to fate.I do believe that fate can be changed but it completely depends upon us:)

Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm a GFC follower-Janhvi Jagtap

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Gabby said...

I honestly don't know if I believe in fate, I mean so many things have happened in my life that might have made a lesser person a little crazy.

I guess in a way that I do sort of believe because of certain events in my life, I think fate might have intervened a little.

I'm also a decent believer in the fact that we can change our own fate or destiny, fate can be very helpful but it can also be an unbelievable opponent!

So yes I guess I sort of do believe in fate... a little.


Denise Z said...

Fate as an absolute, I do not know. I do know that I swore never to marry and traveled around the world and met my husband, was that fate? I don't know, I do know, but we have been married for twenty-six years :) Thank you for sharing today and for the incredibly generous giveaway opportunity.


Lady Caella said...

I believe that things happens for a reason and if you called that fate, then yeah I do believe in it.

Not that I always agree with it, but hey that is life.

Great giveaway!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I do but I think that free will gives you the opportunity to change fate. Who want to have absolutely no say whats so ever about their life?


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

k2sgal said...

I do believe in Fate I was really struggling in life I was in a really dark place when I managed to find an amazing job and wonderful man and have been with both for 12 years so I strongly believe

k2sgal said...

Darn I forgot my email

Anonymous said...

I do, but I also think that sometimes you can change fate.

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I'd like to believe in fate but I'm just not sure. I'm such a pessimist.

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Diana said...

I don't believe all of life is an unchangeable fate, because I believe in free will, but I also believe that certain things are meant to be. Some situations are somehow planned out for us, in order to teach us certain lessons.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

artgiote at gmail dot com

Nan said...

I love the warm,fuzzy, comfortable feeling I get when reading about fate, but do not believe that fate is part of my world. There is a bit too much chaos, random variables that tend to bring a lack of order to my life.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Yes, I believe in Fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason. One thing taht happened to me:

I had a dream to work at a big international law firm. Passed the first 2 rounds of interviews but at the 3rd a woman who wasn’t even on the hiring department and just filling in took a personal dislike to me and vetoed my hiring. I started looking at other law firms and that’s how I ended up at a much more famous and well known law firm where I had a great time, learned a lot and liked my colleagues. If I was hired at my first choice I never would have started my career in such a great way as I did this way :-)

Thank you for the giveaay!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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