Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Genesis Release Tour with Kristie Cook

I was lucky enough to be given a spot on Kristie's release tour for her newest addition to the Soul Savers series: Genesis. You can read my review here. Thank you, Kristie for joining me on my blog and sharing your tour with me!

Genesis is a bit different from the other Soul Savers books. Although the fantasy world I created is the same, the real world is not. After all, it takes place over 2,000 years ago, around 200 B.C. So it required a lot of research to understand life in Greece during that era. For each stop along the release tour, I’m sharing something I learned and how it ties into the story.

One of the more interesting topics I found was the role of women in Ancient Greek society. I’ve always thought of the Ancient Greeks as relatively advanced and progressive in their thinking and I always thought the idea of women being submissive to men was a biblical idea. However, in Ancient Greek society – long before Christianity – women were considered substandard.

They couldn’t be citizens – they were either property of their fathers or of their husbands or they were slaves. Baby girls were not treated the same as baby boys and were always considered secondary to males in the home. If the family couldn’t afford to raise a girl, they’d leave the infant in a public place or at a wealthy man’s doorstep to be taken as a slave. As they grew up, they learned the domestic duties of the home. At about age 13, they were considered a woman and sacrificed their toys and other remnants of childhood to Artemis. Then their fathers arranged their marriages to men twice their age.

Women were confined to their homes and if they had a large enough house, they had their own rooms called the “gynaeceum.” Husbands and wives did share a bed and their master bedroom was in the woman’s part of the house. Women were not allowed to enter the mens part of the house, where guests visited.

Women could occasionally leave their homes for special religious festivals, weddings and funerals and sometimes to briefly visit a neighbor. They sent slaves to the market, to fetch water and to run other errands. Only the poor did their own housework – they all had slaves whom they oversaw.

In Genesis, Cassandra leads a much different life. She’s been raised outside of the traditional Greek society and lives life as an outcast, but content that she doesn’t have to be confined like the women of her day. She roams the wilderness and woods at will, but has a healthy fear of villages and society, knowing she could be taken as a slave. When she’s forced to go to the market, her freedom collides with society’s rules and things go badly. You’ll have to read Genesis to find out what happens!

A father who reveals his truth.
Twins who take different paths—one light, one dark.
Angels who have plans for them both
And Demons who do as well.
So the Earthly battle for souls ignites…

A tale that is over 2,000 years old, this is the story of the Amadis beginnings.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her fa├žade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristanare a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.

Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose?

About the Author:

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, available now.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle.

Find Kristie:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Series Site | Tumbler | Google+

In the meantime, we have a Soul Savers swag pack up for grabs. Just comment below to be entered. Your comments here and along all the stops gain you entries for the Grand Prize at the end of the tour (details HERE). Good luck! And I hope you enjoy the Soul Savers Series!


  1. I love that this take a different direction than the other novels. It sounds so refreshing!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  2. I like stories of love lost and then found again.

  3. I love Kristie's books, and can scarcely wait to read Genesis!

  4. Thanks so much!!

    I'm excied to read these books!!

    jmluker at winco dot net

  5. I love these books! I recommend them to everyone!

    Cynthia Garcia

  6. The covers are amazing and Genesis has very beautiful story! Thank you for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  7. That is fascinating and, well, revolting how women were so confined. I can't believe women's rights took so long. To only be allowed in half the house, to rarely leave, and to be considered engagement material at 13? Yikes!

    I look forward to reading how Cassandra got around all this.

    Thanks for posting!


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