Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Uprising by Jessica Therrien - Guest Post

(Children of the Gods #2)
by Jessica Therrien
Released |May 28, 2013 by ZOVA Books|
Genre |Paranormal Romance|
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Jessica Therrien follows up her bestselling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series.
OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012. UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants.
Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now she’s hiding with William, and she knows who she’s hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years. Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth. But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process. They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under The Council’s oppressive rule. The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. They'll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against The Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesn’t realize it will change her, too.

Author Bio
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. The second book in the series, Uprising, will be available in May of 2013.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.

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Links to Oppression (Children of the Gods #1):
Links to Uprising (Children of the Gods #2):

Guest Post
Hey Janina fans! Thanks for stopping by for my blog tour! I’m Jessica Therrien, author of the Children of the Gods series. Janina was wondering how I came up with the names of my books.

I’m not sure how it goes for most authors, but I had a hard time with the name of my first book. It went through a ton of changes before we settled on what it is today. Originally, my main character was named Ruth, and so was the book. I never intended for it to be the title, but it was always how I saved the file.

When I was done writing, I settled on The Descendants. I was really happy with that and didn’t think I needed a title for the series. I pitched it that way, and to this day my publishing contract is for a book called The Descendants. I’m sad I didn’t get to keep it.

As my release date approached I heard news of a George Clooney movie coming out titled….of course…The Descendants. My publisher worried it would diminish my marketing efforts as anything Googled or seared on Amazon, etc. would show results for the movie and not my book.

I sat down with Matt Pizzo, CEO of ZOVA books, and we hashed it out. We went through what felt like a thousand different titles. Nothing sounded right. Even Oppression didn’t work for me…until Matt added the series title, Children of the Gods. Together it seemed like the perfect fit.

The title for Uprising was suggested by my publisher.

I’m very thankful to be able to work with ZOVA books so closely on everything. A lot of authors don’t have the option of being involved in decision-making.

Thanks for having me, Janina!
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  1. I had read the sample of Oppression and really liked it, so I have the book saved on my Kindle to read later. Look forward to reading it!

  2. I was fortunate I got to keep the title of my first book, but I had no idea what to call the next two. My publisher came up with those as well.

    1. I still have no idea what I'm calling the 3rd book...

  3. Thanks for having me on your blog, Janina :)

    1. You're welcome Jessica :) Thanks for having me apart of the blog tour!

  4. Names are hard for me too. I still don't like the name of my book but I can't think of a better one. lol. Great guest post.

  5. I always wonder how authors came up with the names for their books. Sometimes I see some amazing ones and I can't help but wonder. Great pick :)