4/03/2013

Book Tour & Giveaway Of Forbidden Angel By Megan D. Martin

Forbidden Angel by Megan D. Martin
Book Tour & Giveaway!
April 1st - 30th 2013


Blurb:

When captured by the Nazis, Sarah finds herself in a concentration camp that not only brings her closer to death...but closer to love.


Sarah Brenner, a young Jewish woman, is terrified when she finds herself in the heat of a railcar bound for a work camp in Nazi Germany. For years she, along with her mother and sister, had hidden from the SS, but no one could hide forever. Her hatred for those who have enslaved them is ever-growing, especially when they arrive and she encounters the shockingly handsome Nazi doctor who can’t seem to keep his eyes—or hands—off her.


Aurel Rothstein is not your everyday concentration camp physician. The endless prisoners and lack of care he's allowed to give have made him numb to the work he so coveted. It isn’t until he comes face to face with a beautiful prisoner that his heart becomes involved with his job—a forbidden and fatal move to any Nazi.


When a vile soldier takes direct interest in Sarah, she will be forced to make a choice that will change her life forever: ignore the pull toward the handsome doctor or give in to the forbidden passion he awakens with only a look. Either way they both risk everything...

Buy Links:

Breathless Press | Amazon | Bookstrand | ARe 


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Guest Post:

In the Romance genre we find a lot of heroes with violent, questionable, and sometimes terrifying backgrounds that have shaped who they are (especially in paranormal romance). Lots of heroes (and heroines too) have done things like enslave whole groups of fictitious     people and murder those they feel are less than them. We, as readers, are rather forgiving of these horrifying actions. Yet it is harder for people to stomach characters who are involved in mass enslavements that took place in real life, especially in the last one-hundred years.

Why is this? This question is easy—it's okay to subjugate people who don't really exist. Nobody really got hurt, therefore the hero(ine) in question is aloud his/her happily ever after.

When I tell people that my book is set in a concentration camp and is about a relationship between a Jewish female prisoner and a Nazi doctor, it never fails—their brows furrow in confusion before they say something along the lines of 'wow how did you manage that?'. I never take offense to this because this was a part of the reason that I wrote the book—to write a character the world has already deemed unworthy, unwanted, and in many cases hated.

With this being said it leaves a very important question—How is it possible to write about such a controversial topic? How can a writer redeem the seemingly un-redeemable without losing the historical values of the time period? (I suppose that's two questions, but they are both important, lol.)

I've thought a lot of this and compounded my answers to these questions into five tips.

1. Put yourself in their shoes. I did this repeatedly while I was writing Aurel's character in Forbidden Angel. It is easy to label someone a monster when you don't know exactly what they've been through. The strength to stand against a power like Hitler is one that even the strongest of men would not have entertained.

2. Don't let the oppressed forgive too easily. It is always important to remember that the character being persecuted shouldn't forgive the transgressor as if nothing happened. Sarah, the Jewish prisoner in Forbidden Angel, struggles with her hatred and feelings for Aurel the entire book. The world still hasn't forgiven the Nazis for what they did decades ago. A character in this situation wouldn’t easily forgive either.

3. Research. A controversial topic like the Holocaust is one that has been studied for years. There are tons of resources out there to look into. Like any historical work of fiction it is important to get all of your ducks in row.

4. Watch out for offensive slang. While staying true to a time-period is key, it is also important to avoid over using slang words that readers may find offensive. It is okay to use these words a few times in your work, but over use may turn readers away.

5. Stay true to the time-period. This ties in with research. It is important to express the struggles and hardships that each character had to experience in this terrible situation. It is hard from every aspect and isn't something that should be expressed lightly.

Forbidden Angel is my first published work and I learned most of these tactics while writing and editing it. I hope this helps all of you out in some way! Happy writing!

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Author Bio:


Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks. To learn more about Megan, check her out on these social networking sites.

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9 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting Forbidden Angel today! :-)

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book indeed.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs. ☺

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  3. Hi Jody,

    Sorry I didn't get a chance to stop by yesterday. I wanted to let you know I appreciate you hosting! It looks great! God bless!

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  4. Wow...the woman on the cover looks like she's straight out of old Hollywood. I love it! I'm a huge old Hollywood fan. Also, I did a bunch of projects in school on Nazi Germany. I've always been interested in the amount persuasion Hitler held over a Eastern Europe. It's absolutely incredible.

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  5. Megan D. martin,
    I'm sorry I am way behind on my replies with all of the tours I have to get ready, lol! Honey you are so welcome it was my pleasure to host your book and you. Good luck sweetheart with your writing and I will say a little prayer for you :-)

    God bless,
    Jody

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  6. Thank you to everyone who commented on Megan's book 'Forbidden Angel'. It does look like a very interesting book.

    Thank you again fo the comments :-)

    God bless,
    Jody

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  7. Thank you Megan & Jody for this post. I read FA and found it very interesting. I liked it a lot and am looking forward to book 2. That was a heckuva ender!
    I gotta honestly say at first I felt guilty for enjoying it because it was an intense romance taking place in such an ugly place.
    It took me a bit to wrap my head around the extremes happening in the book.
    BUT that also is why I liked it. It was like finding gold in a pile of crap. Excuse the comparison because FA is NOT crap. Not at all.
    I hope my thoughts are coming out right.
    I think book 2 will only get better and I am happy I got to read it it :)

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  8. Sounds like a really interesting concept I haven't read before. I'd love to see how it all play out

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  9. Bellas Bookshelf,
    Thank you for this small bit of an insight into Forbidden Angel, it sounds like something I would really enjoy reading. I just may have to pick this up :-)

    Jody

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