Forget Me Not
Shadowflesh Series, Book 2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Date of Publication: March 31, 2014
Number of pages: 308
Word Count: 73,500
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee
Fortune has smiled on seventeen year old Aileen McCormick ever since Addison came back into her life, giving her the love she has so desperately longed for. That is, until a mysterious man slithers across her path and slips a spellbinding cameo around her neck. The cameo holds more than just the image of an enchantress who hungers for souls. It possesses a curse that strangles away every memory Aileen has of Addison.
Addison, a three hundred year old fugitive from the netherworld, recognizes the wretched woman inside the cameo and the curse she has cast on his unsuspecting love. The enchanted cameo has but one purpose: to torment Aileen with hints of love she can no longer recall.
Aileen cannot escape the deadly cameo. She runs for her life with the curse only a breath away. If she truly wants her memory back, the enchantress is all too willing to restore it. It will cost her, though. Cost her everything.
About the Author:
Shawn Martin calls Springfield, Missouri, home. After graduating from Missouri State University with majors in Economics and Political Science, he bounced around the Midwest only to end up right where he started.
His day (and night) job is being a firefighter. Aside from rescuing cats in trees and removing burnt pot roasts from ovens, he spends his time finding the hardest way to do the simplest of things. The rest of his time is spent weaving words into another installment in the Shadowflesh Series. Visit www.shadowflesh.com for a look into the author and his work.
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Please welcome Forget Me Not author Shawn Martin to Diane's Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Forget Me Not?
In Forget Me Not, the second book in the Shadowflesh series, I really took great pleasure in the scene where Addison and Aileen are alone on an island under the stars. Addison feels as if Aileen has betrayed him, and Aileen still can't exactly remember who Addison is. He points to a constellation and tells her it's Corvus, the raven who told Apollo of his lover's betrayal.
The scene came to me serendipitously. I wanted to more than tie the story together; I wanted to weave it together. You'll read in Forget Me Not that there are several references to the darkest, most mystical bird of them all—ravens. And all those references seemed to come together in that one scene. Ahhh!
How long did it take you to write (name of book)?
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Nicola. She's a girl who doesn't conform to society because, quite frankly, she and society aren't really on speaking terms. Nicola is tough, covering herself in black, and refuses to let anyone see her vulnerable side with the exception of her closest friends. Nicola listens to the sad sounds of coffee house rock and reads Jack Kerouac, trying to find the workings of the universe in both. She and I have a lot in common.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, Shadowflesh, kind of fell out the darkness and into my lap. It originated from a made-up ghost story that really didn't have much of a beginning or much of an end. Just a middle. Following an injury where I was laid up in bed for a while, I decided to commit the story to paper. In no time, I pulled the beginning and the end from the depths of my imagination, and I even added healthy dose of vitality to the middle. In a matter of months, I had completed my first novel, inspired by the solitude of an injury.
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
What books have most influenced your life?
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
What is your typical day like?
Few of my days are ever what I'd call typical. But for me, I suppose diversity is par for the course. Let me pick a day—or rather two days—at random to tell you about. After jumping out of bed, I put in a light jog, eat a lighter breakfast, and jump into the shower. It's time for work. In addition to being a writer, I am also a firefighter. It keeps things interesting. When I report to my fire station, I spend the next twenty-four hours training, responding to emergencies, or simply standing by for that big fire to come roaring in. At the end of my shift, I suck down a pot of coffee, get in a quick workout, and find my way to the keyboard to add a few pages to the next installment in the Shadowflesh series. This is actually something new, writing during daylight hours. So far, so good. As afternoon hits, I usually don't find things to do; I let them find me, whether it's friends or activities. Then night comes, and I find my way back to the story at hand. My mind is free during those hours, free to wander in my story's world.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Your imagination is something that science can neither measure nor see. It's a mystery, really. It dwells within your mind, but often takes that spiral staircase down to your heart. Your imagination is alive, and in order to thrive (like most living things) needs to be fed and see the light of day and allowed to roam free. Never let your imagination starve or wither, and the best way to do that is by picking up a book and consuming every word.
A big thanks to Diane's Book Blog. It's been a lot of fun, and I look forward to reading some of your reviews of Forget Me Not.