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NBtM & #Giveaway: Daughter of Belial by Jennifer Juvenelle


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#Psychological, #Thriller,

Some Family Trees Should Be Burned. . .


Greer Girls are special. Greer Girls are rare. Greer Girls are central to the secret Order of Belial.


Sophie Greer knows none of this. All she knows is that her now ex-boyfriend cheated on her, she’s alone working in Paris, and her mysterious billionaire boss, Edward Hughes, is way too interested in her life.


But when Sophie is kidnapped in Moscow while on a business trip, she’s plunged into the dark underbelly of the global elite and a sinister secret society with deep ties to her family; ties that lead to revelations darker than anything Sophie could have imagined.


Betrayed by the man who raised her, and targeted by the illustrious Hughes family, only one thing is certain—family history can be deadly. If Sophie is to survive, she must decide who to trust and what to believe, or risk being crushed beneath the weight of the all-powerful secret Order of Belial.

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The front door slams behind me with a clamorous thud. I jump, frightened. Marcella Belleville’s ominous laughter sails through the air while the cloaked beings descend the steps to encircle me. Turning to and fro, I try to slip through an opening in their ranks, but they close in so that not even a hairpin could find a fissure for escape. A low chanting starts up, like a rumble from some vile private inferno.


Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.


The primal beating of the drums grows louder, drowning out Marcella’s maniacal laughter. Blood rushes to my face. I hear a whirring in my ears.


Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.


All I see is darkness. My heartbeat keeps time with the pulsing of the drums.


Suddenly I feel another presence. Ephemeral. Sinister. It also laughs. Its guttural wails blend with Marcella’s tinny falsetto as it, too, encircles and envelops me. No one is touching me. I know that. And yet…


It feels like hundreds of hands are caressing my body. Sliding up and down the sides of my torso. Untucking my shirt. Unfastening my trousers. Cupping my breasts. Pulling my hair. Wrapping icy, tentacled fingers around my throat…


It feels awful—delectable—disgusting—delicious, all at once. I hate it. The chanting grows louder.


Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.


Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.


“Stop!” I cry out, finding my voice at last. “Please. Stop!”


But it’s too late. Wispy black smoke fills my nostrils. My mouth freezes into a silent scream as the smoke fills every orifice in my head—eyes, nose, ears, mouth. The sound of babies crying mixed with horrific images of children laughing and playing in blood assault my senses. I know it can’t be real, must be a trick of some sort, an illusion, but I’m powerless to stop it.

Fellow Author Interview: MARK T. RASMUSSEN, Author of The Journey (No Matter How Far You Run, Your Demons Always Follow)


For this post, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to the man who saved my book, Daughter of Belial. He also happens to be my husband. But long before that, he was my friend. A very good one at that. I used to call him my personal cheerleader because he was always so supportive of my creative writing efforts. Mark had a knack for texting me right as I was at a low point in my writing process. With his genuine curiosity he was a gentle guide who helped me navigate the rough seas of my first big creative process: writing a debut novel. I dedicated my book to Mark, not because he is my husband, but because without him, I honestly don’t think I would have completed the first draft of my manuscript. I had given up. I was refocused elsewhere when Mark rang me and told me I had to keep writing.


I am eternally grateful to him, and now with the release of his debut novel, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to him and his incredible book, The Journey (No Matter How Far You Run, Your Demons Always Follow). The Journey became an instant #1 New Release on Amazon in its first week of sales and even spent time as a #1 Bestseller in its category. Mark T. Rasmussen is not only an amazing friend, he’s a doting husband, phenomenal father, and incredibly talented writer. I hope you enjoy getting to know him, as much as I have over the journey. Let us know in the comments!


1. What inspired your debut novel, The Journey (No Matter How Far You Run, Your Demons Always Follow)? My partner at the time of writing was pregnant, and while I was absolutely overjoyed about becoming a father for the first time, when I sat down to attempt the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, I wondered “What if?”. What if a man wasn’t ecstatic? What if he wanted to escape the situation? What if he wanted to be free of everything? From there, the manuscript came together super-quick. I conquered the challenge, and by the end of NaNoWriMo that November, I had the first draft written (50,000+ words).

2. What has surprised you most about your book’s release? How fast people are reading it. I mean, almost every second person is reading it in a day. One woman in her review on Amazon even wrote that she read The Journey in less than a day! It’s blown me away. I honestly never anticipated that, I truly didn’t. I’m thrilled people are loving my novel but devouring it as quickly as they are, that has surprised me the most.

3. What is the most challenging lesson you’ve learned “the hard way” as a writer? That I can’t do it all on my own. You’re kidding yourself if you think you can. When you start out as a writer, you think, I can write a story or screenplay, I can edit it myself, I can proofread it myself, I can even make and design my own book cover. It’s my story, I know it inside out better than anyone else. Sadly, that’s not true. While you do know your story, you’re so close to it that you miss big and small things, from plot holes to silly typos. I guarantee you, every successful writer didn’t get there on their own. They got there with a great team of editors, proofreaders, cover designers, formatters etc.

4. Which 3 characters from novels would you most like to have dinner with? Oh wow, what a bloody tough question. Characters not authors? Only three? Hmmm… maybe Jasper Dean from A Fraction of the Whole by Aussie author, Steve Toltz. One of the most hilarious, cleverly devised stories I’ve read. Jasper is the main character and his adventures (and misadventures) would make for great banter. Henry DeTamble from the beautiful Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffeneger). Wouldn’t he be an amazing character to talk to and find out where he goes and what he experiences when he involuntarily time-travels? The stories he could tell would be spellbinding. I want to say Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, but I feel like we know a great deal about him already, though those wizardry tricks of his would make for an entertaining evening. And “Pi" Patel, from the Life of Pi (Yann Martel) would also make a great, fascinating guest, too. But the third and final seat goes to the High Priestess of Avalon, Viviane from Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s highly acclaimed Mists of Avalon, a retelling of the King Arthur legend from the perspective of the female characters. While she isn’t one of the book’s main characters, the wisdom and knowledge she could share with me would blow my mind I’m sure. I bet I’d come away more enlightened and forever changed from a meeting with her.

5. Which book by another author do you wish you’d written? Shantaram! No question. Gregory David-Roberts writes so exquisitely you wonder why you bother writing. His character and setting descriptions are mesmerising, with some of the most powerful writing you could ever wish to read. He also writes one hell of a novel. Shantaram is a masterpiece.

6. What is your #1 writing tip for aspiring writers? Write. Just f@#king write. Nothing – no amount of “how-to” books, in class lessons or online writing workshops – beats it. The writers that become great, write and write and write their arses off, then they write some more. It’s really that simple.

7. Lastly, what one or two books would you recommend? Geez, this is like the 3 characters question earlier. Shantaram – a masterclass in writing; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a gripping, razor-sharp story; and Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid, a rocking, fast paced novel that I read in a single day. If every writer read these three modern classics, they’d get a true lesson in the craft of writing.

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JENNIFER JUVENELLE is a Native American/French author born in Hollywood, raised in Detroit, and fashioned in France. Formerly an actress and model, Jennifer now splits her time between crafting psychological thrillers and the magic of motherhood. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Jennifer made healing from trauma a priority when her life became untenable. Daughter of Belial is the unexpected product of her journey from trauma to triumph. An eager explorer, she currently lives in a remote Mexican seaside-jungle village with her debonair Aussie author husband and their young son.



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