Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Warm Place to Call Home Blog Tour - Guest Post & Giveaway

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Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980′s, he hasn’t a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants’ consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades–aimless–sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor.
Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is lead directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.

A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story)
By Michael Siemsen
Genre: Paranormal Romance with Urban Fantasy Undertones
Publisher: Fantome Publishing
Released March 4, 2013
244 Pages

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Laughing at Yourself

Part of my writing/editing process is to take an extended leave from a manuscript for 2-3

months after I consider it done. This allows time for me to focus on another project and get the

manuscript out of my head. My objectivity is increased when editing, and I’m better able to part
with sections or sentences or even single words that I find myself no longer in love with.

I’ve tried this after waiting just a couple weeks, but sure enough, I read through that
manuscript catching little more than perfection. “Yup, remember writing that! Exactly what I
was trying to say!” A few months later, though, I sit frowning at the screen, shaking my head,
thinking “I can’t believe I wrote that crap. Thank God no one else read this garbage!” And I fix
accordingly. Only after that delayed round of editing do I send off the manuscript to my editor.

The fun-yet-embarrassing thing about this process is in that post-hiatus read-through. Because
my mind has been elsewhere and I’ve forgotten much of what I’ve written (the details, not the
story itself), the experience is much like reading someone else’s work. I will come across a
sentence or paragraph that was intended to be humorous and I’ll actually laugh, “Wow, that’s
pretty funny…” and congratulate myself “You wrote that? Well done.”

Occasionally my wife will mosey into my sanctum and catch me snickering. Knowing I am
editing, she’ll say “Laughing at your own sh*t again, eh?”

And I fumble-switch over to the internet window, “Ah, no…just this uh…Youtube…”

“Uh huh.”

She knows me too well. I had more fun writing A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story)
than anything I’d previously done, and I think that comes through in the story. Many readers
have said they find themselves in this strange quandary, loving and laughing at Frederick the
demon despite his seemingly unforgiveable acts.

Like me, Frederick seems to laugh at himself, so perhaps that’s the key.

-Michael Siemsen
May, 2013

Michael Siemsen struck it big with his debut novel, The Dig, a paranormal archaeology thriller that reached Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Bestseller lists, and spent weeks as the #1 Science Fiction book in 2011.  Its success allowed him to escape his soul-leeching job and work as an author full-time. The sequel, The Opal, was released a year later, and the third and final book is in the works. His new novel, released in March of this year, A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story) is a departure from his Matt Turner Series.

Michael has been featured by Barnes & Noble, been reviewed on several major blogs and sites such as Penny-Arcade and Boing Boing, and received a glowing recommendation from author Charlaine Harris.

He is currently at work on the prequel to A Warm Place to Call Home (which should be released this winter) while enjoying spending more time with his family, lazy dog, and mentally-unstable cat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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