Writing Down the Bones – New Release and Giveaway!

“You go home so you can be free; so you are not avoiding anything of who you are.” ~Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Soul Protector by Misty Evans

SOUL PROTECTOR, the second book in my Lost Worlds series, releases on May 1st. When I started writing this story, I knew the theme was about redemption for the hero and heroine of this story as well as the hero and heroine of the first book, SOUL SURVIVOR.

Nathan and Nila in SOUL PROTECTOR are both damaged souls – my favorite type of character to write. Nathan, an anthropologist trying to prove a mythical lost tribe is real, is trying to redeem himself and save his career by facing his past. Nila, a shaman who is two days away from taking the bar exam, is running from her past and trying to start over. What they have in common is the fact they’re both searching for a way to redeem themselves from the mistakes they’ve made.

This is a romantic suspense, so of course, they need each other to complete their quests and they must come to understand that love in all its forms (not just romantic) is the path to redemption.

At the time I wrote the story, my family and I had moved to Florida, but things weren’t working out. Since I’d lived in the same small town most of my life, I didn’t want to move back *home*, even though doing so solved several major problems. Living in Florida, I felt free. No one knew me, no one cared what I did, no one watched my every move and reported back to my parents (yes, I’m an adult with kids of my own, but in this small town, I’m still a daughter too). If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you probably understand. Everyone knows everyone and gossip is the favorite pastime. I know a woman in town who has the funeral home’s website Favorited on her computer so she knows the minute anyone dies. When I see commercials for “that’s so forty seconds ago” I feel like they’re using my hometown as an example. Moving away and starting over was a fresh start, a new adventure, and I love adventures.

So I was struggling with failure, guilt, anger and sadness about returning to my hometown. It felt like giving up on a dream and dreams die hard in my world. For hours a day while my husband packed up our Florida house, I poured all those heart-wrenching emotions into Nathan and Nila and their storyline.

A year later, we’re back in our Illinois house, the boys are about to graduate from 8th grade and everyone’s happy. I miss Florida, but I know moving back was the right thing to do for everyone. Nate and Nila found a happy ending too. We all went home in one way or another and found, just like Natalie claims in Writing Down the Bones, that doing so makes us free.

In case you’re interested, here’s the blurb for SOUL PROTECTOR. I’m giving away Advanced Reader Copies today to anyone who leaves a comment and asks for one (leave your email addy). And please tell me if you’ve ever journeyed back home – physically or emotionally – in order to free yourself or make amends. I’d like to know I’m not the only one!

The secret to redemption lies in their souls.

Dr. Nathan Hunter has forty-eight hours to save his job and find the missing Salt Coast Clan, a lost civilization locals believe is a myth. When ancient human remains turn up at the site of a new state water project along the Oregon Coast, he’s sure the lost tribe is real. Before he can examine the bones, however, a pretty female lawyer gets an injunction to stop him.

Nila Willopah sees ghosts. After failing to help a young boy cross over to the afterlife seven years ago, she hung up her shaman’s cape, left her family, and went to college to pursue a law degree. Three days before the bar exam, she’s summoned home by her grandfather to defend a sacred burial ground from a billion dollar state water project.

Although her soul is in danger from the unbound spirits unearthed at the site, Nila is the one person who can stop the project and protect her ancestors’ last resting place from Dr. Hunter. She’s also the only one who can help the angry spirits cross over.

Nila suspects the sexy anthropologist is hiding a dark secret behind his clear blue eyes and skilled hands. A secret she wants nothing to do with. But when one of the ghosts latches onto his soul, Nila must set aside her fears and suspicions and once again enter the world of spirit communication to protect him.

Even if saving his soul means sacrificing her own.

READ AN EXCERPT!

About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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19 Responses to Writing Down the Bones – New Release and Giveaway!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I’m glad things turned out well for your family. That’s funny about the funeral home’s website.

    I read the excerpt and it’s fascinating! Really intense and emotional. Great cover, too.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Thanks, Edie! Sometimes life throws curveballs and you have to swing the bat and do the best you can. As a writer, it gives me great fodder for stories and helps me channel whatever’s going on in my life into my characters. Poor Nila got more than her fair share of angst in this story, but luckily, she got to have a few laughs, too, thanks to Nate. They are really good for each other.

  2. Amy Remus says:

    Thanks for sharing, Misty! Illinois isn’t so bad (well, exepct for the unpredictabe weather and corrupt politics). I grew up in central Illinois and moved to east central Illinois and while it wasn’t a small town I grew up in, it was nice to move away and not see high school friends and wonder about their judgments of what I have done with my life. It is also nice being just an hour away from family – far enough not to be dropped in on unexpected, or mixed up in unnecessary drama, but close enough to visit anytime. I always look forward to your stories and I really liked Nathan and Nila in this story and their interesting connection and path to their relationship. :-)

    • Misty Evans says:

      Amy, you’re a doll. Thank you for beta reading Soul Protector! And for stopping by to comment. For about 12 years I lived eight miles away from my hometown and, like you, I enjoyed it. Far enough away to avoid some of the family drama, but close enough to see family and friends whenever I wanted. We moved back mostly because we had kids and the school system downsized. I didn’t want my kids riding a bus for hours everyday. One of these days, I hope to get back to Florida, at least as a snowbird!

      • Amy Remus says:

        It was very fun beta reading Soul Protector for you! Even though you had it pretty well edited, I hope I helped at least a little! I will post my review on Goodreads for you, too to help get it started. :-)

  3. Misty it’s amazing how much of our hearts and souls we pour into a book. It seems like they mirror what we’re going through at the time.

    I’m glad you’re happy now.

    Congrats on your story, sounds right up my alley!

    • Misty Evans says:

      Thank you, chica! I’m overly sensitive, so writing is a good outlet for me. If I didn’t torment my characters, I’d torment my hubby and kids. LOL.

      A mirror is exactly right. I’d never thought of it that way, but I can look back on each of my stories and remember what was going on in my life when I wrote them. They’re sort of like a journal!

  4. Was my grandmother from your home town? Well…no…she didn’t have a computer. But she would pour a cup of coffee and read over the obituaries.

    I have to read this book now, knowing how much emotion went into it. Congratulations on a wonderful release, Miss Misty. I love this cover. :smile:

  5. Misty Evans says:

    Hi Maureen! thanks for stopping by. Grandmothers are that way, aren’t they? They like to be in the know about everyone. People say to me all the time, you know this and that about so-and-so and I have no idea what they’re talking about! I sit in my writer’s cave and ignore most of the gossip.

  6. Liz Kreger says:

    Congrats on your release, Misty and I’m glad it worked out with your move. Small towns are … difficult, but makes great fodder for writers. Love the story about the person who FBed a funeral home. Now that is the height of nosiness.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Liz, I was astonished about the funeral home being favorited. That was a new one even for me! Thanks for the nice wishes about my new release. I’m so glad Nate and Nila finally get to tell their story.

  7. Huge congrats on the new release, Misty. And I’m glad things worked out on your move back home.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Sometimes the universe has plans for us that we don’t see coming, and I guess all my moving around at least gave me a sense of perspective. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle, and sharing in my new release enthusiasm!

  8. bn100 says:

    Congratulations on the book! I would like a copy please. It sounds very good. Happy to hear things turned out well for you.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Nana Malone says:

    I’ve been waiting for this sequel ever since Soul Survivor. The cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to dive in. This will keep me company on a log flight to New Zealand. Great Excerpt Misty!

  10. Misty, I do know what you mean about small towns…I went to h.s. in one and the only way I could think of breaking away from it was to travel far, far across the world… I’m not living there anymore, but I’m still much closer to it geographically than I ever thought I would be. Certain strings (like family) have a way of pulling us back :). I’m glad things ended up working out better than expected for your family, and I *love* the sound of Soul Protector!! I’m looking forward to May 1st!

  11. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Misty,

    Love the cover of the new book! Sorry about that whole small town thing. I too have personal experience with that mind set and emotional cage.

    Good for you for moving forward and I wish you tons of sales with your new release!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …4 books for FREE today and tomorrow!

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