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Mocked by Faith Guest Post and Giveaway!

Monday, September 19, 2011

For Alexia Cross and Justin McNear, things are not what they seem. Both were born and raised in hidden, gated communities. A place where time virtually stands still and marriages are arranged by parents before a child’s 18th birthday.

Alexia is destined to be her community’s first spinster. In a last ditch effort, a husband is found. The only complication? He has no idea he has been betrothed. Will his history of dating outsiders help or hinder his relationship with his future wife?

Justin McNear searched outside his church for the woman of his dreams. Returning home after failing, he knows he needs to rectify his life and his faith. Can a woman he’s never met make him whole again?

Will this couple end up mocked by their own faith? Follow Alexia and Justin through the trials and tribulations of finding, falling, and surviving each other's love. It’s never easy saying “I do” to someone you don’t know.

Goodreads Summary

Hello everyone!
Thank you, Krystal for letting me guest post today.

I’ll start off with just a little about myself. My name is Michele Richard and I am the author of the Mocked series. Mocked by Destiny was released in February of 2011. Mocked by Faith, the second book in the series, was released last month. 

First thing you will notice about my writing is I am an emotionally charged writer. What does that mean? Well, basically I feel what I am writing. If my character sighs, so do I. Every word is written from the heart.
Second thing you’ll notice is I don’t have a sub-genre. I write all romance genres. Mocked by Destiny is a Young adult. Mocked by Faith falls under no sub-genre that I can think of. Yes, I’ve looked. My next series, Parasouls is a science fiction sub-genre. So I think you can see what I mean.

Third? I write a lot. My writing schedule varies from 8 – 18 hours a day. My children are at the age where they only want mommy to chauffer them when it suits them. So I do. My family always comes first, my writing second. 

Lastly, I am not a cookie cutter writer. What’s that mean? Every story flows differently. I don’t use a mold to write. I try not to reuse any aspects of any of my novels, be it character traits or predictability.
Okay, on with Mocked by Faith.
Summary:

For Alexia Cross and Justin McNear, things are not what they seem. Both were born and raised in hidden, gated communities. A place where time virtually stands still and marriages are arranged by parents before a child’s 18th birthday.

Alexia is destined to be her community’s first spinster. In a last ditch effort, a husband is found. The only complication? He has no idea he has been betrothed. Will his history of dating outsiders help or hinder his relationship with his future wife?

Justin McNear searched outside his church for the woman of his dreams. Returning home after failing, he knows he needs to rectify his life and his faith. Can a woman he’s never met make him whole again?
Will this couple end up mocked by their own faith? Follow Alexia and Justin through the trials and tribulations of finding, falling, and surviving each other's love. It’s never easy saying “I do” to someone you don’t know.
Let me start by saying: I expect for people to either love it or hate it. It’s controversial at best. They are raised apart from society, but the males all work outside the gated communities. Some things are limited such as what TV, movies, and books they are allowed. Basically anything that would lead them astray or reflect negatively on the community and its old fashioned values.

Their medical treatments are more spiritual than medical. Medications are only used in extreme aces. They believe God will heal you.

The men really control all aspects of their wives lives. They do it with love and respect though. When two teens are contracted to each other, they know they are owned by the other. There is no divorce.
Alexia and Justin do not have the usual two years between being contracted and their wedding to get to know each other, which every other couple has had.

In the early chapters it’s important to remember they are still hormonal teens and it is written as a teen would be. As they mature you see it for yourself that they move forward, mature, and endure the trials and tribulations of learning about each other, falling in love, and dealing with loss. 

The hardest part of writing this novel was writing the loss of one of their twins. I felt every ounce of their pain with them. It was the most torturous experience in my life; however, it was an intricate part of the storyline.
This was one of the hardest books for me to let go. I so intertwined with the characters it hurt to say goodbye.
 
Thank you for letting me join you today.

Michele Richard

For the giveaway, leave a comment on this guest post and your email. For ONE extra entry, state whether or not you are a GFC follower, thank you! This contest if for 2 ebooks of the above title and is open INTERNATIONALLY

11 comments:

  1. zoey said...:

    thanks for the giveaway!

    zoey42.42@gmail.com

    GFC: Zoey

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thanks for explaining a little about your writing and this book in particular. eam435@gmail.com

  1. Maia said...:

    Oh this book sounds good. I'd love to read it! Itsfanciful(at)yahoo(dot)com

  1. Brooke said...:

    I will be putting this one on my 'to read' list. Thanks for the giveaway.

    brookekittle@hotmail.com

    I'm a GFC follower, too!

  1. Judy said...:

    This really looks like a very good read. I love the cover. It is so different.

    Thanks for giveaway.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  1. Judy said...:

    GFC follower-judy

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  1. Yto said...:

    thanks for the giveaway.
    the plot is interesting. i would love to read it.

    GFC: Yto

    witchvela at web dot de

  1. nayjf said...:

    This is something very different from what I have been reading lately. It sounds amazing.

    nayjf(at)yahoo(dot)com

    GFC-nayjf

  1. Lisa Bilbrey said...:

    Already had the pleasure of reading this amazing book, and it's so worth every word! Michele is amazing!

    llbilbrey@aol.com

  1. Darlene said...:

    Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  1. Darlene said...:

    +1 following on GFC (Darlene)

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com