Thursday, May 10, 2012

Colors Like Memories Blog Tour

Wings & Things

Thanks so much for hosting me for my blog tour for Colors Like Memories! Today kicks off all
kinds of fun. I also have a contest running for my blog tour—all commenter’s are entered into a
drawing for two copies of my book, and one person will win a $25 giftcard to Amazon or Barnes
& Noble. There are more details on my home blog, if you want to check it out!

So, I was trying to come up with something to post about, and I got to thinking about all the
angel books that are on the market right now. If you’ve been following the YA market, there
are quite a plethora! (I have totally fallen in love with a few of them—the Angel Burn series
and Fallen series especially.) Anyhow, while the beings in Colors Like Memories aren’t exactly
angels, they have some similarities. They’re actually Sary (I made them up, just in case you try
googling them :) and it’s their job to help people who are thinking about taking their own life.
Anyhow, when in private, look a lot like the more traditional angels most people are familiar
with—wings and all. The Sary would say that most of the myths, legends, and beliefs that are
centered on people-with-wings have their roots in Sary-sightings. And, really, there are a LOT of
cultures and myths that feature winged people. Here are just a few:

-The Alkonost of Russian myth. A part-woman, part-bird who sing so beautifully that the hearer
forgets everything they know and wants nothing more ever again (um, yikes!).

-The ancient Greeks had many different gods and other characters portrayed with wings. For
example: Eos, goddess of the Dawn, the classic Sirens, & Boreas god of the North wind.

-The goddess Isis of ancient Egypt. Isis plays many roles in Egyptian mythology, which include
being the patron of nature and magic.

-The Winged Genie of the Assyrians, shown to pollinate fruit trees, or protect royalty.
There are tons of others! It’s kind of fun to look at all of these myths and beliefs, and compare
them to what we think of as angels in today’s world, and especially in our books (okay, maybe
that’s my inner anthropologist talking, but still!). Anyhow, it’s a little something to think about
the next time you come across an angel story in the bookstore, or if you, ya know, pick up Colors
Like Memories!
Winged Genie

Inquiring minds want to know if you know of any other winged people or beings from

A bit about the Colors Like Memories:

Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.

Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of
life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy,
until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If
living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her
mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help
her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would
never happen.

Release date: May 11th 2012 from MuseItUp Publishing.

A bit about Meradeth Houston:

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are
some random tidbits about her:

  • She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
  • She has her doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: she sequences dead people's DNA and is a professional lab rat.
  • She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
  • Her other passion is teaching. There's nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!
  • If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

Thanks for coming by Meradeth. I wish you great success with your book.

Check out her blog, she has some great stops to the rest of her blog tour.

Do you guys know Meradeth? Putting her book on your must read list?



Elise Fallson said...

Your book comes out tomorrow! Yeah :D I enjoyed the summary of your book and like the twist you put on your creatures the Sary. My main character in my wip could have used one of your Saries (sp?). (; Enjoy your blog tour!

Miranda Hardy said...

It sounds like a great book and I love the idea of the Sary.

Richard said...

Sounds like an interesting concept.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Great post. And the book sounds so good!

meradeth said...

Thank you so much for hosting me, Jessica! I really appreciate you helping me get the word out!

Jessica Salyer said...

Richard- It does sound very interesting.

Meradeth- Your very welcome! I wish you the best of luck. :)

Leslie Rose said...

Love the idea, Meradeth of using pieces of the past to build your new mythology.

Katie L. Carroll (KT) said...

I love getting a sneak peak into the world-building that goes into books. Very interesting stuff!