Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guest Post with Author Carrie Salo

In 2012, I'm trying to feature more up-and-coming authors on my blog.  Last week, I began with   Emily Devenport .  This week's author spotlight and guest post is with Carrie Salo.  Today, I'm truly excited to have her as a guest on my blog.   She's here providing killer intel about her debut novel, The Sounding
Please welcome Carrie.

Carrie Salo
Hi Mina!  Thanks for having me.  I recently saw that your post about the Best Opening Lines in Novels. And though I believe the very best books don’t necessarily have the best opening lines, I am particularly proud of the first lines of The Sounding. When you are entering the publishing world as a new author, these few sentences are very important. Sometimes, these lines are all a potential publisher will look at to determine if your book is worthy of readers’ shelves. While my first lines are certainly not legendary like those of Pride & Prejudice or Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, I wanted to share them with you. I think they set just the right tone… 

"Clyde Parker was about to die.  He didn't know it, but that did not matter. Knowing would not have changed it." 

About The Sounding
The Sounding is a supernatural thriller about an early Armageddon. But, unlike a lot of Armageddon stories out there right now – which feature zombies, vampires or natural disaster – The Sounding is grounded in real history and real prophecy. Based in both Catholic and Jewish theology, The Sounding gets its plot from the final prophecy in the book of Revelation, and what would happen if events today could force that prophecy come to pass – and the horrific judgment it brings ­­– early. The Sounding has its band of good characters fighting to keep the prophecies in order. But the evil force they face comes from the devil himself to thwart God’s final plan.

If you enjoy Stephen King (particularly The Stand), Dan Brown, Dean Koontz, or Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, then you should definitely add The Sounding to your reading list. Although The Sounding is anchored by history and prophesy, it is first and foremost a suspenseful thriller that will keep you up late at night…

In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass – and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God’s appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.

2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime ­– a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face. While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon – long before humanity is prepared to win it.

Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis ­– the city of the dead – where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.

They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.

As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift ­­­– and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth. 


I hope you enjoy my novel The Sounding.  


Thanks for the guest post, Carrie.  

The Sounding can be purchased via Carrie's website, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.  For information about Carrie Salo or The Sounding, visit her website.  She can also be found on Facebook/Carrie Salo.  Some recent reviews of The Sounding are listed below too.

Mina B.


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

This sounds like quite the incredible story. I like supernatural tales that borrow from religion in the "what if" scenario.

Nedraw said...

The Stand is my all time favorite Stephen King book. This book sounds like I just might like it every bit as much. I'm adding it to my ever growing list. (0:

Nedraw said...

The Stand is my all time favorite Stephen King book. This book sounds like I just might like it every bit as much. I'm adding it to my ever growing list. (0:

Stacy Henrie said...

Great first lines! That's something I probably need to work on.

carla said...

I think those are great first lines too!
Sounds like an interesting read!
Thanks Carrie!

Mina Burrows said...

@Michael - Me too. :)

@Nedraw - The Stand is one I read many moons ago. I need to pick it up again.

@Stacie - I need to work on my first lines too. :(

Carla - It does doesn't it?

Thanks everyone for stopping by and supporting Carrie.