Giveaway: The Transmigration of Cora Riley by Ellie Di Julio

Urban Fantasy
 
transmigration
 
Synopsis:
Average family. Average job. Average existential crisis.
 
After thirty boring years, nothing about Cora Riley’s life has measured up to her childhood dreams of being truly extraordinary. It’s too bad that the night she decides to seek out her specialness she crashes on a rural highway.
 
Cora wakes in the clutches of the Mistress of the underworld who sets her a seemingly impossible quest. If she wants a second chance at life, Cora must find her way through the dozen heavens and return to the castle in three days.
 
With the help of an unusual guardian angel named Jack and a little boy named Xavier, Cora navigates the afterlife doorfield and quickly learns that gods and monsters are very real indeed. Terrifying and tempting obstacles litter her path; only the power of belief – in the Otherworld, in her companions, and in herself – will return her to the land of the living.
 
EXCERPT
Face hot with anger, Cora takes a few shaky steps forward, looking anywhere but at the eyes that see through her. The orc guards, previously slouching and entertained by the spectacle of her humiliation, become suddenly alert and close rank in front of the dais. The Mistress smirks from behind them, almost daring her to come closer.
“You know I’m right, my lady,” she says, taking another, more determined step. “The legends are all the same. The ruler of the underworld makes a bargain with the hero, sets him some monumental task in exchange for a second chance, and then has to keep their promise when the hero succeeds.” She takes another step forward. The guards cross their weapons into a barrier between her and the Mistress. Cora just smiles; it widens the split inside her cheek, but she doesn’t care. She holds out her arms and gestures grandly around the throne room. “And since I don’t see anyone else here asking for a ticket back to civilization, I guess that makes me the hero. And you owe me a quest.”
Ellie Di Julio
cora
Ellie Di Julio is a nomadic writer currently living in Hamilton, Ontario with her Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike husband and their three cats. Between nerd activities like playing Dungeons & Dragons or watching Top Gear, she enthusiastically destroys the kitchen and tries to figure out what it’s all about, when you really get down to it. She also writes urban fantasy novels riddled with pop culture references and sexy secret agents.
Her first novel, Inkchanger, could easily be considered Forgotten Relics #0, and as such, rewards readers of the rest of the series, sort of like watching Thor before The Avengers. Her second novel, Time & Again with Kyeli Smith, has nothing to do with super powers or secret agents but is very cool nonetheless.
AUTHOR LINKS
Author Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/AqACL

 

TITLE:  13 Nifty Things to Know about “The Transmigration of Cora Riley”

There’s a story behind every novel you’ve read.  Probably more.  There could be a dozen tiny tales nested in the invisible foundation of book you’re holding.

My newest baby, The Transmigration of Cora Riley, is absolutely no different, and I want to give you a wee sneak peek behind the curtain (relatively spoiler-free).

Author’s Note: Where most lists like this are 5-10 items, I’m doing 13.  It’s not to freak out the triskaidekaphobes but to mirror the elusive Door Thirteen that Cora must reach in the underworld to get her second chance at life. I like synchronicity, even when I have to create it.

  1. I swore I’d never write another complex female character in a magical realism setting after writing Inkchanger.  Or ever write a series. Whoops.
  2. Lots of folks ask if Cora is some sort of literary avatar for my own self.  The answer is yes.  Duh.  What’s the point of being an author if you can’t be a badass in your own universe?
  3. Jack Alexander’s look is based on a guy I dated in college, complete with trisklieon tramp stamp. I’m both afraid and excited for him to stumble on this and try to get in touch with me.
  4. And by the way, if you’ve read Inkchanger, you should recognize Jack before you hit halfway in Cora Riley.
  5. Working with Xavier taught me that, while I’m not particularly fond of real children, I have a knack for writing imaginary ones.  They’re so much fun!
  6. Pop culture references abound, if you know what to look for, including Eddie Izzard, Star Trek, and Office Space.
  7. The car wreck that ends the first section actually happened to me when I was 18.  Talk about drawing from personal experience (don’t worry, though – I didn’t die).
  8. In my mind, The Mistress looks like Charlize Theron from Snow White and the Huntsman – all evil grace and raven’s feathers – but I’m curious about how she appears to other people.
  9. My original plan was to have 100 underworld doors for Cora to navigate, but after a lot of research, I discovered enough common threads in afterlife beliefs to whittle it down to 12 basic concepts. So much easier.
  10. The head chef mentioned when Cora and Jack arrive in the Hunting Hall is based on Gordon Ramsey – because I love that guy’s creative swearing.
  11. I angsted for a full week about the events in chapters 14 and 15.  They took the longest to write by far of all the entire book.  You’ll see why.
  12. The fork is not, I repeat, not based on Ariel’s dinglehopper in The Little Mermaid.
  13. The conversation between Jack and Cora’s father at the end caught me completely off-guard.  Naturally, it’s now a major plot point for later books.

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