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Devil’s Dilemma- Sirena Robinson Blog Tour!

 

Devil's Delimma-Sirena Robinson

Synopsis: Griffin Javensen was born to die–to save a world that sought to destroy her and for a God that had forsaken her.

Griffin is the Chosen, a representative of the human race who will make the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve humanity and keep the world from ending. It all started the night she was ripped from her mother’s body. One second earlier or later, and she’d have been fine. But she was born at the right time, in the right circumstances, and she is Chosen. It was all downhill from there.

She is tormented through ten events granted to Alaria, a Devil who has been placed as Lucifer’s proxy and who has one foot in Hell and the other in Heaven. Alaria’s job is to convince Griffin that God has abandoned her. If she can do that, there’s a good chance Griffin will Choose Hell and demons will get to rule the world. There’s only one problem: Alaria wants what only God can give her, and what only Griffin can ask for: her humanity.

On her 29th birthday, instead of cake and ice cream, Griffin celebrates with demons and hell hounds. After barely escaping alive, it becomes obvious that she needs protection. Dr. Allen Winslow, the doctor who has saved her life several times, also happens to be from Warrior lines. Who better to protect Griffin than the best Warrior alive?

Enter Braxton–a rough and tumble Warrior with a chip on his shoulder, who has been having visions of Griffin since he was four years old–and Gabriel–an Archangel determined to save the world, desperately in love with the one woman he should never have, and torn between playing by the rules and doing what is right. There is only one goal–survive to January 1st.

Griffin’s duty is to offer her life as payment for the dubious privilege of being Chosen. The choice she has to make is simple: Heaven or Hell. Unfortunately, she is not simply choosing for herself. Her decision will determine the fate of humanity. As her time gets continuously shorter and the danger becomes more and more real, Braxton and Griffin make unlikely alliances and struggle with unstoppable emotions.

As midnight rushes closer and the battle escalates, the question becomes not whether Griffin will Choose, but whether anyone else will survive to see dawn.

Excerpt

They both turned when they heard a rustling, and Braxton sighed when he saw Gabriel appear. “What do you want?”
            Gabriel lifted one eyebrow in mild amusement. “Is my presence unwelcome?”
            Griffin laughed bitterly. “You rarely bring good news.”
            “This time I do. Your, shall we say, problems, have not gone unnoticed. I’ve been given authority to temporarily stop your winding down process.”
            “My winding down process? You mean how my body is shutting down to make sure I’m willing to Choose?”Griffin forced herself to stand up. “At least have the nerve to say it like it is. You’re killing me. Slowly and painfully. You’re killing me.” She shoved the Angel as hard as she could. “Call it what you want, say what you want, but my birthday is just the icing on the cake. I’m already dead! You killed me the second I was born!” She shoved past him. “Answer me this, Gabriel. Do you enjoy having my blood on your hands? Do you enjoy sitting in your perfect white room, drinking iced tea and watching me suffer? I am dying! My life is over! And you have the unbelievable gall to come in here and act like you’re doing me a favor? Spare me the theatrics. You’re doing this because you’re afraid I won’t survive till my birthday if you don’t. We’ve all thought it. I’ll die of starvation and dehydration well before I turn thirty. Don’t act like you’re doing me a favor. You’ve not done one goddamn thing because of me. It’s all about what is going to make it easiest on you!”
            Braxton cleared his throat as Griffin disappeared up the stairs. “Well, she told you, didn’t she?”

 

Amazon link to purchase:  http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Dilemma-Chronicles-Chosen-Book-ebook/dp/B00H0JSUDI

 

Sirena, Keep Calm & Answer These 25 Questions: 
Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been?

 

  Absolutely. I was the one in middle school in the spelling bee and the one who was always using huge words. Vocabulary is something I think is defining and especially as an author, you need a strong grasp of language to not sound like an idiot when you write.

 

What is your favorite color?
  Purple. Yes, it’s girly. No, I’m not ashamed. J

 

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

 

 I was born and raised in Jackson, Ohio which is a small rural town at the base of the Appalachian mountains.

 

What is your favorite football team?

 

New England Patriots. My husband roots for the Steelers, and my parents love the Browns(gluttons for punishment). We have a deal in my house that I root for the Steelers and he roots for the Patriots whenever they’re on unless they’re playing each other. In that case, there’s a standing promise not to get mad. It works most of the time, but it can get kinda iffy during playoffs.

 

Who is your favorite author?

 

There are way too many to list. I love a good book, but I have to admit, I’m not too into deep or complicated books. Give me something with a good romance, lots of mystery, or some paranormal and I’m happy.

 

What is your favorite book?

 

Currently? I just reread the Gallagher trilogy by Nora Roberts. I love those books!

 

What do you do when you are not writing?

 

I also have a full time job, am finishing up my master’s degree, and have a husband and child. Needless to say, I find ways to occupy my time.

 

Do you have a day job as well?

 

Yup. I’m an attorney practicing child welfare law in my hometown.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Never stop writing. Never let anyone tell you to stop and always believe in yourself and the story you have to tell. If you don’t, no one else will.

 

Is being a writer a curse or a gift?

 

Both. When a story is keeping you up until three in the morning, I’d swear it’s a curse. On the flip side, when things are cooperating and not being difficult, telling a story is one of the greatest gifts out there.

 

Where do you write?

 

Everywhere. Home, work, school. A lot of places I shouldn’t. In the middle of the night, early in the morning, basically wherever I can find a few minutes to write.

 

Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?

 

I’m not picky. I tend to prefer white noise but living in the house I do, I can handle writing in a hurricane if I needed to.

 

 What do you typically drink while writing?

 

Nothing in particular. What I won’t drink while writing is alcohol. Anything else is fair game. Except coffee. I hate coffee.

 

What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?

 

 Finding the time to do it. Occasionally finding the desire to write. From time to time it gets hard to concentrate on the story and I need to take a break. So I do, and when I come back to it later it tends to flow pretty well.

 

When did you first start and when did you finish your book?

 

Technically, I started the book in 2006 and finished in 2012, but the story is more complicated than that. I finished it the first time in 2007. It took about 7 months or so. In late 2008 our house burned down and I lost the book. I decided in 2009 to rewrite it, but it was much tougher going the second time around.

 

If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?

 

I have totally thought about this! Here’s my breakdown. I see Katie Cassidy as Alaria, Charlie Hunnam as Braxton, Chris Hemsworth as Gabriel, Henry Cavill as Gage, and for my Griffin, I see Abbie Cornish.

 

 What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you?

 

I’d like to think so, but she’s so preoccupied trying to fight off demons that she doesn’t have much time for friends.

 

How do you market your book? What avenues work best?
 Well, my publisher does do some advertising, which I’m sure helps, and I do stuff through Facebook and on my blog. The indie community is pretty tightly knit, so there’s no shortage of wonderful people like you who will host me to do some promoting.

 

What has been the toughest criticism so far?

 

Before I sent the book to publishers, I asked for test readers in a writing group I belong to on the internet. Five people volunteered. Two people loved it, two didn’t ever read it, and one person read the blurb, the first chapter, the last page, and decided she knew everything that happened in the whole of the book. To summarize, she told me I had two options. A, I could remove every bit of blood, violence, sex, and language and market it to a Christian audience. B, I could remove any mention of God or religion and just have a paranormal book. And also, I wasn’t allowed to kill a character because I had written the character from childhood to adulthood. It wasn’t that she didn’t like it that bothered me, it was that she didn’t even give it a chance.

 

What has been the best compliment?

 

That would be from my Mom, who actually didn’t read it until it came out. Then, she read it in like a day and then came and harassed me into sending her more because she HAD to read more of my stuff.

 

 Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

 

Purely imagination. Though if it was based on real life experiences, I would have had the most interesting life ever.

 

How did you come up with the title?

 

  I can’t take credit. It was my wonderful beta reader Adrian who came up with it.

 

Will there be a sequel?

 

There will! There is a whole series! I’m currently working on the fifth book, with two more to come after that.

 

What project are you working on now?

 

 I think I just answered that, but I am currently working on Nephilim Rising, which is the fifth book in the Chronicles of the Chosen series.

 

What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer?

 

You covered almost everything! This has been a great interview and I just want to use this space to thank you for hosting me and to your readers for reading this.

 

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and ____Keep Writing!_____________

 

 

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  1. Thank you, Sirena, for a wonderful interview!
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