Thursday, August 8, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Birth of the Bacchae by Stephanie Mirro-GUEST POST

Birth of the Bacchae
Immortal Relics Book 1
by Stephanie Mirro
Genre: Urban Fantasy 

"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do."

Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't have time for strange.

Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact. Serafina finds her life in chaos as she's thrown into the supernatural world, where Immortals and witches alike claim ownership of the amulet. Her amulet.

As her connection to the amulet grows, she discovers a dark secret about her past. Serafina realizes she must protect the powerful relic at all costs--even if it means losing one of the people she loves most.

Invisible. Powerful. Immortal. We are Bacchae.”

BIRTH OF THE BACCHAE is a New Adult Urban Fantasy novel exploring the origins of vampire lore in a modern setting. Where do the stories come from? How were vampires created? Do they still exist today?

Stephanie Mirro's lifelong love of ancient mythology led to majoring in the Classics in college, which wasn't quite as much fun as writing her own mythology stories as she did as a child. But that education, combined with an overactive imagination and being an avid fantasy reader, resulted in a writing career.

Starting her days with coffee and ending them with wine means Stephanie can usually be found juggling household chores, keeping the kids alive, and trying to write, edit, publish, and market the stories that haunt her dreams.

Born and raised in Southern Arizona, Stephanie now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two kids, and two furbabies. This thing called "seasons" is still magical.

What is something unique/quirky about you?
I’m allergic to hair dye! Which made going grey in my 20s kind of frustrating. I found out when I dyed my hair at home and ended up going to the ER because of how sick I felt. And also the fact that my face/head puffed up! All of my lymph nodes were swelling with the reaction, and anywhere dye touched my skin I blistered. It was not a great experience, let me tell you. I embrace my greys now.

What are some of your pet peeves?
I’m a bit sound sensitive so it KILLS me when I can hear someone chewing with their mouth open. I can’t NOT hear it anymore.

Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, and while I hated growing up in the “southwest” culture (nothing wrong with it, mind you, it’s just not me), I can appreciate it so much more now that I’ve moved away. The desert is such a beautiful ecosystem and such a stark contrast to what most people in the US grew up with. It’s always amusing to hear newbies to the desert comment about everything that was just plain normal to me a few years ago.

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
First, I would eat all the food, particularly breakfast burritos and pizza. Next, I would make sure all my loved ones knew how much I loved and appreciated them. Finally, I’d try and rob a bank just for funsies. (That’s just a joke, of course. I know it’s a very traumatic event for those on the other side of the event.)

Who is your hero and why?
As sappy as it is, my momma is my hero. After becoming a mom myself, I understand my mom so much better and all the crap she had to put up with from me and my sister. We weren’t THAT bad, but she is a saint for handling it the way she did. I always felt like I could tell my mom anything, knowing she wouldn’t judge me but would just hold me instead if I needed it.

She’s also the most amazing, selfless grandma. A woman who immediately said yes when I asked if there was any possibility of her flying to FL last year to babysit my kids while my husband and I went to a wedding. No hesitation at all, and my mom HATES to fly (she gets really anxious). I love you, Mom!

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Much like my main character, Serafina, I enjoy a glass of wine and a mindless TV show or a hot bath. My wine du jour is Merlot, but I’m also a big fan of Malbecs right now.

How to find time to write as a parent? S
chedules! I get up at 5 am (my kids get up between 6:30-7 right now) which gives me a good hour of writing time after the coffee has been made and the caffeine kicks in. Because I stay at home with my kiddos, I also take advantage of naptime for social media and marketing tasks. My home is in a constant state of clutter, but everyone has clean clothes and food on their plates so I call it a win. And in my wonderful husband’s words as he’s washing the dishes, “You’re not a homemaker, your job is keeping the kids alive.”

Also, be kind to yourself! It is NOT easy balancing it all.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Book Nerd

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Maybe at 5ish? It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I have not always been a very disciplined or uber motivated person, however, so it’s taken me roughly 30 years to finally get around to making it a career. But here I am!

Do you have a favorite movie?
It might be a strange choice to some, but I freaking love Wild Things with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon. Everything about that movie is awesome. A close second is Boondock Saints. (Also, if Daryl dies, we riot!)

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