I am happy to spotlight Soul Mate author Bethanie Averie’s fascinating journey and Divine Love, Book One of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy.
My journey to getting where I am today as a writer began when I was a kid. Whether I was playing with my imaginary friends, making up a little song (that my dad decided to put to music and I get half embarrassed/half flattered about) I was always creating something.
Growing up I continued writing a variety of things from stories, to poems, to lyrics. I also loved reading and read almost all the time (I could finish a 300/350 page book in a day when I was younger—now because of being a wife, mother, and writer it takes me longer to finish reading a novel, but I still love to read).
Anybody who has read how I became a writer, knows how my first published novel, my Romance, All’s Fair In Love & Lion came about. The story of how Immortal Dreams Book One: Divine Love came about is a bit different.
It happened by accident. My critique partner (the very talented author, Tess St. John) suggested I write characters whose ages were younger than those in AFIL&L (the characters in that novel are in their 30’s). I wasn’t sure. My previous experiences trying to do that were epic failures. But then one day I was sitting at home and I thought to myself “Why not try? I don’t have to tell anyone I’m doing this. I can just do it. Then, if it sucks, nobody has to ever know.” Then I thought, “Why don’t I challenge myself further? How about I write third person, past-tense the way most novels are written?” (AFIL&L is written first person/present-tense).
I didn’t want to come up with a whole new concept, since I already was going to write something completely different than what I was used to, so I searched my files of unfinished manuscripts. I ran across Divine Love—which only had about 25-50 pages written. After I read what was written there, I fell back in love with the concept. It wasn’t hard to make it over into the “coming of age” YA/NA Paranormal Romance it is today—after I fixed up some things it just flowed. I sent a brief outline to my editor about it and got offered a contract for the entire Trilogy—despite the fact at the time Astral Love and Immortal Love weren’t written! (Astral Love is written and turned in to my publisher, and I’m working on Immortal Love). I was thrilled to be able to get them out, and the rest is writing history.
Immortal Dreams Book One: Divine Love blurb: Laney Alberts should be enjoying her senior year of high school. Instead, she’s mourning the death of her beloved father—her hero. Even after a year without him, she still feels directionless.
Things take a complete one-eighty when she literally walks into Jason Magnus, the hot, new guy at school. He’s different from anyone she has ever met, and intrigues her in ways she never guessed possible.
But, there’s more to Jason than Laney realizes. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s thrown into the world of Immortals. To prevent a goddess bent on world domination from destroying both the human and Immortal worlds, Laney and Jason must embrace the Fates’ destiny for them.
Human and Immortal collide in this, the first of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy.
Bethany Averie is the second-to-the-youngest of eight children. As a kid, she loved fairy tales, especially Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast. Bethany still loves fairy tales, Greek & Roman Mythology, and romance. She resides in the Lone Star State with her real life hero, and a shadow who calls her ‘Mom’. When not writing, Bethany enjoys time with family and friends and dreaming up new worlds.
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I just finished reading Divine Love—awesome YA/NA paranormal/mythological fantasy! Gods and Goddesses, plot twists and turns, and an ending that makes the reader want to dive into the next book! Can’t wait to read more in this series:)
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I can’t wait for Book Two to be out, too! Thank you dropping by and commenting. 🙂
A wonderful journey, indeed. Congrats Bethany!
Thank you so much! I don’t know what it’s like for you, but each book takes me on a different journey–not just story-wise but as a writer. Thank you for dropping by and commenting. 🙂
I don’t know if it showed up, but apparently I can’t really post comments from my phone, but I did want to say thank you for having me on your blog. 🙂
You’re very welcome, Bethany 🙂
Bethany, your hero and heroine look so sweet and so much in love. I hear that the YA/NA genre is the fastest growing one at the moment. Best of luck with Divine Love.
Thank you for much! It was such a fun novel to write. 🙂
Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting.