February 28, 2012

Of Parties and Pondering

It's February 28th and that means...it's the official release day of Jessica Therrien's debut novel Oppression (Children of the Gods #1). So to celebrate with Jessica, I've joined in on the Virtual Release Party for her book (*throws imaginary confetti in the air*). 

Congrats, Jessica!

Lucky me, I was informed a few days back that both Kindle and Barnes & Noble were selling the e-book version of Oppression for only $0.99. I pre-ordered my paper copy, but won't have it in hand for about another week, so I was pretty psyched to have it pre-launch in whatever form. Here's the Goodreads description of Oppression:

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.

In Oppression, Elyse discovers that her destiny is intertwined with the fate of the future. As part of this Virtual Launch Party I've been given the option of writing on the topic of destiny, fate, or whether or not I believe things really do happen for a reason. That's a really good question and one that I'm not sure I have the answer to, but I'll give it the old college try.

As I'm sure you can tell from the image to the left, I'm a big believer in everything happening for a reason. I'm not saying that I'm always conscious of this or that I like the fact that even though things are sucky now it'll all work out in the end. In fact, I'd probably want to punch myself for even suggesting it when things are at their worst. But hindsight is 20/20. Sure I have plenty of regrets, but looking back I can see that things worked out a certain way to get me to where I am now, even if the road was rocky at times. If you start wishing away the crappy times, you wish away what led you to become the person you are now.

So if everything happens for a reason does this strip away our choice? Does this mean that we all have a predetermined path to walk, and that what we consider personal choices really aren't ours to make? I have only one answer to this: 42.* Actually, the truth is, I have absolutely no clue. I like to think that we at least have a range of options out of several possible fates or destinies, and that it's possible to have some semblance of control over the outcome. I do believe that one day it will all make sense--we'll see the twists and turns and understand why they happened the way they did. Or so I'm hoping anyway.

And that's quite enough of that (my brain hurts). Now back to the original purpose of this post: celebrating Jessica Therrien's debut novel. You can get your hands on a copy of Oppression from the following sources (and I'm sure many others as well): 

$0.99 E-Book
Amazon Kindle Edition (US)
Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition (US)
Amazon Kindle Edition (UKFranceGermany)

$12.99 Paperback
Amazon (US)
Barnes & Noble (US) - on sale for $7.79
Amazon (UKFranceGermanyJapan)

You can also visit Jessica Therrien's blog for a list of other bloggers taking part in this launch. There are prizes involved, including a signed copy of Oppression. Check it out!

*from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.


  1. Thanks so much for helping me spread the word :) I hope you're liking the book!!

  2. All this destiny makes my head hurt too. I usually believe in free will, but some things happen that give me the chills and make me wonder.

  3. Ah man... I'm late to the party! ;) *throws delayed confetti* Soooo great! Looks like a fab book :D


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