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Jean Murray: Rising From The Ashes (Contest)
Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Rising from the ashes….

One of my favorite philosophical discussions with my husband is “who is more worthy?” — the son that has always done the right thing in his life or the son after a life of indiscretions discovers his honor?  Is one more deserving than the other?  And, at what point would you consider the two sons equal, if at all?

Needless to say, it brings some lively discussions over our dinner table.

A certain level of jealousy would develop between brothers and maybe that’s what forces them to extremes.  The righteous son may long for a life without expectations or use his honor as a weapon against the brother who has none.  The other may want what his brother has, but cannot find the right path home.

At what point is the second son unredeemable?  What is the tipping point of change?

I’m a sucker for a bad boy turned good and love to believe in second chances.  The prodigal son returns.  There is something to be said about testing a character’s virtue and knowing the limits. Turning your back on the easy road takes courage, let alone the level of determination needed never to return to old ways.

I happen to love this type of conflict, so much so, Soul Awakened, my second book in the Key to the Cursed series, is based on this theme.  Two brothers could not be any different.  One (Bomani) raised in the warrior camp, fighting for his life and elevating to the level of Legion Commander on courage and will alone.  The other (Bakari) lived a life of luxury and wealth, using his power to feed his lust and greed, until one fateful day.  After years of imprisonment and torture, Bakari claims to be a changed man.

Years of rivalry and hatred stand between them.  One woman to love.  Can Bakari rise from the ashes to claim her?  Who will be the victor?  Love for blood or honor.

I want to hear what you think.  Who is more worthy of Kendra’s love? 

Or who do you root for: Team Life of Honor or Team Bad Boy Turned Good?

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Kendra, an Egyptologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian God of Death, from his cursed slumber. Desperate to free him, she inadvertently binds herself to the god with a spell that only death will undo. To save Bakari from himself, she may have to sacrifice her innocence, and possibly her soul, before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.


Bakari awakens to a world at war and a beautiful woman who has tethered his soul to hers. In the wake of his self-destruction Kendra is his only hope of salvation, but another has vowed to keep Bakari from the one thing he craves most— his Parvana. His butterfly.



Night Owl Reviews:  Reviewer’s Top PICK/ 5 Stars (Abigail, Feb2013) :  “I know other readers are going to love this series as much as I do. Get settled in for a thrilling paranormal tale.”

Bitten by Paranormal Romance, Ollie (Feb2013): 5/5 Alpha Howls, Hot

“I don’t know where to begin to describe the absolutely marvelous job that the author does in not only creating a wonderful world with so much depth and detail, but a story line the has the mystery and intrigue that will keep you glued to the pages.”



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Key to the Cursed Series:  Soul Reborn & Soul Awakened

Only the strongest love can unlock the souls of the Underworld

In her pursuit of a nursing degree, Jean Murray aspired to see the world and joined the Navy. At the end of 2011 she said a heart-breaking goodbye to her Navy family and retired after twenty years of military service. Although her dreams of writing full time have yet to come true, she continues her writing journey and draws inspiration from her travels abroad. She enjoys spending time with her family and of course, writing about the “Carrigan sisters and their mates, Gods of the Underworld,” to bring you the next installment of the Key to the Cursed series.

Author Jean Murray brings a wonderful new spin to the paranormal world with her Egyptian Underworld gods.  She broke ground in the paranormal romance genre with Soul Reborn and now continues the Key to the Cursed journey with Soul Awakened.