Guest Post & Giveaway: Shea Berkley (The Marked Son)

giveaway, guest post, Shea Berkley 13 Comments 11th August, 2011

Please help me welcome Shea Berkley, author of The Marked Son, to my blog today! I’m so excited to have you here Shea.

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what.

When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. He’s felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.

Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death…

The Power of Chocolate and the Evilness of Pie

I’m not a fan of pie. Especially apple pie. I know, how un-American. I’ve tried to like it. The only way I can choke down a slice of cooked apple wrapped in flaky dough is if I bathe the whole thing in hard sauce. Hard sauce is pure sugary goodness with cinnamon and butter that makes apple pie edible.
We won’t even go into the horribleness of meringue. Even a child will spit it out because he knows better than to eat Styrofoam.
In my book, THE MARKED SON, I had to give my character a piece of pie to eat. Now I’ve already said, I don’t like pie. So how can I make my character do something that I personally find disgusting?
Yep, everything is better when you add chocolate.
Math. Sneak in chocolate and suddenly algebra makes sense.
Exercise. Dangle a chocolate bar at the end of a mile run and I’ll sprint the whole course.
History. Lady Godiva = chocolate. I’ll buy a box for research purposes and suddenly I’m willing to write a thesis on how nakedness and chocolate are a perfect match.
Debasing chocolate by putting it in a pie isn’t the only distasteful thing I’ve done in the name of good fiction. When writing fiction, I can’t be me. I have to be someone else. I’m not showing my morals on the page, I’m showing my characters morals, and each of them will have their own unique set. Good fiction takes not only the reader on a trip, but it first and foremost has to take the writer on one. So when I write, I’m just as shocked, just as surprised and just as thrilled as the reader is when the story unfolds.
So like a good little fiction writer, I gave my hero, Dylan, a chocolate pie and sent him upstairs to talk to his whacked-out mom. Did the chocolate pie solve their problems? Nope. I used the pie as a tool to highlight the depth of her emotions. And that he couldn’t eat his slice showed how depressed she made him. Yep using that chocolate pie made the scene better, richer, fuller, and it caused even more conflict. That’s the power of chocolate… and the evilness of pie.

If you want to talk more about chocolate, or characters, but NOT about pie, you can connect with Shea at: Facebook / / Goodreads /

Also by Shea

Book Blurb for Torrien by Shea Berkley
What if the only hope of saving a magical world depended on an ordinary boy?
Taelyon is a land divided; its mortals distrust those different than them; its wizards live indifferent to the suffering of others to see the danger on their doorstep. The battle for dominance is never far off, and death is a daily fear provoked by King Hcaon the Younger’s inability to lead.
Torrein’s parents are powerful wizards, and Torrein’s greatest fear is that he’ll be denied the gift of magic. When magic is denied him, he’s chased from his own village by those he used to call friends. Alone and wandering in a world he doesn’t know, Torrein doesn’t understand that his destiny is far greater than any he could have achieved if magic had been granted him. What plagues him is a desire he can’t have – to be with his family and live his life in peace.
Peace is not easily found in Taelyon. The destiny Torrein fights lies in a prophecy soaked in blood. To claim his rightful power, he must calm his fears and face those who want him and his people dead. Everyone has been blinded to the real evil in their midst, and it will be a fight till the end of the age to reclaim Taelyon’s freedom. Though it’s hard for him to accept, it’s up to Torrein to protect those who have been deceived, and to make sure the evil in their midst doesn’t destroy them all.

The Marked Son Giveaway

Thanks to Entangled Publishing I have one ebook of The Marked Son available for a giveaway! To enter leave a comment on this post with your email. If you follow Shea on Facebook and/or Goodreads, you can get one additional entry for each, for a total of 2 extra entries! Please include everything in ONE comment!

The giveaway will only be open for 24 hours from the time this is posted!

13 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: Shea Berkley (The Marked Son)”

  1. Mel

    SOmeone else you doesn’t like pie!! Yeah! Can’t stand pastry myself – and heating apples is just plain worng. (Luckily I’m not American so don’t have any guilt!) Chocolate is nice though. Very nice. 🙂

    Love the sound of this book – please enter me in the giveaway!

    Mel S

  2. joannie

    I am the wromge person to ask about pie. I can eat pastry of all kinds if i could but thank god i don’t.Iook follow your site on fB and twittter. My fb is joannie1956 please enter me in giveaway and my email is

  3. Dani @ Refracted Light

    This book looks awesome and I’ve heard great things about it! As for pie…it’s ok, but I’m more of a cheesecake person. lol

    dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

    +1 – Goodreads: Dani
    +1 – Facebook: Dani S.

  4. Julie

    Chocolate pie is the best pie EVER!! That’s the pie I always order if I order pie at all! Thanks for a great guest post:)
    I follow Shea on Facebook.
    I follow Shea on Goodreads.

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  5. Denise Z

    I have been stalking this tour and really want to read this book. I now have even more reason to continue – while I really like pie – I love chocolate. Thanks for sharing the fun today.


    I follow Starry Sky and Shea on GR, FB, and GFC Denise Zaky

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