Sneak Peek: Lisa Renee Jones On The Legend Of Michael - With Giveaway!

RT brings you an exclusive first look at Lisa Renee Jones' upcoming novel, The Legend of Michael. We go beyond the back cover blurb with the author who shares how her fascination with Area 51 inspired her new paranormal Zodius series. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of her message!

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Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about The Legend of Michael, my May 2011 Sourcebooks release. The Legend of Michael is book 1 of the Zodius series. Book two will release in November 2011.

I’ve always found Area 51 intriguing, and often found myself reading one conspiracy theory or another about what really happens inside that top secret military base. The fact that the government barely acknowledges Area 51 exists, and for many years denied it all together, only makes it all the more interesting to me.

So, one day, I started thinking that the soldiers who work there must be the Special Forces of the Special Forces. After all, if rumors have it right, Area 51 is involved with alien technology. So, of course, my mind starting chasing an idea. What if the government decided to create Super Soldiers aka Jean Claude Van Damn in “Universal Soldier” – back when that man exuded all kinds of hotness we couldn’t get enough of? Hot Super Soldiers. Oh yeah. That’s what I’m talking about! That sounded pretty darn good to me, and my imagination went wild. What if the government injected our Special Forces guys with alien DNA? Well, what evolved from that question in my mind was a classic story off good versus evil -- twin brothers divided in battle. One wants to take over humanity and one is fight to protect humanity.

A few of you might remember the “Underground Guardians” from back in my early writing days with Ellora’s Cave. For those of you who have emailed me, even after years have passed since the last release, and asked if there will be another story in the Guardians series– thank you! And the answer to that question is both yes and no... No there will be no more Guardians but…The Zodius series is a re-invention of the Guardians—not really a spinoff, thus the term re-invention. The Zodius series is a new and improved, more developed world, centered around a premise I love, and started working with when I was writing the Guardian. So yes, the basic premise of hot super soldiers and Area 51 that began with the Guardians certainly exists in this new Zodius series, but now that I am a more mature writer, I wanted to do some things differently. So I sat down and rolled my sleeves up and with my soldiers on my mind I thought – BE ALL YOU CAN BE. I’m pretty darn excited about where that took me, and I hope readers will be as well.

The first book, as I mentioned, is the The Legend of Michael. Michael is the ultimate Alpha male, a hero who will risk his life to save the world. He is a hero who is guarded, wounded, and in need of saving even as he is saving everyone else, though you’d never convince Michael he needs saving, nor that he can be brought to his knees. Not until he meets Cassandra Powell.

- Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones' The Legend of Michael is scheduled to be released on May 1st, 2011.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Five lucky readers will win ADVANCED READER COPIES of The Legend of Michael to enter leave a comment on this blog about why you like your heroes (and heroines) to be warriors. Or email your comment here with your US mailing address and the subject line "Lisa Renee Jones' The Legend of Michael Giveaway". The winners will be notified on April 12th.

BLOG UPDATE 4/12/2011: And the Winners are ... Lisa Lav, Kera, Brenda C., Ilona F. and Connie T.!

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