Title: Prayer for the Dead (Revenants in Purgatory, #1)
Author: Nicki Scalise
Genre: Paranormal Romance 18+
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Cover Design By: Rene Folsom at Phycel Designs
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
This is the story about a girl who lived, died, and met a guy… in that order.
Is it possible to find true love and happiness, while condemned to purgatory until the end of days?
Olivia Brennan wasn’t eager to find out. Working for a division of Purgatory and Associates, her job consisted of one headache after another, caused by the impatient souls waiting to move onto eternal paradise. After a hard day at work, she was most content to stay home, watching reruns or reading a book. Aside from a few friends occasionally forcing socialization, her afterlife was nothing special.
That all changed the moment Drake walked into her life. He was handsome, charming, and had a sadness behind his eyes she could relate to. It seemed that Fate had finally brought her a kindred spirit…
But could Olivia move past her own dark regrets of the life she left behind or would falling for him demand the ultimate sacrifice—herself?
Character Interview: Zane from ‘Prayer for the Dead’
I had a sit down with Zane to get to know this guy a little better. I quickly learned when it comes to him, it’s best to buckle in and enjoy the crazy ride, because you never know what he’ll throw at you.
Me: Thanks for joining me, Zane. How are you?
Zane: I’m money, baby.
Me(chuckle) Okay, so you’re current state of mind is pretty good today then?
Zane: Of course. It’s a rare occasion that it isn’t. Life is beautiful.
Me: That’s awfully optimistic of you. Would you describe yourself as an optimist?
Zane: Not at all. I’m a realist. Optimism and pessimism are simply products of circumstance. Each person is born with the possibility to take the world for what it is, but events of each person’s life skew that. I simply chose to stay at a neutral center.
Me: Fair enough. What would your idea of perfect happiness look like from that neutral center?
Zane: I don’t believe perfect happiness can be achieved by anyone.
Me: Why not?
Zane: Perfection is fictitious. Honestly, look at the beauty in the world, none of it is symmetrical. Even something such as a diamond has blemishes and it’s regarded as one of the more precious stones on the planet. Beauty doesn’t lie within perfection, it lies within the flaws.
Me: Wow, that’s very profound.
Zane: What can I say? Profound is how I roll.
Me: How about we switch gears a bit here?
Zane: You’re running the show
Me(I wasn’t so sure about that) You’ve been described as an arrogant hipster. How do you feel about that label?
Zane: Who called me an arrogant hipster, was it Olivia? I’ll bet it was. I love that girl’s honesty.
MeYou’re not offended?
Zane: Pfft… hell no. Why would I be? The assessment is spot on.
Me: It surprises me that you’d be all right with that. Most people would hate to be labeled a hipster.
Zane: That’s because they are uncomfortable within themselves. People always feel the need to compartmentalize things. If placing a label on me helps someone determine if they want to get to know me or not, so be it. Besides in my experience, it hasn’t hindered my ability to make friends and chicks seem to dig it.
Me: Within that train of thought then, as an arrogant hipster, what is your idea of a great first date?
Zane: Anything that ends in nudity.
MeWell, that’s honest. What about romance, do you believe in romancing a girl?
Zane: Sure, I do. Romance has its place in the realm of sexual attraction. I use it on rare occasion when I care about getting to know a person better, but most of the time, I just want to live in the moment.
Me: I couldn’t help but notice you specifically said person there, not woman- “When you want to get to know a person better…”
A sly smile spread across Zane’s face, but he said nothing.
Me: I have one last question for you today.
Zane: Hit me.
Me: What’s your motto in life?
Zane: I have a simple motto- It is what it is. Everything in life can boil down to that.
Nicki Scalise lives in Colorado with her husband. They share their home with four dogs and a chinchilla. The animals pretty much run the joint, the humans just pay the bills. Prayer for the Dead is her debut novel.
Open internationally. Signed copies of Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors and Readers, Paranormal Anthology with a Twist, Prayer for the Dead and Stalkers Anthology (not pictured). There will also be bookmarks, A Prayer for the Dead keychain, and an I <3 Indie Authors bumper sticker.