#Rhewsontour - Prophecy Versus Choice by Erin Rhew

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Prophecy Versus Choice--Rhews on Tour

First of all, THANK YOU to Natasha for hosting me on the blog today! And a big hello to her followers! <waves>

So, Natasha asked me to come on the blog today and discuss Prophecy versus Choice—a theme which my characters explore in my trilogy, The Fulfillment Series.

It’s interesting; this topic of “free will” versus “destiny” has been discussed and pondered by humans for quite a long time. My husband and I are watching Vikings on Amazon Prime, and they often discuss “the will of the gods” (meaning the Norse gods—Odin, Thor, etc.). But some “dissenters” in the group say they believe they can outwit or defy the gods and blaze their own trail. In the Christian religion, there’s the notion of “free will” and “election” (being chosen). So, it’s clearly something we wonder about and something that spans both time and place.

In the very beginning of The Prophecy, my main character Layla is pronounced the Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy dating back centuries. The proclamation is vague, as they usually are: In a time of war, when the land is divided amongst the two, she, with raven black hair, purple eyes, and a special blessing from the First Ones shall bring peace.  She, from one side, shall marry royalty on the other, and peace shall reign from that day forth. Layla has always known she may one day be discovered by the Ecclesiastics, a group of religious zealots on a mission to find the Fulfillment, and she’s taken steps to prevent being discovered, like hiding her hair color and changing the color of her eyes. And yet, she’s discovered by the Ecclesiastics, whisked away from her family, and forced to live with her greatest enemy.

Throughout the novels, Layla explores this notion of destiny, while fighting battles, falling in love, and keeping two nations at bay. Is she really the Fulfillment because some ancient people decreed it hundreds of years before? Or will she become the Fulfillment if she chooses to become it? Did the First Ones (the ancient people who made this prophecy) know she would be the Fulfillment because she was endowed with special gifts or because they knew she would choose it if the path were laid before her? It’s mind boggling stuff if you sit there and ponder it. It’s as brain twisting as “if John Conner hasn’t sent his father back in time in Terminator, he would never even have been born.” LOL! 

My tagline for The Prophecy is: One often finds destiny on the road taken to avoid it. It’s an old proverb, but it can tangle you up if you sit there and think about it. Let’s take Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” poem and consider it for a moment.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

If a person stands before two roads and chooses to go down the right one, did someone or something know that person would take the right path? Did that something or someone will it? Or did the person make the choice because they wanted to, without any real outside assistance?

I’m a thinker, a pondered, and a student of life. I like to watch the world and the people in it and try to figure out the motivations and passions behind why people do the things they do. My Shakespeare professor in college once said that Shakespeare constantly observed and studied human nature, and it’s part of what made his characters and plays both timeless and relatable. And that’s what endeavor to be. I want to create stories that are entertaining, with characters that are engaging, but also ask questions to feed the mind.

And that’s my choice. Or is it?


Thanks for hosting me today, Natasha! I hope your readers will join Layla in her quest to discover her true self while she also tries to stop a centuries old war from destroying three kingdoms.

Rhews on Tour Extravaganza!


Erin Rhew and her husband, Deek
Join their street team: Rhewination! ;) 

Last week, Deek went on blog tour to celebrate the release of his latest book, 122 Rules. And this week, Erin is on tour to promote her fantasy trilogy, The Fulfillment Series! PS. There's a giveaway--a $50 Amazon gift card!!

So, here's a little bit more about Erin, Deek, and The Fulfillment Series:

The Prophecy (Fulfillment Series Book 1)


Title: The Prophecy
Author: Erin Rhew
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point
Available Now! Amazon Buy Link 

Synopsis:

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she's abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.


Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He's grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear...not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war? 


Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidently meets Layla, he's no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction--for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms. 


When Nash's secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.

The Outlanders (Fulfillment Series Book 2) 


Title: The Outlanders
Author: Erin Rhew
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point
Available Now! Amazon Buy Link 

The Fulfillment (Fulfillment Series Book 3)



Title: The Fulfillment
Author: Erin Rhew
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Design: Anita at Race-Point
Available Now! Amazon Buy Link 

About Erin Rhew

Erin Rhew


Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written
word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police."

A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by- side.



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For the latest and greatest, visit her web page:


About Deek Rhew


Deek Rhew


Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.

He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town--with antique shops and bakeries--they call home. 




Connect with Deek Online!



For the latest and greatest, visit his web page:

Find Deek's Novels Online!






Random Fun With Deek and Erin

Always laughing together

Celebrating their anniversary in style! ;) 

Enjoying every moment!

Their cat and literary assistant, Trinity--leader of Rhewination!

Sharing every secret and every facet of life with each other! 

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3 comments

  1. Thank you for hosting me, sweet lady! You gave me such a great topic, and it really forced me to think a bit! I wish you all the best and continued success. Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you for the opportunity Erin! I am so intrigued by your answer and really appreciated you taking the time in answering them. Looking forward to future collaborations with you! :)

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    2. I look forward to working with you in the future too! YAY!

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