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Friday, April 19, 2013
Forbidden Angel By: Megan D. Martin *Author Guest Post, Review & Giveaway*
When captured by the Nazis, Sarah finds herself in a concentration camp that not only brings her closer to death...but closer to love.
Sarah Brenner, a young Jewish woman, is terrified when she finds herself in the heat of a railcar bound for a work camp in Nazi Germany. For years she, along with her mother and sister, had hidden from the SS, but no one could hide forever. Her hatred for those who have enslaved them is ever-growing, especially when they arrive and she encounters the shockingly handsome Nazi doctor who can’t seem to keep his eyes—or hands—off her.
Aurel Rothstein is not your everyday concentration camp physician. The endless prisoners and lack of care he's allowed to give have made him numb to the work he so coveted. It isn’t until he comes face to face with a beautiful prisoner that his heart becomes involved with his job—a forbidden and fatal move to any Nazi.
When a vile soldier takes direct interest in Sarah, she will be forced to make a choice that will change her life forever: ignore the pull toward the handsome doctor or give in to the forbidden passion he awakens with only a look. Either way they both risk everything...
A lot of work goes into writing any book, but I think it’s
safe to say that there are some genres of romance that are more difficult to
write, just based on the amount of research that has to be done. Historical
books pose a threat to any writer, because not only do we have to procure a
good story but we also have to make things historically correct,
else we get hung out to dry with the rest of wrong-doers (haha).
My novella, Forbidden Angel, is set in a concentration camp
at the end of WWII. Here are some of the tactics I used when it came to making
my story historically correct—
1. I didn’t limit myself to the characteristics of one
certain concentration camp (example: Auschwitz). Instead I did research on all
prevalent camps, like—Dachau, the extermination camp Sobibor, and of course Auschwitz.
I took the knowledge that I learned about camps like these and usedit to create the setting for the characters in my novella.
2. I also did a lot of double checking, which is probably one
of the best tactics to use. Don’t trust anything you find online, unless there
are multiple sources that back it up, especially when it comes to Wikipedia.
It’s very useful, but not always correct.
This time period is a rather difficult to capture since this
is such a tragic event in our history. It is hard to portray something like a
romance within the walls of a place where happiness isn’t a common denominator;
especially between the Jewish people being held prisoner and the Nazi’s holding
them captive. This was a big reason that I chose this story, because it was a
challenge. A relationship between these two people seems nigh impossible, based
on the circumstances that bring them together.
It’s funny because when I read books about paranormal heroes
who are known killers of hundreds, and are proclaimed evil, I don’t think twice about it. When it comes to a German Nazi
soldier, it’s hard for me to think of any qualities he could have wherehe can redeem himself. (Funny how that works, right?)
Writing Sarah and Aurel’s story was definitely a challenge for me, especially
since I had a hero whom I disliked at first, but grew to love in the end.
With all of that being said, I hope you will check out my
debut novella, Forbidden Angel. Available now from Breathless Press!
My Review - Will Be Posted Soon
Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks. To learn more about Megan, check her out on these social networking sites.