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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review & Interview: Knight of the Dead

Knight of the Dead

Title: Knight of the Dead
Author: Jennifer Rae Gravely
Format: Ebook - Review Copy
Buy Link: Amazon, B&N


Knight of the Dead is a light, entertaining read that I could not put down. The book starts out with Persephone asking a car insurance company for the check that she is due. After being rejected she rushes back to the daycare that she works at. I felt bad for Persephone in the beginning of the book. She has trouble making ends meet and will be evicted if she cannot find enough money to pay the rent that is due.

Mark, a single father and businessman with a hectic work schedule needs someone trustworthy to look after his daughter. When he picks up his daughter at the daycare he sees how well Rose responds to Persephone, and asks her to babysit his daughter while he works. She quickly agrees, and starts taking care of Rose on a regular basis.

The relationship between Persephone and Mark builds slowly, and is true to life. There are bumps in the road, misunderstandings, and even a scheming lady trying to break the two apart. I highly recommend this book, and cannot wait to read more of Jennifer Gravely's work.


I loved the book so much that I asked Jennifer to do an interview. I hope you enjoy finding out a little bit more about her.

1. Do you have anything in common with your characters?
You’d probably be able to tell if you met me more than once, but I love to change my hair color, and I mean drastically. From blond to a deep red mahogany, and even to an orange creamcicle color—sigh—I found myself with the other day. Thus, my heroines tend to have the flavor of the season too. For instance, Persephone, from Knight of the Dead, has long, wavy deep red mahogany hair to match my color this past winter when I was writing the romantic suspense. Today I’m a brunette, and my newest heroine Randi has the same light brown color.

In addition, Persephone and Mark both like basketball, and I live for sports. However, Persephone’s propensity for accidents kept her from participating, whereas I lettered in three sports in high school and played volleyball in college with zero trips to the emergency room in my career as an athlete. Also like Persephone, I waited tables before returning for my teaching certification. And who doesn’t need money!

2. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Being a perfectionist, I’m sure I could find minor details and images to tweak, but overall I’m pleased with the story and the characters’ development.

3. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved words. As a child, I earned the nicknames motor-mouth and jabber jaws for my love of talking and telling stories. Later, as an avid reader, I wrote mainly to analyze. A triple major in history, politics, and English at Converse College, I viewed life in terms of paper topics! Still, I played with writing short stories and poetry. Then life took over—I became a wife, mother, teacher, and coach—and even though I continued to read, I rarely wrote anything creatively.

About ten years ago, some teacher friends and I were talking about books and decided to try to write our own. One friend found her groove with the challenge, and has had numerous novels published. I spent years on two connected novels, both still looking for the right home. However, at the encouragement of my friend, I tried once again to write a novel. I choose the name Persephone for my heroine because I teach mythology, and used the tale as a springboard.  

4. What genre of books least appeals to you and why?
Other than sports related books, I’d have to say non-fiction or anything overly technical. The older I get, the more I read for entertainment rather than information. As an owner of a pack of house beagles as well as a couple of porch cats, I also will stop reading a book if animals are mistreated, or die.

5. If you were stranded on a desert isle, what five things would you want to have with you?
Sunglasses, coffee, paper, a pen, and my feather pillow. Sounds like paradise to me!

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  1. This looks really interesting. Given the title, I'm curious, is there a supernatural element to the story?

    1. Sorry, the comment is from Lee @shewolfreads! :)

    2. I thought it would have a supernatural element to it as well when I requested it. It's just a secret that the main character keeps that could cause a lot of issues :)

  2. I've also read Knight of the Dead. It's a super read with appealing, realistic characters. Jennifer's hair color isn't creamsicle orange now. It has a golden look to it. I know because we work together.

    1. I completely agree, I loved the book. That's cool, tell her hi and thank you for doing an interview for me!

  3. Thank you for interviewing me! I appreciate the attention, and am thrilled you were entertained by Knight of the Dead. It was a fun book to write.

    1. I loved the book! I hope to read more of your work in the near future :)

  4. I hope you will too! I'm looking for a publisher for 2 finished, connected books that also take place primarily in Keowee in the late 80s and 90s. ;)

    1. I'm sure you'll find one, feel free to drop me a line when it comes out so I can buy it.

  5. Absolutely! Thanks for the encouragement.

  6. FYI: I posted my first chapter and pitch for my manuscript Drown on the Harlequin contest site. Here's the link