Exclusive Guest Post & Giveaways! Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden

You may have figured this out by now, but I still have to say that I LOVE PAULINE CREEDEN! Sanctuary was such an amazing blend of science fiction, christian fiction and horror — totally my kind of book. If you haven’t read my review yet, you can find it here along with some interesting information about the book.

Since I already read and reviewed Sanctuary I obviously couldn’t do that again for this blog tour, but I did want the chance to have Pauline on the blog again. This time we have something special for you awesome fans that can only be found here on My Book Addiction — an exclusive guest post and a special giveaway, plus the tour giveaway. So you might want to get to reading and entering now… πŸ˜€ and thanks so much for stopping by today!


by Pauline Creeden
Publication date: September 30th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Zombies

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In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

~Guest Post~

Between Armored Hearts and First Impression, a friend asked me recently if owls happen to be my favorite animal. In reality – they make my top five, but number one will always be a puppy…just about any large dog breed, I just really love puppies. If I had ended up a spinster, I would have been an old β€œdog” lady instead of cat lady. Who knows what my future holds, I might get there yet!

But back to owls.

In First Impression, I introduce Ben Oscuro, a young man who has been living in my head for a decade. It all started with a dream about a young man with black eyes which swirled with color. A boy who saw what others cannot see.

And one of the things that an owl is a symbol for is Intuition ~ the ability to see what others do not see and the ability to see beyond masks and deceit. (http://www.spiritanimal.info/owl-spirit-animal/) Tell me that isn’t the perfect symbol for Ben’s ability in First Impression? Thus I created an owl to symbolize the Shadow Maven series and made one Ben’s pet.

Now a bit of trivia ~ How many of you noticed that Hedwig hooted in the Harry Potter series knowing full well that snow owls do not hoot, they bark? (http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Hedwig)

Yeah, me neither.

But one of my beta readers pointed out that I made a similar error in First Impression, one that I chose to keep even though I had had it pointed out. Leave a comment below with the error that I made regarding the nature of owls in the first chapter of First Impression (which you can read for free right here on wattpad) and I will offer up a Shadow Maven refrigerator magnet for one lucky reader at My Book Addiction only (because I love this site.)


Thanks for having me Toni!

Thank you so much for being here, Pauline! I absolutely adore having you on the blog.

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~About the Author~

Pauline Creeden

In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers’ Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.

One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • This book has been on my tbr pile for a while already – I will be checking it out again! I love that Pauline had a character in her head for a decade! It feels that way with my novel too. Great post!

    • Pauline Creeden

      Awesome! It’s great to know we’re not alone in these things, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

      • Indeed! I love how they grow and develop and become their own person completely separate to us (Even though they still in out imaginations *tee hee*)

  • Mike Bolter

    Well obviously it should have had a hogwarts letter, because that’s what owls do! (Other than that I’m no ornithologist so I have no clue!)

    • Pauline Creeden

      LOL Mike – that’s right – he should have had the hogwars letter!

  • I’m probably way off, lol. The only thing I can think of is in the chapter it says there’s a whistle between the feathers of the owl that draws Chira’s attention, but owls fly without making any noise giving them the advantage over their prey.

    • Pauline Creeden

      You’re not way off at all Jennifer – πŸ™‚

      • That’s so cool! I took the spirit guide quiz, and mine is the owl, butterfly, and snake. πŸ™‚

  • Robbie Bauldree

    He doesn’t have the letter and he wasn’t silent like owls.

    • Pauline Creeden

      Right, but it’s the letter that was the worst missing thing… πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay Galloway

    Owls fly almost silently! πŸ˜€

    • Pauline Creeden

      Exactly! πŸ™‚

  • Jennette Mbewe

    The noisy owl wings. πŸ˜‰

    • Pauline Creeden

      And even though you told me that when you beta read, I kept it because I wanted a sound πŸ™‚

      • Jennette Mbewe


  • They are silent in flight! No whistles, no rustles of feathers, etc! πŸ˜‰

    • Pauline Creeden

      Thanks for inspiring this post Aaron πŸ™‚

  • Debra Kay Neiman

    Owls flight is silent – no whistling or rustling of feathers. Love the chance to read some of First Impression. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    • Pauline Creeden

      Thanks Debra! and you’re right Owls are silent πŸ™‚

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    I was really getting into this book, didn’t want to quit reading! I am so liking these YA stories!! Okay, so birds don’t make noise when in flight, at least none that I’m aware of πŸ™‚

    • Pauline Creeden

      Right! Owls fly silently πŸ™‚

  • L.A. Remenicky

    Owls fly silently. Chapter 1 has me intrigued…

    • Pauline Creeden

      πŸ™‚ Yay ~ I’ve got the first half up at Wattpad now adding a couple more chapters on the weekend!

  • AlyannaFontalva

    The word OWL is almost in every sentence in the first chapter. What I noticed is that owls fly silently and they don’t make whistling sounds…

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