#BadMoonRising Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene #IndieAuthor #urbanfantasy @TeaganGeneviene


Welcome to Day 25!  Today’s featured author is Teagan Geneviene.  We’ve had so many stunning covers lately and Teagan’s is no exception.  I’m one of the many who miss Sookie Stackhouse and it sounds like Atonement, Tennessee will fill that void perfectly.
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Esmeralda Lawton is sick and tired of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.

The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.

A mysterious neighbor secretly watches over the graveyard. There’s more to him than meets the eye, but what? Then there’s Gwydion, owner of Fae’s Flowers. She stubbornly resists her feelings for him.

Ralda suspects that people are drawn to Atonement to, well — atone. She wonders what sins led her there. However, her ancestress made the mistakes.

Atonement is home to more than humans. Supernaturals go there too. Some have fallen far.

This urban fantasy, seasoned with Celtic mythology, comes with a side-order of mystery. Do you miss the “Sookie” stories? Then pay a visit to Atonement, Tennessee.

Author Note: Thanks to Teri for letting me join the fun even though Atonement, Tennessee is not a horror book. There is plenty of suspense, and a fair share of spookiness. So I think it has some cross-over appeal. I hope you’ll agree.

What’s the first story you ever wrote?

I don’t think it was the first story I ever wrote, but it’s the oldest one I remember. My seventh grade teacher gave us an assignment that truly inspired my young mind — Write a story from the point of view of the shoes of a famous person. Well, 12 year-old me watched talk shows after school, not cartoons. So I saw plenty of “famous people” and “used to be famous” ones too, on Merv Griffin’s TV show. I liked the ones who talked about their pets. So I wrote my story as a pair of red pumps belonging to Doris Day. I had so much fun that I also gave half the class verbal outlines for their stories.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?zeddicus-zul-zorander

There are many, but one would be from a fantasy series by Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth), his wizard character, Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander. Why? Just because he ranges from “totally out there” to profound. What made me like Zedd so much was the first book, “Wizard’s First Rule.” Throughout the book, various “rules” were mentioned, in no apparent order. As I read chapter after chapter, I realized that the first rule had yet to be stated. Finally Zedd disclosed it: “Wizard’s first rule — people are stupid…” (The rule went on to say “They will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true.” But the first part was fabulous.)

In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?

Vampires. I’d elaborate, but now I’m too scared! I guess that on a very core level (not that I’ve ever really figured myself out) they seem more possible than any of the other things that go bump in the night.

Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?

Not long ago I mentioned Rutger Heauer in an interview at “Smorgasbord, Variety is the Spice of Life.” (https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/smorgasbord-open-house-author-and-motivational-writer-teagan-riordain-geneviene/ ) He is certainly my favorite villain.

However, a favorite hero is harder for me to choose. Maybe that’s because I usually find supporting characters so much more interesting and endearing.

What do you consider the hardest part of writing?

The ending. Having a general idea is easy, but when the story has finally gotten there, figuring out how to top everything else is the hardest part for me.

What are you working on now?

It feels like I’ve been working on the sequel to “Atonement, Tennessee” forever. Between my “real job” and my blog (Teagan’s Books), there’s just no time. However, one day I’ll publish “Atonement in Bloom” where everything in the quaint town goes haywire, as on a winter’s day Atonement, TN comes into bloom.Guitar Mancer Cover final 05-04-2016

I’m also working on an editing process for a stand-alone novel, “The Guitar Mancer.” It’s been on the shelf for two years, because I just didn’t feel right about the story. Finally I decided to serialize it on my blog. With the comments from my regular readers, and simply from seeing the story in a different view, I’m feeling great about it. While I wouldn’t recommend it for every novel, in this case it has been a great editing tool.

Author Bio

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when sheteagan-r-geneviene moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.

You can also visit me at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene

Buy Links / Where to “Atone”

Barnes & Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/atonement-tennessee-teagan-geneviene/1117790203?ean=2940148918431

Kindle and Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A/ref=la_B00HHDXHVM_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412384486&sr=1-1

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444333147&sr=8-1&keywords=atonement+tennessee

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B00HGSVA8A

Amazon India: http://www.amazon.in/Atonement-Tennessee-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/dp/1481826948


66 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene #IndieAuthor #urbanfantasy @TeaganGeneviene

    1. Oh Cheryl, you are so very kind. Thank you for saying that. Yes, I’ve been in hyper-stress. I’m trying, to get back to normal, but unfortunately there’s not an end in sight to the cause of that stress — just even more of it… But you’ve made me smile! ❤ Mega hugs right back.

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  1. I enjoyed this interview, Teagan. Always interesting to learn something new about you. Your first story about shoes…? I can easily visualize this in a twelve-year-old mind and absolutely love it. Do you still have a copy? It would be so much fun to read. I remember my first story too. So much fun to remember that long ago. Great job, Teagan!

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    1. Hi Kim, it’s lovely to see you. Ha! No, I don’t have any of the stories I wrote when I was young. I actually got into trouble for writing — my parents didn’t care for the attention it got. I do, however remember what fun I had. Huge hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much, Christoph. I miss visiting your blog, but will try and click over more often. (I’ve really been hyper-stressed and made myself cut way back on blogging activities.) Thanks for taking a moment to visit here. Ear scratches to the Labradoodles, and mega hugs to you my friend.

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  2. Not only was I thrilled to see this feature/interview with Teagan, but also happy to find Teri’s blog (not following). Teagan’s writing is fantastic and I can never get enough of her writing. To paraphrase E.B. White, It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Teagan is both!
    I’m off to share this to others can be lucky enough to find both Teagan and Teri!
    Hope this day treats everyone kindly. 🙂

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    1. Donna, you have sincerely made my day. I can’t imagine nicer words. Thank you. ❤ 🙂
      I'm delighted that you visited Teri's blog and enjoyed. This has been such a fun series. I hope she does something for October again next year. Mega hugs my friend.

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    1. Hi Diana. Thanks so much for clicking over to Teri’s place. Heaven knows I’m trying. It sounds insane, but I’ve added National Novel Writing Month to my slate — Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but I expect it to be a good distraction. A different stress to keep my mind off the other. If it doesn’t work out that way, I can withdraw. Huge hugs. 😀

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        1. Oh gosh, I’m sorry to hear that Diana. I absolutely get what you mean. I guess the fact that I see WriMo as a “distraction” serves as an example of the kind of stress I’ve been having… building up the past 5 years, but this past year in particular. I need something as extreme as drafting a 50K word novel in a single month, to keep my mind off the rest of it.
          Since my “escape” from that stress didn’t work out this October, I also have plenty of vacation leave I have to “use or lose” before the end of December — so that will help too.
          Thank you for your kind words. You take care too, and keep building your wonderful fantasy worlds too! ❤ More hugs

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  3. How wonderful to see Teagan here and learn more about her through the clever questions asked by Teri! Also, nice to meet you, Teri 🙂 Teagan, your story about writing about Doris Day’s shoes sounds spectacular. I bet she could be included in a future Guitar Mancer episode somehow 😉

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    1. Haha! Noelle you’re a woman after my own heart — I love Credence too.
      While “Bad Moon” is Teri’s feature, I’m sure she won’t mind us using it for Atonement. 😀 Santana’s Black Magic Woman was in my head the whole time I wrote Guitar Mancer — and any time I work on it now (if I ever get it finished…). It does help to have a song. Have a thriving Thursday, my friend.


  4. Hi there Teagan & Teri… a great feature… I truly enjoyed learning about Teagan´s writing process, influences and how she started writing…. her answer concerning the end of a story or book (to the question which part do you find harder to write?) … left me thinking. I have had the same feeling… even in essays when trying to conclude seem to be such an elusive task… Anyway, It is also true that the first chapter of a book or first paragraphs of a short story are decisive as they could pull you in (or off) 😉
    An enjoyable, dynamic and clever interview… thanks for sharing!… best wishes. Aquileana 😀

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    1. Hi Aquileana, it’s so nice of you to click over to Teri’s blog and comment. I’m glad you agree with me about conclusions in writing, because that means I’m in good company! You always sum up your amazingly detailed posts so well. I try/hope for my stories to have layers and touch the reader on multiple (if subtle) levels. However, finding all the little “traps” I’ve made for myself can be a challenge at the end. 😀 Have a beautiful weekend. Huge hugs!

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    1. Tess, that is such a lovely thing to say — thank you. ❤ I'm trying hard to get my mind off the realities, and on to something positive. I actually got a half decent night of sleep last night — amazing the wonders sleep can work. Mega hugs my friend. ⭐


      1. Thank you kindly, Teri. I’d be honored for you to read Atonement. It’s meant to be a fun read, rather than great literature. It’s ever so slightly open-ended, to allow for a second book. (Which I hope, but despair of finishing.)
        Bad Moon Rising has been a blast! Thanks for having me over. Happy Halloween hugs.

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    1. You’re so kind, Kev. It’s great of you to visit Teri’s blog. Right now I despair of ever finishing everything. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to retire… maybe then. LOL, no I hope I can finish Bloom and the Guitar Mancer long before I’m 70. Mega hugs

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