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Monday, May 16, 2016


I'm so happy to have CJ Matthew as my guest on Discover Yourself today.

The belief that creative people have a contributing or inhibiting entity woven into their artistic process, in the form of a muse, is a fascinating idea. In writer interviews and blogs, some authors refer to consulting with their muse. Conversely, writers have accused a muse of refusing to help, or of abandoning them.
In the classical framework of Greek mythology, the muses are the nine daughters of Zeus, trained by Apollo, who gave artists and philosophers the inspiration to create. Within each muse’s particular field of expertise: music, poetry, writing, and so on, she was heavily involved in a mortal’s artistic process by providing imagination and inspiration.
At the beginning of the Iliad and Odyssey, Homer invokes the Muse to provide any information she may have to help him better tell the stories in his epic poems.
For a romance writer, the most connected muse appears to be Erato. As the protector of love and love poetry, in art she’s depicted holding a lyre, love arrows and bows. Her name comes from the Greek word Eros referring to the feeling of falling in love.
In a more modern context, the 1999 film comedy, Muse, is set in Hollywood and stars Sharon Stone in the title role. In this movie, the fickle muse drives men seeking her help crazy by demanding gifts and constant attention.
However a writer chooses to imagine the muse, either as an external force providing a direct conduit of ideas and creative resources, or as simply the name give to the author’s own inner well of creativity, history urges all creative people to treat the muse with care.

Still risking their lives…The Paladin Group.

Ginger Odom has sworn to become self-reliant…
Until she is arrested in a small town and framed for the murder of a police officer. Seems everyone in the community wants her behind bars, regardless of the truth, so her aunt enlists the help of the Paladin Group. A team of wounded former military men and woman, now civilian lawyers and investigators, they rescue people in serious trouble.

Hale Peters is determined to ignore his knee injury…
The former Air Force Pararescueman, wounded during a rocket attack on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, accepts his first reboot for Paladin. His mission—keep Ginger safe until he can prove her innocence—becomes a bigger challenge than expected when he and Ginger clash over who’s in charge.

The Devil Dogs just want to help…
The group of older veterans steps up to assist, but when Ginger’s life is threatened by the real killer, Hale and Ginger need to work together if they hope to stay alive.

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The Paladin Group
The romantic suspense series begins with Deadly Reboot, Paladin Group Book 1 .
Set in a small southern town, the series features wounded air force veterans, men and women warriors turned civilian lawyers and investigators determined to continue their rescue work.
Book 2 Survival Reboot is due to release September 28, 2016.
Book 3 Maximum Reboot is releasing December 7, 2016.

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