Monday, December 9, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Please welcome Author Lisa C. Temple to the Alleyway, today. She's here to share some wisdom about how she used foreshadowing in her latest novel, as well as showing off her beautiful book!
It was easy for me to foreshadow problems for the older woman because, at 51, I've lived a lot of those problems. While "Illuminating Gracie" is not strictly autobiographical, the character of Gracie is based in many ways on my life. In the book, the reader is privy to the young Gracie's thoughts and many of those thoughts come straight from my memory. I had a terrible self-esteem as a young woman and I battled depression at an early age. I knew what would happen in Mrs. B.'s life because I've led that life. My depression and low-esteem led to addictions and eating disorders. The inability to love myself prevented me from being able to truly love another, and therefore I spent many years in unhealthy relationships or alone. The book obviously tells a supernatural story, but the theme of going from darkness into the light is very real for me.
Thank you, Lisa. And I'm sure once the readers review your book blurb below, they'll understand your explanation even better. (TOUR SCHEDULE)
As an old woman's lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.
At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company.
But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family's bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny.
It's on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine.
"Illuminating Gracie" is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl's journey from darkness into the light. If you liked "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," you will love the story of Gracie.
"A well-paced fantasy story of redemption and self-improvement." ~Kirkus Review (Sept. 1, 2013 Magazine)
"Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read." ~Maryann (Amazon “Top 1000” Reviewers)
"The story also contains little mysteries that keep you turning the pages, as gems of insight turn up along the way. It is a story of hope and redemption, and a beautiful request of each of us to let our light shine brightly." ~Kimberly Raadt Higgins (Amazon Review)
"On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be?" ~N.J. Collar (Amazon Review)
"The plot is masterfully drawn and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book tells the story of the fight between good and evil in a young woman's life. It is brilliant in its use of humor and emotion to draw the reader into the characters." J. Pitts (Amazon and Goodreads)
Author Lisa C. Temple On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple's, small, private school wrote "Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!" On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple's, the Headmaster penned the words, "Lisa, I can't wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!" Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader's curiosity - and her
own. She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn't until her father - her hero - was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling - the "talent" that she finds joy in putting to use. "Illuminating Gracie," is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple's own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity - by an angel - to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. "Illuminating Gracie," is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, "Instigating Gracie," is due for release in December 2013. Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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DEAD JED: Adventures of a Middle Grade Zombie by Scott Craven
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Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Release Date: October 2013
Favorite Lines/Passage: As we made it to the door and I reached forward to open it, it came toward me as if kicked from the other side. The handle smashed into my fingers, and I wondered if anyone else heard the sharp crack of bones breaking.
Not the way I wanted to start things. I quickly straightened my fingers with my left hand, glancing down to make sure they were pointing in the same direction. And they were, or the most part.
Description: Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being 'different' for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend's sister's birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.
From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully's “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys' room (Jed's always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he's back in the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed's had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it's awesome what you can do when you're already dead!
And it will bother me the rest of the day wondering if she meant that as a pun, or merely making an observation?
"Hi Anna, would" ... there goes my left leg ... "you like to go" ... right arm falls away ... "to the dance?" ... and the right leg joins the left, leaving me twisting on the ground. And Anna saying, "I'm going to wait for a guy who doesn't fall to pieces when he's around me."
I know you're serious, sweetheart, but you honestly crack me up! One last question - what do you eat?
I love finger food. Do not confuse that with "fingers as food." Yes, I am a zombie, and yes, I am a carnivore. But I prefer burgers to brains, and I am sensitive enough to stereotypes that I prefer my chicken skinless. Last thing I need showing up on Instagram is a photo of me pulling the skin off a drumstick with my teeth, with the caption, "Flesh-eating zombie on the loose."
There are so many more things I want to ask Jed, but I've kept him here long enough. Feel free to find out more about him in his book by purchasing your own copy or entering this giveaway for a chance to WIN
- ONE of 3 ebook copies of Dead Jed by Scott Craven (International)
- OR One (1) signed paperback copy of Dead Jed by Scott Craven (US only)
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