Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How To Foreshadow A Past Life

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! 

Foreshadowing

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)

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  Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

 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.  
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  Praise for Illuminating 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.  
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    Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 12/31/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway  

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9 comments:

  1. This book sounds born of really truthful and deep emotions. I am applauding the author--can you hear me clapping?

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  2. Hi, Sheri, Hi, Lisa.

    Sounds like a really interesting premise and read… All the best!

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  3. Illuminating Gracie sounds like a powerful read, coming from the heart.

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  4. That's a very gripping premise, and one that I haven't seen before, and I love the cover. Creepy!! (Is it me, or does it seem odd that it's mentioned that the book will appeal to fans of Twilight and the Hunger Games -- but those books (and mc's) are opposites. *scratches head*)

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  5. This sounds intense and emotional. I'm pleased to meet the author.

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    1. It does sound quite emotional. I really am intrigued by the premise, too!

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  6. Sounds like a great story. I can imagine it wasn't easy to write.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. I agree this story sounds very emotional! Congratulations to Lisa :)

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