Today on my blog I have the Silently Still blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, excerpt, review, and guest post.
Author: Julieanne Lynch
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Young Adult Coming of Age
Release Date: May 19 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Everyone is entitled to making their own choices in life, but a decision can make or break you. For Jacinta Kelly, hers came in the form of running away from everything that reminded her of her roots.
Living in rural Ireland was hard enough, but living with her mother’s mental illness and her obsession with her garden took its toll. One winter, the world as she knows it changes. Jacinta becomes aware of her own mortality, and how fragile her existence truly is.
Alone and frightened; to live or die, the choice is hers.
The salty water coursed down her throat as she went under for the third time. Flailing her arms, she struggled to the surface, gasping for breath, trying to find something to grab a hold of.
It was pointless. The relentless current tugged at her legs, pulling her under. Wave after wave crashed down on her head, making her tread harder. Her heart resounded in her head. When she finally grew tired, her legs felt heavy and numb.
This was it. That singular fleeting moment in her life when she felt at peace.
She felt nothing else. No pain. No anger. No grief. Just harmony.
An ethereal silence and warmth wrapped itself around her, a sensation like nothing she had experienced before. A weightless feeling, void of the burdens that had weighed her down, surrounded her.
It felt both heavenly and majestic. As if the sun’s rays radiated down on her, easing the chill of the night, setting her free from the hurt, the sorrow, and the taste of the sea.
It was then that everything became silently still.
I am a huge fan of Julieanne's and have devoured everyone of her books and just when I think she can't get any better she comes out with Silently Still and blows my mind and it has became my favorite book but I say that with each book she writes until her next one comes out.
As much as I loved this book it was also hard to read due to everything that Jacinta has gone through in her life and the way she deals with the pain is hard. But the way Julieanne handles the emotion of her characters is done so well that she really makes you connect to them and everything they are going through. She really dives into topics that a lot of people don't want to talk about and she does it with respect and passion and she opened up my eyes to somethings and made me start to think about how people handle heart break, pain, and mental disease. I am really impressed with Julieanne and have to give her the respect she deserves for the emotions she brought out in me while reading this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. 5/5 Bloody Fangs
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Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on novels full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.
How does writing Paranormal differ from Contemporary?
For me, I find the transition easy from writing in one genre to the other, simply because I am a storyteller. I enjoy creating worlds, characters, conflicting plots, whether they are in this world or somewhere far from here.
As a writer I don’t want my creativity to be restricted. Whilst I execute caution when creating something, I have to remember to be true to myself and my first love - writing.
But it is very true that writing my paranormal novels is different to my more contemporary fiction.
Because you have to inject a little more realism into your plot and characters. In my more contemporary fiction, I use a lot of what I’ve experienced in my own life and in a way; my characters are a vessel telling my story. Not that I’ve been raised by abusive parents or anything like that, but more the inner turmoil, the angst, the frustration and sadness.
Contemporary fiction allows me to use everything that I’ve experienced in life and put it to use in real life situations. I like my storyline to be unique but also something that my readers can relate to. For me that is one of the most important factors when writing a more contemporary novel. I want my readers to feel the pain, the joy, the sadness, the anger - all the human emotions that make us who we are.
In my more paranormal works, there is a set structure, because let’s face it, our readers have certain expectations with regards to our hero or heroine, the love interests, the battles with hints of magical or fantastical elements. The otherworldly elements the driving force behind the book/story. And in paranormal works, the story tends to be plot driven, faster paced and full of adrenaline that it’s hard to stop writing because the excitement can be too much.
Whereas in my contemporary books, I tend to focus on my characters, their journey, their struggles and more often than not, the writing process becomes a journey of my own.
Because I take great care. My language/prose is much more different. It’s written in a way that can only be described as a slow dance; soft and beautiful, yet with enough edge to hurt the readers. Sounds bad, right?
Not at all.
I take my time when writing a more dramatic literary piece. I am careful with how I tell the story and am overly aware of how each line is a representation of my time and care.
There is never a real set structure to how I write my contemporary novels. I allow my love of storytelling to be the foundation of the book. It’s as simple as that.
For me, writing a contemporary novel can feel like I am dying inside (sounds painful but true), almost like I am baring my soul to the world, and I feel vulnerable. But I get a kick out of it. I enjoy torturing myself (I never admit that at the time) and I love the outcome.
Which do I prefer?
I adore one just as much as the other. I think I have found the balance right. Just as long as I have enough Kleenex, chocolate and Netflix, I shall be fine.
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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Julieanne for the guest post and say Thank You to RBTL for letting me participate in this blog tour.