Friday 11 October 2013

Blog Tour: Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory - Guest Post

by Sarah Guillory

Publication date: October 15th, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Number of pages: 296
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two. 

All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember.

Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.

Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.


Destination Solitude: Writing Setting
by Sarah Guillory

Setting is a very important element in my writing. I want readers to do more than simply see the surroundings; I want them to feel, hear, and smell them as well. I want readers to know my setting as well as they do any of the characters. In fact, I want my setting to feel like one of the characters. 

Maybe one reason I enjoy writing setting is because I enjoy my surroundings so much. I love being outside, and I love the country. I love wide open spaces, and trees, and water. I grew up in the mountains, and I miss them. I now live in Louisiana, and some days I don’t think there is a more beautiful place on earth, with its Spanish-moss draped trees. I love frogs croaking at dusk and the tap of rain on my window. 

 I usually run six days a week, and I rarely listen to music. I listen to everything else instead. The way sound is amplified in the fog. The birds as they wake up. I look and smell and try to memorize the way the world feels at different times of the day and different seasons of the year. 

Solitude is a town I created, a patchwork quilt, a piecing together of the small town where I grew up, the small towns I’ve lived in here in Louisiana, and my imagination. I drew a map while I was drafting so I would be able to explain how everything fit together. I can see Solitude clearly in my mind, as if I’ve lived there. And I have. I lived there for almost three years, while I was planning, drafting, revising, revising, revising, editing, proofing, and loving Reclaimed. 

I know things about Solitude that never made it into the story. I know what it looked like fifty years ago, when the train still ran and the businesses were thriving. I know what it looked like in the 90s, when Jenna’s mom was in high school. I’ve walked its streets, explored its shadows, and slept under its sky. I’ve jumped off the Point and explored the abandoned train yard. I’ve been to Solitude. 

I hope that, once you’ve read Reclaimed, you’ll feel like you’ve been there too.
Thanks Sarah for the amazing guest post, I hope that once I've read Reclaimed that I'll have been to Solitude too. 
About the Author:

Sarah Guillory is a YA author. In addition, she teaches sophomore English and loves that they pay her to fan girl over books and authors and to watch her students fall in love with the written word. Sarah lives in Louisiana with her husband and ridiculously spoiled bloodhound. RECLAIMED is her debut novel.

Full Blog Tour Schedule:

October 2 - Book Review - WhoRuBlog
October 4 - Book Review - K-Books
October 5 - Guest Post - A Dream Within A Dream
October 6 -  Guest Post - Wastepaper Prose
October 7 - Guest Post - Supernatural Snark
October 8 -  Author Interview - A Book and a Latte
October 9 -  Book Review - Fiction Fare
October 10 -  Author Interview - Met In Eleven
October 11 -  Guest Post - Book Savvy
October 12 -  Guest Post - Reading Lark
October 13 - Guest Post - Portrait of a Book
October 14 -  Character Interview & Review - Swoony Boys Podcast

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