Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blogger Spotlight - Genevieve Graham, Author



Blogger Spotlight PLUS A Giveaway!
Details at the bottom of this post.

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Back in March, I introduced you to Canadian historical romance writer,
Genevieve Graham





I read, reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed the continuing saga of sisters Maggie and Adelaide.
And the people interwoven in their lives.
Adelaide's story was the last (so far) in this series.
I waited anxiously for her story to come out.
In Somewhere to Dream we finally get to hear Adelaide's story.
The best book yet!




A historical romance, set amongst the Cherokee lives and traditions.
Two strong charaters, two lives brought together despite tragic pasts.

As with the other two books, there is always a part that manages to shock me.
Not only did a part in this book shock me, but also brought a few tears to my eyes.

 With today's post, I asked Genevieve to say a few words.
Introduce you better to this saga and all the characters in them.


Genevieve Graham


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Thanks so much for having me here today, Diane!

I can’t believe I’m here promoting my third book. Someone asked me recently for one word that would describe this feeling I’m experiencing, of seeing THREE books out there with Penguin, and when I thought about it I realized that word hasn’t changed since the first book came out.

Disbelief. That’s the word.

When I first sat down to write “Under the Same Sky” it was a purely selfish thing. I had never written anything before, but I’d been obsessed with Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series and felt the need to try my own hand at it. All I knew was I wanted to submerge myself into the same time period she’d shared, and I wanted to create a believable Scottish hero. 




 
Well, really, I can’t take credit for creating him. Andrew MacDonnell introduced himself fully to me, showing me his dark, brooding personality and his moral character. What I hadn’t expected was for him to reveal to me that he was more than just another hero. And then Maggie came along, with her determined personality and incredible story. All I had to do was open my mind and type.

Penguin bought the book within 48 hours of its presentation, along with the demand that I write a “companion” novel, which is not a sequel. That means they can be read in any order. At first I had no idea what I was going to write, but since I now knew how it worked, I should have known better than to panic. I was quickly rewarded for my patience. Andrew’s brother, Dougal, woke me up one morning with his story, and though his outgoing personality was much different from that of his younger brother, he wasn’t shy to share, either.









I awoke another morning, about a year later, hearing a soft but persistent voice in my head. Apparently Maggie’s timid little sister, Adelaide had a story to tell as well. So I sat down again and listened to what she had to say.

Now I had a family saga, though I started out just to write about one Scottish hero. That’s how it is, though, isn’t it? No man is an island, they say. We are all a part of the whole. So it only made sense that the stories spread out and continue.



 
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I write historical fiction rather than “romance,” though my books are pulled together by the power of true love. Too add a little extra, some of my characters came with psychic abilities. In that time period, anything that hinted at paranormal was cause for burning at the stake, so it had to be carefully told.

In “Under the Same Sky,” we meet Maggie, the oldest of three sisters, living in a beaten down shack in South Carolina. She’s an amazing girl, with the ability to dream of the future as well as other things. For their own safety, the family never speaks of these gifts. They live a bleak existence, but Maggie finds colour and escape in dreams in which she communicates with a young Scottish lad she eventually learns is named Andrew. One day the girls are attacked by white slavers, and their world is torn apart. When Maggie fears she can’t go on, she dreams of Andrew, and he gives her the strength to do what she needs to do. As if summoned by her dreams, the Cherokee arrive and rescue the girls, taking them to their village to heal. And when Maggie dreams that Andrew is losing strength in the Battle of Culloden, she sends him the power he needs. But Scotland is almost destroyed by the war, and Andrew is compelled to travel to the colonies to seek out Maggie. Along the way he meets others who want to escape the Highlands, and he makes friends with a small group of travelers. 
 
 
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I’m afraid I have to give away a little spoiler here, because in his mind, Andrew had no idea if his brother, Dougal, had survived the battle. Well, he did, but the big lad was taken prisoner by the English and suffers greatly at their hands. In “Sound of the Heart” we discover Dougal also has gifts, though they’re not quite as developed as Andrew’s. He can read the thoughts of men, and he has often shared thoughts with his brother. Now he no longer hears Andrew’s voice in his mind, but he refuses to believe his brother is gone. 
 





 He manages to escape, running to the Highlands with a fellow prisoner, and there he falls in love with Glenna, another Scottish outlaw. When the English arrest Glenna for poaching, then ship her to the colonies as a slave, Dougal must go against his natural instincts and join the 77th Highlanders, an English army made up of vanquished Scots. With them he can get to the colonies. There he must fight, but he also has a chance of finding her. 


 
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Though Maggie has left with Andrew, her younger sister, Adelaide, is still with the Cherokee, still trying to heal. She never came to terms with the terror she and her sister had survived, and she has blocked out not only the memories, but also her psychic gifts.



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 But when the Cherokee arrive at the village one day, dragging prisoner Jesse Black and insisting that the white man be adopted into the tribe because he carries the spirit of a lost Cherokee warrior, her world begins to spin, because she’s seen him before ... in her dreams. Jesse comes from a rough upbringing as well, and he has hated Indians ever since his family had been slain when he was a child. Adelaide is afraid of all white men, but she is drawn to the adventure she sees in his golden eyes and to the love that develops there. She begins to trust again. But when emotion takes over, so do the dreams, and she foresees a catastrophe that only Jesse can stop—except her plan goes against everything in which he believes. 





 

I see two more books in this series, though it’ll be a while before I have the time to write them, I’m afraid. In the first book, we met Janet MacLeod, a beautiful Scottish lass who escaped Scotland with Andrew. She’s always wanted to travel, to accomplish something in her life … and every time I think of her I see pirates!






The last book I see is a sequel. Penguin hasn’t asked for one, but I’m determined to write it nevertheless, because I can’t leave the brothers stranded, forever searching for one another. And I can’t leave the sisters in love and not wonder what their amazing offspring might become. My problem is envisioning this story without turning it into a huge book! I’ll have to see what happens.

In the meantime, I’m writing a couple of WW1 books, one of which includes a time travel theme, which is all new to me. Writing is hard work, but it’s also a big adventure for me, and also therapy of sorts, so I do it as often as possible. I run a full-time editing business, editing novels for authors worldwide, so that’s where most of my time is spent, but when I can, I escape into that world that only I can see ... until I write it down for all of you, that is!
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Thank you so much Genevieve!
You can follow on her Facebook page.

Giveaway details!


One lucky winner get's all this!

In going with the "Somewhere to DREAM" theme, here's what in the goody bag!
  • Four "Dream Series" cds.  Relaxation cds with sounds of nature in the background. You can hear a sample here
  • Candle from PartyLites
  • Bath salts made by a friend of Genevieve in Nova Scotia, She makes all her own things at Little Luxuries Soapworks
  • A handmade bookmark from the author.
  • An autographed set of all three books.

Simple, simple rules.....
1.  Please be a follower of Genevieve on Facebook or Twitter.
2.  Be a follower of myself either through GFC, Facebook or Twitter
3.  Leave a comment - here or on Facebook or Twitter!



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I will be linking up with Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors


5 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I can't enter because I don't have FB and twitter. (
    But I do love Books 1 & 2 so much I reread them again. :) I can't wait to read about Adelaide and Jesse. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. I am so happy to have discovered your blog. As a fan of Genevieve Graham's, I am excited about SOMEWHERE TO DREAM! Thanks for the preview and the great pictures that make me even more anxious for the day I get my hands on the new book.
    Debra Barry

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  3. This is wonderful and I've followed her on facebook! I haven't read her books so "pick me, pick me"!

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  4. this looks like a fabulous series and I could certainly use those relaxation CD's!

    Like both Genevieve & The Olde Barn on FB as Diane Sallans

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  5. Fabulous giveaway! If I won I would keep the gift but share your books with my favorite friend. Love your books Genevieve!

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