November 9-20, 2015
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ABOUT OF DELICATE PIECES:
Of Delicate Pieces (Of Breakable Things)
By A. Lynden Rolland
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Settling into her second year of death, Alex is ready to explore her limitless mind in an afterworld that changes each day, but she still isn’t resting in peace.
The ‘gifted’ are humans who see spirits and have the same extraordinary mental powers, though they aren’t considered equals. Centuries ago, Alex’s family led the movement to keep the living and dead separated, but the gifted believe Alex is a reincarnation of their slain civil leader. When they begin to break down the barriers that protect the city, the afterworld becomes dangerous and vulnerable to exposure. The living and dead both want to use Alex for their own gain, but what they don’t realize is that neither side will want her when they find out who she really is.
In the afterworld, nothing stays buried for long.
OF DELICATE PIECES is the follow-up to A. Lynden Rolland's OF BREAKABLE THINGS.
A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.
When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.
Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she's forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.
What are some fantasy books you got your inspiration from?
When you wrote about Eidolon, what places did you get your inspiration from?
Why banshees as the antagonist creature?
The whole coming back to life in a new world with powers is a cool concept - Would you want that to be possible?
First of all, I love all these prompts! I feel like I should answer all of them!! But I don’t want to bore you!
I’ve never been asked about the banshees, so let’s go with question number three!
Originally, I had no intention of including banshees in the story (or at least the term ‘banshee’). Alex was still attacked in the clearing outside the haunted house, and she and Skye still encounter a crazed spirit at the end when they are searching for Chase. But the spirits they met were simply described as insane.Why banshees as the antagonist creature?
I believe a mind can crack. I also think minds can completely shatter. There are scary, ugly people in this world, and I can’t imagine their minds are completely intact to do the things they do. That said if such horrifying things can be done by the living, imagine what would happen if a crazy mind entered the afterworld – with all the powers and strengths spirits have. Those people who battle demons in their minds during life, they become the demons in the afterlife.During one round of edits for Of Breakable Things, I read the scenes with the ‘broken minded,’ and they started screaming at me. I had to add the detail into the story because I envisioned jagged, gray teeth opening in a crookedly creepy way and releasing a screech that would make someone wish they were completely dead (even from the spirit world) just to make the sound stop. So the insane spirits turned into banshees.
Alex’s body was broken during life, and in death she finally discovers how strong she can be. My intent wasn’t to make Alex relatable only for people who struggle with physical ailments in life. I hope that other people can relate to Alex because we all have struggles and things holding us back. For so many of us, this happens in our minds. Depression. Anxiety. Trauma. In Of Breakable Things, Alex is able to fight off the scream of a banshee – because Chase is there sharing her thoughts and she can retreat into his mind. Symbolically, this is meant to mean that friends can help us escape from ourselves.Because Alex survives the first banshee attack, she is able to use her voice to fight off the spirits at the end of the first book. A voice is a powerful thing—even a crazy voice. During the second book, her scream and her voice are analyzed. There are more surprises regarding Alex and the banshees later in the series.
In terms of antagonists?
The banshees could be considered villains, I guess. But it’s the spirits who actually have control over their minds and their actions that are the true villains.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends December 4, 2015
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Of Delicate Pieces by A. Lynden Rolland (INT)
ABOUT A. LYNDEN ROLLAND:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She resides in Maryland with her husband and young sons.