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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guest Post/Giveaway: Finding Summerland by Paige Bleu




Finding Summerland

(The Ameryn Chronicles #1)



After his brothers recent disappearance Wesley Rochester wished he could just fade into obscurity. Searching for closure, he's haunted by visons. Consumed with decoding the messages, he begins turning dangerously deeper inward. Enter an intriguing, 'not quite' human stranger, who mysteriously arrives just as he feels all hope is lost. Together they begin to realize that their destinies are intricately tangled in a drama reaching far beyond the realms of the wold they know. Discovering the secrets plaguing Wesley since childhood are no coincidence, and everything he believes is shattered.
 
Captivated by her, he must decide between the life he has and the one he'd forgotten.

 'Finding Summerland' is like 'Twilight' in the sense that it is a supernatural, coming of age romance—but has a genre bending, metaphysical element and a much deeper rabbit hole. Follow the journey of two star crossed souls as they explore who they are and the ties that bind them. Enter a world intentionally forgotten. A place buried by history, where only the chosen are aware of its existence. A place covenants are made and broken, where myth leads to truth and forbidden love threatens to destroy or be destroyed, becoming just another casualty in their shadow war. The introductory novel in a series of five, called 'The Ameryn Chronicles'—but compelling enough to stand alone—'Finding Summerland' is sure to be savored by anyone craving to stretch the bounds of ordinary imagination, edgy enough to engage readers who enjoy unraveling a mystery, and sweet enough to grab onto the hearts of the romance lovers! Where legends breathe and dreams are alive. A 'trippy' journey to a new reality. 

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Researching a book like this and fleshing out the characters:

Research for this book was a total blast for me. It probably wasn't even necessary to be truthful, being that this is a fantasy series but I couldn't stop myself! I've always been fascinated by mermaids and aliens. I used to daydream about them when I was little. When the idea for 'Finding Summerland' began unfolding in my head, it was a love story, that part was clear to me (I see things before I write-almost like a movie projector). I already knew the characters personalities and what they looked like. Even the names of the main cast. I had dreams about Wes & Olivia for months before I wrote a single part down. But what drove me to 'The Google' was that certain spark of magic. That unknown element.

So I started my journey searching out anything I could find about Greek mythology. I spent months reading 'myths', which led me to Indian legends, the Annunaki, Mystic traditions, Shamans, Alien's, Secret Societies, Egypt, and finally back to Mermaids. It was a lot of buggy eyed, late nights, with my husband calling me 'a nutter'. But it activated my imagination and gave me exactly what I was looking for. The reasoning behind what made Olivia and Wes special. The things I had already seen inside now made sense.

The characters also have elements of people I love. Each has their own bit of hybridization. There are times when I'm writing, especially dialogues, where I'll actually hear it, like it was coming out of somebody I'm close to's mouth. I try and use that as a reference. Sometimes I'll catch myself and think, 'they wouldn't say it that way', or 'she would be punchier in this situation'. That might sound strange because my characters aren't all exactly human. But they still struggle with emotion and all the rest of the inner demons we all do, so I draw off that.

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Finding Summerland


Thank you, Paige, for an awesome post and a little bit of insight onto research and creating characters.  It was fabulous! Good luck on the rest of your tour!




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45 comments:

  1. Sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Good luck!

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  3. thanks for a fun post and giveaway! Sounds fantastic!

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  4. Good guest post. Finding Summerland sounds like an interesting book

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  5. I love doing research. Your sounds like it was fun. It looks like you produced an amazing book as a result.

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  6. I love supernatural romance!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. This is definitely going on my tbr thanks! <3

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  8. Wow, that is a lot of research, I'm sure it paid off though!

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  9. I have recently come to enjoy the mixing of mythology with an original storyline and I think you found loads of interesting tidbits in your research. Thank you for sharing a bit of your process with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity. I definitely want to know more of Wesley's story :)

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  10. The book sounds great! Thank you for giving away a copy!

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  11. hello book looks great

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  12. Sounds awesome. Win or not, I think I'll be reading this one,

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  13. Cant wait to read it.... gotta be a great escape from my reality...haha

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  14. Love the excerpt!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  15. Thank you, to all of you, for your lovely comments, encouragement and interest! It makes my heart smile huge ;) Also thank you to Liz at fictional candy for the wonderful review, and for hosting my firstest eva giveaway!!! You rock!! Best of luck to all of you who entered....and for anyone wanting to contact me to chat about my book, or whatever really, you can find me on the facebook, the twiiter, or my blog http://paigebleu.blogspot.com. I love meeting all bookie lovers LOL, so def hit me up ;) Peace everyone

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  16. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    My pleasure, Paige. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  17. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Thanks for coming by!

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  18. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Good luck!

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  19. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    That is awesome!

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  20. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Thanks for stopping by, good luck on the giveaway!

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  21. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    good luck!

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  22. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Denise, you are awesome! Good luck on the giveway!

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  23. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Good luck!

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  24. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Good luck Tobi! (although I'm not sure you need any more, you seem to have pretty good luck already!!)

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  25. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Welcome back to the land of the commenters! I'm glad it works for you now! Whew! :)

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  26. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  27. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Doesn't it? I can't wait to read it, myself!

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  28. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Good luck!

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  29. Thanks Will, that is very sweet. I hope you like it...good luck in the contest too!

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  30. Thanks Stacy. Good luck in the contest!!

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  31. Thanks for your support Veronika ;)

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  32. The research was definitely fun for me...it was nice to share and I appreciate your interest and feedback. You made me smile big!

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  33. Thanks for the comment Alicia and good luck!!

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  34. So Tobi is the one to watch LOL!! Perhaps you'll be lucky again ;)

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  35. Yay...me too!! Thanks for your support Chrissy

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  36. Thank you so much for saying so Debra. Research is really fun, then the writing is funner too!! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  37. Thanks ladies, I hope you enjoy it ;)

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  38. Thank you for your enthusiasm Erin, good luck!!!

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  39. You're great Melanie ;) Thanks for stopping by and entering....good luck on the contest ;)

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  40. That sounds like fun research.

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  41. It was very groovy ;) Although I probably spent a little more time on ATS than was necessary LOL! Gotta love those crazy stories at 3 AM!!

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  42. Congratulations Veronika!! I will be shipping out your signed paperback copy tomorrow...all the way to Europe ;) We are now officially international!! Thanks to all of you who entered!! I really appreciate your interest! You will have another opportunity to win this on my next blog hop....follow me on facebook for details and links. Thanks again to Liz for this fun stop! I really enjoyed meeting all of you. Peace~Paige

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  43. Liz @ Fictional CandyOctober 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Wow, that's awesome on the prize upgrade. Thanks Paige :)

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